Hi everyone! I want to introduce you to a wonderful author and her new book, To Rome with Love.
Hi Mandi! Its so nice to have you on my new segment, Tantalizing Tuesdays. I know how exciting it is to have a new book released. Why don’t you tell us about yours.
To Rome With Love placed fifth in the 2014 Heart-to-Heart competition run by the San Francisco branch of RWA, and is the first in a series called Love in the City.
Wow! Congratulations! What an honor. If you could sum up your book in one sentence, what would it be?
It’s a sexy tale of a funny and talented soon-to-be-divorcee chef trying to resist the irresistible in a city made for temptation.
Sounds sexy alright. I’m intrigued but come on, can’t you give us a little more? Pretty please….
When Gaby Conte’s Italian husband, Danieli, abandons her for a young Peruvian waitress at a restaurant they co-own in San Francisco, Gaby seeks refuge in Rome with her best friend Maria. There, she swears off romance for a long while and Italian men forever. That’s until she meets Silvio, who belongs to an old, aristocratic Roman family and lives in a palace alongside the best private art collection in Rome.
Silvio, who is the cousin of Maria’s husband, is going through his own divorce. He’s gorgeous, of course, which Gaby doesn’t tell him. And arrogant and condescending, which she does. The last thing Gaby needs is more Italian trouble, but the attraction is instant and powerful, and against the backdrop of one of the world’s most romantic cities, both try—and fail—to resist the chemistry between them.
But both Gaby and Silvio have made a rule never to make the mistake of trusting in love again. Will they realize some rules are made just to be broken?
Oh man, this sounds like an amazing book! Now that we know more about it, could you answer a few questions to let the readers know more about you?
Great! Let me know what you need from me.
1. What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve been a voracious reader from day one. I love words. The power they have when strung together has always shocked and delighted me. Particularly if you consider they are merely static symbols on a page. And I love stories, which truly are the currency of human life (and look like they’ll survive longer than the European Union.)
I published my first piece of fiction, a short story, when I was twelve, growing up in England. But I didn’t ever consider the life of a writer. I wanted to be a lawyer. One term of contracts and torts quickly disabused me of that notion. My sister suggested I try journalism school and I did and I got my degree and started as a reporter for papers and magazines like the LA Times and the San Francisco Examiner, (now the S.F Chronicle), the San Jose Mercury News, W magazine, Travel & Leisure and more. I loved working in non-fiction, and looking for a new challenge, decided to venture into fiction, a very different-and much harder-animal to tame. So far I love it!
2. Isn’t it crazy how you start out planning to so one thing and end up somewhere totally different? Okay, next question. What is one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?
that I love the concept of American diners.
3. There are so many different diners, it can really blow your mind. So, who is your all time favorite author?
That’s impossible to answer! Here are three: Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Edith Wharton
4. Great choices! It’s so hard to choose sometimes. All right, so what is the hardest thing about being an author?
A blank screen
5. OMG! You nailed it there. I absoulty hate a blank screen. So daunting…Okay, last question. Where is the one place you would go if you could go anywhere?
Ha ha, should have known. 😄 Mandi, I want to thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to read your book. When does it get released?
To Rome With Love is being released Feb. 10.
Right before Valentine’s Day. How perfect is that? Where can readers find it?
Author | To Rome With Love |http://amzn.com/B01AO6MH96
Any other books you want us to know about?
Author | The Blasphemy Box |www.amazon.com/dp/0615736831
Sweet. Now if readers want to contact you, where can they go?
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