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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Renaissance Club by Rachel Dacus - Book Tour - Book Trailer - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Rachel Dacus and her new book, “The Renaissance Club”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Rachel and to increase your chances of winning!

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


The Renaissance Club
by Rachel Dacus

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GENRE: Speculative Women's Fiction

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BLURB:

Would you give up everything, even the time in which you live, to be with your soul mate? That's what young art historian and teacher May Gold must decide when she slips through time's folds to meet the man of her dreams and the subject of her master's thesis -- fiery 17th century genius artist Gianlorenzo Bernini.

In her fantasies May is in his arms, the wildly adored partner of the man who steered Renaissance art into the Baroque. In reality, she has just landed in Rome with her stodgy boyfriend and teaching colleagues for a tour of Italy. She yearns to unleash her passion and creative spirit.

When the floor under the gilded dome of St Peter's basilica rocks under her feet, she finds herself in the year 1624, staring straight into Bernini's eyes. Their immediate and powerful attraction grows every time she meets him during the tour. Passion blossoms, but history says they have no future. Can May thread her way through time, and will she take a perilous risk to begin a magical, exciting new life?

This time travel romance is perfect for lovers of Italy, art, and love stories.

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EXCERPT TWO:

May said gently, “But you have your work at St. Peter’s.”

Bernini nodded and sipped. Enthusiasm suddenly flared in his expression. “I have been asked to improve the church’s façade, and I have a magnificent idea. Twin bell towers. To contribute the grandeur the church has lacked.”

She frowned, knowing those bell towers of his would be erected on unstable ground. He didn’t know, and they had no soil engineers in his time. His first tower would be built, and a crack would appear. The crack would take down Bernini’s career as Architect of St. Peter’s.

At this moment, he was deciding, and his enemies were circling. His pope would die and a new pope would be elected, one who disliked Bernini’s extravagance. The opposition would break over him in a tidal wave.

“You know, working on St. Peter’s isn’t everything,” she said. “After your work there you’ll create your greatest sculptures.”
       
“But why should I not continue in my sacred role?”

She knew the failure would nearly kill him. His highly emotional nature and ambition would combine in a life-threatening explosion of despair.

He looked down. He gulped the rest of the wine, looking slightly worried, as if her lack of enthusiasm troubled him. But then he smiled.

“You will see my next great triumph!” he declared, the Bernini bravado taking charge of him.

“You must follow your inspiration, of course.”

She smiled at him, thinking that there must be some way to change the course of his future. At the same time, she was thinking how absurd that thought was.

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BOOK TRAILER:


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GUEST POST:

Four Reasons to Read The Renaissance Club

1.    The Clothes

Time traveling means you get to magically be clad in a different dress every time—and nice authors write you great dresses. In the 17th century, women wore very low-cut silken bodices and voluminous skirts that rustled around them as they walked. There was a lot of clothing to be inside. They were adorned with roses, slit sleeves, golden piping, and even pearls and gems.

2.    Bernini – the Rock Star of the Renaissance

It’s possible that he invented the term “hottie”, though it took several centuries to translate it from the Italian of his era. Who wouldn’t want to fantasize about a passionate, genius artist who sent every woman he passed by into a swoon? Main character May Gold had a legitimate reason for obsessing about him: she wrote her master’s thesis on Bernini’s deriving inspiration from the satirical, bawdy theater of Renaissance Rome. She never dreamed that she’d come face to face with him, but when she did, the floor under her rocked—literally, from the time traveling effect.

3.    Italy – The Best Vacation Ever

In The Renaissance Club you can vicariously tour Rome’s magnificent, crumbling history, Assisi’s hilltop charm, Siena’s medieval fortress, Florence’s fabulous art museums, Venice’s romantic, colorful, canal-threaded city of islands. And yes, you will even virtually eat the unbelievably tasty pasta.

4.    Finding Your Soul Mate

Would you give up everything, even the time in which you live, to be with your soul mate? That’s what young art historian and teacher May Gold must decide when she slips through time’s folds to meet the man of her dreams and the subject of her master’s thesis — fiery 17th century genius artist Gianlorenzo Bernini. In her fantasies May is in his arms, the wildly adored partner of the man who steered Renaissance art into the Baroque. In reality, she has just landed in Rome with her stodgy boyfriend and teaching colleagues for a tour of Italy. She yearns to unleash her passion and creative spirit. When the floor under the gilded dome of St Peter’s basilica rocks under her feet, she finds herself in the year 1624, staring straight into Bernini’s eyes. Passion blossoms, but history says they have no future. Can May thread her way through time, and will she take a perilous risk to begin a magical, exciting new life?

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AUTHOR BIO:


Rachel Dacus is a poet, essayist, and novelist who writes about love and relationships, with a touch of the supernatural. Love and history are the themes of her debut novel, The Renaissance Club, a tale of romance between a young art historian and her hero, the fiery 17th century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. Praise for her novel — “enchanting, rich, and romantic” — describes the kinds of love and adventure stories Rachel enjoys, preferably set in exotic places. She has traveled to Italy and India and plans to expand her journeys beyond countries that start with the letter “I”.

She’s the daughter of a bipolar rocket engineer who worked on missiles during the race-to-space 1950’s. He was also an accomplished painter.

Her interest in Italy was ignited by a course in Renaissance art history that culminated in tour of northern Italy. She’s been hooked on Italy ever since. Her essay on Italy, motherhood, and infertility was anthologized in Italy, a Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience.

Dacus shows off her versatility in four poetry collections. Her newest is Arabesque. Three other collections are: Gods of Water and Air, Femme au Chapeau, and Earth Lessons. She raises funds for arts, human service, and healthcare organizations and takes walks with her way-too-smart Silky Terrier.

Find out more about Rachel Dacus and The Renaissance Club – at the links below.

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CONNECT WITH RACHEL:

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Email:
rachel@dacushome.com

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Rachel will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

8 comments:

  1. Rachel ~ Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

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  2. Ally ~ Thanks for hosting me again! Your website is a blast, and I'm so appreciatie of your good wishes. :)

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

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  4. Where did you get the idea for your book? Congrats for the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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