Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

It is with absolute pride that I announce the release of my book DUSK AND SUMMER from Sirens Call Publications. My journey started six years ago after I lost my father to pancreatic cancer‬. I honored his life the only way I knew – I wrote for him. This is not a biography; this is a fable, a testament to love, to faith. Mine is a story that takes you to the depths of the unknown sea; where you’ll discover the secrets of a bared soul. And more…

I’ll be donating a portion of proceeds from every sale, no matter the venue or country, to The Lustgarten Foundation ( My mission is to help create more awareness of this horrible monster known as pancreatic cancer, as well as positivity and love for those who have suffered any kind of loss. Your grief is my grief now.

In addition, I’ll be creating a new blog of my own where the pancreatic cancer community at large can share their own stories, their tribulations and triumphs. And inspire others.

Take my hand. Don’t be afraid. Allow me to share with you a place…my very special place in the moments between DUSK AND SUMMER.

My journey began six years ago. OUR journey begins now…

DuskAndSummer_JosephAPinto_FrontCover_MedDoes Heaven await beneath the waves? One man needs to know.

When his dying father whispers a cryptic message to him, he has no choice but to summon his courage and begin the quest of a lifetime. It’s a race against time to realize his father’s wish and fulfill his own destiny; it’s a discovery of the unbreakable bond between father and son. It’s a journey of the heart that unfolds where only the Chosen exist – in the moments between Dusk and Summer.

“A poignant, metaphoric conversation between son and father.
A story that will warm your heart.”

–Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., bestselling author of
The Ditchdigger’s Daughters

Available in print and eBook on Amazon:
US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France,
Spain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, India, Brazil

Print copy also available on:
Barnes & Nobel and CreateSpace

eBook version also available on:

39 thoughts on “‘Dusk and Summer’ Release!

  1. Eric Alagan says:

    Congratulations, Joe on this release. Must be truly satisfying to get it out there.

    I’ll do my little part by tweeting this.

    All good wishes,

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Eric! Yes, it is, and to know that my book honors my Dad, as well serve as a greater good, is the best part of all!
      Thank you very much for your support; I appreciate any effort you make and if in fact you pick up a copy, I’ll look forward to your reaction! 🙂
      Again, much appreciated!! 🙂

  2. jaimiengle says:

    Congratulations, Joseph. What a great book to write. I just bought a copy on Amazon and I look forward to reading it and reviewing it for you. How very exciting and an honor to your father. I’ll get my tissue box ready.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hey Jaimie 🙂 Thank you very much; I truly appreciate it!! 🙂 I think you’ll be blown away by Dusk and Summer…and yes, you just might need a tissue box 😉
      Thank you for all your support! 🙂

  3. I can’t wait to get it!!! Congrats Joe!!!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Angie!! Thank you very much!! I think you’re going to be very surprised as well touched by Dusk and Summer 🙂
      I appreciate your support! 🙂

  4. Rachna says:

    Congratulations, Joseph 🙂 A proud moment for you indeed. Very happy for you.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hello, Rachna 🙂 A proud, but extremely bittersweet, moment for me. My work has only just begun to deliver my intended message with Dusk and Summer.
      Thank you very much! 🙂 Your support is greatly appreciated! 🙂

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Well, that’s good enough for me then, Renae!! lol 🙂 Thank you for all your support! 🙂

  5. Lisa says:

    Congratulations Joe!!! Ordering my book now . Brought tears to my eyes just reading what your book is about . Your father would be very proud !

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Lisa, thank you very much! I appreciate your support 🙂 You may need a larger supply of tissues as you read my book, but I do hope you enjoy it & look forward to hearing your thoughts when done.
      Thank you again for the kind words 🙂

  6. Excellent Joseph! I’m so happy that your book is published and I am sure that it will mean a lot to many others who read it. Tweeting for you and for your cause for Pancreatic Cancer. So much love and gentleness I wish for you. Sheri

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Sheri 🙂 Thank you so much! I appreciate your kindness and support in turn 🙂

      1. It’s heartfelt. Thank you for being a great writer!

      2. Joseph Pinto says:

        🙂 *humble bow* And thank you for being a great reader and writer in your own right! (I think I just made a tongue twister lol)

  7. Congratulations, Joe! The book came together beautifully, and is a very moving tribute to your father. You should be very proud. 🙂

  8. Joseph Pinto says:

    Hi Nina, thank you very much! 🙂 I am proud, but it is a very bittersweet sort of proud. But more so, my book would not be possible without all the hard work you have put into it. Forever grateful, Nina!! 🙂

  9. This story sounds amazing! I may have to pick up a copy. 😉 My condolences on the loss of your father. What a journey through words as you remember and honor him.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Jessica! Thank you so much; I believe it will be unlike anything you’ve read before 🙂 And a portion of proceeds going to a very worth cause as well.
      I appreciate the kind words; it will be seven years this June that I have lost my father. It feels as though it happened yesterday.

