Author Archives: Sharon Marchisello

About Sharon Marchisello

Sharon Marchisello is the author of two mysteries published by Sunbury Press: Going Home (2014) and Secrets of the Galapagos (2019). Her other publications include travel articles, corporate training manuals, short stories, book reviews, a blog, and a nonfiction book about personal finance, Live Well, Grow Wealth. Sharon grew up in Tyler, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in French and English. She studied for a year in Tours, France, on a Rotary scholarship and then moved to Los Angeles where she earned a Masters in Professional Writing at the University of Southern California. Retired from a 27-year career with Delta Air Lines, she does volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society and the Fayette County Master Gardener Extension Office. She is an active member of Sisters in Crime.

A Conversation with Sharon Marchisello

Thank you to Melanie Stewart for featuring me on her blog today. We talk about my mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, which inspired my mystery novel, Going Home.

Leaving The Door Open

In early 2000, author Sharon Marchisello’s mother, Lolita, seemed to understand that something was different and once told her daughter “Losing your mind is a terrible thing.” She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and the whole family was learning how to adjust to life with a loved one who was quickly changing.

Years later, with past conversations with Lolita still on her mind, Sharon was prompted to write a mystery thriller book titled Going Home. She wanted to explore what it would be like to question a witness (or suspect) with memory issues.

I recently had my own Q&A conversation with Sharon about her mom and her research for Going Home.

What were some of the early signs that your mother was developing Alzheimer’s?

We lived in different cities, so I probably missed a lot of the early signs. I remember she’d repeat herself a lot, and ask the…

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Smorgasbord Book Reviews September Recap – #Children Dawn Doig, #Dogs Andrew Cotter, #Fantasy Richard Dee, #Poetry Annette Rochelle Aben, #Murder #Mystery Sharon Marchisello

Thanks to Sally Cronin for including Going Home in her round-up of author reviews.

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A short recap of my reviews this month for adult and children’s books.

The first review in September was for children Lulubelle Loves to Bake.

My review for the book September 4th 2021

This is a great sized book for children A4 with big print and beautifully illustrated by the author.

Lulubelle definitely has a sweet tooth and all the recipes are favourite deserts and cookies that children will be immediately drawn to and offer an opportunity for some fun baking sessions in the kitchen with mum or dad.

Some of my personal favourites are Perfect Pumpkin Pie and Zucchini Muffins…although I wouldn’t say no to Kitchen Sink Cookies either.

Each recipe is accompanied by Lulubelle and her friends, suitably attired to complement the particular recipe, and a rhyme for a child to read and learn, featuring the letter of the alphabet featured.

A great idea for a cookbook and…

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Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Family # Murder #Mystery – Going Home by Sharon Marchisello

Thank you to Sally Cronin for posting her lovely review for my mystery, Going Home.

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I have been reading Going Home.. a family, murder mystery by Sharon Marchisello this week and here is my five star review.

About the book

Michelle DePalma expected to jet into Two Wells, Texas, check on her elderly mother, and hurry back to her orderly life in Atlanta, where she has a happy marriage and satisfying career. Instead, she finds her mother, Lola Hanson, hovered over the bludgeoned body of her caregiver, Brittany Landers.

Since the events of 9/11, one month earlier, Lola’s memory loss has amplified, and the family suspects Alzheimer’s. Now Lola can’t tell anyone what happened to Brittany.

The agency that provides home care for Lola promptly withdraws its services. Michelle is stuck in her home town longer than planned as she cares for a mother with whom she has never been close and tries to prove her innocence. The police officers who investigate the crime…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Tomato Smuggler: How One Man Stood Up To #Communism by Mike Lee Myers

I had the privilege of beta reading The Tomato Smuggler and it’s an inspiring story.

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Recently author Sharon Marchisellobrought Mike Lee Myers as her guest to the Coffee Morning and delighted to say that Mike will now be joining the Cafe and Bookstore with his book The Tomato Smuggler: How One Man Stood Up To Communism.

About the Tomato Smuggler

A son’s tribute.

His father waged war without bullets, triumphing over communist oppression during Dictator Ceauşescu’s final decade in rural Romania.

Communism robbed freedom, so Nicolae’s father led the family to subtle and overt resistance to retain their dignity. The Cismigiu family built a thriving tomato business and smuggled tomatoes to market to survive. Creatively defying tyranny brought harassment and intimidation directed at what was most valued: family, a prized workhorse, and their tomato farm.

