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May Book Wrap-Up: It’s Not Raining on My Parade!

Despite what felt like an inordinate amount of rain this May, I refused to be kept indoors!

Lit NYC: A Perfect Bookish Homecoming

I tried to keep it a secret, as much as someone can keep things like this a secret...

Surprising Famous Authors Who Hail From the Garden State – Traveling with The Travelers (Spring Break Edition)

It's day 1 of Traveling with the Travelers: Spring Break Edition and we've arrived in Northern New Jersey. To honor my former home, here are some famous authors you might not realize are from the Garden State.

Traveling with The Travelers (Spring Break Edition): Road Trip Book “Mix Tape”

It's Spring Break and we've got a road trip planned. That's a perfect opportunity to create a road trip book "mix tape".

Walking in a Winter Wonderland of Lights

When I was in NYC, I got caught right between Rockefeller Center Saks 5th Ave just when their holiday light show started. I was in a hurry and in no mood for a light show. But, I had no choice because of the clogged streets to stop and watch. And, you know what? It was super cool. And, it made me want to see more. So when we get home to Northern Virginia, I was really happy to my parents got us tickets to the Meadowlark Park Winter Walk of Light.

Old & New York: Traveling with The Travelers Day 2

I spent day 2 in NYC traveling around the city with my book, The Travelers, it's side kick Jane Bennet (see yesterdays blog as to why we brought her along) and my daughter's dance company (aka, a group of teen and preteen girls obsessed with dance). It was a day filled with an interesting mix of nostalgia and discovering things about NYC I never knew!

Crazy in NYC: Traveling with The Travelers Day 1!

The Travelers took a little tour of New York City along with the dance company my daughter is a part of (C4 Dance Company) yesterday. (I luckily got to come with them!) The Travelers also had a little pal. (Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice Zombies.) She shares the same last name as the main characters in my book (Dagny Bennet and her family). She's also a sassy girl from a fantasy book with connections to the past, like my book. Plus, I have a recent obsession with POP figurines. So she seemed like a great side kick for our little trip through the city. It all began Sunday night...

Monday Blog: No Sleep Till…Great Books and Movies Set in NYC

No sleep till...Well, not Brooklyn. But we did stay up late getting into Manhattan last night. I think that's close enough that I had to quote the Beastie Boys song. So, now, I'm happily in Manhattan, my former home. (I did live in Brooklyn for a little bit in a tiny apartment with an oddly huge, completely pink bathroom. Only in NYC people.) This is the first place I tried a knish. The first place I went to a professional basketball game. (My husband had season tickets to the Knicks once upon a time.) The place my daughter was born. If I'm being honest, when I left the area, I left a little bit of my heart behind. NYC will always feel like home to me. In honor of my trip here, are some of my favorite movies and books set in NYC.

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