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The monastery ruins

The ruined monastery featured in Immortal Venus, Monte Malsano, was based on actual ruins located northeast of the town of Bagno a Ripoli, near Florence, Italy. Its history as reported in Immortal Venus is pure fiction. The real ruins, a … Continue reading

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Immortal Venus

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I finally finished my novel, Immortal Venus! It’s a paranormal romance that takes place in Florence, Italy, and the surrounding countryside. Excerpts can be read here. The book should be available by the end of September, or mid-October. It will … Continue reading

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Excerpt # 7 – Schiacciata alla Fiorentina – a scene where my protagonist learns about this typical Florentine flatcake (and where you can get the recipe)

The temperature changes again; the earlier chill disappears and the long table at Villa Bella is set anew on the terrace. At lunch I field questions from new yoga students while I nibble the edge of my crostino, toast spread … Continue reading

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Another Arno River apartment story

Writing about the flood in Florence has brought back a flood of memories. Our stay in 1966 in that apartment along the Arno River was brief, but eventful. On the second day, our landlord asked us to babysit his lion. … Continue reading

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Excerpt #4: The photo is of Piazza del Duomo in Florence, Italy. The Baptistry can be seen at left, Giotto’s Bell Tower at right, and the duomo … Florence’s cathedral … is between them. Megan and friends are urgently crossing the city searching for Jakes.

At Piazza del Duomo we have to wait for traffic. I try to catch my breath as we wait for the light to change. Luca still holds my arm, and I feel him twitch with impatience. Then the pedestrians surge … Continue reading

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EXCERPT #1: This excerpt from my novel describes my heroine’s arrival at the Pitti Palace with her tour group. The photo is of me in the Boboli Gardens. A corner of the palace can be seen in the background.

At least this time we’re dropped off in front of our destination, the Pitti Palace, but I don’t like the Palatine Gallery here as much as I liked the Uffizi. The lighting is poor, and reflections make the jumble of … Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome. Benvenuti. I’d like to explain the purpose of this blog … to write about my writing and my painting, creative endeavors that seem to be manifesting simultaneously. I know that writing about writing seems redundant, but the writing here … Continue reading

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