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BOOK REVIEW EXCERPTS: Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. (Third Edition)

REVIEW #1

Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.
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D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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“The President of the United States is female, successful, and beloved – and has been kidnapped. Moral and ethical issues arise and create compelling conundrums for different characters, suspense is tempered by an unexpected dash of humor to keep things fresh and unexpected, and issues of domestic terrorism and its impact will captivate contemporary readers who like their action and plots realistic and representative of some of the central social and political concerns of modern times… Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. is a top thriller genre read precisely because it doesn’t hold true to staid and predictable characters or outcomes, but builds many a satisfying surprise into events as they transpire and build to a exquisite, well-crafted and tense climax.”

REVIEW #2
Best Thrillers Book Review

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“The Bottom Line: This engaging conspiracy thriller about executive power delivers a whopping twist that you’ll never see coming… Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. is guaranteed to entertain and surprise. Overall, Galluzzi delivers a solid outing that will satisfy anyone even remotely interested in the protection of the executive branch.”

REVIEW #3
The Hungry Monster Book Review

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“Follow the unexpected twists and turns of this mind – catching novel. Edward Galluzzi leaves you on the edge of your seat. His use of imagery and vocabulary captivates the audience and places them directly in the hair tingling situations. Friendship, Love, Sacrifice and Duty are all highlighted within these pages… As stated previously, the twists and turns of this novel keep the reader consumed. The mind is constantly trying to skip to the next scene to find out what happens. I personally found it to be a quick read simply because I had to know what happened next.”

REVIEW #4
Glenda Bixler of Book Reader’s Heaven

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“Galluzzi begins his novel in Rome,where Harrison, the President’s personal body guard, is preparing for his wedding to Hannah, a journalist for the Washington Sun. It’s a wonderful little story in itself about Harrison being personal friends with Pope Josetta–Josetta having saved Harrison’s life before he had his name changed…and, of course, he had many assigned interactions on behalf of the President. It is a time of great happiness looking forward to his marriage, but also a great sadness for Harrison because the Pope is very ill. In fact, Harrison and Hannah are scheduled the next day to introduce Hannah to the Pontiff.  It is, indeed, Harrison who is the main character in the book–there are just a few scenes where the President even appears… and that, shall we say, set the whole hierarchy in Washington abuzz! I’m not even going to go into…Why? The only hint is the novel’s title..”

Twelve Upon a Time… September: The Underground Adventure, Bedside Story Collection Series (Excerpt)

 

Mallory drew the number 3. It was Megan’sTwelve Upon A Time September-full cover-flattened-72
turn to draw the number from the tree
box. She did so and read the number with
somewhat a sour face. Megan drew the  number 4. With that disclosure, Mallory
hopped on the first rung of the ladder and  bounced up the steps into the tree house.   Megan was not far behind and, in fact, if you
did not know there were two girls, you would  think there was only one.

As the girls entered the tree house, they  almost stepped on what Vinnie, Minnie,   Sabatah and Platingo created for them. In
front of the two sisters lay a breakfast fit for a queen and king. There were large pieces of bark for plates and leaves for napkins.
Flowers of all kind were arranged in the center of the floor between the two plates.

For each sister, Vinnie, Minnie, Sabatah and Platingo created a dish of nature, including nuts, berries and fruits of strawberry and cherry. Megan and Mallory smelled the flowers left for them and then quickly gobbled up their treats. Mallory and Megan rubbed their stomachs with smiles on their faces. They climbed down the ladder to find their thoughtful friends.

The sisters did not have to go far as Vinnie,  Minnie, Sabatah and Platingo were anxiously  waiting near the tree house. Megan and
Mallory cuddled each of their animal friends  and thanked them over and over again.   The sisters’ mother called the girls into the
house. Mallory and Megan said a temporary  “goodbye” to their friends and ran into the  house. Now, it was Vinnie’s chance to tell
Sabatah and Platingo what Minnie and he  were planning.

REVIEW OF MIRROR, MIRROR AT 1600 D.C. by D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.
Available in paperback and eBook

“The President of the United States is female, successful, and beloved – and has been kidnapped. It stands to reason that the top, most trusted agents will spring into action to get her back at any cost, dead or alive.

