Nicole Says… Read This Book by Joan Leotta

By Nicole McManus

TSimply a Smile by Joan Leotta
Simply a Smile
by Joan Leotta

Joan Leotta is a Carolina author who has put together a collection of her short stories, including several award winning tales. Simply a Smile is a book that provides something for everyone. Ranging from historical romance to contemporary mystery, readers of all genres can easily find a story to enjoy.

As one year comes to an end and another begins, time seems to evaporate into thin air. I blink, and two weeks have vanished. Time to catch a breath, much less read, seems to lessen each day, in the midst of the holiday craze. Now that the holiday season has passed, it is the perfect time to relax and appreciate short stories and essays. Simply a Smile does not disappoint in this aspect. Each unrelated story only takes a few minutes to read, making it a great book to carry with me as I run all my errands. Joan Leotta has organized her book by genre, so I could quickly jump to the section that I was in the mood for. “Fan Coral” is my favorite tale in this set. Though I wished each story offered a bit more detail, I was grateful to be able to escape into each piece. The title is very appropriate, as I found myself smiling while reading each story.

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  • Nicole McManus Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic in reading. Contact her at

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3 Responses to “Nicole Says… Read This Book by Joan Leotta”

  1. Thank you, Nicole! Fan Coral is one of my favorites too.

  2. One little note. My publisher went out of business at the end of the year, My new publisher (so fortunate to find one so quickly) will not have the book in print for a few months so if anyone wants a copy, they can purchase it at Pelican Bookstore in Sunset beach or at Sunset River Art gallery or by contacting me through my facebook page
    Joan Leotta, author and Story Performer,
    Sorry for the inconvenience, dear readers, and thanks so much Nicole!

  3. DarielB says:

    Just to clarify, the name of the art gallery is Sunset River Marketplace and we’re in Calabash, NC. In addition to art, we have a wonderful section of local and regional authors, who speak at our ongoing Coffee With the Authors series. More info at the website. Click News/Blog.

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