WORLD BOOK DAY

Being in “lock-down” means that we have lots of time to catch up on our reading. What better day to add to your book collection than today, WORLD BOOK DAY. Amazon is doing its weird limited time, book discount scan, and it is listing the paperback version of ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST at$13.39. That’s a savings of $7.56, which is almost enough to buy a cheap bottle of Chianti to drink while you read.ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST is available in ebook and paperback versions at all online bookstores worldwide.

Nazi-occupied Rome sets the stage for BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS, where the lives of two women collide in an arena of deception, greed, and sacrifice.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available in ebook and paperback versions at all online bookstores.

HAPPY READING!

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“WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH”

Tuscan Farmhouse at Sunset
Tuscan Farmhouse at Sunset

Certainly, one month isn’t nearly enough time to celebrate all of the amazing women who, throughout the centuries, have made significant contributions to the betterment of society around the world. However, it’s a start.

1000 thanks to FINEARTAMERICA for voting this painting to the “Special Features Gallery.” I am honored to have my work alongside such gifted artists.

In “TUSCAN FARMHOUSE AT SUNSET,” I wanted to pay homage to the Italian farmers who, for hundreds of centuries, from sunup to sundown, have tended their land with a deep love and respect.

     The original 8”x10” acrylic on canvas painting has been sold, but fine quality giclee prints are available here: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/tuscan-farmhouse-at-sunset-pamela-allegretto.html

Certamente, un mese non è mica tempo sufficiente celebrare tutte le donne straordinarie che, nel corso dei secoli, hanno dato un contributo significativo al miglioramente della società in tutto il mondo. Però, è un inizio.

In questo quadro volevo rendere omaggio agli agricoltori italiani che per centinaia di secoli, dall’alba al tramonto, hanno coltivato la loro terra con un profondo amore e rispetto.

 Il quadro originale è stato venduto, pero`, sono disponibili le stampe di alta qualità qui:

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/tuscan-farmhouse-at-sunset-pamela-allegretto.html

Although my WW2 novel BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is fiction, It is based on real events. I felt compelled to write a war novel in which the women don’t play the role of wallpaper or objects of amusement to soldiers and politicians. The women in BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS take center stage in a behind-the-lines battle between good and evil.

“In Nazi-occupied Rome, the lives of two women collide in an arena of deception, greed, and sacrifice. While political cartoonist Angelina Rosini zigzags through a labyrinth of compassionate allies and cunning spies, Lidia Corsini quenches her greed by turning in Jews to the Nazis. Lidia’s spiral into immorality accelerates as swiftly as the Jewish population dwindles and, soon, not even her husband, her son, nor Angelina are immune to her madness.”

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available in ebook and paperback versions at all online bookstores.

Venice sets the stage for ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST 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 is available in ebook and paperback versions at all online bookstores worldwide. https://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST
ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST
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“ROMAN TABLE” – NATIONAL DRINK WINE DAY

Since traveling back to Italy is still not an option, I’m keeping the dream alive. And what better day to celebrate Italia than today, NATIONAL DRINK WINE DAY! Works for me. Tanti Saluti!

The original painting “ROMAN TABLE” has been sold, However, quality Giclee prints are available at:

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/roman-table-pamela-allegretto.html

Roman Table
Roman Table

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“ISLAND BEAT”

This is Winston, one rockin’ conga drummer. His red-hot reggae rhythm is as cool as a tropical breeze.

You can purchase the original 16″x20″ acrylic on canvas on my website: http://www.PamelaAllegretto-Franz.com

Quality Giclee prints from poster size to greeting cards, pillows, tote bags, etc. are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/island-beat-pamela-allegretto.html

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“EASY, BREEZY, AND STREET-SMART WRITING STYLE”

“Author and artist Pamela Allegretto has stepped in to satisfy our Venice yearnings with her new novel, a madcap tongue-in-cheek escapade titled “Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust.” The whimsical book cover is the first clue of the jaunt awaiting us once we crack open the first page—there we meet American Carla Romano, landed in Venice dead-set on road-testing her Gucci stilettos on the city’s defiant byways, apparently, as well as attending an international art exhibit and tossing her deceased friend’s ashes into the Grand Canal.

As if colorful Carla herself and her intended itinerary aren’t enough to whet our appetites for the read, a rogue’s gallery of oddballs with their own agendas for Carla and her friend’s ashes soon turn up and mix up the whole, humorously bungling Keystone Cops affair. In an easy, breezy, and street-smart writing style, Pamela Allegretto scores five stars from this author for her light-hearted, cozy mystery. “Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust” is just the right read in these stay-at-home times, and I guarantee that by adding Pamela Allegretto, her art, her writing, and her generous spirit to your days and nights, yours will be a happier life.”

A thousand thanks to multi-award-winning and best-selling author Linda Lee Greene for taking the time to write such an amazing and generous review.

