Jack winces. "Blog? I thought you said this was a Grog Fest?" Shivers....
Pssst. Snaps fingers at Jack's undead monkey. "Play along."
As pirates, Jack and me are privy to all sorts of rollickin' rum-induced fun. As an author and pirate captain, I'm partial to sharin' treasure. It's one of me joys. As a woman who cherishes those she loves, I know riches come in many different forms: the family sort, crew variety (loves me crew! *waves*), and the sparkly shiny. (Ka-ching BLING!!!)
Have I ever mentioned my favorite color is green, by chance? Green and bling.
"That has a wonderful ring to it, luv."
"Aye, that it does, Jack!"
Where was I? Oh, yes! I'm so happy to announce that tomorrow, September 23rd, I'll have a release that incorporates many of my favorite things: green, treasure/bling, and all things Italian. ROMANCING THE JEWEL is a relaunch of my first contemporary set in a fictional province of Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea — Monte Blanco.
Why did a pirate author write a contemporary romance set off of the coast of Italy?
In 1982, my rogue and I moved to Monterey, CA, to begin six months of Italian Language School at DLI (Defensive Language Institute) before flying to Vicenza, Italy, for a three year Army assignment.
Newlyweds + The most romantic language in the world + Italy = Two children. (Pirate!) ;)
Italians are the most gracious and romantic people I've ever met. So four children later, when I thought about writing a contemporary, even wondered if I could do it, the first place I wanted to write about was the place I longed to return to — Italy. And who isn't more hero material than an Italian prince or David Gandy, eh?
Grimaces... "Well propertied, to be sure."
So, you see? Treasure comes in many forms, whether via memories, chocolate doubloons, pieces of eight, Italian palaces, yachts, speedboats, and even long lost emeralds.
ROMANCING THE JEWEL is a contemporary book after my own heart, dear readers. Writing this book was a way of returning to the Italy I will always cherish. I hope you'll escape to Monte Blanco when you get the chance!
Jack winks. "I've got a ship and a compass that points to what I want most."
"Tiamo, Jack!" Swoons...
ROMANCING THE JEWEL
Caroline Beugre is a small town girl who longs for her own upscale jewelry store in downtown Atlanta. To fund her nest egg, she’s created a copy of an emerald necklace from her uncle’s private collection, hoping the gems will be her ticket to stardom. Little does she know her decision will lead her into the hands of an intensely powerful charismatic man determined to uncover the secrets of her past and ignite her passions.
Italian prince Gian-Paolo Montovanni risks losing his throne if he doesn’t put an end to his playboy ways and produce a fiancée no later than his thirtieth birthday. The problem? His princess-to-be must be wearing the Montovanni emeralds, a traditional gift which hasn’t been seen for twenty years. When he discovers an American is selling a copy of his mother’s gems, he will do anything to find them — including romancing the jewel.
If you could have any jewel you wanted, what type of stone and what color would it be?
For the month of September, Southern Magic celebrates their Readers Luncheon being held November 1 in Birmingham, AL. NYT bestselling author Sylvia Day is the keynote speaker. Come back and visit every day. Each post will be giving away a book or gift card! At the end of the blogfest, a grand prize winner of a Kindle Fire HD will be picked from everyone who comment during the month and be announced September 30.
To register for the luncheon, go to http://southernmagic.org/luncheon.html. Each attendee will receive a bag of books and author swag, sit at a table with one or two published authors, and opportunities to win baskets full of goodies.
Are you ready to play? One lucky commenter will receive a ROMANCING THE JEWEL bracelet and pirate swag. ARRR!!!