Flagstaff, Arizona

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After their visit to the Grand Canyon, Silvia and Cosmo head down to Flagstaff. Established in 1882 as a railroad stop, today this lovely little city has a population of just over 67,000 and is home to Northern Arizona University, Lowell

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Hopi, Arizona

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There aren’t many places in the world as sacred as the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. Situated in the Northeastern part of the state and completely surrounded by a much larger Navajo reservation, Hopi was settled in circa 1100 making it the

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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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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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Best of Suspense Magazine

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I’m honored to say that Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees is on Suspense Magazine’s prestigious Best of 2012 List!

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Best Of 2012!

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Big news!  Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees is on the “Best of 2012” book list in Suspense Magazine!  Be sure to check out this wonderful review journal and all of the selections on their list for the best books of 2012.

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A Perfect Holiday Read For Free!

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Maybe there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as a free Kindle book, and I am delighted to say that Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees will be free this week, December 3rd, 4th and 5th!  If you have not read my novel

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Characters in Motion

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Silvia moves through the world like a Peanut’s character dancing.  Frank moves from one side of the kitchen to the other like he is keeping beat to a Polka song.  Cosmo moves with a bounce in his step, his head bopping back and forth like a

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Neither Morons nor Mobsters

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I strongly believe in the saying “Write what you know.” And that is just what I did in writing my novel. I grew up in New Jersey in an Italian-American family and so the family of my novel is Italian-American and the setting is New

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