The Ordinary Meets the Extraordinary in A House Near Luccoli

I love the stories in history that wait patiently to be lifted out of the shadows, offering room for the imagination to balance between the known and unknown; stories that are fresh and fascinating, about someone or something obscurely rooted in the past which, with attention and nourishment, might grow and blossom into enlightening entertainment for the present.

Read more of the inspiration behind my novel, A House Near Luccoli, published by All Things That Matter Press, at Royalty Free Fiction.

I was excited to come across this wonderful site (Royalty Free Fiction), created by author Deborah Swift, that showcases Historical Fiction free of kings and queens.  And very pleased when Deborah generously agree to feature my novel, A House Near Luccoli. Instead of posting blurbs, plot synopses or reviews of the novels she includes, she asks authors to describe how they were prompted to write the stories they did, what excited them about the characters and settings, and something of the processes that brought their novels to life.

Deborah herself has written two fascinating novels: The Lady’s Slipper and The Gilded Lily (the latter soon to be released), published by Pan Macmillan(UK) and St Martin’s Press(US), with a third in the works: A Divided Inheritance.

As she correctly states: ‘history is full of ordinary people with extraordinary stories’. My novel A House Near Luccoli was born of this belief, especially in consideration of how all manner of stories and the persons within them intersect and affect each other. This is true of the present as well as the past, of course, and what also appeals to me is the timeless quality of these narratives  – to quote a line from D. Bennison’s beautiful review of my novel – ‘addressing questions that are as relevant today’. In my opinion, history is most interesting and affecting when it is small and surprising, lurking in the untold, barely breathing behind the scenes of all that is so much talked and written about – in terms of its fictionalization: a kind of aphrodisiac for the imagination as well as the search for truth.

Thank you to all the writers, readers, supporters and promoters of Historical (and all genres of) Fiction that explores and honors the fine line between the ordinary and extraordinary! For those of you who are probably more than a little weary of my marketing efforts, I apologize. But through patience and persistence I hope the word will spread that A House Near Luccoli – set in late 17th century Genoa and imagining an intimacy with the obscure Italian composer Alessandro Stradella as he seeks to restore his career and overcome his demons – is an entertaining work of literary storytelling well worth reading.

Read more about the novel, with links to reviews, on my website:

And please note: you can give the Kindle Edition of A House Near Luccoli as a gift!

It is also available in Paperback and

as a Barnes & Noble NOOK BOOK.

I can even provide a personalized autograph electronically:

To all the wonderful bloggers I follow, I am sorry that I am so behind on your posts.

I hope to be ‘visiting you’ again soon.

Blessings to you all!

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7 thoughts on “The Ordinary Meets the Extraordinary in A House Near Luccoli

  1. As I always tell you, Diane–don’t worry about your blog connections (getting behind reading posts)–the “real” people will still be here!! God bless you with continued success for your book! Happy Thanksgiving–love, Caddo


  2. This is a fabulous post Diane, written as captivatingly as the novel itself.

    I love the way you say “his music had showered him with forgiveness…”

    My infatuation is ever present and i am so looking forward to the sequel. You have brought him totally to life for me!!

    Love and hugs




    • Thank you, Christine! You always encourage me so much, with your appreciation of the novel … well, more than appreciation – as you said, your ‘infatuation is ever present’ and inspiring me to believe and move forward! Love and hugs and blessings, Diane ♥

      (Are you still enjoying ‘Remarkable Creatures’? I am about halfway through and think it is very very good.)


      • Yes I have just finished it.

        I was just going to send you a message about it.

        Its a fascinating subject and unusual too, for a novel. I am learning so much reading historical novels – making history much more interesting! I love the “without kings and queens” concept. That will encourage me even more to pursue my new interest in this type of novel.
        I did find one or two sections went on a little too long and thereby, for me, losing some momentum from the story. But nevertheless I did thoroughly enjoy it.

        Love and hugs

        Christine xxx❤xxx


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