TO MARKET

TO MARKET

Thank you to International Women Artists for featuring this painting in your Fineartamerica gallery. I am honored to have my work alongside such gifted artists.

For me, big bold colors reflect the joys of a tropical island. Taking life too seriously is for city dwellers. In my mind’s eye, on a tropical island I don’t see brown palm trees, I prefer purple; my turtle’s shell isn’t grey, it’s orange; and my sun is one big happy fella. In this painting I purposely omitted details, shadows, and folds, I wanted

To Market

To Market – Click on sun to enlarge image or to order giclee prints

to keep it as uncomplicated as island life. It’s all about celebrating color and simplicity.

Quality Giclee prints, tote bags, pillows, greeting cards, etc. are available at:  https://fineartamerica.com/featured/to-market-pamela-allegretto.html#comment33139058

The original acrylic painting on wrapped canvas is available on my art website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com

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“GRIPPING STORY WITH LOTS OF SUSPENSE!”

“GRIPPING STORY WITH LOTS OF SUSPENSE!”

Thank you so much, Airman Pankdawg, for taking the time to write such a lovely review.

“I could not put this book down. It’s a beautifully written ww2 story about a woman and her family in war-torn Italy. The character development, especially for the villain, was very well done, and the uncertainties and calamities of war so well described kept me turning pages in anticipation of what would happen next. A must read for historical fiction fans!”

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at:

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

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 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto-ebook/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON CANADA

https://www.amazon.ca/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543

 

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

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“It Was Amazing”

La vita è bella! I am humbled and grateful for every review, and those international reviews are always a special treat. I’ve had reviews from Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, France, Spain, Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Great Britain, and Canada. Now, here’s the latest from France, by noted author Vanessa Couchman.

“A pacey, unputdownable, and well-researched novel set in Italy, starting in the years immediately prior to WWII and then continuing throughout the war itself.
This book swept me into this turbulent world. The very human story of two women whom the war sets in opposition to each other is placed against the backdrop of the inhumanity of war. The characters are well developed and realistic and I was with the main character, Angelina, throughout her journey. Ultimately, it’s an uplifting story of the indomitability of the human spirit.”

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at: AMAZON:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

BARNES & NOBLE:

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Nazi’s, Fascists, Greed, and Revenge

“Nazi’s, Fascists, greed, and revenge, “Bridge of Sighs and Dreams” has it all. A suspenseful story of survival that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I really enjoyed this book that was so unpredictable. Pamela Allegretto paints a picture of one family’s love and hope during occupied Italy of WW 2. A must read.”    

Thank you, Rick Tuber, for this lovely review.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at:

AMAZON:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON.IT:

 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto-ebook/dp/B015JRFQE8

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https://www.amazon.ca/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543

 

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridge-of-sighs…/1122645088…

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IL PRIMO SETTEMBRE/SEPTEMBER FIRST

Fall In New England

Fall In New England – Click on stream to enlarge image or to order giclee prints.

by Luciano Somma

 On this first day of September, I felt it appropriate to share the poem SEPTEMBER FIRST written by Luciano Somma. As in all of Luciano’s poetry, we feel the sentimental spirit of one of Italy’s foremost poets. I am always honored to translate his works. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/fall-in-new-england-pamela-allegretto.html

You can find Luciano Somma at:

http://www.partecipiamo.it/Poesie/Luciano_Somma/1.htm

http://www.scolastica2000.it/MUSICALMENTE/somma/somma.htm

Per il primo settembre Vorrei offrire la poema IL PRIMO SETTEMBRE scritto di Luciano Somma. Come tutte delle sue poesie, sentiamo lo spirito sentimentale d’un poeta molto noto in Italia. Si può trovare Luciano Somma a: http://www.partecipiamo.it/Poesie/Luciano_Somma/1.htm

http://www.scolastica2000.it/MUSICALMENTE/somma/somma.htm

IL PRIMO SETTEMBRE

L’ultimo sogno d’Agosto

Si sveglia col primo Settembre,

questa sera è un incanto!

Il cielo è amaranto, uno spiffero di vento

dolce come la carezza d’un bene

amaro come il fiele del pianto

mi porta una ciurma di pensieri

Che affollano la mente

e mettono in croce questo cuore.

Vorrei che piovesse e non piove…

Vorrei tante nuvole intorno

ma la luna è d’argento                         .

Vorrei che un sogno tornasse

ma il sogno non torna.

Questo sogno è partito

sulle onde

dell’ultima sera d’Agosto

lasciandomi

un grappolo di stelle

lassù nel cielo amaranto

in questa sera incantata

del primo Settembre.

