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TBT Book Spotlight + Giveaway

Happy Thursday, Friends!

Can you believe we’re in September now? This year has been twelve times long as normal but short at the same time…not sure how that worked. Anyway, we our back to having regular scheduled TBT posts.

Today we have with us Carmela A. Martino. Be sure to follow the link at the end for her giveaway opportunity.

About the Book

Emilia Salvini dreams of marrying a man who loves music as she does. But in 18th-century Milan, being the “second sister” means she’ll likely be sent to a convent instead. Emilia’s only hope is to prove her musical talents crucial to her father’s quest for nobility. First, though, she must win over her music tutor, who disdains her simply for being a girl. Too late, Emilia realizes that her success could threaten not only her dreams for her future but her sister’s very life.

      Playing by Heart is inspired by two amazing sisters who were far ahead of their time: mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi and composer Maria Teresa Agnesi. Originally published in September 2017, the novel was a finalist for the 2018 Carol Award for Young Adult Fiction.

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About the Author

Carmela Martino wrote her award-winning middle-grade novel, Rosa, Sola (Candlewick Press), while working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her second novel, the historical romance Playing by Heart (Vinspire Publishing), was inspired by two amazing sisters who were far ahead of their time. Playing by Heart has received numerous awards, including the Independent Author Network Book of the Year Award for Outstanding Young Adult Fiction and a Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal for Young Adult Historical. Carmela’s credits for teens and tweens also include short stories and poems in magazines and anthologies. Her articles for adults have appeared in such publications as the Chicago Tribune and the annual Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. Carmela has taught writing workshops for children and adults since 1998, and she blogs about teaching and writing at

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7 thoughts on “TBT Book Spotlight + Giveaway”

  1. This book sounds intriguing and like a good page turner! I love the book cover and I love books about sisters I have 2 sisters of my own. Thank you so much for sharing about this book and the author. Carmela is a new to me author, nice to meet you Carmela. You all have a great rest of the week and stay safe. God Bless you and your family.

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