Meet The Author August 20 at 4:00 PM

I’ll be reading from Star Touched at this month’s 

The Spiral Staircase Poetry Reading and Open Read

Sunday, August 20, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM


49 West Coffeehouse and Wine Bar

 49 West Street

Annapolis, MD  21401
 Coffee ● Tea ● Wine ● Beer ● Cocktails ● Great Food
Admission is FREE
Open Read: Read 3 poems, or read for 5 minutes, whichever is briefer
For more information, please contact

 Dan Kagan

                        Visit our Facebook event page for details and PARKING HINTS


PARK FOR FREE in the Anne Arundel County employees’ garage at

19 St. John’s St.  (GPS/Mapquest the address) 

The garage is OPEN AND FREE on the weekends. It is about a five-minute walk from the 49 West Coffeehouse.

The garage is right across from the St. John’s College auditorium.  Turn on to St. John’s St. off of College Ave., OR come straight down Rowe Blvd. from Rt. 50, then turn left at the light at Calvert St., and then left on St. John St. Here’s a link with the St. John’s St. garage’s location and the walking route to 49 West Cafe.


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Guest Blog Post on America the Beautiful

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STAR TOUCHED: The Countdown Has Begun

Great news: STAR TOUCHED will be released October 1, 2017 and is now available for pre-order through several book sellers.Startouched front cover2

Eighteen year old Tatiana is running from her past and her Star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal is sometimes overshadowed by the ability to create ravaging fires. Fleeing the fear induced persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. This civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Tatiana is once again left with the choice to flee or to stay and fight for the new life she has built. Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends… and herself.

“A unique and finely crafted debut novel, the characters touched my heart as I was drawn into their plight and compelled to finish!”

 — New York Times bestselling Author Maria V. Snyder

Pre-order your copy today from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-A-Million.

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Know Your Tools

Michael A. Ventrella

Imagine you’ve hired a carpenter who holds up a screwdriver and says it’s a wrench. How much confidence would you have in his abilities?

Recently, a self-published friend posted an ad he had made for his book which misspelled “you’re” as “your.” I pointed this out and to his credit, he fixed it and thanked me, but really — how much confidence would you have in this writer’s abilities after seeing that?

Words are your tools.  As a writer, you need to know how to use them. tools

I’ve also seen writers post things on Facebook that were terribly written, contained spelling mistakes, and did not impress me with eloquence or insight. Come on folks, why should I check out your book if your posts don’t impress me?

If you’re going to use social media to promote yourself, the best way to do it is not to constantly say “Buy my…

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Star Touched Cover Reveal

Ah. The sweet smell of a new book. Just got my galley proof for Star Touched. I think the cover is awesome. What do you think?

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Fall 2017

The world will never be the same.

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Dog Care the A-Z List

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A – Agility is a great sport for high energy dogs.  It also creates a deeper bond between dog and owner. B – Boarding options should be researched in advance to ensure your dog will…

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