A Busy Week since Publication and now an Interview

Last week I was interviewed by Robert Michaelson of the Amherst Patch, a local, daily online news publication.  Today, the article appeared and I wanted to share it with my readers. I’d also like to say a public “Thank you” to Robert Michaelson for such a thoughtful and detailed article. This is my first taste of […]

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Thank You!

  The Portal’s Choice was successfully released on Monday, May 6 and so far the response has been wonderful. My publisher at Madaket Lane Publishers, Katherine Mariaca-Sullivan, and I decided to run a Goodreads Giveaway prior to the book launch. The giveaway started on April 7 and ran until May 6. In that time, 477 […]

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Inspiration for “The Portal’s Choice”

My daughter, Shannon, suggested that I write a post describing my inspiration for The Portal’s Choice.  Shannon is 17 and is my guide to the teenage world, so I’m following her advice. The idea for The Portal’s Choice was born on a late afternoon in June when I drove by an older house located next to […]

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Sneak Peek at the Prologue of “The Portal’s Choice” releasing May 6, 2013

Here is a sneak peek of the Prologue of The Portal’s Choice, the first book in The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean series. The Portal’s Choice releases this Monday, May 6, 2013.   Prologue   April 29th, 2:30 in the morning One week to go. I feel it, the nearness of the spirits. The fact that everything is aligning […]

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Words from the world of “The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean”

Many of my beta readers have asked for a glossary of the unfamiliar words I use in The Portal’s Choice. I had a great time searching for old words as I created the world of The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean.  Below are the first entries in the list that will grow and change over time. I […]

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Character Names from “The Portal’s Choice”

I do enjoy picking out the names for my characters. All names have meanings and I believe that a person can be influenced by his or her name. So I took my time choosing the names for the characters that populate The Portal’s Choice. I’ve been just as picky for the next book, The Forgotten […]

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Beta Reader #2 of “The Portal’s Choice” – Insightful comments

I have received feedback on The Portal’s Choice from several sources now, and most of what I’ve been told has been positive. I did have one reader who made some very constructive comments about the book, comments that, at first, were a bit tough for me to take. I have a great publisher who helped […]

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Follow up: Young Adult reviewers’ feedback on “The Portal’s Choice”

On Friday, March 29, I met with my beta readers from the local middle school to get their thoughts on The Portal’s Choice. We had a lively and honest discussion about what they saw to be the strengths and weaknesses of the book. I am so glad that I sought input from my target audience […]

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The Portal’s Choice – Beta Reader #1 Response

“As you by now know, we have sent out 18 copies of The Portal’s Choice to beta readers to get any last minute feedback before the book is released (on May 6). Last week, I received the first response to the questionnaire we included with the book copy. Reader #1 had just three minor questions. […]

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