September 2021 Featured Article
Labor of Love
I’m excited to announce the upcoming release of Labor of Love, Book One in Gardens in Time. Although the release date is in February 2022, the eBook is available for preorder from Celebrate Lit!
This series is close to my heart. Although it is completely fictional with historical gardens and palaces, the images I have spring from my travels as a preteen with my family. I roamed the gardens with my sisters, playing games of chase and hide and seek while the statues and fountains posed in the background. As my characters walk the paths in the gardens, I’m walking with them up and down the hills, wondering what is beyond the next corner.
Labor of Love takes place on the grounds of Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. I chose 1561 as the date for the novel since that is when the architect Vasari designed the grottos and gardens known as the Boboli Gardens. They are much as they were then—absolutely gorgeous resembling those of a fairy tale. I’ve seen them twice as an adult, seeing them as my characters experience them—new and full of potential.
I hope you will consider taking this first journey with Ana and Marco through the fascinating gardens of the Medici Family.
The back cover reads:
Something sinister lurks in Pitti Palace.
Despite having spent eight years as companion to her cousins, Ana Geovani still questions her role and place in the Medici household. This uncertainty compounds and alarms as her cousin’s marriage approaches and a marriage is arranged for Ana.
With no say in her own future, fear and despair dulls even the splendor of the gardens she holds so dear.
As the newest under gardener at the palace, Marco Rossi should have everything he’s dreamed of–beautiful gardens to tend and master architects and gardeners to learn from. Yet a secret mission threatens his peace of mind, his position, and even the love of Ana. Although God is always with him, reminding him of a bigger plan, Marco feels the weight of the consequences he will face if he challenges a Medici member.
The desires of men and women, both royal and common, create costly dilemmas and potential disasters of hearts and souls. What will it take for Marco and Ana to prevail against everything driving them apart?
Until my new release in February, perhaps you might pick up a copy of one of the Revolutionary Faith Series. I’m giving away Book Five, Wait for Me, this month. Happy reading.