To read the complete review, yes, happily there’s more, go to either: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/20707702-review-of-ashes-to-ashes-diamonds-to-dust-by-pamela-allegretto or http://ingoodcompanyohio.blogspot.com/2020/12/review-of-ashes-to-ashes-diamonds-to.html

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

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PRIMO GENNAIO JANUARY 1st

Dancing on Moonbeams
DANCING ON MOONBEAMS

Until I stumbled into this odd little side gig of translating Italian poetry, my idea of poetry didn’t go much further than, “Roses are red…” etc., etc. Occasionally, I read and reread and tried to understand some of the poetry published in The New Yorker, but first of all, it didn’t rhyme, so that threw me off; then, on many occasions, even after a third or fourth read, I was still asking: “Say what?” I must have snoozed through the poetry segment in English class because all this free flowing thought was news to me. And now, I was being asked to translate it. Fortunately, for me, the poet was none other than Luciano Somma, Italy’s preeminent poet.

It’s been more than 20 years since my first collaboration with Luciano Somma.His sensitivity to the past and optimism for the future made it a pleasure to translate his work. His poems bridge a lifetime in Naples, from World War II to the millennium. Whether it is the young boy taking refuge from American bombs, the son speaking to a father long since departed to seek fortune in America, a flight of gulls, or the sunrise of the twenty-first century, Somma paints his poems with multi-hued emotions that range from the shadow of despair to joy’s luminosity. As English translator, I provided a fresh canvas to exhibit his words.

Per il primo gennaio, vorrei offrire la poema PRIMO GENNAIO scritto da Luciano Somma. Come tutte delle sue poesie, sentiamo lo spirito sentimentale d’un poeta molto noto in Italia. Si può trovare Luciano qui:

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

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

You can find Luciano Somma at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbxwlMV-LCw

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

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

giclee prints of “DANCING ON MOONBEAMS” from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, iphone cases, pillows, mugs, etc.,can be purchased at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/2-dancing-on-moonbeams-pamela-allegretto.html  

PRIMO GENNAIO                               JANUARY 1st

Ancora stordita                                    Still dazed

da tanto frastuono                               from so much racket

la notte sbadiglia                                 the night yawns

perchè è già domani.                           as it’s already tomorrow.                

Avrà il volto nuovo                               Will it have a new face                    

quest’alba che spunta                         this sunrise that awakens

neonata speranza                                newborn hope

d’un anno sereno?                              for a peaceful year?

Laggiù all’orizzonte                             There on the horizon                               

Io vedo una luce                                  I see a light

più intensa e più chiara                      powerful and radiant                               

sarà forse inganno?                             Will it be a fraud?

Soltanto chimera?                               Only illusion?

Oppure aria pura                                If not, this greeting

è questo l’augurio                                is a pure manifestation

per tutti quaggiù                                 for everyone on earth

Vogliamoci bene                                  to love each other                                     

la vita è una sola                                 life is unique

teniamola cara                                     we hold it dear

vivendo in amore                                 living in love

Con tutte le razze                                with all races

da veri fratelli                                      from true brothers

sarà un’utopia?                                   will it be utopia?

Può darsi, chissà!                                It’s possible, I wonder!

Luciano Somma                                  Luciano Somma

                                                   (Traduzione) Pamela Allegretto

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“GOODREADS REVIEW”

“What a bittersweet story. It shows the depths people will go to during a crisis situation: in this case, a war. Some cower in fear, others feed their greed, while the true heroes face calamities and strive to make the world (even if their own little corner of the world) a better place. I enjoyed learning about the Bridge of Sighs from a historical perspective. The characters and story will remain with you long after you’ve read the final page.”

Mille grazie to Rebecca for taking the time to write such a lovely review on Goodreads. I am over the moon and grateful to you for your generosity. Best wishes!

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/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543 and all Amazon sites worldwide

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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“UNITY” – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Although the balloons are different colors, they are all still balloons. When they unite, good things happen.

I’m hopeful that in 2021 we can all unite and make good things happen.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“L’UNITÀ”  – FELICE ANNO NUOVO!

Sebbene i palloncini siano dei colori diversi, sono tutti ancora palloncini. Quando si uniscono, accadono le cose belle. Spero che nel 2021 potremo unirci tutti quanti e far accadere le cose belle.

FELICE ANNO NUOVO!

Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, phone cases, mugs, pillows, masks, etc. are available at:
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/unity-pamela-allegretto.html

The original 8”x 12” acrylic on wrapped canvas is available for purchase on my art website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz

Unity
Unity
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“WRITTEN WITH A SKILLFUL PAINTER’S EYE TO DETAIL…”

“With an irresistible combination of beautiful setting, diamonds and jewels, murder, and a cast of unforgettable and dubious characters, we follow the exploits of Carla Romano, a no-nonsense young woman, as she turns amateur sleuth in an effort to solve the mystery she’s inadvertently caught up in.
The descriptions of Venice, along with the sights, sounds, and smells, are written with a skillful painter’s eye to detail. Venice might be a city of romance and beauty, but as the story unfolds, we find ourselves caught up in a mystery with as many twists and turns as the city has bridges and canals.
A wonderful cozy mystery, which I highly recommend.”

