Everyone has known a person that can’t seem to help themselves and is always out spending, despite never having the means to support their expensive habits and hobbies. Imagine if that person happened to be your brother, a brother you had known nothing about for the first fifteen years of your life. As an orphan, you’d concocted a great story about your parents but your brother makes all of that disappear. His price for keeping your secret? The price is always at an incline, for if he could simply blackmail you, what more could he need?
Lucianna couldn’t help but imagine what her life could have been like if she knew her parents. Especially because she knew that life in the convent wasn’t the most exciting thing. When circumstances change and she finds love, she realizes that despite having the life she wants dangling right in front of her, she simply cannot risk her brother’s interference with the people she loves. A hard choice, but one she perceives to be made out of necessity, Lucianna decides she cannot marry her heart’s desire, Sir Balduin. Sir Balduin, in the dark, cannot fathom why his angel would suddenly pull so strongly from him. Could Sir Balduin be the one who shows Lucianna that with love anything is possible?
Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).
When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.
Did you know that Lucianna (the heroine of “Loving Lucianna”) has her very own Pinterest board? http://www.pinterest.com/jdipastena/loving-lucianna/
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