Saturday, November 03, 2007

Mystery at Shatick Estate by Rosanne Catalano Published on Storytime Tapestry!

Hi Dear Readers,
now that October 2007 has come & gone, my author interview is no longer being featured on Tannia Ortiz-Lopes' "Time With Tannia" web site.

But it can now be read on my web site at!
To read the interview Tannia did with me, go to the right-hand side of my web site's Home page, where you will then see the green text "Author Interview with Rosanne Catalano." Just click on that link, and it should come out in a PDF formatted document. But you must have the Adobe Acrobat 'Reader' version in order to read my interview.

I have other good news since telling you of my interview with Tannia...
A mystery story I wrote titled "Mystery at Shatick Estate," which was submitted for publisher Carol Roach's Halloween Contest, is published in "Storytime Tapestry's" November 3rd, 2007 edition! Yay!

"Mystery at Shatick Estate" can now be read in Storytime Tapestry's Archives at However, the winners of "Storytime Tapestry's" Halloween Contest will be announced by Carol Roach soon. Afterward, the writers who won and their winning poems & stories will be published in my December 10th, 2007 magazine.

I'm very excited about my upcoming December 10th magazine issue!
The reason is that I changed the background color to match the Christmas and Holiday spirit, and it is my magazine's Three-Year-Anniversary Edition! Yes, I have been publishing "The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine," a progressive Internet-based magazine, for 3 YEARS so far! And I plan to continue publishing my magazine for many years to come :) But the Anniversary & Christmas Edition is coming out sooo great, I can't wait for my subscribers to read the December 10th, 2007 magazine!

I am also busily working on finishing up my third book!
This time my book is a fiction novel rather than a collection of my poems, non-fiction and fiction stories. I don't know when it will be ready for publication. But I'm praying for it to be published before the end of next year. If only I had more time in a day to do all I need and want to do! Especially since writing a fiction story takes more of my imagination and concentration than writing non-fiction stories do.

Sorry, have to go now. Before I sign off though, I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Rosanne Catalano, (aka R.C.Kayla)
Publisher / Editor / Author
The Cat’s Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine TM
AT or at Lulu Press!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Excerpt from "Mirrored Images" by Rosanne Catalano

Hello dear readers,

Below I am bringing you an excerpt of my book "Mirrored Images" for your reading pleasure...

Mirrored Images
A Book of Short Stories and Poetry
(aka R.C.Kayla)

Copyright 2007 by Rosanne Catalano
All Rights Reserved.


On October 13, 2005 I got the worst news any child can dad passed away after a month and a half in the hospital fighting asbestos lung cancer.

I had been at his hospital bedside practically all day and night that month and a half. But this story and the way my father was treated in that hospital is another story for another time.

Today I would like to tell you why I'm starting off with a poem I wrote in dedication to my dad. Although he was a child-like father to my brother, sister and I, I will always love him unconditionally and truly wanted him to stay here on earth. But our Creator said it was time for my dad to join his brothers and sisters who went before. I am consoled by the fact he is no longer in any pain or discomfort due to the many health crises he suffered over the years after his first heart attack at the age of 52. He lived to the ripe old age of 81 years and, in spite of his poor health, lived a good life and always encouraged my love of writing. And, although my mom is still alive (thank you God!) she too encouraged my passion for writing. So, it is to both my late daddy and my mom that I dedicate my second book...

(c.) June 2006 Rosanne Catalano

On Father's Day I want to tell you
How much you mean to me
When you took me by the hand,
Oh how I loved you so
A little girl I was...

You took me in your arms
For the first dance with your daughter
And even though you directed me
A young woman I was...

I took you in my arms
Told you I loved you
Not knowing it would be the last time
You heard those words
An adult woman I am...

Though I always told you I love you,
I may not have told you of all the wonderful memories
Of growing up with you as my dad
Memories that continue to flood my mind
I remember the fun things you did
with your children --
my brother, sister and I.

The rollercoaster ride in your little Corvair
that made all three of us scream with delight
while going up and down those hills you drove upon
Telling us kids not to be afraid that you were, after all, a bus driver
and the safest driver around ... what fun that day turned out to be!
Now just memories of the little boy you never got to be
in that orphanage you grew into manhood in,
but were for us three.

