Announcing the New Audiobook, Critical Cover-Up

  Big News! My debut medical thriller,  CRITICAL COVER-UP, originally published in 2017, has just been released as an audiobook! Narrated by the the talented Blair Seibert, my first novel is now also available on Audible, Amazon, and Apple Books. … Continued

New Book Release on Venice Travel

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my newest book, The Venice I Know, dedicated to the resilient people  of Venice, whom I have come to know and love. Ranking as #1 in Venice Travel Guides on Amazon’s Hot New … Continued

The Venice I Know

    My newest book is about Venice, and it’s currently in the editing phase. Despite the fairy-tale-like scenes in Venice portrayed in Hollywood movies, and the romantic photos posted on Instagram, Venice is much more than just another beautiful … Continued

A Cure for Deceit by Margie Miklas Wins Silver Award

  It’s official!  A Cure for Deceit  won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). ANNOUNCED AT the 2020 FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that Margie Miklas’ winning entry, A Cure for Deceit, … Continued

Travel, Writing, Quarantine, and Awards

As you know by now, travel is in my blood, and like many of you, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve had to cancel my plans to go to Italy this year. At this point, without a safe … Continued

New Audiobook ~ My Love Affair with Sicily

I’m pleased to announce that MY LOVE AFFAIR with SICILY is now also available as an audiobook! Available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Narrated by me, you’ll be able to listen to my voice as I recount experiences in this … Continued

A Few Words from the Heart

  It’s been seven weeks since I posted anything here. I simply haven’t been inspired to write. In early March, when Italy’s coronavirus outbreak escalated to large numbers of cases and deaths, predominantly in the northern regions, I felt an … Continued

New Release ~ A Medical Thriller

  It’s official!  A Cure for Deceit, a medical thriller,  has been published! I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book, A Cure for Deceit Now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.   What happens … Continued

New Amalfi Coast Book Coming Soon

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  I’m excited to announce that my fourth book on Italy is nearing completion. Since I returned from Italy, I wrote the final chapters about a place near and dear to my heart. Anyone who has been reading my blog, … Continued

Critical Cover-Up is Available Now

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I’m thrilled to announce that the wait is over, and my novel, Critical Cover-Up, has been published and is  available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. A psychological thriller where corruptive hospital practices threaten to shatter illusions of … Continued

Sailing in Sicily Around Taormina

Who hasn’t dreamed of sailing around Sicily? A few months ago, at the end of my Sicilian road trip with Victoria De Maio as #2SicilianGals,  I had the opportunity to enjoy the scenic coast of  Taormina from the Ionian Sea … Continued

What Have I Learned From the Italian People

Every time I visit Italy I learn something new from the Italian people.  Certain aspects of  life in Italy  have made an indelible mark in my mind, changing my perspective on life in many ways. Maybe more than anything else, … Continued

Happy New Year 2017 – Some Thoughts

As I look back on 2016, I feel blessed and thankful for so many reasons. First, and most important, I am thankful to have my health, as I realize that others battle with physical and mental health challenges daily. I … Continued

A Writer’s Dream and the Writing Process

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Writers all have their own preferences for writing.  Some write early in the morning, some write at night, and most of the good ones write every day. It’s all part of the writing process. Here’s how this  writer achieved her … Continued

Writing Inspiration in Italy

I’ve  thought about coming to Italy to write for a few years now. My dream to spend two weeks alone in a beautiful relaxing place on the Amalfi Coast with the intent to write has come true. I have been … Continued

Going to Italy to Write

I will be leaving for Italy in less than a month and my main purpose in going this time is to spend time in a beautiful peaceful setting to relax and to write. The Amalfi Coast, and specifically, Positano is … Continued

Traveling to Positano

As I mentioned in a recent blog post I am returning to Italy this fall and of course am thrilled making travel plans and just thinking about it.  My destination is Positano, and for the first time, I will stay … Continued

Father’s Day 2016

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I realize how very fortunate I am to still have my father. He celebrated his 91st birthday recently and lives an active life. The US life expectancy for American males today is 76.3 years, so I guess our Italian family … Continued

Life in Italy

Daily life on the Amalfi Coast can be challenging, but this robust Italian smiles as he easily climbs more than three hundred steps to and from work every day. Seventy-three years young, Crescenzo is the caretaker of an abandoned castle … Continued

