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About meHolly Weiss is a vocal instructor, retired professional singer and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. A polio survivor, she lives in upstate New York with her husband. Crestmont is her first novel. Visit her at
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Holly Weiss is an advocate for Eradicate Polio Now

About my libraryHistorical fiction, literary fiction

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Favorite authorsWilla Cather, Edward Rutherfurd (Shared favorites)


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Member sinceMay 22, 2010

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You wrote a book?
Hmmp, unfortunately I can't request's not open for my country
I live on Maple Avenue! Small world -- between Devon and Glenside (1500 block). Second son graduates from HHHS this spring. My husband and I moved here in 1988, but grew up in the coal regions in PA.

Made a few weekend trips to Eagles Mere in college (Bloomsburg), if I'm remembering the right place. Is that around Ricket's Glen and Williamsport? After all these years I may be confused...LOL as usual!

Oh Holly I'm sorry it took me so long to respond to your post. We were told my dad was terminal right after Father's Day (he passed away August 31) and until earlier this month I hadn't had a chance to catch up with any fun stuff like LT.

Love to be friends on LT.

So how are novel sales going? Really well I hope. I'm not familar with Star Publish and hope they pulled out all the stops for Crestmont. I'm an editor so I know how daunting sales can be for an new author not to mention the elusive royalties. Hang in there!

Regrads from Haddon Heights!
I recieved my copy today! Have already started reading it and it just draws you in! Thank you so much for my copy!!
Dear Ms. Weiss,
I have received my copy of Crestmont and I am so excited to start reading (and reviewing)it very soon! Thank you so much for sending an autographed copy of your beautiful book. It makes a wonderful addition to my library. Also thanks for the bookmarks, I have shared them with friends, well, I kept one for myself as they are beautiful. Good luck and much success with your book!
Thank you to Erdajean, who just posted a 5 Star review of Crestmont on Amazon, August 24, 2010. Other reviews at

"Needed: an Adirondack chair, a cool, tall glass, and a transporting story, like this one, to leave the current age of tabloid trash and in-your-face dysfunction far behind.

Holly Weiss does not quite tell us why hopeful young singer Grace Antes was an unhappy girl, in her small-town Pennsylvania home. Or why her family, devout Moravians, seemed to care so little about her that no one went looking, when, with no adieu, she set out in search of a better life.

What Ms. Weiss does is to plant her gentle heroine in an excellently-drawn era of social stoicism, when "a family's business stays at home!" Any intimation of pain, personal angst (or ecstacy!) was considered Vulgar. Jerry Springer and Oprah would have found the well dry, in that time, when polite ladies still addressed their closest friends as Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones, and husbands were "The Mister."

It is a major act of daring when, once liberated, Grace bobs her hair, in timely flapper fashion, and then renames herself "Gracie," maybe the first frivolous thing she's ever done.

It becomes, increasingly, a joy to watch from the lakeside shadows as this lovely, innocent and gutsy young woman takes on the world, in the milieu of an old-time,upper-class resort, where she is maid, confidante, unwitting rival and, increasingly, object of affections.

The aura of the staid, class-conscious and studiedly non-intimate society holds well, throughout. There are things the reader would have loved to be privy to, along the way, and a few loose strands dangling, at the end. What really became of nemesis Bessie -- who WAS vulgar? And what happened to the men Gracie loved, but could not, would not marry?

Oh well -- that's the way it was, in that time -- it was just thought too coarse and common to let it all hang out!

A really good read, and recommended."
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Otto Bookstore, Williamsport, PA
July, 2010
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Booksigning at Eagles Mere Bookstore in Pennsylvania
July, 2010
I've never done the 'friends' thing either. However, I do mark 'interesting libraries' and 'private watch lists'. When you are on someone's profile page other than your own, there's a box on the right labeled "Add To". If you click on 'interesting libraries' or 'private watch list', it will add that person to the list. I think the difference is that 'Interesting libraries' just keeps a list of people's profiles you might like to return to once in awhile; 'private watch list' updates you on recent activities by these folks, which includes books added and reviews posted. Also, I know I get a notice when someone adds me to their 'interesting libraries' list, but I don't think the private watch list notifies the other member. I just added you to my 'private watch' list, so if you get a notice, obviously I was wrong about that.

Those are the two features I use to keep from losing track of interesting libraries/people.

I noticed that you're a Rutherfurd fan. I absolutely loved "Sarum" (and visited there a year later with my kids - it's a great place to see, and especially moving if you've read this book) and "London" was pretty close to the same level. I've read "The Forest" and enjoyed that, but not quite to the same degree. I also read his two Ireland novels, and enjoyed them, but felt that he lost his edge a bit when he left England. I've got "Russka", but haven't read it yet. When I do, it'll be a check on my theory about how he does when he leaves England for his subject matter.

happy reading,
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Holly Weiss is a vocal instructor, retired professional singer and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. A polio survivor, she lives in upstate New York with her husband. Crestmont is her first novel. Visit her at
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