#AtoZ 1968 – “K” is for King and Kennedy


“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ~ MLK

“Every generation inherits a world it never made; and as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after.  In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children.” ~ RFK

Dr. King was shot while he stood on the second-floor balcony of a hotel in Memphis. He was 39 years old.
Just two months later, Kennedy was gunned down shortly after he had finished making a speech in Los Angeles. He was 42.

It’s possible to say that assassinations defined the Sixties – President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and Rev. Dr. King and Sen. Kennedy within two months of each other in 1968. Charismatic icons of the decade, MLK and RFK both championing the cause of civil rights (although they never worked together directly).

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BONUS MUSIC!

Here’s the #46 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968

“(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone” by Aretha Franklin

My Seventh Novel is Here!


Villa-del-Sol (1) “…an emotional tapestry of rare depth…” (Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author)

“…a thoughtful tale of love, loss, and hope reborn…” (Book Review Directory)

My seventh novel (and eighth book) is here and I’m thrilled to share it with you! Last January, I traveled back to Switzerland, alone. I finally met an online pal and reconnected with a dear friend from years ago. I ventured by train to a region I’d never seen and revisited familiar towns.

Villa del Sol is set in and around Lugano, the largest city in the Italian-speaking area of southern Switzerland. Milano is only about an hour away by train. My character, Jennifer Logan, travels to Lugano and rents a villa in the neighboring village of Gandria. Her husband, the beloved senator from Rhode Island, is dead, and Jennifer can’t wait to escape the people who never liked her anyway. By unplugging, she hopes to find peace.

If you know me, you know about my love of Switzerland. My award-winning “Swiss Chocolate” trilogy is set primarily in Switzerland. Villa del Sol takes you back to this magical place. It is available now, and I’ll be signing copies tomorrow at the RI Authors Expo. 

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Martha Reynolds is a Rhode Island resident who loves the beach in winter, chocolate, and books. After ending an accomplished career as a fraud investigator, she started writing novels – fiction with an element of truth. “Real True Fiction.” You can read her reflections and guest author posts on her blog

GIVEAWAY!

This is a big one! I am giving away a $100 Amazon gift card on December 8. To be eligible, LIKE this post and POST A COMMENT. Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win. Additional entries are available by FOLLOWING me on  Amazon (click the yellow ‘Follow’ button under my picture), and by LIKING and SHARING the Facebook post (I’m here on Facebook). Open to everyone (except my immediate family). Good luck!

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It’s #RIAuthor Month – Meet Leigh Brown and Victoria Corliss!


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Everything happens for a reason…at least that’s what we wholeheartedly believe. Give us just a minute of your time, and we’ll bend your ear with tales of coincidental happenings, nondescript and monumental events, even people who have affected our lives, sometimes in obvious ways, sometimes for reasons not as clear or immediate. But always, believing that everything happens for a reason is what helps us to manage and navigate our way through the constant twists, turns, and changes that is life’s journey.

Our novels also inherently share this philosophy. Second Chances and The Pie Sisters are both steeped with themes and stories that empathetically draw and invite readers to turn their pages. Filled with characters, situations, and circumstances universally familiar to most women, Brown Corliss Books are engaging engrossing, and entertaining reading.

The Pendulum’s Truth is the newest tale in our lineup of ‘real life’ fiction. Slated for publication in early 2018, we invite you to meet Ava Dell, a woman who, like us, believes everything happens for a reason until a blindsiding event shakes her to the core. Overwhelmed by self-doubt and guilt, she begins to question everything she’s ever trusted, including the pendulum’s truth.

