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About "Secrets"

Paris of 1755 is bloated with opportunity, and that's the way an unredeemed adventurer with an ever surging appetite for pleasure needs it. Times, men, and gods are changing; and Jacques Casanova's luck is fading.

Casanova.  His name evokes unscrupulous, sex-obsessed bad-boys, not unlike the one above in Jean-Honoré Fragonard's famous painting, The Bolt, quickly latching the door to avoid being caught in an amorous tryst. (CLICK to see bigger image.)

Jacques and his lover find themselves thrust to the center of a beguiling mystery. Attempting to unravel the Nautilus Secret, they scour the Vatican's forbidden books, the catacombs of Jerusalem, and Lisbon's Christianized synagogues. At every turn the lovers are threatened by Muslim renegadoes, the Church of Rome, and nameless assassins. It's clear that the treasure they seek is monumental.

What the lovers experience will forever change Jacques' mind, heart, and soul.

A short passage from the
book...

"...I make sure that my masculinity is covered by soap bubbles or a cloth so as not to cause undue consternation on Gabriella's part. It's true, I wanted love's reward from her, but more importantly, I wanted her love. Without love, this seduction business is a vile thing." (READ MORE...)

He intrigued me. . .

Did you know Casanova was a minor celebrity in the 18th Century? However, not for the reason you probably think! He obtained notoriety for his unique accomplishment (more on that below).

For most of us, Casanova's name is synonymous with seduction. His legendary reputation gave my imagination a starting point; soon the man himself inspired me.

Casanova was a mathematician, a musician, a gambler, an author, a duelist, a spy, a charlatan, and an entrepreneur. He trained in the priesthood, had a degree in law, and managed to mix with the well bred, as well as the lowborn. The man was passionately inquisitive.

Casanova's dying words also intrigued me: "I have lived as a philosopher and die as a Christian." Did he mean what he said?

I was attracted by the time period—the Enlightenment. A time when budding science was asking extraordinary questions. A time of excess, reason, and when science challenged ideas set in tradition and faith. Finally, Casanova's character (or lack of it, on occasion) excited me and compelled me to write The Secrets of Casanova.

With my pen, I've sent this brilliant adventurer on an epic journey, hoping to bottle a bit of his contradictions and spirit.

Oh, I almost forgot. What unique accomplishment made Casanova an 18th Century celebrity throughout the courts of Europe? It was his fascinating escape from an inescapable prison.

Quite a guy, this Casanova!

 
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