New Romantic Thriller Series

Welcome to my new romantic thriller series, Caribbean Tremors. When complete, it will feature three novels. Publication date is November 12, 2018. Both books are now available for pre-order at most ebook stores for the unbeatable price of $0.99

Book 1 — A Love Forbidden

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Watch the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlKzt0BWDko

Book 2 — Finding Isabella

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Watch the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMcO42jCQcQ

Book 3 — I’ll Paint a Sun (in final editing and will be published by the end of 2018)

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Chapter 1 of Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words–on YouTube

I am happy to announce that the video of my reading of Chapter 1 of Bishop Myriel is now available for viewing on YouTube.

Follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOXdsK62RJ4
My reading begins at the 26 minute mark, if you want to skip ahead.

Thank you to the Lamorinda Arts Association for inviting me to be a featured author at their August 30, 2020 broadcast.

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Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words — Chapter 1, The Beauty of Goodness

I have been invited by Art Embraces Words to do a virtual reading this month (August) of a chapter from my latest (2020) novel, Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words. A firm date has not been set, but I will keep my readers informed through all my online social media sources.

Below, is that same first chapter. Enjoy this “sneak preview.”

The Beauty of Goodness

[Myriel’s sister, Baptistine] had never been pretty; her whole life, which had been a succession of pious works, had produced upon her a kind of transparent whiteness, and in growing old she had acquired what may be called the beauty of goodness.
— Fantine,  Book the First, Chapter I, M. Myriel: An Upright Man
 
      I am compelled by grace to explore a phenomenon I have observed with awe over the course of my lifetime. We Frenchmen are obsessed with beauty. The ancient Greeks were as appearance-consumed as upper class culture is today. Yet, they had the insight to peg the root of beauty to the word, ὥρα (in Koine, their common dialect). It meant “being one’s hour,” an interesting linkage to be sure. Beauty, then, knows “what time it is” or better perhaps “knowing who I am and who I am not.” My personal mandate as a human, then, is to know my true relationship with every person I encounter, at each stage of my journey and all the individual days that comprise that journey.

     I offer my dear sister Baptistine as a model of virtuous living. The call to recognize the “beauty of goodness,” however, applies not only to those having a lifelong resume of virtue. I have witnessed beauty’s goodness at life’s earliest stages. A toddler knows no other way of being than “in the moment,” even as the child grows and changes from week to week. A mother holding her child in her arms, searches beyond that moment for hints of the emerging man or woman in their maturity. I suspect that, within every parent there resides an unspoken awareness that they may not live to see their children fulfill their God-given destiny.

I have witnessed the beauty of goodness in teenage years, when it easily suffers displacement along the meandering path to maturity. I pay attention when I hear of any child, teenager, or young adult taken too soon by illness or tragedy. Also, when I hear of young soldiers sacrificing their precious lives on the desecrated altars of their elders’ self-serving wars. Parents and friends remark, “He was such a fine young man, always ready to assist someone,”  or “He was too good  for  this world.”  My heart cries,  “No!  The world  needs such young, idealistic men to stay alive, to make their mark upon our shattered society!” Some of us live our way into beauty. Others suffer their way to it. I think of patients I have known in our neighboring hospital whose clear eyes glow with inner light.
 
The beauty of goodness is like that hidden treasure Jesus spoke of in Matthew 13:44:
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field. The one who finds it, buries it again; and so happy is he, that he goes and sells everything he has, in order to buy that field.”
 
When I discover goodness, be it for a moment or longer, I rejoice in its native beauty and bask in its bright light. So inspired, I take quill pen in hand. I lay no claim, on earth or before God, to poetic aptitude. At those times when I hear the call—I should say “challenge”—of the muse, I dare to express my heart in the fewest possible syllables. In doing so, I take comfort in knowing that no other eyes will see—and, God forbid, judge–my verse.

The Beauty of Goodness

i see goodness

in a mother’s smile

a helping hand

a loving heart

i find goodness

in a kind word

a silent shrine

sunrise aglow

chancing upon the

beauty of goodness

i catch my breath

stand in awe

Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words is available through your local bookstores or through Amazon and other online book sellers. Paperback list price: $17.99, ebook $3.99.

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Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words

Welcome to my new novel, Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words–a novel based on the life and writings of a fictional nineteenth century character created by Victor Hugo. Reviewer Judith Ingram (author of Forgiving Day by Day) calls  Bishop Myriel “a stunning achievement!”

