Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Blue Umbrella Books - Westfield, Massachusetts

A new independently owned bookstore has opened up in Westfield, Massachusetts.  You can find Blue Umbrella Books at 2 Main Street on the common, and you can find my books there as well.

Here's their website, and have a look here at their Facebook page.  The store is open Tuesday through Sunday, and is a great spot for author events.

I'll be featured on Saturday, December 3rd, for a meet and greet and signing and chatting from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.  More about that later.

Until then you can stop in and purchase my books, and find a great variety of other books in every genre.  Few bookstores are as welcome to independent authors and artisans--Blue Umbrella Books is a rare gem.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review of States of Mind: New England

My thanks to John Greco for his kind review of my book States of Mind: New England on his blog. Have a look here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Berkshire Theatre Group - New Play - Stockbridge, Massachusetts

The Berkshire Theatre Group has launched a new play called The Bakelite Masterpiece that will be at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts for the next three weeks.  The subject matter (which, by coincidence, I used as a plot device in my mystery novel Whitewash in the Berkshires, published earlier this year) involves a fascinating art forgery in Europe at the end of World War II.  Here is the synopsis from the press release:

The Unicorn TheatreThursday, September 29-Sunday, October 23 

After a critically acclaimed World Premiere at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Canada, Berkshire Theatre Group and WAM Theatre are joining forces to present the American Premiere of The Bakelite Masterpiece

It's the end of World War II, and Holland is in chaos. The artist Van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazi Leader, Hermann Goering. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor Geert Piller, art historian and resistance fighter, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. The Bakelite Masterpiece is a play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Big E 100th Anniversary - West Springfield, Massachusetts

The Eastern States Exposition, or Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, New England's Great State Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  Above is just one blast from the past exhibit, but there's more.

And also on hand are a few of the usual suspects:

There's still another week to go! For more info, have a look at this website.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My Books at the Library - Springfield, Massachusetts

Recently, a kind person made a comment on a Facebook post that she had requested her library to purchase a copy of my book on the career of actress Ann Blyth - - Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.  I am very grateful to her.

While many authors get a thrill from seeing their books on bookstore shelves, most bookstores around the country will not carry the books of self-published authors.  Sometimes those in the minority that do will require a fee from the author above their cut of the sale just for giving the book shelf space. 

But libraries, that most egalitarian bastion of learning in our society, do give self-published authors a place at the table.  It is an even bigger kick for some of us to have our book on the shelf of a public library among older, established, even worn books, knowing they are joining the ranks of a literary heritage to which we aspire -- than to have them placed in competition with current best sellers.  A competition most of us self-published authors lose.

These photos are books of mine to be found at the Springfield (Massachusetts) City Library.  The Ann Blyth book is in the biographies section.

Here in the fiction section is my novel, Meet Me in Nuthatch.

It's a kick to have three of them in a row.

I love libraries.  It's humbling when they seem to love you back.

My deepest thanks to the Springfield City Library, and to any public libraries that carry my books. 

For libraries interested in obtaining my books in paperback, please contact the printer, Create Space for a selection of my self-published books. They sell to the general public, but also offer a special rate for libraries and resellers.

Also available in paperback at Amazon.

It's a big book.  It sticks out.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


SPEAK OUT BEFORE YOU DIE - 2nd book in my "cozy mystery-noir-romance" series is currently FREE for the eBook, today and tomorrow, August 31st. Take at look over at Amazon and download your FREE copy.

The series is set in New England in the post-World War II era, a world in flux, where our centuries-old cities were being sliced through with super-highways, where city dwellers were moving to a place that used to be farmland and now was called suburbia.  Even in a place as old as New England, there was newness -- and it was sometimes very strange, especially for a guy like Elmer Vartanian, who had spent seven years in prison. 

The second in the “Double V Mysteries” series reunites wealthy Juliet Van Allen and ex-con Elmer Vartanian on New Year’s Eve, 1949. Guests are gathered in a snowbound Hartford, Connecticut, mansion for the wedding of Juliet’s widowed father to an elegant younger woman just after the clock strikes midnight. When Juliet finds what appears to be a threatening note directed at her father, she calls Elmer to pose as a hired servant to help ferret out the danger…but midnight is approaching and time is running out. There may be murder as the old year dies.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Race Rock Light

Photo by J.T. Lynch

Race Rock Light is on dangerous reef southwest of Fishers Island, south of the Connecticut coast. New England has its share of dangerous waters, and our many lighthouses dotting the coast give testament to this area being one of the so-called “graveyards” of the Atlantic for the number of shipwrecks over the years.  In just one year alone, 1837, eight ships were lost on Race Rock reef, where the tide forces the current with great power.

Photo by J.T. Lynch

Some believe Race Rock Light to be haunted, which perhaps presents another kind of danger, but that’s another story.

Photo by J.T. Lynch

It was built in the 1870s, and just the rock ledge which forms its foundation took seven years to construct. The Fresnel lens was automated in 1978.  It is currently maintained by the New London Maritime Society.

Photo by J.T. Lynch

Have a look at this website for more information and some fascinating lore about the Race Rock Light.
Photo by J.T. Lynch