Italian Bank Experience

As much as I love Italy, some aspects of the Italian lifestyle are far from efficient. The Italian bank experience is one of these molto difficile situations. For the most part I have used Bancomats (ATM’s) to withdraw money in … Continued

Book Winners Announced – Congratulations!!!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in my blog follower contest!!! 15 lucky winners have been selected at random and it’s time to announce the winners! The first five people selected at random have won an autographed copy of my … Continued

Celebration Time with a BOOK GIVEAWAY

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Yay! It’s celebration time and I am announcing a BOOK GIVEAWAY as a THANK YOU to all of you! My blog has reached a milestone with over 200,000 hits and almost 9,000 followers now. So to celebrate this, I am … Continued

Meet Pamela Carey, Award-Winning Author

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Today I am honored to introduce you to Pamela Carey, an award-winning author. I met Pam a year ago at the Florida Writers Association annual conference in Orlando, and we became friends. Pam has published two books and is currently … Continued

Spaccanapoli – The Heart of Naples

Noisy, chaotic, vibrant, intense, colorful, edgy, and authentic. Naples oozes reality of life in Italy. Hovering over this city from an almost surreal and tranquil place is the hilltop Castel Sant’ Elmo, a medieval fortress offering spectacular views of Napoli. … Continued

Update on Italian Salaries

Not much has changed recently in the average salaries of Italian workers. Italy is by no means  a place to get rich quick, in terms of salary. While it’s true that the socialistic  Italian government compensates workers through pensions, unemployment, … Continued

Author Interview: Catie Costa, Author of Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale

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Ever since I published my first book, many other writers have helped me out and supported me on their blogs and social media. I like to pay forward  the favor by posting a guest interview from time to time with … Continued

Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast – Official Book Release

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Ciao amici!  It’s official!  Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast has been published! From the pulsating streets of Naples to the relaxing vistas of the Amalfi Coast, people, places, and traditions embody the spirit of Campania. The distinctive photography … Continued

Meet Tina from Discover Napoli Destinations

I’d like to introduce you to Tina Carignani from Discover Napoli Destinations. As some of you may or may not know, Tina wrote the foreword for Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, which is now in the hands of … Continued

How an Idea Becomes a Dream – Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.  Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast is complete and available for pre-order on Amazon! The printing company will not have the books ready until the end of May, but everything else … Continued

An Interview with a Mosaic Artist and Designer – Meet Felicia Funderburk

Today I am  truly honored to introduce you to Felicia  Funderburk, creator, designer, and owner of  Fragments Mosaic Studio in Los Angeles.  Felicia is a  mosaic artist with a love and passion for Italy, and it certainly can be felt … Continued

Nominate Your Favorite Italy Blog – Italy Magazine 's 2015 Blogger Awards

It’s that time of year again, and Italy Magazine is accepting nominations for their 2nd Italy Blogger Awards. Last year, thanks to all of you, my blog was a finalist in one of the categories – an honor for me. … Continued

Meet the Author – An Interview with Victoria De Maio

In the past two years, since I published my first book, I have had the honor to be featured and interviewed on other authors’  blogs and websites. I remember how exciting it felt. I know that my books are doing … Continued

Luxury in Venice at Luna Hotel Baglioni

As many of you may or may not know, I manage the Twitter account and the blog for Italian Talks, whose parent company is Baglioni Hotels. I was privileged to spend one night as a guest in the Luna Hotel … Continued

How Shoes Are Made by Hand in Italy

I always welcome the opportunity to observe a part of Italian life which is not typically experienced by the average traveler. I was fortunate to be able to receive a personalized tour of Italian Shoemakers, an authentic Italian shoe factory … Continued

La Passeggiata – The Evening Stroll in Italy

One of my favorite  aspects of the Italian lifestyle is the late afternoon and early evening ritual known as la passeggiata, or the evening stroll. Each evening, between the hours of 5pm and 8pm, Italians take to the streets, to … Continued

Gelato – Italy’s Sweet Treat to the World

Gelato is one of Italy’s great gifts to the world, and once you have tasted authentic Italian gelato, you understand why this is true. Italians consider gelato to be their ice cream, but it really is quite different from American … Continued

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