Tom Nelson

40President253What’s a small town boy like me doing, publishing another book of stories about Fennimore, Wisconsin, the town I grew up in, then left a long time ago; but can’t quite ever leave in my mind? Thanks to an assignment from the Fennimore Times newspaper, in 2002, I have had the wonderful opportunity to recall friends, acquaintances, relatives, and events in a weekly newspaper column called “Fennimore… As I Remember.”

My latest book, That’s My Story, And I’m Still Movin’ on, is the sixth gathering of a number of yarns and tales from years past. The first book, That’s My Story, And I’m Sticking to It! was followed by, That’s My Story, And I’m Still Sticking to It! followed by third, fourth, and fifth. I trust readers will find this latest account to their liking and that my narratives of Fennimore, past and present, will give you similar affection for my favorite hometown and its history. I caution people that these too could be your stories, merely change the names and your friends may appear on every page.

I recently read that author, Studs Terkel, said, “People are hungry for stories––its part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.” Sounds good to me, for I’m a story teller, not an author.

As for my background, I was educated as a mining engineer, followed by a stint in an Arizona copper mine and then pursued a career in sales and management in mining and construction related industries. After living in eleven locations around the country my wife, Dorothy, and I have settled down in the Ft Myers Fl area. I can be reached at normsson@yahoo.com.

Tom Nelson’s books

Violet Niggl

P1210040Award-winning author Violet Niggl (pen name Violeta Barrett) has always written stories since she learned to write at the age of four. Subsequent to a forty-two year career, holding executive positions in both the public and private sectors, Barrett. a Brooklyn transplant, moved from Canada to Ft. Myers, Florida, after her husband’s death. She was encouraged to write a story on reinventing her life, which was published in an anthology of stories titled BEYOND COPING. A Valentine letter she wrote on a whim won a prize and was published in her local newspaper. She began writing articles for a political newsletter soon after, eventually becoming co-editor.
Inspired by a dream, Barrett published her debut book FIRST LOVE in 2011, a romantic memoir of a love she experienced over fifty years ago. It was later translated into Spanish titled PRIMER AMOR. Although her latest book ANGEL IN DISGUISE was inspired by her love for children and pets, “the underlying story of recuperation and the restoration of hope may resonate with readers who have also experienced loss..”* A Children’s Edition of ANGEL IN DISGUISE, with an upbeat ending, was published the same year.
Barrett graduated from the N.Y. Institute of Finance and the American Institute of Banking. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and York University in Toronto, where she earned a B.A. in Humanities — Religious Studies and Sociology, at the age of sixty-one.
Her passions are classical music, writing, reading, travel, photography…and love.
*Excerpt from KIRKUS REVIEWS

Website: www.violetabarrett.com

Alice Oldford

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I am a trail lover since childhood when riding my horse on the well-developed trails of the Watchung Reservation in NJ was a treat. Later when there was no longer a steed at hand, my own feet served me well. Then I learned about the benefits of exercise and endorphins and just kept walking.

My work life has centered on land use having been a legal secretary specializing in real estate and land use board administrator and now a Realtor.

My first book, You Can Get There from Here – Hiking Hunterdon County Trails, in collaboration with Sue Dziamara grew from our walking and exploring in Hunterdon County NJ and wishing to share the wealth. A sequel trail book, Hiking NJ Trails Hunterdon County and Beyond –You Can Get There from Here Too, broadens the quest.

As a transplant to sunny Florida, I added kayaking to my outdoor interests.  I have a new adventure book sharing the fun of Lee and Collier County trails and waterways — 10 Adventures and More in Lee and Collier Counties – Florida on Land and Water.

In the end, walking and paddling are my most fun land and water pursuits yet and writing about them a bonus.

Enjoy my award-winning memoir with kitchen tips and tricks and 50 recipes, Recipes and Life – Life is Too Short to be Stuck in the Kitchen.

Visit my website at: aliceoldford.com.

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Cris Pacetti

SCAN_20150129_1526282832Cris Pacetti is a native Floridian. Theatre found her at age fifteen. She staged plays in her carport promising friends the best roles in order to assume other characters in familiar tales. She graduated from University of South Florida in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University’s School of Theatre in 1980. After acting in numerous roles in university and professional theatre she discovered her dream job was to raise two children, Liz and Nick. In addition to acting, a glance at Cris’ resume reveals employment as a puppeteer, director of a cultural center, theatre teacher for preschoolers, elementary, middle, high, and postgraduate levels. Cris started writing at age 13, but never finished anything until necessity provided an opportunity to write plays for her students. A retired teacher, Cris spends many hours walking through memories, (not necessarily her own), writing them down.

Nancy Pantone

tulips-keukenhof-20150426-10A freelance ghost writer, Nancy helps high tech companies promote products by writing white papers, blogs, articles, webpages, manuals and other collaterals. Nancy is writing on her first two books; a cancer memoir and a woman’s fiction story. She splits her time between Denver and Ft Myers Beach. Nancy is passionate about traveling, enjoying different cultures and seeing wildlife. She has visited more than 50 countries and went trekking to see mountain gorillas in 2015.

Visit her website at: http://objectech.com

John Patralia

DSC01781Born on Broad Street not far from where the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers ply their trades, a graduate of three local schools (Bishop Neumann High, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and Temple University), it’s hard for me to imagine anyone being more Philadelphian than I.

