I HAVE MOVED. PLEASE JOIN ME AT MY NEW LOCATION – AUTHORCHUCKMICELI.COM

Hello Friends,

This will be the last blog post on my “Something Significant” site.

In case you have been wondering why I haven’t posted on my Something Significant blog for some time, I apologize for not writing sooner. Back in August I was feeling overwhelmed by the need to keep up with the various social media I was on. I found that I was spending so much time publicizing about my writing that I had very little time to actually do writing, which is why I started down this road in the first place. I also realized that most of my blog posts were focusing on my writing activities rather than on personal opinions or helpful information.

With the help of my son, Jason, I consolidated all of my author information on a single site: my author’s website at AuthorChuckMiceli.com. In addition, I moved my monthly newsletter to the Mailchimp.com platform, which allows me, even with my limited technical expertise, to include much more in the way of pictures and graphics and to easily syndicate the post to my other social media sites.

If you have valued receiving my monthly “Up and Coming” posts, would like to continue them and haven’t been lately, please visit my website at AuthorChuckMiceli.com and go to my Events page. There you will find all of my posts since August and a sign-up form to receive the monthly updates automatically to your e-mail. You should be able to go directly to that page on my site by clicking on the the link below:

AuthorChuckMiceli.com/Events

If the link doesn’t work for you, you can simply copy the address and past it into your browser to get there. The sign-up form is at the top of the page.

Thank you for being part of my author/blog community and at this wonderful time of the year let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours all the joys of the holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck Miceli

 

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Up and Coming – July / August 2016

Hello Everyone,

I welcome your input regarding these postings. If there a particular area you would like more information on or something you would like to see included, reduced or removed please contact me. If you or someone you know would like to be added to my regular e-mail list, simply send a request to AuthorChuckMiceli@gmail.com and I will be happy to make the addition.

For New, Aspiring or Established Authors

If you are available, consider joining me and over 100 other authors at the New England Author’s Expo in Danvers Ma. This year, Chris has organized a series of workshops during the setup and networking time specifically for authors and publishers. I will be joined by authors, Mandi Lynn and Stephanie Queen for an open discussion on, “The Business of Being an Author.” The doors are open to the public for free admission from 4 to 9 pm and will include a series of special presentations by guest celebrity authors. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/.

Amanda’s Room:

I was scheduled to meet with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press to initiate the republishing the Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition through Ingram under the Hitchcock Lake Publications imprint. Unfortunately Richard pulled his back and I became immersed with other projects so that meeting has had to be rescheduled. More to come.

I often get letters from people who have read Amanda’s Room but not all of those comments make it to Amazon.com or one of the other review sites. Just in case, I’ve decided to include some of them here, because frankly, they are one of the best parts about writing. Here is the latest one from Michelle R.

Hi Chuck,

I apologize for the delay in sending you this note.  I met you in the airport and purchased your book “Amanda’s Room” in late April.  I read the book in 3 days.  It was a true page turner and I could not put it down, often stealing 30 minutes here and there until I finished it. Please let me know if you have any additional books.  I would love to read them.

Thanks Michelle.

Thank you for the kind words Michelle. My next book, Injured Angels, is still in the works. I’ll post when it’s available.

Injured Angels

Speaking of Injured Angels, I was challenged by fellow author, Leesa Freeman, to post on Facebook the first lines of each of the three first chapters of my upcoming book. I’ve also included my response below:

(Spoiler alert: My upcoming book, Injured Angels, will be authored under the pen name, Charlotte Mitchell, since it is being told in the first person by my female protagonist.)

  1. “May I Have This Dance?” It seems unbelievable now but three lifetimes ago, it started just that way.
    2. Frank was an optimist. When he told Harvey that I was the future Mrs. Russo, he had no way of knowing how the past and the future would conspire against us to keep that from happening.
    3. That wasn’t all there was to it. I loved Frank and there was no way I was going to stop seeing him.

Upcoming Events:

Presentation and Book Sale / Signing, July 27, New England Author’s Expo (NEAE) : Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923

July 27, 2016 marks the tenth year of the NEAE annual event and the fourth year I will be participating. Run by Chris Obert, author and owner of Pear Tree Publishing, the NEAE attracts authors, publishers, illustrators and other writing professionals from throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and other New England states. The location of the event is a posh, amazing venue. It also provides a terrific opportunity for networking with the other participants and with radio and cable television hosts and celebrity authors. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/.

