Giovanni Gelati

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I love to read books and write posts about them on our blog.Check us out at
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Smashwords book reviews by Giovanni Gelati

  • Stomping Mad: A Spade Conundrum on Aug. 07, 2010

    I have been looking forward to getting this started, the digital short thing. I did some research on the subject, what little could be found, and scoured Amazon & Smashwords to see what piqued my interest and found way too much. I was taken aback by the whole process. I have been fortunate to make some new friends while doing the research and found their work fun to read. I have tried to explain to my wife and kids my fascination with the digital short (I am going to run with that designation; novella, although it sounds like it is something an Italian guy may say, just doesn’t work for me. Besides Novella Saturday doesn’t roll off of my tongue the way Digital Short Saturday does). The whole idea of being able to purchase a story that has less than 25,000 words and is a nice smooth quick read makes me happy. It is a change of pace, satisfies my interests, and is awesome to have on whatever ereader you are using to just pull up and enjoy. For those that have ADD this is a Godsend, I have OCD so it really doesn’t matter to me. As long as I can separate my Mike&Ikes by color while it read, it is fine with me. It is incredible that a story can be purchased for anywhere from .99 to 2.99, read almost instantly and then put into your personal library. It opens up a whole new world for authors. I would love to read a digital short by Lee Child, Barry Eisler, Brad Thor, to name a few, that could put something out with our favorite heroes that satisfies our desires for their work on a regular basis. This rocks in ways I think most of us haven’t touched on yet. Let’s get to the digital short: Stomping Mad was the first read I have had on a Kristine Kathyrn Rusch novel. She writes in many different genres and I have plans to check them all out. Stomping Mad is a detective series and it was a fun read. Her main character is engaging and the dialogue is witty, quick and pointed. I enjoyed the edge he (Detective Spade) had and the manner in which he brought the mystery to a conclusion. Her style and descriptive manner helped me to solve the mystery; I enjoyed feeling like I was part of team as we went along looking quickly for clues to solve the crime. I was sucked into it all the way and its conclusion it left me wanting to get the next installment. I am planning on using Saturdays to promote this type of work. I am looking for suggestions from authors, directions to look in finding material, and most of all what your thoughts are on the whole process. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook and Shelfari. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Book Blogs, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page, also look for our posts on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and the Bucks County Library System . Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; we will see you tomorrow. Have a great day.
  • Zen In the Art of Absurdity on Aug. 28, 2010

    Please before you come after me to explain how this fits into the category of digital shorts, it’s very simple. Carla Rene has put together a novel of short digital shorts that in total has a word count of 16,580 words. I am not going to go into each and every short she has. Instead I am going to focus on one, the cute little diddy she put together that has the childhood reading characters, Dick & Jane, and Jack & Jill in a race. I like the originality and the moxie. The digital short lends itself to so much. Zen is a prime example. Carla Rene has put together a quilt work of quirky, quick, quaint, quippish, quixotry, and quasi shorts. Tongue in cheek is what I meant to say and she does it well. It is difficult not to smile and shake your head during the snippets she has put together. The stories run the gambit and her imagination has gone wild and run amuck. Be prepared to experience a jigsaw puzzle that is just not put together just right, but works out for the best. I had fun with it and changed the color and the font on each one so they had their own feel and style. The digital short lends itself to such creativity. Zen In The Art Of Absurdity helps us to enjoy the freedom of the medium and the title also helps to add to my word count; gotta love it. Each week I am finding new material and this is just the tip of the iceberg. The authors that are putting out the material now and are trying to stretch the medium are blazing a new trail that hopefully will not get tired and boring. With digital shorts like this from Carla Zene it would be hard for them to be so. Are you intrigued, have I piqued your interest? Then go to Smashwords and set up your own account, it takes very little time, and then you can browse to your heart’s content. You will find a world of new things there that run the gambit as far as genres. What are you waiting for? Carla René is a professional stand-up comedienne, tv/stage/film actress and published author, residing just outside of Nashville, with two cats who treat her as if she's the hired help. You’ve seen her comedy skills on NBC sitcoms, at Zanies and comedy clubs all over the US, and The Kennedy Centre in DC; her comedic essays and shorts have appeared on writing web-sites, as well as HerNashville.com. With two new comedic essay collections currently on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords, and several short-stores available for download, she has just finished The Gaslight Journal, a historical fiction novel that will be released in mid-November. You can reach her at: http://www.carlarene.com and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carla-Rene-Comedy-The-Officially-Invisible-Page/131183660254833 What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • Starting Over on Sep. 11, 2010

