Creating “Pure and Tarnished Hearts in America”
Wisconsin: The 19th Century briefly returned to Milwaukee as author Arthur Cola gathered his family to create photo images depicting the landing of Irish Immigrants in America circa 1850. Their task was to reproduce the look and feel of some of the most famous images from that period of Irish-American history. Off the author and his entourage went to Miller and Campbell Costume Co. of Milwaukee on First Street. By the time the 21st Century clothes were replaced by 19th Century ones the characters of his upcoming novel: Pure and Tarnished Hearts seemed to come to life. Arthur Colaianni V was transformed into James Richard Shields one of the heroes of the new novel which is a tale of Irish immigrants coming to America from the horrors of Ireland during the potato blight years. Connor Smith became Aengus O’Flaherty, the Aran Islands fisherman lad who fancied himself as a Celtic Warrior and the best mate of James. Meghan Timler took on the persona of Meghan O’Grady the heroine whose heart belonged to James but in secret as he announced his intention to become a priest. Riley Smith picked up his violin and became the fiddler Riley McCarthy, the lad from Mulberry Street in New York City who would become the catalyst in changing his impoverished mates into a 19th Century Singing troupe which would wow the city. Mack Timler buttoned his tweed suit coat and donned his cap and suddenly he was Mackain Kelly of Doolin, Ireland who befriends Michael Nagle whose love for Meghan would change his and Mack’s life as they pursue the lass to America. Olivia Colaianni experienced a personality change as she clothed herself in a period high society gown and effused the character of Olivia Seymour of New York City who is a socialite coming to understand the newcomers and their Catholic faith as not being a threat to the American way of life but rather an enhancement of what Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness really means for all people. Completing the photo shoot was Mark Timler who adjusted that white clerical collar and became Father Thomas O’Malley, friend, teacher, leader and priest to the James, Aengus and Meghan who watches over them as they arrive in America which was a very different nation than it is today. For they must face the anti-immigrant Secret Society of the Star Spangled Banner, a real group of the day which was an off shoot of the Nativist American Party known in today’s history books as the know-nothings.
Arranged on the studio stage of Main Stage, Milwaukee by photographer Ron Colaianni, who looked more like a Hollywood cinematographer as shadows were addressed and expressions ordered to be changed to reflect 19th century appearance. First came the group shot which will be magically changed to fit a scene at Independence Hall in Philadelphia were some of the action of the tale takes place by the book’s illustrator John Colaianni of Burlington, WI. Then came some silly shots to relax the faces after holding stoic expressions and finally the head shots which will be featured in the acknowledgement section of the new book.
“Pure and Tarhished Hearts in America” is a sequel to Arthur Cola’s sixth novel: Journey of Three Pure Hearts. All the novels of Arthur Cola may be found on Amazon and Kindle.
The author hopes to debut his latest work at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest in August of 2015. It will make its appearance at Irish Fest in Dublin Ohio in August, Irish Fest, Pittsburgh PA in September and at I.B.A.M./Chicago later in the fall along with his other legendary tales, historical fiction and Renaissance mystery novels.
I am sending out some book order forms so that readers may get signed copies in time for Christmas. If anyone is interested just email me and request that I send an order form to you. It will also have a summary of each of my six novels, so that you may choose the right one for that reader in your life whether they be mature, teens or youngsters. And don’t forget my story about the miracle of Christmas Love, just perfect for the holiday season (Stolen Christmas). email; email@example.com.
New novels for the holiday season.
Take a look at my new books.
“Stolen Christmas” (ISBN: 978-1-78299-439-8)
This tale blends a Romeo and Juliet theme with a David and Goliath theme as it presents a charming holiday story for the whole family.
“It’s the season celebrating the love born in Bethlehem long ago when in the heart of Chicago a young Pastor struggles to save his Church. Two cultures are about to collide as a Mexican-American girl and an Italian-American boy reveal their relationship. The innocence of a young boy is about to be tested as he comes to the aide of his Church by enacting a dastardly deed to save it from demolition on the day after Christmas. Amidst these emotions of aa dejected priest, lovelorn teens and a boy who still believes that Christmas is a time for miracles there enters a white bearded stranger. The mysterious gentleman, known as Mr. Nick, shows not only these charactgers but an entire city the power of faith and love.”
