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Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Bloom of a Book
Awww, geez... I got so caught up in watching the preliminary mini-tournaments to the U.S. Open this week and fighting off yet another summer cold, as well as reading my next tour-de-force read-to-review novel, that I forget to post an entry for my yesterday's review that was posted this morning on
www.authorexposure.com. Big bummer!

Sorry ‘bout that.

Anyway. The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley, as the headline to my entry on my most favorite review site says, is, indeed, "a beautiful bloom of a book".

So, if you're looking for the almost, not quite, last of the summer flowering of beach-bound books to read during a last minute vacation as we head back into the start of school and the gloriously anticipated advent of a crisp and cooling autumn, here is the historical novelfor you.

Please follow the links above and enjoy the heady scents of a well-written novel that will capture not only your imagination, but your very soul.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Old and New

There is an old saying, "Dress to please others, but eat to please thyself." I don't know who said it or when, but while I agree with the second part, I disagree with the first. Now that I am retired, spending most of my time either on the courts or pursuing my varied literary endeavors, I dress for comfort, not for fashion. Besides, who else sees me except the dog, the cat, and the occasional neighbor?

Which is why I sometimes search the local Goodwill racks for vintage men's shirts or funky tees to wear. It's a shame, though, that there isn't a vintage clothing store in our immediate area, like the one in Stephanie Lehmann's novel, Astor Place Vintage .

Set in New York City of the early 1900s and the modern world of 2010, this critically acclaimed book is the story of two women who, separated by nearly a century of feminist history, find their lives entwined through a 1907 diary found in an old fur muff. This is a well-written novel; an enjoyable read which I reviewed for www.authorexposure.com. Please take the time to click the link and read my comments.

Oh, and I've amended the phrase I quoted above: "Dress vintagely to please others, but eat and read to please thyself."

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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,