Monday, October 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Mini-Review/Giveaway!! What Happens In Venice: Love Spirits & Lagoon Lure, by Diana Cachey






Lagoon Lure
(What Happens In Venice, #2)
Diana Cachey
Trade Paperback, 160 pages
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Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy



Tagline:
As Interpol expert Louisa Mangotti is learning, ghosts watch over Venice. Can she trust them—or her ex-lover—when spirits offer confusing clues to solve a double murder in this sexy paranormal mystery?
Book Description:
Lagoon Lure resumes the story of Interpol expert Louisa Mangotti’s Venetian exploits and the paranormal assisted murder investigation she began in Love Spirits.
Still unnerved by the notion that Venetian ghosts are real, Louisa delves further into the deaths of two glassmakers while juggling the lustful manipulations of her ex-lover, Matteo, whose role in the murders grows murkier.
Meanwhile Louisa's usually shy sister, Barbara, explores her newfound sexuality with Venice's willing men, sharing her adventures with her sister but keeping one particularly mysterious man a secret.
When Louisa's best friend, "Rouge," arrives for Carnival to sample its masked men, she complicates the situation further by encouraging the sisters to embrace the pleasures of Venice.
Paranormal clues and apparitions lead Louisa deeper into the lagoon and she is forced to reluctantly enlist Matteo’s support. Can she trust him, or will this ghostly lagoon lure prove deadly?
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Tagline: As Interpol expert Louisa Mangotti is learning, ghosts watch over Venice. Can she trust them—or her ex-lover—when spirits offer confusing clues to solve a double murder in this sexy paranormal mystery?

Book Description:  Lagoon Lure resumes the story of Interpol expert Louisa Mangotti’s Venetian exploits and the paranormal assisted murder investigation she began in Love Spirits.

Still unnerved by the notion that Venetian ghosts are real, Louisa delves further into the deaths of two glassmakers while juggling the lustful manipulations of her ex-lover, Matteo, whose role in the murders grows murkier.

Meanwhile Louisa's usually shy sister, Barbara, explores her newfound sexuality with Venice's willing men, sharing her adventures with her sister but keeping one particularly mysterious man a secret.

When Louisa's best friend, "Rouge," arrives for Carnival to sample its masked men, she complicates the situation further by encouraging the sisters to embrace the pleasures of Venice.

Paranormal clues and apparitions lead Louisa deeper into the lagoon and she is forced to reluctantly enlist Matteo’s support. Can she trust him, or will this ghostly lagoon lure prove deadly?
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Love Spirits
(What Happens In Venice, #1)
Diana Cachey
Trade Paperback, 164 pages
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July 22, 2014
Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy



Tagline: Among the romantic canals of Venice—and oh so many Italian distractions—can a stunning American lawyer and her psychic sister help the Ghosts of Venice solve a hushed-up crime?


Book Description: Louisa Mangotti is a gorgeous American lawyer and Interpol expert who, after being offered a job working with the international crime unit in Venice, receives a mysterious postcard from the Venetian Ghosts, the ancient protectors of the Republic. But Louisa assumes her bad-boy ex, Matteo, sent it in a quixotic attempt to gain her attention.  Louisa may have dismissed the ghosts, but the ghosts aren’t quite done with her.

When the bodies of two glassmakers wash up on Murano Island, the cryptic messages persist. Reluctantly, Louisa calls upon Matteo to help decipher the clues. And before she knows it, a flame that was never fully extinguished is rekindled.  Sensing that her sister is in over her head, Barbara Mangotti rushes to the rescue, only to be lured away by two handsome Venetian men.  

With time running out, can the two beauties solve a crime that could threaten the city of Venice itself? 

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Having read excerpts from both of these books, I can honestly say that they're exciting, well-written adventures in a very romantic setting -- Venice. This ancient  city, with its myriad canals and  mysterious, shadowed alleys, is also the perfect setting for international intrigue. Cachey also throws in a paranormal twist, which makes it even more fascinating!

The two sisters are interesting characters one  can immediately relate to, and Cachey effectively uses her background as a lawyer to give realism to the story. She has also done her research on this grand city, as is evident from her excellent descriptions of it! Of course, she must have visited, as well, since she describes details about the city with the familiarity of someone who has been there.

