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Introducing Francine Raggalio from Another Side of Perfect, by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog Women's Fiction #RomanceLet’s meet Francine Raggalio from Another Side of Perfect, a Women’s Fiction Romance, by Karen Cino. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Another Side of Perfect by Karen Cino

Genre Women’s Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Richie and Francine’s marriage takes another hit when his dad dies of a massive heart attack. Angelina, Richie’s mom is distraught, not leaving her house. When Francine finds herself pregnant, everyone is ecstatic, especially Angelina. However, their excitement turns into worry when Francine falls putting her pregnancy in high risk, restricting her to bed rest.
Gary Thompson gets traded to another team on the west coast. Toni needs to make the decision to go with him, or stay home and end their relationship. Amy and Jason’s wedding invitations are sent out. The question is will their families accept their wedding? A surprise guest the eve of the wedding will put the spin on the next day’s festivities.

Introducing Francine Raggalio

Please tell me about yourself.
Age: 38
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Real Estate Proprietor
Ethnicity: Italian American
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):
What do you look like?
I’m short, around five foot three, with long brown hair that takes me forever to keep from frizzing. My facial features are small and I have always considered myself ten pounds overweight.
Who is the significant other in your life?
The love of my life, Richie. We’ve been together since high school. We were high school sweethearts and king and queen of the prom.
If we could only hear your voice (but not see you) what characteristic would identify you?
My strong New York acne, which tends to be high pitched when I get excitable.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Even though my husband is a retired, professional ballplayer, we tend to live comfortably. We do live in a big house, but I do my own cleaning. We have never lived extravagantly, even though we could have i we choose.
What is your viewpoint on wealth?
Wealth is only a number. I feel that wealth comes from the heart.
On what special skills do you rely?
On my customer service skills, which go with a hell of a lot of patience when dealing with people.
What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?
Besides my wallet and sunglasses, my lipstick and tissues. I always have a pad and pen in my purse in the event I see a for sale by owner sign.
What is your family like?
My extended family includes Richie’s Mom and Dad. They are fun loving and treat me as if I were their daughter.
Are you close to family?
Yes. My in-laws always spend time with us. When I went through breast cancer, my mother-in-law was their everyday taking care of me.
Do you have children?
Not yet. Hoping to get through this pregnancy.
Are you involved in your community?
Yes. I always go to charity events, visit the pediatric ward to bring my husband’s swag to pass out. Richie and I always attend events together and give to this events.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
Absolutely. I kept from my husband in The Perfect Pitch the hidden basement. It was decision Amy, Toni and I decided to take despite the fallout we received when are secret was revealed.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I always feel that because I was in foster care and had nothing, that I didn’t deserve to have such a wonderful life with the man of my dreams. Because he was the New York Pelicans number one pitcher with beautiful women always around him, I also doubted that I was good enough for him.
What past event causes you the most fear?
After losing my parents in a car accident, I always fear that I am going to lose Richie and the life I love.
What is your biggest need?
To be around my family and the need to feel loved by those around me.
What are your biggest hopes and dreams?
To have a healthy baby and seeing my friends and family be happy.
What would you like to tell your writer?
I’d like to thank her for giving me such an interesting and adventurous life. I learned lot about myself by going through the challenges you put me through.
What would you like people who hear your story to know?
That you can get through any situation if you put your heart and soul into it.

Where to buy Another Side of Perfect

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Another-Side-Perfect-Seaside-Boulevard-ebook/dp/B07CGH66KV/

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
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Another Side of Perfect by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #WomensFiction #ContemporaryRomanceKaren Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Another Side of Perfect by Karen Cino

Genre Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Richie and Francine’s marriage takes another hit when his dad dies of a massive heart attack. Angelina, Richie’s mom is distraught, not leaving her house. When Francine finds herself pregnant, everyone is ecstatic, especially Angelina.
However, their excitement turns into worry when Francine falls putting her pregnancy in high risk, restricting her to bed rest.
Gary Thompson gets traded to another team on the west coast. Toni needs to make the decision to go with him, or stay home and end their relationship. Amy and Jason’s wedding invitations are sent out. The question is will their families accept their wedding? A surprise guest the eve of the wedding will put the spin on the next day’s festivities.

