Sunday in Florida

Good morning, Everyone. That’s right, I am not home again. I am on the south east coast where damage from Hurricane Ian was thankfully minimal.

It’s a balmy Sunday morning in Fort Pierce, Florida where I am with my cousins, Gloria and George, hunting for a pontoon boat. It’s a story I can tell fully tell once we have better focus and options. Say tuned. 

In the meantime, pour your brew. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee together, I would announce that The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers won Bronze place in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Pre-Teen Historical Fiction category. It looks pretty good with the first place Purple Dragonfly award sticker and matches Book 1, The Heart of Bakers and Artists, award collection. Pretty darn proud. 

If we were having coffee together, I would report a bunch more stuff is going on in my writer’s world. The Amazon debacle is slowly untangling. The Heart of Bakers and Artists and Becoming America’s Food Stories are now available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. You can purchase The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers for your Kindle. The paperback should appear soon, but, as of today, you can still easily buy it on Barnes and Noble   and Indie Bound libraries. Reviews are not all posted. If you have reviews for The Heart of Bakers and Artists and/or The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers, PLEASE  hold off submitting until Amazon adequately stabilizes the pages and the books are free of this mess. Stay tuned.

The other big announcement is that the Advance Readers Copy of The Wishes of Sisters and Strangers is ready! Now all I need are ARC Readers who can read quickly and provide an honest review in time for Publication Day—November 7th. There will also be special perks along the way. I have twenty-five electronic copies. Sound intriguing? Join my Wishes of Sisters and Strangers ARC Reader’s group here. You will automatically sign up for my newsletter, download the book, and be part of the excitement.

If we were having coffee together, I would add that I met fellow writers and illustrators I have been corresponding with for over a year. It is so nice to meet, hug and enjoy a live chat. Tara Kelly, of the Kelly Tillis fame, traveled to Long Island for a family wedding and made time to meet me for coffee. Tara/Kelly writes fun and quirky children’s books and recently published Meow Is Not A Cat.  

I had lunch with Lee Y Maio, the middle-grade author of Wei to Go and soon to be released It’s a RHAP, Cat. Besides being writers and Long Islanders, we have another special connection. Our amazing illustrator is Penny Weber, who lives a few towns from me. The three of us met for lunch and chatted for over two hours. We plan on meeting again for lunch. We may be the next definition of Lunch Ladies!

That’s it! Time for a coffee refill. How was your week?

Great BIG Thanks and appreciation go out to Natalie the Explorer who keeps the Weekend Coffee Share percolating.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it Funtastic!

Enjoy ❤️.   Like 👍.  Share 😊. 

Work for Peace

You have a voice

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.

14 thoughts

  1. Antoinette, Congratulations on your writing success! Bronze place is amazing. It’s great that you met up with other writers and made new friends. I hope you have a safe and wonderful stay in Florida. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.

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    1. Hi Gary, Thanks for the complements.
      I would love to read your work with a thoughtful yet critical eye. However, I am bogged down with a lot of family and getting Book 3 out. I will a few weeks to catch my breath. Would that be okay? I will pen you in my calendar to contact you at the end of this month.
      Thanks a bunch.


  2. Hi, Antoinette – I hope that the hunt for the pontoon boat goes well. Please keep us posted.
    Congratulations on The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers winning Bronze place in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Pre-Teen Historical Fiction. That is very exciting news!


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