Monday, October 20, 2014

Helen Pollard Talks About Life After Getting The Contract





Naivety Personified

Me, naive? When I signed my first contract a few months ago, I didn’t think I was. Ever since I’d started writing again maybe five years ago, I’d taken the whole thing extremely seriously and spent as much time researching as writing … how to hone my craft, the world of agents and publishers, digital versus print … the list goes on.

So I guess it would be true to say I probably did think the hard part was over – not writing my book, necessarily, but finding the perfect home for it, a publisher who was willing to have faith in it and give it a chance.

I had no idea what lay ahead.

I’d expected the edits, and coped with them without too much trauma (truth be told, I love editing!)

And in the back of my mind, I knew I would have to get to grips with Facebook. And create a website. And begin a blog. The reality of doing these things was time-consuming, tantrum-inducing and sometimes technically scary. With a day job and a family to contend with, I barely had time for anything else, but I finally got things in hand …

Until my book’s release, and with it, a whole new world of buy links and author pages and the like (who knew I’d ever manage to set up an author page on Amazon Japan?!)

Could I rest there? Absolutely not. I had no idea how much marketing would be involved! I’ve spent a lot of time finding out and learning from others, but as for putting it all into practice, I’m only just getting going.

It’s been a steep learning curve, and on days when I’m tired, it can seem like a slog. But there is real excitement to be had in knowing I’m taking small steps in getting my name and my book ‘out there’ – and also satisfaction and renewed confidence as each challenge is faced, tackled, and hopefully overcome.

Best of all, now when I’m daunted by something new, I only have to look back at what I’ve already achieved and remind myself I’m perfectly capable of rising to the challenge.

That’s a great feeling!




Warm Hearts in Winter by Helen Pollard


Blurb:

Can two hearts thaw on the midwinter moors?

Forced by circumstance into the world of temping, when Abby Davis accepts an assignment in the wilds of Yorkshire as personal assistant to a widowed novelist, she assumes he is an ageing recluse.

Thirty-something Jack Blane is anything but. Still struggling to get his life and writing career back on track three years after his wife’s death, Jack isn’t ready for a breath of fresh air like Abby.

Snowed in at his winter retreat on the moors, as the weeks go by and their working relationship becomes friendship and maybe more, Abby must rethink her policy of never getting involved with someone at work … and Jack must decide whether he is willing to risk the pain of love a second time.


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About the Author:

Helen Pollard writes contemporary romance with old-fashioned heart. She firmly believes there will always be a place for romantic fiction, no matter how fast-paced and cynical the world becomes. Readers still want that feel-good factor - to escape from their own world for a while and see how a budding romance can blossom and overcome adversity to develop into love ... and we all need a little love, right?

A Yorkshire lass, Helen is married, with two teenagers. They share space with a Jekyll and Hyde cat that alternates between being obsessively affectionate and viciously psychotic. Antiseptic cream is always close at hand.

When Helen’s not working or writing, it goes without saying that she loves to read. She also enjoys a good coffee in a quiet bookshop, and appreciates the company of family and close friends.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener



Fruit and Mythology


One thing I find fascinating about mythology and folk tales is the themes that are repeated through them can be found across diverse cultures. The Greeks, the Celts and the Norse all have golden apples featuring in their legends and those stories are continued in many fairy tales, along with other fruit like pears and pomegranates.

The golden apple or golden apples are by far the most common. A golden apple appeared in East of the Sun, West of the Moon, the Norwegian fairy tale I retold in my fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind. In that tale, it is a gift to the heroine from a mysterious old woman who helps her in her quest. It is also, obviously, in the fairy tale The Princess on the Glass Hill, on which The Golden Apple is loosely based. In The Princess on the Glass Hill, the golden apple is a prize to be seized, with the winner also winning the princess's hand in marriage.

Golden apples abound in Greek mythology. Melanion used three of them to distract Atalanta while they were racing each other so that he could win, as Atalanta only agreed to marry a man who could beat her in a race. No-one could, so Melanion asked the goddess Aphrodite for help, and she gave him three golden apples to put along the race course. Atalanta stopped to pick each one up, which gave Melanion just enough of a lead to beat her and claim her hand in marriage. I quite like this echo of The Princess on the Glass Hill. There is a contest, and the ultimate prize is the woman's hand in marriage, with the golden apple the means to the end.

