RI Authors Showcase – Meet Angelina Singer


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.

Angelina Singer

Angelina Singer is a young adult/new adult author with a romantic comedy, Just Like a Pill, books 1-3 of a dystopian science fiction trilogy The Upperworld Series, and both books of The Rewind Duology available for purchase on Amazon now – go grab ’em here! https://tinyurl.com/3ndpfr9s In addition to her writing career, Singer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stonehill College in 2019, where she studied English, Music, and of course, Creative Writing. Angelina is a board member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors, managing their Young Adult initiative. She’s also a freelance editor and ghostwriter, often helping clients bring their literary visions to life.

In her spare time she enjoys crocheting (with a portfolio of work available for purchase on Instagram @asinger320 https://www.instagram.com/asinger320/), as well as mentoring younger music students at a local music store, where she has been studying guitar for over a decade. She views her writing as a way to simultaneously escape from and embrace reality.

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelinasingerauthor

Instagram/TikTok https://www.instagram.com/angelinasingerauthor/ for exciting updates, exclusive content, and giveaways. Visit her website at https://www.angelinasinger.com/

And follow Angelina’s blog here! https://angelinasingerauthor.wordpress.com/

Angelina is giving away a signed set of The Rewind Duology (pictured above) to one lucky winner. All you have to do to be entered is comment on this post and answer this question: What one piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

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 O’Sullivan


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 T. O’Sullivan

Mary O’Sullivan has over 30 years of leading, writing, and editing experience in the aerospace and defense industry. In each of her roles, she wrote entire sections of major defense-related proposals and business development material. Also, as a leader, she acted as a change agent, moving teams and individuals from status quo to higher levels of performance, through offering solutions focused on changing behaviors and fostering growth. She is also an experienced speaker and executive coach.

Currently, Mary is a weekly contributing writer to Rhode Island News Today, a daily digital news magazine. In addition, she regularly contributes her work to Providence Business News, as well as Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global.

Mary is an International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach and a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional. She is also a certified Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner and a certified EQ1-2.0 and EQ360 Practitioner.

In her leadership and executive coaching roles, Mary focuses on improving executive behaviors that impede high performance and enhance growth, such as soft skills, effective communication, and micro-bias awareness. She has successfully supported leaders such as attorneys, surgeons, pharmacists, and university professors, make career decisions that lead to success.

Her first book, The Leader You Don’t Want to Be: Transform Your Leadership Style from ‘Command and Control’ to ‘Transformative Visionary’ is now available at several Rhode Island booksellers and all digital bookselling outlets. Her companion book, The Field Guide, recently debuted on Amazon as a workbook to enhance the reader’s experience with the original book, offering practical, actionable steps to make a toxic workplace survivable.

Mary’s book is available at www.visionaryleaderbook.com where you’ll find a free download of the companion workbook. And you can visit her website here: https://www.encoreexecutivecoaching.com/

The book is based on the academic papers Mary wrote for her master’s degree and her university-based coach training, along with articles written for RINewsToday.com. Much of the subject matter is about Mary’s experience working in corporate America. She tells stories of the good, the bad, and the ugly side of working in large companies. Many are unbelievable stories you couldn’t make up (like chasing an original pen and ink signature because the reviewer refused to accept an electronic one. And the client was located in Spain! When the signature finally came in, the entire document was in Spanish.)  This story is but one of many Mary shares with her readers. Mary wrote this book to underline the perils and confusion of a bureaucratic organization and how people can easily get lost in the maze. 

Mary has generously offered to give away one copy of her book and the companion workbook. To be eligible, leave a comment below or answer the following question: What’s the worst job you ever had?

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 Tim Baird


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 $200 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.

Tim Baird

Tim Baird is a fantasy and science fiction author based out of Central Massachusetts. He has penned the fantasy series The Dragon in the Whites, the SF novella Eggs in Two Baskets, as well as the recently released children’s bedtime story, Good Night Phobos, Good Night Deimos.

