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The best-selling author of “A Goomba's Guide to Life,” who rose to fame as Bobby Bacala in “The Sopranos,” has a new nonfiction book out called “Big Daddy's Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look,” in which he tears into modern child rearing.
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Decent Hill Author Michael Kannengieser to Sign Copies of His New Book The Daddy Rock at Upcoming Visit to the Smithtown-Nesconset Library in Nesconset, New York

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 29, 2013

Michael J. Kannengieser, retired NYPD police officer, New York native and author of the new police thriller The Daddy Rock ($ 19.95 Paperback 978-1-936085-63-7; $ 9.95 eBook 978-1-936085-64-4) is scheduled to visit the Smithtown-Nesconset library in Nesconset, New York from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm ET on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Author Kannengieser is a native of Nesconset, and this library visit marks a homecoming of sorts for this promising and gifted author and storyteller. The Smithtown-Nesconset library is located at 127 Smithtown Blvd, Suite 5, Nesconset, New York 11767-1736.

The Daddy Rock is a tale of adventure, crime, rage, family drama, and the human capacity to cope and forgive. Told in a vivid, descriptive, and readable style, Michael takes the reader on an exhilarating ride in this human police drama with sympathetic, well-developed characters that will keep the reader turning the pages well into the night.

What excites me the most about The Daddy Rock is the idea of confronting enormous challenges and conquering them, states the author in a recent interview with Decent Hill. What each character must do is take action in the face of danger, sacrifice for others, and make choices for a better life for themselves, their friends, and their families.

Michael J. Kannengieser lives on Long Island with his wife and two children. He is a contributor to Criminal Justice News and can be heard on American Heroes Radio. He worked as the Managing Editor for Fiction at The View from Here magazine, a U.K. based literary publication. Currently, Michael is employed at a performing arts college as an Instructional Technology Administrator. He has been published at The View from Here, and in Newsday, a Long Island newspaper. He speaks as a guest lecturer on campus.

Decent Hill is a leading publisher of critically acclaimed fiction and non-fiction titles. Retailers can order copies of The Daddy Rock through Ingram and other book distributors. This title is also available on reputable retailer websites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Diesel eBooks, and at the publishers website.

Book reviewers, TV and radio show hosts, reporters, and bloggers can instantly download a review copy of this title here. Please send notices of posted reviews or interview requests to the email link listed on this release or by calling (866) 688-5325.

New Book of Southern Tales Has Ornery Wisdom from Author & Canine Friend

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (PRWEB) February 25, 2013

There are certain truths that are universal, and then there are regional truths of great validity. Deep Fried Southern Tales are among those with impeccable veracity and are so compelling one can even share them with their best canine friend. In this instance it is shared to a large Labrador retriever whose moniker is Mr. Grady (a.k.a. Mr. Gravy), author A. Everette James, Jr.s confessor, confidant, even spiritual taste-tester and wise sage. James (and Mr. Grady) sizzle with homespun wisdom, with the phonetic, spiritual complexity of southern humor as it is commonly heard in favorite watering holes.

These tales are largely related in the Southern vernacular, a universally known regional form of communication that is understood and appreciated by most of the realm. The subjects and stories are neither profound nor profanejust interesting flashes of everyday life in a rural construct. Sometimes the protagonist talks directly to Mr. Gravy while others he speaks to hear the sound of his own voice. Often, the narrative has a sly, dry, sidesplitting sense of humor. These tales are a dose of ever-lovin sunshine on a morning when one is overcome from an assured pair of hands adept at spritzing the human spirit awake with cold water.

Each tale stands on its own. Thus the reader has a broad-spectrum selection opportunity to choose any sequence they wish. They all have Mr. Gradys imprimatur. Among many qualifications, he has been to obedience school. James trusts his friends nose with his life, as long as it is not sniffing a juicy bone. Down home, deep fried, southern as mint julep, the tales resonate with a compassion that takes the voice of the critical reformer with the ornery wisdom of someone who has seen many things and lived to tell the tale.

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About the Author

Everette James grew up in rural Eastern North Carolina. His family made a living as tobacco farmers, warehousemen, and even owned a small tobacco redrying plant. Dr. James graduated with honors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke Medical School. He did his residency at Harvard, attended Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and taught in medical schools for thirty years. Moving back to rural North Carolina he changed from writing medical texts to nonmedical fiction and nonfiction. Dr. James has produced three novels, two texts of nonfiction and a book of short stories. This short story compilation is a result of observation and experiencing the culture of the rural South.

