Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Releases by Trestle Press authors!


"The Captain's Coin"
The Captain’s Coin is the story of an immigrant 13 year old youth escaping the web of starvation and death in his native County Cork during the Potato Famine. Michael Brady, young, naïve and afraid sets foot in a strange city, intent on surviving. His story will resonate well with anyone who has had to reexamine the direction of their lives while readjusting to the realities of life’s challenges.


The Captain’s Coin is a fictional account of Michael Brady’s journey from Ireland to America in 1848 aboard a ‘coffin ship’ to New York City at the height of the Irish Potato Famine. Once aboard, Michael wins the respect of the captain who gives him a token ‘good luck coin’ and a letter of recommendation to a leading New York businessman. This opening allows him to rise up the corporate ladder, marry an abolitionist only to suffer the loss of this young wife at the onset of the Civil War. Volunteering his services to offset his grief, he saves the Union at the Battle of Antietam, his ‘lucky coin,’ deflecting a life-threatening wound and thus saving his life. He returns home a hero and is elected to the NYS Assembly, rising to Speaker and running for Governor in 1888.


Michael Brady’s journey is a journey from destitution to the pinnacle of political power. His story will enrich those who have had to cope with sudden and catastrophic challenges. It is a story of strength and hope and the ultimate will to survive.


Born in Troy, New York, John V. Amodeo now lives in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan. For three decades, Amodeo worked for the NYC public school system as assistant principal and history department head; now retired from that post, he is an adjunct professor of American history and political science at Mercy College. Amodeo exercises his love for NYC as a part-time tour guide. His previous books include: 'Voices of Hell's Kitchen,' a fictional account of the myriad personalities of his unique neighborhood. In addition, he wrote, 'Believe--Journey from Jacksonville,' a biography of former world boxing champion, Ken Norton and 'Blessed or Cursed,' a biography of WBF current light heavy champion, Rayco Saunders. Currently, he is working on his next project, a biography of Paul Vaden, former world light middleweight champion in upcoming 'Answer the Bell.'

"Irrational Illusions"

“The Instant Winner” is about a $25.00 lottery ticket that upsets the life of Harvey Bigalke who thinks he knows all there is to know about life and women.

“The Last of the Singing Cowboys” is a parody of the genre.

“Photographing Jesus” is a satirical piece about a man who wants to photograph Jesus.




Richard Lutman lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Before that he lived in Vermont and Rhode Island. He has a MFA in Writing from Vermont College. He currently teaches short story classes as part of Coastal Carolina University's Lifelong Learning program. His fiction has appeared in Crazyquilt, Verdad, Slow Trains, The Green Silk Journal, Dark Sky Magazine, The Bicycle Review, Epiphany Magazine, The Petigru Review, Deep South Magazine, Dew on the Kudzu, The Corner Cupboard Press, The Newport Review and WritingRaw. He has also won awards for his short stories, nonfiction, and screenplays. He was a 2008 Push Cart Nominee. A chapbook of his flash fiction was published in June 2009 and a long narrative poem in 2011 by “The Last Automat Press.” His web site is: www.WordRealm.net.

Title: “Irrational Illusions” by Richard Lutman

“The Instant Winner” is about a $25.00 lottery ticket that upsets the life of Harvey Bigalke who thinks he knows all there is to know about life and women.

“The Last of the Singing Cowboys” is a parody of the genre.

“Photographing Jesus” is a satirical piece about a man who wants to photograph Jesus.

"Run"
A young mother deserts her husband and child to go on a selfish journey of self discovery. Alone and vulnerable she makes a mysterious new friend, but will she be tempted into betrayal? What happens next takes the reader into the heart of an epiphanic moment. Gentle and touching, Run is a story you will not forget.
Kate was born in 1984 in the North East of England. She moved to Liverpool in 2002 to study her degree in English Literature, Cultural History and Creative Writing. In 2006 she returned to the North East and in September 2011 completed her Masters Degree in Creative Writing for which she was awarded a Distinction. She is the creator of writing website Literature Bitch which is dedicated to reviews, recommendations and promoting interesting and unique voices.



Her stage play Two Minutes is being showcased at The Arc Arts Centre in early 2012 and her work has previously been published in Volume Magazine.

Kate's interests, apart from writing, are mainly collecting stray cats. She is also the head purchaser and creative director for online gift shop The Nook. One day she would like to live in a Victorian Mansion that has books along every wall.

For more information please visit her website at www.katechisman.com

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