Up and Coming – February 2016

Welcome to my monthly update and thank you for your interest in my writing activities. Here are the February 2016 highlights:

Welcome New Readers – I’m thrilled to have you join us. I do hope you find these monthly e-mail updates interesting and useful.

A Time for Reflection

As I shared in my last couple e-mails, between some personal health issues, the holidays, publishing issues with Amanda’s Room, and a death in the family, my author activities have slowed considerably in the past couple months. While I appreciated the many notes of support I received, this has also been a very positive time for reflection and assessment. Out of that process, I will not be doing much marketing, publicity or public appearance activities for Amanda’s Room right now, but I have finally resumed the re-writing of my upcoming novel, Injured Angels.

Amanda’s Room

After several months of trying to coordinate my needs as an author with California Times Publishing’s (CTP) business model for providing services, it became apparent that we could not achieve our differing goals at this time and so, by mutual agreement, we have decided to terminate our contract. Over the next several weeks, CTP will unpublish their editions of Amanda’s Room and I will replace them with the previous, Hitchcock Lake editions. This process is necessarily a slow one in order not to lose the ratings and reviews the book has accumulated over time, but hopefully, it will all be sorted out by the beginning of March. I have also been in discussions about a complete revision of the audio book version. More on this to come.

Writing Again!

Injured Angels has undergone many transformations since I began it and has languished for a long time as I tried to figure out what type of story it really should be and how I should tell it. I realize now that I have known the direction I should take for some time, but I was too intimidated to continue. Let me explain.

Injured Angels traces three distinct phases in the life of Maureen Russo. The first phase chronicles her high-school romance, marriage, trials, and ultimately fulfilling life with her husband Frank. Phase 2 occurs when Maureen loses Frank after more than 50 years and in the process, loses her own reason for living. It is only through her odd friendship with the abrasive and socially inept Doris Cantrell, that Maureen is able to piece back together the fragments of her own life. In phase 3, when Sal Verona enters Maureen’s life, she must choose between a deep, fulfilling friendship and a second chance at love.

While I have had the story line in place for some time and have written most of the relevant parts, something essential has been missing. As I said earlier, I have actually known what for some time but have been too intimidated to act on it. That element is the voice.

The author’s “voice” is one of the most difficult parts of a book to accomplish or even to explain. It is apart from the story, plot, settings or characters, yet it can make the difference between a blockbuster or a bust. Essentially, the voice is the manner in which the author tells the story. It is the choice of words and vocabulary and the pace, dialect and rhythm with which they are delivered.

I realized that, in Injured Angels, the voice was flat because I was trying to tell this women’s story from the sidelines, as an observer, when what I really needed to do was to get into her skin and tell her story from the inside out: in other words, to become her.

Fortunately, I just began a wonderful inter-generational writing program at UCONN, which has helped me to clarify what I need to do and motivated me to get back to work. The UCONN Waterbury Creativity Workshop, led by acclaimed writer, Professor Thomas Dulack and his daughter, actress, teacher and filmmaker, Ilvi Dulack, is an intensive workshop concentrated on writing, sharing, giving and receiving feedback and furthering the works of the participants. During our first session, I realized that I have known for some time that to tell Maureen’s story effectively, I had to become Maureen, but I have been procrastinating because of the daunting challenge of being a male author telling a women’s story in the first person.

Following the workshop session, I came home and rewrote the first chapter in Maureen’s own voice and I am excited at the outcome. I have now gone on to insert a new second chapter, one which I have wanted to include, but could not envision how to until now.

I don’t know how the marketplace or my readers will react to this strategy, and I might wind up publishing Injured Angels under a female or asexual pseudonym, if necessary, to avoid the inherent conflict, but those are decisions best left for the future. For now, I will just enjoy the process of writing and discovering who Maureen Russo really is.

Miner’s Lament (poem)

I had planned on finding a publication for publishing Miner’s Lament, but once again, that would take time away from my writing, and right now, that is more important to me than adding to my writing resume, so here, for your enjoyment, is my award-winning poem, Miner’s Lament.

A few hints before you read should add to your understanding and appreciation of the poem.

