May you be in Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you’re dead!
Erin go Braugh
(More precisely in Gaelic "Éirinn go Brách".)
Normally, I don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but this year I've discovered that I might want to rethink that. You see, I'm Italian and far from being Irish. So why would I want to celebrate an Irish saint? Well, St. Pat was actually Italian. So there is reason for Italians to claim a piece of the history behind the day.
Born Maewyn Succat (anywhere from 385-390--accounts vary) in Scotland, the eventual St. Patrick's parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman. His father came from a family of high rank and was a Roman administrator sent to Britain to watch over the colonies at a time when Britain was part of the Roman Empire.
I read that during his teachings in Ireland, St. Patrick used a shamrock with three leaves on one stem, each leaf explaining the Blessed Trinity. Whether true or not, shamrock’s, leprechauns, a pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow, and Irish beer will always be a part of St. Patrick’s Day. This Italian will have to switch from drinking wine to lifting a bottle of beer in honor of the saint, who died in Ireland on March 17.
To learn more about the religious aspect of St. Patrick, you can go online and read his autobiographical confession, The Confessio of Saint Patrick. It was written between 440-450. Just Google the above title. (And yes, Confessio is correct.)
My latest book, CHARLOTTE AND THE GYPSY, continues the story of three psychic sisters separated at birth. In book one, CARINA AND THE NOBLEMAN, Carina was clairvoyant and helped her nobleman discover the truth behind his brother's death. Charlotte (Char, as she prefers) is clairaudient. She hears other people's thoughts, although she has yet to learn how to control her gift.
Writing this trilogy has been an interesting experience. I'd always had an interest in the psychic mind, but I knew little to nothing about the phenom. With each sister's particular gift, I had the opportunity to explore and have fun. With Char's ability, hearing other people's thoughts got her into trouble quite often. I also learned a great deal about the Gypsy culture, another area that has fascinated me since I began writing.
The last book in the trilogy will be CALLIE AND THE KNIGHT. Callie is clairsentient. At the end of this book, you'll learn where the sisters began life and the reason they had been whisked away in the dead of night just after their birth.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Paty for having me back and allowing me to share my stories.
Book two of the Sisters of Destiny trilogy
Charlotte Nikolos keenly feels the difference between the dark coloring of the Gypsies who raised her and her own pale hair and skin. When she learns she has two sisters somewhere who share her looks and psychic powers, she's determined to search for her lost family and find answers about her past. But how?
For three years, Rafael Cazares has been away from the Gypsy camp and the woman who makes his blood boil. He's determined to win back Char's trust and recapture her heart. He insists on helping her to find her true family, but someone or something is determined to keep them apart. When a deep dark secret is revealed, Rafael would do everything in his power to keep the only women he has ever loved out of harm’s way. Even if he must die.
Scene set-up: A long caravan of Gypsies are travelling into town. Rafael wants to talk to Char about their kiss at the river and smooth out her ire. First, he has to get rid of her brothers Rye and Ker who are flanking Char on horseback.
Rafael urged his horse ahead and caught up with the Nikolos siblings riding alongside Char. "Rye, a word with Char, if I may?"
Rye nodded and both he and Ker hung back. Char glanced nervously at her brothers. In her beautiful gold-flecked hazel eyes Rafael read her misgiving over his presence. Was she afraid he’d steal a kiss in front of the Gypsies? Although his lips begged to taste hers once more, he’d not shame her with her brothers looking on.
"Unless you have an apology, I’ve naught to say to you," she said.
Her stiff posture and taught features made clear her lingering unhappiness over his impulsive kiss. "I’ll not apologize for our mutual transgression."
"Mutual? I think not." Venom coated her tongue.
"Why did you run off?"
"Because you—" she broke off and retuned to the deserted road ahead.
"Could it be that you feared your desire for me?"
She glared at him. "I desired not the kiss but to be left alone to finish my bath."
He longed to kiss away that temperamental pucker on her lips.
"And do not speak of your rights," she added scathingly. "My lips belong to me, and I’ll share them with the man I truly desire."
"Then I shall make you desire me once we are wed."
"How dare you continue to taunt me with a wedding I refuse. You would deal better with a woman who will shower her affection upon you."
Rafael smiled slyly. What she had conveyed in that exquisite kiss was a desire most women wouldn’t deny.
What I liked: If you remembered how much I loved the first book in the trilogy, (Book One Review) then you know how much I loved the second one! Corti-Petska does it again, with the other sister, Charlotte. I always love the way Corti-Petska sets of the scene, characters, and dialogue. This second book of the trilogy swept me away to another place as did the first book in the series. This is a must read for all of you romance junkies! I found myself going back to read the first book again. A beautiful story of finding out who you are at the cost of harms ways and undeniable love. This author will always remain one of my favorites!
Denisse, The Pen and Muse Reviews
CHARLOTTE AND THE GYPSY is available in print and ebook at www.moongypsypress.com.
Also available at Amazon.com.
Please visit my website at wwww.jcortipetska.com to read the first chapter of all my books.