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News Flash - Author reading event at East Vincent Elem. on 12/20

I have been cordially invited to read...A Glimpse from Christmas Past to the first grade at East Vincent Elementary School, Spring City on 12/20/16.   My niece Mary Cate' is a teacher at the school.  I am not sure who is more excited myself or the children but it should be fun!  

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33rd Annual Family Holiday Party 12/19/15 at Andy & Regina's

All!

I will being doing a reading of my holiday story, A Glimpse from Christmas Past as reuested. So if you want a live author reading (audio version) please make preparations as I will start somewhere around 5:00 pm   

Merry Christmas!

D. C. Donahue

 

 

A Glimpse from Christmas Past - Featured in Book Buyer's Guide 11/30/15

My newest book, Keira in the Mirror will be available for purchase this week!!

Keira in the Mirror, is a story about the joys and the simple things in life that we often take for granted.  We all experience, almost daily, those unspoken moments every time we look in a mirror, shop window etc...that causes us pause in reflection of ourselves.  Follow Keira as she comes to that moment for the first time in this delightful story of self discovery. Now available and reasonably priced at $8.95           ISBN#:  9781620869024

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Please be sure to write a review, visit our website for more book related information, recipes etc...   Also feel free to email me, post a comment, sign our "Guest Book" or schedule a reading engagement with your store, school or library.

Thanking you in advance!

Respectfully,
Dan Donahue/Author

PS: Be sure to check out my holiday book "A Glimpse from Christmas Past" for a Dickens good time! 
ISBN#: 9781481740289

 

Check out my newest book, Keira in the Mirror!

Just in time for Christmas, Author’s Digest presents a guest blog post from D.C. Donahue, author of A Glimpse from Christmas Past. The self-published book, about a magical experience a Christmas shopper shares with a child, is his first.
 
Please join us in welcoming D.C. Donahue to our contributor community!
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PART 1

Dan Donahue
Author D.C. Donahue with his wife (and editor)

I was born in 1956 in the Philadelphia region during the so called “wonder years.”  I’m the next-to-the-youngest of seven children: Mary, Marian, Joe, Andy, Larry, myself and younger sister Nancy (Annemarie.)  My parents, Joseph (1915) and Marian (nee: Cotterall/1920) Donahue, were both born into hard-working Philadelphia families and grew up during the Great Depression. Although my mother finished high school, my dad had a much different life and only attended school through his freshman year.  He left at sixteen to join one of the FDR work programs, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp), to earn money to help the family.
 
My parents were both one of ten children, not uncommon in those days; both paternal and maternal grandparents lost two children to diseases of that time (e.g. influenza, measles, polio, diphtheria or tuberculosis) which back then was all too common. Thank God most of those diseases are nonexistent in severity, if at all, in today’s society due to modern advancements in medicine.  Our parents always stressed the importance of a good education and hard work, and complimented us even on the most trivial accomplishments.  Their story is one I hope to tell someday and a future endeavor of mine.
 
Dan Donahue - Revised Christmas Past Front CoverAs a kid, I always liked to draw and dabbled in making things, especially homemade cards for birthdays, Christmas, Easter, and the like.  Prior to A Glimpse from Christmas Past, the only other thing of mine that was published was a poem I wrote back in 1991. It was part of a poetry contest, and if selected it would be published in a collection of works through the Library of Congress of Poetry called Fall Garden.  I got the bug for writing, however, after taking an English Composition and Literature course while attending St. Joseph’s University back in the mid-seventies. It wasn’t until after raising our family (and we had grandchildren of our own) that I had the time and resources to pursue this dream further.
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PART 2

Today at Author’s Digest, we continue our guest blog from D.C. Donahue. D.C. is the author of the self-published Christmas tale, A Glimpse from Christmas Past. You can read the first part of his post here.
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Dan Donahue cropped faceI had this quirky teacher who resembled Professor Irwin Corey (who achieved some television comedic notoriety on The Ed Sullivan Show.)  I remember him as a serious, no-nonsense college professor with a wry sense of humor; in looks and dress he could’ve doubled as Professor Corey.  Like him, he wore a tweed coat with a bow tie long before it became popular. He also enjoyed photography as a hobby and was quite good.
 
I knew it was going to be an eye-opening experience that first class when he walked into the room. He stopped briefly to look at the class, saying “Good evening,” in an Alfred Hitchcock sort of way. He then proceeded to a window that looked out on the campus courtyard below, again uttering the word “evening.” Then, without pause, he turned to the class and said “Evening… let’s see what you’re made of in our next class. Write a 500-word essay on the word ‘evening.’” You can imagine the looks and unspoken expletives from the class as we gathered our books.
 