  1. My father was a coal miner in Pennsylvania.
  2. He was pulled out of school in the 4th grade to work in the mines because the family needed the money.
  3. A “cage” in an elevator car used to hoist men and supplies in and out of the mines.
  4. Coalmines can run deep underground, in many cases 600 feet down or more.
  5. Mules were used to pull mine cars filled with coal and were kept in the mines all their lives. Because of the constant darkness, they eventually became blind.
  6. Miners would often share their lunch with the rats, because if miners saw rats running, it usually meant danger and the miners would quickly follow the rats.
  7. Miners often kept canaries with them because the birds were more sensitive to poison gases. If the bird died, it was time for the miner to leave.
  8. One of the jobs for children in the mines was to open and close huge doors for the mules that were pulling the mine cars. The doors regulated the flow of air in the mines. Without them, the miners could suffocate.
  9. The breakers were huge crushers mounted in tall towers that broke coal into different sizes for the various markets. Coal mixed with stone would empty into chutes on their way into the breaker. Trucks would pull under the towers to transport the coal away. “Breaker Boys” were children that sorted out the stones from the coal. The constant crushing of the breaker would produce clouds of black dust all day. If a boy lost his footing and fell into the breaker, he would be crushed to death.
  10. Early coal cars were not equipped with breaks. A sprag is a wooden wedge that a boy would sandwich between the wheel and wheel housing of the coal car to stop the car.
  11. Black damp and white damp are names for explosive or poisonous gases found underground.
  12. When a loose piece of rock fell from the roof of a mine, it often had the shape of a bell, which could range in size from a basketball to a car.
  13. Timbers in a deep mine were not there to keep the mine from collapsing. The weight would be too much for them. But prior to a cave in, the rock would often shift. When it did, the “singing” of the cracking timbers would warn miners to clear out quickly.
  14. My father died of the “black lung” diseases: an emphysema-like condition from years of breathing in coal dust.

 

Miner’s Lament

 

Pink: the color of sky,

blossom,

organ.

 

Pink, the day education ended

and heaven faded to black

in a cage dropping six hundred feet.

 

Pink, invisible in the darkness

save the lamps lighting the way

of blind mules, fat rats and sacrificial birds.

 

Dark pink after a year,

waiting in the blackness for each mule,

opening , closing, salvaging precious air.

 

Light grey after three years,

straddling chutes in the breaker’s deafening roar,

sifting stones in the black clouds.

 

Grey after seven years,

racing alongside two-tons of runaway coal car

with only sprags to stop them.

 

Dark gray after twenty years,

surviving black damp, white damp,

falling bells and singing timbers.

 

Black after thirty years,

wheezing up blood

 

and never smoked a damn day in my life.

 

 

Chuck Miceli   5/1/2015

 

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli

Up and Coming – January 2016

This update will be brief. It comes late into the month for me but 2016 has had an unusual and somewhat challenging beginning. After my father-in-law suffered a heart attack and fall several weeks ago, he passed away on New Years Eve. In the interim, an upper respiratory illness I’ve been fighting for some time worsened, leaving me fatigued. We held a memorial service for Tony on Tuesday and on Thursday morning, I received a call that my 94-year-old mother-in-law fell and was taken to New Britain General, where I spent most of the day with her. Thankfully, nothing was broken and she is back now in her independent living facility again, although struggling physically and emotionally with her loss. In the process of assisting her, however, my infection worsened and by Friday I was spiking a 103.5 fever with cough, chills and uncontrollable shivering. I am now on antibiotics, steroids and various other medications and am on the mend but very fatigued.

None of the above is to lament over how 2016 has started. All of what has happened is simply part of living and my life is still infinitely more blessed than I can merit. It is simply an explanation that life has priorities and right now the care of my health and my loved ones must come before other things like writing and marketing my books. If you recently finished reading my current book, “Amanda’s Room,” I hope that you found it enjoyable and worth your time.
I believe challenges like those I have experienced lately are helpful in clarifying what is truly important in life and I welcome the reflection that such periods bring. Nevertheless, I hope that your year has begun in a less demanding manner.
I’ll provide a regular update in February, hopefully with news that will be useful and interesting. Till then.
Warmest Regards,
Chuck

 

Up and Coming – December 2015

Hello and Happy Holidays

This month’s update will be short, as perhaps it should be for this time of year, at least for me.

