Random Thoughts

New Contest!!

CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
August is Officially Selfie Month!

The rules are simple:
Take selfies with your copy of Last Exit to Montauk

Prizes:

1st place: Autographed copies of my three book, (Last Exit to Montauk, Verve Flash, and my next release coming out this month, The Captain & The Queen), plus I will use your name in my fourth book.

2nd place: Autographed copies of my three books: Last Exit to Montauk, Verve Flash, and my next release coming out this month, The Captain & The Queen

3rd Place: An autographed copy of my next release, The Captain & The Queen.

Votes based on the number of likes received on each photo. If we have a tie, we will do a run-off the first week of September 2018.

Got to my Facebook Page, find the announcement, and start posting your pictures to the thread!!

“May the odds ever be in your favor!!” (Hunger Games)

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Pilgrimage

Never in my wildest dreams did I think something like this would happen. It was never my intention, as I sat down and wrote my first novel, to have people do this, but, here’s the proof…it’s happening!!!

Phil, what in God’s name are you talking about?

Fan’s going on the Last Exit to Montauk Pilgrimage.

Here’s a composite picture of various selfies a fan recently took as she visited various locations mentioned in the novel, from the Hercules Statue to Friendly’s to West Meadow Beach. I’m speechless!

Thank you for sending this to me. People…keep ’em coming! I’d love to see more!

#Blessed, #Pilgrimage, #LastExittoMontauk, #Fan, #Westmeadowbeach, #Stonybrook

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Guilty Pleasures

Gelato on a warm afternoon. Mmm… A warm chocolate chip cookie, fresh from the oven, with a cold glass of milk…can you picture your milk mustache? A sip of wine, as you curl up on the couch after a hectic week. Can you taste the sweet hints of blackberry, as the liquid passes over your palate? Heading to the beach, on a warm afternoon, with a lounge chair, suntan lotion, and a good book. Can you hear the waves in the distance, as the scent of suntan lotion and sunshine fill your senses?

I recently returned from a glorious trip to Italy, celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary, and took in many guilty pleasures. In my opinion, my wife and I earned them.

What about you? What are some of your guilty pleasures? Are you taking time to enjoy life? If not, why not? What’s stopping you? As long as you don’t have an addiction challenge, why not take a moment out of your busy day, hit the pause button, and simply, enjoy life, even if it’s for a mere moment.

You’ll be happy you did, and be surprised what those endorphins will do for your overall well-being.

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What Inspires You

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On a recent trip, I was speaking with a couple over breakfast, and was asked, “What inspires you?” My pat answer, I suppose, is life. Life inspires me. But the more I thought about it, the more my answer changes.

I recently took the trip of a lifetime, for my 25th wedding anniversary. Seven days in Italy. My wife and I hit most of the highlights. Rome, The Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, Pisa, Juliet’s balcony in Verona, The Coliseum, The David in Florence, The wine region of Tuscany, the channels of Venice and even dinner with a Contessa.

If anyone walked away from this trip uninspired, they need to have their pulse checked. My wife and I drank wine, ate gelato, had fresh pasta, and, of course, pizza. Again, it was the trip of a lifetime. Not just because of the places we visited, or the love I shared with my wife, but because of the people.

People we met on our week-long journey. People from our traveling tour, people we met in bookstores in Rome, or on the streets of Verona. People, passing by as they were living their daily lives.

So what inspires me? People. The life’s journey. The Italian countryside. Love! My tank is full, and my engine finely tuned. I’m happy to be home, and looking forward to my next adventure!

Ciao, Bella!

 

Happy Independence Day!!

Independence. What does this word mean to you? Freedom? Well, today The United States of America celebrates it’s 242 birthday! How are you choosing to celebrate? BBQ? Beach? Beer? Fireworks? All of the above?

Regardless of your celebration, I wish you the very best! I wish you a safe and Happy 4th! May you follow your passions and may they exceed your wildest dreams!!

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B’s Favorite Flower

And this went on for the rest of the walk, the two of us going back and forth asking questions, while Belle sniffed her way around the block.

“What’s your favorite flower?” I asked.
“The sunflower. There’s just something so pretty about a field of wild sunflowers. They’re open, following the sun, and always seem happy, you know?”
“Yeah, I think I know someone just like that,” I replied with a wink as we continued our discovery session.

Yep, I definitely know someone just like that.

~Last Exit to Montauk, Page 309

4th Annual Oxford Exchange Book Fair

4th Annual OE Book Fair

ABOUT

Sunday, April 29th, 2018 | 9am – 4pm

OE launched the Book Fair in 2015 to provide an open platform for local authors to connect with the community face-to-face. Alongside the authors will be several interactive experiences featuring:

40+ Local Authors | Representing Various Genres
Lighthouse Books | Showcasing Rare Books
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library | Discussing Library Services
Hillsborough Education Foundation | Collecting Donated Books

LOCATION

OXFORD EXCHANGE
Commerce Club | Second Floor
420 West Kennedy Boulevard Tampa, Florida 33606

Parking is available for free in our Magnolia lot.
Click here for more parking information.

Random Thoughts

Huffington Post listed Last Exit to Montauk for Best Reviewed Books of November 2017!!

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5a0a171be4b0065239218342

IR Verdict: They say you never forget your first love, and the romance recounted in LAST EXIT TO MONTAUK is one well worth remembering.


As we approach our Saturday event, I thought I’d share the latest interview and review. I know I’ve said this before, and will probably say it again, but had someone told me this time two years ago, that I’d have published my first novel, and have people interviewing me and reviewing it, I’d have said they were nuts!

https://hubpages.com/literature/Last-exit-to-Montauk