The Soul of Art–Launched!!

The Soul of Art is now available for purchase in both paperback and E-book formats on Amazon US ( and will soon be available through Amazon in Europe, Australia, and Asia. 

“The wisdom and guidance offered in The Soul of Art motivates artists to ‘never give up,’ but rather to seek ever higher goals in their art form, knowing always that what we have is a God-given gift and privilege.” — Andrei (Bill) Tremaine,  artistic director, choreographer and premier dancer – soloist, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo — and founder of The Pacific Ballet Theatre.  

Born into a theatrical family, Alfred J. Garrotto began working in films (crowd scenes) at the age of seven. Much later, he settled into a writing career (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry). The arts in all forms are his lifelong passion. The Soul of Art is his 12th book.

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Coming Soon: The Soul of Art

In the days ahead I will be publishing my 12th book, The Soul of Art. To read a portion of the book, go to my preview page at Let me know what you think . . . I’d really like to know.–AJG


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Love Emeritus

‘I love you’
and its evil twin
‘Luv ya’

how they flow across the tongue
glib but tired half-true habits
drones in need of overhaul

soundless noise
unmeant unheard
invalid password
instinct-blocked from other’s heart

what eager understudy
waits in wings of romance —
love’s more genuine self?

what if?
what if instead I said,
“I cherish you.”

ahh, ‘cherish’ . . .
to hold another dear
take care of

naught in safe reserve
Cupid’s sharpest arrow
costing the lover
delighting the beloved

now there’s love’s worthy sub

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Published in the 2016 Literary Review,
a professional journal of the California Writers Club
(founded in 1909)

“Love Emeritus”
(c) 2013 by Alfred J. Garrotto

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Spirituality of the Arts

A Day of Reflection on the Gifts and Ministry
of Creative People

Presented by
Alfred J. Garrotto

Let me share my vision with you of the intimate connection
between the artist and the Creator-Spirit.
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A guided reflection on the intimate relationship between artists and the Divine Spirit. Designed for professional and aspiring actors, composers, dancers, fine artists, musicians, playwrights, writers, et al., whosAl 2009 colore gifts uplift humankind and lead audiences to discovery of life’s higher meaning. Participants will explore the source of their gifts and inspirations and the joy of sharing them. Attendees of all faith are welcome.
Alfred J. Garrotto grew up in a theatrical family. He began working in films (crowd scenes) at the age of seven. As an adult, life detoured him into Roman Catholic ministry. He is the author of 11 books, seven of which are novels.

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All 5-Star Reviews on Amazon!

There's_More_._._._Cover_for_SmashwordsAll 5-star Reviews on Amazon!
A Fabulous Read …..

To say I enjoyed “There’s More” by Alfred J. Garrotto is putting it mildly. It is gripping and hard to put down. The characters come alive on every page. Each personality is very distinct (especially the deeply troubled Mattie Logan). Having Bishop Myriel from

“Les Miserables” narrate the story is such a creative and effective touch. The story line expands one’s imagination in profound ways about what happens when we die-or rather, “transform” to Life. This has to be a movie!
Kathryn Davi-Cardinale, author “Joseph, My Son-My guide”

5.0 out of 5 stars
A Delightful Tale of Intrigue
By G. Murphy

Alfred J.Garrotto’s ‘There’s More – A Novella of Life and Afterlife’ belies definitive categorization. Yes, it has storyline development, credible characterization, and a satisfying denouement; but here is an author who knows how to take artistic license and have fun with it! I mean where else would you find a Spirit Guide / Narrator (Bishop Charles Francois Myriel, from Victor Hugo’s classic, “Les Miserables”), a priest turned major league baseball pro (John Thorne), and an orthopedic surgeon (Dr. William Everett) with a questionable past, converge in a tale about the greatest mystery of all: the hereafter? Nowhere else but in the fertile imagination and fluid prose of a great storyteller. As per the author’s expansive imagination, the narrative is peppered with delightful vignettes of ‘life after life’ – all of which are intriguing, consoling, and comforting. I recommend this ‘gem’ for your upliftment and thoughtful reflection. You won’t be disappointed!

5.0 out of 5 stars
A five star rating for “There’s More…, A Novella of Life and Afterlife|
By Frances J. Wojnar
Format: Kindle Edition

Life dealt a blow to Jack Thorne that left him powerless to continue his priestly ministry. It seemed an act of mercy and relief when he was mortally wounded playing baseball in the big league. Jack Thorne’s story continues first in the transition of the afterlife, when he is ministered by Bishop Myriel, a French bishop from the 19th Century, who leads Thorne to face past experiences, some with crisis’ to be solved. I thank and praise Alfred Garrotto’s creativeness in writing this story.

5.0 out of 5 stars
When I turned the last page of ‘There’s More’ and …
By Cecilia O’Leary

When I turned the last page of ‘There’s More’ and closed the cover, I thought I had finished the book. The truth is that ‘There’s More’ is not finished with me. I find myself playing the scenes over and over in my head. The possibilities of judgment and afterlife keep sparking my imagination. Alfred Garrotto’s writes with an immediacy that held me hostage until the end. This book is a keeper to be reread, certainly when I am facing the last pitch of life.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved this book
By Katie Q

Loved this book. My interested was held from the first to the last page. I wanted “more.” I can’t wait for his next novel.

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New Release–There’s More . . . : A Novella of Life and Afterlife

I am very happy–“relieved” is more like it–to announce that my latest book, There’s More . . . : A Novella There's_More_._._._Cover_for_Smashwordsof Life and Afterlife, is now available in broad distribution via (worldwide) and (It may take a few days to filter down into the Apple Store, Nook, Sony, etc.)

“Relief pitcher Jack Thorne stares at his catcher’s target. His single focus is to get this batter out. If he does, a coveted World Series ring will be his. But the Universe has a different plan for this Catholic priest-turned-ballplayer. There’s More is a creative imagining of the ultimate human mysteries—death and Afterlife. This gripping story invites readers to expand their existing concepts and consider broader cosmic possibilities in answer to the universal question, ‘What’s next?'”

Available at:


E-book: $2.99
Paperback:$ 8.55 (on Amazon)

I’d love to hear your reaction to this unusual story.

PS: Honest reviews always welcome.

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“There’s More . . . : A Novella of Life and Afterlife

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“Relief pitcher Jack Thorne has a single focus—get this batter out and win the World Series. The Universe has a different plan for this priest-turned-ballplayer. There’s More . . . is a creative imagining of the ultimate human mysteries—death and Afterlife. Drawing on traditional faith images, this story challenges readers to expand existing concepts and consider broader cosmic possibilities in answer to the universal question, ‘What’s next?’ ”

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A bat. A ball. A swing. A bullet. A death. A guide. Life.

A bat — varnished, rays of setting sun splintering north, south, east, west, until tension-stilled, it is ready.

A ball — virgin white, never pitched, nor struck, rocketing from hurler’s hand.

A swing — fluid, potent contact, propelling the ball moundward.

A bullet — fired in revenge, racing ball to target.

A death accident? murder? Ball and bullet share the stage as dual protagonists in this unplotted drama. The pitcher falls, forehead concaved, a blackening hole deep at the crater’s base.

A guide — a most unusual companion, heaven-sent to assist at this unexpected crossing-over.

A life  — “There’s more . . .”

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