Articles and Accolades


A Funny Thing Happened Along

the Cancer Journey

aloeActually, there were several funny things that happened during that first year of cancer. Recognizing and laughing through the comic irony and silly antics were key ingredients in pulling through a year of fear, uncertainty, and nausea. As my friend and fellow cancer sister, Colleen Hofmeister had put it, “…I choose to follow the chuckles.”

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Best Book Award Finalist

Hug Everyone You Know is an Award Finalist in the Non-Fiction: Narrative category of the 2017 Best Book Awards!


The 2017 Best Book Awards brought in over 2,000 entries, one of the biggest years since starting the program in 2004.  I am humbled by the validation. Great big hugs and thank yous go out to the judging panel who are committed to all areas of the publishing industry: mainstream, indie and self-published.

Check out the impressive Best Book Award lists.  My book, Hug Everyone You Know is the fourth one on the list.

Another 5-Star Review 

August 14, 2017

Another glowing review affirming the literary merits of Hug Everyone You Know (whew!). Thank you,Kathleen Pooler, for your time and care in reading, reviewing, and posting on Goodreads.

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A Little Verklempt

August 9, 2017

My first speaking event as an author and cancer survivor was yesterday for the Babes Against Breast Cancer (BABC) fundraiser at the Southward Ho Country Club (SHCC). Speaking is not my strong suit.  I tend to stumble over words and easily lose thoughts along the way. Talking about cancer; the cancer I am straddled… Continue reading


lisahasseltonAuthor Interview

with Lisa Haselton

Lisa Haselton interviews authors and reviews newly released books on her blog, Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews. Great BIG hug-filled gratitude goes out to Lisa for making the interview process painless and productive for this newbie.  Click Here.

scn-coverSuffolk County News Interview

Be sure to get your copy of Suffolk County News, a local newspaper servicing the Oakdale to Bluepoint community. I was interviewed by Linda Leuzzi who had such nice things to say about my book, Hug Everyone You Know. Click the photo to check it out.

In case anyone is counting, there are 33 more days until publication day! It is really happening.

Book Review

by Tina Hogan Grant

BIG Hug-filled thank yous go out to Tina Hogan Grant, author and gracious book reviewer. Check out Tina’s Hug Everyone You Know review. It is especially gratifying to receive such high praise from a fellow breast cancer sister.…/


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