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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ashley Mackler Paternostro  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1983 in Naperville, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Ashley was born and raised and still lives in Naperville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ashley is hairstylist by trade and believes some of the best stories come from working behind her "chair".

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

The Milestone Tapes
ISBN: 1468150065. OCLC Number:

Createspace Independent Pub. .

The only thing Jenna Chamberland ever wanted in her life was to be a good wife and a good mom. In death, she'll find that she still wants the same things. With stage-four breast cancer, a terminal diagnosis and six months to live, Jenna fears what awaits her family after she is gone: Her husband, Gabe, will be left to raise their daughter alone, and Mia, only seven years old, will be forced to face a world without her mother. Ten blank tapes to teach her daughter everything she'll ever need to know. Dead before Mia ever really got to know her, Jenna exists now only in pictures and watercolored memories, and Mia finds herself struggling to remember her mother in a way that feels real. But on the ninth anniversary of Jenna's death, she will return to her daughter through a series of audiocassettes. One tape each of the milestones of Mia's life, and with them, a letter explaining that Mia should only listen to the tapes when the time is right. With the help of her mother's long-gone voice, Mia may just learn how to embrace the challenges and triumphs of her ever-changing life with humor, grace and a lot of hope. Rereleased for its second anniversary, the novel that book bloggers have called beautiful and unforgettable returns with new content and tapes never before read.