Stories From The Heart – July 8, 2020

Join us for an on-the-air book launch with authors Alvin Billings, Ann Chiappetta and Robert McNally.


Alvin Billings, launching his new release “Bronx Brat” – This is the story of Bernie, a Brat born and raised in the Bronx His story unfolds in the Bronx of the 1940s and 50s—a colorful mosaic of Italian, Irish and Jewish families. Local parks (especially the Bronx Zoo and Botanical Garden) were peaceful oases from crowded Bronx apartment houses. Bernie was highly intelligent and sought adult-level knowledge in local libraries. He had fierce protective love for his two younger sisters and a brother. His loving, but weak father surrendered to a dominant mother who kept control with screaming paranoia. Bernie related to World War 2 with a precocious understanding of current events and military strategy taught to him by his grandfather. He hid his learning from others and his teachers in order to ‘fit in’. Bernie’s escapades were in the tradition of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. He showed both bravery and bravado by saving his Dad’s life at age ten. That same year, he joined a secret American branch of the Haganah to send guns, disguised as toys, to Israel. They were packed with greeting cards to Israeli children. Finally, a shocking family tragedy confronted Bernie as he reached adulthood and entered the working world, never to live as a Bronx Brat again.


Ann Chiappetta, author of “A String of Stories: From the Heart to the Future” – A demon deer and a ghost cat. Sibling rivalry and sexual awakening. Self-image and self-confidence. The chance for an offworlder to breathe free at last on a new planet. Those are just some of the diverse themes of these remarkable stories. Some endings are happy, some are sad, and some are intriguingly open-ended. But once you step inside the author’s world, you cannot emerge unmoved. This collection includes general fiction, science fiction, suspense, and paranormal pieces. Some, like “Lafayette 10,” are crossovers. Others, like “Bad Medicine,” stay true to the genre for which they were originally written. There is a romantic theme to some, and all are character-driven. The three paranormal shorts are based on personal experiences. There are stories here that will appeal to many different types of readers, and that there’s at least one story for each reader. Short stories challenge the writer as much as, if not more than, a full–length book.



Robert McNally, author of “I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches: The Memory of A Boy on his Dangerous Journey” – This is the memoir of a modern-day Huckleberry Finn who delighted in youthful romances and wild adventures. His earliest memories are about living next door to a crematory and across the street from a cemetery on top of a hill during the Great Depression. This was perfectly normal to a child who had yet to reach the age of four. For an older child, this God-forsaken region might have seemed frightening, especially when witnessing the daily wanderings of Gypsies, beggars and hobos. For this youngster, these characters were a sight for sore eyes. The author has many interesting stories about the 1930’s and 40’s. For instance, one evening in 1945 he and his friends built a fire in a parking lot. The next day they returned to the area only to discover something terrible and startling in the burned-out fire. The adventures are exciting, humorous and well worth reading. You’ll have the feeling you are right there with him. Let the author take you on his dangerous journey.



Introducing Our New Writing Courses and Teachers – July 1, 2020

Red Penguin Books is so excited to announce its new writing courses. Join us with authors and teachers of the courses,  Margreit Maitland and Linda Trott-Dickman.

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Margreit Maitland, author of “Runaway at Sea” – A naïve plan to run away and cruel misfortune puts twelve-year-old Robert and his best friend Michael on a British naval vessel. When the boys are found huddling at the bottom of a lifeboat, they are forced into service and their hopes for an easy passage are crushed. Now they must figure out how to survive in this harsh maritime world and find a way out, without getting shot as deserters. Horrible squalls, a mysterious initiation at the Equator, and an untimely death during a perilous rounding of Cape Horn fill the months with adventure. An unexpected opportunity to escape suddenly presents itself and the boys muster the courage to desert. Immediately, they are lost in a dense and dangerous jungle and must learn a new way to stay alive.

Margreit is the author of Runaway at Sea” and often leads creative writing workshops for children and adults throughout the year. Her writing bridges that sweet spot between creative non-fiction, adventure, and historical fiction that is sought by many writers today.


