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About the author


Billy Vera is a singer, songwriter, actor and music historian who wrote and recorded the #1 1987 hit, "At This Moment." He won a 2013 Grammy for his notes for the Ray Charles box set, Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His other books include his memoir, Harlem to Hollywood and Rip It Up: The Specialty Records Story.
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A Dollop of Toothpaste

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A Dollop of Toothpaste is the fourth book by singer, actor, music historian Billy Vera and is his first novel. In it, he uses his years of experience in the often treacherous world of show business to tell the story of guitarist Johnny Santoro, his 98 year old uncle Nicky, head of the New Orleans Mafia, his best friend Pete and his young lover Paulette. Our story begins on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the destruction of a major US city by enemies unknown. Uncle Nicky sees this as an opportunity to bring the mob back to its rightful place in US politics and seeks help from Paulette's 33rd degree Freemason father to seat a President of his choosing. This is a book filled with authenticity, from the music, the food, the dialects and in the locations rarely seen in other books. It is also about Love, of friends, of two unlikely lovers and the love of three very different families and how they converge.
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A Dollop of Toothpaste is the fourth book by singer, songwriter, actor and music historian Billy Vera. It is his first novel. In it, he uses his decades of experience in the often treacherous world of show business to tell the story of guitarist Johnny Santoro, his 98 year old uncle Nicky, head of the New Orleans Mafia, his best friend Pete Holman and Johnny's young lover Paulette de Saint Marie from the wealthy suburb of Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Our futuristic tale begins on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and with the destruction of a major US city by enemies unknown and the hacking of the electrical grid in the nation's northeastern sector, causing chaos, looting and rioting. Uncle Nicky sees this dual tragedy as an opportunity to bring the mob back to its rightful place in US politics and seeks a partnership with Paulette's 33rd degree Freemason father in order to seat a President of his own choosing, as his colleagues had done in 1960. Our story takes us from New Orleans to Italian East Harlem to Old Greenwich to the African-American and Southern Italian section of White Plains, New York. Along the way, we meet Louisiana Senator Antonino "Handsome Tony" Calabrese, East Harlem mob boss Vito Gennaro, as well as fictionalized versions of some well-known celebrities in an alternate universe that, at times, seems all too real and prescient. The reader will walk away, pondering whether German Nazis really do exist in South America or if there are actually extraterrestrial beings keeping a watchful eye on us, here on Earth? This is a book filled with authenticity, from the music, the food, the dialects and in the locations rarely seen in other books. It is also about Love: of friends, of two unlikely lovers and the love of three very different families and how they converge. And, as in real life, there is always a touch of humor when least expected.
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Overview


A Dollop of Toothpaste is the fourth book by singer, actor, music historian Billy Vera and is his first novel. In it, he uses his years of experience in the often treacherous world of show business to tell the story of guitarist Johnny Santoro, his 98 year old uncle Nicky, head of the New Orleans Mafia, his best friend Pete and his young lover Paulette. Our story begins on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the destruction of a major US city by enemies unknown. Uncle Nicky sees this as an opportunity to bring the mob back to its rightful place in US politics and seeks help from Paulette's 33rd degree Freemason father to seat a President of his choosing. This is a book filled with authenticity, from the music, the food, the dialects and in the locations rarely seen in other books. It is also about Love, of friends, of two unlikely lovers and the love of three very different families and how they converge.

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Description


A Dollop of Toothpaste is the fourth book by singer, songwriter, actor and music historian Billy Vera. It is his first novel. In it, he uses his decades of experience in the often treacherous world of show business to tell the story of guitarist Johnny Santoro, his 98 year old uncle Nicky, head of the New Orleans Mafia, his best friend Pete Holman and Johnny's young lover Paulette de Saint Marie from the wealthy suburb of Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Our futuristic tale begins on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and with the destruction of a major US city by enemies unknown and the hacking of the electrical grid in the nation's northeastern sector, causing chaos, looting and rioting. Uncle Nicky sees this dual tragedy as an opportunity to bring the mob back to its rightful place in US politics and seeks a partnership with Paulette's 33rd degree Freemason father in order to seat a President of his own choosing, as his colleagues had done in 1960. Our story takes us from New Orleans to Italian East Harlem to Old Greenwich to the African-American and Southern Italian section of White Plains, New York. Along the way, we meet Louisiana Senator Antonino "Handsome Tony" Calabrese, East Harlem mob boss Vito Gennaro, as well as fictionalized versions of some well-known celebrities in an alternate universe that, at times, seems all too real and prescient. The reader will walk away, pondering whether German Nazis really do exist in South America or if there are actually extraterrestrial beings keeping a watchful eye on us, here on Earth? This is a book filled with authenticity, from the music, the food, the dialects and in the locations rarely seen in other books. It is also about Love: of friends, of two unlikely lovers and the love of three very different families and how they converge. And, as in real life, there is always a touch of humor when least expected.

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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Fantasy / General

Language:English

Pages:218

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781098345112


Overview


A Dollop of Toothpaste is the fourth book by singer, actor, music historian Billy Vera and is his first novel. In it, he uses his years of experience in the often treacherous world of show business to tell the story of guitarist Johnny Santoro, his 98 year old uncle Nicky, head of the New Orleans Mafia, his best friend Pete and his young lover Paulette. Our story begins on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the destruction of a major US city by enemies unknown. Uncle Nicky sees this as an opportunity to bring the mob back to its rightful place in US politics and seeks help from Paulette's 33rd degree Freemason father to seat a President of his choosing. This is a book filled with authenticity, from the music, the food, the dialects and in the locations rarely seen in other books. It is also about Love, of friends, of two unlikely lovers and the love of three very different families and how they converge.

Read more

Description


A Dollop of Toothpaste is the fourth book by singer, songwriter, actor and music historian Billy Vera. It is his first novel. In it, he uses his decades of experience in the often treacherous world of show business to tell the story of guitarist Johnny Santoro, his 98 year old uncle Nicky, head of the New Orleans Mafia, his best friend Pete Holman and Johnny's young lover Paulette de Saint Marie from the wealthy suburb of Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Our futuristic tale begins on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and with the destruction of a major US city by enemies unknown and the hacking of the electrical grid in the nation's northeastern sector, causing chaos, looting and rioting. Uncle Nicky sees this dual tragedy as an opportunity to bring the mob back to its rightful place in US politics and seeks a partnership with Paulette's 33rd degree Freemason father in order to seat a President of his own choosing, as his colleagues had done in 1960. Our story takes us from New Orleans to Italian East Harlem to Old Greenwich to the African-American and Southern Italian section of White Plains, New York. Along the way, we meet Louisiana Senator Antonino "Handsome Tony" Calabrese, East Harlem mob boss Vito Gennaro, as well as fictionalized versions of some well-known celebrities in an alternate universe that, at times, seems all too real and prescient. The reader will walk away, pondering whether German Nazis really do exist in South America or if there are actually extraterrestrial beings keeping a watchful eye on us, here on Earth? This is a book filled with authenticity, from the music, the food, the dialects and in the locations rarely seen in other books. It is also about Love: of friends, of two unlikely lovers and the love of three very different families and how they converge. And, as in real life, there is always a touch of humor when least expected.

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About the author


Billy Vera is a singer, songwriter, actor and music historian who wrote and recorded the #1 1987 hit, "At This Moment." He won a 2013 Grammy for his notes for the Ray Charles box set, Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His other books include his memoir, Harlem to Hollywood and Rip It Up: The Specialty Records Story.

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