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Author J. R. LaGreca, Fiction With Intrigue!

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Something About Me and My Book:
I am the author of five novels Afternoon Tea, Suburban Weird, The Gloaming, Fleshpot & Seduction. I have a BA in Writing/English from Queens College, and graduated Phi Theta Kappa Magna Cum Laude in Fashion Apparel Design. I’m an award-winning poet, internationally published in magazines and anthologies. After graduating college I worked in a family business with my mother and sister named Dreams, and designed and manufactured couture dresses and accessories which have been in magazines, on the covers of trade journals, and sold nationwide. I am a VIP member of Madison Who’s Who for 2008-2009. I was born in Sea Gate, Brooklyn, New York’s first gated community near Coney Island. I am married and currently live in New York.


A Saga of Forbidden Love, the Culture of High Society and Their Irony
Author J.R. LaGreca pens an engaging tale set in a fascinating era wrought with emotion and intrigue

 – High society of the Victorian Age was as fraught with hypocrisy as modern times. Enter this fascinating era in New England and witness a saga of forbidden love, the standards of high society and their paradox unfold in Afternoon Tea, an engaging tale written by J.R. LaGreca. Get a glimpse of a glittering, yet cruel world where image and status are everything.

With a bundle of roses in one hand and a walking cane in the other, Lawrence Gray, an elderly gentleman, braves the cold Northeastern winter as he makes his way to Saint James Cemetery. There, he offers the flowers to his wife who passed away forty years ago. Lawrence’s devotion to his long-dead wife elicits curiosity from Meg Bailey, a neighbor who spies on him from her kitchen window every morning. Meg’s curiosity hits a peak when town historian, Fanny Brund, invites her for afternoon tea and reveals the mystery surrounding the Grays. In a bid to uncover the truth behind Lawrence Gray’s guilt over his wife’s untimely death, Fanny warps back to the year 1895 — only to unravel a secret that will change Meg’s life forever. . .

How will Meg handle the harbingers of the past? Can she convince Lawrence he is not to blame for his wife’s death with a clear conscience? Will Lawrence ever let go of his guilty burden and live the rest of his days in peace? Discover the answers as you take a refreshing break to indulge in a delightful Afternoon Tea.

Having proven her mastery in the field of poetry, award-winning poet J.R. LaGreca dips her eloquent pen in the fiction genre and crafts a relentlessly riveting novel; one that paints a live, breathing portrait about high society of the Victorian Age, the Gilded Age, Roaring Twenties and beyond, and the irony of it all. Afternoon Tea is one unforgettably engrossing read; a masterful work by one of fiction’s most promising new talents.

About the Author
Jody Riva LaGreca was born in Sea Gate, Brooklyn the first gated community outside Coney Island, and moved to Long Island as a young child. She has a BA in Writing/English from Queens College, and graduated Phi Theta Kappa Magna Cum Laude in Fashion Apparel Design. She is a freelance writer, award-winning poet, and a member of Madison Who’s Who. Her work has been internationally published in magazines and anthologies. She was a featured poet at Borders Books & Music. One of her poems is included in a 50 year time capsule at Rock Hall Museum, a historical site for their 50th Anniversary. After graduating college she worked in a family business with her mother and sister named Dreams, and designed and manufactured couture dresses and accessories which have been in magazines, on the covers of trade journals, and sold nationwide. Designing has been a family passion; her first cousin, the late Costume Designer, Wayne Finkelman, renowned for his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry has been an inspiration for her. You may visit her website at

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Excerpt of SUBURBAN WEIRD BY J. R. LaGreca, Fiction with Intrigue!


Chapter 1


Courtney Gold stirred in her sleep as the wind thrashed at her window. She could swear she felt a warm breath upon her cheek as she stumbled out of bed. Her golden-wheat hair was tousled around her shoulders while her high cheekbones deemed her suitable for silk and pearls. Dressed in an ecru nightgown, which reached to the top of her long drink of legs, Courtney was a svelte beauty… Continue

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 7:00pm

Excerpt Of AFTERNOON TEA by J. R. LaGreca, Historical Fiction/Mystery, Fiction With Flair!


Chapter One

The Roses

The town of Clinton, Connecticut lay beneath mounds of freshly fallen

snow. A lone shadow against the New England landscape, Lawrence Gray’s

gnarled form veered alongside the cathedral to the Saint James Cemetery.

The skeleton trees exaggerated the old man’s pallor while the bouquet of

roses he clutched contrasted to the winter and season of his life.… Continue

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 6:30pm



Meet The Family in Suburban Weird

Author J. R. LaGreca crafts a riveting tale of lies, lust, love and betrayal in a contemporary masterpiece

Long Island, New York – June 12, 2008 – Some of the most outrageous events in life do happen to the family. In the new novel Suburban Weird, readers are about to witness an unforgettable tale of family, and the weird… Continue

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 7:30pm

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At 11:14am on February 14, 2011, Jane McCormick said…
Hi . How are you? I am doing a lot of speaking all around the countery. I spoke at the International Conference on Asias Organized Crime & Terrorism.  And I have been invited back to meet and speak in Las Vegas in April 17-22 . I have  amission you know that . And you remember how inportent it is to me.  Best to you . OH are you working with Bruno and Daria?   Be safe dear Jane.
At 12:52am on August 7, 2010, J Leland Kupferberg said…
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At 7:50pm on September 20, 2009, Charles Lightwalker said…
Do you like healing books?
At 11:02pm on July 15, 2009, DragonCub said…
Hello and welcome J. R. LaGreca,

I'd be delighted if you'd check out my website DragonCub at You can add your book(s) details here to introduce your work to the world :) It costs nothing!
At 2:35am on July 4, 2009, Marcus Tilley said…
G'day my friend happy 4th of july
Kathys comments
At 8:07pm on April 29, 2009, Chris Adams said…
Step 1: Click on the link that was sent out in the email (
Step 2: On the right hand column a little ways down is the word "Embed" in grey lettering, to the right of it is a code starting with " Step 4: Create a new blog post on this Ning network
Step 5: In the text box where you might place your original blog posting, right click and select the "Paste" option from the drop down menu, the text that shows up should start with "" if that's the case, then you're set Step 6: Click the publish link to publish the blog posting, and your video should show up, ready to be watched **Note: You should be able to replicate this procedure anywhere on this Ning social network (i.e. discussion board)
**Send me an email if you have any questions,, or visit my website,

Have a great day,
Chris Adams
At 7:59pm on April 29, 2009, Chris Adams said…
Hello Jody, I wanted to let you know that I can help you get your YouTube video onto this ning social network, but Ning won't let me send you an email unless you're a friend.
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At 8:17am on March 6, 2009, Clark Isaacs said…
The review is completed and you can visit it at my website. If you would send me a direct email address I can send you more information on where you book is being reviewed.
Right now it is published at the Kingman Daily Miner, NewsBlaze, and will appear in Affaire De Coeur Magazine in a couple of months. Desert Independent also will be running it in their weekly edition on Monday. Midwest Book Review will run it in April edition.
We have submitted it to LitMob and they will have to decide on publication.

Above is the link to NewsBlaze where your review also appears and shall be there for a few months. They suggest that you go there and link it to your websites so that people will be able to increase circulation. Only fair I guess.

Thank you Clark

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