“an Intriguing, Meaningful Read for Anyone Imprisoned by His/her Past,” - Olga Cossi, Author and Freelance Editor.

Cell Out
September 14, 2010

A nine-year old boy grows up haunted by the roaming hands of a trusted priest. A spoiled housewife turns to a monster home and ghosts in her cell phone when her husband turns to men. How these characters come together in America’s money-soaked suburbs forms the basis of Cell Out, C.J. Cannino’s observant and witty tale of life in the 21st century.

“Bravo! A compelling combination of comedy and tragedy,” -

Dr. Elizabeth Thompson, former psychologist at Atascadero State Hospital.

We first meet the protagonist Peter Golozzi in suburban San Francisco where he serves as an altar boy at the local Catholic Church. The child’s blood runs cold every time he faces his perpetrator, Father Patrick Martin. The character-driven story unfolds from there, when the child grows up to be a sexually violent predator himself. Golozzi is institutionalized for his sexually deviant behavior. He learns control and compassion through intense psychotherapy and a secret love affair with a staff member at a California state forensic hospital.

Once rehabilitated, Golozzi makes a fresh start in Shady Pines, Washington where he finds true love with Marylynn Diego. Like many upscale suburban housewives, Mrs. Diego appears to have it all: a perfect family, lots of money and beauty to top it off. Yet she is tormented by strange voices she hears in her cell phone and a husband who likes to wear her sexy lingerie. Unknowingly, Diego becomes a pawn in a corporate scandal while she struggles to make a choice between her family and a lover with a criminal past.

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About the Author:

C.J. Cannino worked for television, radio and newspapers as a writer, anchor and reporter in newsrooms throughout California. “Truth is stranger than fiction. I always had a knack for remembering the really weird news stories and then one day I decided to put them all together in a novel.” Cannino lives on the central California Coast with her husband, two children and two Labrador Retrievers. Cannino’s next book is a teen novel that’s loosely based on the story of Elian Gonzales, watch for it!


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