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Searching for a little mystery and love? Got a hankering for the good old days?

My Three Novels

My name is Valentine Cardinale, and welcome. I'd like to tell you a little bit about three novels I wrote,  starting with my latest, One More Dance. They may be just what you need if you're looking for a change of pace.

Just published, One More Dance is a story of love, loss, family, and the search for one bad  character hell bent on murder. I call it a romantic mystery, and it goes like this: 

At a wedding in Italy, Julian Case, a realtor and widower, meets Alegra Rossini. a university professor and single mom, and is struck by her beauty, grace and playfulness as they dance the night away. On the plane back to the States, he's already making plans to see her again. But when Julian enters his home in New Jersey, he discovers his son has been savagely attacked and left for dead. Fearing that whoever beat the young man into a coma is still on the loose, Julian puts his life on hold to join the investigation. Can a father unlock the secret connection and find his son's attacker? Will Julian lose his chance at new love? And what about Alegra? Will she let this promising relationship slip away? Can they weather the storm and let love into their lives for one more dance? 

One More Dance is published by Outskirts Press, Inc. in Parker, Colorado. Copies can be ordered through booksellers such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and independent bookstores and by contacting Outskirts Press (888-672-6657 or  www.outskirtspress.com).  

In The West Side Kidmy second novel, Lorne Bennett, a movie star, is suspected of killing his wife and fleeing after leaving his baby daughter with his wife's sister. Now, twenty-two years later, he's still on the run, the prime suspect in a notorious cold case. His daughter, Laura, now a young woman and living in New York City, has become so consumed with learning as much as she can about her parents and what happened the night her mother was murdered, she starts investigating the case herself. Slowly, the pieces start coming together, but the more she knows, the more her life and the lives of others are endangered.

The West Side Kid won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the mystery category (2010) from the North American Bookdealers Exchange (NABE). The Midwest Book Review called the book "an entertaining thriller, and highly recommended reading." Reader Views said it's "definitely imaginative and engaging, with a fast-moving story, wild twists and turns, and an interesting ending." The Foreword Clarion Review concluded that "Cardinale's fast-paced and imaginative twists and turns should keep his fans asking for more." And The Sacramento Book Review thought The West Side Kid is "a well-written novel with plenty to recommend. While it is a mystery story, it is also the search for meaning and roots . . . a quick and enjoyable read." 

Speaking of roots, my first novel, The Terranovas: A War Family, is inspired in part by my life growing up in New York City. When the story begins, it's the height of World War II, but Anna and Arturo Terranova, who recently came to America from Italy, and their four children have high hopes as they move into a five-room flat in a colorful, working-class section of Manhattan's West Side. They are finally coming together as a family. Then suddenly the war, which seemed so far away, comes crashing into their lives and changes them in a tragic and profound way. It won't be the last time this warm, loving family is tested by forces beyond their control. Again and again, they are caught up in armed conflict, right up to the present time. Will war destroy their dreams? Can the power of family and togetherness overcome the destructive and divisive forces of war and terrorism? 

The Terranovas: A War Family received both Editor's Choice and Reader's Choice designations from the publisher and won First Prize, Published Fiction, in the Arizona Authors Association's 2005 Literary Contest. The book was described in a Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards competition as "exceptionally well-written" and "a model for telling a family historical (saga) story in different viewpoints." And Kirkus Reviews said "the strength of the narrative lies in the well-drawn characters and their personal struggles with the sweeping cultural and historical changes surrounding them."  

Both The Terranovas: A War Family and The West Side Kid are published by iUniverse, Inc., Bloominington, Indiana. Copes are available from the publisher (www.iuniverse.com or 1-800-288-4677), bookstores, or on-line retailers. (See the Order page.)

Finally, I hope you find this site useful and enjoyable. If you have a comment or two, I'd love to hear from you. (See Contact page.)  And thanks for stopping by.