Up and Coming

November / 2019

Number 2
Counting Down to

Wounded Angels!
I mentioned in my last newsletter that because so much is happening so fast, I'm sending these announcements out twice each month for a while, so right now, here's what's "Up and Coming."

Important Dates

  • Starting December 18, 2019 you can pre-order copies of Wounded Angels for yourself or others at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, and other on-line outlets, or through your favorite local book store.
  • Starting January 14, 2020 you can order and get your copy immediately.
  • Look below for details about the January 25, 2020 "Joint Launch Party" for the release of Wounded Angels and the Ellis' brothers new song album, "LOVE HEALS."

Website is Live!

I trust that you will find my new book website,, visually beautiful, easy to navigate and filled with interesting information about the book. My favorite is the "About Wounded Angels" page that presents the "Story Behind the Story." 

The "Gallery and Trailer" page contains a slide show of pictures and will soon include a dramatic video trailer. 

The purchased buttons don't function yet. They will work after the December 18 "on-order" date for the book.  You can use the other links to access features like upcoming events, media coverage, and current and past newsletter/blog posts.

Feel free to send me a quick note via the "Contact Me" page to let me know what you think of it. Thanks.
More Themes and

Snippets from

Wounded Angels

Here are the next few themes in Wounded Angels along with a sample of the writing that supports them. 

PTSD Recovery- Having children can dramatically impact the way we experience life. Wounded Angels explores how the birth of Maureen and Frank's daughter hastens Frank's recovery from his WW II combat experience. 

“What do you think about this?” Frank asked as he showed me a camera ad in the Sunday paper. “It’s a little expensive but for the money, it’s got a lot of features.”

“I really can’t say. They all look the same to me. What would you do with it?”

“I’d like to take some pictures of you and the baby.”

Our daughter’s birth changed Frank. It was as though Bridget severed links that tethered him to the past and helped him to find new meaning in the present. Frank grew calmer and smiled more. He bought that camera, took night courses in photography, and subscribed to photo magazines.
The quality of his photographs consistently improved and the more he learned, the more appreciation he gained for the artistry of his hobby. He even offered some adult education courses of his own at the local high school and eventually, he returned to the Frank that I first knew.

Duty vs. Honor - The Vietnam Conflict tore at the soul of America and pitted "The Greatest Generation" against those who challenged the need for the current conflict. As described in the book's argument between Frank and his son-in-law, Ryan, one of the most polarizing events during that painful period was the conviction of Lt. William Calley for the My Lai massacre.  

OK mister big shot Marine, what would you have done if you were in that platoon? Disobeyed a lawful order?”

“I was only in the reserves. I wouldn’t even try to compare myself to the regulars who were in actual combat, but that doesn’t excuse killing innocent people.”

“Don’t be so naïve. There was nothing innocent about them. If they weren’t Viet Cong, they were harboring those who were.”

“Oh? Including the women who were praying around the altar and the children and infants too?”

Frank hesitated, “Sometimes in war, things like that are unavoidable. They were collateral damage.”

“Collateral damage?” Ryan stood up and shoved his chair backwards. “They were herded into ditches and machine-gunned!”

“So I’m asking again, what would you have done?”

“I hope I would have had the courage to shoot Calley!”
More Book Blurbs
Here are two more responses I received from my advanced review requests. 

There are so few novels that address the lives of older adults as regular people, rather than some sort of flawed and fragile oddity. Wounded Angels centers on two terribly mismatched women bonded by what they each believe to be insurmountable personal struggles. What I love about this book is that this is not pitying pabulum.
Rather, Wounded Angels is a thoughtful and entertaining examination of how the arc of friendship,its endurance and its conflicts, sustains, challenges, and renews us on life’s journey, no matter what our age or station.  
Jean McGavin
Founder of
This novel delivers a powerful emotional punch… readers will respond viscerally to the tragic and trying circumstances that the characters face--as well as their eventual healing. Perhaps the most notable strength of the book is the prose: the author's ability to convey emotional states through physical description is admirable…emotional resonance is undeniable. The author creates flawed but likeable characters…The heightened contrast between the characters' despair and joy is so severe as to be almost jarring.
Join Us for a Joint Book and Song
Album Launch - January 25, 2020!

I am thrilled to be co-launching Wounded Angels along with Rev. Gordon Ellis's launch of his newest song album, LOVE HEALS, created by him and his brother, Mark.
First Congregational Church of Southington is hosting the event in the church's Memorial Hall from 3 to 5:30 pm on Saturday, January 25, with a snow date of Sunday, January 26, at the same time.

I will present the "Story Behind the Story " of Wounded Angels, including a slide presentation, and read excerpts from the book. Gordon will discuss the development of LOVE HEALS and present selected songs from his album. Copies of both items will be available for sale and Gordon and I will be happy to sign and personalize them for you. Refreshments will be served. If you are in the area, come and join in the celebration!
On the Road Again
Below is a listing of sites that are already set for the Wounded Angels book tour. Click the "More Tour Details" button below for more information.

Want me to present to your social organization, library, book club or other group? Click HERE and leave me a message. Please included the name of the group, the number of people you expect to attend, the contact information for the group leader, and the proposed meeting date(s), location and time. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7 – 8 PM
Southington Lions Club
Wounded Angels and the “Story Behind the Story”

Manor Inn
1636 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike,
Plantsville, CT 06479
Open to Southington Lions Club members
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 3 – 5 PM (Weather date, January 26, 3 – 5 PM)
Launch Event for Wounded Angels book by Chuck Miceli
and Love Heals song album by the Ellis Brothers

First Congregational Church Memorial Hall
37 Main Street
Southington, Connecticut 06716
Free and open to the public
Monday, February 10, 2020
Book discussion of Wounded Angels
Friends Book Club of Southington

Limited to members of the Friends book club
March 20, 2020, Noon - 1:15 PM
Wounded Angels / Life and Love Beyond Loss
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCONN (OLLI at UCONN)

99 East Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Open to current OLLI at UCONN members

March 25, 2020, 10:30 am - noon.
Wounded Angels Book Reading and Signing
Bristol Senior Community Center

240 Stafford Avenue,
Bristol CT, 06010
Free and open to the public. The senior center asks that if you are not a current member, please call 860-584-7895 to register so that they can accommodate everyone.
Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 2 – 5 PM
Wounded Angels Book Reading and Signing
Pittston Memorial Library

47 Broad St, Pittston, Pennsylvania 18640
(570) 654-9565
Free and open to the public
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Laflin Library Book Club Get-together
Laflin Library

47 Laflin Rd, Laflin, Pennsylvania 18702
(570) 654-3323
Open to Laflin Library Book Club members

More Tour Details
That does it for now. Thank you for spending this time with me. If you or others you know are interested in keeping apprised of these updates, please sign up for these announcement blogs on the CONTACT page of website at and / or Like my Facebook author's page at

My goal is to provide you with information that you find interesting and enjoyable. Feel free to jot me a note telling me what you think of these updates and what you would most like me to cover in them. 

Until the next time, warmest regards, Chuck

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