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Writers Leigh Brown and Victoria (Vikki) Corliss are friends who became co-authors in 2009. Soon after, they published their first novel, Second Chances, followed by The Pie Sisters in 2015. Creators of women’s fiction, they are often asked: 1) Are they sisters, and 2) How do they write novels together? In fact, they are sisters in spirit only. To learn more about how their collaboration works, visit their website or follow them on Facebook

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It’s #RIAuthor Month – Meet Rick Marchetti


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Memphis Blues pitcher Del Fontenot is nearing the end of a brilliant career and this, his 20th Major League season, is shaping up to be a fitting finale for the tall righty; he’s in the Top 5 among National League pitchers in several categories, including wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.  He’s also enjoying the largesse of Memphis’ opponents; each team is giving him a hero’s sendoff during the Blues’ final visit of the season.  Everything is proceeding according to plan.  And while Fontenot enjoys a much-deserved sendoff, veteran detective Dan McNulty is trying to discover who murdered a young woman named Precious Blake in Ohio.  Because she was a drug user and part-time prostitute, her grieving mother feels as if the Harding, Ohio police have taken a hands-off approach to the case.  But, once McNulty begins to look into the murder, he discovers that the reason for the department’s alleged lack of interest may point to something different altogether.  Is it possible the killer is someone famous and the police are acting under orders to keep everything under wraps?

McNulty, who has proven popular with readers since he first appeared in the novel The River, sets his sights on discovering the truth behind Precious Blake’s murder.  Along the way, he’ll discover that the reason the case hasn’t been solved just might be due to a cover-up rather than a lack of interest regarding the victim.  Once McNulty realizes the case may be linked to a number of unsolved murders all across the country, all bets are off.  Who murdered Precious Blake?

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Rick Marchetti is a lifelong Rhode Islander who began writing in high school.  After a few unfinished short stories, he turned to songwriting and to date has penned over 500 songs.  His CD, Matters of the Heart, contains 16 of his tunes.  Several years ago, he came across an unfinished story in a trunk in his attic.  Reading it, he decided to try and complete it.  That story, Dark Glasses, became the cornerstone of his first book release, the short story collection Dark Glasses and Other Tales. His next project was a novel, The River. One of the minor characters, Detective Dan McNulty, caught the attention of readers, many of whom urged Rick to feature him in another story. In Rick’s next novel, Iris, McNulty was one of 4 major characters and, once again, readers clamored for more.  This led to the first “Dan McNulty Mystery,” titled Murder in the Valley.

To date, Rick has released 9 books: 4 novels, 3 short story collections, and 2 “just-for-fun” titles attributed to alter-ego Uncle Ricky and his pet peeves.  Currently, besides Superstar, which is slated to be released in conjunction with Opening Day of the 2018 baseball season, Rick is also working on several new short stories for an as-yet-untitled collection.  Visit him at his website  and find him on Facebook  and on Twitter.

“Finish each day and be done with it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
GIVEAWAY! Rick is offering one lucky winner the choice of any one of his novels or short story collections in print. Just leave a comment on this blog post. The winner will be chosen at random one week after publication and Rick will coordinate delivery with you. US residents only, please.

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It’s #RIAuthor Month! Meet Debbie Tillinghast


 

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            Everyone has a story. Mine began on a tiny island in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island called Prudence. My mother’s death, twelve years ago November 28, initiated my return to the island. I didn’t want to lose touch with all the childhood memories I knew were lurking in my mind. Over the next ten years, I unearthed happy and painful memories, all woven together into the tapestry of my life. Each one of us shelters memories that have made us who we are. The Ferry Home emerged from mine.

It is the story of a simpler time, encompassing the rhythm of life on Prudence Island, the ebb and flow of changing tides and seasons, and the relationships that emerge – like that of my parents. Who could imagine in the 1930s that a Baptist girl from a small New England island would go to college and marry a Jewish boy from Brooklyn, New York?  It is a timeless and remarkable love story, and you can read about it in the chapter, “Sol and Mrs. Kaiman,” in The Ferry Home.

I wrote this memoir for my children and grandchildren but the unexpected reward has been hearing from readers who have told me The Ferry Home connected them to their own memories, enriching their lives.

“I bought your book for my father. We read chapter after chapter, stopping to hear him tell me a story about a similar…experience. Thank you for sharing your life with us and opening the door to many more family stories that I will treasure.”

“Your book reminded me of the small town where I grew up. Although I have never been to Prudence Island, in my mind I returned to my hometown when I read The Ferry Home.”

