Friday, October 16, 2020

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Waiting for Grandfather by Michael De Stefano

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Waiting for Grandfather by Michael De Stefano. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more exclusive excerpts and more. Enjoy!
Title: Waiting for Grandfather
Author: Michael De Stefano
Publisher: Night to Dawn Magazine & Books
Publication Date: October 4th 2019
Print Length: 246 pages
Genre: Coming of Age Fiction
Meet the Corelli clan. Told by the oldest grandson, Frank, this family tapestry, with pathos and hilarity, begins weaving itself in the 1930s and rollicks through four riotous decades. The strongest thread is its oldest member, Antonio. To the ragtag Corelli clan, he is an ocean—an unwavering force upon which they rely. Lizzy, the youngest Corelli, is the brightest thread. Emanating from her is the light by which they see the world. Spanning these dynamic figures is an oddball cast of characters that keep one another in stitches right up until the life-affirming surprise birthday party of their beloved patriarch.

It should have been the perfect day. Every last detail was well thought out and accounted for. With every invitation, there came a response, and not a single regret was among them. No one who was deemed worthy of an invitation would consider missing our grandfather’s surprise sixtieth birthday party.

Originally, the menu entrée was set to be baked ziti until Uncle Al and Uncle Nunzio clamored for lasagna.

“It’s Antonio’s favorite,” Uncle Al and Uncle Nunzio had both cried. 

“No, it’s your favorite,” said Mom. “But that’s okay.” 

The time, place, number of guests, and full menu were set. The only remaining issue was how to make sure of our grandfather’s arrival. To accomplish that, we would need a plausible reason to ensure his appearance, reasonably close to a prescribed time, but without arousing his suspicion. That ruled out him and our grandmother coming for Sunday dinner. A planned Sunday dinner only two days before the day of his actual birth would surely get his wheels turning. I know mine would. That’s when the littlest Cub once again stepped up to the plate. 

“I’ll have Grandpop take me out shopping for new school clothes. Trust me,” Munchk told us, “I can milk it for as long as you need me to.”

The plan was more than plausible; it was perfect—a true stroke of genius from the littlest Cub. Even had the Pope himself been scheduled to arrive in Philadelphia that day, our grandfather would not have refused Munchk an accommodation. No doubt, she would drag him from store to store, trying on garment after garment, shoe after shoe, and all the while keeping a close eye on the time. And as was always the case, our grandfather would not begrudge a single second of a day spent with Munchk, including the time spent at the register. Indeed, the plan was both plausible and perfect … until the drive home.
Michael DeStefano is from Philadelphia, where he is the owner of a hairstyling salon. Currently, he makes his home in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, is the husband of a Gulf War veteran, and author of The Gunslinger’s Companion. Any thoughts or criticisms readers of Waiting for Grandfather wish to share may be sent to 

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  1. It's been great getting to discover your book and share with the readers in my family. Thank you and thanks for the giveaway. 

  2. Wow, Michael! Your book sounds fantastic! I am very much looking forward to reading it!

  3. love the cover, reminds me of home my dad had the same truck years ago

  4. Thank you for the lovely showcasing of Waiting for Grandfather.

  5. I like the cover. It has a nice photo.

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  6. sounds like a fun one

  7. This sounds like a really good read.

  8. I like the book cover and the book sounds good.

  9. It sounds like a very thoughtful read.

  10. Really neat book, good to learn about it.