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Jupiter, FL – Published author and playwright Donna Carbone will once again introduce local writers to our community at a meet and greet on Wednesday, January 17th at 9:00 am. A Novel Approach to Literacy, a community-based production which promotes a love for reading, will be held at Another Broken Egg Cafe located in Harbourside Place, Jupiter’s premier waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Joining Carbone on January 17 will be Palm Beach Gardens’ authors David Mallegol, Dr. James Casale and Peter Murgio as well as Patty Perrin, a resident of Jupiter.  Carbone is an established writer and playwright who serves as the Managing Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre where she teaches an advanced writing class. She is the author of two Cat Leigh and Marci Welles crime novels set in Palm Beach County. The stories feature two strong female homicide detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. She is also the author of Private Hell, a separate crime novel, and Lambie and Me, a children’s book based on conversations she has had with her four-year-old grandson. Carbone is currently writing the third Cat and Marci book – Total Submission and her second children’s book, How Much Do You Love Me? David Mallegol, originally from New Jersey, is the author The Bronze Horsemen trilogy. His books, which are compelling works of historical fiction, vividly describe the Bronze Age people known as the Botai. The Botai dominated the steppes of the Ural Mountains  in what today is Russia and are believe to be the first people to tame and ride horses. The three novels portray a gritty, difficult way of life for a prehistoric people who were unknown until recent excavations revealed their life circumstances. Mallegol recently published Outta Newark, a true story of a friendship that endured despite what appeared to be insurmountable hurdles. Patty Perrin is the author of the young adult SciFi series, Tetrasphere. Her father was a military man who took his family with him as he traveled the globe. Each adventure spawned new questions about the universe and the belief systems of other cultures. Her stories ask readers to consider what would happen if the fate of the world was in the hands of four young people each with his or her own amazing special ability and each with his or her own struggles to overcome. Perrin is also the author of Reflections of a Misfit, which offers snippets of her life as influenced by the scriptures she reads daily. Although retired, state and national award winning educator and principal James L. Casale, Ph.D., has never stopped teaching or learning. He is the author of Wise Up and Be the Solution and Family Pledge. Both books are parent-friendly guides to helping children succeed in school and life, especially when dealing with so many issues troubling our educational system today. Casale was named the first male Florida Teacher of the Year and followed that success by receiving the National School of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education. Peter Murgio has led an interesting life. He won the Army Accommodation Medal for Meritorious Service during his time in Korea. He is a lifelong Anglophile, real estate investor and retired entrepreneur as well as a first time author whose book, The Act of Settlement, is historical fiction tinged with a healthy dose of romance. It is the story of William Carnegie, a man born to wealthy, powerful parents who were unable to raise him. Carnegie was  adopted by a well-known politician and his wife, who took the details of his birth to the grave.  When William’s meteoric rise to the pinnacle of success threatens the balance of power,  that secret is used to derail his career. The choices he is forced to make will affect the futures of two great countries. Murgio is currently writing the sequel to The Act of Settlement. A Novel Approach to Literacy is free to the public. For more information about the event, contact Donna Carbone at write4you@comcast.net or call 561 385-1584.

Jupiter, FL – Published author and playwright Donna Carbone will once again introduce local writers to our community at a meet and greet on Wednesday, January 17th at 9:00 am. A Novel Approach to Literacy, a community-based production which promotes a love for reading, will be held at Another Broken Egg Cafe located in Harbourside Place, Jupiter’s premier waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Joining Carbone on January 17 will be Palm Beach Gardens’ authors David Mallegol, Dr. James Casale and Peter Murgio as well as Patty Perrin, a resident of Jupiter. 

Carbone is an established writer and playwright who serves as the Managing Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre where she teaches an advanced writing class. She is the author of two Cat Leigh and Marci Welles crime novels set in Palm Beach County. The stories feature two strong female homicide detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. She is also the author of Private Hell, a separate crime novel, and Lambie and Me, a children’s book based on conversations she has had with her four-year-old grandson. Carbone is currently writing the third Cat and Marci book – Total Submission and her second children’s book, How Much Do You Love Me?

David Mallegol, originally from New Jersey, is the author The Bronze Horsemen trilogy. His books, which are compelling works of historical fiction, vividly describe the Bronze Age people known as the Botai. The Botai dominated the steppes of the Ural Mountains  in what today is Russia and are believe to be the first people to tame and ride horses. The three novels portray a gritty, difficult way of life for a prehistoric people who were unknown until recent excavations revealed their life circumstances. Mallegol recently published Outta Newark, a true story of a friendship that endured despite what appeared to be insurmountable hurdles.

Patty Perrin is the author of the young adult SciFi series, Tetrasphere. Her father was a military man who took his family with him as he traveled the globe. Each adventure spawned new questions about the universe and the belief systems of other cultures. Her stories ask readers to consider what would happen if the fate of the world was in the hands of four young people each with his or her own amazing special ability and each with his or her own struggles to overcome. Perrin is also the author of Reflections of a Misfit, which offers snippets of her life as influenced by the scriptures she reads daily.

Although retired, state and national award winning educator and principal James L. Casale, Ph.D., has never stopped teaching or learning. He is the author of Wise Up and Be the Solution and Family Pledge. Both books are parent-friendly guides to helping children succeed in school and life, especially when dealing with so many issues troubling our educational system today. Casale was named the first male Florida Teacher of the Year and followed that success by receiving the National School of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Peter Murgio has led an interesting life. He won the Army Accommodation Medal for Meritorious Service during his time in Korea. He is a lifelong Anglophile, real estate investor and retired entrepreneur as well as a first time author whose book, The Act of Settlement, is historical fiction tinged with a healthy dose of romance. It is the story of William Carnegie, a man born to wealthy, powerful parents who were unable to raise him. Carnegie was  adopted by a well-known politician and his wife, who took the details of his birth to the grave.  When William’s meteoric rise to the pinnacle of success threatens the balance of power,  that secret is used to derail his career. The choices he is forced to make will affect the futures of two great countries. Murgio is currently writing the sequel to The Act of Settlement.

