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The Minaldi Legacy is live!!

6 Feb

It’s heeeeeere!!!

The Minaldi Legacy is here!

Minaldi Legacy, Front Cover, Revised

“I’m a monster, Eva.  There’s no saving a monster.  But I love that you want to try.”

 Luca Minaldi is rich, powerful and mesmerizing.  He’s also a reclusive enigma.  He lives in Malta, a fairy-tale place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets.  And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best-kept of them all.

 Eva Talbot moves to Malta to finish her doctoral dissertation in Psychiatry.  When she meets Luca, there is a very real and instant attraction that she has never felt before. But even still, she senses the darkness that lives within him.

Eva is hired to care for Luca’s mother, a woman who suffers from dementia.  It is Luca, however, that Eva will eventually risk everything to save… as the legacy that plagues him continues.

As the darkness swirls ever more tightly around her, Eva realizes that no matter how hard she tries, she might not be able to save Luca without losing herself.

Eva and Luca are thrust into a world where their love is tested and darkness reigns.  Amid chaos and treachery, love and hate, Luca and Eva learn one important thing.

Love is dangerous.

But it also might be the one thing that can save them all.

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If you’ve been waiting for the conclusion to Luca Minaldi’s story, you’ll wait no more.  It’s here today.

And if you haven’t read it yet, never fear.  Part one is included in this two-part book.   🙂

You can find it HERE on Amazon.

And HERE on Barnes and Noble.

I know you’ve been waiting for a while for the conclusion to Luca’s story.  I really hope you like it.  🙂

 

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A Minaldi Legacy excerpt!

5 Feb

As you guys know, tomorrow is the release day for The Minaldi Legacy!!  Woohoooooo!!

 

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I’m super excited about it.  I’ve really missed Luca over the past year, and so now that the conclusion to his story is ready to be shared with the world… I’m just beside myself.

So, I thought I’d share an excerpt today.   🙂

Here you go…. from Luca’s point of view:

As I enter our bedroom, Eva looks up from the massive bed and smiles.  Her long dark red hair is draped over her shoulder, her grayish green eyes clear and bright.

“Hey,” she greets me softly, laying her book down on the bed.  “I was wondering where you were.  I couldn’t hear the piano.”

“I wasn’t playing,” I tell her as I sit to take off my shoes.  “I was talking to Damien.”

Eva freezes in anticipation.  “And?”

“And there is still no sign of Adrian,” I tell her softly.  “Don’t worry, Eva.  We’re safe here.  We’ve got a full staff of trained guards patrolling the perimeter of Chessarae.  He might know these grounds, but he can’t breach our walls without us knowing about it ahead of time. You’re safe.”

“It’s not me I’m worried about,” she says firmly as she tucks a tendril of stray hair behind her ear.

I strip my clothes off and she watches, her eyes filling with a familiar hunger.  It’s the same hunger I feel whenever I look at her, touch her, or listen to her.  God, how I want her.  Something in me has retreated from her though.  It’s as though a part of me thinks to shield her, to protect her from me.  Or against losing me.  Because something ominous hangs over our heads and I know that it will drop upon us any day.

But tonight, I shake those ugly thoughts away as I walk to the bed and slip in next to the woman I love.   Whatever else we have or don’t have, we do have this moment.

“I’ve missed you,” I admit hoarsely as I fold in next to her.  She looks at me in surprise, then pulls me to her.

“I’ve missed you too,” she murmurs, her hands sliding along my back, pulling me closer.  “I’ve missed you so much, Luca.  You’re here, but you’re not really here.  You’re gone from me.  I know it sounds stupid to say, but that’s how I feel.”

I nod, but don’t acknowledge that she’s right.  She already knows.

“Be with me tonight,” she breathes, her hands fluttering down over my chest, down to my groin, where my manhood pulses and waits.  Her fingers find it and I suck in my breath before I crush my lips to hers.

“Yes,” I say simply.  I push her into the mattress and her legs wrap around my waist, her tongue in my mouth, her breath warm and sweet.

“Luca,” she moans softly.  “Touch me.”

