Welcome to the shadows…

Welcome to the new website of author Rick Chiantaretto.  This site is updated often, so check back soon!



April 18, 2014 through May 5, 2014




Release Date: December 13, 2013

Synopsis: I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind.

But I didn’t stay dead.

I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must find out who I really am, protect my friends, get the girl, and find my way back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.

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Facade of Shadows

Second Edition
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Facade of Shadows, second edition, will be available early 2014!

Facade of Shadows will be re-released with only minimal editing, preserving the juvenile writing style and original tone of the manuscript.  Rick wrote this book in high school, and wants to make sure it remains true to who he was when he wrote the book.

The second edition will be available in Kindle e-book and paperback print formats.


What People are Saying


Facade of Shadows


Rick Chiantaretto might be a name new to you, but you will definitely run across his name again. An emerging writer who works with old myths and legends and folklore of a spiritual nature, Rick manages to weave entertaining and telling tales. Keep an eye out for Rick Chiantaretto.

~Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined

From a small-town school to the middle of the Sahara desert and beyond, this ambitious and expansive novel will take you on a journey from normality to the edge of oblivion and leave you gasping for breath!

~David Moody, author AUTUMN, the living dead series


I was unable to tear myself away…

~Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, author of The Two


Death of the Body

Crossing Death: Book One


Death of the Body is a roller-coaster ride that will leave you questioning reality, religion, and everything you thought you knew. Be ready to lose yourself in this amazing story.

~Rebecca Ethington, author of the Imdalind and Glass series

GREAT story and with all the elements I would want in a novel, by far. You are great at developing characters and I actually felt like I was dealing with REAL people by the time I finished the manuscript.

The elements of religion were fascinating to me and were woven into the story with skill!

~Bev R Sninchak, author and editor at Abraxas Writing & Editing Services


Death of the Body wasn’t what I expected it to be…. It was so much more! It honestly scared the daylights out of me.

~Helena Ison, Book Blogger at Accepted Wisdom