For our holiday post, we are linking you back to the recently “discovered” Christmas letter from the lost correspondence of The Sidewalk Artist’s intrepid travel writer and our creation, Miss Mildred Mercy. Fitting that she wrote all about Rome and mentions Raphael too, given all the time we’ve recently spent putting the finishing touches on the first in our Francesco Angeli trilogy, The Wolves of St. Peter’s, forthcoming in May. (We are still amazed that Berlusconi reviewed it.)
The new year will find us in Venice for our very first research trip together. We will be working on the second in the Francesco Angeli trilogy, tentatively titled The Lions of St. Mark’s. We are extremely excited at the prospect of exploring the city together through Francesco’s eyes - he’ll be visiting the former site of the San Zaccaria Convent, the Frari, the glass-making island of Murano, the former red light district of San Cassiano, and we’re even hoping to hire someone to take us out to the tiny island of San Angelo della Provera. Look for updates from us throughout the month of January.
While in Italy, we also will be finishing a romance, tentatively called Midnight in Venice, penned by another fictional creation of ours, Meadow Taylor. Meadow, as we see it, was born on the English moors, in Bronte country. She wrote her first romance, The Billionaire’s Secrets, while on holiday in Newfoundland. She has since met her own soul mate, which goes to show that not all romance is fiction. She currently lives in the Prince Edward County wine region of Ontario, near the setting of her next romance, Falling for Rain (formerly attributed to us).
Meadow would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas by offering you a FREE short story - Christmas in Venice is available on all ebook platforms in English worldwide, including Apple, Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and Sony.
As you cross off your holiday shopping list, please also consider helping those less fortunate. Given that Gina is from New Jersey, we hope this year you might consider a donation to those hard hit by the hurricane in the Garden State, such as the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund or the Red Cross.
Best wishes to you for 2013,
Gina and Janice