Join us for this episode with author Antoinette Truglio Martin, filming an on-the-air book club discussion of her new book Daily Bread with a very special group of middle schoolers, the Junior Bookworm Club.
Antoinette Truglio Martin, author of “Daily Bread” – It is 1911. Crammed into a three-room flat in a Mott Street tenement, the large Taglia family needs all the help they can muster. Spunky songbird Lily wants to help by baking Daily Bread at the bakery like big sister, Margaret. But Margaret says Lily is just a little kid, and there is more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist’s heart. Lily learns to navigate in a grown-up world when facing bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and treacherous streets to cross by herself.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is a speech therapist and special education teacher by training but really wants to be a writer when she grows up. She has been collecting, writing, and fashioning stories forever. Over the years Antoinette had been a regular columnist in local periodicals and had several essays featured in newsletters and literary reviews. Her children’s picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup was published in 1993 (Albert Whitman Co.). Antoinette’s memoir, Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer (She Writes Press 2017), chronicles her first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient. She proudly holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University (2016).
Join us with authors AnnMarie Knorr-Fischer and Rony Kessler.
AnnMarie Knorr-Fischer – author of “Raven Naelo and the Artifact of the Stolen Souls”, co-authored by R.A. Fischer – Raven Naelo’s father was viciously decapitated. But that didn’t stop the young half-Elf from following in his footsteps. To strengthen her abilities as a rogue, she was granted permission, as well with others, to train with the Realm Guardian.
While the new recruits are secluded at training camp, an evil force from the Abyss has invaded the Mortal Realm. With the assistance of a ruthless necromancer, wielding an ancient artifact, he now has the power to raise more than just the dead.
Will the new Protectors set aside their differences to be ready in time? Or will the living and the dead never find peace…
Rony Kessler, author of “The Mysterious Animal Soup and Rachel’s Gifts” – Rachel, a young girl, survives a horrible crime and loses her voice, but not her determination to solve the tragedy that has befallen her family. Rony Kessler’s novel that occurs in both the US and the Middle East, is a riveting page-turner, that pits Rachel a Twelve-year-old, against a gang of thugs that attacked her family. “The Mysterious Animal Soup, and Rachel’s Gifts” follows the short prequel “The Professor and the Wild Dogs”.
Join us for an on-the-air book launch with authors George Marzocchi, Lainey Cameron, and Mikey Woz.
George Marzocchi, author of new release “Cyclist Club” – My name is Elizabeth McMahon. I’m a sergeant with the Las Vegas branch of the Drug Enforcement Agency. From the day Agent Rodriguez was transferred to my command, he’s been a thorn in my side; but when he was transferred to Oceanview, Long Island, I knew that I would miss him. He was one of the best officers in my command. Unorthodox in his approach and like a dog on a bone when it came to cases. He’s taken down drug cartels south of the border, hopped-up meth distributors in Arizona, and organized crime bosses in Brooklyn.
But nothing would prepare Rodriguez for what was about to occur in Oceanview. It’s as if the devil himself escaped from hell, but this devil is not called Satan or Lucifer. This devil in human form is named Zachariah. A sadistic aberration fueled by a combination of evil and mind-altering drugs. In his wake, he leaves victims killed for “sport.” Rodriguez must face this aberration head-on as the clock ticks away. Someone’s life hangs in the balance, an innocent who is caught up in this evil. Someone precious to him. Rodriguez has little time to put the pieces together to find Zachariah and end it. The deadline approaches and the night draws near. The night is Friday the 13th when the Cyclist Club meets. It’s the night to send Zachariah back to hell.
Lainey Cameron, author of “The Exit Strategy” – Silicon Valley investor Ryn Brennan is on the verge of achieving everything she dreamed. She’s succeeded in the male-dominated venture capital world, has a supportive husband, and is about to close the deal of her career. Everything is going exactly as planned, until she meets Carly, her husband’s mistress, across the negotiating table.
