My Book Signing for “Aprils and Decembers”!

PC: Tina Lovett Photography, 2016

On January 23rd, I was honored to be the Guest Author at our local Barnes and Noble store where the turnout for my book signing for “Aprils and Decembers” was one of the most successful in the store’s history. I am so grateful to everyone! Family, friends, fans, readers, coworkers and newcomers showed up to support my writing. I am truly overwhelmed.

For all the love and support you’ve shown me, thank you.

XO, DQ

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Towanda! My Favorite Female Authors

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