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Uprising in the world of 1967; Upheaval in a Bronx home!
Uprising in the world of 1967; Upheaval in a Bronx home!
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I am so excited to finally publish my first novel, Fifteen. It's the first of four consecutive novels I've written, all connected to the Garment Center of New York City...each in different eras with unique characters and plots.

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“...the characters are compelling and well-drawn, and the story moves at a quick clip…An entertaining novel that paints a fine portrait of 1960s New York.” --Kirkus Reviews

      Fifteen is set in the Bronx in 1967, in a time of conflicting emotions—light-hearted expressions of freedom, and angry displays of turbulence. In Fifteen, the revolution of the 60’s is not only an exterior uprising in the world, but an upheaval at home in this traditional second-generation Italian-American household. The story is told in two viewpoints of a mother and her daughter. Maria is a young mother married to Luigi who is fifteen years older and set in his ways. Angelina, a typical teen of the turbulent era, falls for a sexy Italian man who mistakes Maria and Angelina for sisters. Unbeknownst to Angelina, he has a crush on her mother. Angelina seeks ‘free love’ like her friends, but, what does she do when she gets pregnant? And, is it free love or date rape with her? Is Maria justified in her passionate desire for a younger man? Will she sprout her wings exiting her stale marriage—forever wearing a label of sinner for her infidelity? Why can’t Nonna (Grandma) play poker with all those terrifying mafia guys? Is quirky Tia, who has what appears to be a perfect liberated life, truly happy? Will Luigi ever ‘cool out’ and discover his true self? Why can’t he realize he has everything he ever wanted right under his nose? And, Pasquale—is finding the perfect wife the answer to his dreams, or should he find himself first? The characters in Fifteen struggle with their own various issues—all in different ages of turmoil. But, it’s when Pasquale, the sultry Italian stallion enters the picture, that sparks fly and nothing in the Campisi family is ever the same again.

      You can read more about Fifteen in the 1st chapters in this presentation. You can also read my bio and plans for the next three books in this series. But what I need is your help for the cost of layout, printing, marketing and eBook conversion. I can’t wait for you to read Fifteen and let me know what you think of the story. Thank you ahead of time for your help.

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Fifteen is edited, proofread and ready to convert into eBook format, and to print in quality paperback, so you will be able to read it. Expenses needed to complete this project include the cost of printing, layout, cover, publicity and eBook conversion. I am working with a professional book designer who worked for Random House for 40 years. He will be laying out the book and preparing it for print in the United States at one of the top book printers. I have been working for the past few years for a local independent publisher and have gained much experience in what it takes to publish and distribute fine trade books. I have formed my own publishing company (Skydance Press LLC) to self publish and someday publish authors of unique fiction, memoir, and self-improvement books. At present, I have three additional novels in the works: Dance to Fashion, set in 1974, Perilous Ambition, set in the 1980s, and The Melisa Ordeal, set in 2000.

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