Wednesday, April 23, 2014



For Immediate Release
Shea’s Lounge, by, Joe Ozier
Publisher: Serendipity Media Group
Category: Children’s Fiction, Animals, Dogs
ISBN: 978-0692200032
Pre-order at the Serendipity Website for $9.50
What do you do when one pesky dog becomes the love of your life? You adopt it, of course.

Shea's Lounge is the story of Shea the Runaway.  A female Border Collie Mix who spent two years living alone on mean streets. One day, while she was begging for food from the local fire station, Shea was captured and taken to the closest Shelter by a fireman who felt sorry for her and wanted her to find a real home.  On the very first day she was available for adoption, a lonely man entered the shelter just to look around.  When he heard Shea woof at him, It was love at first sight.  Joe was told by the shelter that Shea was a runaway, but that idea didn't hit Joe until he brought her home.  She quickly found a way out of his fenced yard and ran as fast as she could go.  After several escapes and captures by the Shelter and by nearby neighbors, she found herself back in an alley staring at the garbage and the loneliness she had always known.  Suddenly, Shea had an epiphany about the man who gave her his home.  She remembered how his gentle touch made her feel and how his soft voice sounded to her and mostly how he always had a full bowl of food for her to eat at anytime. Shea suddenly knew what her instincts were telling her to do, and she ran as fast as she could go straight back to Joe's house and once there, she sat waiting for him to return home while sitting on his Lounge chair.



About the Author

 



Joe Ozier has been a writer since his early teens, having dabbled in Science Fiction, Poetry, Lyrics and Haiku’s.  He graduated with a degree in Geology in 1981, then turned to Video production for two decades. He began writing Stage Plays and Musicals after moving to Florida in the late 1990’s, to pursue acting.  Joe’s career as a Stage, Film and Television Actor, as well as Print Model, gave him an invaluable education in the importance of presentation to one’s audience.  Joe has produced nine original stage plays and musicals to date.


Joe’s love for dogs and knowledge of their behavior began with his family dogs. From his childhood experiences, this led into his first show and a ten year endeavor entitled, “ Shep The Musical”.  Joe spotted Shea at the local Humane Society and realized that Shea had “that something special”.  Shea was a runaway that was caught just a week earlier.  As he quickly discovered, Shea was also an escape artist.  Shea’s savvy street smart spirit became the true story of Shea’s Lounge In 2011, Joe began professionally connecting dogs to their people under the name…Way of a Dog.  Joe loves going to work and teaching dog owners how to get into their dog’s heads. Shea’s Lounge, a children’s book is due out in the Summer of 2014.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Reviews of Patricia Florio's Cooking


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What's better than some basic Italian cooking to bring the old country along to celebrate the holidays? Patricia Florio always manages to prepare a special dish to share. Easter wouldn't be the same without her "Easter Pies," and other holidays and casual get-togethers are always spiced with my favorites; focaccias, asparagus bakes, madeleine cookies, lard bread and bowls of sauce to spread over pastas, riceballs, sausage links and meatballs. Umm. Her clearly written cooking tips and recipes, laced with childhood memoir is a tasty read. ~
Carol MacAllister,  E-Novels, The Blackmoor Tales, and Mayan Calendar Reveal.



"It doesn't get any better than Patricia's Spinach Pie...full of flavor and always a fight for the last piece."

Arlene Cardinale



"Pat's Bolognese is simply out of this world.  Always a hit, especially when paired with a good Merlot."

Len Pugliese



When I first started dating Pat, she invited me for dinner for homemade ravioli smothered in her palmadoro sauce.  At coffee time, Pat asked me, “What would you like for dessert?” I said, “More Ravioli, please.”  Ralph Florio, Pat’s husband of 42 years.

“Pat and I have been friends for over 60 years. So I’ve eaten every one of the delicious pasta dishes she prepares.  My favorite is her pesto pasta.  Another favorite of mine are the Easter Pies, Pizza Gain and Spinach Pies; they are to die for. Ooooh-Aaaah, a gastronomic orgasm.”

Lenore Zellner Seeb.  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Meet New Jersey wife and mother, Author Michelle Tighe

Meet New Jersey wife and mother, Michelle Tighe. She is not just a typical New Jersey Housewife, she is one tough cookie. She has worked in the legal field as a legal secretary for many years and had a dream. It wasn’t a typical run of the mill dream, it was a dream to one day be an author. So she took pen to paper, after some down time, and she went to work. She worked and worked diligently on her story, until she really liked it, then she put it away. She waited a few years and thought, “hey, this is kind of a cute story, why not turn it into a children’s book?” From that one dream, her wish was fulfilled and like the characters in Erin’s Adventures In Dreamsville, Michelle’s dream like Erin’s came alive.  Erin's Adventures In Dreamsville link to Amazon to purchase
Erin's Adventures In Dreamsville is available for automatic download onto your kindle and will be available in April of 2014 in softcover. http://amzn.com/0615931472.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Excerpt from Erin's Adventures In Dreamsville and holiday recipe, Ireland's Charming Cinnamon Cookies






 Introduction:


Little did Erin O'Malley know that she was about to experience the most life altering year of her existence. The sudden passing of her Aunt Ireland would bring bittersweet emotions along with newfound friends. Their special tea parties and blissful Sundays spent baking would always remain treasured memories in Erin's heart. However, this was not the only treasure which Erin bared, for Erin's aunt left a part of her legacy underneath a blue blanket in the closet. Curiosity of the unknown only heightened the excitement of what Erin was about to reveal about her aunt as well as herself. Either way, nothing or no one could have prepared her for what came next, like her aunt's secret life and Erin’s purpose in it all.



