A Bloody Good Cruise Audio Book Blog Tour
Author: Diana Rubino
Narrator: Anthony Lee
Length: 8 hours and 26 minutes
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Released: June 7, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Romance writer Mona Rossi's book sales are slipping. She needs new ideas and fast! Her vampire love, Fausto Silvius is a doctor aboard the Romanza, a luxury cruise ship. Holding a "Motion on the Ocean" writer's cruise sounds like a great idea. What better way to combine a career boost with romance?
But they soon discover hunters on board who give chase to Fausto and his fellow vampires. While he longs to bring Mona into his world, how can he convince her to join him with fringe lunatics on the hunt? In the prime of her life she's not sticking her neck out for a shot at eternity.
Setting goals is a key to success. Sacrifice helps, too. In 1999 I signed with my first publisher Domhan Books of the UK. I spent several summers in England writing, researching, and revising my 4-book Yorkist saga. A dedicated history buff and Anglophile, I’m a member of the Richard III Society, a fascinating group of learned historians, some of whom claim to have met Richard.
My husband Chris and I own CostPro Inc., a construction cost consulting company in New England. I’m indulging another longtime interest, archaeology, for which I’m working on a Master’s Degree. We also love to travel. The Mediterranean cruise “Cradles of Civilization” aboard the Rotterdam included a visit to the Pyramids of Egypt. I was fortunate to visit Poland, my grandmother’s native land, and Chopin’s birthplace as well as the resting place of his heart, Warsaw.
I have a Real Estate license and since 1994 I’ve owned rental condos in Myrtle Beach and New England.
My stories are romances set against a backdrop of political upheaval, court intrigue, poverty, general drama of the surroundings, and sometimes a splash of the paranormal. What I’m trying to convey is that love can prevail no matter what the conflicts and obstacles, earthly or not.
I recently began writing biographical novels with no fictional characters.
I enjoy living in the most beautiful spot on Earth, my beloved Cape Cod.
Anthony Lee has been told that his voice is deep, resonant, smooth, and clear. Yet, it would be years before he would finally embrace that gift and start using it artistically.
A native of California, Anthony grew up with an equal fascination for knowledge and leisure. He would enjoy studying various subjects in school as well as doing fun things in his spare time. His motivation for success and happiness helped him achieve a solid education, a successful job, and a new life to live as his reward for years of hard work.
His decision to try voice acting came after receiving plenty of compliments about his vocal quality over a short amount of time. Whether those words came from friends or strangers, he could no longer deny the possibility that there may be something special about his voice. Hence, from October 2015 to June 2016, Anthony enrolled in night and weekend classes at Elaine Clark's Voice One academy in San Francisco, where he trained in the art of voiceover for narrations, commercials, and characters. He thoroughly enjoyed honing his voice for things like audiobooks, technical materials, corporate narrations, e-learning modules, documentaries, commercials, promos, animations, video games, and talking products. Overall, he considers his journey into voiceover to be very rewarding, not just for what he learned but also for the great instructors and classmates he met along the way.
Now with professional voice training, Anthony is stepping out into the world to lend his voice. He loves to take virtually any kind of script and work to deliver the message in a suitable way. His enthusiasm for voiceover makes him strive to be a versatile actor in the craft. Every time he is given an opportunity to provide a voice, he hopes to leave a lasting positive impact.
When he is not doing voice work, Anthony enjoys playing chess, ice hockey, pool, Sudoku, and video games, as well as watching movies, reading about random topics on the Internet, and traveling. He lives in Northern California.
- Anne Hathaway as Mona Rossi
- Vincent Irizarry as Fausto Silvius
- Gwen Stefani as Teresa “Tessie” Lionetti
- James Franco as Quintus Silvius
- Michelle Pfeiffer as Zanna Jones
- Michael Caine as Royal Jones
All About Fausto Silvius, the Vampire Hero of A BLOODY GOOD CRUISE
- Age: A youthful 534
- Birthplace: Rome, Italy
- Creature Type: Vampire
- Height: 6’ 1”
- Body Type: Well built and muscular
- Hair: Sapphire blue-black
- Eyes: Espresso Brown
- Occupation: Physician
- Currently Lives In: Lake Como, Italy
- Traits: Compassionate, with a thirst for knowledge of cures for all ills, mental, physical and spiritual.
- Motivations: The desire to make people well again using my positive energy.
