Steven R. Porter’s Heartwarming New Novel, Manisses, Honors a Thousand Years Of Rollicking Block Island History

GLOCESTER, RI – (October 22, 2012) In his new novel, Manisses, Harmony, Rhode Island author Steven R. Porter adapts the time-honored legends, history and charm of  Block Island to weave a touching, fast-paced story that delivers a compelling message of family, history, preservation and legacy.

In the novel, professional spiritual channelers Clement and Jessica Bradford are attracted by the coastal island’s heavenly vistas, cool summer breezes, and affable residents, and relocate their family to Manisses to raise their two eccentric daughters in the storybook New England atmosphere — and talk to the dead. But a foolish mistake from their past haunts them, and when a local girl goes missing, it takes the whole family, including a peculiar doll named Otto, to stop history from repeating itself.

Manisses is a rollicking adventure told through a thousand years of history, where you’ll meet a brave native maiden, a demure pirate, Prohibition rum-runners, a vengeful witch and many others — all connected through time by fate and an inconspicuous pile of rocks.

Manisses does not contain mature content, and is suitable for high school age readers and above.

Steven R. Porter is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Confessions of the Meek and the Valiant, is a writer, marketing consultant and former Director of Advertising and Public Relations for Lauriat’s Bookstores, Inc. Steven is also a frequent speaker and lecturer on Internet technologies and emerging publishing techniques. In September 2011, he founded the Association of Rhode Island Authors ( and currently serves as its first president. He is also a member of the Rhode Island Romance Writers (RIRW), the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) and is an author-member of the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA.) Steven and his wife Dawn are active volunteers in their local community and reside in the village of Harmony, Rhode Island with their two children Thomas and Susannah.

Steven is a seasoned and entertaining public speaker, and is available for author readings, lectures, book signings, book groups and other special events.

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