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!

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Mary Catherine Volk


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.

Mary Catherine Volk

Mary Catherine Volk is a bestselling author, spiritual advisor, and speaker. She serves as an ambassador between the worlds. Her teachings are filled with inspiration, empowerment, and love. Since a near-death experience at the age of six, Mary was given the gift of knowing that life exists beyond this physical realm, that life is eternal, and that we always have access to divine guidance. As a shamanic practitioner, she founded a specialized modality for releasing emotional blockages and empowering the client to make life choices that align with their joy and soul purpose.

Please visit Mary’s website: http://www.marycatherinevolk.com

Contact Mary: marycvolkauthor(at)gmail(dot)com

And find her on Amazon here: https://tinyurl.com/dfp7yfkr

In Believe in Forever, Mary tells the reader that they don’t have to be psychic to receive communications from departed loved ones. Have you ever felt the presence of a loved one after death? If you have, you’re among the many people who are searching for a sign, any sign. Our loved ones come to comfort us and let us know they are at peace. We will see them again. Are you recognizing the signs?

In Trust It!, Mary wants you to imagine a magical day. From the time you wake up, the entire day floats together so smoothly. The people you meet are exactly who you need to spend time with or they have valuable information for you. The key to attracting abundance and ease in your life, no matter what is going on in the outside world, is to follow your joy, your happiness. This book teaches you how to access your Intuitive Guidance through meditation, easy dowsing techniques, signs, and synchronicities. Guardian angels, spirit guides, ascended masters, and loved ones in Spirit are all here to assist you.

Mary will gift a copy of either book to one luck winner (winner chooses which book). 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 Janet DeLeo


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.

Janet DeLeo

After being a business teacher and an entrepreneur, Janet DeLeo found time to return to one of her first loves – writing. She started by writing poetry when she was young and then started writing anything that inspired her. She frequently started a sentence with the words, “When I write my book…,” but She didn’t know how serious she was when she blurted those words out. 

Janet also discovered a new love – painting. She now paints anything that doesn’t move. She also creates an endless array of items with glass. 

In no particular order, her current inspiration is fueled by three things: She is a Baby Boomer; she is a second-generation Italian-American; and she was six years old before she moved away from a little cocoon called “Federal Hill” in Providence, Rhode Island. That’s when she realized that everyone’s last name did not end in a vowel and that most men did not have funny names like LaLa, Slick, Blondie, or Bugs! She is also a proud graduate of a Catholic elementary school AND a Catholic high school. She is making a point that this background supplies her with enough material to write for the rest of her life! 

Learn more about Janet by visiting her website: https://janetdeleo.com/

Follow her on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/3ma273ye

What a great title for a book! A Life Well Lived: Accompany my Father, a First-generation Italian American, as he Journeys Through the Depression, World War II, Fatherhood, … Patriarch in his First Ninety-four Years.  As Janet says, she met her father when he was twenty-three years old. She did not realize it then, but now she sees he had already packed a lifetime into his time on the planet. At ninety-four years young, he says his life has gone by in the “blink of an eye.” No matter how he or anyone else describes it, what a life it has been! It is the personification of the term, “a life well lived.” Walk the streets of Federal Hill. Savor the wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchens of the Italian immigrants. Watch as they develop strong families and help construct a new country. Appreciate them as they strive for and attain their share of the American Dream.

Janet will give away a copy of her book – a treasure for anyone with Italian ancestry, or anyone who enjoys reading about the past – to one winner. Just comment below and answer this question: What is your favorite Italian food?

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 D.T. Pugh


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.

D.T. Pugh

An author of fiction novels and short stories, especially horror, sci-fi, and speculative fiction, D.T. Pugh lives in Rhode Island with his wife and daughter.

D.T. Pugh’s debut novel The Loss is the dark, heart-pounding, thought-provoking psychological thriller you need to be reading! 

When a mysterious family moves in across the street, mother-to-be Jan Rooney’s life begins to unravel. A mischievous child sneaks into her home to taunt and torment her. Then, she loses her baby and is thrown into despair. But things only grow worse when she experiences a series of events that she cannot explain. Jan suspects her new neighbors may be conspiring with her husband, Nick, to destroy her life. As more strange and frightening occurrences develop, Jan wonders if she’s a victim of her own paranoia, or if something more sinister is afoot.

The Loss will leave you speechless and breathless with every twist and turn. It will leave you questioning reality, sanity, and the space between waking moments and dreams. This is Pugh’s first novel.

D.T. is giving you the chance to win a copy of The Loss – just comment on this post.

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 Maria Guglielmo


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.

M.A. Guglielmo

M.A. Guglielmo is a neurosurgeon, mother of two awesome daughters, and a life-long fan of speculative fiction. Her Italian grandmother may or may not have been able to cast the evil eye on difficult neighbors, and she loves telling a good story, especially if magical curses and witty villains are involved.

