Le Nozze Rosse su Amazon – una storia medievale con Raffaello Sanzio

Ho pubblicato un nuovo racconto breve, e stavolta è in italiano!
Si tratta della storia medievale “Le Nozze Rosse“, disponibile per Kindle su Amazon Store in tutto il mondo.

Vi presento “Le Nozze Rosse”

Prima di tutto, un po’ di sinossi, tanto per introdurre in generale il racconto:

storia medievale le nozze rosse con raffaello sanzio“Non puoi dare vita a un quadro se non conosci chi è morto per quello.”

Tradimenti, vendette e complotti tra casate rivali non sono nulla in confronto al sangue versato quando le lotte per il potere sono intra familiari. Ne sa qualcosa Donna Atalanta di Perugia, che nel 1500 ha commissionato la famosa Pala Baglioni a un giovane pittore di nome Raffaello Sanzio.

Il dietro le quinte della celebre Deposizione Borghese, ora ospitata nella villa omonima in Roma, viene raccontata da una voce particolare che affianca Raffaello durante la composizione dell’opera d’arte. Ciò che è successo nelle famigerate Nozze Rosse di Perugia è la sanguinosa genesi di questo magnifico dipinto.

Le Nozze Rosse è una breve storia d’arte che ha come protagonista la città alter ego di Tursenia, dove sono ambientati i gialli e i racconti polizieschi di Chase Williams. Un tuffo nella pittura e nella narrativa storica, con un pizzico di mistero.

Il particolare punto di vista de Le Nozze Rosse

In questo racconto breve mi sono cimentata con una particolare voce narrante, che non è la solita terza persona onnisciente a cui mi affido spesso.
Questa volta, il narratore – o meglio, la narratrice – è la stessa pala che Raffaello dipinge mentre la storia si sviluppa e spiega le motivazioni per cui la nobildonna Atalanta Baglioni ha chiesto a Raffaello Sanzio di creare l’opera d’arte.

Non abbandonando totalmente la mia vena di giallista, lo stesso ‘dietro le quinte’ della pala ha molti elementi di giallo, mistero e suspense, giusto per rimanere in linea con i libri polizieschi di Chase Williams.

Tursenia e Chase nella mia storia medievale

Non poteva mancare un cammeo di Chase ne Le Nozze Rosse, anche per dare un senso di continuità a un racconto che per ora non ha nessun seguito – ma sto pensando di scriverne altri sulla storia di Tursenia.
E infatti, visto che la città di Tursenia è uno dei cuori pulsanti delle storie di giallo e mistero di Chase Williams, ho deciso di raccontare proprio un fatto che è accaduto nel luogo fisico più vicino al borgo medievale che nella fiction ho chiamato Tursenia e che, per l’appunto, esiste davvero e ha una storia ultra millenaria!

Cosa dicono i lettori de Le Nozze Rosse

Per ora dicono tutti cose buone! Nella scheda prodotto sul mio sito potete trovare qualche stralcio di recensione estrapolata da Amazon. Qualcuno ha già chiesto la traduzione in inglese, e ci sto lavorando su.

Le Nozze Rosse aspetta i lettori appassionati di arte, lettura e pittura di tutto il mondo su Amazon. 

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Visited Hopper exhibition in Bologna

My mother, my sister and I were talking about sorting out a holiday in New York City, when I told them that one of the things I’d like to see in NYC is the Hopper’s museum.

By saying that I recalled that I never posted here the picture I took inside a Hopper’s paint when I visited the Hopper exhibition in Bologna back last July. I was off from WordCamp Europe, so I took a little detour from Austria to Italy on my way back to the UK.

Visited Hopper exhibition in Bologna. I love #Hopper and I got moved by the beauty of his art. Worth travelling here, and Bologna is a lovely city! By the way, this is me embedded in a famous Hopper picture!

I love Hopper a lot, and I found this Hopper exhibition really good.
I got moved by the beauty of his art. It was really worth travelling there, even because I managed to hang out with my sister and mother for a couple of days.
On top of this, Bologna is a lovely city!

In the picture above there’s me embedded in a famous Hopper’s picture! I look nice in there, don’t I?

Taken at Palazzo Fava, Bologna, Italy
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It’s Mystery Monday interview again with Ally Shield

Paranormal author Ally Shield continues my Mystery Monday interview momentum!

mystery monday interview, chase williams, stefania mattanaThe lovely Ally Shields, who writes mainly paranormal and urban fantasy books, has a soft spot for fellow writers. Her interviews are very interesting and varied. She likes to show readers what’s behind a book cover and a story. When she asked me about interviewing me, I said yes straight away!

The interview went published on a Monday – that’s the Mystery Monday interview theme. Best selling and awarded author Christoph Fischer has recently interviewed me on a Monday too – here’s the interview if you missed it.

This time with Ally I talked about my writing cave and what’s boiling there. In fact, I’ve just finished the first draft of a short story, and I announced it in exclusive on her blog :)

Here’s a sneak peek of the interview – you can read the ‘hot’ part in Ally’s blog here.