Carly clawed her way back from being a teenage runaway to become an accomplished scientist, caring single mom, and co-founder of her startup. Once she marries her loving fiancé, she’ll secure the complete family she craves. But she’s blindsided to discover her not so perfect fiancé is already married—to Ryn, her company’s biggest investor.
In an industry full of not-so-subtle sexism, can the two women rise above, and work together to overcome heartbreak, and ensure their success?
Mikey Woz, author of “When the World Stays Inside” – When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe in March 2020, families everywhere were forced to retreat indoors and Mikey Woz was inspired to do something that would help families cope with life in isolation.
The result is When the World Stays Inside, a sit-down- on-the-couch and snuggle with your kids good read that examines the power of creativity and the importance of cherishing the precious time spent with the people we love.
Filled with whimsical illustrations from artist Sara Panchaud, and memorable Suessian prose written by Woz, When the World Stays Inside is a heart-warming family read-together book that will provide inspiration for every stormy day indoors for years to come.
Join us with authors T. Wells Brown, Emily Hemmer, and Anju Gattani.
T. Wells Brown, author of “Women of Wine Country: Murder and Mayhem” – A horrific tragedy leaves Isabella heir to a winery she hasn’t a clue how to run. Along with the winery, comes the bossy but gorgeous Cabe Brown. A man she needs if she has any chance of keeping her mother from destroying the legacy her uncle spent decades creating. However, neither Isabella nor Cabe is prepared for the unknown danger that awaits her. Join Isabella in her journey of devastation and struggle as she navigates California’s beautifully lush Zinfandel Wine Country.
Emily Hemmer, author of “Wynn In Doubt” – Wynn Jeffries has wanderlust. Unfortunately, her life stalled somewhere between graduating from college and slinging drinks at the local dive bar. Stuck in a one-room apartment with no career, no boyfriend, no…life, she dreams of something more. Something amazing. Something like Oliver Reeves, her high school crush, who’s back in town and reminding Wynn of the way she used to be.
When a forgotten news clipping falls out of a book belonging to Wynn’s grandmother, a well-kept family secret is finally revealed. Is Wynn’s gypsy spirit the result of an overactive imagination, or did she inherit it from a woman so determined to live a big life, she gave up everything to have it?
Together, Wynn and Oliver attempt to put together the missing pieces of her family’s past and unravel the mystery behind her great-grandmother’s disappearance. But after so much time succumbing to fear and regret, can Wynn ditch her safe, routine life for the chance at an extraordinary future?
Anju Gattani, author of “Duty and Desire” – To uphold family honor and tradition, Sheetal Prasad is forced to forsake the man she loves and marry playboy millionaire Rakesh Dhanraj while the citizens of Raigun, India, watch in envy. On her wedding night, however, Sheetal quickly learns that the stranger she married is as cold as the marble floors of the Dhanraj mansion.
Forced to smile at family members and cameras and pretend there’s nothing wrong with her marriage, Sheetal begins to discover that the family she married into harbors secrets, lies, and deceptions powerful enough to tear apart her world. With no one to rely on and no escape, Sheetal must ally with her husband in an attempt to protect her infant son from the tyranny of his family.
Join us with authors Arlene Marron, Brian Cato and Rebecca Lipkin.
Arlene Marron, author of “Beneath A Blanket Of Snow” – Jonathan Perkins had it all: a successful business, a stunning home, a wonderful family. He was on top of the world—until he nearly threw it all away. Meredith Perkins lived a life of luxury, courtesy of her husband’s hard work and diligence, but was isolated from the realities of the working world. Her days were spent decorating their spacious home, lunching with affluent friends, practicing yoga, and shopping in boutiques… Until her husband’s crime turned her world upside down. Meredith found herself hounded by the media, deserted by friends she had counted on for support, and struggling to reconstruct a life for her and her children. … But her friends kept their own secrets… How much do you trust your spouse? Do you keep secrets from your partner? How much do you trust your friends? Is everything that it seems on the outside?
