Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Renaissance Club by Rachel Dacus

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Rachel Dacus will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


GENRE:   Speculative women’s fiction


Book Description

book coverWould you give up everything, even the time in which you live, to be with your soul mate? That’s what young art historian and teacher May Gold must decide when she slips through time’s folds to meet the man of her dreams and the subject of her master’s thesis — fiery 17th century genius artist Gianlorenzo Bernini.


In her fantasies May is in his arms, the wildly adored partner of the man who steered Renaissance art into the Baroque. In reality, she has just landed in Rome with her stodgy boyfriend and teaching colleagues for a tour of Italy. She yearns to unleash her passion and creative spirit.


When the floor under the gilded dome of St Peter’s basilica rocks under her feet, she finds herself in the year 1624, staring straight into Bernini’s eyes. Their immediate and powerful attraction grows every time she meets him during the tour. Passion blossoms, but history says they have no future. Can May thread her way through time, and will she take a perilous risk to begin a magical, exciting new life?

This time travel romance is perfect for lovers of Italy, art, and love stories.




Book Excerpt


May said gently, “But you have your work at St. Peter’s.”


Bernini nodded and sipped. Enthusiasm suddenly flared in his expression. “I have been asked to improve the church’s façade, and I have a magnificent idea. Twin bell towers. To contribute the grandeur the church has lacked.”


She frowned, knowing those bell towers of his would be erected on unstable ground. He didn’t know, and they had no soil engineers in his time. His first tower would be built, and a crack would appear. The crack would take down Bernini’s career as Architect of St. Peter’s.


At this moment, he was deciding, and his enemies were circling. His pope would die and a new pope would be elected, one who disliked Bernini’s extravagance. The opposition would break over him in a tidal wave.


“You know, working on St. Peter’s isn’t everything,” she said. “After your work there you’ll create your greatest sculptures.”


“But why should I not continue in my sacred role?”


She knew the failure would nearly kill him. His highly emotional nature and ambition would combine in a life-threatening explosion of despair.


He looked down. He gulped the rest of the wine, looking slightly worried, as if her lack of enthusiasm troubled him. But then he smiled.


“You will see my next great triumph!” he declared, the Bernini bravado taking charge of him.


“You must follow your inspiration, of course.”


She smiled at him, thinking that there must be some way to change the course of his future. At the same time, she was thinking how absurd that thought was.


AUTHOR Bio and Links


author photoRachel Dacus is a poet, essayist, and novelist who writes about love and relationships, with a touch of the supernatural. Love and history are the themes of her debut novel, The Renaissance Club, a tale of romance between a young art historian and her hero, the fiery 17th century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. Praise for her novel — “enchanting, rich, and romantic” — describes the kinds of love and adventure stories Rachel enjoys, preferably set in exotic places. She has traveled to Italy and India and plans to expand her journeys beyond countries that start with the letter “I”.


She’s the daughter of a bipolar rocket engineer who worked on missiles during the race-to-space 1950’s. He was also an accomplished painter.


Her interest in Italy was ignited by a course in Renaissance art history that culminated in tour of northern Italy. She’s been hooked on Italy ever since. Her essay on Italy, motherhood, and infertility was anthologized in Italy, a Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience.


Dacus shows off her versatility in four poetry collections. Her newest is Arabesque. Three other collections are: Gods of Water and Air, Femme au Chapeau, and Earth Lessons. She raises funds for arts, human service, and healthcare organizations and takes walks with her way-too-smart Silky Terrier.


Find out more about Rachel Dacus  and The Renaissance Club:



Twitter: @Rachel_Dacus



Rachel Dacus will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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  • James Robert
    November 6, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Good Morning! Thank you for the book description.These tours are great and we have found some terrific books so thanks so much.

    • Deborah Bailey
      November 6, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Glad you’re enjoying the books! 🙂

  • Goddess Fish Promotions
    November 6, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for hosting!

  • Victoria
    November 6, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Bernie Wallace
    November 10, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Would you ever like to see your book turned into a movie? I hope the book is a success.

  • Bernie Wallace
    November 11, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    What book would you like to see a sequel to? I hope your book is a success.