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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Up and Coming – August / September 2015

Sorry for the delay. This update will cover the remainder of August and most of September. Here are the highlights:

Drum Roll Please – Writer’s Digest Annual Competition – On August 4, I received the following from Writer’s Digest: Hi Chuck, Congratulations! Your poem, “Miner’s Lament,” was awarded Third Place in the Nonrhyming Poetry category for the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. Given that this competition is open to writers worldwide, to receive a third place award is a very big deal. My personal thanks to Peter Mulholland who taught the OLLI poetry class for which I wrote the poem and who encouraged me to submit it to a writing competition.

My father was a coal miner who died of the black lung at my age. This poem is a tribute to him, as will be my next book, Black Hell Drowning. Sorry, but I will not be posting the poem online yet as I intend to submit it for publication. After I do, I’ll post it for all to read.

Amanda’s Room

Amanda’s Move to California Continues – I reviewed and incorporated over 100 pages of computer-generated edit recommendations from California Times Publishing. As a result, Amanda is now slimmer and a faster read than ever. Now she is in the hands of their human editor and I am awaiting that report. While the process is exhausting, I’m thrilled with the scrutiny. My goal is to do quality writing and through the feedback I’ve received from them and from you, my readers, I am constantly learning how to write better. The publisher also sent options for the new book cover. I selected one, provided some recommendations and I am awaiting their final design. I am anxious to share it with you when it’s ready.

As Does Her Journey Toward Hollywood – I am continuing my review of Carl’s screenplay for Amanda’s Room. One of the most thrilling experiences in writing is when the reader sees things in your book that you, the writer, did not. While I created Amanda’s bedroom to serve as a battleground for good vs. evil, Carl has extended that metaphor by creating a more active presence of the spirit of Snakes Finley. The result is a more compelling story. More on this to come.

Angels Unaware

Are The Angels Ready for Prime Time?  I have finished the new chapters for Angels Unaware and in particular, fleshed out the background of one of the book’s main characters, Frank Russo. Research plays a crucial part in writing fiction and this research took me in directions I never anticipated. Readers will accompany Frank as he struggles to survive in the Pacific theater of WWII. They will also learn, as I have, about the fascinating and heartbreaking story of the Himeyuri students, a group of high school girls who provided nursing and medical care to Japanese troops on Okinawa during the final months of the war. My thanks go to Joan LaRose, who recommended that I pursue Frank’s story line further. I think that she and other readers will find it adds greatly to the book.

 We’ll See What the Experts Have to Say – On August 15, I am meeting with two with New York literary agents and a publishing company editor at the Unicorn Writer’s Conference in New York. They have all read the first 40 pages of Angels Unaware and will be discussing their impression of the book with me. We will see if my writing impresses them enough to secure their interest in publishing the novel.

And Stage Lights? – Now that the novel is finished, I need to cull out the sections that could work for the play. As I mentioned previously, I have already discussed the project with an equity theater and they are waiting for the completed manuscript. If they agree it could make a successful play, we will discuss plans for securing a playwright and developing the stage production. More on this to come.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition 

What’s Next? – I met with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press just prior to leaving for vacation to discuss where we’ve been, where we are now and where we will go in the future with this edition. Richard and I are meeting again to move this project further. In the meantime, I have ordered additional copies for upcoming signing events (See below).

Unicorn Writers’ Conference – Saturday, August 15 – 7:30 AM-8:00 PM – Reid Castle at Manhattanville College. As mentioned in earlier updates, I will be attending this conference and meeting with agents and editors there about my new book, Angels Unaware. More to come.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCONN Waterbury Campus – There are several major developments at OLLI at UCONN. This amazing program provides high-quality, low-cost educational services to mature learners throughout Connecticut and beyond. For information about the OLLI program, its offerings and to register online go to: www.olli.uconn.edu

It’s Official – President of OLLI at UCONN for the 2015/2016 Academic YearUCONN’s Director of Community Outreach, Brian Chapman, made the formal announcement today that I have accepted the appointment. I am a long-time participant in OLLI, have great respect for the OLLI program and I am honored to fill this position.

OLLI Open House – August 18 – 9 A.M. – 1 P.M. – UCONN Waterbury CampusFree and Open to the Public! Come join us for this opportunity to explore what OLLI at UCONN has to offer you. Learn about the program offerings, schedule and costs, hear from out Keynote Speaker, Jonathan Kellogg, former Executive Editor of the Republican-American, and choose to attend two of the 15 sample classes offered. To register, go online at: olli.uconn.edu/special-events

Voices and Visions 2015 is Published – The fifth volume of the OLLI annual arts and literary review is finished. I have chaired this journal’s editorial committee for the past three years. I am very proud of this quality publication, of the diligence and creativity of the editorial committee, and of the outstanding contributions of OLLI members in areas of visual arts, prose, poetry and photography. You can receive a free copy by attending the OLLI Open House on August 18 or you can request one from OLLI at UCONN by contacting the campus by phone at 203-236-9924, or via e-mail at osher@uconnn.edu   

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.

