Loretta Giacoletto


Loretta Giacoletto divides her time between the St. Louis Metropolitan area and Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks where she concentrates on writing fiction while her husband cruises the waters for bass and crappie. Their five children have left the once chaotic nest but occasionally return for her to-die-for ravioli and roasted peppers topped with garlic-laden bagna càuda. An avid traveler, she has visited numerous countries in Europe and Asia but Italy remains her favorite, especially the Piemonte area in the alpine north from where her family originates.
Loretta's novels are filled with bawdy characters caught up in problems they’re forced to take responsibility for having created. In LETHAL PLAY a grieving widow is suspected of killing her son's coach, a man with more enemies than friends. FAMILY DECEPTIONS follows two generations of earthy characters who learn to thrive and/or survive through a series of misdeeds, the worst against those they love the most. FREE DANNER features a cynical young man whose troubled past and deadly encounters hinder his search for the father he has yet to meet. THE FAMILY ANGEL is a paranormal saga about the Americanization of an immigrant family of bootleggers, coalminers, winemakers and priests, but only a chosen few have encountered a mysterious black angel who keeps sticking his nose in the family business.

In addition to the horror anthologies, Damned in Dixie and Hell in the Heartland, Loretta’s short stories have appeared in numerous publications including The MacGuffin, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, The Scruffy Dog Review, Allegory, and Literary Mama, which nominated her story "Tom" for Dzanc's 2010 Best of The Web. Twelve of her stories can be found in the recently published anthology entitled A COLLECTION OF GIVERS AND TAKERS.

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The Family Angel
By Loretta Giacoletto
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 124,950. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
Comparable to 450 pages, a 60-year saga of romance, conflict & crime. This is the Americanization of an Italian family, from immigrant bootleggers & coalminers to proud winemakers & ambitious Vatican priests, but only a chosen few will encounter the chameleon-like Black Angel who shows up when least expected to offer advice or merely observe. After all there’s only so much one family angel can do.
By Loretta Giacoletto
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,480. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
25-page subtle horror. Lidia and Simon Drago are living their last hoorah, a European vacation financed by the insurance money they received when their house burned down. On the night train from Paris to Florence they encounter a stranger who directs them to a lovely pensione in Florence. There, a clever artist agrees to depict the Dragos not as they look now but how they appeared in their prime
A Collection of Givers and Takers
By Loretta Giacoletto
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,470. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Category: Fiction
A collection of 12 short stories about givers and takers—the good, the bad, the self-centered and the disillusioned—from twisted tales about marriages gone sour and people caught up in problems they created or others created for them to glimpses into times past when immigrants struggled to find their place in America and WWII GIs struggled to stay alive. Some horror, subtle and not so subtle.
Free Danner
By Loretta Giacoletto
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,930. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Free Danner was his name as a kid. Now 22, he’s just Danner and he really is free, after ten years in Juvy for what he considered an act of mercy. Danner’s determined to find the father who doesn't know he exists. Everybody's out to screw him, especially the big shot who hired him as a hit-man-in-training. So what's a guy to do? The right thing, if only Danner could distinguish right from wrong.
Family Deceptions
By Loretta Giacoletto
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 122,670. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Italy 1928. After a lusty affair shatters Pietro & Isabella's marriage, he builds a new life in America based on lies. In Italy Isabella struggles to raise their twins & later to aid WWII partisans who eventually regard the son a hero and the daughter a Nazi collaborator. Thirty years will pass before Pietro returns as a wealthy man with another son but will he redeem himself to those he betrayed?
Lethal Play
By Loretta Giacoletto
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,410. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Newly widowed Francesca Canelli would do anything to help her son Matt. Financially strapped and emotionally devastated, she accepts a sexual proposition from his soccer coach who promises to help Matt secure a coveted scholarship. Their bargain quickly sours when the coach abuses her, demeans Matt, and threatens to renege on the deal. The coach with more enemies than friends soon winds up dead.

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  • Face the Winter Naked on Sep. 21, 2010
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    Bonnie Turner’s Face the Winter Naked captures the heart of the Great Depression with a compassionate account of one family’s struggle to survive poverty, despair, and sorrow. Thumbs up for an entertaining read that made me glad to be living in today’s world instead of the 1930’s.