The Blonde in the Gondola

My better half, Orna O’Reilly, just had her very first novel, The Blonde in the Gondola, published by Pegasus Publishers. Her narrative unfolds along the calle and canals of Venice, Italy, involving two women, a count and a gondolier.

Blonde-in-the-Gondola cover

Head to Orna’s blog, Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy, for the story behind the story of her first work of contemporary women’s fiction, an on again/off again project that was two years in the making.


No pressure to purchase, direct from the Pegasus Publishers, Amazon or GoodReads, but it would be a great read to take along with you when you head to the beach this summer, especially if you love all-things Venice.

Ciao for now.

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images



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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


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