Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lucia Grandi Blog Tour and Giveaway

Thank you for stopping at my spot on Lucia Grandi Book Tour.. This Virtual Book Tour is brought to you by Lighting Book Promotions. I will provide you with a synopsis of the book, review, and a small bio from Susan Speranza. Visit the other blogs on this Book Tour to learn more about this book.

The Tale of Lucia Grande, the Early Years
When an old woman is asked to tell the story of her life, she tells is an intense and poignant tale about growing up in and surviving an irrational, warring suburban family during the 1950s and 60s. The narrative is told from Lucia’s perspective as the second child where she and her siblings are caught in the middle of a lifelong war between her mother, Ruth, an overbearing, unhappy homemaker, and her father, Leonard, a manipulative, sometimes violent New York City cop. Lucia is the silent, thoughtful eyewitness to her parents’ constant and sometimes life-threatening battle.
The story is told as a memoir; each chapter describes a particular incident in Lucia’s life which shows the constant struggle between her parents and the perverse effect it has on her and her siblings. From her complicated and unwanted birth, to her witnessing a suicide at age 3, to her stint as a runaway at age 14, the story progresses to the final crisis where as a young woman, she is turned out of her house and banished from her family forever.
This timeless story of one woman’s courageous attempt to come to terms with her past and the troubled family that dominated it is powerfully and poignantly told.
This novel recently made it to the Quarter final rounds in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Amazon reviewers called it great storytelling and the wrote that the prose “ flows with such beauty you are holding your breath to eagerly read each word!”


Once upon a Time...I was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island where I had an interesting and creative childhood. Once in college, I studied Psychology and Philosophy, but since "thinking" didn't translate into earning money or job security, I worked at a variety of different and unrelated jobs both in New York City and on Long Island.

​In order to keep me sane through all the craziness of life, I spent my spare time writing. Anything and everything. The culmination of this was a fantasy - The City of Light - which has recently been reissued as an ebook.

​I took up the hobby of dog showing and breeding and produced many Pekingese Champions. You can see them over at our Castlerigg Pekingese website (

​Somewhere in the middle of my life so far, after a great personal upheaval, I went back to school, became a High School Librarian. I managed to fulfill my childhood dream of living in the country when I finally escaped suburbia and moved to Vermont where I now happily live with my beautiful Pekes.

But I've never stopped writing.

​My biography (as with my life, I hope) is to be continued...

THE TALE OF LUCIA GRANDI, THE EARLY YEARS is my first novel. I recently entered the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, where this novel made it unexpectedly to the Quarter finals. It was also on the short list of finalists in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition. The book was entered in both contests under its former name, MY LIFE IN DOGS, THE EARLY YEARS.

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I really liked Lucia Grandi.  When I first saw the book I thought wow it is going to take me awhile to read, but it actually goes pretty fast.  What I really liked is that each chapter is like a little short story.

The story starts out with Lucia earliest memory. She was just three years old and on the way to her grandparents house with her parents for dinner.  Her family saw a man commit suicide right in front of them.  The story was so well described that you felt you were there.  I thought that throughout the book.  It was so well written.
Lucia mother decide when she was in 4th grade that her and her sister needed to go to the new school the church was opening.  Lucia poor sister was so upset about changing schools, were Lucia was happy to start over again.  That is just an example of how strong and how much Lucia struggled to move on in.

I think anyone would love this story and I think once you pick it up you will not be able to put it down.  

Make sure you stop on the Blog tour at some of these other blogs and see what they thought of  Lucia Grandi.


1st Phaedra @ Identity Discovery  (guest post)

2nd Sheila @ Sheila Deeth (guest post)

3rd Andi @ Radiant Light

5th Vidya @ Books are Magic

7th Denise @ The Pen Muse

9th Darryl @ Savage Lullabye (spotlight)
10th Nicole @ Pretty Opinionated (guest post)
11th Georgiana @ Coupon Clipping Texan
12th Bette @ 4writersandreaders (interview)
13th Marissa @ For The Love of Film and Novels (guest post)
14th vb @ Books For Me
15th Julia @ Talk Story TV (interview)
16th Melina @ Melina's Book Blog (guest post)
19th Leslie @ Storeybook Reviews
21st Kathleen @ Celticlady Reviews
22nd Allizabeth @ The Paperback Pursuer 
24th Hayley @ Hanging Off The Wire
25th Autumn @ The Avid Reader

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