Luciano Somma

 

SEPTEMBER FIRST

The last dream of August

awakens with the first of September,

this evening is enchantment!

The sky bleeds red and purple, a light breeze

soft like a lover’s caress

bitter like malicious words

brings me a band of thoughts

that crowd my mind

and torture this heart.

I wish it were raining and not rain…

I’d like a cloud-filled sky

yet view a silver moon.

I wish the dream was ending

But the dream doesn’t end.

This dream has departed

on the waves

of the final August evening

leaving me

a cluster of stars

far-off in the bleeding sky

in this enchanted evening

of September first.

Pamela Allegretto (translation)

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FUSSY LIBRARIAN

THE FUSSY LIBRARIAN

When THE FUSSY LIBRARIAN contacts you for an interview, you know there is a God, and She likes you, She really likes you. Sadye Scott-Hainchek aka THE FUSSY LIBRARIAN takes the time to write a lovely introduction and to individualize each interview. She even referred back to my Playboy Bunny days. Now that’s digging! Check it out: https://www.thefussylibrarian.com/newswire/2018/08/22/author-qa-pamela-allegretto

“Based on its reputation alone, it’s no surprise that Italy inspired author Pamela Allegretto.

But it wasn’t just the country’s beauty that turned this visual artist into a published writer as well — it was something darker.

Allegretto was raised in the United States but surrounded, both here and in her travels, by Italian relatives who had survived World War II.

Their stories of survival awed and chilled her. So did the firsthand tales she heard upon moving to Florence, Italy, to attend college.

What also moved her, though in a much different way, were the casual jokes about Italian complicity and cowardice.

Allegretto knew, from all of the people she’d met and the history she’d absorbed, that this was simply offensive and inaccurate, that countless people had risked everything to stand up for what was right.

She spent years researching the story she wanted to tell, visiting sites and interviewing survivors, to paint the real portrait of the Italian resistance.

That effort became her debut novel, Bridge of Sighs and Dreams.

Allegretto, who currently splits her time among painting, writing, and translating Italian poetry, took time away from working on her second novel to share her journey with us.

SADYE: What inspired you to pick up writing professionally?

PAMELA: I come from a large Italian family where animated story telling abounds.

I suppose having a vivid imagination is as innate as the ability to twirl the perfect forkful of pasta.

Also, after spending years translating for others, I was itching to do my own writing.

SADYE: Where did you find inspiration for your next work?

PAMELA: I spent many years researching and writing my World War II novel, Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

And although it is a story near and dear to my heart, I was eager to write something contemporary and not-too-serious.

I have visited Venice more than a dozen times and wanted to base a caper (sort of an international “cozy mystery”) in that beautiful city.

SADYE: Your pre-novelist resume is probably the most colorful of any I’ve ever read. What, besides writing, was your favorite job?

PAMELA: Oh boy, I have had such an interesting assortment of jobs that lasted from one day — as a dog shampooer, being bitten three times — to seventeen years as a hairstylist where I was bitten only once!

I will say that my career as an artist brings me much joy. The thrill of selling something that I have created is never diminished.

As a jazz/blues singer, I loved working the small, dark, smoke-filled clubs. That atmosphere always felt somewhat clandestine and a little bit naughty with its colorful bohemian clientele.

I enjoyed my diverse teaching gigs: I taught Italian at Berlitz, I worked as a swimming instructor, and as a hairstylist, I was sent by Citizens International to conduct styling workshops in Russia.

I continue to draw pleasure in translating poetry for various Italian poets.

SADYE: So what about your time as a Playboy Bunny, then?

PAMELA: I hate to burst any preconceived bubbles, but being a Playboy Bunny was not a glamorous job.

I worked eight-hour shifts, carrying heavy drink trays and wearing a costume so tight that it threatened my capacity to breathe properly, while I walked in four-inch spiked heels that barely stifled my toes’ agonizing cries for liberation.

That said, I had wonderful co-workers, met some interesting people, and learned how to keep my tail fluffed and my ears from falling off.

SADYE: Any chance at all you think it helped you as a writer?

PAMELA: It helped me to want an occupation where I could sit down.

Of course, then I went on to hairstyling, where I stood for fourteen-hour shifts, but at least the wardrobe was more accommodating.

Both jobs did allow me to gather interesting character traits from my clientele that I am able to use and embellish in my prose.

SADYE: What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey?

PAMELA: I am deeply touched when reader takes the time to let me know through email, website, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, etc. that they enjoy my work.

In addition, it has been a delightful and unexpected perk to have developed friendships with so many kindhearted authors.

