Readers looking for a suspenseful thriller with mysterious twists and turns abounding will love Gabriel Valjan’s TURNING TO STONE!
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Book Title: Turning to Stone by Gabriel Valjan
Category: Adult Fiction, 385 pages
Genre: Thriller / suspense
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
Published: June 2015
Available in: Print, ebook (mobi for Kindle)
Will send books: USA & Canada
Tour dates: Sept 21 to Oct 23
Content Rating: PG
Alabaster Black aka Bianca Nerini returns as an investigation into a public official’s assassination pits Bianca and her friends against a backdrop of financial speculation, female assassins on motorcycles, and the Camorra—the most ruthless of Italian organized crime gangs—in Gabriel Valjan’s TURNING TO STONE, the fourth book of the highly praised Roma series.
En route to a secret meeting, Aldo Giurlani—the regional commissioner of Lombardy in northern Italy and a specialist on organized crime—is assassinated in the middle of a public square.
More mysterious is the package sent to Giurlani’s hand-picked team of five top investigators within the Guardia di Finanza (GdF), the Italian law enforcement agency that investigates illegal financial transactions, from money laundering to drug trafficking. Within the package are five copies of a book entitled Man of Smoke written by Aldo Palazzeschi.
Then there is Bianca’s tenuous online contact with a mysterious online contact known as Loki, who delivers a cryptic message to her, takes on a new twist with the appearance of a brilliant young obsessive-compulsive man who joins her team.
Complicating matters even further, old enemies and, more problematically, Alabaster’s former employer—Rendition, a murky covert U.S. government agency that does more than just investigate financial crimes—still have grudges to bear against her.
As new mysteries unfold, Bianca’s group quickly discovers that Naples might just be the most dangerous city in Italy.
Readers looking for a suspenseful thriller with mysterious twists and turns abounding will love Gabriel Valjan’s TURNING TO STONE.
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ROMA, UNDERGROUND (Book #1)
Savvy forensic accountant Alabaster Black is hiding in Rome from her former employer, covert U.S. organization “Rendition.” While there under an assumed name she meets Dante, an investigator, erstwhile explorer and member of the Roma Underground, a band of amateur archaeologists who map the city beneath Rome. With Italian artifacts disappearing at an alarming rate, Alabaster and Dante search for answers and create a trap for the thieves. Through a mysterious online contact Alabaster learns she is being followed, and with her safety at risk she is forced to rethink her chosen alliances and discover hidden truths about herself.
“A provocative thriller with a riveting and surprising plot.”
—M.J. Rose, International bestseller
“...the strong, captivating heroine and an allure of conspiracy and organized crime make this novel an undoubted success.”
—Kirkus Book Reviews
“Conspiracy, double identities, car chases and espionage, all against the backdrop of magical Rome, with its great food and marvelous art history, make this an entertaining, intriguing read.”
—Blogcritics Book Reviews in Brief
WASP’S NEST (Book #2)
In the highly anticipated sequel to Roma, Underground, Bianca returns to the U.S. for her former employer, the covert organization Rendition, to investigate Cyril Sargent and Nasonia Pharmaceutical. Although ambivalent about the assignment and uneasy about her online “friend,” Loki, she is enticed into researching what Sargent is doing with insect genetics that might upset the world of cancer research and treatment. Old friends Farrugia and Gennaro uncover a twisted conspiracy from their past and join Bianca in Boston where they will experience conflicted loyalties, question allies, and confront uncertain enemies, as they’re drawn into the wasp’s nest.
“Again, Valjan successfully conflates multiple sophisticated narratives that bring the past and present together, which the archaeological theme of the last novel also helps accomplish . . . Black is back and just as entertaining as ever.”
—Kirkus Book Reviews
“…a compelling reading, action-packed and with intriguing characters. The plot had plenty of twists and turns, some surprising secrets, and it kept me on the edge of my seat, guessing until the very end.”
—The Book Junkie
THREADING THE NEEDLE (Book #3)
Milan. Bianca’s curiosity gets a young university student murdered, but not before he gives her a file that details a secret weapon under development with defense contractor Adastra. Guilt may drive her to find justice for the slain Charlie Brooks, but she is warned by the mysterious Loki to stay away from this case that runs deep with conspiracy. Bianca must find a way to uncover government secrets and corporate alliances without returning Italy to one of its darkest hours, the decades of daily terrorism known as the “Years of Lead.”
