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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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IMG_0302Last week my daughter turned 23.  I know it’s not usually considered a milestone birthday, but that is the age I was when she was born.  We decided (and I think I blogged about the trip before) to go on a trip to Italy.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it here but I’m Italian on my mom’s side and Irish on my dad’s.  So going to Italy was a bit like visiting part of our heritage.  

My maternal grandmother was the first generation born in the US and never got back to Italy.  She was raised with her six siblings (five sisters, one brother) in Brooklyn where her parents ran a grocery store.  So food and family have always been linked for us.  When my maternal grandmother passed away just a month before my thirtieth birthday I felt her loss keenly as we all did.  My grandmother had always wore a necklace with a rose charm (her name was Rose) and my mom gave it to me.  I wear it when I need her strength–she was a bold, brass lady who everyone loved.  She was larger than life and IMG_0488I’m a quiet little dormouse, so sometimes I need my grandmother’s strength.  

But I’m digressing…on the trip to Italy I wore my grandmother’s necklace and thought of her with me and Coco on the trip.  Especially when we took a cooking class in Florence.  The class was a basic one where we learned to make tiramisu from scratch, pasta and bolognese/ragu sauce.  For some reason I’ve always known how to make my own sauce (we call it gravy at home) but never knew how to make pasta.  I’ve tried it a few times on my own and my mom and dad always make it at home but I’d never done it.

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 Coco and I were the stars of our class inciting Italian Ryan Gosling (No, it wasn’t really Ryan Gosling as my mom thought!) over to our table to marvel at our little pasta balls.  We rolled them out and then we drank chianti as the chef/teachers finished off our dishes and for me I felt that moment were past, present and future kind of all exist at the same time.  It was an experience I know I’ll never forget.  

 

 

Have you ever had something like that?  Or just tell me about your favorite family dish. I’m giving away a cute little note pad I brought back from Florence and winner’s choice of my backlist books to one commenter.

 

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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Thank you everyone for sharing what you always do.  :)

Julie-ann Ford is my winner.  Please send me a message kathy @ katherinegarbera.com (no spaces) with your details.  

Happy Sunday!

Kathy

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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Inspired by Kristan’s post yesterday about things she’s never done I decided to write about things I always do.  Silly things to be sure but that sort of suits me. 

  • IMG_0189 I always start my day with a cup of coffee and prefer to drink it in bed.  When my kids were younger they used to cuddle in bed with me while I drank it. 
  • I worry about the poor souls in Purgatory and light a candle for them in every church I’ve ever been too.  There were a lot of them in Paris so I feel like my trip there surely shortened the time for many of them.
  • I have a beaded bracelet that I always wear when I fly. I think it makes me lucky and always ensures a safe flight.  One time it was in my purse and I had to frantically dig it out before take-off.  
  •  This one is going to make my Italian relatives nuts, but I can’t really taste the difference between homemade gravy (red tomato sauce) and some really good jarred stuff.  Not the cheap stuff. 
  • ImageI always read the last page of a suspense novel so I can relax as I’m reading the story. I will also skip to the end of the book if it looks like everyone isn’t making it out alive.  
  • I end every conversation with my husband, kids, parents,  and sisters with I love you.  My grandmother died unexpectedly the day after a family birthday part and I didn’t get to say goodbye to her, which I thought was no big deal because I was supposed to see her the next day for lunch.  So from now I make sure everyone knows I love them.

What is one thing that you always do?  Tell me for a chance to win Seduce Me Tonight my latest release from Southern Born Books and a Cheryl’s Cookie Card.  I’ll pick one winner.  

 

 

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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Dr-Evil-and-Mini-MeWhen I was growing up everyone used to say that I looked just like my mother.  I would smile and say thanks but a part of me wanted to look like me.  And if I looked just like my mom than my fantasy of being the lost princess of some far-away kingdom wasn’t ever going to come true.  :)

As I’ve gotten older I’ve grown to look more and more like my mother and I really like it. I like that when I travel with her people usually know we are mother and daughter. Occasionally some flirty guy will say we are sisters!  My daughter has inherited this too.  When the three of us are together everyone is always comments on it.  

 

But beyond the physical there are other ways that we are the same.  My daughter and I almost share a birthday.  There are four days between ours and before she started school we used to always celebrate it as our birthday.  My maternal grandmother (who by the way we also look like) always said that Coco was my special birthday present.  And she has been.  

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This year Coco will be exactly half my age and she suggested marking the occasion by having a mom/daughter trip.  We are planning a trip to Italy to celebrate, but her suggestion was something that really resonated with me.  We are so similar in many ways.  We both love to read and dissect books and movies.  We love to argue.  And we are both stubborn about our opinion–though I’m more subtle about it.  In the picture at the right we are visiting the Harry Potter Diagon Alley attraction at Universal and drinking Butterbeer.  

 

 

Do you have a mini-me?  What is the one thing that you have inherited or passed on that you are especially proud of?  Both of my kids are ardent readers, which is a point of pride for me. :)

I’m giving away $10 iBooks gift card to one random commenter.  

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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Katherine’s A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS is now available for pre-order at audible.com. 

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