  10. Victoria says:

    Congrats Joe! You’re Awesome!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Victoria! lol Why, thank you very much, your declaration that I’m awesome is simply…umm…awesome!! lol I appreciate your kindness 🙂

      1. Victoria says:

        You’re very welcome! lol 😀

  11. Robyn says:

    My father just recently passed from this monster. Our family is still suffering and think we always will. We support lustgarden foundation. I look forward to purchasing your book. Maybe it can help me heal

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hello Robyn, I am so sorry to hear of your loss; my sincere condolences to you and your family. Truthfully, there is always going to be a part of you that will suffer and hurt, always be a part of you longing to find some sense to a senseless disease. I still grapple with the loss of my own father, nearly seven years later.

      I believe, in a way, that you will be able to relate to my book and find solace within it. If anything else, you’ll discover that you are not alone in your feelings. If ever you are in need of someone to talk to, message me here again and I’ll provide my email address.

      God bless and stay strong, Robyn! 🙂 xo

  12. Sandra Colombini says:

    This book should be on the best seller list. An incredible read. I couldn’t put it down.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Hi Sandi! Thank you very much; I’m thrilled that you enjoyed Dusk and Summer! 🙂
      That’s very kind of you to say. I hope that one day it will find itself on such a list; it will mean that I’ve done my part in creating awareness and sharing a piece of my father’s legend with all 🙂
      I appreciate all your support! 🙂

  13. K.Z. says:

    congratulations 🙂

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you very much, K.Z.!! 🙂

      1. K.Z. says:

        you’re welcome. and it’s really wonderful of you to share part of the proceeds to charity. 🙂

      2. Joseph Pinto says:

        Thank you 🙂 I’m only doing a small part. My goal with Dusk and Summer is to share a piece of my father with all in a most unique way, as well create awareness for pancreatic cancer and a means to help others deal with loss and grief. If I can make a difference for just one person, then that’s all the true difference in the world! 🙂

  14. Danielle says:

    What a great way to honor your father and spread awareness! You TRULY ARE an inspiration. I recently decided to write a book (no clue what I’m doing but I’ll have help) about my dog’s life. It’s going to be of the fantasy genre but tightly bound to his life because it is quite remarkable. He was my child. It is a way to deal with grief as well and my dog definitely experienced grief after witnessing his big sister, who was a mother and a partner in crime to him, get shot and killed and then having the gun pointed on him and that will be part of the story. Writing a book wasn’t even my idea but I was a beta reader for someone who wrote a book to deal with grief over her past and it helped me tremendously and that was part of my decision to at least try. Seeing this post, right now, at just the right time just helps me deal with the people in my life saying I should be doing something useful instead. They don’t get it how much art can help someone. It must’ve been hard for you to write but also therapeutic. I’m definitely going to be reading it. 9 lives dear to me, some closer than others but NINE in the months on November and December were lost and just a week or two ago I lost track of time since it happened, on Easter a child who I love dearly. I have a feeling your book will help me and also be great. A friend of mine got into spreading awareness about Cervical Cancer and I’ve had a similar experience, we both had close calls with it, and she got me into the cause as well. Pancreatic Cancer is a very nasty one and people don’t know much about it. I’m so glad you wrote this and I’m happy for you that it’s published. It is going to help many people. They only have to relate to one aspect of the book. Congratulations on your release. I’m sure it’s done well over the past month. I’m very happy for you and that you wrote this for your dad and a good cause.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      It is very easy to get lost and swept away by grief, Danielle, but sooner or later, one must choose to carry on the best way they can, or spiral downward. Trust me, I did indeed spiral, and it’s a hopeless feeling. I’m hoping to make a difference for someone else now, as well share the myth of my father with others.

      Thank you for all your support!

      1. Danielle says:

        Your words ring very true, Joseph. I’ve been in that spiral for various reasons too many times and it sucks you in like a black hole. I think surrounding yourself with the right people can be a tremendous help with that. Sometimes just one person, even a stranger but more often someone we allow to be close, can change everything especially when we are in a fragile state. I try to keep the ones who would throw me a line close and maintain my distance from those who would push me in.