Deep Fried Southern Tales * by A. Everette James Jr.

Publication Date: February 7, 2013

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Author Charles Ssennyondo Offers Mankind a Glimpse into True Freedom

BEACH PARK, Ill (PRWEB) February 15, 2013

In a recent release by Catholic News Agency, Pope Benedict XVI reveals how truth, not relativism, is the source of non violence. This only goes to show the true importance of an overall and collective faith rather than ideals based on subjective perceptions and notions. In line with this, author Charles Ssennyondo STL, STD shares his compelling work titled Christianity and the Culture of Relativism in the Anthropologies of Joseph Ratzinger and Stanley Hauerwas, an insightful literary work that highlights the importance of Christian truth in modern society.

The relativistic culture in todays world has indeed caused a lot of stir when it comes to peoples values and moral fiber. In America and the western world, the differences in judgment has indeed denied millions the truth about the Christian way and in turn, leaves many families tarnished and broken. With Ssennyondos work, readers will experience a re-discovery of the Truth of Christianity and learn how relativism can put peoples emotional and spiritual lives in great peril. With insightful knowledge about how readers can combat this crisis of faith, this work restores mans rightful position in the world, namely, as Gods creation.

An eye-opening reading experience, this compelling literary masterpiece takes one to a journey, a journey of social understanding, spiritual awakening and devotion to the Word of God. Uplifting and inspiring, this selection is a perfect tool to enhance ones life, whether for quiet introspection or group discussion.

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Charles Ssennyondo was born in Uganda on June 9, 1972. He studied Philosophy and Social Sciences with an award of a Degree from Urbaniana University Rome (1997). He received a degree of Theology from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda (2002). He was ordained a Catholic Priest of Kasana-Luweero Diocese, Uganda on August 23, 2003. Seennyondo was appointed a Vice Rector of a High School Seminary of the diocese.

In 2005, he graduated as a High School teacher with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) of Ndejje University, Uganda. He came to the University of St. Mary of the Lake in 2007 where he received a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) in 2009. He earned a Doctorate of Sacred Theology (STD) in 2012.

Christianity and the Culture of Relativism in the Anthropologies of Joseph Ratzinger and Stanley Hauerwas * by Charles Ssennyondo, STL, STD

(Rediscovering the Truth of Christianity)

Publication Date: January 25, 2013

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Bestselling Author Sean Platt Murders Wildly Successful Blog to Launch Self Publishing Startup, Sterling & Stone

Cincinnati, Ohio (PRWEB) April 03, 2012

For the last three years Sean Platt has run the successful blog, Ghostwriter Dad, where he has delivered on the promise to help, “good writers make a great living.” Self-publishing has been good to Sean Platt, and he wants to be good to the writing community around him. Ghostwriter Dad is dead, long live The Digital Writer.

After spending three years as a ghostwriter, Sean Platt has written it all: memoirs, fiction, sales letters, info products, and everything in between. He co-founded the publishing imprint, Collective Inkwell in 2009, and finished out last year with the bestselling title, serialized fiction title, Yesterday’s Gone,.

Modeling their serialized fiction after superbly scripted television such as LOST, Breaking Bad, and the Soprano’s, and referring to their books as “episodes” and “seasons,” Sean and his creative partner, David Wright, had the format working better than it had since Dickens, or at least since Stephen King’s The Green Mile.

They have since gone on to publish Yesterday’s Gone Season II, the Twilight Zone inspired, Dark Crossings, the YA paranormal title, ForNevermore, and the upcoming alien abduction thriller, White Space.

After seeing the firsthand success of serialized fiction at Collective Inkwell, Sean co-founded Sterling & Stone with his partners, Lori Taylor and Matt Gartland taking the serialization concept and applying it to non-fiction, starting with production of three short, specific, high quality titles per week.

The Digital Writer isnt just the name of Sean’s new website, it’s also the title of the first set of books the company is publishing. Sean plans to give away a new Digital Writer title to his audience each week so he can help them “get smarter faster.”

Sean says he had to “murder Ghostwriter Dad” because the old site couldn’t help writers the way he wanted. The Digital Writer is built from the ground up for modern writers who are willing to work hard and smart so they can write themselves the best possible future.

Sean says that after years of struggle, he wanted more for modern writers who didn’t want to struggle like he has.

