October 26, 2015

Bird of Passage by Joe Giordano

Book Title: Bird of Passage
Author: Joe Giordano
Publisher: Harvard Square Editions
Published Date: October 9, 2015 (260 Pages, E-books)
Author Interview: Joe's Interview
Disclaimer: I recieved this book from the publisher and for +Laura Fabiani for an honesty review
Genres: Historical, coming of age, Romance, Fiction, Italy
Description: What turns the gentle mean and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York’s streets were paved with violence and disappointment.

Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fortune. Carlo Mazzi committed murder and escaped. Azzura Medina is an American of Italian parents. She’s ambitious but strictly controlled by her mother. Leonardo and Carlo vie for her affection.

Azzura, Leonardo, and Carlo confront con men, Tammany Hall politicians, the longshoreman’s union, Camorra clans, Black Hand extortion, and the Tombs prison.

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Bird of Passage is a story about a boy and girl finding their own way. The boys name is Leonardo. It also about a girl named Azara. Leonardo goes to America to find work. He learns a lot about himself.

He runs into trouble with a job and making friends. While there he meets up with a guy named Rizzo. Though he runs into a boy named Carlos too. He tries to help out  family members of the girl he loves.

What will happen to Leonardo and his family back in Italy? He finds out who his real father is, once he goes back to Italy to be with his mother. There are many twists and turns in this book though out.

There another boy that commits murder and tries to escape by going to America. What will happen to Carlos? There a gang that helps out and is on the estate of Mazzi.

Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. His father and grandparents immigrated to New York from Naples. Joe and his wife, Jane have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their shih tzu Sophia. Joe's stories have appeared in more than sixty magazines including Bartleby Snopes, The Newfound Journal, and The Summerset Review.
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Interview with Joe Giordano

 Let welcome to our latest and newest member to our list of authors. Let welcome Joe Giordano to Nighttime Reading Center. He here on a book tour. He is stopping by here on November 26. I work with +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and I happy learn about him books and giveaway.

I got the chance to read his book "Bird of Passage". It was different and nice. I would suggest that you read my reviews for "Bird of Passage". You got a chance to win a  - Win 1 of 3 copies of Birds of Passage (print book: USA & Canada) (ebook international). Enter his giveaway Bird of Passage Giveaway.

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Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. His father and grandparents immigrated to New York from Naples. Joe and his wife, Jane have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their shih tzu Sophia. Joe's stories have appeared in more than sixty magazines including Bartleby Snopes, The Newfound Journal, and The Summerset Review.
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Describe your book in 20 words or less.
  1. Leonardo and Carlo, vie for Azzura. All three pursue their dreams. There are complications. Choices made drive their destiny

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?
  1. My father and all my grandparents were immigrants from Naples. I was curious about the environment they found when they arrived in the States and took a course at UT Austin on the Progressive Era. My term paper was on Italian immigration. During the semester, I wrote a short story, "The Sour Smell of Pain." Later, I decided that my writing had progressed to the point where I could tackle a novel and the short story, although quite different than the novel plot, became an inspiration for the book.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use​ any resources ​in assisting you ​​to choose the names​?
  1. My mother's family name was Robustelli, shortened to Robusto as they passed through Ellis Island. I have two Italian friends, Leonardo and Anna. (Although the book is not about my family, there are many references insiders would understand.) Some of my names are descriptive of character, Basso, Innocenti, and Drago, but otherwise I tried match surnames to an Italian region. I often search for names online and surf through lists until I find one that appeals to me.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?
  1. Azzura. She's independent minded and smart. I would've tried to win her heart if I were in the book.

Was there a certain scene in this book that was harder for you to write than others?
  1. Not particularly. But lots of research went into learning about steerage travel.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
  1. Leonardo DiCaprio is probably too old for Leonardo. The same for Violante Placido as Azzura. I'm sure Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola would get the casting right.

What was your favorite part to write and why? (Alternate Q: What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?)
  1. My favorite part of the publishing/writing process is writing as a creative outlet. Getting published in many ways is more difficult that penning a novel. There's huge competition, art is subjective, and whatever you create must be distinguished in the minds of agents and publishers.

Just as your book(s) inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? (Alternate Q: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
  1. I walked into a creative writing class with Ben Fountain when he was at UT Austin, and left wanting to be a writer. I spent years writing short stories and compiled a landfill worth of rejections. About three years ago, I began to receive acceptances and seventy of my stories have appeared in small print or online magazines.
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What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
  1. Embrace feedback and rejection as both an incentive and as a learning tool to improve. I know a number of people who so fear rejection that they won't submit their work for publication. You'll only succeed if you punch through the negativity.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
  1. I read my reviews and always thank the reviewer. With all the choices readers have, it's an honor that they've selected my work. Of course, I prefer if they like it. As I said above, this is art, and the reader is the judge of what they like.  

What are you working on now? What is your next project?
  1. I'm working on a modern thriller. An Italian-American from New York runs afoul of the Russian mob. I hope you won't be able to put it down.

Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
  1. I made the best decision I could, and lived with the consequence.

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October 19, 2015

The Wood's Edge

Book Title: The Wood's Edge
Author: Lori Benton
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Publish Date: 4/21/15 (400 Pages, Paperback)
Series: The Pathfinders
Genre: Cultural, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian, Inspirational, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance, Fiction, Historical
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honesty review
Description: At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?   The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.   On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.   When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

This is a story about a British soldier and an Indian woman. We learn a bit of history while during the book. I enjoyed how life was after Fort William went down.

It about a forgiving of what happen to an Indian woman who has twins and one is taken. One twin is white while the other is brown. So a soldier takes the white baby. He seems to not want to upset his wife and tell her baby had died.

Anna makes a friendship with Two hawks when her brother goes to college in Wales.  What will happen to Anna when she finds out the truth about her. What will happen when her brother William finds out. What will happen when William finds out.

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October 9, 2015

Spotlight Tour: World's Best Story

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What is World's Best Story?

"This is not just a literary contest, we're looking for stories that will be consumed in multiple media formats – from books to the big screen and beyond," says Vincent Salera, founder of World's Best Story. "Our goal is to revolutionize the traditional literary contest and identify a story with blockbuster appeal. We're looking for a story that audiences will love and help authors turn that story into trans-media franchises, which is why we're empowering readers to judge the contest."

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Readers will vote for stories and awarded judges will declare the final Top 10 winners.

2015 Judges: Warren Adler, Victor Malarek, Tamarra Kennelly, Brooke Burgess, Samreen Ashan, Alistair Cross, Rhonda Hayter


Entry Period Closes/Public Voting ends. (November 8)

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The top 3 winners will receive a full publishing package by FriesenPress, trademark protection in the U.S. and Canada by IP agency Benoit & Cote, a virtual book tour by Laura Fabiani of iRead Book Tours as well as consulting/marketing services with book expert Anne Chaconas of BadAss Marketing. Busbud and YoDough will be providing lots of goodies for both writers and readers.

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