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 – July 2015

Welcome to all current and new members of this monthly update of my writing activities. Thank you and good reading.

Sorry for the delay in posting this but June was an amazing month for my writing activities. Writing is often a solitary endeavor and many marketing and advertising activities can often feel like sending a rocket off into the universe and hoping for some type of response. Well, in June the universe responded! For all of you who have encouraged and supported me for so long, I give a heartfelt thank you. Here are some of the highlights:

Amanda’s Room

Amanda is Moving to California – In mid-June, I received an inquiry from a California Publishing company expressing interest in the original edition of Amanda’s Room and asking if I could send them a manuscript. I did and they responded by saying that after evaluating the book, they believed the concept is marketable and the writing style very good and they made an offer to re-publish the book. On June 26, we entered into a formal contract and have already started working together.

And Getting a Makeover – As part of the contract, the publisher will have an editor re-edit the book, will have designers create a new cover and re-design the interior layout per best-seller practices, will produce a new video trailer, new soft-cover, e-book and audio-book versions, and a first-ever hard-cover edition! Most important, they will advertise and market the book to targeted audiences and help secure new book reviews. I will, of course, be heavily involved in every aspect of the work, but believe me, this is the kind of work I love!

And a Couple Steps Closer to Hollywood – In late June I also received a call from the screenplay writer saying that the draft screenplay for Amanda’s Room was ready. I now have the draft and am currently reviewing it. I am thrilled with what I have read thus far. The goal is to have the final version ready by September. The screenwriter already has a working relationship with a couple California studios and, as a courtesy, wants to pitch it to them first. In addition, if Amanda’s Room hits specific sales quotas, my California publisher will independently pitch it to the Hollywood producers that they work with.  Much, much more to come on these developments in the coming months.

(Injured Angels) – Angels Unaware

Has a New Name – Based upon extensive beta reader feedback, I became convinced that the working title, Injured Angels, gave the wrong impression. Many readers said that the title indicated book might end on a down note and that is definitely not what it is about. Many thanks to my poetry group at the Southington Care Center who discussed the issue thoroughly and helped me identify the new, permanent title and the perfect sub-text for it. From now on, the title for my new book is Angels Unaware. In case that sounds familiar, it should. It comes from Hebrews 13:2 “Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

And a New Voice – Also because of the feedback from my beta readers, I have extensively re-written the first third of the book. While this has been a hell of a lot of work, it has also been well worth it. The chapters are more action oriented and cleaner, the pace is faster and the new story lines are more compelling. I am very proud of what the book is becoming and I firmly believe that those who read it will find it time well spent.

And a Promising Future – As I mentioned in last month’s Up and Coming, I am meeting with two with New York literary agents and a major publishing company editor in August to discuss Angels Unaware. They will be reading the first 40 pages of the new novel (which I have been working on non-stop for the last few weeks) and discussing their impression with me. I’m hoping to impress them enough to secure their interest in publishing the novel.

And Stage Lights? – While I wrote Amanda’s Room for the movie, I have been writing Angels Unaware with the play in mind. I am familiar with plays, having written and directed several over the years. To that end, I have already discussed the project with an equity theater and they are waiting for my draft of the completed manuscript. If they agree it could make a successful play, we will discuss plans for securing a playwright and developing a stage production.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition 

Something Had to Give – With all of the work going on with the other projects, the new Reader’s Edition has been a neglected child. I put a call into Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press to get together and discuss where we’ve been, where we are now and where we will go in the future with this edition. I also need to order additional copies for upcoming signing events. (See below)

Avon Library – Returning Author’s Night – Tuesday, July 21, 7pm – Avon CT  Once again, the Avon Free Public Library in Avon is offering its free summer-long literary series and I feel honored to have been invited back again to speak. I and three other returning authors, Steve Liskow, Carole Shmurak and Cori Lynn Arnold, will be speaking on the series them about “The Reader’s Experience.” If you are interested in how we authors think about you as we are writing, how we tailor our words to meet your expectations and what we try to do to get inside your heads, this free event should be an enlightening and entertaining evening.

New England Author’s Exposition – Wednesday, July 29, 4-9pm – Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA.  Once again, I will be selling and signing my books along with over 150 authors, artists and publishers at one of the premier exposition events in the northeast. This year’s event has been expanded to include a ComicCon type expo in a separate area. With so many authors in one place, this is a great place to interact with authors of every genre and discuss the craft with them. Who knows, you may even talk to the next James Patterson or J,K Rowling!

