Up and Coming

August 2019


Here is The New

Wounded Angels

Book Cover

On Sale January 14, 2020

As promised in last month's announcement, here is the new, final cover design for Wounded Angels.

The Elm Hill team has done a fantastic job in creating a cover that is both dramatic and uplifting! 

I welcome your reactions and comments. 
Themes and Snippets of Wounded Angels
Wounded Angels touches upon a wide number of themes. Here are a few of these themes along with a sample of the writing that supports them. I welcome your reactions and comments. 

Writing from the first-person perspective of a woman – I originally wrote Wounded Angels from a third-person perspective, but the story lacked the emotional impact I hoped to achieve, so I re-wrote the novel from Maureen’s first-person viewpoint. In that way, I was able to “get into her skin” and express how she felt as the story unfolded. Here is an example from the book:

Occasionally someone asked, “And how is the lovely Miss Maureen this morning?”

I was painfully shy. Father looked down at me, smiled, and replied for me, “Lovely as always.” He ended by waving his hand or even better, by tipping his hat just slightly.

“Daddy,” I said, “it’s like you are the mayor or something,” but he quickly corrected me.

“Not at all, my Lady. You are my princess and I am your humble servant.

Suicide and abandonment - When she is still a teenager, the suicide of Maureen’s father leaves her with a lifelong fear of abandonment. Here is another example of the writing:

"The windows were open on that sweltering Fourth of July in 1937: the day my father walked out of my life forever.

Mother, my brother, Ralph, and I waited all morning for Father to come home from the shop so we could go to Coney Island. When he finally stumbled through the door in mid-afternoon, he reeked of alcohol and smoke. I was fourteen and while my father was often sad and angry by then, I had never seen him drunk before."
More Advanced Comments on

Wounded Angels
As I mentioned in my last announcement, I sent advanced copies Wounded Angels to several respected authors and other professionals asking them, if they deemed the book worthwhile, to write a brief review for me. Here are two more of those I have received. 

Martin Herman, author of


and six other books
"Chuck Miceli is a gifted storyteller with a refreshing and positive writing style. He has a talent for creating compelling situations with familiar characters, many of whom you will quickly care about. In his new novel, Wounded Angels, we meet Maureen Russo, a woman who has always been there for friends and loved ones, only to find herself feeling emotionally empty and frantic about what lies ahead. Miceli peppers his tale with an intriguing cast of support players who, along with Maureen, face devastating challenges and discover new meanings for their lives. It is a well told, compelling story."

Penny Goetjen - Award-winning author of


and other novels
"Wounded Angels is a moving account of one Maureen Russo who, at times, appears as fragile as the fraying doily on her faded Davenport, but musters the tenacity to take on life’s adversities when confronted head on. Wounded Angels will grip your heart and hang onto it to the last page. Powerful. Thought-provoking. Uplifting.

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Until the next time, warmest regards,

Chuck Miceli

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