Friday, September 30, 2016

Catch the weekly Podcast of the Thirteenth Hour

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Free on iTunes at Join me every Monday for candid conversation about the behind-the-scenes making of The Thirteenth Hour books and topics such as writing, fantasy novels, the nature of fairy tales, 80s movies, martial arts, archery, and more - all topics that inspired the books I've written. Each episode is about 20-25 minutes.

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant

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                                             American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant

From the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America’s greatest generals—and most misunderstood presidents

In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders.” But the battlefield commander-turned-commander-in-chief fell out of favor in the twentieth century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we need to once more revise our estimates of him in the twenty-first.

Based on seven years of research with primary documents—some of them never examined by previous Grant scholars—this is destined to become the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer exceptionally skilled at writing momentous history from the inside out, shows Grant to be a generous, curious, introspective man and leader—a willing delegator with a natural gift for managing the rampaging egos of his fellow officers. His wife, Julia Dent Grant, long marginalized in the historic record, emerges in her own right as a spirited and influential partner.

Grant was not only a brilliant general but also a passionate defender of equal rights in post-Civil War America. After winning election to the White House in 1868, he used the power of the federal government to battle the Ku Klux Klan. He was the first president to state that the government’s policy toward American Indians was immoral, and the first ex-president to embark on a world tour, and he cemented his reputation for personal courage by racing against death to complete his Personal Memoirs. Published by Mark Twain, it is widely considered to be the greatest memoir by an American leader, but its place in Grant’s life story has never been fully explored—until now.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The 2016 Dorrys , and the winners are !

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BOOK OF THE YEAR - FICTION Dawn Tripp, Georgia

BOOK OF THE YEAR - NON-FICTION Paul Caranci, Scoundrels: Defining Corruption Through Tales of Political Intrigue in Rhode Island

BOOK OF THE YEAR - POETRY Frances O'Donnell, Whispers from the Tree of Life

BOOK OF THE YEAR - CHILDREN'S Claudine Pepin, Let's Cook French
TWITTER OF THE YEAR @v_manuscript
READING SERIES OF THE YEAR Point Street Reading Series

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tuesday Line -Up on the Authors Hour

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News, Book Signings, New Releases, Publishing and Author Interviews

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Tentatively scheduled at 9:05am Author Hal Chorney will discuss PIE- RATS

We may have a second Author and are waiting for a confirmation.

Friday, September 23, 2016

MYSTIC: Sydney Williams (Notes from Old Lyme) Book Signing

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Sydney M. Williams has compiled a medley of essays that reflect on the precious moments of life spent in contemplation, away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday grind. They include his time spent in nature, with friends and family, or reflecting on our nation’s current affairs. Within his essays there is an inspiring appreciation of the art of savoring life rather than careening through it, unaware of our surroundings and ourselves.
SYDNEY M. WILLIAMS lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1965, and for the last forty-seven years has worked on Wall Street. He writes the blogs Thought of the Day and Notes from Old Lyme, and is author of One Man’s Family: Growing Up in Peterborough and Other Stories, also from Bauhan Publishing.
Event date: 
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
Bank Square Books
53 W Main St.
Mystic, CT 06355

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The 43rd Annual Fall Conference NEIBA

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New England Independent Booksellers Association ( NEIBA) Conference
This was day 2 of the 3 day conference, Trade Show Exhibits Open from 10 am till 4:30 pm

We handed out a lot of our ARIA new catalogs to book store owners and buyers from all New England and received numerous compliments on our selection on display. This should help a lot of our members with sales for the holiday season coming up. It was real nice matching a face to a e-mail or facebook friend at the show as our outstanding ARIA group continues to grow.
Special Thank You, to Rebecca Compton.

The Dragons on Dazzle Island, at Barrington Books

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Barrington's very own, Mary Jane Begin to launch her latest My Little Pony masterpiece,
The Dragons on Dazzle Island, at Barrington Books
Saturday, September 24th from 1 - 2:30pm
[Barrington, RI] - Barrington Books proudly presents Mary Jane Begin for the hometown launch of her highly anticipated second book in collaboration with Hasbro, Saturday, September 24th at 1:00pm in its Barrington Shopping Center location. The party will include a reading from the new book, author-led drawing game with attendees, many My Little Pony-themed giveaways and more.
My Little Pony: Dragons on Dazzle Island
Rarity's entire order of rare island gemstones has been canceled because the Great Dragon Migration has brought dragons to Dazzle Island! But all hope is not lost as Fluttershy and Spike travel to the island and explain to the dragons why they need to move. When our heroes reach Dazzle Island, they discover that it'll take more than a few words to resolve Rarity's problem!
Ready your hooves as you travel with Fluttershy and Spike to confront new dangers, help a fellow pony gain her cutie mark, and learn the true power in hugs!