Authors, Artists and Publishers, there is still booth space available at very reasonable rates. For more information, visit their event page, NewEnglandAuthorsExpo on Facebook, or contact Chris Obert at cobert@PearTreePublishing.net or call him at (978) 372-5825.

Authors – Plan to join Chris Obert, others of his planning team members and me the evening before the Expo when I will be facilitating an informal networking event. This will be an opportunity for participating authors to share what, how and why they write. We will explore the obstacles we face as writers, publishers and promoters of our work and the strategies we have employed to overcome them. Join us 6pm for dinner before the meeting at the Grill & Bistro, Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA, or at 7pm for the networking meeting. It should be an entertaining and enjoyable evening. After the meeting stick around for music on the patio at this beautiful waterfront venue.

Unicorn Writers’ Conference – Saturday, August 15 – 7:30 AM-8:00 PM – Reid Castle at Manhattanville College. As mentioned earlier, I will be attending this conference and meeting with agents and editors there about my new book, Angels Unaware. Looking forward to it.

Authors: Interested in a writer’s conference that looks worthwhile and very well organized? Then you may want to check this one out. There is still time to register. You can get additional details on their website at http://www.unicornwritersconference.com/

Books and Bevs – Friday, August 28, 6-9 pm, 340 Broad Street Parkade Site, “Under the Tent”, Manchester. I was invited to participate in this exciting sounding event but a previous commitment made it impossible, so I want to pass the information along to my reading and writing friends. At this event, you will sample Bacardi spirit menu items while hearing from authors of some exciting titles how their particular books compliment the beverage. Participants pay $10, which includes the author book readings and beverage samples. What a civilized concept! For more information, contact Wendy Kopp via proseintime@gmail.com

Authors: Looking for a different kind of event to present your books at? Pare your book presentation up with popular drink menu items from the Bacardi line of spirits. Your entry fee is a donation to the benefiting organization, “Reach Out and Read.” This looks like a great, fun event for authors and readers alike. Check out the flyer or contact Wendy via proseintime@gmail.com

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

Important: When the new edition of Amanda’s Room is ready to be published, some previous editions will be unpublished and the price of the newer edition may be higher. If you know someone who has been on the fence about buying it, now might be a good time.

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 –

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

Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

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,

Why I Write

When people ask me if I enjoy writing I tell them honestly that I find writing fulfilling rather than enjoyable and that I write because I need to rather than want to. Even as I say that I have been conflicted by my own words until tonight when I realized that a perfect metaphor exists, which explains the experience. If you asked a woman if she enjoyed giving birth, few if any would say yes, but almost all would say it was one of their most fulfilling experiences. And so, for now, I’ll keep on writing. 

Up and Coming – June 2015

Welcome to all current and new members of this monthly update of my writing activities. Thank you and good reading.

Injured Angels

I have now received the feedback from all of the beta readers. This has been a valuable exercise. When I teach writing, I point out that every author writes the book he or she loves to read, but great authors write the books others want to read. One of the best ways I know for determining what others want to read is to give my draft manuscripts to others and ask them what gets in the way of their enjoyment. When I receive consistent feedback from several readers that a particular aspect of the book is problematic, I pay particular attention to that and make changes accordingly. That should mean that the rest of you will find the book a much more enjoyable read.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition

I have begun to offer both the original version of Amanda’s Room and the new Reader’s Edition at reading and signing events and have been delighted at the response. Readers have voiced appreciation at having a choice and thus far, the sales of the Reader’s Edition are running at about the same pace as the original. This new “dime store novel” edition omits the weather quotes at the beginning of each chapter, is in a smaller format (5×7 instead of 6×9), is slightly shorter, has cream-color pages instead of white and has a slightly smaller font to appeal to those who wants a faster read. I hope to make it available on-line in the near future.

Avon Library – Returning Author’s Night – Tuesday, July 21, 7pm – Avon CT

I am thrilled to have been invited back again to speak at the Avon Public Library. I and three other returning authors, Steve Liskow, Carole Shmurak and Cori Lynn Arnold, will be speaking about “The Reader’s Experience.” This is part of a larger literary event and the attached flyer provides additional details.

 

New England Author’s Exposition – Wednesday, July 29, 4-9pm – Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA.