Well, I guess you know whose paper he picked from the short pile of essays that he read (and skillfully butchered.)  Yeah… mine.  He said, and I quote, “All your essays have misused words, grammar, punctuation marks, spelling errors, etc… but this one has them all!” He then read my paper, but (to his credit) omitted my name as the author.  Let’s just say my paper had more red ink then black by the time he handed it back to me at the end of class, after everyone else had left. He actually did me a favor, as I used this as a road map of his mind for all his future expectations in structure and story. He told us that first paper wouldn’t count towards our final grade, so I managed to ace the course.
 
Regarding authors whose works I’ve enjoyed: I always loved the classic writers of poetry and literature (e.g. Dickens, Longfellow, Dickenson, Kilmer, Frost, Poe, Harper Lee, Bronte, Tolkien, Uris, Bradbury, McCullough, Schultz, Stan Lee, Alfred E. Neumann–just checking if you were paying attention.) I like poetry, fiction, non-fiction, serious, comedic, sci-fi, fantasy, biography, etc.
 
One of the greatest joys a person can develop in life is a love for reading.  If eyes are the windows to the soul, than reading is the window to imagination and possibilities.  I don’t care if it’s the encyclopedia, War and Peace, comics, newspapers, periodicals, or the back of a cereal box; just pick something up every day and read.  Your life will be more enriched.
 
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We’ll continue our guest blog from D.C. Donahue this weekend. A Glimpse from Christmas Past is available in the AuthorHouse Bookstore.
 
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PART 3

Today at Author’s Digest, we continue our guest blog from D.C. Donahue. D.C. is the author of the self-published Christmas tale, A Glimpse from Christmas Past. You can read parts one and two of his posts here and here, respectively.
 
Today D.C. tells us about what inspired him to write his book, and how it developed.
 
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Dan Donahue - Revised Christmas Past Front CoverI first developed the rough draft for A Glimpse from Christmas Past in the early fall of 2013.  It’s written in the first person, told in couplets (as children seem to respond better to the flow of the story.) As an indie author, I needed a crash course in the importance of social media marketing, most of it self-taught, flying by the seat of my pants.
 
My wife and I, much like our parents before us, always loved the holiday season with all its offerings. I wanted to tell a holiday story in the classic fashion of the experiences from my childhood, as well as those of our children and grandchildren. They were and are my inspiration and the driving force behind me publishing this story.
 
I remember reading the rough draft to my three oldest grandchildren: Sommer, Charlie and Kevin.  They were quietly listening, and when I finished they said in unison, “Pop-Pop…it’s really a good story. You should publish it to share it with everyone.” Not wanting to let them down (and wanting to teach them to follow through with their dreams), I decided to have it published. This allows me to leave a legacy behind that hopefully will inspire others, and which I based on my grandchildren’s reviews. So if all goes bad it’s their fault. (Just kidding!)
 
I was quite pleased with the way it surprisingly draws the reader into sharing special holiday moments and experiences with their loved ones.  Also, I feel that I stayed true to myself by including the paragraph where Santa tells the importance of keeping Christ in Christmas. Somehow with each generation it seems Santa and shopping has slowly become bigger than the Creator of the day itself.
 
Dan Donahue croppedIn reflection, and in spite of how drastically some things change, there are still those worthwhile things that last from generation to generation (e.g. As children, our parents took us to see the Fountain Light Show display at John Wanamaker’s, Santa Claus at Gimbles, and the Dickens Village display at Lit Brothers.)
 
Today this can all be still be found downtown at Macy’s in what most Philadelphians still refer to as the Wanamaker building.  SEPTA, the local transit company, has a huge train display set up in the concourse that kids go nuts for, and it is still the most memorable way to travel downtown, especially during the holiday season. Also, I might add that my book is carried in the SEPTA gift store. Maybe Macy’s will carry it next year–there’s always hope!
 
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We’ll continue our guest blog from D.C. Donahue later this month. A Glimpse from Christmas Past is available in the AuthorHouse Bookstore. Thanks for visiting Author’s Digest!
 
For more information about D.C. Donahue and his book, check out the following sites:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrexelHillDCD

Author Interview by M. Burns

I just got confirmation that my book, 'A Glimpse from Christmas Past'   will be featured in the NY Times Sunday Book Review edition on Nov. 23rd. This is pretty exciting news!!

November 23rd, 2014 - Featured in the NY Times, Book Review!

My book 'A Glimpse form Christmas Past' is featured today on page # 9 of Publisher Weekly, Book Life.  Please see the below links to check it out, as well as, my web page.  Don't forget to do a review if you have purchased my book and sign the 'Guest' page on my website.
  • Book of Life: http://booklife.com/pwselect/9
  • My Website: www.dcdonahue.com
 
Merry Christmas!  
The Donahue's
 
P.S. Beat the holiday rush and get your copy now!  Available at most online book stores, as an E-Read, and in paperback.  

