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Tuscany Wine Tour – An Unforgettable Day Out

Feb 16, 2014
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Why do people love to visit Tuscany so much? Just mention the word “Tuscany” in certain circles and you are greeted with ecstatic sighs and…

Non-US Self-Publisher? Tax Issues Don't Need to be Taxing

Feb 11, 2014
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This is a very useful blog about tax implications for authors who are publishing on Amazon Kindle but who are not US citizens and don’t…

Don’t Get Caught Dressing Like a Man

Feb 6, 2014
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While doing research for my novel The Towers of Tuscany, I can across a law that was on the books in Florence for a couple…

Sleeping Under the Tuscan Moon

Feb 3, 2014
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I love Tuscany so much that I named my novel after it! Europe is full of amazing sites, compelling history, gorgeous countryside, and yet there is…

Top Five Things to Do in San Gimignano

Jan 12, 2014
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San Gimignano – the Tuscan City of Towers! It’s an entrancing place and one that I love returning to again and again. I’ve visited San Gimignano…

The Most Beautiful Piazza in Europe: Il Campo in Siena

Jan 12, 2014
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First Stop in Siena The first stop for any visitor to Siena is the Piazza del Campo in the heart of the city. In a…

A Nose for Death by Glynis Whiting

Jan 6, 2014
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I was fortunate to attend a reading of “A Nose for Death” given by its author Glynis Whiting. This is Whiting’s first novel, although she…

Palazzo Pubblico in Siena – Martini Frescoes

Jan 5, 2014
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In “The Towers of Tuscany,” my novel about a 14th Century woman painter (to be published in February 2014), the main character, Sofia Carelli, visits…

Book Reviews

Jan 3, 2014
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I’m committing myself in 2014 to read and review two books a week. My reviews will be posted on this blog and on GoodReads and…

First Dinner in London

Mar 9, 2013
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 I should be in a British pub drinking lager and smelling old cigarettes. Instead, I’m sitting at a blond wood table in a tasteful airy…

Arrival in London, England

Mar 9, 2013
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After many many months of planning and scheming, our three-month sojourn in Europe begins. I fly to London for three days while Gregg flies to…

Loire Valley

Sep 10, 2012
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August 3 to August 6, 2012 We enjoyed a sun-filled drive north to the Loire Valey and thanks to the help of a real paper…