Back from vacation…

Hello, again.

The past few weeks have been filled with visiting and visitors, jaunts short and long, book talks at libraries, and much attention to beautiful sunsets.  I always experience a certain poignancy at summer’s end–the lengthening time of darkness, the hydrangeas turning from deep blue to rusty beige.  It won’t be long now until a sweater will feel comfortable against the skin.

Among the summer’s interesting reads has been Melissa Riebe’s 2010 master’s degree piece:  Sotto i Portici:  Life in Seventeenth-Century Bologna through the Games of Giuseppe Maria Mitelli, 1634-1718.  Sotto_i_Portici-Life_in_Seventeenth_Century_Bologna_Through_the_Games_of_Giuseppe_Maria_Mitelli_1634-1718[1]

I hope you enjoy it, too.


Writing Workshop Coming Right Up!

I can’t wait to meet fellow wordsmiths and soon-to-become wordsmiths on Thursday evening, September 6th, from six until eight at The Beacon Falls (CT) Public Library.

For more information, feel free to contact me via or

My thanks to all the librarians and friends of libraries who make possible such programs!  It is a thrill and an honor to be among your company.

See you in a few weeks.

Thank You, Historical Novel Society…

While taking a break from drafting my next historical novel, also replete with mystery, I was thrilled to read the following:

“Sharnick is clearly familiar with the ancient city and paints a sensuous picture of La Serenissima and her colorful inhabitants.  Readers who enjoy figuring out not only whodunit, but why, will love THIRST.”

Now, back to the manuscript…