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“Love Cats” Picked Up By Traditional Publishing Company For Second Printing

Published October 25, 2019 by Maryanne

Love Cats front and back cover

First Printing of Love Cats, 2015

Anyone who has been following my blog for some time, knows that back in 2015 I self-published my second book “Love Cats.” I had a great run with it, until Next Century Publishing folded not too long ago and “Love Cats” became out of print.

Strangely, I had someone from San Francisco (I live in New Jersey) call my home asking where he could get a copy. That call made me aware that “Love Cats” was no longer available. I didn’t even know Next Century Publishing went out of business!

After I published “Love Cats” I tried my luck at getting traditional publishers for my next three books. And sure enough, my next three books were picked up by traditional publishers! My latest I got my first advance ever! So, I figured, why not try my luck with “Love Cats.” I sent it out to only nine publishers and Pink Flamingo Media (https://www.pinkflamingo.com/) decided to go with it!

I was THRILLED! Of all the books I wrote, and had published, “Love Cats” was my baby. Most of my adult life I worked as a journalist, telling the truth, creating a work of fiction was a challenge. “Love Cats” originally came to me in a dream. It was partly inspired by the short-lived CBS series “Swingtown.” And partly inspired by the “me, me, me” world we are living in, which I never realized the extent until I saw first hand on Facebook how many people were takers. I thought to myself, If people are so selfish on the internet — and in real life (because everyone knows a few ego-maniacs) — I can only imagine how terribly selfish they’d be in bed! Hell, I even wrote an article about selfishness in bed for gasm: http://gasm.org/article/and-now-back-to-me/

Thinking about selfish people, I created the character Janey. I took selfishness to the extreme and made a story out of it. I also wanted to create a male character who didn’t feel that “every man’s dream” was to have a threesome, because it’s not. Though they may be rare, there are some incredibly loyal men out there. (What’s the saying? If you want to be a happy couple, hang out with four happy couples and you will be the fifth!) Beck was loyal, though not a pushover. Nevertheless, Janey’s selfish bedside manner could make almost anyone cringe.

As a happily married woman, I had to think back to my times of being single and not so happy. I took my mind back to the 1980s; and with the woes of single-hood, there was an amazing soundtrack — the dark wave and new wave era. If you love Bauhaus, Iggy Pop, Kate Bush, The Smiths, and The Cure, this book is for you!

Now where do cats come in? Beck is a dedicated cat lover. Janey hates cats. But what happens when Janey’s selfish ways backfire and her life is at an all-time low when a kitten shows up on her doorstep?

You’ll have to wait until 2020 to read the ending, if you don’t already have a copy of the first edition of “Love Cats.”

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

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: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

“The Gypsy Smiled” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta-ebook/dp/B074VC7MT9

 

 

Rockin’ in Atlanta

Published October 21, 2017 by Maryanne

DSCF0512Atlanta, Georgia (Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Some time ago I wrote that after nine years of being self-employed, I started working in the editorial department at a magazine. That said, I went on my first business trip with the company. My days were very full, but I had free nights. Being the music lover I am, the first night I had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe (now I’ve been to three — Atlanta, NYC, and Atlantic City).

DSCF0521Iggy Pop’s leather at Hard Rock Cafe

Being a big Iggy fan (more so for his solo efforts than The Stooges), seeing his leather was a notable for me. Other great items were outfits by Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, and Steven Tyler, plus a Led Zep concert ticket that never happened because of the death of John Bonham.

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Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone at City Winery, Atlanta

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Now, before I even got on the plane, I had it in my head that I was going to see Peter Noone at the City Winery, Atlanta. This was about the 6th time I saw him and Noone just keeps getting better and better. He did all his hits: “Dandy” “No Milk Today” “Something Good” “Listen People” “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” “Henry the 8th” and “There’s a Kind of Hush.” And hits by many others, plus imitations of Johnny Cash and Mick Jagger, because in addition to great music, Noone is a very funny guy. He makes his way into the audience a few times, shaking hands and taking photographs with fans. His energy is electrifying! The place was jam-packed and everyone was having a blast.

