Hello all!

Well with so much stuff and all the preparation I’m doing for my next residency, I completely forgot…


Three years ago I started on this path to find out who I was. I was 30-years-old, unhappy, away from family and  I didn’t even know who I was. Now, I’m happier, just a hop-skip-and car ride from the most important people in my life, and wiser — knowing that I’m on a journey of a lifetime.  I’m learning more and more about myself everyday and I’m creating. I’m writing some of the most interesting things I’ve ever written and I’m in grad school getting my degree in creative writing.

What a difference three years make!

So to make the anniversary special I’m going to be giving away from stuff. First thing up for grabs is this book from Eduardo Santiago:

Tomorrow They Will Kiss is one of the books I read this semester. For me it was a turning point novel that helped me realize an important plot point — it’s okay to give away the secret on page 82 because the real story is the fall out from the secret. 
Important lesson for me! So now you can see the importance of this and other things. 
Here’s the summary from Publisher’s Weekly: 

Scandal catches up to the Cuban émigré community in America circa 1967 in this fresh, relevant first novel by TV writer Santiago. The story switches point of view among three women who grew up in Palamagria, Cuba, and now ride to work together every day at a Union City, N.J., toy factory. Single mother Graciela is a kind, insecure romantic hoping more than anything for the same true love that redeems the beleaguered women on the nightly telenovelas. Caridad, a vain gossip, and Imperio, bossy and sharp-tongued, share a lifelong indignation (“Imagínate!”) over Graciela’s nerve: in Cuba, marrying above her station and cheating on her desirable husband and in America learning English and catching the eye of the factory foreman, Mr. O’Reilly. So it’s with barely contained envy—and a comical penchant for over-justifying their bitterness—that the two try to interfere in Graciela’s attempts to better herself in America. Though the two antagonists can grate—their vitriol against Graciela is constant—the detailed immigrant community is vital and entertaining.

To win, you gotta do the following:

1) Tweet out the following phrase: “I entered the Blog-a-versary giveaway at @writin2insanity —

Don’t have a Twitter? Facebook it. Or text your friends. I trust you. We’re on the honor system here.

2) Then in the comment section of this post write what is your favorite book and why.

I’ll pick a winner Jan. 28 from the folks who posted below!  Good luck everyone!

10 thoughts on “BLOG-A-VERSARY Giveaway!

  1. I cannot make up my mind about only ONE book being my favorite. During the years I have changed authors and works. If I have to pick just one that represents my taste in books I will choose Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I love biographies as well as creative writing. I think the Memoirs incorporate both in a simple, but elegant way. The author has a great ability describing settings and developing characters. The book has great structure and an amazing love/biographical story.


  2. One? Only one??? Okay, from my youth years I would have to say Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. From my horror phase – Pet Sematary by Stephen King and Watchers by Dean Koontz. Now… The Road by Cormac McCarthy and This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski.


  3. Hard to pick only one, so here goes with a few:WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily BronteNAKED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb (actually the whole series rocks)WOLF AND THE DOVE (addicted me to romance).Happy Blog-a-versary!


  4. My all time favorite book is OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon. Romance, time travel, Jamie Fraser in a kilt, a despicable villain ancestor of her first husband. OMG what's not to love?


  5. Felicidades, Icess! My favorite book…bueno, in Spanish is La horas del alma, by Ana Cabrera Vicanco, a Cuban family saga,and in English, The amateur marriage …I love the way Ann Tyler makes a common story so full of life and her characters so vivid and credible… cariños desde Taos…


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