Today, I am very pleased to welcome a talented colleague and fellow member of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB to our Fiora Books site! Micki is the club’s current “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR and her book “And the Whippoorwill Sang” has a moving story to tell. Welcome Micki!

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What’s In A Word?

“In the beginning was the word . . .”
John 1:1 King James Bible

Remember the childhood taunt, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me?” (from Robert Fulghum). This is not true. The “pen is mightier than the sword,” and the complexity of language plays upon everyday living. It can be subtle,(my favorite) sarcastic, ironic, menacing, hateful, loving, instructive; the list is long. Ultimately words hurt much more than stones, because the scars from hurtful words do not always heal.

Writing is how I express emotions that cannot be exposed through any other outlet. All the feelings that encompass my psyche, subconscious mind, and yes, even soul, are transposed to a large yellow legal pad with an Erasermate pen. This most sacred experience allows me to examine my feelings from other points of view, vent words that hide from me verbally as I cope with the school of life–hoping to pass the test.

Words make or break relationships, erase the tears of a crying child, soothe an aching heart, cheer on an athlete, or manipulate an enemy. Words are power and it is essential to learn to use them wisely, to understand their strength. As applied to writing, proper word choice is critical to a successful essay, short story or novel. Making an error in word usage can change the tempo and alter the perspective of any given piece of writing.

Years ago, four years of Latin was a required course in High School. Students groaned, but this arcane language was the best example of how the nuance of a word can completely change the meaning of a sentence or story. English, based in part, on Latin, is no different.

The words one uses in narrative or description develop character traits and personality.”He was a tempting, seductive piece of work,” shows the reader much about this character, as does, “She donned her reading glasses and began stamping books the children brought to the library desk.” Words in dialogue express emotions and character behavior. Words are all one has to work with, both in real life and in writing. It is prudent to choose them well. Roget’s Thesaurus should be every writer’s bible, packed as it is with synonyms that shift context and meaning in subtle ways.

Who and what I am or hope to become is evident in my stories. In romance, I am the character searching for love, in paranormal, I am the character facing his/her demons, real or imagined. Humorous stories disguise me in my character’s take on the foibles of daily living. In every story that I write, I am there–in words.

“Words express ideas, name things. They carry you from one place to another. . . When your words change, you change.” Taken from The World Book Complete Word Power Library. “‘In the Miracle Worker,’ based on the life of Helen Keller, the little blind and deaf girl’s mother asks the child’s teacher what is to be taught first. “Language, I hope, replies the teacher . . . what is she without words?” Taken from the Dictionary of Problems and Expressions,” by Harry Shaw.

My losses, sorrows, joys, loves and dreams are forever etched in print. They cannot exist without me or me without them. Yet, I do not write to live, or live to write. Writing helps me make sense of the drama called life. Writing defines me.
It is an avenue of escape in an uncertain, sometimes frightening world – where love is fragile, dreams shatter, hope is dashed, then renewed. Writing takes me through the dark tunnel to the awaiting light. I will one day pass on to another realm with writing as my epitaph. Writing is not what I do . . . It is who I am.

Micki Peluso began writing after a personal tragedy. This led to a first time publication in Victimology: An International Magazine and a career in Journalism. She’s freelanced and been staff writer for one major newspaper, written for two more and has published short fiction and non-fiction, as well as slice of life stories in colleges, magazines and e-zine editions. Her first book was published in 2012; a funny family memoir of love, loss and survival, called, . . . And THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG which won the Nesta CBC Silver Award for ‘Writing That Builds Character’, won third place in the Predators and Editors Contest and first place for People’s Choice Monthly Award. This book is close to her heart since it’s a deathbed promise to her dying child. It has the humor of ‘Cheaper by the Dozen,’ with the heart of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird. Some reviewers liken her writing to a cross between Erma Bombeck and Harper lee. She has over a dozen short stories in ‘Women’s Memoirs’, ‘Tales2inspire’, and ‘Creature Features’. Two of her short horror stories were recently published in an International Award winning anthology called “Speed of Dark.” She is presently working on a collection of short fiction, and slice of life stories in a book collection called, ‘Don’t Pluck the Duck’, due to be released in late 2017. Her first children’s story, ‘The Cat Who Wanted a Dog’ will be released in June of 2017. Author Peluso is a multi-genre and speculative writer who plans to tackle novels next.

