RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Barbara Ann Whitman


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Mercy is a survivor. Growing up in foster care, she always played it safe by taking the right path. She is the “good” girl. Or, at least she was…

Even her younger sister using drugs and living on the street did not distract her. But, when Lily turns up just long enough to give birth to a premature baby, Mercy faces decisions that rock her world.

During a lonely night in jail, she faces the past and makes a decision that gives her life new direction.

Mercy thought her childhood was the hard part. But she is about to find out that the road to adulthood holds lots of surprises. Can she shake off the events from her past, or will they continue to shape the future? The world has always played hardball with Mercy.

Now, will she have the life she wants — or — will life have Mercy?

Barbara has generously offered to gift a copy of Have Mercy to one lucky winner. Your comment on this post enters you into her drawing as well as the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

Barbara Ann Whitman is a seasoned social worker with experience as a child abuse and neglect investigator. She has worked professionally with hundreds of foster children.

Her writing has been featured in all five anthologies produced by the Association of Rhode Island Authors: “A Changing Sea” in Shoreline (2016), “Galilee” in Under the Thirteenth Star (2017), “A Crown of Diamonds” in Selections (2018), “My Secret” in Past, Present, and Future (2019), and “My Lover Waits” in Hope (2020). Follow Barbara’s blog at rhodiebean.com

She has been a Sunday School teacher, a Youth group Leader, a parenting instructor, a Big Sister and a Girl Scout Leader. Barbara Ann founded a Meetup Group for active seniors in 2015. She is a member of the Old Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island and sings in her church choir. She serves on the board of directors for Gaits of Harmony.

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Guy Natelli


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Guy Natelli’s first published work was a short story titled “No Beach to Walk On,” which appeared in the Association of Rhode Island Authors’ first-ever anthology, Shoreline (2016). A poet since his college days in New Jersey, Guy is presently working on his first novel, as yet untitled. If you ask him what the book is about, he’ll tell you that it could be classified as future fiction. Or maybe it’s a love story, but it is not science-fiction, and it is the first in a trilogy. So stay tuned!

Within the Association of Rhode Island Authors, Guy wears many caps: he is the official photographer at ARIA’s monthly “Lively Literati” poetry and prose reading event; he volunteers and photographs for ARIA at the annual Rhode Island Comic-Con (a multi-genre entertainment and comic book convention) and for ARIA’s annual RI Authors Expo in December; and he is the newly-elected Treasurer of ARIA.

Guy has generously offered to gift a copy of Shoreline to one lucky winner. Your comment enters you into the drawing, as well as the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Risa Nyman


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One dead father. One lying mother. One giant secret.

12-year-old Rocky’s father dies suddenly, and he knows the “his heart stopped” story is bogus. Immediately after the funeral, his mother sticks the “For Sale” sign in the lawn and whisks them out of town as if it is too dangerous to be there. Rocky is now on high alert and determined to crack open the secret about how his father really died.

When the voice of his dead father speaks to him and insists he must return to his old town to learn the truth, Rocky doubts he should take advice from a dead person. Luckily, his new friend Olive offers to be his assistant detective and together they plot to solve the mystery.

But is it always better to unlock a secret? Will Rocky be forced to rethink who was the father he thought he knew?

Risa has generously offered to gift a copy of Swallowed by a Secret to one lucky winner. Your comment on this blog post enters you into her drawing, as well as the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.




Born in Boston with the accent to prove it, Risa lived within ten miles of the city for decades until a recent move to the neighboring Ocean State.

For many years, Risa worked in a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting active participation in our democracy, with a special focus on voting and elections.

Risa’s deep dive into creative writing started with finding three pennies in a neat stack in a completely empty apartment that belonged to her mother. It’s a long story.

When not writing, Risa is reading, exercising or doing therapeutic ironing (yes, there is such a thing.)

Visit Risa’s website here: https://www.risanyman.com/

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Alexander Smith


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What if a man dedicated his entire life to perfection? What if the state administered a personality test to identify the next school shooter? What if a celebrity got ousted for having supernatural powers? What if a lottery winner died alone holding the winning ticket?

Discover answers to these questions and more within the pages of these seven tantalizing short stories of the supernatural – including one heart-pounding ghost story and another that will bring a smile to your face.

The title story follows the quest of an unnamed hero who decides that the only goal worthy of his lifelong dedication is the pursuit of his perfection. Through a series of actions that align with the awakening of his seven Chakras, he unlocks new levels within himself on his journey to ascension. In the process, he does greater good in the world and learns about what it means to lead a good life. Will he achieve his goal of perfection or does his worst fear – a life wasted – come to pass?