I still miss thee and wish our Father above
hadn't called you home with
your brothers and sisters who went before.
I love you forever and ever more
and my heart is still breaking so...
and that is why I dedicate this book to you
Happy First Father's Day in heaven, Dad.

(c.) 2006 Rosanne Catalano

As she held tight to the steering wheel, the rays of the sun glinted off the windshield but she did not care; she continued to stare at the road ahead. She drove out of her hometown; not noticing the beauty all around. Her thoughts were on what had just happened at her job...

NOTE: There are a lot more (nonfiction and fiction) stories and another poem in my book "Mirrored Images". However, you may want to purchase the book at
Lulu Press or on my web site's Home Page to read the rest of my fiction short stories, nonfiction story articles and poem in dedication to my late beloved grandmother.

Also stay tuned for my first fiction novel which I am currently working on. I'm excited about my forthcoming fiction novel! It will be a fictionalized, and a "what if her life had turned out differently?", account of the life of a homeless woman I once knew. My upcoming fiction novel will have my story characters encountering murder, a robbery, a strange looking dog who befriends them, and many other bad things happening to them before they open up a pet store and become a success story beyond their wildest dreams.

Please do stay tuned for "Mirrored Images [2]" or "Split Moment"... sorry readers, I have not finalized my decision on the title of my first fiction novel (my upcoming third book). So it is a toss-up between these two titles. But do enjoy reading my second book "Mirrored Images"; now on sale at my web site's
Home Page and at Lulu Press' web site!

I must also tell you that on my author interview at
Time With Tannia's web site, Tannia Ortiz-Lopes has an old description of my book "Mirrored Images". And therefore the amount of pages listed in my book's description is incorrect. Instead of 55 pages, "Mirrored Images" now has 71 pages as of August 2007. However, this is my fault for not realizing Tannia still had the original description of my book. If I had realized this, I would have definitely given Tannia Ortiz-Lopes the updated information. Sorry about that readers! But I do hope you enjoy reading "Mirrored Images" despite this error on my part...

God bless,
Rosanne Catalano, (aka R.C.Kayla)
Publisher / Editor / Author
The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine, an Internet-based magazine
Now On Sale: Mirrored Images (2007), a Book of stories and poetry

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Author Interview With Little 'Ole Me, Wow!

Hi dear readers,
Wow, Ms. Tannia Ortiz-Lopes is interviewing me! My author-interview is scheduled for next month and I'm ecstatic so I'd like to tell you all about my interview!

From October 1st - 31st, 2007, I will be the "Featured Author" on her Time With Tannia's website. Ms. Tannia Ortiz-Lopes, a published author herself, has on her website a section called "Featured Author" in which she highlights the achievements and accomplishments of different published authors every month. Tannia's website url, where my interview can be read the entire month of October, is:

Let me tell you how my author-interview came about...
Tannia had read an author-interview that another publisher, Carol Roach, had done with me for the internet-based ezine Carol herself publishes daily called "Storytime Tapestry". And Tannia felt my interview with Carol was so interesting that she wrote to me, requesting she interview me for her own Time With Tannia website.

In the interview Tannia asks me questions about myself, my writing, my internet-based magazine "The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine", and my latest book Mirrored Images. As I said already, Mirrored Images is selling pretty well but could be selling better... I just don't have the time to advertise, market and promote my book as much as I should be doing. But from now on, I will try to make the time to do so.

I am very honored to be Tannia Ortiz-Lopes' "Featured Author" from October 1st - 31st, 2007! Tannia herself is a very talented writer and published author who resides in Germany with her husband and children. And I thank her for finding my life very interesting and wanting to interview me!

Come and check my interview out at Time With Tannia's website from October 1st to the 31st of 2007! I promise you won't be bored with the interview Tannia did of me. Hope to see you all there!

Rosanne Catalano
Publisher / Editor / Author
The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine
Author: Mirrored Images (2007)

Friday, June 08, 2007

I'm Out of My Comfort Zone When Marketing My Book

Have you ever felt like a child out of its comfort zone when learning something new?!

