“CRAZY GOOD”

My most heartfelt thanks to award-winning author, Marina Osipova, for writing such an amazing review. I am honored.

“I really couldn’t put it down. Crazy good! It was a welcome distraction from WWII subject, like a current of fresh air for my mind and mood. Thank you for writing such great books.

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

A likable main character (Carla Romano)—smart, inquisitive, and funny at times; a beautiful setting (Venice) that made me feel like I was there; endless twists and turns as the story unfolds—I was glued to the screen; and even a little romance, you have it all in this skillfully written, amusing, and intriguing story with satisfying resolution. I loved it a great deal and can highly recommend Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust to lovers of cozy mystery and of just an enjoyable read.”

ASHES TO ASHES DIAMONDS TO DUST is available worldwide on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BookLocker, Kobo and Apple. https://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828

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NEW INTERVIEW

NEW INTERVIEW

BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

I was honored to have Ronesa Aveela at Bendideia Publishing invite me for a featured interview in the Cultural Diversity section of their website. I feel privileged to be included alongside so many accomplished authors who feel deeply about acceptance among all races, creeds, and orientations. In addition to my personal background, the interview concentrates on my novel Bridge of Sighs and Dreams, my inspiration for the book, my research, my writing background and style, etc. It also introduces my new novel: Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust. https://bendideia183292355.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/pamela-allegretto

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS and ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST are both available for purchase in ebook and paperback versions at most online bookstores.

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

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DAY LILY

Although the ability to identify most flowers by their proper name eludes me, and my lack of floristic knowledge is often times manifested when for example, I paint rose leaves on a daisy. Still, I like to paint flowers and will continue to do so, be they authentic reproductions or flowers that reside only in my mind’s eye. I think there’s not such thing as an ugly flower, whether real or imagined.

The original 8”x10” acrylic on wrapped canvas painting is available for sale at: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com or contact me here.

DAY LILY

DAY LILY

Quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags pillows and more are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/day-lily-pamela-allegretto.html 

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“ITALIAN ADVENTURE”  

La vita e` bella! My most heartfelt thanks to noted author Elizabeth Moore aka EJ Bauer for writing this lovely 5-star review.

“Do you want a fast-paced adventure in Venice? The twists and turns of this mystery will definitely keep you guessing. Murder, jewel heists, an important art exhibition, romance, duplicity, suspicious characters – this novel has it all. Set in the beautiful city of canals and bridges, it’s a perfect read for a lazy weekend.”

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST is available in ebook and paperback at:

Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

Amazon.uk

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828

Amazon.ca

https://www.amazon.ca/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828

Amazon.it

https://www.amazon.it/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828

Amazon.au

https://www.amazon.com.au/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828

Amazon.fr

https://www.amazon.fr/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828

Barnes and Noblehttps://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ashes-to-ashes-diamonds-to-dust-pamela-allegretto/1136475134?ean=2940162829980

Apple http://books.apple.com/us/book/id1501510908

Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/ashes-to-ashes-diamonds-to-dust

BookLocker

https://booklocker.com/10828

Good reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52263567-ashes-to-ashes-diamonds-to-dust

 

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ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

My second novel: Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust has been published.

“Venice sets the stage for a diamond caper gone wrong, where everyone is someone else, and no one can be trusted.

During her Venetian trip to participate in an international art exhibition, Carla Romano brings along her deceased friend’s ashes. But is that all she has in her tote bag? The FBI, Venetian police, and a gaggle of misfits believe otherwise. Five-million-dollars in stolen diamonds are expected to be unloaded in Venice, and Carla is the suspected bag lady.

Slipping into designer shoes and donning her sleuth-in-training cap, Carla sets out in a city of secrets that everyone knows, to solve a diamond caper with more twists and turns than the Venetian labyrinth of narrow streets and canals.”

 I hope that if you read it, you will enjoy it. It is available in paperback and eBook at:

Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828

 BN Store URLhttps://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ashes-to-ashes-diamonds-to-dust-pamela-allegretto/1136475134?ean=2940162829980

Apple Store URL

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

http://books.apple.com/us/book/id1501510908

BookLocker

https://booklocker.com/10828

Kobo Store URL

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/ashes-to-ashes-diamonds-to-dust

and most other online bookstores.

Best wishes! Saluti!

Pamela

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

TO MARKET

TO MARKET

TO MARKET

On this International Women’s Day, I want to thank “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 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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SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

I have been nominated by accomplished, award-winning author, Angela Petch, for the SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD. What an uplifting title with a joyful icon. On these last days of winter, who isn’t ready for sunflowers?! Cheers to Mother Earth for bestowing us with these awesome flowers. She has provided us with so much: clean water to drink, pure air to breathe, and non-polluted crops to eat. All She asks in return is that we take care of these gifts and keep it that way.

