Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Worldwide Giveaway & Interview | These Thy Gifts by Vincent Panettiere

Doodles, doodles everywhere congratulates author Vincent Panettiere on the release of his book, These Thy Gifts! Let's welcome him on the blog for an interview with DDE today. Read on!

1. What inspired you to write These Thy Gifts?

I wanted to accomplish two goals when deciding to write my new novel These Thy Gifts. One,  to see if I could write a story covering 50 years; Two, to comment on the scourge of child abuse by priests that was sweeping the country and the world without writing a novel about child abuse.

I hit upon the idea of beginning the novel in a more innocent time with an equally innocent character. The year was 1956 and the character was Father Steve Trimboli. In the process we see him as an activist priest championing the downtrodden, a person who would volunteer to be a chaplain in Viet Nam and upon returning would confront priest abuse in his own parish.
In the process, I created an atypical love story. Trimboli is not a saint and in a moment of weakness and mutual need fathers a child with Rosalie, a young widow. Their daughter, Stephanie, is born. Their love is unusual, but it forms the spine of the story.

2. Can you give the readers an idea about what they should expect in the book?

Readers should expect a well-written, professionally edited book that will take them on a fast-paced ride into territory that is familiar, but also unknown.

3. Do you decide the character traits before you sit down to write the book, or as you go along?

I let characters develop in their own way, which directs the story.

4. Can you tell us what kind of research went behind These Thy Gifts?

The most research went into the sections dealing with Vietnam.

5. If you had to pick only one favorite character in the book, who would you pick and why?

Rosalie is my favorite character. She is strong and opinionated, loyal and loving toward those she cares about.

6. Tell us about some of the biggest challenges you face in your writing process.

The blank page. This challenge exists every day and must be overcome or the story/book will never move forward.

7. What is your writing routine like?

I wish I could say I get up at 5 a.m. and write for three or four hours, but I don’t. I have no routine, only as the spirit moves me. Sometimes that produces 5 pages and other times nothing.

8. Do you have any rejection stories to share?

Nothing to share, as I don’t keep negativity inside or it becomes toxic, and that prevents anything from happening.

9. What's next?

I am currently writing The Scopas Factor, another Mike Hegan mystery. He was the main character in my critically acclaimed first novel, A Woman to Blame. I have a third Mike Hegan mystery also gestating.

10. Lastly, any special thoughts for the readers?

I hope they continue to read, not just my books but others as well. In this age of Twitter and other social media, it is important to expand the mind by reading.

These Thy Gifts

by Vincent Panettiere

Publication Date: August 9th 2016
Published by: Independent
Page count: 450

These Thy Gifts is a forbidden love story spanning 50 years between a priest and the widow of a mobster.

It encompasses history, mystery, comedy, gangsters, beautiful women, war, and religion. 2006 is a tumultuous year for the Catholic Church. Reports of horrific sexual abuse are becoming widespread. Monsignor Steven Trimboli is troubled. He worries for the future of the church-and rightly so. A new crime will soon reverberate throughout his church and hit closer to home than he ever imagined.

As Trimboli examines his faith, he must also examine his past. This poignant new novel takes readers back fifty years to meet Trimboli as a young and passionate priest, ready to tackle the world. The church, however, has other plans and exiles him to a small town in New York State. It is there that he meets the intriguing and beguiling Rosalie LaMarca. The two will form a connection that will have lasting consequences for both their lives.

Trimboli's adventures will take him to the front lines of Vietnam and back. He will encounter abuse in his time serving the Catholic Church, but he will also bear witness to moments of unimaginable grace. Follow Trimboli as he confronts his past, his choices, and what it means to be a man of God.

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About the author

Witty, engaging, imaginative, rebellious, unexpected twists, champion of the underdog, stories that live to tell themselves ... all of these phrases have been used to describe Vincent Panettiere's writing.

No neophyte, Vincent has been immersed for decades in various facets of the writing profession, communications, production and representation. He now offers us fascinating stories written in his unique voice from his perspective, experience, background and imagination.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

$50 Paypal Cash Giveaway | Sketchy Tacos by Meg D. Gonzalez


Sketchy Tacos by Meg D. Gonzalez

Teenage artist Mila Gulick travels to Mexico to get away from warring influences and find herself. But life in the land of tacos is a far cry from her sheltered life back home.

Mila must find the courage to step out from behind her sketchbook and get to know the people and culture around her. While her host family and the two boys vying for her interest are nothing but smiles, all may not be as it seems.

Soon Mila is questioning her choices and the beliefs she’s held dear. Her heart, her art, and even her safety are at risk as she struggles to find a balance between cultural differences, old assumptions, and strange romance. 

Will her trip end in disaster or will she find the strength for which she’s been searching?

Praise for the Book

"This modern coming-of-age story has it all - humor, heart, genuine characters, and spiritual depth. I highly recommend it to teen readers.”
Krista McGee, Inspy Award winning author of First Date and Starring Me

"Meg D. Gonzalez gives us a vivid look at life for an American teenager in Mexico and an even clearer picture of what happens when you decide to embrace who God made you to be. No matter what. Great first novel. Great read."
Nancy Rue, Christy Award winning author of the Real Life series


Cheery bells push at the fog of my sleep. I must still be dreaming. For seventeen years, no bells have chimed outside my window. It faces a cornfield.

With a slow roll to my side, I nuzzle my pillows and will myself to return to the dream world in which such music plays. Light dances across my eyelids and nudges me to wake, but it’s summer. I refuse to get up before Mom makes me. The chimes fade, and my hand searches the cotton covers for Shelby, my supersized puppy, who inhabits one side of my bed. Her lazy kisses usually help me fall right back to—

I bolt upright in bed, adrenaline pounding through my system.

A grin splits my face. The bells. I know why there are bells.

I’m in Mexico.

About the author

Meg D. Gonzalez is a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. She’s crazy for God and wants to share His love with awesome young women around the globe.

She started her first novel at the age of fourteen (it will never see the light of day and that’s best for everyone), but her writing really came alive two years ago after she moved to Mexico. The crazy, wonderful people and culture she encountered inspired the story of Sketchy Tacos.

When she’s not writing, she’s learning to play video games with her husband (she’s horrible), taking hikes in beautiful parks with her pug Pascal, crocheting, and watching way too much TV.


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