Linda Trott-Dickman, author of “Road Trip” – A wonderful adventure filled with panoramic views of landscape, insightful views of humanity and reflective views of history, all combined in a delightful volume of verse. It will take you to places you will want to revisit again and again, and you never have to leave the comfort of your armchair. She has prefaced this journey with a poem by James Whitcomb Riley, and concluded with a poem of her own, written in his style, that makes you want to begin a new adventure, and sums up the whole of the parts in a very beautiful way.

Linda is the author of Robes: The Art of Being CoveredThe Air That I Breathe” and Road Trip”. She is the former Bard’s Laureate 2017-2019 for the Bard’s Initiative and has served on its board, and is the current coordinator of poetry for the Northport Arts Coalition (Northport, NY.) Linda has been teaching poetry to children for over 35 years.



Reinventing Ourselves – June 24, 2020

Join us with authors Harold “Hal” Spielman, Kay Renz, Dr. Cyrina Bullard, and cover artist, Tucker Eason.

Harold “Hal” Spielman and Kay Renz, authors of “Suddenly Sexual” 

Considering a new relationship? After loss or divorce, it can be really complicated, especially when you are over 50! Suddenly Sexual shares true stories of 25 couples “first time..in a long time.” Funny, poignant, silly and raw, this book tackles real issues that affect mature relationships.

Written by the author of Suddenly Solo, which was featured on The Today Show, AARP, The New York Times and many other media outlets.

I remember standing there looking at her naked body as she lay on my bed. I knew what was coming. At least I hoped. But all the excitement and anticipation did not diminish a low voice inside my head. This isn’t my wife.

I cannot describe the emotion floating through me as guilt. My wife passed away over two years ago. But there was a flinching moment when I wondered if I was doing something wrong. As I undressed more thoughts:

How do I look?

What if I do something wrong?

What would my kids say?

Can I still perform?

Do I need a condom?

How do I start?

I was nudged from my self-centered thoughts by hands touching me in a new and very stimulating fashion. As I started to give in to the sensation, my head flooded again with a thought that almost deflated me. What if things don’t go perfectly? What if I don’t …

Thankfully, she sensed my concerns and whispered how much she wanted to be close. From there on I relaxed and went forward with my first time … in a long time.



Dr. Cyrina Bullard, author, and Tucker Eason, cover artist of “C3 Creating Conscious Connections” – How to live a life of design not one of default…Throughout our life, we all have different challenges, how can we allow these obstacles to facilitate growth and expansion, not contraction or fear? Cyrina Bullard Pharm.D., the author, will take you on a journey that begins with a lightning strike, jolting her to the ground. This was the first of the trilogy of nearly fatal episodes in her life. Personally revealing, authentic, and vulnerable, Cyrina shares some challenging details of her life, with the intention of inspiring you to enjoy your moments. She wants you to know that you are not a statistic and that you have the power to rise above your challenges and circumstances. Intentionally, Dr. Bullard weaves science throughout her interesting journey with the desire to help the world learn tools to be present for and to enjoy your life. In C3 Creating Conscious Connections, Cyrina shares resources, and tools to help you:-Become more resilient -Catch Happiness-Be present-Have Gratitude-and to Know without a doubt you have-P3: Purpose, Passion, and endless Possibilities. C3 Creating Conscious Connections inspires us to learn and implement scientifically proven tools to help optimize this gift called life!





An Adventure Awaits – June 17, 2020

Join us with authors Ann Patras and Sola Togun-Butler, Ph.d.

Join us for a fun and eye-opening visit with our authors to Africa … and back!

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Ann Patras, author of the series “Into Africa”“More Into Africa”, “Much More Into Africa”  – When Ann and Ziggy Patras uproot from England in 1980 and head off with their three young children to live and work in deepest Africa, they have no idea what they are letting themselves in for. While prepared for sunshine and storms 13º south of the equator, the Patras family are ill-equipped for much else. Interspersed with snippets from Ann’s letters home, this crazy story describes encounters ranging from lizards to lions, servants to shopping shortages, and cockroaches to curfews.