    It is that time of the week again as I try to bring you some fun in the digital short world. Stories that are compact, concise and feel like you just held a firecracker in your hand right until it exploded. Today is Tor Richardson and his 5500 word digital short Starting Over. I really enjoyed the way he laid this one out. Before we get into it though, just know that you can support this author and his fun work by clicking on the cover right here because it is available for your Kindle from Amazon. What no Kindle? You can get that too. But seriously, if you are Kindleless, then you can go to Smashwords and get it in the digital form you need. I read it on my laptop; it was fun, quick and incredible. Tor Richardson has done a really nice job of creating a central character that we come to understand his motivations and desires rather quickly. I am not going to spoil anything here but the guy is an identity thief. Does he really understand whose identity he is stealing every time he does it? Richardson uses every one of the 5500 words of the story to get us to the ending; it is an engrossing read and one that I don’t hesitate to suggest you enjoy. He puts in a few twists, turns and surprises. Here is a little bit from the description of the story from Smashwords: ”Fred Turner lives the good life -- at your expense. With stolen credit cards and borrowed identities he rides the highest lifestyle, but never for too long. Tricking others into stealing his stolen cards, he leaves them to face the law while he moves on, starting over with his next unknowing victim. It's always the perfect crime. Until the day he steals the wrong identity.” I am seeing a real move toward this type of writing as more and more authors are embracing the digital short. Have you given it a try yet? If not, why not? If you have, what have you been reading? I continue to scour the internet for new material. Are you an author that has done this type of work or a reader that has been able to find a ready source of this type of material? I would enjoy hearing from you, give me a shout please. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • Red, White & Blood on Oct. 02, 2010

    Digital Short Saturday is beginning to battle it out with a few other days during the week as the most viewed days here @ Gelati’s Scoop. Is it coincidence? I think not. The ereading world is changing and evolving each week , either in number of platforms it is on , or the types of devices on which one can view ebooks. Here is a link to an article from just a few days ago on Blackberry’s new device and what Amazon is doing to be prepared for it: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/ebooks/amazon_prepares_ereader_app_for_new_blackberry_tablet_174297.asp Here is a link to see what Android is up to in the ereader forum, it seems that Google and Amazon have things to think about: http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2010/09/28/google-worried-amazon-android-store.htm I think that the completion is just beginning and we the consumers will be the beneficiary of all this competition. I am having a nice time sorting through all the different digital shorts I can find to bring to you each week. Jeffrey Martins is a good example. Red , White and Blood hits the nail on the head. The digital short comes in at 8460 words, is a nice quick moving read and carries all the necessary elements of a good police drama. Here is the synopsis from the Smashwords website: “ Independence Day in Marcona has turned deadly. A crazed bomber has decided to terrorize all in his path and won’t stop until his revenge is complete. Chief of Police Mark Blankenship and his daughter are unexpected targets of the attack, and they find themselves in a struggle for survival. Will Blankenship be able to find the device, or will the trail of bloodshed include everything he loves?” I enjoy a good story that has things blow up and has a lot of pent up hostility. This a simple tale, but Jeffrey Martin infuses it with plenty of zest and gusto. We get to follow Mark Blankenship and his cohorts as they try to thwart the efforts of the mad bomber from exacting his revenge and creating too much carnage. Emotion, the human condition, good descriptive ability, and a complete story told in a very small and concise word count is what Red ,White and Blood has awaiting you. I know many of you are like me and enjoy reading many different things, different genres, different authors. The digital short has been a fun part of the week for me, a break, a respite, something that packs a punch in a short period of time. I am not trying to say that the full length novels are tedious, but getting that quick hit to break things up is fun, and that is what this all about. Check this story out and support the author. The best part of the deal is they ask so little in return, for this story , it is a dollar. What can you get with that today? What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • East Coast on Oct. 23, 2010