November 10th, 2014 - Featured in Publisher Weekly, Book of Life

I did a reading to the children as part of a Book Fair at Garretts Way.  It is a day care through Kindergarden facility in Newtown Square, PA.  Our daughter Marie has worked there for the past 16 years or so and the young man standing on the chair is our youngest grandson, John Liam. 

November 6th, 2014 - Book Review at Garrett Williamson

I did an author interview sometime ago and it is being featured this week on "Book Review".   Please feel free to check it out at  http://www.thebookreview.net/glimpse-christmas-past/

Also while you are here feel free to browse my website, sign my guest page or leave a comment.  I would love to hear from you!

The Book Review

Greetings all!

My Book "A Glimpse from Christmas Past' (ISBN# 9781481740289) is currently featured in the Baker & Taylor Growing Minds, Emergent Voices - pg. 82.  It is digitally sent to Retailers, Schools and Libraries.  This will run from 9/14/14 through 10/24/14!
 
I also just finished an online interview for Book Reviewers so we are excited about that upcoming feature soon.   I will keep you posted.
 
 

September 14th, 2014 - Featured in Baker & Taylor, Emergent Voices

The above is the new cover for my reedited book A Glimpse from Christmas Past.  It is now available through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and any other favorite online bookstore in paperback or as an E*Read.  So check it out.  

I am also in the midst of publishing my second book.  I will keep you all posted as we get closer to a release date.  I can tell you right now though it is a first reader and will be much more reasonably priced at $10.95.  More news on that later.

A Glimpse From Christmas Past Re-Edited!

Hello All!

Just an update from my speaking engagement today as part of '"Read Across America" at Notre Dame de Lourdes in Swarthmore, PA.  The children were awesome and thought provoking.  They even presented with a plaque acknowledgement certificate (Skylar & Camryn as today was their birthdays), as well as, made me some great hand drawn written thank you letters of appreciation.    
 
My hats go off to Librarian, Judy Hedtke, Principal, Susan Lowe, and the K and first grade classroom teachers.  I thank them for their warm invitation and assistance in making this what was hopefully a special day for the kids.

Read Across America!

Event:  Speaking Engagement and Book Signing
Where:  St. Andrews School, Drexel Hill, PA
When Dec. 18th 2013
Time: 1:00 pm
 
I am very grateful to Principle, Helen McClean, Sr. Hoolahan, Karen Tomesetti, Joanne Colden and the entire staff for inviting to the school.   As an alumni of this school, graduating class of 1970 it was a pleasure to read my story to the children and explain to the older the grades the process of getting a book published.  Their participation was exceptional. 

December 18th, 2013 - Speaking Engagement & Book Signing

"A Glimpse from Christmas Past" was featured in the News of Delaware County, Life section, on Thursday, December 19th!!   The article was masterfully written by Joe McAllister.  If you have a chance to read the article we would love to hear from you.

December 19th, 2013 - Featured in the News of Delaware County

Please if your downtown Philadelphia take the train visit the SEPTA train display at Market East and visit their gift store and check out what they have in store.  One of those things in their display window is my book if your in need of a copy.  Then head next store to Macy's their holiday Festive of Light show and the Dickens village display.   Bring a copy of my book so your child can page through the illustrations while they watch the light show.   The book will take on a special meaning afterwards for them for years to come.

Also don't forget the Comcast Center, Reading Terminal for lunch (Dinic's got rated this year as having the best sandwich in America) or my grandchildren's favorite having lunch across the street at the Hard Rock Cafe.  They also love taking the train down rather than driving as what kid doesn't like a train ride. Here's a good idea we've done watch the Polar Express the night before and let the conductor punch the ticket(s) for the children as they do play it up during the holidays.
 
Most important bring your camera, have fun and from our family to yours have a very Merry Christmas!

SEPTA Transit Store Display

Event:  Speaking Engagement and Book Signing

Where:  St. Bernadette of Lourdes, Drexel Hill, PA
When Dec. 12th 2013
Time: 1:00 pm
 
My thanks to Principal Janet Glennon and staff for allowing me the opportunity to speak about my story and the processes of publishing a book.   
 
Congratulations to the three group winners on receiving a copy of my book for getting the correct answer to what differentiates my book from most other Christmas stories..."That Santa is only permitted to do what he does in honoring in celebration the birth of Our Lord, Jesus".  

December 12th, 2013 - Speaking Engagement & Book Signing

Event:  Speaking Engagement and Book Signing

Where:  St. Bernadette of Lourdes, Drexel Hill, PA
When Dec. 12th 2013
Time: 1:00 pm
 
My thanks to Principal Janet Glennon and staff for allowing me the opportunity to speak about my story and the processes of publishing a book.   
 
Congratulations to the three group winners on receiving a copy of my book for getting the correct answer to what differentiates my book from most other Christmas stories..."That Santa is only permitted to do what he does in honoring in celebration the birth of Our Lord, Jesus".  

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