“5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY”

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams was published five years ago this week. My goal was to entertain and inform. Sales, interviews, newspaper and magazine articles, and lovely reviews have exceeded any expectations I might have had. An unforeseen benefit has been reconnecting with wonderful old friends and establishing so many amazing new friendships with readers and authors around the world. I am genuinely grateful to every reader, reviewer, and interviewer. La vita e` veramente bella.

While growing up, I always hated listening to jokes about the Italians going into World War 2 with their hands raised. This was not at all the case, and I wanted to point out the bravery of the Italian population during this horrific time. Although 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.

BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

 

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IL PRIMO SETTEMBRE / SEPTEMBER FIRST (Encore)

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.

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 da 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.

(translation, Pamela Allegretto)

 

Let's Dance

Let’s Dance – Click on dancers to view larger image and to purchase quality giclee prints.

 

Whenever I get painter’s block (that’s what I call it when my mind hits a snag, and I can’t come up with a subject for my next painting) I revert to what I call fun art. I use the term fun art because aside from layout and pathways, there are no rules to follow. I’m free to use my imagination with the subject and color pallet.

In LETS DANCE I combined my love of music and art with a playful nod to dance. I wanted to have fun and demonstrate my appreciation for the joy of movement with uncluttered lines.

Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size can be purchased at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/lets-dance-pamela-allegretto.html

 

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“TALENTED WRITER, LYRICAL AND INTELLIGENT”

Susan Marie Malloy – WOW! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am over the moon with joy. I’m delighted that you had as much fun reading the book as I had writing it. Praise from an author of your stature is an honor.

“This was a book that had a lot of action, adventure, memorable characters, and a remarkable storyline. I particularly enjoyed the vivid and lively settings, the beautifully-described Venice, colorful objects and geography, and characters whose descriptions and personalities remain long after their roles were done.

In this book, there is a rich variety of characters, from good to nefarious, shady to squeaky-clean, from mundane to quirky, and much in between. They bring the story to life in a way that only the author can, with veracity and purpose.

The story is fun, suspenseful, and a definite escape from the world of today.

In addition, the scenes in Venice are described and shown so beautifully that I could see its beauty throughout the book. Although I have seen photos of Venice, particularly in college when I studied art, the descriptions here solidify its beauty, people, and history in my imagination.

One specific scene makes me really smile. There was a mention of Evening in Paris. That brought back memories when I was growing up, and I would see those little dark blue glass bottles of this perfume at Woolworth’s and Grant’s dime stores. That was a fun remembrance!

Pamela Allegretto is a talented writer, lyrical and intelligent, and that combination makes for great stories that make me want more of them!

Also recommended: Bridge of Sighs and Dreams by Pamela Allegretto.

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ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

 

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“I COULDN’T PUT THE BOOK DOWN!”

 

“I have always been infatuated with WWII History and the Holocaust. I was so impressed with the details and the character’s determination for survival and dreams of the future. Pamela Allegretto did an amazing job capturing the history, the fear, tension, and intimidation of the times. I couldn’t put the book down!”

My most heartfelt thanks to Barbie Kerin Gallagher for this lovely review.

BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

 

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MATERA

None of us the US are allowed inside the EU right now, but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming of better days to come.

For those adventurous artists who have squeezed the last drop from your yellow ochre and burnt sienna while painting Tuscan sunrises and sunsets, head south. I’m not talking Rome or Naples or Salerno, I mean the Deep South that Carlo Levi wrote about in Christ Stopped at Eboli.

In 1935, The Fascists exiled Levi to this region as a political prisoner. For persons unfamiliar with this book, it has nothing to do with religion or of Christ making a weekend get-away to the Basilicata region. It refers to the idea that if Christ was traveling south in Italy and doing his Godly thing along the way, then he stopped when he reached EboliLevi wrote: “upon my arrival, the peasants said, ‘we are not Christians, Christ stopped short of here, at Eboli.’ Christian, in their way of speaking meant human being.” This “God-forsaken” region remains today a land outside time.

So, what do I like about this earthy and primeval region? Just that. It’s earthy and primitive. In addition, the architecture is fun and challenging to paint. And the citizenry are as warm as the Southern Italian sun.

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Matera

Matera

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FESTA DEL REDENTORE – Venezia

 

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. Maybe our current “plague” means God wants a new president. I sure do!!!

Venetian gondolier

Venetian Gondolier – Click on Gondolier to enlarge image.

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“CLEVER CAPER”

 

“If you have had to cancel your long awaited vacation to Venice, Italy and still wish to get away, no problem. Pamela Allegretto’s newest offering: “Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust” can take you there. This clever caper done in the style of, say, a Blake Edward’s ’60’s caper, will transpose you. You will walk the streets of Venice and ride its gondolas along the canals with heroine, Carla, as she avoids a cast of truly odious characters while trying to honor the last wishes of her best friend. Cozy up on your beach chair and leave your cares behind and try not to salivate over the food and scenery described as you plot out your future trip.”

Mille grazie to Denis Gessing, author/voice actor/ professional storyteller/dear friend, for this lovely review. Your approval is especially meaningful. Cheers!

