We’re very happy to have Malena Lott as our guest today. Malena is a wife, mother of three, and brand and marketing consultant from Oklahoma. Dating da Vinci is her second novel. Her first novel, The Stork Reality, was published in 2006. Malena invites you to join her on Facebook and Twitter, and to visit www.malenalott.com to read an excerpt, enter contests and read reviews.
No bones about it. My new novel Dating da Vinci, a tale of love, longing and la dolce vita, is about someone stuck in grief, yet searching for joy. And, though I obviously hadn’t planned it that way, isn’t that what this election ended up being about? As a country, we’re stuck, and we’re looking for that rope in the quicksand to pull us out.
Anyone not happy the election is over? Happy. Now there’s a word we haven’t heard much about lately. In fact, with the stories of gloom and doom, it’s easy to sucked in to the where’s-the-Prozac tsunami. But as I watched Oprah on Monday during her Election Show, where her audience had hand-picked shirts saying what they were voting for (not who), I got that clouds-parting sort of feeling. Here is a sample of what their shirts said:
“I vote for Joy.”
“I vote for Peace.”
“I vote for Change.”
“I vote for Hope.”
I’d say “gloom and doom” just got served, with people voting for happiness, healthcare, jobs, prosperity, education. All good stuff. And it couldn’t come at a better time. If I recall, the holiday seasons should be about peace, love and, yes, joy.
While darker stories are still very much the order of the day if you look at the majority of releases, I can’t believe there isn’t room for stories with humor and heart. Stories like Dating da Vinci, which Publishers Weekly called, “satisfying and uplifting,” and a book blogger said would make you, “laugh, cry and fall in love all over again.”
Now you have the choice to cast your vote for joy, by picking up Dating da Vinci to experience one woman’s renaissance (awakening), and perhaps ponder your own. I’m Malena Lott, and I approve this message.