2017 Independent Authors Book Expo "Best Fiction" winner.
Ever since high school, I’ve wanted to write a book. Inspiration struck during Hurricane Irene in 2011 when during a week-long blackout, I outlined the story of my debut novel, Ten Years Later.
When Ten Years Later was finally released on October 4, 2016, its “unveil week” was one for the ages. I partnered with Bloomingdale’s Short Hills and the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund for the book’s launch party. I gifted a copy to my favorite singer, Kelly Clarkson when I covered her book launch party for Hip New Jersey (coincidentally, Kelly’s River Rose and the Magical Lullaby was released the same day as Ten Years Later). Finally, I gave a copy to one of my favorite actresses, Sarah Jessica Parker at an SJP Collection event.
Since its release, I’ve done numerous book signings, book club appearances and speaking engagements throughout the country.
You can read more about the making of and release of Ten Years Later here.
Here is the book’s synopsis:
When New Jersey-based sports radio producer Carla D’Agostino receives a save-the-date for her ten-year high school reunion, she’s thrown into a tailspin. She’s miserably single, living at home with her old-school Italian-American family, and miles away from her dream job as a sports talk radio host.
She voices her discontent to her closest friends, the stunning Andrea, cheerful Katie, and playboy Dante, and they encourage Carla to stand up and fight for the life she wants.
Inspired by their words, Carla sets her plans in motion. She enlists the help of a personal trainer, tapes a sports commentary demo with Dante for her unconventional WSPS boss Dan, and gets back into the dating game for the first time since her heart was broken by her first love.
But the universe has different ideas for Carla than she has for herself, and she suffers setback after setback: Dan gives the afternoon host position to a Los Angeles import, and, worse yet, offers Dante a gig, which he accepts, much to Carla’s hurt and dismay.
More determined than ever, Carla continues to throw herself at life with gusto, and a series of surprises, both good and bad, lead her straight into the arms of a love that never really left.
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