RI Authors Showcase – Meet Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast


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.

Debbie Tillinghast

Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast is the author of The Ferry Home, a memoir about her childhood on Prudence Island, Rhode Island. Her writing has appeared in Country magazine, and her poetry is featured in six anthologies published by the Association of Rhode Island Authors. A Dream Worth Keeping is her first novel. It is available online at Amazon (https://tinyurl.com/7kfv6j7s) or locally at Stillwater Books (https://www.stillwaterbooksri.com/dream-worth-keeping).

The most meaningful journeys encompass more than the distance we travel…

When Martha files for divorce from her controlling and dismissive husband, Tony, she knows she’ll have to begin again. Tony persuaded her to abandon her dreams of chocolate and pastry fame, and to break a promise to her grandmother, to follow him and his dreams.

Martha’s heart pulls her back to her hometown in seaside Maine, to Gram, and to the bakery where Gram is still waiting for her to return. But before she can go home, Martha must learn who she really is, and her journey of discovery leads her south—from Baltimore and Tony’s betrayal, to the Gulf coast of Florida and the friends she’d made in culinary school, when her dreams had felt within her reach.

When she eventually returns to Baltimore, life offers her another chance at love. But Martha can’t believe in love again until she first believes in herself.

A Dream Worth Keeping is a story of friendship and loss, guilt and forgiveness. It takes readers on a journey of love and redemption—and reminds us that we can’t love anyone else until we love ourselves.

Be sure to visit Debbie on her website (https://debbiekaimantillinghast.com/)

or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/debbiekaimantillinghast)

Debbie has generously offered to gift a copy of A Dream Worth Keeping to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on this post and/or answer this question: What dream would you still like to achieve?

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!

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Coral Isabella Aurora


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.

Coral Isabella Aurora

Hello fellow readers,

My name is Coral Isabella Aurora, and today is my featured showcase on Martha’s blog. Since early childhood, I have loved writing stories, creating music, and making people laugh. Now, as an adult, my dreams have truly come to life through my young adult comedies. Here’s a little bit more about me:

I like pineapple on pizza (I know, it’s evil to some), riding horses, fighting for wild animal rights (healthy wolf populations should be nourished and not culled through inhumane means), reading, and playing video games (especially indie games). Besides writing novels, I am a musician, singer, and composer. I create the artwork for Peace & Wolf Ethical Apparel, where we donate $5 for every t-shirt sold. Beyond artwork for tees, leggings, and accessories, I make the cover art and illustrations for my own books. Visit the website here: https://www.peaceandwolf.com/

There are many reasons I decided to become an author. First, I had a passion for making stories, not only for myself, but for others too since childhood. My second grade teacher always gave me extra paper during writing assignments. Second, I love creating a gap in my own reading life; if there is a story I want to read that does not exist, what better way to experience it than to write it myself? Third, I enjoy creating worlds. I have a secret love for creating characters with quirks and find that I like to people-watch and adopt things from characters in TV shows, such as the thickness of their eyebrows or curl of their hair.

Writing books is also very personal. When you read a book, you get to experience an entire world, set of views, and dialogue that shows a window into the author’s mind. You get to see a part of them that would remain hidden otherwise. As a writer, I share a secret part of me that can’t be conveyed in any other means. I’m also passionate about writing stories that revolve around ideals of eternal love. My goal is to rekindle society’s idea of romance. I don’t create characters who look at their love interest and think about his abs the first time she sees him. Although my male characters tend to be handsome, that’s not what attracts the female protagonist to them. A big no-no in the young adult writing world, for me at least, is creating characters that struggle to decide between two love interests, especially after making a commitment to the first one.

I prefer to write characters that are sure of themselves and already know what they want in life, who they like, and what romances them. I want to highlight traits of emotional sure-footedness in my books and hope to help others make healthier decisions, such as finding themselves before starting a relationship and not confusing physical attraction as love. 

Although it’s not due to a religious reason, my characters only participate in serious relationships. They accept no less than romance and long-term, committed relationships. I started this because, although I homeschooled, three friends that I talked to over the years claimed half of their female student body was pregnant. I hope that even if it only changes one life, that my book characters can influence others to wait and accept no less than what’s best for them and their future.

