5 July 2017

Historical Fiction Spotlight: The Competition: Da Vinci's Disciples - Book Two, by Donna Russo Morin

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon UK

Donna Russo Morin returns with a follow-up to Portrait of a Conspiracy, called “a page-turner unlike any historical novel, weaving passion, adventure, artistic rebirth, and consequences of ambition,” by C.W. Gortner. 

 In a studiolo behind a church, six women gather to perform an act that is, at once, restorative, powerful, and illegal. They paint. Under the tutelage of Leonardo da Vinci, these six show talent and drive equal to that of any man, but in Renaissance Florence they must hide their skills, or risk the scorn of the city. 

A commission to paint a fresco in Santo Spirito is announced and Florence’s countless artists each seek the fame and glory this lucrative job will provide. Viviana, a noblewoman freed from a terrible marriage and now free to pursue her artistic passions in secret, sees a potential life-altering opportunity for herself and her fellow female artists. 

The women first speak to Lorenzo de’ Medici himself, and finally, they submit a bid for the right to paint it. And they win. But the church will not stand for women painting, especially not in a house of worship. The city is not ready to consider women in positions of power, and in Florence, artists wield tremendous power. Even the women themselves are hesitant; the attention they will bring upon themselves will disrupt their families, and could put them in physical danger. 

All the while, Viviana grows closer to Sansone, her soldier lover, who is bringing her joy that she never knew with her deceased husband. And fellow-artist Isabetta has her own romantic life to distract her, sparked by Lorenzo himself. Power and passion collide in this sumptuous historical novel of shattering limitations, one brushstroke at a time.

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About the Author

Donna earned two degrees from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to writing, teaching writing, and reviewing for literary journals, Donna works as a model and actor; highlights of her work include two seasons on Showtime’s Brotherhood and an appearance in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Donna is the proud mother of two sons, one a future opera singer, the other a future chef. Donna's titles include The Courtier's Secret, The Secret of the Glass, To Serve a King, The King's Agent, Portrait of a Conspiracy, and The Competition. Donna enjoys meeting with book groups in person and via Skype chat. Visit her website at www.donnarussomorin.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 26 Interview at The Book Junkie Reads
Tuesday, June 27 Review at A Bookaholic Swede
Wednesday, June 28 Spotlight at Passages to the Past
Thursday, June 29 Spotlight at The Lit Bitch Spotlight at A Holland Reads
Friday, June 30 Review at The True Book Addict
Monday, July 3 Review at Pursuing Stacie
Wednesday, July 5 Guest Post at Books of All Kinds
Thursday, July 6 Spotlight at The Writing Desk
Saturday, July 8 Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views
Monday, July 10 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book
Tuesday, July 11 Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Friday, July 14 Interview at Dianne Ascroft's Blog
Monday, July 17 Review at Let Them Read Books
Tuesday, July 18 Guest Post at Bookfever
Thursday, July 20 Spotlight at What Is That Book About
Monday, July 24 Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Wednesday, July 26 Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews
Thursday, July 27 Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Friday, July 28 Review at Just One More Chapter


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a paperback copy of The Competition & a Key Pendant necklace! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on July 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to residents in the US only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. The Competition

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