Right now I am in a kind of publishing limbo of my own making. With several versions and editions of my novel available at the same time, at some point, the people at Amazon just couldn’t keep them all straight. Information from the various publications spilled from one into the other. If you tried to order the paperback on Amazon, you viewed the cover from the Reader’s edition, the interior of the unpublished old version, received the Reader’s edition in the mail and for the longest time, the new California Times  edition was no where to be found. In addition, the cover image for the new hard cover version is cropped on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and Amazon says it is not currently available. I have taken the steps I could to remedy the situation and now just have to wait for things to sort themselves out, which hopefully will be done within the next weeks.

 

I think this is God’s and the universe’s way of telling me to slow down a bit this holiday season and spend time doing the really important things, like spending more time with others, especially friends and family, so that is what I am doing.

I hope that you also find some space in your own life to make time for the things that are truly important and sincerely wish that this season is one of love and joy for you and all those you hold dear. May this New Year coming be full of hope and peace for all of us.

God Bless and Keep You

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

Up and Coming – October 2015

Welcome to my monthly update and thank you for your interest in my writing activities.

Here are the September highlights:

Welcome New Readers from the Big-E – I’m thrilled to have you join us. I hope you find these monthly e-mail updates interesting and useful.

Amanda’s Room

California Times Publishing (CTP) Edition – My Edits are Done! – After reviewing and incorporating over 100 pages of computer-generated edits, I have now finally finished making the changes based on their editor’s comments, which were detailed and insightful. I expect the resulting improvements will be obvious in the new edition. For those who decide to reread Amanda’s Room, I expect you will feel like you are reading the book for the first time.

Celebration Will Be In OrderIn addition to a new soft-cover and e-mail versions of the book, California Times Publishing is preparing a new book trailer, a new audio-book and a first-time-ever hard-cover edition of Amanda’s Room. To say I am excited about these developments would be a gross understatement. I am thrilled! To celebrate the “second coming” of this novel, I am thinking about a re-launch event somewhere here in Connecticut. I haven’t started the planning so I don’t have any specifics yet, but I will let you know in upcoming updates as things shape up. One thing I do plan on doing is ordering a supply of the first-edition hard-cover books to sign at the event. I will let you know the price of these books when it is determined and will plan on taking pre-orders for those who would like a signed collector’s copy from the launch.

And the Journey Toward Hollywood Continues – In addition to finishing the editing of the new CTP edition, this month I also finished editing Carl’s screenplay for movie. I loved his ideas and incorporated several of them into the new book re-write. Carl estimates it will be about eight weeks for him to finish the changes and to reduce the length of the screenplay to an ideal size. Then we will be ready to pitch it. Carl already has some contacts with studios he works with but we are open to presenting it to other producers as well. If any of you know of a studio or producer who may be interested in reviewing the screenplay, please contact me and we will be delighted to send them a copy.

Reader’s Edition and the Big-E  – I ordered an additional 50 copies of the new Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition to bring with me to the Big-E, where I offered both editions for sale. The results were amazing. Reader’s appreciated having a choice of versions that matched their reading preferences. Those who enjoyed the introductory weather-related quotes and discovering the links between them and the story and characters chose the full edition. Those who wanted a straight read that did not take them out of the story chose the Reader’s Edition. As a result, I sold out of more than 100 books by my last day at the Big-E and had to re-order more books for other signing events.

Angels Unaware

Back to the Bristol  Senior Center – Today, October 1, I returned to the Bristol Senior Center, the primary local for the new novel and the place where I wrote most of the draft. After getting feedback from New York agents and editors that the book was not yet ready for publication, I began the process of re-imagining it and I will start re-writing it at the Bristol Senior Center beginning next week.  Although this will significantly delay the release, I beg your patience as I am convinced it will be a far better read for it.

And Stage Lights – Still a Question – As I mentioned last month, parallel to my rewrite of Angels Unaware I enrolled in a playwriting course with the intention of writing a short play featuring one of the scenes from the book. Thus far, the time required for other projects has made this one impossible to pursue. I hope to have some definitive information on this initiative in my next update.