My first book, The Teenager’s Guide to Surviving a Horror Film, was a 2020 IPNE young adult awards finalist. Every year, the haunted Mathswell mansion lures eight teenagers into its depths on Halloween night. As a previous victim cursed to wander the estate, Jacqueline uses her expertise on horror films to guide the newest teens. The problem is, no one can hear her sarcastic voice. Keeping eight teens alive shouldn’t be hard. Right??? 

The Teenager’s Guide to Surviving a Fairy Tale is the unconnected sequel. This hilarious journey through quirky fairy tale retellings has multiple diverse characters including a service dog.

Coral has generously offered to give away both books to one lucky winner (that’s a $40 value). You are welcome to subscribe to her newsletter by visiting her website here https://coralisabellaaurora.com/

To be entered to win, just leave a comment on this post. If you want to answer, here’s your question: What’s your favorite fairy tale?

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!

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Joann Mead


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.

Joann Mead

Joann Mead has lived in four countries ranging from A to Z: America (USA), London, England (UK), Moscow, Russia (back in the USSR), and Zimbabwe (Africa). She is a writer, educator, and researcher.

In addition to her thrillers and bio-crime novels, Joann writes screenplays, short stories, and magazine articles. Her short story “Married in Moscow” is a 1980 memoir of a most unusual wedding and a most unusual Englishman. It was selected for inclusion in the 2020 ARIA anthology Hope.

You can find Joann’s books at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/cpmvc7fu

Joann’s debut novel, Underlying Crimes, is set in a tiny New England state known for its culture of corruption. The story connects the upperworld of Allbio biotechnology to the criminal underworld of corrupt politicians and crooked cops.

In Tiger Tiger, a beautiful, sexy researcher and her mysterious lover manipulate each other, in more ways than one. For Mei, it is the money. For both, it is the sex. And for Kahliy, it is his burning desire to wreak revenge on America.

Joann’s most recent novel is Designer Baby. A most wanted bioterrorist creates deadly bioweapons and designs super-human babies. She’s a DNA hacker who manipulates and mutates and changes like a chameleon. Everyone wants to find her, especially the men she has scammed.

Read all about Joann and her books at her website: http://www.UnderlyingCrimes.com

Joann is giving away a print copy of Designer Baby to one winner. Just leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible.

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!

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Paul Caranci


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.

Paul Caranci

Paul Caranci is a public speaker and the author of 13 books. He is a third-generation resident of North Providence, Rhode Island, and has been a student of history for many years. He served as RI Deputy Secretary of State for eight years and was elected to the town council, where he served for almost seventeen years. He has a BA in political science from Providence College and is working toward an MPA from Roger Williams University. He is an incorporating member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) and a member of the board of the RI Publication Society.

In 2015, Paul was awarded the Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award for Political Courage, the highest honor awarded by the National Association of Secretaries of State, for his undercover role in exposing political corruption in his hometown of North Providence. His undercover work with the FBI, in breaking up what a federal judge called a criminal empire, is the subject of Paul’s seventh book, Wired: A Shocking True Story of Political Corruption and the FBI Informant Who Risked Everything to Expose It. Paul’s latest book, scheduled for release by Stillwater River Publications in early November 2021, chronicles daily life for World War II prisoners held at the Dachau, Germany’s oldest and most brutal concentration camp. The Nazi regime programmed every activity to inflict the most physical and psychological pain possible. The sadistic nature of the camp commanders is portrayed through the eyes of Fr. Jean Bernard, a Catholic priest from Luxembourg imprisoned at Dachau for using the Catholic Film
Agency to denounce the inhumane policies of the Nazis. This remarkable true story is a must read for lovers of history and World War II enthusiasts.