He enjoys hiking and camping in the wonderful outdoors of New England and likes to include the beautiful locations in his writing. Many of the pivotal scenes found within the Dragon in the Whites series and Eggs in Two Baskets are important locations from his past experiences.

When he’s not writing, Tim spends his days exploring the world of mechanical engineering through product development and industrial automation systems. Volunteering with children in several youth robotics programs, he is trying his hardest to avoid growing up, one robot at a time. He enjoys time at home with his wife and son, watching/reading anything Star Wars related, and spending time out in the woods of New England, looking for that next great scene in a story.

Find out more about Tim and his writing by visiting his website http://www.timbaird.us

Follow Tim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/timbairdauthor

And definitely follow him on Amazon! https://tinyurl.com/5ar9bdht

Tim has generously offered to gift a signed copy of The Dragon in the Whites and a signed copy of Good Night Phobos, Good Night Deimos to one luck winner. Just answer this question: If you found yourself lost in the woods without your cell phone, what is the first thing you would do?

But wait, there’s more! You can have your name featured as a character in one of Tim’s upcoming novels (how cool is that?) – this prize will be part of the Cheer Up You Won Something Prize drawn on December 7 – so be sure to leave a comment on each blog post for as many entries as possible!

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 Belle DeCosta


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.

Belle DeCosta

Belle A. DeCosta’s memoir, Echoes in the Mirror, was published in June 2020, and her short story, “An Introduction,” is featured in the 2020 ARIA Anthology, Hope. Her first novel, Treading Water, will be published soon by Stillwater Prublishing.

Belle is the creator and director of Tap N Time, a seated tap and rhythm class designed for the elderly. When not traveling to nursing homes to share her program, she enjoys her grandson, being in nature, dining with friends, and writing.

Belle shares a home in East Providence, Rhode Island, with her beloved hound, J.D., and an aquarium full of assorted fish.

Echoes in the Mirror

THIS STORY of an ORDINARY WOMAN is a STORY for ALL WOMEN.

For many women, the third chapter of life is a time to revisit their past and reflect on how life’s experiences have influenced the person they’ve become. Belle DeCosta’s journey down memory lane exposes a path laid bare, one filled with unexpected potholes, bumps, detours, and harrowing hairpin turns.

In her memoir Echoes in the Mirror, Belle reveals the story behind her astonishing journey. One of an unstable childhood with multiple family moves, an alcoholic father, and the drastic steps she took as a young teenager to escape it. It’s a story of secrets kept, failed marriages, single parenting, promises made, and dreams followed.

Belle’s story of inner strength, and emotional survival will take you from the lowest valleys to the highest peaks, and finally, down the unique path she follows towards self-acceptance and peace.

You can find out more about Belle by visiting her website http://www.belledecosta.com

Belle has generously offered to gift a paperback copy of her book (within US only, please) to one winner. All you need to do to enter is answer this question: What would the title of your memoir be? Your comment also gives you an additional entry into our Grand Prize drawings.

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 Lorrie Manosh


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.

Lorrie Manosh

Lorrie Manosh is a children’s author, wife, and mother of four children. She has over 20 years of experience in education and has taught children from kindergarten through college. She has served as teacher, principal, professor, and online teacher to children in China.  

Sad, happy, fearful, excited, and angry feelings in children come and go throughout the day, but do they know how to talk about or manage them? Using imagery that children can relate to, this book serves as a tool to open dialogue between children and adults about emotions and the part they play in affecting one’s moods and reactions. Through the help of his mom, Matt discovers his “feeling closet” and learns how choice gives him the power to change his day. A book written for varying ages, it includes talking points and activities to help children begin the journey of improving their emotional intelligence.

One reader said, “This book should sit on every parent’s go-to shelf. Dealing with feelings at a young age is confusing and emotional. The Feeling Closet provides the perfect solution.”

Lorrie is giving away a copy of The Feeling Closet to one lucky winner. This would be a terrific book for parents and even grandparents. Just leave a comment below or answer this question: What is your favorite color?

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 Karen Petit


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.

