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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Book 2 — Finding Isabella

Finding Isabella--2nd ed cover

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



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My Favorite Books of 2022

Best Fiction
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
Mitch Albom

Best Historical Fiction
The Giant Awakens (Book 4 of the WWII series)
Lee Jackson

Best Mystery
The Brutal Telling
Louise Penny

General Nonfiction
Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert

Religious nonfiction
Turn on Your Brain Every Day
Dr. Caroline Leaf

Short Story
Everything My Mother Taught Me
Alice Hoffman

What was your favorite book read during 2022?

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Inspector Javert: Where to find it.

Thanks to the Columnist Jill Hedgecock and the Diablo Gazette (Contra Costa County, California) for featuring Inspector Javert: at the Gates of Hell in their December 2222 Issue.The book is available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback format and in-store at Reasonable Books on Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, CA. Also available through your local bookstore.

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What do you see when you look out your window?

What do I see when I look out my window?

I see life
a lemon tree alive…
offering year-round fruit…
only to watch its gifts return
to earth… unsavored

I see love
in the squirrel who works all day…
pawing at our grass and dirt…
to find I don’t know what…
to feed its babies

I see houses
just like mine…
writing their private histories
in the lives of strangers
who wave on passing… to be nice

What do you see when you look out your window?

 (c) 2022, Alfred J. Garrotto

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Featured Author this week on Reader Views Website

I invite you to follow this link to my latest article, “To Be or Not To Be” on the work of professional writing. You’ll find it on the Reader Views website

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Inspector Javert: at the Gates of Hell

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How to Read “Les Miserables”

Did you know the novel, Les Miserables, has 365 chapters? Read a chapter a day and you’ll complete it in a year.

I thought I held the trophy for Most Passionate Les Mis fan. Well, I need to pass my trophy to Benjamin McEvoy. I invite you to watch the YouTube video below.

“How to Read Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo (10 Tips)
by Benjamin McEvoy

About McEvoy

#lesmiserables #victorhugo #inspectorjavert

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Reader Views Awards 5-stars

Inspector Javert: at the Gates of Hell (Wisdom of Les Misérables)

Alfred J. Garrotto

Andrew Benzie Books (2021)

ISBN: 978-1950562374

Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (01/2022)

One of the “Wisdom of Les Misérables” books, “Inspector Javert: at the Gates of Hell,” by Alfred J. Garrotto, has Victor Hugo’s antihero, Inspector Javert, standing on the edge, where the River Seine calls below him. After a moment of hesitation, he takes a step forward, into… the ultimate unknown.

Does he truly die? Is there an afterlife? What does he find there? This is where the mystery begins to unfold, in Garrotto’s highly compelling and entertaining “what if” scenario. Javert is a moral character, and wants to do the right thing, even if he has to be harsh about it. Rules are rules. Order is very important to him, so it is within his nature to carry out justice and what he considers to be worthy and altruistic. The themes of love conquering fear are evident, as is forgiveness and its power over sin.

Garrotto has a wonderful way with phrases and with Inspector Javert, crafting a powerful piece of work that will immerse you from beginning to end. This intelligent and multi-faceted rendering shows depth and complexity, but it also allows us a peek behind the curtain at the end of our earthly lives. What happens next? Is it damnation? Heaven? Hell? Limbo? A new life in another body? A second chance? Javert was sure in some things, brutal in others, but had no inkling of how it affected human beings. He was all about honoring God and earthly authority, but lacked compassion for his fellow man.

Once on the “other side”, Bishop Myriel leads him to sift through uncertainty, until he finds something precious. His spiritual quest takes him back to a traumatic childhood, which led him on a crusade to always do the right thing and eliminate criminals and evildoers. Sad that it takes suicide to bring him to an understanding, but that is the angst, tragedy, hope, and healing of this unforgettable novel.

“Inspector Javert: at the Gates of Hell (Wisdom of Les Misérables)”, by Alfred J. Garrotto, is an impressive book examining morality, life after death, and the possibility of redemption.

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Take a look at my new Inspector Javert book trailer

Let me know what you think.

#lesmiserables #inspectorjavert #victorhugo #jeanvaljean

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5-Star Reviews!!

Inspector Javert: at the Gates of Hell has garnered all 5-Star reviews on Amazon so far. I hope that record stays intact as more readers chime in.

