Danny A. Ingellis

Author Danny Ingellis is a former Detective in the District Attorney’s Squad in NYC and has always had a penchant for discovering the truth. Ingellis has lived an incredibly full and brave life, whether as a combat veteran of both the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm, or in his professional career—when Ingellis became the personal bodyguard to Richmond County District Attorney William Murphy, where he donated his own kidney to save Murphy’s life. Now retired, Ingellis focuses on photography, which has also proved to be a successful field for Ingellis, with his own photos appearing in books and newspapers.

Ingellis conducted his research on the thirty-five Negro Leaguers inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame at the request of sportswriter Andy Mele, who planned on writing a book about them. Sadly, Mele unexpectedly passed away, so Ingellis knew what he had to do. He set out to fulfill his friend’s dream and complete this book on the inductees whose stories needed to be shared, now more than ever.

Ingellis currently lives on Staten Island and recently celebrated his fiftieth anniversary with his beautiful wife Marie. They have two beloved children, Michelle and Erica, and are the proud grandparents of Jack and Dakota

“Deferred Glory: Heroes of the Negro Baseball Leagues” is about the lives, struggles, and desires of negroes to one day become professional baseball players in the Major Leagues. During this period of their lives, these players while playing in the Negro League endured tough traveling to ballparks in cities both in the South and North in order to play baseball. They suffered through segregation mostly in the South both on and off the field. These men withstood horrible treatment because of their dreams to become Major League, baseball players. Eventually, these thirty-five players and executives were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Unfortunately many were inducted posthumously.

In this episode of “The Author Corner” we discuss with Danny about how he came to write his book, along with the history, relationships, perseverance, and struggles of the important baseball players he researched.

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William John Rostron

William Roston is a very accomplished and successful author from Queens, NY who joins us on “The Author Corner” to delve into why he became an author and discuss his trilogy.

He has been internationally successful with his newest trilogy featuring “Band in the Wind,” “Sound of Redemption,” and “Brotherhood of Forever.” “Band in the Wind” is about a band in the 1960s that is on the cusp of success. It follows this band and grabs readers’ attention with its perfect blend of nostalgia, emotions, entertainment, and culture!

Whether he is staying in his Long Island home or traveling in his Tiffin Allegro motorhome, William always finds time to write. In his last career, William was a teacher of all ages, inspiring everyone he met during it all.

Some of his most notable achievements as a writer have been that he has published over two dozen non-fiction articles in newspapers and magazines, been presented an award by Nelson DeMille for his historical fiction short story, “The Last Artifact,” and, his short pieces have in published in four consecutive Red Penguin anthologies: “Someday We’ll Laugh About This” in A Trip for the Books, “Crossroads” in I Can’t Find My Flashlight, “When the Music’s Over” in Memories, and “In the Garden of Eden” in The Beauty Within. Another one of his short pieces “Pretty Flamingo” was given the prestige of being read and performed in 2018 on stage in NYC after being accepted into the Visible Ink Anthologies. As an encore, “In the Garden of Eden” was performed in 2019.

Most recently, his short work “Ava’s Bubble” was read by Tony and Emmy nominee Victor Garber on a nationally televised streaming show. He is also in the process of working on a novel, “Lost in the Wind,” and an anthology, “A Flamingo Under the Carousel.”

Be sure to check out William Rostron’s website for the most up-to-date info on his newest publications!

https://www.williamjohnrostron.com/

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Paul DiSclafani

The ever-successful columnist and author Paul DiSclafani, and friend Bruce Oehler, “Mr. B,” joins us on a lovely episode of The Author Corner to discuss his first novel! Paul has won awards for his writing for the Anton News Group and the Massapequa Observer’s “Long Island Living.”

Although he has been living in Massapequa since 1967, Paul had his roots in the East New York section of Brooklyn, growing up surrounded by a large and loving Italian family. Many of his columns and reflections tell of family gatherings and touch on all aspects of life today. Paul and his wife Barbara have also been blessed with two great kids, James and Kevin.

“Burning Through the West Coast”, which was released in October 2020, was his first novel. The lively novel features a real account of, the author, Paul (Disco) DiSclafani, his cousin, Sal (The Catman) and their friend, Bruce (Mr. B), as he brings you back to those carefree days in the late ‘70’s, as they venture on trip through Southern California and Arizona with 6,000 Miles to go, 576 Beers, 4 states, 3 Guys from the East Coast, and a bag of weed!

