Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

Winners and a little break

Hi everyone, and thanks for participating in this summer’s many giveaway contests. The winners of this latest one are Sarah Pearson (who won a signed copy of “The Sirenz!”) and Colleen Kosinski, who won “The Bestest. Ramadan. Ever.” Congrats, ladies — I’ll be writing to you for addresses shortly.

In other news, you guys won’t hear from me in the next few weeks, as I’ll be going to Italy with my family, for a well-deserved semi-annual to annual vacation in the Alps — the most beautiful place I know. I’ll come back in early-mid August with lots of pictures and maybe some new insights on the meaning of life. 🙂

“Talk” to you soon!



July 19, 2011 - Posted by | Personal Mirror, Updates, Writing Mirror


  1. Congratulations, Sarah! It’s always exciting to win a book, isn’t it?

    Katia–Enjoy your respite in ITALY! I am soooooo Jealous! I look forward to your return and hearing about your visit!

    Comment by Clara Gillow Clark | July 19, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thanks, Clara! Yes, I’ll try and share best I can when I return. Lots of pics for sure — sometimes they say it all 🙂

    Comment by Katia Raina | July 19, 2011 | Reply

  3. Loved participating in your contests. Loved winning The Berlin Boxing Club – Am about half way through.

    Have a fantastic trip with your family! You’ve earned it!

    Comment by Joyce Hostetter | July 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Hey there Joyce,

      Thanks, I’ll post a review of the Berlin Boxing Club soon — [after I return, that is!] Would love to hear what you think of it then!!

      Comment by Katia Raina | July 19, 2011 | Reply

  4. Enjoy Italy, Katia!

    Congrats to the winners.

    Comment by Medeia Sharif | July 19, 2011 | Reply

  5. Thank you so much Katia, that was a lovely surprise.

    Have a great holiday, enjoy the family time and come back with some great photos 🙂

    Comment by Sarah Pearson | July 19, 2011 | Reply

  6. Thanks Medeia and Sarah!
    Hope you guys are having a wonderful summer in Miami Beach and faraway England, respecitvely. Isn’t the summer going so very quickly??

    Comment by Katia Raina | July 19, 2011 | Reply

  7. Have a great vacation, Katia. Wow, the Alps! Italy! Lucky you. Enjoy. I’ll be heading for Canada very soon.

    Comment by Joanne Fritz | July 19, 2011 | Reply

    • I know, Joanne, I FEEL lucky. Canada is lovely also. We visited it two years ago — or was it three? You’ll have an awesome time!

      Comment by Katia Raina | July 20, 2011 | Reply

  8. Hi Katia,

    I stumbled across your website while researching my husband’s family tree. His grandfather immigrated to Canada in the early 1900’s and we don’t know much of the family history. He was born in Busca, Italy and his relatives owned homes in Elva, Italy. Do you know much about the Raina side of the family? I see you went to your father-in-law’s home in Italy. I wonder if they are related. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Comment by Jennifer | September 6, 2011 | Reply

    • I know some and I don’t mind comparing notes 🙂 Was your grandfather a Raina? Feel free to write to me at katiaraina (at) yahoo (dot) com.

      Comment by Katia Raina | September 6, 2011 | Reply

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