Sola Togun-Butler Ph.d, author of “Where Do You Keep The Lions? An African Girl’s First Day of School in America” – Kemi an 8-year-old African immigrant girl is super excited about her first day of school in America! She has been dreaming about this day for weeks and can’t wait to meet her teacher and new classmates. However, her first day of school does not go as planned, when her classmates start asking her hurtful questions about Africa. Kemi is confused and doesn’t understand why her classmates have such negative questions and comments about the continent. With the help of her father, she understands the origin of those questions and decides to show her classmates a different side of her culture. This book is a perfect way to expose kids to cultural diversity and sensitivity by encouraging them to ask polite questions when curious about other cultures.




A Courageous Journey – June 10, 2020

Join us for an informative Between The Covers episode with author Dr. Christina Sally, PH.d and illustrator Lauren Nadler.

Join us for an informative Between The Covers episode with author Dr. Christina Sally, PH.d and illustrator Lauren Nadler.

This book – "I Know You And …" – provides an opportunity for families and people working with children to begin discussions about helping kids keep their bodies and private areas safe as well as identify their trusted adults.http:/parkcitypublishing.com

Posted by Red Penguin Productions on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Mina takes us on a courageous journey through the ocean that teaches young children to recognize situations in which someone known to a child may want to sexually abuse them.  Most children are sexually abused by someone they know, or someone known to the family.  This book provides an opportunity for families and people working with children to begin discussions about helping    kids keep their bodies and private areas safe as well as identify their trusted adults.






An On-The-Air Book Launch – June 3, 2020

Join us with authors George Marzocchi for his exciting book launch,  Janet Metz Walter and Lonna  Hardin.


George Marzocchi, launching his book “Stained Glass”  – Oceanview, a quiet Hamlet on Long Island with white picket fences, manicured lawns, and little league. On the surface it appears that Oceanview is the idyllic American town. Beautiful sunrises, sunsets and ocean vistas, but like the ocean there’s an undercurrent. An undercurrent of murder, drugs and bribery.

Meet Detective Rodriguez, a DEA agent from Las Vegas. Some call him a loose cannon who walks a fine line between right and wrong. Detective Rodriguez is thrown into this ocean of organized crime, drug cartels and crooked cops. Will this ocean overwhelm him and pull him under or will he walk that fine line?  Will he use his wits and instinct to solve the case of his career or will he succumb to the forces against him?

When viewed through Stained Glass things aren’t always what they seem. The lines between right and wrong are blurred. Truth and lies merge into one and shatter your sense of what’s real.


Janet Metz Walter, author of “The 2 Carrot Ring and Other Fascinating Jewelry Stories” – It doesn’t often occur to people that jewelry has stories until you admire a piece of jewelry that someone else is wearing, and suddenly there is a story behind the jewelry. On the pages of this book are a lot of slices of life. You will get involved in the stories. They will make you laugh and they will make you cry. You will travel the world and travel back in history. And you might realize that you have some fascinating jewelry stories of your own!



Lonna Hardin, author of “Melody’s Song and The City of the Voice Snatchers” 

In this fantasy chapter books for kids, a fierce and feisty little girl sets out on a colorful adventure to find her true voice, save her city and overcome the evil Voice Snatchers. Fantasy books for kids age 5-7, fantasy books for kids age 8-10, and fantasy books for kids age 11-14 can be a great way to get kids innovative imaginations going.

The story teaches children how to find their voice, live their song, identify their passion and defeat the voice snatchers in their lives using music, message, and motivation. The book also teaches a valuable lesson about black history for kids.

Black history books for kids are missing one thing… current black history for kids. Children need to see books with black characters for kids that look like them still making history! A Black History Reader can get inspired through this culturally relevant, culturally responsive literature created to motivate children to become history makers and world changers! Black History Books or Black History Gifts For Kids will add even more value and meaning to your black history literature collection.

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The Resiliency of Love – May 27, 2020

Join us with authors Sparkle Riley and Pauli Rose Libsohn.

