Today marks the first of the last seven days of the Child of Grace blog tour, apart from Sunday, which I set aside for a special poetry feature for the book. These seven days will be dedicated to exposing more of To Die Once. Also, to win an ecopy of To Die Once, that is, apart from the weekly ten winners, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog or on my facebook. Everyday, a winner will be selected, and they will be featured on my blog in the month of June–seven winners, seven features!
Today, we’ll talk a little bit about Anguillara Sabazia and Lagos, two of the four settings in To Die Once. Here it goes!
Did you know …
1. That even though Anguillara Sabazia is just a town, it has it’s own coat of arms like a country?
2. That it is on a beautiful lake called Bracciano, as well as another called Mantigno. The two lakes and the surrounding area have been declared a Regional Park under strict naturalistic control. Motorboats are strictly forbidden on Lake Bracciano, except for very few exceptions. Sailing, canoeing, and swimming, however, are allowed. Lake Bacciano is also a drinking water reservoir for Rome, and one of the cleanest lakes in Italy.
3. It has maintained its beautiful medieval architecture, and the medieval center is a popular destination for tourists.
4. It has a local train that connects it to Rome called Rome-Capranica-Viterbo in Italian. A typical trip is about 40 minutes. [*The same train that Rodrigo and Jennifer took on their way home from their honeymoon in Paris!]
5. The town has its personal website, which is written in Italian of course.
6. That a two-part episode of Everyone Loves Raymond was actually shot in Anguillara Sabazia!
7. The town got its name from an ancient Roman villa called Anguillaria, because the villa used to rise where the coast makes a right angle.
8. The local history of the town is deeply related to the Anguillaria Family.
9. There’s an Early Neolithic archeological site not far from the town, believed to have been highly civilized. It dates back to more than 5000 BCE. Also, a lot of the Roman villa ruins are not far from the town as well.
Did you Know …
2. That it is the second, fastest-growing city in Africa, and the seventh in the world.
3. It is mainly inhabited by a tribe of people called the Yoruba.
4. It was originally named Lago de Curamo in 1472 by Portuguese explorer Rui de Sequira; its present name Lagos means ‘lakes’ in Portuguese.
5. It is a metropolitan area made of islands and a mainland; the islands are separated by creeks.
6. It has one of the highest standards of living in Africa.
7. That the Port of Lagos is a leading port, and one of the largest and busiest in Africa.
… now you know! Leave a comment and you might win a copy of To Die Once and get featured on my blog in June!
About the Book
Two men, one woman, a rosebush …
… a terrible past, an uncertain future
Jennifer, a woman unexpectedly trapped in a path of love and passion against everything she believes.
Rodrigo, a man set to get what he wants at the cost of what matters most.
Stefano, a man with a past, a story to tell and passion to offer.
Chidi, a friend in need, a friend indeed. Or not?
From a culture where good girls follow the norm and live as they’ve been told, Jennifer is no different from any other girl until by happenstance, she meets and falls in love with Rodrigo, a man who’s handsome, rich and foreign. Different. She has no idea who he is or what he does, and is swept into a world of romance and passion. It is not long before she discovers a shocking truth that shakes both her world and his.
Then he is gone.
Stefano shows up at a time when Jennifer has made up her mind about the rules of life. He thinks she’s beautiful and is in love with her. In a bid to convince her to give him a chance in her life, old memories once buried are brought to life. And the events that follow don’t leave anyone unaffected by the truth of the past that was left unsettled.
Meanwhile, Jennifer with her friend Chidi, find themselves on a self-discovery journey that has one of them raising questions.
Some just have to ask, where is God in all this?
… an inspirational romance, from Lagos to Italy.
Praise for To Die Once
“A little mystery, a bit of intrigue, a lot of romance. To Die Once is a Christian romance with real characters facing deep issues. The emotional writing is truly heart-felt. This is Ms. Uyeh’s debut novel and thankfully, this won’t be the last.” — K. Victoria Chase, Bestselling author of From Across The Divide, Virginia Justice, Raphael: volume 1, Santiago Brothers book series.
“Miranda Uyeh has penned a novel full of heart. To Die Once is a story alternately thorny and tender that tackles the various forms of love – romance, friendship, and faith – in unique settings and situations. Often surprising, consistently intriguing, Uyeh’s debut is a bold start to her blossoming writing career.” — Amber Stokes, Author of “The Heart’s Spring” Series
“A fun inspirational romance read” — Rektok Ross, Best selling YA Romance author of Prodigal
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