Italian Tilt

Italian Tilt is a novel that goes beyond  exploring how Donald, the main character, finds romance and discovers a new culture while on a trip to Italy. It also deals with the nature of  personal  growth, the nature of friendship, as well as family conflict and reconciliation.


Meet Carlos Rubio

CARLOS RUBIO was born in Cuba and came to the United States while still an adolescent. After finishing high school, he attended Concord College, West Virginia University and the University of Maryland.

A bilingual novelist, in Spanish he has written Saga, Orisha and Hubris. In 1989 his novel Quadrivium received the Nuevo León International Prize for Novels. In English he is the the author of Orpheus’s Blues, Secret Memories and American Triptych, a trilogy of satirical novels. In 2004 his novel Dead Time received Foreword’s Magazine Book of the Year Award. His novel Forgotten Objects was published by Editions Dedicaces in 2014 and was a finalist in the Readers Choice Awards in 2015. More recently, his novel Doble Filo was a finalist in the 2018 Reinaldo Arenas International Prize for Novels and published in 2019 by Ediciones Alféizar in Spain.

Braving the World: Adventures in Travel and Retirement

“When it came right down to it, our dream trip felt like falling off a cliff.”

After early retirement, in 2017 Pam and her husband Dave packed four suitcases and one beer cooler full of insulin and boarded a one-way flight to Italy for a year-long dream trip.

The dream was to live like locals, find out-of-the-way restaurants, and watch the seasons change.  But behind every dream, there is the reality.

What happens when two people retire from their full-time jobs and realize they have developed separate lives? Is it possible to reconnect, despite the stress of traveling, while living alone together, 24/7, in small apartments? Is there such a thing as too much togetherness? Their dream trip came with other challenges—managing Pam’s Type 1 diabetes, dodging political unrest in Barcelona, and navigating water restrictions in Egypt.   

Through the ups and downs of travel, Pam and Dave start to rebuild their lives together… and look for a little adventure.


Meet Pam Saylor

Pam Saylor grew up in the landlocked Midwest, reading books and dreaming of travel. While on a year-long trip visiting nine countries and two continents, she managed to control her Type 1 diabetes and reconnect with her husband. A former paralegal turned contented retiree and travel addict, Pam lives with her husband Dave in Colorado. Pam and Dave are currently busy trying to agree on their next adventure. Braving the World: Adventures in Travel and Retirement is her first book.