Alexander has generously offered to gift a copy of A Perfect Man and Other Stories of the Supernatural to one lucky winner. Just comment on this blog post and you’re entered, plus you have another entry in the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

Since he was a teen, Alexander Smith has been a writer. He has written poems and short stories. After years working in the field of real estate, he quit to focus on his writing. He found more jobs than he could take as a copywriter, wrote websites for dozens of businesses across the country. Then, he was hired to write hundreds of blogs for other small business. Alexander will say that the coolest job he had at the time was writing storytelling emails for a German stock photography guru with a list of more than 10,000 people.

His writing led him to an exciting opportunity to write for a content website that gets 20-25 million unique viewers per month. He still creates their content and has written thousands of web pages for them throughout the years. 

He has ghostwritten a book for a client and written hundreds of social media posts. As a fiction writer, Alexander gravitates toward speculative work and has amassed a collection of dozens of short stories. His fiction has been published in Into the Void, Babbling of the Irrational, and anthologies including City & Sea and Missing Providence. His short story “Sands in Time” is featured in the Association of Rhode Island Authors’ 2020 anthology, Hope.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Providence, Rhode Island.

Learn more about Alexander Smith by visiting his website: https://alexandersmithwriter.com/

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet David Boiani


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The Redemption is the sequel to David Boiani’s novel A Thin Line. It has been four years since the case of serial killer Silas Alvah shook the town of Seattle to its core. Retired Detective John Corbin has settled into his life of husband, father, and restaurant owner. But detective work is embedded in his heart and soul and the pull has never left him. When a disturbed and twisted killer rises to the surface of Northwestern Washington, it is soon apparent his intention is to draw John Corbin back into the horrors of detective work that has already left him scarred. Will John risk everything to be drawn into the killer’s twisted game of using human beings as pawns? Will he follow his ingrained instincts and attempt to save the innocent from evil? ‘The Redemption’ is a twisting, turning labyrinth that will take you on a thrill ride unlike anything you have experienced before as each life is measured by our most unforgiving enemy… Time.

David has generously offered to gift a copy of The Redemption to one lucky winner. Your comment below enters you into this drawing as well as our Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

David Boiani is an American author living in Coventry, RI. He writes psychological thrillers mixed with a touch of horror. His most recent novel, Immortal, was published in May of this year. He also has two short story collections available, Dark Musings and Darker Musings. His debut novel, A Thin Line and its sequel, The Redemption are also now available. He is currently working on a novel titled Azreal’s Ledge and his third short story collection titled Darkest Musings. Both titles are scheduled to release in 2021.

David’s short stories have also appeared in the ARIA anthologies Past, Present, and Future and Hope.

You can visit his website here…https://www.authordavidboiani.com/

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Joanne Perella


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Joanne Perella, who is currently working on her first novel, has been a regular contributor to the Association of Rhode Island Authors’ annual anthologies. In 2017, her short story “Running on Empty” appeared in Under the 13th Star. In 2018, “The Hat on the Bed” was included in Selections, and in 2019, her story “The Big Ride” was part of Past, Present, and Future. Based on the quality of her writing in these short pieces, I’m looking forward to reading Joanne’s first novel!

Joanne has been writing for as long as she can remember.  She has taken several courses on creative writing and is preparing to fulfill her dream of completing a novel.  Her hobbies besides writing and reading are photography, biking, travel, and collecting/selling antiques.

Joanne’s essay “All Aboard!” was chosen for a segment on National Public Radio’s “This I believe” series.  She read the essay, which is about her love of trains and train travel, on NPR.

Joanne spent most of her career working for the Social Security Administration as a claims representative, but she has also worked as a court reporter and a real estate agent. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Candace Nadine Breen


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From the introduction to Born Different:

I’m not sure when I first discovered my psychic abilities. All I know is that I’ve always had them, as far as I can remember. I don’t ever recall a time when I didn’t know I was born with these abilities…I thought I was “normal.” I had not yet become aware of the cruelty that existed in the world toward people like me. I would very quickly learn to keep my mouth shut…

Increasingly, more people are awakening, and more people are open to receiving messages and guidance. The world is desperate for answers, for spiritual connection, for unity and for peace. Being born different is no longer anything to be ashamed of as we can help guide those who are awakening, and help them realize that they are needed as well.

Candace has generously offered to gift a copy of Born Different to one lucky winner. Your comment on this post enters you into her drawing, and into the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings as well.