    I guess I was in the mood for police dramas this week with the digital shorts. East Coast is 8720 words of police action and family drama. I am going to go right to the author’s synopsis on this one: ”EAST COAST is THE WIRE in a rural setting as RCMP Sgt. Jerry Northup works to keep his narcotics squad motivated in the seemingly unwinnable war on drugs while raising three kids with his wife, Isobel.” I have not seen the television show The Wire, you may groan now , I understand. Maybe one day on DVD or Blu-ray, who knows, so I can’t say whether it is an accurate comparison, East Coast vs. The Wire. I enjoyed the way McFetridge humanized the officers in this digital short. I know a few officers around town. I know they are family men, and it was refreshing to read the way McFetridge had them make choices, see things maybe in a different reality then we as “normal” people do on a daily basis. The choices the officers have to make as fathers and husbands, the way they have to weigh someone’s existence, the perps, in the scheme of things were refreshing. I thought his narrative was the strong part of the digital short, without that I feel the plotline would not have worked as well. East Coast packs a lot of life’s choices into its 8700 words. This digital short is free, no cost, so no loss, only your time if you feel I am off my game. Give him a try. I asked John if he had anything to add & he had this to say: “If I was going to add anything it would be that after I worked as a writer on the TV show The Bridge (which only lasted two weeks on CBS) I wrote this story as the pilot script for a TV show I was pitching and then turned it into a short story. And I may write more 'episodes' as short stories.” Here are the different links for the author and Smashwords: http://johnmcfetridge.ca http://johnmcfetridge.blogspot.com http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/14367 What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • Forsaken By Shadow on Oct. 28, 2010

    I guess I am on a bit of a paranormal lilt this week, at least a little more than usual. I have been digging deep trying to find some real gems for you, some different stuff with excellent content and character. Here we go Kait Nolan’s Forsaken by Shadow. Here is a synopsis of the action, pay close attention, because things happen hard and fast throughout this novel: ”Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year's Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn't even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can't remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands--not even the woman he almost died for. Embry Hollister has picked up the pieces of her life, learned to control her ability to generate flame, and now works an enforcer for the Council of Races. But when her father is captured by the human military and the Council refuses mount a rescue mission, Embry has no choice but to go rogue. All she has to is find the man with the new name and new life who was completely wronged by her people, give him back the memories they stole, convince him to join her on what's probably a suicide mission, and hope that after ten years of living as a regular guy he still remembers what her father taught him. And after that, she just has to leave him. Again.” I would say that is a mouth full. The plotline is unique and moving, in many ways. Nolan introduces us to many characters, develops them well, makes us believe and care about them and crafts good dialogue to move the story quickly along. Forsaken by Shadow has all the right elements in it and more: heartache, love, commitment, romance, action and good old fun. Don’t forsake this novel, it is well worth the $1.99 price tag. You can find Kait at any of these web addresses: Website: http://kaitnolan.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/kaitnolan Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kait-Nolan... Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/346... What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • First Impressions on Dec. 04, 2010

    I was lucky enough to discover a few digital short series this week. First Impressions is the Grace deHaviland Bounty Hunter series. I like the fact that I can count on the next read if I enjoy the characters and the stories. What is the story on the story, well, check it out: ”When you're a bounty hunter, making snap judgments about people will often save your life. But what if those first impressions are wrong? When Grace deHaviland chases a bail jumper to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, a long way from her home turf of Columbus, Ohio, she may discover the answer -- with deadly consequences.” David DeLee really packs a lot of action, humor, and twists and turns into this digital short. Grace the bounty hunter is a very nice character and I am glad that this is not a one-time deal, I enjoyed her moxie and spunk and look forward to reading about her further exploits. I almost forgot to share the author info with you: ”David DeLee was born and raised in New York, lived for eight years in Columbus, Ohio, but currently resides in New Hampshire. He holds a master's degree in Criminal Justice and is a former licensed private investigator. His previous short fiction has appeared in DAW's Cosmic Cocktails anthology and consecutive volumes of Strange New Worlds, published by Pocket Books. His short story Bling, Bling, also featuring bounty hunter, Grace deHaviland, will appear in the Mystery Writers of America anthology, The Rich and the Dead, edited by Nelson DeMille and published by Grand Central Publishing, in the spring 2011.” Have you tried the digital shorts yet? With me, as you can see they have become a regular part of my reading week. I read them at different times in different places: my laptop at home or my smartphone when I am picking up the kids at school. They are convenient and come in the right size, they fit all needs and the price is right. Why not give this author and his hard work a shot, click the Amazon button and download this bad boy, the cost is little , the return great. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Wattpad and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Amazon Banner on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • Four Felonies and One Very Small Problem on Dec. 11, 2010