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The whole world loves Hugo’s Les Miserables. Millions on every continent have flocked to the stage/musical version of this beloved story of a man who lost 19 years of his life for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving children. As a new parolee, he was a pariah in “decent” society.

Desperately hungry, Jean Valjean knocks on a door in the city of Digne, France, hoping to find help. When the door opens, he blurts out, “My name is Jean Valjean. I was a prisoner on the galleys. Number 24601.” The man behind the door is an elderly bishop who invites him in to rest and dine with him. Best of all, the bishop invites him to spend the night in a comfortable bed.   

During the night, Valjean repays the bishop’s generosity by stealing his benefactor’s  precious silver dinnerware and disappearing. In the morning, he is caught and hauled back to the bishop’s house. The bishop tells the authorities that the “stolen” items were gifts, not a theft. The dubious police dare not contradict the bishop. Freed and gifted, Valjean  prepares to depart. It is then that the bishop offers these immortal words, “Remember, with this silver I have bought your soul and given it to God.” 

With that, the stage is set for Jean Valjean’s transformation from convicted felon–a human animal–to a life of unending gratitude, right living, and immense compassion for the poor and downtrodden (les miserables). Bishop Myriel knows nothing of this, because he never sees or hears from Valjean again (until Valjean’s deathbed scene, as a guardian spirit).

Decades pass.

Victor Hugo states that the bishop wanted to write a book on Christian duty. The author goes on to provide a detailed outline of the book, then adds that it remained unwritten.

In Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words, I have dared to “channel” the saintly bishop’s mind and written the book that remained unfinished in his lifetime. I invite you into this fictional world created by both Victor Hugo–and me in his footsteps.

The book is now available on Amazon.com in both paper and ebook formats.
IngramSparks has published the paperback for sale in your local bookstores.      

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Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words

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I’m delighted to announce the publication of my ninth novel, BISHOP MYRIEL: IN HIS OWN WORDS. All  fans of Les Miserables and Victor Hugo will enjoy this story of the man whose wisdom and kindness changed parolee Jean Valjean’s life with these immortal words: “Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!”

Few Les Miz fans know that Bishop Myriel is the first character to appear in the 1862 novel. Or, that Hugo devoted the novel’s first 90 pages to this backwater bishop. In telling the bishop’s story, Hugo reveals that the bishop intended to write a book on the topic of Christian Duty.

Hugo provides a detailed outline of the book, along with the fact that the bishop never not got to write the book. In Bishop Myriel, I have taken the liberty of “channeling” the bishop and writing his book, as he might have . . . in “his own” words.

The Bishop “had his own way of looking at things. I think he derived it from the Gospel.”— Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

A stunning achievement. Alfred J. Garrotto delivers compelling spiritual insights through the humble voice of Victor Hugo’s beloved priest, Bishop Myriel. Meticulously researched and delivered in the authentic style of an early nineteenth-century writer, Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words charms as it challenges. The bishop’s gentle words continued to speak to my heart long after I turned the last page.” —Judith Ingram, author of Forgiving Day by Day and A Devotional Walk with Forgiveness

The paperback edition is due out in mid-March.
The ebook is ready for preorder on:  

KDP  Amazon ebook  

https://amazon.com/dp/B084FVJQBX/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_3905707922?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF8

Smashwords

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1003393

Barnes & Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bishop-myriel-alfred-j-garrotto/1136384449?ean=2940163463299

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Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words

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A blessed, happy Christmas to one and all!

Early in 2020, I’ll be releasing my 8th novel, “Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words.”

Les Mis fans will enjoy this inspiring story. Writing in the voice of Victor Hugo’s beloved fictional character is requiring me to climb inside the body and soul of this great yet very humble man. Writing in the bishop’s own voice is a personally rewarding challenge. It requires me to “channel” Hugo’s bishop, Les Mis’s catalyst character. The bishop’s generosity and personal challenge (“to become an honest man”) sent the former convict John Valjean on his way to becoming the courageous, exemplary man who served to the poor and suffering (les miserables). Stay Tuned.

Happy New Year in advance!

 

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Press Release

IPS--KDP--Cover - small.jpgAlfred J. Garrotto releases third book in Caribbean Tremors Trilogy…
Liberty “Libby” O’Neill has it all. A business partner-fiancé she adores. A thriving Victorian restoration business in San Francisco, a city forested with raw material sufficient to keep them employed—and comfortable—for years to come. Then, why the sense of dread stirring her from sleep at 3 a.m.? Why the sudden terror? The cold sweat? This makes no sense, she tells the darkness. But it does.

