Okay – I can say that I am excited because I am almost ready to publish my second book. For anyone who has been following my blog or my Twitter account, you already know that I have been working on My Love Affair with Sicily ever since I returned from Italy last September. Some of you have already had a sneak peek at the cover. And I truly appreciate all of your feedback on it. Grazie mille.
The book is in the final editing process and is almost ready to go. I hate to jinx myself and give a date yet, so I am refraining from doing so…just yet.
But, as promised, I am going to do a give-away and it is going to be easy to enter. At the end of this blog post, just leave a comment with hashtag, MyLoveAffairwithSicily. For those of you who are not on Twitter and are unfamiliar with what a hashtag is, here is an example: #MyLoveAffairwithSicily. That is all you have to do. You do not even have to write anything unless you want to, and you don’t have to be a follower on the blog either. Below this post is a place for comments and just write #MyLoveAffairwithSicily. Of course please feel free to also leave a comment if you wish.
I will select 4 random entries and give away 2 autographed copies of My Love Affair with Sicily and 2 e-Books. So, start commenting and stay tuned. I will be posting one or two more times before the end of the drawing. I will collect all the comments following this post, as well as comments left after the next one or two posts that I write before my book is available for sale, and place them in the drawing. You may leave as many comments as you like. but up to three per person will be added to the drawing.
I will notify the winners by way of a blog post as well as by email and will request your addresses in the cases of the paperback book winners. Good luck!
Here is a short excerpt from My Love Affair with Sicily —
“Our meals are every bit as good as our food of the previous evening. The entire bill is only twenty euros, including bottled water, aqua naturale, meaning without gas or fizz. The prices in Sicily are unbelievably low, much less expensive than on the mainland.
On the way home we buy more cough medicine at another farmacia and then go back to the hotel where we all anticipate a good night’s sleep. When I enter my room, I am pleasantly surprised to find the bed turned back, and two pieces of Italian Torrone, or nougat, candy with a note that reads, “Buonanotte,” Good Night. I am familiar with this sweet, toasted-almond candy, especially at Christmas time with Grandma Savoca. This gesture by the hotel staff touches my heart.
Sicily feels like such a special place to me; I love it here more and more each day. Because of our hotel’s proximity to the water, I hear the loud sounds of the wind from inside my room. Reminiscent of how noisy the wind can be during a hurricane, I wonder whether I can sleep. Apparently my concerns are unwarranted, since I never awaken, until morning.”