What is your editing and publishing process? From the time you complete your first draft to its appearance at booksellers, what happens to your book?

STEF:  The process is pretty much the same for both the fiction (in English and Italian) and non fiction (in Italian only) I’ve written so far.

I normally write a first draft, then leave it alone for a couple of weeks. After some rounds of revisions (usually 2 or 3), I send it to my alpha reader Chiara, who is also the Italian translator of my mystery books. After she leaves her notes, the last draft goes to my editor Steph for the English version (I write in English and she edits what is too Italian). The final writing is pushed then to my beta readers, who read and review it. At this point the book is ready to be officially published and launched

Enjoy the entire interview at Ally Shield’s blog!

Vol2 Chase’s short stories online everywhere

The Vol.2 of Chase’s short stories Cutting Right to the Chase is now available for any kind of ebook readers.

You know I interrupted my exclusivity deal with Amazon Kindle Store for Volume1 of the detective short stories collection Cutting Right to the Chase? I have set also the Volume 2 free, so now it’s available for all the kind of e-readers and file formats too.

Here are the main online ebook stores where you can purchase Cutting Right to the Chase Vol.2:

cutting right to the chase, short stories available on kindle, nook, smashwords, ibook store

I couldn’t leave Cutting Right to the Chase Vol1 on Smashwords, Kobo etc alone, sitting on a shelf on its own without its siblings. Once the No2 Book’s deal with Amazon has expired, I didn’t renew it and published it everywhere.

The experiment on the other retail stores is in progress. It’s quite fascinating to see how readers relate with this kind of short stories both on the international and Italian ebook market. Behaviours vary from platform to platform, whether it is Kobo, Nook, Smashwords or whatnot – they all show different patterns from the ‘regular’ Amazon Kindle’s reader of my detective short stories series.

A more detailed list of the retailers where to but Cutting Right to the Chase is available on the short stories’ product page on my website

Chase’s Flash Fiction Vol.1 on sale everywhere on the web!

The Flash Fiction Vol.1 of the Cutting Right to the Chase detective short stories is on the market in every online ebook stores of the web.

After many months of tests and doubts, I rescinded my exclusivity deal with Amazon Kindle Store and decided to give the other online ebook stores a go.

Here are the main stores where you can buy Cutting Right to the Chase Vol.1 (and this is the detailed product page of the book):

chase williams, flash fiction, detective short stories, cutting right to the chase vol.1

Why the other ebook retailers?

My very first experience with Smashwords, Kobo and company hasn’t been too bad after all. In fact, when I published the Italian translation of the Cutting Right to the Chase saga, Dritto al Punto, Chase! I thought of not selling them on Amazon Kindle Store only, and instead opening the market to other resellers.

Since the Italian ebook market is quite different from the international one, as it’s less dominated by Amazon and with Kobo, Nook and Smashwords in a positive up trend, I wanted to walk every profitable paths.

I can’t complain about my choice: at the moment, the overall turnover on Amazon is still the double of the other stores combined, however some days the peaks of sales on certain non-Amazon stores (such as iBook) are quite remarkable and are worth investigating.

What about Kindle KU?

KU stands for Kindle Unlimited and it’s a very nice program any Amazon user can subscribe to. The subscribers can read up to ten ebooks at a time without buying them. Like a library, you can ‘borrow’ the titles from the KU books gallery by paying less than £10 per month. Cool, isn’t it?

As an avid reader myself, I reckon that KU is a brilliant way of saving money and discovering new authors and titles. In fact, the traditional publishers are getting into KU pretty gradually, therefore the KU catalogue is plenty of indie authors and self publishers – and most of them are quite good writers.

Economically speaking, from an authorship point of view, KU has got some turnaround when it’s about flash fiction.
The royalties payment of the titles listed on the KU catalogue are different from the ‘regular’ Amazon royalties. The KU system is designed to reward long length novels, whilst the flash fiction isn’t really paying off from a ROI point of view.
I talked about KU and flash fiction also in an interview for the Aussie Overland website.

That’s why I decided to keep my long length mystery stories – the cozy mystery novella Into the Killer Sphere and the murder mystery story Pull the Trigger – enrolled in the KU program. That grants me also an exclusivity deal with Amazon. For what concerns my short stories, I published the vol.1 of Chase’s flash fiction series also in other online ebook stores, as I’m announcing with this post :D

This way, if my data projection is correct, I will be having a slight improvement both in sales and book’s visibility. In fact, not the 100% of my detective short stories’ potential audience reads on Kindle devices. I see this new chapter of Cutting Right to the Chase vol.1 as a way of broadening my audience and spreading the word about the Chase Williams flash fiction series.
Let’s see how things are going to roll from now on :)

Have you got any experience as a reader or writer in other online ebook retailers a part from Amazon? Would you’d like to share it? I look forward to hear your thoughts and learn something more about that!