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In my quest to read a book on all the presidents, I finished Chernow's "Washington, A Life" and decided to detour to Walter Isaacson's "Benjamin Franklin, An American Life" to get the full flavor of this time in American history. Isaacson's writing style is conversational, not pedantic, and challenging enough for me to have to look up a few words. This book was the perfect meat between a George Washington and John Adams literary sandwich. I most enjoyed Isaacson's conclusions, including a very satisfying end to the life story of one of our most innovative statesmen.  Putting Franklin's imperfections aside (mostly his desertion of his wife and some odd political ideals), his ideas permeate around us to this day. Not only his inventions and his civic discoveries but also his belief in the middle class as the backbone of American society. He is known, and often parodied, for flying a kite with his bald dome and long hair prominent, but Franklin was a complex man who probably was the......

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Book: "Washington, A Life" by Ron Chernow Podcast: American History Tellers, Season 5, Revolution If you have been following my blog series on American History: President x President, you are aware that I have been wondering, how did we get from the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution to where we are today? How have our political parties evolved into a torrent of conflict and violence? How has our country become so divided? Or, I wonder--4 presidential biographies and 2 detours into my passion project--have I been naive in viewing the birth of our nation in a romantic hue? Do I need to come to terms with the fact that little has changed over the last two-and-a-half centuries?  Is the answer to my questions as simple as, people remain the same and the only change from the days of our founding fathers and mothers is the current ease of disseminating information, the narrowing of the wide-reaching world, the unchecked availability of automatic weapons......

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I don't know exactly how I came up with this idea but it involved Laura Linney, one of my favorite actresses. Perhaps it was an article about her that I read, or an interview I heard, but she talked about her role as Abigail Adams in the HBO miniseries "John Adams" and how reading about our founding fathers was learning about American History. Maybe she said something about reading biographies on all the presidents or maybe she didn't, but I decided that's what I would do. I would read a biography on each president, in order, so I could get a history lesson on America.  The idea came at a perfect time. I had received my MFA in creative writing from the University of Tampa and my historical novel, "Bee King", about the first person diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in the United States, was published. I had put all of me into that book and into achieving my MFA that I needed a writing break. One richly deserved after writing novels for over thirty years, studying the craft of wri......

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I was a young prosecutor when I wrote Forbidden Room, rising at 5 each morning to write and then heading to work. With a red carpet beneath my feet and stars in my eyes, I thought I had the world figured out. I’ve learned since then that we actually know nothing, that each day is unpredictable and brings a surprising mixed bag of happiness and sadness or, if we’re lucky, contentment. When my dad would call and ask what was going on and I would respond, “nothing,” he’d say, “that’s good.” Three decades after Forbidden Room was published, I understand that “nothing” is a gem. I’ve published ten books since then, including a second and improved edition of Forbidden Room, Forbidden Night, book two of the Forbidden Trilogy and now Forbidden Horses, the final book of the trilogy. I didn’t realize it was a trilogy until working on the second edition of Forbidden Room when I unde......

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Writing a book is a difficult task! You have to be in a certain mental space to complete a book. You aren’t thinking about how get an ISBN number, or how to upload your book to some website, or how to format your book for print, you’re thinking about...

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I am proud to announce the publication of Bee King, my ninth book. Bee King is a historical novel about the first person diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in the United States. I wrote it as my thesis while I attended the University of Tampa's low residency program in creative writing and where I obtained my MFA. It was a wonderful program taught by talented writers. I met many amazing fellow students.  Bee King is the culmination of my more than thirty years attempting to gain a stronghold over this mysterious, lovely and daunting task of writing. While we're not supposed to have favorite children, Bee King is one of mine. It is, after all, a love letter to my mother. My mother had her first transient ischemic attack (TIA) in 1998, and her second one the year after. These mini-strokes were certainly alarming but she was still our amiable mother who my siblings and I readily turned to for emotional support. She continued to work as a nurse. Mom had a good run, he......

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This note is being posted in appreciation for the professional services you [the team at Telemachus Press] provide with Telemachus Press. With the publication of my second book "Estate of the Heart," you have once again exceeded my expectations in pr...

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Telemachus Press was selected, ahead of multiple other publishing services companies, to be my publisher and adviser for “Odyssey Uncharted,” my maiden memoir. I clearly made a good choice. Steve Himes and MaryAnn Nocco made sure that al...

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Working with Telemachus Press was absolutely seamless and stress-free. Their high professionalized staff worked tirelessly to explain the publishing process, helping me, the author, make key decisions on all aspects of my book. Their patience, exce...

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Telemachus Press did an outstanding job in bringing my story to life! Their expertise, attentiveness and patience allowed the process of the rough draft to the published piece an enjoyable one. I've already recommended Telemachus Press to aspiring w...

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