The splendor of Venice is as famous as its rather decadent atmosphere, and I like the fact that the sparks of an old romance are rekindled for Louisa, while her sister, Barbara, has apparently discovered a new man. With ghosts who are the guardians of the city (and send postcards a la Phantom of the Opera) to complicate matters, these novels should prove to be hard to put down!







Venice always delivered. For thousands of years she spread out her bounty for swarms of people who feasted upon her beauty. They stayed in ornate palaces or luxury hotels and paraded in stylish fashions. They admired diverse art, listened to sweet music, sampled delicious food.     
They also enjoyed plentiful romantic opportunities.   
Ah, the romantic allure of Venice. It continues to this day. Indeed, soon after Barbara’s arrival, Venice offered her no less than three handsome men. Now there stood her sister, Louisa, who begged to hear the dirt on two of them but knew nothing of the third man, the one Barbara wanted most.  She planned to keep him a secret.    
Barbara looked around and tried to take it all in, all that Venice had to offer. She saw in front of her a small island, which sat placidly in the lagoon and proudly displayed its huge monastic bell tower. Although a massive presence, this tower was easily dwarfed by the one it faced -- the more famous one -- the one that housed the bells of San Marco. She gazed across the water, let the reflecting sun’s rays warm her face and both Venetian towers began to toll their bells behind her and before her. They echoed across the lagoon, reverberated throughout the tranquil setting. Barbara took note of the bells. She’d been trained by her Italian friends to pay particular attention to what she’d been the thinking in that precise moment these bells began to chime.   
She’d been thinking about secrets. That third man. He must remain her secret.
Thus began her diversion, a long philosophical theory about her twin orange cats.                
“Back home in Seattle,” she said, “my cats confuse and distract me during morning meditation, just like those two Venetian men did my first night in Venice. The two inquisitive cats circle my cushion then jump on the table where I offer blessings of flowers and candy. They sniff and inspect as if they’ve never seen the ritual before.”   
Louisa yawned.   
“Those cats seem to see me anew each day, as a thing they need to supervise, approve or inspect. Eventually, they settle nearby to meditate on their own. They observe my struggle to quiet my mind while they remain perfect little meditators. Those two Venetian men were the same. While I was nervous and disquieted, they just purred.”         
Louisa frowned.



What Happens In Venice -- A Trinity

Book One, Love Spirits
Book Two, Lagoon Lure
Book Three, Magic Island






Diana Cachey is a licensed attorney, published academic, and former adjunct law professor. She also holds a BA in English, and while in law school, she was the first female editor-in-chief of her university's law review.

The author of the novels Love Spirits and Lagoon Lure, Cachey trained with several New York Times best-selling writers whose sales total more than 70 million books. She has built a social media platform with over one hundred thousand Twitter users, and her popular YouTube channel featuring secret Venice locations has received over five hundred thousand views.

For more than a decade, Cachey has traveled to Venice, the setting of her novels, on extended trips several times a year. The caf├ęs, restaurants, and many other haunts of Venice play a prominent role in her sexy paranormal mystery-romance series about a beautiful American lawyer guided by the Ghosts of Venice in the investigation of a hushed-up crime.


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6 comments:

  1. I always enjoy stories set in Venice. Such an interesting city. These look exciting and different. I am going to look them up, thanks for the introduction.

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    1. Hey, Heidi!

      Oh, Venice is one of the most romantic cities in Europe, the other being Paris! I'd LOVE to go there!!!

      These books are definitely unique and exciting. I don't think I've come across anything like them before. I want them myself!!

      You're more than welcome for the introduction! Thanks for the nice comment!! : )

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  2. Ooh these books do sound exciting, and taking place in Venice is a fun setting. I also like the masks on the cover.

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    1. Hi, Julie!

      Yes, they sure do!! I like the setting, as well. Venice is a wonderfully romantic city!! And I agree about the masks on the covers

      Thanks for the great comment!! : )

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  3. Oooo, a story set in Venice sounds wonderful! Fabulous mini review, my friend -- I love the paranormal twist, and I'm definitely adding this series to my TBR. Thank you so much for sharing the excerpt and for the giveaway! Have a beautiful weekend <3

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Yes, it does! Thanks for complimenting my mini-review!

      I love the paranormal twist as well, so I can't wait to get started on this series!

      You're very welcome for the sharing and the giveaway! (Actually it's a BBT giveaway.) Thanks for such a nice comment!! You have a beautiful weekend, too!! <3 : )

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