Frank J. Basloe Library in Herkimer

We came full circle by ending the tour at Herkimer Library. Old friends and family and a few new friends found their way to the signing, and in the end, it was a nice way to wind down a crazy but very memorable book tour.
Thanks to everyone who made the effort to visit me at all the stops, and stay tuned, round two is on the way!

Didn’t notice the name was spelled wrong til after I got home!
No worries! it was still a great day!

Ilion Public Library

Ilion Library didn’t hesitate a moment when I asked about doing a book signing for Ten Bucks and a Wish. I had a replenished stock of books thanks to Soul Mate Publishing, and I was ready to go.

I got to meet up with a lot of new friends, old friends, and family. Thanks to everyone for coming out!

Little Falls Public Library Book Signing

Once we returned home from the Long Island leg of the tour, we made our way over to Little Falls Public Library.

We had a nice showing, and I even got to spend time with some of my CNYRW fellow authors and friends, and Herkimer Diamonds Critique Group partners.

Long Island Tour -Selden Civic Association

The second week of the Ten Bucks and a Wish Book Tour took us down to my old stomping ground – Selden, Long Island, NY.
I spent most of my childhood in Selden, attending Bicycle Path School, Selden Jr. High, Newfield High School, and Suffolk Community College. I worked at Fish and Chips, then Genovese Drug Store, shopped at Penelope Jones, went to poetry readings at The Hobbit Hole, and snuck into the Yacht Club in my senior year. In my more pious moments, I attended St. Margaret of Scotland Church, where I made my sacraments.
We arrived on Thursday, with the Civic Meeting set for Thursday evening. We stayed at my cousin, Sue’s house, went to the meeting, which was held at the Selden Fire Department. Many thanks to Selden Civic President Bruce Morrison, for helping to arrange this event!

We also had an event set up at Cella Bagels in Selden, many thanks to Jimmy Rose and his brother for helping me set that up. Unfortunately… WE SOLD OUT OF BOOKS at the Selden Civic Association, so we had to cancel the event.

There were many reasons why I wanted to do a book signing at the Selden Civic Association meeting. Not only was it my home town, but it is where Ten Bucks and a Wish is set. Sort of.

Selden was once called Westfield, but in the 1800s when residents wanted to legally declare it Westfield and name their post office such, they learned there already was a Westfield in Upstate New York. So a prominent business man and politician decided to name the hamlet after himself. And so Westfield became known as Selden.

In Deanna Drake’s world, Selden is Olde Westfield, and two very real properties that were still untouched by development back in my day, are the center of the controversy that brings Deanna home to battle an old boyfriend, Michael McCord. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.

Besides, this blog is about my tour!

So here are the photos of the Selden Civic Meeting, held at the Selden Fire Department, and the party we had at a local bar (in honor of Graffitti’s – the haunt Deanna and Cord loved so much)

So here are the photos … Hope you enjoy the trip as much as we did.

On the road again! Heading down to the Bridgeport- Port Jeff Ferry for the ride across the Long Island Sound. This is so much more pleasant than fighting potholes and traffic via the “Frogs Neck Bridge.” Just ask Dave about that.
Waiting on the ferry.
Cool shot of Bridgepo.rt, CT
Janina Grey Set Up at the Selden Fire Dept. in Selden, NY
My Hero.
J9 and Nicolai
Ten Bucks and a Wish Deanna can drink Cord under the table AND whip his butt at pool.
Dave and NIck
Besties For Ever – Jilly and Susanna
Janeeney and Crew
Jill and Dave
THIS is a SOD TRUCK. While practically unheard of upstate, where grass grows thick and lush, on Long Island there are Sod Farms. They grow grass, they cut it into blankets it, truck to a yard that doesn’t grow grass, lay it like flooring. Water. oila! a million dollar lawn.
First House I lived in after moving from the Bronx to Selden. (Elementary School)
Second House we lived in, in Selden- during Jr. high school.
3rd House we lived in, in Selden, during High School.
Bicycle Path Elementary School. I still remember my first and last days attending.
Mrs. Sanford – 3rd grade; Miss Johnson -4th grade;
Mr. Stevens- 5th Grade; Mr. Andersen- 6th Grade.
My Alma Mater.
St. Margaret of Scotland. Bittersweet. “God has other plans for you, my child.”
Sound Beach home, where we our two kids were born and raised until Ant was in 4th grade and Allie was 4 years old. Then we moved upstate where we are living happily ever after.
The property that was once listed as historic is now up for sale. this is where the home that inspired Ten Bucks and a Wish once stood on the corner
of Dare Road and Middle Country Road in Selden.
Janina Grey in front of Deanna Drakes homestead.
My hot hunky hubby hanging out with Nick by the pool after three weeks of crazy book touring and travelling to Long Island – twice.
The first time was two weeks earlier to see Foghat. That’s another blog.
I wear him out.
Jill’s world is filled with happily ever afters, lots of beautiful gardens, and love. Lots of love.
I love flowers. These are Jill’s.
Final night before we head back upstate to the rest of the tour. Good tunes, good friends,
life is awesome.
Heading north, back to Herkimer, on the ferry while crossing Long Island Sound.
I never get tired of this view.