Events

Madison Craft Show – Madison CT – Oct 3 – 10am – 4pm – I had to cancel this event because of my book sellout at the Big-E. Other wonderful Connecticut authors will be there and I encourage you to stop by and peruse their book offerings.

Apple Harvest Festival – Harvest the Arts – Southington CT – Oct 11 – 10am – 2pm – Once again I will be on Center Street in Southington signing my books during this annual celebration of the arts. Joan LaRose will be joining me. Joan is a longtime Southington resident and a gifted poet whose book of poems, Journey, was published last year.

Timeless Creativity – Southington Care Center – 45 Meriden Ave. Southington CT – Oct 11 – 2pm – 4pm – This is the third year for this annual celebration of the art and creativity at the Southington Care Center in conjunction with the Harvest the Arts program. Residents, staff and volunteers of the center will be sharing poetry, memoirs, photography and art. I have been co-coordinating the poetry group at the center during this period and the group members will be reading their poems. I encourage any of you in the local area who can make it to attend this important event. Many of the residents at SCC are well into their 80s and 90s, and others are confined to wheelchairs with debilitating conditions, yet the participating members prove that while the body may falter, the mind can remain vibrant and create works of profound beauty. If you have a church group or youth group that can attend together, it would mean a great deal to these hard working and talented individuals. Refreshments will be served, there is ample parking adjacent to the hospital parking lot, and I will be reading two of my award-winning and unpublished poems.

7th Annual Cromwell Craft Fair – Crown Plaza Hotel – Cromwell CT – October 25 – 10am – 4pm – I will be at this indoor craft fair event selling and signing my books. This will be a great opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping.

Television Interviews – I have been fortunate to be interviewed on several local access television programs. After each program, the studio has sent me a DVD of the taping but because of my lack of video production expertise, I had no way of posting the information to the web for public viewing. Many thanks to my daughter-in-law Jennifer, of Miceli Productions LLC (MiceliProductions.com), for doing the video magic needed for me to post those interviews to U-Tube for all to see. You can view any of my posted interviews on U-Tube by following the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJl9eGUwY1DQv4e_LXBlbLA

Book Review – How does this sound for a novel. A person named Amanda, who slept in a pink painted bedroom, dies an untimely death. Her death leads another young woman to an abandoned mansion in a rural community that, from outward appearances, looks haunted. Our heroine is convinced that there is more to the story of the house than what others accept as truth but the more she delves into the house’s history, the more dangerous the situation becomes for her and those around her. Amanda’s Room? No.

I have just finished reading Killarney Traynor’s wonderful first novel, Summer Shadows. As I read it, the coincidental similarities between her book and mine gave me many moments of added delight. Traynor’s novel is a book worth savoring and I have posted an extensive review on Amazon.com and Goodreads. Check out the review and then check out the book. Traynor will be releasing her second book soon and I would expect we will be hearing much more about this talented writer in the future.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCONN Waterbury Campus

President of OLLI at UCONN for the 2015/2016 Academic YearThe new OLLI fall semester is now underway. Feedback on the fall classes has been excellent and we have had several outstanding speakers during our lunchtime OLLI Café program. On September 30, OLLI program coordinator, Aleta Staton, and I made a presentation to the Connecticut Retired Teachers Association that was enthusiastically received. To obtain more information about this terrific program visit our website at http://olli.uconn.edu/

***SPECIAL NOTE  TO INTERESTED AUTHORS, TEACHERS, PRESENTERS AND OTHERS WHO LOVE TO SHARE***:  Do you have a special knowledge area you can share? Are you a recognized expert in your field? Have you developed a skill set in a unique hobby, field or avocation? OLLI members are alert and energized and they participate in the classes we offer for the pure enjoyment of learning. They are eager to explore all that life has to offer and greatly appreciate those who are willing to share their expertise. If this is you, we at OLLI would like to talk to you. Contact us and tell us what you might be interested in sharing with our members. We will send you information about the program and the particulars of teaching an OLLI course. We will also include a copy of our current course catalogue and guidelines for submitting a course proposal. You can learn more and request an information packet by contacting the campus by phone at 203-236-9924 or via e-mail at osher@uconnn.edu. If you have additional questions, you can e-mail me directly and I will be happy to discuss the opportunities further.