A Novel Approach to Literacy is free to the public. For more information about the event, contact Donna Carbone at write4you@comcast.net or call 561 385-1584.

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Woman’s Club of Stuart to host “A Novel Approach to Literacy”

 Local author meet and greet to raise money for scholarship fund

 Stuart, FLThe Woman’s Club of Stuart will sponsor A Novel Approach to Literacy on October 19 at their clubhouse located at 729 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, Florida 33994. The event will be moderated by club member and published author/playwright Donna Carbone. Joining Carbone will be authors David Mallegol, Dr. James Casale, Patty Perrin and Robert Guliani.

This talk back with local authors is a fundraiser for the Club and will help to fulfill its mission to provide scholarships to deserving females in Martin County. The event begins at 3:00 pm and will include lite bites and refreshments. The Club is requesting a small tax deductable donation of $10.00 per guest.The Woman’s Club of Stuart is a group of dedicated women committed to supporting the needs of local charities.  They are a part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) and the largest club in District 10 of the GFWC Florida. The group is united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service. There is wide diversity in the ages, interests and experiences of the members, all of which unite them in the shared goal to improve the lives of those living in their community.

Carbone is an established writer and serves as the Managing Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre where she teaches screen, stage and novel writing for adults and children. In January 2016, she published her first book in the Cat Leigh and Marci Welles crime novel series set inside the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Through Thick and Thin introduces some very devious criminals including the Kalendar Killer, the Ribbon Rapist and a lifeguard who used his breast stroke more often out of the water than in the water.

In January of this year, she published the second in the series. Silk Suit/Stone Heart takes readers deeper into the lives of her brave and determined lady detectives and introduces a new group of clever criminals including a nerdy poet intent on killing politicians and a tall, handsome, imposing organized crime boss whose confident air and casual attitude toward life and death intimidated everyone. Many of her characters and scenarios are based on real people and real events.

In 2016, Donna also published Private Hell, a separate crime novel which uses her own experience with domestic abuse as a focal point. As with all of her writing, keeping women safe in an ever increasingly dangerous world is her goal. In a recent interview, Carbone explained that she writes crime novels because she knows what it is like to be on the receiving end of violence. She knows what it’s like to have someone you love survive a violent crime. She wants to spare as many women as possible the trauma of assault. Her goal is to educate through entertainment.

A prolific writer, just two months ago, Carbone published her first children’s book. Lambie and Me is based on conversations she has had with her grandson. She claims that this precocious child has convinced her that reincarnation is real and swears that there is a 40-year-old man living inside that 4-year-old body.

 Although retired, state and national award winning educator and principal James L. Casale, Ph.D., has never stopped teaching or learning. His years in both the classroom and on the administrative side of the profession he deeply loves have provided him with valuable insights to assist parents in becoming their child’s first teacher. He shares this information in his new jargon-free book, Wise Up and Be the Solution, which is a parent-friendly guide to creating a learning culture in the home and helping children succeed in school.

In 1974, Casale was name the first male Florida Teacher of the Year. He followed that success in 1988 by receiving the National School of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education. At the time, he was principal of Purchase Elementary School in Harrison, New York.

Casale credits the many dedicated teachers and administrators he has worked with over the years for sharing their wisdom, work ethic and dedication with him -- learning opportunities which, he says, can never be acquired in a college classroom alone. “To appreciate the hard work that goes into great teaching, you have to be exposed to great teachers,” Casale often tells parents, “and I was lucky enough to work with so many consummate professionals.”

Casale firmly believes that success in school requires a loving, supportive environment at home... an environment in which laughter and learning go hand and hand. In Wise Up and Be the Solution, he encourages parents to become more knowledgeable about key school issues and more proactive in their children’s education. “A parent affects eternity,” Casale said. “No one can tell where his or her influence stops.” Currently, Casale is preparing to publish his second book School Reform Starts at Home. The book is an anthology of 40 essays that will encourage, inspire, inform, and motivate parents to accept their solemn responsibility.

David Mallegol, originally from New Jersey, got his start producing Rider College basketball programs. He joined Johnson and Johnson in 1965 and spent the next 38 years in marketing. He laughingly states that his achievements include bringing Imodium to the world market. While at J&J, Mallegol also taught a course on marketing to the federal government without defrauding your company for Dartmouth University’s Amos Tuck Business School and co-authored the book which became the standard for behaviors for the entire pharmaceutical industry.

In 2005 he retired and moved to South Florida.  After five years of volunteer work at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Mallegol returned to his love of writing and published his first novel. The Bronze Horsemen is a trilogy which vividly describes the Bronze Age people known as the Botai. The Botai dominated the steppes of the Ural Mountainsin what today is Russia. They are the first race known to have tamed and ridden horses.

The Bronze Horsemen, Adventures of the Bronze Horsemen and Hunt for the Wolf Clan are compelling works of historical fiction.  The three novels portray a gritty, difficult way of life for a prehistoric people who were unknown until recent excavations revealed their life circumstances. In a recent interview, Mallegol said, “ Imagine living back then... you were married at 13 or 14 years of age.. you worked from dawn to dusk to survive and died at an average age of just 35 years.”    

Patty Perrin, who writes under the pen name P.T.L. Perrin, grew up in Europe as a military brat. While she did not have access to television, she did have a vivid imagination. Books were her main source of entertainment. She speaks several languages and enjoys the diversity of people and cultures.

Perrin’s first book, Reflections of a Misfit, offers snippets of her life as influenced by the scriptures she reads daily. Her family is a rich source for entertainment and bits of wisdom. Anyone who has ever felt like a misfit will relate to her musings.

Currently, Perrin is writing the young adult SciFi series, Tetrasphere. Terra’s Call and Triton’s Call are the first two books in the series. The third book in the series will be published shortly.

Perrin has a dual purpose for writing: one is to offer pure entertainment and the other is to answer some of the unanswerable questions about our amazing universe. She has always been interested in the belief systems of other cultures and has often wondered why the creator of this vast universe would limit intelligent life to one tiny speck of a planet. The question then arose, “What if other inhabited planets are interacting with Earth?”