    I have featured Tor in the past and enjoyed his work so much I wanted to read some more. He has a nice package up over at Smashwords that has four digital short stories in it called: Four Felonies and One Very Small Problem. The price to pick up all four is $2.99, not bad for four quality stories. I have featured one already, Starting Over , please check our archives for my thoughts on that. Today I want to concentrate on another digital short in the package, Another Slow Night in Paradise. Oh yeah , before I forget and pass it by, the other stories in the package are, wait, let me do it this way. Here is the blurb from Smashwords: ”Like beauty, crime is in the eye of the beholder.... and that's where things can start to go very wrong. This short collection contains five of Tor Richardson's most popular stories, from cases of identity theft to tales of revenge and murder. Titles include "Starting Over," "Another Slow Night in Paradise," "Foreverglades," "My Name is Sue," and the whimsical "Big Enough for Halloween." I think I have the bases covered on that for now. The digital short for today surprised me in many ways. I was not expecting the plotline, the narrative, or the characters. Basically I was clueless and loved it. Tor Richardson proved to me why I wanted to go back to this well: his ability to transport me to another place and totally immerse me in something I was not ready for. There was no gore, nobody was shot, no one was harmed in any way in this digital short. This is a total 180 from the previous digital short I read of his. Another Slow Night in Paradise displays the author’s ability to create a total story; characters, storyline, place and time in total, in a minimal word count. It has skill, precision and entertainment all in one nice neat package. Here is the synopsis of the digital short: “Exotic travel and exorbitant fees -- hallmarks of the smooth-talking business consultant. New people, new places, new companies. They make their money and run before anyone learns if the advice was any good, never stopping and always on the move. For one consulting artist, a slow night at a hotel bar leads to an encounter he wasn't expecting and an understanding he may be unable to accept. “ Where to find Tor Richardson online: Website: http://www.torrichardson.com I guess you figured out I learned how to use a few of the tools on the Word document last night, haha, it’s fun. Anyway, if you are like me, and God I hope you aren’t, one of me is enough, reading the digital short stories have gotten to be incredibly convenient. With Google getting into the ebook business it has even gotten to be even more so. Don’t pass this story or this author by. Reading this story on a smartphone or your laptop is quick and fun, and the enjoyment has been multiplied by Tor Richardson offering this package deal, 5 for $2.99 deal. Be bold, I have in this post, my boldness is evident for all to see, go for it and be entertained by Tor Richarson there is no problem with that. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Wattpad and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Amazon Banner on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • Kickin' It South of the Border on Dec. 18, 2010

    I was hoping that this was not a digital short story about The South of The Border. I have come to know and now skip stopping at South of the Border off of Interstate 95 on our way down south on vacation. I like the neon as a marker in the evening, the billboards make me think of my childhood, but I could only think a good comedy would come of a story revolving around it. Thankfully David DeLee has something else in mind. Grace deHaviland rides again: ”Tracking a U.S. bail jumper across the border into Mexico is illegal. But when bounty hunter Grace deHaviland and Sheriff's Deputy Suzie Jensen do just that, facing charges isn't their biggest problem: Getting back alive is.” Kickin’ it South of The Border is just a tad shorter in length than the previous digital short we posted on a few Saturdays ago (check our archives) by David DeLee, First Impressions. If you are keeping count and like to pay by the word it is 5537 vs. 6763. The character of Grace deHaviland is a good one and I hope that the author continues to pump out the action as he has a fan in me. I enjoy the way he subtly reveals more and more of deHaviland’s personality in each edition of her exploits, and also allows us to meet and discover new friends and interests she has. The plotline is a quick moving, comical at times, detective type story. David DeLee doesn’t mince words or waste any in this digital short story; it is a taunt, gripping escapade that is fun to wisked away with. I read this on my smartphone while waiting for my daughter to come out of school. She said I had a nice smile on my face when she got in the family vehicle, yes, I was reading another digital short story, she guessed it right. Before I forget let me give you some more information about the author and a link or two for you to check out things: ”David DeLee is a native New Yorker. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and is a former licensed Private Investigator. His previous short stories have appeared in Daw’s Cosmic Cocktails, in three consecutive volumes of Pocket Books, Strange New Worlds, and the soon-to-be released Mystery Writers of America anthology, The Rich and the Dead. David is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers Association. He currently lives in New Hampshire with his family where he’s hard at work on a novel featuring Columbus, Ohio-based bounty hunter, Grace deHaviland.” Links: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31162 His Publisher: http://www.darkroadpub.com What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Wattpad and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Amazon Banner on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
  • Time Couriers on Feb. 23, 2011