Four of Paul’s books were awarded special recognition. The Hanging & Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island’s Last Execution (The History Press, 2013) was voted one of the top five non-fiction books of 2013 by the Providence Journal. Scoundrels: Defining Corruption Through Tales of Political Intrigue in Rhode Island (Stillwater River Publications 2016) was the winner of the 2016 Dorry Award as the non-fiction book of the year. The Promise of Fatima: One Hundred Years of History, Mystery and Faith (Stillwater River Publications, 2017), and I Am The Immaculate Conception: The Story of Bernadette of Lourdes (Stillwater River Publications, 2018), were named finalists in the International Book Awards in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The movie rights to four of Paul’s books, The Hanging & Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island’s Last Execution, The Promise of Fatima: One Hundred Years of History, Mystery and Faith, I Am The Immaculate Conception: The Story of Bernadette of Lourdes, and Terror in Wichita: A True Story of One Woman’s Courage and Her Will to Live(Stillwater River Publications, 2020) have been sold to a Hollywood production company and may one day be featured on the big screen.
Paul and his wife Margie have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Visit Paul’s website here: http://www.paulcaranci.com/

Find him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulcaranci

Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paul.caranci

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/paulcaranci

The impact that Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich had on European Jews, Communists, Poles, Gypsies, homosexuals, the disabled, and various others deemed by the Nazis to be “asocials” is a well-documented fact of history. Less discussed, however, is Hitler’s disdain for organized religion and his attempt to eradicate Christianity from Europe. Dachau, the first and most brutal of all the Nazi concentration camps, was the site chosen to assemble the largest gathering of Catholic and Christian clergymen in history. Their inhumane treatment at the hands of the most ruthless collection of behemoths known to humanity is now brought to graphic life through the eyes of a Catholic priest imprisoned in Dachau in the early 1940s.

Darkness at Dachau is the remarkable true story of Father Jean Bernard’s stay at Germany’s most brutal prison camp. The Luxembourg priest had been a vocal critic of the Nazi regime and used the Catholic film office to advocate his anti-fascist views. Following a year-long incarceration, Fr. Bernard was given an unprecedented ten-day furlough, during which time he was presented with an opportunity that would result in his permanent release and the release of hundreds of other clergymen housed at the Nazi camp. All he had to do was admit that he had been wrong in his opposition to the Third Reich and endorse its policies. Would he comply with their wishes to free himself and his fellow priests or would he return to the daily torture, starvation, and inhumanity that was life at Dachau?

Darkness at Dachau: The True Story of Father Jean Bernard is destined to become a tour-de-force in the study of the impacts of Nazi Germany on religious freedom. It also exposes a dark and critical history that receives far too little attention.

Paul is giving away a print copy of Darkness at Dachau to one winner. Just leave a comment below to be eligible.

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!

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Julien Ayotte


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.

Julien Ayotte

Perennial favorite and, in his own words, “one of the oldest members of ARIA,” Julien Ayotte has been there almost from the beginning of ARIA back in 2012.  He is the author of seven novels and is currently working on number eight.  His novels have amassed twelve national book awards, and Jon Land, the USA Today best-selling author, says that Julien’s mystery thrillers are comparable to Harlan Coben and David Baldacci.  Paul Caranci, another Rhode Island author and historian, has called Julien the best mystery-thriller writer in Rhode island.  Julien has been a featured speaker at numerous venues in New York and New England on his best-selling and award winning historical fiction Code Name Lily.  His latest release, The Treasure, promises to be as engaging as all his others.

In The Treasure, Sebastian Reynolds, a noted Canadian columnist, teams up with Colonel Jerome Woodrow, a retired Vietnam veteran with a heart of gold, to find the killer of his old military comrade on a Caribbean island.  Together, they unearth a treasure from the past.  From the Nova Scotia peninsula, to a South Sea island, to a villa on Turks and Caicos, and to the rolling hills of Virginia, the quest for pirated riches from long ago leads to murder, intrigue, and an unexpected romance along the way.

Julien will be giving away a signed copy of this book to a lucky winner.  Interested in taking a peek at his other award-winners, go to www.julienayotte.com for more.  You won’t be disappointed. 

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!

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Apryl Scott


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.

Apryl Yvonne Scott

Apryl Yvonne Scott considers herself an artist, activist, and healer who enjoys expressing herself through an array of mediums. She describes herself as, “kindly but reserved, pleasant yet stern. I am rationally irrational, imaginative, and determined. But the word I feel that best describes me is passionate.”