Nonetheless, during the 40s and 50s, if you asked me or my buddies what’s your nationality, to a man we’d say, we’re Italians. A badge of honor, we knew Italian was the way we could distinguish ourselves from other ethnic groups that surrounded our little world, our little Italy, known to us simply as South Philly. Filled with immigrants from Naples, Sicily and Calabria, we grew up eating the best Italian food, listening to the best music sung by the likes of Como, Bennett, Sinatra, and Deano; rooting for great athletes like Graziano, Marciano and DiMaggio; going to the same schools with other South Philly Italians, Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Darren, Buddy Greco, Bobby Rydell and Mario Lanza.

While growing up Italian, few if any of us kids ever aspired to visiting Italy let alone having the chance to live there for a year. Well, I did live in Italy. More accurately, Nancy and I did. The experience changed our lives. What we learned could fill a book. So, we wrote one. When you read it, we hope it will inspire you to do something exciting, something adventuresome. For us, it was Italy. For you, it might be something else. Climb a mountain. Write a book. Ask for that raise. Life is short. Find your Italy and do it. Avanti.

Visit Nancy and John at: http://NotInATuscanVilla.com

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Nancy Patralia

DSC04248_2Nancy Petralia grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and will forever be a Steelers fan. Always moving eastward, she lived in Harrisburg then Philadelphia where she met husband John. He taught her about good olives, opera, tennis and Italian cooking. She taught him about Irish stew and having a dog. Together they started a book club that’s met every month for nearly 20 years.

They retired to the Jersey shore where Nancy improved her backhand and discovered a talent for ceramic sculpture. They took Italian lessons. And they dreamed…of living in Italy. When they decided to make that dream a reality it was the start of the best year of their lives–and a story they wanted to share.

Nancy and John recently relocated to Fort Myers, Florida, a city they hope to love as much as Parma, Italy.

Visit Nancy and John at: http://NotInATuscanVilla.com

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Kenny Rager

Cannon-114I was born in 1957 in the beautiful Finger Lakes town of Ithaca, New York at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake (AKA “Ithaca is Gorges” and the home of Cornell University, Ithaca College and Ithaca Gun). At the age of 22 I followed my brother Rocky to Fort Myers, Florida where after a few years in the bar business I found my way into real estate development and redevelopment and enjoyed a 30 year career.

I have three remarkable daughters, Ashley, Lyndsey Grace and Chloe’ and a grand son to brag about. The death of Lyndsey Grace at 22 from diabetes complications has forever changed my life and given me inspiration to write more. Ashley graduated from the University of Florida and Emory Law School. Chloe is presently an art major at the University of Florida.

When I was 12 my step Dad, Ernie Silver, gave me the poem Invictus as a creed to live by. As I memorized it I found strength in the poem’s words and it sparked my passion for writing poetry. I never imagined until recently that I would someday be the author of poetry and children’s books. I wish that my mom, Edie, and Ernie were here to read them.

I wrote my first poem when I was 24 and published my first poetry book entitled “Reflections of a Life in Poetry” when I was 57. It is a collection of 50 poems I wrote over 32 years. The subject matter is derived mostly from events in my life or those of close friends and family. They range from love to love lost, from life to lives lost, from childbirth to a child lost, from children to grandchildren, from courtship to marriage, from bikers to veterans, from Christmas to Thanksgiving, from Christenings to reunions, and even some faith-based poems with spiritual messages. I was honored to receive a Five Star book review from Readers Choice.

My hope is that you will find a special poem for you or a loved one that touches your emotions and brings either a smile or a tear, maybe recalls a fond memory, gives you comfort through a difficult time, or just causes you to reflect upon your life where you have been and where you are going.

One of the poems in the book entitled “You’re A CrocaGator” is now my first children’s book. It is a story about love and acceptance as the story line follows the events when a crocodile, named CrocaSonny, falls in love with a beautiful alligator he spots across the creek, named GatorSissy. They get together and form a mixed family like many others throughout the world. My hope is that this children’s book can be a parental tool to promote awareness to convey an explanation of issues our mixed society faces today.

I intend to use the “CrocaGator” in a series of books to address children and family issues. My second book will be out this summer entitled “You’re a Step CrocaGator” focuses on the relationship of step children and their parents.

I have written 8 books now so in the near future be on the lookout for books about: a baby CrocaGator, a CrocaGator going to school, a Happy Birthday CrocaGator, a handicap CrocaGator, a safe CrocaGator and a bullied CrocaGator, to name a few.

By the way, proceeds from the sale of every book goes to support the soon to open “Lyndsey House” in Fort Myers, Florida. Lyndsey House is a shelter for women and women with children operated by the Fort Myers Rescue Mission.

Today I enjoy sharing my poetry with friends and family and making new fans. The best part of my job besides writing is reading to children at schools, inmates at the jail, friends at night and the occasional audience. There is never a charge so if you have a need to hear a few of Kenny’s Poems let me know.

I love hearing back from readers by e-mail at kenny@thecrocagator.com. It would be my fondest desire that my poems encourage others to take some time and write a rhyme.

Visit his website at: http://thecrocagator.com

Kenny Rager’s books

Larry Stiles

Larry-03Larry Stiles was trained as an engineer and recently retired after a long career in higher education administration. He is trying to spend his “second childhood” catching up on some of the interests that were set aside for a demanding career. These include playing around with ham radio, volunteering with the Red Cross, taking classes unrelated to a degree and, in a break with the engineer stereotype, attempting some creative writing. So far the writing has been limited to poetry, some short stories and a couple of non-fiction pieces. The next Great American Novel is still in the future.