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MaryAnn Diorio PhD, MFA

Author Bio:

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction. Her riveting books explore the deepest issues of the human heart. Her popular trilogy, THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES, was sparked by an incident that occurred in the life of her great-great-grandmother. The three novels of the trilogy are Book 1: THE MADONNA OF PISANO, Book 2: A SICILIAN FAREWELL, and Book 3: RETURN TO BELLA TERRA. MaryAnn's latest novel, IN BLACK AND WHITE, will be released in the Fall of 2019.

MaryAnn also writes for children. Her latest release is a poetry picture book for children titled POEMS FOR WEE ONES.

Dr. MaryAnn and her husband Dom reside in New Jersey. They are the blessed parents of two wonderful adult daughters and six rambunctious grandchildren. MaryAnn may be reached at or via her website at

Books by Author

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In Black and White

A white woman. A black man. And their forbidden love. Can endurance and faith sustain the love between a white woman and a black man, threatened by rejection, guilt, and racial injustice? Can love alone reconcile their starkly different worlds, lighting the way to a bright future together? When graduate…

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POEMS FOR WEE ONES will delight the young child in your life with its lilting verses and its charming illustrations. Studies have shown that reading poetry to children contributes to their healthful emotional development. POEMS FOR WEE ONES will definitely bless your child's soul and warm your child's…

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RETURN TO BELLA TERRA (The Italian Chronicles-Book 3)

A mother, her son , and the man who threatens to come between them . . . When she receives word that her mother is terminally ill, Maria Landro Tonetta travels to her Sicilian homeland with her son Nico. She finds herself yearning for the life she once knew as a child on Bella Terra, the family farm,…

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When Yolanda Riggins discovers that the government plans to build a new highway through her beloved dandelion patch, she rises up in protest and asserts her God-given right to private ownership of property. Will she succeed against all odds to save her dandelion patch? Will tact, truth, and tough love…

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A SICILIAN FAREWELL (The Italian Chronicles-Book 2)

A young man, a new land, and a dream that threatens to destroy him, his marriage, and his family . . .

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THE MADONNA OF PISANO (The Italian Chronicles-Book 1)

A young woman, a priest, and a secret that keeps them bitterly bound to each other . . .

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Keisha has a new baby sister. Tamara's arrival has triggered fear and jealousy in Keisha. She fears that Mama will love Tamara more than Mama loves Keisha. But when Mama uses three special candles to demonstrate what love is, Keisha learns that there is always enough love to go around.

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Toby Michaels is small. Too small to be of much good to anyone. lthough he tries and tries to prove himself, no one believes him. Toby starts doubting himself until one day, he discovers that it's not how big you are on the outside that matters; it's how big you are on the inside.

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When young widow and life coach Dr. Teresa Lopez Gonzalez goes to Puerto Rico to coach Pilar Sanchez, the granddaughter of her mother’s best childhood friend, Teresa comes face-to-face with her own unwillingness to surrender to God's will for her life. In the process, she learns that only by losing…

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A handicapped boy discovers the power of faith to achieve the impossible.

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WHO IS JESUS? presents a biblical picture of our Savior in a way that will help your child recognize Him as Love Personified. Little children will come to know Jesus as the essence of all that is good, holy, and true. As you read this book to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students,…

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When Sonia Pettit's teenage daughter suddenly disappears for seven long years, Sonia faces losing her mind, her husband, and her son as she struggles to forgive her wa yward daughter and trust God for her return.

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