Introducing La Risposta: The Answer (A Tuscan Legacy Book 9) by Autumn Macarthur

Happy Release Day! Book 9, the final book in A Tuscan Legacy series, releases today!

—- La Risposta: The Answer by Autumn Macarthur —-

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Book Description for La Riposta:

Can faith and forgiveness save their crumbling marriage?

When the harvest celebrations and a family wedding bring the eight cousins back to the the villa at summer’s end, along with their new beloveds, the final secrets are revealed.

But can they be forgiven, healing old wounds and mending broken hearts, or will the mistakes of the past be repeated?

The future of a marriage about to end messily depends on the answer!

This nine-book Christian romance series from seven of your favorite authors releases from April 2018. La Risposta (this book) is a complete romance in itself, as well as completing the series.

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Introducing Ti Amo: I Love You (A Tuscan Legacy Book 4) by Marion Ueckermann

Happy Release Day! Book 4 in A Tuscan Legacy series releases today!

—- Ti Amo: I Love You: by Marion Ueckermann —-

Available on Amazon Kindle for 99 cents (a limited time special deal)

Read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited.

Book Description for Ti Amo:

She never wants to get married. He does. To her.

The day Alessandra Rossi was born, her mammà died, and a loveless life with the father who blamed the newborn for her mother’s death followed. With the help of her oldest brother, Rafaele, Alessa moved away from home the moment she finished school—just like her other siblings had. Now sporting a degree in Architectural History and Archaeology, Alessa loves her job as a tour guide in the city of Rome—a place where she never fails to draw the attention of men. Not that Alessa cares. Fear that the man she weds would be anything like her recently deceased father has Alessa vowing to remain single.

American missionary Michael Young has moved to Rome on a two-year mission trip. His temporary future in the country doesn’t stop him from spontaneously joining Alessa’s tour after spotting her outside the Colosseum. And being bold enough to tell her afterward that one day she’d be his wife. God had told him. And he believed Him. But Alessa shows no sign of interest in Michael.

Can anything sway the beautiful and headstrong Italian to fall in love? Can anyone convince her to put her faith and hope in a Heavenly father, despite being raised by an earthly one who never loved her? Will her sister’s prompting, or a mysterious painting, or Michael himself change Alessa’s mind? About love. And about God.

This nine-book Christian romance series from seven of your favorite authors releases weekly from April 2018. Look out for Book 5 in the series, La Fiamma Sacra!

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Book Recommendation – That’s Amore: That’s Love by Marion Ueckermann

Book Description for That’s Amore:

Begin your journey to Tuscany this summer with Book 1 of A Tuscan Legacy! Each novella is a complete and satisfying romance, filled with faith, family, forgiveness and love.

When Rafaele and Jayne meet again two years after dancing the night away together in Tuscany, is it a matter of fate or of faith?

After deciding to take a six-month sabbatical, Italian lawyer Rafaele Rossi moves from Florence back to Villa Rossi in the middle of Tuscany, resigned to managing the family farm for his aging nonna after his father’s passing. Convinced a family get-together is what Nonna needs to lift her spirits, he plans an eightieth birthday party for her, making sure his siblings and cousins attend.

The Keswick jewelry store where Jayne Austin has worked for seven years closes its doors. Jayne takes her generous severance pay and heads off to Italy–Tuscany to be precise. Choosing to leave her fate in God’s hands, she prays she’ll miraculously bump into the handsome best man she’d danced the night away with at a friend’s Tuscan wedding two years ago. She hasn’t been able to forget those smoldering brown eyes and that rich Italian accent.

Jayne’s prayers are answered swiftly and in the most unexpected way. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s a guest not only at Isabella Rossi’s birthday party, but at Villa Rossi too.

When Rafaele receives what appears to be a valuable painting from an unknown benefactor, he’s reminded that he doesn’t want to lose Jayne again. After what he’s done to drive her from the villa, though, what kind of a commitment will it take for her to stay?

This nine-book Christian romance series from seven of your favorite authors releases weekly from April 2018. Look out for Book 2 in the series, Luna Rosa.

Narelle’s Thoughts:

Firstly, let me say how much I enjoyed writing Sienna’s story (Solo Tu, Book 7) for A Tuscan Legacy.

Marion Ueckermann and Autumn Macarthur have created a rich and compelling story world for the series. The family mystery is introduced in That’s Amore (Book 1) and threaded through the nine books in the series. The resolution to the family mystery is revealed in Book 9 – La Risposta: The Answer.

