Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sentiments of Blue VBT July 2011

About Sentiments of Blue

Set in a Michigan factory, the title story takes readers inside a workplace dominated by a ruthless bully and his cronies. While explaining the actions taking place around him, it becomes clear that the narrator yearns to escape the blue-collar life handed down to him from his father. “Perfect Game” unfolds during a minor league baseball game with Chi-Chi Gomez on the mound, a fearless pitcher who never fails to brush a few batters back from the plate–a space he considers his personal property. Along with other stories, the book also features original poems including “Uncle Nardo’s Store,” “My Father’s Foot,” and “The Malediction of Miss Holstein.”

Read an Excerpt!

The Careers of My Mother

When I was a boy
she was a secretary.
Her nights were filled
with filing groceries,
taking phone calls,
posting notes
around his office
to remind him of things
he always forgot.

Then, when I turned fourteen,
My mother earned her law degree.
As a defense counselor,
she became a dazzling chief litigator,
furious with her polished tongue,
bullying us with verbal assaults,
clearing his name with brilliant oration
while drilling her steely finger into my chest
with every point she made!

Today, she’s a nurse.
From the den I watch her
slowly lean over to turn him,
stroke his hair, cut the drool that sways,
from the corner of his mouth,
kiss his hand that trembles
between the tubes that feed him.

About Garasamo Maccagnone

Garasamo Maccagnone is a writer and entrepreneur. The founder of a successful airfreight business, Maccagnone now focuses on his literary career. He is the author of the novel St. John of the Midfield, the novella, For the Love of St. Nick, a collection of short stories entitled, My Dog Tim and Other Stories, and a children’s book titled, The Suburban Dragon. Sentiments of Blue is his latest short story collection. Maccagnone currently lives in Shelby Township where he is working on his second novel, The Sorrows of Pebble Creek.

Find the author online at

If you missed last week's tour stops you can find them at:

Monday, July 11th

Guest blogging at Review from Here

Tuesday, July 12th
Book reviewed at J.W. Nicklaus’ Blog

Wednesday, July 13th

Guest blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Friday, July 15th
Interviewed at Examiner

Here is this week's schedule so you can follow along:

Monday, July 18th
Book trailer featured at If Books Could Talk

Tuesday, July 19th

Guest blogging at AllVoices

Wednesday, July 20th

Book spotlighted at American Chronicle

Thursday, July 21st

Radio interview at 6:30 PM Eastern at A Book and A Chat

Friday, July 22nd
Book spotlighted at Broowaha

For the author's complete schedule, please visit

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