I gave Mr. Noone several standing ovations throughout his performance; and he even shook my hand during the show.

After the performance, fans were lined up to meet and greet. I opted out because my jet lag was so bad I was seeing blurry (without even drinking alcoholic beverages!)

Nevertheless, it’s always fun to see a live show when you’re out of your area! I wonder if I was the only Jersey Girl in the audience that night?

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is a full-time associate editor; and a three-time author. Her third book “The Gypsy Smiled” (which has a rock ‘n’ roll theme) is available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta/dp/1545447470

 

 

“On the Guest List” Book Reading/Signing

Published June 16, 2016 by Maryanne

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7 p.m. I’ll be doing a book reading/signing for my first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” at Fairfield Library, 261 Hollywood Ave., Fairfield, NJ.

“On the Guest List” is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X

“On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” is a fun, upbeat memoir about a girl who loves music and life in general. Maryanne paints a vivid picture of being a teenager in the 1970s and young woman in the 1980s — and how the punk, new wave and rock scene was from a young fan’s viewpoint. Life truly comes together for Maryanne once she creates a career for herself reporting on the music she loves, writing for publications such as The Aquarian Arts Weekly, music.com and Punk magazine. Unlike other music memoirs, there is no downward spiral into drugs and addiction. Nor is it a groupie “tell all.” “On the Guest List” is simply a compilation of mostly happy memories straight from the pages of Maryanne’s diaries — and of course, her heart.

Frank Secich at The Record Collector, Bordentown, New Jersey

Published January 9, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_9476Frank Secich (photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

Today was a dream come true meeting musician/songwriter/producer/author, Frank Secich. I’ve been a fan of his music since I was a teenager. He played (and wrote songs) on one of my favorite teenage albums, “Disconnected” by Stiv Bators. Frank also played in Club Wow, Blue Ash, The Deadbeat Poets, The Infidels and more.

A few years ago we met on FaceBook and Frank was kind enough to endorse my first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X).

And, I became a fan of his newest band, The Deadbeat Poets.

I also interviewed Frank for this blog: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/interview-with-frank-secich-musiciansongwriterproducer/

So you can just imagine how super excited to learn that Frank Secich was going to be at The Record Collector in Bordentown promoting his new book “Circumstantial Evidence” (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/circumstantial-evidence-frank-secich/1122604553)

As soon as I walked in the store, I was greeted with a great big, “Maryanne!” by Frank! He’s so cool and down-to-earth. I also met his son, Jake, who was very kind to take our photograph, and other great people. The vibe was awesome as fans and friends listened to Frank share stories about Stiv Bators and a cool story about Michael Monroe (of Hanoi Rocks who recorded Frank’s song “A Million Miles Away” – please do not confuse with The Plimsouls song, both songs are fab, but I do like Frank’s better *wink*). Frank also spoke of the stories behind his songs. These humorous adventures are included in the book “Circumstantial Evidence.”

Frank played, acoustic, “A Million Miles Away,” “It’s Cold Outside,” “Circumstantial Evidence” and some songs by Deadbeat Poets.

As I’m writing this blog, I have the “Circumstantial Evidence” book in my hands, waiting to be read!

SAM_9471Frank Secich and Maryanne Mistretta (Photo by Jake Secich)

Teens Deserve a Voice as Much as Rock Stars

Published September 11, 2015 by Maryanne

Keith-Richards-Jerry-Garcia-630x420Photo by Jason Merritt, Getty Images, Warner Brothers

The big news in rock today is that Keith Richard bashed the Grateful Dead, calling the music of the late Jerry Garcia “boring shit, man.” (http://ultimateclassicrock.com/keith-richards-grateful-dead-comment/).

