Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Tour/Guest Blog: Love Spirits

Love Spirits

What Happens In Venice
Book One
Diana Cachey
Genre: Romance/paranormal

Tagline: Among the romantic canals of Venice—and oh so many Italian distractions—can a stunning American lawyer and her psychic sister help the Ghosts of Venice solve a hushed-up crime?

Book Description:

Louisa Mangotti is a gorgeous American lawyer and Interpol expert who, after being offered a job working with the international crime unit in Venice, receives a mysterious postcard from the Venetian Ghosts, the ancient protectors of the Republic. But Louisa assumes her bad-boy ex, Matteo, sent it in a quixotic attempt to gain her attention. Louisa may have dismissed the ghosts, but the ghosts aren’t quite done with her.

When the bodies of two glassmakers wash up on Murano Island, the cryptic messages persist. Reluctantly, Louisa calls upon Matteo to help decipher the clues. And before she knows it, a flame that was never fully extinguished is rekindled. Sensing that her sister is in over her head, Barbara Mangotti rushes to the rescue, only to be lured away by two handsome Venetian men.

With time running out, can the two beauties solve a crime that could threaten the city of Venice itself?

Book Trailers:

What Happens In Venice -- A Trinity

Book One, Love Spirits
Book Two, Lagoon Lure
Book Three, Magic Island

Guest Blog:

LET’S MAKE A PARTY! Recipes, Playlist & Giveaway
By Diana Cachey

In Love Spirits, my novel set in Venice, Italy, “let’s make a party” is the favorite saying and life philosophy of Matteo, the wealthy, handsome antagonist and ex-lover of our heroine, Louisa Mangotti. Bad-boy Matteo may an untrustworthy charmer but he has one thing right: Parties are fun!

 MATTEO'S Let’s Make a Party Recipe and Playlist includes masks, costumes, fabulous food, soft lighting and a romantic and dance-worthy playlist to definitely get your Carnival on.

His Party Playlist is also Book Soundtrack for Love Spirits, perfectly picked to accompany reading of the novel. Playlists boost our imagination, further engage us as readers and bring something extra to literature. Some books I’ve read will always be tied to music that was popular at the time of their release. Others are woven to songs I listened to while reading them. Words and music can play off one another.

Besides, if we’re going to “make a party” we need music!

I’ve selected my own music-reading pairings and chose songs that emotionally corresponded to characters, scenes, chapters and settings.

Let’s Make a Party and Happy Listening:

In the Letter from Venetian Ghosts to the reader, at the start of Love Spirits, the ghosts recommend violin concertos, operas, some Frank Sinatra or any song a gondolier would serenade on a canal ride to get you in a romantic mood. The novel's characters are young and free, so rock, pop and hip hop are must-haves in any party plan. Louisa loves classic rock like the Rolling Stones, young Italian men sing the Beatles to English speaking women and everyone loves hip hop and dance music. So let’s get this party started ~~

Required Supplies:
• Masks & Capes
• Gilded Things
• Red Velvet & Black Satin (to drape)
• Cobwebs, Mold, Candles or Gas Lamps
• Classical Music by Verdi, Vivaldi or Wagner
• Real & False Friends
• Merchants (to buy & sell stuff)
• Gondoliers (to provide many services)
• Murano Glassware
• Pigeons
• Bellini Cocktails (See Recipe,
• Cichetti, Venetian Appetizers (See recipe, Lagoon Lure, Fall 2014 Release)
Loose Women & Eager Men, Millions of Wines, Millions of Cheeses, Pizza, Pasta & Pirates

PLAYLIST: BOOK SOUNDTRACK (by Chapter in Love Spirits!)
(1) Miss You, Rolling Stones
(2) American Woman, The Guess Who
(3) Brittany Spears, Toxic
(4) I'm Too Sexy. Right Said Fred
(5) Eleanore Rigby, The Beatles
(6) My Way, Frank Sinatra
(7) A Little Night Music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(8) Musta Got Lost, J. Geils Band
(9) Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien, Edith Piaf
(10) Sympathy for the Devil, Rolling Stones
(11) That’s Amore, Dean Martin
(12) All the Single Ladies, Beyonce

Start slow, warm up then sizzle! Let’s Make a Party!


From the Top of Our Great Bell Tower Saint Mark Square Venice, Italy 
Dear wide-eyed tourist, 
Don’t go to Venice.

But if you do, don’t fall in -- in a canal, in love or into Venice itself. As if you have a choice. Hear us cackling? Listen. We came to warn you about La Serenissima, the Most Serene One, as Venice has been called since before the Middle Ages. You will not heed our warning and you will come looking for us. How do we know? It happens every time a Venetian ghost story is told. As ancient protectors of the Venetian republic, we ghosts guard her virtues of which she has many. One reason we love her, and you will too, is that she is stuck in time. Did you know Venice functions without motorcars or trucks? We don’t like motorcars or trucks. Hundreds of tiny islands sewn together by foot bridges leaves no need for noisy, fume-spewing vehicles, thankfully.

We prefer floating.

Our classic transport is the gondola. Mostly reserved for you tourists now, gondolas are and always have been helmed by the most prestigious oarsmen in the world -- highly trained gondoliers who stand while rowing through the labyrinth of canals. They don’t mind when we ride with or without you while they serenade us with opera, Frank Sinatra songs and romantic favorites. Ah yes, romance. As one visitor put it, “It’s their schtick, a Venetian ploy, an act to get sexy with you.” It is true. Venice equals romance equals sex. If the shadows of Venice frighten you or you feel like you’re in a dream, have fun with it, float with us. We are watching over you. We want to further your journey to a more magical life because we think a person is charmed by a trip to La Serenissima. It could change your soul forever. Just ignore this cautionary tale. We remain in your service, The Venetian Ghosts

About the Author:

Diana Cachey is a licensed attorney, published academic, and former adjunct law professor. She also holds a BA in English, and while in law school, she was the first female editor in chief of her university’s law review. The author of the novel Love Spirits, she has trained with several New York Times best-selling writers, including Robert Allen, with more than seventy-two million books sold. For more than a decade, Cachey has been traveling to Venice, the setting of her novel, on extended trips several times a year. The cafés, restaurants, and many other haunts of Venice play a prominent role in her sexy paranormal mystery-romance about a beautiful American lawyer guided by the Ghosts of Venice in the investigation of a hushed-up crime.


Tour Giveaway
3 prize packs with a signed book and custom beaded bookmark- open to US Shipping 

You have no idea how much it killed me to not be able to read and review this one. I just didn't have enough tine. I hope to read it at least once in my life, though.

Also, a HUGE thanks to Diana Cachey for coming to my blog and starting a party!!


  1. Hi Ashley, Thanks for MAKING A PARTY and highlighting my novel on your blog. Good luck to all on the giveaway too! If you would like you can review (or one of your featured authors or readers) can review my book or can participate in my ONLINE HALLOWEEN PARTY during October, Let me know, Diana Cachey PS I am writing this from Venice--where shadows dance with the heart!

    PS I am writing this from my favorite place -- Venice! What Happens in Venice -- where shadows dance with the heart.

    1. Thank you for writing it! And I am so jealous of your location! I love it there! I'll be contacting you quite soon to review and I'll have to check out your party!