Autism Awareness Giveaway: The Legend of Mickey Tussler by Frank Nappi

Annual Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop
April 11th to 17th

I’ve got a second great giveaway for you as part of the Autism Awareness Hop.

Welcome to Author Frank Nappi

Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA’s silver medal for outstanding fiction for 2006. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a screenplay adaptation of the touching story which aired nationwide in the fall of 2011 (A Mile in His Shoes starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder). Frank continues to produce quality work, including The Legend of Mickey Tussler: Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story, and is presently at work on a third installment of the unique series. Frank lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

Links:
Website: http://www.franknappi.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/franknappi


Interview:

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
F. Scott Fitzgerald

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A baseball Player

Hidden talent?
Ping Pong

One food you would never eat?
Any fish

Pet Peeves?
Milk products and ignorant people

Skittles or M&Ms?
M &Ms for sure.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Like with any good book, The Legend of Mickey Tussler and Sophomore Campaign will open windows for you that your previously did not realize were closed.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
My love for language and my special friendship with two WWII veterans. This special friendship led to my first book Echoes from the Infantry.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Seeing my novel The Legend of Mickey Tussler turned into a feature film (A Mile in His Shoes) starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. 

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Just keep writing…

What is your favorite quote?
“So we beat on, boats against the current borne back ceaselessly into the past” – The Great Gatsby


If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Enclosed spaces

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Summer

Favorite music?
Country

Beach or Pool?
Beach


The Legend of Mickey Tussler

Seventeen-year-old Mickey Tussler is recruited to play for a minor league affiliate of the Boston Braves. Arthur Murphy swears Mickey has the greatest arm he has ever seen, that anybody has ever seen.  And it might be true.  But Mickey’s autism is prohibitive.  It keeps him sealed off from a world he scarcely understands.  Lost both in the memory of his former life with an abusive father and the challenges of a new world filled with heckling teammates, opponents and fans, there’s no way Mickey can succeed.  But his inimitable talent — one of the most gifted arms in the history of baseball — gives him a chance. Can he survive a real life dream?  Or are the harsh realities of life too much for him?  This is the powerful underdog story of how a young man with an extraordinary gift comes of age in a harsh and competitive world.



Sophomore Campaign

It’s 1949 and eighteen-year-old pitching phenom Mickey Tussler is back with the rejuvenated minor league Brewers in the sequel to The Legend of Mickey Tussler (the basis for the television movie A Mile in His Shoes). Despite Mickey’s proclamation that he will never play baseball again after last season’s violent conclusion, his manager and now surrogate father Arthur Murphy cajoles the emotionally fragile, socially awkward boy with autism into giving it another shot. Mickey reluctantly returns to the field and must once again cope with the violence and hatred around him. When a young African American player joins the team, the entire team is subjected to racial threats and episodes of violence, one of which Mickey witnesses firsthand. Struggling to understand such ugliness and hatred, and fearful of reprisal should he tell anyone about what he hasseen, the boy’s performance on the field suffers. Mickey now must deal with a side of human nature he scarcely comprehends.

Giveaway Details 
1 winner will receive a copy of both The Legend of Mickey Tussler & Sophomore Campaign
Open to US only
Ends 4/17/12

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