Dr. Karen Petit

Dr. Karen Petit is the author of four novels and two books of poetry. These books all contain Christian content, historic elements, pictures, dream/reality connections, romance, and suspenseful action. Karen loves to write, in addition to helping others to write. She teaches English courses and is the Writing Center Coordinator at the Community College of Rhode Island.  Her author website (www.drkarenpetit.com) has connections to her book websites and her blogs: a dream blog, a “Many Good Thanks” blog, a freedom blog, a sharing faith blog, a holiday blog, and an animal blog. Her first four books are novels; her fifth and sixth books are poetry:

  • Banking on Dreams has a lot of romance, ballroom dance scenes, and dream/reality connections. The protagonist works in a bank, meets an FBI agent, and uses lucid dreaming techniques to help her to overcome nightmares. 
  • Mayflower Dreams has a protagonist who embarks on a real journey and a “dream story” as she explores the history and culture of the Pilgrims. While fictional, this novel has historically accurate parts, such as the “Mayflower Compact,” 107 endnotes, 20 bible quotes, a Pilgrim Language section, and photos from Plymouth tourist attractions.
  • Roger Williams in an Elevator has a protagonist who becomes trapped in a partially destroyed building and helps people inside of eight different elevators: yelling, accounting, liberty, watery, fiery, falling, sharing, and hidden. The impact of Roger Williams on our society is seen in this novel’s content, in addition to its photos of statues and the Rhode Island State House.
  • Unhidden Pilgrims connects free speech to religious freedom, dreams to reality, and the present to the past with action-filled scenes and pictures of historic items in Providence, Rhode Island, and Plymouth, Massachusetts. The protagonist sometimes has to run, hide, and fight; at other times, she stands her ground, becomes visible, and shares her faith and her love.
  • Holidays Amaze has different poems focused on our amazing holidays and celebrations. The diverse poems in this book include maze poems, prayer poems, shaped poems, sonnets, and narratives.
  • Amazing Holiday Paws has poems for different holidays with connections between people and animals. There are maze poems, prayer poems, sonnets, narratives, animal photos, and D.C. photos. Here is a poem from page 149 of Amazing Holiday Paws:

In honor of Veterans’ Day, Karen has written a poem and she wants to share it with you:

Rainbows on Veterans Day
(November 11)

The D.C. monuments for veterans strong
were loved by tourists who were walking along
and remembering the actions of those
who had fought through rain to help us see rainbows.

Sergeant Stubby, a dog, won medals galore
for his help in battles of the First World War;
his biting attack of an enemy spy
ended in his promotion for his war cry.

Stubby very often did a dog salute:
when he saw soldiers do a human salute,
he would quickly raise his right paw up high
to position it above his right eye.

Courageous actions are done time and again
by veteran animals, women, and men;
many receive medals, like Simon the cat,
horses, pigeons, and dogs helping in combat.

The monuments and statues remind us all
of the courageous actions that did not stall,
but instead marched forth in a climate of war
on paws and feet to serve our country’s core.

When storming noise brings thunder, snow, and rain,
military animals all act humane,
and service humans all act animated,
so our tears of rain will be sun-gated.

Source of Poem: Karen Petit, Amazing Holiday Paws.
(Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press, 2020). 149.

Karen is offering a copy of Amazing Holiday Paws, and all you have to do to be eligible is leave a comment below. Print copy for US only, please. The winner will be chosen randomly a week from today, and Karen will coordinate delivery directly with 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!

 

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Lisa Jacob


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.

Lisa Jacob

Farms and Magic and War, oh my.

Lisa Jacob also writes under the pen names L.A. Jacob, Jake Logan, and Maxwell Thomas. She has written a total of eleven novels, and many short stories that are available to download for just 99 cents through her publisher’s website, https://waterdragonpublishing.com/. When Lisa first began writing, she was, in her own words, “too scared to use my real name, which is why Jake Logan exists.” Jake Logan wrote Homecoming (link here https://tinyurl.com/2d5vnxkp), which is an urban fantasy about a mage that returns home from Afghanistan and how he has to deal with not using magic at home.