“I’ve just finished your memoir, my heart has been smiling the whole while, envious of your memories.  What a gift of love this tiny blue book was; most especially the last chapter. Thank you.”

We think our stories don’t matter, but they do. When you travel on The Ferry Home I hope you enjoy the journey and find it unlocks your own memory door, because everyone has a story. What is yours?

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Debbie  Kaiman Tillinghast has been published in Country Extra magazine, and two anthologies published by the Association of Rhode Island Authors, Shoreline and Under the 13th Star.

GIVEAWAY! The author is offering to one lucky winner a print copy of her book. All you have to do is leave a comment below to enter. One winner will be chosen at random and the author will contact you directly. Contest ends one week after publication. US residents only, please.

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It’s #RIAuthor Month! Meet Mark Perry


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As a former journalist whose life has taken many turns, and changes in career paths, I never thought in a million years (or even as little as a decade ago) that I would be writing for children. Like many aspirations, this venture started out with a small idea that grew bigger, and eventually evolved into becoming one of Santa’s elves.

Having worked for Santa since 2010, and visiting schools across the country, particularly in my now home state of Rhode Island, it was pointed out to me that many elementary teachers across the state like teaching their students about Rhode Island, but the number of books for this age group is extremely limited. After doing some research, I discovered there was a hole in this market. That, along with the encouragement from librarians and school teachers across the Ocean State, inspired me to write ‘Post Mark—The North Pole Postman Visits Rhode Island to follow up my original title ‘Post Mark—Santa’s Misfit Postman.

In researching for this book, which involves the North Pole Postman learning about the state’s history, while traveling the entire state from Woonsocket to Westerly to collect letters, and deliver them to the North Pole, I discovered that for a small state, there are many unique gems, and many notable things Rhode Island can take pride in being first to achieve.

Rhode Island has both the first Baptist church and the first Jewish synagogue in America. We can also claim the first and oldest tavern in America, the White Horse Tavern in Newport. The town of Bristol gave us the first and longest-running Fourth of July parade. Pawtucket boasts the first operating mill in the United States, Slater Mill, as well as having the first diner on the National Register of Historic Places, Modern Diner. In addition to the first Baptist church, Providence also has the first and oldest indoor shopping mall in America, the Arcade, and the first automated post office in the world.

Lastly, the oldest carousel in the United States is in Watch Hill. So, as you can see, Rhode Island is a rather impressive place for being so small. But as the old cliche goes, especially around the holidays, “Good things come in small packages.”

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Please visit my website if you are interested in purchasing ‘Post Mark—The North Pole Postman Visits Rhode Island, or ‘Post Mark—Santa’s Misfit Postman.

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It’s #RIAuthor Month – Meet Pat Mitchell


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A Girl from the Hill is a tribute to my mother, who grew up on Federal Hill during the Great Depression. The collection of essays depicts her life of as one of laughter and love, as well as its share of suffering and sorrow.

Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood was, and still is, Rhode Island’s “Little Italy.” Thousands of Italian immigrants, including my grandparents, came to Rhode Island at the turn of the 20th century to begin new, better lives. They struggled to assimilate into American culture, and my mother’s parents, Giovanni and Maria, tried their best to become John and Mary. My mom, their youngest of eight children, was full of joy, and enjoyed much of her childhood despite her mother’s struggle with diabetes.

I began the book merely as a simple exercise, to see if I could actually write a book. Once we got going, once I started listening to my mother’s story, I gained an appreciation for her journey, her losses, and how the absence of her mother left a gaping hole in her young heart that never truly mended.

A Girl from the Hill is a story for mothers and daughters alike, as it speaks of the bonds between us as women, both loving and strained by the inevitable growing pains that daughters naturally experience. I remember how sure I was that I knew so much more than my mother. Now, as a mother myself, I see how my own daughter can run circles around me and my self-righteous confidence, which makes me appreciate my own mother more each day. She was right about so much, and my impatience to grow up and away has now become a yearning to return to my mother and her roots in order to understand critical life lessons.

