Gallup, New Mexico

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Cosmo and Silvia stop in Gallup, New Mexico after a day of driving for dinner. Founded in 1881 as a railhead for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, today Gallup is the most populous city between Albuquerque and Flagstaff, and about one-third of

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Tucumcari, New Mexico

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Cosmo and Silvia stop in a town just west of Albuquerque which is modeled after Tucamcari, New Mexico. Named after the mountain that is situated near this small city, it has a charm of its own with a number of vintage styled hotels and

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Groom, Texas

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Soon after Cosmo and Silvia cross the border into Texas, they stumble upon an unusual sight- a 190 foot-tall free-standing cross.  The cross lives in Groom, Texas, a small town with a population below 600 in the panhandle region of Texas- the

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Texola, Oklahoma

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Cosmo and Silvia make it to the western most edge of Oklahoma and stay in a motel near Texola, Oklahoma for the third night of their journey. This nearly abandoned ghost town sits on the Oklahoma-Texas border.  This town dates back to the

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Memphis, Tennessee

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On the second night of their journey, Silvia and Cosmo make it to Memphis, Tennessee, where Silvia has a friend, Clay, who is Blues musician. When he tells Cosmo that he moved there to study the Blues, Cosmo assumes that he is attending a school

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Blue Ridge Parkway

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After a near fatal accident with a Mack truck soon after entering Virginia, Cosmo is grateful to be alive and his eyes are open wide to the physical world around him. As they drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, he readily

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Hammonton, NJ

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Silvia picks Cosmo up in the beginning of the second chapter, and they’re off on their journey. Or so he thinks.  She forgot her phone at their father’s house in New Jersey and so she must return there before they can begin the trip.

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University City, Philadelphia, Pa

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Discovery of an Eagle begins in an office in Philadelphia’s University City.  Cosmo Greco, the protagonist of the story, attended University of Pennsylvania where he studied Astronomy.  He only attended for 2 years before dropping out, but

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The Many Places in Discovery of an Eagle

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The next series of blog posts will be in celebration of my forthcoming novel Discovery of an Eagle, which will be released on May 1st.  This is the second book in the Greco family trilogy and is told through 28 year-old Cosmo Greco’s point of

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Eggplant Parmesan

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In Chapter Seven of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, Silvia goes through a box of family photos to get inspiration for finishing her painting.  She comes across one from Cosmo’s Confirmation and recalls the party after the

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