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Bleeding Heart (The Medici Protectorate Book 1) by [Troilo, Staci]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Medici Protectorate (3 Book Series)

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From the Author

The Medici Protectorate series is near and dear to my heart because of how the premise came together. 

The first part came to me because of my grandfather. His father was the illegitimate son of Italian nobility. His story is a fascinating one, but I wanted to veer away from biography and tell a truly fictional tale. Thus the Medici heritage came into being.

The second part came to me from my children, who are talented tae kwon do practitioners. My son is a second degree black belt, my daughter a first degree. They both love working with weapons. Before I had the concept for this series nailed down, I was talking with them about it, and both of them thought indestructible weapons would be a great addition. That's how the daggers came to be. (Well, with a little magic thrown in. How else could they be indestructible?)

The third part stems from my own interests. At one point, I considered becoming an architect. I even flirted with the major in college. My husband and I have built several houses over the years (we move a lot), and we've learned a lot about construction. I enjoy decorating our homes, and my father-in-law and I love working with landscape designs. Combining all these interests gave me the careers for the four sisters.

The fourth part is the most obvious. The series is initially set in Western Pennsylvania, the place I grew up, will always consider home, and love with all my heart. It was important to me to include it in the series, because it means almost as much to me as my family does. 

This series is a combination of my ancestors and my legacy, of my hobbies and my history. How could I not hold it in a special place in my heart? And the rest of it? Well, I am a writer. Flexing my creative muscles is what makes the project fun.

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An Unknown Legacy...

After her father's brutal murder, Franki discovers she and her three sisters are the only surviving secret legacy of the Medici. The same people who brutally murdered her father now target her and her family for assassination. Unprepared to battle an unknown enemy, she finds her safety depends on the Medici Protectorate, the warriors who guarded her bloodline for centuries, but who failed to protect her father.

Gianni, Franki's protector, blows his first meeting with her, but he knows he must garner the trust of not only Franki, but also her sisters. Without that, he fails too, and that is unacceptable--not only to him but also to the Medici Protectorate. His troubles grow larger, for as he assumes his new role, he also undergoes inexplicable, explosive physical changes... transformations he can't control. One of those is his uncontainable desire for Franki.

Their worlds collide in passion and violence, and Franki struggles to trust Gianni. When her life is on the line, Gianni will have to conquer both her fears and his own personal demons to rescue her in time.

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  • File Size: 1337 KB
  • Print Length: 620 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lagan Press; 1 edition (August 11, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012UN5SF6
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