Book Discussion for Amanda’s Room at Paul Gregory’s Restaurant, 148 Center Street, Southington, CT. is scheduled there for September 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. This is a follow-up to the Book Sale and Signing that took place on June 15. Paul Gregory’s is now another regular outlet for sales of Amanda’s Room. If you have already read the book and would like to join in on the September 14 discussion, call Paula at the restaurant Monday through Friday till 3 pm and tell her you plan to attend. The number is 860-621-9999.

New E-mail format and AuthorChuckMiceli.com Website:

My major activity lately has been working with my son, Jason, on revising and updating my website, my e-mail formatting and the rest of my social media. Several of the sites have new, more consistent names, new / updated information and added functionality. We still have a long way to go but the new ones should be more dynamic with better graphics and the new website should be a delight to visit. Expect more interesting and useful information in the near future. More to come.

Well, that does it for now. I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Until the next time,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

 

Up and Coming – June / July 2016

Hello Everyone,

I welcome your input regarding these postings. If there a particular area you would like more information on or something you would like to see included, reduced or removed please contact me. If you or someone you know would like to be added to my regular e-mail list, simply send a request to AuthorChuckMiceli@gmail.com and I will be happy to make the addition. If the e-mails are not of interest or value, simply reply with Please Remove in the subject or first line and I will remove you from the mailing list.

For New, Aspiring or Established Authors

Check at the bottom of each month’s alert for information on organizations and publications of interest to writing professionals.

Now what’s Up and Coming.

TONIGHT ! May 26, 7 pm – Book Discussion of Amanda’s Room at Davinci Coffee House – 1627 Meriden Rd, Wolcott, CT 06716 – (203) 528-3711

Have you read Amanda’s Room? Were there parts you found confusing, surprising, infuriating? Did you follow how the weather quotes connected to the chapters? Have you wondered how much of the book is based on reality vs. fiction? Did you wish you could discuss the book with the author and other readers? If yes, you have an opportunity to do all that and more tonight when I will meet with readers and patrons at Davinci Coffee House at 7 pm. Special thanks to the owner/proprietor, Lucy, who is keeping the place open past its normal closing time in order to host this event. You can sip her marvelous coffees (and what else?), taste some of her delectable desserts and discuss and debate the meaning of the “story behind the story” with me and other readers.

Amanda’s Room:

I spoke with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press this week. We are planning to meet next week to initiate republishing the Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition through Ingram under the Hitchcock Lake Publications imprint. More to come.

AuthorChuckMiceli.com Website:

I’ve been working on revising and updating my website with new / updated information and added functionality. While I still have a long way to go, I’m pleased with the progress. Feel free to check it our, but expect more and more useful information in the near future. More to come.

Upcoming Events:

Radio Interview: May 28, 9:30 – 9:45 pm, The Reggi Voyage, WESU

Donovan Longmore will be interviewing me in conjunction with my participation in the Bloomfield Author’s Fair on June 4. Just connect to the link – www.wesu.org – to hear the live interview. See below for more information on the fair.

Book Sale and Signing:  June 4, 10:00 am – 4 pm – Bloomfield Author’s Fair – Downtown Bloomfield CT.

I will be joining a number of Connecticut authors as part of the Celebrate Bloomfield Festival. The week-long festival will run from June 1-5. June 4 is set aside to focus on authors and the arts. A special guest during Author’s Day will be singer/actress Anika Noni Rose.

Anika, a former Bloomfield High School student, has appeared extensively on stage and screen, including the ABC Television series Private Practice, the film Dreamgirls and as Tiana in Disney’s, The Princess and the Frog. She is currently playing the role of Kizzy in the TV Mini-series Roots (Starting May 30th). For more information on the entire event and all of the festivities, go to: http://www.celebratebloomfield.org/

Book Sale and Signing:  June 11, 9:30 am – 4 pm – Litchfield Gallery on the Green – Downtown Litchfield CT.

