February 15, 2014

Luca & Marcello Forelli


Hey there, hero girls! Joy here. It is great to be back after an extra long (and unintentional) blog hiatus. Not to be confused with a book hiatus, because that was definitely not the case. I tell ya what, ladies- hero hunting can be exhausting! But thankfully, not fruitless.Thanks for hanging in there with us while we’ve searched, and a special hug to all of you who have pressed our lovely little Nomination button and shared your hero hearts with Nancy & I. We are super excited about a whole new year of heroes- and we are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Yes, I just wrote that) excited about this feature! When Lisa Bergren’s Waterfall came up as a nomination, I had a total face-palm moment. See, I read the whole series 2 years ago, but it was before I knew Nancy or had discovered FHF. I loved every minute of every page, especially enjoying Gabi’s candid 21st century observation of the "handsome Italian hotness" that surrounds her.
Of course my response to Nancy’s info about the nomination (after said face-palm) was “Oh yeah. Definitely orange. You need to read it. It would be great to feature this one.” Nancy read the book, and totally agreed. And here we are.
There was just one problem, hero girls. “Problem?” you say. “But you agreed on the book!”
Ah, yes, but it’s not that simple. You see, Lisa’s series is a veritable hero buffet. And Waterfall introduces not one, but two orange-headed heroes. The more the merrier, right? Normally, yes. But this complicated things for Nancy and I. Because while our blog proudly ranks one hero each book, this time, we had 2 to choose from. And girls, we couldn’t agree on which hero to feature.
You see, I have been firmly Team Luca since I read the books 2 years ago. Nancy, however, took a shine to Marcello. You see our dilemma?
After a little debate (in which we both behaved in an extremely mature fashion, saying things like: “My guy’s better than your guy, nana nana boo-boo…”) I decided to take a page from the River Tribe handbook. After all, there’s more than enough love to go around for both heroes, right? So why not, (I asked Nancy) have a Fiction Hero Double Feature?

Nancy here, hero girls, and I know what you’re thinking. How did I NOT fall for the green-eyed hero? I did. I just fell for Marcello harder. And everything Joy said is true, except Joy was the only one being mature when we realized we each wanted to feature a different hero. I might have behaved a little… well… a little Lady Rossi hehe. (A very apt description, I must say- JD) So even though I will now have to question Joy’s hero taste from this book forward, (Just Kidding—mostly) I agreed to her solution.

Luca’s Excerpt from Waterfall



A knock sounded on my bedroom door as the sun was sinking lower in the sky. I turned from my chair at the window and wearily went to answer it.
Luca stood there, a crooked grin on his lips. “You’ve sat at your window far too long.”
I glanced back at it, wondering if he might have seen me there, then realizing he assumed it.
“Come,” he said, lifting his hand. “You can see the well from where I’ll take you. Let me teach you the dances of Toscana.”
I lifted my brows, knowing I had asked this of him, but now wondering at the wisdom of it.
“Come, come,” he said, flicking his fingers, sensing my hesitation. “I have found someplace private where we can practice.”
I studied him a moment and then agreed. It was far better to suffer embarrassment with him, someplace private, rather than in the middle of a ballroom floor. He cocked a grin and offered me his arm. “M’lady.”

From Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren released by David C. Cook
Excerpt used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

Marcello’s Excerpt:



(Hero girls, THIS is how close Joy and I are linked without knowing it. My excerpt for Marcello is from that same scene, and I didn’t know that till it was time to put our features together. Crazy!)

His hands left me, but then slid back in place, at my waist, but wrapping a bit more behind my back this time, as if a tiny bit more possessive.
My eyes fluttered open. And encountered Marcello.
I stopped, glancing at Luca, his profile aglow in the setting sun. He shrugged. “What m’lord asks, he receives.”
I looked up at Marcello and stared hard into his eyes. “And what the lord wishes is to dance with a sword-carrying girl with a penchant for running off?” I asked.
“Tonight that is my wish,” he said, his voice strangely husky, his eyes unwavering. He began to count off the dance again, and I, apparently devoid of will, followed it.

From Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren released by David C. Cook
Excerpt used with permission. All Rights Reserved.


