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:" http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/
And of course, write to him, on whatever subject tickles your fancy, at firstname.lastname@example.org
on July 04, 2017 :
Bruno the Newf is an "Ideal Man"
A "Good Man" does what is right. An "Ideal Man" does the "Right Thing" with such confidence that others follow his lead. Even when he is not confident of the outcome.
Maybe someday, i'll grow up to be like Bruno...
(review of free book)
on March 08, 2015 :
Paleontologists tell us that humans began domesticating wolves successfully some fifteen thousand years ago, and may have tried without success twice as long ago. We do not know how it happened, but it did. Ever since, humans have kept and bred dogs for a variety of reasons. Some breeds herd our livestock. Others keep away intruders and predators. Some just keep us warm at night or offer us companionship during the day. They seem to fit well in our lives because dogs, like humans, are social animals. Newfoundlands seem to do a little of everything. Dogs enrich our lives. Sometimes, they do much more. Bruno the Newfoundland is that kind of dog.
"A Year of Good Eating" displays all the insight, humor, and skill I've come to expect from Francis Porretto. Even in a short story, Mr Porretto's characters are recognizable personalities rather than cardboard placeholders used to drive the plot. I would usually write 'human beings' instead of 'personalities', but since two of the main characters have four paws, fur, and tails, it seemed right to generalize. Dogs can think and feel, in their own doggy way, and Bruno is no exception. I heartily recommend it.
(review of free book)