Month: October 2008

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400 Hits!

Just checked Lulu and Water Signs is up to 400 hits! Thanks to everyone who has logged in to check it out.

Also, just a reminder for anyone who lives in South Florida:

Perpetua Fung of Fast Frame of Delray Beach presents a Book Signing for Water Signs: A Story of Love an Renewal

Date: Wednesday, October 29

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Place: Fast Frame of Delray Beach in The Plaza at Delray (U.S. 1 and Linton Blvd)

RSVP: Perpetua Fung, (561) 243-3006 or Daria DiGiovanni, via the Contact page on this site


Have a great Thursday!

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Thanks to Lisa Macci

Good morning! I just wanted to post a special thank you to Lisa Macci, host of the Justice Hour, for her interest in reading Water Signs. Lisa and I are both Philly natives, so I am hoping she enjoys reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

And to all of the fabulous women I met last night at the Contemporary Federated Republican Women’s Club of Boca Raton dinner, thank you also for your interest and for the fascinating, uplifting conversation. It was a pleasure meeting everyone and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Slightly Off-Topic but Still Important

I’ve lost 15 pounds on Nutri System! I am so excited, as I will look and feel confident for all of these upcoming events. Two very dear friends of mine noticed the difference over breakfast this morning, where we planned a special celebration for Water Signs on November 8 for family and friends. I’m delighted to report that I will be wearing a beautiful halter dress that I couldn’t even zipper just two short months ago! Coincidentally, it resembles a dress my character Madeline wears in a pivotal scene in the book. As with the book signing on October 29, I will recite a chapter out loud for everyone in attendance. Now that I’ve dropped the extra weight (just 10 more to go!), it’ll be even more of a pleasure.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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351 Hits!

Happy Thursday! Water Signs is now up to 351 hits on Lulu; not a HUGE number, but moving in the right direction!

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Thanks to Christine King of the Get Fit Studio

I met with the lovely and talented Christine King yesterday at the Get Fit studio, where I was once (and hope to be again, very soon) an active, happy member. If you’ve never visited her place in Delray Beach, or experienced the benefits of functional training, I highly recommend it!

Anyway, a big thank you goes out to Christine for displaying a few copies of Water Signs in her studio! By the way, Christine, the new look is fantastic!

Happy Wednesday to everyone!

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Feel like talking about it?

The book, that is! Anyone who’s read Water Signs and wants to comment here on anything in the book: plot, characters, themes, etc., just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to start a discussion. It’s almost at 350 hits on Lulu, so we’re moving in a positive direction!

And I just want to send out a very special thank you to my dear friend Tre, who is hosting a private celebration for friends on November 8!

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Fast Frame of Delray Beach to Host Water Signs Book Signing!

Perpetua Fung, owner of Fast Frame in Delray Beach, has been kind enough to offer her place of business as the site for my first book signing! Located in the Delray Plaza, a few doors down from Publix, Fast Frame offers professional, customized framing and beautiful artwork. Having personal experience with Perpetua’s work, I can tell you it is first-rate! I am really looking forward to this event and thank her for her support.

Date: Wednesday, October 29

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Place: Fast Frame, The Plaza at Delray, 1534 South Federal Highway, Delray Beach, FL

Please rsvp to either Perpetua Fung (561) 243-3006 or Daria DiGiovanni via this site (Contact page). As we are planning refreshments, we need a head-count. See you there!


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Soldiers Angels Update

As mentioned in the press release below, the military charity Soldiers Angels is considering featuring Water Signs as their book of the month for January, 2009. I spoke with my contact person yesterday, and she apologized profusely that she has not yet forwarded my manuscript on, but will do so asap. I expect it will be well-received, but look forward to getting official confirmation! For every copy sold via their site, I will donate a portion of the proceeds back to the charity.