Gallant Score :

Luca is definitely gallant. It helps that it’s a part of their culture, but gallantry is still a choice. Luca knows how to treat a lady, and he does so in a swoon-worthy way. Since Marcello has other responsibilities through much of this story (tsk, tsk!) it often falls to Luca to watch over Gabi. Her protection is his first priority, and despite his light-hearted, flirtatious manner, Luca is all business when the situation calls for it. I love the fact that Luca always has Marcello's back, and because of their friendship, he has Gabi's back as well. 
Marcello is a knight. I mean, he’s the guy in this picture for crying out loud. I was going to ignore Joy’s tsk tsk there but then decided not to because she started it! While Luca is doing a fine job taking care of Gabi, Marcello is doing a fine job of oh, I don’t know, keeping their entire land and castle safe. In the middle of a bitter feud with those guys who were trying to kill everyone and snatch Gabi at the beginning of the story. And if I may be so bold (why yes Nancy, you can) Marcello has it much harder than Luca to maintain gallantry because he’s betrothed to Lady Rossi and their arranged betrothal is vital to the survival of their castle and the people inside it. So Marcello has to be gallant and above board with his betrothed, and with Gabi, and God bless him finds a way to always be gallant toward them both even when his heart and allegiance is torn between them.



Wounded Score :


Luca doesn’t have any past wounds or baggage. But he definitely carries around the weight of rivalry, past and present. You have the neighboring castle, defended by the unscrupulous Paratores, and on a larger scale the pending Sienese/Florentine conflict. There are enemies on every side, and the battle lines are clearly drawn. Gabi quickly learns to be very careful which side she stands on.


It’s hard to be Marcello. For lots of reasons. He must maintain an attitude of strength and togetherness to be the leader that he is, but it’s taken a toll on him. One of the things I most admired about his character is not so much that he hid this from others, but that he managed it so well (ugh, I must grudgingly admit with Luca’s friendship) as to not let it adversely affect his decision making or have him feeling sorry for himself. Marcello has a staggering about of responsibilities. To his family, to his people, to his servants, and then Gabi and her quest get added to the list. As it is with all great men, there’s always a bruise of some sort on their spirit simply from the staggering burden of being who they must. So if Marcello isn’t quite as charming and occasionally flirty and carefree like Luca, it’s because he’s killing himself trying to ensure the future of everyone who looks to himincluding Gabi.

Softie Score :

Um, yes. Luca is a softie, or whatever the equivalent of ‘softie’ was 700 years ago. And he can afford to be. The weight of command sits pretty heavily on Marcello’s shoulders. His position of authority has trained him to be hard and unapproachable. Luca, on the other hand, tempers Marcello’s severity with levity. His willingness to teach Gabi how to dance properly is one example of his soft side, as is his compassion towards Gabi and care for her in a particular moment of despair. These earn him big points on the orange scale.

Marcello has a soft side, but not much of one. He really can’t afford to, but when it shows now and then, it’s so tender and romantic. (Ha! I just paused to see what Joy said about Luca and she pretty much summed up Marcello there too. So I’ll finish this category with… what Joy said. =) No wait. I HAVE to mention how much I loved the scenes of Marcello with his brother. They just rocked my hero-girl heart so much for a minute I was all like, Luca who? (I concede that I loved these scenes, too-Joy) 

Stupid Strike:

Nothing to report here. Luca does things right, telling Marcello what he needs to know, keeping him in the loop so Gabi will stay safe.
Nope. And not just because I don’t want hate mail from all the Team Marcello River Tribe folks. Not only does Marcello never do anything I’d consider worthy of a stupid strike, he keeps most everyone else from doing something stupid too. Even if he has to enforce his authority to do so. Gotta love a man who knows how to be in charge!


Swoon Score

Luca’s famous line: “Saints in heaven, I believe I’m in love,” about sums it up! You girls will have to forgive me the comparison, but I think Luca is a relative of Tangled’s Flynn Rider. I can totally see Luca breaking out “the smolder” to use on a poor, unsuspecting maiden. (If you’ve seen his picture, you will totally get where I’m coming from with that). I love Luca’s character because he’s the perfect balance of shameless flirt and deadly warrior. He knows how to fight (and kill) when he has to, yet still manages to look at life with a boyish charm that goes straight to this girl’s heart. Let’s throw in his loyalty and respect for Marcello, his leader. Then you have his willingness to give his own life for Marcello or Gabi’s safety. Toss in his respect for Gabi (and women as a whole), treating her as something special. And then, I’ve always had a weakness for blond guys- after all, I married one. :D All in all, I’d say Luca isn’t hurting at all in the swoon department.