Eventually she felt braver and chose to use her initials (L.A.). Her characters are mostly male, and she didn’t want people to think that because she’s female, she couldn’t write a good male character! So, she compromised and wrote about a young gay wizard named Grimaulkin, which started the series. https://tinyurl.com/ty3epbcv

Feeling braver still, after six years, Lisa finally pulled out all the stops and used her real name. Two books have been published under that name. Real Magic for Writers https://tinyurl.com/55ummkv5 is how to use spell work to help you with your writing.

Her most recent novel, Carnival Farm https://paperangelpress.com/carnival-farm/, is about a veterinarian who strives to save the neglected animals of a carnival petting zoo.

Lisa will give away one of the books shown above (winner’s choice). She will deliver to you either a signed paperback copy or the digital version, which ever you choose. Audiobooks are available for the Grimaulkin series and Homecoming. Books written under her pen name of Maxwell Thomas are also available as trade paperbacks, electronic, and audiobooks.

To be eligible for this giveaway, just leave a comment below and/or answer this question: What is your chosen magical power?

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 Michael Fine


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.

Michael Fine

Michael Fine, MD, is a writer, community organizer, and family physician. He is the chief health strategist for the City of Central Falls, Rhode Island, and is probably best known locally as the former Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, 2011–2015. He is currently the Board Vice Chair and Co-Founder of the Scituate Health Alliance. He is the recipient of the Barbara Starfield Award, the John Cunningham Award, and the Austin T. Levy Award.

His non-fiction books include The Nature of Health (2007), The Zero Calorie Diet (2010), Health Care Revolt (2018), and Medicine as Colonialism (coming in 2022).

But he also writes fiction! Here’s what people have said about his novels:

“Dr. Michael Fine’s novel, Abundance, is a riveting, suspenseful tale of love, violence, adventure, idealism, sometimes-comic cynicism, class conflict and crime – especially war crimes. Dr. Fine expertly moves his narrative back and forth between Liberia and America (mostly New England), using his medical experience, especially in serving the poor, psychological insight and deep knowledge of West Africa to craft a story that displays both the deep disconnect between the First and Third Worlds and our commonalities. I should add that the rescue mission that’s  at the heart of the story would make one hell of a movie.” — Robert Whitcomb, GoLocal24.com columnist, editor of newenglanddiary.com and former finance editor of the International Herald Tribune and former editorial page editor of The Providence Journal.

“The Bull and other stories, Rhythmic with a jazz cadence, poignant ,timely and timeless, vivid detail but above all Michael Fine is a storyteller and a damn good one at that.” — Bert Crenca, Artist, Founder of AS220

 

Rhode Island. A tiny little state with more stories than people. Hopes and dreams, sicknesses, deaths and disappointments. Loves and heartbreaks. Some of us trying to repair the world. Others overwhelmed by the beauty of the world as it is. All in one place, becoming one people. What democracy looks like.

Bill Harley, the singer, songwriter, storyteller, and poet says this about Rhode Island Stories: “Michael Fine knows Rhode Island’s people and places. He also knows what makes a good story. In this fine collection, he captures the hopes, dreams, fortunes, and foibles of people across our quirky little state. You’ll find someone you know here – maybe even yourself.”

And Maria Bueno, Executive Director of Progresso Latino, writes, “Dr. Fine peers into the ordinary lives of everyday people in his short stories that ask the question what if or why not.  In my personal life and the multiple roles I play I often get lost in my own story fixated about the here and now without contemplating the bigger picture.  When you read Dr. Fine’s short stories they may also nudge you to think about your own life and what you can do to make this world a better place.  This is a great read for those who are interested in stories placed in Rhode Island.  For me the images of Rhode Island come alive in his stories and I believe they’ll resonate for you too.”

He also publishes one new short short a month on RINEWSToday (www.rinewstoday.com) and sends out one free short story a month. You can subscribe to get a short story a month on http://michaelfinemd.com.

Michael has generously offered to gift a copy of Rhode Island Stories to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment below telling us what state in the US you have never visited but are hoping to get to one day.