Of course, one question led to another and another and another. When asked in a recent interview to summarize her books, Perrin said, “Consider what would happen if the fate of our planet was in the hands of four young people, each with special abilities, and each with his or her own struggles?”

Robert Guliani was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He spent many of his youthful summer days cavorting with friends on the Island’s beaches. It was on those very beaches, during the summer of 1973, that he learned the true meaning of heartbreak, courage and perseverance. Despite becoming a quadriplegic at the age of 16, he graduated with his classmates from Syosset High School and attended Post University. He went on to a successful career in computer programming in the days when computers were still in the embryonic stage of development. He got married and, despite many personal setbacks, he remained unwavering in his belief that life was good and nothing could stop him from achieving his goals. In a recent interview, Guliani said, “Many times, the road we’re on is filled with detours and dead-ends. In the end, what defines us is how we maneuver around them.” Never Quit is more than the title of his book. It is the mantra which guides him every single day.

For more information about the event, contact Donna Carbone at write4you@comcast.net or call 561 385-1584.

For more information on the Woman’s Club of Stuart, please contact Tonya Axton, Vice President/Membership at 772 210-6620 or email taaxton@aol.com.

 The Woman’s Club of Stuart – 729 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, Florida 33994

 

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NOVEMBER 8, 2017

Casa Mia Trattoria & Pizzeria to host Author Meet and Greet

Join local PB County authors as they discuss the importance of literacy in their lives

Jupiter, FL – Published author and playwright Donna Carbone will once again introduce local writers to our community at an author meet and greet on Wednesday, November 8. The event will be held at Casa Mia Trattoria and Pizzeria, located at 337 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Joining Carbone will be authors David Mallegol, Dr. James Casale, Patty Perrin and Rick Bennette.

This meet and greet, which is the third in a series of talk backs with local writers, begins at noon and is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. However, anyone wishing to order from the menu is welcomed to do so. Reservations are not required.

Carbone is an established writer and serves as the Managing Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre where she teaches screen, stage and novel writing. In January 2016, she published her first book in the Cat Leigh and Marci Welles crime novel series set inside the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Through Thick and Thin introduces some very devious criminals including the Kalendar Killer, the Ribbon Rapist and a lifeguard who used his breast stroke more often out of the water than in the water.

In January of this year, she published the second in the series. Silk Suit/Stone Heart takes readers deeper into the lives of her brave and determined lady detectives and introduces a new group of clever criminals including a nerdy poet intent on killing politicians and a tall, handsome, imposing organized crime boss whose confident air and casual attitude toward life and death intimidated everyone. Many of her characters and scenarios are based on real people and real events.

In 2016, Donna also published Private Hell, a separate crime novel which uses her own experience with domestic abuse as a focal point. As with all of her writing, keeping women safe in an ever increasingly dangerous world is her goal. In a recent interview, Carbone explained that she writes crime novels because she knows what it is like to be on the receiving end of violence. She knows what it’s like to have someone you love survive a violent crime. She wants to spare as many women as possible the trauma of assault. Her goal is to educate through entertainment.

Asked to give a synopsis of her stories, Carbone said, “The stories are dramadies. Yes… people die. But people also live, laugh and love. While the books are categorized as crime novels, they are also about friendship, loyalty, dedication and values. The stories feature real people… people who are humanized by their strengths and weaknesses.”

A prolific writer, just two months ago, Carbone published her first children’s book. Lambie and Me is based on conversations she has had with her grandson. She claims that this precocious child has convinced her that reincarnation is real and swears that there is a 40-year-old man living inside that 4-year-old body.

“Lambie and Me is so much more than a trip down memory lane,” Carbone said. “This book is a morality tale… one that weaves the importance of good character into the narrative and speaks to adults and children alike about the importance of loyalty, kindness, empathy and friendship.”

Although retired, state and national award winning educator and principal James L. Casale, Ph.D., has never stopped teaching or learning. His years in both the classroom and on the administrative side of the profession he deeply loves have provided him with valuable insights to assist parents in becoming their child’s first teacher.

He shares this information in his new jargon-free book, Wise Up: Be the Solution, which is a parent-friendly guide to creating a learning culture in the home and helping children succeed in school.

In 1974, Casale was name the first male Florida Teacher of the Year. He followed that success in 1988 by receiving the National School of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education. At the time, he was principal of Purchase Elementary School in Harrison, New York. Casale credits the many dedicated teachers and administrators he has worked with over the years for sharing their wisdom, work ethic and dedication with him -- learning opportunities which, he says, can never be acquired in a college classroom alone. “To appreciate the hard work that goes into great teaching, you have to be exposed to great teachers,” Casale often tells parents, “and I was lucky enough to work with so many consummate professionals.”

Casale firmly believes that success in school requires a loving, supportive environment at home... an environment in which laughter and learning go hand and hand. In Wise Up: Be the Solution, he encourages parents to become more knowledgeable about key school issues and more proactive in their children’s education. “A parent affects eternity,” Casale said. “No one can tell where his or her influence stops.” Currently, Casale is preparing to publish his second book School Reform Starts at Home. The book is an anthology of 40 essays that will encourage, inspire, inform, and motivate parents to accept their solemn responsibility.

David Mallegol, originally from New Jersey, got his start producing Rider College basketball programs. He joined Johnson and Johnson in 1965 and spent the next 38 years in marketing. He laughingly states that his achievements include bringing Imodium to the world market. While at J&J, Mallegol also taught a course on marketing to the federal government without defrauding your company for Dartmouth University’s Amos Tuck Business School and co-authored the book which became the standard for behaviors for the entire pharmaceutical industry.

In 2005 he retired and moved to South Florida.  After five years of volunteer work at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Mallegol returned to his love of writing and published his first novel. The Bronze Horsemen is a trilogy which vividly describes the Bronze Age people known as the Botai. The Botai dominated the steppes of the Ural Mountainsin what today is Russia. They are the first race known to have tamed and ridden horses.

The Bronze Horsemen, Adventures of the Bronze Horsemen and Hunt for the Wolf Clan are compelling works of historical fiction.  The three novels portray a gritty, difficult way of life for a prehistoric people who were unknown until recent excavations revealed their life circumstances. In a recent interview, Mallegol said, “ Imagine living back then... you were married at 13 or 14 years of age.. you worked from dawn to dusk to survive and died at an average age of just 35 years.”    

