October 29, 2014

Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna - Review, Interview and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna
ISBN: 9781492720195
Trade Paperkback

Synopsis: A Story of Vengeance, Forgiveness, and Love 
After her husband's untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family's villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin-a father she hasn't spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently has died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father's last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead-and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta risks her future happiness and her life to avenge the death of a man she once hated.

My review: I enjoy reading books about Italy and Venice is such a beautiful city how could you not want to read a book set there. This book has a little mystery and romance all rolled into you - two things that kept me turning the pages long into the night. I thought the character development was very good especially with Marietta, I found myself cheering her on throughout the entire story. She had to go through so much starting at the beginning - being married to a horrible husband, his death, going home to her father who ends up being dead and finds  out it was murder, then falling for man who's father is suspected of killing her father. How could she not be a tough cookie. The author was also very descriptive in the scenes so much so that I felt as if I was right there - a part of the story. I was not disappointed one bit and look forward to reading more books by this author. 

Author's Bio:

Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She had always wanted to write fiction, so she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel Cera's Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.
Connect with her: Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

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1.    Where do you write?
Mainly in my home office, though sometimes if I am missing my family, I will write in the TV room as they watch something I’m not interested in.
    2.        Do you write every day?
I write every day, but I don’t write fiction every day. I am a technical writer for a software company, so my fun writing has to wait until I have my “real” work done.
    3.        If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I wouldn’t go back too far. I like the Hollywood glamor of the late 1940s/50s. I love to watch the black and white movies where the woman has semi-curled hair and a beautiful evening gown.
    4.        What advice would you give budding writers?
You have to have an editor. Find a professional editor that you can work comfortably with. The editor I used for Venice in the Moonlight taught me a lot and pushed me. She also had some great resources for the graphic design of the printed book.
    5.        What is your next project?
I am working on a contemporary romance titled, First Crush. Here is the description I have been using:

Remember your first crush? How your heart raced and your cheeks flushed whenever you saw him? Jessie Baxter does, and it’s happening all over again at her high school reunion. Lee Archer is The One Who Got Away. Despite Jessie’s best efforts, he only wanted to be friends. Fifteen years later, things are different. Lee wants more, but first Jessie has to unload some baggage—the biggest one being a psycho ex-husband. Will Jessie learn to trust again and make her first crush into her last love?

Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the happiness of true love.

Tour Schedule:

Oct 27 - The YA Lit Chick - review / interview / giveaway
Oct 27 - Blissful Book Reviews - review / interview
Oct 28 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / interview / giveaway
Oct 28 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / interview / giveaway
Oct 29 - Griperang's Bookmarks - review / interview / giveaway
Oct 30 - Real Army of Moms - review / giveaway
Oct 31 - Walking with Nora - review / giveaway
Nov 3 -  All Things Bookie - review / interview
Nov 3 -  Back Porchervations - review / interview
Nov 4 -  Bookfan - review 
Nov 4 -  Svetlana's Reads and Views - review / interview
Nov 5 -  Il Mio Tesoro - review / interview / giveaway
Nov 5 -  Lady in Read - review / giveaway
Nov 6 -  Reviews by Molly - review / interview / giveaway
Nov 7 -  Like a Bump on a Blog - review / interview / giveaway
Nov 7 -  Dalene’s Book Reviews - review / interview / giveaway
Nov 7 -  Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway

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  1. Thank you for hosting me today!

  2. Mystery and Venice, Italy is a great combo. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I can only dream of ever traveling to Venice---so traveling through books is the next best thing.