What Happened in June?

Well, that was a speedy June. Flowers burst color through the neighborhood, boats varnished, tweaked, and launched and busy days scribbling and making words work. Here is the latest Stories Served News To Nosh. If you would like to read it in a newsletter-ly layout, click here.


Writerly News

The Wishes of Sisters and Strangers is the third book in the Becoming America’s Stories series. Presently, the manuscript is now getting the once-twice-three times look over at Red Penguin Books. Penny Weber, illustrator extraordinaire, is putting the final brush strokes on the cover art. Cover reveal madness is imminent. 

Speaking of Penny Weber, she and book designer Sunny Duran of Purple Butterfly Press have shared initial Famous Seaweed Soup sketches with me. I cried. I know everyone will be so pleased. 

Have you seen my latest video? Don’t worry, there is no singing or dancing. I made an Instagram Reel about the characters in the Becoming America’s Stories series. The first video introduces readers and followers to Lily and her family. Check it out.

Stay tuned for more character and setting videos. 

Don’t worry if you missed any of June’s Stories Served Around The Table blog posts, because I got them right here:

Sisters and Letters

June Colors and Boats Coffee Share

Meet the Author

A Quick Cup Of Coffee

Meet The Family

Readers’ Corner

I love to read, don’t you? Writers are readers first. It is important to share book reviews so that fellow readers may find their next great read. Presently, my TBR list contains children’s picture books to middle grade and YA novels. I am also reading short story collections and women’s fiction.

This is a delightful middle-grade novel featuring a sister-brother team. It was refreshing to see Asian-American children portrayed and learning about their rich culture without the stereotypes. Readers learn too as Ellie and her brother scheme, explore, and problem solve their way through Hong Kong to help their dad’s company survive a corporate takeover. The characters had clear strengths, flaws, and motives. The bickering banter, compromising cooperation, and deep friendship between the siblings felt genuine and the setting descriptions were vivid. I felt I was in the busy Hong Kong city. I was, however, distracted by the enormous expectations Ellie was tackling. It did not seem like a realistic storyline, but the characters were so likable and the journey was fun. Congratulations Lee Miao!

Where Can You Find Me?

Now that summer has officially arrived, I filled my calendar with sailing, boating, and beach-bumming.

At this time, I do not have firm upcoming bookish event dates.

You will know as soon as I know.  

If you are a teacher, librarian, or PTO chairperson searching for engaging and fun Meet the Author programs, PLEASE email me at atmartin@stories-served.com

That’s it, Everyone. 

Tell me how your June panned out. What’s happening in July? 

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Becoming America’s Food Stories

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.

5 thoughts

  1. Antoinette, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. You’ve been busy with your book now it’s time to relax and have some summer fun on or near a beach. Have a great weekend and July 4th celebration!

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  2. Congrats on finishing your book! As a future designer, I’m curious about how you feel about someone else making the book cover! Is it important that the illustrator sort of catches the soul in the book in the cover? Have you been involved in the design process?

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  3. Hmm, the link is a you tube connection. It worked on my end. Try again. It is so up on Instagram @storiesserved.


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