Patty Perrin, who writes under the pen name P.T.L. Perrin, grew up in Europe as a military brat. While she did not have access to television, she did have a vivid imagination. Books were her main source of entertainment. She speaks several languages and enjoys the diversity of people and cultures.

Perrin’s first book, Reflections of a Misfit, offers snippets of her life as influenced by the scriptures she reads daily. Her family is a rich source for entertainment and bits of wisdom. Anyone who has ever felt like a misfit will relate to her musings.

Currently, Perrin is writing the young adult SciFi series, Tetrasphere. Terra’s Call and Triton’s Call are the first two books in the series. The third book in the series will be published shortly.

Perrin has a dual purpose for writing: one is to offer pure entertainment and the other is to answer some of the unanswerable questions about our amazing universe. She has always been interested in the belief systems of other cultures and has often wondered why the creator of this vast universe would limit intelligent life to one tiny speck of a planet. The question then arose, “What if other inhabited planets are interacting with Earth?”

Of course, one question led to another and another and another. When asked in a recent interview to summarize her books, Perrin said, “Consider what would happen if the fate of our planet was in the hands of four young people, each with special abilities, and each with his or her own struggles?”

Rick Bennette is a native New Englander. Prior to moving to South Florida in 2003, he called the Constitution State – Connecticut - home. Before putting pen to paper and becoming a published author, Rick had careers in the fields of electrical engineering and video and film production – a passion he still feeds whenever an opportunity arises. He is also a licensed pilot and an avid boater.

To hear Rick tell it, his interest in writing was born of a seventh grade short story assignment. An A+ grade and his teacher’s enjoyment of his fictional tale lit a fire that has never been extinguished. He finds the world around him fertile ground for the stories he creates.

Rick is partial to writing romantic stories, most of which are inspired by his own life. He met his soul mate while cruising on the TV series Love Boat. Sadly, they lost touch, and it took 30 years before they were reunited in New York’s Grand Central Station with hired violins playing their love song. They have been married for seven years.

So far, Rick has published 22 books in a variety of genres including romance, science fiction and the ever popular How-to guides. He is the proud author of Take My Heart, My Little Angel and Last Chance just to name a few.

For more information about the event, contact Donna Carbone at write4you@comcast.net or call 561 385-1584.

Casa Mia Trattoria and Pizzeria is one of Jupiter’s most popular dining establishments. With roots in Florence and a rich heritage in the British Italian restaurant scene, owner Stefano Paggetti learned his trade working in his father Mario’s restaurants in the fashionable Chelsea area of London. Mario Paggetti was at the forefront of the Italian restaurant renaissance and taught his son the skills he would need to bring that same level of authenticity and passion to South Florida. Casa Mia redefines Italian cuisine. The restaurant is open Sunday-Thursday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Friday and Saturday they are open until 10:00 pm.

Just some of the wonderful books written by these talented authors!

Just some of the wonderful books written by these talented authors!

Harbourside Place to Host Author Meet and Greet at Too Bizaare Restaurant

 Join local PB County authors for an afternoon of conversation as they explore the depths of their novels

Lite bites and drinks will be provided.

Jupiter, FL – Published author and playwright Donna Carbone will once again introduce local writers to our community at a meet and greet on May 4th from 3 to 5 pm. The event will be held at Too Bizaare Restaurant and will be hosted by Harbourside Place, Jupiter’s premier waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment destination. In April 2016, Carbone moderated Beignets, Bagels and Conversation, which was also hosted by Harbourside Place. Joining Carbone on May 4th will be Palm Beach Gardens’ author David Mallegol and Patty Tracy Perrin, a resident of Jupiter. 

Carbone is an established writer and serves as the Managing Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre where she teaches screen, stage and novel writing. In January of last year, she published her first book in the Cat Leigh and Marci Welles crime novel series, Through Thick and Thin. In January of this year, she published the second in the series, Silk Suit/Stone Heart. In between she published a third crime novel, Private Hell, and completed her first children’s book, Lambie and Me.

The Cat Leigh and Marci Welles books feature two female homicide detectives with the PBC Sheriff’s Office. Private Hell is a semi-autobiographical account of a dysfunctional childhood and domestic abuse. In a recent interview, Carbone explained that she writes crime novels because she knows what it is like to be on the receiving end of violence. She knows what it’s like to have someone you love survive a violent crime. She wants to spare as many women as possible the trauma of assault. Her goal is to educate through entertainment.

Asked to give a synopsis of her stories, Carbone said, “The stories are dramadies. Yes… people die. But people also live, laugh and love. While the books are categorized as crime novels, they are also about friendship, loyalty, dedication and values. The stories feature real people… people who are humanized by their strengths and weaknesses.”

David Mallegol, originally from New Jersey, got his start producing Rider College basketball programs. He joined Johnson and Johnson in 1965 and spent the next 38 years in marketing. He laughingly states that his achievements include bringing Imodium to the world market. While at J&J, Mallegol also taught a course on marketing to the federal government without defrauding your company for Dartmouth University’s Amos Tuck Business School and co-authored the book which became the standard for behaviors for the entire pharmaceutical industry.

In 2005 he retired and moved to South Florida.  After five years of volunteer work at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Mallegol returned to his love of writing and published his first novel. The Bronze Horsemen is a trilogy which vividly describes the Bronze Age people known as the Botai. The Botai dominated the steppes of the Ural Mountainsin what today is Russia. They are the first race known to have tamed and ridden horses.

The Bronze Horsemen, Adventures of the Bronze Horsemen and Hunt for the Wolf Clan are compelling works of historical fiction.  The three novels portray a gritty, difficult way of life for a prehistoric people who were unknown until recent excavations revealed their life circumstances. In a recent interview, Mallegol said, “ Imagine living back then... you were married at 13 or 14 years of age.. you worked from dawn to dusk to survive and died at an average age of just 35 years.”    

Patty Perrin, who writes under the pen name P.T.L. Perrin, grew up in Europe as a military brat. While she did not have access to television, she did have a vivid imagination. Books were her main source of entertainment. She speaks several languages and enjoys the diversity of people and cultures.

