A New Book to Read


Savvy: Navigating Fake Companies, Fake Leaders and Fake News in the Post-Trust Era Hardcover

Quotes from/about Savvy:

“Technology has turbo-charged its spread leaving us inundated with misrepresentations, exaggerations, and outright lies. Finding the truth is like searching for a needle in a haystack.”

“We are in a crisis of trust—no longer knowing who or what to believe.

In the post-trust era, so much is out of our control, and yet there are ways in which we can inoculate ourselves. Savvy is a book about the human glitches that cause us to fall for alternative facts and what we can do to override them.”

Attn: All Readers (even tweens and teens, teachers, librarians, and anyone who enjoys the intricacies of a good mystery.) Beware Miser Snoot!


Miser Snoot and The Bibliomaniacs” by Charlie O’ Shields is a must read for book lovers from 10 to 110. On the surface it is a fast paced detective story geared to tweens and teens . Delve deeper and all ages, all readers, will find the story to be a wake up call regarding the preservation of the printed word. The book is fun, challenging and informative. It was published in 2002 but could well have been written today to serve as a proud banner for those who would preserve in print books and access to information. The action begins with a trip to “Information Aisland’, a journey no reader should miss.

Available on Amazon and other major book sellers




New Book Published – Inside the Smoke

Paul F. Lenzi’s “Inside the Smoke” is now available.

Poesy plus Polemics

I am pleased and excited to announce that my publisher, Stonewood Press LLC, has just released my eighth full-length collection of original poetry.

“Inside the Smoke: A Centurial Collection of Poems”

From the back cover:

    A timeless collection of one hundred original poems that touch upon a variety of subjects. Emotions, experiences, memories and dreams are all treated with the author’s patently thoughtful and provocative style.

    His customary use of the free verse form is especially enjoyable for its rare poetic clarity as well as for his masterful use of language. Lenzi has a special talent for metaphor that makes for memorable turns of phrase.

    Inside the Smoke merits a place in every personal library of contemporary American poetry.

This volume is now available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle versions. Similarly available are my 7 earlier books,

• City of Pawns
• Range of Motion
• Two-Cornered Rooms

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A House Near Luccoli© by Diane M. Denton is available at Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition, and at Barnes and Noble as a NOOK Book.

Most of you will know Diane as Bardessdmdenton. She is a talented artist, poet, and novelist. While waiting for her novel to arrive, I have been reading excerpts and I wanted to share one with you. Her name on it is enough to make me know it will be an excellent read, but if anyone does not know her work (visit her blog at http://bardessdmdenton.wordpress.com/ ) here is an excerpt from the novel to whet your appetite for more.

Excerpt from A House Near Luccoli by Diane M. Denton:

In the middle of the night Donatella rose to a dare and the third floor, bare steps as uncertain as candlelight on an unknown artist’s commission of cherubs and festooned fruits and flowers in muted greens, grays, and sienna. The floor of the apartment didn’t keep her entry quiet but it seemed only her carefulness was disturbed. The trestle table was set up in the salon, too close to the fireplace with its escalloped oak mantle and triangular copper hood illustrating Vulcan and Venus. Windows on both sides were almost hidden by red curtains with gold scrolling around the Garibaldi coat of arms, the moon somehow casting light on the secrecy of her endeavor. She unpacked Signor Stradella’s clothes, carrying the pieces one at a time or in piles to the bedroom and shelves of the wardrobe that threatened to be too small. He has more of what’s necessary and unnecessary than a woman, a much indulged woman. She opened another trunk holding the rewards of beautiful music, smiles and connivances, too, doubtful he carried the family heirlooms while by invitation or escape running around and hiding. Whatever explained the collection, he was aristocratic in everything but bedding and especially fortunate in moveable assets, even indifferent about some of them with silver candlesticks and snuffers, trays, bowls, spoons, toothpicks, and boxes as tarnished as his reputation.
Silver wasn’t unusual in a city where even the lowest had the chore of it in their homes, while gold wasn’t to be seen in any ordinary way, and she supposed he took pride in what he had of it, from buttons and medals to a locked tobacco caddy studded with diamonds.
She sensed some fraud, too, and quickly deposited a reliquary with the scapular in the chest at the foot of the bed. Otherwise she arranged with an eye for practical and creative importance, or just not knowing where else to put things without cluttering incidental surfaces and the narrow mantle. A candelabrum belonged on the trestle table as did a bookstand and bundle of folders with ribbons untied for a chance of revelation, placed next to a decorated writing slope for composing more than little notes to honorable ladies.
Three lutes huddled against the emptiness of a corner, stepsisters born separately of rosewood, maple, and ebony, sharing an inheritance of long necks, head backs, full bodies with rosettes like intricately set jewels on their breasts. Theirs was harmonious rivalry, recalling a master’s touch and understanding. On the settee a leather case contained a violin resembling a dead man on the red velvet of his coffin, not mourned but celebrated by nymphs dancing through vines on the friese high around the room.