Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Michael Hartigan


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Stone Angels Michael Hartigan

Traveling on the Page for a New Perspective

Travel and literature go together like Hemingway and Key West. Some of history’s most beloved books are journey tales that send protagonists adventuring from one destination to another, across lands real or imagined. In the travel tale there is always a physical destination, but it is about more than just that – characters embark on internal voyages of growth, be they spiritual, emotional or otherwise. The main character may be seeking treasure or fame but underneath they are seeking love, redemption, revenge or peace. Shakespeare, Tolkien, Hemingway, Steinbeck – the list goes on and on of writers utilizing the journey and rich depictions of a place to drive home their thematic purpose and bring a story to life.

As a journalist – travel writer to be exact – I put great value on these types of stories. And my travel writing influences my fiction writing a great deal, in style and substance. My novel, Stone Angels, is about a young man struggling with an extremely guilty conscience. The setting places him on a road trip, up and down the Atlantic Coast, to and from Spring Break. But the reader is placed inside his head, following his introspective journey from denial to acceptance to possible confession of his many sins and ultimately redemption.

In many ways, Stone Angels is a quintessential journey story, one that embraces the power of travel and the need to get out of one’s comfort zone, shrug off the warm fuzzy sweater that is our daily lives and let the unknown provide a new perspective. Stone Angels does this for the main character and for the reader. My goal was to send readers on their own journey, allowing them to explore their emotional response to this very intimate story and maybe gain a new perspective, like all good travel should do.

Michael Hartigan

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Harris N. Rosen


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Rosen book

This is not just a collection of where your life insurance policy is or the deed to the house.  It’s much more than that – it’s the details of your life that only you know – like the home safe in the way-back of the closet, or the keys to the storage facility (and where the facility is) that has some old antiques you’ve wanted to keep for the grandchildren.

For the entrepreneur and the business executive it can include records on where vital documents are stored at work.

When you finish with My Family Record Book, you will have created your very OWN Family Record Book.  It will be fun (yes, fun!), and it will enable you to have a conversation with your family that will be less painful – and more peaceful.

And – listen to this – you will be able to put your hands on any piece of paper or document in your house within 15 minutes.  I know – because that is what so many people tell me they are now able to do.  And THAT, my friends, is peace of mind.

I wrote this book to allow me to have peace of mind. And to help you have that, too.

When I retired some years ago, I had newly-found time. When people asked, “So how do you keep busy these days?” I told them of my project: writing an informational guide for my wife. For the past few decades, my wife and I have done our best to protect each other and provide a good life for ourselves, our family, and our community. As it turns out, she is the social director, cook extraordinaire, arbiter of good taste, and, of course, my best friend.

My roles? The keeper of the records, the one who handles our finances, and the one who maintains our house, including its appliances. And a happy and rewarding relationship it is.

But I started thinking, who will handle all these things if I weren’t around? How would my wife and children know about the health insurance, service contracts for household things, unpaid and paid bills, and right on down the line to what items I want my children to have, the treasures we may have in art and collectibles.

From the sublime to the critically important – we can have peace of mind in knowing a completed Record Book will give that peace of mind to those we love, too.

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Harris “Hershey” Rosen, a graduate of Harvard, has focused on controlling chaos since 1954. He was a Financial Control Officer in the U.S. Army, where he received a Letter of Commendation for improvement to its worldwide accounting system. Next, on to satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth, he ran a candy company for 40 years, developing a system for locating ANY item housed in five factories, covering 600,000 square feet.
Following “retirement,” Hershey went on to become a mediator and settled over 200 disputes for the state of Rhode Island and The Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. He was also asked to team-teach management courses at the University of Rhode Island, where he enthusiastically challenged the textbook with real-life experiences, to the delight and edification of the students.
Always passionate about assisting others, Hershey has been a director or trustee of numerous boards and organizations. He has most recently written My Family Record Book to help others protect their spouses  (and families) from the intense stress that will occur if one does not share financial information and knowledge critical to a functioning home.
Hershey, who lives in Providence, Rhode Island, can now relax (ha!) with his beloved wife, Myrna, and enjoy visits with their combined five children and ten grandchildren.
The author is giving away a print copy of My Family Record Book – just leave a comment on this blog post and you’re entered to win! Drawing is a week from today.
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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Hilary Salk


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Eavesdropping Salk

In 2020 the town of Oberammergau, Germany, will once again be the setting for its famous Passion Play, performed every ten years since 1634. Perhaps you are planning to experience the power of this dramatization of the last days of Jesus.

As in the 2010 production, you will likely see a somewhat different play from the traditional performances of the many decades since 1634.  As you read further in this post about the background of the Passion Play, you will discover the significant changes made as a result of the work done since the Holocaust to purge the anti-Semitism that has been part of its earlier pageantry.

