Sunday, November 17, 2019

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Is going to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on your bucket list? I had the opportunity to go to it last year when my daughter was going to grad school in New York City. Read all about it in the November issue of Forever Young Magazine

Monday, October 22, 2018

Read my latest articles about Ogunquit, Maine and Cider Places in WNY

Want to learn more about Ogunquit, Maine? Read my travel article in the October issue of Forever Young Western New York

Looking for the best cider in Western New York? Read all about it in the October issue of Edible Western New York

Friday, April 6, 2018

Coming soon! Will be available in bookstores May 1st or pre-order on Amazon:

An all- new guide to the famous vacation destination
The Empire State is home to some of the nation’s most astounding natural and cultural wonders. From beautiful Lake Erie to the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains mountains to historically rich Buffalo, this region has the makings for a world-class destination for any traveler. Native New Yorker and veteran travel author Christine Smyczynski shows readers the best ways to enjoy not just the awe-inspiring power and vistas of Niagara Falls, but all the attractions and lesser-known treasures of western New York as well.
As with every Explorer’s Guide, you’ll get the latest, most thoroughly researched recommendations for everything from eating, sleeping, exploring, local festivals, transportation options, and much more. Full color photographs bring the destination alive, while color maps and clear, concise directions guide you in your travels. Brand new in its first edition, this guide is unparalleled in its coverage of this beautiful area.
100 illustrations and 10 maps

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A warning about free digital downloads of books

If the deal seems to be good to be true, it probably is.

Recently a writer’s newsletter I subscribe to mentioned that they discovered that some of their books were available for free digital download on some questionable websites. They did not authorize the books to be offered for free. Seriously, what author wants to give their book away for free? Both the publisher and author want to make money on the book, why would they give it away for free? Now occasionally authors do offer a free digital book, but it’s almost always as an incentive to buy another book from them or take a course or seminar they are offering.

Naturally, I was curious to see if my latest book, Backroads and Byways of Upstate New York was available on any of these nefarious websites. I discovered at least a half dozen sites offering a “free” download of the book. Concerned, I contacted my publisher and here’s what my contact had to say:

The book isn’t truly available there; these sites are designed to fool people and install malicious software on their computers. These site creators are merely pretending to have to book files.

So there you have it people, don’t be fooled, you can’t get a digital copy of my book, or any book for that matter, for free, especially if it’s not being offered directly from the author or publisher. Only buy digital downloads from reputable booksellers, for example or Barnes and Noble.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Check out my articles in the January issue of Forever Young Magazine

Pick up the current issue of Forever Young Magazine to read my latest articles:

Facing the overwhelming task of cleaning out the family home? Check out my article on that topic for helpful hints

On a lighter note, looking for fun things to do, both indoors and out this winter, see my article titled Winter Adventures Indoors and Out

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Holiday festivals and events

Read my latest article about holiday festivals and events in the November issue of Western New York Family Magazine, along with a book review of my new book, Backroads and Byways of Upstate New York.