“Journey of Three Pure Hearts”
“Bro-Mance” and “Romance” in Victorian Era Ireland and America
Arthur Cola has woven a coming of age tale in “Journey of Three Pure Hearts.” This is Book One of “The Doonagore Theft Trilogy.” The tale takes three teens in famine devastated Ireland on a Journey to America. Experience their life adventure as their families seek to give them a future of hope in the land of golden opportunity. Join James Shields, Aengus O’Flaherty and Meghan O’Grady as their lives become entangled in a triangle of friendship which grows into something more as a vocation to the priesthood is tested, boys start to become men, prejudice presents itself in a violent manner and love binds friend to friend, man to woman and “brother” to “brother.”
In this time of immigration concerns, this tale presents events which took place in the 19 th Century but is quite relevant to what is taking place in the present day in our nation. “Journey of Three Pure Hearts” is Book One of what will be my Doonagore Theft Trilogy, which will come to completion in late 2015.
Both books may be ordered at http://www.feedaread.com/ and on http://www.kindledirect.com/arthurcola
You may learn more about them on my web site: Legendary Tales of Arthur Cola – Home
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“Stolen Christmas” is the newest tale. To be published this summer.
“Stolen Christmas” is the newest tale. To be published this summer.
Romeo and Juliet meet The Bells of St. Mary’s
(A review of the novel “Stolen Christmas” by Arthur Cola)
By Richard Shields Colaianni
“Stolen Christmas” is a story which Hallmark Channel should take to its heart. Taking place in the season of hope, joy and love these attributes perfectly describe this tale not set on the streets of Verona, Italy nor in the urban immigrant neighborhoods of New York City, but in the very heart of Chicago where that legendary cow kicked over that infamous lantern which caused the catastrophic fire. Those streets so familiar to those who grew up in the “Windy City” with names like DeKoven, Lexington, Halsted and of course Taylor encompass what is known as “Little Italy.” There in this old immigrant neighborhood a pair of love struck teens bring that story of alienated families divided by culture and ethnicity into contemporary time. Their two worlds reflect the current issue of what it means to be American. Now mix these two teens not with Bing Crosby’s rendition of Father O’Malley but rather a young pastor named Father Anthony Frazzini. The new pastor is about to lose his Church to a large land development corporation who owns the lease to the land on which the Church stands and you begin to get a sense of this merging of the love story of the ages with the tender almost nostalgic rendering of the actual symbol of Italian immigration to America in the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii. Now add to this mix a third grade boy who learns about the impending end of his Church and School and you almost have the combination you need for this tale of childhood innocence, confrontation of adult forces and impetuousness of youth needed to create a compelling tale which impacts one’s heart and soul.
That final ingredient needed to fully bring this tale of David and Goliath, Montagues and Capulets, Mr. Bogardus and Father O’Malley to life is none other than Jolly Ole’ St. Nick. But there are no reindeer, sleigh or adventures to the North Pole in this story. Rather the young lad forms a plot to prevent Christmas from being celebrated and thus stop the demolition of his Church on December 26th. The encounter of the boy, as he sets out to implement his dastardly deed, and a kindly old gentleman with a long white beard sets into motion a series of events which strike at the very heart of what Christmas entails. The action unfolds as the Pastor, teen lovers (Elena Gonzalez and John Nannini), third grader Romero Gonzalez and the gentlemen they call Mr. Nick come to grips with the breaking of the 7th Commandment for a noble cause and stand ready to battle a giant on Taylor Street in “Little Italy” of Chicago.
Look for the publication of “Stolen Christmas” on amazon.com and at http://www.feedaread.com later this summer and get your copy in time for the holiday season. Author Arthur Cola will be presenting his new book at Al’s, Chicago’s #1 Beef, at 1079 W. Taylor St. in Chicago, on Sat. July 13th beginning at 11 a.m.
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