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Welcome, readers and writers both,  to the Italian Blog!

Cover reveal! So thrilled with this gorgeous cover for Valentine’s Day. Stay tuned, this story is about international adoption.


Happy New Year to all my readers, family, and dear friends. And a sincere thank you for reading my books and responding so kindly with such positive reviews.

2015 was a year in progress:

I was thrilled to return to the writing world with my Christmas novella, A Snowy White Christmas, which hit the top 100 paid Christmas romances on Amazon.


Two Facebook pages were set up:

Like my Facebook author page at: www.facebook.com/Josie.Riviera

Converse with me on my Josie Riviera Facebook page.

Tweet me at @josieriviera

I’m on instagram, thanks to my daughter’s help.  josie_riviera

I continue to blog on The Pink Fuzzy Slipper writers, and look forward to participating in the Sweet Romance Reads.

My husband and I were fortunate enough to travel to County Wexford, Ireland to visit our daughter studying dance at the university.


We also celebrated our wedding anniversary with our grown children in Disney world, Florida, as well as welcoming our beautiful baby granddaughter into the world.

Resolutions for 2016:

Publish a sweet romance Valentine’s Day novella: I Love You More

Write and publish a sweet romance St. Patrick’s Day novella: Oh, Danny Boy

Publish an inspirational romance in March, Seeking Faith

Finally publish Fatal Fortune and Fatal Fascination

Paraphrasing from a favorite pastor:  “Do you have the kind of faith that will make sense on the other side? If so, point back at 2015 and look forward to 2016. and say hello from the other side.”


31 Responses

  1. Absolutely beautiful blog. Makes me want to go back and redo mine in happier colors.

  2. It’s gorgeous! And very serene. I can use a dose of serene about now. :~)

  3. LOL, Barbara. Can’t we all?
    Just imagine enjoying the beautiful city of Venice. :)

  4. Nice, Josie! Love the picture…and your romantic suspense sounds like a lot of fun!

  5. My maiden name was Mongiello so I just adore this blog!!
    Hey Paison!!! Mangia! and enjoy the view too!

  6. Josie, what a great blog! I can’t wait to check Ferdy’s daily deals (love the name, BTW). I may not be heading to Italy this year, but the pics give me something to dream about.
    I wonder if it’s possible to introduce us to an Italian word of the day, sort of like an Italian word ala mode?

    • Hi Jeanette,
      What a wonderful idea about the Italian word for the day. I’ll check with one of my sons about adding another heading. In the meantime, enjoy the Italian newspaper on the blog.

  7. Yeah, Josie. Welcome to the happy and crazy world of bloggers. May I say, it’s about time.LOL

  8. That is a lovely pic. Remind me of an Italian ristorante I went to in California. It was surrounded by water and you had to enter over a tiny bridge. I immediately thought of Venice.

    • Toni,
      Venice is such a beautiful city. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to travel there some years back and plan to return someday.

  9. If only someday I could see Italy. I still have relatives there that I will never know!
    Great blog Josie! I love the look of it and the Italian theme!

  10. You have been sandbagging your talents, girlfriend! I LOVE this blog! We need to make better use of you at the Pink Fuzzies. Mama Mary

  11. I love the picture. I so wish I could visit someday. Blog more. Tell me more. I can live through you.

    • Thanks, Autumn. If you have the chance, check out the Travel section of the blog today. The Hotel Danieli was featured in the movie, “The Tourist”. It’s gorgeous, especially the grand staircase as you enter.

  12. I agree with everyone else. Great blog. I mentioned the bologna pie and he’s all for it. We have an old fashioned meat grinder I can use or set him to doing. I wonder if you could do it in a food processor? Have you ever done it that way?

    • Thanks, Paisley!
      I’ve never ground the bologna in a food processor, as it might be too thin. My Mom has mentioned that when you can’t get any of the deli managers in your local supermarkets to grind the bologna, you can cut the bologna in chunks. You have an old-fashioned meat grinder, though, (we’ve used that, too) so you should be all set.
      Glad you’re enjoying the blog.

  13. Josie, you have a nice blog! Your WIP sounds like a fun read! Can’t wait until you have it completed :-)

  14. Topnotch blog site, Josie. I’m very impressed. I spent a summer vacation as a child on the Italian Riviera. Magnifico!

  15. Nice blog, Josie. I plan to try a couple of your recipes. Oh yeah, and your book sounds like a hoot.

    • Dawn,
      As I mentioned to a fellow FTH’er, Jan, you’ll be one of the first to know when the book comes out.
      For recipes—try the Bologna pie. It’s a lot of work, but worth it.

  16. Awesome blog. It brings back a lot of very good memories.

  17. How exciting and to think you were my close neighbor. Happy journeys. Proud of you and expect to read a novel soon. Angela P. soon to be Angela Lord on Nov. 9th.

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