Grand Finale

GRAND FINALE: SAL PEPITONE is 76 years old with eight strokes under his belt. Back in the day, he was a guy with minor league notoriety, back when the papers used to label him with terms like gangster, mobster, known underworld figure, etcetera.And yes, it’s true that Sal was pretty well connected back then, back when the Genovese crime family ran Jersey City… But Sal was never really the muscle, he was generally more of a numbers guy. His only major convictions were for tax-related nonsense, nothing violent. And his one big regret is how he left things back in the summer of ’79. That was the summer that Sal was sent to the beautiful island town of Port Hannasquat to burn down a United States Senator’s vacation home. That was the summer he fell in love with Evelyn Parks. EVELYN PARKS was just a kid back then. 22 years old, fresh out of school, one foot in the door of her old man’s law firm and the other one pointed toward art school. She was smart and beautiful and going through a wild phase. Sometimes back then, she’d break into people’s houses. She never took anything, she just got a kick out of looking around. Back then, a lot of people just left their doors open… Now Evelyn is 66. She’s got three kids, two grandkids, a perfectly respectable boyfriend and plenty of money. But around the time she became a grandmother, Evelyn developed a strangely powerful Intuition, a gift that tells her things she couldn’t possibly know, and shows her the days she hasn’t yet lived. MICHAEL DOHERTY is Sal’s grandson, technically. They barely know each other. The only thing Michael really does know is that Sal can’t be trusted. So when Sal claims to have only four days left to live, Michael thinks he’s bluffing… But Sal also claims to have $100,000 hidden away in a safety deposit box, courtesy of the late Frank Sinatra. And that gets Michael’s attention. All Sal wants in return is a lift to Port Hannasquat. Considering Michael is out of work and newly single, the timing is actually pretty decent. That hundred grand would come in handy. MERDITH RICHARDS is Michael’s best friend. Most people call her Ricky. She’s a Brooklyn songwriter who needs four grand to pay off a recording studio. And even though Ricky doesn’t believe in love, she’s a sucker for romance- especially the doomed, scandalous, star-crossed variety. So when Michael and Sal plot a course to Port Hannasquat, Ricky wants in… But this little road trip is going to get awfully bumpy, especially when the law comes knocking on their door. And considering Sal is technically an escaped con, the law is gonna knock pretty hard.

Meet Christopher Baldi

Hello! I’m a screenwriter who’s been working in film and television for over twenty years. Grand Finale is my first novel, written in a self-righteous huff after my agent rejected the script for being “uncommercial.” -Christopher Baldi

The Teachers: A Year Inside America’s Most Vulnerable, Important Profession

A riveting, must-read, year-in-the-life account of three teachers, combined with reporting that reveals what’s really going on behind school doors, by New York Times bestselling author and education expert Alexandra Robbins.
 
Alexandra Robbins goes behind the scenes to tell the true, sometimes shocking, always inspirational stories of three teachers as they navigate a year in the classroom. She follows Penny, a southern middle school math teacher who grappled with a toxic staff clique at the big school in a small town; Miguel, a special ed teacher in the western United States who fought for his students both as an educator and as an activist; and Rebecca, an East Coast elementary school teacher who struggled to schedule and define a life outside of school. Robbins also interviewed hundreds of other teachers nationwide who share their secrets, dramas, and joys.
 
Interspersed among the teachers’ stories—a seeming scandal, a fourth-grade whodunit, and teacher confessions—are hard-hitting essays featuring cutting-edge reporting on the biggest issues facing teachers today, such as school violence; outrageous parent behavior; inadequate support, staffing, and resources coupled with unrealistic mounting demands; the “myth” of teacher burnout; the COVID-19 pandemic; and ways all of us can help the professionals who are central both to the lives of our children and the heart of our communities.


Meet Alexandra Robbins

Alexandra Robbins is the author of five New York Times bestsellers and a Goodreads Nonfiction Book of the Year,

Their Summer Fling

Hazel Phillips plans everything, so why not a summer fling? She has a good life- a perfect job and great friends. Only one thing is missing- a little meaningless fun. Her sexy new neighbor with six-pack abs might be just what she’s looking for…

When Leo Chapman moves into the Greenview fourplex, he only wants to save money on rent. He doesn’t expect his hot new neighbor to give him an offer he can’t refuse. A summer fling, no strings attached. It’s every guy’s dream, right? It should be. But the sweet, feisty librarian makes him happier than he’s been in years. Too bad she put an end date on their relationship…

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: There are a few steamy scenes


Meet Juliana Stevens

Juliana Stevens is close with her family and grew up in a small town outside Austin. Her favorite pastime is going to the beach and spent many summers in Rockport and Port Aransas, Texas growing up.
She used to write short stories for her friends in middle school and has been an avid reader since elementary.
She lives in Texas with her husband, three kids, and three dogs.

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