It has always been an interest of mine to consider the nuances involved in my encounters with others, those that are nourishing and even those that are more distasteful for some reason. In recent years, my interest has broadened to include encounters with animals, nature, books, movies and now, online conversations with people who I treasure yet may never meet.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

THE PRIEST by Monica La Porta is FREE through Friday, 9/14!

I highly recommend THE PRIEST to all who enjoy a great love story. More so, however, Monica's story offers a level of intricacy and poignancy that can pull a reader to consider their own points of view about inequality and gender distinction issues.
The Ginecean Chronicles provide a glimpse into a world that is a mirror image of our own. Ginecea is dominated by a matriarchal society where men are enslaved and heterosexual affection is considered the ultimate perversion. But love always finds a way, because society cannot rule over the matters of the heart.
  In Book one, 'THE PRIEST: Love conquers All,' Mauricio is a slave and Rosie is the daughter of the president. Their love is forbidden yet transcends all the rules in a way that brings this love story to life in such a poignant way.
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My Five Star Review:
"Monica La Porta is an author that I consider to be quite gutsy. In ‘The Priest,’ she has cleverly crafted a story that is unique in its delivery of diverse points of view. Gender distinction in marriage has become an increasingly passionate topic in our world, especially in the U.S. where it has reached the Supreme Court level. The author takes on this hot topic and turns it upside down in story form.
Throughout my read, I found myself caught up in the intricacies of the storyline itself yet, concurrently, marveling at the psychological insight that Ms. La Porta displayed in developing her characters. Mauricio, Guen, The Priestess and other characters are compelling and powerful in their own right. Their encounters with each other are vividly scripted, entertaining and exciting. Throughout the story, there was a spirited undertone that engaged me, intellectually and emotionally. When Rosie showed up, however, the quality of the undertone became vibrant; the story became infused with heart. 
There were times that I found myself wanting the author to write more intensity into the scenes that highlighted prejudice, hatred, betrayal and fear. However, after a discussion with another reader, I became respectful of Ms. La Porta’s wise choice to write more objectively as relates to these themes; for, in reality, the debate over gender distinction in marriage is a fierce one."  

Monica La Porta is an Italian who landed in Seattle several years ago. Despite popular feelings about the Northwest weather, she finds the mist and the rain the perfect conditions to write. Being a strong advocate of universal acceptance and against violence in any form and shape, she is also glad to have landed precisely in Washington State. 
   Monica is the author of The Ginecean Chronicles, a dystopian/science fiction series set on the planet Ginecea where women rule over a race of enslaved men and heterosexual love is considered a sin. She has published the first three books in the series, 'The Priest, Pax in the Land of Women', and 'Prince at War.' 
   Monica is also the author and illustrator of a children's book about the power of imagination, 'The Prince's Day Out.'
   Her latest published short, 'Linda of the Night,' is a fairytale love story celebrating inner beauty. Stop by her blog to read about her miniatures, sculptures, paintings, and her beloved beagle, Nero. Sometimes, she also posts about her writing.

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