    Happy Monday to all and thanks for checking in. We have a monster week ahead of us and we are going to start the week off with a bang, the works of CQ Scafidi. Today I am going to do two things: I am going to revisit a post I had popped in back in the day when I first started this blog, and then a Q&A that is certified fresh off the virtual press from this morning. CQ will be our guest today on our blogtalk radio show, The G-ZONE, @ 5pm EST. Check it out, call in; be part of the process. If you can’t and are going to listen to it from the archives, email me your questions and I will read them on air and give you full credit for them. Tomorrow, Tuesday, we have Richard Doetsch on as or guest; he is the author of The 13th Hour and The Thieves series of novels. I am running a piece of my old blog post here. I was new back in the day; be kind when you are reading. CQ Scafidi also has a new digital series out called The Commissary, check our archives from Digital short Saturday for the post on that. Here it is, the old post, followed by the new Q&A: “This review is from: Time Couriers (Paperback) Time Couriers is a very unique book from the cover art to the back page. The cover art is very detailed and busy; I guess you could say that it is a bit of foreshadowing for what lies inside for us, the reader. There are many different layers of plot lines in Time Couriers, but for me the enjoyment was in the amount of detail that Scafidi provides us with in addition to the well-crafted story lines. I have yet to have the pleasure of traveling to New Orleans, Christopher Quintin Scafidi made me feel right at home there. Throughout the Time Couriers story, he was able to weave the fabric to what makes New Orleans, New Orleans and convey the atmosphere of the town and its inhabitants. The people, the streets, the restaurants all came to life for me as his in depth descriptions and incredible sense of detail put me right there. As complex as the plot is, Scafidi makes Time Couriers compelling and ties all the ends together in a nice neat package. The pace is fast and furious; Couriers is a major page turner. My suggestion is to have a block of time put aside so you can just sit down and totally enjoy this novel. Take a break from the norm, time travel New Orleans style. Great location, international intrigue; I know I left out a few things out here. This book is chock full of action and adventure from cover to cover, but why should I spoil anything? Give this novel a try, put it in your Goodreads -to read list at the very least. What are some of your favorite time travel novels?” Done chuckling now , thanks. The novel is now available as an ebook, there is no reason not to check this out. Here is the Q&A: ‘Giovanni: Will you please share a short bio with us? C.Q.: I currently reside in the New Orleans area. My lifelong pursuits in international business, transportation, journalism and communications have provided him with a wealth of information to craft this novel, where arcane ritual enables global domination for a select few. I am originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, but have lived all over the Gulf Coast. My father served as the Maritime Attache for the U.S. Embassies in Rome and Athens and we lived there briefly. I returned home to New Orleans to attend Loyola University where I studied Accounting after which I began my career Journalism. I gravitated toward International Marketing due to my business acumen and language skills. I spent 15 years as International Sales Manager for United Parcel Service as well as a long-time member of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. Giovanni: Tell us about Time Couriers and where it's available. C.Q.: Time Couriers is a suspense thriller available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and dozens of online booksellers. It was just recently released under the cover of Trestle Press for Kindle Readers A short synopsis of my novel...New Orleans, June 1997. The city's dying of heat and dying on its feet as the port business shrinks and the powers that be carve up a vanishing pie. Steve Gorman, an executive for the APEX courier corporation, sees his colleague Andrew Sinclair disappear, carrying a high-value package containing a stone with miraculous powers... Steve gets the blame, quits APEX and loses his place on the city's Trade Council. Suddenly he's a "non-person", but with the aid of glamorous Creole journalist Monique Chauvin and fey historian Louis Duplantier, he unearths an astonishing conspiracy involving time travel, the Templars, Freemasonry and Voodoo. If this "Brotherhood" can forecast events like Hurricane Katrina, millions of dollars could be saved-for the elect few, of course. C Q Scafidi's murder story is in fact a stunning exposé of globalism, greed and ritualized gangsterism. His background in journalism and business at the World Trade Center give him a unique insight into the workings of mankind... and how human nature can be corrupted overnight by the allure of power. Read Time Couriers and you'll see world events in an entirely different light. I began Time Couriers on 8/8/04 and coincidentally, it was released four years later on 8/8/08. It was a four year odyssey that was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. I had 35,000 words completed and then shelved the project for 9 months until I could dig out from under the Hurricane Debris and put my life back together. Since I was the only family member who did not lose a home, I housed my entire family, making it impossible to