Wednesday, May 4, 2022

NBtM Virtual Tour and Giveaway: It Began in Brooklyn by Vito Altavilla

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual tour for It Began in Brooklyn by Vita Altavilla. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book and a short guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: It Began in Brooklyn
Author: Vita Altavilla
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication Date: June 23rd 2020
Print Length: 176 pages
Genre: Memoir
Joey has a fork stuck in his side!

I'll never use that pail and shovel ever again. 

I didn't know an ashtray could hold so much...

What do you mean she doesn't have a penis?

The great meatball Controversy of 1952, courtesy of 'Fat Mama' 

An industrial research chemist who participated in several technological breakthroughs and has a number of national and international patents in concert with his business partner to his credit has a much lighter side to his life. During the course of his life time he was often the cause or in the middle of a number of humorous and unique events that he focused this book on.

I am sure that the reader will often smile and sometimes laugh out loud at his very original and unique stories. When was the last time you read a book that made you laugh or at the very least smile? This book will definitely do that. Read and enjoy.

All the children were gathered in the living room ready to celebrate Selma’s eleventh birthday party when her mom entered the room and told them all to follow her to their newly finished decorated basement. This was the time when neighbors were all trying to outdo each other. I believe the expression was keeping up with Joneses.

SONNY was at the end of the line holding the birthday gift his mom had bought. As he passed through the living room, he noticed a fruit bowl in the middle of the dining room table. He had never seen such beautiful ripe fruit like this. He didn’t know what possessed him, but he only knew he had to take a bite out of one of those apples. He figured if he took one bite only, he could the put it facedown and no one would notice.

He had to be quick, so he grabbed an apple and bit down hard. It was wax! It was stuck in his mouth up to his gums! He couldn’t dislodge it and his mouth was starting to hurt. He finally squeezed a finger on either side of the apple and with a yank dislodged it. There was still a big piece missing which was still in his mouth. He put the missing piece in his pocket returned the apple face down in the fruit bowl. The missing piece was invisible. However, SONNY had another problem. He could feel a waxy residue on his teeth and as he walked toward the basement he noticed a mirror, smiled then got very nervous. His teeth were red. The wax coating was now on his teeth. He tried to scrape it off but to no avail. His only solution was to eat birthday cake and ice cream with the slightest mouth opening he could muster. It seemed to work. No one said anything, although they did look at him strangely when he was singing happy birthday since he sang, “Abby birthday oo oo and Abby birdday oo oo, etc.” They just never thought that SONNY had a speech impediment.

The party was over and SONNY said goodbye with his lips only slightly open and his head down.

The following week Selma came up to SONNY and asked him if he saw anyone bite her mom’s wax apple. She was upset since it was expensive. SONNY said, “No, he hadn’t seen anyone bite her apple, but if he had he would have told her.

SONNY didn’t feel that he was lying. After all, for him to have seen someone he would have had to be looking in the mirror when he bit it.
Vito Altavilla has extensive experience as an industrial researcher and has participated in many technological breakthroughs. He also has his own podcast called, "The Year Was: A Podcast About Life, Love, And The Pursuit Of A Good Time."
Now retired, he lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to all of that he is currently finishing a screenplay based on the novel, as well.

I left out those stories that did not fit in with the general humorous sects that I wanted to convey in the book. I know I have missed a few but I suggest that I hope you enjoy what I did include.
Vito Altavilla will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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  1. I could use a good laugh. Looking forward to reading this memoir

  2. this sounds like a great book

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  5. It Began in Brooklyn by author Vita Altavilla sounds like a book that is jam packed with delightful stories.

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  6. The book sounds wonderful, thanks.

  7. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  8. I like everything about this book - genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  9. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  10. I definately need a book that will make me laugh -what made you write this book -glad you did-thanks

  11. Do you still have any friends from high school?

  12. Sounds like an interesting book!