Would he show you the lovely St. Marks and tell you how he walked out the front door of the Doge’s Palace after being imprisoned for eighteen months? Would he take you to a restaurant that was there when he was a young man and still serves wonderful food? When darkness fell across the dark stones, might he show you a tiny quiet corner where you and he could be alone to…. All of these pleasures happen to ER doc Lizzy Hillman in Conjuring Casanova. Wouldn’t you love to share her adventure?
What if Giacomo Casanova sat across the table from you separated only by candlelight? What if he hung on your every word and told you endless tales of adventures in his eighteenth-century world? Could you resist, even if you knew fidelity was not in his vocabulary? In Conjuring Casanova, Dr. Lizzy Hillman faces exactly that dilemma.
When you choose a book, you look at the endorsements, right? Well I have a doozy for the back of my cover.
“Casanova got a bad rep for about three centuries. He was confused with Don Juan, he was censored until 1960, he was dismissed as a writer, and he was lumped together with famous misogynists. After the true text of the “Story of my Life” appeared in 1960, his admirers hastened to rescue the famous 18th century lover and illuminist from ignorance and neglect. Melissa Rea has brought him to life in our time. He was hard to resist in his lifetime and as this novel makes it clear he’s just as seductive now”
Andrei Codrescu, author of “Casanova in Bohemia”
I have been making up stories and turning them into books for a while now. For one particularly saucy bit, I needed detailed information on women’s underwear in the eighteenth century.
Working the Google algorithm, I found: “For the details of eighteenth century life, the memoir of Giacomo Casanova cannot be beaten.” I ordered the first of six volumes. You can guess what happened. Just like Lizzy Hillman, the heroine of Conjuring Casanova, I was hooked.
I will share more with you about this journey in my blog.