Gerber’s 1933 Tavern, Utica

The Ten Bucks and a Wish Book Tour Opening Weekend continued at Gerber’s 1933 Tavern, in Utica, hosted by the very kind and supportive Mark Mojave.

The event was SRO literally! with people filling all the tables and comfy chairs. Friends and family gathered to celebrate and it really was everything I hoped it would be. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, cake, good music, and great company made everything perfect!

Looking forward to working with Mr. Mojave in the future with other book release parties! Thank you, Mark and Susan, for your support and graciousness!

Janina Grey (Me!) about to set up at Gerber’s!
Me and the Fan Fam! (L-R) Brett, Allie Rose, Anthony, me, and the love of my life, David.
My sis, Jeana, helped me prepare and plan for everything. Here we are shocked and awed as Mark turned on the radio and Landslide played. Landslide is the tune we relate to our sister Janie, who passed in 2007. Whenever something is going on that song plays as if she is saying, “I’m here, too.” Thanks, Janie, for showing up. And thanks, Jeana for being the counter balance of a landslide – ROCK SOLID whenever I need you.
Me and Keycey celebrating Ten Bucks! Thanks, Keycey for being there for me!
Ant and Serge chilling out at Gerbers.
Allie and Brett waiting for the festivities to begin.
Me and my sis, Joy, celebrating the release of my first book! Thanks, for joining us, Joy!
Stealing some lovin’ from my first born.
#1 fan base – what a great surprise! Thank you, ladies, you rock!
Long time friends, Debbie and Janet
And what’s a celebration without CAKE! (From Hannaford’s in Herkimer!)
A lot of old friends came out to support me. Thanks, Deb! You are awesome.
Me and the original members of Grey’s Groupies!
Anthony and his grandpa and grandma! Thanks for being there for me!
Hope you had a good time!
Longtime Family Friend Frank and my hubby, David. Thanks for making the trek, Frank!
Anthony and our longtime friend Terry.
Thanks for coming and for supporting me and my first book release ever!
Serge and my best bro, Dennis. Thanks for the lovin’ guys!
Me and my sistah from another mistah, Holly!
Wouldn’t have been a perfect day if you hadn’t been there to celebrate with us!
The end to a perfect day. Thank you, Mark, for everything!

2019 in Review

It’s difficult to believe that Ten Bucks and a Wish was released nearly a year ago. With its release came a whirlwind of a year, filled with book signings and traveling (for the book, but also for personal fun-time with my sweetheart) all over New York State.

I will post a few pictures of the book tour, which began and ended in Herkimer, NY. In between, we celebrated Ten Bucks’ success with stops in Little Falls, Ilion, Utica, and then trekked down to Olde Westfield, where Deanna and Cord’s saga unfolds.

A lot of new friends and old friends joined in the celebration, making this lifetime dream become a reality. To all of you: Thank you! It meant the world to me!

But the fun is not over yet! We have at least three more locations looking to host a booksigning and reading, and I will keep you all posted on that!

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