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COURAGE BETWEEN LOVE AND DEATH by the late Joseph Pillitteri & What Makes a Pitch Wars Success

Thursday, 22 March 2018  |  Posted by Heather Cashman


Many  months ago, Joseph Pillitteri wrote to tell us…

“I was an alternate in pitwars last spring. No agent bit on my query, but the changes the mentor suggested to my ms, THE IRISH NURSE, has landed a publisher for me. It will be published by Fireship Press this fall.

Wanted to say thank you. I wouldn’t have made the wining changes on my own.”

Since this email, Joseph passed away, but his wife wrote to us with the following news…

“I’m the wife of Joseph Pillitteri who wrote you earlier about how grateful he was for the input he received from a mentor in a Pitwars contest. Joe died last fall after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, but Fireship Press is releasing the book posthumously on March 29th.

 Joe thought it was important for contestants to know you don’t have to win an agent to be a success. The motivation to improve your book to make it good enough to enter a contest can be what makes the experience a winner. ~Adele”

His book releases March 29th!

So today we celebrate this upcoming release with tears and heartfelt thanks to the whole Pitch Wars community for having courage to keep writing and pursuing your publishing dream!



Author: Joseph Pillitteri

Publisher: Fireship Press (March 29, 2018)

Publication Date: March 29, 2018

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Elspeth has recently landed a nursing position at the 1901 Pan American Exposition Hospital in Buffalo, New York. This is a big boon for her, but things are not going as expected. She has to navigate mischievous patients, egotistical doctors, rival nurses and prejudices. For an Irish girl with a temper, this is no easy feat. Now President McKinley is coming to visit the Expo and everyone is in an uproar. On the home front, her life is no less hectic as she struggles to put food on the table and look out for her younger siblings.

When the unthinkable happens, it is a turnings point, not only for the medical industry and our country’s security, but also for Elspeth personally. With her career and reputation on the line, will she have the courage to overcome the challenges she faces to clear her name and continue to be there for the ones she loves?

“…Joseph Pillitteri’s writing is flawless and delightful. The tension builds up very fast and doesn’t slow down until the satisfying conclusion. Courage Between Love and Death is focused, deft, and balanced, and the reader will follow the protagonist through her emotional and psychological turmoil until the very last page. A gripping story with great historical references, it’s an edge of the seat read. Courage Between Love and Death by Joseph Pillitteri is a historical novel that is well-researched and written to great satisfaction.” —Christian Sia, Readers’ Favorite

“Courage Between Love and Death is a well-researched and masterfully crafted historical novel with strong characters and a mesmerizing plot. Apart from developing a very strong conflict, Joseph Pillitteri does a brilliant job in weaving powerful dialogues and intrigue into the story. The reader is transported into an atmospheric world with medical personnel, strong personalities, and a historic event that will remain engraved in the minds of many. There is so much to enjoy in this novel — the drama, the emotional and psychological intensity of the story, the excellent prose and the compelling characters. I was sucked into the narrative from the very first page.” —Romuald Dzemo, Readers’ Favorite

“…Pilliterri deftly weaves together the state of medicine, the social class spectrum and a light love story…the chaos of the surgery on the President and the anxious days till his death provide palpable tension…” —Dr. Jean Richardson, Associate Professor, Emeritus, Buffalo State College

Filed: Books

  • Lu Fiskin-Ross says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Blessings to his wife.

  • His spirit lives on through his book. My thoughts are with you. Barbara

  • Rosalyn Gregory says:

    I was diagnosed five years ago at the age of 51. I had symptoms for 3-4 years prior to that but did not know anything about Parkinson’s. I first noticed a slight twitch in my left hand, finger and thumb, which became pill rolling. We attended a lot of sports events and I would lose my balance in the moving crowd. I then started seeing a neurologist. I started falling a lot when losing my balance and had a hard time walking normal. I finally froze up in the doorway at church. I told my Neuro and he said that I had Parkinson’s. Started me on entacapone,levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole and I still didn’t feel or get better January 2017 my neurologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to Green House Herbal Clinic natural Parkinson’s disease Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this Parkinson’s Herbal formula treatment. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official web-site . The tremors, Shaking, Joint Stiffness and other symptoms has subsided.  I am very pleased with this treatment. I feel very well now and exercise regularly, sometimes i totally forget i ever had Parkinson’s,Don’t give up hope, fellow sufferers. Share with friends!!

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