Congratulations to Guido Mattioni

Author Guido Mattioni has lots of reasons to celebrate this holiday season. His novel, Whispering Tides, is a finalist in both the 2012 USA Book News Awards and the Global Ebook Awards.

When his beloved wife Nina suddenly dies – after 23 years of life together – Alberto Landi understands he has to leave Milan Italy, where he has always lived and worked. He leaves his friends, colleagues, a good job and the polluted big city he has never loved which has now become even more intolerable to him. He is fifty, he is totally alone and he is confused, but he definitely knows that he has to escape very far away, across the ocean, to the only place he and Nina had always loved together. He lands in Savannah, Georgia. There, in a natural paradise governed by the breath of the tides and with the help of many dear friends – colorful human characters as well as wise animals – he starts to rebuild his new life. His dream is coming true until the day he wakes up one morning and discovers that…

Whispering Tides is available at and Smashwords. To read a sneak peek of Whispering Tides, click here.

Congratulations to Author Jennifer Zane

Gnome on the RangeRomCon has awarded Gnome on the Range, the contemporary romance novel by Jennifer Zane, two honors:  2012 Readers’ Crown Winner for Best Contemporary Romance, and Best First Book.

Jane West has everything a woman could want. A job in a small Montana town’s only adult store, two busy young boys and one dead husband. Everything except a little excitement–a little zing. But that changes one summer morning at a garage sale when her kids buy some garden gnomes.

Now someone wants those gnomes and will let nothing get in their way. Including Jane. This new excitement for Jane spells trouble for a relationship with new neighbor–and hot fireman–Ty Strickland. Can Jane and Ty handle a relationship meddling mother-in-law, crazy kids, and stay alive while trying to solve the mystery of the garden gnomes?

You can read a Sneak Peek of Gnome on the Range here.

Gnome on the Range is available in paperback and electronic editions from You can see the awards announcement on the RomCon website here.

Congratulations to Author Katherine Mayfield

The Box of DaughterPaul Collins at the Nashua Telegraph says, “Every now and then, a book comes along that’s written in such a compelling and gripping way that the narrative has the power to stay with you long after you’ve read the last page. Such is the case with The Box of Daughter by Maine author Katherine Mayfield.”

But that’s not the only good news for author Katherine Mayfield. Her memoir, The Box of Daughter, is also a finalist in the 2012 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards.

The Box of Daughter is the compelling true story of the author’s struggle to recover from childhood emotional abuse, and her quest to raise her self-esteem and create a more authentic life.

Bullied by her religious mother in childhood, the author pursued a professional acting career in her twenties and thirties, appearing Off-Broadway, in independent films, and on the daytime drama Guiding Light. Entering therapy in her thirties in response to a divorce, she began to unravel the threads of dysfunction in her family. Continue reading “Congratulations to Author Katherine Mayfield”