July 2014

Summer feeling with new book bundle!

Great news today! Five authors (and yes, I’m one of them!) have created a book bundle for your perfect summer reading. You can now download mystery, romance and intrigue for only $0.99! All five books are set in Italy, guaranteed to give you that special holiday feeling . . .
Under the Italian Sun will only be available for a limited time, and I hope that you’ll soon have the time to relax at the beach with these five books under your arm (thank God e-books aren’t heavy!).
Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/1jAFAuI
Book bundles are a great way to discover new authors, so I thought I would present all five books to you in this e-mail. You might know the first one ;-):

A New Life by Beate Boeker

A New Life is a clean, cozy, contemporary romance novel with mystery elements added for fun. The book is fun, and romantic, and touching at moments.
Imagine you’re accused of murder – but you’re innocent. Imagine you’ve finally been acquitted due to lack of evidence – but you’ve lost your job and your friends in the meantime.
Imagine you have to start a new life in Italy – but you don’t even speak Italian. Imagine your new boss seems to hate you – but for some reason, he bowls you over.
And then, just as life seems to become good again, history repeats itself . . .
Book Reviewed at Italophile Book Reviews:
http://italophilebookreviews.blogspot.nl/2014/02/a-new-life-by-beate-boeker.html

Vain Pursuits by J.B. Hawker

Vain Pursuits is the second book in four-book The Bunny Elder Mysteries/Adventures Series, a cozy-suspense-adventure and romance series featuring a mature, female protagonist who has to do a lot of growing up in late life.
This second book in the Bunny Elder series finds Bunny flying off to romantic Italy as traveling companion to her newly widowed sister. It seems like the trip of a lifetime and a chance to recover from her pastor husband’s recent murder, as well. Little does she suspect that this trip in search of a special Neapolitan nativity set for her sister’s collection will ensnare the two women in a muddle of smugglers, Italian mobsters, kidnapping and death. Can even an unexpected reunion with her first love prevent this dream trip from becoming Bunny’s worst nightmare?
Author’s Website: http://jbhawker.wordpress.com/category/vain-pursuits/
Reviewed at Italophile Book Reviews:
http://italophilebookreviews.blogspot.nl/2014/03/vain-pursuits-by-j-d-hawker.html

An Extra Virgin Pressing Murder by Candida Martinelli

A satisfying and entertaining country-house cozy-murder-mystery with lovely Tuscan sights, Italian love interests, mysteries, laughs and tugs on the heartstrings.
In the style of Agatha Christie and the Jessica Fletcher mystery novels, a light touch with little gore or violence, lots of fun characters and a satisfying romance.
Julie gladly leaves her retirement home to attend a protégée’s wedding in Tuscany. But when someone is murdered at her welcome party, and the chief suspect is the Italian fiancé, Julie finagles her way into working with the local Marshal to discover the truth. The reader follows Julie along her not-always-smooth path to discover all she can about the possible suspects and motives for the murder. There is some danger for Julie, and for the others involved in the case. The resolution brings clarity and relief, as well as a new beginning for Julie, in Italy.
The Author’s Italophile Book Reviews site:
http://italophilebookreviews.blogspot.nl/
The Author’s Writing Website:
http://cmartinelli.wordpress.com/

Sweet Delicious Madness by Julie Sarff

Sweet Delicious Madness is book 1 in Julie Sarff’s Kissed in Italy Mystery Series. The protagonist of the series, U.S. ex-pat Lily Bilbury, narrates her adventures in northern Italy, where she lives in a small town on the shores of Lago Maggiore.
Lily’s scatter-brained, fantasy-filled, very funny ramblings describe the adventures of Lily, and her two best girlfriends, and an assorted group of extras, as they attempt to deal with the problems and mysteries and romances that their lives throw at them.
Lily Bilbury is about to be fabulously happy, because she has a theory: economic independence = divorce = happiness! To this end she takes a job at Villa Buschi, a lavish estate that harbors more than a few secrets.
But when she can’t make ends meet or obtain a divorce or acquire the object of her affection, she briefly contemplates running around ranting drivel and frightening the whole reserved population of Arona, Italy.
Only when a friend falls on hard times will Lily forget her own problems and align herself with a self-proclaimed psychic to mount a search of Villa Buschi for one of the most famous diamonds ever known – the French Blue.
Series Reviewed at Italophile Book Reviews:
http://italophilebookreviews.blogspot.nl/2014/01/sweet-delicious-madness-and-hordes-of.html
Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/julie.sarff

Italian Summer by Maria Grazie Swan

In this richly imagined series, set in the recent past, Mina Calvi, an Italian-born woman, an immigrant to The United States, has to deal with some overwhelming events. Her self-deprecating humor and her friends, loyal to the occasionally clueless young woman, help her survive. When they say, “you can’t go home again” they’re talking about Mina Calvi, twenty-something Italian transplant to California. Still nursing a broken heart, desperate to discover her place in the world, Mina arrives in the town of her birth in Veneto, Italy. In the decade she’s been gone, the village nestled at the foot of the Dolomites has changed much, yet remained oddly the same. Friends have moved on, family members passed away. Mina feels even more alone in her motherland than in America, and there seem to be too many bizarre deaths for such a tiny, serene village. Then a fresh chance at true love and a welcome bonding with a dear new friend give her hope. But the deadly secrets moldering in the centuries-old cemetery could rip it all from her and leave Mina emptier than before. Will she find herself or lose her heart again? Will Mina survive her Italian Summer?
Author’s Website:
http://mariagraziaswan.com/marias-books/italian-summer/
Series and Book Reviewed at Italophile Book Reviews:
http://italophilebookreviews.blogspot.nl/2014/06/minas-adventures-series-by-maria-grazia.html
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Enjoy your summer and let me know where you’re spending your holidays this year!

Best,
Beate
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