A Story of Sacrifice, Love, Tragedy and Injustice
Book 1 of The Antonio's Series
(Historical novel based on a true story)
A child emigrates from Spain to Puerto Rico in 1870, adapts to a new culture, and strives through hurricanes, disease and war, becoming a prominent tobacco planter. With high hopes, he sends his son Antonio to Albany Law School, but instead, the young man loses his will, commits a gruesome crime, and becomes the first Hispanic executed on the electric chair in the United States.
Amid a historical, cultural and legal backdrop spanning three countries and over a century, the novel exposes the tragic events, trial errors, the prisoner’s struggles at the Sing Sing penitentiary, and the wrongful execution, highlighting the need for constitutional protections and equal justice under the law.
La Voluntad de Antonio
Una Historia de Sacrificio, Amor, Tragedia e Injusticia
(Novela histórica basada en hechos reales)
En el 1870, cuando tenía apenas 14 años, Manuel Pontón Fernández emigra de España a Puerto Rico, se adapta a una nueva cultura y enfrenta huracanes, enfermedades y guerras para convertirse en un prominente plantador de tabaco y levantar una bonita familia. Con profundas esperanzas, Manuel envía a su hijo Antonio a estudiar derecho en Albany Law School en Nueva York, pero el joven pierde su voluntad, comete un atroz crimen y es ejecutado en la silla eléctrica en la prisión de Sing Sing. El espíritu de Antonio regresa cien años después para persuadir a un miembro de la familia, quien es abogada y genealogista aficionada, para investigar su injusta ejecución. En un trasfondo histórico, cultural y jurídico que abarca tres países y más de un siglo, LA VOLUNTAD DE ANTONIO expone los trágicos acontecimientos: el asesinato, los errores del juicio, la desolación en la prisión de Sing Sing, las súplicas de toda una isla para salvarlo y su injusta ejecución. Ésta es la historia de Manuel y de Antonio, pero también es un llamado a la igualdad de justicia para todo ser humano.
* The ebook format is currently English only. Spanish coming soon. The paperback format is currently available in Spanish only. The English format will restock soon.
Available to Advanced Reader Group
subscribers for free! (ebook)
An Island's Plea for a Native Son
Book 2 of The Antonio's Series
(A nonfiction book)
ANTONIO’S GRACE is a work of non-fiction in which the author of ANTONIO'S WILL takes a closer look at the trial and clemency process in the century-old case of Antonio Pontón, including new discoveries. In this book, she shares photographs, newspaper clips, and a selection of the thousands of documents she found, containing clemency writings endorsed by over 21,000 people who prayed in vain for grace for Pontón. The author’s research and analysis of the case one hundred years later uncover the injustices surrounding Pontón’s murder trial and examine the viability of the death penalty as a just measure. The names and voices of clemency have returned after a century to plead once again for an island’s native son. Will you listen?
The book's Appendix includes a transcription by the author of over 21,000 names of individuals and organizations who signed clemency petitions in the case, an invaluable resource for academics, historians and genealogists.
Does Your Compass Work?
Practical Legal Guide for Florida Businesses
This nonfiction book is probably the closest thing to having a "crystal ball" to help start and run a business. It is written by a corporate lawyer to highlight important areas that every business owner should consider prior to starting a business, launching a new business line, and also use as reference throughout the life of the business. Topics include:
Selection of Legal Entity ~ Licenses and Permits ~ Taxes and Accounting ~ Business Plan and Marketing Plan ~ Financing the Business ~ Labor Laws and Employee Management ~ The Lease Agreement ~ Intellectual Property ~ Marketing and the Law ~ Certifications and Government Contracts ~ Product Liability (among many others).
NOTE: This book’s objective is not to replace the use of an attorney or provide formal legal advice. Each individual situation is different, and the reader must consult with an attorney of their preference for legal counsel.
How the Colonel Got His Nickname
(A Short Story Based on True Events)
This is a short story inspired by ANTONIO'S WILL, and it is written and illustrated by yours truly! It is also based on a true story.
When I wrote ANTONIO'S WILL, I was hopeful that one day I could meet descendants of the Pontón family in the novel. This wish came true in early 2015. This story was inspired by my conversations with one of the descendants of Manolo, Antonio's brother.
This short story, including illustrations and family photographs, is now available to subscribers to my Advanced Reader Group for free! You can subscribe to the group here to receive your copy!
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