Learn more about Paul on his website!

https://pauldisclafani.com/

Check out Paul’s high-spirited novel, “Burning Through the West Coast” on Amazon!

Captain Sean Totora

Captain Sean P. Tortora, MS, USMS, is a Master Mariner with 25 years at sea, who commanded underway replenishment vessels, amongst other classes, and conducted over 2,000 UNREPs. He is a native of Long Island, New York, attended Chaminade High School, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters Degree from SUNY Maritime College, served in Desert Storm/Sortie, Operation Noble Eagle – the response to 9/11, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Captain Toortora authored the textbook, study guide for Marine Fire Prevention, Firefighting, and Fire Safety, and is currently an Associate Professor at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.

In “Steaming To Djibouti,” join a motivated young merchant marine officer on his first journey onboard a venerable navy auxiliary steamship. Accompany him through the convoluted reporting for duty process through his truly surreal first tour onboard. Meet the oddball characters in the crew and follow their outlandish daily routine. Listen in to the truly jaw-dropping crew interactions. Follow along through the myriad of hilarious adventures and astonishing experiences that can only be described as unbelievable. Along the way, you will find yourself alternating between shock and chuckles as you can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Nicola Harrison

Originally from Hampshire, England, Nicola Harrison moved to California when she was 14. She studied Literature at UCLA and received an MFA in creative writing at Stony Brook University. She is a member of The Writers Room and has short stories published in The Southampton Review and Glimmer Train as well as articles in Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine. She was the fashion and style staff writer for Forbes and had a weekly column at Lucky Magazine. Nicola is also the founder of a personal styling business, Harrison Style. She has spent many summers in Montauk and currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, two sons, and two chihuahuas.

“Montauk” is Harrison’s first novel and it takes place in the 1930s. The story follows Beatrice Bordeaux, a woman who ends up having to spend her summer among the high-society wives of Montauk while her husband does business. She begins to feel out of place as she does not fit in with these women and longs for more. During her stay, she finally befriends a laundress and a man who reminds her of who she was and who she wanted to be. Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has when fates conspire to tear her world apart…

Learn more about Nicola Harrison on her website!

https://www.nicolaharrison.com/

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Michael O’Keefe

Michael O’Keefe is a retired 1st Grade Detective from the NYPD. For twenty-four years, he worked in the toughest neighborhoods in New York, specializing in investigating Homicides and other violent crimes. He was born and raised on the mean streets described in his fiction. His
characters and settings are drawn from the people he encountered there—on both sides of the law. Shot to Pieces is his first novel, published this July. He is presently near completion on two others. He lives on Long Island with his family, where he writes a little, and practices the ancient martial arts of lawn, and swimming pool maintenance—when he is not coaching football.
“A Reckoning in Brooklyn” is the newest historical crime thriller by Michael O’Keefe. This captivating novel is about Bushwick Brooklyn in the 1970s. With the Mafia running the show, the neighborhood was a cesspool of drugs, violence, and depravity. Our protagonists, Butchie Bucciogrosso, an Italian cop returning from Vietnam to find his nome in shambles, and Fast Eddie Curran, his partner from Belfast, have to work together to take down the Mafia. These two cops are the only ones who are genuine enough to try to combat the Mafia and all the organizations they are affiliated and connected with, including their own department. With their lives and their families’ lives hanging in the balance, will Butchie and Eddie be able to overcome the death-defying challenges that lie ahead? Check out “A Reckoning in Brooklyn” to read about all of the suspenseful twists and turns that Butchie and Eddie have to work around to save their town.

 

For more information on Author Michael O”Keefe, check out his website at https://www.michaelokeefeauthor.com/

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Jan Alexander

Jan Alexander is a fiction and non-fiction author, who focuses heavily on how globalism and technology are forever changing our world. Jan is highly successful as a business writer and editor who expounds on culture, society, business strategy, economics, the rise of China, and so much more. She has written for countless notable publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, Money, Worth, Robb Report, Institutional Investor, and Strategy+Business.

