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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.

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. . .

The infamous Casanova; do you know his dying words? Research has revealed that he whispered, “I have lived as a philosopher and die as a Christian.”

His unusual statement, and my own spiritual doubts, planted a seed of curiosity in me. I was intrigued, and my quest began.

Who was Casanova? Who was that libertine who slept with anything that snored? Who was that commoner who traded barbs with kings, philosophers, and prostitutes? Who schemed incessantly for “the main chance,” yet refused a startling opportunity that might have changed his fortune, heart, and soul?

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.)

Casanova’s character—or the lack of it, on occasion—excited me, and then compelled me to write. I sent this passionate adventurer on an epic journey, hoping to bottle a bit of his spirit and paradoxical legend. THE SECRETS OF CASANOVA is a lush novel of love, lust, family, ambition, intrigue, and adventure.

Jacques Casanova (1725-1798) was a Venetian mathematician, musician, gambler, author, duelist, spy, charlatan, and entrepreneur. He trained in the priesthood, had a degree in law, and managed to mix with the well bred, as well as the lowborn. Casanova was a minor celebrity in the eighteenth century, but probably not for the reason you think! His notoriety was built on an extraordinary exploit—his astounding escape from an inescapable prison.

Enthralling, this rogue!

 
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