Author Archives: Jeanie Loiacono

About Jeanie Loiacono

I am President of Loiacono Literary Agency, LLC. I have been a literary agency for four years and have over sixty clients and have sold over 89 books to date.

Bracha Chose Joy

Bracha Chose Joy The Success Snap

Bracha Goetz worked hard and got into Harvard. Her next step was medical school. It made sense but along the way, she made a massive u-turn that took her in a completely different direction, as a children’s book author, teaching kid’s about gratitude and joy.

Bracha Goetz had a really bright future in front of her. But she found that future wasn’t enough. She made a radical change and found exactly what she was looking for. She traded material success for joy and has never looked back. In fact, her happiness can be boiled down to one word, it begins with a G! Want to know what it is? Listen and find out!



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Open Road Publishing has released Thomas E. Simmons’ The Quinn Saga – By Accident of Birth, The Last Quinn Standing, and No Promise for Tomorrow.

Open Road Publishing has released Thomas E. Simmons’ The Quinn Saga – By Accident of Birth, The Last Quinn Standing, and No Promise for Tomorrow.

By Accident of Birth

From the Civil War to the Cuban independence movement to WWI, this historical epic follows the incredible life of a woman tragically bound to bloodshed. War brings about many strange events, but none stranger than the bullet that impregnated sixteen-year-old Annielise Quinn at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863. After passing through the groin of a Confederate soldier, the bullet lodged itself in her pelvis. Such was the portentous beginning of Beverly Bethany Quinn, the “bullet baby” whose life was fated never to escape the perils of war. By 1915, Bethany thinks she has finally found peace, until a call from the British Crown brings a shocking revelation. To aid the Allies in the Great War overseas, England would like to purchase a cache of rifles owned by her family’s sugar mill in Cuba—a cache that Bethany never knew existed. Years ago, Bethany and her uncle Jonathan supplied guns to the Cuban rebels against Spain. Has her uncle doomed her from beyond the grave to take part in slaughter once again? In preparation for the journey of her “special cargo,” Bethany sits down with her mother’s old diary, returning to that fateful day in 1863, and unfolding an epic journey of war, survival, love, and betrayal spanning decades and nations. Read Less

The Last Quinn Standing

A young man journeys from rural Mississippi to the battlefields of WWI to discover his family’s bloody legacy in this sequel to By Accident of Birth. On May 7, 1915, the passenger ship RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat. Among the many casualties was Beverly Bethany Quinn, an American woman whose entire life was marked by the forces of bloodshed. For Ansel Quinn, the single event holds a grim double meaning. With his beloved aunt gone, he is the last of his family line. And now his country is on the brink of joining the war overseas. When Ansel discovers his Aunt Bethany’s diary, the shocking revelations within set him on an epic quest for family honor and self-discovery. President Wilson had vowed to keep America out of another war. Ansel had sworn to serve his country. Fate’s cards trumped them all. From the American South to the trenches of Verdun, nothing will ever be the same again. Read Less

No Promise for Tomorrow

In the third volume of the Quinn family saga, Ansel Quinn is caught in an international scandal with reverberations across two world wars. In 1916, the world waits with bated breath to see if the United States will enter the Great War raging in Europe. Meanwhile, President Wilson campaigns for reelection on his record of keeping America out of the fray. Caught in the middle is Maj. Ansel Quinn of Mississippi, assigned to the French army headquarters in Paris as a neutral observer. At home, Ansel’s wife, Isabel, has been left to manage the family’s cotton plantation in Mississippi as well as their sugar plantation in Cuba. It is a trial to be without her husband, but only the beginning of the hardships she will face. When Ansel is wounded on the frontlines of the Somme—far from where any neutral observer should be—it sets off international intrigue that could change the course of history. In No Promise for Tomorrow, the Quinn family struggles across the decades between World War I and World War II—a period that includes the influenza epidemic, the Roaring Twenties, prohibition, and the Great Depression. Read Less

Thomas E. Simmons took his last flight West in the company of his family on March 16, 2022. Award winning author, aviation enthusiast, sailor, aerobatic pilot, holder of the Wright Brothers Aviation Medal and home town raconteur, Tom Simmons lived life to the fullest.

Simmons grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi, attended Marion Military Institute, the U. S. Naval Academy, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Alabama. Tom was once the commercial captain of a seventy-foot sailing vessel, has been a pilot since the age of sixteen, (3000 plus hours in the air), has flown professionally, and participated in air shows flying aerobatics in open-cockpit bi-planes. In the late 1950s, he served as an artillery officer in Korea. He is the author of The Man Called Brown CondorForgotten Heroes of World War II: Personal Accounts of Ordinary Soldiers Land, Sea and AirEscape from ArchangelBy Accident of BirthThe Last Quinn Standing, and No Promise for Tomorrow. He has also written numerous magazine articles, an example of which, “Growing Up with Mr. Faulkner,” was published in The Oxford American, a literary magazine founded by John Grisham. He is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.