Sparkle Riley, author of “Ice Kissed 2! The Clarke’s Edition” -Derek, a gambler arrives at his ex-girlfriend ‘s doorstep in desperate need of food and shelter. Thirteen years ago, that was them. Ivy knows how it is because she was homeless herself once upon a time. Digging in trashcans and sleeping in gutters and dark alleys! Now living in the Mountains with her Husband Brett, they appeared to be the perfect little family! But as Derek finds out, what goes on behind closed doors, it’s a fight for his survival. He’s isolated in the middle of nowhere, eating Snake Soup and Deers. When he realizes that the Clarke’s are sinister and disturbed, what can he do? There’s no way out! The nearest town is miles away……



Pauli Rose Libsohn, author of “What Is Love”  who will also be discussing her mother Mitzi Libsohn’s book “Immortal Kisses: Confession of a Poet”, the romantic poetry written by her mother, which prompted “What is Love”, her biography, and resulted in her 5 other  books – For the first time, to my knowledge, my mother was able to put into English, the components of what is love. It was her uncommon brilliance that produced “Immortal Kisses – Confessions Of a Poet,” and its companion “Songs Of You – A Postscript,” books of poetic jewels that I refer to as “written gold.” Penned by her loving hand, she wrote with passion, and a depth of emotion that could only have evolved from my mother’s extraordinary thought process, naturally evolving from her inordinate intellect into an accomplished work of art. Sparked by her imagination, and fueled by her unquenchable desire to write, my mother’s creative powers advanced to extraordinary heights. But not only did she write, she was also telling the story of her love affair with my father from the moment they met, until the day of the inevitable.

Throughout the years, my mother never once divulged the meanings behind her poems – and I always believed them to be “just” gorgeous and romantic – poetry that swept me away. I never realized that there were stories behind them and meanings beneath them. Eventually in her own way, my mother revealed to me the various people in her life who left indelible marks, and about some of whom she wrote.

Additionally, her wondrous romance with nature developed and grew into a finely tuned visual tapestry at our extraordinary home in Brookville, Long Island. It was here, along with my father, she considered to be the center of her heart – reminiscent of “The Weirs,” – my parents’ famed, fairytale cottage on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, where they spent the first week of their sixty year marriage. And so this, our magical and resplendent home, became my mother’s “Paradise,” having a life-time effect on her psyche – identical to that oft-mentioned and fabled honeymoon, producing her love affair with all of nature’s bounty.

In view of all of this, I knew I had to sit down and write a memoir about my mother’s life, as I recall her telling me, so that her poetry would be explained, along with her motivation behind her writing – that was love, and that love was my father David. He was her “raison d’etre.”




Stories From Around The Globe – May 20, 2020

Join us with  Christ Kennedy, Shweta Agarwal and Muthu Krishnan, authors from all around the globe.

Christ Kennedy, author of “Paladin: An Origin Story” -The plot twists and characters clash in this tension filled origin story of Paladin, a future aged Super-Hero. As Henry, a disinherited homeless embarrassment to his family, with no regrets for the mysterious past that alienated him from his life of entitlement, is threatened by the political ambitions of his own brother, a computer genius drifting through university, an EMT with a gambling problem, an aging Russian gymnast and a zealous religious believer are forced together by unexpected circumstances while a cognizant artificial intelligence in control of an apocalyptic pleomorphic weapon looms in the background in search for a reason not to destroy the globe.

Shweta Agarwal, author of “Why Should I Be Good?” – A young Anthropologist is on a research mission in the Andaman Islands of India. A tribal boy is there, who becomes his friend. This boy shows him to the haven of a strange creature that was sighted.
The scientist is in for a shock as he prepares to wind up the next day. The same creature appears and establishes a relationship with him. Join the scientist who is as baffled as you are to unravel this mystery.

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Muthu Krishnan, author of “Scidime: Volume 1” – is a Science Fiction Mystery story series which revolves around the aspects of scientific treatments, technologies, inventions and Innovations led by well-known future Scientist come CEO John Christopher, the founder of PerlMark Incorporation, along with his wife Eirin Christopher, in search of unanswered or unsolved questions, which lead to how it affects the nature.

Genre: Scifi, Mystery, Mild Romance
What happens to Earth when John Christopher holds the whole universe time frame. After the invention of his unique time travelling machine, his acts were completely different. He was very keen to find something, which haven’t got an answer till date for us. Still there are lots of studies happening around the globe. But he was striving to improve his machine and kept on forward for finding the unsolved mystery. But this is not going to be that easy. His wife Eirin tries to bring him to be normal. Everything depends on his never ending decision.
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Mystery and Intrigue Surround Us – May 13, 2020

Join us for an episode filled with mystery and intrigue with authors Jack King and Thomas Davis.