I and other Connecticut authors will be joining over 70 juried artisans and crafters. Browse around the green through artwork, photography, jewelry, woodworking, pottery, furniture, clothing, glasswork, quilting, leather goods and more. The picturesque town of Litchfield is an art-lovers paradise, making it the second most visited town in the state of Connecticut. This year, the Gallery on the Green will be held on the same weekend as the world-famous Litchfield Hills Road Race, which attracts many of the best runners in the world. More information at: https://www.facebook.com/galleryonthegreenct

Book Sale and Signing – June 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Follow-up Book Discussion – September 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Paul Gregory’s Restaurant, 148 Center Street, Southington, CT

Paul Gregory’s is now another regular outlet for sales of Amanda’s Room. On June 15 from 4-6 pm I will be on hand to autograph and personalize copies of Amanda’s Room. Then, once people have had a chance to read it, on September 14 from 2-4 pm, I will return again to conduct a book discussion on the “story behind the story.” If you have already read the book but would like to join in on the September 14 discussion, call Paula at the restaurant Monday through Friday till 3 pm and tell her you plan to attend. The number is 860-621-9999.

Presentation and Book Sale / Signing, July 27, New England Author’s Expo (NEAE) : Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923

July 27, 2016 marks the tenth year of the NEAE annual event and the forth year I will be participating. Run by Chris Obert, author and owner of Pear Tree Publishing, the NEAE attracts authors, publishers, illustrators and other writing professionals from throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and other New England states. The location of the event is a posh, amazing venue. It also provides a terrific opportunity for networking with the other participants and with radio and cable television hosts and celebrity authors. This year, Chris has organized a series of workshops during the setup and networking time specifically for authors and publishers. I will join authors, Mandi Lynn and Stephanie Queen for an open discussion on, “The Business of Being an Author.” The doors are open to the public for free admission from 4 to 9 pm and will include a series of special presentations by guest celebrity authors. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/.

Resources for New, Aspiring and Established Authors:

Last month I discussed several organizations that support new and established authors, including the Connecticut Author’s and Publishers Association (CAPA): aboutcapa.comThe Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS), http://community.bookapss.org/and the New England Author’s Expo (NEAE): http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/

For on line services I discussed Authors Publish Magazine: http://www.authorspublish.com/

Because I am trying to get this out before tonight’s book discussion at Divinci Coffee House in Wolcott, I will hold off until next month to discuss other author / publisher resources.

Well, that does it for now. I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Until the next time,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

Up and Coming – May / June 2016

Are You a New, Aspiring or Established Author?

Check at the bottom of this month’s alert for information on organizations and publications of interest to writing professionals.

Now on to what’s Up and Coming. As will be self-evident from the following, I am entering into one of the busiest times of my year.

Injured Angels:

Thanks to fans who keep asking how it’s coming and to a writer’s group that holds my feet to the fire for ongoing productivity, I am working more steadily on the new book each week. There is still much rewriting to go but it’s moving forward. More to come.

Amanda’s Room:

The movie: I will be meeting with the screenwriter, Carl Guerra, on the morning of May 11 to plan out our next steps. We welcome inquiries from interested producers. More to come.

The book: A description of Amanda’s Room and publication information appears in the April 26, 2016 issue of Publisher’s Weekly.

I will be meeting with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press on the afternoon of May 11 to initiate republishing the Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition through Ingram.

Upcoming Events:

Book Sale and Signing: May 6, 10 am – 5pm – Paradies Lagardere Travel Retail Shops – Bradley International Airport – Windsor Locks, CT. If you are flying in or out of Bradley International Airport on the Friday before Mother’s Day look for me on the concourse and stop by to say hello. I will be there on May 6 selling and signing my books and I am thrilled that Paradies Lagardere Travel Retail will be carrying Amanda’s Room for sale after the event.

Book Sale and Signing:  May 14 and 15, 10 am – 6 pm – Made in Connecticut Expo – Farmington Polo Grounds – 152 Town Farms Road – Farmington, CT.  This is one of my favorite annual events. Over 300 companies and businesses all featuring items made in Connecticut. There is no better event to sample all that Connecticut has to offer. The fair is expected to draw between 35,000 and 40,000 people but the grounds are so expansive that it doesn’t feel crowded. Saunter past the tents, sample food, beverages and goodies (you can smell the chocolate and pastries aisles away), shop for arts, crafts and Connecticut made products and visit our book booth to examine books in a wide variety of genres from nine Connecticut authors.

