Provenance: The family saga begins…
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An Angel’s Redemption
Michael Vincente Cavelli would have been happy as a farmer. Instead, he has a lot on his plate. For starters, he’s the only rational Cavelli male, the one who inherited the mantle of patriarch at a young age, not only running the family’s successful dairy, but overseeing the lives of his large and unruly family. If that isn’t enough, someone is out to cripple his business. So when a redheaded siren appears at his door the morning of his sister’s wedding, he wonders about the deity’s sense of humor.
As one of the few female doctors in Chicago in 1925, Faith Truitt has something to prove, and she can’t afford to make a mistake that would destroy her career, like getting married. Everything was looking jake until Michael Cavelli opens his door that fateful morning and pulls her into the crosshairs of lies and treachery reaching back a generation—and into the whirlwind of a desire she cannot deny.
An Angel Healed
Archaeologist Raphael Cavelli wonders why he isn’t in some watering hole in Peru drinking a lukewarm cerveza next to a bosomy blonde. Instead, he’s one step ahead of the law for stealing the archaeological find of the century, where he bumps, literally, into the reason he left seven years ago—the girl he traveled halfway around the globe to forget. Hope Macklin, sob sister for The Spectator, is on the lam so she can’t afford to draw attention to herself, even for a carelessly handsome man. Fate throws Rafe and Hope together again just in time to square off with the faceless opponent doggedly threatening them. Will they risk everything for what matters most?
Angel Lost, Angel Found
Gabriel Cavelli makes a deathbed promise to his friend, Big Mike O’Malley, to look out for his young, educated-out-east daughter. Little Charity O’Malley turns out to be a beautiful and feisty twenty-three-year-old about to support herself by becoming a “whisper sister” for her father’s speakeasy. Gabe must decide whether to honor his promise or strangle her. Charity has secrets, and Gabe doesn’t like surprises. He’s not the marrying kind and should be running for cover, but her mean streak intrigues him. His brothers tell him it must be like looking in the mirror. When a crooked Prohibition Man comes into the picture, Charity needs help. Unfortunately, Gabe never could resist a damsel in distress, especially a pretty one. But this one could end up getting him killed. Still, a promise is a promise…
Private Investigator, Meg Cavelli, wonders why her traitorous family has trotted out the fatted calf for Seth Truitt, the boy who left her flat eight years ago. Now he’s back, sexier than she remembers, and needs her help. How can Meg accept Seth’s no-strings-attached-deal in return for bringing a deranged predator to justice when their steamy attraction to each other might very well get in the way?
Army Air Corps pilot, Seth Truitt needs help to erase his dark-stained past, but soon realizes helping Meg Cavelli solve a dogged criminal case in return for salvaging his military career might be more dangerous than flying P-26 fighters for USAAC. But since Seth has no intention of letting Meg go again, he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe from the twisted, unnatural threat they dubbed “the monster” as kids.
As the mystery unfolds, joining their minds and hearts might be the only way to stay alive.
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I grew up in the Midwest in a first generation Italian family. We lived with my grandparents since in an Italian family when the eldest girl marries, she doesn’t move out, her husband moves in. I was the oldest of five children which caused the usual sibling problems—fighting, borrowing stuff, and eating really, really fast or you were out of luck. Our grandparents spoke to us in Italian (because America was their new home now) and we answered in English (so we wouldn’t get kicked out of kindergarten like my mother did for not knowing English).
I went to an all-girl Catholic high school (yes, with the plaid skirt/blazer/knee-high socks) and on to an all-girl college where I rebelled by wearing slacks in the library instead of a skirt. I majored in math until I switched to English Lit after deciding to become a teacher. Since I wanted to graduate early, I took several English courses at a time which is frowned upon in math (you know, prerequisite and stuff) and then went on to teach 5th grade math –go figure.
During this exciting time, I began to write for my own pleasure, as no one wanted to buy my stories. I have a rejection slip from Helen Gurley Brown at Cosmopolitan magazine (way back when they published short stories in each issue). I framed it because Ms. Brown actually wrote on it and said (and I quote): “Your story was not quite right for us, but we’d be interested in seeing more of your writing.”
Of course, I didn’t know at the time that I should have opened a bottle of very expensive champagne and called all my friends over to celebrate because I received an actual written response from an editor instead of a form letter (now I’m much more savvy; I crack the champagne when I hit send. In my naiveté, I actually took Ms. Brown’s letter as a rejection—gasp– and decided to concentrate on making a living.
I also married, had three children, traveled, took up gardening and became a pretty good cook (now I just cook for company; my stove is for resale purposes only). And I inherited a tabby named Buster who really runs the house and my life. Luckily he’s pretty easy to live with and doesn’t complain unless his dish is empty, which is all the time.
I have also finished the The Cavelli Angel Saga, a romantic suspense quartet about an Italian immigrant family in 1926. The Cavelli family consists of three brothers—Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel, named after the archangels by their overly optimistic mother (and angels they’re not) and two sisters, Anna and Tessia.
I hope the Cavellis and their love stories stay with you long after you turn the last page.