Leah DeCesare

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Building Hope this #GivingTuesday

I want to share something with you that is very dear to our hearts. In the fall of 2013, our whole family fell in love. It was late on a Sunday night when the van pulled into our driveway. We greeted three tired girls and their chaperone who would be…

Meet the Author: Lorena Hughes – The Sisters of Alameda Street

I’m happy to have met fellow 17Scribes author, Lorena Hughes, this past October in New Mexico at the Women Fiction Writer’s Association retreat. She’s the author of the fantastic historical fiction novel, The Sisters of Alameda Street.  What was your timeline from drafting to publication? Tell us about your publishing journey….

Book Review: The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

I received a galley copy of this book from the publisher for review. This review was originally published on Bookreporter.com. Kate Moretti’s fifth novel, THE BLACKBIRD SEASON, will keep you up late flipping pages propelled to find out what happened. It is eerie and thought-provoking, suspenseful and chilling. The story…

National Brush Day and National Authors’ Day

November first is a big day of celebration! I’m giving a nod to National Brush Day in honor of Amy York who discovers a few things because of her frequent teeth brushing. Of course, the day is probably designed by dentists for the day after all that Halloween sugar, but…

Goodreads Choice Awards – Round One is Open

It’s that Goodreads Choice Awards time of year again! And it’s exciting to have a book that was published this year. I’m asking for your help. Please consider voting for Forks, Knives, and Spoons in the Best Debut category. Pretty sure it’s a LONG LONG shot – but I’m also…

Meet Author Sandi Ward – The Astonishing Thing

I’m so happy to share my interview with fellow 17Scribes debut author, Sandi Ward. She’s a generous, kind, and spirited woman. Her new book,The Astonishing Thing, is original and touching and releases on Halloween – preorder today. Where did the idea for your book originate? The Astonishing Thing started out as…

Book Review: Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan

This review first appeared on the BookReporter but at the end I’ve added a little something I didn’t put in that review. Master storyteller Amy Tan’s new memoir, WHERE THE PAST BEGINS, is a gift to readers and writers alike. She brings us along as she riffles through bins of stuff…

It’s Forks Knives and Spoons 6 Month Anniversary

Today, October 18, 2017, marks the six month anniversary of Forks, Knives, and Spoons being out in the world. It’s been an incredible half-year! I’m so grateful to you. I have felt so much love and support from strangers and friends near and far. I’ve loved hearing from friends who…

Hello from Nashville

Yee haw! After decades of loudly disliking country music, about a dozen years ago, I heard “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Atkins and cried. As a young mother, I loved the story in the song. From there I was drawn into the whole genre of country – for the…

Book Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

This review was originally published on Bookreporter.com. Right from page one, Kaira Rouda hooks the reader in her new suspense novel, BEST DAY EVER. The story is told over the course of only one day, the day that Paul Strom has meticulously planned out, the day that he promises himself…