COMPETITION: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book Two!
Ready (willing and eager) to see the cover of the much-anticipated
second book in the Da Vinci’s Disciples trilogy? Well, we hope so, because here
it is (be sure to read to the end of the post for an extra special bonus!). But
before we get to the gorgeous cover, here’s what the author has to say about
the next book in this thrilling trilogy and its cover: “I knew I wanted the
second book in this trilogy to be a little more personal, get into the lives of
these courageous women, and da Vinci himself, a bit more deeply. Oh, they are
still daring to go where women had never gone before in the Renaissance, and
they put everything on the line for the love of their art—their marriages,
their family relationships, even their lives—to do it, to bring their work out
into the open, no matter the consequence. Another form of art is explored
through their eyes, through their hands. But in THE COMPETITION, I’ve pulled
back more of the layers of their lives and the secrets they may hold. Love
bursts to fulfillment, desire is ignited, disastrous illnesses change lives,
and familial condemnations are shattered. All set amidst the glory that is
Florence during the Renaissance. These women are bold; there can be no doubt.
But they are elegant women and this cover, like the first, captures that
elegance to perfection. It is the seamless companion to the first, and they
look dazzling together.” Ready to see the cover? Not just yet. Here’s the
official description first:
A commission to paint a fresco in the
church of Santo Spirito is about to be announced and Florence’s countless
artists each seek the fame and glory this lucrative contract will provide.
Viviana, a noblewoman freed from a terrible marriage, and now able to pursue
her artistic passions, sees a potential life-altering opportunity for herself
and her fellow artists. The women first speak to Lorenzo de’ Medici himself,
and finally, they submit a bid for the right to paint it. And they win. The
very public commission belongs to them. But with the victory comes a powerful cost.
The church will not stand for women painting, especially not in a house of
worship. The city is not ready to consider women in positions of power, and in
Florence, artists wield tremendous power. Even the women themselves are
hesitant; the attention they will bring upon themselves will disrupt their
families, and even put them in physical danger. All the while, Viviana grows closer to
Sansone, her soldier lover, who is bringing to her a joy that she never knew
with her deceased husband. And fellow-artist Isabetta has a flame reignited,
sparked by Lorenzo himself.
Power and passion collide in this sumptuous historical novel of
shattering limitations, one brushstroke at a time.
THE COMPETITION: Da Vinci’s
Release Date: April 25,
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Read the first critically acclaimed book, fall in love with these daring women, and get ready to fight beside them for the right to be who they truly want to be in THE COMPETITION.
“Russo Morin’s elegant command of language and composition left me breathless, but the story itself, with its flawless depiction of power, corruption, defiance, intrigue, and retribution makes Portrait of a Conspiracy an absolute must read.” Flashlight Commentary “...a page-turner unlike any historical novel, weaving passion, adventure, artistic rebirth, and consequences of ambition...a masterful writer at the peak of her craft.”—C. W. Gortner, author of THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE’ MEDICI
“This riveting book is filled with art, assassinations, retribution, and a sisterhood of fascinating women who inspire as well as entertain.”—Stephanie Dray, NYT Bestselling author of AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER
“In PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY, Russo Morin's prose is as sharp as a Medici dagger...Thwarting danger, finding love, and creating masterpieces, [these women] remind us just how powerful the bonds of womanhood can be.”—Marci Jefferson, author of THE ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS
“A 15th-century Florence of exquisite art, sensual passion and sudden, remorseless violence comes vividly to life in Donna Russo Morin's new novel.”—Nancy Bilyeau, author of THE CROWN
“In PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY, Russo Morin's rich detailing transports the reader to the heart of Renaissance Italy from the first page.”—Heather Webb, author of BECOMING JOSEPHINE
“Illicit plots, mysterious paintings, and a young Leonardo da Vinci all have their part to play in this delicious, heart-pounding tale.”—Kate Quinn, author of THE EMPRESS OF ROME SAGA
Donna Russo Morin is the award winning of author of historical fiction. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, she lives near the shore with her two sons, Devon and Dylan, her greatest works in progress. Donna enjoys meeting with book groups in person and via Skype chat. Visit her website at www.donnarussomorin.com; friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @DonnaRussoMorin.
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