Jack King, author of “Beyond Blood” – When Detective Cliff Husto investigates the deaths of a well-respected couple in Houston, the meager evidence points to a murder/suicide fueled by jealous rage. But Husto’s instinct tells him otherwise. He’d just stumbled onto the invisible trail of a fiendishly clever mass killer. A homicidal maniac who leaves no physical trace and no hint at a possible motive. As several employees of the iconic advertising agency Mathis & Oliver suddenly begin piling up dead, Husto begins a tangled cross-country search that ultimately leads to a horribly depraved family past, and a gruesomely executed present. But time is running out to catch this Madman. Because Cliff Husto, his lovely wife, their two young sons, and Irish setter Reagan are next on the killer’s agenda.

Thomas Davis, author of  “In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams” – “… we were going to West Harbor to hear Negro Bennett preach in 1854 … Bennett was about sixty years old at the time. I think the largest negro settlement in the county, if not the state, was at West Harbor in the early fifties.” [From Jesse Miner, 1937. History and Anecdotes of Washington Island: Duo Van Publishing Company]Washington Island, Wisconsin in the 1850s was about as remote from the slave-holding southern states as it was possible to get in the United States. Before the passage of the second Fugitive Slave Act, which made it legal for bounty hunters to capture any black person they claimed was an escaped slave in the abolitionist states, a number of black families established a fishing community on the island.This is the tale of those slaves who escaped from the boot of Missouri and eventually made it, under the leadership of the charismatic black preacher Tom Bennett, and with the invaluable help of the Underground Railroad, to a new life in freedom ~ and what happened then.



Love… Intrigue… and Learning… Something For Everyone! – May 6, 2020

Join us with authors Medusa Stone, Anthony Sciarratta and Christine Reidhead.

Between the Covers – worldwide!

Watch "Between the Covers TV" with Anthony Sciarratta, author of new release “The Letter”, Medusa Stone, author of “Captive: Book 1 of 3 of the Accord Series” and Christine Reidhead, author of “Get That Job” – a truly worldwide show with authors from across the globe!

Posted by Red Penguin Productions on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Medusa Stone, author of “Captive: Book 1 of 3 of the Accord Series” – Liam, a young man without a family and with a difficult past, escapes to Chicago to start a new life. When everything seems to have reached a level of routine and normality, Liam is arrested by two corrupt agents, Rolan and Morgan, and charged with a crime he has not committed. Forced to accept a deal that seems to benefit everyone, Liam is taken captive and locked in Rolan’s basement, where he will suffer both men’s cruelty in the false hope of achieving their compassion with his obedience and submission.



Anthony Sciarratta, author of new release “The Letter” – When famous writer Victor Esposito falls into a coma, the memories of a ten-year-old love affair come roaring back to Eva Abram’s mind, uprooting her quiet Long Island life. Victor Esposito mysteriously dedicates every novel he’s ever written to one woman. His trademark protagonist fits the description of Eva Abrams, the bright-eyed and blonde Long Island housewife. Tragedy suddenly strikes Victor’s life when a courageous act leaves him in a coma. Hearing the news from a television broadcast, Eva finds herself suddenly overcome with the memories of a love affair she’d left behind a decade ago. In a captivating story of forbidden love, The Letter reminds us how two soulmates can always find their way back to each other.





Christine Reidhead, author of “Get That Job” – Are you interested in uncovering the tricks and techniques that will set you above the crowd and make you stand out to employers? Do you want to nail your interview and get your dream job? Or are you looking for a breakdown of the interview process and the most commonly asked questions? Then it’s time to try this book! Job interviews are an essential part of the hiring process – but far too many people struggle to navigate them. When your dream job and future income rely on standing above the crowd, it’s vital you learn to navigate this often-confusing event. Now, this handy guidebook breaks down how you can ace your job interview with ease. Covering the three stages of an interview and how you can best approach them, the 12 most common questions (and how to answer them), as well as the top 10 mistakes to avoid, this guidebook is your ticket to the job you’ve always dreamed of.