News & Events
March 2022. My novel, Where Flowers Grow, received an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Connecticut Press Club Communications Contest, Adult Fiction and Novels category. The contest included both traditionally published and independently published books.
December 2, 2021. Articles about The Apple King winning the 2021 CT Author Project Award for adult fiction appeared on the front pages of the Connecticut Post and Westport News. Weston Today also ran a nice story. Here are the links--https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Weston-resident-s-ancestors-created-the-16669682.php
November 12, 2021. The Apple King won the 2021 Connecticut Author Project Award for adult fiction, sponsored by the Indie Author Project. The Apple King will be included in a two-page spread in the Library Journal's Best of Books December issue. All state winners will be considered for Indie Author of the Year Award chosen by a panel of industry leaders. Here's the announcement link—https://indieauthorproject.com/winners-of-the-2021-indie-author-project-regional-contests/
Novvember 12, 2021. I participated in an author panel and book signing this week at the Norwalk Library as part of Indie Author Day
November 2, 2021. Today I published Where Flowers Grow, a California family saga set in the second half of the 20th century.
September 23, 2021. Croatia Week included a press release for The Apple King in its online newsletter and I credit it for the book's first sales in the UK and Australia, in addition to more in Canada as well as the US, its main marketplace. Here is the link to the article: Kinghttps://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGljvSwLMSKpwkWHsmjgTbBPXnM
September 2021. The Apple King joins The California Immigrant in being selected for the Indie Author Project's curated collection on Overdrive, a digital library lending program. Check out the October 2020 news item below for more information.
February 1, 2021. The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville wrote an article about The Apple King. The link follows.
October 2020. The Indie Author Project has chosen The California Immigrant for its curated collection on Overdrive, a digital library lending platform. Here is an excerpt from the email:
"Last year, we launched a pilot project with OverDrive where we took 50 curated indie titles from our program and put them into an indie author collection that libraries could opt into for free. After viewing the results, we are happy to announce that the pilot was a resounding success! Because of this, we have decided to launch a full program with OverDrive and other library eBook platforms to sell curated titles under our Indie Author Project (IAP) brand. Because your book has been selected by curators in our network (including Library Journal), you are now eligible for our IAP Select Commercial Collections and to receive royalties.
Our goal for this program is to increase discovery for indie authors to all libraries, whether they support local author programming or not."
On Sunday, March 1, I will be participating in a Readers and Writers Event at the Weston Public Library from 3-5 pm. I will be discussing my debut novel, The California Immigrant, and signing books. All are welcome. Here's a link with more information: https://westontoday.news/articles/200225-writers
On November 25, I was inducted into the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Santa Cruz Parlor 26.
The California Immigrant is featured as an Indie Read in the Oct 15 issue of Kirkus Magazine, page 135.
The New York Review of Books is featuring The California Immigrant in their Oct 24 issue as an Indie Read.
The California Immigrant will be showcased at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) booth at the Frankfurt Book Fair October 16-20.
In August, I joined the Slavic American Cultural Organization (SACO) headquartered in Watsonville and encompassing surrounding towns.
The California Immigrant is now available on Kobo as an ebook, in addition to Amazon and B&N Nook as both an ebook and paperback. It is also available at independent book stores including Kelly's Books in Watsonville and Bookshop Santa Cruz.
The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville wrote an article about The California Immigrant. A link follows.
I have just published my first novel, The California Immigrant, which is available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook and paperback. Serendipity brought this book into being. I had not planned to write a book about events that took place in my hometown in the first half of the 20th Century. But in working on another book project, I discovered so many interesting facts that I was compelled to tell the story. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.