PRESS

Aug 16

30 Second Commercial for The Sainted Just Released

Michael Medico, author of The Sainted, has announced the release of a 30 second commercial for The Sainted.  Medico said, “Social media has been great for driving consumer traffic to our website.  Now we want to test television to determine if we can achieve the same level of response through more traditional media.”

A campaign is scheduled for Fall of 2016 and is expected to run until The holidays. The commercial can be seen by linking to:

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Aug 16

Performance and Readings from The Sainted

Brick Tower Press and author Michael Medico will present a special event performance and reading from the suspense/thriller, The Sainted.  It takes place on September 15th at Barnes and Noble, Huntington Square Shopping Center, 4000 East Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 at 7 PM. The author commented, “I’ve tried to make these events more than just a reading or signing. I bring in actors and we make the reading more of a performance where we are able to make the characters come alive. Barnes and Noble is a terrific venue and many folks who attend say that it is more like a play and I am sure that everyone who comes to the event will enjoy themselves very much.”

Admission is FREE and the copies of the novel will be available for sale and signing by the author.  Visit www.thesaintednovel.com for more information.

Jul 13

Steve Vaccaro Host of Chapters Rap Interview with Michael Medico

Tuesday, July 12th.  Chapters Rap Radio program hosted by Steve Vaccaro held a radio interview at studios located at York College in Queens, New York.  Great people, great fun and a great day.

 

Jul 13

Special Performance and Reading from the “The Sainted” at Turn of the Corkscrew in Rockville Centre

Brick Tower Press and author Michael Medico will present a special event performance and reading from the new novel, The Sainted. It takes place on August 1st at Turn of the Corkscrew, 110 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY at 7 PM. The author commented, “I’ve tried to make these events more than just a reading or signing. I bring in actors and we make the reading more of a performance where I am able to make the characters come alive. Many folks who attend say that it is more like a play and I am sure that everyone who comes to the event will enjoy themselves very much.”

Medico also commented, “Co-owners Carol and Peggy have made Turn of the Corkscrew a very special venue. The warm and intimate surroundings are enjoyed by all who visit the shop. The readers can find a new or favorite book and enjoy a glass of wine, beer or soft drink or something to eat while reading.”

Admission is Free and the copies of the novel will be available for sale and signing by the author.  Visit www.thesaintednovel.com

About The Sainted: When you’re eight years old, raised in a close Italian family and attending a Catholic grade school in the Bronx, the epic battle between what is good and evil is part of what you learn in school.  For Chris Pella however, these lessons come to life as author Michael Medico, takes the reader on his journey in the suspense thriller The Sainted. Since childhood Chris has held a secret, he can communicate with saints through vivid, sometimes frightening visions. In the blink of an eye Chris is transported back in time where he learns from the men and women who would become blessed icons of the Catholic Church. The mystery unravels as characters, including Beth, a beautiful nurse, his Uncle Al, Suffolk County Chief of Detectives and Julian, the demonic presence enter into Chris’ life.  In The Sainted, the author takes the reader on a terror filled journey which ends in an epic showdown with Satan and his demon hoard.  It is this horror that our hero is forced to confront and it is this evil that tests his resolve to fight for his very soul and the soul of someone he loves. 

Jun 20

Special Performance and Reading from the New Novel “The Sainted” at Turn of the Corkscrew in Rockville Centre

Brick Tower Press and Author Michael Medico will present a special performance and reading from the new novel, The Sainted. It takes place on August 1st at Turn of the Corkscrew, 110 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY at 7 PM. The author commented, “I’ve tried to make these events more than just a reading or signing. I bring in actors and we make the reading more of a performance where I am able to make the characters come alive. We had a very successful turnout at Book Revue and I am sure that everyone who attends this event will enjoy themselves very much.”

Medico also commented, “Co-owners Carol and Peggy have made Turn of the Corkscrew a very special venue. The warm and intimate surroundings are enjoyed by all who visit the shop. The readers can find a new or favorite book and enjoy a glass of wine, beer or soft drink or something to eat while reading.”

Admission is Free and the copies of the novel will be available for sale and signing by the author.

 

 

Mar 07

More Praise and Press for The Sainted

There’s been a lot of buzz around the recent release of the novel, “The Sainted” by author Michael Medico.  Articles in “Long Island.com”, “Huntington Patch”, “Long Island Magazine” and “Response” have helped expanding sales and increase interest.   Interviews with Michael will be coming soon in TBR Newspapers and The Long Islander.   Here’s what some have said:

Debra Gaynor, Author and Ranked Amazon “Vine Voice” Reviewer (5 Stars out of 5) “Author Michael Medico has created a poignant tale that has stayed with me long after I read the last word. A good book entertains but a great book causes one to ponder the meaning; a great book affects one’s soul and perhaps brings about changes. That is the way The Sainted touched me. It left me pondering changes in my life.”  You can read her entire review at http://www.amazon.com/Sainted–Chris-Pella-Novel/dp/1596874368/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446502098&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Sainted+by+Michael+Medico

John Gomez, Radio Host, Long Island News Radio, Interview with Author, “I find interesting the premise…the saints take on the role of Superheroes’’…a fascinating book, this is the first of three.”

