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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Roaring Photo Shoot

My latest novel, Setting the Family Free, is being published by Loyola University's Apprentice House this fall. It may seem like a long time for waiting readers, but there always seems to be a lot to do between contract signing and publication date. 

Designing the book. Selecting a font. Considering formatting issues. Agreeing on matters of style. Bouncing cover concepts off one another. Soliciting reviews and blurbs. And selecting an author photo for the back.

We recently had a roaring good time with a photo shoot for the Setting the Family Free author photo. When we realized getting in a cage with a real lion or tiger was dangerous, photoshopping one in was even more problematic in its own ways, and managing to catch a good shot of a real lion in the backdrop at the zoo or a nature preserve was nearly impossible, I decided to strike a pose (or a few) at the Bayre lion statue in Baltimore's Mount Vernon Square. 

Here are some choice shots.

Setting the Family Free releases October 2019.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Lit and Art House Concert and Reading

The next event in the Lit and Art Reading Series is part literary reading and part house concert!

Authors and poets and artists Shirley J. Brewer , Linda Campbell FranklinDanuta E. Kosk-KosickaCharles RammelkampKJ Nitin Jagdish, Eric D. Goodman and Manzar Rassouli will take the basement stage where members of bands like Wilco, June Star, and The Humidors have performed!

The event is BYOB and will begin with about half an hour of socializing before Pinto (Andrew Laughland and Sam Galvan) takes the stage with some original music, followed by literary readings and more music.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at 13 Wagonwheel Ct., Glen Arm, Maryland. 

Bring your friends! Bring a bottle or dish and your appetite for a fun evening of music and lit!

Plan to join us? Let us know at the link below.


Friday, March 08, 2019

Our House, in the Middle of The Week

Not only did our place make The Week Magazine's best properties on the market, we're their “steal of the week!”

Each week, The Week Magazine features a two-page spread with the “Best Properties on the Market.” Normally there are six properties all under a unified theme, with one of them being the best deal on the market. 

This week, the category was “B and Bs and inns,” and The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House was included as the steal of the week. 

“The nine-bedroom Historic York Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Smyser-Bair House,” writes The Week. “Original details in the 1849 mansion include a porcelain bathroom, glass-etched gasolier, etched door hardware, and pier mirrors gilded with the first owner’s Gold Rush ore.” 

If you happen to be on the market for a grand home at a modest price, or you’re looking for a new semi-retired business opportunity, you can’t do much better than this!

Selina at Berkshire Hathaway would love to hear from you at 717-676-0507. 

Check out the March 1 issue of The Week