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postheadericon Book Trailer Spotlight: The Wicked Wives by Gus Pelagatti

The Wicked Wives
Gus Pelagatti
Noir Suspense/Thriller
Mill City Press

ABOUT THE WICKED WIVES

When I was an eight year old boy I overheard adults in my South Philadelphia neighborhood discussing 17 disenchanted and unfaithful neighborhood wives who murdered their husbands for insurance money, love and lust. This was a fascinating topic for an eight year old boy eavesdropping on adult conversation. The adults were discussing the true story of Philadelphia’s infamous 1938 murder scandals. My fascination led to obsession. I knew that I had to write about these wicked wives someday.

After I became a trial lawyer in 1964, I researched the poison murder cases in the law library and obtained newspaper accounts of the scandals dating back to October, 1938. Thereafter I conducted interviews with judges, lawyers, police, witnesses, sheriff deputies and neighbors who knew the defendants.

One of the chief conspirators was a tailor who seduced, then persuaded at least twelve wives to poison their husbands for insurance. The setting for his seductions was the couch in the rear of his tailor shop, located two blocks from our family home.

A fascinating conspiracy unfolded in these murder cases. The poison gang’s colorful and hilarious characters helped to deep-six a minimum of 20 husbands. The supporting cast includes Giorgio, “The Don Juan of Passyunk Avenue. ” Aside from scheming Lillian, “the society wife”, the wives include Rose, the “Kiss of Death Widow, ” Eva “the nymphomaniac” and the “hopelessly in love, ” Joanna.

After many comical episodes, intriguing detective work and two suspense filled high profile trials, 12 wives plead or are found guilty of murdering their husbands. Two male conspirators were executed in the electric chair.

“The Wicked Wives” gleefully explores the sins of lust and greed, and the disappointments that love often brings. The characters, although they commit murder and adultery, are extremely likable, and often amusing. Writing “The Wicked Wives” was a true labor of love.

ABOUT GUS PELAGATTI

Gus Pelagatti is a practicing trial lawyer with over 47 years of experience trying civil and criminal cases including homicide. He’s a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, limited to attorneys who have been recognized as achieving a standard of excellence as a trial expert. He has spent years researching the true story of the 1938 insurance scam murders, interviewing judges, lawyers, police and neighbors involved in the trials.

Gus was born and raised within blocks of the main conspirator’s tailor shop and the homes of many of the wives convicted of murdering their husbands.

His latest book is The Wicked Wives.

You can visit Gus’ website at www.guspelagatti.com.

To get your paperback copy of THE WICKED WIVES by Gus Pelagatti: http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Wives-novel-based-story/dp/1936780631/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315865476&sr=1-1

To purchase an e-copy of THE WICKED WIVES for your Kindle for $2.99: http://www.amazon.com/The-Wicked-Wives-novel-ebook/dp/B005784LB4/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1315865476&sr=1-1

To purchase an e-copy of THE WICKED WIVES for your Nook for $3.99: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-wives-gus-pelagatti/1013204282?ean=2940013218611

Follow Gus Pelagatti on Twitter: https://twitter.com/guspelagatti

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postheadericon Author Interview: Gus Pelagatti & THE WICKED WIVES

Gus PelagattiGus Pelagatti is a practicing trial lawyer with over 47 years of experience trying civil and criminal cases including homicide.  He’s a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, limited to attorneys who have been recognized as achieving a standard of excellence as a trial expert.  He has spent years researching the true story of the 1938 insurance scam murders, interviewing judges, lawyers, police and neighbors involved in the trials.

Gus was born and raised within blocks of the main conspirator’s tailor shop and the homes of many of the wives convicted of murdering their husbands.

His latest book is The Wicked Wives.

You can visit Gus’ website at www.guspelagatti.com.

To get your paperback copy of  THE WICKED WIVES by Gus Pelagatti: http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Wives-novel-based-story/dp/1936780631/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315865476&sr=1-1

To purchase an e-copy of THE WICKED WIVES for your Kindle for $2.99: http://www.amazon.com/The-Wicked-Wives-novel-ebook/dp/B005784LB4/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1315865476&sr=1-1

To purchase an e-copy of THE WICKED WIVES for your Nook for $3.99: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-wives-gus-pelagatti/1013204282?ean=2940013218611

Follow Gus Pelagatti on Twitter: https://twitter.com/guspelagatti

Like Gus Pelagatti on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guspelagattiauthor

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The Wicked WivesQ: Thank you so much for this interview, Gus.  Can you tell us where you are from?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Q: How did you come up with your title?

The Wicked Wives is the true story of Philadelphia’s 1938 poison scandals whereby 17 wives were arrested for poisoning their husbands to death for insurance. Our family had a home only two blocks from the male ring leader’s tailor shop.  My mother always referred to the unfaithful women as The Wicked Wives.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover.  Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

The cover portrays one of the gang’s chief conspirators who resembled Rudolph Valentino.  Four of The Wicked Wives that he seduced are depicted below his face.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

One reviewer wrote: “There isn’t a boring page in this book.”  Amazon.com lists the following 47 ratings as of 6-21-12: 5 star 36; 4 star 8; 3 star 3

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

The ugly US economic depression of the thirties and the deleterious affect it had on some people.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

Chapter 45- The explosive answer to the novel’s persistent question

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

After discussing the 1938 Philadelphia poison murder scandals for years with my family and neighbors I was intrigued when I became an attorney.  I did extensive legal research, factual research, and interviewed judges, lawyers, and police directly involved in the poison scandals. Armed with these facts,  I just had to tell this incredibly amazing story.