- Pet Peeves: Loud obnoxious commercials, rudeness in general, and greed.
- Philosophy on Living: Learn something new every day and don’t ruminate over what you can’t change.
- Five Things I Cannot Live Without: A peaceful sunrise, a 5-mile run, my family, my friends, and Mona.
- Food and Drink: Lasagna with garlic bread and a bottle of Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva red—with Strufoli (honey balls) for dessert.
- Movies and TV Shows: All the Godfather movies, of course—and Goodfellas for some comic relief. Any movie starring Sophia Loren.
- Books: Biographies of the Caesars and cookbooks.
- Fashion: Jeans and golf shirts—to be comfortable. I don’t splurge on designer shoes because they pinch.
- Places to Travel: The Amalfi coast, the Italian Riviera, and Vienna, Austria.
- Other Interests and Pastimes: I play violin, piano, flute, I read all of Mona’s novels, and I sing opera arias in the shower.
Relationship Goals:To marry and share my life with Mona because she is the love of my life.
More on Fausto, in his own words:I’m a vampire, born in Rome, from a long line of vampires, dating back to ancient Rome. I inherited it, it’s genetic. I had no choice. I can trace my ancestry to ancient Rome. My ancestor, Cherubino, started a shipping enterprise. He landed on an island in the South Pacific and met a beautiful girl who was known to be named Olimpia. They fell in love right away, she wanted to get away from her abusive husband, so they agreed to escape, he’d rescue her. About 100 miles off shore, they got captured by pirates and their cargo was confiscated. They were being held prisoner in the hull of the pirate ship. They knew they might not come out of this alive, so they wanted to symbolize their eternal love for each other, to meet again in the next life, and for eternity. They couldn’t get married, so they drank each other’s blood to symbolize love and ultimate union. They thought this would unite their souls, and their souls would become one.
The pirates saw them doing this. They killed Cherubino, and one of the pirates, Javier, took Olimpia for his own. He made her drink his blood and vice versa, to pledge their everlasting union. They had a child, who always saw them do this. She married her husband and showed it to him. After a few hundred generations, the bloodline continued and the genes mutated, so that when someone from that bloodline falls in love, they have a need to feed from them.
It’s like the physical desire to have sex with them, but goes beyond that. The legend got passed down, and got distorted. Horror movies were created out of it. But only those of that bloodline know the real truth. They call them vampires, but they’re not like Dracula.
So, I’m undead. I was born during the Middle Ages in Rome. Rome too hot for me, so I moved to England during Mary Tudor’s time.
Over the centuries, our family tried to hide it, we were good Christians, etc. but had to drink blood. But we never want to bite anyone to get it. We don’t attack strangers, or drink from them directly. We just need the blood of whoever our soulmate is. So if we do bite their neck, it’s part of the sex act.
I’m proud of my ancestors, but know most people wouldn’t understand. I love the sea because of my ancestor Cherubino, who had the sea in his blood. I also rever Columbus, he’s my hero.
There are a lot of descendents from that bloodline. They keep in touch and some are very good friends. Some even intermarried. That makes it easy, they already know what they have to do.
Being a good citizen is important to me, but I want to stay close with my own kind. That’s why I became a doctor, a lot of us are doctors. I love to travel, so I took the job on the cruise line. I’m proud of my heritage, yet ashamed on some level. I want to have a noble profession.
But I’m a regular guy in that I have ordinary hobbies: I play violin, piano, flute, I read all of Mona’s novels, and I sing opera arias in the shower. I’m also frugal. The opposite of Mona. I don’t have to live in luxury.
I’m not adventurous, but marrying Lucrezia Borgia was the most dangerous thing I ever did. But I was in love with her, and as a young—well, relatively young—guy, of course I thought it would last forever. I should’ve done more asking around—after all, references on her were easy enough to get.
I’m the first to admit my faults, the number one fault being that I bottle up all my emotions, which is very un-Italian and unhealthy. But Mona has done a good job of bringing me out of my shell. She forced me to blow my top when the Vampire Ball Busters tried to torch my home…I did call the police and they got arrested, but I kept all my anger inside, until she urged me to yell and scream and throw things. I admit, it made me feel good for a while. So now when I get really aggravated or sad or even ecstatic about something, I let it all hang out. Even if I have to go into my private den and close all the doors and windows to have a good scream-fest.
Interview with Mona Rossi, heroine of A Bloody Good Cruise
By Diana Rubino
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