Brian Cato, author of “Candidate Spectrum” – When the real-world superhero Spectrum grows frustrated with the limited ways he can help people using his superpowers, he decides he can do more good as a politician and runs for office.
Having devoted his life to helping others, Spectrum won’t settle for a typical political career. After winning the Missouri governorship, he launches a 2020 presidential bid dedicated to fixing a country that Americans have consistently said is on the wrong track. But as he develops proposals for issues from a growing wealth gap to paralyzing partisanship, he realizes that America’s real troubles are deeper: a loss of individual agency, an increasing quantification of life that undermines morality and erodes our humanity.
Meanwhile, his campaign is beset by problems. He never imagined how difficult it would be to run for president as an atheist immigrant from a destroyed planet who is honest and serious about the issues. Further, his campaign must overcome him ditching campaign events to rescue people in Bangladesh from a typhoon, and the public’s fear of an alien takeover after a scientist offers to restart his race by cloning him. Will Spectrum win a mandate to restore America to its place as a pioneer among nations, or lose and watch it slide further into dissonance and mediocrity?
Rebecca Lipkin, author of “Unto This Last” – Passionate, contradictory, and fiercely loyal to his friends, John Ruskin is an eccentric genius, famed across Britain for his writings on art and philosophy. Haunted by a scandalous past and determined never to love again, the 39-year-old Ruskin becomes infatuated with his enigmatic young student, Rose La Touche, an obsession with profound consequences that will change the course of his life and work.
Written in a style recalling Victorian literature and spanning a period of twenty years, the story poses questions about the nature of love, the boundaries of parenthood, and compatibility in marriage. Unto This Last is a portrait of Ruskin’s tormented psyche and reveals a complex and misunderstood soul, longing for a life just out of reach.
Join us with authors James Battestelli, Linda Kennedy, and Antoinette Truglio Martin.
James Battestelli, author of “Shook: Book 1 of Resolution” – The first book of the greater story of “Resolution”. In Shook, we follow Dylan Stewart, a freshman at Temple University as he struggles to succeed in a life-track that is not one of his own choosing. He has three older brothers and two loving parents who all demand him to do as they have always been taught to do, and he is losing his grip on reality. He then takes an impromptu trip and meets someone who changes everything for him. Find out if the change was good, or if it was bad. And was it enough for Dylan to regain his sanity?
Linda Kennedy, author of “The Number of Man: The Beginning” – Natalie Combs discovers she was not who she thought she was after the sudden death of her parents which produces information that she was adopted. In searching for her true birth parents, she discovers the unbelievable knowledge that she had been cloned and had been being tracked and watched through RFID chip technologies.
Antoinette Truglio-Martin, author of “Daily Bread” – It is 1911. Crammed into a three-room flat in a Mott Street tenement, the large Taglia family needs all the help they can muster. Spunky songbird Lily wants to help by baking Daily Bread at the bakery like her big sister, Margaret. But Margaret says Lily is just a little kid, and there is more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist’s heart. Lily learns to navigate in a grown-up world when facing bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and treacherous streets to cross by herself.
Join us with authors Richard Marks, Robert Gibson, and Lisa Strahs-Lorenc.
Richard Marks, author of “Rise to the Sun: 7 Footsteps and 7 Prayers for Getting Out of Hell” – Rise to the Sun is a courageous exploration of personal trauma, recovery, and expansion. A timely and necessary work, it illustrates how humankind must seek to heal its own innate suffering before it can hope to succeed in healing the various external crises affecting our planet. Why bother? Why forgive? What are active ways to engage? How do I break free? What does finding freedom mean? The art of living is learning to be good to ourselves. The 7 Footsteps symbolize the way forward—personally, collectively, or spiritually. Guiding us to feel safe in the face of change, this book includes stories and insights from many diverse personalities. Finding freedom is a life-long aspiration that lights our way out of hell. The 7 Footsteps and 7 Prayers unlock a kinder, gentler, and long-lasting engine for transformation.
