All posts tagged memoirs

RIP Domenic Lombardi

Published March 3, 2020 by Maryanne

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I was sad to get the phone call from Antoinette Lombardi, regarding the death of her dear husband, Domenic.

He died on Ash Wednesday. He was my client and I helped him write his memoir, “200 Letters, 62 Years, and a War” and get it published. The first printing was self published by Next Century and traditional publisher Higher Ground picked up the book for a second printing. I just spoke to his wife, Antoinette, and she told me two copies of the book are with him in the coffin. Godspeed Domenic. Thank-you for fighting for our country in the Korean War. I am so sad. He was an incredible human being. And they were amazing together.

If you’d like to read his memoir, visit:

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at:

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books :

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here:

“The Gypsy Smiled” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, go here:

My Third Book Signing at Randy Now’s Man Cave

Published December 17, 2017 by Maryanne

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Today was my third book signing at Randy Now’s Man Cave in Bordentown, New Jersey.

It’s always an honor being here. The store is incredible with vinyl and oddities. So many legends have performed here; and signed books here, that I’m humbled, big time, to be among many greats.

I favor doing book signings, but for those who aren’t in my area, the books are available online.

On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist can be purchased here:

Love Cats can be purchased here:

The Gypsy Smiled can be purchased here:




Published May 11, 2013 by Maryanne

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the chapters of my memoir and give me not only encouragement but sound advice that is so true.

It’s really hard to give a genuine critique. I know firsthand because over the years I’ve reviewed music CDs for two newspapers and wrote a theater column for New York’s Westsider. And whoa — that was WORK!

I understand how hard it is especially to critique my work because some who have gotten to know me, know that I am not only sensitive but dyslexic and one would need to find the best words to get a point across without coming across as negative.

So I thank everyone who took the time to reach out and let me know where I need major improvement (slowing down, writing more descriptive and getting more into the grit of the story not just glossing over!) and telling me in such a  sincere expressive way that was honest without being brutal.

I appreciate that!

I think my major thing was getting the meat of the book done, then going back and re-editing, which I’ll probably continue to do and then start from the beginning.

I have a lot of work ahead of me, which I always realized. I think I just got overly excited because I recently helped ghost write and edit another book and banged hers out fairly quick. Even though she left some unanswered questions by telling me “those answers will be in the second book.”

For me, there will be no second book.

I never wanted to be an author. I’m completely fulfilled and satisfied being a journalist.

Writing this book is just something that I’m doing because I feel somehow led. As I mentioned before, I want this book to do fairly well because the result will be giving 10 percent of proceeds to an anti-bullying organization. In my 10 year game plan I’d like to do public speaking to promote this book. It will be an on-going thing, to inspire kids who were bullied, who weren’t able to attend good colleges because they came from broken homes, and for anyone is genuinely shy and has to push his/herself to get where they want in life. I do feel I have a story to tell (as we all do!)

Thanks to my fellow bloggers, especially Andrew Godfrey.

And special thanks to my wonderful husband, Dennis.

Hitchhike the World!

Published May 9, 2013 by Maryanne

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Yesterday I had the pleasure and honor to interview William Stoever, author of “Hitchhike the World.”

You can read the full article here:

He’ll be doing some book readings in Maplewood, New Jersey in the near future, the article includes these upcoming events.