Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Excerpt Tour: Still Counting by Phil Fragasso

Still Counting
by Phil Fragasso


GENRE: Chick-lit, bittersweet romance



Adam Donatello and Nina Morales share an immediate and powerful attraction, and their future together seems assured. But love is difficult enough without adding complications – real or imagined – to the mix. Nina sees life as a thousand shades of gray, while Adam tends towards black-and-white. He wants to move fast; she needs time. Nina sees her past liaisons with women as immaterial to their relationship, while her disclosure drives Adam to a state of irrational jealousy. He doesn't know how he could compete with a woman; and his suspicions – which Nina views as hypocritical – lead them both to make decisions they may live to regret.



“I can’t believe they’re actually paying me to do this,” said Nina.

She had just come home after completing her first after-school program.

“I guess that means you liked it,” I said.

“I absolutely loved it. The kids are great. Monica is someone I can learn from. And I feel like the students really responded to me.”

“I’m sure they did. The girls all want to be like you and the boys all want to be with you.”

Nina froze in place and glared at me. “Do you always have to be so damn cynical and crass!”

“I was just joking around.”

“Well, why do you have to joke around so much? And why do your stupid jokes always have to be at someone else’s expense? It gets old, Adam. Very old, very fast.”

“Whoa, Nina. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean anything by it.”

“You never mean anything.” She turned away and then turned back to stare me down. “Everything’s always a joke. But this is important to me. It’s the first time I’ve actually gotten paid for using my art skills. It’s exciting and I don’t need you to try and drag me down.”

Nina stomped off to the bedroom to change and shut the door. I was left alone in the living room with a half-empty Corona and a head full of whirling doubt and confusion. Part of me knew she was right. I did tend to joke about everything and my attempts at humor could sometimes be hurtful. I’d heard all that before. A million times. From my parents, teachers, friends, and colleagues. Nina was also right that I “never meant anything by it.” And, even though she hadn’t said it outright, it was also true that I often found my humor far more amusing than anyone else.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Phil Fragasso sold his first article at the age of 16. Since then he has written and published a wide variety of books, articles and essays. After many years as a corporate marketer, he left to pursue endeavors that were more fulfilling personally and more contributory on a societal level. Today he focuses his time on writing and teaching.

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Phil will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.


  1. What was the worst movie adaptation of a book?

    1. Mai, it's hard to remember all of them - and there have been many -- but two that jump to mind are The Great Gatsby and The daVinci Code. How about you?

  2. Good morning, everyone. Hope you enjoy the excerpt and video trailer. Let me know what you think and I'll get back to you.

  3. I really loved the excerpt, thank you for sharing!

  4. Sounds like a fantastic book,thanks for sharing the excerpt :)

  5. Great excerpt,thanks for sharing!

  6. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a terrific read, thanks for sharing!

  7. Best of luck to you and your book.

  8. Thank you for the terrific post and great giveaway!

  9. This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty

  10. Happy to be a part of this tour, thank you for sharing!

  11. I loved this excerpt. Thank you so much for the post and the giveaway!