Welcome to the Website of Best-Selling Author Patricia V. Davis
Reviews, Blurbs and Press
Since 2008, when the first edition of Harlot's Sauce was published, Patricia's work has been getting reviews and awards. Here are some of which she is particularly proud:
Patricia featured on Italian American Girl, the award-winning blog on growing up Italian-American, along with Margaret Fon, Alicia Viterelli, Dawn Del Russo, Giada Valenti, Rosella Rago, Serena Palumbo, and Maryann Maisano.Click the photo for the full story.
Harlot's Sauce Animated Book Trailer goes viral and is featured in The Chicage Tribune.
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Harlot’s Sauce teems with terrific supporting players
and the kind of crisp details which make the narrative pop off the page."
~ Christian Toto, Donne Tempo
"...Delicious..." Marin Independent Journal
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Witty, human, readable"
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"She became the girlfriend you cheer on, cry with, and just plain enjoy.
She’s brave, she’s very funny, and she’s written what is destined to become a best seller. ---Pattie Heisser, Editor-in-chief, www.50fabulous.com
State President of the California Writers Club, Bob Garfinkle, holding Harlot's Sauce
while docking into the port of Naples, Italy. (where salsa puttanesca originates)
"This fascinating tale reads like a novel told in the first person, not like
the usual bland "who cares" memoir of a non-celebrity.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Davis's book."
~ Bob Garfinkle, State President of The California Writers Club
Here's What Some Other People Said About Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece
"Congratulations on this remarkable achievement!" ~ Maria Shriver, First Lady of California
"Oh, those Greeks. They brought us The Fates, but they met their match in American Patricia V. Davis. She faced a destiny expected of so many women, but had the courage to discover her own path. Harlot’s Sauce is an entertaining and ultimately uplifting story of family, friends, and feta, that countless readers will surely love and see themselves in. We don’t all need to travel halfway around the world to Greece to find ourselves, but you’ll be glad Patricia did." ~ Kemble Scott, bestselling author of SoMa and The Sower
"A compulsively readable, cross-cultural memoir...Patricia V. Davis has written a candid story that is both hilarious and heartbreaking, about a woman who discovers who she is and her true potential~ Wendy Tokunaga, author, Love in Translation, Midori by Moonlight
"Inspiring, great read" ~ Greek Star
“A great read, often humorous and always honest, Patricia presents what it’s really like to be the new Italian-American daughter-in-law in a Greek-American family by opening doors most families keep closed."
~ Gil Mansergh KRCB-FM’s “Word By Word: Conversation with Writers"
You’ll love and identify with Patricia's insights, in retrospect, on life, love, cultures, friendships, conscious mothering, running a business in an adopted country, wifely duties, and a domineering mother-in-law, generously spiced with wretched dogs (and their owners), flying cock roaches, baseball bats, harlot’s sauce, and a no-account woman who smells bad. As she cavorts through a couple decades, often laughing at herself, you see innocence retreat and a strong, self-reliant woman come into full bloom, holding no grudges and willing to share herself and the sauce with all of us.
