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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

St. Joseph's Day and the St. Joseph's Day Table - a Repeat Blog from March 19, 2009




Because I've made some new friends since this was last posted, and also since some of the friends I did know before have a short memory, here's my post about a St. Joseph's Day Table from 2009. Unfortunately, we haven't had any St. Joseph's Day Tables around here recently. The comments still remain here from that post, but you're still welcome to add another.

Okay, here goes:

You'd have to live in a cave not to be aware of March 17, St. Patrick's Day, a day for wearing of the green, when even people who aren't Irish pretend to be.

In passing, I just happened to mention to a few people about St. Joseph's Day, an Italian feast day, celebrated on March 19, a day for wearing of the red. They'd never heard of it before. Also, they'd never heard of a St. Joseph's Day Table.

If you belong to the category of people who have never heard of or participated in a St. Joseph's Day Table, you've missed out on a wonderful event.

The St. Joseph's Day Table is said to have originated in the Middle Ages when a drought struck Sicily and families prayed to God and also to St. Joseph. To stay alive, many of them resorted to eating fava beans. When their prayers were answered and the rains came, the Italians named March 19 as a special feast day dedicated to St. Joseph. They set up a grand table of food to share and celebrate. Since it was Lent, the food was meatless, but plentiful. Flowers and other decorations added to the festivities.

From such roots the present St. Joseph's Day Table was born, traditionally celebrated sometime near March 19, consisting of a massive buffet of meatless dishes, usually with more than one variety of pasta, along with salads, breads, plus almost any kind of pastry you can think of, with lots of flowers and other decorations.

The St. Joseph's Day Table not only provides a grand feast, but also lucky fava beans, a talisman purported to prevent pantries from going bare.

I've posted a few photos of the St. Joseph's Day Table held one Sunday at our church hall.

I'd be interested to know if anyone else has heard of St. Joseph's Day or a St. Joseph's Day Table. Also, have you been to one? Please share.


Morgan Mandel, who is part Italian!


Friday, January 31, 2014

A Perfect Angel

I've been working on a sequel to Her Handyman, my romantic comedy. This one's called A Perfect Angel, and follows what happens to one of the main characters in Her Handyman.

You'll be able to read A Perfect Angel by itself, but the experience will be better if you read Her Handyman first.

Otherwise, you'll know what happens in the first book before you get a chance to read it.

Stay tuned for more, as it develops.

And, when A Perfect Angel is closer to being done, I'll do a cover reveal!

Morgan Mandel
http://www.morganmandel.com
Twitter: @MorganMandel



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

To Celebrate Killer Career's New Cover, I'm Doing a Freebie Dec 31 Thru Jan 3

My romantic suspense, Killer Career, has a brand new cover! To celebrate her new look, I'm offering freebie for t he kindle version.

 When: Tues, December 31 through Friday, January 3.

Take a few minutes out during this busy time and come on over to grab your copy, then read it at our leisure!


By the way, your honest book reviews are always appreciated!

Morgan Mandel

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Blessing or Curse Collection Now Available or Get Its Short Stories Separately

Finally out! The sequel to Forever Young: Blessing or Curse is finally out!
Get the Blessing or Curse Selection or buy one or two of the short stories separately.

In this sequel to Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, read how Forever Young, the turn-back-the-clock pill, impacts the lives and loves of five new test subjects.





Get the short stories in the Blessing or Curse Collection link above for $2.99, or buy separately @ 99 cents each.



WHO'LL MEND THIS BROKEN MAN
Desperation forces Consuela to order the Forever Young pill to cure her husband, Diego, from Parkinson’s Disease; but is the cure really a curse?





TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
Ezekiel, an African-American male, can't get it up for his lady love, Luana. Will the pill draw them closer together or drive her away?







WHAT I DID FOR LOVE
Strawberry blonde model, Sherri, sees her popularity fading, along with her looks. The pill can bring her fame and fortune, but what about love?








SUSPICION
Doormat, Dee Dee Marshall, takes a bold step when evidence points to her husband's infidelity. 








FOR THE LOVE OF DOG
Overweight Chicago Police Officer Walinski must pass a new physical or lose his job, along with his beloved canine partner. Can the young pill offer security, when danger lurks in the line of duty?




Coming Soon is Always Young, the exciting conclusion to the Always Young Trilogy, where readers will learn the fate of the first book’s original characters.





Find all of Morgan Mandel's books at her Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/author/morganmandel







Sunday, June 30, 2013

Blessing or Curse Almost Ready for Release

Just to let you know, Blessing or Curse is almost ready for release. I'm working on some final edits, and hope to have everything ready by the middle of the month, after all the 4th of July festivities are over, and people are back in the mood for reading.

This second book in the Always Young Trilogy differs from the thriller, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, in that this one concentrates on the test subjects' loves and relationships. The last book, a thriller called Always Young, will answer all questions about the original characters and villains.

What Blessing or Curse Is About -
Five Separate People with Five Separate Stories,
Yet One Thing in Common:
They All Take a Pill to Turn Back The Clock.

Who'll Mend This Broken Man - Diego's frantic wife, Consuela, hopes to restore her Parkinson-crippled husband to his former self.

Too Much of a Good Thing - Ezekial, suffering from E.D., wants desperately to live up to the African-American male image.

What I Did For Love - Has-been model, Sherri, will resort to anything to get back into the game.

Suspicion - Doormat Dee Dee turns over a new leaf when she suspects her husband of cheating.

For the Love of Dog - Chicago cop, Mike, fears for the loss of job and dog if he fails a physical.



Check out all of Morgan Mandel's Books at
http://www.morganmandel.com
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Monday, April 08, 2013

Forever Young: Blessing or Curse Promo Tale

Since my thriller, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, had participated in quite a few KDP Select freebie events  before this past weekend, I wondered if the market was already saturated for this combination thriller, science fiction, and romance novel. Not so!

I was pleasantly surprised when the major promotional site, Ereader News Today jumped on the bandwagon and picked up my novel on their site. What a difference it makes when a popular promotional site backs a book!

For the first time, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse made it into the top 100 Free Kindle Books. Not only that, it made it to #50 and ranked at #2 in Science Fiction. That was quite a surprise, a very pleasant one at that!

This is especially significant since I'm three-fourths through edits for the sequel, Blessing or Curse, which I hope to send to my editor, Helen Ginger, very soon for finishing touches.

Moral of the story: don't sell your book short. There may still be great times ahead!

Though Forever Young: Blessing or Curse is now back at its original price of $2.99, if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can still get a free copy. Or, you can pay the $2.99. Here's the link: http://amzn.com/B006MO28CQ

This book is for all those who wish to be young again, and for those who still are!

Morgan Mandel
http://www.morganmandel.com