Perrin’s first book, Reflections of a Misfit, offers snippets of her life as influenced by the scriptures she reads daily. Her family is a rich source for entertainment and bits of wisdom. Anyone who has ever felt like a misfit will relate to her musings.

Currently, Perrin is writing the young adult SciFi series, Tetrasphere. She has a dual purpose: one is to offer pure entertainment and the other is to answer some of the unanswerable questions about our amazing universe. Perrin has always been interested in the belief systems of other cultures. She has often wondered why the creator of this vast universe would limit intelligent life to one tiny speck of a planet. The question then arose, “What if other inhabited planets are interacting with Earth?” Of course, one question led to another and another and another. When asked in a recent interview to summarize her books, Perrin said, “Consider what would happen if the fate of our planet was in the hands of four young people, each with special abilities, and each with his or her own struggles?”

The first two books in the Tetrasphere trilogy,  Terra’s Call and Triton’s Call, have been published. The third book is nearly completed.

This event is free to the public. For more information about the event, contact Donna Carbone at write4you@comcast.net or call 561 385-1584.

Palm Beach Gardens author pens second novel with not so hidden messages

Palm Beach County locations provide backdrop for crime chronicles 

January 2017

Palm Beach Gardens, Fl: Donna M. Carbone, a former Wellington resident now living in Palm Beach Gardens, has been writing and winning awards since the third grade. In January 2016 she published the first in a series of crime novels featuring two female homicide detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. That book is titled Through Thick and Thin. The main characters – Cat Leigh and Marci Welles - are based on real people: her daughter, Jessica Carbone McKinney - a survivor of kidnapping and rape – and Mary Bedwell Bain, an actual CSI with the PBSO. McKinney lives in Loxahatchee and Bedwell Bain lives in Royal Palm Beach. The two women have been best friends since their days at Wellington High School and Bedwell Bain was instrumental in capture and conviction of Carbone McKinney’s attacker in 2007.  

After her daughter’s assailant was behind bars for life, Donna Carbone wrote a short story entitled Assault on an Angel in an attempt to make women more aware of the dangers all around them. The story was picked up by the History Channel’s I Survived series and Investigation Discoveries’ Surviving Evil series. Both shows created episodes based on the facts of the case. Mother and daughter were guests on the Katie Couric Show and were interviewed in numerous hard copy media publications. What they learned was that many women did not want to be told that they needed to take responsibility for their own safety. The realization was devastating for them.

Carbone decided that the best approach was to “… educate through entertainment.” She began writing and used the books to “… teach, not preach.” That approach seems to be working. She’s has build a decent fan base and has become an outspoken voice for women’s rights in the process.

The second Cat Leigh and Marci Welles crime novelSilk Suit/Stone Heart – was published in late December 2016. It is already getting rave reviews. Along with story lines that are reality based, Carbone uses her books as a tourist’s guide to the wonders of Palm Beach County. Fans have told her they come to Palm Beach just so they can visit the locations where the crimes took place.

A prolific writer, in 2016 Carbone also published Private Hell, a semi-autobiographical crime novel based on her early life in an abusive relationship. “The story within the story is true,” Carbone said in a recent interview. “Forty five years ago, there were few resources for women in abusive relationships. Even now, with more help available, women are afraid to leave their abusers. I want them to know they are not alone and that they are strong enough to break away and move on with their lives.”

Also on the horizon is a big change in Carbone’s normal writing style. In the next few months, she expects to publish Lambie and Me – a real life children’s book in the style of Calvin and Hobbes. “My grandson is such a clever little boy. The things he says inspired me to write the first book in what I hope will become a beloved series for parents, grandparents and all adults who love kids.”

Carbone’s illustrator for this book is the very talented Kevin Mayle. “Kevin’s drawings are so lifelike that my grandson immediately recognized his image and that of his best friend, Lambie. We’ve already had great positive response to the book with people placing advance orders.”

All of Carbone’s books are available on amazon.com in paperback and for Kindle.

 

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The Year of the Woman

Reprinted from the Jupiter Courier: December 2016

“Scars reveal where we have been. They don't have to dictate where we are going.”

Quite a profound statement, wouldn't you agree? One might think that a great orator or person of immense insight gave voice to that sentiment. Not so. Believe it or not, those two sentences were part of the closing dialogue on an episode of Criminal Minds.

Never did I think I would find inspiration on a weekly prime time dramatic series. The boob tube so often lives up to its nickname that I sometimes imagine brain cells collecting at my feet if I watch for too long.

I learned a valuable lesson. If we listen when people speak – if we remain open to suggestions and advice – we grow. We grow wiser and safer and more confident in ourselves and in our abilities to navigate through this life.

Listening is what I do every Monday evening while I host a writing group at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre. These are serious writers – authors of novels, screenplays and stage plays – with personal stories that have historic value. The group is small because reading and critiquing the work of eight people takes time and each writer deserves specialized attention. I’ve been hosting this class for five years and usually the group is testosterone heavy. This year women have found their voices and joined our enclave in surprising numbers.

Whenever I begin a new class, I tell my writers that they are their own best press agent. No one knows them better than they know themselves. Each of their lives is unique because it is their life. No one else has lived it. No one else bears their scars. While it is true that life leaves an indelible mark on each of us, it is also true that we each leave an indelible mark on society. Years may pass without us seeing the effect of that mark – we may never see the effect – but at sometime something we have said or done will impact someone. Hopefully, that impact will bring about positive change.

Currently, I have three very strong, very independent women at my table. One was born in England prior to World War II. She was a young girl during the bombing of Britain and writes vividly of how the flames from burning buildings painted the sky in bright reds and oranges much different from the comforting colors flickering from a holiday Yule log. The years of deprivation, starvation, separation from her parents, and emotional turmoil changed her from an innocent to a child with a maturity level far beyond her years. Her war time experiences formed her into someone unafraid to make her own decisions and, at the age of 16, when a disagreement with her father set a line in the sand, she left home to begin a new chapter in her life. From that moment on, she wrote her autobiography not in words but in actions that led her down many varied paths… some joyous and some painful. The pain was a her most influential teacher. She is a survivor.