~ Lynn Henriksen, president, Women's National Book Association SF Chapter, author, Tell Tale Souls
"I am touched that you would include me in your book.It made me sit back and think about all the women I have met over the years in Greece." ~ Pam Bourazanis, Director, Make-A-Wish Greece
"A rich, colorful tale. I laughed out loud."~ Barbara Gates, author of Already Home
"Tall, dark, handsome, AND a great big Greek handful, are the words that came to mind when I recently read Patricia’s Fabulous new book, Harlot’s Sauce, about her marriage’s roller-coaster ride. I’m sure many women will be able to relate to the challenges she faced within a multi-cultural marriage, moving to a foreign country, learning a new language, and starting her own business.I looked forward to reading a couple of chapters every night and didn’t want to see it end. She became the girlfriend you cheer on, cry with, and just plain enjoy. She’s brave, she’s very funny, and she’s written what is destined to become a best seller. ~ Pattie Heisser, www.50fabulous.com
"Ms. Davis takes the reader on a poignant and genuinely endearing romp, told with gusto and humor, that travels from an Italian-American neighborhood of New York to Greece to California and along the way we get to meet an array of memorable people who shared her remarkable journey. Beautifully written, honest and provocative." ~ Barry C. Hessenius, California Arts Council, Barry's Blog
Here's What Some More People Said About The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know
"A fun and empowering read... This book is absolutely fabulous." ~ The Book Garden
Patricia V. Davis is the ultimate diva! Wise and witty, she enlightens the rest of us on how to remain true to ourselves, how to shine in a world that needs her beacons of hope like never before. Every young woman should have a copy of THE DIVA DOCTRINE." ~ New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak
"Davis is like the cool aunt who tells it like it is. With two failed marriages and 50 years of life lessons under her belt, she’s comfortable with her role as a horrible warning rather than a good example." ~ Deseret News
"Ladies, grab your gold hoops, hairspray, little black dress or whatever else it takes to make you feel like a star, and don’t forget your attitude. From Beyoncé to Rachel Berry, America has seen the rise and redefinition of the diva—a new role model for girls and women and a confident go-getter with all the sassy self-assurance of Glee’s Mercedes Jones and the fierceness worthy of Tyra Banks herself." ~ Justine McDaniel, Boho Beat
"Davis is at her best..." ~ Kirkus Reviews
"Any book that helps women feel empowered to be themselves, fully and freely, makes a valuable contribution to our society. Speaking in a language young women can embrace, this book does just that."
~ Anita Rufus, J.D., “The Lovable Liberal”~ KNews Radio, National Board Member NOW
“'The Diva' is once again dishing out well-seasoned advice, but who better to learn from than someone who unabashedly reveals blundering episodes from her past? While navigating the perils on the way to becoming a confident woman, the examples Davis packs into this book show you what to do and what not to do, with an eye on wisdom.” ~ Lynn Henriksen, The Story Woman, President, Women’s National Book Association–SF
"Davis brings in her own life experiences in a strong, engaging voice that makes you feel like you’ve spent quality time with a warm, compassionate friend." ~ Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author of Love in Translation and more
“Renaissance woman Patricia V. Davis’s book started out as a blog answer to a 20-something reader from this 50-something writer, and wound up being picked up and reposted hundreds of times. It’s good advice for any woman.”~ Carine Nadel, Orange County Register
“Patricia is a bright light in the San Francisco Bay Area literary scene, a person with talent and energy.” ~ Sam Barry, Author, How to Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons and member of The Rock Bottom Remainders
Now it's YOUR turn! If you like Patricia's work, the best thing you can do to let others know about it is to write a review on amazon.com.
.The more reviews on amazon, the more exposure for Patricia's work. See the easy instructions below on "How To Write an Amazon Review."
How to Write a Review on Amazon
1. Find the Harlot's Sauce or Diva Doctrine Page on Amazon. Just type in the name of the book, or click on the book names below:
2. Once you reach the page you will see something that looks like the above photo. Click on the words "customer reviews" next to the yellow stars.
3. This will take you to the book review page. Next click on the white button that looks like the one above that says, "Create your own review." Then follow the easy instructions from there.
When writing your review, list the things about the book you enjoyed. Was it the imagery? Characterization? Story arc? Something in particular you found unique about the author’s voice? What,if anything were the things you wished were different? Stick only to your thoughts about the book. But if you are also an authr and have a book you want to promote, this is a good opportunity for you to add that book or even your blog site to your signature or id, and then your book and web page will show up when people read your review or search for Patricia's books. (But if you want to remain anonymous you can do that, too.)
Every review moves Patricia's work up in the amazon search engines, so thanks for your help. Ocasionally we sponsor contests around reviews, so check our CONTEST PAGE to see if we are running one when you put up your review.
For readers across the seas, if you click the logos below they will take you to Patricia's books on Amazon UK and Amazon Canada:
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