Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Aloha to Elizabeth McKenna and VENICE IN THE MOONLIGHT


Did you know October 30 is Mischief Night?  From Wikipedia (link),

The earliest reference to the night is from 1790 when the fellows of St John's College, Oxford, studied a headmaster who had encouraged a school play which ended in "an Ode to Fun which praises children's tricks on Mischief Night in most approving terms".  

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Carnival in Venice
Image by Robertito1965
Released to public domain 

Mischief runs rampant at Carnival - the setting for Elizabeth McKenna's VENICE IN THE MOONLIGHT:

A Story of Vengeance, Forgiveness, and Love

After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family’s villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin—a father she hasn’t spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently has died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father’s last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead—and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta risks her future happiness and her life to avenge the death of a man she once hated.

Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel takes you back to eighteenth century Carnival, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal.

Mischief in Hawaii

I posted my four star review on Amazon (link) and Goodreads (link).  I am giving away a print copy of VENICE IN THE MOONLIGHT to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Carnival is known for its masks; the heroine wears a "cat" mask as her married name is Gatta.   What kind of mask would you wear?

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, November 2, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 3.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn more about Elizabeth and her books, check out her website at elizabethmckenna.com.



  1. A mask that has blues/purples/black in it....and feathers.

  2. Something very beautiful. I love purple, so just add feathers & spangles.

  3. I would love a mask of purple and green, with jewels studded in to it.

  4. A Dog mask :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Having difficulty thinking of a mask that would be comfortable to wear over glasses!