People are all over Facebook putting in their two cents. Since I follow rock groups, it’s most people that agree with Keith … agreeing that The Grateful Dead suck.

In later years our tastes change. As a woman in my early 50s, I’ve grown to the point where I enjoy some Grateful Dead songs and will listen on a Sirius, but I have no desire to see them live or purchase their music. As a teen, my attitude was not so kind. I agreed with Keith — they were boring shit. (Sorry, Jerry!) However, unlike Mr. Keith Richard, I was bullied, relentlessly, for my opinion.

I suppose Keith Richard will never have three guys attack him in a school hallway and have a teacher turn a blind eye. (Yes, that happened to me — a little girl, skinny, and probably the smallest in the class). Simply because I didn’t like the Grateful Dead, as most of my high school did. No, it was 1979 and I liked PUNK ROCK.

So every day I was punished for my musical tastes. When I shared with my husband that three guys tried to beat me up (again this tiny little thing) he said, “What kind of guys did you go to school with? I was always taught to respect girls.” PIGS! That’s the kind of kids I went to school with. Disrespectful, disgusting, fools who didn’t know how to be kind to others. By now half of them are probably serving time.

In another incident, a German girl who got left back a year in order to learn to speak English properly, was twice my size and always picked on me. I wasn’t sure why. We were once friends but one day she was over my house, playing in the pool. My mother told her not to splash around so much. Since then the German girl harassed me. I think she had a crush on my mom, as she always told me how beautiful she was. So since my mother yelled at her, she took her garbage out on me. She never laid a hand on me, but she threatened and verbally abused from grade school throughout high school. Then one day she actually took a photograph of me while I was changing for gym class. This German girl was now 18-years-old, picking on me — still a minor at 17. Again, twice my size. I was a tiny thing. She was a woman. I was still a kid. Shame on HER. Interesting one time she was in the school bathroom, strung out on acid, crying to me that she was upset I had a boyfriend and she didn’t. I thought that was an ice-breaker and an opportunity to be friends. Feeling bad, I listened. But then she came down from her trip and the bullying resumed.

These are just two incidents, but there were many … every single day and not one teacher did anything to help.

Did I deserve this, just because I chose to listen to punk rock?

What can I say, I thought The Clash had a lot more to say than, “truckin’ like a doo-dah man.” Though the funny thing is The Grateful Dead are about love and community, right? How funny that me, the little punk rocker, was just a shy, but good-hearted kid who was a great friend given the chance. Once I became a senior, in 1980 to 1981, I was happy to defend younger children from bullies. Listening to punk rock eventually gave me confidence — and a voice.

What was really funny though was one Halloween when I decided to go to school dressed like a Dead Head. Instead of wearing my leather jacket and black Nancy Spungeon make-up, I went to school without make-up. All these hypocrites approached me telling me I was “so pretty.” They were nice to me for one day because I fit in.

If not being true to myself meant making fake friends, I wanted no part of it.

SAM_1942“Scumbag” and “Dog” were names I was called every day

So where were you, back in 1979, Keith Richard? Gathering no moss, of course. Now you are an old codger who has paid your dues. Everyone listens to what you have to say and puts in their two cents. God bless you.

But, let me take this opportunity to put in a voice to those who need it: teenagers (and children) who are being bullied and harassed RIGHT THIS MOMENT just like I was once, simply for being themselves. In the words of the late Joe Strummer, “Go easy, step lightly … stay free.”

And in my own words, DEAR TEENAGERS:

Please be strong! Don’t do anything horrible, like killing yourself. I know I wished I was dead, many times, but that is not the answer. Be strong and be YOU-nique. There is life after high school and things do change. Though adults are no better and still bully, but in more passive/aggressive ways, so there is no escape. The good news is, as you grow, you’ll find others who are just like you — and know, in your heart, that your life has a purpose. People need you and someday you’ll be the one who inspires others!

