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Penny Dreadful and the Poisonberry Fortune

Penny Dreadful and the Poisonberry Fortune

“Highly innovative, enormously entertaining, and just plain crazy-fun!” - Mark Hamill, Actor

This is Book One of a Young Adult novel series.

The story is all about a little Goth Girl named Penny Dreadful and she is about to celebrate her thirteenth birthday. She has no special or unusual powers, yet magic happens around her all the time. And when I say magic, I mean the circumstances and events in her life change because of the way she was taught to look at life. And this comes to no surprise to her, she expects it. She was home schooled by her mother, her father and her uncle. She learned to read, write, fence and talk to animals. Not all animals, just her pets. You know, normal kid stuff. Cover and Chapter Illustrations by Zach Brunner.

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The Halloween Pranksta

Penny Dreadful and the Steampunk Ziggurat

This is Book Two of the Young Adult novel series.

When Penny last visited the Gothic Kingdom all was well. She had made many new friends and looked forward to seeing them more often now that the school year had come to an end. What she hadn’t expected was a surprise visit from Nellie, one of the Lost Girls. She pleaded to Penny for her assistance against a powerful and dangerous man who called himself, the Boilermaker! She told Penny that her sisters had disappeared and were in great danger. Although this Boilermaker character was someone Penny had never heard of before, what concerned most was that Nellie was dressed oddly and spoke very differently than when she had last seen her a few days before. What had happened to Nellie and the Lost Girls? Is the Gothic Kingdom, still the Gothic Kingdom, or did that change as well?

Cover and Chapter Illustrations by Zach Brunner. BOOK LAUNCH COMING IN 2017

The Halloween Pranksta

The Secret of the Cybersapiens

This is Book One of a Young Adult novel series.

What do a mysterious green pendant, disappearing files, and a deadly virus have in common? Nothing--At least, that's what Maxwell Silverhammer and Gadget DeCachet would have told you last week... All Max wanted was to give his girl something special, but from the moment Gadget placed the vibrant green pendant around her neck, everything the young couple thought they knew about themselves-- and their city-- changed for good. Now, even (literal) holes in the fabric of their reality won't stop Max, Gadget, and the rest of their Chromies from answering the question that will save their world-- or destroy it forever: What is the Secret of the Cybersapiens?

Book One of a Young Adult novel series. Cover and Chapter Illustrations by Zach Brunner.

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Virgin Falls: Worst Vacation Ever!

Virgin Falls: Worst Vacation Ever

This is Book One of a Dark Fantasy novel series

Showing off Romantic Get-Away’s latest acquisition, an isolated hunting lodge near majestic Virgin Falls, CEO Kirca Duvall is ready to relax and let go. The four women renting it are kindred spirits, and they could be the first real friends she’s had in a long time.

Threatening their vacation is the real reason why the Penticost family sold the lodge for so far below its market value. Could it have to do with Damien Penticost’s disappearance? Or the sightings of . . . something . . . in the deep woods nearby?

Drinking. Bonding. Fun. Darkness. Terror. It’s a vacation to die for.

Cover Design: Samuel Pizarro II

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Virgin Falls: The Return of the Woodsman

This is Book Two of a Dark Fantasy novel series.

Where is Kirca Duvall?

It’s been a week since she headed to the rustic hunting lodge at majestic Virgin Falls to show around her latest clients—four young women looking for some time away from it all. But Kirca is Romantic Getaways’ CEO, and being out of contact for so long is making her staff nervous.

The newest office interns are dispatched to find her, and the local sheriff is willing to help out. After all, what could have happened? Mysteries abound, and what they find no one could have expected or prepared for.

For the hunting lodge is not eager to give up its secrets, and the woods are not . . . safe.

Cover Design: Samuel Pizarro II

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Carl Paolino in the Queens Ledger

"Maspeth producer reveals Halloween short film"

While trendy areas such as Astoria and Williamsburg seem to be some of the most artsy neighborhoods in the city, don’t count out Maspeth.

In fact, Maspeth native Carl Paolino recently screened his animated short film at Maspeth Federal Savings during an outdoor movie event.

The 13-minute long film, entitled 'The Halloween Pranksta,' follows a boy who looks to pull a mean prank and cause terror on unsuspecting neighbors.

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Carl Paolino in the Queens Ledger

"Carl Paolino takes his first stab at writing"

Maspeth native Carl Paolino has spent much of his life behind the scenes of famed television shows and commercials. Now he has a new focus in the world of literature for young adults.

A professor at the School of Visual Arts, Paolino has worked as a puppet designer for shows like MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch in the late 90s, been a part of the art and animation departments for Saturday Night Live, and also played a crucial role in a number of commercials for companies like Victoria's Secret, Nintendo and Burger King.

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