What’s your Poison: A Grappa Tasting & Signing for Gina Fava’s Latest Thriller, FORMULA

You’re invited to a Thrillers & Grappa Special Tasting and Book Signing at  Jamie’s Fine Wine & Spirits on MA South Shore on Pre-Halloween Weekend!

See details below. Hope to see you there!

Thrillers & Grappa

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Press Release: Author Gina Fava Rolls Out Thriller Sequel, Formula, at the Height of Auto Racing Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Author Gina Fava Rolls Out Thriller Sequel, Formula, at the Height of Auto Racing Season

[PLYMOUTH, MA, September 18]  On the heels of Gina Fava’s award-winning suspense novel, The Sculptor (Indie Book Awards’ Best Mystery/Suspense Ebook), comes her latest international crime thriller, Formula: Another HELL Ranger Thriller. Hitting the circuit amid auto racing season, the novel features elements of cut throat competition, romance, sibling rivalry, extreme activism, and sexy revenge. The mystery also explores the vibrant wine and spirits industry and today’s fresh water revolution.

In Formula, a sequel to her first HELL Ranger novel entitled The Race, F1 champion and covert agent Devlin “Lucky” Lucchesi returns to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix to win big, and a rival F1 racer is fatally poisoned at the finish line. Devlin and his HELL Ranger crew suspect tainted grappa and investigate a winery built atop a hotly contested aquifer in the Italian Dolomites. Things heat up fast when the killer begins targeting the vineyard’s sibling owners one-by-one. The stakes soar when that bloodlust menaces world leaders at a global water summit in Verona and the thousands gathered at a Palio horse race in Siena, including Devlin’s son. Devlin must risk everything to hunt down the killer in time to halt a poisonous calamity that threatens worldwide ramifications. It’s sure to please fans who love Daniel Silva, Joseph Finder, and Dan Brown novels.

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Formula promises the wicked adrenaline rush of a shot of grappa. With robust characters, fast-paced action, and a hot-button topic of global proportions, I believe this mystery will keep readers guessing to the end,” Fava stated.

J.M. Leduc, Amazon bestselling mystery author of the Sinclair O’Malley series says, “Strap in. The HELL Rangers will take you on the ride of your life with Formula. With twists and turns from the first page to the last, Gina Fava races to the head of the pack.” Sheila McCormick, author of Cousin Andrew agrees, calling it “[An] electrifying mystery…with [w]hirlwind pacing, breathless action, a sexy hero, and a tough but stunning heroine.” Stephen Besecker, author of The Samaritan and Executive Power, also endorses the work, saying, “Fava not only has a unique talent for storytelling, but it’s obvious too that her meticulous research brings credibility, depth, and real beauty to this novel that will undoubtedly satisfy both men and women.”

Fava plans a pre-launch tasting/book signing at Jamie’s Fine Wines & Spirits on Halloween weekend in Duxbury, MA, followed by a virtual launch of the book across social media on November 15, and a hometown Buffalo signing at The Bookworm on November 24. Additional book signings and events will take her into winter.

Fava’s an avid auto racing and Sabres fan, and she travels often to Italy to hunt down her characters’ favorite grappa. A former lawyer, she’s now a dedicated novelist, freelance writer, and the author of award-winning short stories who’s a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. A Buffalonian, she lives with her family in New England and is hard at work on her next novel.

Formula: Another HELL Ranger Thriller is available now for pre-order in Ebook on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iPad, and thereafter in trade paperback (400 pp, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-9893587-9-8) at online and independent booksellers by Steepo Press.

Gina Fava is available for interviews, appearances, panel discussions, and/or book signings. Contact ginafava1@gmail.com, or visit www.GinaFava.com to learn more.

High resolution author images, book jacket art, press kit, and more available at:  http://www.GinaFava.com/media/

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“UN MOMENTO Free Books & Italian Fare” Giveaway

Take a moment…for a GIVEAWAY!

Gina Fava is giving away FREE books AND

a tote stuffed with decadent flavors of Italy!

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You could WIN signed copies of all 3 of Gina’s books:

  • Un Momento: A Taste of Italian American Pastimes,
  • The Sculptor, AND
  • The Race: A HELL Ranger Thriller

PLUS this savory taste of Italy…pasta, breadsticks, Nutella, Italian coffee, Italian cookies, and a $25 iTunes gift card, all in a handy tote.

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There are 2 ways to enter:

1) Post a review of Un Momento on Amazon.com, AND/OR

2) Sign up for Gina Fava’s Newsletter.

Also, you can CLICK TO ENTER here & learn all the details.

Hurry, this giveaway ends August 19!

