Sunday, May 10, 2009

Taking Tuscany by Renee Riva

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Taking Tuscany

David C. Cook (May 2009)


Renee Riva


Renee Riva writes humorous stories with a message, for both children and adults. Having been raised in a large Italian family with a great sense of humor, she has much to draw from for developing quirky characters.

She loves sharing her secrets for story starters at Young Author events, helping to spark the imagination of young minds. Renee and her husband live in Richland, Washington, with their three daughters, a dog, a cat, and until recently, her beloved hamster—may she rest in peace.


A. J. Degulio loved the idea of a visit to the Old Country... until her family decided to stay. It's 1972 and she's turning fourteen in a crumbling castle on a hill in Tuscany, wishing she were back in Idaho with her beloved dog, Sailor. In Italy, her blonde hair makes her stick out like a vanilla wafer in a box of chocolate biscotti, and she's so lonely her best friend is a nun from the local convent.

The challenges of roots and relatives are nothing new to A. J., but she's going to need more than the famous Degulio sense of humor to survive. Can't anyone see that Italy isn't really home? It will take a catastrophe - and a few wise words from a friend - for A. J. to understand that sometimes the only thing you can change is your perspective.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Taking Tuscany, go HERE

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Renee can be reached through the Contact link on her Website

Come and visit those posting for this tour:

Abi at lighter side
Amy at My Life
Andie at Radiant Light
Angela at God Uses Broken Vessels
April at Projecting A
Barbara at Victoria Hill Farm
Bonnie at Bonnie Writes
Brandi at Lone Star Latte-n-Libre
Brandy at Brandy Bruce
Brittanie at A Book Lover
C.J. at C.J.
Camille at There is a season
Carla at Carla's Writing Café
Carolyn at Serenity
CeeCee at Book Splurge
Christa at Fairfield Corner Academy
Dave at The Plot Thickens
Deanna at Deannna's Corner
Deborah at books, movies and chinese food
Deborah at Country At Heart
Deborah at Comfort Joy Designs
Debra at Soul Reflections
Deena at A Peek At My Bookshelf
Delia at Gatorskunkz And Mudcats
Edyth at Great Reads by Jasmine
Elizabeth at Count it All Joy
Ernie at Writing: My Adventures In Words
Gina at Portrait Of A Writer
Gretchen at Inspire Me
Heidi at Reviews By Heidi
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
Janna at Cornhusker Academy
Jill at Artistic Blogger
Kate at A Simple Walk
Katie at Christian Novels
Kim at Window To My World
Krista at Welcome To Married Life
Kristinia at Loving Heart Mommy
Laura at Laura William's Musings
Linda at Mocha With Linda
Linda at Reading For His Glory
Lisa at Musings
Lori at Noggin Bits
Lynetta at Open Book
Margaret at Creative Madness
Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author
Michelle at Raising Little Women
Pam at Pam's Private Reflections
Pam at Daysong Reflections
Pattie at FreshBrewedWriter
Pepper at Great Christian Fiction
Rulan at Fiction Showcase
Ryan at loves to read
Shauna at Shaunarumbling
Shera at Froggy Reviews
Sunny at That Book Addiction
Takiela at Beauty 4 Ashes
Tara at Tara's View Of The World
Tiffany at Snapshots Of Life
Vanessa at Ramblings of A Texas Housewife
Victoria at Overlooked Orchid


Andi said...

Posted. Just got the book on Saturday, haven't had the chance to get into it yet, but it looks like a good one!

Anonymous said...

posted and pinged

Jenny said...

It's up.

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...


Pattie said...

Posted, reviewed, pinged. Loved loved loved it!

ReviewsbyHeidi said...

posted & pinged

KeepItSimple said...

Set to post in the morning. Haven't had a chance yet to read this one...but it's next!

April Erwin said...

Mine's up. Never got this one for some reason.

Jim Thompson said...

Posted and pinged.

Anonymous said...

mine's up.

CherryBlossomMJ said...

posted, review to come.

Lynetta said...

Posted with commentary. Awesome book!

Sunny said...

posted, no review yet

Pepper Basham said...

posted and reviewed - off to ping

Mocha with Linda said...

Mine will post overnight.

Rulan said...

Posted and pinged.

Tarasview said...


Shauna said...

Posted with a review.

loves to read said...

posted, review to come.

Brittanie said...

Posted with review.

Jill said...

My post is up at Artistic Blogger.

Ernie W. said...

Post is up.

carla stewart said...

Just started this book, but love the fresh writing.
I've posted and pinged.

Deanna said...

Posting tonight!

C.J. Darlington said...

I'm up today! Just got the book a couple days ago so wasn't able to finish, but I know it'll be a fantastic one. Loved Saving SAilor.

Gretchen Geyer said...

Posted & pinged!

Victoria said...

Posted. Thanks

Deborah said...

mine's up

Nessa said...

i forgot to comment here, but I posted and pinged this on Monday.

Janna said...

I posted with a review. Good book!

Kim said...

I'm up with a review!

Window To My World

Jasmine said...

Finally posted. Sorry for the troubles!