Well hello again!
Now, first things first, you might be thinking, oh Nicole, you forgot to insert a title, but in fact, (insert pithy title here) is my title this month. Why? Well, cuz I’ve been writing all month like a crazy person; of course, I write every month like a crazy person but this month it feels ‘extra’, so my power to come up with a simple title for my monthly Newsletter is lacking.
What have I been writing? Well, for those of you who loved Big Trouble in Little Italy, do you remember Carlo? (Of course you do, many of you have commented to me with sighs of “Oh, Carlo”.) Well, I’ve been working on his story, and man, is it fun. He and Alessandra are not cooperative and problematic around every corner, and it’s wonderful! At this point, his book is slotted for release into the world in June of 2023.
I am also working on the book coming out in February called The Italian Holiday, because let’s be honest; Who doesn’t need a dreamy trip to Italy over Valentine’s Day? I’m so excited for you to read this latest book - it's a stand-alone, but trust me, you’re gonna love it! The release date: FEBRUARY 7, 2023!
Here’s a little snippet:
The small street opened up and my feet faltered on the worn cobblestones. We found ourselves in a gorgeous little piazza, but it was the structure at the other end of the piazza, a structure that had been standing since 125 BCE that caught my attention and stole my breath and my ability to move.
Glorious in all her dignity.
The slight piazza dipped downward, as if setting the building before us on a Roman stage. Soldier like rows of marble columns held up the roof of the pantheon that gave way to the circular structure on top.
Across the façade were the Latin words about M. Agrippa, an epithet that touted the emperor’s hand in reestablishing the Pantheon for the use of the Roman People.
“Have you been here before?” Lorenzo’s deep voice almost a whisper.
I nodded my head.
“Oh.” He seemed disappointed.
“Every single time is like the first time though.” I sighed, “She’s gorgeous.” I was unable to take my eyes off the building that had seen so much of Rome’s history. “Could you imagine if those walls could talk?”
“Come on.” Lorenzo smiled and took my elbow, prodding me into action.
“Oh, do we have to go?” I wasn’t done looking yet.
“Yes. But only right there.” He pointed to one of the small table lined cafés to our left. Each of them had outdoor seating with a perfect view of the Pantheon.
I felt giddy, it was mostly the lack of sleep, food, poor hydration, being jumbled about in the back of a taxi and the shock of seeing the Pantheon, but did it really matter? Rome just got a lot more interesting and sometimes, you have to take the gifts of these little moments and take one hell of a giant bite of out of them.