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 Elizabeth Devlin


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.

Elizabeth Devlin

Elizabeth Devlin grew up sailing the waters of Narragansett Bay and never forgot it. After a doctorate from Oxford and years serving in U.S. embassies around the world, she returned to Rhode Island to teach at the Naval War College in Newport. She left that job to build a house with a view of the water so she could fulfill her lifelong ambition to write stories focused on what fires her passion. Home Waters is her sixth book, but the first she’s “let out into the world.”

Can you have fun while doing good? Enjoy a compelling story set on Narragansett Bay and 25% of all royalties go to Save the Bay, a member-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving Narragansett Bay and all the waters that flow into it.

Here’s the premise: On windswept Narragansett Bay, an oceanographer and his personal nemesis—linked by two little girls—battle ecological disaster and their own demons.

World-famous oceanographer Becket Fallon plunged himself into work after his son’s death. But just when he discovers toxic algae threatens Narragansett Bay—and the entire East Coast—his sharp tongue costs him his research funding. And, as he struggles to find a solution, the three-year-old grandchildren he’s felt duty-bound to avoid show up on his doorstep … in the arms of their attractive step-aunt Lainey Carmichael.

When he refuses to take in the orphaned twins, Lainey makes him an irresistible offer: Let them stay for the summer, and she’ll secure fresh sponsors. Stunned when she succeeds, he loses himself in the environmental battle. He’s terrified he’ll only repeat past mistakes if he lets his new houseguests wriggle their way into his life and heart.

Can Becket save the ocean he loves … and the family he never felt he deserved? He has a deep hole in his heart … can his fight to protect the ocean fill it?

“When I first got the idea for this book,” Devlin says, “I enlisted the help of oceanographers at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography to brainstorm ideas for a realistic threat to the bay. While Becket’s struggle for personal redemption is the heart of Home Waters, his story would not make sense without the Black Tide threat.”

Elizabeth is offering a physical copy of Home Waters or a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. Just answer this question in the comments section: What charitable organization is near and dear to your heart?

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 Risa Nyman


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 in the US only, please.

Risa Nyman

Risa Nyman was born in Boston and has the accent to prove it. Until a recent move to the Ocean State, Risa lived within ten miles of Boston for decades. 

She has worked as Executive Director and President of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and Chair of the Diversity Implementation Task Force for the League of Women Voters of the U.S. This nonpartisan organization works to promote active participation in our democracy. Risa has moderated candidates’ debates, organized voter registration drives, and get-out-the-vote campaigns. The League is the only direct descendant of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association and celebrated its 100th birthday in 2020, the year the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified.

Risa’s deep dive into creative writing started when she found three pennies in a neat stack in a completely empty apartment that belonged to her mother. It’s a long story. She was sure those magical pennies would make a great story. 

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

How about these books??!! In Spooked by a Suspicion, Rocky is shocked when his mother announces her intention to marry Ted, a devious man with a devil’s beard, ominous eyebrows in constant motion, and black, beady eyes. A series of strange accidents convince Rocky that Ted is using evil powers against him, and he is determined to stop the marriage. When Ted arranges
to work at Rocky’s summer program, Rocky plots with his girlfriend Olive to expose Ted in an epic showdown.

In Swallowed by a Secret, 12-year-old Rocky’s father dies suddenly, and he learns 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 living there has become too dangerous. As his trust in his one remaining parent unravels, Rocky is determined to crack the secret about how his father
really died. For Rocky, the road to the truth involves eavesdropping, snooping, and listening to advice from his dead father who urges him on a risky journey. Will Rocky have to rethink who was the father he thought he knew? Sometimes it may be better to let a secret stay hidden.

Learn more about Risa by visiting her website: https://www.risanyman.com/

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/risanymanauthor

Watch her book trailers! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzvTvbsocYg.  Swallowed by a Secret
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hmpp3RMgeQ Spooked by a Suspicion

Risa is giving away a signed copy of each of her books to one lucky winner! (US only)

To qualify, just answer this question: Can you keep a secret? No, really, can 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!