Tag: "Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal"

My Interview with Brooke Musterman of Reptilian Rantings

My Interview with Brooke Musterman of Reptilian Rantings

| July 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

Many thanks to my good friend and author Brooke Musterman for featuring me on her blog Reptilian Rantings! Please see excerpt below and visit Reptilian Rantings to read the entire piece: What does a typical day look like for you? Lately a typical day consists of planning and executing weekly twitter chats for The Peoples [...]

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Water Signs Featured on SVT Publishing!

Water Signs Featured on SVT Publishing!

| July 3, 2012 | Comments (0)

Hard to believe it’s been over four years since I first sat down to write and subsequently publish Water Signs. And thanks to my good friend Don Smith, the novel is still generating interest. Check out his feature article The Signs of Summer Reading with Daria DiGiovanni on SVT Publishing: SVT PUBLISHING: Let’s cut to [...]

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Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom!

| April 19, 2012 | Comments (2)

Today is my mother’s birthday and while I am thankful everyday for her continued presence in my life, I am especially grateful this year, after all of the emotional and physical trauma of the past four months. Reflecting back to this past January when her blood pressure was spiking out of control for no apparent [...]

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Chapter Two: Sea To Shining Sea

Chapter Two: Sea To Shining Sea

| March 28, 2012 | Comments (0)

Well, I must admit that the writing process for this sequel to my first novel Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal has been arduous, long and at times — dare I say? — uninspiring. Having been spoiled by the almost effortless creation of my premier book (written and published within four months) and [...]

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"Conversations with Friends and Creators"

“Conversations with Friends and Creators”

| February 29, 2012 | Comments (0)

I am blessed to have a wonderful friend in the form of writer/author/journalist Don Smith and privileged to have been his very first guest on his new Conversations with Friends and Creators series. Visit his blog and check out our video interview below. Don is becoming quite adept at creating these wonderful trailers so if [...]

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Another Glowing Review of Water Signs!

Another Glowing Review of Water Signs!

| January 24, 2012 | Comments (0)

It never ceases to amaze me how after 3 1/2 years, I am still receiving wonderful reviews from readers. This one came from a LinkedIn contact whose email I discovered this morning: Hi Daria, I just finished your book. I read it on my kindle. I must say you have a great talent! I can’t [...]

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Winter of Discontent

Winter of Discontent

| January 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

Sheesh, what an emotionally draining year 2012 is shaping up to be — and it’s only January! As if the trauma of losing my cousin Maris and dealing with her secret hoarding issue (a topic I will write about in a future post) wasn’t enough, my mother wound up in the hospital for 10 days when her [...]

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The Food of Water Signs: Regional Brands

The Food of Water Signs: Regional Brands

| August 16, 2010 | Comments (0)

In attempting to evoke a palpable experience of the culture and atmosphere of the Philly, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and South Jersey areas, I purposely peppered Part One of Water Signs with references to popular brands enjoyed by residents of the Delaware Valley. Complemented by the addition of ethnic favorites like Italian wedding cookies, provolone cheese and [...]

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The Food of Water Signs: Provolone Cheese and Tomato Pie

The Food of Water Signs: Provolone Cheese and Tomato Pie

| August 15, 2010 | Comments (0)

In Water Signs as in life, regional foods were an integral enhancement to every celebration and sporting event. My mom was the party planner extraordinaire, the hostess with the mostess — the family organizer and Philly sports fanatic who would create well-thought-out or impromptu gatherings centering around every milestone. Whether it was a First Holy [...]

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The Food of Water Signs: Italian Wedding Cookies

The Food of Water Signs: Italian Wedding Cookies

| August 14, 2010 | Comments (0)

I thought it would be fun to take a break from some of the heavier themes and plot points to focus in on another aspect of Water Signs — the various foods specifically mentioned, especially in Part One, to help evoke the culture and atmosphere of the Philly/suburban Philly/South Jersey area. When I wrote about [...]

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Water Signs' Real Life Back Story: Six Degrees of Separation

Water Signs’ Real Life Back Story: Six Degrees of Separation

| August 5, 2010 | Comments (0)

After the LinkedIn incident, I decided to leave well-enough alone. Thanks to another social media site, I’d figured out who’d been responsible, and though I was tempted to follow up my email to “Ken” with a phone call, better judgment prevailed. But a curious thing did take place soon after. Before I get into that, [...]

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Water Signs' Real Life Back Story: LinkedIn Deception

Water Signs’ Real Life Back Story: LinkedIn Deception

| August 4, 2010 | Comments (2)

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and to a much lesser extent, LinkedIn, have mostly proven an invaluable resource for me, not simply for promoting my book, but also for political activism, networking and even hosting internet radio programs like Conservative Republican Republican Forum (which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary) and The Liberty Belle Hour [...]

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The Daunting Task of Writing a Tasteful, Compelling Love Scene: Chapter 34 of Water Signs

The Daunting Task of Writing a Tasteful, Compelling Love Scene: Chapter 34 of Water Signs

| August 3, 2010 | Comments (2)

Or, as my lovable smart-aleck writer-friend Don calls it, Chapter Fornication. He kids of course, being one of the book’s staunchest fans as well as someone who understands the novel’s underlying themes and ultimate championing of traditional values. Having been raised with similar values as an Evangelical Christian, Don (like so many other readers) relates to [...]

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Serendipity and the Writing Process, Continued

Serendipity and the Writing Process, Continued

| August 2, 2010 | Comments (0)

Aside from a devoted family, there is nothing quite so precious as a loyal, trusted friend. I’ve heard the saying many times, that if you have one good friend, you are truly blessed; I have been blessed infinitely in this area, since I have many dear, loyal friends whom I know have my best interests [...]

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