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Campo de’ Fiori Market in Rome – Facing East- A Great Read This Summer

Location: Piazza di Campo de Fiori, Rome. Rome’s oldest market is held on Campo Dei Fiori (Flora’s Courtyard, not ‘flower market’). Here you will find the best fish in the city, fresh vegetables and attractively-piled fruit, spice, as well as … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Gold Coast – A Great Setting for A Novel

“Chicago has so much excellent architecture that they feel obliged to tear some of it down now and then and erect terrible buildings just to help us all appreciate the good stuff.” Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife I wrote … Continue reading

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A Book Club Discusses Facing East

Here is a  message I am proud to share….. “I loved our last gathering; having an author in our midst is truly special and Stepheny is an amazingly humble one. Even after TWO novels. The verdict was clear; we loved … Continue reading

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Off To Italy For A Few Days With The Novel -Facing East

Hours of research for a novel are often condensed into a few sentences, but the research on Lucca convinced me that it has everything a person could want if they are considering a move to Italy. In writing Facing East, … Continue reading

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Off To Italy For A Few Days With The Novel -Facing East

In writing Facing East, one of the main characters, Robert Davis, heads to Italy for six months hoping to find his Shangri-la. It allowed me to draw from my own experience while on a garden tour in Tuscany. I could … Continue reading

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Off To Italy For A Few Days With The Novel -Facing East

I have imaged returning to Italy to Pienza and Lucca to stay for an extended period of time. I was able to go back through Robert Davis, one of the main characters in the new novel, Facing East. Writing about … Continue reading

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Off To Italy for a Few Days With The Novel – Facing East

The novel, Facing East is set in Chicago, but considerable time is spent in Italy. After a garden tour and the remembrance of that wonderful experience, I returned to Tuscany through the writing of this book. In my mind’s eye … Continue reading

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Spending A Few Days In Italy With The Novel – Facing East

The novel, Facing East is set in Chicago, but considerable time is spent in Italy. I once visited Tuscany with my garden club, and remember the joy of it all. Based on my own experience, and the research I did, … Continue reading

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A Great Setting for a Novel – The “Gold Coast” in Chicago

In two paragraphs Daniel Amory has captured the essence of the “Gold Coast” area in Chicago, and is why I chose this setting for my second novel, Facing East. Driving south along the Outer Drive with views of Lake Michigan … Continue reading

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Whenever I Buy Plums

I took this photo yesterday when I bought plums at Fresh Market. Whenever I buy plums I  remember a true story that happened when I was a child. For a time, my parents owned a small house in Finville, Michigan, … Continue reading

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Only 11 Days Left

There is a scene in Facing East that takes place under the Marshall Field’s clock on State Street. When Macy’s bought Field’s and announced they would be changing the name of the store, protests occurred under this famous clock. To … Continue reading

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Goodreads Giveaway – Facing East

Have you signed up yet for the Goodreads Giveaway of  the new novel, Facing East? Here is the link. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/143326-facing-east I hope you win one of the four signed copies. Giveaway ends July 18th Back Cover Blurb: With the unexpected death … Continue reading

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