Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Paul Caranci


Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you and entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month! (Print copies for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

Monumental Providence

Public art is everywhere, but, nowhere in Rhode Island is there a greater concentration of the sculptures, statues, monuments and memorials that constitute public art, than in its capital city of Providence. We see them dotting the landscape as we drive to work, walk to the store, or enjoy a day at the park. They are all around us. Yet, some of these artistic masterpieces seem to hide in plain view with thousands of otherwise unsuspecting and pre-occupied passerby walking or riding past each day without even as much as a notice. Rhode Island School of Design Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Richard Jarden, noted the irony when he, in 1980, so profoundly wrote “…Public sculpture is very difficult to see.  On the immediate level, what is going on around it, behind it and sometimes on it can be as engaging as, or often more engaging than, the sculpture itself.  We pass by sculptures every day without noticing them because they are mute, frozen helplessly in time, while we have the ability to move, even to move away.”

Sometimes, however, we do notice the art. We look at it, study it, get up close to it, and walk away from it scratching our heads wondering what in the world we have just seen. It happens frequently, and, in fact, it was just that scenario that prompted us to write Monumental Providence: Legends of History in Sculpture, Statuary, Monuments and Memorials. The book chronicles all 94 permanent pieces of public art on display in the city and while some may be self-explanatory, others might need some interpretation before the true beauty of the work can be appreciated.

Take for example those three impressionistic figures standing upon a pond frond that is a prominent feature in Frazier Park, a small two-tiered park located just off Benefit St. on the campus of the Rhode Island School of Design. You’ve probably seen it, you may have admired it, but you very likely have no idea what it represents.

This 1963 treasure of Sculptor Gilbert Franklin was a gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth, Chairwoman of RI School of Design’s Division of Fine Arts and descendant of one of the institution’s founders. The bronze work of art brings to life a piece of Greek Mythology. According to legend, the musician Orpheus had the ability to charm anyone with his music. Overcome with grief upon discovering that his wife Eurydice had died of a viper bite he descends to the depths of hell to plead for his wife’s return. So strong is the power of his music that it overcomes death itself and the devil agrees to allow Eurydice to return to earth on the condition that Orpheus walk in front of her and not look back until both he and his wife have reached the upper world. As he enters the world of the living, an anxious Orpheus looks back at Eurydice forgetting that she too must have entered the upper world before he could look back. She immediately vanishes from his site, forever cast back into Hades. The sculpture depicts Orpheus watching the guide Hermes lead Eurydice back into death.Caranci Orpheus

The sculpture entitled “Orpheus Ascending” depicts an anxious and horrified Orpheus looking back as his wife Eurydice is led back into hell by the devil

The myth is a beautiful love story and the sculpture so adeptly freezes in time that horrific moment when enraptured happiness is forever stolen from Orpheus. It is a magnificent example of public art which has far greater meaning once the subject of the art is better understood.

Perhaps Paul Campbell, former Archivist for the City of Providence, and Richard Jarden summed it up best when they observed, “Public art is everywhere and has served as an artistic form of cultural memory since the dawn of civilization.”  “It is all around us. Yet, some of these artistic masterpieces seem to hide in plain view with thousands of otherwise unsuspecting and pre-occupied passerby walking or riding past each day without even as much as a notice.”

Hopefully, going forward, you will take more time to notice and appreciate the great examples of public art that you pass by every day. Monumental Providence: Legends of History in Sculpture, Statuary, Monuments and Memorials will help with a greater understanding of each of the City’s magnificent examples of public art. The book may be purchased at Amazon.

Paul and Heather Caranci

Paul F. Caranci has been a student of history for many years. He is the author of eight books, including The Hanging & Redemption of John Gordon, a true story of Rhode Island’s last execution, and Wired, Caranci’s personal story of how he gambled his thirty-year political career, his reputation, and his family’s safety in his quest to restore good, honest government to a community that needed it most.

WIN!   The author is giving away a print copy of Monumental Providence – just leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible. Winner will be selected at random one week from today and the author will contact you directly.

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 for the Rhode Island Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Karen Petit


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Holidays Amaze

Holidays Amaze

Do holidays amaze, or are holidays a maze? They are both, as the book Holidays Amaze illustrates with its maze poems, prayer poems, shaped poems, sonnets, and narratives. The poems that look like mazes, in addition to the ones that use maze symbolism, make Holidays Amaze an amazing collection of poems to enjoy.

Dr. Karen Petit‘s inspiration for this book was two items: a chapter about Thanksgiving in Mayflower Dreams and a poem that she wrote in 2014:

A May Flower in November 1620

The flowers of May were blooming away

in summer’s great warmth and fall’s wintry air.

A petal broke off, went sailing astray,

into the wind, with a Separatist’s prayer.