I lived in the village from 1949 to 1952, the only child of a Jewish-American army officer, just as the villagers were taking on the roles of the Biblical figures. I was enchanted by the make-believe and taken to the play by my parents.

Fifty years later, I was confronted with the anti-Semitism inherent in the play and the recognition of the part this Bible story played in the mindset of the many who participated in the crimes of the Holocaust. I felt compelled to write of the truth I now faced, which evolved into my novel, Eavesdropping in Oberammergau.

To make the story accessible to young people as well as adults, I wrote in the voice of a young girl, similar to the girl I was in 1950. Unlike me, this girl learns by eavesdropping what has happened so recently in Germany and the part that the Biblical story has contributed to the hate for the Jewish people.

In the years I have worked on this novel, I learned from many survivors and historians of the Holocaust, from Catholic friends and writers who have been sensitive to the responsibility that the Church carries for the centuries of anti-Judaism, and from talking to and reading the work of rabbis and scholars.

I am aware that my slant on the story is painful for many, as it is to me. As the novel brings to life the history of the growth of Nazism, it seems essential to warn that even the most seemingly advanced civilizations can fall for demagoguery and hate.

Hilary Salk

Hilary Salk earned a BA and MAT in English from Brown University, and an MSW from Rhode Island College. She contributed to an early edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and has published a short story in The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual 2011. She is a founder of the RI Women’s Health Collective, ran for governor of Rhode Island in 1982, and served as a real estate broker at Salk Real Estate in Providence, Rhode Island, for 25 years.
You can request her book from your local bookstore and also find it at Amazon.
Hilary is giving away a copy of Eavesdropping in Oberammergau along with a bookmark. Just leave a comment on this blog to be eligible.
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Donna McCarthy


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Donna McCarthy is a semi-retired Art teacher, currently teaching HS art part-time in Rhode Island, which allows her the time to create her picture books. Donna is both author and illustrator with a BFA in illustrations and an MA in education.

At the age of 50, Donna had some big life changes and moved across the country, leaving every part of her former life other than her daughter and her dog, ready to take a chance on her dream. Her books are the result of the last three years of effort.

Donna has self-published five picture books, with three more in the works. She writes for primary level readers and intermediate level readers. Her books are great for the tiny ones as well since the pictures are large, colorful, and whimsical and the rhyming helps with phonemic awareness. She is also aware of being inclusive since we live in such a beautiful world filled with a blessed variety of beautiful people. She has a blast making them and she thinks she is more entertained sometimes than her readers. Donna also offers a free school assembly or reading/drawing tutorial for a business or organization that caters to kids.

Donna McCarthy

Donna’s online store can be found at www.missmacbooks.com.

The book she’s giving away is “Some People’s Grandpas,” a whimsical look at all the unique and silly types of grandpas out there.

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Jan Cornell


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Jan Cornell book cover

Since Jan was a just a little girl she dreamed of one day becoming a mom.  When her dream was realized, it represented Jan’s single proudest accomplishment in life. Little did she know how hard it would be! Without the support of a traditional family of her own, Jan was thrown into motherhood headfirst while also juggling a very busy career in corporate America. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, Katie, who is now 4, Jan was diagnosed with a devastating and critical case of Lyme Disease, which is extremely prevalent in the state of Rhode Island. Jan was left shattered and fighting for her life with a newborn in tow and an active five-year old boy. Jan quickly figured out that if she were going to survive what she called ‘rock bottom,’ she was going to have to brainstorm some easy parenting tips, tricks, and hacks in order to survive and keep her family thriving. After implementing various parenting hacks and tricks into her own home life, she began to feel relief as her routine got much easier. Jan started sharing her parenting tips and tricks with others, mostly via social media. The feedback she received from other parents was so tremendous that she decided to publish her parenting hacks so everyone could benefit from them, and that’s how Diapers, Daycare, and Deadlines – Survival Hacks for Super Busy Parents was born. The most rewarding part of publishing for Jan has been the feedback from parents who share that her book has helped them become better parents in many ways!

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Jan Cornell is a wife to her husband, Keith, and mother of two children, Jack and Katie. She is a former Miss Rhode Island USA, Mrs. Rhode Island International, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a BS in Marketing Communications, a graduate of The Bill Gove School of Public Speaking, a graduate of Eagle U Leadership University, URI Master Gardener Graduate, URI Tick Smart Community Educator, Rhode Island 4-H Community Volunteer, and Today Show Parenting Team Contributor. Jan works in Scientific Sales and previously worked at three of the world’s leading scientific research companies. She is thrilled to be returning to her career after five rewarding years of at-home parenting with her children.

