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Behind the Book: Mafia Cop (Richard Stanley Cagan)

Mafia Cop: The Two Families of Michael Palermo; Saints Only Live in Heaven

Detective Michael Palermo built his career on his unique ability to inhabit two worlds at once: the world of law enforcement and the underworld of New York’s crime family organizations. Palermo participated in over two thousand arrests while maintaining close relationships with the kingpins of organized crime—ties that allowed him to stay one step ahead of the rest of the New York City Police Department. This true crime drama takes you inside the police force at its most corrupt and into the dark and dirty world of dons, consiglieres, underbosses, button men, soldiers, and cowboys.

Without giving away spoilers, tell us a little about MAFIA COP and how you came to write this book.
In my writing career of numerous biographies, novels, short stories, musical comedy and dramatic plays, song lyrics and musical compositions, this book has become my life’s work, having spanned decades of personal meetings with Detective Michael George Sabella to include interviews of persons expositioned in his story; restaurant meetings where he used the “gunfighter seat” with his back to the wall in story-reciting locales; meetings at Detective Sabella’s home; my initial meeting with him at his “Raindrop” post-detective ladies garment and accessories business office in the garment center of New York City where he went crazy when I told him I wanted to tape our conversation (little did I know at the time that taped conversations played a vital, pivotal and nefarious role in his life); and his post-detective-day lounge meetings with me at an upscale New York City hotel where he was the chief of security and where I met and shared memory times with number of motion picture actors.

How did you meet Mr. Sabella? What was your relationship with him?
My brother-law, Warren, told me that his childhood friend, Rocco “Rocky” M., would like to speak with me about some important business.

Rocky owns and operates a high-end franchised jewelry store in one of the most luxurious hotels in New York City. I call Rocky and he tells me that a good friend of his is a former New York City police detective who was in the elite Special Investigations Unit (SIU) from which the stories from the best-selling book, The Prince of the City, were resourced in real-event-time. He says that he told this retired detective, Lieutenant First Class Michael George Sabella, that I write books, and he said that Mike Sabella would like to talk to me about writing his story; a story about his life on the police force including his tour in the narcotics squad which started back in 1953 when the squad was first formed.

I say to myself that this sounds like it could be a good thing for me and for this detective. So I go down to visit with Rocky and then I go down to the garment district in New York City where I meet with Mike Sabella in his office (his women’s accessories company called “Raindrop”).

We make the introductions and he sits behind his desk and I sit on a chair in front of him. He is a very polite gentleman who is relaxed and I can envision him as he had testified in court as the arresting officer in his two thousand plus arrests in the police department.

When readers finish MAFIA COP, what do you want them to have gained?
Daily, you must renew your enthusiasm and all of your strengths, then you will not wither away to become nothing more than a wisp of a memory of someone who could have been great; someone who could have been somebody; someone who could have been a contender and the next Champion of the World in your given pursuits.

Never give up. Always look for the candlelight shining far or near in the pitch-black night and grab for your chance to “make it.” But be very careful, because if your grasping hand moves too fast or strikes too quickly or too wildly without measured forethought, you may snuff out the candle’s flame of opportunity, and then for sure you will return to the loneliness of darkness and you may never again find that one last chance for success. Stay alert and use all of your powers of tenacity. And once you get a foothold and a grab-point, hold on tightly and climb upwards to the stars.

Never, never, ever give up.

At any rate what you should gain from reading Mafia Cop- The Two Families of Michael Palermo; Saints Only Live in Heaven is everything that I just imparted to you. Everything in the book is what I offer to you, the reader. And you should always have a new and residing respect and appreciation of your own self-worth, your talents, and your power to succeed.

First, have an intricate knowledge of the subject matter of your writings. Second, be yourself when you write and interview and speak with your resources. And finally, understand that I was there at the right time, at the right place, and with the right people.  You can be there, too.

What led you to write true crime/organized crime books?
I was born into a life where the Mafia, La Cosa Nostra, and The Black Hand (La Mano Negra) were all around me. I grew up living in a sea of organized crime, and I didn’t know it.