It paused in the sky with the blue turning gray;

then continued its trip ’til wooden beams were near.

When one of them cracked, the petal did say:

“I fear for my life! This storm’s so unfair!”

“But I know, in this world, many are things unfixed.”

“’cause I trust in my Lord, to Him I’ll pray.”

With prayers and repairs, the beam was soon fixed.

“I thank thee, Lord, for strengthening my ‘May.’”

The voyage moved on; many problems eclipsed.

In November within a New World’s bay,

the flower became Mayflower in-mixed.

This poem first was posted on Petit’s Mayflower Dreams blog and is now one of the poems in Holidays AmazeThinking a lot about Thanksgiving as an amazing holiday helped the author to also think about other holidays as amazing. These connections resulted in her creation of Holidays Amaze and maze poems.

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Dr. Karen Petit is the author of four novels: Banking on DreamsMayflower DreamsRoger Williams in an Elevator, and Unhidden Pilgrims. She loves to write and loves helping others to write.at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Karen is giving away a softcover print copy of Holidays Amaze, her just-published book of poetry. Just leave a comment on this post!

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Lena Lane


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Romance: Such a simple word that is often misunderstood and misused. Yes, misused.

The Phantom of the Opera is not a romance. Casablanca is not a romance. And goodness, Romeo and Juliet is most definitely not a romance. Believe it or not, those are dramas with romantic elements. In a romance, the struggle between individuals ends with unconditional love. A true romance has a happy ending—always. Surprise: that’s not attainable if the main characters are dead.

Well…actually, that’s not true. Because the story doesn’t need to end simply because people die. Welcome to the paranormal subgenre. It’s one of many. There are historical romances, which can be quite educational. Religious/spiritual romances focus on the spiritual journey of the individuals while they fall in love. Romantic comedies are my favorite. Laughter makes my soul sing, and though my stories fall under the contemporary romance umbrella, they do have some comedic moments.

Romantic suspense, which involves solving some mystery, is one of the more popular genres, and is commonly read by men. Yes, it’s true. Some men read romance. Though most wouldn’t dare to admit it (be sure to add some disgust and eye roll when you read the word romance, ugh!), those that do can defend their reading choice by stating that they’re reading for the mystery portion. Obviously, they just skim over the lovey-dovey areas. And the sexy scenes. Riiiiight.

Though the majority of romance books have some graphic descriptions of sex, not all do. Some only have hints of physical love, while leaving the rest to the reader’s imagination. That is not the case for my stories. My first story, Colonial Offer, is a very sensual book, with a lot of descriptive sex. It’s not erotica, though. That is a genre in itself, with the majority of the story revolving around the physical pleasures.

My stories are intended to give the reader an escape from reality. They’re the kind that would fall under the category of chick-flick, with some push and pull between the characters, while always ending with the happily-ever-after every true romance has. That’s what I love. And if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy my stories.

Happy reading!

Lena Lane

Lena has been writing since high school–though that first story will remain in the dark corners of her closet to protect everyone. After all, she writes romance, not horror. Just kidding! It’s not really that bad, but her idea of romance and love has certainly changed through time, not to mention her writing skills. Find out more by visiting her website.

The author is giving away an ebook from her Sampson Series, winner’s choice.

 

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author BJ Knapp


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Beside the Music

What Happens to a Marriage when an 80s Metal Band Moves In?

My name is BJ Knapp, and I am the author of Beside the Music.

What would happen to your life and marriage if an 80s metal band like Def Leppard moved into your house? Seriously, take a sec, look around your house and imagine where you’d stash four rockers, their management, and crew. Now imagine all the other things that come with a has-been 80s metal band—the other kinds of baggage. The “Do you know who I am?” attitude that formerly famous people try to pull, and the temper tantrum that ensues when people no longer know who they are. This is what happens in Beside the Music. Brenda and Tim have no idea what they’re in for when 80s sensation Hydra moves into their house while the band records their comeback album.

Brenda thought it would be great. She thought she’d be sitting at her kitchen table with Hydra as they pull all-night lyric writing sessions. She thought she’d sit on an amp in the studio and get to hear all the new songs before anyone else.

But it ends up not being anything like that at all. She hates to admit it, but having Hydra live with her and Tim is a total nightmare. Tim’s running for office, she’s gunning for the big promotion at work, and her snooty meddling mother-in-law shows up at the worst possible moments to hassle her. Instead of getting to be the rock and roll muse, Hydra nearly destroys her career and marriage. Tim moves out to get away from Hydra’s chaos, and her boss is threatening to fire her if she can’t get her act together at work.

Brenda needs to decide what’s more important to her… rock and roll or her marriage? Is it possible to be one man’s wife and another man’s muse?