Candace Nadine Breen is of West African (Benin, Cameroon) descent and wears many hats. She taught English in Providence, RI for eleven years for grades seven and nine. During that time, she tried to find her place in society while being driven away from various religious organizations for her inability to conform to their standards. While raising a family, she returned to school and earned a Master’s in Human Services with a focus on Marriage and Family Counseling. She was later a real estate agent for a few years but found it unfulfilling, stressful, and time consuming. After taking time to open up herself to her true path, she buried herself in metaphysical studies, earning a Master’s of Science and Doctorate in Metaphysics. She became a Spiritualist Minister, which seemed like the perfect occupation for her at first, but she gradually felt that she was outgrowing the Spiritualist community and was told by a medium unknown to her that her path would not end with the Spiritualist Church.

It was very difficult for Candace to fit into societal boxes and, after falling into depression, she threw caution to the wind and decided to follow her true calling. She embraced her psychic talents, wrote and published three successful memoirs, threw herself into her art and began working on children’s books, young adult fiction books and sci-fi novels.

Although Candace is a Master Gardener, she has always loved gardening and just being outside in nature. She has found satisfaction in earth-based religions and solitary spiritual practices despite the fact that she refuses to be labeled as any particular religion. She enjoys being in her garden, meditating in her wooded and quiet backyard, painting, art, and spending time with her family. She studies earth magick, gives Spirit messages via intuitive tarot reading, runes, herbal medicine and her mediumship abilities. Candace also devotes herself to speaking, helping and healing for the highest and greatest good.

Candace resides in Barrington, Rhode Island with her loving family, consisting of her devoted husband, two very talented and creative children, and their loving and mystical cat.

Find out more about Candace by visiting her website: http://candacenadinebreen.com/

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Anne-Marie Sutton


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            Starting a mystery series set in Newport was one of the best decisions I ever made as a writer. My family always enjoyed visiting Newport as vacationers, and I loved walking the Cliff Walk. One day I started to think about a short story set in Newport where the Cliff Walk was key to the plot. One thing led to another, and my short story became a full-length novel: Murder Stalks A Mansion. Kenwood, my fictional mansion (everybody knows you call Newport mansions “cottages,” but the tourists know they are mansions), was located on the Cliff Walk. Its young owner had turned her family’s estate into an inn. . .money troubles. Caroline Kent was determined to make a go of her new business, but since this was a mystery story…well, what would you expect? One of the first guests gets murdered. The police arrive to investigate, but Caroline is sure she can solve the mystery herself. Her inn’s future was threatened, and another murder could soon occur.

            The fun I had writing that first book has probably never been duplicated. I did drawings of the house, the grounds, the interior layout. I went to my bookshelf and reread the history of the Gilded Age families in Newport. When the book was published, I walked all over downtown Newport to promote my book and got several stores to take it on. I worked festivals, participated in library events and did speaking engagements, including being asked to give a lecture on the History of the Mystery at the Redwood Library in Newport. I did book signings and met interesting people from all over the world.

            I’ve written three more Newport mysteries with Caroline at their center: Gilded Death, Keep My Secret, and Invest In Death. I have notes and research for a future book, which I would like to start in 2021. Working title: The Color of Death.

            Along the way I’ve had several short stories published. Mostly mysteries, in anthologies from the Sisters In Crime, Darkhouse Books, Level Best Books and ARIA (my first ghost story); and online at Mysterical-E.

            This year 2020 is the first year in a long time that I have not been able to travel to Newport for book events. I look at the blank spaces on my calendar and miss seeing the friends I’ve made at my various events. The gift shop at The Breakers had become a comfortable home base for me, and I miss being there so much. I hope 2021 will see the cruise ships come back to Newport and the shops ready to welcome back the visitors. Everybody wants to see the Newport mansions, and I am so fortunate to write about them and have readers want to know their stories.

–Anne-Marie Sutton

Anne-Marie has generously offered to gift a copy of her book Murder Stalks a Mansion to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on this blog post and you’re entered to win, plus this is your daily entry into the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawing.

Author Anne-Marie Sutton has lived in Newport, Rhode Island and uses her knowledge of the city and its fabulous Gilded Age mansions to craft her mystery novels.

“I love walking on the Cliff Walk, and it truly was my original inspiration for the stories in the Newport Mystery series. The Cliff Walk, for those who don’t know Newport, is a three mile stretch of pathways and steps along the high rocky sea wall of the Atlantic Ocean. I love reading mysteries and often thought how pleasant it would be to read something set in Newport, particularly near the Cliff Walk, which is where I placed the stories’ fictional mansion/turned inn, Kenwood Court.

“British mystery books, especially what are referred to as country house mysteries, are some of my favorites. Of course, the wealthy residents of Newport have always called their homes summer cottages, so I guess you could say that what I write are summer cottages mysteries!”