 Excerpt from Chapter One:

Erin recalled peering out of the window, remembering a certain instance with her aunt.  “Come to the kitchen!” Aunt Ireland yelled.  Erin skipped into the kitchen, where her aunt had a beautiful tray of Erin’s favorite cookies, cinnamon sugar.  Erin sat at the kitchen table eating her cookies and sipping an icy, cold glass of milk.  While Erin was gobbling down her goodies, her aunt would be preparing the tray with dainty teacups for tea time.  The sight of the silver tray sent Erin from her chair and immediately to her aunt’s side.  “Is this what I think it is?” Erin asked.  Aunt Ireland had nodded “yes,” picked up the tray, and lead Erin into the Florida room.  The Florida room was one of Erin’s favorite places in the house, because the French doors led to a balcony, which overlooked the enchanting woods.  Erin recalled Aunt Ireland placing the tray on the white, wrought iron table and taking her hand, as they moved towards an old, wooden chest.  Erin always smiled at the cheerful paintings of children playing in colorful autumn leaves.  There was another painting that she was extremely fond of, which consisted of children sledding beside a quaint, snowy cottage.  She particularly loved the way the smoke bellowed from the chimney, while a small family gathered out front, enjoying mugs of something delicious.  Erin liked to imagine it was hot chocolate with lots of mini marshmallows.


Ireland's Charming Cinnamon Cookies:
3 tbsp. white sugar 
1tbsp. ground cinnamon 
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup butter (softened)
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Pinch of nutmeg

1. Preheat oven @ 300 degrees F.
2. Combine 3 tsp. white sugar and cinnamon with pinch of nutmeg in a bowl and set aside.
3. Blend dark brown sugar and white sugar in a large bowl with mixture on medium speed. Add butter and blend until grainy. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mixing until light and fluffy. 
4. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to sugar mixture, mixing at low speed just long enough to combine. Over mixing will make the cookies tough!
5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, then roll each ball into cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 300 degrees F for 18-20 minutes. Remove from sheets and let cool on racks. Caution: Eating these cookies may cause you to smile and be surrounded by family and friends!



About The Author, Michelle Tighe
Michelle Tighe, a New Jersey native, graduated from Gloucester City High School and has worked as a Legal Secretary for the past seventeen years. She is happily married and has a son. Michelle has always enjoyed writing poetry and reading. She is excited to pursue her lifelong dream of publishing Erin’s Adventures in Dreamsville, a children’s book.Serendipity Media Group Publishing

For Sale in softcover and e book format.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Holidays, Excerpt from Patricia Florio’s book, My Two Mothers: A Memoir With Recipes.



Excerpt from Patricia Florio’s book, My Two Mothers: A Memoir With Recipes.



As I update Patricia’s soft cover book, I am delighted to stop for a moment and smell the bread baking in Amelia Prato’s kitchen.Purchase Here:

THE HOLIDAYS
Many hours went into my Mother’s holiday cooking.  Three days prior to a holiday she shopped stocked the shelves and prepared for that moment when everyone gathered at her table to feast.  
Mama worked herself into a lather rolling dough, cutting and chopping vegetables, preparing the ricotta filling for the ravioli, blending and beating all of the ingredients that went into her dishes.  I have kept the Neapolitan tradition of the Easter pies.
In St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, St Paul tells the people to “clear out the old yeast so that you may become a fresh batch of dough,” and he refers to Christ as “our paschal lamb.”
When I heard this reading recently, I realized the dough my mother kneaded and the lamb she prepared were passed down many more generations before my grandparents.  In preparing these symbolic foods, I am mindful of the teachings and traditions of Judaism and Christianity. 

Copyright © 2013 by Patricia Florio
Serendipity Media Group, LLC.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hope For Ethiopia

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then look out because these pictures will give you a lot of bang for your buck.

As a writer, I have always been completely mesmerized by other cultures and how other people live on this same planet that I live on in the year 2013. My heart has always led me on the “journey of the unknown”. These discoveries that I have made along the journey have made me the woman I am today—aware, excited, hopeful. At the same time, I have also been disappointed, discouraged, but never without hope. I believe that there are many ways to live, but only one way to love and that is wholeheartedly. No ones’ life is easy—granted, but our lives can be better by taking simple steps every day towards being compassionate. Being compassionate means taking the time to smile, taking the time to listen, and taking the time to pay attention. As Mother Teresa so aptly said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

 


The photo was taken in Ethiopia by a distant cousin (Jakhan Alioto-Nguyen).

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