Learn more about Apryl by visiting her website: https://www.aprylyvonnescott.com/#about-me

In her debut collection of personal, curated poems, Apryl Scott has already proven herself to possess a unique voice. Filled with self-introspection and rich and varied verse, the book of jade is the artistically interpreted manifestation of her own spiritual awakening. And in this volume, she expresses her love of words through well-crafted verse that she hopes will give her raw emotions voice and inspire others.

You can purchase Apryl’s book at Stillwater Books: https://www.stillwaterbooksri.com/book-jade-used

Apryl is giving away a $25.00 Amazon gift card and all you have to do to be eligible is leave a comment on this blog post. If you wish, answer this question: What fear would you most like to overcome?

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!

RI Authors Showcase – Meet P K Norton


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.

P K Norton

Paula (PK) Norton draws on her thirty years in the insurance business, as well as other real-life experiences and passions, in her series The Amy Lynch Investigations. Paula’s love for Key West and Paris, and her interests in archaeology, fencing, and spies (she is a card-carrying member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers) add an extra layer of interest and authenticity to her books.

Find out more by visiting her website: https://pknortonauthor.com/my-books/

Follow her on Amazon here: https://tinyurl.com/kfhaf9z5

Does the past ever really leave us? Not in Amy Lynch’s world.

What starts out to be a well-deserved vacation for Amy – volunteering at an archaeological dig on the outskirts of Paris – turns ugly when the head archaeologist is found dead at the dig-site. A recently uncovered relic from World War II threatens to expose treachery and betrayal from the time of the German Occupation. It endangers the life of anybody bold enough to delve into its significance.

New England Casualty and Indemnity, the insurance company where Amy works as a claims investigator, is insuring the dig. Amy’s world turns upside-down as she reverts from vacation mode to conduct a full-blown investigation. She meets with obstacles, resistance and threats to her own safety – as well as an adorable Frech detective – in her quest to unmask a traitor.

Paula is giving away a copy of Dead Drop to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on this blog post telling us where your favorite vacation destination is.

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!

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Paul Lonardo


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.

Paul Lonardo

Paul Lonardo has written both fiction and non-fiction books in a variety of genres. As a freelance writer, he often collaborates with individuals on their biographies or memoirs, and he is a ghostwriter, too.

Before Paul began writing, he studied screenwriting and filmmaking at Columbia College – Hollywood, earned an A.S. in Mortuary Science from Mount Ida College, and a B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island. (Very useful for a writer!) He lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island, with his wife and son.

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Paul’s new book, The Goblin Pitcher, is available as an ebook, paperback, and as a jacketed hardcover. The print versions feature sketches drawn by an aspiring young artist, 9-year-old Avery Palmer, of Attleboro, Massachusetts. The Goblin Pitcher tells the story of 11-year-old Jake Lupo, who loves baseball more than anything else but does not believe in his ability. Despite his father being a professional pitcher, Jake’s fear of failing has kept him from competing against other children. When his father, who has recently recovered from an injury, is invited to pitch for an independent team, the family moves to Pine Barrows, a far-flung forested mountain outpost.

Jake is excited about his father’s chance at a comeback, but he soon learns that he’s not the only one in Pine Barrows who loves baseball. Goblins love to play baseball too, and Pine Barrows happens to be chock full of them. Then Jake discovers that the region is occupied by two factions of warring goblins. Seeking to take control of the goblin kingdom, the leader of the evil goblins kidnaps Jake’s mother and bans baseball, a game which itself is a natural source of power for the goblins. It turns out that Jake has a secret kinship with the legendary beings, and he is the only one who can save them, their kingdom, and his mother. However, Jake must believe in himself and play a winner-take-all game against the best goblin players in Pine Barrows.

Want to win a copy of The Goblin Pitcher? You know you do! Just leave a comment below and you’re eligible. And learn more about this book by visiting https://www.thegoblinpitcher.com/

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!

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Hank Ellis


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.