“It is even more to Gabriel Valjan’s credit that with Threading the Needle he, as an American, was nonetheless capable of unusual insight into the Misteri Italiani, the Italian Mysteries, without taking any prejudicial standpoint, one way or the other, or putting the blame on anyone, but rather inviting readers to judge for themselves.”
—Claudio Ferrara, Italian journalist and translator
“But after the first few pages, I knew I was committed to the end of the book ... and would be reading the two earlier books…Characters, plot, ideas, background: In Threading the Needle, Valjan weaves it all into an international crime novel worth the read.”
—Beth Kannell of Kingdom Books, a specialty mystery bookshop in northeastern Vermont.
About the author:
Gabriel Valjan lives in New England, but has traveled extensively, receiving his undergraduate education in California and completing graduate school in England. Ronan Bennett short-listed him for the 2010 Fish Short Story Prize for his Boston noir, Back in the Day. His short stories and poetry have appeared in literary journals and online magazines.
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Sept 21 - Essentially Italian - book spotlight on all 4 books / giveaway
Sept 21 - Coffee, Books & Art - book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 22- T's Stuff - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 23 - Il Mio Tesoro - review of Roma Underground
Sept 24 - Vic'sMedia Room - review of Roma Underground
Sept 24 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Roma Underground
Sept 25 - Vic's Media Room - review of Wasp's Nest
Sept 25 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Roma Underground / giveaway
Sept 28 - Roughseasinthemed - review of Roma / Wasp's Nest / Threading the Needle
Sept 28 - Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author - book spotlight / interview / giveaway
Sept 28 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Wasp's Nest / giveaway
Sept 29 - Vic's Media Room - review of Threading the Needle
Sept 29 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Roma Underground / giveaway
Sept 30 - Vic's Media Room - review of Turning the Stone
Sept 30 - Pure Jonel - review of Roma Underground
Oct 1 - Book and Ink - review of Roma Underground / author interview
Oct 2 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Wasp's Nest
Oct 5 - Il Mio Tesoro - review of Wasp's Nest
Oct 5 - Studentessa Matta - review of Roma Underground / giveaway
Oct 6 - Pinky's Favorite Reads - book spotlight
Oct 7 - Pure Jonel - review of Wasp's Nest
Oct 8 - Book and Ink - review of Wasp's Nest
Oct 8 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Roma Underground / giveaway
Oct 8 - Studentessa Matta - review of Wasp's Nest / giveaway
Oct 9 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Threading the Needle
Oct 9 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Wasp's Nest / giveaway
Oct 9 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Wasp's Nest
Oct 12 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Turning to Stone / giveaway
Oct 12 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Roma Underground / giveaway
Oct 12 - Roughseasinthemed - review of Turning to Stone
Oct 13 - Il Mio Tesoro - review of Threading the Needle
Oct 13 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Turning to Stone
Oct 13 - Pure Jonel - review of Threading the Needle
Oct 14 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Threading the Needle / giveaway
Oct 14 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Threading the Needle / giveaway
Oct 15 - Book and Ink - book spotlight of Threading the Needle
Oct 15 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Wasp's Nest / author interview
Oct 15 - Studentessa Matta - review of Threading the Needle / giveaway
Oct 16 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Turning to Stone
Oct 19 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Threading the Needle / giveaway
Oct 19 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Threading the Needle
Oct 19 - Studentessa Matta - review of Turning to Stone / giveaway
Oct 20 - Il Mio Tesoro - review of Turning to Stone / guest post
Oct 21 - Pure Jonel - review of Turning to Stone / guest post
Oct 21 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Turning to Stone / giveaway
Oct 22 - Book and Ink - book review of Turning the Stone
Oct 22 - Olio by Marilyn - review / author interview of Turning to Stone
Oct 23 - Jorie Loves a Story - review of Turning to Stone
Oct 23 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Turning to Stone / giveaway
Oct 23 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Turning to Stone / giveaway
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