Q:  Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

As of 6-21-12, I’m 73 years old, but I act like I’m fifty.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Dongo, Italy located on the northwest shore of Lake Como. This where Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Pitacci were executed .

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Morning- I’m hell on wheels after a good sleep/

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

Yes.  My daughter, Julia, is a professional medical writer, but she’s flawless and interesting regardless of the writing subject.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Always.  It lessened the pain of unhappiness.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish.  What would that be?

Continued health, wealth and happiness.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Yes. I would advise all aspiring writers to …never give up…never give up!

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postheadericon Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour: Interview with Alicia Singleton, author of ‘Dark Side of Valor’

We have a wonderful interview today with Alicia Singleton, author of the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor (Simon & Schuster).  This is Alicia’s last stop on her virtual book tour this month, but she will be back in June!  If you would like to review her book or host her in some other way, email Dorothy at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com.  Enjoy the interview!

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Alicia Singleton

Born and raised in Philadelphia, the Howard University graduate embraced the written word at an early age. She credits this to her loving, older sister whom, while they were youngsters, made the author eat lotion on a regular basis. Realizing the need to sound-out the ingredients on the lotion label, Alicia stopped the lotion-eating practice, but continued to read the labels of the concoctions her sister brought for her to try. This early necessity to read flowered to a passion; hence, a writer was born.

The award winning author resides in Maryland with her wonderful husband and son. Still an avid reader, label or otherwise, Alicia is hard at work completing her next suspense novel. Her latest book is the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor. Visit Alicia’s website at www.aliciasingleton.com.

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About Dark Side of Valor

Dark Side of Valor

Child advocate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to abandoned squats and crackhouses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When she is summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.

Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune’s specialties. Vengeance is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he’s travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.

Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts or be forever consumed by the DARK SIDE OF VALOR.

Book Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dB3KC43HN4

Interview with Alicia Singleton:

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Alicia! Can you tell us where you are from?

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Q: How did you come up with the title?

There is an old saying, ‘No good deed goes unpunished.’ Many times, performing a good deed, being courageous or helping others, may lead to negative outcomes. That is the meaning behind Dark Side of Valor; the dark side or negative side of being courageous. Many times in the novel, Lelia, the main character, must live with the negative consequences of helping others.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

When I first saw the art work, I fell in love with it. The cover was designed by Keith Saunders, a phenomenal artist and owner of Marion Designs. He’s an extraordinary talent.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

Dark Side of Valor is a true suspense thriller filled with twists and page-turning intrigue. Once you start, you won’t be able to put it down until you’ve read the last word.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

1.3 million homeless teens and youth live on the streets of the United States each day. 1.6 to 2.8 youth and teens in the U.S. runaway each year. Many Americans don’t know these statistics. Before I began to do research for Dark Side of Valor, I had no idea that so many youth are homeless in the U.S.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

Chapters six and seven were my favorites to write. They are very raw and emotional. Lelia is put in ever-increasing conflict and must overcome insurmountable circumstances. Using sensory-rich descriptions of the setting, her emotions and the dilemma of the secondary characters in the scene, which further increased her conflict, proved challenging, but very rewarding.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

Dark Side of Valor started off being a totally different novel. Initially, I did not choose to write about teen runaways and teen homelessness. The novel was originally about a woman held captive in a foreign country and she needed to escape back to the United States. So, I began to research runaways from foreign lands. Every time I’d type in the search parameters, books, reports and articles popped up about teen runaways and homeless teens. After several hours, I gave up and read one of the articles, then another, then a report, then a life account. After about an hour, I was sitting in front of the library computer blubbering. As I finished reading, I had to write their stories and out of their stories, Lelia Freeman was born.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I’m an artsy, bohemian type at heart.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would love to travel to a resort in Bora Bora or Namale in the Fiji Islands. Bora Bora has some of the most beautiful beaches and the over-the-water resorts are to die for. Namale in Figi is the epitome of relaxation and luxury. To be able to run away to Namale for a couple of weeks with my husband would be heavenly.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Definitely a night person. Staying up until 2 or 3 am is commonplace for me. Now if you tell me, it’s time for a road trip or if I’m about to fly to any location for vacation, I’m up before the rooster crows. Gotta love a road trip.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

No, I’m the only one. When anyone has to write a letter, report or anything, after they’ve written it, they come and warily hand the document to me to edit. They know I’ll chop it up like a Ginsu Knife and put it back together. We laugh about the traumatic experience about a week or so after the bloodshed.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Oh yes, but, more so in my adult years. My mother always told my sister and me, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” I’ve tried to live by that motto.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

Three more wishes, of course.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Thank you so much for the opportunity. It’s been a great honor!

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