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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.
J. H. Bográn
on June 23, 2011 :
I live in a country were soccer is the national religion so I can say that the author really studied the subject of is a big fan herself.
Many plots and twists make it an enjoyable ride.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 21, 2010 :
Not being a soccer fan, I surprised myself by enjoying LETHAL PLAY tremendously. Loretta Giacoletto's realistic portrayals of setting and characterization add dimension to a superb plot. I learned more than I ever knew (or cared to know) about the game of soccer . . . and about a perverted coach taking advantage of a grieving and misguided soccer mom who'd give the world to see her son succeed at his chosen sport. I was left wondering how many other women have become "soccer sluts" to obtain special favors for their sons. I highly recommend this book to readers of intrigue, mystery, sports, and crime stories.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)