And so it’s logical that a reader coming into the story could believe this will be a political novel – but they’d be wrong. It would have been a logical choice; but all too easy to write – and that’s what elevates Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. beyond the usual genre read. Edward Galluzzi’s attention to multi-faceted details and stories and relationships between Hannah, Harrison (her personal bodyguard, who shares center stage with her), and others makes for a resoundingly realistic and compelling storyline.

As romance and mystery moderate the political thriller aspect, readers are drawn into a kind of action based as much on interpersonal relationships as on subterfuge and special interests. From the Pope to the Mentor, characters added to the tale each impart their own influence on what ultimately comes to pass.

Moral and ethical issues arise and create compelling conundrums for different characters, suspense is tempered by an unexpected dash of humor to keep things fresh and unexpected, and issues of domestic terrorism and its impact will captivate contemporary readers who like their action and plots realistic and representative of some of the central social and political concerns of modern times.

As Harrison considers his options and re-assesses his friendships, hard decisions come to the forefront that provide no easy insights and no clear path of resolution, making Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. a top thriller genre read precisely because it doesn’t hold true to staid and predictable characters or outcomes, but builds many a satisfying surprise into events as they transpire and build to a exquisite, well-crafted and tense climax.”

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Bedtime Story Collection Series – “July: Furly and Kurly Color the Flag” (EXCERPT)

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“To Betsy, My Babe…Love, George W.”

In each corner of the garden were clearly  displayed, American flags that proudly wave.   The stars and stripes, the red, white and  blue, all for everybody to see in open view.
Sarah, Melissa and their parents spend a  lot of time tending their garden for they have a bevy of veggies and more veggies and  veggies. That’s how their garden does grow.

 

Mom, dad, Melissa and Sarah each have their
part to keep their garden looking smart.
Melissa the eldest weeded around the veggies
as Sarah the youngest watered the little
sprouts. Mom and dad did all the rest to keep
the garden looking its best.

One hot, summer day after Melissa had
weeded and Sarah had watered, the girls lay
down to take a rest. They talked excitedly
about the upcoming parade and fireworks.
Sarah and Melissa loved the colors and
excitement of fireworks. The longer they
talked, the more tired they grew. The breeze
through the garden ruffled the veggies as the
girls fell asleep near the embarrassed beets.

As the sleep relaxed the girls, they began
to dream. Moreover, that special bond
between the sisters caused their dreams to be
one and the same. Sarah and Melissa arrived
in a midst of clouds in the year 1776. They
were dressed in the fashion of the time and
found themselves at the home of Betsy Ross.

Now, Betsy Ross as you know was the American seamstress who to George Washington’s design was said to have made the first flag of the United States. Melissa and Sarah knocked on the door. Betsy Ross greeted them with a grandmotherly smile and beckoned them to enter.

BEDSIDE STORY COLLECTION SERIES – June: Memories in Five Balloons (Excerpt)

fathers day

The children readied themselves and then
retrieved their hot air balloons from the
basement. Their mother completed her morning
routine in turn and brought up her bright
orange balloon. Carrie and Reni stood on either side of their mother with their purple and pink balloons. John and Kelsey stood
across from their mother and sisters with their navy blue and turquoise painted balloons.

The first duty at hand was for each to check their hot air balloons to ensure that the messages and gifts were attached securely to the baskets of each balloon. Next, each balloon was filled with helium and tied off at the base. Typically, hot air balloons are driven by, well, er, hot air. However, without a pilot, there was no effective manner to dispense hot air effectively. Jan learned years ago that helium-filled balloons worked just as well. Helium also was released slowly over time, which allowed for the balloons to eventually drift back to earth in various parts of the country.

BEDSIDE STORY COLLECTION SERIES – May: The Mother’s Day Surprise (Excerpt)

MAY

While Stephanie, Jordan, Alfonso and
Squeaky were all busy in the house, Rockie  and Bianca stood guard outside. They paced back and forth in the front yard near the driveway where they would easily see the  children’s parents arrive. They were as vigil as can be, as they know how important their task was in helping Jordan and Stephanie with  their plans.