In this episode of the Author Corner, we discuss Jan Alexander’s newest book, “Ms. Ming’s Guide to Civilization.” Her book follows Ming, a young and determined girl born in a small village in China, who meets a supernatural talking monkey, the Immortal Monkey King. After this chance encounter, it is certain that they will meet again. Ming grows up and makes her way to America, where she finds herself in some trouble. To escape her woes, Ming travels back to China with her friend Zoe to find her old immortal friend and change China forever. They work together to rid capitalism and spur creativity and ingenuity.

“Ms. Ming’s Guide to Civilization,” a Leapfrog Press Fiction Prize semi-finalist, tells a fascinating story about magic, capitalism, politics, happiness, human nature, and more through detailed and tenacious characters and an interesting story. It is through her book that Jan proves that every action does in fact have an equal and opposite reaction.

Jan Alexander is also the author of “Getting to Lamma” and the co-author of “Bad Girls of the Silver Screen,” while also publishing book reviews, short fiction, and author interviews of her own.

Learn more about Jan Alexander and her wonderful works on her website:

https://www.janalexander.com

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Linda Trott Dickman

Linda Trott Dickman, an accomplished, impassioned, and insightful poet joins us on “The Author Corner” to discuss with us how she got her to start writing poetry, her books “Road Trip,” “Robes: The Art Of Being Covered,” and “The Air That I Breathe,” and much more. Linda has been writing for many years and eventually moved to the beautiful art form of poetry. Since she was little, Linda knew that she wanted to be a teacher and teach the young minds of this generation. Afterward, she became a school librarian to really get the best of both worlds, surrounded by teaching and books every day. After retiring, one day Linda looked at an AOL chatroom and from there she became a published writer! Linda proves that you are never too old to pursue your dreams. She received a lot of well-deserved encouragement to continue writing, learning and submitting poetry and books and it led her to great success!

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Paul J. Mila

Paul J. Mila has a passion for writing, scuba diving around the world, underwater photography, and speaking to groups about ocean conservation. Before taking a dive into the world of sea turtles and moray eels, Paul was a business writer, so he carried his expertise in writing over to his newfound love of scuba-diving and underwater photography.

To capture such stunning photos of wildlife, Mila has traveled all over to really get a sense of how these animals live. It is through his careful research, dedication, and passion, that Paul is able to write with such vividness and realism. Paul has visited the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, the South Pacific Tonga Islands, Cozumel, Bonaire, Curacao, Hawaii, and Antigua. It is through his traveling that Paul has gotten to experience amazing things like free-diving with humpback whales, diving with Caribbean reef sharks, and watching a live-hatching of baby turtles.

Paul has been featured in magazines, scuba diving websites, and the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival in Australia, and by National Geographic Television. Paul has written a myriad of books including five novels from the Manetta Mystery Series: “Dangerous Waters”, “Whales’ Angels,” “Fireworks,” “Near Miss” and “Killer In Paradise”; two non-fiction books: “BUBBLES UP!” (coauthored with Judith Hemenway), and “Basic Underwater Photography”; and two children’s’ books titled “Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends” and his newest “Gracie Green Turtle Finds Her Beach.”

Learn more about Paul and his books at his website!

https://milabooks.com/index.html

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Kieran Larkin

Kieran Larkin, author, religion teacher at The Mary Louis Academy, President of the Brooklyn-Queens Catholic Forensic League, father, and husband, is a dedicated and tenacious person who has made countless achievements in his life. His latest include writing “Women Prophets of the Old Testament,” which is the companion book to his first, and award-winning, “Messengers of God: A Survey of Old Testament Prophets. Kieran Larkin wrote this new book with the intention of illuminating us on the stories, challenges, and triumphs of the, often overlooked, women prophets. As a teacher in an all-girl’s Catholic high school, he wanted to showcase the importance of the women prophets to his students and the roles that they played, and do so in a comparable manner to his first book.

The Old Testament, or Hebrew Scriptures, has been a source of spiritual inspiration for hundreds of millions of believers throughout the ages. Center stage in the Old Testament is a body of literature by and about the prophets—messengers of God who tried to keep God’s people on the right path. You know their names—Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel—or do you? Are you acquainted with Deborah, Huldah, Miriam and Noadiah? For far too long, the women prophets have never been accorded the respect and attention they deserve, but they delivered God’s messages with the same passion, commitment and urgency as the men. This book is written to acknowledge and celebrate the prophetesses—and put these women on the pedestal they deserve to occupy.

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