Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, bn.com and fine bookstores, April 27, 2020
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, bn.com & fine bookstores on April 27, 2020
“How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball... The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.”
A seismic shift in Hollywood's power structure occurred during the 1980s.
Gone were the moguls and founders of the motion picture industry -- Jack L. Warner, Louis B. Mayer, Carl Laemmle, Samuel Goldwyn, and Darryl Zanuck.
The studios were being taken over by technological giants such as Sony and Panasonic, and the new owners turned to lawyers and talent agents to run their newly obtained properties.
In 1982, an aspiring young screenwriter, Nick Caggiano, moves from the Bronx to Los Angeles, hoping to find work in the industry.
Joe Rossetti is a marketing guru, the very best in the business. His motto is: "It's okay if I know it's a lie, as long as my target audience believes the lie and buys the product."
It's a simple maxim to live by and he has made a lot money. But one night, standing at the bar at The Smoke House Restaurant located on the Los Angeles-Burbank border, he meets Nancy, a brilliant mathematician with the face of a goddess,
Like a bolt of unexpected lightning, Nancy challenges everything Joe thinks he believes.
Hollywood. Vegas. Beverly Hills. A world of corrupt movie moguls, heartless kidnappers and girls sold into slavery by their own families.
When Nicole Tyler ditches her handlers in Las Vegas and sets out to avenge the death of her best friend, her bloody rampage threatens a powerful network of kidnappers who will stop at nothing to protect their own interests.
Bent on toppling their illegal enterprise and determined to save her sister from becoming its latest victim...
Joe is the successful screenwriter behind a series of blockbuster movies, but his personal life is in shambles. He hasn't had a date in over eighteen years, and his relationship with the daughter he raised by himself has gone off the rails.
Once a sweet and affectionate child, Sofia's personality changed dramatically in her early teens, and her increasingly explosive, irrational behavior has wreaked havoc on Joe's family back home in the Bronx.
Joe's grasp of what’s really important shifts from the make-believe world of the movies to the everlasting hope that we can all make a positive difference for those fighting just to live.
"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from coming up to bat."
As the beloved, hard-working general manager of a Major League Baseball team in California, "Baseball Wizard" Joe Ciotola has given his life to the sport but lost too much in the bargain.
Joe meets Mia, a pitiful creature whose future has been written by the town's leaders, and who can't stay without making the ultimate sacrifice.
The choices Joe and Mia make together, and the bonds they create with another woman who emerges from Joe's past, shape their lives forever, revealing the power of connections formed from the ashes of great loss.
The beauty of Paris and the intrigue of espionage meet at the Eiffel Tower at night.
Joseph Sciuto was born and raised in New York City. He spent his early years listening to his Italian-American grandmother's stories about how their family built much of the impressive Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building. The vividness of her stories about their family lives on in his writing.
Sciuto holds degrees from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Stony Brook University and a certificate in film studies from NYU, with majors psychology, film, theater, literature and English. He relocated to Los Angeles to attend graduate school at Loyola Marymount University, where he studied writing and film.
Many of Joseph's books are based on his 30+ years in Hollywood and his characters frequently "live" in his neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. Sciuto splits his time between Los Angeles, Manhattan and Kentucky where he lives with his wife, entertainment writer, Melissa Smith, and two spoiled cats, Bogie and Bette.