So I do. I touch her everywhere.  My fingers slip into her and she arches up toward my hand.  My fingers are cool as I slide them in and out, slow then fast.  I know this woman.  I know her scent, the way she moves, what she enjoys.  There’s comfort in that, a blessed familiarity.  I bring her to orgasm within minutes, her breath quickening as she whispers my name.

I slide into her wetness and I groan as her warmth surrounds me, pulling me into her.  I grip her hips, pulling her closer, as I delve further inside of her.  My hardness contrasts with her softness, and the friction is exquisite.  It isn’t long until I orgasm as well, shaking as I hover above her, pulsing into her.

When I collapse onto her, she pulls me tight.

“You’re staying with me tonight.”

Lately, I’ve made a habit out of sleeping on a lounger in our sitting area.  I hate to disturb Eva when I can’t sleep, or when I wake with nightmares.  But I don’t argue tonight.  I need her, too.

“Yes,” I agree.   I hold her until she falls asleep, her breathing soft and even.  I watch the shadows on the wall move and sway, I listen to the sea crash against the shore, I stare at the moonlight slanting in on the floor.

I still can’t sleep.

For hours, I can’t sleep.

When I finally do, my dreams are filled with darkness.

But that is nothing new.

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There you have it!!  The last excerpt before Luca releases tomorrow.  If you’re ready to read something different than you’ve been reading lately, be sure to pick up The Minaldi Legacy tomorrow.  🙂

Tall, dark and dangerous

The Minaldi Legacy- An Excerpt!!

4 Feb

Soooooo.  I’ve been house hunting down in the south where it’s warm, and haven’t had a chance to talk much about my upcoming book, The Minaldi Legacy.

First, in case you are wondering why I would like to move, let me just show you.  This is why:

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I hate the cold.  Snow is pretty for about a week, then the whiteness of the snow and grayness of the sky begins to get to me.  I know some people love it.  I’m just not one of them.  Haha.

Biut now– on to my Minaldi Legacy… and one of my favorite male characters, Luca Minaldi.

First, I’d like to share a photo that I saw the other day.  Until now, I haven’t been able to find any real person who came close to the Luca Minaldi that I have in my head.   BUT, Daniel di Tomasso comes very close.

What do you think?

Daniel di tomasso as Luca, 2

I think he’s beautiful.  And very, very Luca.

Words to describe Luca Minaldi?   Hmm.  Dark.  Dangerous.  Sexy.  Beautiful.  Tortured.  Refined.  Elegant.  Powerful.  Did I mention Sexy?   Sexy.  Delicious.  Sexy.  Sexy.  Sexy.

Okay, you get the picture.

Now, I thought I’d share the never-before-seen prologue of part two of The Minaldi Legacy (OF DARKNESS AND DEMONS).

Prologue

 

At night, I walk alone.

Amid the dark and the shadows, I sink my feet into damp sand and continue on my way. The salty sea water laps at my ankles, washing over the bare skin of my feet.  It can’t wash me clean, however.  Nothing can.

But that doesn’t matter here in the night.  No one can see me for what I’ve done, for what I might still do. The demons can’t chase me.  They can’t find me in the dark although it wouldn’t matter if they could.  I’m worse than all of them, yet I’m one of them all the same.

The dark, the demons… I belong to them.

My will doesn’t matter, my intentions don’t matter, my thoughts don’t even matter.

They aren’t my own anymore.

I am a child of demons and darkness.

The sooner I reconcile myself with that fact, the sooner I will no longer be tormented.

As if that time will ever come.

The moon hangs heavy on the horizon, like a pregnant star, its yellowed belly grazing the sea. I gaze at it for a moment, chasing all other thoughts from my mind, until I finally acknowledge that I have to go back.  I have to face that which is too nightmarish to face.

Too inconceivable.

Too horrible.

I turn, and step by step, my feet carry me back to Chessarae.

My home.

My prison.

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Luca Minaldi’s story is unlike anything you’ve been reading lately.  I can pretty much promise you that.  He’s different.  And delicious.   As my BFF Michelle Leighton put it, “He’s tall, dark and dangerous.”

That he is.

And he’s coming to you DAY AFTER TOMORROW.

Can you handle him?

 

Q&A with me tonight!

