Follow the fortunes of the Domenico Family as each of the siblings overcomes the obstacles Fate throws in the paths of life
A LOVE LIKE NO OTHER
Released December 2011
Muse It Up Publishing
Book One of the Domenico Family Case Files is the story of Guiliana Domenico, a petite, red headed, thirty-year old divorcee with a volatile temper, who is between jobs. At a party one Friday night, she meets a mysterious stranger who tells her to expect a call for an interview. She receives the call and agrees to an interview at a new international agency in Washington D. C. The director, Giacomo Leoni, offers her a position but only on a trial basis—which antagonizes her. Dr. Leoni, a handsome bachelor, is the only son of a Venetian Duke and an American mother. As the months pass, Guiliana discovers her physical attraction to him growing, despite her distrust of men . . . especially, Italian men. Although it’s difficult, she maintains her cool demeanor causing Jake to believe she has no interest in him—which pricks his male ego. The growing sexual tension between them carries over into their professional relationship, and strains Guiliana’s self-control. After two very stressful incidents, Guiliana again encounters the mysterious messenger and realizes the two of them share an intense mutual awareness. As Christmas approaches, she admits she’s in love with two different men: one she doesn’t completely trust; and the other who isn’t as he appears. Only on Christmas Eve does Guiliana accept her destiny.
ONCE A SOLDIER
Released April 2012
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Author's net sales will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project
Book Two of the Domenico Family Case Files is the story of LTC Marco Domenico, a thirty-nine year old Delta Force operative, who suffers severe injuries when the helicopter in which he is a passenger crashes during a secret mission. Marco’s injuries may prevent his ever walking again. His sister, Guiliana Leoni, is unable to leave Italy in time for his arrival at Walter Reed. She calls her former college roommate, Ay’ana Levy. Ay’ana agrees to wait for Marco at the medical center despite her belief her presence won’t provide much support. Marco and Ay’ana have never gotten along. As time progresses, Marco faces obstacles in his efforts to walk again--ones which also challenge his view of himself as a man. He realizes no matter how mobile he becomes, his Army career has changed, and he must accept those changes and make plans for the future. His progress to overcome his physical injuries and regain his confidence as warrior is remarkable, but the situation with Ay’ana Levy has now degenerated to the level of internecine warfare. At the urging of his physical therapist, Marco makes an effort to meet Ay’ana halfway. Whether the future holds any potential for them to reconcile their differences and become friends remains an open question.
ALL THE DAYS OF FOREVER
Released June 2012
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Book Three of the Domenico Family Case Files, set in Jacksonville, is Cecelia Domenico’s story. She and Brian Tonelli have a storybook marriage, two precious daughters, and a rich full life. However, fate weaves a new destiny for Celia when Brian, the offensive coordinator for Jacksonville’s NFL football team, suffers an aneurism and dies. He left his family financially secure, but Celia needs to get out of the house—both for her own sake and for her oldest daughter to become accustomed to a normal routine. Her long time friend and former employer, Steven Brancusi, has always loved her. He wants her back in the firm and the chance to win her love. Celia agrees to return and perform a compliance audit at Sabrelight Industries, a fiber optic cable manufacturing company owned by Lucien Surette. Luc takes one look at Celia and covets her for his own. Both men are handsome, successful, sophisticated business executives, but diametric opposites in personality and physical appearance. Steven is a warm caring man who shares her Italian heritage; and Luc is a sophisticated French Canadian who cultivates a bad boy appearance and remote demeanor. The children’s caregiver, Elle Laurenz, and Celia’s sister, Guiliana Leoni, both encourage Celia to explore the possibilities for a new life—a sentiment with which she agrees in theory, but is not ready to accept in practice. Celia has never been interested in abstract causes or ideology. Her husband and family have always been the focus of her life. Now, the thought of dating other men makes her feel she is being unfaithful to Brian. While Celia realizes this belief is illogical, it is only part of the problem. She admits she doesn’t know how to date and be a mother at the same time. Steven agrees to give her the time she requests. In the meantime, she engages Luc’s interest . . . and the animosity of his current lover, Aileen, who is also his executive assistant. Aileen is a jealous, possessive, self-absorbed woman who misses no opportunity to warn Celia away from Luc. When a suspicious fire traps Celia in her office, Luc races into the building to rescue her, and Celia, Steven, and Luc realize what all the days of forever hold for each of them.
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