Archive for January, 2013

More About My Latest Novel

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Escape From the Maelstrom is my first book of historical fiction in the true sense. I have written other novels that took place in the 1950s and 1960s, but I myself lived through those years, and they are not really that distant when you think about it…at least, when I think about it since I am not a young person. On the olther hand, Escape From the Maelstrom takes place between the years of 1912 and 1919. The story begins a little more than a century ago and, in terms of setting, runs the gamut of Moscow, Odessa, St. Petersburg and America. Although it is not a long novel, it is a compelling story that is hard to put down until the last page has been read.

The protagonist, Karina, is a strong woman who has gone through more than anyone should have to endure. She was orphaned at an early age and had to live with a great-aunt, who did not really love or want her. After leaving her great-aunt’s home, she must support herself at an early age and even saves enough to begin her higher education, at which point she meets Dimitri, the college professor who changes her life in many ways. Although Karina and Dimitri love each other deeply, circumstances eventually destroy their happy union. A few months after their marriage, Karina discovers that her husband, although alienated from the Romanovs, is still a relation to them…a distant cousin. Her husband’s reluctance to do the bidding of the Romanovs results in their hostility to him and eventually his death. Karina, being Dimitri’s widow now, is the Czar’s next victim. Therefore, once he is killed, she must find a way to escape from Russia or suffer her late husband’s fate.

Yet, Karina’s inner strength and her strong faith in God, Who answers her prayers, allow her to escape from the Czar’s forces and find refuge in Odessa until she can find safe passage to America. Those whom she meets in Odessa help to shape the rest of her life. Can she find love again? Is it too late for her to be part of a real family who can truly love her and whom she can love? All these questions and more are answered in a suspenseful and romantic manner in Escape From the Maelstrom.

In my next post, I want to give you some background information about the novel and tell you why I chose to write a novel of this type.

I do hope that you will read my novel. I love so much to share my work with my readers. That is why I have become an author in the first place. This novel and all my others can be ordered on the Amazon website or on Red Lead Books. Also, you can read the first few chapters free of charge if you visit either of these websites.

Have a lovely weekend, and until the next post, be happy and healthy.


A Twenty-Fourth Anniversary

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

My husband and I will be celebrating our twenty-fourth wedding anniversary today. We were married on a Sunday evening at Verdi’s, a lovely restaurant and catering place in Queens. It was a magical evening on January 15, 1989 that Manny and I will always remember.

It is incredible how fast the time goes! So much has happened during these last twenty-four years, and yet it seems like yesterday that we took our vows. For both of us, it was a second marriage. (My late husband, Nick, had died back in 1987, a day after my mother had sustained a stroke, and three months before my father died after surgery for an aneurysm. Manny had been divorced for several years.) Manny and I were blessed to find one another and to work together towards raising his children, who were teen-agers at that time, and coping with the challenges of life, from which no one is truly free.

Over the years we were blessed to be part of the children’s special days: the honors they attained in school, their beautiful weddings, and the birth and many accomplishments of our three grandchildren: Alexis, Lauren and Will. It has been a good twenty-four years!

During our marriage, I have also studied the Bible, not only with my congregation, but with my husband as well. Our goal has been to study once a week, but even when this hasn’t been possible, we have rarely missed praying together: praising God for His blessings and always requesting His guidance and help in our lives.

No marriage is perfect because we human beings are certainly far from perfect. However, Manny and I have been happy. We have loved one another, helped each other and tried very hard to be there to support one another the best that we could. We look forward to another twenty-four years…or more.

It was enjoyable to share these memories with all of you. God bless us all.

Best wishes,

About the article by Alan Krawitz regarding my experiences with self-publishing

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Happy New Year to all of you! I sincerely hope that it will be a healthy, informative and successful year for all of you.

Today’s post is a brief one. I just wanted to give you more information on the lovely article by Alan Krawitz about my experiences with self-publishing that can be currently found in the Time Ledger newspapers, including The Bayside Times and The Whitestone Times.

In order to find the article online, I searched on Bing by writing the words “Time Ledger Newspapers.” On my browser came up the words “Q Guide to Entertainment”(January 1, 2013). When I clicked on the above, I saw on top of the page a search box. I put in the words, “Author Cheryl Lodico”. An insert with my picture popped up, and I clicked on it. The entire article came up. (You might also want to try the following link.…
I haven’t checked it out to see if this website works, too.

Anyway, I hope you find the article, read it and enjoy it. Also, I would be so happy if you read the novel as well. Just as my main character, Karina, is modeled after my grandmother, while reading it, I am sure that all of you will remember your own departed loved ones and the inspiration each one was to you.

Again, my very best wishes for your happiness, good health and success in 2013!