This doesn’t mean that Luca wins because he got that extra head, people! (I'm pretty sure it does, actually. - Joy) It just means that in terms of total package, the swooning definitely goes to Luca. (See? Told ya so. -Joy) But Marcello was who Gabi (and me!) fell in love with. So there you go. He does have the whole (and I quote Gabi here) "serious hottie" and "Italian hotness" going for him but that’s not even most of his swoon score (which for girl as hung up as I am on all things Ancient Roman/Modern Italianis saying something.) What makes Marcello orange is he says, does, believes, and respects everything that made knights revered throughout the land and then history. So if you still haven’t made it to the orange-head-hero saturated pages of the River of Time series yet, get thee to book buying now and see what knight ends up with YOUR heart.



Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), God Gave Us Easter, a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She’s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014.
Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, and working on ducks with her husband, Tim (RMrustic.com). Tim’s a worship leader, graphic designer and duck-sculptor. They have three kids–Olivia (18), Emma (15) and Jack (10).
The Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Author Exclusive:


Lisa T. Bergren Interviews Gabi and Lia on Valentine’s Day

LTB: So, girls, what has you so down, this Valentine’s Day? You’re with the loves of your lives, right? In ITALY, no less. Why so mopey?

Gabi: (takes a deep sigh) Right. You’re so right. (Looks at Lia.) What is wrong with us?

Lia: Chalk it up to time warp lameness. We have 21st century expectations for our 14th century guys. They do a Saint Valentinus celebration later in the Spring, but there is a serious disconnect…

Gabi: What she’s trying to say is that there is a serious lack of chocolate in this equation. Or cards. Or flowers. Or romantic dinners for two.

Lia: But mostly it’s about the chocolate. I’d kill for a Hershey’s bar.

Gabi: Ooo, remember Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory?

Lia: (holds head) Or chocolate ice cream? Chocolate custard, from Culver’s?

Gabi: (moans) Or what about smores?

LTB: Gotcha. Living without chocolate is seriously sad. So…are you going to introduce any modern day traditions to your medieval men? Try and import some Swiss chocolate?

Lia: Nah. Mom and Dad have nixed that idea. Worried we’ll change history and all that.

LTB: Got it. It’s a real concern, right?

Gabi: Kinda. But a lack of chocolate is a real concern too, right?  Any woman would agree.

LTB: (smiles) So…what romantic thing have your guys done for you this week?

Lia: (glances at Gabi, then blushes a little) Well, Luca did bring me new paper and pens last week, from Siena. He says he wants me to sketch him a field of sunflowers, so we can dream of sunflowers together.

LTB: I love sunflowers.

Lia: Me too. And he knows that. (smiles and gazes out the window)

Gabi: And Marcello…sometimes it’s not just what he does for me, but what he does for the people I love, you know? He’s so thoughtful.  Yesterday, he ran through the gates, he was so excited to get to my folks and take them to see a new Etruscan ruin. Just because he knew how excited they’d be. He’s always so aware of me and everyone I love.

Lia: He’s aware of everyone, period. I don’t think he misses much. Because he cares.

Gabi: And Luca…he always has you smiling.

Lia: Always. (nods)

LTB: Sounds like a special guy. They both do.

Gabi: (smiles at Lia, then me) Yeah…

Lia: Yeah… (nodding)

LTB: So….would you trade them in for a lifetime supply of chocolate?

Gabi: Ooo, tempting. But no. No way.

Lia: (sighs) Me neither.

LTB: Happy Valentine’s Day.

Gabi: And to you too. Eat some chocolate for us, would you?

LTB: Of course!


Giveaways:
Those of you who have been with us a while know the drill. We are giving away one copy of Waterfall, Ebook or paperback, (winners choice) to a random commenter. Make sure you tell us you want entered in the book drawing, and leave your email address in a spam fighting format like: gottaloveLuca (at) forellisforever (dot) com ... Or:  musthaveMarcello (at) time travel me (dot) com ... Or: 2muchItalianhotness (at) RiverofTime (dot) com ... Got it? Good. 
IF you have already savored the delights of the River of Time series, we have a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card for one lucky commenter. Here's how to enter: Simply tell us if you are Team Luca or Team Marcello, and why. (And for die-hard Tribers, I haven't forgotten Lord Greco, but he isn't in Waterfall, so if you claim his team, you won't be entered.) 

And for the sake of fun- let's just say you were sucked through time to medieval Italy. On a scale of the Queen of England to Xena: Warrior Princess, how well would you cope with the change? 
It's easy peasy rice and cheesy- on your mark, get set.... GO! 