And Jan is generously giving away up to FOUR of her books! Just leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible.

 

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Christine DePetrillo


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Wolves

People often ask me why I write about werewolves. The answer is simple.

Wolves rule.

Did you know wolves can roam up to 12 miles in a single day? Or that wolves help feed other animals in the ecosystem by leaving remains of their kills?*

So if real wolves are this awesome, then fictional wolves who are also humans have to be even better, right?

That’s what I think anyway. I’ve loved werewolves since watching Teen Wolf. And I don’t mean that newish TV show. I mean that 1985, Michael J. Fox, teenager-turned-werewolf, how-can-I-become-popular-and-get-the-prettiest-girl-in-school-to-notice-me movie.

Something about werewolves is regal. When I add six-pack abs and a desire to have a happily ever after with their soul mates, werewolves become sexy. That makes for a steamy read that will keep you howling into the wee hours of the night.

The Warrior Wolves Series follows five Celtic warriors who have a little extra… They get banished from Ireland of the past and tossed into modern-day Vermont when they anger Flidae, the goddess of wild things. If they want to get back home, they need to do something worthy, but falling in love might change their definition of home.    

Wolf Kiss, Book One, is where the story begins. I’ll be signing this book and others at the 6th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on December 1, 2018. Come see me. My wolves and I would love to add you to our pack! Can’t make it to Rhode Island? No problem. Hang out with me on Facebook in my reader group, Small Town Hearts.

*Facts about wolves from Wolf Matters.

Giveaway!

What’s your favorite creature? Werewolves? Vampires? Fairies? Something else? Leave a comment on this blog post and be entered to win one ebook by Christine DePetrillo. Randomly selected winner must provide a valid email address. Winner will be chosen ONE WEEK from today, and the author will coordinate delivery of her ebook with you.

Christine DePetrillo

Christine DePetrillo writes because if she didn’t she’d look weird acting out all the scenes that come to her. Writing is a way to make those scenes exist somewhere and keep her from becoming a social outcast.

You can learn more about Christine and her books via the following links:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Christine-DePetrillo/e/B004OB0JA2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1534897384&sr=1-1

Other Retailers – http://www.books2read.com/u/4Awwlp

Website – http://christinedepetrillo.weebly.com/

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/christinedepetrilloauthor/

Facebook Reader Group – http://www.facebook.com/groups/141435039780507/

Twitter – http://twitter.com/cdepetrillo

 

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 for the RI Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Mai Donohue


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Crossing the Bamboo Bridge

This vivid, compulsively readable memoir of courage, grief and redemption illuminates the life of Mai, a young girl from Vietnam’s rice fields, who risks everything to escape poverty, abuse and war. Her battle is not against soldiers but against her neighbors and a thousand years of tradition. Born during Ho Chi Minh’s revolution against the French, she was just a baby when his followers in the village, out of spite, came to her home one night and murdered the men in the family, driving her mother mad with fear and rage.

She was fourteen when her mother forced her to marry and have a child with a brutal man who beat and tortured her, finally leaving her for dead beside the road. Recovered, she ran away with her infant son, only to discover there was no place for them. To save her baby’s life, she returned home in disgrace, only to face the Viet Cong. In desperation she escaped again, leaving her child in safety, she thought.

On Saigon’s deadly streets, with no identity papers, she became an outlaw, hiding from her ex-husband, grieving for her lost child. Homeless, penniless and pursued, only her dream of freedom kept her alive. Then one day she would meet a saintly woman, who gave her hope, and an Irish-American naval officer, who gave her love.

Crossing the Bamboo Bridge is a tale of mothers and daughters, and of their children. It is a tale of war, and grief, and a young girl’s dreams. It is a stunning epiphany of hope where there is none, of courage in the face of despair, of love, respect and freedom.

“A captivating story of a young Vietnamese girl who resisted all odds and realized a true American dream. Movies are made about women like Mai Donohue.” (Chris Morrow, co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Do You, Super Rich, and Take Back your Family)

To know more about Mai, please watch this video, made by her daughter Maeve.

Mai Donohue

Mai Donohue is a writer, beloved home cook, and retired educator of special needs students. After leaving Vietnam in 1970 she and her husband Brian settled in Barrington, Rhode Island. They have seven children and thirteen grandchildren. Mai holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, an accomplishment that was the culmination of more than twelve years of study. Mai is known in her community for supporting various charitable causes with her delicious Vietnamese cooking. A PBS short documentary about Mai’s life was nominated for a New England Emmy award in 2006. More information about Mai can be found at her website 
Mai is giving away a print copy of Crossing the Bamboo Bridgeall you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post!
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the RI Author Expo!