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newcover_avatar     I’m overjoyed to announce that my second novel, the sequel to The Cyber Miracles has just been published!
The book costs $20 and is currently available at my eStore on CreateSpace (actually a private storefront connected to Amazon.com). It will be available shortly on Amazon.com.
     There will be a launch of the book, with a reading/signing, in a couple of weeks in Binghamton. That info will be posted here as soon as I have the exact date.  
     I hope you enjoy the novel as much as I have enjoyed creating it, quite  a labor of love. Sláinte!

The book proof arrived this evening. Time to pore over the contents. Fingers crossed that no redos are needed.

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Here’s the design for the book’s cover. It was done by Jocelyn Bailey, a recent graduate of the University of Buffalo. Jocelyn also designed the cover for my first novel. She felt it was important to retain a similar feel between both designs, with the graded tones. This cover was purposefully done in Riesling-ish yellow-greens, symbolizing the signature wine of the Finger Lakes.
     Once this is finished, it will be uploaded and I should get the final proof from the publisher in a couple of days. Can’t wait!

Just uploaded the manuscript. Cover next, then break out the bottle of Dr. Frank Cèlebré!

The book is edited, tweaked, edited, tweaked … tweaked! It’s 340 pages, about 50 more than “The Cyber Miracles.” Just have to meld the cover design onto the template and a uploadin’ we will go!

Met with the cover artist, Jocelyn Bailey, last night to preview the design for the book. Love it! Very Riesling … you’ll understand soon. Book will be sent off this week. Should be out very soon!

roseofclare_labelFinished, finally, tweaking the novel’s manuscript late, late last night. Once the cover is completed and the proof approved, the novel will be available at local bookstores, gift shops and on Amazon.com. I’ll announce details of the launch, to be held at RiverRead Books in downtown Binghamton, when the date is set.
     I love how a novel becomes a tapestry of all the people and things you encounter. This novel, as an example, would not have been written if not for the kindness of my great aunt Mary Reilly O’Keefe who let us stay at her cottage on Keuka Lake every summer.
     Over the years I have spoken with many people involved in the Finger Lakes Wine industry. When it came time to write this novel though, Vinny and Kim Aliperti of Billsboro Winery (he’s also the winemaker for Atwater Estate Vineyards), were very generous with their time in answering detailed questions I had about the day-to-day operations.
     As for the scenes set in Ireland, I owe much gratitude (míle buíochas— a thousand thanks) to the very talented Irish author/blogger Eddie Stack whom I met through Amazon.com. Here’s a delightful twist of fate — Eddie also happens to be from Ennistymon, County Clare, the hometown of a main character in the novel, Fergal Griffin. He patiently translated expressions into colloquial Clare-speak and explained the details of terrain to match what I’d remembered from my last trip there. Up da banner, Eddie!
     Finishing touches added to the story were influenced by the great community of Finger Lakes Wine Region promoters, winemakers, tasting room guides and critics found on Twitter. Follow the #flx, #flwine and #flxcrush hashtags for quite a learning experience about one of the most beautiful regions on earth. (Not the least bit biased.) Wondering if your favorite FLX winery is on Twitter? Check this great list on Ithacork blog.
     This concept of a novel as a tapestry of your life reminds me of a saying on the sweatshirt I received for Christmas a couple of years ago:

Careful, or you’ll end up in my novel.

     Consider yerself warned….

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     Last night I added a bit of Finger Lakes viticulture history to the beginning of each chapter in the sequel. Spent the whole day doing research on when grape varieties were introduced into the region. Fascinating stuff. Gives me a lot of respect for the work being done in the vineyards at Loughmare Winery.
     One more read through, finish up the cover and I’ll be shipping “A Sudden Gift of Fate” off for publication. Phew! Can’t wait. Just in time for the new vintages to be bottled….

     Most of the editors’s feedback is in. I was delighted to hear how positive their comments were. Today I started laying out the book. Won’t be long now.

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$20
Available NOW at my e-store (Amazon.com),
Amazon.com;
Barnes & Noble;
Powell's Books
What readers are saying:
"This endearing foursome, that so many readers of the first book fell in love with, face new challenges with Irish wit and a generally upbeat outlook on life. They're a group of friends that anyone would want to hang out with."
"After finishing it, I kept thinking of the characters and wondered how they were doing. I had to remind myself they weren't real and had to let them go..."
"I couldn't put it down."
"Pure dead brilliant!"

The Prequel

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Cost: $20

The story

Irish couple Fergal and Brídgeen Griffin get an intriguing wedding gift: the chance to manage a Finger Lakes winery. When they move to Keuka Lake from Queens, see the rundown winery and meet its surly winemaker, they realize it will be quite a challenge getting from grapevine to bottle.
Meanwhile their friends Maeve and Andy face a challenge of their own, separation as he pursues experimental therapy for his paraplegia.
As the two couples face the challenges ahead, will they be able to keep hope alive?

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