52 comments:

Jennie W said...

I am not normally a time travel fan (or even a historical fan....too much a historian for that....an MA in history really ruins most historical fiction), but you have me intrigued so please enter me in the book drawing. weber(dot)jennie(at)gmail(dot)com

I'm going with Team Luca, based on your review.

Being a historian, I'd love to go back in time and I think I'd do pretty good with the change since I've already spent so much time trying to get into their heads so I think I could manage the collectedness of English royalty.

Joy W. Doering said...

Hey Jennie! I bet a MA in history would make it really hard to read fiction. This series is really fun to read. :) Welcome to a Team Luca! We will definitely put your name in the book drawing.

Lisa Tawn Bergren said...

What a fun, fun post! Thanks so much for coming out so strong for my heroes! It will help fuel the fires as I work on DELUGE...

Marissa said...

I'd like to be entered in the book drawing!! I probably wouldn't handle it too well...I'd probably think I'd gone crazy!

marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

Kate S (4readin) said...

What a fun and unique post! I so enjoyed reading it.

Hmmm...I don't know. That's so hard. I hope I would do well with the whole complete change/different time period thing, but I don't know.

Thanks so much for he review and giveaway! It is great!


ks4readin (at) yahoo (dot) com

Gretchen E.K. Engel said...

Team Luca. I haven't read the stories but a picture is worth a thousand words. Chisled stubbly hotness wins over the long curls.
That said, in real life I'm all about tall, dark, and handsome (Exhibit A - my hubby).
engel (dot) gretchen at gmail (dot) com

Joy W. Doering said...

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing these great heroes with us! Looking forward to DELUGE, for sure!

Holly said...

I'm going with team Luca, in terms of personality, I love both of them, but I didn't remember Luca having green eyes, and I love green eyes. I think it would be fun to go back in time, but some of my modern comforts I definitely wouldn't want to give up, particularly girly supplies. What they had back then just doesn't cut it for this modern girl.

oceandreamerfla(at)gmail(dot)com

Abbi Hart said...

So excited that you did these two!!! The River of Time Series are some of my absolute favorite books! I love them all but I am a staunch Team Luca! I'm come on, drop dead gorgeous, great sense of humor, ability to fight well and bravely, and oh so much more!! Yeah I am a die-hard Team Luca!
Two of my sisters also love this series and so we each picked a guy and it worked out perfectly! Team Luca for me, Team Marcello for my younger sister, and Team Greco for my older sister!

Martha A. said...

Oh man!!! You make me want to finish this series now! I struggled with the time travel aspect of it, because I am weird like that! I was for sure a Team Marcello! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Joy W. Doering said...

Marissa, you got it! Anyone who follows me on Pinterest knows I'm a little obsessed with medieval stuff- (I've been told I was born in the wrong era). I've researched the time period quite a bit, and while I'd like to think I would be okay, in truth I know I would miss the modern comforts. Plus, I don't speak Italian. Lol

Joy W. Doering said...

Hey thanks, Kate. Nancy and I had fun writing it. Nothing stirs up the blood like defending something (or someone) you're passionate about. :)

Bookishqueen said...

I am so team Luca. He is funny and sweet. He can take a joke as well. I have always like funny guys better. Just like Lia!

lotsofbooks1(at)live(dot)com

Joy W. Doering said...

Welcome to the BEST team, Gretchen. :) Always great to see you here! I think tall, dark, and handsome is by far the more popular choice.

Joy W. Doering said...

I hear ya, Holly. I think the lack of general hygiene would do me in, as well. Thanks for the comment! You're entered in the gift card drawing with TEAM LUCA.

Britney Adams said...

I haven't read this series and would love to be added to the book drawing, please. After reading the post, I can't wait for these heroes to capture my heart!

texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

Kate said...

I am without a doubt Team Luca! Although I do love Marcello quite a bit (and yes, he IS swoon worthy) there is just something special about Luca's personality and demeanor that just grabs me. He had me laughing throughout the entire series with his charm and wit.

Joy W. Doering said...

Lol- sounds like you guys know how to work a situation to the best for everyone, Abbi! :) So glad you commented- and this girl needs no convincing. Team Luca all the way! We'll get you entered in the gift card drawing!

Joy W. Doering said...

*gasp* Martha! Traitor! Lol- you should finish the series. I was the same way with the time traveling aspect, but I kept reading and enjoyed the story for the story's sake. :)

Salyna xD said...

