Sep 16 2007

I don’t want to say goodbye to summer.

Helena | Category: Teeth in a Pickle Jar | Comments closed

I can’t believe it’s mid-September already and I haven’t posted anything since May. Bad, bad writer!

Actually, I don’t mind the Fall, especially since I’ll be spending a good part of it at my house in Bradenton FL.

On the “Teeth” front I have three speaking engagements coming up in the Tampa Bay area: November 1 at Tampa Palms Women’s Club in Tampa; November 13 at Plant City Women’s Club, Plant City FL; and Nov. 14 at the Apollo Beach Women’s Club, at the Summerfield Crossing Golf Course, Summerfield FL. You can look up these, and future talks on

In July I was invited to appear at the meeting of the Tampa Bay Newcomers Book Club. About 30 people waited to grill me, figuratively speaking of course. I was happy to hear that they loved my book. YES!

“Teeth in a Pickle Jar” continues to do amazingly well. I am surprised, because I’ve been so busy working, I haven’t done any book promotion or publicity lately. Okay, maybe I should re-phrase it: I am NOT surprised the book is doing well. I AM surprised that it seems to sell even without any marketing efforts on my part. I guess this means that the word of mouth (from all those satisfied readers) is still the best publicity around.

I will sign off now but will be back soon to report on the upcoming crop of talks. In the meantime, keep reading!

May 24 2007


Helena | Category: Teeth in a Pickle Jar | Comments closed

I just realized what a bad blogger I am. How people manage to write blogs every single day I will never know, but these folks put me to shame. And I call myself a writer!

So anyway, “Teeth in a Pickle Jar” continues to do very well. I had several book talks / signings last month, namely at the South Manatee Library in Bradenton, FL at Temple Terrace Junior Women’s Club in Tampa FL, and at Tampa Bay Newcomers, also in Tampa. As always, I am amazed (and delighted) to get such a wonderful reception and feedback.

A lot of people tell me they come to my events because they are intrigued by the book’s title, “Teeth in a Pickle Jar” Well, that’s great because a book’s title should be catchy and whet people’s appetite to find out more, don’t you think? They often ask me what’s behind this quirky title. Well, behind this quirky title is a quirky book – and it is definitely not about dentistry!

I like quirky, don’t you? Okay, maybe not too quirky, which borders on weird, but I definitely enjoy some wackiness and a dash of idiosyncrasy. And of course, humor! Almost every critic who reviewed “Teeth in a Pickle Jar” said it was “funny, witty, humorous.” (You can read all the reviews here:

I try to reflect the funny, upbeat, lighthearted and slightly irreverent tone of “Teeth” in my talks. It works! It’s great to hear people laugh out loud.

I think sense of humor is SO important, but unfortunately not enough people have it (or show it). Sure, life can be serious and even tragic at times, and the tears sometimes just flow (been there, done that). But hey, we gotta laugh too! It’s what gets us through the day. And if my book makes people laugh, well, I am honored!

Of course, there are sad moments in “Teeth” as well, because a great novel should be a reflection of life. And life, as we all know, has its ups and downs. So do the characters in my book. I want my readers to feel what my characters feel. I want them to be touched and inspired. Are you? Please let me know.

So here’s to good books and to laughter. May they be around for a long, long time.

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