About the Book

Step back in time to an era before social media took the world by storm, where the ultimate dream for ambitious youngsters was to become influencers. In “KDZ!”, author Gino B. Bardi takes readers on a thrilling ride through the tumultuous life of sixteen-year-old Tony Vitelli, whose aspirations for radio stardom and romance land him in a whirlwind of chaos and adventure.

With just two desires driving him—landing a coveted spot as a famous radio disc jockey and winning the heart of the irresistible Sensational Sue Santini—Tony will stop at nothing to achieve his goals, even if it means bending the rules a little. But as Tony soon discovers, bending rules comes with its own set of consequences, and they’re not easy to escape!

Before he knows it, Tony finds himself tangled in a web of trouble, facing angry parents, a vengeful ex-boyfriend who happens to be the state karate champion, debts owed to the local mob boss, and the relentless pursuit of the notorious Farone Boys. And to top it all off, he’s on the brink of failing his most crucial subject: Girlfriend 101.

But Tony isn’t one to back down easily. As the odds stack against him, he embarks on a daring journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, determined to defy the odds and emerge victorious against all odds.

In “KDZ!”, readers will be captivated by Tony’s resilience, wit, and unyielding spirit as he navigates the rollercoaster ride of adolescence in pursuit of his dreams. Brace yourself for a riveting tale of love, ambition, and the relentless pursuit of success that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Don’t bet against Tony Vitelli—he’s about to show the world what it means to be a true badass!

About the Author

Gino B. Bardi was born in New York City in 1950, and lived on the South Shore of Long Island until he attended Cornell University in 1968, during the tumultuous era of Vietnam War protests. Armed with a degree in English/Creative Writing, he diligently sought work in his field and soon wound up doing everything but. For the next forty-four years he cranked out advertising copy, magazine articles, loan pitches and short stories while running a commercial printing company in Upstate New York. Along the way, he married his college girlfriend, became father to three lovely daughters and decided that winter was an unnecessary evil. In 2008 he sold the printing business, retired, and now writes humorous fiction in his home on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Two signs hang above his desk: “Bad decisions make good stories,” and Mel Brooks’ advice that “You only need to exaggerate a LITTLE BIT.”

The Cow in the Doorway is his first full-length novel and won the statewide Royal Palm Literary Award for best unpublished New Adult novel for 2015.

Three on a Match is part one of a short story anthology. ALl the stories have some basis in fact…but only ‘some,’ and range from laugh-out-loud funny to moving and thought provoking. Eleven stories in part one explore relationships- with people, people and animals, appliances, nothing is safe.

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