About the Author:
Mary Jane Begin is a Senior Critic in the Illustration Department at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she has taught for twenty-four years and serves as the Internship + Professional Development Advisor. Her latest teaching venture includes on line video courses with  The Foundations of Color, Elements of Composition for Illustrators, Artist at Work series and Character Development and Design. 
Born and based in Rhode Island, Mary Jane is an award-winning illustrator and author known for her acclaimed picture books; Little Mouse's Painting, A Mouse Told His Mother, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Willow Buds, tales inspired by The Wind in the Willows, a classic tale that she also illustrated.  Mary Jane wrote and illustrated her latest picture book, My Little Pony: Under the Sparking Sea published by Little Brown and Company in collaboration with Hasbro, with a new book in the series, The Dragons on Dazzle Island.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tuesday Line -Up on the Authors Hour 9-20-16

The greatest song making cricket in all of Rhode Island, Song Maker, and his insect friends, Long Green, Big Daddy, Slimy, Father Ant, Mother Ant, Cousin Red and Mantis encounter what they consider to be a family of scary looking beetles. Will they fight and try to hurt one another because they are different looking? When Big Daddy is caught by a hummingbird will he end up being lunch or can his friends save him? Will friendship create a special day in the lives of our insect friends and the burying beetles?
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Book Signings, New Releases, Publishing Questions and Author Interviews

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All the Rest of Her Days contains layers of love, loss and guilt, which affects the lives of two families and three generations from the 1950s to the 1990s from Massachusetts to Ireland. It will sadden you, excite you and make you weep for the characters and rejoice in their successes. Sixteen year old Maggie is pregnant and the fabric of her family is shredded. Fear grips them. The secret must be buried and lies need to be told. Maggie is forced to relinquish her son for adoption. She is bereft and never forgets him. Thirty years later she receives a phone call from him. Stunned, she must decide to see him or continue on with her life without him. This novel is rich with detail and the characters are memorable all the way to the last page.

Thursday, September 8, 2016


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Contemporary Romance - Women's Fiction

Saturday, September 24th
1-3 p.m.
Book release & signing with award-winning author Claire Gem and her newest contemporary romance
"The Phoenix Syndrome"

Turning forty, for Lannie Marvin, is rough. It’s the day she discovers her husband is leaving her for a younger “soulmate.” At work, a crazed mouse being treated with an experimental drug brutally bites her. Then, Lannie goes a little crazy, too.
Seems she’s recently developed a serious crush on the drummer of her son’s favorite heavy metal band. Waking up to her husband’s empty closet, her finger still throbbing from the mouse bite, Lannie snaps. Under the ruse of a shopping trip, Lannie kidnaps her sister-in-law/best friend, and heads toward Bethel, New York – the site of the original Woodstock concert.
Just so happens Dreamwish is playing a concert there, and Lannie managed to procure the pair of tickets her son won but couldn’t use.
Tristan Allard, the band’s drummer, holds this benefit every year in memory of his wife, whom he lost to breast cancer. The musician is beginning to doubt his ability to write the band’s music without his wife’s inspiration – she was also his muse. Plus, he’s damn lonely. So when a sexually charged, extremely attractive, slightly older woman literally plows into him at the backstage reception, Tristan is ready to learn more about her – and her long-buried interest in musical composition.
The two head off for a wild ride of a weekend, but reality boomerangs around way too soon. Tristan is headed to the UK to audition his next album’s scores. And an elevated libido isn’t the only side-effect of that experimental drug.
To her horror, Lannie soon discovers the treated mice are going deaf.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

ARIA NEXT MEETING — September 8, 2016

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The next regular meeting of the Association of Rhode Island Authors will take place on Thursday, September 8 in the Community Room at the Thundermist Health Center, 186 Providence Street, West Warwick.

Our guest speaker this month will be David Englund who will be discussing "Podcasting for Authors."

Informal networking begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. New authors, members and guests are always welcome!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Author Line-Up for Tuesday 9-6-16

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New Releases, Book Signings, Publishing Questions and Author Interviews

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Tentatively Scheduled at 9:05am Authors Linda & Bob Monahan will discuss,

The Landlord's Complete Guide from A to Z

Monday, September 5, 2016

Book Signing and a Cold One Too !

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Rhode Island Authors in Narragansett, RI

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This is going to be a great event. Buy Autographed Books, They Make Wonderful Gifts. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children's, Poetry, Biography. Memoirs & More. Cash Bar.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Barrington’s Donohue Publishes Memoir About Growing up in Wartime Vietnam

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Barrington's Mai Donohue has published a memoir, titled "Crossing the Bamboo Bridge: Memoirs of a Bad Luck Girl," of her early years of life in Vietnam and the challenges of growing up in wartime. There will be a book launch party at Simone's in Warren on September 25.
The book chronicles a childhood that was marked by poverty, abuse, and child marriage during wartime in Vietnam. Donohue ran away from the countryside of the city of Saigon, worked a number of low wage jobs, taught herself English, started her own business enterprises, met her husband Brian, a U.S. Naval officer, and relocated to Rhode Island.
The book took 20 years to come to fruition and first started as an essay in a class taught by ESL teacher Margaret Connell at CCRI.
Donohue has invited friends, family, and the community to join her for a book launch on September 25th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Simone’s restaurant in Warren. Signed books will be available for purchase. They will also be available from More information, including the first chapter of the book, can be found at