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5-Star Review by Readers’ Favorite For The Captain & the Queen

“Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

The Captain & the Queen is a young adult coming of age novel written by Phillip Vega. Mateo Nelson expected that his senior year of high school would be relatively smooth and predictable sailing. His grades were decent; his SAT scores were respectable, and his colleges and safety schools were selected and approved by his college counselor, with all the applications ready to go. Senior year would be football practice and parties and, of course, working part-time at the diner. Then something amazing happened on the first day of the semester. He had been with his best friend, Matt Salvatore, and they were on their way to football practice when he saw her. Unlike Mateo and Matt, who were both day students, she was a boarder and her father’s Mercedes had stopped outside her dorm building. As she left the car, Mateo was spellbound by everything about her; her looks, her air of vulnerability, her blue eyes. He watched as her father brusquely called out to her, mentioning her name; Calista. Mateo repeated it to himself. Knowing her name was a start. Maybe senior year wouldn’t be as predictable as he had thought it would be.

The Captain & the Queen follows the improbable romance that springs up between a middle-class Latino boy and the worldly yet sheltered daughter of a Greek tycoon. I was enchanted as Calista accepts Mateo’s initial clumsiness with humor and growing fondness, and I loved seeing how the two of them bring out the best in each other. And while there’s the growing suspicion that this young love might be doomed because of Calista’s dad’s expectations for her, watching as they attend school, perform in A Midsummer Night’s Dream together and share a close and loving relationship is grand fun indeed. Vega addresses class issues as well as shining a light on bullying and physical abuse which, sadly enough, does occur even with teen couples. Vega’s characters are credible and well defined, and his plot is a winner on all counts. And the setting in Long Island’s lovely Stony Brook community is perfectly suited to the story. The Captain & the Queen is most highly recommended. An awesome read!”

 

Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Last Exit to Montauk” in Annual Int’l Book Contest

For immediate release:

Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Last Exit to Montauk” by Phillip Vega in its annual international book award contest, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1941251897.

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

“When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers’ Favorite.” –Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House

Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Last Exit to Montauk” by Phillip Vega won the Finalist Award in the Young Adult – Coming of Age category.

You can learn more about Phillip Vega and “Last Exit to Montauk” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/last-exit-to-montauk where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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Book Cover of The Month Contest

I love receiving surprise emails that contain great news! My latest book, The Captain & the Queen, has been selected to partake in AllAuthor’s monthly Cover of the Month contest for October 2018. Only the top 100 covers with the most votes will be allowed to proceed to the second stage of the competition which starts in the second week (7th).

https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/2811/

The hits just keep coming!!

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Please vote and spread the good news.

Hello October!!

I can’t believe September is over and we’re into October 2018 already. Where is this year going? Is it just me, or is it flying? Well, I’ve updated the website, for now at least. Now people come purchase both books. The award-winning Last Exit to Montauk, and the recently released, The Captain & the Queen.

As of this posting, I’ve received five 5-star reviews for The Captain & the Queen, and look forward to watch this number grow. Of course, my goal is to have it over 100 reviews, and know this will take time and effort, but totally doable.

September saw me travel to NY, Boston, Nashville, and Miami. Hands down, my busiest month to date. I had a couple of speaking engagements, book signings and a book fair.

October is looking to be the same, and November’s calendar is starting to book up as well.

I will do a better job, letting people know when and where I’ll be promoting my books. I love meeting people and hearing their amazing stories. What a blessing this venture has become.

Well…onto the next one!

 

What A Weekend!!

What a weekend! In three whirlwind days, I promoted, met, spoke, shared and told my story – the one of a software salesperson who, one rainy Saturday afternoon in August 2015, sat on his couch and started down a path that he didn’t know he longed to journey.

Friday, I spoke at my former prep school, Saturday I held a book signing for my new book, The Captain & the Queen,

at a place that years prior, I danced and held my wife, and now is a go-to local bar and grill. Sunday, I spent time in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Book Fair, sharing a table with a fellow author and new friend, John Nuckel.

During my time in New York, I made new friends, spent time with old friends and family, and met old and new fans, which still blows me away.

Thank you, New York, for welcoming me back home! Thank you, family, friends, and fans, for sharing your hearts and stories. I love you, and am so very thankful for you! #Blessed

 

New Contest!!

CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
August is Officially Selfie Month!

The rules are simple:
Take selfies with your copy of Last Exit to Montauk

Prizes:

1st place: Autographed copies of my three book, (Last Exit to Montauk, Verve Flash, and my next release coming out this month, The Captain & The Queen), plus I will use your name in my fourth book.

2nd place: Autographed copies of my three books: Last Exit to Montauk, Verve Flash, and my next release coming out this month, The Captain & The Queen

3rd Place: An autographed copy of my next release, The Captain & The Queen.

Votes based on the number of likes received on each photo. If we have a tie, we will do a run-off the first week of September 2018.

Got to my Facebook Page, find the announcement, and start posting your pictures to the thread!!

“May the odds ever be in your favor!!” (Hunger Games)

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Never in my wildest dreams did I think something like this would happen. It was never my intention, as I sat down and wrote my first novel, to have people do this, but, here’s the proof…it’s happening!!!

Phil, what in God’s name are you talking about?

Fan’s going on the Last Exit to Montauk Pilgrimage.

Here’s a composite picture of various selfies a fan recently took as she visited various locations mentioned in the novel, from the Hercules Statue to Friendly’s to West Meadow Beach. I’m speechless!

Thank you for sending this to me. People…keep ’em coming! I’d love to see more!

#Blessed, #Pilgrimage, #LastExittoMontauk, #Fan, #Westmeadowbeach, #Stonybrook

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Guilty Pleasures

Gelato on a warm afternoon. Mmm… A warm chocolate chip cookie, fresh from the oven, with a cold glass of milk…can you picture your milk mustache? A sip of wine, as you curl up on the couch after a hectic week. Can you taste the sweet hints of blackberry, as the liquid passes over your palate? Heading to the beach, on a warm afternoon, with a lounge chair, suntan lotion, and a good book. Can you hear the waves in the distance, as the scent of suntan lotion and sunshine fill your senses?

I recently returned from a glorious trip to Italy, celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary, and took in many guilty pleasures. In my opinion, my wife and I earned them.

What about you? What are some of your guilty pleasures? Are you taking time to enjoy life? If not, why not? What’s stopping you? As long as you don’t have an addiction challenge, why not take a moment out of your busy day, hit the pause button, and simply, enjoy life, even if it’s for a mere moment.

You’ll be happy you did, and be surprised what those endorphins will do for your overall well-being.

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