Open Road Media has released The Alphonso Clay Civil War Mystery Series by Jack Martin!

Open Road Media has released The Alphonso Clay Civil War Mystery Series by Jack Martin!

For each tome, Jack Martin designs and constructs an intricate web of events extrapolated from in-depth research of Civil War memorabilia, journals, photos, and correspondence. Although this a fictional account of the time before, during, and after the Civil War, the characters and information are very much real.

John Brown’s Body

The John Brown depicted is not the infamous Brown who ignited the War Against the States but a former Boston detective who solved a gruesome child murder case, which caught the eye of President Lincoln who then appointed him to U.S. Grants battalion. Brown uncovers treason at the highest levels of the Union Army. He sends for the one person who can help him with the investigation, Captain Alphonso Clay. But before Clay could meet with Brown, Brown is assassinated. Now it is up to Clay to decipher Brown’s cryptic notes and follow his deductive instincts to solve the murder, unveil the traitors, and ensure the Union’s victory at Vicksburg, a decisive battle of the war.

Battle Cry of Freedom 

A traitor, a freelance female spy, and a murderer must all be dealt with or the Army of the Ohio is lost.

Tennessee, Autumn 1863. Staggered by the loss of Vicksburg in July, the Confederacy has rebounded with a crushing defeat of the Union forces at Chickamauga. The shattered Union army now lies stranded and under siege. Washington has dispatched Ulysses S. Grant to repair the situation. Grant finds that his task is made almost impossible by the presence of a rebel spy high in the Union command structure. Unfortunately, the only officer who could identify the spy is murdered before he can reveal the traitor’s name. Grant assigns Captain Alphonso Clay to root-out the murderous turncoat, but Clay soon finds himself in a nest of intrigue. To identify the traitor, he must solve the murder, deal with a lethal female undercover agent bank-rolled by financier Jay Gould, and overcome a monstrous secret society that is older than the United States itself. As Longstreet’s army surrounds Knoxville, Clay races the clock to keep the Army of the Ohio from being betrayed to the Confederacy. If that should happen, the Confederacy would regain all that it lost at Vicksburg, and will be well on its way to ultimate victory.

Marching Through Georgia 

Georgia is sweltering in the summer of 1864. General William Tecumseh Sherman commands a mighty Union army, tasked with delivering a knockout blow to the Confederacy by rendering the rich resources of Georgia unavailable to the rebellion. Relying on impeccable intelligence, he launches an all-out attack on the Confederate lines at Kennesaw Mountain, and is bloodily repulsed. To make matters worse, his most reliable scout, Captain Ambrose Bierce, is critically wounded, and Sherman’s most reliable general is mysteriously killed under the cover of battle. Sherman is persuaded by Union Army nurse Teresa Duval that these are murderous attacks perpetrated by a saboteur in his army. She urges him to summon Major Alphonso Clay, General Grant’s sinister troubleshooter. However, Sherman is unaware that Duval is a spy for Wall Street financier Jay Gould, and has her own agenda regarding Clay. Clay and his friend Lieutenant Jeremiah Lot find themselves accompanying Sherman’s army on its march through Georgia, desperate to identify the traitorous murderer before he can strike again, and possibly allow the Confederacy to snatch a miraculous victory from the jaws of almost certain defeat.

Battle Hymn of the Republic 

The murderer of our late beloved president, Abraham Lincoln, is still at large.

April 1865. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia has surrendered to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. The Civil War is all but over; the Union victorious. However, a sinister plot has been hatched to restart the war, and the assassination of Lincoln is only the beginning. The consequences could cost hundreds of thousands of civilian lives and tear the country apart forever.

Colonel Alphonso Clay has been tasked by the Secretary of State to thwart this conspiracy at all costs. Aided by a beautiful, mysterious agent he embarks upon a dangerous journey into the heart of a cult even older than the United States that is determined to destroy the country.

If they fail in their task, all that has been gained in four years of savage combat will be lost.

Hail Columbia 

It is the summer of 1869. America is only four years removed from the end of the war that nearly destroyed it. Southerners groan under what they perceive as an unjust military Government, propped up by corrupt Northern civilian officials and recently freed slaves who, they believe, are not suitable for a voice in Government. Embittered Confederate veterans are forming an organization, the Ku Klux Klan, to fight what they perceive as the unjust oppression of the North and the Freedmen.

However, Ulysses S. Grant, the newly inaugurated president, sees things very differently. He views the Klan as a terrorist organization, using arson and murder to destroy the newly won rights of former slaves and the newly re-established authority of Washington in the South. He is looking for a way to break the back of the Klan without returning to the slaughter and destruction of the Civil War. Desperate, he turns to his most trusted agent, Major Alphonso Clay.