My first innocent realization was when my brother-in-law, Louis Anthony “Louie Capp” C., told me about how he had grown up in Little Italy in Manhattan, New York City in the 1930s where his youthful environs were on Mott, Mulberry, and Canal Streets.

Louie Capp told me about how one day, he saw some shoes sticking up from inside a garbage can. He walked over and when he looked more closely, he recognized the shoes, the head with the black hair, and the face of his friend, Tommy DeStefano who had, as a kid, become a runner for the gambling operations of the mob. In later years, he told me that his uncle Tony had been a member of the Vito Genovese mafia Family.

And I have already told you about talking with my other brother-in-law, Warren G., who was a longshoreman on the Brooklyn docks that had been controlled by Albert “The Mad Hatter” Anastasia of “Murder Incorporated.”

Little did I know that Warren’s referral, meeting with Rocky M., and subsequently Mike Sabella would be the spark that set off an explosion of true crime projects that continue today in my most recently completed true crime property, The Joey Calco Story: The Bath Avenue Crew of the Joseph Bonanno Family.

You seem to have a way of connecting with individuals who have amazing true crime stories to tell. Why do you think they open up to you?
They trust me to be a “stand-up guy” who knows how to write their stories honestly and with panache, bringing their past into their future with truth and insightful writing skills. I fill the contract which I have made with them. They appreciate that and become my fans and endorsers. I am a “contractor” with a heart and a soul.

Where to purchase
Will be released January 2013
Skyhorse Publishing | Amazon | BN.com

Connect with Richard Stanley Cagan
@richardscagan and on Facebook.
Go to Richard Stanley Cagan’s  author page.

Short and Sassy; Carrie Daws’ “Crossing Values”

In her debut novel, Crossing Values, Carrie Daws seems to have accomplished what she intended: a book that reinforces accountability among unmarried men and women, healing from past hurts, and family uniting in difficult circumstances.CrossingValues

A “sweet” and quick read, Crossing Values offers its share of conflicts as the well-rounded characters find that anything worth having is worth fighting for and that sometimes the fight may well be an internal one.

At first thought, I wondered if such a short book –not to mention one from a first-timer– could pack the punch I wanted. It did. And then some.

Daws successfully penned a novel that has strong “crossover” appeal (pun intended). The author’s voice is impressive –especially in a debut novel.

The sequel, Ryan’s Crossing, was released on August 20, 2012 (Paperback and Kindle). Can’t wait to see where this story goes and follow this author’s progress.

Crossing Values and the sequel Ryan’s Crossing on Amazon 

ISBN: 1935507923
ISBN-13: 9781935507925
160pp; Jan. 2012
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Where to buy: ChristianBook.com, Amazon.com, BN.com and other retail bookstores and CarrieDaws.com.

On the author’s website, get a 7 Day Devotional and A Discussion Guide to go along with Crossing Values.

Connect with the author @CarrieDaws and on FB.

Disclaimer: This is an uncompensated review completed as part of the CWA Review Crew. The opinions are solely those of the reviewer –unbiased and straightforward.

Kate Battistelli’s “Growing Great Kids” helps parents grow, too!

Ok. I have to be honest. I am a Francesca Battistelli fan so when I came across Kate Battistelli’s book Growing Great Kids I immediately made the mother-daughter connection and knew that I just had to read it.

Boy am I glad I did!

Of course, considering Francesca’s witness for Christ and her talent, there is no doubt that she must have been raised by awesome parents, right? She definitely was, but the connection is much, much deeper.

In Growing Great Kids, Kate Battistelli offers a large part of herself, her family, and her walk with God to illustrate what it means to be a Christian parent. She goes a step further and, in my opinion, has now left a written legacy that we (other Christian parents) can follow to be the example God intends for us –not just as parents but as people in this world.

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Kate advises readers to “partner with God to cultivate His purpose in your child’s life” and that is exactly what I will recommit to do.

I won’t give away too much, but… I especially love the “Questions to Think About” where we readers can look deeper inside ourselves to question our role, our application of biblical principles, and the importance of Christ in our families. Two specific questions that hit home (and might for you, as well) are: “what are the absolutes in your house?” and “what are you modeling?”.