Once again, I will be selling and signing my books along with over 150 authors, artists and publishers at one of the premier exposition events in the northeast. This year’s event has been expanded to include a ComicCon type expo. If you are an author, artist or publisher, there is still booth space available at very reasonable rates. For more information, contact Chris Obert at PearTree Publishing by visiting the site at http://peartreepublishing.net/events/authors2015info.php

For authors, the evening before the Expo, I will be facilitating a networking event. This will be an opportunity for participating authors to share what, how and why they write. We will explore the obstacles we face as writers, publishers and promoters of our work and the strategies we have employed to overcome them. More information to come.

Unicorn Writers’ Conference – Saturday, August 15 – 7:30 AM-8:00 PM – Reid Castle at Manhattanville College.

While I have been aware of this conference for several years, this is the first time I will be attending. The conference agenda looks worthwhile and very well organized. In particular, I am looking forward to three half-hour meetings I have scheduled – two with New York literary agents and another with a major publishing company editor. They will be reading the first 40 pages of my new novel and sharing their impressions with me. I am hoping this will help toward the novel’s publication. More details to come.

That’s all there is to report right now. I hope this finds you and yours happy and healthy.

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

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback and Kindle), 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,

authorchuckmiceli.com

Up and Coming – May 2015

Injured Angels – I have completed all of the notes from my first round of beta readers, made substantial changes to the original manuscript as a result, and created and distributed the final review manuscripts. My sincere thanks to all of the beta readers for their time and input. The first round beta readers include: Ruth Boss, Mary Casey, Anne Yuhas, Janet Ebert, Toni Escott, Grace Grab, Sadie MacDonald, Robert Grady, and Evelyn Marshak. The second round reviewers include: Chuck Motes, Shirley Bloethe, Dawn Miceli, Peter Smith, Diane Smith, Joan LaRose, Marion Gifford, Carol Slauenwhite, Julie Norko, Chris Obert and Dennis Schleicher. Thanks to them, end readers won’t have to wade through all of the warts that come with the early drafts. I have a meeting scheduled with an agent in May and I am still aiming toward summer for publication. In the meantime, here are some other activities I am involved in that may be of interest.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition is now officially published! As a reminder, this new edition omits the weather quotes at the beginning of each chapter, is in a smaller format (5×7 instead of 6×9), is slightly shorter, has tan pages instead of white and has a slightly smaller font. It is the “dime store novel” version of the book, which appeals to those who wants a faster read. The bar code problem, which prevented venues from properly cataloguing the copies, has been corrected thanks to the publisher, Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press, who worked with Ingram to correct the issue. In the meantime, I offered copies to readers at the “Made in Connecticut” fare in Durham and was thrilled with their response. As many readers bought the new Reader’s Edition as the original format, and were delighted at the opportunity to choose the version that best matched their reading style.  Readers will be able to purchase either edition and have them signed at my upcoming live events and can now order copies directly through their favorite book stores and libraries.

In my spare time? I had the opportunity to play a surgeon in a commercial for the electronics company, Sennheiser produced by Miceli Productions. My son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Jenn, are the principles. Several other family members are also featured in the video, including Jenn, two granddaughters and my niece. The product is a high quality digital microphone with companion software that supports the Apple family of products, including I-Phones and I-Pads. Slightly over three minutes long, this commercial is designed for direct promotion and the web rather than television. It was featured at the NAB trade show in Las Vegas and then at Elektronika in Germany. The link to the video is http://hubs.ly/y0J8l80

CAPA-University – May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center, 1 State Street, Hartford CT. I am very pleased to be presenting the workshop The First Five Pages at this year’s event. The $150 cost for the full day includes lunch and parking. The keynote speaker, Hank Phillippi Ryan, is a best-selling author, winner of numerous mystery awards, the Library Journal’s top book for 2014, and 32 Emmys for investigative journalism. To learn more about the conference and/or to register, visit http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/. To read more about my specific presentation go to: http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/speaker-chuck-miceli/ .

Avon Library – Returning Author’s Night – Tuesday, July 21, 7pm – Avon CT

I am thrilled to have been invited to speak again at the Avon Public Library. This is a very professionally planned and run event. I and three other authors, Steve Liskow, Carole Shmurak and Cori Lynn Arnold, will be speaking about “The Reader’s Experience.” Last year’s presentations were a tremendous success, which the library staff and patrons said, “exceeded” their expectations. I fully expect this year’s presentations to be even better. More information to come.

New England Author’s Festival – Wednesday, July 29, 4-9pm – Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA.

Once again, I will be selling and signing my books along with over 150 authors, artists and publishers at one of the premier exposition events in the northeast. This year’s event has been expanded to include a ComicCon type expo in a dedicated space. If you are an author, artist or publisher, there is still booth space available at very reasonable rates. For more information, contact Chris Obert at PearTree Publishing by visiting the site at http://peartreepublishing.net/events/authors2015info.php

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

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback and Kindle), 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,

authorchuckmiceli.com