THE UNCROWNED KING
A TALE OF LORENZO MEDICI
Soon to be released in paperback and eBook
What does it take to capture an era? The powerful Medici family are diplomats, politicians, and humanists; who patron scholars, artists and poets. Set in Florence amidst the riveting backdrop of the Golden Age readers travel with the protagonist through his own identity crisis. Lorenzo Medici's struggles encourage his development as he grows into a genuine Renaissance man.
Lorenzo and Giuliano, his handsome brother, pursue the pleasures of women, carouse with local artists, and debate the heretical ideas of Plato. At seventeen Lorenzo's carefree lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt as his father's disease progresses. Groomed for power he assumes a leading role in his family's expanding empire.
In an attempt to secure Lorenzo's political position, his parents arrange his marriage to a Roman royal. However, his heart belongs to his mistress, not his bride. His father's death force him to manage the family banking business and become the youngest political leader in Florentine history. Plato suggests that a man controls his own destiny, yet Lorenzo feels caged and directed by family honor.
The young Magnifico lives in two worlds. He dines with Popes and Kings, yet hears the cries of the poor citizens of his beloved Florence. His kind and trusting nature betray him when the Pazzi family and Pope Sixtus plot a coup against him, with deadly consequences.
Rome partners with Milan and declares war on Florence. Lorenzo's keen negotiation skills gain him victory over fierce political and economic rivals, producing powerful enemies. Lorenzo vanquishes his peaceful nature and embraces revenge before his enemies lay claim to his birthright. Can Lorenzo follow his heart's desires and protect his family's legacy?
TALE OF A LAKOTAH ORPHAN - YA novel
Author Mary Kay Thill, MA, LCPC, CCSAC
This novel written by Family Therapist Mary Kay Thill offers the reader a sense of the contemporary lifestyle of an orphan caught up in the foster care system in Chicago. It presents some of the rich spiritual history of the Lakotah Indians along with a present day view of their struggles living on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.
This novel captures the readers' appetite for imagination and spirituality through the developing relationship the protagonist Rose has with her Lakotah guardian angel, Ruli (Running Under Lightening). It can assist the reader in dealing with grief and being a young adult.
Eleven year old Rose's mom dies just a year after her dad's fatal accident. Rose now orphaned becomes part of the Chicago foster care system. She struggles in several foster homes, none that last. Ruli a Lakota guardian angel is sent by God to help Rose deal with being an orphan and teach her that she is a Lakota and Proud. Rose's journey in search of a family leads her into a friendship with Megan and a traditional ceremony on the Pine Ridge reservation.