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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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I just enjoyed a beautiful Christmas with granddaughter, Isa. In this excerpt from my novel, my protagonist, Megan, nears the holidays in a very different mood. She’s alone in a strange country and estranged from her husband of 20 years – Excerpt #8:

I return to my work and, ignored, Donatella strolls to the French doors and stares through the rain-streaked panes of glass. I move the saturated brush in one fluid stroke, lifting as I taper it and flick my wrist. The … Continue reading

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Excerpt #6 – In literature or in art, there’s no quicker way to identify a locality as Tuscany than to describe or depict cypress trees. Their processions seem to lead us back in time and into the paintings of the Renaissance masters. In this excerpt, Megan is upset, and takes a shortcut home.

In no mood to greet anyone, I veer behind the hedge that lines the side yard, and cut across the lawn towards the cypress woods. It’s probably closer to the millhouse if I go this way, anyway, than if I … 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 #5: A typical landscape, at dusk. The excerpt describes the view from the point of view of my protagonist, Megan, as she enjoys her morning coffee on the terrace of her bed-and-breakfast.

I take another sip and look around. The terrace is edged by a low wall on which sit huge terracotta vases filled with geraniums. The brilliant red blossoms stand out with vibrant intensity against the dark hedge. Beyond the terrace … Continue reading

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Excerpt #3: My protagonist, Megan, is attending a nocturnal festival in Florence, la Festa della Rificolona, and her new friends talk about a local legend concerning the equestrian statue there, in Piazza SS Annunciata

“Look at the third floor. See the window farthest to the right?” I nod. “The woman who lived there married into the Riccardi family, but she and the Grand Duke, Ferdinando de’ Medici, fell in love at first sight. According … Continue reading

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