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The Merchants of Milan by Edale Lane - Book Tour

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Explore an exciting new blog tour celebrating the first book in Edale Lane’s Night Flyer Trilogy, Merchants of Milan!

A story of a masked vigilante and two women in love that weaves history, action, romance, gadgets,
and intrigue into a captivating literary tapestry, Merchants of Milan is
a novel that will satisfy readers of historical fantasy and historical romance alike!

The blog tour runs from February 19-26 and features reviews, interviews, guest posts, top ten lists,
and more!


About the author:   Edale Lane is the author of an award winning 2019 debut novel, Heart of Sherwood. She is the alter-ego of author Melodie Romeo, (Vlad a Novel, Terror in Time, and others) who founded Past and Prologue Press. Both identities are qualified to write historical fiction by virtue of an MA in History and 24 years spent as a teacher, along with skill and dedication in regard to research. She is a successful author who also currently drives a tractor-trailer across the United States. A native of Vicksburg, MS, Edale (or Melodie as the case may be) is also a musician who loves animals, gardening, and nature. Please visit her website at:

Author Links:

Twitter:   @EdaleLane


Book Synopsis for Merchants of Milan:  

Three powerful merchants,
two independent women in love, one masked vigilante.

Florentina, set on revenge
for her father’s murder, creates an alter-ego known as the Night Flyer.
Madelena, whose husband was also murdered, hires Florentina as a tutor for her
children and love blossoms between them. However, Florentina’s vendetta is
fraught with danger, and surprising developments threaten both women’s lives.

Merchants of Milan is the
first book in Edale Lane’s Night Flyer Trilogy, a tale of power, passion, and
payback in Renaissance Italy. If you like gadgets and gismos, rich historical
background, three-dimensional characters, and fast-paced action with a slow-boil
lesbian romance, then you are sure to love this series. Buy this one of a kind
novel today and let the adventure begin!


Guest Post
Since I was a child I have loved fantasy stories and historical tales, being transported to another place and time, and living the adventures of the heroes who inhabit them. I grew up with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, Star Wars, and various retellings of famous myths and legends. If there was a magical portal that I could step through into the world of J. R. R. Tolkien, I doubt I would ever come back again. But Merchants of Milan, Book One of the Night Flyer Trilogy, is not one of those novels. It may be more precisely described as Alternative History, one of those “what if” creations. What if there had been a superhero in 16th century Milan? There are definitely some steam punk elements and maybe a sprinkling of fantasy if you don’t accept that a “mere woman” is capable of accomplishing what our heroine does, but I went to great lengths to create a historically accurate portrayal of Renaissance Milan–with the notable exception that there are no records mentioning a flying vigilante.
It is conceivable, to my mind at least, that a skilled and creative student of Leonardo da Vinci could use his drawings and inventions as a springboard to produce the gadgets and devices that Florentina utilizes to transform into the Night Flyer. She possesses the intellect, creativity, athleticism, and motivation to do just that. Perhaps the closest to fantasy the trilogy comes is to grant a woman–or any person, for that matter–the courage to do what had never been done before.
My love and admiration for Leonardo da Vinci inspired the story, along with a vision to write something totally unique. I was considering super heroes one day and thought, “What if there had been a Batman type character back in the Renaissance?” Naturally, I wanted my protagonist to be a woman, so I began to contemplate along the lines of “Batwoman meets Leonardo da Vinci.” But I didn’t want it to read like a comic book story, so I dug into research, fashioned three-dimensional characters who began to take on lives of their own as I wrote. The Night Flyer does not share the stage alone; there are other characters who play vital roles in the drama, intrigue, and romance.
If you are looking for elves and dragons, supernatural beings, and an exotically original world, you will not find them in Merchants of Milan. But if you are looking for excitement and adventure, realism and romance, to delve into the past and feel what it was like to be there, with maybe just a touch of the fantastic, then you will love Merchants of Milan!

Tour Schedule and Activities

2/19     I Smell Sheep            Guest Post

2/20     The Seventh Star Blog                Guest Post

2/21     The Writing Process    Author Interview

2/22     Jazzy Book Reviews           Guest Post

2/23     A Lot of Pages          Review

2/24     The Literary Underworld  Guest Post

2/24     Jorie Loves a Story       Review

2/24     Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books)             Review

2/25     The Paperback Voyager             Review

2/26     Willow's Thoughts and Book Obsessions   Review

2/26     The Paperback Voyager             Interview

2/26     Jorie Loves a Story       Follow-up VLOG


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