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Friday, February 24, 2017

Dreaming Sophia By Melissa Muldoon - Book Tour - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Melissa Muldoon and her new book, “Dreaming Sophia”!

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card to ONE lucky winner!  In addition, TWO more lucky winners will win a copy of the featured book!!  That’s right!!  There will be THREE lucky winners in this giveaway!!!   Also, come back daily to interact with Melissa and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Dreaming Sophia

By Melissa Muldoon


GENRE: Italian Contemporary Romance



Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia.

Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the source of her creativity and learns to love again, turning her dreams into reality.





Melissa Muldoon is the Studentessa Matta-the crazy linguist! In Italian, "matta" means "crazy" or "impassioned". Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts, art history and European history from Knox College, a liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master's degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has also studied painting and art history in Florence.

Melissa promotes the study of Italian language and culture through her dual-language blog, Studentessa Matta (studentessamatta.com). Melissa began the Matta blog to improve her command of the language and to connect with other language learners. It has since grown to include a podcast, "Tutti Matti per l'Italiano" and the Studentessa Matta YouTube channel. Melissa also created Matta Italian Language Immersion Tours, which she co-leads with Italian partners in Italy.

Dreaming Sophia is Melissa's first novel. It is a fanciful look at art history and Italian language and culture, but it is also the culmination of personal stories and insights resulting from her experiences living in Italy, as well as her involvement and familiarity with the Italian language, painting, and art history.

As a student, Melissa lived in Florence with an Italian family. She studied art history and painting and took beginner Italian classes. When she returned home, she threw away her Italian dictionary, assuming she'd never need it again but after launching a successful design career and starting a family, she realized something was missing in her life. That "thing" was the connection she had made with Italy and the friends who live there. Living in Florence was indeed a life-changing event! Wanting to reconnect with Italy, she decided to start learning the language again from scratch. As if indeed possessed by an Italian muse, she bought a new Italian dictionary and began her journey to fluency-a path that has led her back to Italy many times and enriched her life in countless ways.

Now, many dictionaries and grammar books later, she dedicates her time to promoting Italian language studies, further travels in Italy, and sharing her stories and insights about Italy with others. When Melissa is not traveling in Italy, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is married and has three boys and two beagles.

Melissa designed and illustrated the cover art for Dreaming Sophia. She also designed the Dreaming Sophia website and created the character illustrations that can be found in the book and on the Dreaming Sophia websites.



Melissa Muldoon with Sophia Loren







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Melissa is awarding a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one winner.  In addition, two more winners will win a copy of her featured book, “Dreaming Sophia.”  There will be three winners in total.  If the winner is a US or CA resident then a print copy will be provided.  If the winner is an INTL resident then an ebook will be provided.  This giveaway ends on March 18, 2017.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of iRead Book Tours/Italy Book Tours.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and iRead Book Tours/Italy Book Tours are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

1 comment:

  1. Melissa ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)