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The Rose and the Mask

The Rose and the Mask is the ode to Beauty and the Beast, pretty dresses and sarcasm I’ve always wanted to write.

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Here’s the blurb:

Faustina is a beauty and a thief, not necessarily in that order. She doesn’t believe in magic, just luck, and hers has run out. The last thing she needs is to get roped into a ridiculous revenge plot by her brother—especially when that brother is Giacomo Casanova, Venice’s most notorious libertine.

Benedetto Bellini has never been particularly lucky. The fact that he’s under a beastly curse proves that. Now he’s got a second problem, one that’s washed up on his island in its undergarments and attempted to steal his silverware. He finds Faustina intriguing and infuriating in equal measure. And, thanks to the curse, he’s stuck with her.

Faustina doesn’t know what to make of the sweet, shy and deeply irritating man holding her captive. Does he have something sinister in mind, or is he just trying to keep her safe? And why won’t he take off his mask?

For more – including an extract – you can visit the book’s website.

Here are a few posts about how and why I wrote it:

I’m writing a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in Venice!

I finished a draft!

Two previous covers because I am decisively indecisive

Some Beauty and the Beast retellings NOT written by me