Up and Coming – February – 2014

For all of you who have taken an interest in my writing, my profound thanks. I send out a notice once each month to highlight significance items and events.


Amanda’s Room Audio Book


I have sent the last round of audio book edits to Russell Jonas. I’m thrilled with the job he has done on the book and expect listeners will be too. (I wanted to attach a sample of his narration to this note, but need some additional technical help to do it; next month for sure.) I’m planning to publish the audio book by the end of February and to provide you with information on how you can get your own free copy.


Russel Jonas sent me this brief bio.

Russell Jonas is thrilled to narrate “Amanda’s Room.” He has worked in commercial voice over and television since 1999 and has appeared in forty stage plays in New York City and in 46 states, including the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theater Company. Russell teaches The Art of Acting at Southern Methodist University and most recently narrated “Blown Circuit,” a spy thriller by Lars Guignard published by Fantastic Press. 

Upcoming Events

Book Signing, February 8, 10 am to 3 pm, Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St, Hartford, (860) 278-2670 *
I will be joining 15 other Connecticut authors from a variety of genres in one of the country’s premier art museums. February 8 is a Second Saturday family day and admission is free from 10 am to 1 pm. More info at http://www.thewadsworth.org/ai1ec_event/second-saturdays/?instance_id=3909

Cable TV Interview, Author Chuck Miceli on Books and Things with Tom Santos, Sunday, February 9, 8 pm on Comcast WSKY Channel 13 (in the Greater Waterbury Area), and nationwide on channel 99 AT&T Uverse. This is a re-broadcast of the original interview aired January 23 on Comcast Channel 12 in the greater Groton area. 

Presentation, The Write Stuff – Lessons Learned From Famous Authors and From Each Other, February 17, 6:30 pm, SECAPA, Groton Inn and Suites, Gold Star Highway, Groton, CT. For more information, contact Tom at SECAPA, 860-599-5067 or e-mail santostom@comcast.net.

Presentation, The First Five Pages – Dos and Don’ts for New and Future Authors, March 12, for students of SouthingtonHigh School, Southington, CT


Book Signing, Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10 am – 3 pm, The New Britain Museum Of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT 06052, 860-229-0257*

I will be joining 17 other Connecticut authors from a variety of genres in the first museum of strictly American art in the country. April 26 is the last day of their Berlin Art Show and entry to the museum is free from 10 am – noon. More info at http://www.nbmaa.org/


Book Discussion, Hitchcock Lake Book Club, April 30, 5 pm, Wolcott, CT. I will be conducting a discussion and answering questions regarding Amanda’s Room for book club members who have read the novel. This is one of my favorite parts of writing and I am happy to respond to such requests.


* Special thanks to author June Hyjek of CAPA for arranging for these special signing events. You can read my review of her wonderful book, Unexpected Grace, on my Blog at https://somethingsignificant.wordpress.com/


New Sales Outlets – Paperback copies of Amanda’s Room are now on sale at the following locations:


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

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, BradleyMemorialHospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden AvenueSouthington, CT06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT06479, (860) 628-8794


Libraries – Paperback copies of Amanda’s Room can be borrowed from the following public libraries: Southington CT, Willington CT, Laughlin PA, Pittston PA, Dudley MA, Woods Hole MA. If your public library would like to add Amanda’s Room to their collection, please have your librarian contact me and I will be happy to send them a free copy.

On-line Outlets – Copies of Amanda’s Room are available at many on-line sites. Among the most prominent are: Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), BarnesandNoble.com (paperback and Nook), Smashwords.com (multiple e-book formats), Paretreepublishing.net (paperback). If you read Amanda’s Room and have not already done so, please consider adding your review to one of the on-line outlet sites. Personal recommendations are one of the best forms of advertising.


Injured Angels – Still Writing

While I would prefer to spend more of my time working on my upcoming book, Injured Angels, it is impossible to avoid the work of marketing and advertising the current novel. It does little good to write a book, no matter how good, if people don’t know it exists. Fortunately, the reviews continue to be very positive, which, in turn, promotes more exposure. If you are waiting for the next book, please be patient a little longer.

Thank you for allowing me to share these activities with you. I hope this finds you and yours well and happy. If you would like additional information, feel free to contact me directly or visit my website.


Warmest Regards,






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