Clay accepts the assignment, not realizing that the Klan violence is being secretly encouraged by the Wall Street speculators Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, sinister financiers hoping to distract Washington from their plan to gain control of the country’s entire gold supply, and hence of the country itself. Clay also does not know that the plans of the speculators are in turn the merest smokescreen for an even more sinister, far-reaching plot; one that will encompass the entire world.

Aided only by his friend the writer, and former Union scout, Ambrose Bierce, and by his lovely, terrifying mistress Teresa Duval, Clay embarks on his greatest challenge yet. Not just to preserve the unity of the country, not just to prevent corrupt financiers from gaining control of the United States, but to save the world from the designs of an organization far older than the United States itself.

After receiving his Juris Doctorate from UCLA, Jack Martin worked for The Department of Defense and the aerospace industry, specializing in contracts and regulatory issues. Tracing his Californian ancestry all the way back to the 1830s, Martin developed a passion for American history and the mystery genre. With encouragement and support from his beloved wife Sonia, he began writing. She passed away on Christmas Eve 2009 following a brave battle against ovarian cancer. He promised her he would finish the books and become a published author. He dedicated his first novel, John Brown’s Body, to her, the love of his life.

Martin is the author of the Alphonso Clay Mystery Series and in Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (Blank Slate Press) Clay lives on… He is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

Open Road Integrated Media has just released three remarkably memorable Stephen Doster works!

Open Road Integrated Media has just released three remarkably memorable Stephen Doster works!

Georgia Witness is a compilation of twenty-six interviews with some of the most influential Georgians of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Griffin Bell, Ruby Crawford, Willie Mae Robinson, Bill Brown, Irene Cordell, Sam Massell, Jr., Patrick Demere, William Ladson, Floyd Faust, Lucian Sneed, Clarice Strother, Vic Waters, Chuck Leavell, Pat McDonald, Ron Edenfield, Harriet Gilbert, Bob Woodward, Ted Dennard, Lewey Cato, Bootie Wood, Charles Gowen, Sonny Gibson, Dot White, Oscar Cruz, Mack Mattingly, and Billy Winn.

Her Finest Hour is the biography of Terry Doster, a teenager who joined the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) in London, during WWII. She accomplished so many things cutting-edge for women of that day: worked in RAF (Royal Air Force) Operations Rooms, was an ATC (Air Traffic Controller), volunteered to do assignments no one else dared simply because she had never done them before, and, after the war, she was one of the first female flight attendants for the BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation), now known as British Airways. This memoir is a faithful transcription of Terry Smith’s own words. Her Finest Hour serves as a reminder that freedom isn’t free and the most unlikely people, including a typical girl in art school, can rise to life’s greatest challenges.

Jesus Tree is a compelling, captivating story of a man’s search for his past and his soul – rendered vividly by a writer of unique gifts. Stephen Doster has given us that very best thing of fiction: a rousing tale, beautifully told.

Coastal Georgia in the depths of the Great Depression. A white minister is murdered and a young African-American man is convicted of the killing and sent to a brutal prison farm. Forty years later, Ben Jordan finally emerges a free man, struggling to understand a world that has undergone profound change, and sets out on a mission to bring the true killer to justice.

Stephen Doster was born in England and grew up on St. Simons Island, Georgia. He is a student of history and has extensively researched the Gullah and Geechee cultures of South Carolina and Georgia. He received a degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia and has a Master of Liberal Arts and Science degree with a certificate in history from Vanderbilt University. Doster has appeared at BookExpo, the Southern Festival of Books, the Amelia Island Book Festival, The Southern Kentucky Book Fest, and has spoken at colleges, historical societies, and library associations in Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He has been interviewed on public radio and television in Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia. Currently, he is an editor for the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences.

His works include: Published by Open Road Media – Georgia Witness, a compilation of twenty-six interviews with some of the most influential Georgians of the 20th and 21st Centuries and Her Finest Hour, the biography of Terry Doster, a teenager who joined the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) in London, during WWII and was one of the first stewardesses for British Airways. Published by John F. Blair – Lord Baltimore, nominated for the Pulitzer the same year, the fictional account of a young man’s travels through Gullah country along the Georgia coast and Voices from St. Simons: Personal Narratives of an Island’s Past (nonfiction), an oral history of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Published by Argus Publishing: Shadow Child: Tales from The Georgia Coast – Sixteen Works of Fiction & One True Story chronicles a historical artifact and the people it impacted from 1597 to the 21st Century, Rose Bush, a southern novel depicting a conflict between environmentalists, a paper mill, and the aristocracy of a rural Georgia town, and (OMG) Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age (LOL) penned as Stefan Soto. A documentary of his beloved island St. Simons, Video: St. Simons 360: A Historical Tour of the Island, is available for viewing on YouTube and Cumberland Island: Footsteps in Time (University of Georgia Press), a photographic tour of  St. Simon’s sister barrier island. He is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.