Know the Hero from Another Side of Perfect

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
If Richie is home, he’ll spend time with Francine: watching television or just chatting. If he’s on the road, he’ll call Francine good night and go over his work schedule for the next day.
What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?
Anything Italian. He won’t think twice about eating cold macaroni or pizza. If he’s out, he would help himself to a big bag of corn chips and then workout afterwards.
Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.
When at home jeans and a T-shirt. If at the ballpark his baseball uniform.
Does he know how to fix things?
Yes. He can make simple repairs. But because he’s on the road so much, he’ll call someone from the local mom and pop store to take care of any major repairs.
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Boy, you don’t want to be around for this. As patient as he is, if he can’t handle a minor repair, there will be a lot of swearing going on. The last time he tried to do some painting touching up, he messed up, causing him to go crazy. Needless to say, he hired the local painter to redo what he messed up.
How does he act around children he doesn’t know?
He is grateful, signing autographs and posing for pictures. He visits hospitals and help young pitchers from little league through college develop their pitching. He has also helped young girls playing softball teaching them the craft.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
Richie is energetic. He goes out jogging early every morning no matter if he’s home or on the road. When he come back, it’s a cup of coffee and a protein filled breakfast.
Can he use chopsticks?
Absolutely!
Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?
He has one cup of coffee with half and half. After that it’s water or orange gatorade.
What apps would he have on his phone?
Besides Facebook, twitter and instagram, he has apps to major league baseball and football. He also has Dicks sporting good store, dropbox, pandora, heart and Amazon Alexa.
Android or iPhone?
iphone
Beard or clean-shaven?
Clean Shaven.
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
Unadorned skin. His baseball team, The New York Pelicans wants their players clean-shaven with no earrings, piecing or tattoos on the face. They also want short hair,
Personal vehicle or public transport?
He sports around with his BMW convertible. When he’s on the road with his team––a extra long greyhound bus.
Recycle or toss?
Recyle. He’s a firm believer in saving the universe and protecting wildlife.
Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Another Side of Perfect

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Another-Side-Perfect-Seaside-Boulevard-ebook/dp/B07CGH66KV/

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She is also busy writing newsletters and newspaper articles for the 55 and over community she resides at.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y

 

Let’s meet Francine Raggalio from Another Side of Perfect, a Women’s Fiction Romance by Karen Cino. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Another Side of Perfect by Karen Cino

Genre: Women’s Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Richie and Francine’s marriage takes another hit. When Francine finds herself pregnant, everyone is ecstatic, especially Angelina. However, their excitement turns into worry when Francine falls putting her pregnancy in high risk, restricting her to bed rest. Gary Thompson gets traded to another team on the west coast. Toni needs to make the decision to go with him, or stay home and end their relationship. Amy and Jason’s wedding invitations are sent out. The question is will their families accept their wedding? A surprise guest the eve of the wedding will put the spin on the next day’s festivities.
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 32
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Real Estate Broker
Ethnicity: Italian American
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I have long brown hair complimented by big brown eyes. I’m petite, standing at only five foot two and I can afford to lose ten pounds.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
My parents were killed in a car crash, leaving me awarded to the state. I was sent from one foster family to another. Once I attended high school I met the love of my life Richie Raggalio and we’ve been together since. Yes, we have had our ups and down, but through it all we stayed through to one another. One of my flaws is that I always doubt my relationship with Richie. I never felt that I was on the same level as him, with him coming from a stable loving family. I’m a real estate broker and my two best friends Amy and Toni work with me. There is always something going on in my life be it an adventure with my friends and my latest a high risk pregnancy. I love my life and hope that you come along for the ride with me.
Who is the significant other in your life?
My high school sweetheart, Richie. I was at the first game he pitched in high school and the last game he pitched before retiring from major league baseball. We’ve been through so much together and our relationship continued to get stronger each day.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?
I am an only child.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I had a brown haired rag doll that my mother bought me. I still have that doll as a reminder of my mother.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Eggplant parmagiana made by my mother-in-law.
Tell us about your best friend.
I have two best friends but am closer to Amy. Toni and I went through the foster care system together. We were lucky to live in the same neighborhood.In high school I met Amy who was always there for me as I for her.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I’ve been all over the country with Richie but the one place I’d love to visit is Hawaii where I can just lay in the sun and relax. I’d also love top go to Switzerland during the winter. I always wanted to learn how to ski and I heard they have an awesome beginners path.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
The intersection where my parents were killed in a car accident.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
I’d like to meet the Queen of England so I can learn more about her family values and her family.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
There’s no one I would avoid. I love being around people.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d travel back to my childhood so I could spend more time with my parents, get to know them better and be able to tell them I loved them one last time.

Questions for the Author

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Besides finding time to write, I’d say it was keeping up with my characters. At times they took over, so I had to make sure I kept them in line.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
I choose Francine because she had a lot thrown at her and I admire how she put her family and friends before her own health.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Francine is a strong character and at times her whining and mushiness got on my nerves. Come on-we know how much she loves her husband.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
No. This is the 3rd book in the Seaside Boulevard Series.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
I’d like to write a historical and/or time travel.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I hate sitting outside and I can’t write in my pajamas.
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
This book is intense, dealing with real life situations that I feel the reader can relate to. Each book in the series is a stand alone.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
I’d like to thank my readers for their support. I’m hoping to get the first book in my new series out by the fall.

Where to buy Another Side of Perfect

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Another-Side-Perfect-Seaside-Boulevard/dp/1981309748/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/another-side-of-perfect-karen-cino/1128513634

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She is also busy writing newsletters and newspaper articles for the 55 and over community she resides at.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y

 

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