Are you a food blogger? Love to cook Italian? Are you looking for a fresh, fun collaboration opportunity?

The Galliano Club series of historical thriller books will be released this coming Fall 2022.

The hunt is on for Italian-loving food bloggers and Instagram accounts to help promote the book series and grow their own audience at the same time.


About the Galliano Club books

The Galliano Club thriller series consists of a prequel and three full-length novels that tell a Prohibition-era saga of murder, blackmail and revenge. The year is 1926. The place is Lido, New York, a blue-collar kind of place inspired by my upstate hometown of Rome, New York.

The Galliano Club is a social hub for Italian mill workers in Lido. Club members drop in for bootleg beer or one of bartender Luca Lombardo’s famous sandwiches.

But trouble is always on tap at the Galliano Club . . .

The prequel, ROAD TO THE GALLIANO CLUB is out now.

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More about the series here: Inside the Galliano Club thrillers


Collaboration opportunity

As part of the launch activities for the books during October-December 2022, author Carmen Amato (me) will be collaborating with food bloggers to create tie-ins that highlight the books’ Italian roots.

Collaborations are planned around Italian food, kitchen merch, and Prohibition cocktails.

Collaborations will be highlighted in press releases, interviews, etc.


What’s planned

1. Instagram contests to grow both our account followers. (“follow these accounts and tag a friend, etc) Prize bundles to include Galliano Club books, Italian cookbooks, kitchen merch from your store if available, Williams Sonoma cocktail kits, etc.

2. The free companion Galliano Club Signature Sandwich Cookbook featuring favorite recipes for Italian-style sandwiches from popular food bloggers and authors. There are 4 slots left. If selected, your recipe will be included with attribution and links to your blog/website. You get press release language/blog post draft and PDF copy to showcase on your website. Perfect as a lead magnet to grow your email list.

3. Signed copies of the Galliano Club books to sell in your online shops (US only).


How to participate

Want to take advantage of this collaboration opportunity? Email carmen(at) with the subject line “Collaboration with Italian food blogger.”

Here’s what to include:

Your name, website, Instagram, and email

Tell me a little about yourself and why you love Italian food.

Plus, answer these questions:

1. Do you have a mouth-watering recipe for an Italian sandwich to be included in the Galliano Club Signature Sandwich Cookbook?

2. Do you have items from your shop that you are willing to provide for an Instagram contest? Think about easily shipped items like apron, potholder, napkin set, salt and pepper shakers, etc.(You’ll ship to me. I’ll add to prize bundle shipped to winners. All bundle contributors listed.)

3. Are you interested in up to 5 free signed copies of Galliano Club books to sell in your store? (US addresses only)

4. Who else would be interested in this opportunity? Please provide their email or Instagram.

That’s it! Fire off that email! Let’s collaborate!


About me

In case you were wondering, yes, I’m Italian.

I’m also the author of the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco, the Galliano Club historical thrillers, and standalone novels of suspense.

A 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, personal experiences are occasionally disguised as fiction.

With complex plots, fast action, and an exotic location, the Detective Emilia Cruz series includes CLIFF DIVER, HAT DANCE, DIABLO NIGHTS, KING PESO, PACIFIC REAPER, RUSSIAN MOJITO, NARCO NOIR and numerous short reads. All the novels contain Mexican food recipes, too.

The series is a 2-time recipient of the Outstanding Series Award from CrimeMasters of America, and won the Silver Falchion from Killer Nashville in 2019. It has been optioned for television.

A recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal, I’ve been a judge for the BookLife Prize and Killer Nashville’s Claymore Award. Nonfiction has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Criminal Element, The Rap Sheet, Mamiverse, and other national-level publications.

My previous collaborations led to two chart-topping books: THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE BEST OF MEXICO and THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE BEST OF MEXICAN HOLIDAYS.

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Author Carmen Amato

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