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About Daria

Daria DiGiovanni is an accomplished writer, author, blogger, internet radio host and social media professional. She released her first novel, Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal in 2008 and is currently at work on a sequel, Sea To Shining Sea. In addition to her blog, she contributes content to a variety of sites, ghostwrites books, provides training on social media platforms, manages social media accounts for individuals and businesses and hosts various internet radio programs, including Writestream Tuesday, and Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss. Daria launched the Writestream Radio Network in March of 2013. Rejoicing in the flow of creativity, the network features hosts Lisa Tarves (Just Believe and Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss), John D. Gresham (Military Monday), Dr. Billie Eizenberg and Attorney Sheena Benjamin-Wise (Family Power Hour), and Kristyn Fetterman (Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss). In November of 2013 she released Reflections on the Ring, a book she authored for Lori Colombo-Dunham and looks forward to the release of Steps To Salvation, a book she's currently writing for client Shlomo Attia.

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Savor Our City and Slice of Provence to Host Shlomo Attia Book Signing

Denise Righetti, owner of Savor Our City & Denise’s Foodie Events and Boca Raton establishment Slice of Provence are hosting a book signing event for Shlomo Attia, author of Steps To Salvation, on Tuesday, September 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Attendees can enjoy a gourmet buffet of assorted pizzas, salad, wine, and dessert for one fixed price of $25.00 per person. For those who wish to purchase a paperback, Shlomo will be selling them for $19.95. Already have a copy of Steps To Salvation? Bring it along and he’ll sign it for you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: DENISE RIGHETTI

Info@SavorOurCity.com

(954) 410-3177

French Pizza?

Boca Raton, FL September 8, 2014  Mais oui c’est vrai! (Yes, it’s true!): While it was not invented in France, The French are known for their aromatic, crisp and scrumptious pizza, crisp on the bottom and generously garnished on top with wholesome, authentic, fresh ingredients.

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Slice of Provence Proprietor Cecile Giraud grew up in the French countryside where she would spend time with her grandmother in her garden.  It is here where she learned to appreciate the diversity of home grown spices and herbs, their generous fragrance and the astounding range of flavor profiles they offer when used in scrumptious recipes.

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While living in Provence with her husband and two children, Cecile began experimenting with interesting food combinations, bringing the best of what the native ingredients had to offer, and along with her husband Steve, together they created their own twist on the most authentic pizza recipes to make them uniquely their own.

Cecile and her husband decided to open their first Slice of Provence in the heart of Downtown Boca Raton, adjacent to the upscale Mediterranean-style plaza, Royal Palm Place. It’s the first and only pizza bar of its kind in the world. The distinctive taste of Slice of Provence signature pizzas relies on using the finest French products such as their hand stretched artisanal dough, made with extra fine flower, truffle oil and lavender honey and strict use of imported cheeses such as Cantal, known for its wonderfully complex taste and delectable aroma.

A few examples of the many artisanal pizzas served at Slice of Provence is their Auberginepizza, made with Cantal cheese, dices tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, roasted eggplant, black olive tapenade, goat cheese, sea salt flakes and micro greens; the Forestiere, made with Cantal cheese, sautéed shiitake, crimini & maiitake mushrooms, ricotta, white truffle oil, sea salt flakes, microgreens; the Pistou, made with homemade pesto, Cantal cheese, cherry tomatoes,sautéed portobello mushrooms, pine nuts; and the Croisette, smoked Norwegian salmon, red onion, mascarpone, lump roe caviar, micro greens.

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Slice of Provence’s menu consists of a wide variety of artisanal pizzas, salads and desserts with a lovely offering of imported French wines, starting at $5/glass.  Dine inside or better yet, al fresco and relax to the soft French background music, check out their specialty products and enjoy the extraordinary culinary experience they proudly call a . . . Slice of Provence.

They are located at 205 SE 1st Avenue and are open Monday through Friday 11am – 9pm; Saturday from 5pm – 10pm and Sundayfrom 5pm – 9pm, with plans to open for Sunday Brunch coming soon.

For more information, visit www.SliceofProvence.com or call 561-409-4821.

Follow them on Facebook for event updates and specials at: Slice of Provence.

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Social Media, Book Sales and Managing Expectations

Although I originally broadcast this episode back in 2011, the advice is still relevant. It’s a delicate balance between budget, time, and expectations but if you’re going to make an impression and sell books as an independent author, social media is a necessary tool (in addition to “traditional” events like local speaking engagements). As someone who manages social media for individuals and businesses, it’s always a challenge to help authors understand its value when all they can see is the bottom line. I get it. You have limited resources and need to see a return on your investment asap. I wish we lived in a world where there was a direct correlation between effort (e.g. an appearance on a Blog Talk Radio show) and results (immediately following your interview you sell 100 books). Sadly, we don’t.

Then again, with traditional print advertising, there’s never been a guarantee that an ad costing X amount of dollars would directly result in X amount of sales. Either way, it’s a time commitment for the social media consultant hired to manage your blog and/or platforms so you can concentrate on the other more important obligations in your life — such as family and day job.

Anyway, I happened across the archived episode back when I was in a different business partnership. I hope it’s helpful for anyone curious about using social media platforms for success as an independent author. And let me close by adding I am very grateful to be in business with Lisa Tarves now!

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Writestream Tuesday with author Tracy Lawson

Can’t get enough dystopia? Then tune in to Writestream Tuesday on September 16 at 1 p.m. Eastern when I’ll interview Buddhapuss author Tracy Lawson about her debut novel, Counteract:

CounteractTwo strangers-their destinies entwined-must work together to thwart a terrorist the country never suspected.

The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism for the last fifteen years with the full backing of the US government. Their carefully crafted list of Civilian Restrictions means no concerts or sporting events, no travel, no social media, no cash transactions, and no driver’s licenses for eighteen-year-olds Tommy and Careen. The OCSD has even outlawed grocery stores, all in the name of safety.
Now, there’s a new threat-airborne chemical weapons that could be activated at any time. But the OCSD has an antidote: Just three drops a day is all it takes to stay safe. It’s a small price to pay for safety.
Or is it…

Sounds hauntingly familiar, doesn’t it?

Here’s a bit about Tracy from her bio at Tracy Lawson Books.com:

Author Tracy Lawson.
Author Tracy Lawson.

Tracy knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she could read. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Princeton High School. While in a student there, she turned her writing efforts toward journalism. She was an editor for the school newspaper, news director for the Princeton Instructional Television station, and also worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Suburban Press weekly newspaper.

She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in 1988, with a Bachelor of Science in Communications degree.

After working for a time in advertising and as an investigative analyst for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, Tracy settled into a career in the performing arts, teaching dance and choreographing musicals.

Tracy has had a long-time interest in her family’s history and genealogy, and she never lost the desire to write.

I am looking forward to a fascinating interview on Tuesday and invite you to call in with your questions and comments at (347) 945-7246. To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday with author Tracy Lawson and the Right Wing Riot.

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Speaking of, at the 2 p.m. hour The Prince of Whitebread and the Riot Gurlz, Scary Smart and Ms. Always Right stampede the airwaves with their “Public Service Satire” on the political and cultural news of the day. Laugh until you cry with the Luminaries of Liberty!

We’ll see you on September 16 at 1 p.m. Eastern for Writestream Tuesday.

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