My latest (favorite) review of my book found on Goodreads

Kate Nivison made a comment on her review of Feedback


No one could say this book lacks pace. I went through it as if riding the NYC subway on something stronger than caffeine and having to stay on board until it reached the end of the line because that was the only way I would know where it was going. Reminded me of Woody Allen: ‘I love New York – I’m only leaving because my analyst is leaving.’ Think ‘Sex and the City’ without the pictures. A book for the ‘Me’ generation, with no turn unstoned. Likeable characters, head v heart dilemmas, guilt trips – those who like this sort of read will love it. With its open-ended issues trailing more to come, Feedback could easily be taken up as TV series for when the kids are in bed. Books should only be critiqued for what they set out to do, and this is a very good one of its kind. For something more like a nice cup of cocoa, try my Travelling Light: Short Stories & Travel Writing to Take You Away From it All

Thanks to Kate for this and all the reviews I’ve received thus far. Check all of them by clicking on the links below:

I’m putting the finishing touches on the latest author interview, stay tuned!

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Wow! 76 views from France this week!

Wow! 76 views from France this week!.

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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Wow! 76 views from France this week!


And 73 views just today from a person in France! I don’t know whether to be thrilled or alarmed? Is this a fan or a harassing-law-breaking-stalker? Let’s hope they’re the former and not the (pathetic) latter. Special thanks to all my viewers from around the world – I lucked out with the support .

Check out a new author interview here on Monday!

Peace & Love,

P.s. one of my favorite proverbs: “never, ever, mess with a writer” ;)

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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Four Movie Quotes on This Monday

Originally posted on Accidental Bohemian:

“Music, you now, true music – not just rock n roll – it chooses you. It lives in your car, or alone listening to your headphones, you know, with the cast scenic bridges and angelic choirs in your brain. It’s a place apart from the vast, benign lap of America.”

“In Carl Jung’s opinion, we all have a sixth sense – intuition. When you meet someone and you suddenly feel like you can’t live without them. This could be the memory of a past love from the collective unconscious. Or it could just be hormones.”
— Almost Famous

“We’ve been going about this all wrong. This Mr. Stay Puft’s okay! He’s a sailor, he’s in New York; we get this guy laid, we won’t have any trouble!”
— Ghostbusters

“You must get a piece of jade, and keep it close. Then your blood will go into the stone, and the…

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Author Interview With John Brennan

I can’t say enough about this talented writer and friend! John’s writing and life are full of heart, soul, and genuineness. His book Don’t Die With Regrets is a must read for your book collection—I know you will love it as much as I did! Be sure to check out his readings in the New York area.

1. When did you start putting pen to paper?
I wrote in school but didn’t start to write seriously until 2007

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
I like to write Prose, poetry and short stories

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Fictional is the poet/writer ‘The Master’ in the novel the “Master and Margarita.”

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?
Mikhail Bulgakov

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
I’m working on two books of poetry

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
Don’t Die With Regrets. I would not change a thing

7. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you know and do your research thoroughly

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful ;)
I got an RSA in English, History and Literature

9. How much research do you do for your writing?
Research is the key. You must delve deeply

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I use a laptop computer

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
“Don’t Die With Regrets,” The last words my father said to me

12. What book do you think everyone should read?
The Master and Margarita.

13. two part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
I play guitar badly. I would like to play guitar not badly

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?
It all fell in to place after a meeting with a publisher at the AWLI

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?
Mick Jagger

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

17. Bill Murray or Chevy Chase?
Chevy Chase

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
Publishing my first book hands down

19. What quote do you live by?
Don’t Die With Regrets

20. What would be your ideal writer profession, ambition? (famous Pulitzer prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)
I just wish for people to read my work, and become inspired

21. Would you like to ask me a question?
How did you like being in London/Italy on your sabbatical?

I can’t say enough great things! Italy is the most beautiful place in the world… the people, food, and scenery all wrapped together is just gorgeous! London has been one of my favorite cities since I first visited friends back in 1996. The history and people are absolutely lovely. Londoners are similar to New Yorkers but with a better accent… they’re direct and sincere. The humor and the music scene alone are extraordinary. The walks up and down the Thames River and my friends definitely stand out. I didn’t have a chance to make it to Ireland (where you’re from) but I look forward to next time!

Thanks again John, for taking the time to share your thoughts with my readers. See you at a reading soon.

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Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Raved About Recipes (this week)

I love to cook! Aside from my homemade masterpieces, I’m always on the hunt for recipes that are excellent and quick since my full-time work and writing schedule are astir to say the least… all the better. The following recipes are perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. I found these gems from friends suggestions at farmer markets, and facebook posts. This past week I cooked for my family/friends and the below list features some dishes with the highest raves! Of course I used gluten and dairy free ingredients (you know, comfort food done healthier). Courtesy of,,,,, and (you’ll love these websites!)











This post reminds me of chapter 5 in my book, Feedback, featuring scrumptious descriptions of food! Buy it here:

Monday – watch out for my latest author interview featuring one of the greatest Irish writers around—John Brennan!

Passa un buon fine settimana :)

Ms. Montanino


Posted by on October 3, 2014 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Monday’s Motivational Must Read: Mindfulness Workbook For Dummies

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A friend of mine raved about how good this book was, I had to read it myself and may I say I couldn’t agree more with his analysis.  This past year I incorporated meditating in my yoga practice (had stretched without it for years) and it’s enhanced my life ten-fold. Now the latest trend is mindfulness which = meditation on overdrive. This book will benefit anyone who is looking to feel better about themselves by tackling issues that plague society i.e. guilt, projecting blame on others (not taking responsibility for your own errors), anxiety, stress and the like.  I feel this book also helps the individual to strengthen their relationships with the people they’re surrounded by; an insightful and essential tool to help center yourself to leading a more peaceful, productive, and happier life. If anyone needs more motivation than that, I can keep raving about this book all day…

Happy mindful meditations to you!


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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Unedited Quill Spills


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