Buona fortuna and Good luck!

Un Momento: A Taste of Italian-American Pastimes is here July 21! Preorder now!

Un Momento: A Taste of Italian-American Pastimes

 

Savor stories and recipes rich with Italian tradition and trends!
Un Momento: A Taste of Italian-American Pastimes is here on July 21!

Take a moment…Preorder now!
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Learn more about Un Momento at GinaFava.com!

Transform Culture Shock into a Cultural Adventure

Studying Abroad? If you’ve decided to pursue international university studies, it’s likely that one of your objectives is to gain an appreciation of the new culture in which you will interact. For some, the shock of culture absorption may be overwhelming. It’s natural and common for any traveler to experience a bit of anxiety in exploring the unknown, but the key for any study abroad student is to transform that culture shock into a cultural adventure!

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Embrace the New and Unusual

In many cases, the country in which you’ve chosen to study will be vastly dissimilar from the one in which you’re accustomed. One may experience differences in language, RomaVeneziaCortona2011Uno 098cuisine, mode of transportation, style of dress, music, and a host of other concepts. The important thing to remember: diversity is the reason you chose to study abroad in that particular country. So, embrace the new and the unusual, get your fingers sticky with it. Before long, what feels strange will become familiar.FullSizeRender (4)

 

Ride the Emotional Wave

The mix of emotions you experience may include loss, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and confusion. Some degree of culture shock is inevitable, and the range of emotions at any given time typically transition through four stages:cropped-402px-bocca_della_verita.jpg

  1. the honeymoon stage
  2. the frustration phase
  3. the depression/isolation stage, and
  4. the adjustment and acceptance phase

Awareness of these stages may help alleviate the issue, and may provide a smoother path to the final stage. As long as one lives the cultural transition fully, rather than resists this normal phenomenon, the experience will feel much more positive, much sooner.

Remember, what you will learn and make your own will soon become a part of you, a worldliness to your character that you will always carry with you. Embrace the adventure, and you may learn to speak a new language. You might add an entire play list of ethnic music that comforts or drives you. You might enhance your wardrobe with a style of dress you might never have considered. Hopping onto a subway, or biking, may even become your primary mode of transport when you return home, a practice you might have never tried had you not been exposed to it elsewhere. The novelty of the adventure will soon become your reality, and you’ll reap the lifelong benefits of embracing it.

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Know Before You Go, and Ease into the Adventure

Learn the language now, and later. Sign up for local, short-term language immersion classes, or longer-term classroom study to enhance conversation in your host country. There are also a number of home computer programs, like Rosetta Stone, and apps, like Duolingo, Babel and iTranslate, that will assist preparation for the trip, and aid assimilation once arrived.

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Learn the culture, and use it before you go. Practice cooking the local fare or visit restaurants that serves that country’s cuisine. Listen to the host country’s popular music. Live stream the host country’s popular TV shows. Research the lesser known historic and artistic gems, and become well versed in the popular ones before arrival. Involvement and practice of the host country’s customs and practical life before you go will better your chances of achieving a higher comfort level, sooner, once you arrive.

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Chat on-line with study abroad students who’ve been through the process and have studied or are studying in the host country, for advice that might range from packing, traveling, and coping with homesickness, all the way to ideas for places to eat, visit, or shop. There are many public on-line forums where international students gather and provide advice, as well as private group chats among those students traveling through a school community.

When you Get There, Achieve a Balance

When you get there, where the goal is to embrace the adventure, it’s also important to stay true to one’s self.

  • Try new cuisine on a regular basis, but when you’re feeling blue, offset it with a visit to your favorite fast-food chain or cook up something that you’d normally fix at home.
  • Pick up a local trinket or don clothing that reflects the local custom, but take some time to revel in the items you bring from home, like photos, a teddy bear, or a favorite sweater.
  • Attend music performances that typically reside outside your genre, but keep your favorite tunes plugged in on your way to class.RomaVeneziaCortona2011Uno 215
  • Learn to bike ride through traffic or hillsides, but walk or grab a taxi when the mood moves you.
  • Join a club or volunteer to become a part of the society around you, but feel free to kick back with a newspaper about home.

In other words, when most of the day or evening is spent tackling something brand new and outside your comfort zone, be sure to balance the challenge with a taste of home – your transition will be smoother and less intimidating. You’ll be more likely to look forward to the next challenge, rather than resist it if you allow yourself an occasional taste of your own culture.

