. . ..And the Whippoorwill Sang

For those who have not yet read this book, it’s available on@Amazon.com for 99 cents from August 24th through August 31st as a kindle reader. Don’t miss out on this great award winning book. One reviewer likens the author to Harper lee. This book has the humor of ‘Cheaper By the Dozen’ with the heart of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ This true family story will impact you on many levels—a book you will not easily forget.

Micki Peluso, author of . . . AND THE WHIPPORWILL SANG, penned a story, part memoir, part Americana for one purpose. She made a promise to her stricken child….

“It was a day like any other, except that the intense heat wave had broken and signs of early fall were in the air. The dining room table was filled with my kids and three of their friends—greedily gulping down a chicken dinner. When the last morsel was eaten, they all took off in different directions, except for the youngest, who was ten years old. 

          The one whose turn it was to do the dishes impishly offered me the sum of one dollar, to cover the chore. I laughed and caved in to that deceptive smile.          The last one ran out the front door, calling out, “Bye Mom,” as the door slammed shut. And then the nightmare began . . . ”

Micki Peluso faced the horror every parent fears—awaiting the fate of one of their children. While sitting vigil in the ICU waiting room, Micki traversed the past, as a way of dealing with her immediate pain.

From the bizarre teenage elopement with her high school sweetheart in a double wedding with her own mother, to comical family trips across country in an antiquated camper with six kids and a dog, they leave a path of chaos and destruction in their wake. She’ll take you through happy times, the antics of raising six children while living in a haunted house as they grow up with their kids. You’ll be with her as she bravely attempts to be the man of the house while her husband is out of town. She hears strange noises, tiptoes down to the cellar, with her youngest child wrapped around her legs, shotgun in hand and nearly shoots . . . an Idaho potato. It had fallen from the pantry and thumped down the stairs. Just when their lives were nearly perfect, a driving drunk strikes–and the laughter dies.

She takes her readers on an eventful trip; starting with the bliss of young love and passion, into the depths of Hell; and brings them, along with her family, to the other side of sorrow. Brace yourselves. It’s a rough trip. Be prepared to laugh until your sides’ ache and cry until the words blur across the pages.

When the journey is over, the author will have shown her readers love, laughter and tears . . . and the strength to move on, swept by the currents of the tumultuous river called life.

And so it was in the throes of grief, a writing career was born.

Micki Peluso has been published in many magazines and newspapers beginning with the short story version of this book, which was published in Victimology: An International Journal. Most of her stories are remembered for her clever wit and slice of life humor–usually at her family’s expense.

Micki Peluso also published poems as well as a fiction horror spoof on killer houseplants published in the Princeton New Jersey Women’s Magazine.

Over the past 25 years she has been frequently published as a freelance writer for the New York City Staten Island Advance, a local daily newspaper, and written political commentary, news items, analysis, and interviews, as a staff writer for the bi-monthly Staten Island Register.

She continues to hone her skills by competing in various computer writing contests, winning many of them. She also publishes in e-zine magazines, including Skyline Magazine, both in on-line and print issues.

She has fulfilled her promise, long past, in the publication of a beautiful memoir—as her readers come to weep . . . to laugh . . . to grieve . . . to dance with her . . . AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG.