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As a former college radio station DJ, BJ was inspired to write this book after asking herself “Whatever happened to all those 80s rock stars and one-hit wonders?” Her writing career has contributions to RI Fit Magazine. But her prouder achievements are her original angry chick rock songs, usually about bad boyfriends, accompanied by her out of tune guitar.

BJ resides in Rhode Island with her husband, Todd, and dogs Nemo and Potter. She is an avid sailor and scuba diver, and also enjoys pretty much any outdoor activity. She has also single-handedly orchestrated hundreds of failed attempts at cooking. Follow BJ’s blog here.

GIVEAWAY! My mom always told me never to arrive at someone else’s home empty handed.  Today as Martha’s guest, I am turning up with something to share at this party today.  If you comment on my post below, you could win a signed paperback copy with a personalized haiku written just for you.

Want to hear more about Beside the Music, and my upcoming novel Before the Music (a prequel told from Keith’s perspective)?  Follow me on social media here:

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

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To purchase Beside the Music: http://bjknapp.com/writing

 

 

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author D.R. Perry


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D.R. Perry is back this year, this time with a series for young adults and the young at heart. Across the span of ten books, this series visits an institution of higher magical learning with a diverse cast of characters.
Nothing’s normal at Providence Paranormal College. When everything supernatural comes into the public consciousness in the mid-90s Great Reveal, the school broadens its admissions criteria from magical folk to anyone with the GPA to succeed.
Lynn Frampton’s the first regular human student admitted at PPC. But a series of life-threatening accidents and incidents begin on campus at the same time. Who’s behind this and can they be stopped? Only if the powers of friendship and love prevail.
Providence Paranormal College is available in both paperback or electronic format as ten individual books or as two omnibus volumes.
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D.R. Perry writes fun Young Adult Paranormal, tongue-in-cheek Urban Fantasy, noir Alternate History, and soon, witchy Cozy Mysteries with cute magical critters. She lives in Rhode Island where all her books are set.
She hopes you have as much fun reading her books as she did writing them.
Find all of her books on Amazon and visit her website
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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Corey Calligano


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At 30 years old, and a full-time mom of three little ones, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I found out my fate, I wanted to know exactly what was going to happen to me with every treatment I was about to endure, and with every emotion I would feel.

I hope this journal can help someone else who gets a similar diagnosis, or if you’re caring for someone who has been diagnosed. I am a survivor, and this is my story.

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Corey Calligano

Corey is giving away a digital copy of I’m Still Here. Just comment on this blog post to be eligible.

 

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Matt Espeut


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What will you read in this book? You will read about advice that is straight from the hip – he tells it as it is – recognizing that life pulls on us, this way and that, but that you cannot allow excuses to stand in the way of your goals.

Matt’s dedication to educating people starts with his nephew and his Boy Scout troop and extends to Arthur, his octogenarian client who comes to work with him in street shoes and khakis. Never hesitating to help others, Matt shares his advice with people in a local online blog, on the radio, by speaking, writing for publications, and each day in his very active social media presence. Going to where the people are, rather than waiting for them to come to him makes him unique in this world where so many are only concerned with making a buck as their ultimate goal – not making people happy and healthy – which is Matt’s ultimate goal.

When you hear someone say – hey, you’re the real deal – you might wonder what that means. As you read this book, think about that phrase, because that is what you are getting – not a weight-loss gimmick or a funky plan of some sort to give you temporary success or a looking-good fix. What you will get is a lifetime plan – one that will give you the knowledge and the motivation to not only look good, but to stay healthy. Who are you doing that for? Well, first, for yourself, Matt would say. But he’d also say, do this for those who love you – and those you are responsible for – your family, parents, and children. They deserve to have you around for a very long time. In doing so, you will be a role model for them, too. And that’s how we change the world.

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Matt had a dream. His dream wasn’t to own a gym or become successful in business. It was to restore people to good health.
For over 25 years, clients from fourteen to eighty-six have benefited by life changes under Matt’s direction. These changes go way beyond the technical part of exercise. Matt works with the whole person and his advice and counsel include nutrition and a healthy mindset. Overall health, strength and functional conditioning has always been his focus and today, as a successful owner of a Fit Body Boot Camp franchise in Providence, Rhode Island, his dream has allowed other people to have their dreams come true, too.
On a personal basis, Matt walks the walk, and talks the talk, that’s for sure. His own fitness as a late-40s man stands as an example to those he instructs. The occasional modeling gig further demonstrates all life can be when you have your health and proper mindset.
To learn more about Matt Espeut, visit his website here.
Matt is giving away a print copy of Unleash Your Full Potential – to be eligible, just leave a comment on this blog post.
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the RI Author Expo!