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“Hey, ma, guess what? I found a job!”

“Oh, Dante, that’s wonderful! I’m so happy for you.” Sofia hugged her son. “Now, sit and tell me all about it while I make some espresso.”

Dante sat down and noticed a batch of biscotti that his mom just pulled out of the oven. “Mmmm…hey ma, can I have one?”

“Of course, Dante, go for it.” She set up the espresso pot, turned on the heat and went to sit next to her son. “Now, tell me all about it.” Her smile extended from ear to ear.

Dante had graduated from Humber College in fall of 2019 and had been searching for his career position ever since. He had many offers, but he wanted to find a position where he could travel to Italy. He was interested in perfecting his Italian. Even if he grew up in Woodbridge, he still spoke very little Italian. The only Italian he spoke was Calabrese dialect when he talked to his grandmother. Since his Nonna Teresa passed in 2018, his opportunities to speak Italian diminished drastically.

Sofia was so proud of her Dante. He was the oldest and most responsible and dependable of all her children. She really wanted him to be happy, but she would have settled for him to have a job that kept him closer to her, but he didn’t want that. Ever since he was in middle school, he desired to fly the coop.

“All right, well this company is called LCD which means Leather Commerce Distributor and they are located in Calgary.”

“Calgary? That’s so far away, Dante.”

“Ma, I’m not going to Calgary, it’s just their headquarters. They have offices all over Canada, all right?”

Sofia nodded and kept quiet.

“They basically sell leather hides to countries that produce leather goods like jackets, handbags, shoes and so on.”

“Shoes? You’ve piqued my interest.”

Dante rolled his eyes. What was it with women and shoes? “Anyway, they were looking for a point of contact to travel to Italy and since I’m Italian, they hired me.”

Sofia didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. She frowned instead. “Italy huh?”

“Ma, come on, you knew I was looking for something like this. I want to travel, and I want to become fluent in Italian. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ve told you this over and over.” He was losing his temper. His mother was way too overprotective.

“I know, Dante, I know but you know how it is? We’re Italian and we don’t like our kids leaving home, not now, not ever.” She sipped her espresso. “But I understand that you’ve always wanted to leave, so now’s your chance. Bravo.” She sounded very annoyed.

“Ma, come on, I’m gonna be thirty this year!”

“Yeah, yeah, thirty…So, when are you leaving?”

“End of this month.”

“So soon?”

“Yeah.” He cracked a smile. The excitement made his eyes light up. “I got a feeling that 2020 is gonna be a hell of a year.”

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Magnolia Blossom

Valdosta, Georgia – 1863. While America is ravaged by the chaos of the Civil War, Magnolia Mae (or Maggie, as she is lovingly called) suddenly becomes a young widow and inherits her parents’ plantation.  Surrounded by scheming neighbors, connivingly jealous southern belles, and unscrupulous people; Maggie is a sparkling diamond in the mire of prejudice and hatred. She repays with love, kindness, and compassion. A staunch abolitionist, she treats her slaves with dignity and respect, ignoring the centuries-old tradition of oppression and bondage.  When a handsome young Yankee named Wesley appears, he tosses her into a tumultuous sea of passion, delight, anxiety, and unshakable defiance of the ways of the South. Find out what happens when a forbidden love challenges the evils of slavery and bigotry. This riveting page-turner takes you to a land devastated by war where forbidden love blossoms.

Christmas in Venice

Tiffany has a very rare talent: she’s a Master glassmaker and her talent grabs the attention of a dying Venetian Master glassmaker who bequeaths his Murano glass shop to her. This is the opportunity of a lifetime! This Murano shop is right, smack in the middle of St. Mark’s Square. Her dream, however, is interrupted by a fascinating, charming Venetian man of blue-blood, Massimo, and by the multiple adventures she becomes entangled with along the way. Escape to “La Serenissima” while reading this book and encounter many scrumptious original Venetian recipes to challenge your culinary skills.

