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    Title: Pribegii mărilor (The wanderers of the seas)
    Author: Marina Costa
    Publication Date: June 2016
    Publisher: Editura Betta, Bucharest, Romania
    Format: print
    ISBN: 978-606-8783-28-4
    Price: 20 RON
    Logline or Blurb: The novel happens in the Viking Era. It is based on one historical theory of the years 1950s-1980s that the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent who had taught them a lot of things,described as blonde and bearded, with whom the Conquistadors had been mistaken,might have been Viking. My characters, after a whole saga(a Byzantine young woman happening to be in a convent in Venice while her father was travelling, gets kidnapped by the Vikings, follows them on an island in now Norway, then, as her master gets killed in a local political intrigue and his defenders get banned, she follows them in their quest for a new homeland), end in now Mexico, with the Nahuatl. Sigurd, the ship captain, turns to become there Quetzalcoatl.
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    Title: Vieți în vâltoare (Lives in turmoil), 2 volumes, 1- Bloodied lands; 2- A new world
    Author: Marina Costa
    Publication Date: March 2017
    Publisher: Editura Betta, Bucharest, Romania
    Format: print
    ISBN: 978-606-8783-52-9 821.135.1-31Vol.I- 978-606-8783-53-6
    Vol.II- 978-606-8783-54-3
    Price: 40 RON the set
    Logline or Blurb: The novel starts in the Napoleonic Era, in Italy under the Jacobine revolutions – “Liberty, equality, fraternity, democratic republic”. For my main character, the fights stop with the battle of Novi, in the summer of 1799, when she is taken prisoner. She succeeds to escape, but she has to lay low ever since. When the Revolutionary Wars turn into dictature with the self-appointment of Napoleon as first consul, she and her fiancé decide to emigrate to the US, the only country who had preserved the democratic values. There they go west, with a convoy of Venetians, and settle on the shores of the Mississippi river (Venice, IL exists now too, and it is a part of Greater St. Louis, being just across the river from St. Louis). They make new friends there and they erect their village, with the name of the Serenissima Reppubblica Napoleon gifted to the Austrians in 1797. They witness the Purchase of Louisiana, the development of Saint Louis (in parallel, but in quicker rhythm than their village). The second volume ends with Lafayette’s visit in 1825, making Roxana and Luigi, now Mayor of Venice, Illinois, reminisce their lives and fights in Italy, and with their firstborn son, now a young man in his 20s, returning to Italy, together with other sons of settlers of Venice, IL, to fight on the side of the Carbonari, exactly how their revolutionary parents had fought in their youth for the same ideals.
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    Title: Alte vâltori ale vieții (Other turmoils of life)
    Author: Marina Costa
    Publication Date: March 2019
    Publisher: Editura Betta, Bucharest, Romania
    Format: print
    ISBN: 978-606-01-505-5
    Price: 20 RON
    Logline or Blurb: The novel continues the previous one, with the development of St Louis and of the little Venetian village on the opposite side of the Mississippi river, in Illinois. It covers the timespan 1804-1849, showing also, through letters sent home, the adventures of the second generation of revolutionaries, returning to Italy, to fight on the side of the Carbonari, exactly how their revolutionary parents had fought in their youth for the same ideals - until in the fateful year 1848, the revolution fails and the survivors have to return home.
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    Title: Soarta mercenarului și alte destine (The mercenary's fate and other destinies)
    Author: Marina Costa
    Publication Date: February 2019
    Publisher: Editura Hoffmann, Caracal, Romania
    Format: print
    ISBN: 978-606-46-0455-2
    Price: 15 RON
    Logline or Blurb: A short stories collection with historical themes. The first story in the collection, titled Floare de foc (Fire flower), about the union of Bucovina with the mother country in 1918, received the first prize at the short stories contest Nicolae Velea 2018. This book was published as a prize. The mercenary's fate offers a few connected short stories about a swordsman of the XVIII-th century, and the Other destinies comprise unrelated stories dealing with moments of the Romanian Union in 1918, with the history of Spain and Inca Empire, with Nausicaa's destiny after being forsaken by Ulysses.

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    Title: Farmecul mării (The charm of the seas)
    Author: Marina Costa
    Publication Date: March 2019
    Publisher: Editura AmandaEdit, Bucharest, Romania
    Format: print
    ISBN: 978-606-979-145-5
    Price: 15 RON
    Logline or Blurb: The novel happens at the dawn of 1800s. While Napoleon is conquering half of Europe, the other half is under Ottoman rule. Boys are kidnapped for the Janissaries, girls for harems. The story is following three siblings born at sea in their various adventures through the Ottoman Empire and later, in exploring Africa on a British allegiance brigantine.
    Link to author's website: Wordpress Blog, Facebook page
    Last edited by Elenitsa; 03-22-2019 at 10:16 PM.

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