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Spotlight and guest-post: For the Love of Grace

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For the Love of Grace

Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected. Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom?s* business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own. Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.

 

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About Andy Blackman

After serving in the British Army for over twenty-five years in the Parachute Regiment, Andy Blackman today lives in Bedworth, Warwickshire and works within in the IT sector. In his spare time he can be found visiting his three daughters and grandchildren.

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ANDY BLACKMAN

Andy Blackman sharing his thoughts
on reading and some of his favourite authors

I must admit I have never read a book by any author in the countries mentioned in my book apart from the UK, but I do like to read a wide range of books, from crime to historical ones.  It’s the reading that I get my pleasure from, not really the author. After all if we waited for just one author to release a book we would only read a few books every few years and to me that is a terrible thought.

So if I am really pressed on the matter my favourite author is Jeffery Archer*. I find his books are enjoyable and easy to read, which to me is far more important than anything to me, as if you do not enjoy the subject matter then why read?

You should at least enjoy and read a good book.  I personally think if you can put a book down and leave it alone for a few days then the book has not gripped your imagination, however a really well written book is a book you start to read and you cannot put down. You want to find out what is going to happen to the very end and will be one you can remember for years after.

I can remember the first book I actually read which was gripping and that has stayed with me to this very day was “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. This book somehow got into my soul and even now I can recall some parts of it.

My second-best author is “Wilbur Smith”, I find him again a compelling read, but I think that reading is a very personal thing. What some like, others will hate and find boring, but I tend to read if I like the sound of the book.

Some famous authors churn out book after book but when it comes down to it the plot is always the same as the first one they wrote just change a few things so to me it is a personal thing, and you should read what you enjoy.

Some people are fanatical about reading celebrities and their autobiographies, which I find very self-centred and not very interesting. Apart from the odd few who have waited to live their lives before releasing their autobiography. Unlike those that are in their early twenties, still in the public eye, but just want to tell the world all about their millions and how it’s been a hard twenty years getting to that point. I promise I will never write one and become so shallow!

The third author who I admire and enjoy is Clive Cussler, he once again writes some interesting books, not everyone’s cup of tea but as I said reading is a personal thing after all it is only you a book and your imagination that in the end is partaking in the act, that’s why reading is so personal.

I hope some will read my book, For the Love of Grace and like it. No doubt some will trash it, but like I always like to quote from that great man Abe Lincoln – You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people, all of the time”.

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Spotlight and giveaway: Dreaming Sophia

Dreaming Sophia:
Because Dreaming is an Art

 

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Book Title:  Dreaming Sophia: Because Dreaming is an Art by Melissa Muldoon
Category:  Adult Fiction, 232 pages
Genre: Literary
Publisher:  Matta Press
Release date:   August 2016
Tour dates:  Feb 20 to March 10, 2017
Content Rating:  PG

Book Description:

Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia.

​Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the source of her creativity and learns to love again, turning her dreams into reality.

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Melissa Muldoon and Sophia Loren

Melissa MuldoonMeet the Author:
Melissa Muldoon is the Studentessa Matta-the crazy linguist! In Italian, “matta” means “crazy” or “impassioned”. Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts, art history and European history from Knox College, a liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master’s degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has also studied painting and art history in Florence.

Melissa promotes the study of Italian language and culture through her dual-language blog, Studentessa Matta (studentessamatta.com). Melissa began the Matta blog to improve her command of the language and to connect with other language learners. It has since grown to include a podcast, “Tutti Matti per l’Italiano” and the Studentessa Matta YouTube channel. Melissa also created Matta Italian Language Immersion Tours, which she co-leads with Italian partners in Italy.

Dreaming Sophia is Melissa’s first novel. It is a fanciful look at art history and Italian language and culture, but it is also the culmination of personal stories and insights resulting from her experiences living in Italy, as well as her involvement and familiarity with the Italian language, painting, and art history.

As a student, Melissa lived in Florence with an Italian family. She studied art history and painting and took beginner Italian classes. When she returned home, she threw away her Italian dictionary, assuming she’d never need it again but after launching a successful design career and starting a family, she realized something was missing in her life. That “thing” was the connection she had made with Italy and the friends who live there. Living in Florence was indeed a life-changing event! Wanting to reconnect with Italy, she decided to start learning the language again from scratch. As if indeed possessed by an Italian muse, she bought a new Italian dictionary and began her journey to fluency-a path that has led her back to Italy many times and enriched her life in countless ways.

Now, many dictionaries and grammar books later, she dedicates her time to promoting Italian language studies, further travels in Italy, and sharing her stories and insights about Italy with others. When Melissa is not traveling in Italy, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is married and has three boys and two beagles.

Melissa designed and illustrated the cover art for Dreaming Sophia. She also designed the Dreaming Sophia website and created the character illustrations that can be found in the book and on the Dreaming Sophia websites.

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