2 Feb

So, I know that most of the world will be watching the Super Bowl tonight.  But, if you have some spare minutes between 8:00 and 9:00 pm EST, I’ll be on a Book Whore’s Obsession to answer your questions and do a couple of giveaways.

So, bring your questions and come HERE.

Also, The Minaldi Legacy is releasing in a few days!  Eeeeppppppp!!!!  I seriously cannot wait.  I’ll think of a cool contest to run next week to celebrate.

In case you’re wondering, I kind of see Daniel di Tomasso as my Luca Minaldi.  He’s not an exact match to the Luca that lives in my head, but he’s pretty close. What do you think?  Beautiful, right?

Daniel di tomasso as Luca, 2

Anyway, just wanted to personally invite you to come and ask me questions.  Hope to see you there!  🙂

Happy Superbowl Sunday!

 

Preview of The Minaldi Legacy

29 Jan

Hey guys!

So,there’s been a few questions about my upcoming book, The Minaldi Legacy.  The main question is, Is it book two of the series?

Here’s the answer.  🙂

It will include part two.  We released part one, OF BLOOD AND BONE, by itself a while ago.  Since part one ended in a cliffhanger of sorts, we’re going to consolidate it with part two and release it as a whole standalone book.  That way, no more cliffhanger, and no more agitated emails from readers who hate cliffhangers.  Lol.  Two birds, one stone.  🙂

The Minaldi Legacy is a Dark Romantic Thriller that will release on February 6.  It will contain part one, OF BLOOD AND BONE, and the new conclusion to the story, part two:  OF DARKNESS AND DEMONS.   For  limited time, The Minaldi Legacy will sell for $3.99.

I’m super excited about it– because I LOVE Luca Minaldi.  He’s so… yummy.  As my BFF M. Leighton put it,  he’s tall, dark and dangerous.  🙂

Minaldi Legacy, Front Cover, Revised

I can’t wait until February 6.  But until then, here’s a preview.  🙂

Prologue

Luca is gone.

I know it before I open my eyes.  The weight of his body next to me is absent, the scent of him gone from the air.  I sigh, reluctant to begin this day because I know what it holds for me.  I know that if Luca is truly gone, I will spend every hour frantically searching for him.

Gazing around, I find my large suite empty.  Everything is neat and tidy and exactly in place. Each lavish piece of furniture is polished with lemon oil, each extravagant painting on the wall carefully dusted.  Each expensive vase, each crystal lamp, each woven rug is perfectly aligned and exactly how I left it.  Something is different, though, somehow changed in this room that I fell asleep in last night.

My sleepy eyes do another quick sweep, and this time I notice the balcony doors standing wide open while the bright morning sun streams onto the mahogany floor and the white sheer curtains on either side flutter in the sea breeze.

This is the difference and it slams into me like a concrete wall.  I didn’t fall asleep with those doors open. I would never do that now, not since I know what dangers lurk in the world, the darkness that can find me.

Immediately after I notice this inconsistency, I also see that across the room, my bedroom door is tightly closed and the bolt is still slid firmly in place.

Just as I left it last night.

My heart stutters as I realize what this means.

While I slept, Luca must have climbed from my balcony ledge to escape.  But the drop is well over thirty feet and there are sharp rocks at the base of the house.  There are gardens directly behind, but beyond that, there is a cliff with a hundred foot drop to the sea below.

I leap naked from bed and rush to the balcony’s edge.  My bare breasts press against the cold railing as I peer down at both the gardens and what I can see of the pristine sand beyond that.  Luca is not lying broken and bleeding there, so I try to still my racing heart.  I search the beaches and craggy landscape on both sides of my periphery and I still do not see him.

He somehow survived the fall.

A hundred different things run through my mind, but the one that stands out in the forefront is the image, the possibility, that he managed to drag himself, broken and bleeding, to a different location, somewhere where he is even now waiting for me to help him.

Because I promised.

I promised him that I would help him, that I would keep him from the darkness that plagues him, that I would heal him.

That I would save him.

I swallow hard and as I do, I realize that my throat is tender from Luca’s hands last night. I know that if I look into a mirror, there will be a bruise in the perfect formation of his long fingers around my neck.