Robert Gibson, author of “Make it Raine” – “Make it Raine.”That’s the line that made all the women swoon. Hooked on the erotic offerings and tantalizing, seductive verse from performance poet Raine, women melted at the power of his voice. His words call to Jasmine, a spitfire of a woman captivated by the taste of his power and ability to make women weak whenever he speaks. Her desire to play with passion’s fire drives the two into a spontaneous night that will forever alter their lives. Raine’s main goal is to climb the heights of stardom, but Jasmine is not making it easy on him to walk away. Will Raine man up and realize things have changed, or will he continue to use his words to indulge his carnal desires?
Lisa Strahs-Lorenc, author of “Pancreatic Cancer: Families Move On” – Pancreatic Cancer: Families Move On is a follow-up book from the book that was published on September 3, 2010, entitled Pancreatic Cancer: It’s a Family Affair. Ten years have passed for the families, and we want to share what has happened in our lives after the passing of our loved ones, and the one contributor who is a survivor of this very deadly disease. Our stories illustrate that life goes on, not as we all had planned, but in ways that may have surprised us all. In addition, the proceeds of the sale of this book will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation. www.lustgarten.org.
Join us with authors Pauli Rose Libsohn, Bernadette Walsh, and D E McCluskey.
Congratulations to author Pauli Rose Libsohn, winner of The First Place 2020 Best Northshore Author! Pauli Rose Libsohn, who has worked at Rallye Motors in Roslyn for the past 39 years, launched her literary career in 2014, when she arranged and edited a book of poems by her mother, Mitzi Libsohn, that marked the first book published by either of them. Her latest effort includes romantic poetry that her parents wrote to each other in greeting cards from 1945 on, along with Pauli’s own thoughts.
Bernadette Walsh, author of “The Reluctant Witch” – Two powerful witches, two powerful stories in one book. Fiona Morrissey learned from an early age not to trust her magical powers and certainly not to trust the spirits her “gifts” allowed her to see. Mama always said, “Spirits may act like they are giving you something, but they will take from you a hundredfold anything they give you. Spirits always want something and are not to be trusted.”Being a good girl, Fiona followed her mother’s advice and for years steered clear of spirits and magic. That is until the spirit of gorgeous John Callahan, Fiona’s ex-boyfriend and the only man she ever truly loved, decided to camp outside her door. Now Fiona must decide, can she trust the spirit of her beloved boyfriend or was John like all the other selfish and dangerous spirits her mother warned her about? FOLLOW MEDNA is destiny. Or is it? Nell Donahue was born an echo witch — a weak witch with just enough magic in her to read the tea leaves of bored suburban housewives. Nell’s spent her life envying her more gifted sister and chasing magical powers she could never attain until an unexpected trip to hell increased Nell’s abilities ten-fold. Now Nell has more powers than she ever dreamed of. She’s also being haunted by the ghost of a slain college student, threatened by a pack of semi-human demon-worshipping ghouls and harassed by a brawny detective who’s awakened something in unlucky-in- love Nell that she’d much prefer remained dormant. Too late to return to her status as an echo witch, Nell must learn to harness her enhanced powers before she loses everything, including her heart.
D E McCluskey, author of “Butterflies” – Olivia Martelle has it all. She’s young and beautiful and has just had her fairy-tale wedding to the man of her dreams, the man who makes the butterflies in her stomach swoop and swirl. Life is looking rosy indeed. Then, a cruel twist of fate changes everything. After a devastating accident, every day seems to be a battle—with doctors, with her sister-in-law, with herself. Her beautiful blue butterflies have turned to black. A desperate mistake leads her onto a path she doesn’t want to tread, and her life begins to spiral out of control. Will anything bring her butterflies back?
