Join Garasamo Maccagnone, author of the literary short story collection, Sentiments of Blue (CreateSpace, January 14, 2011), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in June and July on his fourth virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book.
About Garasamo Maccagnone
Garasamo Maccagnone is a writer and entrepreneur. The founder of a successful airfreight business, Maccagnone now focuses on his literary career. He is the author of the novel St. John of the Midfield, the novella, For the Love of St. Nick, a collection of short stories entitled, My Dog Tim and Other Stories, and a children’s book titled, The Suburban Dragon. Sentiments of Blue is his latest short story collection. Maccagnone currently lives in Shelby Township where he is working on his second novel, The Sorrows of Pebble Creek.
Find the author online at http://garasamomaccagnone.com/.
About Sentiments of Blue
Set in a Michigan factory, the title story takes readers inside a workplace dominated by a ruthless bully and his cronies. While explaining the actions taking place around him, it becomes clear that the narrator yearns to escape the blue-collar life handed down to him from his father. “Perfect Game” unfolds during a minor league baseball game with Chi-Chi Gomez on the mound, a fearless pitcher who never fails to brush a few batters back from the plate–a space he considers his personal property. Along with other stories, the book also features original poems including “Uncle Nardo’s Store,” “My Father’s Foot,” and “The Malediction of Miss Holstein.”
Read an Excerpt!
The Careers of My Mother
When I was a boy
she was a secretary.
Her nights were filled
with filing groceries,
taking phone calls,
around his office
to remind him of things
he always forgot.
Then, when I turned fourteen,
My mother earned her law degree.
As a defense counselor,
she became a dazzling chief litigator,
furious with her polished tongue,
bullying us with verbal assaults,
clearing his name with brilliant oration
while drilling her steely finger into my chest
with every point she made!
Today, she’s a nurse.
From the den I watch her
slowly lean over to turn him,
stroke his hair, cut the drool that sways,
from the corner of his mouth,
kiss his hand that trembles
between the tubes that feed him.
Read the Reviews!
Throughout the pages of Sentiments Of Blue, author Garasamo Maccagnone takes the reader deep into the hearts and minds of individuals who find themselves up against some of the greatest challenges of their lives. A creative mix of poetry and short stories, Sentiments Of Blue conveys the raw, unfiltered essence of humanity at its best and worst, painting for the reader a compelling portrait of courage in the face of fear and uncertainty.
Maccagnone’s collection leads off with five reflective poetic pieces, culminating with the jarring “My Father’s Foot” – an eye-opening offering sure to catch the reader off guard. Sentiments Of Blue then closes out with five engaging short stories, including the stirring “Perfect Game,” “Holy Thursday,” and the eponymous tale of a conflicted young soul yearning for release from the mundane legacy of his father. All taken together, Maccagnone’s stories and poems comprise a quite moving collection with the potential to resonate within readers for a long time to come. An impressive, thought-provoking read.
Sentiments of Blue Tour Schedule
Monday, June 6th
Guest blogging at Literal Exposure
Tuesday, June 7th
Interviewed at Blogcritics
Wednesday, June 8th
Interviewed at As the Pages Turn
Thursday, June 9th
Book excerpt featured at Between the Covers
Friday, June 10th
Book spotlight at Let’s Talk Virtual Book Tours
Monday, June 13th
Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
Tuesday, June 14th
Book spotlighted at Books, Products and More!
Wednesday, June 15th
Guest blogging at The Hot Author Report
Thursday, June 16th
Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books
Friday, June 17th
Guest blogging and giveaway at Acting Balanced
Monday, June 20th
Book spotlighted at Pump Up Your Books, Blurbs and Bytes
Tuesday, June 21st
Guest blogging at Writing Daze
Wednesday, June 22nd
Book reviewed at The Book Connection
Thursday, June 23rd
Guest blogging at Paperback Writer
Monday, June 27th
Interviewed at Beyond the Books
Tuesday, July 5th
Book reviewed at Paperback Writer
Wednesday, July 6th
Book spotlighted at The Writer’s Life
Thursday, July 7th
Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Friday, July 8th
Guest blogging at Authors and Appetizers
Monday, July 11th
Guest blogging at Review from Here
Wednesday, July 13th
Guest blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, July 15th
Interviewed at Examiner
Wednesday, July 20th
Book spotlighted at American Chronicle
Thursday, July 21st
Radio interview at 6:30 PM Eastern at A Book and A Chat
Friday, July 22nd
Book spotlighted at Broowaha
More dates to come!