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Steve Piacente

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Bella is the winner of a National Indie Excellence 2012 Book Award, and the Readers' Favorite 2012 Gold Medal for Dramatic Fiction. Bootlicker, the prequel to Bella, was published in September 2012 and is winner of the 2013 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal for Southern Fiction.

But it all started for me in 1954.

Eisenhower was president, no one beat the Yankees, and Elvis was still an unknown. TV was three channels and two colors, black and white. Growing up, I didn’t particularly like school. I liked baseball, egg rolls and comic books, and it was Superman that got me interested in reading and writing.

Raised in New York and educated in Washington, I kept moving south after college, eventually learning all they left out at journalism school a

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Steve Piacente Research is critical, Lindsay. Even the smallest error can cause a reader to close your book and never open it again. My novels are inspired by a long…moreResearch is critical, Lindsay. Even the smallest error can cause a reader to close your book and never open it again. My novels are inspired by a long career as a political reporter, so I start off with a good understanding of journalism and politicians. Once out of that comfort zone, however, I spend lots of time doing research. I'm working on a third novel, for instance, and need to spend time this summer learning all the ins and outs of managing a Laundromat. Without that knowledge, I'd never be able to write convincingly about what my character does, and why he does it. Thanks for your question!(less)
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Rob Ridgeway ditched his career to create a board game. Folks told him he was nuts, but Rob rolls his own way.

A Game is Born

Rob Ridgeway remembers peering into the future and looking back to a time when he was a young man with a fresh idea. In the daydream, he heeds the advice of those who warn him to stay the course, to play it safe, to stick to that insurance job. That’s the future, son! Rob...

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message 16: by Lidush

Lidush Hi Steve! Thanks for friending :)

message 15: by Jillian

Jillian Peery Thanks for the add!

message 14: by Steve

Steve Piacente Thanks, Stacey. I wrote to you before reading your message. I hope you enjoy Bella; she's a handful :)
If you get a sec, check out the trailer at We put a lot of work into it and I always ask people to take a look.
Hope you stay in touch,

message 13: by Stacey

Stacey Thanks for friend request. I can't wait to read Bella!

message 12: by Steve

Steve Piacente My pleasure, Nely!

Bella by Steve Piacente

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Nely Cab Thanks for the add, Steve!
-Nely Cab

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Steve Piacente Hi Kim,
Yes, I actually would like to learn a little more.
Can we correspond by email?


Harlequin Books Hello Steve, it is a pleasure to meet you. If you ever have any questions about Harlequin or our books, please feel free to ask.

Kim S, Harlequin Books ambassador

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Steve Piacente Jeff wrote: "Hi Steve. Just sharing some karma!"
Awesome, I'll take it and return the favor, Jeff!

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Jeff Horton Hi Steve. Just sharing some karma!

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Steve Piacente Hi there,
I recently read, "The Tender Bar," and really enjoyed it. A young boy desperate for some male role models by coincidence lives near a local bar. The regulars kind of adopt him; hence, the "tender" bar. Very nice memoir.

Also, forgive the plug, but hope you'll check out my "Bella." Isabel Moss knew she could lose her husband if he went off to war. When the call came, she was almost ready. What stopped her cold was the second call ...

Thanks for your note, Shelli Lea. Hope it's warmer down South than here in DC!


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Alex Hi Steve, Nice to meet you.

message 4: by Sarah

Sarah Hi thanks for the friend request! :)

Kelly/yllektra Thanks for adding me! :)

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Steve Piacente Thanks, Regulo,
Great to be here; looking forward to becoming an active member.


Regulo Jr. Steve, Thanks for the Friendly Connection! It's great to hear from you again. Wishing a Happy Holiday Season! Looking forward to reading your book. All the Best on your book!

Please join/follow me at (Google-Follower) and at (NetworkedBlogs) DesperateLands.Blogspot page, and I will do the same for you!

Regulo Zapata Jr.
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