Melissa Pilerio Arnold, Writer, TBR Newspapers, Interview for The Times  of Huntington-Northport,   Medico took some time recently to share what it’s like being a newly published author. You can read the entire interview at: interview http://tbrnewsmedia.com/northport-author-explores-faith-and-conflict-in-first-book/

Newsday, Book Section “This Week” Readings and Signings, Northport resident Michael Medico speaks about and signs copies of his novel “The Sainted” at 7p,m.,Book Revue, 313 New York Avenue, Huntington; 631-727-3228

Jan 28

“The Sainted” Author Interviewed on The John Gomez Show

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Michael Medico, author of the novel “The Sainted” was interviewed by talk show host and commentator John Gomez on his daily radio talk show.  The interview aired Wednesday January 27th on WRCN-FM and can be heard on the mp3 file above.  The Sainted novel is published by Brick Tower Press and I Books, John Colby, Publisher.  Michael Medico is represented by Creative Management Group, Alan Morrell CEO

Jan 20

The Sainted in the News

The following is  the latest news regarding “The Sainted” as a number of exciting things have happened since the holidays.  The book continues to receive press as well as interviews that we want to share with you:

There will be a book signing at “Book Revue” (Long Island’s Largest Independent Book Store) sometime in late February or early March (date to be determined).  Hope to see you there. “Long Island Magazine” published the press release in December Author was interviewed for TBR Newspapers by Melissa Arnold and will be published near the date of the book signing “The Sainted” is now available online at Tower Books Author is being interviewed on the “The John Gomez Show” on Thursday January 21, 2016 at 12:35P.

 

 

Dec 15

New Novel, “The Sainted”, by Northport author Michael Medico

From the Huntington Patch:

Brick Tower Press is pleased to announce the release of the new suspense thriller, “The Sainted.”  The Sainted tells the tale of a young boy, Chris Pella, that through visions and encounters can communicate with saints of the Church that have lived throughout the centuries.  In these visions the saints tell him his purpose in life is help those in need and to fight evil and as he becomes a man, that’s what he does.

Medico is quoted as saying, “The evil concocted in The Sainted is real.  It is the ultimate evil that tries to draw men into its sphere, making him comfortable, promising power, all the while luring him or her beyond the point where they can be redeemed.  It is this horror that our hero is forced to confront and it is this evil that tests his resolve to fight for his very soul and the soul of someone he loves.

Medico’s diverse characters and haunting questions raised will remain with the readers long after the story has ended and set an intriguing foundation for a series of more stories

http://patch.com/new-york/huntington/new-novel-sainted-northport-author-michael-medico-0

Dec 07

Long Island Magazine features Local Author, Michael Medico’s Release of “The Sainted,” Book One of a Trilogy

New York, NY – When you are eight years old, raised in a close Italian family, and attending a Catholic grade school in the Bronx, the epic battle between what is good and evil in this world is simply a part of what you learn in school. For Chris Pella however, these lessons come to life in a way he never expected. Author Michael Medico, takes the reader on Chris’ journey, from the moment his life was changed forever to his confrontation with the human embodiment of evil itself.

“In THE SAINTED, the author takes the reader on a terror filled journey which ends in an epic showdown with Satan and his demon hoard. We are very excited to represent Michael’s book sale to IBooks, Brick Tower Press and J. Boylson & Company for publishing his book for film sale to a studio.” – Alan Morell, Creative Management Partners

Chris Pella has a secret. He can communicate with the Saints through vivid, sometimes frightening visions that have overtaken him since childhood. It can happen in the blink of an eye that Chris is transported back in time where he learns from the men and women who would, thousands of years later, become blessed icons of the Catholic Church. Now, as a grown man, this secret remains his but when a close friend’s granddaughter goes missing, Chris must use his gift to find her.

The mystery unravels as characters, including Beth, a beautiful nurse, his Uncle Al, Suffolk County Chief of Detectives and Julian, the demonic presence enter into Chris’ life. What he must confront and what he is needed to do will change him forever and test his deepest-held convictions. Chris, aided by detective and surrogate father Uncle Al, is ultimately faced with a final confrontation that will leave his soul hanging in the balance.

“The evil concocted in THE SAINTED is real… It is the ultimate evil that tries to draw man into its sphere, making him comfortable, promising power, all the while luring him or her beyond that point where they can be redeemed… It is this horror that our hero is forced to confront and it is this evil that tests his resolve to fight for his very soul and the soul of someone he loves.” – Michael Medico

Addressing larger issues of faith and morality against the colorful backdrop of the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue, Huntington and Northport on Long Island’s North Shore, Medico creates a world that is “A Bronx Tale” meets “True Detective”, meets “Millions”. His diverse characters and the haunting questions raised will remain with readers long after the story has ended and set an intriguing foundation for a series of more stories to come.

Dec 05

The Sainted now available in Soft Cover Edition and on ibooks for iPad and Tablets

Brick Tower Press announces that The Sainted is now available in a soft cover edition on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Also announced was the release of the novel on ibooks for iPads and Tablets.