SADYE: What’s the best writing advice you’ve received?

PAMELA: Don’t force your characters to say or do something against their nature. Set them free, and they will take you to places you might never have imagined.

Don’t overuse adjectives, adverbs, and “tag” phrases. Less is more.

Pay attention to style. Slow down and enjoy the process. Edit, edit, edit.

Learn more about Pamela Allegretto on her website, where her works can also be

Pamela Allegretto Franz

Pamela Allegretto Franz

purchased; like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

To read more visit The Fussy Librarian at: https://www.thefussylibrarian.com/newswire/2018/08/22/author-qa-pamela-allegretto

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is available for purchase at:

AMAZON:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

 

AMAZON.IT:

 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

 

AMAZON.CA

https://www.amazon.ca/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543

 

AMAZON.UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543

 

BARNES & NOBLE:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridge-of-sighs…/1122645088…

BOOKLOCKER:

http://booklocker.com/books/8228.html

 

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bridge-of-sighs-and-dreams/id1041486835?mt=11

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GREAT HONOR

GREAT HONOR – To have acclaimed author Mandy Eve Barnett interview me was indeed a great honor. I felt privileged to be included alongside so many accomplished authors. In addition to my personal background, the interview highlights my novel Bridge of Sighs and Dreams, my inspiration for the book, my research, my writing background, etc. You may recognize a few of the questions and answers from past interviews, but check it out. There are some new Q&A’s that you might find interesting. Cheers! https://mandyevebarnett.com/2018/08/03/author-interview-pamela-allegretto-franz

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is available as Ebook or paperback at the following sites and at your local library on Overdrive.

AMAZON:

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON.IT:

 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON.CA

https://www.amazon.ca/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543

 AMAZON.UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543

 BARNES & NOBLE:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridge-of-sighs…/1122645088…

BOOKLOCKER:

http://booklocker.com/books/8228.html

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OVERDRIVE

OVERDRIVE

A little bit of good “personal” news to end a week of disturbing “national” news.

I am delighted to announce that Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is now listed on Overdrive. Overdrive is the leading digital reading platform for more than
40,000 libraries and schools in 70 countries.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at:

AMAZON:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

BARNES & NOBLE:

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridge-of-sighs…/1122645088…

BOOKLOCKER:

http://booklocker.com/books/8228.html

ITUNES:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bridge-of-sighs-and-dreams/id1041486835?mt=11
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VENICE – FESTA DEL REDENTORE

Venice – Festa del Redentore

The Festa del Redentore, one of the most important traditional events in Venice, commemorates the end of the plague of the 16th century. The annual celebration takes place during the weekend of the third Sunday of July.

Between 1575 and 1577, the plague struck Venice. The bacterium was thought to have been brought into the city on one of the commercial vessels.  The plague killed 50,000 people, almost one third of the total population. The most famous victim was the painter Tiziano (Titian), who died in 1576. Although, since he died at age 88, it is not definite whether he died from the plague or from another disease.

In 1576, Doge Alvise Mocenigo made a promise to God to build a church in exchange for an end to the plague. When the plague ended in July 1577, the new Doge Sebastiano Venier honored this promise and built a temporary wooden church. The Redentore Church, named after the Redeemer, later replaced the wooden church.

The Santa Maria della Salute Church was built for a similar reason. This church remembers the 1630 plague in Venice.

So I guess the take away is that the next time a plague hits Venice, that means God wants a new church.

Quality print of “Venezia” are available for purchase at:

Venezia

Venezia

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/venezia-pamela-allegretto.html

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Mithraism in Ancient Rome

Mithraism in Ancient Rome

While conducting research for my World War 2 novel Bridge of Sighs and Dreams, I wanted to incorporate some of the ancient underground caverns used by the Resistance to smuggle Italian Jews out of Rome in order to avoid Nazi arrests. The caverns that most interested me were those created by the Worshippers of Mithras.

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

 

Recently, noted historical novelist, Cynthia Ripley Miller, invited me to post a brief essay on this ancient Roman religion of Mithraism. Here is a link to the article and to other fascinating articles on ancient Rome and writing historical fiction.

http://www.cynthiaripleymiller.com/mithraism-in-ancient-rome-a-soldiers-religion/

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EVOCATIVE AND RESONANT

EVOCATIVE AND RESONANT

When noted historical fiction author Chrystyna K. Lucyk gives your novel a 5-Star review,

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

it makes for one beautiful day. Mille grazie, Chrystyna, sei molto simpatica!

