My favorite time period and setting is Medieval Italy. I have a vested interest in all things Italian. I was born to Italian parents and raised in a culture that retained many of its Old World customs, even here in the United States. Why haven't historical romances set in Italy become popular yet? After all, Italy has always been considered a destination for romantic journies. Sadly, to the professionals in the publishing business, they believe that "no one wants to read romances set in Medieval Italy." You can't imagine how many times I've been told that to my face when I've had editor and agent appointments.
Yet I did not give up. I have paid my dues yearly in this business, have been frustrated beyond belief, but I am pleased to say my Italian Medieval romances are getting some notice...finally. Best of all, I have heard from readers that they are thrilled to read "something different."
I started out writing historical western romances over 20 years ago. I love and live in the American West. But I wasn't completely satisfied as a writer after having written a dozen westerns. I was frightened to go out of my comfort zone, but in the mid-1990s--when I became serious about getting published--ideas for medieval Italian romances started filling my head. After a while, I couldn't ignore the voices of the characters that begged me to tell their stories. Four years later, I sold my first Medieval Italain romance to Kensington for their Precious Gem line. Don't get me wrong; these books are still a difficult sell. I've developed a thick skin over the years...and a strong backbone. The difference between twenty years ago and today is, rejections are easier to take.
To other writers reading this, I encourage you to persue your goals and believe in yourself and your writing. Don't give up what you love to write. And to the readers, explore. There is an abundance of romances set in locales all over the world that are waiting for you.
I presently have three books available. All three are ebooks. Two are in print. To read the first chapters of these books, please go to my website at www.jcortipetska.com.
Thank you You Gotta Read for allowing me to be a guest blogger today. I will leave everyone with the covers and a blurbs from my books.
The first two are set in Medieval Italy.
CARINA AND THE NOBLEMAN
Book One from the Sisters of Destiny Trilogy
Forced to the streets after her mother dies, Carina Gallo is desperate to survive and find her long lost sisters.
Consumed with locating his missing brother, Count Luciano Ruggero has forsaken his needs.
When Luciano catches beautiful and vulnerable Carina stealing from him, he takes pity and cares for her until she's strong enough to work off her crime. Carina is forever grateful to Luciano, yet fears he will learn of her wicked secret and condemn her to burn.
Will Luciano and Carina find a way to feed the mutual passions they share, or will heresy and obsession with lost family destroy them both?
A Short Story ebook from
Baron Romano DiSanto returns home after his sire's death to straighten affairs. He never intends to stay...until a woman wheedles her way into his castle, pretending to be his maidservant. Soon he is torn between returning to his life as a warrior or giving in to an emotion he has never before experienced.
After her father's death, Mariella Rizzoli is alone and desperate to ensure the family keep remains hers. Past marriageable age, she intends to live out her life in seclusion in the only home she's ever known. But the DiSanto family claims the keep, and the mystery surrounding it drives Mariella to seek employment with the new baron knight, hoping he will sign it over for eternity. Her plan goes awry when Romano discovers her reason for being in his castle. When he bids her to seduce him for the keep, she will do whatever it takes to retain her home. But can she seduce the handsome knight without losing her heart to him?
The following is set in the American West.
Available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon
Back cover blurb:
She traveled West to marry the man she loves...instead she found the man of her dreams.
In 1873, New York City heiress Courtney Danning shuns privilege and position to follow her heart to the fledgling community of Santa Fe. Widowed the same day she's wed, Courtney soon discovers her husband wasn't the only man awaiting her arrival. The stranger's indifference makes New Mexico's summer even hotter, but what she keeps hidden might be the key to the life she's always dreamed about.
He was hired to guard her...but forgot to guard his heart.
Ex-gunfighter Beau Hamilton's past and present are shrouded in mystery. From the moment Leif Danning hires him to watch over his pampered daughter, Beau fights his attraction. To win her love, he must find the courage to expose all, knowing the truth might become his worst nightmare.
A range war threatens...
Struggling against their unbidden love, Beau and Courtney must protect themselves from everything trying to tear them apart. When the woman he's sworn to protect finds herself in the middle of a range war, will he send her back East and lose her forever, or will he do whatever it takes to defend her...even if it costs him his life?
Jannine Corti Petska
Assapora la passione (Feel the Passion)
CARINA AND THE NOBLEMAN, Available at www.eternalpress.ca
KNIGHT'S DESIRE, Available at http://www.thedarkcastlelords.
Book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?
REBEL HEART, 2007 Aspen Gold Finalist