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…

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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.


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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.

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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.”

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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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Anthony S. Luciano Raimondi

Anthony Luciano Raimondi has been around organized crime his entire life. Raimondi is the nephew of the infamous godfather Lucky Luciano, who headed the Genovese Crime Family in New York City. Raimondi has lived a full life, dealing with the ups and downs of living amongst and working with the mob. He was always an important and dedicated member of the Colombo crime family, shaking people down and shaking people’s hands. After his many prosperous years, Anthony has decided to leave the mob life and focus on telling his story.

In his gripping novel, “When the Bullet Hits the Bone,” Anthony goes into detail of famous heists like the Lufthansa Heist and the assassination of Pope John Paul I. This book brings to life, through personal stories and revelations, famous mobsters, like Carmine Galante and Joe Colombo, and prominent members of society, like Ed Koch and Bess Myerson, in ways we have never heard before.

Raimondi has written a fascinating story that outlines what mob life is really like and how he lived through it.

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Margreit Maitland

Margreit Maitland, the author of “Runaway at Sea,” wrote an adventurous book that grapples readers. Her inspiration to write this book came from her great-great grandfather’s life, Robert John Henry Frost. Margreit follows his life as a runaway. After dealing with familial abuse he ran away from home with a friend and accidentally boarded a British naval ship. Robert goes through many experiences that help turn him into the man he becomes. Robert’s story was very important to Margreit, so much so that she knew she had to tell it.

Margreit was very close to her grandfather, who passed down his mother’s journal, Margreit’s great grandmother, which is a retelling of Robert’s stories that he would tell her. This journal is a family treasure that has brought Margreit into a new world with her own experiences and adventures. From her diligent research to make the book accurate and authentic, she met many people and made new meaningful connections.

“Runaway at Sea” is the first book of an upcoming 3-part series that will be revealing the many escapades of Robert John Henry Frost.

“Runaway at Sea” is available on Amazon for all who want a little more thrill in their lives!

Robert Bryan

Police Officers are the modern-day embodiment of medieval knights, going to work each day with a noble cause to protect and serve society. The profession requires cops to see people at their worst. Coping becomes an essential component of a police officer’s arsenal. One of the primary coping mechanisms utilized by cops is humor. A cop can find something funny about almost anything, regardless of how tragic the circumstances. Dark humor involves making light of a serious, disturbing or taboo subject matter. It is sometimes viewed as morbid, cruel, offensive, and graphic in nature and is yet, still found funny. This is the story of the author’s twenty-year police career with the New York City Transit Police and NYPD as he worked with some of New York City’s darkest knights – those cops who did and said the funniest things under the most difficult circumstances.

Robert Bryan is a New York City resident and has been his whole life. He was a dedicated New York City Police Officer for 20 years who rose through the ranks and served as Captain. Currently, he is the chief security officer for a NYS government agency and teaching at Farmingdale College.

Robert has written countless books. His fiction works focus on police officer thrillers and mysteries that are sure to fascinate any reader. His non-fiction and procedural books lend a hand in helping police officers and civilians understand the complicated world we live in and how to stay safe, smart, and alert.

“Dark Knights: The Dark Humor of Police Officers” is a series of novels that tackle the niche world of police officer humor. This humor helps police officers be able to de-stress after undergoing challenging events from their jobs.

Check out Robert Bryan’s many books, available on Amazon!

Dark Knights: The Dark Humor of Police Officers Kindle EditionC-Case: An Unlikely Journey from Transit Cop to Internal Affairs Burear Squad CommanderThe Security School: A Finn Delaney New York City Mystery, Book 3