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April 2022


How ya' doin'?

Color is slowly seeping its way in on the south shore of Long Island. Lots happening in my writer's world. Come on in.

March Recap

It was a busy March. Although the Women in Publishing Summit took four packed days, I am still reviewing and going through the video presentations. I continue to come away with inspiration and a better understanding of the publishing world’s workings. Best of all, the network of fellow writers keeps my calendar full of Zoom writing sprints and Q and A sessions. 

I took part in the Middle Grade March celebration where every day, a middle grade book was featured, shared, and promoted. The Heart of Bakers and Artist was displayed on March 7th. It was a terrific group to meet and support. 

I also had a great time on the Long Island Children’s Book Writer’ and Illustrators panel at St. Rose of Lima School. This was a wonderful LIVE event where authors could meet our young readers. I also met English and Reading teachers at the Long Island Language Arts Conference. 

Events are opening up! Good news for everyone. 

Catching Up

In case you missed any of March's blog posts, here they are:

Master Cooking Class #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge

We're Back

Theme Reveal

Page Hugger Paper Craft

The Crystal Beads, Lalka's Journey

The Kindness Machine Launches

Title Reveal (almost)

One More Day

A is for Address

B is for Birthdays

Writerly News

Title Reveal

The survey results are in. Thank you to all the readers who took part in the Title Reveal survey.

The title of the third book in the Becoming America’s Stories series had to have a similar sound and look to the other titles; The Heart of Bakers and Artists and The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers. It is a holiday story during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations in the Lower East Side of New York City, 1911. 

There were several other title suggestions. I appreciated everyone’s creative process and thoughts. 

The survey revealed that 66.7% of the readers voted for ...


The Wishes of Sisters and Strangers


The next step is the cover design.

   Oh! And finishing the manuscript.

Stay Tuned!

April 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge

If it is April, then the April AtoZ Blog Challenge is on!

The 2022 AtoZ is my forth year challenge. Everyday, except Sundays, Stories Served Around The Table website will feature a new AtoZ blog.

My theme this year is Grand Prompts to Ask your Grands. I will post a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling. 

I hope you will join me. You can find Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands here. Share your memories and thoughts.  

Readers' Corner

I love to read, don’t you? Writers are readers first. It is important to share book reviews so that fellow readers may find their next great read. Presently, my TBR list contains children’s picture books to middle grade and YA novels. I am also reading short story collections and women’s fiction.

The Crystal Beads, Lalka's Journey

I received the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

by Pat Black-Gould

The Crystal Beads, Lalka’s Journey, is a Holocaust story—one that probably happened frequently during those dark years. But unlike many Holocaust accounts, this story is told through the eyes of an innocent child. The mother knows danger approaches, but keeps the fear and terror from her daughter. She trades the child’s Star of David necklace for a rosary and plays games so her child may learn the Catholic prayers, songs, and vocabulary. Danger looms closer and Lalka must leave her home and live at a convent under the care and protection of brave Sister Teresa. Lalka’s grooming is tested when Gestapo officers interrogate the child. We can only assume the worst for Lalka’s mother, but because of courage, grace, and faith, the child’s disguise holds.

The illustrations have a vintage appeal, taking the reader into the journey from golden light to cold gloom.  

Pat Black-Gould has told a powerful story in the voice of an innocent. Like so many children of the Holocaust, innocence was robbed. The Crystal Beads, Lalka’s Journey, is a perfect addition to school and home libraries and would supplement the studies of history and the Holocaust. 

Upcoming Events

Please contact me ( ) to schedule book talks and other bookish events. I am available for virtual and live presentations.

April 11th Author-Illustrator Night Middle Country Schools, NY

April 28th Girl Scout Service Troop  Sayville, NY

May 18th Author-Illustrator Night Hampton Bays, NY

May 21st NYS Library Association SSL Verona, NY

If you are a teacher, librarian, or PTO chairperson searching for engaging and fun Meet the Author programs, PLEASE email me at

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The Heart of Bakers and Artists

The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers

Becoming America's Food Stories

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