Friday, November 20, 2015

Countdown to Cannoli

Mamma mia! I can't believe it is only 11 Days until the release of my third novel, Villa Fortuna!  A novel born out of a real life plot bunny taken from my family history - the tragic loss of our own "Villa Fortuna" in the late 1930s, coupled with my mother's Italian-American heritage from the Bronx, New York City. The place of my birth.

Writing another Austenesque Romantic Comedy over this past year has brought more joys than I imagined (and not just cannoli or David Gandy lusting,) and I'll be sharing that incredible experience at one of my blog tour destinations. So look for that.

So the end result is just the beginning and this is what I've concluded: 
  • I've gained five pounds (more like 10) baking the eight recipes within the book and even kicked off a bake swap with some of Vanity & Pride Press's incredible friends. villafortunabakery.blogspot.com/ Yes, I think a 2016 diet may be in order. 
  • I've been psyched for Christmas, listening to the soundtrack these last six months, and it'll probably continue well into the New Year! The book and the music are enjoyable way beyond the holiday season. The happiness will remain in my soul.
  • David Gandy will forevermore be my Mr. Darcy.
  • I will never look at my hair salon quite the same way after spending time with Lizzy and her sisters at their salon. Those boring peppermints at the receptionist desk will go ignored. I will, instead, demand a cannoli and a glass of homemade wine at each visit.
  • I'm super excited for December's upcoming blog tour stops. Did I mention the incredible swag giveaways? We'll visit key places in Villa Fortuna with special gift packs made possible, in part, by a dear friend, a fellow JAFF author, who wishes to remain anonymous.  From us to you, our early holiday gift giving is in the spirit of famiglia! The major theme of Villa Fortuna.
Book Blurb:
Inspired by Jane Austen's most beloved characters. Discover the romance and comedy of Villa Fortuna where Little Italy collides with the country club set…at a hair salon.

Dr. Elizabeth Fairchild lived an orderly and focused life in Los Angeles until …
an unexpected death, a questionable inheritance, and an eighty-year-old Mafia vendetta required a trip home to New York City's Little Italy neighborhood in Bronx. After thirteen years of running from her Italian-American upbringing, Elizabeth dreaded returning to the ethnic world of colorful hand gestures, passionate arguments, and living with her two stereotypical sisters in their rundown apartment above a bakery.

Her plan: get in, take care of business, celebrate Christmas, and then escape as quickly as possible. However, returning to the Bronx assailed the senses like her mother's lasagna. She didn't count on Italian pastry, homemade wine, a beauty parlor, and the enticement of a dashing plastic surgeon known as Michelangelo.

Will Elizabeth flee her childhood home where the foundation of faith and famiglia is so strong? Or will she stay and embrace all the traditions that once embarrassed her? Should she succumb or resist her elder sister's admonishment,

“Your home is where your heart is, and we are your heart—marinara, cannolis, the Church, and the family! The whole shebang!"

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Oh and in case you're wondering: Villa Fortuna is even more P&P than L13 and DoC, but I just didn't have the heart to name Fitzwilliam Darcy: Mr. Darcino or Darciani or Elizabeth Bennet: Lizzy Benneti or Benneto. LOL

So join the fun. Put Villa Fortuna on your TBR, and mark your calendar for giveaways, reviews, and guest articles!  ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS I AM??!!
COMING IN 7 DAYS GOODREADS PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY: 
Goodreads Book Giveaway
Villa Fortuna - Pride, Prejudice, and a Haircut by Cat Gardiner

Villa Fortuna - Pride, Prejudice, and a Haircut

by Cat Gardiner

Giveaway ends December 15, 2015.
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22 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to reading the book and am excited about the recipes in the book.

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    1. Hi Debbie! I'm looking forward to trying your "special" recipe. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. I am on board. The book, reading posts at different blogs, & listening to the various music selections...over and over again. I have to remember to come back and enter the giveaway. But even without that (...I have tried to "pre-order" but could not as of yet)...you know I will be reading and reviewing on my own. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Hi Sheila! Thanks for commenting. Well, VF will have a real eclectic mix of music. A little Doo Wop, a little Christmas and a whole lotta fun. Unfortunately, I missed the cut off for the pre-order, but thanks for looking :) When the giveaway on GR is live I'll make an announcement on GR. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  3. I very much enjoyed Lucky 13, and I have DoC on my list. I'm sure this will be as amazing as your others. And recipes... oh yes!

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    1. Thank you so much dezigner! I'm glad you had a good time with L13. Like that novel, VF is fun, low angst and quite a cast of supporting characters. I hope you enjoy it.

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    2. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have one our little surprise giveaway!!! The beautiful Jane Austen Illustrated 2016 Peacock Edition Calendar!

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  4. I can't wait to get the story and the cookies in my hands!! An Italian-American like me, from Looong Eyeland is so curious to see how this all works out for Darcy and Lizzy!!

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    1. Hey girlfriend! I hope you have fun with it all. The story is very dear to my heart. :) Thanks!

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  5. I am anxiously awaiting Dec. 1.

    I had to laugh at your comment about asking for homemade wine at the hair salon. My twin cousins took over their father's barbershop/salon and when you are there, if you ask, they will bring you a glass of their homemade wine.

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    1. Ha! I love it! It totally changes the experience. My hairdresser gave me the idea about a story being salon based, but VF's sisters have created quite a different salon than the one I go to. Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy VF

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  6. I loved both of your first two books! I am looking forward to this one as well :)

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    1. Hi Shannon! Thank you so much! I hope this one doesn't disappoint and that it leaves you smiling. :)

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  7. I love your stories and I don't think this one will be any different!

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    1. Aw thank you, Tere! You're a sweetheart. Enjoy!

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  8. I will definitely be on the tour stops, if the timing is right. See you and congrats on your new release, Cat. Can't wait for it!

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    1. Hi Luthien! Thank you so much for the warm wishes! See you then! Hugs, Cat

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  9. Hi dear Cat!!! I can't wait to read your new story! I have no doubt I'll love it!! December 1st can't come soon enough! *hugs*

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    1. Hi sweetie! I'm down to the wire, just putting finishing touches to the manuscript. I'm excited too! Thanks for the enthusiasm and stopping by to spread your effervescence!

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  10. Please take a look at this:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseto_effect
    low mortality rate among Italian community as they clung to traditional values...here in PA...a few miles north of here.
    You may find it very interesting.

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  12. Congratulations to the winner. Enjoy.

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