October Recap

Happy Halloween, Everyone. October slipped by from long summer-like days to a dark damp autumn season. A lot went on. Join me in recapping October. 

The BIG announcement is The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers release into the world. The story picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off. It is 1911 in the Lower East Side tenement neighborhood, and our hero, Lily,  has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game. You can order your book HERE. 

I am offering a little Thank You gift to the first 50 readers. Email me (storiesserved@gmail.com) or comment to let me know you made a purchase. 

Hurry! This offer is almost full. 

The Heart of Bakers and Artists won a GOLD place in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in the Pre-Teen Historical Fiction category. The Moonbeam Award joins the 1st place Purple Dragonfly Book Award accolades.  

Here are the links in case you missed any witty blog posting in October. 

October Thrills

Sunday Dinners

Coffee Catch Up

Playing America’s Game 

Several podcasts and local papers have interviewed me. They should aire and publish in November or soon after. Here are some media to keep an eye on. I will send out announcements when they are out in the world. 

The Write Stuff #GuestDayTuesday with Marcia Meara

The Tuffish Show with Jennifer Milius

The Sayville Gazette

The Suffolk County News

Reading With Your Kids with Jed Doherty

Writers’ Dream with Linda Frank

The Walker Show with Walker Neer

That’s it, Everyone. Great BIG thanks go out to Natalie the Explorer who keeps the Weekend Coffee Share percolating.

Have a good week. Make it SPOOKTACULAR

Enjoy ❤️.   Like 👍.  Share 😊. 


I will sign books, on November 13th, while celebrating the publication of the three Becoming America’s Stories books: The Heart of Bakers and Artists, The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers, and Becoming America’s Food Stories at the Cool Beans Coffee Shoppe next to the West Sayville Post Office from 1 to 3 pm. It is a wonderful venue. There will be book swag, simple not-too-messy crafts, and delish coffees, teas and pastries. Come on in, bring the kids, say “hi”, sip a favorite coffee or tea, and buy a book. 

Have you taken that picture of you reading one of the books or both?! Email it to me (storiesserved@gmail.com) so I can put it in the Readers’ Celebration slide show for the book signing!


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Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.
The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

9 thoughts

  1. Hi Antoinette, Fingers crossed here for a great release. It’s fun and fascinating watching from my vantage point as you turn this effort into a movement. Wishing you gobs of success for this well-written series.
    Blessings.

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  2. Congratulations, Antoinette, on your new book release and the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for your previous book. Great to hear you have a variety of book interviews and podcasts lined up in the coming weeks. Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

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