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Newsletter Dated: 11/2/2002 12:01:01 PM
Subject: "Circles of Stone" Pub Date Set
Greetings on a sunny November day in Northern California!
I'm pleased to let you know that Circles of Sone now has a pub date. We're looking at a June/July 2003 release from Hilliard & Harris Publishers. I've gotten four pre-publication reviews so far for the back cover. I'd like to share them with you.
(1) Lynna Banning, author of The Angel of Devil's Camp
"Circles of Stone is a riveting story of love, passion, and a personal quest. I was drawn in and held enthralled by this moving and honest book about a young woman’s search for selfhood and the true story of her birth. Along the way I met engaging secondary characters, tasted an exotic South American setting, laughed, cried, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This is a wonderful story that sticks in your heart long after the last page is turned. A.J. Garrotto is one of those rare writers who truly understands the human spirit."
"A story so real and moving you remember it long after the last page is turned."
"A wonderful book that sticks in your heart."
"A riveting story of love, passion, and a personal quest."
"A moving, honest book by an author who understands the human spirit."
(2) Nancy Cocariu, Director, M.C. International Adoption Agency, Inc.
"Circles of Stone is a compelling novel about a supermodel's search for her birth mother in Peru. At the prime of her career Natalia McCrory gives up everything to find her birth mother and dedicate her life to Peru's orphaned children."
"Exquisitely written! Garrotto eloquently conveys Natalia's feelings of forgiveness, love, desire and inner strength.
"In reading Circles of Stone I found myself living Natalia's journey to Peru. Throughout the book she is faced with important decisions that could destroy her relationship with her parents, fiancée, and her birth mother. From the time she visits El Retiro de Cristo Rey in Sedona to her decision to go to Peru, it is easy to feel Natalia's disenchantment in discovering her personal adoption story and the ultimate discovery of her true spirit.
"A great book is one that stays fresh in your mind for many years. It is one that is read and reread, and with each reading something new will be discovered. Circles of Stone is of this caliber--a novel that will touch the lives of all who read it.
"As director of an international adoption agency I consider Circles of Stone a "must read" for adoptive families, adult adoptees--anyone who wishes to read a great novel!"
(3) Muriel James, Ed.D., D.Min., author of Born to Win and Passion for Life.
"In Circles of Stone, the profound psychological and spiritual implications will surely fan yearnings for transcendence in others, as they have in me. I have the feeling of having reached the top of a mountain."
(4) Camille Minichino, author of The Boric Acid Murder: A Gloria Lamerino Mystery
"With finely drawn characters and sure, confident writing, Garrotto takes you on a spiritual journey through big cities, deserts, and beaches -- in a story that begins and ends in a Peruvian orphanage. You'll love Natalia, as you join in her quest to find meaning, love, and purpose."
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