Her interest in Middle Eastern politics and culture inspires her to incorporate mythology and folklore from the region into her writing projects. After having the wits scared out of her by ghost tales told to her over a campfire in the Moroccan Sahara, she’s come up with a plan to travel to all the potential settings for her novels. Since those include the mountain-ringed home of the Jinn and a modernized version of the Greek Underworld, some items on her bucket list might be harder to achieve than others.

She enjoys interacting with other authors in classes such as Odyssey’s on-line writing workshop and in her local writer’s group, as well as attending conventions like Boston’s Muse and the Marketplace and Rhode Island’s own Ocean State Summer Writing Conference.

She’s co-authored several papers in clinical journals and a chapter in a medical textbook. Her current fiction projects are described here (https://www.maguglielmo.com/books/) and she posts about the research for her writing here (https://www.maguglielmo.com/blog/).

Maria was born and raised in Rhode Island, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in biology. She completed her M.D. degree at Brown University Medical School, and went on to complete the Brown University Neurosurgical Residency program. After several years enjoying the company of sunny friends and overcast skies in Portland, Oregon, she moved back to Rhode Island, where she’s a neurosurgeon in academic practice. She lives there with her two daughters, assorted pets, and is always dreaming of the stories that can come out of her next travel destination.

Follow her website here: https://www.maguglielmo.com/

And connect with Maria on social media by following these links:

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Amazon author page: https://bit.ly/Amznmaguglielmo

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/GRmaguglielmo

Instagram: https://bit.ly/Instmaguglielmo

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maguglielmoauthor

In Book 1, Summoned, the reader is introduced to Zahara, party girl of the paranormal, who floats up out of a lamp in Daniel Goldstein’s apartment, ready to trick an evil sorcerer into giving up his soul. But Daniel, whose Moroccan grandmother has reached out from beyond the grave to command him to raise a jinn, wants to do good – by stopping a vengeful fallen angel.

In Book 2, Soul to Steal, Zahara is back in the human world enjoying cool fashion, hot cars, and hotter men – anything to avoid obsessing over Harut, the fallen angel who saved her life and stole her heart in Morocco. Besides, her usually disapproving mother has given her an important quest: find and protect a half-human cousin who’s gained strange new magical powers.

Book 3, Price to Pay, finds Zahara tired of saving the world from imminent doom, and her enemy to almost-lover Harut’s “no hanky-panky before marriage” rule is driving her crazy. To take the fight to his evil brother Marut, Zahara returns to the land of the jinn to cobble together an alliance between the peoples of the Mountains of Qaf to defeat the fallen angel. Everything that can’t go wrong does anyway, and after dealing with a malfunctioning magic carpet and killer unicorns, Zahara has to steal back an enchanted feather from a feared necromancer and face down the father she’s never known. As more of the jinn join Marut in his plan to destroy humanity, Zahara needs Harut’s help more than ever—to save the world and her heart. But when the final confrontation comes, defeating one brother may mean Zahara loses the other forever.

Intrigued?! I am! One lucky winner can choose which of the three books they want, and all you have to do to be eligible is leave a comment on this post. If you want, you can answer this question: What is your favorite genre to read?

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 William Smith


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.

William “Bill” Smith

William “Bill” Smith retired from the healthcare field and now writes books for children. He is a member of the Children’s Book Insider and The Authors Guild, as well as the Association of RI Authors (ARIA). He was inspired to write his books after a visit from his grandsons, Aidan and Barrett. Aidan misplaced his favorite blue frog, Jimmy, and couldn’t find it. After a month or so, Bill’s wife Kathy found Jimmy in the basement, and instead of simply sending the stuffed frog back to little Aidan, Bill decided to develop an adventure story explaining where Jimmy was all that time. Jimmy’s first great adventure was to Bermuda, and his latest adventure was to the Grand Canyon.

Bill’s inspiration for Two Brothers Who Love to Do Different Things was based on interactions with his grandsons during their playtime activities. The idea set forth in this book is that it’s okay to be different and to love different things, even if they’re related!

Bill will gift all three of these books to one lucky winner (this is a great gift for parents or grandparents). Your comment below will get you in the running. Feel free to answer this question: What was the name of your favorite stuffed animal?

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 Glede Browne Kabongo


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.

Gledé Browne Kabongo

GLEDE BROWNE KABONGO writes gripping, unputdownable psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger, and family. She is the Eric Hoffer, Next Generation Indie and IPPY Award-winning author of the Fearless Series, Our Wicked Lies, Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Her novel Winds of Fear was voted one of 24 Books to Read During the Coronavirus by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine.

Gledé holds a master’s degree in communications, and has spoken at multiple industry events including the Boston Book Festival. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), Crime Writers of Color (CWoC), and The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA). Gledé also leads workshops and webinars on fiction writing and publishing. Her writing blog can be found at http://www.gledekabongo.com/blog. She lives outside Boston with her husband and two sons.

3 Reasons Why I Write Diabolical Psychological Thrillers

By Gledé Browne Kabongo

One of my favorite aunts once told me that I had a diabolical mind. She had just finished reading one of my novels and while I took the observation as a compliment, what she really meant was that the type of stories I write don’t mesh with the girl she knows. Growing up, I was the good girl. I got good grades, never talked back to my parents, and went to church on Sundays. In my spare time, I was either buried in a book or listening to the BBC. Yes, I was that kind of nerd. So how did a timid girl who spent her formative years on a small Caribbean Island end up writing twisted, diabolical psychological thrillers?

