Monday, March 22, 2010

Celebrating The Release of Book One In Laura Tolomei's New Virtus Saga

Today we're celebrating the release of THE SEX, the first book in Laura Tolomei's new erotic fantasy adventure series, The Virtus Saga.

Meet Laura Tolomei.

If you really want to know, I was born in 1965 in Rome, Italy, but soon started my travelling career. At the age of five, my parents took me to Lagos, Nigeria, where I grew up free and hot like I've never been since. I loved it there and still think of it with nostalgia. Anyway, it was also where I learned English.

After my African experience, I was ready to tackle the US. I lived in Atlanta, GA, five teen-age years, attending the Crestwood High School, where I started my writing career by publishing a short story Nostalgia on the Crestwood Journal. Very thrilled about discovering my new talent, I went ahead during college, writing for the Emory University journal The Phoenix. Three articles mark my first-and last-steps in journalism, "The peace Corps", "WAMM, Women Against Military Madness," and "Lesbism".

After my American experience, I moved back to Rome, but still kept living from time to time abroad, spending several months in Mumbay India, a country I always felt very close to me in more ways than one.

Today, I write both in Italian and English, mostly fiction of various genres, from fantasy erotica, to mysteries up to plain ordinary life stories.For those of you who read Italian, you can simply visit the Italian sections of my website, but if you feel particularly lazy, here's a short summary:

I have a short story on line Incontro Metropolitano (Meeting at the Subway) and two books:
Piccolo Crocevia a Cinque (Little Five Points, for those who know Atlanta it's a spot near Emory University), printed by Editing Edizioni, to be released December 2008.
L'Investigatto (loosely translated The Cat Detective), publisher Ennepil Libri, 2009.

In English, I write erotica in various genres, mostly fantasy, sci-fi and paranormal, sometimes trespassing into contemporary. Feel free to look over my current and future projects by clicking here.

Visit Laura's Website

Book one in Laura Tolomei's new erotic fantasy series, Virtus Saga.

Unknown to most, powerful forces dominate Sendar's feudal-like society, the ability to wield destructive energy so strong in some people, it's threatening to devastate their world. But to reach a new balance you have to learn, grow, blend with the world from wich you come, then go beyone it before the world collapses into chaos. And that's what Duncan, Chris and Ylianor must learn to do if sex, power,magic passion and jealousy won't stand in their way.

If Sendar stood a chance perhaps it would be thanks to the arbitrary twists and turns of a blind destiny. Or maybe someone would discover the truth about the ancient ways and compromise our peaceful existence forever. Either way, people needed a hero to shed new light on the age-old mysteries. And he was just about to answer their prayers.


WIN - Leave Laura a question or comment today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for a free download of her brand new release! Please leave your email address so we can contact your if you're today's winner! Good luck!


  1. Congrats on the new release Laura!!!

    We've been waiting for this series to start! It sounds fantastic - you've got a lot of books planned for this series right? Can you tell us a bit about them, the world you created for this series and how they connect?

    Raising my cyber champagne glass, here's to a huge hit with this one!

  2. Hi to everyone @ Author Island! As always, it's great to be here and celebrate with you this first release of my new saga. Yes, I've got many books planned because it's a very complex story that took me 2 years to write and I still don't know exactly how it's going to end. But I can certainly tell you how it began...

    Virtus Saga
    Book 1 The Sex – available
    Book 2 The Game – May 15th 2010
    Book 3 The Festival
    Book 4 The Fitting0
    Book 5 The Pledge
    Book 6 The Heat
    Book 7 The Trace
    Book 8 The Guardian

    The World
    Sex, sex and more sex without limits or boundaries—not in numbers, not in gender, whether it’s the phase, the pledge or the heat—such is Sendar’s very foundation, an apparently peaceful planet, without the usual pestilences associated with mankind, wars, hunger, violence. But is it really so?

    The Characters
    Lost while returning home, Duncan Caldwell, only son and heir of Prince Charles Caldwell, finds shelter in Ylianor Meyer’s rundown shack. The beautiful woman has a very familiar air, but for the life of him, he cannot remember who she is or resist the attraction he feels, despite his aristocratic tastes. So he offers her a job as Black Rose’s stable keeper, only to find out she’s the daughter of his father’s mistress. But will this stop the fatal pull drawing him to her bed?

    Lord Christopher Templeton is fiercely in love with Duncan Caldwell, a love started before either was old enough to know what love is, which continues until Duncan decides it’s time for him to find a woman. But Chris is determined to hold on to his prince no matter what it takes, even if he has to face the hated rival he had already driven away from his lover’s side, once, so long ago.

    Ylianor Meyer has been in love with Duncan Caldwell since the very beginning, growing up with him on the green hills and cliffs of Black Rose. Banned by Prince Charles’s mate, she hasn’t seen Duncan for over 10 years, but when he walks in her rundown shack, she knows she still loves him as passionately as when she was merely nine-years-old. So she follows him, no matter what the consequences, no matter what his despicable lover will do to drive her away…again.

    Lord Arthur Fairchild, leader of the High Council, knows time is slipping away from his grasp and Sendar will be condemned if his hero doesn’t come forth soon. So he summons him—not just him, but also the ones he’s connected to by lifetimes of bonding love and feelings so strong they’ve transcended time and space. And the uncontrollable power, the Virt, the energy running wild on Sendar only complicate matters.

    The pyramid
    Three-sided like the three lovers full of power and explosive feelings, Virtus controls Sendar in ways they have yet to discover and if they can, change.

