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My Mother’s $125 Apple Pie

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in authentic writing, author branding, family life, family relationships, Mary Campisi, older parent, siblings | 0 comments

My Mother’s $125 Apple Pie

Yes, you read that right. I wrote an article about my mother’s $125 apple pie. And because I’m a middle child, would it not be fitting to tell you she made it for my oldest brother? The pecking order at work! In order to give this story the most impact, I have to also admit that when my brother requested the pie, Mom had just returned from an extended visit to California, where my two brothers live. She had plenty of time and loads of kitchen space to make ten apple pies. Big brother had only to ask, but he didn’t because he’d sworn off...

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My Mother and Technology

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in author branding, backstory, family relationships, family saga, Mary Campisi, older parent, sisters, women's fiction | 0 comments

My Mother and Technology

My mother hates technology. She doesn’t have a cellphone, doesn’t have a computer, doesn’t have a flat screen TV, no garbage disposal, dishwasher, or air conditioning either. It’s not that she hates technology; she detests the notion of actually having to use it herself. She does, however, know how to get everyone else using it to “get done what needs done”—code for do what our almost eighty-six-year-old mother tells us to do. Let’s take a look at my mother and technology and see how she navigates through this unfamiliar maze and how she’s...

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My Mother is a Character

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in contemporary fiction, family life, family relationships, family saga, Mary Campisi, older parent, Uncategorized, women's fiction | 3 comments

My Mother is a Character

My mother is a character. No really, she is. She’s appeared in many of my books—a comment here, a drop of wisdom there, and always, always an opinion. But it wasn’t until one of her church friends commented on the similarities between my mother and Simple Riches’ Stella Androvich, that Mom asked me about it. We live more than two hundred miles away from each other, so the phone provides our daily, sometimes twice daily connection. “My friends say I’m that Stella lady in your book.” “You mean, Stella from Simple Riches? Um,” I say into the...

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That Second Chance is coming to Magdalena

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in contemporary fiction, contemporary romance, family relationships, family saga, new release, second chance, second chances, women's fiction | 0 comments

That Second Chance is coming to Magdalena

I love creating secondary characters—they can be so complicated and yet so very intriguing. I’ve often wondered how they’d react if they were given the opportunity for their own story. Well, the opportunity has arrived! I plan to introduce people from That Second Chance Series to A Family Affair’s Magdalena, New York, starting with Simple Riches’ “Bad Boy”, Michael Androvich and “Good Girl”, Elise Pentani. They’ll both appear in A Family Affair: Winter, which is not going to make them one bit happy, seeing as they’d rather live in different...

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Simple Riches is only 99 cents! Limited Time Only.

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hello Reader Friends: Just taking a quick break from A Family Affair: Fall to let you know that Simple Riches, Book 3 of That Second Chance Series, is on sale for the first time ever! Heartache, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption, all wrapped up and waiting for you. If you enjoyed the small town sense of community and caring in A Family Affair (Truth in Lies Series) you’ll experience that same coziness in Simple Riches. Only 99 cents until May 14th. Enjoy! Amazon http://amzn.to/1gltccw i-Books http://bit.ly/1fPdARW Nook...

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Thank you video to my readers

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in contemporary romance, family saga, new release, rescue dog, second chances, second chances, thank you, women's fiction | 0 comments

Thank you video to my readers

Hello: Here’s a special thank you video to my readers. Summer is coming tomorrow…that’s A Family Affair: Summer, Book Three in the Truth in Lies Series! (The video is on my Amazon Author page about halfway down on the right side) http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Campisi/e/B001KI0J7U/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1 Mary

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Snippets from A Family Affair: Summer and pre-order on iBooks

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in contemporary fiction, contemporary romance, family saga, new release, second chances | 2 comments

Snippets from A Family Affair: Summer and pre-order on iBooks

Hi Everyone: Happy Monday! Before I forget, A Family Affair: Summer, Book Three in the Truth in Lies Series, is available for pre-order on iBooks. Here’s the link. Sorry it’s not available for pre-order on Amazon, B&N, or Kobo, but you’ll still be able to buy it April 1st! Now for the good stuff – here are a few ‘Snippets from A Family Affair: Summer.’ From Lily’s perspective…she’s in Chicago and about to enter Christine’s old house… Lily ignored her brother and smiled at...

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New release reminder and Mary Campisi on Facebook

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in contemporary fiction, family saga, new release, women's fiction | 0 comments

New release reminder and Mary Campisi on Facebook

Hi Everyone: As I finish my last round of edits and prepare for a final read of A Family Affair: Summer, I wanted to make sure everyone knew the following: I have a new release sign up on my website – www.marycampisi.com. You can sign up for new release notifications and I think once you do that, you might receive a ‘one time’ option to sign up for sale notifications. If you do that and I have a book that goes on sale, you’ll be notified. The big thing is to make sure you’ve signed up for new release...

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Release date for A Family Affair: Summer

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in contemporary fiction, contemporary romance, family relationships, family saga, second chances, secret family, women's fiction | 6 comments

Release date for A Family Affair: Summer

Hello Everyone: Finally, finally, FINALLY, I have a release date for A Family Affair: Summer! But that’s not all – I’ve got a cover and a description, too! I am beyond excited and can’t wait for you to get back to Magdalena and see what your favorite and maybe not-so-favorite characters are up to… April 1st is the date and there will be a pre-order on i-books. (Wish it were available as a pre-order on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo, but sadly, it is not.) Still, this will not slow down your ability to get the book...

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The Story behind The Butterfly Garden: That Second Chance Series Book 6: siblings, pecking order, and finding your true self

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in belief in oneself, family life, family relationships, Mary Campisi, second chances, siblings, sisters | 0 comments

The Story behind The Butterfly Garden: That Second Chance Series Book 6: siblings, pecking order, and finding your true self

Siblings? Pecking order? Finding your true self? Oh, this was an easy piece to write… I am the third child in a family of four—two older brothers and a younger sister, all born in less than six years. Our family wasn’t wealthy, as a matter of fact, we were much less than wealthy, though we never knew it. We thought sharing a bed was normal, and a bathroom, and a closet, and clothes…as for entertainment, well, there was only one mother in the neighborhood who had a car and it wasn’t for carting kids around to play dates. We spent our...

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