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Old 06-27-2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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Free - The Master of Verona by David Blixt [Historical Fic/Romeo&Juliet] [Amazon, UK]

The Master of Verona, book 1 in the Star-Crossed Lovers Series (i.e., Romeo & Juliet) is free today, June 27, on Amazon Main
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Orginally published by St. Martin's Press in 2007, this is the first book of a series set in Italy which explores fictional orgins of the Montague-Capulet (Romeo & Juliet) feud that became the basis for Shakespeare's play several centuries later.

If you like historical fiction by Cornwell or McCullough, I can't recommend this higly enough. I read it back in 2007 (paid $25 for my hardback!). And while the writer is a personal friend...well, I've had a number of friends ask me to read books, but I've rarely read one of this length (about 560 pages) in three days because I couldn't put the thing down.

But don't take my word for it:
Publisher's Weekly: A novel of intricate plot, taut narrative, sharp period detail and beautifully realized characters.

Kirkus: A debut historical novel peopled by Dante and other Italian Renaissance figures, along with reimagined Montagues and Capulets. Intricate plotting, well-staged scenes, and colorful descriptions enhance head-spinning but lively entertainment.

David Blixt bursts onto the historical fiction scene with this masterful tale of adventure, love, and intrigue -- this is high adventure at its best, an epic novel filled with the breathtaking feats and evanescent beauty of the early Renaissance. - C.W. Gortner
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In other words, I can't recommend that you pick this up highly enough. It's a really fun read and a real bargain at $0.00.

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Old 06-27-2012, 12:13 PM   #2
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This is also free: Origin of the Feud - Essays on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet - by David Blixt

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A collection of shorts essays on Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET by author, actor, and director David Blixt, exploring the comedic nature of the show, the famed Balcony Scene, and the origin to the Capulet-Montague feud - an idea which sparked Blixt's highly-acclaimed Star-Cross'd series.

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Old 09-03-2012, 12:17 AM   #4
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2 FREE by David Blixt at Amazon US:

Voice of the Falconer (Star-Cross'd #2) - David Blixt

Varnished Faces and other Star-Cross'd Short Stories - David Blixt
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The Master of Verona, book 1 in the Star-Crossed Lovers Series (i.e., Romeo & Juliet) is free again today and possibly tomorrow Nov 11-12, on Amazon Main
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