A Special Request – If you’ve finished reading Amanda’s Room and have not done so, I’d love to hear your reaction and would very much appreciate your adding your rating and review to those already posted.

Most reviews are posted on Amazon, and you should be able to get there directly from this link: http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

If you are a Nook reader, you can post your review here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880?ean=2940148886969#reviews-header

And if you are an avid reader, you can share your thoughts, rating and review with other readers on Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6492170.Chuck_Miceli

 

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

 

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback, Kindle and Audio book), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

 

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Bristol, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

 

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

 

Up and Coming – September 2015

Welcome to my monthly update and thank you for your interest in my writing activities.

Here are the September highlights:

More Poetry – On August 4, my poem, “Miner’s Lament,” was awarded Third Place in the Nonrhyming Poetry category for the world-wide Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Encouraged by that news, I sent a second poem, Escape, to the Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Contest. My thanks to Debbie Kilday, President of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, for alerting me to the contest. I am also looking for a publication in which to publish Miner’s Lament.

Amanda’s Room

Still More Edits – After reviewing and incorporating over 100 pages of computer-generated edits from California Times Publishing (CTP), I have now received the human editor’s comments. I asked Jeff Napolitano, my contact at CTP, to tell the editor to look deeper than style edits alone and provide feedback on anything that would get in the way of the reader’s enjoyment of the book. The editor took me seriously as evidenced by my reaction to her comments. Once I overcame my bruised ego, I got back to work and I am actually enjoying the challenge and the resulting improvements in the book. For those who decide to reread Amanda’s Room, I expect it will feel like reading the book for the first time.

And a Whole New LookCTP sent me several options for the new book cover and we worked together to tweak the final design. They loved the original cover designed by Mike and Jenn at Miceli Productions but we decided to go with a different treatment to go along with the completely updated book. I’m including the new cover design here. I think it captures well the feel of standing directly outside of Amanda’s Room.

CTP Amanda's Room Final Cover Light

And the Journey Toward Hollywood Continues – I am now editing Carl’s screenplay for Amanda’s Room at the same time as I am doing the updates of the novel. This is working very well since not only am I looking to include key elements of the book in the script, but I am also incorporating some of Carl’s ideas, especially his treatment of a more active presence of the spirit of Snakes Finley. The result is a more compelling story for both the movie and the new book edition.

Angels Unaware

No. The Angels are Not Ready for Prime Time – On August 15, I met with two with New York literary agents and a publishing company editor at the Unicorn Writer’s Conference in New York. They had all read the first 40 pages of Angels Unaware and discussed their impression of the book with me. The feedback was that the book needs more work. While part of me was initially disappointed, their feedback was accurate and consistent. I have already begun the process of reimagining the book and although it will significantly delay the release, I am convinced it will be a far better read for it.

Stage Lights? – Parallel to my rewrite of Angels Unaware (and that title might also change) I have enrolled in a playwriting course and will be working on writing a short play featuring one of the scenes from the book. This should give me a good feel for which sections of the book to select for development into a full-length play. The instructor’s intent is to produce several of these brief plays and present them in a public forum so I am hoping to offer you the chance to get a taste of what the full play might feel like following my course. More on this to come.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition 

What’s Next? – Richard and I were to meet on August 12 to move this project further but Richard’s fell ill and the meeting did not take place. We have ordered additional copies of the book and I will be offering them for sale at the Big-E and other events.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCONN Waterbury Campus

President of OLLI at UCONN for the 2015/2016 Academic YearI have begun my duties as OLLI President and have already made several public presentations. People have asked me about the challenge and I have responded that I find public speaking and program management more natural than writing. I have spent most of my career managing staff, volunteers and programs and I find speaking in front of large groups more energizing than draining. I look forward to working with all of the OLLI members, administrators and staff toward making great strides in this terrific program. You can obtain more information about OLLI at UCONN visiting our website at http://olli.uconn.edu/