As I softly touch it, I remember his face from the night before.  It was shadowed in the moonlight and like always, he was beautiful.  Luca is handsome in a very classic and beautiful way, dark hair and cut cheekbones.  His bangs are long and almost hide his magnificent dark eyes until he shakes his hair away.  And when he does, the sadness that dwells there is apparent to anyone who knows him.

But last night, I didn’t need to look into his eyes to see that his darkness had returned.  I knew it from the moment he stepped into my room.

I can always see it.  It changes everything about him, even the way he walks and moves.  The way he stands.  The way he speaks.  The way he feels.

He is an entirely different person when the darkness comes.

These are the moments that he dreads with every breath when he is himself; the moments when he is no longer Luca.  In these moments, he is filled with thoughts that are no longer his own.

He cannot help it, he cannot control it, he cannot stop it.

But I promised him that I would.

And I have failed him.

I scramble to my wardrobe and pull on clothing, choosing a shirt with a collar, hoping to somewhat hide the bruise on my neck.  The only other people here at Chessarae are servants, except for Luca’s mother in her lonely wing.  But she is locked in so she never comes into the main part of the house.  No one will see me but the staff.  And they are used to seeing strange things.

I rush through the house, through the extravagant corridors and over the marble floors, the rich and polished surroundings that I would never have dreamed I would find myself in.  I don’t notice it now though.  It has faded into an insignificant corner of my mind.  All that matters now is Luca.

I make my way out the back of the house, through the gardens, through the English maze that is perfectly manicured and challenging to maneuver.  I manage it with ease, however.  I memorized its twists and turns on a happier day.

The weather is stormy today and the normally cheerful and bright Maltese sky is gray and thunderous. I can feel the electricity in the air, snapping the ends of my long hair with static.  This day looks as foreboding as I feel, which I hope is not a sign.

I search through the maze.  I search the beaches as my feet sink into the cool sand.  I search the gardens with their exotic and sweet-smelling blooms and then I search the garage.  His car, a shiny black Jaguar, is still in its slot and its hood is cool to the touch.  Luca has not driven it today.  I search the front lawns and the back.  And just when I begin to panic, to fear that he has not returned to Chessarae after all, I search the stables.

As I walk through the heavy wooden doors, the smells of the horses and the hay and the saddle-soap and leather assail my nose and I breathe them in.  I’ve always loved this place.  It is peaceful here.  And I suddenly know, because I can feel it, that Luca is here.

I walk quietly down the main corridor, staring into each stall as I pass.

And finally, finally, when I come to the very last stall on the left, Luca is there and my breath hitches in my chest, freezing on my lips.

Luca is slumped on the ground, in the corner, his expression desolate. He is beautiful even here, even in this condition, and I cannot help but stare down at him as tears fill my eyes.

He is dirty and his clothing is torn.  There are smears of blood on his shirt, dried now to a rusty dark brown.  I swallow hard, trying not to imagine where the blood has come from.

Luca’s face is tortured as he stares up at me, his head in his hands.  There is blood on his fingers.

“It happened again.”

His words are low and husky and rough, yet elegant at the same time.  He is always refined, always perfect, always Luca.

His self-loathe is apparent and it breaks my heart.

I nod mutely because there are no words for this moment.  I bend to help him to his feet.  At 6’3”, he towers above me.  He is slender and strong and masculine.  He is lithe and powerful, beautiful and graceful.

And sometimes, on his very darkest days, he is a depraved killer.

But I have gotten ahead of myself.  I should begin at the beginning.

If I don’t, you will never understand.

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Depraved killer

Soooooo.  If you’re ready for something different than what you’ve been reading lately, mark your calendars for FEBRUARY 6th.  Luca Minaldi will be waiting for you… and he is delicious.  Trust me.

The Minaldi Legacy’s new face

8 Jan

Hey you guys!  🙂   (Does that bring to mind Goonies?  Hey you guuuuysss!)   Haha.

Okay, there’s been some goings-ons behind the scenes here lately.  Most importantly, there’s a new face for the Minaldi Legacy.  While I love the first cover that we had, I really wanted something a bit more colorful, a bit more beautiful and exquisite and haunting.