If so you are definitely not alone! That's how I feel now. And why I carry my cheering squad of author (and publisher) friends as I tell you about my 2nd book, "Mirrored Images". I say this because I am a writer before I am a publisher and editor.

Writers, at one time, were not taught how to market, promote and advertise their books... in the old days of publishing, a writer just wrote! That was it. Writing alone is very hard work. Never mind then going out to market, advertise and promote our books! The book publishing houses years ago were the ones who marketed, promoted and advertised for the writer.Things have changed in the publishing industry.

Now a writer must also know the business aspect of marketing, promoting and advertising their very own books. Yes, knowing the business aspect comes in handy if you are a freelance-writer. But most writers don't start out freelancing.

I know you're extremely busy so I'll tell you why I'm writing today :)

My latest book, "Mirrored Images", is selling very well but could be selling better if I had the time to market, promote and advertise more than just in my internet-based magazine! So come and take a look-see at my book if you enjoy reading very quick short stories and poems that will touch your heart. You've got nothing to lose by reading Mirrored Images for a quick pleasure fix!

Why do I say a quick pleasure fix?! Because it's only 71 pages! You'll be finished reading my book before you know it. But I must warn you... afterward you may say to yourself, "I want more stories!"

So come on and check out a book written by a lesser known author than those well known ones! Just click on any of the brown-colored "Mirrored Images" links in this post, and it'll take you to Lulu Press, my book's home away from home :) I stake my reputation on the fact that you will not be bored by reading my book. Thank you in advance for purchasing "Mirrored Images"!

Rosanne Catalano
Publisher / Author-Writer / Columnist
The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine, an
internet-based magazine / Mirrored Images (2007)
Storytime Tapestry ezine / Wt~In Spirit Christian magazine

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Not Cool to Discuss Certain Subjects

I am writing during a spring storm as the rain tears are dancing on my window sill and I'm just waiting for a power surge to wreck havoc with the computer ... but before it does I have a quick question for my readers: who amongst us has regretted bringing up religion or politics?

If you raised your hands that you have regretted talking about either religion or politics, you're not alone! They are definitely two very touchy and controversial topics to discuss.

My advice is to change the subject whenever an ill-informed person brings up either religion or politics. A person could ask you something as innocent as: "so what religion are you?" No need to tell anyone but your close friends or family. Although of course your family would not ask that question because they are basically the same religion as you. Same goes for politics. If someone innocently asks you, "who're you voting for?" Don't tell them! Just say instead, "I prefer to keep my vote between me and the voting booth."

I found out the hard way it is much wiser to NOT talk about these two controversial subjects at all. Sometimes it's not wise to discuss them even with your own family! I pretty much have no regrets in my life, but discussing, debating and/or talking about religion or politics I have regreted.

Now if you would like to discuss advocacy work with other's, that is fine to do. That's a safe topic :) So long as it doesn't touch on political advocacy.

I truly wish this rain would cool everything off, so far it's still 86 degrees and extremely humid! I am trying real hard to not turn on the air conditioning during the thing with my hubby and I is trying to "save" on electricity. Before I actually do get a power surge I'm signing off for now. Will talk more with you at a less frazzled time. Till then, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Publisher: The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine, an
internet-based magazine,;
Author: Mirrored Images (2007); Senior Writer: Storytime Tapestry ezine,
and Columnist: Wt~In Spirit Christian literary print-magazine.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Guess that wasn't a popular topic!

Since no one made any comments about my Feb 10th posting, that means either it wasn't interesting or that porno was too controversial to comment upon. Of course I'm only guessing since I got no feedback whatsoever asking an innocent question of my readers... Oh well, life happens and we can't always know if we're writing about a subject that is of interest to our readers or not; without your feedback. So, today I'm writing about this scandal involving Imus in the about that Don Imus?!?

Although I never listened to him, I know 77 million people did for over 30 years. It was very, very wrong what he said about the Rutgers University girls but Imus has always been as controversial as Howard Stern is and Andrew Dice Clay once was...anyone remember Andrew Dice Clay?