Dec 05

Response This Week

Michael Medico, the retired founder of E&M Advertising (now New York-based Allscope Direct) and a former member of the Response Advisory Board, debuts his new novel, “The Sainted.” Released on Oct. 31, Medico says “The Sainted” is the first of an expected trilogy. For more information, or to purchase the novel, visit: www.thesaintednovel.com.

 

 

Dec 05

Examiner.com – Strong plot shines in debut religious fiction novel

Michael Medico’s ‘The Sainted’ – Rating: Star3

It is easy to fall into the cliché traps of religious fiction when writing this specific genre, especially when it is a writer’s debut novel. However, in the defense of these writers, one cannot write a good religious fiction without having at least some clichés within. These clichés include, but are not limited to, good triumphing over evil (obviously), having doubts and questioning faith, and having an encounter with Satan that strengthens faith and encourages the protagonist to keep fighting for good and for God. New writer Michael Medico did fall into these traps when writing his debut religious fiction The Sainted; however, the way he writes his story will keep readers wanting to know what lies in store for the story’s protagonist, Christopher Pella.

Christopher Pella is an all-around good man. Raised in a close-knit Italian family and having attended Catholic schools while growing up, Chris understands the true meaning of family and having the faith to serve the Almighty. However, Chris has a gift which he keeps hidden from those around him, a gift that brings him closer than some may think to the Almighty: he can speak to the blessed icons of the Catholic Church themselves, the Saints. The Saints show him visions with which he must learn from, visions that can be uplifting or terrifying, but no matter what they are, they always teach a lesson. Now Chris must use these visions to help good prevail over the evil Satan brings to the world.

All in all, a very intriguing premise and very appealing to someone who picks up the book to read about it. The story itself, upon completion, is very good and does make one feel good with the knowledge that in the end, no matter what, good will always triumph over evil. What The Sainted lacks is a solid structure. For such a strong plotline, it has a weak execution and this, for future books, is an easy fix. This weak execution does not make the story bad, but with a solid foundation, it will make future good stories into great stories.

To start with another appealing part of The Sainted, aside from the plot, is the characters. Chris is an incredibly likeable character and readers will only want good things to come his way and for anything evil to leave him alone. His Uncle Al is a fun and quirky character and unleashes great quips of dialog at his nephew who, in turn, dishes them right back, making the relationship they have strong and enjoyable to read. One character, though, Medico must be applauded for and that is Satan. He gave Satan the perfect personality: just the right amount of attitude and sass to make him how anyone would imagine him if they were to meet him on Earth and one who likes to play games with his victims. Satan is perhaps one of, if not THE, hardest character to write in any genre and Medico nailed it on his first try.

Now, to help build the strong foundation for future books for this is the first in a trilogy Medico has chosen to write. With Chris telling the story in first person, it gives readers a good insight as to how he reacts to the visions he receives from the Saints. This is good; however, the point of view, along with the writing tense, jumps considerably. One chapter, it will be told from Chris’s point of view (first person), while in the next chapter, it will be told from the third person point of view and the story will be talking about Uncle Al. And, on occasion, Chris will break the fourth wall and talk directly to the audience (second person). On top of the point of view jumping, the tense changes many times throughout the story. One paragraph, it will be told in the past tense and in the next paragraph, it will be told in the present tense. All of this jumping takes away from the story. A writer must choose which point of view and which tense to write in and stick to that decision.

Another pointer would be to work on detail. Medico has conquered dialog and that really helps to keep the story moving, but the paragraphs containing bits of detail and what the characters are doing at the moment need a bit more development. Mainly, the detail becomes repetitive by constantly saying that this person always did this or Chris couldn’t believe this was happening; very minor things that can easily be tweaked. More details could have also been used to develop the relationship between Chris and Beth. Perhaps Medico was shooting for “love at first sight” for the two, but their relationship moved at a seemingly rapid pace. It is a very cute relationship and fun to read the exchange of dialog between the two, it just needed to slow down a bit.

Aside from strengthen the foundation of his story, Medico did a very good job on his debut. Focusing on lessons such as the difficulty in finding one’s purpose in life and always having faith and never giving up on hope may seem cliché, but they are wonderful lessons that should be remembered. Though the story does seem to come to a close, an excerpt from Medico’s next book helps to remind readers what lies in store for the future and that Chris’s battle against evil is far from over. Future books could include even more saints than the many mentioned in The Sainted and more demons. The possibilities are endless for Medico as he writes the next two books of his trilogy.

Dec 04

The Sainted (Brick Tower Press)

Release date: November 3, 2015 ISBN  978-1-59687-436-7 By Michael Medico “A Chris Pella Novel”

Book one of a Trilogy When you are eight years old, raised in a close Italian family, and attending a Catholic grade school in the Bronx, the epic battle between what is good and evil in this world is simply a part of what you learn in school.  For Chris Pella however, these lessons come to life in a way he never expected.  Author Michael Medico, takes the reader on Chris’ journey, from the moment his life was changed forever to his confrontation with the human embodiment of evil itself.

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