Tomorrow I’ll welcome repeat guest blogger Donna Russo Morin back to the blog. Donna’s blogging about what inspires her and is giving away a copy of her latest historical romance, THE SECRET OF THE GLASS.
About THE SECRET OF THE GLASS:
At the dawn of the 17th Century, Murano glass-makers are celebrated, revered, and imprisoned by the Venetian government. Sophia Fiolario, the daughter of a glass making maestro, has no desire for marriage, finding her serenity in the love of her family and the beauty of the glass. She learns of its secrets at her father’s side, where a woman has no right to be. But the life Sophia loves is threatened and she’s thrust into the opulent world of the Venice court, becoming embroiled in the scheming machinations of the courtiers’ lives. The beauty of Venice, the magnificence of the Doge’s Palace, can only be rivaled by the intrigue and danger that festers behind their splendid facades. As she searches for an escape, she finds the arms of another, a man whose own desperate situation is yet another obstacle in their path.
Amidst political and religious intrigue, the scientific furor ignited by Galileo, and even murder, Sophia must do anything to protect herself, her family…and the secret of the glass.
Donna Russo Morin began writing in elementary school, when talking animals and numbers who were in love, filled her imagination. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she obtained two degrees.
Her short fiction has appeared in critically acclaimed anthologies and she has published more than twenty-five non-fiction articles and more than sixty book reviews in newspapers and magazines nationwide. Since she was seventeen, Donna has also worked as a model and actress and has appeared in everything from an automobile supply commercial where she changed her own oil, to Martin Scorsese’s film, The Departed.
For most of her life, her writing took a back seat to her responsibilities, and Donna would fit it in between working a day job and caring for a home and her two children. In 2004, after being diagnosed with chronic Lyme Disease and losing her father to cancer, she asked herself…if not now, when?
Donna’s first historical novel, The Courtier’s Secret was released in February of 2009, when she was fifty years old. Her second book, The Secret of the Glass, goes on sale next week, and she is currently hard at work on her third novel. Her goal is a book a year until she turns 70, when she’ll cut back to one book every two years.
Donna lives close to the south coast of Rhode Island with her two sons, Devon and Dylan, her greatest works in progress. You can visit her website at www.donnarussomorin.com.