The Devil of St. Gabriel

The beautiful, seductive and ruthless Lucy has a rap sheet as long as her golden blonde hair. She will do anything to stay out of jail and although her intentions are good, the devil inside her takes over and has her undertaking continuous acts of evil. On the other side of the spectrum, Nicholas, being a man of God, is naive and hopes to lead the sultry Lucy to the light of his God. But the devil of St. Gabriel has other plans. This thrilling suspense novel is merciless, twisted but absolutely gripping with a riveting ending that will bowl you over!

Baker’s Dozen Anthology

This collection escorts readers to several different countries and time periods while encountering diverse personalities. You’ll enjoy reading about Wally; an adorable little Dachshund who tells his tale from a dog’s perspective. And about a sexy and seasoned Sugar Black, a popular country music singer who falls for one of his life-long fans. Little Victoria, whose porcelain doll conveys true love to her mother. Then, you’ll come across Benton Falls in the mid-1800s; a small town in Montana where Ben and Carrie-Ann will become united with a little help of an ingenious Mrs. Martin. Oh, and let’s not forget about Omar, the Arab Prince and Paulina, the Venetian Princess who fall for each other in a modern-day venue:  a Masquerade Ball. You’ll be enchanted by these stories and you won’t be able to put this book down!

Traveling Boomers: First Stop: Italy (Travelling Boomers Book 1)

Are you ready to get on that plane? Travel can be scary and nerve racking but it can also be exciting and fun. Don’t miss out on the fun just because you don’t have travel experience! This quick and easy to read guide will help you travel around the world as if you were an expert traveler. Once you’ve read this fun book, I promise you will become a seasoned traveler. Now, get ready to board!  First Stop: Beautiful Italy! The garden of the world. Enjoy your read and enjoy your trip!

Good Things Always Happen In Springtime

Germany, 1938: two young people find each other and discover true love. They must keep this love a secret—from family, from friends, and from the Nazis. She lives in the Jewish Quarter and he lives in the city proper. Charlotte, a young girl of 15, wanders into Georg’s cobbler shop to have some shoes repaired. Georg, enamored by Charlotte’s charm and grace, decides right then and there that he is going to marry her. Follow along as his pursuit of the young Charlotte results in the couple traveling a heart-stopping, winding route to stay one step ahead of the Gestapo in their escape from Nazi Germany to the United States, with a surprising twist along the way!

Her Spanish Doll

Fiore is a young Italian woman engaged to be married but her plans are interrupted by a charismatic Sebastián, a handsome middle aged Spanish businessman. 

Her beauty strikes him like a thunderbolt sent by the goddess Venus herself. When she is given an peculiar gift: a Spanish doll, she is thrown into a whirlwind of entangled passion, money, secrets and love.

Their romance sparks in a charming little Italian town located on the southern part of Lake Garda in northern Italy and takes them around the globe. What happens when her life is suddenly shattered by a life-long secret?

With All of Me

Giuliana is a middle-aged housewife in Toronto. She tries to balance a career, a husband who has little interest in her well-being, and three children. In the evenings, she gets on her computer and chats with people all over the world. Among the people she chats with, she becomes romantically involved with Aaron, who lives nearby and Bobby in California.

Her life becomes like a pinball bouncing between her husband, her job, her children, and her two online loves. She is bewitched by the romantic poetry of Aaron and the honesty and kindness of Bobby, that takes her all the way to California. Watch for the ironic twist of fate that takes her in a direction that she never expected!

With All of Me II

Mature & curvaceous Giuliana faces the consequences of having two online lovers: the insanely jealous Aaron, and the sexy (and very attentive) silver fox, Bobby.

To make her life more complicated, she must weather the wrath of her husband Rocco who has confirmed his suspicion and uncovers a deep, dark secret.

And there are more secrets to hide! Can Giuliana survive this tsunami of impossible situations? Will she be able to rebuild the life she once had, or will the burden of the past prove too much?  Is there even a happily-ever-after in her future?

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