How to Sparkle

How to Sparkle

During a life coaching session with the fabulous Tara Quinn, something very joyful materialized. I laughed with delight by how much I’m inspired by the Duchess of Sussex aka MM aka Meghan Markle. It was right after she gave a speech to recent grads, where she used her platform compassionately and intelligently to speak about […]

Create Everyday, from Virtually Anywhere

Create Everyday, from Virtually Anywhere

I’ve been working remotely for four years now. Create everyday, from virtually anywhere is my motto, whether I’m in SF, Bali, Barcelona or on the Love Farm with my parents in PA. Beside managing fear, financial changes, and ensuring my family are safe, work hasn’t changed much. If anything, it has expanded. It’s very encouraging […]

Meet MyLibrarian

Meet MyLibrarian

Meet MyLibrarian—the modern way to browse for books. Watch the casual pitch video here: https://youtu.be/Bw2vrlvgixo MyLibrarian is a ML/AI book discovery product and platform that uses big data and expert librarian brains to disrupt a $40B industry, and is poised to become the next Goodreads and Book of the Month Club. MyLibrarian is essential for […]

Query for Allegra (aka Pasquino Won’t Be Silenced)

Query for Allegra (aka Pasquino Won’t Be Silenced)

Ever since her mother’s death, Allegra Pasquino’s been the joy of her father’s life. And when he’s locked in the dungeons of Castel Sant’Angelo, the fate of the family hinges on whether Allegra can make a group of ancient statues talk.

In 1501 Rome, it’s the beginning of a new era of opulence and opportunity. Art is commissioned and antiquities dug from the earth. The Pasquinos run a successful clothing business and the Vatican is one of their clients, which makes them privileged to all sorts of confessions.

When a statue is unburied at a construction site outside the Pasquino shop, satirical poems and cartoons criticizing the aristocracy, and even the Catholic Church soon appear pinned to it. In Renaissance Rome, this was the only form of free speech.

At 20, Allegra is too old to still be at home. Her father arranges a marriage with the son of one of Milan’s finest tailors, and she must do as she’s told. Then Allegra meets a young man from the Roman Jewish neighborhood of Trastevere. She knows the attraction she feels for him is forbidden.

The posts on the statue draw unwanted attention, and her father is imprisoned. Since the statue is nicknamed Pasquino, everyone assumes the posts come from him, whether he writes them or not. Read more about Query for Allegra (aka Pasquino Won’t Be Silenced)