“Ive written keyword articles for $ 5 and sales letters for thousands. Ive run niche micro-blogs, and blogs for half-billion dollar companies. Ive ghostwritten books Ill never be able to claim, and been fortunate enough to see my name with a #1 beside it. I lost my house, nearly drowned in debt, and wrote until my fingers wouldnt work without my wife rubbing them back to life….

…But only so we could put our children in a school we could have only dreamed of a few years earlier, make enough money to buy my unlimited creative freedom, and use my fingers to write only what I truly want to write. But thats what being an entrepreneur is living a few years of your life like most people would never dare, so you can spend the rest of your life living like most people never will.”

Sean promises “EPIC” content once per week, and has added a free Member Area to the site where users can get exclusive access to free eCourses, video trainings, and special Q&A’s, along with printables and worksheets for each of The Digital Writer books.

In an Internet swimming in a sea of sameness, with millions of blogs that simply come and go, The Digital Writer promises to be something truly special.

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Crime Thriller Author, Patricia Bellomo, Creates Excitement In New Entertainment Blog.

Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) March 29, 2012

Patricia Bellomo, author of the crime thrillers, Louie Morellis Daughter and Stella di Mare, has written several new blogs depicting bad boy Louie Morelli. Recent titles include Bahamian Adventure, March Madness in Miami, Temptation on my Terrace, and Vegas Virgins.

Writing awesome anecdotes in the voice of her main character, Louie Morelli, Ms. Bellomo provides a glimpse into Louies illicit and exciting life. Sometimes its just hanging with the boys for a getaway on Louies eighty-foot Hatteras, the Stella di Mare. Sometimes there are sinister implications as in Covert Ops and Stone Crabs and Suicide, where murder is discussed at the legendary Joes Stone Crab in South Beach. Family problems arise in Loser Son-in-Law and Angies Admirer.

Being of Italian-American heritage, Patricia Bellomo was recently asked if she was concerned with portraying Italian-Americans in a bad light. I certainly dont mean to offend anyone, the author replied. But it is entertainment. Get over it.

Ms. Bellomos readers tend to agree with her. I am so bummed, writes one fan. Ive just finished reading Louie Morellis Daughter. Louie is the kind of man we all wished we knew.

Louie Morelli is certainly an exciting character, says the author. He has looks, charm, and wealth. Plus he is just so cool.

Patricia Bellomo writes crime thrillers with a mob-related theme. Patricias books appeal to readers of crime fiction, thrillers and suspense novels, as well as to Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire fans. Her settings are in glamorous South Florida, including Miami and Palm Beach County. Louie lives in Delray Beach, but he is originally from New Orleans, and this city figures prominently in Louie Morellis Daughter. The author herself lives in the Detroit area, but is a frequent visitor to South Florida. She is also a member of the Florida Writers Association.

Patricia Bellomos books can be purchased through her website, as well as on and all major booksellers. Kindle and ebook versions are also available. Visit her website and blog where unlikely hero and mobster, Louie Morelli, is blogging.

2 Reviewers Choice Awards for author, Tom Weston

Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 11, 2012

Following last weeks announcement that FISSION had been named Reader Views Book of the Year for the USA North East Region, an area which comprises New England and the State of New York, we are pleased to add that FISSION has also won FIRST PLACE in the Reader Views Historical Fiction Category.


FISSION is a novel based on the life and times of scientist, Lise Meitner, the Austrian Physicist, born in Vienna in 1878. Lise is amongst the first women to be admitted to the University and to be awarded a PhD in Physics. From there she goes to Berlin, and eventually becomes Head of the Physics department at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Due to her status as a Jew in Nazi Germany, Lise is forced to flee the country and move to Sweden, where she discovers nuclear fission and sparks the race for the atomic bomb. After the war, the Nobel Foundation controversially denies her the Nobel Prize for her discovery.

FISSION, by Tom Weston:

Hardcopy 329 pages, 6 x 9, ISBN 978-0-981-94135-6.

Paperback 329 pages, 6 x 9, ISBN 978-0-981-94137-0.

eBook, ISBN 978-0-981-94138-7.


Award winning writer and film-maker, Tom Weston, returned to the novel format for the adaptation of his screenplay, FISSION, based on the true life story of scientist, Lise Meitner. Originally from England, Tom now resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

His novel, FIRST NIGHT, set in Boston during the New Years Eve festival, introduced the unlikely heroines, Alex and Jackie, and the ghost of a 17th century Puritan named Sarah Pemberton. FIRST NIGHT won an Honorable Mention in the Middle-Grade/Young Adult category, in the Writers Digest 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards. The sequel to FIRST NIGHT, called THE ELF OF LUXEMBOURG, is also a supernatural mystery, with a blend of humor and history that has become Toms trademark.

