I have written three fiction novels, Inn Significant (2017), Beneath the Mimosa Tree (2012) and Baseball Girl (2015). During my time at the Baltimore Orioles, I was the editor of the Cal Ripken Jr. Commemorative Publication (1995) and Orioles Magazine. In January of 2016, Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, was published, a textbook I wrote along with two of my colleagues. A needed resource in the field of communication, the text examines both the theoretical perspectives and practical application of event planning.
I N N S I G N I F I C A N T ( 2017 )
Two years after receiving the horrifying news of her husband Gil’s death, Milly Foster continues to struggle to find her way out of a state of depression. As a last-ditch effort and means of intervention, Milly’s parents convince her to run their successful Inn during their absence as they help a friend establish a new bed and breakfast in Ireland. Milly reluctantly agrees; when she arrives at the picturesque, waterfront Inn Significant, her colleague, John, discovers a journal written by her late grandmother that contains a secret her grandmother kept from the family. Reading her grandmother’s words, and being able to identify with her Nana’s own feelings of loss, sparks the beginning of Milly’s climb out of the darkness and back to the land of the living.
Finalist – National Indie Excellence Awards
B A S E B A L L G I R L ( 2015)
Francesca Milli’s father passes away when she’s a freshman in college and nineteen years old; she is devastated and copes with his death by securing a job working for the Bay City Blackbirds, a big-league team, as she attempts to carry on their traditions and mutual love for the game of baseball. The residual effect of loving and losing her dad has made her cautious, until two men enter her life: a ballplayer and a sports writer. With the encouragement of her mother and two friends, she begins to work through her grief. A dedicated employee, she successfully navigates her career, and becomes a director in the front office. However, Francesca realizes that she can’t partition herself off from the world, and in time, understands that sometimes loving someone does involve taking a risk.
Honorable Mention for Sports Fiction – Readers’ Favorite
B E N E A T H T H E M I M O S A T R E E ( 2012 )
Annabelle Marco and Michael Contelli are both only children of Italian-Americans. Next door neighbors since they were both five years old, they both receive their parents’ constant attention and are regularly subjected to their meddlesome behavior. In high school and then in college, as their relationship moves from friendship to love, Annabelle finds herself battling her parents, his parents, and even Michael. She feels smothered by them all and seeks independence through an unplanned and unexpected decision that she comes to regret and that ultimately alters the course of her life, Michael’s life, and the lives of both of their parents.
Set in Annapolis, Maryland, New York City, and London, England, in the 1980s and 1990s, Beneath the Mimosa Tree examines both Annabelle’s and Michael’s journeys over the span of ten years as we hear their alternating voices tell the story of self-discoveries, the nature of well-meaning families, and the sense of renewal that can take place when forgiveness is permitted.
Thank you to those stores that have graciously agreed to sell my debut novel, “Beneath the Mimosa Tree.” I’ve attached links to each below, along with a video trailer about the novel’s story line.
Finalist – Indie Excellence Awards
Bronze Medal Winner (tops in its category) – Readers’ Favorite Awards
E V E N T P L A N N I N G: C O M M U N I C A T I N G T H E O R Y & P R A C T I C E
Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice offers a unique approach to the topic: through the use of intriguing case studies, the authors connect concepts in communication to practical event planning ideas. Understanding the “why” behind successful events is key to creating the perfect experience for clients. With a solid basis in communication theory, the text will enable event planners to manage each aspect of the planning cycle with clarity and precision.