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Jamaican Moon and Others Stories, published in 2003, is Matt Janacone's first work of published fiction. It contains three novellasJamaican Moon, Bad Blood and Condo Joe.

A note from the editor:

You’ve heard of great symphonies orchestrated so that you can feel the emotion, almost see what the composer was seeing. With this book in hand you will now have the opportunity to visit a symphony of words.

The writer is a young man brim full of thoughts and stories. His writing, as bright as the stars he captivates us with, carries you away to unknown vistas. Much of his story line incorporates his own experience, and he learned at a very young age to write about what he knows and loves.

Matt Janacone is a part and parcel of everything he writes. He has many talents and could have gone several different directions with his career. As he shares his imagination with us, you will learn of his surprise at the discovery of his gift. Yes, writing is a gift. Matt believes this and thrives on the multitude of ideas and story lines that fill his mind.

We discover in Jamaican Moon the story of struggle, independence, worldly battles, love and recognition—all brought to you in a language in which you will relate. You will travel to unknown places, and enjoy the differences in culture. The magic of the Caribbean reaches out to with the everyday life of the inhabitants.

In Bad Blood, we are taken to the heights of first love, stargazing, diversity, and caring. When Joel, the main character, finds the joy of writing, you will be reminded of life’s harsh reality when choosing a career, the questioning and guilt when there are others involved in your choices, but the joy of understanding and giving love will remind you of happiness gained through sharing.

You will see in Condo Joe a great feeling for the South and the author’s zest to experience all there is available in life as well as in the imagination. Just imagine monkeys, mermaid, and ninjas—all in one breath—then try to put it all together. The author does this in a within-life fairy tale. I would like to think of it as the magic of the sea.

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