Another Winning book For Children


By Nicholas C. Rossi
Illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis
The little village of Musiville is occupied by either strange animals or even stranger musical instruments. The appear to be a combination of both. And loud! Oh so loud. Their favorite thing is playing their music in bands. All kinds of music all at once. Did I say music? It’s impossible to say when each musi-animal is playing a different tune or style.
The variety of musicians like the Pelicanophone and the Drumopotamus is as different as the instrumental noise–I mean music –coming from them. At first they think it’s great playing their own music with others doing the same, in spite of headaches and earaches. Soon, so many various styles and sounds become chaotic LOUD music, quite deafening even to the musicians themselves.
Imagine a Frogpipe playing soothing bagpipe songs while Cymbalape clangs away on cymbals. it’s just too much for Maracerus who is considering moving away before the whole town literally falls apart from the vibrations. Already parts of many of the houses are losing shingles and creaking as if haunted by ghosts. It takes an earthquake, a real one, to make Maracerus realize that the whole village is dissonant–playing out of tune. Frogpipe agrees and exclaims over the racket that  what they need is a conductor. And that’s when all of Musiville decides to hold a competition to select the one best suited to be a conductor. It’s an easy solution to a big problem–or is it?
Nicholas C. Rossi, author of the widely acclaimed award winning ‘Runaway Smile,’ has once again written a quirky, lovable story guaranteed to make children of all ages laugh out loud over the absurdity of his characters. While engaged in figuring out which combo of animal and musical instrument is which, they are also learning through his storyline that all problems can be solved when everyone agrees to work together in harmony.
The illustrations are comical and unique, and the author puts a glossary at the end of the book describing each music maker and showing it’s picture. This would be much more helpful if placed at the front of the story. This most unusual story can be read to little ones, while appealing to older children who can read for themselves, and many childlike adults, of which I am one. Young readers tired of the old well-used fairy tales, will especially enjoy the funny, often clamorous works of this talented, multi-genre writer.
Micki Peluso, author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang


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Rave Reviews Book Club Book & Blog Party #RRBC

Great thriller from a great writer!!!

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Welcome to my post which is coming to you from Post Aransas Texas and is only one of the 65+ posts on this year’s Rave Reviews Book Club Book & Blog Party. You can go here to see the complete lineup.

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The first book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy is My GRL


Blurb: John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly purchased boat had already been targeted by…

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Welcome to #RRBC’s Back-To-School Book & Blog Block Party!

Great book of poetry, not to be missed


Hi! Welcome to Rave Reviews Book Club’s Back-To-School Book & Blog Block Party. We are partying all month long with 71 awesome blog stops (Yes, 71!) and fantastic prizes to be won. It’s a party you don’t want to miss. For fellow authors and avid readers, if you’re not a member of Rave Reviews Book Club, I highly recommend joining this incredibly supportive community. Here’s why!

Thank you for joining me here in Petawawa, Ontario, Canada.

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I never imagined that I would become a published writer. I have loved the idea of writing – choosing words and weaving them together…

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Brand New! Micki’s Coloring Book for Children now Available

New Children's Book on Amazon!
New Children’s Book on Amazon!

True story of a cat who wants his own little dog but is in for a big surprise Hi boys and girls, I’m Toby, a handsome cat if I say so myself. I do whatever I want but Grandma and Grandpa think they own me! My favorite thing is to take Grandma’s shiny jewelry and hide it. Grandpa is still looking for his favorite pen. I have one friend, Casey, a wild cat who lives outside but she tells me through the screen door about the outside world. I was a happy, cool cat until—well, read what I wrote about the day Grandma invited the ‘Monster’ to visit. Yikes!

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A Fantasy Tip from the Past: Poisons and the Bezoar

Beware of poisonous Cures

Nicholas C. Rossis

A Hard Man to Kill

Mithridates VI (d. 63 BC) was not an easy man to kill. And God knows enough people wanted him dead. According to Roman historian Justin,

During his boyhood his life was attempted by plots on the part of his guardians… When these attempts failed, they tried to cut him off by poison. He, however, being on his guard against such treachery, frequently took antidotes, and so fortified himself against their malice

Mithridates | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Mithridates VI (Louvre). Image: Wikimedia Commons

Yes, being king of Pontus on the southern shore of the Black Sea was a dangerous job. And Mithridates concocted one of the most well-known antidotes in antiquity (possibly with the help of his court physician Crateuas). Experimenting with different formulations and trying them out on condemned prisoners, he compounded various antidotes to produce a single universal one, which he hoped would protect him against any poison. Pliny…

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5 Things Every #Author Should Know, #RRBC Book & Blog #BlockParty!

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