***SPECIAL NOTE  TO INTERESTED AUTHORS, TEACHERS, PRESENTERS AND OTHERS WHO LOVE TO SHARE***:  Do you have a special knowledge area you can share? Are you a recognized expert in your field? Have you developed a skill set in a unique hobby, field or avocation? OLLI members are alert and energized and they participate in the classes we offer for the pure enjoyment of learning. They are eager to explore all that life has to offer and greatly appreciate those who are willing to share their expertise. If this is you, we at OLLI would like to talk to you. Contact us and we will send you information about the program and the particulars of teaching an OLLI course. We will also include a copy of our current course catalogue and guidelines for submitting a course proposal. You can learn more and request an information packet by contacting the campus by phone at 203-236-9924 or via e-mail at osher@uconnn.edu. If you have additional questions, you can message me directly and I will be happy to discuss the opportunities further.

Connecticut Authors Day – September 1 – Thanks to the diligent work and dedication of June Hyjek and other officers of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales – Connecticut (www.bookapss.org/) Governor Malloy declared September 1 as Connecticut Author’s Day. In celebration of this distinction, I joined other APSS authors at the Mark Twain house on September 1. Connecticut government dignitaries, the state’s Poet Laureate and members of the press joined as we celebrated the contributions of Connecticut authors and the important role of literature in today’s culture.

Every Dollar Feeds Kids (EDFK) Annual Bike Run – Sunday, Sept 13 – 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Wolcott American Legion, 1253 Wolcott Rd, Wolcott, CT – This may seem an odd entry for my writing update, but if you look on the copyright page of Amanda’s Room you will note that a portion of the proceeds go to this organization. I have been involved with EDFK since its inception and I am past Board Chairman for the organization. Our mission is simple: to raise money to feed hungry children in the U.S. and abroad. If you have a motorcycle (or not) and want to have some great food, fun and enjoy the fabulous scenery of the Connecticut countryside while supporting a worthy cause, join us. For more information about the organization and the event go to: http://www.edfk.org/EDFK/HOME.html

Television Interview by Jan Lewis on Be My Guest – Upton MA – Wednesday, Sep 16 -Jan Lewis will interview me and my fellow author and friend, Casey Morley, on her cable television program, Be My Guest. The program will air locally in the Upton MA area and nationally and globally on the internet and U-Tube. More information to follow.

OLC Book Club discussion, Farmington, CT – Sep 18 – As a writer, one of my favorite activities is meeting with groups that have read my book to discuss their views, answer their questions and provide the “story behind the story.” On September 18, I look forward to doing just that with the members of the OLC Book Club in Farmington, CT. Special thanks to Nancy Castonguay for arranging this get-together.

Eastern States Exposition 2015 – Agawam MA Once again, I’ll be back at the Big-E for this annual New England event at one of the biggest fairs in the country. I will be in the Connecticut building signing and selling my books on the following days and times: Sat 9/19 10am -2 pm; Mon 9/21 10am -2 pm; Weds (CT Day) 9/23 4-6 pm; Sat 9/26 10am -2 pm; and Mon 9/28 12-4 pm. If you are at the fair during any of these periods, stop by the Connecticut building, say hello and, if interested, explore book offerings by me and other Connecticut authors.

Madison Craft Show – Madison CT – Oct 3 – 10am – 4pm – While this event is in October, because it is so early in the month, I am including it here. I will be there signing and selling my books.

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback, Kindle and Audio book), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Bristol, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

 

Free Books by Connecticut Authors!

In celebration of September 1 being designated as Connecticut Author’s Day, a group of Connecticut authors have donated signed copies of our books to be offered free to interested readers via drawings throughout the coming month. Here is the link for additional details:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zo46nq64eywhtq9/APSSGiveAway.pdf?dl=0

Warmest Regards,

Chuck Miceli

Killarney Traynor’s Blog Post on Amanda’s Room

Many thanks to Killarney Traynor for her wonderful review of Amanda’s Room. I met her at the New England Authors Expo where we exchanged books in agreement to provide candid reviews. I’ve got her book, “Summer Shadows,” on my night stand and am enjoying escaping each night to her mysterious mansion. I’ll post my complete review when I’ve finished this very enjoyable read.

By Chuck Miceli There is a storm coming, and her name is Amanda. When infant Amanda died, her parents abandoned their luxurious home, leaving the room untouched. 18 years later, a small group of…
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