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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Secrets of Casanova by Greg Michaels {Book Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway}

Please join author Greg Michaels as he tours with HF Virtual Book Tours for The Secrets of Casanova, from October 13-24.

02_The Secrets of Casanova 

Publication Date: October 21, 2013 | Booktrope Editions | Formats: eBook Paperback; 334p

Genre: Historical Fiction

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2014 Nancy Pearl Award Winner for Fiction.

Loosely based on the life of Jacques Casanova, The Secrets of Casanova is a rich, lush novel of love, sex, family, ambition, intrigue, and adventure. Set in Paris of 1755, Casanova's luck is fading and his past is shoving up against his present with potentially disastrous consequences. What price must he pay to uncover a treasure of inestimable value? What hearts must he break along the way? Casanova's will and destiny collide again and again in this riveting historical fiction that brings to light a man of great passion and not a few secrets.

Praise for The Secrets of Casanova

“A Shakespearean actor with a flair for the dramatic and a superb ear for dialogue, Michaels's debut novel puts a brilliantly original spin on an historical figure whose very name is a clich√©. This Casanova must wrestle not only with falling hopelessly and passionately in love, but embarking on a mysterious quest that is as much a spiritual awakening as a swashbuckling adventure. The Secrets of Casanova is so erotic and so sensitively written, I found it difficult to believe its author was a man.” -Robin Maxwell, national best-selling author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

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This book was easy to consume and get caught up in. All the adventures and the settings that were described in this novel, made you believe in this fictional account of Casanova, the romantic hero. As Casanova, we already know that he spent his life capturing the eye of multiple women. His conquests were legendary. But life isn't always what it seems for this historical man.

The words of this book are similar to poetry and the author takes you on a fictional adventure through the times of Casanova. This book has class but also passion as well. It has adventure as well as love. It has complications as well as solutions. The language alone makes me rate this book at five stars but the story, the characters and the development of this adventure makes this book a MUST READ for me.

It is 1755. Jacques Casanova escaped from prison in Venice and finds himself in Paris with his valet, Petrine. As much as he loves Venice, filled with his favorite childhood memories, he knows he can’t return, so he seeks refuge from his brother, Francesco. His escape is not his only cause for concern, but he is also in debt and can barely afford to pay his valet, yet Petrine stays by his master. Is Petrine loyal or is there another reason why he stays put? This is just one of the many questions, the reader starts to ask.

Jacques meets several people through his brother who led him on an adventure throughout Europe for “a treasure of inestimable value”. This is where the adventure and mystery aspect of the novel comes in. As they set out to discover the treasure, by means of a finding clues and a treasure map, they meet with many misfortunes.

The cliche of the Casanova is that of a man that romances women and has passionate encounters at every turn. However, this book made Casanova so much more than that. Sometimes through out the book you find yourself wanting to despise Jacques Casanova but you just can't bring yourself to. He is too charming and his character is written in such a way, that you feel for him.

This was a beautiful telling of Casanova. The story was well told and I know that I will want to read this book again and again. That says so much because I hardly have time to read everything I want to read, let alone read a book a second time. 

About the Author

03_Greg MichaelsAfter receiving his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, a chance experience thrust Greg into a career as a professional actor and fight director. To date he's acted in over fifty theater productions, more than forty television shows, and choreographed dozens of swordfights for stage and screen. In THE SECRETS OF CASANOVA, Greg again proves his skill at telling a theatrical story. He lives with his wife, two sons, and Andy the hamster.

For more information please visit Greg Michaels's website. Like The Secrets of Casanova Facebook Page. Follow Greg Michaels on Twitter.

The Secrets of Casanova Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 13
Review at Bookish

Tuesday, October 14
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Review at With Her Nose Stick in a Book
Spotlight & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, October 15
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Obsession

Thursday, October 16
Review & Interview at Carpe Librum
Spotlight at Historical Tapestry

Friday, October 17
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Monday, October 20
Review at A Book Geek
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 21
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews
Spotlight & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, October 22
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review at Good Friends, Good Books and a Sleepy Conscience
Guest Post at Mina's Bookshelf

Thursday, October 23
Review at Beth's Book Reviews
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Friday, October 24
Review at Book Nerd
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

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