The Greek goddess Hera had a whole garden full of golden apple trees, which she set the dragon Ladon to guard. The golden apples conferred immortality to those who ate them. Hercules had to steal one as part of his labours, which he did by trickery.

A golden apple was also the original start of the Trojan Wars, according to Greek mythology. Eris, the goddess of discord, wasn't invited to a wedding, and to cause trouble, she threw a golden apple into the midst of the party, inscribed with the message: For the most beautiful. Three goddesses thought it should go to them, so Zeus, not wanting to get involved in THAT cat fight, appointed Paris the judge. All three of the goddesses offered him a bribe so he'd pick them, and he chose Aphrodite's inducement, which was that she'd give him the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta. She became Helen of Troy and the incident sparked the Trojan Wars.

The Norse goddess Freia, like Hera, has an orchard of golden apples that grant immortality to those who eat them.

In my retelling of The Princess on the Glass Hill fairy tale, The Golden Apple and The Silver Pear, the golden apple heals anyone who touches it.

Pears are a little more difficult. They are known as a symbol of femininity and female strength, but there are no silver pears in myth that I could find, so that's all my own imagination. There is a fairy tale called The Girl With the Silver Hands and in the tale, the girl, whose father has cut off her hands to keep her silent about a crime he has committed (which in some tales is his attempted rape of his daughter) she is given silver hands by a magical fairy godmother / goddess and manages to find her way into the king's pear orchard where she lives off his pears until the king finds her one day and marries her.

The symbolism in that is clear, and I loved the way both the mythology and legends of golden apple and the silver pear added more meaning to my story and another layer of depth, both for the characters and their personal growth, and the plot.

About The Golden Apple:

Kayla’s world has been turned upside-down . . .
Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake.
Rane’s honor is torn in two…
In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to–including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy.
Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together . . .
Kayla and Rane are bound to one another but the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one.

About The Silver Pear:

An unlikely princess . . .

Kayla is determined to master her new-found abilities as a wild magic witch. She's learning everything she can so she and her betrothed, Rane, can put a stop to the sorcerers who are recklessly gathering their power, building up their magic to take each other on in a war that will destroy the countries of Middleland.

An even more unlikely sorcerer . . .

Mirabelle's father was one of the greatest sorcerers in Middleland, but when he used the magic in the silver pear to bespell his pregnant wife to give birth to the greatest sorcerer who would ever live, he never thought that child would be a girl. Mirabelle is nothing like a usual sorcerer, confounding every expectation, and when she comes to the rescue of Rane's brother, Soren, she makes a decision few sorcerers would. She saves him, rather than herself, losing the silver pear in the process.

And using magic always exacts a price . . .

With war not just a possibility but simply a matter of time, there are no neutral parties and no fence-sitters in Kayla and Mirabelle's new world. Everyone is either an ally or an enemy and there is a price to pay for everything. The question is, how high will it be?

The Silver Pear is the sequel to The Golden Apple, and together they form The Dark Forest series.
 GIVEAWAY: 2 sets of The Dark Forest Series (The Golden Apple and The Silver Pear) (2 winners, USA ONLY)
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 An unlikely princess . . .

Kayla is determined to master her new-found abilities as a wild magic witch. She's learning everything she can so she and her betrothed, Rane, can put a stop to the sorcerers who are recklessly gathering their power, building up their magic to take each other on in a war that will destroy the countries of Middleland.

An even more unlikely sorcerer . . .

Mirabelle's father was one of the greatest sorcerers in Middleland, but when he used the magic in the silver pear to bespell his pregnant wife to give birth to the greatest sorcerer who would ever live, he never thought that child would be a girl. Mirabelle is nothing like a usual sorcerer, confounding every expectation, and when she comes to the rescue of Rane's brother, Soren, she makes a decision few sorcerers would. She saves him, rather than herself, losing the silver pear in the process.

And using magic always exacts a price . . .

With war not just a possibility but simply a matter of time, there are no neutral parties and no fence-sitters in Kayla and Mirabelle's new world. Everyone is either an ally or an enemy and there is a price to pay for everything. The question is, how high will it be?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tackled by the Girl Next Door


Tackled by the Girl Next Door
by Susan Scott Shelley & Veronica Forand
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: October 15, 2014




When a retired NFL player returns home to sort out his life, he finds his future in the girl next door.

