"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities" --Maya Angelou, Poems

Events/Buzz

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you at one of my events! Please click CelesteLeon to visit my website. You can purchase a book from Amazon or from Floricanto Press or contact me at cjl@usamedia.tv  for a signed copy and thank you for your support!

I will be speaking at the annual Truckee Meadows Community College Writers Conference on April 8, 2017 on morphing Nonfiction to Fiction and tips for book promotion. The conference has been going strong for 27 years! Click here to learn the line up of speakers and be directed to registration.

I was pleasantly surprised to be named one of the "Top Ten New Latino Authors" of 2017 by LatinoStories.com. Their editors base their choices on feedback from readers, librarians and faculty and their own impressions of an author's work. Click here to read the list and congratulations to my fellow authors!

Luck is Just the Beginning was selected as August Book of the Month in Las Comadres and Friends National Book Club.  I was honored to be interviewed in their national broadcast which is available as a podcast here; scroll down to August to listen!

Many thanks to Beth Ruyak and her wonderful staff for hosting me on INSIGHT on NPR, Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. Click here to listen to the interview and reading!

Thank you to WOCA "The Source" News Talk radio for their warm welcome in Ocala, Florida and for this engaging interview. My deepest appreciation to hosts Larry Whitler and Robin MacBlane for their support. Watch the 25 minute UTube video of the show here! And thanks to the Ocala and The Villages Barnes and Noble stores for holding successful book signings and to Carlos Medina of the Ocala Star Banner for writing the article, Author Chronicles Dad's Winning Lottery, Journeying from Puerto Rico to Ocala. 

You can listen to a podcast of my interview that aired on March 18, 2016 on KCKQ 1180 AM, a Lotus Radio station in Northern Nevada. Click on "What's the Story" to hear me discuss the evolution of my book and writing. Many thanks to wonderful hosts Janice Hermsen and Dennis DuPerault!

The latest press from the Tahoe Weekly was published on June 1, 2016. Read Telling Her Father's Story.  Thanks to reporter Tim Hauserman for this story about stories!

A month before release date, an old patient of my dad's from his dental practice in Masschusetts posted one of my short stories on our hometown's facebook page. Back in 2006, the story, A Lucky Man, was a finalist in a contest for The Preservation Foundation and eventually morphed into my novel. The post generated a stream of memories and praise from my dad's patients from more than 25 years ago--he retired in 1990. Click to view: "I grew up in Northboro, Massachusetts." 

I'm delighted to have my book reviewed and promoted in Vermont Quarterly, my favoite university magazine published by my alma mater, The University of Vermont. Click to read the article, Family Heirloom. 

Read the article, Truckee woman'sdebut novel based on father's true story of winning the lottery  from the The Sierra Sun, Tahoe's regional paper, that ran on November 20. My gratitude goes out to reporter Jenny Goldsmith for writing such a engaging piece! Another good read is the article I wrote for my local Independent Newspaper, Moonshine Ink called Sharing Luck.









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