|Rosetta Stone in the British Museum|
Today's random fact: On this day in 1822, Jean-Francois Champollion announced that he deciphered the Rosetta Stone. It is a royal decree from King Ptolemy V in 196 BC. It includes three scripts - hieroglyphs, Demotic, and Greek. The three scripts enable modern scholars to decipher hieroglyphs.
Today's spotlight features an author who knows something about foreign languages - Shannon McKenna lives in Southern Italy. She is married to a sexy Italian who did not speak English when they first met as "cast members" of a Renaissance Faire. Check out this link for a real life romance story! Shannon celebrates the release of her new romantic suspense, BLOOD AND FIRE:
Bruno Ranieri has always lived at a chaotic pace, and that goes double lately. Since his uncle’s untimely demise, Bruno is working himself to the bone, trying to keep his nose clean and save the family business. Not easy when the nightmares that plagued his childhood are hi-jacking what little rest he gets.
So when exotically beautiful Lily Parr sashays into his all-night restaurant, claiming to be on the run from mysterious assassins, Bruno starts to wonder if sleep deprivation is finally getting to him. Especially when Lily implies that Bruno is involved. But the violence that accompanies her arrival is no illusion. Nor is the blisteringly hot, completely inconvenient desire that explodes between them.
Lily Parr has been a fugitive ever since her father’s death a month ago in a mental hospital. Officials claimed it was suicide, but Lily’s gut—and the savage murder attempt she barely escaped afterwards—say different. Snippets of information led Lily to Bruno’s door...and his magnetic charisma compelled her right into his bed. But there are cold-blooded killers on her heels, with resources as limitless as their cruelty.
Running won’t help, not when the biggest threat is the terrifying secret lurking in Bruno and Lily’s pasts. A secret their mysterious enemy will gladly destroy them to protect—unless they can uncover it first...
|BLOOD AND FIRE is set in Portland, Oregon.|
Portland looking towards Mount Hood.
Hmmm .... Ranieri sounds incredibly Italian! I am giving away a print copy of BLOOD AND FIRE to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about ancient languages, Renaissance Faires, and/or Italian culture.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, October 1, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 2.
Kim in Hawaii
|Mount Vesuvius in Southern Italy -|
it brought blood and fire to Pompei.