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New Interview on George Cramer’s Author Site

ALFRED J. GARROTTO – Former Priest – Novelist / Screenwriter / Manuscript Editor / Author

Interviewed by Author-Blogger George Cramer 

Jan 10, 2022

I’m a native Californian living in the San Francisco Bay Area. My life path has included Catholic ministry, marriage, children, and a grandchild. The writing bug bit me somewhere along that path, and I’ve published 16 books ranging from spirituality to romantic drama to a trilogy based on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

 Please tell us about your book and blurb and any comments about any other of your books:

Inspector Javert: at the Gates of Hell (Book 3 of the Wisdom of Les Misérables Trilogy)

Inspector Javert’s central theme: “What happens in the next instant after the heart beats for the last time.” Javert gazes into the River Seine. What future has he after freeing his enemy Jean Valjean? Rather than face his options, he leaps into the river.

Book 1… Lessons From the Heart of Jean Valjean (nonfiction)Book 2… Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words

Do you write in more than one genre? 
I write both fiction and nonfiction. Topics range from romance/action to the arts and spiritual themes.

What brought you to writing? 
After a 20-year career in Catholic ministry, the writing bug bit.

Tell us about your writing process 
I am gifted with (a) a love for the craft and (b) the ability to focus on the task at hand and stay with it for long stretches of the day. I don’t set goals about page count; I just stay with the process.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process? 
Most challenging is never allowing myself to fall in love with the draft I’m working on. Writing Inspector Javert brought that lesson home. At draft 10, I said, “Done!” The final book took 20+ drafts.

Has an association membership helped you or your writing? 
Without a doubt, my most important association throughout my career has been with the California Writers Club (Mount Diablo Branch). I tell people, “As a writer, it’s the only place I can go where people know what I’m talking about.”

Who’s your favorite author? 
If I have to pick one, it is Victor Hugo. He was such a complex human being in his personal life. That very complexity fed his mammoth ability to create the most varied and unforgettable characters.

How long did it take you to write your first book? 
My first three books came out as a series under the name Adult-to-Adult (Christ in Our Lives, Christians and Prayer, and Christians Reconciling, Winston Press). I drew upon material I developed during my ministry years.

How do you come up with character names? 
When writing fiction, names just seem to come to me. This may sound sappy, but the characters tell me their names.

We hear of strong-willed characters. Do yours behave, or do they run the show? 
My characters run the show, whether they behave themselves or misbehave. To me, a novel is boring if everyone “does the right thing” all the time. Characters must behave like real people. They can sin and repent—or not. There must always be a measure of growth as the story arcs to the end.

What’s the most challenging thing when writing characters of the opposite sex? 
As a male writer, it’s always a challenge to climb inside the mind and body of a woman character. In my trilogy (A Love Forbidden, Finding Isabella, and I’ll Paint a Sun), all the main characters are women. As is the protagonist in The Saint of Florenville. I’ve never heard a complaint from female readers that I “didn’t get it right.”

Do you ever kill a popular character? 
A protagonist, no. Supporting characters might need to die. Hugo modeled this in Les Misérables. At the barricade, the boy Gavroche dies first. Then his sister, Eponine, dies in Marius’s arms. Enjolras, the rebel leader, dies. Everyone dies except Jean Valjean and Marius.

How do you raise the stakes for your protagonist—for the antagonist? 
Inspector Javert: at the Gates of Hell offers a good example. Javert’s ordered life turns upside down when he allows doubt to creep into his soul. Could a lifelong criminal be capable of goodness? That crack in Javert’s armor demands recognition. He might have gotten it wrong all his life. In an instant, the entire structure of his life falls apart.

Do you outline, or are you a pantser? 
A hybrid “pantser.” I begin a novel with an idea arc. I don’t create an outline. I count on the characters to surprise me by doing something I didn’t see coming. In my Les Mis trilogy, I had to follow the plotline set by Hugo. E.g., Javert can’t be a warm-hearted, fun-loving cop. Nor could Jean Valjean act out of character. I worked within the parameters of Hugo’s storyline. After Javert’s death, I had complete freedom to do anything I wanted.

What kind of research do you do? 
Primarily, I focus on getting the historical time, place, weather, etc., as accurate as possible. It helps if I’ve actually visited the places where I set my story. For example, I’ve been to Paris four times over the years and have a feel for the local environment as I experienced it.

Where do you place your settings—real or fictional locations? 
It depends on the story. Inspector Javert bound me to get the time and place right. In another novel, I built my own world. Whether setting a story in San Francisco (I’ll Paint a Sun) or Peru (Circles of Stone and Down a Narrow Alley), I needed to get it as right as possible, though I’ve never been to Peru.

What is the best book you have ever read?
 Les Misérables. All 1,200 pages of it.

Do you have any advice for new writers? 
First, stop talking about writing and just do it. Don’t let your first draft be your last draft. Have faith in yourself and do the work.

Second, find a compatible writing community for moral support and learning the craft of writing. Third, have fun. Writing doesn’t have to be torture—if it is, don’t do it

If none of this appeals to you, find something else you like to do.

How do our readers contact you?



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