Jason Black is a newly retired professional football player. Forced off the playing field due to an injury, he returns to his hometown to contemplate his future and finds solace in his relationship with his best friend, Samantha O’Brien.

Sam has spent the past five years caring for her younger brother. Home from college for Thanksgiving break, he parties hard and bullies his sister. When Jason comes to her defense, protecting her from a crowd of drunken college kids, Sam begins seeing him as more than a friend. Yet, she fears acting on their attraction could ruin the friendship she’s grown to depend upon.

Just one kiss changes everything for Jason. Sam is no longer the girl next door but the woman of his dreams. Now, he just has to convince her that his feelings are real. But when the football world comes calling again and career decisions are on the line, both sacrifice all to put the other’s needs first. They must decide whether to follow their hearts and make the catch of a lifetime.



Hazel eyes burned into hers. ”Sam.”

“What?”

“You've got chocolate on your lower lip.”

“Oh.” She reached for her napkin.

His hand stopped hers. “I’ll get it.”

Instead of his fingers, his lips descended. His gaze intense, his movements controlled, he leaned in. Slowly. Sam moistened her lips and inhaled. Dream or reality? Jason’s lips closed over hers, too warm, too firm to be a figment of her subconscious. Fireworks exploded behind her eyes. She tasted the heady combination of chocolate and wine and Jason. She fisted his sweater, holding him to her. Kissing Jason was better than she’d imagined.




Kobo ~ ARe




Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

She currently resides outside Philadelphia with her very own Superhero and spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is.

In addition to writing romances, she is also a professional voiceover artist. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies.

Susan is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.


Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense.

She’s lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

Veronica is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.


Susan Scott Shelley

Veronica Forand






Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Diva in Manhattan Cover Reveal!

A Date with the Diva
Fresh off a successful Italian tour, soprano soloist Alaina Amaldi returns to America on cloud nine. The Metropolitan Opera has invited her to guest star in their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, and she’s singing at the top of her game. But, to act the part of the sweet, young Pamina in love, she has to be likeable; something that has never come easily to her. On a quest to soften her diva-like image, she volunteers at an arts school for underprivileged children. Too bad the kids call her the opera witch…
Brett Robinson has moved to Manhattan to start afresh. Used to living on his own as a logger, he finds a job with a construction company repairing the sidewalk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House. What he didn’t count on was for one of those hoity-toity divas to strut straight past him and into his heart!
However, Brett knows that a guy like him doesn’t have a chance with a woman like Alaina. That is until an older woman asks him to attend a fundraiser, posing as her Wall Street stockbroker son. Before he knows it, Brett’s drinking cocktails with the gorgeous diva! Trouble is, she thinks he’s quite a few billion dollars richer. Is she as shallow as everyone claims, or will she still love what she sees when the tux comes off?
- See more at: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/a-diva-in-manhattan/#sthash.hzPjvtGF.dpuf

A Diva in Manhattan

Publication date: 20/11/2014
A Date with the Diva
Fresh off a successful Italian tour, soprano soloist Alaina Amaldi returns to America on cloud nine. The Metropolitan Opera has invited her to guest star in their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, and she’s singing at the top of her game. But, to act the part of the sweet, young Pamina in love, she has to be likeable; something that has never come easily to her. On a quest to soften her diva-like image, she volunteers at an arts school for underprivileged children. Too bad the kids call her the opera witch…
Brett Robinson has moved to Manhattan to start afresh. Used to living on his own as a logger, he finds a job with a construction company repairing the sidewalk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House. What he didn’t count on was for one of those hoity-toity divas to strut straight past him and into his heart!
However, Brett knows that a guy like him doesn’t have a chance with a woman like Alaina. That is until an older woman asks him to attend a fundraiser, posing as her Wall Street stockbroker son. Before he knows it, Brett’s drinking cocktails with the gorgeous diva! Trouble is, she thinks he’s quite a few billion dollars richer. Is she as shallow as everyone claims, or will she still love what she sees when the tux comes off?
- See more at: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/a-diva-in-manhattan/#sthash.hzPjvtGF.dpuf
November 20, 2014

 A Date with the Diva


Fresh off a successful Italian tour, soprano soloist Alaina Amaldi returns to America on cloud nine. The Metropolitan Opera has invited her to guest star in their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, and she’s singing at the top of her game. But, to act the part of the sweet, young Pamina in love, she has to be likeable; something that has never come easily to her. On a quest to soften her diva-like image, she volunteers at an arts school for underprivileged children. Too bad the kids call her the opera witch…

Brett Robinson has moved to Manhattan to start afresh. Used to living on his own as a logger, he finds a job with a construction company repairing the sidewalk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House. What he didn’t count on was for one of those hoity-toity divas to strut straight past him and into his heart!