Get by with a Little Help from Your Friends and Family

Don’t underestimate the power of companionship. Whether you seek the tutelage of a professor, the commonality of a roommate with a similar background, or even a brand new group of classmates, it’s important to stay connected. Share your experiences, and you just might learn a few things. Also, meeting locals is a great way to immerse in the culture, and they may end up friends in which to visit or correspond long after you’ve returned home, or otherwise contacts in which to network should you extend your stay.IMG_3202 (2)

Finally, stay in touch with those back home. They will boost your morale, and keep you grounded during those times when you’re a little tired of spreading your wings. Upon return, sharing your adventure will be more meaningful if others have stayed abreast of your ongoing activity while you’re away.IMG_2070

 

All in all, international studies provides many benefits, including exposure to an entirely different culture. Often times, culture shock may hinder a student’s opportunity to fully appreciate all that their host country has to offer. Live it fully, don’t resist the mix of emotions. Learning to transform culture shock into a “cultural adventure” will ensure that you will benefit most from this rewarding experience.ToscanaUno 261

Author Gina Fava studied abroad in Rome, Italy during college. Much of her suspense thriller,  THE SCULPTOR, is based on her “cultural adventure.” The mysterious serial killer in her story is entirely fictional, or so she says. Learn more at www.GinaFava.com.

 

THE MODERN HEROINE: A Mystery Writers Panel

 

How will Gina Fava’s fierce female characters,

ANA MALIA from THE RACE,

and MARA SILVESTRI from THE SCULPTOR,

factor into a  panel discussion with mystery writers involving

“the modern heroine”

JOIN US

May 3, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Mystery Writers Panel: “The Modern Heroine”
Gina Fava, Sharon Healy-Yang, Judith Copek
Friends of the Swansea Library
First Christian Congregational Church
1113 GAR Highway, Swansea, MA

And we’ll be selling and signing copies of all our novels!

Passionate Italians and Hand Gestures

My friends can see me talking from a mile away, even with my back turned. I’m the one with my hands gesticulating in the air, sometimes with elegant precision as I speak on my cell phone, sometimes with wild abandon as I’m ordering a sandwich. That’s because I was raised in an Italian household. Italians are typically expressive, passionate, and animated when communicating with others. It’s a demonstration of engagement and interest. Have you ever seen an Italian converse with his or her hands in their pockets? Never happens.

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Italians, young and old, male or female, gesture naturally. Whether they’re busy licking a gelato, smoking a cigarette, or zipping a manual-shift car around a hilltop town, Italians are quite adept at pairing any activity with vivid hand gestures when engaged in conversation. Writing letters must drive most Italians crazy, as expression is limited. I regularly use emoticons when dashing off an email or posting on social media, because sometimes words are just not enough, and it’s the closest I can get to gesturing.  😉

Most people shake hands, but Italians typically grasp the other’s arm at the same time. Eye contact is important to them, and so is close personal contact. In fact, once a relationship is established, even if an acquaintance, a kiss on both cheeks upon greeting is the norm. Public displays of affection among Italians are prevalent, both among couples and families. Sons and daughters are equally apt to hug and kiss their parents as a sign of respect and affection, and strolling arm and arm through Italian towns as an expression of companionship is practiced by neighbors and friends as much as by Italian couples, who typically prefer a lip lock and tight embrace as further acknowledgement of their mutual affinity.

Americans are known to gesture on occasion, such as a flipped bird (raised middle finger) during rush hour traffic, or pressed thumbs and knuckles in the shape of a heart from a mother to her child on the school bus, or the peace sign from a graduate accepting his diploma, among others. But here are a few Italian gestures you may or may not be aware of:

  • To gesture “Come here,” instead of beckoning with an index finger, an Italian sweeps an entire arm downward.
  • That beckoning index finger might signal a romantic enticement in both cultures. But in Italian culture, one might also do the same to signal that he or she wishes to convey something very important to another.
  • Index fingers pressed against the thumbs with a slight waggle of both hands means an exasperated “What do you want from me?”
  • The index finger twisted into the cheek means something is good, lovely, or tasty.
  • Tapping one’s wrist means “Hurry up.”
  • Two open hands stands for “What’s happening here?”
  • Waggling two hands pressed together as if in fervent prayer begs the question, “What do you want me to do about it?”
  • The backside of one’s fingers brushing the chin is a classic blow off, as in “Who gives a flying fig?”
  • My grandfather used to pat his throat, and say “gola, gola,” meaning that he had chocolate candy or decadent cookies to share. And my nana would simply throw her arms wide, demonstrating the need for a grandchild’s hug.

No matter the exuberant gesture, signal, facial or bodily indication, of which there are hundreds, Italians use them to enhance communication in an uninhibited, liberating way. Take it or leave it, we’re just letting you know how passionate we are on a subject.