We are one, all Mother Earth’s children. I still have hope that in my lifetime I will see everyone, despite their race, ethnicity, religion, lack of religion, economic situation, sexual orientation, etc., treated with dignity. How hard is it, really, just to treat people the way you want to be treated?

It would be wonderful if the whole world could be as understanding and supportive as artists and writers are with each other. We don’t care about who lives where and what the politics are of any country. We don’t care about race or religion, or lack of religion. We care about each other as human beings with a shared love of beauty and artistic freedom.

As well as being a fantastically supportive blogger,  Angela Petch is also an author, and her book “ Mavis and Dot : Frolics, foibles and friendships by the seaside”  is one of my favorites. Angela’s cleaver banter, appealing supporting cast, and timely social issues weave a unique and memorable story. I rarely clamor for a sequel, but in the case of Mavis and Dot, I make the exception: I want more.

I am thrilled to say that my WW2 novel Bridge of Sighs and Dreams continues to sell well. My latest novel Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust will be released within the next few weeks. The two books are polar opposites in theme and tone. I suspect that’s due to my fickle Gemini nature.

Angela sent me 11 questions and here are my answers:

1. When you were little, what did you dream about becoming when you grew up?

I wanted to be an archeologist. I have always been fascinated with the distant past. Although, I don’t like the idea of digging up graves. I’ve often wondered how long a person has to be dead before grave-robbing becomes an archeological dig.

  1. What is something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

Write and receive “snail” mail. Nothing takes the place of opening a “real” mailbox to discover a hand-written letter from a friend.

  1. What is one of your favorite smells?

Tomato sauce simmering on the stove and bread in the oven.

  1. If you could call anyone in the world and have a one-hour conversation, who would you call?

I would call a childhood friend who is going through a difficult time.

  1. What job would you be terrible at?

A high-rise window washer.

If you had a million pounds/dollars, what would you do with them to help the most people?

I would buy food and medical supplies for refugees. Of course, a million dollars would only scratch the surface of what is needed. What we need is for officials and leaders around the world to understand the futility and ugliness of war and discrimination, and to treat others with the dignity they expect for themselves.

  1. For one day, you can do whatever you want. What would you do?

Spend the day at the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia

  1. Give me three words to describe yourself.

Sympathetic, creative, optimistic.

What is your favorite food treat?

Pasta.

  1. What is your favorite outfit?

Faded Calvin Kline jeans and a black turtleneck.

You have one last wish… go for it!

A new president in 2020.

That was a bit of fun. Thank you,  Angela Petch . And now, I get to nominate 11 more friends to continue this SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD.  (Only if they want to… I know we are all very busy.)

The SUNSHINE BLOGGERS AWARD empowers bloggers to celebrate other bloggers who are creative and bring positivity to the blogging community. So, I nominate:

Jennifer S. Alderson

Eva Pasco

PJ Mann

Kathryn Gauci

Jane Risdon

Linda Lee Greene

Toni Kief

Pat Camalliere

Wayne Turmel

Pamela Jane Rogers

Marina Osipova

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Oops, that’s 12.  Oh well… che sara, sara`!

There are a few rules to follow:

Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

Answer the 11 questions that I set below.

List the rules and display the SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD on your own blog post.

Nominate 11 new bloggers and their blogs and ask your nominees 11 NEW QUESTIONS.

Here are my questions to you:

  • When you were young, what was your dream career? If it wasn’t to be a writer, what changed your mind?
  • What makes you angry? How do you tame the lion?
  • Have you ever allowed a “dream-crusher” to cloud your self-worth as a writer? How did you lift that cloud?
  • What literary figure, alive or deceased, would you like to interview?
  • Do you enjoy the editing process? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • If you could be proficient in another language, which would you choose? Why?
  • If you believed in reincarnation, what century might you have lived in and who were you?
  • If you were a schoolteacher, what class would you teach and why?
  • Do you prefer to stay in touch with close friends via texting, messenger, email, or phone call? Why?
  • What was one of your best days?
  • How would you like to be remembered?
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LOVES ME – LOVES ME NOT

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all you wonderful friends old and new. I am deeply grateful for your friendship and support. I wish you all a day filled with joy and good health.

Loves Me, Loves Me Not

Loves Me, Loves Me Not

 

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NEW RELEASE – COMING SOON

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

 Venice sets the stage for a diamond caper gone wrong, where everyone is someone else, and no one can be trusted.

During her Venetian trip to participate in an international art exhibition, Carla Romano brings along her deceased friend’s ashes. But is that all she has in her tote bag? The FBI, Venetian police, and a gaggle of misfits believe otherwise. Five-million-dollars in stolen diamonds are expected to be unloaded in Venice, and Carla is the suspected bag lady.

