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Mayra Calvani's Blog – July 2013 Archive (7)

Book Review: ‘Room of Tears’ by Linda Merlino

Room of Tears is a spiritual story about heroes, miracles, and faith. It’s also a story about love, death, and tragedy.

In the summer of 2041, 71-year-old Diane O’Connor invites Friar Antonio Ortiz to her home in Queens. The reason is nothing short of mysterious: she has a request for him, which entails giving him a letter and a recording…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 31, 2013 at 10:43am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Pelican Bay’ by Jesse Giles Christiansen

Part suspense novel, part literary mystery, Pelican Bay is an original story set in a small, forlorn beach town in South Carolina.

The tale begins with our young protagonist, Ethan Hodges, discovering a sunken cemetery just off the beach that could very well be four centuries old. Compelled to find answers, he begins to ask questions to an old,…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 29, 2013 at 7:35am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Sweet Karoline’ by Catherine Astolfo

“I met Ethan on the day that I killed Karoline.”

Thus begins this psychological mystery. One has to admit, it is a great hooky first line for a book!

What if, in a moment of thoughtless anger, you were to wish your best friend’s demise, then, soon after, that friend ended up dead?

This is the story of our smart, beautiful,…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 25, 2013 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Book Spotlight & Excerpt: ROOM OF TEARS, by Linda Merlino

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Out of tragedies come heroes and miracles…



At 9:59 a.m. on September 11, 2001, Diane O’Connor’s life as a firefighter’s wife changes forever, shattering her faith. Four decades later, a note still hangs on her kitchen cabinet in Queens,…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 25, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘The Curse Giver’ by Dora Machado (Romantic Fantasy)

Intrigue, romance and adventure await you in Dora Machado’s latest fast-paced, plot-twisting fantasy, The Curse Giver, just released by Twilight Times Books.

The story begins with our innocent healer heroine, Lusielle, as she is about to be burned on the pyre after she’s sentenced to death for a crime she didn’t commit. But just…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 24, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments

An Interview with Catherine Astolfo, Author of ‘Sweet Karoline’

Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education. She can recall writing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three, so she started finishing her books the day after her retirement became official. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of Canadian literary presses. Her story, “What Kelly Did”, won the prestigious Arthur…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 19, 2013 at 8:22am — No Comments

An Interview with Dora Machado, author of THE CURSE GIVER

Dora Machado is the award winning author of the epic fantasy Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, available from Twilight Times Books July 2013. She grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a fascination for writing and a taste for Merengue. After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds,…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 14, 2013 at 8:54pm — No Comments

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