Waking Isabella is resonating with readers! All this month it is on a book tour around the world AND there is a chance to win a copy. At this writing, almost 1700 people have entered the contest! There are still 3 weeks to go! Over the past couple of weeks, as the book is being discovered and … [Read more...] about A reader asks: How did you become a published author? Was it a childhood dream or something you embraced later?
A delightful story of self-discovery that will leave you dreaming too! (Posted by cmakin17 on February 28, 2018 - Amazon.com) This is a wonderful novel that will transport you into the life of a young artist, Sophia, trying to find her place in the world. It is a delightful tale of love, loss, … [Read more...] about Amazon Reader Review of Dreaming Sophia – this just in!
Recently I was asked if readers can find a part of me in the characters, Nora, Isabella, and Margherita – the three female protagonists in my new novel “Waking Isabella.” Curious to know the response? Yes of course! I think all writers put a bit of themselves in their characters. At the beginning … [Read more...] about A reader asks: Can we find parts of the author in the main female characters of “Waking Isabella?”
All this month “Waking Isabella” is on tour around the world with Laura Fabiani's Italy Book Tours and there is a chance to win one of three copies in a raffle GiveAway, along with a $10 Amazon Gift Card. You can find a schedule of all the bloggers who are featuring “Waking Isabella” by following … [Read more...] about Waking Isabella is on a world-wide book tour: Join in and win a copy!
Earlier this week I had an email from Sheri Hoyte telling me she had reviewed “Waking Isabella” for Reader Views. With great excitement, I clicked on the link to take me to the website to read her comments about my newly published novel set in Arezzo Italy. Writing a novel is a very personal … [Read more...] about Waking Isabella reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4bH6gZDKo8 Ciao a tutti! I just published “Waking Isbella” my new novel that takes place in Arezzo, Italy in Tuscany. I’m very excited and pleased to share the new book with you. To explain the plot line in a visual way, I have put together this short video … [Read more...] about Waking Isabella Book Trailer Video
It is here! My newly published novel set in Arezzo, Italy called “Waking Isabella” is now available on Amazon in print and e-book. When Isabella woke that morning with intentions of washing her long dark hair, she hadn’t imagined she would be dead before it was dry. …and so begins the story of … [Read more...] about “Waking Isabella” New novel about Italy set in Arezzo by Melissa Muldoon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oH7wLw65JI I have just returned from spending a month of September in Italy. The first two weeks I was in Arezzo co-leading a language learning group with Paola Testi of Cultura Italiana. The third week I found myself in Florence once again, with a delightful … [Read more...] about Florence through the eyes of an Artist – Dreaming Sophia Program 2017
Recently I became acquainted with Jenna who helps curate the Artsy Web Site and we realized that we have a common goal: To make art and art history accessible to people, no matter what their background or what they may have previously studied With my novels, first "Dreaming Sophia,” and now … [Read more...] about Feeling Artsy? Carry the Art World in your Pocket
Dreaming Sophia was recently read and reviewed by Erik Zidowecki for his online magazine: “Parrot Time – The Thinking of Speaking.” Read Review on-line I can’t tell you how pleased I am to learn that readers enjoy the story, can relate to the heroine and empathize with her character as they travel … [Read more...] about Dreaming Sophia Reviewed by Parrot Time
During a recent visit to Napoli, I visited the Chapel of Sansevero that is home to one of the most impressive sculptures in the world. The chapel is just off a narrow little side street around the corner from Via San Gregorio Armeno otherwise known as Christmas Alley. There, you can find Presepe and … [Read more...] about Cristo Velato di Giuseppe Sanmartino – Baroque art pushing the limits of realism
I would like to bring to your attention Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian fashion designer who dominated the fashion scene between the two world wars. Her rival at the time was none other than Coco Chanel. But, while Coco considered herself a dressmaking professional and a superb craftswoman, … [Read more...] about Elsa Schiaparelli – Italian fashion designer with a surrealist heart
Cimabue was a Florentine painter who lived from 1251 until 1302. He is significant in that he is one of the first painters to shift from stylistic representations popular during the medieval ages, signifying a turning point in Art History toward the Renaissance. Paintings before Cimabue were flat … [Read more...] about Tale of Two Crosses by Cimabue
Today I am pleased to share a guest post written by Stacy di Anna Pollard. Stacy is a friend and an Italiana-Americana, who like me loves Italy, art and the Italian language. Stacy writes the Blog "Prayers and Piazzas”. During a recent visit nel bel Paese, Stacy, visited Milan where she viewed … [Read more...] about In the Presence of the Last Super by Stacy di Anna Pollard
When I look back at my college years and think about all the professors and teachers I had, one man stands out clearly amongst them all. His name is Harland Goudie. Harland taught Art at Knox College from 1954 until his retirement in 1990. Originally hailing from Montana, he came to live and teach … [Read more...] about Harland Goudie: an inspirational art professor