Monday, September 19, 2011

Feeling so guilty...yet so lucky!

GUILTY! I'm feeling so very guilty.

It's not that I've wanted to neglect my blog and I especially don't want to neglect those of you who are so kind to stop by and leave the comments I enjoy reading. But the last few weeks have been filled with a much needed, fabulous vacation in Sicily, and dedicating pretty much all the rest of my time to preparing for the Women's Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy.

I believe I've mentioned that I've written a women's contemporary fiction. As of today it's entitled Beneath the Lion's Wings, and I'm in the process of  looking for a literary agent who will love my story as much as I do. So my adventure to find that person is taking me to Matera at the end of September. Attending the festival will bring me face to face with writers, literary agents and editors from around the world. Am I excited, nervous, curious? Yes, all three! 

This a snapshot of what you can expect from Beneath the Lion's Wings:

                            There’s a miracle in falling in love…and then there’s the truth.

Keep your fingers crossed, and wish me an enormous in bocca al lupo, (which means in the mouth of the wolf; Italy's way of saying break a leg). If nothing else it will be a learning experience, and I plan on coming away with loads of information that will put me on the path to getting published. Stay tuned, drop by often and I will bring you news and tales of my trip to Matera, one of Italy's most magical cities. 

In the meantime enjoy a few of the photos I took on vacation, and see for yourself why I fell in love with Sicily!

La Grotta Azzurra--The Blue Grotta, Taormina

Nature's shade of blue

View of the North Eastern Coast of Sicily looking toward Taormina

One of the most elegant piazzas in Italy. Ortigia, Siracusa

Me at Castello Maniace, Ortigia, Sircusa

Fichi d'India-Prickly Pear Cactus and fruit

Stairway to upper level of Castello Maniace, Ortigia Siracusa

My favorite Sicilian city so far-Noto, Siracusa

 The bay at Isola Bella up-close and personal

View of Mount Etna fuming from the heart of the Teatro Antico in Taormina

A street in Taormina

The Beach

View from hotel terrace and traditional Sicilian ceramic busts


  1. Just came back from Syracusa two weeks ago, the sights are still fresh in my mind. Good luck on getting published.

  2. Thank you Mike. We must have been there at the same time. I, too, was there two weeks ago.

  3. I'm going to show this post to my kids, whose paternal great-grandparents came here from Sicily. They'll want to get on the next plane (as do I)! Best of luck in Matera—here's hoping you meet lots of interesting (and interested) people.

  4. Good luck in Matera! Sounds like a great opportunity.

  5. Thank you Alexa and Sheila. I'll bring news and photos from Matera, too!

  6. Welcome back, and good luck with the book! Sicily looks magnificent.

  7. What a wonderful opportunity and a great location to attend a fiction festival. Did you know I write a Book Review Blog, you might be interested?
    As for apologising, no need just enjoy the real world, blog without obligation when you have something to share like this delightful post. Good Luck in Matera.

  8. I love your pics!! You said Sicily was gorgeous and you are so right. Definitely adding it to the to the "next time" list.

    So good to know Matera was good for you. All the very best with your submission! And thank you, once again!

  9. Thank you Trish! It was great to meet you in Matera. Stop in whenever you please, and keep in touch. Ciao, Marie