Thursday, August 25, 2016

99 cent Sale for . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang

. . . And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso will be 99 cents on Kindle from August 25th--August31st PT It's quite an lifetime adventure! Grab a copy today!

The elusive whippoorwill swoops down the mountains.
Through night into dawn it's song mourns summer's loss--as I cry mine.   
     AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG, a 300 page memoir, opens with eloping teenagers, Micki and Butch, in a bizarre double wedding ceremony with Micki’s mother.  The couple share comical escapades, spanning decades. A terrible accident occurs in a placid valley nestled in the Susquehanna Mountains. Micki narrates happier days while confronting an uncertain future. One of her six children is fighting for life in the hospital. The family embarks upon its unbearable journey to the other side of sorrow . . . 
And so  in the throes of grief, a writing career was born.
I published a short story of this memoir, resulting in  25 years of writing essays, commentary, and slice of life for two major newspapers, and staff writer for the Staten Island Register. I've published humor, horror and paranormal fiction in e-zines, print magazines, and contests and am currently writing a children's story. "Don't Pluck the Duck," a collection of comedic essays, short fiction and non-fiction stories,will be released in late fall.

    Each day the lives of children are lost through alcohol and drug related deaths. Each of them was special to those who loved them--each deserves remembrance. This book was written for each of them.  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Another Winning book for Children

By Nicholas C. Rossi
Illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis
The little village of Musiville is occupied by either strange animals or even stranger musical instruments. They appear to be a combination of both. And loud! Oh so loud. Their favorite thing is playing their music in bands. All kinds of music all at once. Did I say music? It's impossible to say when each musi-animal is playing a different tune or style.
The variety of musicians like the Pelicanophone and the Drumopotamus is as different as the instrumental noise--I mean music --coming from them. At first they think it's great playing their own music with others doing the same, in spite of headaches and earaches. Soon, so many various styles and sounds become chaotic LOUD music, quite deafening even to the musicians themselves.
Imagine a Frogpipe playing soothing bagpipe songs while Cymbalape clangs away on cymbals. it's just too much for Maracerus who is considering moving away before the whole town literally falls apart from the vibrations. Already parts of many of the houses are losing shingles and creaking as if haunted by ghosts. It takes an earthquake, a real one, to make Maracerus realize that the whole village is dissonant--playing out of tune. Frogpipe agrees and exclaims over the racket that  what they need is a conductor. And that's when all of Musiville decides to hold a competition to select the one best suited to be a conductor. It's an easy solution to a big problem--or is it?
Nicholas C. Rossi, author of the widely acclaimed award winning 'Runaway Smile,' has once again written a quirky, lovable story guaranteed to make children of all ages laugh out loud over the absurdity of his characters. While engaged in figuring out which combo of animal and musical instrument is which, they are also learning through his storyline that all problems can be solved when everyone agrees to work together in harmony.
The illustrations are comical and unique, and the author puts a glossary at the end of the book describing each music maker and showing it's picture. This would be much more helpful if placed at the front of the story. This most unusual story can be read to little ones, while appealing to older children who can read for themselves, and many childlike adults, of which I am one. Young readers tired of the old well-used fairy tales, will especially enjoy the funny, often clamorous works of this talented, multi-genre writer.

Micki Peluso, author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Boy Who Lost His Smile

Runaway Smile
By Nicholas C. Rossi
Illustrations by Domitris Fousekis
What would one do if awaking without a smile? This is exactly what happens to one little boy and throws him into a state of panic. How does one lose a smile anyway? This is what both the boy and his book-reading dog wonder. Life goes forward, and after looking everywhere, including the closet where the monster lives, he prepares to leave for school. Perhaps he'll find it along the way.
The determined little boy has some wild, funny and most unlikely experiences as he drags his back pack along, stacked high with books. He meets some eccentric characters along the way, including a clown with a painted on smile, an enthusiastic salesman and a king but none are willing to give him their smiles. In fact, the chaos causes them to lose their own smiles as well.
School is no better since his teacher never seems to have a smile either--just frowns. At the end of a most unbelievable day, the little boy is still without his smile. Will he ever find it? This eclectic tale for both children and adults, by author Nicholas C. Rossi  is comical; filled with ridiculously hilarious situations that only children and adults who think like them could conjure up.
The illustrations are unique, and a bit confusing at times, except maybe to an imaginative  child. It has a 'happily ever after' ending which all kids love and more than enough smiles to go around for all who read this well-crafted wacky, yet sentimental story. 

Micki Peluso

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Cat Who Wanted A Dog

Newly released: THE CAT WHO WANTED A DOG
By Micki Peluso
Coloring book illustrations
by Neva Franks See More


Friday, July 22, 2016

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Based on a true story, this tale is narrated by Toby, a cat who lives with Grandma and Grampa and has never met a dog. His life changes when  a huge golden retriever, comes to visit. Rocky is a lovable dog and tries to make friends with Toby, who is both afraid of him and disgusted with his doggy drool. They finally become friends and then Rocky's visit is over. Toby is so sad that Grandma and Grampa take him to the doctor who suggests Toby is lonely. Toby gets an amazing present, a Dog!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Better Living Through Fantasy: Welcoming RRBC Spotlight Author Micki Peluso

Better Living Through Fantasy: Welcoming RRBC Spotlight Author Micki Peluso: I'm delighted to welcome to the blog today Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author Micki Peluso.  Her well-reviewed memoir,   . . . An...

Monday, July 11, 2016



Our "SPOTLIGHT" this week is on MICKI PELUSO, author of "...AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG" which you can snag a copy of at
To find out even more about MICKI, the amazing support-filled package she's receiving this week, and to support her on her 7-day blog tour, please visit the "SPOTLIGHT" Author's page on this site.
Don't forget to join MICKI as she takes her chances up "ON THE SHELF" with Nonnie Jules on Thursday, 7/14/16 as well as sitting down for a LIVE interview on the RAVE WAVES show, "BRING ON THE SPOTLIGHT."
So much fun for MICKI as she sits under "the" most fabulous "SPOTLIGHT" ever!
Let's show @MickiPeluso grand support while she sits in this fabulous "hot" seat here at RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, so that when you're sitting here, the same will be done for you!!!