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“TIME MACHINE OF A BOOK”

“Ms. Allegretto is first and foremost a graphic artist and illustrator, but this literary foray of hers makes one wonder, if she hadn’t taken up the brush, what she might have accomplished with the pen.
In Bridge of Sighs and Dreams she displays a true author’s knack for painting a word-picture that puts the reader right there, wherever “there” may be. What’s more, as she so amply displays in her novel, she possesses the two attributes every writer of fiction must: an understanding of and ear for plot, and a genuine love for her characters, even the unsavory ones. For without the latter, not only do the dramatis personae fail to come alive on the page but whatever they would teach us about the human condition comes watered down, too.
Of course, that she chose the structure for Bridge of Sighs and Dreams  she did increase its chances for success from the get-go. Few are the stories that appeal more than those pitting a likable hero against a despicable villain, in this case the good sister Angelina vs. the evil sister-in-law Lidia. That’s not only a tried-and-true formula but great fun. With the added bonus of being set in Mussolini’s fascist Italy, a place and time in which fear, unrest, and uncertainty became the stuff of everyday life.
So snuggle into your favorite armchair with a mug of hot tea at your side and Allegretto’s time machine of a book in your lap. You’ll enjoy the ride, trust me.”

Thank you to noted author J. Michael Dolan for this wonderful review. Praise from a fellow WW2 fiction author is quite meaningful.

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PRIDE BOUQUET   

PRIDE BOUQUET celebrates all my friends and family in the LBGTQ community. I wanted my flowers to have a party on my canvas where everyone’s invited. Cheers to you all for being who you are. I love every one of you!

This Pride Bouquet is also my nod to the entire LGBTQ community. 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?

The original 6”x12” acrylic on one-inch thick wrapped canvas has been sold, but quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, pillows, etc. are available for purchase at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/pride-bouquet-pamela-allegretto.html

PRIDE BOUQUET

PRIDE BOUQUET

 

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“INTRIGUE AND UNEXPECTED PLOT TWISTS”

“Pamela Allegretto has done it again! Here is a caper full of intrigue and unexpected plot twists that has a new surprise on every page. This hard-to-put-down adventure set in Venice is told with imagination and creativity through colorful, complex characters and snappy dialogue that makes you feel you are part of the action. Are the characters who you really think they are? Are the diamonds they’re all looking for really stolen? Everyone is suspicious of everyone else, and the uncertainty is never-ending. Allegretto has a knack for creating vivid, eccentric characters and entertaining story telling. A great novel to escape the fear of our everyday lives.”

Mille grazie to journalist, Tom Soboleski, for composing such a lovely review. Praise from professional writers is always an additional compliment. Tanti saluti!

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

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“REFLECTION”

I decided to re-post my painting “REFLECTION.” I hope you all take a minute to read the blurb explaining the story behind the painting. Cheers!

“I have always liked the concept of trying to put myself in someone else’s shoes, in order to better understand the basis of their emotions and actions. In this painting, I wanted to delineate two abstract profiles that demonstrate the idea that when we are fleshed out and outwardly adorned we are all unique. But under the costumes and grease paint, 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?”

REFLECTION

REFLECTION – Click on image to enlarge or to order giclee prints.

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“THIS 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.”

My heartfelt thanks to this reader for his/her generous review. I am thrilled that my novel continues to entertain new readers.

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BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

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SICILIAN TABLE

Since travel to Italy is not an option right now, I dug up this painting to keep the dream alive. This trompe l’oeil still life of a Chianti bottle with olive oil decanter, provolone cheese ball, and plum tomatoes on a marble table is my tribute to the foundation of the Italian table.

Buon Appetito!

Sicilian Table

Sicilian Table – click on Chianti bottle to enlarge image or to purchase giclee prints.

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“A Romp Through Venice Worth Taking!”

My most heartfelt gratitude to acclaimed author Eva Pasco for writing and sharing her review.

“A romp through Venice worth taking! When you do, I suggest wearing sensible shoes. Not like Carla Romano, the protagonist in this Cozy Mystery, who runs around Venice in her Adolfo pumps and incurs a blistered toe on account of vanity.

Of course, when you’re a reader who enjoys this book as much as I did, you can go barefoot.

For me, more than the who-dun-it-aspect of this Mystery, I wondered just how Carla would prove she didn’t have any stolen diamonds, so she could walk away unscathed in her Adolfo pumps or Fiorucci boots.

What a romp it is!

Carla is pursued by the thief and an assorted bunch of inept slimeballs, the FBI, and Polizia Veneziana. Throughout this madcap venture, Carla’s suspicions of everyone around her, and her imaginative scenarios go through the roof of the Hotel Bonvecchia.

Like the diamonds which sparkle in this mystery, the story is multifaceted:

The author’s thumbnail descriptions of her characters are priceless. How charitable of her to give the reader a whiff of them too—Mabel Gastrom’s breath is to die for.

By integrating snatches of dialogue in Italian, and by weaving interesting facts about Venice throughout the story, the reader virtually follows in Carla’s footsteps. These are often artistic renderings:

“Opening her eyes, she watched scattered ivory clouds float overhead and imagined them to be delicate fragments of lace that had escaped the lace makers’ fingers on the nearby island of Burano.”

Also, right up my alley—there’s plenty to chuckle over via self-deprecating wit, slapstick, and bawdy humor.

As you can tell, I highly recommend this gem!”

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

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CINCO DE MAYO

Pedro has been serenading outside Rita’s window for hours. She’s playing coy, but in reality, she loves the attention. Their hopes and dreams are as genuine and meaningful as yours and mine. Happy Cinco de Mayo to all of my friends and family who enjoy the rich Mexican heritage.

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Mexican Serenade

Mexican Serenade

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