Hank Ellis

Author Hank Ellis is no stranger to environmental issues. Gaining his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in natural resource science and wildlife management and working for an environmental agency for thirty-two years has made him aware of many problems facing the world. His desire is to help young people awaken to and enjoy the mystery of creation, to recognize its many problems, and to realize they have their own special gifts to help heal the earth.

His first book in The Promise series, A Perilous Journey, was a finalist in the Independent Publishers of New England (http://www.IPNE.org) book awards contest for literary fiction in 2018. In this book, Peter and David Wilson are two adventurous, adolescent brothers who make a fantastic discovery in a nearby forest. One afternoon in late June, they stumble upon a huge mysterious cavern protected from the elements for centuries. Using dreams and deciphering riddles, they travel through underground passageways to meet the maker of their dreams. Through a series of strange and supernatural encounters, Peter and David must rely on resourcefulness, perseverance, and love to lead them to an opportunity they could never have imagined and make a decision that will change their lives forever.

The second book, Discovering Their Gifts, was the IPNE book awards winner for literary fiction in 2020.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were an adolescent boy or girl and you were given the incredible gift of invisibility? And suppose you could heal animals and people but you couldn’t tell anyone? In this second book of The Promise series, two ordinary brothers, Peter and David Wilson, and eventually a beautiful young girl from Brazil, are given these gifts and more. But special gifts often require extraordinary sacrifice. No one–friends, schoolmates, even Mom and Dad–can know of these remarkable abilities. For if they do, their gifts will vanish in an instant. Is the cost of this secrecy too high? Can they juggle everyday life with their newfound talents? Travel with these special youngsters and learn from their mysterious mentors in a fantastic adventure as they use their amazing powers to help save the beleaguered earth.

Back from a harrowing adventure on the Arctic ice, most people would need a rest. But young adventurers Peter, Catia, and David aren’t most people. A centuries old mystery is sitting in the corner of the underground cavern waiting to be solved. The sphere has been gathering dust for longer than any of the oldest caretakers can remember. It’s not till a nasty disgruntled caretaker named Luke teams up with the young teens that a solution is possible. But Luke’s selfishness raises the stakes for everyone.

These books are adventure stories for adolescents and curious adults that celebrate friendship and teamwork, respect for all cultures, our divine connection, and the importance of caring for our planet. Appropriate for ages 10 to 110!

Hank’s writings have also been featured in various anthologies by members of the Association of RI Authors (ARIA).

Learn more about Hank and his writings at his website: https://www.hankellis.net/

Follow him on Amazon here: https://tinyurl.com/mz3553vb

Hank is giving away a copy of the first book in his Promise series, A Perilous Journey. To be eligible, just leave a comment on this post and/or tell us about your own perilous journey.

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!

Artist Joe Szarek has been drawing and painting for over fifty years. Since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1996 he has been passionate to use his art to make a difference in people’s lives. He says his motivation to become part of these stories are the stories themselves—a desire to open young minds to the precious beauty all around us and the urgent need to protect it.  

The Promise series is written for ages 10 to 110.

He has written other short stories in the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) anthology series.

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Dana Ronci


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.

Dana Ronci

Dana Ronci studied broadcast communications at Dean Jr. College. Her training in feng shui – the art and study of spatial arrangement in relation to energy flow – allows her to appreciate the importance of decorating. And that entrepreneurial streak finds her always trying new things. She loves when she can do gardening, Jazzercize, cooking and any kind of creating. “I just like homemade stuff,” she said. Currently, she serves as a Communications and Marketing Executive at Welcome Wagon, is the owner and CEO of Totally Tropical RI, and is the owner and founder of Ad Zen Advertising.

The Fish and the Butterfly give each other the courage to be themselves and to appreciate each other’s company while being able to learn from one another as friends. Learn to bring out the positive in others and look for the best in people, encouraging them with praise and confidence. This book is appropriate for 3-8 years old, early readers, and touches on self-confidence and self-worth, appreciating who you are and what you appreciate about others.

Follow Dana on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/49n95vvp

Dana will gift a copy of The Fish and the Butterfly to one winner. Just leave a comment below to be eligible, and to grab another entry into the Grand Prize drawings on December 7.

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!