That’s Amore is a short novel length book that features Rafaele and Jayne’s romance, and introduces the series mystery plot that unfolds in the shorter novellas.

The Italian book titles are named after songs. Rafaele and Jayne dance together to the song That’s Amore: That’s Love in their story. The song is important to Rafaele and Jayne because they danced to That’s Amore when they first met at a wedding two years earlier.

For the other novellas in the series, the song titles may not play a role in the actual story.

All nine books include a fully developed contemporary Christian romance. The series spans three continents and has a strong international flavour.

Cultural differences are explored in the stories. More conservative readers may be concerned to see Rafaele and Nonna drinking vino (wine) at dinner as part of their normal life in That’s Amore.

Villa Rossi is a typical Tuscan Estate that includes a vineyard. Drinking a glass of vino at dinner in Tuscany is a normal part of their culture – in the same way that abstaining from alcohol is normal for some Christians in other cultures. It would have been culturally inaccurate to not include vino in That’s Amore.

Rafaele’s siblings and cousins drink sparkling water instead of vino at Nonna’s 80th Birthday Party.

I loved reading That’s Amore and seeing my girl, Sienna, with her family in Tuscany for Nonna’s 80th Birthday Party.

Rafaele Rossi is a lawyer who returns to Villa Rossi to help his Nonna. His father passed away three months earlier and, as the eldest son, it’s his family duty to take care of the family estate. A family duty he’d avoided due to his complicated relationship with his late father.

Jayne Austin remembers the one night she spent dancing with Rafaele at a friend’s Tuscan wedding two years earlier. The English jewellery store where she works closes down, and Jayne decides to go on vacation in Tuscany. She prays that God will lead her back to Rafaele.

Rafaele and Jayne’s romance is fun and fast – they fall in love quickly! The challenges of life and the different worlds they live in throw many obstacles in their path. A beautiful summer romance in a gorgeous location – highly recommended. Start your journey to Tuscany with That’s Amore.

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Introducing That’s Amore (A Tuscan Legacy Book 1) by Marion Ueckermann

Happy Release Day! A Tuscan Legacy series officially launches today with Book 1.

—- That’s Amore: That’s Love by Marion Ueckermann —-

Available on Amazon Kindle for 99 cents (a limited time special deal)

Read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited.

Book Description for That’s Amore:

Begin your journey to Tuscany this summer with Book 1 of A Tuscan Legacy! Each novella is a complete and satisfying romance, filled with faith, family, forgiveness and love.

When Rafaele and Jayne meet again two years after dancing the night away together in Tuscany, is it a matter of fate or of faith?

After deciding to take a six-month sabbatical, Italian lawyer Rafaele Rossi moves from Florence back to Villa Rossi in the middle of Tuscany, resigned to managing the family farm for his aging nonna after his father’s passing. Convinced a family get-together is what Nonna needs to lift her spirits, he plans an eightieth birthday party for her, making sure his siblings and cousins attend.

The Keswick jewelry store where Jayne Austin has worked for seven years closes its doors. Jayne takes her generous severance pay and heads off to Italy–Tuscany to be precise. Choosing to leave her fate in God’s hands, she prays she’ll miraculously bump into the handsome best man she’d danced the night away with at a friend’s Tuscan wedding two years ago. She hasn’t been able to forget those smoldering brown eyes and that rich Italian accent.

Jayne’s prayers are answered swiftly and in the most unexpected way. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s a guest not only at Isabella Rossi’s birthday party, but at Villa Rossi too.

When Rafaele receives what appears to be a valuable painting from an unknown benefactor, he’s reminded that he doesn’t want to lose Jayne again. After what he’s done to drive her from the villa, though, what kind of a commitment will it take for her to stay?

This nine-book Christian romance series from seven of your favorite authors releases weekly from April 2018. Look out for Book 2 in the series, Luna Rosa, releasing on April 24.

Read a FREE sample of That’s Amore on Amazon Kindle – Read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited

Friday Weekend Escape to Tuscany with Elaine Fraser

Today we’re escaping for the weekend with my author friend, Elaine Fraser, to the beautiful region of Tuscany in Italy. Elaine is sharing her holiday and writing retreat in a Tuscan villa. Enjoy!

