Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NEW BOOK RELEASE! A COLLECTION OF 17 INTRIGUING STORIES


Announcing the official release of my new book, A SHARP BEND IN THE ROAD: 17 INTRIGUING STORIES.

Over two years in the making. On the shelves at last.

Here's what reviewers are saying:

"A Sharp Bend in the Road showcases a carnival of amazing and totally different types of stories. From a story about a young man's encounter in an elevator, to a gay couple in a jewelry store, to a woman entering a retirement home. Bianco's characters are real, yet colorful and unique. he has a gift in creating genuine dialogue making each story come alive. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories. 5 stars for sure! A fine collection written by one author who clearly knows his craft." --Susan Violante for Reader Views.

It was my privilege to be interviewed by Jane Isaac, England's hottest new rising star of the
mystery/thriller genre. In the interview you'll learn:
  • What makes this story collection different from those of other writers?
  • Elements I've added to give characters a lifelike impression?
  • Satisfying the needs of characters.

A Sharp Bend in the Road is available in either softcover, hardcover, and as an eBook. Here are the links to: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and for our Canadian friends Indigo Books.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

UNEARTH THE TREASURE WITHIN YOU

I read an interesting story yesterday on the BBC News site about how thousands of ancient coins were discovered, buried beneath the earth. (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-30654568)

The coins, dating back to the 11th century, had been buried in a lead bucket, just two feet below the surface of the earth.

As a writer, I thought about this story and what the unearthing of these coins meant to me metaphorically.

I compared the coins to the vast treasures buried deep within all us, hiding below the surface of the hard exterior shell we’ve built around ourselves - the shell we believe protects us from the outside world - the shell that shields us from insult, embarrassment, and injury to our pride. The "insecurity shell,"  I call it.

Do you know the shell I'm talking about? I'm certain some of you do. Perhaps you began building yours the first time someone told you that you couldn’t do something because you lacked the talent, or the money, or weren't smart enough. Or maybe you began building your shell when an unthinking parent or teacher told you that you you'll never succeed in life if all you did was write, or paint, or sculpt, or act, or write poetry.

It’s a safe place when you close up - shut off your creativity, your inherent mode of expression, and your talents rather than suffer the embarrassment of hearing words of discouragement from those around you.

Young children don’t have this problem. They haven't developed the adult sensitivity we inherit as we grow older. They’re free from the sin of humiliation.

Every summer my family and I packed the car and headed out on a vacation from Brooklyn to the shores of Long Island. I remember one trip we took when my son was about five or six years old. As part of each vacation, we’d stop at a toy store and I’d purchase a “vacation” present for each of my two children. We were in Sag Harbor at a toy store when my son chose a Roman warrior outfit complete with a plastic helmet, shield, sword, and breastplate as his vacation gift. I bought it for him, thinking he’d wait to “dress up” when we got back to the motel we were staying at. But instead, he dressed up in his outfit as soon as we were outside the store. At first, I was somewhat embarrassed as he paraded around the streets of the town in his outfit, pretending to slay imaginary bad guys. But eventually his childlike innocence won not only my heart, but the hearts of the people we passed on the street as they watched this child of nature doing what kids do - just being themselves and having great fun at it.

In the dawn of 2015 why not cast off the shackles of insecurity and unearth the treasure that’s buried inside of you. Yes, you. You have a wonderful gift waiting to burst forth into the sunlight if only you’ll look for it. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find it straight away. Keep digging. It’s in you somewhere. You just have to keep looking. You’ll find it when you crack that shell you’ve built around yourself.

Take a bite out of life. Expose the inner child within you - the one that’s been locked up for many years. Take a chance. You'll be amazed when you find the gift you’ve been given. Share it with the rest of us. Like the coins, it’s a priceless treasure just waiting for you to unearth it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"A SHARP BEND IN THE ROAD: 17 INTRIGUING STORIES"

A Sharp Bend in the Road: 17 Intriguing Stories by Gerard Bianco

Following a devastating fall, Rita finds herself standing outside the dining hall at an independent living facility. She squeezes the handle of her cane, and her knuckles turn white. Her wire-rimmed glasses accentuate the tears she tries to hide. After eighty-two years, and a lifetime of memories, Rita believes she’s been abandoned at the mouth of a fiery dragon that will swallow her up—and she is terrified.

When a man purchases a remote log cabin in the Adirondacks, he believes he has found a peaceful haven, until he ­discovers a stranger dead on his living room rug.

An adventure seeker joins a unique organization and quickly learns that getting what you want can sometimes lead to unimagined consequences.

Two couples set out on a vacation in Maine, only to find their dreamy trip has turned into a getaway nightmare.

A Sharp Bend in the Road redefines the art of the short story collection. Seventeen stories, built around absorbing characters, strong conflicts, and sometimes dark and absurdly humorous ingredients, prove that journeying through life is far from predictable.


Here's what they're saying about A Sharp Bend in the Road -


“A virtuosic collection of stories followed by the sharp blade of a killer novella as the final act. Gerard Bianco’s stories do not creep up on you: they fall upon you like a raptor plummeting, wings folded, golden eye ablaze. Their signature swirl of caustic irony is bitter, often brutal -- a gleam of talons and a sudden cry -- resulting almost always in a small death of the heart.” —Dianne Benedict, Author of Shiny Objects

“Addictive reading. Each story is both captivating and intriguing.” —Jane Isaac, Author of An Unfamiliar Murder

"I thoroughly enjoy this collection of short stories and believe this book would be a great gift idea for people who enjoy quick, but unforgettable reads. I have trouble picking a favorite as I found each one to be a well written piece. Although all the stories are from the same author, none of them felt repetitive, as Bianco’s writing style took the reader into a different character living a very particular moment in their life. Bianco’s voice is hidden within different personalities, and settings, his craft evident on each one. As a writer myself I understand how difficult it is to write good short stories, as delivering a full story in just a few pages is no easy task. To deliver a quality collection of these stories deserves 5 stars for sure!"  —Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views 

Available January, 2015.

Be the first to own a copy. Order your copy now - SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR! Please include name of recipient. 

Hardcover - $23.95
Softcover - 13.95
Ebook - Not available at this time. It will, however, be available middle of January for $3.99.


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