In addition to my mother’s memories and my realizations, A Girl from the Hill also contains some stories that her mother “made up” and my mother further embellished in order to entertain their children at bedtime, as well as Italian lullabies that have been passed down for generations. And did I mention recipes? Some of our favorite family cookie recipes are also included. My mother’s delicious Christmas cookie trays were legendary, and she whipped up dozens of trays each year both for family and for my dad’s business associates.

Today my mother, 93, still loves to laugh, and says it helps her stay sane as she and my 96-year-old father care for each other. She continues to inspire me with her strength as she stubbornly insists on doing all of her own housework and cooking. To me she is still the little girl with the olive skin and big brown eyes that loved to make her family laugh.

Pat Mitchell author Pat Mitchell received a grade-school punishment and had to write a ten-page essay about appropriate classroom behavior. She enjoyed writing so much that she misbehaved more, hoping to get more writing assignments. A Girl from the Hill is her first book.

GIVEAWAY! The author is offering a copy of her book to one lucky winner. Just comment on this blog post to be eligible. One person will be chosen at random and the author will contact you directly. Contest ends one week from publication of this blog post. US residents only, please.

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It’s #RIAuthor Month – Meet Heather Rigney


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Not all mermaids are nice, some are nasty ... Enter the world of Evie (rhymes with heavy) McFagan–crappy mother, funeral director, functioning alcoholic and all around hot mess. While nursing a hangover at the local playground, Evie encounters a merrow, or a mermaid disguised as a nursery school mom. Evie instantly detects that the new chick is fishy–bad fishy–but who’s going to believe the town drunk? As Evie pulls on her Nancy Drew pants and does some half-baked detective work, she uncovers a nefarious kettle of fish dating back to the 1600s. Weaving storylines dealing with Irish immigration, colonial outrage, and nautical mishaps, Waking the Mermaid is a wild, hysterical ride through Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay and a small town known as Pawtuxet Village.
Nicole Hill from Barnes and Noble Book Blog writes: “You know what’s great about Rigney’s horror-ific (that’s horror-filled and terrific), hysterical debut novel? Besides the bloodthirsty merfolk, our antihero protagonist is an overweight, drunk, subpar mother, who also happens to be a funeral director. I can’t even describe the premise of this book without getting giddy, because how many times does a plot involve both vicious mermaids and Rhode Island colonists?”
Award-winning, Amazon bestseller Waking the Merrow is the first in the Merrow Trilogy, followed by Hunting the Merrow and the soon to be released (this December!) Caging the Merrow Due to the rising popularity of Heather Rigney’s trilogy, Rigney has attended over fourteen different book clubs in Rhode Island during the past three years.
You can find Heather’s books (print copies) at local bookstores or on Amazon
You’re welcome to attend the gala release of Caging the Merrow on Thursday, December 7, from 4:00-7:00pm at Nordstrom Cafe
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Writer, artist, and underwater fire-breather, Heather Rigney likes to make stuff. Stuff with words, stuff with paint, stuff that’s pretty, and stuff that’s not. Heather’s stories reflect a dark, gothic childhood spent in the woods of northern Rhode Island. At the moment, she resides in Pawtuxet Village, RI with a family (both chosen and created) that she adores.

Follow Heather on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, and at her website.

GIVEAWAY! Heather is giving away a signed paperback copy of Waking the Merrow to one lucky winner. All you have to do is comment on this blog post. The winner will be chosen at random and the author will contact you directly. Contest ends one week after publication of this blog post. US residents only, please.

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It’s #RIAuthor Month! Meet Julien Ayotte


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I write because I breathe.  As long as I can hold a pen in hand, I will come up with a new idea for the next mystery thriller, and I will develop the characters and the plot to satisfy my readers.

I once was asked how it was that I did not yet have a literary agent and major publisher after three very successful novels, Flower of Heaven, the sequel Dangerous Bloodlines, and A Life Before.  One of my readers said in a review that I was still a closely-guarded secret about to be revealed.