        I’ve been walking the edge of that spiral for months, barely keeping myself out of it, successful only because I’ve had a lot of help. When in a fragile state, a small push in either direction can make a big difference and the closer the person, the bigger the push.

        Recently, someone I’ve allowed close to me, who would normally throw me a line, pushed me hard the wrong way on a day my worst enemy would at least leave me alone and the end result was me falling into that hole. Fortunately, another gave me a platform to stand on, affirming my values and giving me strength, simply because he radiates positive energy and decided to reply to an email sent long ago at just the right time. I need to claw my way out of this hole I’ve allowed myself to fall into but at least I’ve stopped falling before getting sucked in too far. While ultimately we control our reactions to others, it sure helps to have an abundance of people who are good for us nearby.

        I’ve read some of your book now and it’s wonderful so far and dripping with compassion and love while showing a very real struggle. I’m going to have a hard time finishing the book I swore I’d finish before reading another without coming back to yours. You have also grabbed me and pulled me in.

        The person who pushed me the wrong way is, at his core, a caring and compassionate person with an open mind but I’ve noticed a change in him over the last couple of years and it seems he has been forgetting that part of himself since a certain accomplishment. After reading just part of this book, I’m thinking about giving him a physical copy; it might help him remember who he was when his ego was in check. The details don’t belong here but they would shock you and make it obvious why I would want to give someone with little appreciation for art, who seems to deem fiction worthless, this book in particular. If I still feel the same way when I’ve read the whole book (also giving myself some time to sort out my emotions and make sure my intentions are truly good), would it be possible to get an autographed copy with a nice personal message? That might get his attention enough to at least read a few pages instead of just tossing it in the trash and with your knack for grabbing your readers and pulling them into the story right away, even he would likely read the whole book.

        This person is a healer and has helped many people, myself included. It pains me to watch him get sucked into a different type of spiral where ego begins chipping away at his ability to help people at an accelerating pace and he is oblivious. While our relationship may be forever changed in a way that makes it impossible for him to help me in the same way he once did, I’d hate for the rest of the world to lose what he has to offer. I think your book could be a platform on which he can stand, much like what my friend gave me, and I’ve known him for long enough that maybe I can get him to actually open the cover, if I can set my own ego aside and take the high road instead of reacting to the pain that his misjudgment has caused me.

        I can’t wait to get back to reading your book. You had me so caught up in your world that I have little idea what went on other than my zombie-like answers to questions asked of me until I was told for the second time that the dinner bell had rang……at someone else’s house (oops). I’m no stranger to dissociation and I love your description of driving down the highway before going back in time to wrenches. You totally nailed it. I have 23 books on my list of purchased but not finished and this one moved from last to 2nd, trumped only by a book I’m beta reading for someone and halfway through. I have periods of time where migraines render me completely unable to read, sometimes for weeks, and I kind of feel bad for giving great feedback after something like 7 pages last time and now I’ll be reading the published version and I know I’m approaching a time where my treatment is less effective. My list is in order purchased unless there’s a good reason to change something and my reason for moving this one up to “next” is it’s extremely good! I really want to know what happens next.

        It was nearly impossible for me not to pick up on the juxtaposition of the words hopeless and hoping and whether intentional or not, I’m glad to see it.

      2. Joseph Pinto says:

        Danielle, when you are finished reading Dusk and Summer, please let me know (as well your thoughts of my book), and I’d be more than happy to get a signed copy out to you 🙂

      3. Danielle says:

        That’s very kind of you. If I can’t do the writing I want right now, maybe I can at least get some of the reading done I want to do before migraines render me useless for weeks. At least I get a few good weeks now. It’s an improvement over none. If I fall off the face of the earth, I’ll be back…

  15. I apologize for the belated congratulations, but I offer my most sincere admiration and joy at your accomplishment. I’ll definitely get this on my Kindle. Just knowing the story behind this makes me want to cry. It’s a beautiful and wonderful thing you’re doing here, Joseph.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      There you are again! lol No apologies needed, Adelie, trust me; I’m always behind in reading posts lol Thank you, I truly appreciate your kindness and interest in my work. I’m confident Dusk and Summer will absolutely blow you away, and I’m excited to hear your thoughts once you do get a chance to read it. Again, a heartfelt thank you for supporting me and my cause 🙂

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