Every Wednesday, I put on my pimp clothes (zoot suits, feathered hats, platform shoes, and the like) and introduce you to something new and wonderful in the literary world. This week, I’m excited to shine a spotlight on If I Were Fire by Heloise West.
"I originally wrote this for the Dreamspinner Press short story anthology Kindness of Strangers, but the editors wanted more. I love Tuscany and Siena in particular, and it was easy to give the story more history and plot. I hope to return to this story in the future and pick up where they left off.
In 18th century Siena, Count Salvesto Masello has returned home to find the family villa and his father's estate deeply in debt. In order to save it, he sells off valuable family heirlooms, but he is running out of silverware. Somewhere in the villa, his deceased father has hidden the art treasures that will pay the debt--but Salvesto can't find them anywhere.
Amadeo Neruccio has been on the run from the vicious pimp, thief, and pawnbroker Guelfetto, whose toughs finally catch him and bring him to the cellar where Count Masello is selling off his silver. When the count learns what fate Guelfetto has in store for Amadeo, he intervenes and trades the last of his mother's dowry for the young man's freedom.
Salvesto had left home over ten years ago to live the life of adventure he craved and leave his broken heart behind. When he rescues young Amadeo, he does not expect to find love again--or the start of his next adventure.
Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of 10 years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.
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