Slipping into designer shoes and donning her sleuth-in-training cap, Carla sets out in a city of secrets that everyone knows, to solve a diamond caper with more twists and turns than the Venetian labyrinth of narrow streets and canals.

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

STAY TUNED!

 

 

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“IT WAS AMAZING”

What a fabulous way to end the year! Thank you to noted author M.P. Tonnesen for taking the time to write such a lovely review.

 “A gripping, beautifully written story of love, war, and human nature set in Italy during the Second World War.
Allegretto skillfully makes the characters come alive and lets the plot unfold, twist and turn as we root for the good to conquer the bad in the vivid scenery.
A great read for history, romance, and travel lovers!”

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

Amazon

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

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

BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

Walmart

https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=bridge%20of%20sighs%20and%20dreams&cat_id=3920

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“MESMERIZING”

“MESMERIZING”

Thank you so much to novelist Marina Osipova for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am grateful to you for your kindness.

“Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is everything that readers who enjoy historical fiction, romance, and suspense could ever want in a book! The author tells the story that is captivating to say the very least. The main character, Angelina Rossini, is engaging and empowering as she deals with the brutal and unimaginable circumstances during war-torn Italy under Nazi occupation and the people she loves. Pietro, her husband was enlisted in the Italian army only to end up in a POW camp after Italy got out of the war on the side of Germany. The choices that these two make while apart have a way of breaking your heart and renewing your faith in love all at the same time. Parts of this book are violent and not easy to stomach yet the book manages to be beautiful and filled with hope and strength. The details and characters are vividly drawn, the story moves at a pace that will keep your heart racing, and the story itself is mesmerizing. I absolutely recommend this book to the readers who enjoy historical fiction and romance, and strong female characters at that.”

BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

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

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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“BREATHTAKING”

“BREATHTAKING”  

Many thanks to USA Today Best Selling Author, Ellie Midwood, for writing such a lovely review.

“Fans of the historical fiction genre will definitely enjoy this novel set in pre-war and WWII Italy. It’s a complex tale with many fascinating characters, some of which you’ll come to love and some, despise and, perhaps, pity.

Angelina, the main protagonist, made me root for her from the opening dramatic scene due to her resilience and strong, anti-fascist stance. She made it clear to everyone around – and to her sister-in-law, Lidia, most of all that Lidia’s “highly regarded” fascists will never threaten her into submission. However, as the war started, the simple opposition of views that is natural to many families, turned into outright local “war” between the two women, with Angelina taking the side of the Resistance and Lidia – worming her way into the highest hierarchy of Mussolini’s regime.

It’s a story in which the strength of the spirit battles personal greed and hunger for power; where nothing is black and white and help can come from the most unexpected source (I’m sure, as soon as you get to his part, you’ll grow to love and respect Karl just as much as I did) and where hope will never die, even when seemingly everything is lost.

Thoroughly researched and breathtaking, “Bridge of Sighs and Dreams” is undoubtedly a five-star read. Highly recommended to all fans of the genre.”

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

AMAZON:

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

 AMAZON.IT:

BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

 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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BACK-STORY

My most sincere thanks to WritersWeekly and the staff at Booklocker for publishing the “Back-Story” to my novel Bridge of Sighs and Dreams. For those of you who have already read the book and for others who have not yet had the opportunity, the article answers some of the questions you have posed: What inspired my story and my characters? How did I conduct my research? What was my goal? La vita e` bella.     https://writersweekly.com/back-stories/pamela-allegretto

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

AMAZON:

BRDGE 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 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

Amazon author page
amazon.com/author/pamelaallegretto

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WW2 AND ART IN FICTION

“WW2  & ART IN FICTION”

I am honored to have BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS added to this prestigious directory: “WW2 & ART IN FICTION.” Thank you to celebrated author, Jennifer Alderson for your consideration and generosity.

Click on this link to learn more about these exciting award-winning novels. http://jennifersalderson.com/2019/10/03/wwii-art-in-fiction/

WW11 & ART IN FICTION

WW11 & ART IN FICTION

 

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NEW INTERVIEW

Mille grazie to award-winning author Kathryn Gauci for featuring my interview on her website. I am honored to be included alongside such gifted authors. I also appreciate Kathryn’s consideration to my interests beyond writing. Click here to view the entire interview.  https://www.kathryngauci.com/blog-86-15-09-2019-a-literary-world-an-interview-with-pamela-allegretto

NEW INTERVIEW

NEW INTERVIEW

 

Kathryn Gauci – Thank you so much for selecting me. It was such fun working with you, I even learned a few new computer “tricks,” and I am honored to have my interview alongside such gifted authors. You did such a beautiful job with your website, and I am grateful to you for your kindness and generosity. Best wishes!

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