Meet Me at Barnes and Noble on Friday!

And pick up a few good books!

On Friday, December 16th I will be appearing at the Barnes & Noble on Central Avenue in Yonkers, NY.

Accompanied by a little Fairy, I will be reading in the children’s room from 1pm until 3.

In addition to reading excerpts from The Enjella Series, I will also be reading some of my favorite books from my favorite children’s authors. My author appearance is part a fundraiser for The JCY-Westchester Community Partners, which focuses on the literacy needs of the community.

All these great books are of course available at Barnes & Noble. Your purchase will help support the programs of the JCY that improve the reading and writing ability of students K – 12. (see the voucher code in the picture)

Come and visit!  You can spot me easily — I’ll be the one wearing the wings! img_0258

Copyright Jane F. Collen Dec. 13, 2016

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It Was A Great Day For A Voyage

img_0213A hardy band of members of the media, their kids and assorted Enjella Fans converged at Clinton Castle in Battery Park on a sunny brisk breeze December Saturday, ready for adventure.  We stormed the sea and cruised on over to Ellis Island, stepping into the shoes of our immigrant ancestors to picture what it was like arriving in the United States in the early 1900s.

In the process I met the most wonderful people. Our group of travelers bonded over the experience of exploring the museum.

As Jocelyn reminded me — I always wanted to be a tour guide, or a docent for a museum — and Saturday was my chance!  image4-1We followed the footsteps of the immigrants and experienced Ellis Island as our ancestors would have – in through the grand doors, dubiously eyeing the baggage check area, walking up the stairs for the beginning of the medical inspection, picturing ourselves waiting in line for the legal inspection, and waiting for our number on the ship’s manifest to be called.

Then we returned to this century and availed ourselves of the wonderful exhibits and pictures which the National Monument effectively uses to give us a glimpse into the experiences of the immigrants.img_0210

Tired and weary, much like our forefathers, we went to the dining room where detained immigrants were given meals. The food made the biggest impression on the immigrants – many had never eaten white bread nor ever seen a banana.
Our band of travelers treated ourselves to the fine cuisine offered by the Ellis Island Cafe, sipping Liberty Lemonade while munching on a well prepared healthy lunch.

I got to see parts of the museum that I had never seen before (some areas had been closed after Hurricane Sandy). But I must confess, the most thrilling part for me was seeing my book prominently featured in the beautiful bookstore run by Evelyn Hill, Inc.img_0207 It is a great store, all kinds of treasures nestled within its beautifully merchandised historic walls, festively decorated for the holiday season.

Thank you group of hearty travelers. And a special thank you to  Brown Girl Gumbo, Heart & Soul Magazine, Mommy Nearest and Lisa the Social Media expert for your wonderful enthusiasm and excellent company.

I know our exploits and explorations of the Island have enticed a certain friend/fan in Australia. And I promise, when he and his family come to New York to visit in the spring I will take them on a tour of Ellis Island.

Who else wants to come?


Copyright Jane F. Collen December 7, 2016 IndexCardCure following in wise footsteps

BOOK LAUNCH At Ellis Island on Saturday Dec. 3rd

ellis-island-invite-v1We are celebrating the release of my newest historical fiction book, SAILING BACK TO ELLIS ISLAND with a media event at Ellis Island this Saturday.

The media and Enjella Adventure fans will join us for a ferryboat trip on Statue Cruises. We will follow in the footsteps of the immigrants whose stories contributed to this book, sailing to Ellis Island and touring the National Park and museum, stopping only for lunch and selected readings from the book.

In the Enjella Adventure Series I combine two of my greatest loves: magic and history. Extensively researching the stories of many of our forefathers (and mothers!) who came to this country through Ellis Island, I have tried to recreate the experiences of many immigrants. My characters use magic to travel back in time and re-live the trials and tribulations of actual immigrants of the early 1900s as they try to begin their new lives in the United States.

Come and join the party! We are meeting at the entrance to the security clearance at 10:30 Saturday morning. You will spot us under the big Enjella balloon!

For more information click here.


(C) Jane F. Collen November 29, 2016  IndexCardCure connecting with the past through present adventures

Come on an Enjella Adventure Tour Ellis Island

Did you know that 40% of Americans can trace their ancestors through Ellis Island?

Bring your family to tour this historic landmark with Jane F. Collen, author of the award-winning Enjella Adventure Series. For only the price of the ferry ticket, join Ms. Collen as she celebrates part of our country’s unique history of immigration.

Saturday, December 3 from 10:30 to 2
Please be prompt as we have a boat to catch.

Family friendly, the tour is ideal for children 5 and up.
Please RSVP by November 25th to
Questions: 212.729.9619

Click here to print the poster.

Wings Up!