Amazon SMALL BITES Giveaway Link

Dear Golden Antelope Reader,

Please enter the Amazon Giveaway for Don Tassone's SMALL BITES and win a free copy.  This giveaway ends on June 14, but will be immediately followed by a second one.  If you are as kind and altruistic as I think you are, dear Reader, please share the link below with all your friends.  Or just tell them to go to Amazon and "follow" Don Tassone to access the Giveaway.

Thanks,

the Delmonicos

  https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/983ce6cd4d4abbf6

"Snowflakes in a Blizzard" profiles SMALL BITES

Small Bites

THE BOOK: Small Bites

PUBLISHED IN: June 2018

THE AUTHOR: Don Tassone

THE EDITOR: Betsy Delmonico

THE PUBLISHER: Golden Antelope Press

SUMMARY: This is a collection of 40 short stories. Many can be read in about a minute. The longer ones might take half an hour. Stories are divided into three sections — appetizers, entrees and desserts — to fit all tastes and appetites.

Stories touch on a range of themes, including love, loss, generosity, renewal and the power of imagination. The subgenres are diverse — from romance and drama to science fiction and spirituality. In this book, I hope there’s something for everybody.

Don TassoneTHE BACK STORY: One of stories featured in the entrees section, “The Beauty Inside,” is a sequel to a story in my first collection, Get Back. That story is called “The Beauty in Things.” It’s a love story. Many readers asked me to write a sequel. I am delighted to serve up this second course.

WHY THIS TITLE?: At some point, I began to think of all these stories as a meal. Thus, the title, Small Bites. I wanted each story to be “tasty,” and I wanted to offer enough stories to leave readers feeling nourished and wonderfully satisfied.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: We’re all busy these days, but we all love a good story. I created Small Bites with busy people in mind.

REVIEW COMMENTS

“Small Bites offers a menu of short stories that produce a tug-o-war for the reader. One end of the reading ‘rope’ says, ‘Read faster!’ because the stories are so appealing. Tugging at the other end, a voice says, ‘Slow down!”‘because you don’t want this book to end.”

“Small Bites offers small bits of wit and wisdom as it stirs readers’ creative worlds of wonder. Stories invite the reader to consider, “What might I do in that situation?” That’s a good reason to read slowly and allow Small Bites to lead into new realms of imagina-tion.”

“Small Bites extends an invitation to the reader to grow, to move beyond. Small Bites suggests new worlds to explore: tender love, sci-fi, politics and prayer, the possi-bility of the impossible, sunrise and sunset, the sound of God’s breath! Prepare for aha moments in reading Small Bites. Don Tassone rivals O’Henry in the art of surprise end-ings, often endings that are the beginnings of the reader’s journey into deeper thinking.” —  Patti Normile, author of Prayers for Caregivers.

AUTHOR PROFILE: After a long career in the corporate world, Don Tassone has re-turned to his creative writing roots, living the passion for the written word which first led him to earn a degree in English. Small Bites is his third work of fiction, his second col-lection of short stories. His debut novel, Drive, and debut short story collection, Get Back, were published in 2017. Don also teaches public relations at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He and his wife Liz live in Loveland, Ohio. They have four children.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: I write to make people think and feel more deeply. I hope the stories in “Small Bites” do that.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: https://www.amazon.com/Small-Bites-Forty-Short-Sto-ries/dp/1936135558

LOCAL OUTLETS: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

PRICE: $15.95

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: My email is dptassone@gmail.com, and my personal web-site is dontassone.com.

 
 

Announcement from University of Arkansas Press

Okay, this isn't a Golden Antelope book, but we're proud to announce that Phil Howerton edited the University of Arkansas's forthcoming anthology, The Literature of the Ozarks.  It won't be out until 2019, but we're looking forward to seeing this tribute to Ozark writers.  C.D. Albin is represented by two pieces--a poem and a story. 

Don Tassone's SMALL BITES Released June 4--With Fanfare

SMALL BITES, Don Tassone's fast-paced "meal" of flash-fiction "appetizers," substantial short-story "entrees," and delicious "desserts" is officially being released on June 4.  The flurry of PR activities  includes:

Wednesday May 30, a live podcast with Rick Tocquigny, host of LIFE LESSONS

Interview with Baarbara Gray of WVXU's AROUND CINCINNATI on Sunday, June 17

Book signing and reading at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood, Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m.

Podcast with Caroline Dowd-Higgins, host of YOUR WORKING LIFE in September.

Congratulations to Don on a wonderful book and a fine PR effort.

THE FRAYER by Patricia Watts Reviewed by Midwest Book Review

The Frayer
Patricia Watts
Golden Antelope Press
http://goldenantelope.com
9781936135462 $17.95 amazon.com

The Frayer is an intense, concentrated novel of deception, manipulation, eroticism, and intrigue. A mysterious invader, who hides his diabolic true nature with seductive charm, threatens the well-being of the inhabitants of a venerable apartment building in Alaska. The building itself, Big Blue, is helpless to watch the lives of its owner and tenants torn aprt... or is it? Dark, suspenseful, and fascinating, The Frayer is highly recommended.

Synopsis: In Patricia Watts' new novel, The Frayer, we watch an uncannily seductive Louisiana bayou man as he goes about "fraying" the inhabitants of a prosperous apartment building in Fairbanks, Alaska, and destroying the building itself. Angelo Fallon's eerie powers are both physical and psychological. Physically, he can make chunks of plaster fall from walls, and massive chandeliers break loose from ceilings. And he can seduce, apparently, just about anyone he chooses to seduce. Big Blue, the building itself, narrates the story of Angelo's machinations: tiny cracks start appearing in Blue's walls as soon as the villain walks in. But Blue, who can read the thoughts of most of his inhabitants, sees only a wave of black when he searches inside Angelo's mind. Within a few pages, Angelo Fallon has caused Corrine, the building's owner, to break a leg.

Psychologically, Angelo is a master at sowing discord. He knows the weaknesses and hidden needs of the individuals he has decided to destroy, and he skillfully insinuates himself into their lives. So, having made Corrine vulnerable, he becomes her caretaker, then her controller. He creates mistrust, using loaded questions and pretended concern to turn her against her friend Jasmina, the coffee shop owner who teaches belly dancing on Blue's ground floor. He widens the rift by seducing both women, then further isolates Corrine by turning his bluesy saxophone-playing charm on her closeted gay friend Lonnie. (The seduction scenes are steamy.)

Big Blue senses the cracks growing, the mold forming as Angelo plays his frayer games. He watches, frets, and tries to intervene. But can he do more than wring his non-existent hands? Can his sixty years of caring, and the deeper instincts of Angelo's flawed victims, save him--or them?

Patricia Watts' surreal premise quickly pulls readers into a novel which blends horror and heroism, eros and architecture. Her long career as an investigative journalist in Fairbanks is evident in the skill with which she creates and motivates her characters, the detailed care with which she describes her scene, the suspense she builds, the inevitable deceptions and self-deceptions she slowly uncovers.

Critique: The Frayer is an intense, concentrated novel of deception, manipulation, eroticism, and intrigue. A mysterious invader, who hides his diabolic true nature with seductive charm, threatens the well-being of the inhabitants of a venerable apartment building in Alaska. The building itself, Big Blue, is helpless to watch the lives of its owner and tenants torn aprt... or is it? Dark, suspenseful, and fascinating, The Frayer is highly recommended.