A family torn apart by conflict. An uprising of deadly magnitude. A nation altered forever.
Inspired by actual events, “Siciliana” is the harrowing tale of a young woman’s courage in the face of unthinkable turmoil.
In 1282 AD, the Kingdom of Sicily is under the rule of a tyrannical French king and subject to his brutal Angevin army. Daily acts of violence and persecution are commonplace in a once-prosperous realm.
For twenty-year-old Aetna Vespiri, daughter of a revered Sicilian knight, survival has become second nature. As a child, she witnessed the destruction of her family’s vineyard by Angevin soldiers and spent the next decade learning the tenets of stiletto blade combat.
Years later in Palermo, as the evening bells toll for Vespers, Aetna fends off a nefarious sergeant and sparks an uprising against the Angevin occupation. Now, standing at the forefront of an accelerating people’s rebellion, Aetna finds herself fighting not only for a nation she believes in but also for the meaning of family. In her darkest hour, this dauntless Sicilian woman steps out of obscurity and into the pages of history.
The legend of “Siciliana” is born.
Set amid bustling Arab markets and brooding Norman fortresses, “Siciliana” will envelop readers in the sights, sounds, and dangers lurking around every corner of medieval Sicily.
Today I’m sharing The Villains who Snapped My Spine. Thank you @booktrib for my gifted copy! Available now!
In June 2021, a typical 30-year-old self-proclaimed car and coffee enthusiast’s life was suddenly derailed.
The humor-laced and nostalgia-infused debut memoir follows A. H. Nazzareno in his attempt to make sense of a rare diagnosis. Written in a hospital bed and in the immediate weeks following major surgery, courtesy of Dr. Summeroff, an uncertain yet hopeful future emerges from a villain-riddled past.
Thank you to BookTrib for the gifted copy of Mindful Beauty and the set of Mindful Beauty Cards. The cards are “one minute daily mindfulness cards.”
I am looking forward to reading this one, and have already made use of the mindfulness cards.
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
Relax, Let Go, and Become Your Most Beautiful Self
Mindfulness is a simple change we can all make for better health–emotionally, physically, and spiritually. In Mindful Beauty, New York-based dermatologist Dr. Debbie Palmer unveils her secrets to helping her patients develop more mindfulness and, in the process, cultivate inner peace and outer radiance.
Today, more than ever, mindfulness–the act of being more present and focused in everything we do–is so important to our well-being. This book is a practical, hands-on guide to looking and feeling more beautiful in the modern-day world. It provides simple self-care tips and shows how to work with essential oils, crystals, chakras, nutrition, and more as you make positive changes in body, mind, and spirit. Mindful Beauty is the next, most important step on your journey to a more vibrant life.
Today I am featuring American Faust, which was published back in May. Synopsis from @goodreads What happens when a dot.com entrepreneur with a revolutionary software is offered a billion dollars from the devil to find a woman of eternal beauty caught in the clutches of her demon lover? American Faust follows the lives of three Americans from different time eras (1920s, 1960s, 2000) whose lives converge when each of them makes a deal with the devil which will have eternal consequences. It’s a compelling fast-paced story that delves into the existential angst of pursuing the American Dream — and the price some are willing to pay to have it all. Thank you to @booktrib for sending me a copy of American Faust! I cannot wait to dive into this one!