However, Brett knows that a guy like him doesn’t have a chance with a woman like Alaina. That is until an older woman asks him to attend a fundraiser, posing as her Wall Street stockbroker son. Before he knows it, Brett’s drinking cocktails with the gorgeous diva! Trouble is, she thinks he’s quite a few billion dollars richer. Is she as shallow as everyone claims, or will she still love what she sees when the tux comes off?

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A Diva in Manhattan

Publication date: 20/11/2014
A Date with the Diva
Fresh off a successful Italian tour, soprano soloist Alaina Amaldi returns to America on cloud nine. The Metropolitan Opera has invited her to guest star in their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, and she’s singing at the top of her game. But, to act the part of the sweet, young Pamina in love, she has to be likeable; something that has never come easily to her. On a quest to soften her diva-like image, she volunteers at an arts school for underprivileged children. Too bad the kids call her the opera witch…
Brett Robinson has moved to Manhattan to start afresh. Used to living on his own as a logger, he finds a job with a construction company repairing the sidewalk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House. What he didn’t count on was for one of those hoity-toity divas to strut straight past him and into his heart!
However, Brett knows that a guy like him doesn’t have a chance with a woman like Alaina. That is until an older woman asks him to attend a fundraiser, posing as her Wall Street stockbroker son. Before he knows it, Brett’s drinking cocktails with the gorgeous diva! Trouble is, she thinks he’s quite a few billion dollars richer. Is she as shallow as everyone claims, or will she still love what she sees when the tux comes off?
- See more at: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/a-diva-in-manhattan/#sthash.hzPjvtGF.dpuf

A Diva in Manhattan

Publication date: 20/11/2014
A Date with the Diva
Fresh off a successful Italian tour, soprano soloist Alaina Amaldi returns to America on cloud nine. The Metropolitan Opera has invited her to guest star in their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, and she’s singing at the top of her game. But, to act the part of the sweet, young Pamina in love, she has to be likeable; something that has never come easily to her. On a quest to soften her diva-like image, she volunteers at an arts school for underprivileged children. Too bad the kids call her the opera witch…
Brett Robinson has moved to Manhattan to start afresh. Used to living on his own as a logger, he finds a job with a construction company repairing the sidewalk in front of the Metropolitan Opera House. What he didn’t count on was for one of those hoity-toity divas to strut straight past him and into his heart!
However, Brett knows that a guy like him doesn’t have a chance with a woman like Alaina. That is until an older woman asks him to attend a fundraiser, posing as her Wall Street stockbroker son. Before he knows it, Brett’s drinking cocktails with the gorgeous diva! Trouble is, she thinks he’s quite a few billion dollars richer. Is she as shallow as everyone claims, or will she still love what she sees when the tux comes off?
- See more at: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/a-diva-in-manhattan/#sthash.hzPjvtGF.dpuf

Monday, October 13, 2014

Diana Cachey Visits with her What Happens in Venice Series and A Giveaway of 3 Prize Packs!



