August 30, 2011

Interview with Marcello Forelli - River of Time Series Blog Tour

I'm so thrilled to be a part of this tour because I seriously profoundly LOVE this series! They are an epic mix of historical fiction with thrilling heart-pumping adventure and unbelievably delicious men romance! What more can I possibly ask for? 

I was supposed to interview Marcello but Lisa had to do it for me because, as soon as I saw him, I was shocked into silence by his utter, steaming HOTNESS *sigh* ;P


Lisa: So…talk to me about Gabriella. I get the feeling you didn’t know what love was before you met her.

Marcello: [squints eyes and considers me, then tilts head] I don’t know if that is true, m’lady. I loved Lady Romana.

Lisa: Right. But my sense is that you loved her like a brother, a loyal friend. What you discovered with Gabriella was…different. Right?

Marcello: Sensed? You sensed my love?

Lisa: Hmm. It’s a figure of speech from our era. That’s what I gathered, understood.

Marcello: [slowly nodding] Yes. I believe you are right. Gabriella…it was far different than what I ever felt for Romana. From the very beginning. Are you a seer?

Lisa: A seer?

Marcello: Someone who knows things beyond mere mortals.

Lisa: I’m an author. So…uh…sort of. Tell me what was it? What about Gabriella caught your attention?

Marcello: [narrows eyes, as if totally confused] Have you not met my Gabriella?

Lisa: Yes, but I’d like to know what you discovered about her when you met.

Marcello: [eyebrows raise, shakes head] She was utterly unique. Beautiful. At first desperately out of place. Like a flower in winter. But then, quickly, strong, so strong. A warrior queen coming to her feet, head high. I’d never met anyone like her. [shrugs] Everyone she meets sees her in a similar way, along with her sister, Lia.

Lisa: Do you attribute that to her being from a different time?

Marcello: My Gabriella would be unique in any time.

Lisa: Okay, got it. So…tell me. Did the fact that she was from another time not completely freak you out?

Marcello: Freak me out? What is this turn of speech?

Lisa: Throw you for a loop. Make you run for the hills. [pausing] Uh…Did it not frighten you?

Marcello: [leaning forward, forearms on knees] It is, indeed, a fearsome and wondrous thing. It can only be of God.

Lisa: Does Gabi agree with you?

Marcello: I think so, yes. Neither of us fully understands; we both are merely in awe that we have been brought together at all.

Lisa: What would happen to you if something happened to Gabi?

Marcello: [moves hand to hilt of sword] You know of a new threat against my beloved?

Lisa: [lifts hands, easing him down] No, no. None that I know of, m’lord. But you live in a volatile time.

Marcello: [leans back again, with casual shrug] You’re the seer. But come what may, Gabriella and I shall find our path. We are destined to do so.

SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT: For more on Marcello Forelli, visit his brand new Facebook page to ask him a question yourself.
For more on Lisa Bergren, see her website, or check out the River of Time site and Facebook page.

August 29: Lisa’s Favorite Scene/Quotes from WATERFALL & CASCADE (Page Turners) 
Aug. 30: Character Interview with Marcello–and surprise announcement (YA Bliss) 
Aug. 31: Ten Useful Italian Phrases In Case You Hitch a Ride w Gabi & Lia (Gone With the Words) 
Sept. 1: How to Make Italian Pizza On Your Gas Grill (Reading Teen)*TORRENT’S Official Release Day!!!* 
Sept. 2: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Lisa Bergren (Mundie Moms) 
Sept. 3: An Itinerary for the Perfect, Dreamy Week in Tuscany (The Secret Life of a Bibliophile) 
Sept. 4: Character Interview with Gabi–and semi-surprise announcement (Eve’s Fan Garden) 
Sept. 5: Excerpt from a potential 4th novel (Lisa Bergren)


One winner will receive all 3 books in the River of Time Series. 
Giveaway is open worldwide and ends September 13, 2011. 
If the winner lives in US, he/she will receive the books signed!! 
If an international entrant wins, he/she gets to choose between e-books or unsigned hardbacks. 


  1. Oh! This was great. It made me laugh, Lisa trying to explain different figures or speech and sayings from our time to Marcello! Great! I'm a fan of him on Facebook! It's so entertaining to see his posts! :D

  2. This was awesome! Marcello is so ...beast xD Great Giveaway too by the way.

  3. I love character interviews!! And couldn't get much better.
    Thanks for the interviews and the giveaway!

  4. Aww Marcello. He's so sweet. Him and Gabi are adorable. <3

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. haha, This is awesome! I don't know this Marcello yet, but he sounds pretty...swoon-worthy. In fact, he may be sa-woon worthy! Absolutely love the way he responds to Lisa too, with the wording and etc :o)

  6. So cool! I LOVE Character interviews! They're so much fun to read! Especially when they're with Marcello... *sigh* Gotta love him!

  7. I LOVE Marcello and Gabi !! They both are so awesome and adorable together !! I really enjoyed reading the interview of Marcello ! *sighs happily* and thank you for this Superb giveaway. !

  8. That is so funny. Marcello is amazing, to way he loves Gabi that much. I am definatly team Marcello!

    Rebekah Gyger

  9. LOLOL! This was so funny! Thanks for this fun interview!

  10. Haha, I love Marcello. He's captured my heart for sure! Great interview! :D

  11. This was so awesome!! Marcello is the best-so loving and sincere to Gabriella. Thanks for the givaways too... awesome!

  12. This is such a cute interview! I love Marcello!! Can't wait to read more about him in TORRENT! :)

  13. I loved the interview. I laughed out loud a couple of times...

  14. Awesome post! I love the interview. Thank you for being apart of the blog tour :)

  15. Wow, what an interview. Totally and completely LOVED it!! :-)

    The men in the River of Time series are just totally, freakin' awesome! (especially Rodolfo, imo! ;-)

  16. haha, aw, I love Marcello. I don't think I'd be able to keep my composure enough to conduct a proper interview either. :)

  17. Too much fun, Marcello & Lisa :)

    Marcello, Luca, Lia and Gabi graciously allowed me to interview them on my blog, too, if any of you want to check them out.

  18. What a fun interview. I can't wait to see what happens in Torrent!

  19. How fun - so funny!

  20. Marcello is awesome!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  21. Thanks for the chance to win! I haven't read the "Rivers of Time" yet, but hope to read the first book soon. =)

  22. Thank you for the chance to win! :)

    Cherry Mischievous

  23. Thanks for the giveaway!! :) I can't wait to read these books!

  24. This series looks amazing! I just added the first book to my To-Read list on Goodreads.

  25. I love this series so much. I especially adore Lord Greco! Would love to win the giveaway sooo much as they only have Torrent in New Zealand for $40!!!!



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