#BuildinPublic The practice of building in public has been happening for years, but seems to be peaking lately. Happily, MyLibrarian and myself are on-trend. I often blog about what I’m working on, both entrepreneurship, coding and publishing, and shoot videos detailing my craft, sometimes taking it to social media. This year, however, I’ve gone next […]
Why let events out of your control hold you back, when you can grab a surfboard and learn to ride the waves? When Sydney and her fiancé break up, she has two choices: Stay in San Francisco as a single in the same-old routine, or try the experience of being a virtual nomad and working […]
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) …
In case you missed it, I did an author interview Read more about Author Q&A for How Good It Can Be …
Is it possible to outrun the mistakes of your past? A new chapter opens for sophomore Emma Saffron at college in California. Even though the death of her boyfriend Blake haunts her, she’s thriving in school, as a deejay for the campus station and a member of her sorority, and not giving up on true love.
Just when she thinks her relationship drama is over, Emma falls for handsome hipster Spencer, who’s gay. Emma’s crushed, but they become best friends anyway. Spencer likes Guy, who’s straight, and Guy likes Julia, but she’s in love with Emma. Her new love story develops into a ‘girls who like boys, who like boys, who like girls, who like girls’ dilemma.
A real paradox is revealed as Emma finds herself in THE LOVE QUAD. She faces the abusive past she’s been hiding from, and realizes bad things happen to everybody. You don’t have to let sexual violence, prejudice, fear of coming out, or attempted suicide influence the course of your life. Emma sees all the things that ruined her high school boyfriend happen in the lives of her new friends, but with her help they handle it, without letting it destroy them. Read more about Query for The Love Quad …