#BlogBlitz #AuthorInterview #Review of The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo @bg_writes_stuff @rararesources #TheGathering #TheUprising1‏ #Giveaway #Win

The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — BasilePerrinault and KanoaShinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.



This is a gritty novel that has a fascinating plot! The book is set at a great pace and I flew through the story and I was gripped with what was happening and trying to guess the ending. It is a great start to the new series and one I will be watching.

A great book for fans of dystopian novels and/or science fiction. Just a heads up, this book won’t be for everyone as it does cover some tough subjects and could have trigger points but I enjoyed it and have given the book 4 stars!


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  1. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

I’ve pretty much wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember. I just never thought I would be writing fiction.


  1. What inspired you to write this book?

I drew inspiration from a few different places – the “Old New York,” the music I grew up with, and the friends I made along the way.


  1. If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?

Long live the Uprising – Long live New York City.


  1. What are you up to next?

I’m currently writing the follow-up to The Gathering, called Kings and Queens. Aside from that, too, I’m doing a lot of celebrity events, entertainment journalism, photography, and other cool things with cool people. Please make sure to check out my social media to see what I’m up to next – and feel free to drop a line and say hello, because I do my best to respond to everyone!


  1. Who is your biggest inspiration?

Most people draw inspiration from success – I draw it from failure. Anything I fell short on has inspired me to do better.



With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries.

Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.

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