The Botticelli Affair

The Reading Cafe Giveaway, and Terrific Review of The Botticelli Affair
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The Reading Cafe Giveaway, and Terrific Review of The Botticelli Affair

Review of The Botticelli Affair

First, I am participating in The Reading Cafe’s Second Anniversary Celebration: I am donating a copy of  The Love of My (Other) Life and a copy of Far Shore .

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Second, the rather wonderful author, book reviewer and blogger Leslie Wright of TicToc and BlogCritics reviewed The Botticelli Affair and had some of her usual insightful comments:

Slatton has done a great job of giving us characters with emotional flaws as well as those that show them as they are in their outward lives. The heat that shimmers between them has you hoping and wondering, what is going to happen. The chance and friendships that spring up are eternal, and the depravity is deadly. You are taken on a journey that gives you a vision of art through the ages, and the men and women responsible. The action is quick and the journey is delicious.

Ms. Wright emailed to say that the review had been picked up by The Seattle Post Intelligencer, a vibrant and distinctive online news forum.

 


READ ON!!!

On Sale Now: THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR kindle version 99 cents!
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On Sale Now: THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR kindle version 99 cents!

CHECK OUT Kindle Nation Daily for details!

And go to Amazon.com for a Special sale on THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR!

Here’s the set-up:

 

Luscious art forger Laila Cambridge has a little vampire problem…. She’s a high-spirited woman with a sordid past, trying to go straight. Enter gorgeous John Bolingbroke, a half-vampire with news of her missing father. From New York through Paris, Amsterdam, and Rome, while fleeing ruthless vampires, Laila searches desperately for her father and a lost painting that holds a coveted secret.
5-Star Amazon Reviews
“Finally – a sexy, fun vampire book that’s intellectually engaging and not geared toward 13 year old girls. I’ve read a lot of the popular vampire fiction out today, and I have to say that this is the best novel in that genre that I have come across in a long, long time… This is a must read if you love art history, vampires, or just a solid page-turner.”
“The Botticelli Affair is a superb romantic urban fantasy thriller that vividly takes readers on a tour of the Metropolitan, and museums and galleries in Europe…”
“Anybody who is looking for a fun read that includes vampires and interesting art history should read The Botticelli Affair. Another plus: it’s a satisfying romantic thriller…”

 

 

Reading Other People’s Blogs
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Reading Other People’s Blogs

I have a lovely friend Lori who keeps a blog. I subscribe to her blog via bloglovin, so her enchanting essays regularly land in my inbox. Her posts are richly textured and full of color, they’re sad and despairing and happy and reflective and sweet and charming and inspiring and courageous and heartfelt. I stop work to read them when they come in. I get a little buzz of expansive feeling-thought, rather like eating a sugary square of lush dark chocolate with hazelnuts when I know I shouldn’t.

Lori’s blogs keep me connected to her and her life and they bubble up emotions within me. People use Facebook for that, too, I guess, though I’m not a fan of that particular forum. I forget to go on Facebook for weeks at a time, and then when I do, I try to “like” everything and everyone on my timeline. That ought to tame the beast, right?

I read the blogs of strangers, too, when I come upon them after googling something. I’m looking for information and sometimes I get that. Other times it’s a voyeuristic peek into an unknown life, as if I were riding in a hot air balloon and was floating past, staring down at the scenery. Sometimes it’s both. During the writing of my novel COLD LIGHT, I needed details about a certain Canadian park, and I stumbled upon a family’s blog about their vacation to that park, complete with an extensive photo album. I will never meet that family, but I am grateful to them for recording their trip with such meticulous care. I like to get the details right when I’m building a world inside a story, and I need to get as exhaustively detailed a mental picture as possible to that end. Their chronicles helped me.

I suspect that a lot of authors keep blogs for the same reasons I do: one, to promote their books; two, to keep fresh content trickling into the vast, libidinous ocean of the Internet, where content is king; and three, to rant about life and thus exorcise demons. The urge to autobiography is hard to extinguish.

So, promotional things, like eBook sales: COLD LIGHT will be on sale for $1.99 from Feb 18 to Feb 27; THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR will be on sale for $.99 from Feb 10-18.

And check out this gorgeous oil painting: LIBERACI DAL MALE, by the outrageously talented Italian painter Roberto Ferri. Ferri’s work is insanely beautiful; he knows his way around a figure like no other painter alive right now. Sabin and I are both fans, and Sabin, who is perfectly fluent in Italian, has Skyped with Roberto. Roberto has graciously given permission for me to use LIBERACI DAL MALE as the cover for my novel BROKEN, the WW2 story on which I am currently working. The novel is wrestling me to the ground every day–if I see one more image of a Nazi atrocity, I will not be able to contain the tears–but this image helps. Other people’s work, in image and word, strengthens my own.

 

Great New Reviews on “Books Complete Me Unlimited” Blogspot
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Great New Reviews on “Books Complete Me Unlimited” Blogspot

Books Complete Me Unlimited

I love the title of this blogspot! Books complete me, too!

Then there are two sparkling reviews, one of THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR and one of THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE. BOTTICELLI even got an “Amazing” rating!

About BOTTICELLI, Julie had this to say:

While I may not exactly have an appreciation of art that Slatton clearly has, I do have an appreciation for a great story, and this one certainly belongs among the masterpieces….  Filled with action, and enough heat to singe without burning, The Botticelli Affair offers an amazing ride for any reader.

About THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE, Julie wrote:

This is not your typical romance, and that was what I enjoyed most about this book.  Both Brain and Tessa grow from their experience and encounters, and I found that to be a great strength for this book.  As they learn more about each other, they discover more about themselves, and each gains an inner strength they lacked at the beginning of the story. 
I recommend this book for lovers of romance with a little science fiction mixed in.  After all, who doesn’t want to read about moving worlds to find that one soulmate?
 

 

Harriet Klausner’s 5 Star review of THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR
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Harriet Klausner’s 5 Star review of THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR

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Harriet Klausner’s 5 Star review of THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR

If you look at online book reviews at all, then, sooner or later, you will read one of Harriet Klausner’s reviews. They are well written, smart, straightforward. She has a laser-like penetration of story and character. Her Amazon classic reviewer rank was #1 and she still deserves that.

So imagine my pleasure at the stellar review she gave THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR. On Amazon, she called it a “superb romantic urban fantasy” and posted 5 stars for this novel!
In part, Ms. Klausner wrote: “The Botticelli Affair is a superb romantic urban fantasy thriller that vividly takes readers on a tour of the Metropolitan, and museums and galleries in Europe. The protagonists are a fabulous pairing as he is attracted to her like no one in over five centuries and she is a kick butt Valkyrie on a mission to save her father, the painting, her beloved hybrid and her soul. Like Traci L. Slatton did with the entertaining complex Immortal, she paints a cerebral action-packed vampire tale of danger in the international world of art.”
 
Read the review here, at Ms. Klausner’s blogspot Alternative-worlds.com.