Libby awakens to reality of imminent bankruptcy after her fiancé abandons her, absconding with all the company’s cash. In desperation, she hires a half-demented street person, known only as Painter, to help her complete a Victorian restoration that can save her from ruin. As work progresses, Libby discovers a surprising reserve of wisdom in her new assistant. The restoration of the grand 19th century house parallels the transformation both Libby and Painter lives, as individuals and, over time, with each other. Their working relationship faces a severe challenge, when she discovers that her homeless day laborer is someone quite other than a street person who spiraled into booze-driven self-loathing.

Can their mutual healing survive revelation of Painter’s true identity? Or are they each too irreparably broken to put their lives together and become whole—for themselves and for each other?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR…
Al--Tahiti Nui 2--2017.jpgI’m a native Californian now living in the San Francisco East Bay Area. I was born into a theatrical family and began my career in the arts at the age of 7, with my big sister, doing bit parts that required Italian-looking kids. My sister used her magnificent coloratura voice to pursue a career in grand opera. By my teens, I had taken a different road into academics and spirituality. Although I did a lot of writing (mostly on Christian themes), I did not get the book-bug until my forties. Once the muse bit me, I couldn’t stop and have written 12 books through both commercial and independent publishing. These include both fiction and non-fiction.
My most recent fiction works are the Caribbean Tremors Trilogy: A Love Forbidden, Finding Isabella, I’ll Paint a Sun.

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I’ll Paint a Sun

IPS--KDP--CoverJust released. My Caribbean Tremors Trilogy is now complete. Book 3, I’ll Paint a Sun is now available in e-book format (only) on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com for the low price of $0.99.

Liberty “Libby” O’Neill has it all.
A business partner-fiancé she adores.
A thriving Victorian restoration business in San Francisco, a city forested with raw material sufficient to keep them employed—and comfortable—for years to come.
Then, why the sense of dread stirring her from sleep at 3 a.m.?
Why the sudden terror? The cold sweat?
This makes no sense, she tells the darkness.
But it does.
Libby awakens to reality of imminent bankruptcy after her fiancé abandons her, absconding with all the company’s cash.
In desperation, she hires a half-demented street person, known only as Painter, to help her complete a Victorian restoration that can save her from ruin.
As work progresses, Libby discovers a surprising reserve of wisdom in her new assistant. The restoration of the grand 19th century house parallels the transformation both Libby and Painter lives, as individuals and, over time, with each other. Their working relationship faces a severe challenge, when she discovers that her homeless day laborer is someone quite other than a street person who spiraled into booze-driven self-loathing.
Can their mutual healing survive revelation of Painter’s true identity?
Or are they each too irreparably broken to put their lives together and become whole—for themselves and for each other?

 

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Caribbean Tremors — Books 1 and 2

Coming soon to your favorite ebook seller . . .
Caribbean Tremors–Book 1 . . .
A LOVE FORBIDDEN by Alfred J. Garrotto
 

Click on the above link to watch the book trailer here . . .

only $0.99

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Caribbean Tremors . . . Book 2 . . .
FINDING ISABELLA by Alfred J. Garrotto . . .
Coming soon to your favorite ebook seller

only $0.99

Click on the above link to watch the book trailer here . . .

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Art & Soul at Vallombrosa Center

Art & Soul
A Workshop/Retreat on the Gifts and Ministry of Creative People

Presenter: Alfred J. Garrotto
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 — Vallombrosa Center
9 a.m.—3:30 p.m.

Based on my book, The Soul of Art, this workshop/retreat focuses on the creative gifts of both professional and aspiring actors, composers, dancers, fine artists, musicians, playwrights, writers, et al. The God-given talents of artists of all genres uplift humankind and lead audiences to deeper awareness of life’s higher meaning. Participants will explore the divine source of their own gifts and inspirations and take away with them even greater joy in sharing them. Attendees of all faiths are invited.

I am the author of twelve books (both fiction and non-fiction). Born into a theatrical family, I began working in films (crowd scenes) at the age of seven. The arts in all forms are my lifelong passion.

Registration/Reservations
Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025, (650) 325-5614

Register by logging in to:
http://www.vallombrosa.org/5043-2/; $55 per person (lunch included)

Contact information
algarrotto@comcast.net

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