Joe Perrone Jr.

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Joe Perrone Jr worked as a sportswriter for the Passaic-Clifton, NJ, Herald News, as well as a freelance advertising copywriter. He is the author of five novels, including Escaping Innocence (A Story of Awakening) and the Matt Davis Mystery Series: As the Twig is Bent, Opening Day, Twice Bitten, and Broken Promises. In 2012, Opening Day was awarded a prestigious Indie B.R.A.G. medallion. In 2010, he published A "Real" Man's Guide to Divorce (First, you bend over and...). In 1997, he co-authored (with Manny Luftglass) Gone Fishin' with Kids (How to Take Your Kid Fishing and Still be Friends).

For ten years, Joe was a professional fly-fishing guide in the Catskill Mountains of New York, and has had several fly-fishing short stories published in the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide.
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Presently, Mr. Perrone lives in Western North Carolina with his wife, Becky, and the couple's two cats, Callie and Cassie. When not writing, Joe enjoys fly fishing and fly tying, cooking (and eating), listening to music, and reading.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing seriously when I was hired as a sportswriter for the then Passaic-Clifton Herald News in New Jersey in 1970.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was past the age of 60 when I decided I'd had enough of banging my head against the "legitimate publishing" wall. I felt my work was good enough to be published and that if the Big Six couldn't handle the chore, I'd just go out and do it myself.
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Where the Sun Don't Shine
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 116,010. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2010 by Joe Perrone Jr.. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The story of the first Espresso Cafe in Hollywood in the late '50s and '60s, complete with all the drama, the characters and the comedy. It was the "Beat Generation," then the Sixties. Long before there was a Starbucks, there was The Capriccio. If you like Kerouac and Saroyan, you'll love "Where the Sun Don't Shine," by Vahan Gregory.
Sing the Long Sorrow: A Compelling Story Set in the Time of the Armenian Genocide
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,100. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2010 by Joe Perrone Jr.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Lost in the violence of the World War I was a holocaust that differed from Hitler's only in its scale. The Turkish government set loose upon its Armenian citizens, hordes of savage killers, recruited from its prisons, to affect one of history's most barbaric slaughters upon a peaceful and progressive people, massacring fifty percent of its 3,000,000 Armenian citizens. Here is a story of that time.


Broken Promises: A Matt Davis Mystery
Series: The Matt Davis Mysteries, 4th in series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,000. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
When an 86-year old widow is found dead among the ruins of a once-famous, landmark hotel leveled by fire nearly 70-years ago. residents of Roscoe are shocked. But, it is the manner of her demise that has everyone shocked. For it isn't a heart attack that has felled her; nor has she suffered a stroke. She's been shot through the heart! Who did it and why? Matt Davis must find the answers.
Twice Bitten: A Matt Davis Mystery
Series: The Matt Davis Mysteries, 3rd in series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,620. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Fishing
A Meth dealer often has many enemies, so it's no surprise when one is found murdered in the cab of his pickup truck in a parking lot for fishermen. There are lots of potential suspects and motives galore, but, after all have been thoroughly examined, Roscoe Chief of Police Matt Davis finds himself at somewhat of a dead end - that is, until he encounters the Trentweilers and all hell breaks loose.
Pau que nasce torto: Um mistério de Matt Davis
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,880. Language: Portuguese. Published: December 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
ALGUÉM ESTÁ ESTUPRANDO E ESTRANGULANDO MULHERES no distrito de Chelsea, em Manhattan. Mas quem? Este mistério explosivo revela o mundo sórdido das salas de bate-papo na internet. ADVERTÊNCIA: Contém material sexual gráfico que pode não ser apropriado para alguns leitores. Trazudido por Rafa Lombardino da Word Awareness, Santee, CA.
Opening Day: A Matt Davis Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,910. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Opening Day is a 2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. Girls are coming through an Upstate New York fishing village, but they aren't all coming out--alive! Out fishing, Police Chief Matt Davis stumbles upon the remains of a murder victim, killed approximately six months earlier. With no evidence, no ID, and no clues, it's up to Matt to not only find the murderer, but to discover the victim's identity.
Escaping Innocence (A Story of Awakening)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,560. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Coming of age
The journey of enlightenment is laugh-aloud funny and gut-wrenching, as David Justin discovers that coming-of-age is more than just a five-minute roll in the hay culminating in a thirty-second celebratory shower. The book is filled with great characters and rip-roaring adventures, including a hilarious spring break trip to Key West, Florida, with a gay artist, goats, fleas, and, well, you'll see.
As The Twig Is Bent: A Matt Davis Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,320. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Women are being raped and strangled in NYC. The clues: a heart carved on each victim’s breast with the initials “J.C.” and those of the deceased; copies of the Bible with underlined passages about infidelity; and fingerprints of a juvenile arrested in the '60s in Upstate New York. This explosive mystery thriller rips the cover off the sordid underbelly of the world of Internet sex chat rooms.

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  • Pieces on Dec. 02, 2009

    By rights, a debut novel should be flawed. But, if you’re looking for shortcomings in Pieces, the initial offering from newcomer Julia Dudek, your search may be as fruitless as that of Diogenes. Starting slow, and building speed like a steam locomotive with its engine stoked by a madman, Pieces is not only compelling, but is unrelenting. Its characters are fully drawn, its plot as sophisticated as any in recent memory, and its ability to draw the reader in is unparalleled. This thriller packs a wallop worthy of any literary heavyweight. If this is just the beginning, the future can only be of star magnitude. Can’t wait for more! Joe Perrone Jr., author of As the Twig is Bent
  • The Other Side of Life (Book #1, Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy) on Jan. 26, 2012

    I must preface my review by stating that I am a sixty-six year old man whose preferred genres are detective mysteries and non-fiction. Having said that, I can state categorically that I thoroughly enjoyed The Other Side of Life by Jess C. Scott. At a time well in the future, two young girls, Anya, and her friend, Leticia, encounter a trio of elves who enlist their help in recovering an artifact and returning it to its rightful owners. In the process, Anya gets more than she bargained for when she develops a love interest in the leader of the trio, an engaging character named Nin. I really enjoyed the way Miss Scott designed not only an elven world, but also a new language to go along with it. There are touches of “cyberpunk” and even some “Goth” along the way that combine to give the book a delightful, futuristic feel so popular with today’s young people. While the story itself is very futuristic and imaginative, the characters and their relationships are so well drawn as to be totally credible. I think this book will appeal especially to fans of science fiction and fantasy—particularly those young people with clearly defined senses of self, who yearn for a world that is heavy on acceptance for both offbeat and non-mainstream lifestyles. The Other Side of Life is a well thought out, beautifully crafted fantasy novel with a great plot and fully-drawn characters that are alive and engaging. It’s a book that will leave readers begging for more from this very talented writer. Congratulations, Jess, on a job well done.