write. Nine months later, I dusted it off and found I had a suspense thriller with no mention of the biggest news story ever in New Orleans. I had to get creative to work it in, but it fit just perfectly. Giovanni: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story. C.Q.: I was awarded a first-place prize from the American Legion for an essay I wrote in the 3rd grade entitled, What Freedom Means to Me. I sailed through my English classes while I struggled with Mathematics. I was first published as a publicist for Oil Mop, Inc. during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill when, my press release regarding the cleanup operations was picked up by the Associated Press. I have served as a journalist for several publications and editor for an official NFL Weekly Publication, Gridweek. I made the leap to fiction writing in 2004. I had to place my writing career on hold during Hurricane Katrina for nine months. I then had to find a way to work the biggest news story concerning New Orleans into my story about New Orleans...it made a very nice fit. Giovanni: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family? C.Q.: My mother is an unpublished writer and bibliophile who can quote obscure Oscar Wilde references. Giovanni: How does your family feel about your career? C.Q.: They are extremely supportive and provide much-needed constructive criticism, when others are not available. My mother assisted me with my first six revisions. The final four were conducted by the editor at the publishing house. Giovanni: Describe your writing in three words. C.Q.: Historical, Suspenseful, Conspiratorial Giovanni: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow? C.Q.: I am extremely organized about my approach. I write in three acts. I typically use Third-Person Omniscient (God s view according to Alfred Hitchcock). I begin with plot concepts, characterizations (primary, secondary, and tertiary), a synopsis, and then an outline. After completing the outline I flesh it out, making each line item into a paragraph. These are the bases for my chapters. I fully develop plot complications, conflict, and theme. I ensure every question posed in the first chapters is answered by the final line of the novel. I will also use a flow chart for my characters showing links and indicating characterizations. Giovanni: What kind of research did you do for this book? C.Q.: I spent four years conducting research for this novel. The City of New Orleans has a vast array of resources for conducting research on the 300-year shadow history of the city. I actually included a chapter where I describe my research at the Historic New Orleans Collection, through the actions of the main character. Giovanni: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams? C.Q.: Absolultely. I feel as if I am taking dictation rather than writing when I get in the zone. Giovanni: If Time Couriers was made into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the hero and heroine? C.Q.: Hero: Steve Gorman- Shia LeBeouf Heroine: Monique Chauvin - Marion Cotillard Giovanni: What is the most interesting comment you have received about your books? C.Q.: The story stuck in my mind for days after finishing it. I wasn’t sure what were real history and what fiction was. Giovanni: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now? C.Q.: Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte...the finest example of the novel as an artform. Just finished, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton, just starting the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I enjoy the female-penned classics. I also love historical fiction, in the vein of Dan Brown. I realize that these are opposite ends of the literary spectrum, but that’s what I like. Giovanni: What's next for you? C.Q.: I have multiple irons in the fire. I am, of course, working on a sequel for Time Couriers I have a short series entitled the Commissary for which I am drafting my second installment and as a long-term research project, I am delving into the religious mystery. Osir IS RA EL ohim, a narrative that delineates the direct connection between Abrahamic religions (Judeo-Christianity and Islam) with Egyptian Pharonic Religion. Like Time Couriers it will be a fictional narrative set against the backdrop of Western Religious dogmatic evolution. Giovanni: Where can you be found on the web? C.Q.: Time Couriers was the recent recipient of two awards, Amazonclicks Authors Choice Award for March of 2009... http://amazonclicks.com/Authorschoice.html. Also, Time Couriers was the recipient of The NEW Covey Coverart Award for Most Eye-Catching Cover for June of 2009. http://thenewcoveycoverawards.blogspot.com/2009/06/june2009newcoveycoveraward.html I am also a featured writer on the Red Room, Authors Den, and have links on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, The Meadows, the Novel Spot, and several other purchasing sites available by searching Title and Author together in your search criteria. Giovanni: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers? C.Q.: If you have the time, would you kindly befriend me on Facebook, Christopher Quintin Scafidi? Also, if you can tag Time Couriers in Amazon, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks to you Giovanni for having me today and thanks to your readers. What are you reading today? Have you checked out our new blogtalk radio show The G-ZONE? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari, The Novel Spot &Twitter. 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