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So, this past spring, armed with my fourth novel, Disappearance, a suspense thriller about troubles in the witness protection program, I was determined to try literary agents again. And guess what? After hundreds of queries, I still do not have an agent, but I was so very close on two occasions. Major publishers, I was finally told, won’t take you on unless your novel is at least 85,000 words and, preferably, 100,000 words or more. My books are more like 70,000 words. So, in essence, literary agents would have much more difficulty in shopping my books to major publishers because of their size, not the quality of the writing or the unbelievable plot to the story…the freaking size!

While my first three successful thrillers all have sold thousands of copies and carry great ratings and reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, all of these sales were due to my own marketing efforts. Imagine if I had been in the Ingram distribution network of over 40,000 bookstores. A traditional publisher will do this for your books, while my CreateSpace Amazon publisher will not unless, by some stroke of luck, your eBook version goes viral one day.

But, you know what. I will go on. I know my readers will thoroughly enjoy Disappearance, and I keep adding more readers with every novel. And you can bet that my next book will exceed 85,000 words, whatever story I come up with the next time around.

If anyone had told me in 2013 that I would write four novels in just over four years, I would have laughed out loud. But that’s exactly what happened. At the young age of 75, soon to be 76 (December 5th), my goal remains to write 10 books in the next 10 years.  And as long as people like Jon Land compare me to Harlan Coben and David Baldacci on the thriller scale, I am blessed beyond words.

I write about what people hardly think about…a young priest who finds out thirty-five years later he is the father of twin sons, the French mother, turned queen of a Mid-Eastern country, who is determined to find her sons, a young college student who is the reincarnation of a woman murdered twenty years earlier, and a very troubled U.S. marshal who jeopardizes the lives of witnesses in the government protection system.

What’s next?  I don’t have a clue, but then again, I didn’t have a clue for the first four thrillers either!

My name is Julien Ayotte, and I am an author.

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Award-winning author Julien Ayotte co-authored his first book, Wealth Building for Professionals, in 2001, drawing from his years of experience as a corporate executive and business teacher at the high school and college graduate levels. In addition, he spent nearly fourteen years in legal administration at two law firms. The author holds a BA, MBA, and a PhD, all in business and finance. Flower of Heaven was his debut novel in 2012, followed by the sequel, Dangerous Bloodlines, in 2014. His third novel, A Life Before, was released in March 2016. Ayotte lives in Rhode Island with his wife, Pauline. They have three children. Visit the author’s website here.

GIVEAWAY! The author is offering a print copy of his latest book, Disappearance, to one lucky winner. All you have to do is comment on this blog post. Winner will be chosen at random and the author will contact you directly. Contest ends one week after publication. US residents only, please.

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It’s #RIAuthor Month – Meet Ana Arelys Cruz Cabrera!


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Author Ana Arelys Cruz Cabrera is one of the finalists of the 2017 contest of the State Poets of Rhode Island. She received the pin of the City of Providence in 2012 for her literary work about the cities of Providence and Santo Domingo, Contrast of Two Cities  Providence and Santo Domingo and Tourist Guide Santo Domingo and Providence. She is one of a few artists who have published three books on the same day! Cruz Cabrera is a dedicated and accomplished Polysomnographic Technologist

She is also a poet, songwriter, and she loves to write about her Dominican-American heritage. The books mentioned above were her first published books presenting a historical contrast of both cities culturally and historically. These books also contain beautiful poems dedicated to the cities of Providence and Santo Domingo, cities profoundly loved by the author and poet. Find all of her books here

So far, Ana has five published books, including her second anthology, Melodies of the Heart, published in October this year. Her first anthology, Inspiration of the Soul, contains the Anthem to the Fathers. This musical production was interpreted by singer and fashion designer Laura Diaz Alberto.

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Ana has plans to publish a book related to information about sleep breathing disorders next year. Since 2009, she has been creating awareness about sleep breathing disorders and its treatment.

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Ana believes that the key to her success is persistence, and sincere love and passion for what she does. She hopes to take advantage of all of the benefits that come along with being a bilingual member of the Rhode Island community to spread her message about sleep disorders awareness.  “My most beautiful and rewarding task has been being the mother of my two children.”

Learn more about Ana here

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