Carmela Martino

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Carmela A. Martino
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
ISBN-10: 1546799451
ISBN-13: 978-1546799450
Release Date: September 30, 2017
Category: Young Adult

Playing by Heart

Synopsis:

Emilia Salvini dreams of marrying a man who loves music as she does. But in 18th-century Milan, being the "second sister" means she'll likely be sent to a convent instead. Emilia's only hope is to prove her musical talents crucial to her father's quest for nobility. First, though, she must win over her music tutor, who disdains her simply for being a girl. Too late, Emilia realizes that her success could threaten not only her dreams for her future but her sister's very life.

This clean historical romance was inspired by two amazing sisters who were far ahead of their time, one a mathematician and the other a composer. Playing by Heart is the story of how the sisters struggled to follow their true calling, even when it conflicted with their father's plans. 
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Richard W Chamberlin said on 11/29/2017:
Hope sales are going well over the holidays. Was great to see your excellent presentation and signing recently (and yummy treats).
Carol Riggs said on 11/07/2017:
This sounds so intriguing! and how nice that it's clean historical romance. Best wishes!
Connie Currie said on 10/22/2017:
I am looking forward to reading this. Novels with this setting and historical background are right down my alley.
Amie Johnson said on 10/21/2017:
I enjoyed seeing your presentation and I’m looking forward to reading my autographed copy of Playing By Heart.
Marlyn said on 10/20/2017:
Wonderful book in historical fiction genre for young people or the young in heart!
A.J. Cattapan said on 10/20/2017:
Loved this book! Need to give a copy to my niece now. :)
Sue Ekins said on 10/20/2017:
Playing by Heart looks like a fun read. It's always good to learn about other time frames and cultures. I can't wait to read it.
Catherine Andorka said on 10/20/2017:
Just ordered Playing by Heart on my brand new tablet. Can't wait to read it, but I know it will be wonderful because Carmela's books always are!
Judy Dodge Cummings said on 10/20/2017:
I love historical fiction!
Theresa Linden said on 10/20/2017:
This is a truly enjoyable book!
Katy Jones said on 10/20/2017:
I just read this book and it's marvelous!
Debbie Dadey said on 10/16/2017:
Can't wait to read!

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I’ll be sharing lots of behind-the-scenes info about Playing by Heart at the stops on the book’s Blog Tour Oct. 6-16, and at the Facebook Launch Party on Oct. 17. See my website for details.






Emilia Salvini dreams of marrying a man who loves music as she does. But in 18th-century Milan, being the "second sister" means she'll likely be sent to a convent instead. Emilia's only hope is to prove her musical talents crucial to her father's quest for nobility. First, though, she must win over her music tutor, who disdains her simply for being a girl. Too late, Emilia realizes that her success could threaten not only her dreams for her future but her sister's very life.

This clean historical romance was inspired by two amazing sisters who were far ahead of their time, one a mathematician and the other a composer. Playing by Heart is the story of how the sisters struggled to follow their true calling, even when it conflicted with their father's plans. 
Carmela Martino is an author, speaker, and writing teacher. She wrote the middle-grade novel, Rosa, Sola (Candlewick Press), while working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College. The novel was a Booklist "Top Ten First Novel for Youth" and received a Catholic Press Association Book Award in the "Children's Books" category. Her second novel, the young-adult historical romance Playing by Heart (Vinspire Publishing), took first place in the Young Adult category of the 2013 Windy City RWA Four Seasons Romance Writing Contest. Carmela's credits for teens and tweens also include short stories and poems in magazines and anthologies. Her articles for adults have appeared in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, Catholic Parent, and multiple editions of the Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. Carmela has taught writing workshops for at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL since 1998, and she blogs about teaching and writing at TeachingAuthors.com.
You can email me through my website contact page.
"Martino's romantic read features lovable characters and is vibrant in setting and detail. . . . The attraction between Emilia and Antonio is sweet and innocent, and readers will hope for their relationship to blossom. All in all, Martino's latest is a sweet and pleasurable read."
Booklist
 
"Martino explores the gilded passageways of Hapsburg-era Milan's white aristocracy with technically accomplished descriptions of privilege, luxury, and teenage longing."
Kirkus Reviews

"The fact that Playing by Heart is based on the lives of extraordinary real women who were quite ahead of their time makes it a must-read addition for school libraries everywhere. Carmela Martino's writing style blends the historical facts with the emotional family life details in a way that creates a dramatic, beautifully written novel that will capture the hearts of readers of all ages."
—Roxanne F. Owens, PhD, Chair, Teacher Education, DePaul University
 
"The story of sisters Emilia and Maria Salvini is riveting, rich, and like a lovely piece of music, impossible to forget."
 —Louise Hawes, author of The Language of Stars and The Vanishing Point
  

I’ll be sharing lots of behind-the-scenes info about Playing by Heart at the stops on the book’s Blog Tour Oct. 6-16, and at the Facebook Launch Party on Oct. 17. See my website for details.

    Guestbook Comments
    Richard W Chamberlin said on November 29, 2017:
    Hope sales are going well over the holidays. Was great to see your excellent presentation and signing recently (and yummy treats).

    Carol Riggs said on November 7, 2017:
    This sounds so intriguing! and how nice that it's clean historical romance. Best wishes!

    Connie Currie said on October 22, 2017:
    I am looking forward to reading this. Novels with this setting and historical background are right down my alley.

    Amie Johnson said on October 21, 2017:
    I enjoyed seeing your presentation and I’m looking forward to reading my autographed copy of Playing By Heart.

    Marlyn said on October 20, 2017:
    Wonderful book in historical fiction genre for young people or the young in heart!

    A.J. Cattapan said on October 20, 2017:
    Loved this book! Need to give a copy to my niece now. :)

    Sue Ekins said on October 20, 2017:
    Playing by Heart looks like a fun read. It's always good to learn about other time frames and cultures. I can't wait to read it.

    Catherine Andorka said on October 20, 2017:
    Just ordered Playing by Heart on my brand new tablet. Can't wait to read it, but I know it will be wonderful because Carmela's books always are!

    Judy Dodge Cummings said on October 20, 2017:
    I love historical fiction!

    Theresa Linden said on October 20, 2017:
    This is a truly enjoyable book!

    Katy Jones said on October 20, 2017:
    I just read this book and it's marvelous!

    Debbie Dadey said on October 16, 2017:
    Can't wait to read!

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