Thursday, May 18, 2017

More Than a Soldier: One Army Ranger's Daring Escape From the Nazis by D.M. Annechino (Book Spotlight & Giveaway!)

I am thrilled to be featuring the latest title by talented author D.M. Annechino. D.M. usually writes suspense thrillers but he has outdone himself with this one. More Than a Soldier is based on the powerful and true story of Angelo DiMarco’s survival, resilience and courage as he escaped the Nazis in Italy. My review will be posted on June 13 on Library of Clean Reads. Be sure to check it out. In the meantime, enter the giveaway and help us spread the word about this unforgettable story.

Book Details:

Book Title: More Than a Soldier: One Army Ranger's Daring Escape From the Nazis
​Author: D.M. Annechino
Category: Adult Fiction, 316 pages
Genre: Historical Biography, WWII
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release date: April 2017
Tour dates: April 24 to May 19, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (A few four-letter words and violence associated with war)

Book Description:

Feeling a patriotic duty to defend his country after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, seventeen year old, Angelo J. DiMarco, enlists in the U.S. Army. Severely short of frontline fighters, the Army rushes Angelo through Ranger training and sends him to Italy as part of the 1st Ranger Battalion. Their objective: stop the German invasion.

Fighting on the front lines in Italy, the German’s teach Angelo a sobering lesson on life when they capture him during the bloody battle of Cisterna. Against insurmountable odds, Angelo miraculously escapes in a way that stretches the imagination. He survives behind enemy lines for over five months, hiding from the Germans and trying to outmaneuver them. He begs for food, sleeps in barns and suffers from many ailments, including dehydration, malnutrition, malaria and exposure to the elements.

More Than a Soldier is Angelo DiMarco’s powerful story of survival, resilience and courage.

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Praise for More Than a Soldier:

Annechino colorfully draws the actions scenes, and richly brings the supporting cast of characters to life. A moving tale of survival in war-torn Europe.
- Kirkus Reviews

Nuanced and eloquently written, More Than a Soldier adds to the body of WWII literature an extraordinary story of survival and a deeply affecting portrait of a soldier’s coming-of-age.
- The iRead Review

Meet the Author:

Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly. He has written and published five novels—all thrillers. But his latest work, More Than a Soldier, is a Historical Biography set in Italy during WWII.

A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mailbox Monday for May 15

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

Love these new Italian-themed books that are in my mailbox this week. Can you tell I'm itching to go to Italy?

I got this one free when I signed up to the author's newsletter. This one is a novella and I devoured it. She's written other books set in Italy and I plan to read them too. 

This one is on tour with Italy Book Tours from June 19 to 30. I really enjoyed the author's first book and I look forward to reading this one.

I couldn't help getting a copy when I saw this free on Kindle. A foodie mystery set in Tuscany? Yeah, I'm in.

I couldn't resist this one when I saw it on several blogs. It's a true account set in Italy during WWII.

Did you get any good books in your mailbox this week?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Dreaming Sophia: Because Dreaming is an Art by Melissa Muldoon (Book spotlight & Giveaway!)

Today I'm kicking off the book spotlight for this dreamy novel! If you love books set in Italy and need to escape for a few hours then pick up Dreaming Sophia by Melissa Muldoon. You can read my review here and see why I liked this novel so much. And scroll down to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy!

Book Details:

Book Title: Dreaming Sophia: Because Dreaming is an Art by Melissa Muldoon
​Category: Adult Fiction, 232 pages
Genre: Literary
Publisher: Matta Press
Release date: August 2016
Tour dates: Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2016
Content Rating: PG (Mild profanity, and mild religious expletives, exploration Italian swear words, kissing - oh my!)

Book Description:

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.

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Melissa meets Sophia Loren in March 2016!

About the Author:

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 ( 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.

Connect with the Author:

Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Youtube ~ Pinterest

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Italian-themed Books I Hope to Read This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme is great for those who love lists. 10 is just a suggestion to aim for if you can hit it. You can do a list of 3 or 5 or 20, whatever you decide. And you can put a spin on the topic if you need to. Each week there is a new list to create. This week the list is a FREEBIE --- that super specific list we want to make?? All ours to tackle this week! So mine is:

Italian-themed Books I Hope to Read This Year

I love books set in Italy, written by an Italian author or just based on an Italian theme. It's what made me start Italy Book Tours. Some years, I've read more Italian-themed books than others but last year not so much, so I'd like to change that. Here are the Italian-themed books I hope to read in 2017.

Nonna's Book of Mysteries by Mary A. Osborne
This is YA fiction set in Florence of Renaissance Italy. I already read Alchemy's Daughter which I loved so I've been wanting to read this for a while now.

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani
I loved The Shoemaker's Wife. Trigiani's historical fiction novels are so good, I'm ready to dig into this one soon.

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani
Yep! Trigiani is coming out with another one. How can I resist?

Appointment with ISIL by Joe Giordano
Giordano's historical fiction Birds of Passage impressed me last year and I'm looking forward to reading another book by this talented author.

Tempesta's Dream by Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco
I loved LoCoco's historical fiction A Song for Bellafortuna. So I want to read his first book, an Italian opera love story set in Milan.

Early One Morning by Virginia Baily
I've had this one on my bookshelf since I got it at BookExpo in 2015.  It's got such a good premise.

The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka
I bought this one when on vacation one summerSet in a seaside village on the Italian Riviera, it tells the story of a widowed butcher and his son...and there is a good amount of soccer...

The Garden of Letters by Alyson Richman
After reading and loving The Velvet Hours, I couldn't resist this one and I am currently halfway through the audiobook. Another winner!

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
I just finished this one last week. I had to read it after reading Greg's review at Book Haven. It made me want to visit Florence!

What about you? Do you love books set in Italy?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

WE'RE CELEBRATING! iRead Book Tours turns 3 in January. Celebrate with us!

Happy Anniversary to iRead Book Tours!

iRead is on tour from Jan 2 to 27, 2017!

This whole month of January we will be touring and showcasing iRead Book Tours, our virtual book tour company that has been helping authors for the last 3 years to feature their books on awesome book blogs.

As part of our celebration, we have a  a giveaway for
$50 cash to any reader
and a free Basic Review Tour to any author with a published book. So be sure to scroll down and enter for a chance to win.

Would you like to celebrate with us? 

We would love it if you helped us spread the word about iRead and how much we love working with you bloggers, authors and readers. All you need to do is sign up to participate by being a part of our January month-long tour.
We already have 50+ bloggers participating so why not join us?
All you have to do is post about it on your blog.

To thank you for participating in our tour, we will enter you in a giveaway for a
$25 Amazon gift card.
​We hope you join us in letting other readers, bloggers and authors know about our services. 
​And of course, you will get a credit toward your Incentive Program for posting. Don't know what that is? Become a tour host and find out.

Thank you for celebrating with us!

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