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New Event: Bulfinch Launch Party!

Check out the events page using the navigation links above to learn about the Bulfinch launch party happening next week!


Songs that Inspired Bulfinch

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I listened to this playlist so many times during the years I worked on Bulfinch that I realized, upon digging it up again, that I still had most of the lyrics memorized.

Music and writing are tightly intertwined for me. When I listen to certain songs, I feel like my soul is actually singing them through the musicians who created them. Sometimes I wonder if I write because I never had the  musical talent to fully express those soul-sensations with voice or instrument, and writing was the next best thing. So when I create playlists for the stories I write, it's more than just background music; many of the songs were the direct inspiration for certain stories or scenes, and others sang the soul-sensations that I tried to capture in my characters. The Bulfinch playlist is inextricably linked with the book in my mind.

The first song, "Jolene," is one of my favorites by CAKE. I'm not sure if it was a song for Rosie, or a song for me -- for a few years, I listened to "Jolene" on repeat while writing many stories about young women escaping into their imaginations. It set the scene in my imagination.

The next two, a playful cover of "Bizarre Love Triangle," and "Cricket" by Dance Hall Crashers, capture Rosie's idyllic childhood, and her untarnished love for her parents -- as well as the untarnished love she imagines they have for her.

"Bigmouth Strikes Again" by The Smiths is, naturally, bigmouth Max's theme.

"Tee Shirt Weather" and "When My Boy Walks Down the Street" are anthems of Rosie and Bulfinch's exploration of Baltimore.

"Help the Aged" is one of my favorite Pulp songs, and it spoke to me pretty loudly about Rosie and Uncle Alvin's relationship while I was writing Bulfinch.

"Where Would I Be?" and "Guess How Much I Love You" capture Rosie's feelings toward Uncle Alvin, and her parents, as both fluxuate and begin to grow into a more mature, wise love.

"The Anchor Song" is about finding home -- as all the characters fumble to do.

"Full Moon in My Soul" is one of those happy-sad songs that seems made for endings.


New Event: Mindful Creative Writing Workshop

DC area residents, don't miss my first Bulfinch event! I'll be teaching a free creative writing workshop, with an emphasis on mindfulness, in Stanton Park on Sunday, August 24 at 5pm.

Check out my Events Page for the full details!


Bulfinch is now available on Amazon!

Hey gang! Bulfinch, my new novel about a knight who was misplaced in time, is now available for purchase in paperback and Kindle formats! Order today -- and if you like it, leave a review on Amazon!

Keep your eyes on this site, because in the coming weeks I'm going to be posting a lot of fun material about Bulfinch, including playlists, excerpts, info about upcoming events, and video and photos from events you may have missed, plus links to reviews, interviews, and media about the book!

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I've also created a new Events page to post info about upcoming events, and video and photos from past events. 

What happened to the pre-order page? Now that the book is officially released, I've closed pre-orders -- but never fear, now you can go directly to Amazon to buy your copy today! Check out my Bulfinch page for the latest reviews, and info on where to order the book in your preferred format, as new ebook formats become available!


New Short Story: don't get me wrong oblivion

This week's short story is actually part one of a three-parter. The next two installments will come in the next two weeks, wrapping up right before the launch of my new novel Bulfinch on August 15! This week's story is presented right here on the blog -- click to continue reading below!

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New mindfulness essay now online

Hi readers! My friend and sort-of-sister-in-law (is there a word for sister-in-law's sister?) Elissa runs a group called Happy Mindful People, dedicated to spreading peace, love and kindness through yoga, meditation, and education.

She just published my short essay on mindfulness, "Wash Yourself of Yourself," on the Happy Mindful People blog! Check it out here.


This Week's Free Story: "Belle"

I'll be posting a free short story every week until the launch of Bulfinch. This week, it's "Belle," an inventive new twist on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. Belle is a struggling single mother who feels like a prisoner of circumstance -- and of her heavily tattooed landlord, whom she calls The Beast. But their unlikely attraction may have the power to change both their lives...with some help from Mrs. Teapot.

Download "Belle" at Noisetrade here! And if you enjoy it, consider rattling my tip jar or placing your pre-order for Bulfinch today!


Free Short Story, "Bridal Sour!"

It's here at last! Download my free short story, "Bridal Sour," at Noisetrade here. It's available as a PDF, so you can read it on your computer or send it to virtually any ereading device or app! Rattle the tip jar while you're there if you enjoyed it, and don't forget to share with friends.

When all the recently engaged women in town start turning into zombies, one girl things she knows the source of the problem -- and its unlikely solution. Download "Bridal Sour" for free, from Bulfinch author Hannah Sternberg.


Read an Excerpt from Bulfinch!

Hi gang! It's been a pretty tumultuous week, which threw me off my short story posting schedule. When I asked you guys on Facebook if you'd like to see an excerpt from Bulfinch instead, while I got my act together, the love and support was very encouraging. So here it is. Enjoy the first chapter of Bulfinch.

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Announcing Bulfinch, My New Book!


I'm utterly tickled to share the news that I'll be releasing my second novel, Bulfinch, this August! Bulfinch is a whimsical fantasy tale for young adult readers and grownups who enjoy a good tale. If you can't wait to order your copy, sign up for my special pre-order offer and I'll send you a signed, personalized copy with some fun goodies in the package as soon as the book is available!

When a knight and a monk spring from the pages of Rosie’s book, the only people more astonished than the reclusive PhD student are her time-traveling visitors.

Cooped up in a house-turned-museum since the long-ago disappearance of her parents, Rosie is now forced out into the world as her guests wreak havoc on her Baltimore neighborhood.

As Rosie tries to figure out how to return the errant duo to their home in history, she begins to uncover why her parents vanished without a trace seven years ago. But her eccentric Uncle Alvin threatens to stand in her way, before she can discover the truth about Bulfinch and her own childhood.

By turns funny and tender, adventurous and thoughtful, Bulfinch is a whimsical tale about getting lost in a book -- and finding your way out again.

Advance praise for Bulfinch:

“I was astonished at the depth of emotion conveyed in the book. I felt the same way after reading Queens of All the Earth. Sternberg has such a talent for examining and sharing these deep, deep emotions in such a way that readers get swept up in them as well. The word that came to mind when I read this book was delicious. I felt like I was devouring it and that it was just delicious.” - Allie Duzett, author of The Body Electric

“I’m a sucker for books about knights and monks, and in this delightful tale, a suitably belligerent knight and dreamy monk help a very modern girl solve her very mysterious problems in a very medieval way. Highly recommended.” - H.W. Crocker III, author of The Old Limey

“Meticulously researched, through nifty writing and the art of fantasy, Sternberg brings a couple of characters from the Middle Ages to the present and to life. A terrific read.” - Gary Alexander, author of the Buster Hightower mystery series


How to Get It

Want to order your copy early so you don't forget? Use the button below to place your pre-order, and you'll receive a signed, personalized copy with some very special goodies!

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Bulfinch will be available on August 15 on Amazon (including Canada, UK, and Europe) in paperback and Kindle formats. Don't have a Kindle? Never fear, Bulfinch will be available on a variety of other major ebook formats a month after release.

Want to pick up your copy of Bulfinch in a store? Request an order through your favorite local bookstore! Bulfinch is published by Istoria Books and distributed by Ingram.