RI Authors Showcase – Meet Belle DeCosta

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $250 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Belle DeCosta

Belle A. DeCosta’s memoir, Echoes in the Mirror, was published in June 2020, and her short story, “An Introduction,” is featured in the 2020 ARIA Anthology, Hope. Her first novel, Treading Water, will be published soon by Stillwater Prublishing.

Belle is the creator and director of Tap N Time, a seated tap and rhythm class designed for the elderly. When not traveling to nursing homes to share her program, she enjoys her grandson, being in nature, dining with friends, and writing.

Belle shares a home in East Providence, Rhode Island, with her beloved hound, J.D., and an aquarium full of assorted fish.

Echoes in the Mirror


For many women, the third chapter of life is a time to revisit their past and reflect on how life’s experiences have influenced the person they’ve become. Belle DeCosta’s journey down memory lane exposes a path laid bare, one filled with unexpected potholes, bumps, detours, and harrowing hairpin turns.

In her memoir Echoes in the Mirror, Belle reveals the story behind her astonishing journey. One of an unstable childhood with multiple family moves, an alcoholic father, and the drastic steps she took as a young teenager to escape it. It’s a story of secrets kept, failed marriages, single parenting, promises made, and dreams followed.

Belle’s story of inner strength, and emotional survival will take you from the lowest valleys to the highest peaks, and finally, down the unique path she follows towards self-acceptance and peace.

You can find out more about Belle by visiting her website http://www.belledecosta.com

Belle has generously offered to gift a paperback copy of her book (within US only, please) to one winner. All you need to do to enter is answer this question: What would the title of your memoir be? Your comment also gives you an additional entry into our Grand Prize drawings.

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!

34 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase – Meet Belle DeCosta

  1. Belle, good for you for having the strength and perseverance in dealing with life’s obstacles. I wish you the best with your new novel. A title for my memoir would be Pierogi, Kielbasa & Chicopee. About my Polish heritage and life growing up in a small city.

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  2. If I had the guts to write a Memoir, it would be called “Always Average” and would probably be the most boring book ever written. Much luck in your writing career.

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  3. The title of my memoir might be, “Less Perfect Next Time Around”. It needs work, but let’s face it, it won’t be written because of my OCD and need to be perfect. Who knows, maybe after reading your book I might be tempted to give it a try, at least for myself.

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  4. Did we not meet at the Scituate Arts Festival and graciously gave you some info on future book signings at the Crowne Plaza? How could I expect that experience! If I” ever wrote a memoir, it would surely be something like “A life well lived”, but not yet!! I have much more to do before I go . Hope to see you again at the Expo in Dec.

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  5. Hmmm .. the name of my memoir … maybe “At the Elbows of Elders.”

    When my 96-yer-old mother died a year ago, I inherited all of her writings, which I hope I will live long enough to enter into electronic format. A collection of her stuff would appropriately be named “I’m Only Short on One End.” She was a tiny dynamo whose feisty bearing deflated the tendency of anyone to underestimate her. I have quite a legacy to uphold, but it is a privilege.

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  6. Hi Belle, your book sounds like a must read for everyone. I love your book cover. The title of my memoire would be “Things Unsaid, Secrets Found Out, Life Goes On” maybe it would be a trilogy. Have a great weekend and stay safe. Thank you for sharing about your books.

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  7. From Lighthouses to Butterflies…
    I loved your book, Echoes in the Mirror. It reminded me once again how when I was growing up I assumed everyone was living the kind of wonderful childhood I had. What an eye opener it was to see what other children were living. Your story still echoes in my own mirror!

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