    The story
    Unknown to most, powerful forces dominate Sendar’s feudal-like society, the ability to wield destructive energy so strong in some people, it’s threatening to devastate their world. But to reach a new balance you have to learn, grow, blend with the world from which you come, then go beyond it before the world collapses into chaos. And that’s what Duncan, Chris and Ylianor must learn to do if sex, power, magic, passion and jealousy won’t stand in their way.

  3. Congrats on your new release, Laura. I love series! I can hardly wait to start yours.

  4. Congrats Laura On The Release Of The Sex. It Must Be So Exciting Anytime One Of Your Books Are Published. Hey Laura What Are One Or Two Things We May Not Already Know About You And
    What Inspired You To Start/Write The Virtus Saga?


  5. Hi Laura!
    congrats on the release - your series sounds very interesting and I'm glad that there are 7 more books out to be published :)
    greetings, Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

  6. I love series and this one sounds very interesting.

    kissinoak at verizon dot net

  7. Hi, Laura.

    This is a series I look forward in reading. I read Sacrificial Sex and loved it!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  8. Sounds like a great read. Something else to add to my ever growing TBB list.


  9. Sounds like an interesting childhood - lots of places (some of which I'm not sure would be so nice these days).

    kolists a/t gmail d\t com

  10. This sounds like a great series that I would love to read! Were you inspired by any scifi shows/writings to create this series?

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  11. Gee, things you don’t already know about me seems nonexistent. I practically told all about myself in interviews, blogs, chats, articles and mostly my books. Yeah, because a lot of me is in them, even if they mostly talk about men, if you only know how to find it. Maybe I haven’t stressed a lot my love for cats. Those cute, cuddly, furry, scratchy, bity, intelligent, sensual, legant felines are one of my passions and I’ve got five of them at home to kep me company. In fact, in April my first Italian release L’Investigatto (The Cat Detective) will be out in print and I’m very thrilled about that.
    Regarding what inspired me to write Virtus, I can’t really say. I kept having this recurrent dream about a handsome dark prince with long hair flying wild as he rode on his black horse, utterly lost in a land he should’ve known but oddly didn’t—a storm about to hit him just to make the situation more tragic—until he sees candlelight shimmering in a window. When he gets to it, he realizes he’s not lost at all, in fact he’s very close to home, but with the storm’s fast approach, he, skyla, decides to stop there for the night if they’ll offer him hospitality. But the woman standing on the thresholds feels awfully familiar, though he hasn’t the slightest idea who she is or why she should feel like someone he’s intimate with. Thus begins Virtus and from there on, you’ll get more surprises than they’ve bargained for LOL



  14. hi, Estella, if you love fantasy and series, this might just fit your tastes LOL Thanks for coming to the party!

  15. No, thank you, booklover, for being such an affectionate reader. And if you loved Sacrificial Sex, you'll find some traces of it in a certain twists of my favorite character of the series, which of course I'm not going to reveal, but you'll spot them immediately. Of course, the rest of the story is nothing like it, more fantasy oriented, almost nothing horrorish about it except in this one bloody twist, which totally fits the character and his personal history. But all will be revealed only to those who read LOL

  16. One of my favorite film lines comes from an Italian movie where the someone asks the main character why he isn't reading anymore and he answers, "You know, there are so many of them who write, but there's just one of me to read, so I figured I could never keep up." Well, that's the sam way I feel a lot of times, too, Beth, and I totally understand why your TBB list can only get longer. But I hope you'll find time to read this.

  17. You’re totally right, Karen, some of them like Nigeria are completely out of the question, not good not even for a brief visit. The country’s gotten so dangerous, our Embassy always advises travelers against going there except if it’s absoulutely necessary. In a way, it makes me sad to know I might never see the places I grew up in again in my life, but then I think I have so many pleasant memories of them, why should I spoil them by seeing how bad they are today? Memories are so much more wonderful and I think I can live with those alone, at least if the situation stays as it is.

  18. Not really, joder. I don't particularly love sci-fi genre, especially the one written by men because I find it too technical, less emotional. One author I do love in that genre is Philip K. Dick, but I don't consider him sci-fi because he wrote about his paranoic worries in today's world, pretending to set them in another world only to make it easier for people to understand him. But I'm sure he always talked about the world he was living in and the dangers he perceived from the future, which I'm sorry to say, have come just as he predicted. So he was a visionary and a prophet in many way, which is why he's one of my favorite authors. And for this series, I followed a bit his example, using the fantasy world only as an excuse to describe a how I'd like the world we're all living in to be: free of prejudices, free of violence, free of material possessions, free of animal slaying, free of corrupted politics, free of many things except the emotions that come deep from the heart. Call me visionary, but I think if we all tried, we could achieve such a world, some day, some time.

  19. This sounds like a very good series. Do you have to read them in order? Are they stand alone books or do have to read all the books to be able to follow them?

  20. Hi, sherry, this is a serial, which means they're not stand alone but have to be read in sequence because it's the same characters growing and progressing in their personal knowledge of their world, of their powers and mostly, of themselves. Especially the first three books are make little sense if one hasn't read the premise, how it all started, which is in this first release.

  21. Wow, sounds like a great series you've got started here. I prefer to have a female lead in the m/m stories I read to help put myself in the story. The fact that she's part of the romance, is a super bonus!

    Do you have any mysteries in English? And do m/m stories sell well for you in Italy?

  22. Hi Laura,
    Congrats on your new series. They are definitely going on my TRL, right at the top.This one sounds so exciting and interesting I can't wait to start.
    I wish you much success with this new story.
    Carol L.

  23. Thanks, Carol, I hope your wishes come true LOL And thanks for stopping by. Ciao, Laura