Richard Siciliano’s “Portrait in Broken Glass.” Joseph Curcio is an indifferent, homeless ex-alcoholic who once considered himself a progressive intellectual and the future mayor of his city. Now, he is staying in an abandoned cabin. While finding strength in a platonic friendship, he resolves to resurrect his career by writing an autobiographical journal in which he hopes to confront and understand his failures, his lost idealism and his past relationships. However, he is blind to the character flaws that were his undoing and will take him once again from the brink of success to tragedy. Sadly, his shards of guilt and regret are too sharp to touch.
LeAnn Shaw’s “The Attitude Influence: Creating a positive life by taking accountability, building connections, & discovering how attitude influences everything.” Discovering the attitude influence is the foundation for an extraordinary life. LeAnn Shaw shares more than a decade of research and observations about the attitudes most affecting our lives as well as her real-world experience for making our attitudes work for us rather than against us. You will discover ways to use the GREAT attitude toolbox – Gratitude, Relationships, Energy, Authenticity, & Thoughtfulness to strengthen the power of your attitude as well as strategies to capitalize on ways to influence your environments.
Lynda Mubarak’s “STATIONS: Changing Your Life – Changing Your Career.” To live a vibrant and successful life, you must embrace two truths: everyone’s life path is about change, and each phase of life offers opportunities that we often overlook. It is a book designed to create hope for those who may be at a crossroads while also recognizing the potential and possibility that exists wherever you are right now.
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Learn more about Stephen and how his lifelong passion for writing plays, short stories, and essays has inspired his works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.
About the Author:
A native of New Jersey, Stephen R. Champi retired in 2005 from a law career that spanned over five decades. He is a former founder and managing partner of a mid-size law firm, and also served as a county prosecutor and judge. He now enjoys reading, writing, limited traveling, and expanding his knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for a dynamic and changing society in the new global world of the 21st century.
Molly O’Grady’s Home Run
In Champi’s first book, readers are introduced to John O’Grady, the legendary manager of the New York Bombers, and his wife Molly. The Bombers have made it to the World Series and as the crucial seventh game of the World Series approaches, emotions are running high for both the New York Bombers and the New York Stars. O’Grady has his hopes pinned on winning the World Series but readers quickly learn that his loyal and loving wife, Molly, secretly wishes for a different outcome, dreaming of a peaceful retirement to Florida. Unexpectedly, O’Grady has a vision of a different kind of sports legacy … but will it affect the outcome of the game? Find out in this unique and delightful baseball story for all ages.
In Three New Olympus Gods and Their Universe, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle have just received their ordination to the Kingdom of the Gods. Although they had thought that a new celestial perspective would make everything clear, they find that there are still questions about the world and the universe that are worthy of discussion. As a kaleidoscope of colors lights up the perfect sky, these three great men engage in an inquiring dialogue regarding the highlights of science, religion, and philosophy. Together they shed light on man’s past and present, and on what the future might hold. Join these great ancient philosophers in their unique perspective on current questions, as they turn their famous minds to the modern world.
In The DNA of Gender Relationships, Champi brings to light the male-female relationship and the fact that it is the most natural, the most controversial, and the most talked-about interaction in the world. In this concise yet thorough examination of the male-female relationship through history, octogenarian author Stephen Champi discusses the evolutionary arc of sexual and gender politics, from the appearance of mankind on earth all the way to the ways in which technology, science, and changing philosophies may impact the future of the male-female dynamic. Thought-provoking and compulsively readable, this book enlightens and educates.
What can the Renaissance teach us about life in the 21st century? Well, the gods of Mt. Olympus want to find out. Zeus resurrects four giants of the Renaissance: Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Lorenzo de Medici to examine the genesis and impact of the Renaissance. Unexpectedly reunited after 500 years, these four great men engage in an intellectual dialogue to study, analyze, and evaluate Renaissance history but first, they must determine what the Renaissance was, and how they themselves contributed to it. Educational, engaging, and thought-provoking, this delightful short play is an excellent way to learn about the Renaissance, and to think about how the lessons of that amazing time can play a role in meeting the global challenges of the scientific and technological 21st century.
Richard Ellis Shaw’s “The Heart of a Poet.” Poetry is the painting of a picture and an emotion in the mind of the reader. This is a book about relationships with others, with nature, and with people met on life’s journey. If you find yourself stirred for a moment, then this poetry has been successful.