Author Speak Luncheon – Reminder. Let’s Party!

Author Speak Luncheon – Reminder. Let’s Party!

On the Rocks
Oil/Aluminum 36×36
This is a reminder blog for my Author Speak luncheon on Friday, Nov 1 at noon. At the Norwalk Public Library. Sign up for my newsletter when you arrive at the library, you could win a goodie basket.
Wednesday, is my painting day in the fall. I’m in workshop at Silvermine with my artist friends and David Dunlop at the helm. I had a painting that was calling out to me to perk it up. The updated painting is above. It was fun and relaxing. How do you like the title? “On the Rocks.” Tom named it spontaneously. Way to go, Tom.
I definitely want to attend this Norwalk Library Author Speak program with Gail Ingis.  I know her personally as she is a trustee and Art Chair on the Board of Lockwood-Mathews Mansion.  In addition to all the things this blurb cites, she is a wonderful artist, dancer, and humanitarian. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her at the November 1st Norwalk Library Author Speak luncheon.
Celeste Champagne
“To err is human; to purr is feline.”(Robert Byrne)

The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin
The Gilded Age Heiresses
Gail Ingis

Friday, Nov. 1 luncheon
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium 


Opposites attract in this gilded age historical romance when a young American suffragette eschews marriage until a handsome detective is hired to protect her from a dangerous stalker.

It’s not that she doesn’t want to marry…
Allie Baldwin is tired of writing about the latest fashions for the society column of her father’s newspaper, the New York Sentinel. Determined to write about important issues, Allie can’t help but defy danger at every turn. When she narrowly escapes a riot at a suffrage rally, Allie’s beleaguered parents enlist the services of a security agent—a dashing and debonair detective, with a knack for getting under Allie’s skin.

He’s not ready for marriage…
Peter Harrison is too busy running Harrison Detective Agency to bother with courtships and conjugality. He refuses to make the same mistakes his father made—marrying too young and forsaking family for work. But when a newspaper magnate hires him to protect his willful daughter—Peter is torn between his oath to bachelorhood and an alluring attraction to the ravishing redhead with a nose for trouble.

When a mysterious fire sparks her investigative instincts, can Allie stick to reporting the facts and restrain her flowering feelings for the handsome detective?

Gail Ingis writes historical romance with a twist of mystery set in the Gilded Age.

Her latest book, The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin:  The Gilded Age Heiresses (Sept 2019) is available on Amazon or at the book signing on Nov 1 at noon in the Norwalk Public Library.

Her first novel, Indigo Sky, is also available on Amazon and other retailers. (2015 Soul Mate Publishing). The love story behind Albert Bierstadt’s painting Domes of Yosemite was Gail’s inspiration to write Indigo Sky. The painting, now in St. Johnsbury Atheneum in Vermont, once hung in Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, Connecticut, where she serves as a trustee and curator of art.

Before her debut as an author, she illustrated the book Seeking Paradise by Deborah Galiley (2009, Oak Tara Publishers).

Gail’s career in interior design and architecture culminated in her founding a school of interior design, Interior Design Institute, now part of Berkeley College. Her professorship extended to colleges across NJ, CT, and NY.

Gail has memberships in several interior design and art organizations, and membership in the Romance Writers of America. She resides in Connecticut with her scientist-writer husband, Tom, who is supportive of her work and her writing.

Gail will read an excerpt from UMB, hold a book signing after the luncheon, and the drawing for the gift basket will be after the signing, 

To Register and for more information contact Cynde Bloom Lahey by phone 203-899-2780 ext. 15133 or email

Norwalk Public Library | 1 Belden Ave Norwalk, CT 06850

P.S. You can vote again until the end of the month Oct 31st, that’s today: The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin by Gail Ingis – VOTE. 



Bookshelves, yours, mine, ours?

Bookshelves, yours, mine, ours?

Whenever I visit someone’s house for the first time, I try to sneak a peek at their bookshelves. It’s amazing what you can tell about a person from their books. Take my old roommate, for example; she had a small collection of Christian lit. and YA novels. Just by glancing at her shelf, I knew that she was religious and liked to occasionally read for fun. I’m sure I’m not the only person who plays this game. It’s like puzzle, and each book is a clue about someone’s interests and personality. This is also a great way to spark conversations with your new acquaintance. (“Oh, you’ve read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Is it worth the hype?)

Recently, I started to wonder what my books said about me. If someone glanced at my bookcase, what kind of person would they think I am? As a little experiment, I tracked down all the books I’m currently reading (I have a horrible habit of reading four or five at a time) and put them in a pile. Here’s what I’ve got: Christopher McDougall’s Natural Born Heroes (World War II history book about the Cretan resistance), Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave (fantasy novel about young Merlin), Herodotus’ The Histories (classic account of the Persian wars), Louis L’Amour’s Education of a Wandering Man (memoir of a prolific Western-fiction author), and Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones (collection of essays about the writing life).

So, what do these books say about me? I honestly have no idea. They only have two things in common: they’re all books, and I’m reading them. Other than that, they’re completely random, with no unifying themes, subjects, or genres. Would someone looking at this stack think I was well-rounded, or just nuts? I’ll compromise and say I’m generally curious and a tad eccentric in my reading life.

This has been an interesting little exercise. I’d encourage you to take a look at your own collection and see what it says about you. You might be surprised.

Permission given to reblog. Thank you to Wisdom House Books by Anna Dallara.




Diary of a Pet Turkey by Joanne Ingis

This blog is a diversion to tell you about an event next Thursday, January 19th at 2:00 pm at the main branch of the Fairfield Public library 1080 Old Post Road in Connecticut on the 2nd floor in the children’s library.  I promise, I will return to storage next week.  The subject matter, that is.

Joanne Ingis, my daughter-in-law, is making a rare appearance at the main branch of the Fairfield Public Library. She will be giving everyone a treat reading and talking about her pet turkey and her new book “Diary of a Pet Turkey.”

If you want to hatch a turkey egg, ask Joanne.  If the eggs under your turkey hen aren’t hatching well, you can move them into an incubator for better hatching success.  Joanne did just that and then we watched and waited and waited and waited.  All eyes were upon this egg, mine included.

Hatched turkey egg

The egg had to be warm all over and turned three times a day which became the project of my grandson-turned turkey farmer.

Finally!  It cracked.  Out came a foot, out came a wing, out came a peep. She was small, sweet and squeaky, Squeaky like pushing a magic marker on a bulletin board.  That’s how she got her name, Magic Marker.

About the Author/Artist

Joanne Ingis makes her Blue Apple Books debut with Diary of a Pet Turkey. She home schools her sons, and the turkey in her story was one of their hands-on science projects. Based on a true story, this is a delightful tale of a suburban family and their pet turkey. Joanne Ingis takes readers on an unbelievable journey, from the hatching of the egg, to the naming of the turkey, to its incorporation into the family’s daily life.

Feather from Magic Marker

Magic Marker grew into a fluffy turkey running all around her new home.  Double click the link: 



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