Another woman at my table is a Polish Jew born in Cuba before Fidel Castro ascended to the throne of dictatorship. Her maternal grandparents were able to leave Poland and escape the Holocaust. Her paternal grandparents were not as lucky. Their son, however, escaped and found his way to Cuba. At the age of 18, he met and married this writer’s mother, who was 15.  She gave birth to their first child at 16. The hardship and struggle of her parents’ life… their devotion to each other and their willingness to do whatever was necessary to survive were the lesson plans upon which my student based her life. She, too, is a survivor.

The third woman writer led a more idyllic childhood. Her parents were French Canadians. Her dad, whom she idolized, was a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was a free spirit… a man who relished a challenge… who yearned to discover the undiscovered… who filled his daughter with a sense of adventure that few female children of the day ever experienced. At 12, he put her in the pilot seat of one of his planes and encouraged her to “… fly” in more ways than one. She got her pilot’s license at 16 and fly she did, but the path she took led not to a life mimicking her parents’ domestic bliss but one where physical and emotional abuse held sway. With the safety of her two sons uppermost in her mind, she escaped and another survivor was born.

I understand each of these women because I, too, am a survivor.  I’ve known pain. I’ve known joy. Despite what you might think, I am grateful to those people who caused me to suffer deeply. Without them I would not value joy with such deep intensity. Without them, I would not be the person I am today. Pain made me strong. Joy softened the edges and allowed me to grow into someone strong and self-sufficient. I wear my scars proudly.

In the New Year, there will be no challenge we women cannot face… no hurdle we cannot jump… no hill we cannot climb. It will not matter who sits behind the Oval Office desk… who stands at a podium… who legislates from a bench… who preaches from an altar. No one can stop us. We are each our own person. We are strong and we are getting stronger every day.

I have no doubt that 2017 will be a year of change and that women will be instrumental to those changes not because we hold powerful political positions but because, by virtue of being female, we are able to assess a situation differently than our male counterparts.  We will formulate plans unique to our gender… plans which emphasize our survivor skills. Mature women… those like my students… are the perfect role models for the younger generation. When faced with difficult choices, they did not quake or waver… they did not melt in the heat of battle… they fought back and won.

We women have within us the ability to get through the most difficult situations and remain whole. We are the caregivers. We are the nurturers. We are The Little Engine That Could... and we can. Alone we are formidable. Together we are unstoppable.

Happy New Year to Mollie, Ruth, and Gale and to all my sisters who have struggled and remained whole. You have taught me more than I could ever teach you.  You have shown me that no matter what roadblocks are placed in our path, we will face them with dignity and grace… and survivor skills born of life experiences… the kind that don’t always bring a smile to our faces but always add a new strength to our backbones. 

HOW DO I SAY "THANK YOU"

Reprinted from the Jupiter Courier: September 2016:

Anticipation is a funny thing. While mostly a joyous experience, it can also be tinged with anxiety and fear. I am sure you can remember what it was like to be a child anxiously waiting for Santa Claus. We were so excited by the thought that Santa would be sliding down the chimney or coming through the front door with a sack full of presents that rewarded a year of good behavior. But wait… were we actually on our best behavior for twelve solid months? Naughty or nice – how would Santa judge our efforts. Even children know that perfection is unattainable no matter how hard they try.

That seesaw of joy and fear is one I rode for the five months leading up to the presentation of my play, Shell of a Man, on September 1. Christmas truly did come early for me this year, but the many weeks prior to the show were a mix of positive and negative emotions I have never before experienced. Shell of a Man was presented as a dinner theater production at Another Broken Egg Café (ABE) at Harbourside Place in Jupiter before a sold out crowd. It was a success – a far greater success than I ever could have imagined – and as jubilant as I am, that jubilance is tempered by the fact that I did not get there alone. Many people deserve to be acknowledged for helping me to jump the hurdles in my path and, eventually, to realize my dream.

Allow me to start with the man who made this play possible by sharing his life story with me and touching my heart so deeply that I am never able to forget his words. His name is Robert and, while I know his surname, I will never reveal it out of respect for his privacy. We have never met face to face. I hear his voice only through the emails we have exchanged for five years. Those emails were generated by two editorials I wrote in 2011 supporting better healthcare for our veterans, particularly those suffering with PTSD. Robert, a Vietnam veteran, wrote to me, expressing his thanks and beginning what was to become a much cherished and, often, painful friendship.

Robert shared details of his life that few others know. His words left me heavy hearted and longing to help. In a sense, he was the ultimate Santa Claus because the trust he put in me is the greatest gift I have ever received. Robert is black. He has tasted the prejudice of a Southern upbringing. He became a husband, father, soldier and law enforcement office. He rose to be a union president and “fell” into janitorial service. He saw death and wished to die. He survived.

The more Robert revealed to me about his life, the more I realized that, even being an educated person, I knew nothing about life in a culture I had never experienced. I wanted… I needed… to share his story with others and, with his permission, Shell of a Man was born in an attempt to bring awareness to the needs of our veterans and pay homage to the men and women who have made the privileged life we live possible. However, Robert’s story goes deeper. It is timely because now, while the media seems focused on convincing us that blacks and whites will never be friends, it proves that one small kind act from an unexpected source can influence a life forever.

But… writing Shell of a Man was just the first step. Once the play was completed, I began looking for venues open to the idea of presenting it. In April 2015, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) – one of the largest and most reputable black performing arts troupes in the country – selected Shell of a Man for their Spotlight on Playwrights series.  TBAAL is housed within the Dallas Convention Center and that is where some very talented actors breathed life into my words for the first time. To write about that experience would require more space than this editorial provides. Suffice it to say that I learned we are much more alike than we are different and, again, Robert gave me a gift more valuable than gold.

After Dallas, I struggled to find another venue willing to showcase Robert’s story. I met one brick wall after another. The plight of our veterans, especially those suffering with PTSD, is a touchy subject. Many artistic directors told me that people don’t go to the theater to be reminded that other people are suffering. What was I to do?