Much love from one who has been there, Maryanne xo

SAM_8410Today = 52 and happy as shit! ❤

Here is my most recent interview on anti-bullying on The Drew Carson show (my segment is about 12 minutes in) http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/maryanne-christiano-mistretta-interview_57952

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist.” This book shares her experiences with bullying. Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

She is also an anti-bullying motivational speaker. Email for rates and availability: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

“Don’t Believe a Word” – Interview with Coyote Shivers

Published September 1, 2015 by Maryanne

Coyote Shivers Don't Believe a Word

Fans have waited a long time for something new from Coyote Shivers. Now the wait is over. His new single “Don’t Believe a Word” will be released Sept. 8, 2015 – the first day of Shivers’ nine-month jail sentence.

The single will appear Sept. 8 on https://coyoteshivers.bandcamp.com/track/dont-believe-a-word with the legal disclaimer: “All characters and events portrayed in this song are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. If anyone has a guilty conscience and sees similarities to their own actions, well, that speaks for itself.”

It will also be available on iTunes and other online stores, but on the bandcamp link the funds go directly to the Legal Defense Fund working to free Coyote Shivers from jail, and also it allows people to pay “one dollar or more” so if they want to contribute more than the one dollar minimum they can.”

The following is an interview in which Coyote spoke to me about his case.

For people who don’t know what happened, tell us in a nutshell.

COYOTE: “Pauley Perrette’s own words give the best insight. I cut off all contact and filed for divorce from Pauley Perrette in 2004, and began dating another girl, Courtney Washburn. As Courtney testified at the trial, Pauley then broke into my residence in the middle of the night, yelling at Courtney calling her a ‘slut’ and a ‘whore,’ and threatening to ‘Star Crazy’ me if I divorced her. Pauley was confronted on the stand with her handwritten notes for ‘Star Crazy’ and was forced to admit to her own writing, which outlined how a female TV star could use her fame combined with restraining order abuse, to have an innocent man who rejected her, jailed and defamed. Pauley’s handwritten notes included the steps ‘Get Restraining Order’ and ‘Stalk Him.’ So I don’t need to comment on that further. I will let Pauley Perrette’s own words and subsequent actions speak for themselves.”

In hindsight is there anything you would have done differently? For instance, were there any red flags during your relationship with Pauley Perrette or did this incident totally blindside you?

COYOTE: “There were red flags for sure. Our first date was at Kinkos, because she was falsifying some restraining order paperwork and cat food receipts to use in court against her ex-boyfriend, Daniel Rivas, because she had stolen his pet cat. She freely admitted the cat was his before they even met, but somehow convinced me he was an ‘asshole’ and the cat would be better off with her. Clearly I should have known everything about this was wrong, but she is very good at playing on sympathy. Still, I should have known right then and there. When things started getting crazy in court with Pauley, Daniel Rivas sent me an email saying ‘History repeating itself, big time,’ and he was originally going to testify on my behalf, but when Pauley found out she suddenly decided to make up with him and got him a job on NCIS playing her brother. Yes for real. Suddenly, he won’t testify for me, even though I still have the email. And the court case between them is still on file in Los Angeles Superior Court.’

She also has a long history of falsely accusing ex-boyfriends and ex-lovers, and being overtly vindictive after a relationship is over. This is also on public record. She has even publicly falsely accused something like four or five ex-lovers of rape, although she subsequently admitted that was just to protect her own reputation.”

How is this ordeal affecting your career?

COYOTE: “It has consumed a lot of time and energy, for one thing. For another thing, as a condition of bail I was not allowed to speak truthfully about my life, which is part of what art is really about. Also, I will be writing a book in jail, which wouldn’t be happening if I wasn’t in jail, so although it has stifled some of my work, some art does come from it all. There is also of course, my single, DON’T BELIEVE A WORD, which will be released the day I enter jail, and is sort of an anthem dedicated to the falsely accused.”

It’s so obvious you are very much in love with your wife, Mayra. During your jail time how often will you see Mayra? How is she holding up?