“Evocative and resonant. I stumbled on Allegretto on Goodreads and picked up her book to discover what talent she has as a storyteller and an artist. As historical fiction is my favorite genre (of many), and the era of personal interest as well, it was a delight to dive into a setting and era that I know well. Well researched, well plotted, and with richly-layered characters. A real treat.”

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at: AMAZON:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

AMAZON.IT:

 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto-ebook/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON CANADA

https://www.amazon.ca/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543

BARNES & NOBLE:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridge-of-sighs…/1122645088…

BOOKLOCKER:

http://booklocker.com/books/8228.html

ITUNES:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bridge-of-sighs-and-dreams/id1041486835?mt=11

KOBO:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bridge-of-sighs-and-dreams

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WEEKEND CELEBRATION

 

I can think of no better way to celebrate this long weekend than with a lovely 5-Star review. Thank you to noted author, Dora Ilieva, for your generosity.

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is one of the best WWII novels that I have ever read. Along with vivid descriptions of the horrors of war, it introduces interesting, well-developed, and realistic characters. The plot is full of twists and turns as it takes the reader through the difficult life and struggle for survival of the main character, Angelina, and her daughter, Gina. This is not your run-of-the-mill war novel. It is a book that takes you back to those horrible years making you feel and experience what the characters are going through. I read with gusto and at times found it hard to put the book down.”

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at:

AMAZON:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON.IT:

 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto-ebook/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON CANADA

https://www.amazon.ca/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543

 BARNES & NOBLE:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridge-of-sighs…/1122645088…

BOOKLOCKER:

http://booklocker.com/books/8228.html

ITUNES:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bridge-of-sighs-and-dreams/id1041486835?mt=11

KOBO:

https://store.kobobooks.com/…/eb…/bridge-of-sighs-and-dreams

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SPRING READING COLLECTION Celebrate Spring with Travel by Book

SPRING READING COLLECTION Celebrate Spring with Travel by Book

Thank you to Jennifer S. Alderson for including Bridge of Sighs and Dreams in this SPRING READING COLLECTION from Travel By Book. I am honored to have my work alongside such gifted authors.

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Readers, please click on the link below to read about all these compelling novels.

http://jennifersalderson.com/2018/05/20/celebrate-spring-with-travel-by-book-again

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at:

AMAZON:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON.IT:

 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto-ebook/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON CANADA

https://www.amazon.ca/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543

 BARNES & NOBLE:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridge-of-sighs…/1122645088…

BOOKLOCKER:

http://booklocker.com/books/8228.html

ITUNES:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bridge-of-sighs-and-dreams/id1041486835?mt=11

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Cinco de Mayo Gift

“I Could read this one all over again!”

What author doesn’t want to jump over the moon when they read those words? None that I know. A special thank you to noted author, Suzi Stembridge, for taking the time to write such a lovely review. An extra reason to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

“I loved this book although the story was at times extremely harrowing. Woven through

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

the account of the Nazi forces (including some good German soldiers) and the Resistance in Southern Italy and Rome is a bewitching story, beginning at the time of the Fascists in the Mussolini regime continuing into the occupation by Nazis in Italy. It develops with a touching and loving relationship between a mother and her small daughter, plus a small wooden carved doll called Pinocchio and a community of artists living in a Jewish quarter in Rome. The author has researched the period thoroughly and her descriptive writing brings the locations vividly into focus. The characters are very plausible and the antagonist, Angelina’s sister-in-law, Lidia is about as evil as a being can be, obsessed by greed and power. Lidia is in total contrast to Angelina and the other players, but it is probably Angelina’s complex feelings for those she loves and meets which are the strength of this novel. The more I read the harder I found it to put the novel down!”

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at:
AMAZON:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

AMAZON.IT:
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

BARNES & NOBLE:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridge-of-sighs…/1122645088…
BOOKLOCKER:
http://booklocker.com/books/8228.html
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https://itunes.apple.com/…/bridge-of-sighs-an…/id1041486835…
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https://store.kobobooks.com/…/eb…/bridge-of-sighs-and-dreams
AMAZON.IT:
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

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NEW ORLEANS JAZZ – INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

New Orleans Jazz

New Orleans Jazz

 

To celebrate “INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY,” I thought I would bring back my painting: NEW ORLEANS JAZZ.

I have always enjoyed the paintings of Marc Chagall. His blend of reality and fantasy makes his unique work sing. Like Chagall, my mind loves to wander outside the walls of reality. In New Orleans Jazz, I wanted to emphasize the vibrant New Orleans Jazz scene with bold colors. The floating musicians symbolize the ethereal sensation one gets when experiencing pure jazz.

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