Introducing Brenda Marie Black, author of The Bella Rose & Dianthus Bobby

“Thanks to the entire team at Outskirts Press! As a first-time author, there’s been much I’ve learned about getting a book published and I am glad Outskirts Press was recommended to me by an author friend who was published with Outskirts Press. Indeed, my publishing experience with Outskirts Press has been rewarding and positive; and, I received guidance and assistance along the way. The quality of my book in all versions is outstanding.”

Brenda Marie Black currently lives in Hanover, PA with her husband, Clay, and two adult puppies, Buffie Delizia and Antonio “Tony” Giocoso. Previously, Brenda worked as an administrative assistant for a county government and two colleges. During her career she humbly received recognition and awards for her work. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, Summa Cum Laude, from Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD. She enjoys painting, writing, walking, jogging, camping, golf, baseball games, and bike riding. She feels blessed to have a loving family and wonderful friends. Brenda looks forward to making new friends with readers.

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Book description…

Accompany Pasquale and Lena in this One of a Kind Story. Brenda Marie Black is a first-time author. As a child, she was filled with an incessant curiosity about the mysterious and unspoken past of her beloved Italian grandparents, Pasquale and Lena Donofrio. As an adult, she set out to discover and unlock abounding secrets through years of research, interviews, and travel. Brenda was gifted time to fulfill a dream-to write and now share this unique and faith-filled novel brimming with romance and suspense. Actual events, research and interviews, along with the author’s memories, were used to fabricate a natural fiber as the basis of the novel. An artificial fiber, composed of artistic embellishments of prose and fictional characters, was created for enhancing and materializing the story. Both fibers were spooled into one yarn and woven, nimbly and creatively, throughout the novel. Brenda Marie Black celebrated and cried in researching and writing The Bella Rose & Dianthus Bobby. All are invited to travel back in time to experience the riveting legacy of the author’s grandparents. Through precise period details, one will experience, first-hand, the treasured story of handsome Pasquale and beautiful Lena. The aura of their hearts and souls are revealed in raw, in-depth characterization. Along the journey, there are many other unique individuals to discover. Pasquale and Lena gift us with an extraordinary and inspirational story. Join them. Read of their challenges, celebrations, tragedy, heart break, deep regret, and . . . Was Lena’s mother right? Would a covenant be broken? Can a single tragic event change everything? Is it possible to bury love? Are coincidences just that-or are our lives in synchronicity? Is there a Heaven? The answers are found as you accompany Pasquale and Lena in this one of a kind story. Are you ready to travel? Bring a wrap for your arms as you might find the esoteric folklore a bit chilling. Be sure to lace-up your most sturdy shoes for this bumpy, unconventional and unpredictable journey. Pasquale and Lena’s venture is full of twists and turns. Take a few deep breaths before beginning the expedition to the many unique places this story takes you. You’ll be traversing on mountainsides, navigating rough ocean waters, exploring an enchanting lakeside, riding in diverse modes of transportation, and walking and running in various bountiful tracts of nature. And, just an important piece of advice, be sure to pack a cotton handkerchief.

Introducing Mary R. Pagano, author of La Vita E’ Triste


“Jerry Banks and Bridget Hortsmann are marvelous!”

Mary R. Pagano is Maria Elena Francesca Calabria’s daughter, a first generation Italian American who grew up in Newark’s Little Italy. For the last 12 years, she has resided in Brick, New Jersey and raised three wonderful children alone along with two beautiful dogs and five lovely cats.  Although some of the times in her life were rough, she always attempted to live by her mother’s wise words: La Vita E’ Triste, Ma Pure Bella!


Product description…

The Fig Tree, which symbolizes fertility and heritage with its uniquely deep roots, dates back to Adam and Eve and the Roman Empire. In Italy, fig trees are highly revered. It is the symbol of heritage represented by this sacred tree that I wish the reader to focus on. Mary Rose Pagano is of Italian ethnic background, a passionate culture and mode of living that is entertaining and almost always, laced with zest and humor! The reader is invited to take an unforgettable trip through the life of an amazing Italian woman who came to America to find buona fortuna (good fortune)! Maria Elena Francesca Calabria begins her life in Italy with sadness; she is only eight years old when her mother dies and her four brothers are even younger. In spite of this personal tragedy, her life completely changes when she goes to live with her wealthy grandparents, Don Michele Pietro Mautone and Francesca Mautone in their beautiful villa. While living in this villa, Maria is groomed into a cultured, educated young lady. Maria’s four brothers attend the same parochial school, compliments of their grandparents, ensuring that all of the Calabria children are properly educated. Under the guidance of her grandparents, Maria grows into one of those rarest of people: a beautiful young woman with class who remains kind, loving and humble throughout her life. The Calabrias eventually move to America, passing through the gates of Ellis Island, New York, and escaping the effects of Mussolini’s camaraderie with Hitler in Italy. Upon her arrival in America, Maria innocently becomes related to a murderer and a very promiscuous woman! Nonetheless, throughout her journey, Maria shouts out to life that whatever hardships you may endeavor along the way, the true essence of it all is that these hardships will season you to help you to love more and stronger! It is truly a tribute to the greatness of women and mothers!