Join us with authors Sebastian Pandolfo, author of “McGowan At War”, Michelle and Angelle, authors of “Wrong Guy, Right Room” and Srdjan Bogicevic, author of “The Art of the Imagination”
Sebastian Pandolfo, author of “McGowan At War” – Set in 1969 in what was then the Republic of Vietnam, this novel deals with intelligence-gathering and some of those involved in the process, particularly Warrant Officer Francis McGowan, a US Army linguist. His assigned duty is to sit in an office translating intercepted enemy communications but he is drawn into the active hunt for a communist spy. An American counterespionage agent working on the same case begins to suspect that McGowan himself is a security risk.
Michelle and Angelle, authors of “Wrong Guy, Right Room” – Neil and Kaitlyn’s meet-cute is straight out of a romance novel, except for the lack of hot sex. He wants to wait until their wedding night and make it special, but she’s not so sure. Neil’s gesture would be romantic if the love of her life, Luke, hadn’t abandoned her ten years earlier, leaving a string of ghastly relationships in his wake.
The night before Kaitlyn’s rehearsal dinner, her twin brother fills her head with images of erectile dysfunction and deformed penises, sending her to seduce Neil before it’s too late.
Scantily dressed, Kaitlyn sneaks into Neil’s hotel room ready to uncover their chemistry, but discovers Luke in bed instead. A viral outbreak in the hotel forces them into quarantine together. Kaitlyn and Luke must face their heartache from the past and their undeniable attraction in the present.
Wrong Guy, Right Room is a stand-alone contemporary romance where the wrong guy might just be the right man.
Srdjan Bogecevic, author of “The Art of the Imagination” – After having a flash in his mind, the Present Self received an insight that he should write a book by using his Imagination to find the life answers he seeks, answers that his Future Self will provide for him. Stepping into the unknown, the Present Self was surprised when during that interview the roles were reversed, and instead of seeking the answers, he was the one who was providing them. Your Imagination is unlimited. You just need to remember how to use that power to create the life you want. This book will teach you exactly that; how to use your Imagination combined with your Intention to create the Future you’re dreaming about. That’s why you’ve been drawn to this book. There’s something inside of you that knows you’re greater than your current reality. That you can be more. Do more. Have more. Maybe this book is just one more reminder you’ve been looking for. To remind you of how great you are. By the time you finish reading this book, you’ll be in the process of transforming to a higher and better expression of yourself. Just remember this quote that the great Albert Einstein once said: “Imagination can take you everywhere!” The Art of Imagination aims to stimulate the imagination of the reader and is directed towards adults who are in their late 20s and early 30s, who may be questioning their path in life and who they are as a person.
Join us with photographer Holly Gordon and artist Ward Hooper as they discuss their upcoming release, “Parallel Perspectives: The Brush/Lens Collaboration.”
The eye-arresting images in this original contemporary art book feature two popular mediums, painting and photography. Although the art is inspired by the Long Island landscape, its visual appeal in artists’ interpretations of locations is universal. Paired with the dialog of the artists, the narrative becomes an intimate conversation with the reader. Combining life, loss, serendipity and art, it portrays two artists, whose conceptually similar work evolved independently until social media brought them together. Their collaboration continues to produce treasures of stunning, memorable beauty.
The improbable pairing of Holly Gordon, photographer from Bay Shore, Long Island, and Ward Hooper, painter from Northport, Long Island, is a symbiotic match.
Their artistic relationship is an affirmation of the human spirit in an age where most can’t seem to detach from objects.
These two contemporary artists discovered a serendipitous connection to the earlier American artistic and personal alliance of Arthur Dove and Helen Torr, whose work was inspired by the same Long Island locations. The past thus joined the present, deepening Gordon and Hooper’s bond, both personally and geographically.
In Gordon and Hooper’s intimate relationship there is a sense of empathy, connection, and mutual discovery that is invincible.
Ward Hooper and Holly Gordon understand that the meaning of their journey extends beyond themselves. Their camaraderie and brilliant exposition beckons others to do the same and thereby reach their own heights in art and life.