Reason #1 – The Genre Chose Me

Binge reading Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Famous Five Mysteries was only the beginning.  What took my obsession with mystery, suspense, and intrigue to another level was a 1980s Australian radio drama called “The Castlereagh Line.” That drama taught me so much about nail-biting suspense, edge-of-your-seat thrills, cliffhangers, and ruthless, despicable, complicated villains. I’m looking at you, Jack Seager.

When I sat down to write my first novel, Conspiracy of Silence, I knew I wanted to include as many thriller elements as possible but also felt the need to dig deep into the motivations of my characters, their emotions, vulnerabilities, and deepest wounds. However, I wanted to do so through the lens of deception, misdirection, secrets, and lies, in an environment where nothing was as it seemed. At the time, I didn’t know there was a name for this type of story under the thriller umbrella until I was trying to figure out exactly what genre the book fell into. An editor I was working with at the time told me it was a psychological thriller and the rest as they say is history.

Reason #2 – The Inner Workings of the Human Mind Fascinate Me

The more seemingly normal a person appears, the more fascinated I am by the root cause of their deviant behavior, both in real life and in fiction. I went so far as to purchase the book, The Sociopath Next Door, and spent time understanding the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath. My understanding of the psychology behind what drives people to do horrific things or play with fire—oftentimes causing them to be ethically or morally compromised-—puts me in a great space to explore my characters and their motivations, flaws, and decisions they make that move the plot forward.

Reason # 3 – The Thrill of a Killer Twist

Although it’s a genre trope/expectation, one of my favorite things about writing gripping psychological thrillers is messing with the reader’s mind. It makes the big twist at the end so much more intense. My readers seem to like it, though. They will admit in reviews that they thought they had it all figured out until the plot took them in an entirely new and unexpected direction.

Many authors write in multiple genres. Will I ever consider doing so? Maybe one day in the very distant future. Right now, I’m having too much fun thinking of clever ways my characters can commit crimes and cause mayhem.

Find out everything you can about Gledé by visiting her website: https://www.gledekabongo.com/

Follow her on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/2sja9xfr

Gledé is giving away a copy of Our Wicked Lies to one lucky winner (I read it and highly recommend this one!). Just leave a comment on this post and/or answer this simple question: What keeps you awake at night?

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 Portia Little


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.

Portia Little

Portia Little is a feature writer and food columnist for Senior Digest, a columnist for Providence Vegetarian Examiner, and blogs at http://breadpuddingallday.blogspot.com/

She is the author of fabulous little cookbooks: Recipes, Roses & Rhyme; The Easy Vegetarian; New England Seashore Recipes & Rhyme; Lusty Limericks & Luscious Desserts; Finger Lakes Food, Fact & Fancy; Bread Pudding Bliss; Cooking with Coffee; and Spirit of America (in memory of 9/11). Portia is working on a gluten-free cookbook, to be published early next year. She has vast experience with that topic from cooking for her granddaughter, who has celiac disease.

Portia would like to give away all three of the cookbooks pictured above – one lucky winner will win all three! Just leave a comment below and tell us your favorite food. The winner will be chosen randomly one week from today and Portia will coordinate delivery directly with the winner.

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 Sue Brescia


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.

Sue Brescia

“The collection of my life’s experiences have sculpted me into the artist I am today.”

She is an artist. A musician. A songwriter. A composer. A singer. And an author.

You can learn so much about this multi-talented woman by visiting her website: https://www.suebrescia.com/

In the beginning of 2020, and for the next 18 months after that, Sue began journaling through art to showcase the strength of the human spirit during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic.

In Sue’s own words: “When the pandemic blanketed the world, I was so riveted by the courage and resilience of the human spirit that I wanted to find a way to convey those feelings. With charcoal in hand, the new journey began and The Year the World Stood Still came to life. ​Life is a rollercoaster of emotions, regardless of who we are, where we live, or how old we are. Learning to journal through various art forms helps process emotions and contribute to healing.”

Whether you are a frontline worker, history buff, survivor, or know of someone who sacrificed their health for the good of others, The Year the World Stood Still connects with readers of all ages. It includes pandemic statistics and a place to journal one’s own experience during COVID-19. This beautiful piece memorializes the endurance of the human spirit and proves that together we can overcome even the worst of times.

​Sue says, “I hope this book serves as a reminder of who we are, the moral obligation we share with one another, the fortitude of the human spirit, and that hope will always shine through the darkest of times. I encourage you to pull from within and express yourself through whatever creative methods give you a sense of freedom and joy.” 

Sue has very generously offered to give away a copy of this beautiful hardcover book. Your comment on this post enters you into the drawing (as well as giving you an extra entry into the Grand Prize drawings at the end of this feature). How has COVID-19 changed you?

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!