Favorite Things to do in Venice by Diana Cachey

#1) Go in every church, no matter how humble. Great art lurks inside. Mind blowing art!
#2) Get a boat pass and ride it everywhere … night and day. Especially at night.
#3) See the violin concert at the Church of San Vidal. See it twice.
#4) Enjoy an expensive coffee or drink, served by tuxedoed waiters, at an outdoor café in San Marco when music is playing. Each cafe has its own music. The cafés alternate play so you can hear them all from one spot.
#5) Go to the top of the San Marco tower. Go at sunset if it is a clear day. It’s always worth the wait. When the bell gongs, you might weep.
#6) Go to San Marco around midnight to watch the clock “boys” (statues at top) gong the bell, twelve times, in an otherwise silent eerie square.
A word about San Marco: People complain that St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) is too touristy, bustling and full of pigeons. Really? It is also breathtaking. Night or Day. 
I could do #4, #5, #6 during every stay and every day. It always looks (and sounds) different.
#7) Walk in the afternoon parade of Venetians on the Zattere along Guidecca Canal. Sit in the sun on a terrace and get some ice cream. It’s always sunny on the Zattere, especially in the afternoon when everything else in Venice gets shadowed.
#8) Walk, walk, walk and walk. Explore, get lost, stop at shops and cafes.
#9) Remember to look up. All the good stuff is up.
#10) Ride the public boat to Murano (for glass), Burano (for lace and colored houses) and Torcello (for peace and the oldest churches in the lagoon).
Want a few more?
#11) Hang out at an outdoor cafe in Rialto on the Grand Canal. Sure, some folk will say it is a tourist trap. Okay. Eat, drink, watch and hang there anyway.
#12) Drink coffee or spritz at wine bars and nibble on finger foods. Explore to find the hidden ones then eat tramezzini and cicchetti (see recipes included in Lagoon Lure, Book Two).
#13) Lucky number thirteen: Pastry Shop!
#14) I almost forgot, RIDE IN A GONDOLA! Better yet, learn to row like a Venetian.
My personal favorite suggestion -- and it is my most important, shortest list of all -- go back to Venice again. Don’t try to see it all in one trip. 
Do you have a preferred spot in Venice that I missed? PLEASE post it at www.WhatHappensInVenice.com.  Also go to my YouTube channel for videos of these sites.


Lagoon Lure
What Happens In Venice
Book Two
Diana Cachey

ISBN-13: 978-1500334529
ISBN-10: 1500334529 
LCCN: 2014911793       

Number of pages: 160
Word Count: 40,000

Book Description:

The Venetian ghosts, ancient protectors of the Republic, continue to haunt Louisa Mangotti, the beautiful American lawyer working as an Interpol expert for the police.

She no longer scoffs at the ghosts, who plant clues to help solve a hushed up crime that threatens Venice, but she still suspects her bad boy ex-lover, Matteo, has crafted a plan to distract her from his own involvement in a possible murder.

Nonetheless she’s forced to depend on him in deciphering clues, including diving with him on a shipwreck in the lagoon. Her sister, who communes with ghosts & has arrived to rescue Louisa, is lured away from the chase into a steamy affair with a possible phantom.

Another feisty foreigner, Louisa’s best friend Rebecca, who goes by her vacation name, Rouge, spices up the action and adds to the antics when she visits for Carnival and to sample the Venetian charm and romance. More sexy men, as well as ghosts, distract the women as they follow a maze of cryptic clues & questionable messengers.

The three women fall deeper into the whirlpool of Venice, its wonderful sights, and alluring men while they navigate the stormy course which they are following. 

EXCERPT #1:
          Venice always delivered. For thousands of years she spread out her bounty for swarms of people who feasted upon her beauty. They stayed in ornate palaces or luxury hotels and paraded in stylish fashions. They admired diverse art, listened to sweet music, sampled delicious food.     
They also enjoyed plentiful romantic opportunities.    
Ah, the romantic allure of Venice. It continues to this day. Indeed, soon after Barbara’s arrival, Venice offered her no less than three handsome men. Now there stood her sister, Louisa, who begged to hear the dirt on two of them but knew nothing of the third man, the one Barbara wanted most.  She planned to keep him a secret.    
Barbara looked around and tried to take it all in, all that Venice had to offer. She saw in front of her a small island, which sat placidly in the lagoon and proudly displayed its huge monastic bell tower. Although a massive presence, this tower was easily dwarfed by the one it faced -- the more famous one -- the one that housed the bells of San Marco. She gazed across the water, let the reflecting sun’s rays warm her face and both Venetian towers began to toll their bells behind her and before her. They echoed across the lagoon, reverberated throughout the tranquil setting. Barbara took note of the bells. She’d been trained by her Italian friends to pay particular attention to what she’d been the thinking in that precise moment these bells began to chime.   
She’d been thinking about secrets. That third man. He must remain her secret.
Thus began her diversion, a long philosophical theory about her twin orange cats.                
“Back home in Seattle,” she said, “my cats confuse and distract me during morning meditation, just like those two Venetian men did my first night in Venice. The two inquisitive cats circle my cushion then jump on the table where I offer blessings of flowers and candy. They sniff and inspect as if they’ve never seen the ritual before.”   
Louisa yawned.   
“Those cats seem to see me anew each day, as a thing they need to supervise, approve or inspect. Eventually, they settle nearby to meditate on their own. They observe my struggle to quiet my mind while they remain perfect little meditators. Those two Venetian men were the same. While I was nervous and disquieted, they just purred.”         
Louisa frowned.
 
