Okay- first things first. The man that I posted yesterday, the man who is taped onto my storyboard as Luca from my upcoming book Of Blood and Bone…his name is Alexandre Verga. Thank you to everyone who responded! I so appreciate having a name now. I looked up Alexandre’s other pictures and in some of them, he looks like Luca and in some, he doesn’t look like him at all. But the important thing, is that in this picture, he’s Luca through and through. So. Freaking. Hot. Whew! I need a fan.
Second, if I can steal your attention away from the beautiful man in front of you (haha) then it’s time for the second Thursday Teaser for Of Blood and Bone. Woot!
This teaser is from Eva’s point of view. It is a dark night and she is speaking with Luca in his study. (Chessarae is his home, a large estate on the shore of Malta).
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“Can you start at the beginning?” I ask. He nods.
And so he tells me of life at Chessarae. Of being a child here, with a mother who was distant and detached and a father who was never home. Luca knows why now, because Nicolas was increasingly confined to the cave in the maze, more and more as his life progressed. But since the Minaldis do not speak of their curse, not even to each other, he didn’t understand as a boy. He felt abandoned and alone.
Luca Minaldi may be confident and powerful on the outside, but on the inside he is a broken little boy. And with each word that comes from his mouth, from his perfectly formed lips, I feel my heart constrict just a little more until it is difficult for me to speak, to ask him questions.
“When did you understand what was happening to you?” I ask. It’s hard to formulate sound around the lump that has swelled in my throat.
“I always knew,” he answers, quiet in this large room. He gets up and pours us each a glass of Scotch, moving fluidly. He takes a gulp of his and I grip my cold glass tightly.
“I always knew. My mother told me at a very young age that there was something wrong with me, that I was a monster like my father. My brothers and I had a nurse who stayed with us in our wing. If we showed signs of sleepwalking or something similar, she was instructed to tie our hands to our bed and not allow us to leave until it had passed. As time went on, it was clear that it only afflicted me. My brothers were normal.”
A tear slips from the corner of my eye now as I picture Luca as a boy, terrified and alone in the darkness of his room, tied to his enormous bed.
I can’t speak any more. The words won’t come. And another tear slips down my cheek. My eyes are hot and burning, so I close them.
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So, there you have it! I’ll be back next week with another teaser. I’ll have one a week until September 30, which is the release date. The week prior to that, I will release the entire first chapter. Woohoo! I hope you like it. You can mark Of Blood and Bone as to-read on Goodreads here.
Have a lovely Thursday!