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Penelope Lagos

Penelope Lagos of “I Miss My Best Friend”

In honor of #WorldBookDay, #HipNJ‘s resident author Lisa Marie Latino chatted with fellow scribe Penelope Lagos about her debut book, I Miss My Best Friend.

I Miss My Best Friend is a heart-warming story for children that will help them learn how to deal with the loss of a pet. Penelope also offers ten helpful steps parents can use to help their children cope with grief.

The poignant story and detailed illustrations were inspired by the death of Cassius “The Legend” Lagos, who was Penelope’s beloved best friend for 16 years.

“Losing Cassius was like losing a child to me,” Penelope explained. “You never get over the death, but the book has helped me heal.

“It’s been therapeutic.”

Her love for four-legged creatures goes beyond Cassius. She is a huge animal advocate and strongly believes in being “a voice for the voiceless.” She holds a certification in Canine Fitness and Conditioning as well as Advanced Pet CPR/First Aid.

“Author” and “Animal Ambassador” are only two of the many hats Penelope wears. She is a New Jersey native and Rutgers University graduate who has acted in numerous indie films and commercials as well as volunteering at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Penelope was the recipient of an achievement award honoring critical funds raised for LLS.

For more on Penelope and to purchase her book, visit PenelopeLagos.com.

Lisa Marie Latino’s wardrobe provided by Privée by Priya. Lisa Marie’s Makeup and hair provided by Blush Brides NJ. Order her debut novel “Ten Years Later” on Amazon

BooksNJ

Garden State Top Authors Gather at BooksNJ

On June 11th, #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino was at BooksNJ, a celebration of writing, reading, and books! The event featured panel discussions, readings, storytelling and crafts.

This free, family-friendly event was brought to the masses by the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS), a 77 member public library consortium located throughout Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Passaic Counties, and the Paramus Public Library, Berkeley College and the New Jersey State Library.

On the beautiful grounds of the Paramus Public Library, Lisa Marie chatted with the top authors and literary leaders that help shape the Garden State’s book scene.

Scroll through the Facebook Live videos below to help shape your Summer 2017 reading list!

#HIPHOLIDAYS 2016: Ten Years Later by Lisa Marie Latino

This #HipHolidays2016 pick features one of our own, Lisa Marie Latino and her debut novel, “Ten Years Later!”

Carla D’Agostino is not your typical heroine. Stuck in a seemingly dead-end job, single, and still living with her overbearing Italian-American parents, Carla is thrown for a loop when she realizes her ten-year high school reunion is fast approaching. True love, a career as a sports radio talk show host, the perfect body–every dream remains frustratingly out of reach no matter how Carla strives and schemes. Out of reach, that is, until unexpected events lead her right back to where she started, and Carla discovers that all she ever wanted was right in front of her the whole time.

“Ten Years Later” is a witty, unpredictable tale of one ordinary young woman’s race for the top as she throws caution to the wind and decides to go for her dreams.

“Ten Years Later” has received rave reviews on Amazon.com and Goodreads, and has gotten into the hands of some of our favorite female role models– Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Clarkson!

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