A marketing/communications consultant and former journalist, Anne-Marie  has lectured on mass communications at the college level. She was born in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English. Now residing in Connecticut with her family, she continues to spend time in Newport where she does frequent signings and other events.

“Newport is a great place, and I never get tired of being here and meeting visitors literally from all over the world. It’s my real pleasure to introduce them to my books.‟

Learn more at Anne-Marie’s website https://www.newportmystery.com/

Visit her Amazon page here: www.amazon.com/-/e/B0085L3SJG

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Pamela Carey


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Whether you’re already going through it or are just in for it eventually, Pam Carey takes you on an often-hilarious roller coaster ride through her own experiences with aging parents who still had their marbles. And she uses it to illustrate her 49 rules for your survival as the “kid.” Sooner or later, it could happen to you! Anyone who has had to care for elderly parents will see their own situations reflected in this witty yet practical guide to surviving the ordeal.

Pam has generously offered to gift her book Elderly Parents with all their Marbles: A Survival Guide for the Kids. Your comment also enters you into the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

Pamela graduated with a B.A. from Colby College and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College.  She taught high school English in Connecticut, Georgia, and Maine, before obtaining an M.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and opening her own interior design firm. She is the author of the above-mentioned Elderly Parents with all their Marbles: A Survival Guide for the Kids, Minor League Mom: A Mother’s Journey through the Red Sox Farm Teams, and Surviving Your Dream Vacation: 75 Rules to Keep your Companion Talking to you on the Road.

Her short story, “An Evening Babysitting” appears in the ARIA anthology Past, Present, and Future (2019).

When not writing, reading for her book clubs, or traveling, Pam can be found on the tennis court as a member of two South Palm Beach County teams. She and her husband reside in Delray Beach, Florida, and in Westport, Massachusetts. 

Learn more about Pam and her books by visiting her website: http://www.minorleaguemom.net/index.html

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Mike Squatrito


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The first book in Mike’s The Overlords series is titled Legend of the Treasure. In this book, our heroes set out in search of the fabled Treasure of the Land. Harrison Cross wishes nothing more than to help his hometown of Aegeus secure the land’s most sacred treasure, the bounty of the ancient Overlords known simply as the Treasure of the Land. The original Overlords vanished on one infamous day over 1,000 years ago, leaving behind clues to their hidden treasure in the form of indestructible metallic plates and a map revealing a series of secret rooms. During their journey, Harrison and his friends face countless foes on their way to the sacred Seven Rooms, including the evil Scynthians who want nothing more than to eradicate the human race, and the ruthless and treasure-seeking Lord Nigel Hammer, governor of Concur and his large menacing army. Using the clues discovered along the way, the group must successfully navigate through the hidden mysteries of the sacred Seven Rooms in order to secure the land’s most elusive prize. Only then will their journey be a success. The question is, will they succeed?

The leader of the group is Marcus Braxton, a seasoned fighter who has yearned his whole life to find the Treasure. The town elders of Aegeus allowed him to put together a team of adventurers that would help him on his quest. They are Harrison Cross, a young, talented paladin, Xavier Murdock, one of the finest bowmen in the land, Pondle, a halfling thief, Jason Sands, a strong and seasoned warrior, Aidan Hunter, an expert tracker, and Swinkle, a young and gifted cleric. Together, they hope to bring back to Aegeus the hoard of the ancient Four Kings, enough treasure to help every man, woman, and child in their part of the land.

Mike has generously offered to gift a paperback copy of The Overlords: Legend of the Treasure to one lucky winner. Your comment on this post also enters you into our Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

Mike Squatrito has been writing The Overlords fantasy book series for over twenty years. Currently, he lives in Tiverton, RI with his wife Lea, and their children, Devin and Samantha. Mike speaks at elementary, middle, and high schools, colleges, local libraries, and writers’ groups, where his sincere hope is to inspire everyone he meets to be creative and follow their dreams. He also is the newly-elected president of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA). His short stories have appeared in the ARIA anthologies Selections (2018), Past, Present, and Future (2019), and Hope (2020).

When not working on the Overlords series, Mike is active in fitness and sports. He plays baseball, where he is a knuckleball pitcher for the Rhode Island Brewers, who won the 2008 and 2014 National Championships in Phoenix, AZ. He also runs four to five miles on a regular basis, does interval weight and cardio training, and takes Vinyasa yoga classes twice a week. Did we mention that he’s an engineer working on Homeland Defense projects, too?

Stay up to date with all of Mike’s events, new releases, and fan extras when you sign up for his newsletter at his website.

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