I didn't like Andrew Dice Clay either, but I know someone who loved him as much as those 77 million people loved listening to Don Imus. The only time that people stopped loving Andrew Dice Clay was when he cried in public, then the world thought of him as a sissy and stopped going to his shows. I'm not interjecting my personal opinion of these 3 men at all...but I will say that the radio station wasn't right to fire Don Imus; they should have given him "suspension without pay" as you would any employee before firing them after 30+ years.

A suspension without pay would have taught Imus in the Morning a lesson to keep his mouth shut from now on...but to fire him? I'm sorry, that wasn't right. Although I may not like him, or the other two controversial guys, millions of people around the world did. This scandal makes me afraid as a writer to say what I feel!! Whatever happened to Free Speech?!? Granted, Imus' 'speech' about those girls was downright mean and nasty, but in America he is entitled to say what he wants; whether we like it or not. That's called good 'ole Democracy. And, I for one, am fighting to get our right to free speech back...

Oh btw my dear readers, I sold another copy of "Mirrored Images", my second book, yay!!! At least this proves to me there are fans of my work out there, and I thank them very much for purchasing my book. And that's not even mentioning the many, many emails of praise and congratulations on doing an excellent job with my online magazine...thank you all!

Till next I get the time to come on here, have a blessed Spring!

Rosanne Catalano
Publisher: The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine, an internet-based magazine,; Author: Mirrored Images (2007); Senior Writer: Storytime Tapestry newsletter, and Columnist: Wt~In Spirit Christian literary print-magazine.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Have a Question...

My hubby reminded me last night of the time when we first fell in love, 9 years ago, and were openly affectionate with one another to the point two of our former friends were embarrassed rather than being happy for us that we were in love.

Their embarrassment at us opening kissing and hugging (nothing more) is something I will never understand. Yet people can watch a porno movie and not be embarrassed about watching two or more people totally drugged out and having sex?! Getting paid to have sex no less! That doesn't embarrass anyone; yet mine and my hubby openly displaying our love for one another does embarrass??? I don't get it.

If anyone can explain to me why watching a couple fall in love embarrasses other people but watching a porno movie doesn't, I would love to understand this. Because I do not understand one bit!

And now I'm cooking supper before I go lay my head down for that much-needed rest my body is crying out for...all week have been fighting off a bad cold and fever. Yet I did manage to complete my February 10th magazine [Valentine's Day Special Edition issue] and work on my third book-in-progress, plus other story articles for publication elsewhere. I hate to say this, but I don't know where I get the strength to do all has to be my passion for what I'm doing in writing & publishing! But in spite of how bad I'm feeling today, I was compelled to ask that question above; I truly don't understand why open displays of affection between a loving couple would embarrass other's...and yet watching porno movies does not embarrass other people! If you think I'm stupid or naive for not understanding "why" please do let me know lol. Thanks dear readers.

Publisher: The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine, an online progressive magazine
Author: Mirrored Images [1] (2007), Touch of Tomorrow-In Loving Memory (2003) and numerous story articles published in print & online
Senior Writer: Storytime Tapestry newsletter
Columnist: Wt~In Spirit Christian Literary print-magazine.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Happy New Year Everyone

Wow, so far this new year has turned out to be a good one! I've been just as busy as I was last year but I finally completed my 2nd book. It is titled Mirrored Images [1] and is available to purchase on my website! I managed to get my second book finished and published all while working on publishing my progressive-magazine. I also had two story articles published so far this year; Christmas with Grandma, a story article, was published in Storytime Tapestry newsletter and Midnight in the Morning, a short story, was accepted and published on's website. And now I must concentrate on writing my 2nd column for Wt~In Spirit magazine. That deadline is February 1st so I've got to get my rear end moving here!

But now I'm exhausted so I'm signing off to get some much needed sleep; it truly has been a hectic month! Please don't forget to read the January 10th, 2007 issue of my magazine when it's online at See you all next month ... till then, try to stay nice-n-warm during the cold blustery months here in the north, and have a wonderful January!

Publisher: The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine, an online progressive-magazine
Author: Mirrored Images [1] (2007), Touch of Tomorrow-In Loving Memory (2003) and numerous story articles published in print & online, with more to come...
Columnist: Wt~In Spirit Christian Literary print-magazine.

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