Book Discussion: May 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Southington Mini Diner, 1765 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT  This is something brand new I am trying. Two new restaurants are now carrying autographed copies of Amanda’s Room for sale. Since people generally go there, not to purchase books but to enjoy a meal and conversation, I am hosting discussions with those who have read the book and are interested in the “story behind the story.” The Southington Mini Diner is one of our favorite places to eat at any time of the day. If you have already read the book but would like to join in on the discussion, call the Mini Diner and tell them you plan to attend. The number is 860-276-8237. Ask for Theresa or her son if they are around as they have been helping plan this.

Book Sale and Signing:  May 21, 10 am – 4 pm – Warren County Sci-Fi Fantasy Day – East Washington Avenue – Downtown Washington NJ.  Are you a sci-fi geek? This promises to be tons of fun. More than just the event itself, Washington NJ appears to be a very hospitable place to visit. Check out their Facebook page for a whole series of videos from local restaurant and shop owners welcoming you to their town for last year’s inaugural event. I am thrilled to be selling and signing copies of Amanda’s Room at the same venue as my son Jason’s game development company, Geek Fever Games  (http://www.geekfevergames.com/)  More information on the Warren County Sci-Fi Fantasy Day at: https://www.facebook.com/WCSFD/timeline

Book Discussion: May 26, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Davinci Coffee Shop, 1627 Meriden Road – Wolcott CT   This is a second restaurant that has just started carrying Amanda’s Room. Davinci normally serves breakfast and lunch only and specializes in gourmet Italian coffee, tea and a variety of sandwiches and pastries. It is a comfortable, intimate atmosphere. Once again, I will be hosting a discussion of the book for any who have read it and would like to participate. If you have already read Amanda’s Room and would like to attend this discussion session, call the proprietor, Lucy Minnocci, (She is there each day until early afternoon) to let her know you’ll be coming (she wants to have enough pastry on hand). The phone number is 203-528-3711.

Book Sale and Signing:  June 11, 9:30 am – 4 pm – Litchfield Gallery on the Green – Downtown Litchfield CT.  I and a number of other Connecticut authors will be selling and signing our books in addition to over 70 juried artisans and crafters who will showcase and sell their artwork, photography, jewelry, woodworking, pottery, furniture, clothing, glasswork, quilting, leather goods and more. The picturesque town of Litchfield is an art-lovers paradise, making it the second most visited town in the state of Connecticut. This year, the Gallery on the Green will be held on the same weekend as the world-famous Litchfield Hills Road Race, which attracts many of the best runners in the world. More information at: https://www.facebook.com/galleryonthegreenct

Book Sale / Signing and Followup Book Discussion: Book Sale and Signing – June 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Followup Book Discussion September 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Paul Gregory’s Restaurant, 148 Center Street, Southington, CT  This is another new initiative. Since Paul Gregory’s will not be a regular outlet for sales of Amanda’s Room, two separate events have been scheduled at the restaurant. On June 15 from 4-6 pm I will be on hand to sell and autograph copies of Amanda’s Room. Then, once people have had a chance to read it, on September 14 from 2-4 pm, I will return again to conduct a book discussion on the story behind the story. If you have already read the book but would like to join in on the September 14 discussion, call Paula at the restaurant Monday through Friday till 3 pm and tell her you plan to attend. The number is 860-621-9999.

Resources for New, Aspiring and Established Authors:

Connecticut Author’s and Publishers Association (CAPA):  This is a great organization for those thinking about writing a book or those who have written and need advice, encouragement and/or support for polishing, publishing, marketing and distributing their work. CAPA offers very reasonable membership rates, monthly meetings in several sites throughout Connecticut, a monthly newsletter with useful information, frequent webinars, an annual writer’s conference, great opportunities for book sales and signings including a dedicated booth in the Connecticut Building at the Big-E  and a wealth of information, advice and support from other members. Information is available on their website at: aboutcapa.com

Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS):  Are you already an established author but need a channel to get your books out into the world? Then APSS could be the organization for you. APSS is headed by Brian Jud, a world famous authority on book marketing, the author of How To Make Real Money Selling Books and one of the co-founders of CAPA (See above). APSS is a rapidly growing organizations that has chapters across the country and now in other countries. They specialize in helping self-published authors or those published by small or independent publishers to get their work out into the world by focusing on outlets that go beyond the traditional bookstores. They have reasonable membership rates, offer very frequent webinars on a variety of marketing methods, in-person meetings, a newsletter with very useful information and a ton of low-cost marketing opportunities (probably more than most authors have the time to use.) They are excellent at partnering with other organizations and using their membership numbers to leverage for discounts on many marketing opportunities for their members. Information is available on their website at: http://community.bookapss.org/

New England Author’s Expo (NEAE):  July 27, 2016 marks the tenth year of the NEAE annual event and the forth year I will be participating. Run by Chris Obert, author and owner of Pear Tree Publishing, the NEAE attracts authors, publishers, illustrators and other writing professionals from throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and other New England states. The Danversport Yacht Club, where the event is held, is a posh, amazing venue. It also provides a terrific opportunity for networking with the other participants and with radio and cable television hosts and celebrity authors. It is also more than simply the annual event since it links to a series of marketing opportunities offered by Chris throughout the year. This year, in addition to the book sales, Chris is organizing a series of workshops during the setup and networking time. Interested authors can sign up to present to other authors or to the public. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/

Authors Publish Magazine:  I will devote more space to other websites in the future, but for authors who want to get their work published for others to read, I don’t know of any other better information source for current, on-going leads. Every on-line issue lists publications and organizations that are currently accepting submissions for poetry, short stories, or full manuscripts. Descriptions provide details on the kind of publication, submission criteria and financial information. More at:  http://www.authorspublish.com/

Other Projects:

For some time now I have been working with a number of new authors on their projects. I don’t consider myself a writing expert, but you can’t remain in this business for any amount of time without learning something of value, so I do believe I have some knowledge that can help new writers to save time and needless frustration. There are also people who, I believe, are worth the time because they have something special to share with the world and perhaps I can help them to share it, like the painter whose life-long ambition is to see his work in a book, or the friend whose own dedication to his yet-to-be-finished first novel inspired me to write mine, or the non-fiction writer who, with his wife, is creating a first work of fiction, or the young girl who is embarking on her first book. As these projects come to fruition, I will report on them. More to come.

Well, that does it for now. I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Until the next time,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

Up and Coming – April / May 2016

Hello Everyone,

 

Please note that because of the lateness of this notice, I will be including events from April and May and will provide an update in May with additional details on some of these items.

Injured Angels:

With all of the activity around Amanda’s Room of late, Injured Angels has had to take a back seat. I did, however, do a significant amount of work during my vacation with some surprising results. Here’s a little inside scoop. When it is published, you will probably not find it under Chuck Miceli, but rather under the pen name Charlotte Mitchell. That is because, during my recent rewrite, I came to the conclusion that in order to fully explore my protagonist’s emotions and behaviors, I wanted and maybe needed to be in her mind and skin, so the entire story is being told as a first person account by my main character, Maureen Russo and I am thrilled with the difference it makes. More on this to come.

 

Amanda’s Room:

The movie: The screenplay is written. I was hoping to pitch it to some studios while I vacationed in California but that didn’t happen. As with Injured Angels, that project has had to take a spot on the back burner while I attended to more pressing issues. I am actively seeking a producer interested in discussing the project. Please note: This is not a low budget movie. To be successful, the film would need to rely heavily on computer generated graphics. Interested persons please message me via Linkedin: cmiceli or Facebook: authorchuckmiceli

The book: By mutual agreement, California Times Publishing (CTP) and I have terminated our contract. It took a while to complete the transition, but the CTP editions of Amanda’s Room have been unpublished and the Hitchcock Lake Publication editions are once again on Amazon and BarnesandNobel.com. I hope to meet with Husky Trail Press in the near future to republish Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition.

Hard-cover Edition: I am in discussions now with printers for a special hard cover collector’s edition of Amanda’s Room. When printed, I suspect unsigned copies of this edition would retail between $25 and $30 plus shipping. If any of you on my mailing list are interested in pre-ordering an autographed collector’s copy, please let me know. I plan to have the cost lower than normal retail and hopefully can make signed copies available to you for around $20.

