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A Christmas gift to my readers and colleagues here at Smashwords. May the joy of His Nativity illuminate your Christmas season and be yours throughout the coming New Year.
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About Francis W. Porretto

Francis W. Porretto was born in 1952. Things went steadily downhill from there.

Fran is an engineer and fictioneer who lives on the east end of Long Island, New York. He's short, bald, homely, has bad acne and crooked teeth. His neighbors hold him personally responsible for the decline in local property values. His life is graced by one wife, two stepdaughters, two dogs, four cats, too many power tools to list, and an old ranch house furnished in Early Mesozoic style. His 13,000 volume (and growing) personal library is considered a major threat to the stability of the North American tectonic plate.

Publishing industry professionals describe Fran's novels as "Unpublishable. Horrible, but unpublishable all the same." (They don't think much of his short stories, either.) He's thought of trying bribery, but isn't sure he can afford the $3.95.

Fran's novels "Chosen One," "On Broken Wings," "Shadow Of A Sword," "The Sledgehammer Concerto," "Which Art In Hope," "Freedom's Scion," "Freedom's Fury," and "Priestesses" are also available as paperbacks, through Amazon. Check the specific pages for those books for details.

Wallow in his insane ranting on politics, culture, and faith at "Liberty's Torch:"

And of course, write to him, on whatever subject tickles your fancy, at

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Deanna Love Gottreu reviewed on March 16, 2013

Names by Francis Porretto is the story of a census taker at the time of the birth of Jesus. He is traveling back to Jerusalem with his tallies and decides to spend the night at an inn in Bethlehem rather than travel during the night. He is known to the owners of the inn and because of this he obtains the very last available room much to the annoyance of other people wanting rooms. This particular census worker liked his work and went to the towns where the people lived to take the census. As he was walking through Bethlehem he realized that the people were upset because they had to come to the census taker. His walk took him by the stable and as he stopped to listen he heard the cry of a newborn baby. He stepped inside the stable and looked into the eyes of Jesus. He knew immediately that he was looking into the eyes of a King. I would highly recommend this book and not just at Christmas but at any time.

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