Here is where fate comes into play. In April 2014, I hosted a grand opening for a new client and through that event I met the very wonderful people at Allied Capital and Development (ACD) – the company that manages Harbourside Place. That meeting led to a friendship which, eventually, led to an invitation to host a book signing for my first novel at Another Broken Egg Café. Beignets, Coffee and Conversation, the name we gave the event, was a hit and paved the way for Shell of a Man. Thanks to the support and encouragement of Connie Kartell, Sarah Lott and John Hamma of ACD’s management team and thanks to the warm welcome of managers and wait staff at Another Broken Egg Café, Shell of a Man found a home.

But… that was just the second step. Producing a play is a long, tedious, frustrating, high/low experience that can drain even the most determined individuals. The date for the play was set twice and cancelled twice. Finding someone qualified to portray Robert on stage was proving to be a nearly impossible task. Then, once again, fate stepped in when one Sunday morning a tall, handsome black man walked across a parking lot in my direction and said he wanted to take acting lessons. Since I am the Managing Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre, I welcomed him with open arms but not before asking, “Where have you been for the last six months!!” I had found my Robert. Now I needed two female actors. One was a slam dunk. I knew her talent and her beauty was exactly what I was looking for. The other was more difficult because she needed to not only be able to handle the role but she also needed to physically resemble the first actor. Again, I found my second beautiful and talented actor at the Institute. With deep gratitude I want to thank Ewan Leslie, Jeanne Tidwell and Lee Marlow for their passion, dedication and commitment to me, Robert and Shell of a Man.

We began rehearsals. While I was meeting with my actors three days a week, my husband Mike was designing and creating a stage upon which the play would be presented. The stage needed to be constructed to exact measurements so that it would fit into the space allotted at ABE Café, and it needed to be strong enough that a herd of elephants could tap dance on it without injury. I also needed to begin marketing the event. There were flyers to distribute, posters to design, programs to prepare, scenery and sets to gather, transportation requirements (that herd of elephants was cumbersome and heavy) to consider, menus to approve, tickets orders to track and a production team to put together. I was feeling overwhelmed. Did I mention that I wasn’t sleeping more than two or three hours a night? Anticipation can also keep you awake with thoughts of failure running through your mind.

And that’s when I learned the value of friendship. Another great talent from the Burt Reynolds Institute, Kevin Mayle, offered to design the poster for the show. Kevin also designs the covers for all of my books. He is a marvelous illustrator/artist. Writer/producer/director Gabe Tullier, owner of The Rising Creative, and Tracy Heard, sound engineer extraordinaire, quickly agreed to handle lights, sound and cameras. Patty Serrano, owner of Little Panther Prompting, joined us as teleprompter instructor/operator. My dear friends, Arlene Love, Gale Richards and Nadine Edery volunteered to be stage managers. And always at my side was my husband whispering words of encouragement. He truly is the wind beneath my wings.

All those months of preparation… all the frustrations and setbacks (including losing power at the restaurant on the afternoon of the show)… all the sleepless nights were forgotten as the lights came up on Robert Logan (Ewan Leslie) doing his opening monologue. I looked into the audience and saw people riveted at the edges of their seats. I saw women dabbing tears from their eyes, men fighting not to cry, and, perhaps most importantly, I saw a veteran of 28 years of military service – a man suffering with PTSD -- nodding his head over and over again in agreement with what was being revealed.

Nothing of value in life is ever achieved alone. This editorial is my heartfelt thank you note to all those who made Shell of a Man possible, including Brightman Brock of the Jupiter Courier, who graciously carried an article on the event and placed contact information in the paper’s weekly calendar. Word of the play has spread and I am receiving invitations to present it at other venues. Shell of a Man is truly the gift that keeps on giving, and I hope it continues to give for years to come… until PTSD is a thing of the past and our veterans receive the honor and care they deserve. I also hope the day comes when I meet the real Robert face to face. I’ve been itching to hug him for a very long time.

 

 

First Beignets, Coffee and Conversation a delicious success

Local author book signing attracts readers from around the state

April 2016

Palm Beach Gardens, Fl: Another Broken Egg Café at Harbourside Place, Jupiter, was the site of the first literacy focused Beignets, Coffee and Conversation which featured a book signing by local authors and some interesting stories of real and fictional events in and around Palm Beach County. Although scheduled to begin at 3 pm, the crowd began to arrive at 1:30. By the time author/moderator Donna Carbone welcomed everyone, 60 people were crowded into the café enjoying fresh coffee and tasty beignets. They were a receptive group, who readily agreed with Carbone when she stated that “… children who develop a love of reading early in life go on to become successful adults.” 

To emphasize her point, Carbone brought to the stage six-year-old Sammy Bain. Sammy is the daughter of PBSO CSI Mary Bedwell Bain. In turn Bedwell Bain is the role model for one of the lead characters in Carbone’s Cat Leigh and Marci Welles crime novel series. Bedwell Bain portrays Homicide Detective Marci Welles while Carbone’s daughter, Jessica Carbone McKinney, is the role model for Cat Leigh. When little Sammy heard that her mom was a “star” in a popular book, she told her mom, “I’m a good reader. Now I want to be a good writer.” Recently, this young author completed her first short story, My Awesome School. She read an excerpt from My Alaskan Vacation at the book signing event. The audience loved her!

Donna M. Carbone is a freelance writer/teacher/journalist living in Palm Beach Gardens. She published her first book, Through Thick and Thin, in January. Recently, she released her second book, Private Hell. All her stories are based on fact and many include fictionalized accounts of her daughter’s kidnapping and assault nine years ago and her own experiences having survived a dysfunctional childhood and abusive first marriage. She told the audience, “There are certain crimes which must be experienced in order to write about them honestly and effectively. If I was the only person writing about rape and domestic violence, I’d be very happy because then I would know women were safer than they are today.”