 

Upcoming Events:

Book Club Kit Raffle: April 27, 5:30 – 8 pm -The Waterbury Exchange Wine and Beer Tasting – La Bella Vista, 380 Farmwood Road, Waterbury, CT.

This is a great event with multiple local vendors providing free tastings of their wines and beers, loads of food tasting stations and a silent auction, all in a wonderful elegant atmosphere. Advanced tickets are $35 per person and can be obtained from Cathy Chaikowski at 203-598-2438. For the second year, the exchange will be auctioning off one of my book club kits for Amanda’s Room. Each kit contains five copies of the book, story and author information sheets and instructions for organizing the book club meeting, all contained in an attractively wrapped basket. Once everyone has read the book, the organizer contacts me and I meet personally with the group members to discuss the “story behind the story.” There are also instructions on obtaining extra copies for additional people who wish to join the group. It makes for a great, fun-filled evening. If that sounds appealing for one of your groups, I can supply complete kits for $40, which is less than the cost of three books alone.

 

Book Sale and Signing: April 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – The Connecticut Festival of Indie Games –  Elm City Games / The Grove – 756 Chapel Street, New Haven CT.

This is a fun-filled day for the whole family. For only $10 per individual or $15 for the family, you can spend the entire day playing board games developed by one of more than 30 local indie game developers. You can try playing as many as you like and if you find one you love, you can purchase it directly from the developers. Who knows, you might just discover the next Monopoly or Magic. I’ll be on hand all day selling and signing copies of Amanda’s Room. For more information and to register, go to their website: http://www.ct-fig.com/

 

Book Sale and Signing: May 6, Exact hours TBA – Paradies Lagardere Travel Retail Shops – Bradley International Airport – Windsor Locks, CT.

Traveling for business or pleasure on the Friday before Mother’s Day? If you’re flying in or out of Bradley International Airport, look for me on the concourse and stop by to say hello. The final arrangements are still being worked out but I will be there on May 6 selling and signing my books and I am thrilled that Paradies Lagardere Travel Retail will be carrying Amanda’s Room for sale after the event. I will provide the specific times for the book signing and the exact store location(s) in my May update.

 

Book Sale and Signing:  May 14 and 15, 10 am – 6 pm – Made in Connecticut Expo – Farmington Polo Grounds – 152 Town Farms Road – Farmington, CT.

This is one of my favorite annual events. Over 300 companies and businesses all featuring items made in Connecticut. There is no better event to sample all that Connecticut has to offer. The fair is expected to draw between 35,000 and 40,000 people but the grounds are so expansive that it doesn’t feel crowded. Saunter past the tents, sample food, beverages and goodies (you can smell the chocolate and pastries aisles away), shop for arts, crafts and Connecticut made products and visit our book booth to examine books in a wide variety of genres from nine Connecticut authors.

 

Book Discussion: May 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Southington Mini Diner, 1765 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT

This is something brand new I am trying. Two new restaurants are now carrying autographed copies of Amanda’s Room for sale. Since people generally go there, not to purchase books but to enjoy a meal and conversation, I am hosting discussions with those who have read the book and are interested in the “story behind the story.” The Southington Mini Diner is one of our favorite places to eat at any time of the day. If you have already read the book but would like to join in on the discussion, call the Mini Diner and tell them you plan to attend. The number is 860-276-8237. Ask for Theresa or her son if they are around as they have been helping plan this.

 

Book Discussion: May 26, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Davinci Coffee Shop, 1627 Meriden Road – Wolcott CT 

This is the other restaurant that has just started carrying Amanda’s Room. Davinci normally serves breakfast and lunch only and specializes in gourmet Italian coffee, tea and a variety of sandwiches and pastries. It is a very comfortable, intimate atmosphere. Once again, I will be hosting a discussion of the book for any who have read it and would like to participate. If you have already read Amanda’s Room and would like to attend this discussion session, call the proprietor, Lucy Minnocci, up until early afternoon to let her know you’ll be coming. The phone number is 203-528-3711.

I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Until the next time,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

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