And if I do say so myself, I think we nailed it.  Because I know I’m going to get asked, I’m just going to go ahead and answer it now— The Cover Lure designed this gorgeous cover.  Check it out:

Minaldi Legacy, Front Cover, Revised

To refresh your memory, this is what the Minaldi Legacy is all about:

“I’m a monster, Eva.  There’s no saving a monster.  But I love that you want to try.”

 Luca Minaldi is rich, powerful and mesmerizing.  He’s also a reclusive enigma.  He lives in Malta, a fairy-tale place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets.  And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best-kept of them all.

Eva Talbot moves to Malta to finish her doctoral dissertation in Psychiatry.  When she meets Luca, there is a very real and instant attraction that she has never felt before. But even still, she senses the darkness that lives within him.

Eva is hired to care for Luca’s mother, a woman who suffers from dementia.  It is Luca, however, that Eva will eventually risk everything to save… as the legacy that plagues him continues.  As the darkness swirls ever more tightly around her, Eva realizes that no matter how hard she tries, she might not be able to save Luca without losing herself.

Eva and Luca are thrust into a world where their love is tested and darkness reigns.  Amid chaos and treachery, love and hate, Luca and Eva learn one important thing.

Love is dangerous.

But it also might be the one thing that can save them all.

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If you’re wanting something different from what is on the market right now, I can tell you this… Luca Minaldi and his legacy can satisfy that craving.

He’s coming your way on February 6.   You can add it to your Goodreads TBR list HERE.  

 

Happy New Year! (and my plans for it!)

1 Jan

Happy New Year!!

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy time celebrating last night!

I celebrated in true writer’s fashion… I curled up while my family watched an Indiana Jones marathon and I beta-read for my crit partner, M. Leighton.  It was the perfect New Year’s Eve… and also, you’re going to love her next book. Just sayin.

Anyway, I thought I would share my three New Year’s resolutions.  I don’t usually make them, because I always break them, but I figured I would try again this year.

1.  Be healthier.  Seriously. I’m 38 years old.  I need to start eating like it.  My poor arteries deserve a break before they harden into concrete.

2.  Move to Florida.  Seriously.  I almost moved this past summer, then changed my mind.  But that was a mistake.  I want to find a great house that my family loves and relocate there.  I love the sun.

3.  Be more positive.

This last resolution will have the most impact on you.  🙂    Because in order to stay positive, I’m going to have to stay off social media more than I do now.  I find that the more that I read of nastiness and negativity on Facebook and Twitter, the more it affects my mood.  So I’m going to try and post through my author’s page on FB, tweet sometimes on Twitter, but not spend hours on social media.  I have a feeling that it will drastically affect my mood for the better.  SO, if you post on my FB wall or tweet me and I don’t answer immediately, please don’t take it personally– it probably just means that I haven’t seen it yet.  And if you contacted me and I don’t get back to you, then it means that I definitely didn’t see it.  If that happens, I apologize.  When I’m lost in a story, I sometimes forget to even shower, so don’t take it personally.  But if I don’t answer you through social media, please contact me through my contact page on my website and I’ll be sure to reply. 🙂

Please know that I do care what each of you has to say.  I’m thankful for you.  And I love love love receiving your emails and notes.

I just can’t be on social media as much as I have been up  until now.  I need to focus more of my energy on writing– not on keeping up with my FB and Twitter notifications.  Lol.

And in that world, I do have some news.  OF DARKNESS AND DEMONS, the sequel to OF BLOOD AND BONE will be released on February 6th in omnibus form, which will include the freshened up OF BLOOD AND BONE.   The MINALDI LEGACY (parts one and two) will sell for $3.99 for the two book set for a limited time.

Sexy blonde lady sitting alone in the dungeon

I’ve been immersing myself in Luca’s world lately… and I had forgotten how intoxicating Luca Minaldi is.  Yowza.  I can’t wait to share the conclusion of his story with you.  I hope you love him as much as I do.

So, stay tuned… and I’ll keep you up to date on those details.

I hope that you all have a relaxing New Year’s Day– and that your 2014 is full of blessings.