 COYOTE: “This is absolutely the most cruel thing anybody can do to me, separate me from my wife. Jail itself is nothing, except boring. But tearing me from my wife is torture. But that is exactly what Pauley threatened she would do if I ever remarried. It’s kind of like a ‘if I can’t have you nobody can’ scenario.”

 How are you staying strong and positive?

COYOTE: “I’m not positive at all really. This is a terrible thing being inflicted on my family. I am just staying strong for my wife, and for our mutual belief that we are righteous and will prevail in the long run, that being, no matter what Pauley Perrette does to us, our hearts remain together, and sooner or later we will be reunited and live happily, and there is NOTHING Pauley can do to stop that.”

What advice would you give to men in similar situations?

COYOTE: “Immediately take it seriously and get attorneys on the case. My situation was so utterly ridiculous, and it was so plain for everyone to see what was going on, that I didn’t take it seriously enough. I also didn’t realize how easy it was to ‘Star Crazy’ somebody, because I didn’t know how easily the laws can be manipulated, but they are ripe for this kind of exploitation, one of the things I’m learning about the law now that it’s too late.”

Tell us about the book you’ll be writing while incarcerated.

COYOTE: “It will be the story of how I found myself in jail, how ‘Star Crazy’ was threatened and executed upon me. But I have a pretty odd sense of humor, so it won’t be some dark ‘woe is me’ tome. If I’m writing it you can count on it being pretty funny. Humor has always been a part of my writing and has always gotten me through life. Also, it will be a lot more positive than you might imagine. It may seem like a thriller. It’s being sold as a real life ‘Gone Girl’ based on celebrity events, but it is actually a love story with a happy ending. You have to remember that I met my beautiful wife six years ago, because she was a journalist writing for the largest newspaper in Brazil, and she was interviewing about my ongoing legal troubles with my ex Pauley Perrette. So the very thing Pauley was trying to prevent, she actually caused. That is the ultimate in poetic justice.”

When you get out of jail is your nightmare over? What is next for you?

COYOTE: That would be up to Pauley Perrette, but she has already made it clear to me as long as I am happy, she will continue in executing thethreats she made when I divorced her. She keeps talking about me, rather obsessively, on Twitter, over a decade since I divorced her, so I think that speaks for itself.”

In conclusion, is there anything you want to say to your fans and Mayra’s fans that supported you?

COYOTE: Yes, THANK YOU. It is just incredible and heartwarming the amount of love and support we have received. Those who made #FreeCoyoteShivers a worldwide trending topic; and especially those that have contributed to the Free Coyote Shivers Legal Defense Fund THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!!!

mayra-coyote-3Coyote Shivers and Mayra Dias Gomes

For more information Google “Coyote Shivers” and phrases like “star crazy” or “restraining order abuse.” Or visit following links:

http://nypost.com/2013/03/24/ncis-star-accused-of-waging-vindictive-campaign-against-ex-husband/

http://gotnews.com/exclusive-top-ncis-star-caught-perjuring-harm-ex-hubbie-radaronline-censorship/

http://gotnews.com/pauley-perrette/

http://ncfm.org/2013/04/action/restraining-order-terrorism-the-pauley-perrettefrancis-coyote-shivers-case-the-beginning-of-the-end/

http://www.avoiceformen.com/misandry/star-crazy-the-dark-side-of-pauley-perrette/

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“Free Coyote” t-shirts can be purchased via: http://www.freecoyoteshivers.com/

 

Win a Copy of My First Book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist”!

Published June 3, 2015 by Maryanne

Cover proof 4Front cover by Darlene Foster

back cover proof 2Back cover of “Guest List”

WIN a copy of “On the Guest List”!

Hey gang, I’m giving away one copy of “Guest List” (free + $5 postage via PayPal). If you’d like to be in the drawing, please “like” this post and put your name/email address below. Contest open until 5 p.m. today. Winner will be contacted via email.

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