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Friday, November 27, 2009

For The Love Of St. Nick by Garasamo Maccagnone

The Christmas season officially begins today, and with it, I bring you a heartwarming story of family, love, and a wonderous belief in the true meaning of Christmas with "For The Love of St. Nick."

This is the story of two young California boys, coping with the loss of their mother, who suddenly find themselves uprooted when their father, a Navy Commander, is transferred to a base in Northern Michigan.

With the youngest boy continuously sick, the boys and their father must learn to adapt and survive military life and the unfamiliar and cold northern elements as they dwell in their little hunter’s cabin on Lake Huron. When the boys’ father must leave prior to Christmas to fulfill his secret mission for his job, the boys are surprised by a chance encounter that saves a life, and reunites a family.

Author Garasamo Maccagnone captures the magic and joy of the season with the small but charming story. Relevant today with so many of our nation's soldiers and families facing the holidays seperated, this tale will touch the hearts and souls of all who read it.

Here is an Excerpt from the book:

Typically, when Johnny wasn’t feeling well, I tried to lift his spirits by telling him stories about mom and dad. The commander, vigilant in his hope to preserve mother’s memory, told many of the tales to me. In our old home, I sat on his lap on many nights while he showed old photographs of their courtship days or read me letters mother had written when the two were briefly apart.

Johnny’s favorite story was about the little game mom and the commander played on me on Saturday mornings – the mornings I knew cartoons were on. Since the television sat up high on top of a dresser, they were the only two who could turn it on. To wake them, I stood at the end of their bed and tickled their feet with a wild turkey feather. When I tickled the commander’s big ugly calloused foot my mother laughed. When I tickled my mother’s smooth petite foot the commander laughed. Every time I told Johnny that story he smiled, even if he had a high temperature.

Before falling asleep, Johnny often asked me about our mother. One time, using my nickname, he said, “Tiger, tell me how purdy mommy was.”

Our favorite photograph of mother was placed on the fireplace mantel. We called it the “Big Rock Picture” since she was standing on a giant rock while taking a break from a hiking expedition in New England. From my viewpoint, Mother was looking directly into my soul. The autumn wind played with her long blonde hair and she was smiling, smiling like she was so sure of herself, so confident, so healthy and vibrant. It was a smile I kissed a thousand times during the tender moments of my dreams.

“See Johnny, see how pretty she was?” Johnny took the picture from me and kissed and held it to his chest.

“Mommy will protect me tonight,” he said to me. Then he added, “Love you Tiger.”

“I love you more ya big dope,” I retorted back.

“You think mommy got on that big rock with a hoptacopter?”

By the time I got around to explaining how mother ended up on the giant rock, Johnny was fast asleep.

About The Author:

Garasamo Maccagnone studied creative writing and literature under noted American writers Sam Astrachan and Stuart Dybek at Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

In the mid 90’s Maccagnone decided to fulfill the promise of his writing career, by first penning the children’s book, The Suburban Dragon and then following up with a collection of short stories and poetry entitled, The Affliction of Dreams. His literary novel, St. John of the Midfield was published in 2007, followed by his For the Love of St. Nick, which was released in 2008.
Maccagnone expanded the original version of For the Love of St. Nick and had the book illustrated for a new release in June 2009.

Garasamo “Gary” Maccagnone lives today in Shelby Township, Michigan, with his wife Vicki and three children. You can visit Gary online at www.garasamomaccagnone.com.


Janel said...

I'm from Michigan and I love learning about Michigan authors. What a great story. We often drive by an old air force base near our cabin. I'll see if I can find this book to share with my kids over the holidays. Thanks for reviewing it!

....Petty Witter said...

Sounds like a wonderful book - it brought a lump to my throat just reading about it. As you say, it is so very relevant today with so many service men and women still overseas.