With the streamers and balloons in place,  the “Happy Mother’s Day” banner was next.   Stephanie and Jordan were particularly proud  of the Mother’s Day banner as they worked on
it for several weeks whenever their mother left the house for a meeting or visit with a friend.  Stephanie, who was particularly artistic, drew a favorable caricature of her mother on the banner. Even Jordan had to compliment his sister on her drawing; complimenting his sister is something that Jordan tried to avoid!

Stephanie and Jordan finished hanging the  banner in the center of the wall. They stood  for a moment admiring their work when
Alfonso came down once again to announce…

BEDSIDE STORY COLLECTION SERIES – April: The Great Festival of Rabbunia (Excerpt)

RABBUNIA

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The Rabbunians  ere Very egg-cited this  year. For you see, the Great Festival is  celebrated only once every 50 years and it  has been a long 50 years since the last Great Festival.  The Great Festival is a celebration of everything that is good. The inhabitants of Rabbunia choose the time of the Great Festival to welcome outsiders to their land to witness their jubilee.

For this 50th anniversary of their half-century Great Festival, the Rabbunians invited Adam, Sarah and Sharon.  They promised to invite baby Hannah to their next Great Festival; for now, she was too young. The official Rabbunian invitations for Sharon, Adam and Sarah were enclosed. The Rabbunian invitation warned them to
be sure not to lose the invitations.

There was a map and directions to Rabbunia on the backside. They also will need to present the invitations to the border guard. The border guard protected the entrance to the land of Rabbunia. She will not let anyone into her country without an official invitation from the Chief Hare and Hareness of Rabbunia.

Oh, did I forget to tell you that rabbits were the only inhabitants of Rabbunia? I don’t know how that could have slipped my mind until now. Well Sarah, Adam and Sharon,  wrinkle your noseies, wiggle your earsies and grab your lucky footsies because you cannot
enter the land of Rabbunia unless you are a rabbit…

BEDSIDE STORY COLLECTION SERIES – March: Goggy and His Pot of Gold (Excerpt)

 

LEPMARCHSample images from all 12 books that makeup the “Bedside Story Collection Series” available at: BSCS Video Book Trailer

 

Zachary, Michael and Nathan had a way to  catch the leprechaun, but just how fast can  leprechauns run? They did not know the
answer to that question, but they were soon to find out. Nathan, Zachary and Michael thought about trying to sneak-up on the leprechaun, but the leprechaun began running.  They looked briefly at each other and then did the same.

They ran and ran and ran. And after  stopping to take some deep breaths, they ran  some more. Zachary, Michael and Nathan
ran over yon hill and yon dale. They  sometimes fell down yon dale and helped each  other up yon hill. They got tired and then
“yawned” some more! Each time that Nathan,  Michael and Zachary came close to the  leprechaun, he pulled away and smiled  impishly.

Leprechauns, however, being real short  have to run faster than human beans to stay  ahead of them. As the leprechaun ran,
Zachary, Michael and Nathan noticed that he  was becoming very tired. They were now  gaining on him. Michael, Nathan and Zachary
kept running and running. They were  breathing hard and their lungs ached, but  they were determined to catch the leprechaun and his dream! So they kept running and running.

Soon they were close behind him. The leprechaun could no longer keep his pace. He was breathing so hard that his green  skin was turning pale yellow. He was dropping  pieces of gold as he ran, not to mention his  green shoes, green socks, green shorts and  green underwear (I told you not to mention  that!). The leprechaun seemed to be at the  end of his rope, er, at least his clothes!  Zachary, Nathan and Michael saw their  chance. As the leprechaun slowed his pace…

Midwest Book Review
Children’s Bookwatch
Volume 22, Number 10 October 2012
Midwest Book Review

“Every month brings us a new story for our lives. “Twelve Upon a Time…” is a collection of twelve picturebook stories from Edward Galluzzi as he presents stories illustrated by children all throughout the story. A story for every month, “Twelve Upon a Time” is worth considering for readers who are seeking a storybook to bring them a good variety of tales, recommended.”