Written by Youseph Rasheed Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00
Move over vampires. The wizards that graced the pages of popular children’s books in the early 2000’s may have taken a short break from casting spells and travelling between different realms, but one local author is bringing them back. Levittown’s own Cris Pasqueralle has written the exciting young adult fantasy book titled Destiny Revealed: The Destiny Trilogy (Volume 1). It is the first book to be released from the electrifying three part series that will soon be coming to a book store near you.
Destiny Revealed tells the story of a pair of twins whose parents are captured by an evil wizard on their 13th birthday. The twins Uncle Benny informs them of their true identities. It just so happens that they are actually wizards from another realm of existence. They must now return to the magical realm to rescue their parents and ultimately have their destinies revealed.
“My two daughters were big Harry Potter fans and that was what inspired me to write my first book ever about wizards,” said Pasqueralle. “If I could get kids to start reading it would really be a great thing for me. Too many children these days are into their electronic video games, iPads and things of that nature, so if they put those devices down and start picking up 300 page books and reading them, well then that would be pretty excellent.”
Pasqueralle is a Long Islander true and through. He was born in Plainview and grew up in Hicksville. As a teenager Pasqueralle played lacrosse and wrestled for Hicksville High School. He attended Nassau
Community College and graduated from SUNY Old Westbury with a degree in Philosophy in 1992.
After retiring from the NYPD in 2008, Pasqueralle decided to spend more time pursuing his passion for writing. “I have been writing for years,” he said. “It has been my hobby ever since High School. I was big on writing and just being creative.”
After self publishing his book on Amazon’s Kindle service to rave reviews, the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, Braxton Cosby, who also happens to be the nephew of Bill Cosby, took notice. “He read the book and told me that he liked it and he wanted to do something with it,” explained Pasqueralle. “They have really been great about it and they have stood by me every step of the way. My family and friends have been very excited about the news and also really supportive. My older daughter Toniann has already read the first book and she loved it. The main character in Destiny Revealed is named Maddie and she is modeled after my younger daughter Deanna.”
Pasqueralle himself is an avid fan of classic literature like John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. When asked what he loved most about the writing process, Pasqueralle said “I love the unexpectedness of it. The characters really steal the story. Even though you have something planned when you sit down to write, it’s really the characters that write the story themselves. They are the ones that tell me what they want to do. They say yes I want to do this or no I don’t.”
The second book is already in the works. Pasqueralle is hard at work and hopes to have it released by January 2015. As for Destiny Revealed, look out for a wide release late this summer.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Residents are in a fervor over Nassau County’s recent decision to remove 176 oak trees along a mile-and-a-half stretch of Seaman’s Neck Road.
“It’s outrageous,” said local resident Lee Gardner. “It changed the entire landscape.”
Like most of her neighbors, Gardner said she was shocked, since the county did not notify residents.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
Nassau County drivers are up in arms due to the recent implementation of school zone speed cameras, which have issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents beef with the county’s speed cameras stems from the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.
Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron said that while some residents were taken by surprise, summer school hours are still considered a violation period.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.
Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 % handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
Golfer Annie Park, 19, of Levittown came close at the U.S. Women’s Amateur tourney, but missed the cut, finishing at 149, 9 strokes over par and just one stroke away from the match-play cut-off.
“I couldn’t make any putts, so then I had more pressure into my shots to get it closer,” Park said, “but obviously that’s not going to work.”