OOOOO....! I LOVE THIS! This is my all time favorite series and I am so excited for the next book, Deluge, to come out as well! SO, let me get it out there that I am 100% TEAM MARCELLO! From the very beginning he had my heart in his hands! Don't get me wrong, Luca is definitely a cutie, but I think I like the more "mature" men. Humor is fun, and you definitely need it, but I loved how responsible and caring Marcello was all the time, that he could put aside the jokes and have a serious conversation. Plus, I do love Brunettes!

My older sister introduced me to the series, and she is a die hard LUCA fan. Don't get me started on how many debates we have been in over who is better! A couple years ago I introduce the series to a group of friends, and a few of them used it for an English project/presentation they had. Like many people, Luca was the one who stole their hearts. But hey, that's fine, more Marcello for Gabi and me right??? Lol

If I win, I would like a paperback of Waterfall! Thank you so much for the giveaway!
purplefreak13(at)live(dot)com

:) Salyna

Joy W. Doering said...

Yay Team Luca! Thanks for the comment & we'll enter you in the gift card drawing.

Joy W. Doering said...

You got it, Britney! Thanks for being here with us!

Joy W. Doering said...

Yes, Kate, I agree. Marcello has great qualities, but Luca captured me from the beginning, too. You're entered in the gift card drawing. :)

Joy W. Doering said...

Hey Salyna! I was hoping we'd see you here. Nancy and I were just looking at your Male River of Time casting choices a few days ago. I quite agree with you selection of Henry Cavill. :) Glad to see some Marcello love here, too! We'll enter you in the book drawing, and thanks for the comment. :)

Keri-Elizabeth Walker said...

I would love to be entered into the drawing for the book! I love Lisa Tawn Bergren! I am a huge fan of The Homeward Trilogy that she wrote. I've had this series on my to read list for awhile now. My email address is keletitbe14(at)gmail(dot)com.

Joy W. Doering said...

You got it, Keri! Since you already love Lisa, I know you'll fall in love with this series and it's heroes, too. :)

alyjoy_249 said...

Team Luca! I appreciate Marcello's love, but he is a little to mushy gushy for my taste.

Anonymous said...

I would love to take part of the book drawing!!! I am definitely Team Luca!!!! I love his sarcasms and his personality depicted in the series. It would have been amazing to meet the whole cast in real life. :) and if I stuck through the medieval Italy, I would have to learn the culture of the during the medieval times (such as the languages, dance moves, etiquette, etc). (email: miriamnunez(at)yahoo(dot)com )

Joy W. Doering said...

Hey there alyjoy! Thanks for jumping in with Team Luca- and we'll add you to the drawing for the gift card!

Joy W. Doering said...

Miriam- you're entered in the book drawing. Thanks for commenting! There would definitely be some major adjustments needed- part of the fun of the book is watching Gabi adjust. :)

Angi said...

Oh my goodness! A double-header! You guys don't make this easy for a girl, ya know. I haven't read the series, and I've been a little hesitant about time travel books, but I have to admit this sounds intriguing . With that said, and after reading the profiles for both guys, I think I'm leaning more towards...Team Luca. (Don't hate me, Nancy, PLEEEEEEEZE!) It would definitely be an adventure to travel back in time, though I wonder just how tough I could be if it came right down to it. LOL! Please put my name in the hat for a hard copy. Thank you!

bookwarp(at)gmail(dot)com

Joy W. Doering said...

Angi, well chosen, my friend. I promise never to kill you in my Facebook fantasy story ever again. ;) I'll make sure you get entered in the book drawing. Appreciate your comments, as always!

Lindsey V. said...

I have read the whole series and am eagerly anticipating the release of DELUGE. Such a great series! I think it would be fun to read of Gabi and Lia taking Marcello and Luca to the 21st century on a little field trip – perhaps introduce them to the Hershey bars and custard that were brought up in the interview. :-)

To answer your question, although I adore Luca, I am firmly Team Marcello. I love how devoted he is to Gabi and his people.

Since I have the books in print and ebook, I'd love to be entered into the $10 Amazon gift card giveaway you offered as an alternative. Thank you for the opportunity!

Lindsey8907 [at] yahoo [dot] com

By the way, when is the giveaway over?

Jenny and Travis said...

Such a tough choice, but I have to go with Luca. I have all your books already as well. And I'm afraid I wouldn't fair nearly as well as Gabbi and Lia in medieval times. Great review! jcholloway(at)gmail(dot)com

Melanie Backus said...