Also sharing their stories were authors Frank Eberling, Takis J. Pepe and Alan Tonks. Eberling is well-known in Palm Beach County. Originally from New City, New York, he moved to Florida upon high school graduation in 1964. Since then he has taught on the high school and college levels for over twenty years. For almost forty years he traveled the state of Florida for several television stations and Florida PBS writing, producing, directing, and filming 3,000 documentaries and television segments about Florida’s environment, history, literature, and the arts. He wrote and directed two feature films in Palm Beach County, Deadly Surrender and Turkles. Along the way he has won an Emmy® and numerous journalism, writing, and film festival awards. Along with his three books - EnsuenoSweet City Blues and Demarest Kill – he has written 30 screenplays.

According to Carbone, Takis Pepe is a 68 year old man in a 28 year old body. Pepe is a member of Carbone’s writing group at the Burt Reynolds Institute and often impresses her with the depth of his insights into the human condition. He is a 10 year U.S. Air Force veteran, who has served in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a former amateur cage fighter, a professional mariner and a current graduate student at Nova Southeastern University. His screenplay, The Crucible of Achilles, upon which his book of the same name is based, was awarded recognition in the 2015 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays. The Crucible of Achilles is a modern day adaptation of Homer’s the Iliad set in the world of cage fighting.

Alan E. Tonks spent most of his career in the banking business, holding various top management positions in Maryland, Delaware and Florida financial institutions. His personal experiences inspired him to write The St. Kitts Connection, a work of fiction based largely on true events including the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi. Since many of the people portrayed in his book are real and still living, he has changed their names and descriptions. However, as he told the audience, “After testifying before a federal grand jury, there was a time when my family and I needed the assistance of the Witness Protection Program to keep safe. I’m glad those days are over.” Tonks, who is also a member of Carbone’s writing group, currently resides in Wellington where he operates his own business.

With the eager support of Connie Kartell, Sarah Lott and John Hamma from Harbourside Place’s management team and David Esposito, the manager of Another Broken Egg Café, many more events are planned for the coming months. Program details will be released shortly.

All books are available through amazon.com and Kindle or directly from the authors. The authors are also available for speaking engagements. For more information, contact Donna Carbone at write4you@comcast.net.

APRIL 14, 2016

First Beignets, Coffee and Conversation a delicious success

Local author book signing attracts readers from around the state  

Palm Beach Gardens, Fl: Another Broken Egg Café at Harbourside Place, Jupiter, was the site of the first literacy focused Beignets, Coffee and Conversation which featured a book signing by local authors and some interesting stories of real and fictional events in and around Palm Beach County. Although scheduled to begin at 3 pm, the crowd began to arrive at 1:30. By the time author/moderator Donna Carbone welcomed everyone, 60 people were crowded into the café enjoying fresh coffee and tasty beignets. They were a receptive group, who readily agreed with Carbone when she stated that “… children who develop a love of reading early in life go on to become successful adults.”

To emphasize her point, Carbone brought to the stage six-year-old Sammy Bain. Sammy is the daughter of PBSO CSI Mary Bedwell Bain. In turn Bedwell Bain is the role model for one of the lead characters in Carbone’s Cat Leigh and Marci Welles crime novel series. Bedwell Bain portrays Homicide Detective Marci Welles while Carbone’s daughter, Jessica Carbone McKinney, is the role model for Cat Leigh. When little Sammy heard that her mom was a “star” in a popular book, she told her mom, “I’m a good reader. Now I want to be a good writer.” Recently, this young author completed her first short story, My Awesome School. She read an excerpt from My Alaskan Vacation at the book signing event. The audience loved her!

Donna M. Carbone is a freelance writer/teacher/journalist living in Palm Beach Gardens. She published her first book, Through Thick and Thin, in January. Recently, she released her second book, Private Hell. All her stories are based on fact and many include fictionalized accounts of her daughter’s kidnapping and assault nine years ago and her own experiences having survived a dysfunctional childhood and abusive first marriage. She told the audience, “There are certain crimes which must be experienced in order to write about them honestly and effectively. If I was the only person writing about rape and domestic violence, I’d be very happy because then I would know women were safer than they are today.”

Also sharing their stories were authors Frank Eberling, Takis J. Pepe and Alan Tonks. Eberling is well-known in Palm Beach County. Originally from New City, New York, he moved to Florida upon high school graduation in 1964. Since then he has taught on the high school and college levels for over twenty years. For almost forty years he traveled the state of Florida for several television stations and Florida PBS writing, producing, directing, and filming 3,000 documentaries and television segments about Florida’s environment, history, literature, and the arts. He wrote and directed two feature films in Palm Beach County, Deadly Surrender and Turkles. Along the way he has won an Emmy® and numerous journalism, writing, and film festival awards. Along with his three books - Ensueno, Sweet City Blues and Demarest Kill – he has written 30 screenplays.

According to Carbone, Takis Pepe is a 68 year old man in a 28 year old body. Pepe is a member of Carbone’s writing group at the Burt Reynolds Institute and often impresses her with the depth of his insights into the human condition. He is a 10 year U.S. Air Force veteran, who has served in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a former amateur cage fighter, a professional mariner and a current graduate student at Nova Southeastern University. His screenplay, The Crucible of Achilles, upon which his book of the same name is based, was awarded recognition in the 2015 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays. The Crucible of Achilles is a modern day adaptation of Homer’s the Iliad set in the world of cage fighting.

Alan E. Tonks spent most of his career in the banking business, holding various top management positions in Maryland, Delaware and Florida financial institutions. His personal experiences inspired him to write The St. Kitts Connection, a work of fiction based largely on true events including the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi. Since many of the people portrayed in his book are real and still living, he has changed their names and descriptions. However, as he told the audience, “After testifying before a federal grand jury, there was a time when my family and I needed the assistance of the Witness Protection Program to keep safe. I’m glad those days are over.” Tonks, who is also a member of Carbone’s writing group, currently resides in Wellington where he operates his own business.

With the eager support of Connie Kartell, Sarah Lott and John Hamma from Harbourside Place’s management team and David Esposito, the manager of Another Broken Egg Café, many more events are planned for the coming months. Program details will be released shortly.

All books are available through amazon.com and Kindle or directly from the authors. The authors are also available for speaking engagements. For more information, contact Donna Carbone at write4you@comcast.net.

Breakfast and Conversation with Donna M. Carbone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHNThDkj_Lw