Zeal to keep the spirit of freedom alive came at a cost many could not pay, even the death of a friend during one of their harrowing, midnight tomato…

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#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Sharon Marchisello

Thank you to Marcia Meara for featuring me on her blog today!

The Write Stuff

Happy Wodin’s Day, folks! It’s time again for another Ten Things post, and I know you’ll enjoy today’s guest, Sharon Marchisello. Please help me welcome Sharon to her first visit on The Write Stuff.  Sharon, it’s your turn now: take it away!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sharon Marchisello

  1. I was born a Yankee, but I grew up in Texas–and no one ever let me forget that I was a Yankee!
  2. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming the first woman president. I’m not into politics, but I’ve been president of my Toastmasters club and my Sisters in Crime chapter.
  3. I earned my Master Gardener certification in Fayette County, Georgia, but please don’t look at my yard as an example of my work.
  4. Thanks to a Rotary scholarship, I lived and studied in Tours, France, for a year when I was in my twenties. I…

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Smorgasbord Coffee Morning – Bring a Guest – Author Sharon Marchisello and her guest Mark Lee Myers

Thank you to Sally Cronin for featuring us on her blog today.

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Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authorswhich focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well.

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

Details on how to participate are at the end of this next post in the series.

Sharon Marchisello and her guest new author Mark Lee Myers

I’d like to introduce my friend Mark Myers, who is a new author. We met in a local critique group at the Peachtree City Library, and I was one of the beta readers…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Update – #Reviews – #MurderMystery Sharon Marchisello, #Romance Lizzie Chantree, #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Thank you to Sally Cronin for sharing this wonderful review of Secrets of the Galapagos on her blog today!

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Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first book today with a recent review, is a murder mystery – Secrets of the Galapagos by Sharon Marchisello

About the book

Shattered by a broken engagement and a business venture derailed by Jerome Haddad, her unscrupulous partner, Giovanna Rogers goes on a luxury Galapagos cruise with her grandmother to decompress.

At least that’s what her grandmother thinks. Giovanna is determined to make Jerome pay for what he’s done, and she has a tip he’s headed for the Galapagos.

While snorkeling in Gardner Bay off the coast of Española Island, Giovanna and another cruise passenger, tortoise researcher Laurel Pardo, both become separated from the group and Laurel is left behind. No one on the ship will acknowledge Laurel is missing, and Giovanna suspects a cover-up.

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Meet Guest Author, Sharon Marchisello…

Thank you to Chris for featuring me on The Story Reading Ape blog today.

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My name is Sharon Marchisello, and I’m a writer. Sounds like the mandatory confession at the beginning of a 12-step program. Except writing is a habit I don’t want to break; it’s what keeps me sane.

I always knew I was a writer. Even before I could spell my name, I entertained myself with stories after my parents put me to bed long before I was sleepy.

Writing fiction enabled me to create a world where I was in control. My heroines were prettier and smarter, and they succeeded where I failed, always firing off that zinger at exactly the right moment. If someone was mean to me, I‘d create a character in their likeness and make bad things happen to them.

I wrote short stories all through school, and although I received praise from teachers and peers, I got nothing but rejection letters when I submitted them…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #ComingofAge Bette A. Stevens, #Mystery Sharon Marchisello, #Crime Sue Coletta

Thank you, Sally Cronin, for featuring me on her blog today.

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Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing their bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…

Meet Bette A. Stevens

Award winning Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens is a retired teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and childhood literacy and for monarch butterflies, an endangered species.  She has written two books for children including Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale, two novels and a poetry collection. Amazing Matilda won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellence in Children’s Literature – Ages 6 and older category) and placed #9 on The 2013 Gittle List TOP 10for Self-published Children’s Picture Books

Books by Bette…

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Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 -#Murder #Mystery – Secrets of the Galapagos by Sharon Marchisello

Thanks to Sally Cronin for featuring Secrets of the Galapagos on her blog!

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I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.

This was my review from November 2020 for th murder mystery – Secrets of the Galapagos by Sharon Marchisello

About the book

Shattered by a broken engagement and a business venture derailed by Jerome Haddad, her unscrupulous partner, Giovanna Rogers goes on a luxury Galapagos cruise with her grandmother to decompress.

At least that’s what her grandmother thinks. Giovanna is determined to make Jerome pay for what he’s done, and she has a tip he’s headed for the Galapagos.

While snorkeling in Gardner Bay off the coast of Española Island, Giovanna and another cruise passenger, tortoise researcher Laurel Pardo, both become separated from the group and Laurel is left behind. No one on the ship will acknowledge Laurel is missing, and Giovanna suspects…

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