I would love to be added to the book drawing, please. These two, strong, gorgeous males are too hard to choose from. They both have great qualities and their eyes, oh me! The review was super!

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Joy W. Doering said...

Hey Lindsey! Thanks for visiting us here! The giveaway drawing will be on the 28th of February. We'll post the winners here, so check back. Team Marcello gets you entered in the gift card drawing. :)

Joy W. Doering said...

Thanks for the feedback Jenny! Glad you enjoyed the review. It was really fun to write! Team Luca gets you entered in the gift card drawing. :)

Joy W. Doering said...

You got it, Melanie. :) And I totally get not being able to choose a team. :) Thas for dropping in.

Nicole L. said...

That was awesome! I would also like to be added to the book drawing! I love, and I mean love Luca!!!! What a man! I'm team Luca for sure! I even made a keep calm poster for him! You can find it if you just google his name! Anyway thanx!

bfms4(at)shaw(dot)ca

Lindsey V. said...

Thank you! I'll keep my fingers crossed for luck. :-)

I hope you have a great week ahead.

Laura W said...

I would love to be entered in the drawing. My girls and I all love these books! I'm pretty sure that if I was dropped into the Middle Ages I wouldn't handle it very well. Flush toilets have become a necessity, not a luxury!

Team Marcello, all the way. Because . . . just because he's awesome!

wildermanfamily(at)pacbell(net)net

Joy W. Doering said...

Hiya Nicole! The more the merrier! Team Luca welcomes you ;) We'll toss your name in the book drawing hat. :)

Joy W. Doering said...

Laura, glad to hear that River of Time is a family thing for you! :) Team Marcello is growing! :) You're in for the gift card.

Salyna xD said...

Thank you Joy! And also thank you for dropping by my blog! That really means a lot! Stop by anytime and don't be shy to comment! I love getting some feedback!

Nancy Kimball said...

Okay first off. thank you TEAM MARCELLO for stepping up. Oh and Joy, majority does not a supremacy make, my friend!!! haha. *HUGS* to you and all the hero girls, even Team Luca (hey, I get it, I do. It's the charm, the green eyes, I hear ya, ladies). I missed most of the fun the past few days but because I was:

Absolutely devouring a book I got my hand's on early and who I am going to move heaven and earth to be able to feature when the novel is available. Can't wait!!!

Working hard on another book with an orange head hero I hope to be able to tell you all about soon. *cough* VERY SOON. =)

YAY for great heroes!!! YAY for the next River of Time book being in sight!!!

Rebekah said...

Wow, I smiled throughout this entire post! I've been a huge River of Time fan for a very long time now. I'd have to say that my vote is in for Marcello. But as my sister commented earlier, I got Greco in the divvying up (which I was very excited about :) )
As far as handling medieval Italy, I've actually thought in depth about this earlier and I'd have a difficult time. The main issues I'd have would be lack of Tylenol and the lack of used bathwater. Hard work, heavy clothes, and no deodorant do not mix well. But given the right incentive (hint hint) I'd be willing to deal with it. Plus...Italy!!!!!
my email is bekaboobear(at)gmail(dot)com
Thanks for the giveaway and for the GREAT post!

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I read Waterfall a couple of years ago, but I have yet to get my hands on Cascade, so I'd love to win the gift card so I can remedy that! While I did like Marcello, being able to relate to him as the oldest and all, it was Luca and Lia that I wanted to see more of! Perhaps call me Team Luca for now, though I really love both ... ;)

I love the medieval time period, but more in the medieval style fantasy worlds ... I think I'd miss our technology, unless it was Narnia!

Jafuchi7(at)hawaii(dot)edu

Joy W. Doering said...

Hey Rebekah! Thanks for chiming in. Glad you sisters sorted Teams out early. :) Team Marcello gets you entered in the gift card drawing. :)

Joy W. Doering said...

Team Luca it is! We'll add you name to the hat for the gift card. Thanks for the comment!

Nancy Kimball said...

Well slap my wrist, I am a day late!!! So sorry, Hero Girls but we have WINNERS! =)

Winner of Waterfall (Marcello's Book--and Luca's, I guess, LOL) is Bookishqueen

Winner of the $10 Amazon or B&N Gift card is Salyna xD

Thank you hero girls! Our newest orange head hero is up, so go check him out. =)

Joy W. Doering said...

Woohoo! Congratulations ladies! And way to represent, Team Luca. I'm so proud of ya'll. :)

Jennie W said...

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