Love Spirits
What Happens In Venice
Book One
Diana Cachey

Genre: Romance/paranormal.

ISBN: 1481031767
ISBN: 9781481031769

Number of pages: 160
Word Count: 40,000 

Tagline: Among the romantic canals of Venice—and oh so many Italian distractions—can a stunning American lawyer and her psychic sister help the Ghosts of Venice solve a hushed-up crime?

Book Description:

Louisa Mangotti is a gorgeous American lawyer and Interpol expert who, after being offered a job working with the international crime unit in Venice, receives a mysterious postcard from the Venetian Ghosts, the ancient protectors of the Republic. But Louisa assumes her bad-boy ex, Matteo, sent it in a quixotic attempt to gain her attention.  Louisa may have dismissed the ghosts, but the ghosts aren’t quite done with her.

When the bodies of two glassmakers wash up on Murano Island, the cryptic messages persist. Reluctantly, Louisa calls upon Matteo to help decipher the clues. And before she knows it, a flame that was never fully extinguished is rekindled.  Sensing that her sister is in over her head, Barbara Mangotti rushes to the rescue, only to be lured away by two handsome Venetian men.  

With time running out, can the two beauties solve a crime that could threaten the city of Venice itself?



Keywords: Chick lit mystery, Venice fiction, Ghosts of Venice, Paranormal mystery, Contemporary women novels

Book Trailers:





What Happens In Venice -- A Trinity

Book One, Love Spirits
Book Two, Lagoon Lure
Book Three, Magic Island

Excerpt #1: 

From the Top of Our Great Bell Tower Saint Mark Square Venice, Italy 
Dear wide-eyed tourist, Don’t go to Venice.            
But if you do, don’t fall in -- in a canal, in love or into Venice itself. As if you have a choice. Hear us cackling?        
Listen. We came to warn you about La Serenissima, the Most Serene One, as Venice has been called since before the Middle Ages. You will not heed our warning and you will come looking for us. How do we know? It happens every time a Venetian ghost story is told.   
As ancient protectors of the Venetian republic, we ghosts guard her virtues of which she has many. One reason we love her, and you will too, is that she is stuck in time. Did you know Venice functions without motorcars or trucks? We don’t like motorcars or trucks. Hundreds of tiny islands sewn together by foot bridges leaves no need for noisy, fume-spewing vehicles, thankfully.           
We prefer floating.     
Our classic transport is the gondola. Mostly reserved for you tourists now, gondolas are and always have been helmed by the most prestigious oarsmen in the world -- highly trained gondoliers who stand while rowing through the labyrinth of canals. They don’t mind when we ride with or without you while they serenade us with opera, Frank Sinatra songs and romantic favorites.   
Ah yes, romance. As one visitor put it, “It’s their schtick, a Venetian ploy, an act to get sexy with you.” It is true. Venice equals romance equals sex.        
If the shadows of Venice frighten you or you feel like you’re in a dream, have fun with it, float with us. We are watching over you. We want to further your journey to a more magical life because we think a person is charmed by a trip to La Serenissima.    
It could change your soul forever. Just ignore this cautionary tale.  We remain in your service, The Venetian Ghosts



About the Author:

Diana Cachey is a licensed attorney, published academic, and former adjunct law professor. She also holds a BA in English, and while in law school, she was the first female editor in chief of her university’s law review. The author of the novel Love Spirits, she has trained with several New York Times best-selling writers, including Robert Allen, with more than seventy-two million books sold. For more than a decade, Cachey has been traveling to Venice, the setting of her novel, on extended trips several times a year. The cafés, restaurants, and many other haunts of Venice play a prominent role in her sexy paranormal mystery-romance about a beautiful American lawyer guided by the Ghosts of Venice in the investigation of a hushed-up crime.



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2 signed copies each of both Love Spirits and Lagoon Lure,

2 Venetian Carnival masks,

2 porcelain Venetian mask-shaped wall hangings (approx six inches high)



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