To learn more about Micki Peluso, or to purchase her book, …AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG,
please visit:
Twitter: @mickipeluso
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndTheWhippoorwillSang
Website: http://www.mallie1025.blogspot.com/
Email: mallie1025@aol.com



Micki Peluso


Micki Peluso began writing after a personal tragedy, which lead to publication in Victimology: An International Magazine and a 25 year career in Journalism. She’s been staff writer for one major newspaper and freelanced for two more. Twelve of her award winning short fiction and slice of life stories are published in anthologies, magazines and e-zines. Her debut book was published in 2012; a funny family memoir of love, loss and survival, called, . . .AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG which won the Nesta CBC Silver Award for writing that builds character. She is presently working on a collection of short fiction, slice of life stories and essays, in a book called, DON’T PLUCK THE DUCK. Her debut children’s book, ‘The Cat Who Wanted a Dog’ will be released in June, 2016.

About John Fioravanti

Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!

57 thoughts on “What’s In A Word? by “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR, MICKI PELUSO

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    Micki Peluso

    July 16, 2016 at 4:15pm

    John, the week is over and i will miss it. Thanks for being a superb host and friend during this experience.

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    July 14, 2016 at 7:40am

    Oh I forgot to say, thank you, John for hosting Micki. She’s one of the best.
    Shalom aleichem,

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    July 14, 2016 at 7:39am

    Humorful and sad. And The Whippoorwill Sang will have you laughing so hard that you are crying and yet there is also a part of the book that will have you crying because of one mother’s helpless to save one of her precious jewels, her child, Noelle, who was a bright star in the family.
    Micki, I have often told you that this book is your greatest achievement because it chains the reader and keeps us reading until the end like visiting a beautiful Shakespearean play.
    You are a gifted writer and I am so happy to know you and call you friend.
    Shalom aleichem,

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      Micki Peluso

      July 14, 2016 at 8:39pm

      Pat, thanks for dropping by and for all your accolades! You are not just a blessed friend but one of my best supporters in all walks of life. Congrats upon joining RRBC!!

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    July 14, 2016 at 5:45am

    Sorry I’m so late to this. I have now finished following your tour backwards lols. I hope you’re having a lovely week in the Spotlight, Micki!! And I’ve enjoyed every one of your posts. Best of luck with everything. 🙂
    John, thank you for hosting Micki on her Spotlight tour 🙂

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      Micki Peluso

      July 14, 2016 at 8:41pm

      No problem, Harmony. I had to do that once with a spotlight winner too. I appreciate your support. Now I’m retracing the tour for latecomers :).

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    July 13, 2016 at 7:48am

    Hi Micki, I am looking in here rather late, but as the saying goes, it’s better late than never. Congrats on your tour, and may it be fruitful. I have already read and reviewed your book. 🙂 Thank you John F. for hosting her.

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      Micki Peluso

      July 13, 2016 at 8:53pm

      Hi Jin, I just spoke to you minutes ago on another tour day lol. Don’t forget to let me know what name you reviewed under. You may have used this name but I didn’t know you then. Thanks for taking the time to visit the different tour days.


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    Penelope Silvers

    July 11, 2016 at 11:08pm

    Hello Micki & John! Love your piece on words and the power they wield. Oh, so true. I’ve been on the receiving end of the sticks and stones and I’ve thrown a few myself–regretfully. You describe both so beautifully. Congrats on being honored, my friend.

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      Micki Peluso

      July 12, 2016 at 2:27pm

      Hello Penelope. It’s so nice to see you here supporting me on the blog tour as you support me in life, my friend.

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    Natalie Ducey

    July 11, 2016 at 3:38pm

    Congratulations, Micki, on this well deserved honour! This post captures so beautifully the majestic, yet humbling experience of a writer. I look forward to all your stops along your Spotlight tour.
    Many thanks, John, for such a warm welcome. 🙂

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      Micki Peluso

      July 11, 2016 at 11:22pm

      Thanks, Natalie, I really appreciate you stopping on my tour blogs. I haven’t had this much attention in a long time . 🙂

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    Marcha's Two-Cents Worth

    July 10, 2016 at 5:09pm

    Beautiful post! Writing can come from the depths of our soul and lead the path to healing and renewal. When one of my grandchildren was going through a difficult time when she was around 2nd or 3rd grade the counselor introduced her to journaling, which I thought was totally brilliant. My journals kept me sane during many difficult years. Writing is truly powerful and one of the things that defines us as human.

