Tuesday, September 6, 2022


 Hi, All!

It is the first Wed of the month, and it's time for another IWSG post. Since I posted about the anthology yesterday, I don't have any insecurities because I am too THRILLED to be published! After twelve years of writing, it finally happened. So, NEVER give up on your writing dreams!

Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and the whole IWSG team, we are given many opportunities to learn, grow, and publish. If you want to join the group, please pop over to Alex's site to sign up. 


Welcome, All

Today I am THRILLED to announce my short story, OLIVER'S GIRL, has been published! YAY!


In his youth, Oliver fell in love with his dream girl. Sixty years pass, and he has a lifetime of memories without her. With the help of his great-granddaughter, will Oliver find his lost love and start again? 

FIRST LOVE -The Art of Making Doughnuts is a charming collection of first love stories written by nine AMAZING writers and myself. A collection by authors you may know... Denise Covey ( Marmalade Sunset), Melissa Maygrove (My Heart Approves ), Linda Budzinski (The Art of Making Doughnuts), Katie Klein (How to Save a Princess), Templeton Moss (My First Love(s)), Sammi Spiziri (The Real Thing), Silvia Ney (Paper Faces),  Kim Elliott (Clyde and Coalesce), and SE White (The Castle of Ohno).

I am honored to have been chosen for this fine Anthology. There is nothing like a true "First Love" story to jolt your memory of YOUR first love. This Anthology will put a smile on your face and warm your heart! 

If you would like to visit our blog tour to find out more tidbits about FIRST LOVE, please visit these wonderful bloggers...



9/1 – IWSG Anthologies Blog, http://iwsganthologies.blogspot.com/

Book blurbs


9/5 - Kelly F Barr, https://kellyfbarr.com/blog/



9/6 - Kelly F Barr, https://kellyfbarr.com/blog/



9/7 – Diane Burton, http://dianeburton.blogspot.com



9/7 - Cathrina Constantine, http://cathrinaconstantine.blogspot.com/

Book feature


9/9 - Sandra Cox, https://sandracox.blogspot.com/2022/09/your-weekend-read-first-love-anthology.html

Book feature


9/12 - Elizabeth s. Craig, https://elizabethspanncraig.com/blog-3/

Article - Working on an Anthology


9/14 – C. Lee McKenzie, https://www.cleemckenziebooks.com/blog/



9/16 - Louise M. Barbour, https://selkiegrey4.blogspot.com/



9/19 - Susan Gourley, https://susangourley.blogspot.com/2022/09/first-love-art-of-making-doughnuts.html


Thank you all for supporting me and the IWSG!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Michael!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Thank you, Alex!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Michael - congratulations on getting your story published ... the anthology looks a great place for it ... all the best Hilary

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Get excited, Michael - release day!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Thanks, Hilary! I appreciate you stopping by my blog!

I am, Diane!!!! Been busy all morning posting on Twitter and FB. Of course, I visited other blogger posts, too! Such fun!

Denise Covey said...

Congratulations Michael. I feel your thrill. So pleased Oliver's Girl made it! Please to be published beside you!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on your release day, Michael! I'm so excited for you.

Liza said...

Congratulations on your inclusion in the anthology. How wonderful for you! Enjoy this time!

H. R. Sinclair said...

CONGRATS! The great news.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Michael, congratulations on your story being published in the anthology. Your story sounds awesome.

cleemckenzie said...

Happy for you, Michael! Great day to celebrate.

Olga Godim said...

Congrats, Michael. Your story deserves the recognition.

Damyanti Biswas said...

Congratulations, Michael! Your story sounds wonderful.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Congrats, Michael!! Can't wait to read yours and the others. I love first love stories!

Sandra Cox said...

Many congrats, Michael.

Deniz Bevan said...

Squee! Congratulations! Hope you have lots of fun on the blog tour!