The Art of Writing Tuscan Retreat

By Elaine Fraser

Imagine sitting on the terrace of a Tuscan villa in the Casentino region, surrounded by fascinating people from around the world who all have stories to write. The food is Kilometre Zero —sourced from local producers, along with the red wine.

You are there to spend a week developing your writing project and being inspired by great tutors. You’re in heaven!

Sometimes you have to climb out of your comfort zone, fly to the other side of the world and take a step of faith.

I found The Art of Writing through Lisa Clifford’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Clifford/313345380986?fref=ts Because of the beautiful photos of Tuscany I was led to discover Lisa’s books and the writing retreat she has created.

I decided to sign up, take the plunge and join the retreat.

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The Art of Writing is an opportunity for writers at all stages of development to gather and move their project on—whether it’s a memoir, short story, blogging or a novel. The retreat is located at the Borgo Caiano in the Casentino region. http://www.borgocaiano.com

Our hosts Ombretta and Roberto Stoppioni are very welcoming and you feel very at home. They cooked traditional dishes made with simplicity and authenticity for us.


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Located in eastern Tuscany, Casentino is in the upper Arno valley and is fifty minutes from Florence and fifty minutes from Arezzo.

Casentino has a rich literary and historic heritage. Dante was inspired to write parts of his Divine Comedy in this region and it is said that St Francis of Assisi received his stigmata here. It’s a land of castles, medieval monasteries and sanctuaries.

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We had our own private apartment, complete with living room, worktable and Wi-Fi inside and on our own terrace. Walks around the property and area were lovely.

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The sunflowers were out and the rolling hills had that distinctive olive green haze that we associate with Tuscany.

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On Wednesday we had an outing to visit Castello Di Porciano where we met the owner Martha Specht Corsi, the daughter of George and Flaminia Specht, who restored the castle. You can actually book the apartment out at the top of the castle or a cottage on the grounds‑very romantic!

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Later in the day we visited Lorenzo Cipriani’s farm where we milked sheep. Lorenzo and his family then made ricotta and pecorino. The family then treated us to a Tuscan feast with the fresh cooked ricotta, some aged pecorino, prosciutto, salami and the most amazing tomatoes we had ever eaten—picked from their garden.

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From a writing point of view, there were morning lectures on writing, individual coaching sessions in the afternoon and guest speakers in the evening.

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Our tutors were generous and encouraging. Lisa Clifford, Jane Corry and Conrad Williams are successful authors who gave practical insight, and help, to each one of us.

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Each of the participants had fascinating life stories and discussions around the meal tables were full of laughter and deep conversation. From England, Dubai, Australia, the USA and Italy it was a mix of culture and experience that was uniquely cohesive. Lifetime friendships were birthed in this group.

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This was one of the best weeks I have had in terms of both work and travel. Tuscany is inspiring and beautiful. For a feast of the senses and warm hospitality, you can’t beat it.

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About Elaine:

Elaine Fraser, author of ‘the Beautiful books’, is from Perth, Western Australia. For many years she taught English and Drama in secondary schools.

Although Elaine is best known for her non-fiction work: Beautiful: beauty tips for the soul and Too Beautiful: more beauty tips for the soul, she has branched out into fiction.

Perfect Mercy, Book #1 in the Beautiful Lives series was released in 2012.

Book #2 Love, Justice was released 2014, and Book #3 Amazing Grace is in the works.

‘I try to write books that are honest, concerned with real lives and real issues with a spiritual edge. My books are contemporary, don’t always have the perfect ending, but always have hope. For example, Mercy Hamilton, the central character in Perfect Mercy, finds out that life isn’t always perfect.’

Then, she looked up to heaven and thanked God from the bottom of her heart for where she was at that moment. She didn’t know what tomorrow would bring, but at this minute, in this place, she was thankful.

Travel is an important part of Elaine’s life and she spends up to three months of the year away from home.

‘People say I have the dream life. I get to do what I love – write, study, travel, mentor writers and enjoy living in one of the best cities in the world with my wonderful husband, young adult children and golden retriever, Bear,’ Elaine says.

‘I agree with Marc Anthony when he said, If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.’

Elaine’s latest book Love, Justice can be purchased online at: http://www.amazon.com.au/Love-Justice-Beautiful-Lives-Series-ebook/dp/B00N4YI9Y8 or at Koorong Books

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Find out more here: http://www.elainefraser.co/books/