Thank you so much to multiple-award winning author Kathryn Gauci for writing such a lovely review. Praise from such an accomplished author is especially gratifying. Best wishes to you.

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

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST
ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST
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“A FANTASTIC STORY THAT HAS IT ALL!”

“This is the first book I read from this author, and let me tell you that I loved it! Such a good book with great characters that keeps you obsessed with every page since the first one. The ending of this book.. come on! I just didn´t expect it! Can´t wait to read other books from this great writer! Amazing job! a must-read!. 5/5 A fantastic story that has it all! I loved this book although the story was at times extremely harrowing. Woven through 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. A great read with interesting characters, lots of twists and turns, so a real page-turner. I look forward to reading more from this author.”

Mille grazie to Jennifer Shepard for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am over the moon and grateful to you for your generosity. Best wishes!

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 and all Amazon sites worldwide

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
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ALLEGRETTO ART – FREE US SHIPPING!

Ends midnight tonight: 11/22/20  Eastern Standard Time! Quality giclee prints, greeting cards, tote bags, i-phone cases, throw pillows, puzzles, masks, coffee cups, etc. I hope you enjoy browsing through my eclectic gallery that ranges from bold trompe l’oeil “Views to Go,” thru animated Kid’s Art, to landscapes, tropical scenes, music themes, and sun-drenched Italian villages.

I enjoy fusing whimsy with realism, and the variety in my style, medium, and subject reflects a Gemini nature that consistently prods me away from monotony.

A thousand thanks, mille grazie, merci` beaucoup, vielen dank, muchas gracias to yesterday’s buyers! I am deeply appreciative and hope you all enjoy the prints and gifts. Cheers!!!

Go to: http://pamela-allegretto.fineartamerica.com   or   https://pamela-allegretto.pixels.com/

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“A BRILLIANT READ”


“I loved every page of this well written story, and didn’t want it to end.
Carla takes her late friend’s ashes to Venice where she is taking part in an art exhibition. She inadvertently becomes embroiled in a cat and mouse game involving five million dollars’ worth of stolen diamonds. It’s a matter of who can you trust, as she comes across several shady characters.
A brilliant read which I can’t recommend highly enough.”

My most heartfelt thanks to Sandra McKenna for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I value your opinion, and therefore, I am thrilled to know that you enjoyed the book. It’s such fun to have readers and friends in Australia. Best wishes.

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

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SAX SEX

Today is International Saxophone Day. Yes, that’s really a “Day!” It seems International Saxophone Day is celebrated on November 6th of each year in remembrance of Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. Adolphe Sax was born on November 6, 1814 in Dinant in Wallonia, Belgium.

     I am a huge jazz fan, and to me, the saxophone is one sexy sounding instrument, be it, soprano, tenor, alto, or baritone. Since Saxophone Day is November 6th, I thought I would list my 6 favorite Saxophone players. They are: Grover Washington Jr. / Julian (Cannonball) Adderley / Stan Getz / Sonny Rollins / John Coltrane / Charlie (Bird) Parker.

I know my saxophones aren’t anatomically correct, they’re not meant to be. I leave that to the “realist” painters. My saxophones are too into creating beautiful music together (i.e. sex) to worry about outward appearances.

Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size are available at: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/sax-sex-pamela-allegretto.html

The original acrylic on wrapped canvas painting is for sale. Visit my websites, http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com  http://www.pamelaallegretto.com

Or contact me here.

Sax Sex
Sax Sex
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“BOOK LEFT ME BREATHLESS”

“Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is a stirring and evocative portrait of Italy under the Fascists and the Nazi occupation. I’ve visited Italy several times, and the elegant descriptions made me feel as if I had returned. This book left me breathless. It drew me in from the first page and didn’t let go. It’s a testament to the human spirit of survival.”

Thank you so much to the unnamed Amazon reader for this lovely review. If the author of this review is reading this, please let me know who you are so I can thank you personally. Best wishes.

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

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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WORLD FOOD DAY

WORLD FOOD DAY

Hunger won’t wait for the pandemic to end. There is no justification for children to go hungry in this country. But it’s happening every day, in every community. The USDA states that more than 11 million children in the United States live in “food insecure” homes.

Since this poor excuse for a president is unwilling to share even the meager crumbs from his Big Mac, it’s up to all of us to keep our food banks supplied. Let’s treat each other the way we would like to be treated. Don’t think it could never happen to you. But this is not the only reason to contribute food, do it because it’s the moral thing to do.

Best wishes for happier days ahead.

Read about WORLD FOOD DAY and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations at: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/themes/en/

Quality Giclee prints of this painting: “TROPICAL HARVEST” are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/tropical-harvest-pamela-allegretto.html

TROPICAL HARVEST
TROPICAL HARVEST

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