Tuesday, May 27, 2014


No one calls Baltimore Baghdad by the Bay. - Herb Caen, San Francisco Columnist

San Francisco is a beautiful city with steep hills, incredible views at the top and valleys where the fog rolls right over you toward the next hilltop, bustling crowds, arts and a big ocean to gaze upon. 

Have you been there?

In 1956 along with my family, I emigrated to San Francisco, California. My father sought a better life for us. Work for a Catholic in Glasgow, Scotland weren't good. We brought to our new country much of our old country and soon settled into neighborhood of the city named Eureka Valley and now known to most as "The Castro."

San Francisco is divided into quite a few areas - neighborhoods - with their own brand of culture. People of same races and foods leave in a small area for San Francisco for being so world renowned is a small city (approx 46 sq miles) full of characters, good and great food, art and plenty to see (North Beach, Chinatown, the Embarcadero, Fisherman's wharf, the ballpark, Dolores Park, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park + more.)

It's truly a city to walk through! Get your walking shoes on when my beautiful city - plan to take some cable car rides and be at the top of the world! 

From Paris, France on Amazon.com came this review on my novel The Skye in June.
"If you enjoyed Armistead Maupin and his "Tales of the City", you will love sitting down with "The Skye in June." 

 I enjoy her look at what the story had to offer and comparison to one of my all time favorite columnist, Herb Caen, who wrote about the city's daily going-ons, gossip, happenings, society, political figures and fights with a true, bug in the ear kinda feel.

The author, J. Ahern, has an enchanting way of taking you up and down the hills of San Francisco. You could hear the clacking rosary beads of the religious penguins, feel your lace mantilla tickling your shoulders and recall the nausea from the heavy incense of the Stations of the Cross. If you weren't lucky enough to experience the live San Francisco Sound, flower power of the pungent smell of patchouli oil and marijuana on the streets of "Baghdad by the Bay" or the "City that knows how",  - Herb would call his city.  

June will take you there. She will also give you the strength to stand up for your beliefs, get in touch with your intuitive powers, appreciate the love and force of family, but most importantly, accept and embrace that which makes one a unique individual. I wait with impatience for a sequel." - Madeleine P., Paris, France

Photo by Jerry Breisach

Read about the story and my other novel at juneahern website. 

Take a Ghost Walk of San Francisco's infamous Barbary Coast with June Ahern.

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