Here’s the press release Tina sent out:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    CONTACT:     Tina L. Pugliese, APR
September 30, 2008                                                     (561) 889-3575;
Local Author’s Book Sales to Support Soldiers’ Angels
New Book, Water Signs, features settings in Philadelphia, South Jersey and South Florida
BOCA RATON, Florida—In her first book, Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, Daria DiGiovanni creates a tale of love and personal growth. This novel intertwines a love story with the soul’s sometimes painful but always necessary struggle for fulfillment and realization. While she highlights the themes of unwavering faith and the power of love, Ms. DiGiovanni infuses the book with a blend of humor, drama and intrigue that celebrates Philadelphia, South Jersey and South Florida culture.
            “I spent my early years in the Philadelphia area where the first half of this book is set, so it was an exercise in nostalgia and loads of fun to write,” says Ms. DiGiovanni. “I tried to capture Philly’s unique culture and traditions by incorporating my own experiences as a devoted Philadelphia Eagles fan and a summertime vacationer at the Jersey Shore. A simultaneously uplifting and challenging journey of the heart, my book chronicles a pivotal period in my own personal development and represents the culmination of a lifelong goal. It’s also the first of many novels I plan to write as an ultimate tribute to faith, family and country.”
            Water Signs is already receiving rave reviews from a variety of critics, one of whom states, “Daria touches the heart of everyone who believes in second-chances and the unbreakable bonds of love, faith and family. She has an uncanny ability to mesmerize the reader with sympathetic characters who face every hardship with grit and determination.”
            One of Ms. DiGiovanni’s favorite causes is Soldiers’ Angels, an organization that provides care packages for the military overseas. The group is considering featuring Water Signs as an upcoming Book of the Month with a percentage of the sales going to Soldiers’ Angeles in support of their work with the wounded.
            To read a synopsis of Water Signs visit www.watersignsnovel.comWater Signs (Paperback, 437 pages, $24.95; or Download, $8.75) may be ordered online at
EDITOR’S NOTE: To schedule an interview with Daria DiGiovanni or to obtain a review copy of her book, please contact Tina Pugliese at (561) 889-3575 or by e-mail at
About the Author
Daria DiGiovanni was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in the nearby suburb of Media. The youngest of five children in a close-knit family, she graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in English. At age 27 she relocated to South Florida, where she actively pursued her goal of becoming a published writer, contributing feature stories and articles to various publications. With the advent of the “blogosphere,” she channeled her passion for the United States, cultural issues and traditional values into two successful blogs, Muzz Musings and Freedom Bright, infusing keen insight and thoughtful consideration into such topics as radical Islamic terrorism, Military heroism and national security. In 2004, Daria’s efforts led to an appearance on FOX News Channel to discuss politics and dating. She was also featured as a weekly columnist for the online magazine, The Martini Lounge, where she eloquently and oftentimes humorously opined on everything from her lifelong love of professional football to her “haunted” vacation in Savannah, Georgia. She currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Speaking of Soldiers Angels

Yesterday I received a letter in the mail that I nearly discarded because it was in an unusual brown envelope. Thank goodness I didn’t, as it turned out to be a lovely thank you from a British soldier serving alongside America’s bravest in Iraq. Back in June, I participated in a web-a-thon hosted by Michelle Malkin and Melanie Morgan, by purchasing four care packages to be shipped to American Military members stationed overseas. This British soldier wrote to tell me that my contribution to the cause was generously shared with him by an enlisted American, one of many who sympathize with their British counterparts due to the lack of support they receive from their own countrymen. While this news made me even prouder of the United States of America, its military and its loyal, troop-loving citizens, I also felt intense sadness for Britain’s courageous warriors, knowing how tough it is for them to experience the same outpouring of encouragement and consideration. So, Sergeant Lee Reynolds, thank you for your service and enjoy the goodies in the care package. You certainly deserve them. Stay safe and God bless!

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Royal Nails helping promote Water Signs

Last evening, I stopped by my favorite nail salon, Royal Nails, where I’ve been a loyal customer for 6 1/2 years, to deliver two signed copies to the owners, Kim and Leslie. Throughout the writing process, I continuously kept them apprised of my progress, as I typically see them every 2-3 weeks. Both were absolutely thrilled with the final version, and Kim asked if I would sign a copy for the customers, to be displayed prominently on the magazine-topped table in their waiting area. Since they are a very busy salon with lots of new and repeat customers, I was happy to honor her request.

While there, I also met two very nice women, who were extremely supportive and interested. So while things didn’t work out with WXEL, I am keeping up my own efforts even as my publicist continues to seek out other media opportunities.

Hope to be back soon with follow-up information on the Fast Frame event!