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Spotlight Author – John Fioravanti

Author Pic Please welcome the Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author for October 2014, John Fioravanti. John is the Author of A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching and Passion & Struggle.


Hello, I’m John Fioravanti, and welcome to the first day of my “Spotlight Blog Tour” sponsored by my good friends at Rave Reviews Book Club. I am so grateful to be a guest today with Elizabeth Love.

My first career in Waterloo County in Ontario, Canada, was teaching high school history. I enjoyed teaching teenagers in the classroom (and sometimes out in the hall!) for thirty-five years. It is my belief that my students taught me at least as much as I taught them over the years.

So, why did I become a writer? You can blame those students I was talking about earlier! Teaching history involves assigning and evaluating a very large amount of research and writing assignments. Very early in my career, it became clear that whatever they were learning in English class was NOT being applied in history class. I absolutely hated reading trash, so I taught my students how to write in my own class. Over the years, the writing lesson handouts became booklets, and by 2002 Data Based Directions, an educational publisher, published my lessons in the book called Getting It Right in History Class.

Two years before I retired, I was approached by Kenneth Tam, a former student and novelist, to pen an inspirational book about my teaching career. He and his parents had founded their Indy publishing company, Iceberg Publishing. Hence, my second book, A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching was published in September, 2007, and it won an IPPY Bronze Medal in the spring of 2008.

By this time, Kenneth had just published The Genesis Equation, the fifth book of his Equations series. I loved the series, and our discussions led to his invitation to write my own series inside his Equations universe. I thought that was incredibly generous of him! In another post, I’ll tell that story in detail. I put together a series proposal, Iceberg Publishing accepted it, and I began work on The Genesis Saga. Seven years of re-writes and concept modifications culminated this month in the publication of Passion & Struggle through Fiora Books.

Please join me in my next post when I’ll talk about Passion & Struggle.


John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008. His teaching career was split between two schools: St. Benedict CSS in Cambridge, Ontario and St. David CSS in Waterloo, Ontario.

Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History Classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class (Data Based Directions, 2002), along with an international version of the same title. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching (Iceberg Publishing, 2007, 2008, 2010) (Fiora Books 2014) is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field.

John’s first work of fiction is Passion & Struggle and is set within Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life!

At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-one years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books. After four decades of marriage, they decided to become business partners as well.


BOOK LINKS:Teaching Cover

Amazon Kindle: Passion & Struggle
A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching


iBooks: iTunesConnect

Book Trailer:  Youtube





Twitter: @FioraBooks  + @jfinwat  (I have 2 accounts)





The Outrider Legion-Christopher Pepper

Book Review

Within the first pages of the prologue, I was drawn in by the curiously magical Master and the mission on which he sends our self-described “turncoat” narrator.  The story drops us into a world filled both with magic and mechanics, where some creations are imbued with both. This Sword and Sorcery brand of fantasy uses elements of Steampunk for an out-of-the-ordinary, believable world just outside this reality. The story takes us on an adventure with a freshly graduated squad of Outriders, and their first mission turns out to be much more perilous than they could ever have anticipated or asked for.

Pepper’s style depicts strongly framed characters both in personality and description. He expertly weaves archaic and common terms in a no-nonsense tone, bringing the story to life.  The story contained elements of fun to punctuate the seriousness of a mission gone awry.  Using terms from ancient Rome, he solidifies the image of the Legion members in the reader’s mind.  His monsters are morbidly grotesque, and the fight scenes are engaging.  It will be interesting to see where our Legion will adventure next.

I recommend this book to fantasy readers who like a taste of Magic and Mayhem.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.  There were a few slow spots that held me back from a full five, moments when I wanted to skip ahead to get back to the action.  The style in the strong opening scene wasn’t kept up consistently throughout – a few trouble spots, but forgivable due to the strong, overall story line, and a full circle beginning to end.


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