Following the publication of THE ELF OF LUXEMBOURG, Tom turned to the medium of film to produce and direct the award winning animated short, THERE BE MONSTERS!, based on one of his TALES FROM THE GREEN DRAGON TAVERN.

Tom is now working on Book 3 of the Alex and Jackie Adventures, called FEATHERED: BEING A FAIRY TALE, and a new animated short called DANCING DAISY DAY.

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“The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale” Is Newest Release by Award-Winning Children’s Book Author Linda Leopold Strauss

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) March 13, 2012

Award-winning children’s author Linda Leopold Strausss latest picture book, “The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale” (Holiday House, 2012), has been released just in time for Passover. An original folk tale set in a village that was sometimes Poland and sometimes Russia, the book is illustrated with stunning hand-painted woodcuts by Alexi Natchev. Suggested for ages 4 8-years old, it is the story of young David Lippa and Rachel Galinsky, whose families are feuding, but who, with the help of their neighbors and the town rabbi, devise a scheme to bring their two families together to once again celebrate Passover at the same festive table. Strausss ninth book for children, “The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale” lists for $ 16.95 and is available at and independent and major bookstore retailers across the country.

Publishers Weekly wrote, The Galinskys and the Lippas have been neighbors and friends for generations, but a small bartering disagreement has sundered that friendship. Young Rachel Galinsky and David Lippa have always known they would marry, but now that fairy tale ending seems impossible. As Passover approaches and the families refuse to share the holiday meals as they always have, the two children realize that the time has come to enlist the aid of their wise rabbi who quickly implements a plan to help bring peace to the Seder table. Natchevs artworkcreated by carving an image into wood and linoleum plates, inking the image with a roller, printing it by hand, then hand-coloring with watercolorsdoes a magnificent job of bringing this Jewish Romeo and Juliet fable to life.

A graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University, Strauss began her writing career more than thirty years ago. She has previously published eight books for children and stories in numerous childrens magazines (including Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Hopscotch, Astrapi and School). Books include “Preschool Day Hooray!” (Scholastic/Cartwheel, 2010), “Drop Everything and Write!” (E&E Publishing, 2010), “The Princess Gown” (Houghton-Mifflin, 2008), and “A Fairy Called Hilary” (Holiday House, 1999). Her work includes fiction and non-fiction for a wide variety of ages and has been translated into French, Italian, Swedish and German. The mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of two, the author lives with her husband, William Strauss, in Wyoming, Ohio. She regularly visits schools and libraries to engage with young readers and has taught writing to students from kindergarten-age to adults. More information about her work is available at

Illustrator Alexi Natchev was born and educated in Sofia, Bulgaria. A graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, his work has been shown in many international exhibits and biennials, and he has received a number of national and international awards. Since moving to the US in 1990, he has published more than fifteen childrens books with major American publishers. Currently he is the Illustration Area Coordinator at Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington.

More reviews of “The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale”

a lovely story about maintaining peace and the importance of community for young people.

Southwest Ohio & Neighboring Libraries (SWON)

Childrens author Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge wrote, Long ago, in a small village that was sometimes Poland and sometimes Russia, the Lippas and the Galinskys lived in side-by-side houses. They were fast friends whose children, Rachel Galinsky and David Lippa, would someday marry. Until the incident involving the two fat geese and the six laying hens (it’s complicated…don’t ask!) turned them into arch enemies. Enter the rabbi who, along with Rachel and David and the entire village, hatches a plot that brings the two families back together over a very long Seder table. Seder supper details (tracking down crumbs and, of course the Elijah door) are neatly tucked into this warm, rollicking plot illustrated with folksy prints hand carved on wood and linoleum blocks. Best of all, the book has arrived just in time for Passover!

Such a beautiful book. It stirred so many memories of mineabout the long table at my grandparents home. A table that stretched from the living room, through the dining room, through the pantry, up to the kitchen door, and seated God knows how many Rozens. And of course there was always room for more. ????????

Janet Rozen, New Haven, Connecticut

“The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale”

By Linda Leopold Strauss

Illustrated by Alexi Natchev

Published by Holiday House (March 2012)

Picture Book: Ages 4-8

$ 16.95 (US)

ISBN 978-0-8234-1911-1

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