We are Ann DeFee and Linda Cardillo, two award-winning authors who stood on the edge of the chasm that was 21st –century publishing and didn’t retreat to our garrets, burning manuscripts to keep warm.  We decided instead to confront the industry upheaval facing writers by founding Bellastoria Press.

Our mission with Bellastoria Press is to offer stories from the heart, told with compassion and humor.

“Linda Cardillo and Ann DeFee are writers whose stories will amaze, entertain and provide a touchstone,” says USA Today bestselling author Judith Arnold, “They know there are readers—women like themselves—who are hungry for stories they can delve into, question and laugh with.”

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When dirty bombs go off in New York City, a group of strangers in the midst of turning points in their own lives find themselves trapped.

Bellastoria Press introduces its first dystopian thriller.

“Ms. Caraccio, a career attorney turned novelist, has impressed this reader with her suspenseful pacing, sharp character development, stylish prose and skillful use of alternate points-of-view. She is a fresh new voice in the literary world and, if “Shattered City” is a valid barometer of her talent, one to be joyfully reckoned with in the future.” – 5-Star Amazon Review




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Best-selling author Parris Afton Bonds joins Bellastoria Press with this passionate tale set during the American Revolution.

“…a wonderful tale of intrigue, suspense, broken dreams, and miraculously, falling in love. Rich in historical detail, the book will enlighten the reader about Colonial America and enthrall said reader with a compelling, heart-warming story of love and loss. Wonderful reading!”5-Star Amazon Review






perf5.000x8.000.inddA new generation searches for home in the third book of Linda Cardillo’s First Light trilogy.

“A tender, spirited family tale to complete a warm, earnest series.” – Kirkus Reviews








a-texas-second-chance-e-readerEvil is lurking in Port Serenity, Texas. This idyllic town is known as a beach playground for sun worshipers and bird watchers—not murder and mayhem in the real estate development community.

“…the town is just as much a character in this story as all the nosy, funny and crazy locals.” – 5-Star Amazon Review


“Ann DeFee’s books are a delight to read!”
Susan Wiggs, New York Times Bestselling Author




Papa is on the Moon_Front CoverA moving story of hope and love for those who have lost someone dear to them.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins.









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by Annaliese Darr

FIRST PLACE in Women’s Fiction for the Somerset Awards for Contemporary and Literary Fiction


by Linda Cardillo

FIRST PLACE in Twentieth-Century Fiction for the Goethe Awards in Historical Fiction