As a Christian mother, it is important that I make the absolutes clear and to model Christ’s example in every area of my life. Certainly, I fail in many areas, but as Kate lovingly illustrates: we go through “seasons” and it is in the myriad of seasons that we grow both as parents and Christians, and it is also in the seasons that we learn to interpret God’s seasons in our child’s life.

To quote Shelly Ballestero, author of Beauty By God, “Growing Great Kids [is] an inspiration to all who have the privilege of raising God’s children”.

Thanks, Kate, for allowing your readers to get to know you and your family on a more personal level and, most of all, for reminding parents just how important our roles are in molding today’s child to become tomorrow’s Godly adult.

Growing Great Kids: Partner with God to cultivate His purpose in your child’s life can be purchased at most major retailers; through Amazon.com; or order a discounted, autographed copy direct from the author at www.katebattistelli.com. Follow Kate @katebattistelli

ISBN: 967-1-61638-654-2 | List Price: $14.99 | Format: Softcover | Page Count: 238

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/ebook/product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Short story packs a punch; ‘The Chosen One’ already a favorite among readers

Chosen One_front coverWhen Kent Breazeale agreed to offer his short story for free on Smashwords, I knew readers would take to his voice and style instantly. What I didn’t expect was that within two hours after “going live”, The Chosen One would become a readers’ favorite.

In only the way that Kent can do, the voice depicted in The Chosen One is richly southern, set in a period when things were different –times were hard and whites and colored didn’t mix, much less become family.

In less than 2,900 words, The Chosen One connects the reader with the innocent hope of a child, unconditional love, loss, and finally acceptance as a young disabled boy comes to realize that blood is not always thicker than water.

I can only imagine how readers will receive Kent’s full-length novel, The Willmakers, which will soon be released for Kindle, Nook, and most e-reader platforms. RWHI is actively marketing the print rights to the novel.

Be sure to drop by download your free copy of The Chosen One. You won’t regret it!

About Kent Breazeale  @rkbreazeale
Kent Breazeale has loved the art of story telling since he was a young boy, evident in his collection of short stories that illustrate his natural art of storytelling. His first completed novel, THE WILLMAKERS, is a story that reflects God’s grace and the value that he places on each one of us and how he uses our imperfections to further his will.

Kent and his wife Deb served as missionaries in the remote village of Bullima on the plains of Tanzania, East Africa. They currently live in Falkner, Mississippi with their adopted lab Harley.

Kent is currently writing a second novel about a young psychologically ill boy by the name of Payne Isaac entitled THE MIND OF PAYNE.

Media/Interview/Review inquiries:
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Red Writing Hood Ink is a full service literary agency. We represent some of the industry’s most talented fiction and nonfiction writers.

A word is dead when it’s said, some say. I say it begins to live that day. ~Emily Dickinson, 1872

What we do…
RWHI does much more than pitch and sell for our authors. As a full service literary agency, we work with authors from the day we receive the initial query and, hopefully, for many years to come. We work to cultivate long, lasting relationships where our efforts and focus include helping our authors with marketing and promotion before and long after their work is in print.

We help our authors build their platform through various efforts including social media, setting up interviews, and serving as both a direct and indirect liaison. We believe in teamwork and believe that a team is only as effective as its members. As such, RWHI serves as literary representatives, but we operate more like a family where consideration and dedication are integral elements of our services.

Although we are a small agency, we have cultivated strong industry relationships with publishers large and small. We are proud to say that our reputation in the film industry is also growing.

What are our interests?
Our tastes are eclectic and include MG, YA, NA, women’s fiction, adult horror, thrillers, mystery, paranormal and supernatural, crime fiction, true crime, and inspirational fiction. We are not actively seeking nonfiction but will consider a short query.  We rarely consider children’s books for younger than MG or memoirs unless there is a strong media or organizational tie-in. We do not accept poetry at all. Of course, we do not discourage authors from sending a query for something not listed here.

We are dedicated to our clients’ success!

RWHI adheres to the AAR Canon of Ethics.