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      Micki Peluso

      July 11, 2016 at 11:26pm

      Marcha, you are so right. This book has helped many people but I think it saved my sanity, if not my life. And the same can be said for my short pieces. Thanks for your insightful comment.

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    James R. Fox

    July 10, 2016 at 4:09pm

    Thank you Micki for your insight into writing. Placing pen to paper, to fill the blank sheet is not an easy task. Sharpening a dull blade takes honing, planting flowers takes time. Welcome the chance to share your thoughts and emotions by words that comes from your heart soul and mind.

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        James R. Fox

        July 11, 2016 at 3:28pm

        I know how difficult it is to write. There are no training wheels when it comes to writing. Everyone has their own individual style that they must navigate to accomplish the narrative.

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        Micki Peluso

        July 11, 2016 at 11:31pm

        John, you are a perfect host and made my first blog tour an enjoyable experience.

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      Micki Peluso

      July 11, 2016 at 11:29pm

      That was so well said , James, and rings of truth. I do believe our words define us. Thanks for your support.

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    Bette A. Stevens

    July 10, 2016 at 2:30pm

    Dearest Micki,

    Congrats on your Spotlight, my talented and beautiful friend! What a lovely post to kick off your #RRBC Spotlight tour. May blessings and love follow you always!


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      John Fioravanti

      July 10, 2016 at 3:34pm

      Bette, it is a great pleasure to have you grace this site with your presence! Thank you!

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        Micki Peluso

        July 10, 2016 at 5:08pm

        John, it is so delightful to be a guest on your wonderful blog. Thank you!!

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      Micki Peluso

      July 10, 2016 at 5:06pm

      Thanks, Bette, my good friend and one of my greatest fans. I appreciate your support.

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    Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    July 10, 2016 at 10:54am

    Micki, truer words were never spoken. You are a woman after my own heart. I wrote a piece about words titled “Language” in community college because of personal concerns. Congratulations on sharing your story with us. And John, thank you for hosting which brings Micki to us.

    Congratulations Spotlight Author Micki Peluso!!

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    Jan Hawke

    July 10, 2016 at 9:56am

    Micki – you took my breath away. Again! 😀 Love your writing, whatever you write <3
    John – thanks for having us all over 😉

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    July 10, 2016 at 9:23am

    Although Latin wasn’t required when I was in school, I still took it all four years of high school and college. It taught me so many things about words and language in general. It’s a shame that it’s not required any longer.

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      John Fioravanti

      July 10, 2016 at 10:59am

      Thanks for stopping by today, Rebecca. Here in Canada, I took 5 years of Latin (we had grade 13 back then) and I couldn’t agree with you more!

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      Micki Peluso

      July 10, 2016 at 5:15pm

      Happy that you dropped by, Rebecca. It is a shame since Latin is the basis of so many English words. It also helps in learning French and Spanish and other Latin based languages.

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      Micki Peluso

      July 10, 2016 at 5:17pm

      Thanks, Michelle, but I am still a work in progress. I’m already having more fun that any person deserves :).

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    Gwen Plano

    July 10, 2016 at 7:43am

    Congratulations on being RRBC’s Spotlight Author, Micki. You write powerfully and beautifully, and your description of why you write is simply amazing. Thank you, John, for hosting Micki.

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      John Fioravanti

      July 10, 2016 at 11:02am

      It’s always good to see you here at Fiora Books, Gwen. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Micki Peluso

      July 10, 2016 at 5:19pm

      Thanks Gwen, it’s an honor to be a Spotlight Author and an even bigger one to be among a group so talented.

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    Linda Mims

    July 10, 2016 at 7:28am

    Thanks John! Micki has a lengthy and impressive background. Much luck with your novel endeavor, Micki! Enjoy your tour!

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    John Fioravanti

    July 10, 2016 at 7:16am

    Welcome to Fiora Books, Micki, I hope this will be a great beginning to a marvellous tour!

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      Rebecca Reilly (@RebeccaReillyL)

      July 10, 2016 at 11:53am

      Micki, Congratulations on your well-deserved “SPOTLIGHT” Author honors! You are an inspiration. I am looking forward to each stop on your tour!

      Thank you, John, for hosting!

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        Micki Peluso

        July 10, 2016 at 5:25pm

        Rebecca, you have been such a help in the preparation for this week. Glad to know if i get lost, you’ve got my back! Thanks!

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