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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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The oompa loompas are on strike

The KDP version of the latest BUSCAFUSCO ebook is taking forever to filter through the Amazon validation system. Is something wrong?
Is the fact that in this adventure Buscafusco tackles the Chinese Triads and the Italian Copyright regulation authority part of the problem?
Is the reference to the dark web and gambling?
Are there nipples or other banned elements hidden somewhere in the book, of which I am unaware of?

The mystery remains. It’s good to see that after these many years, Amazon keeps screwing up my accurately plotted launches.
If you really need a fix of BUSCAFUSCO and you can’t wait for the oompa loompas to drag their backsides to work and do their job, you can of course go to Gumroad, following the links you find HERE.

Thank you for your patience.


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BUSCAFUSCO: Fun & Games

While the Amazon oompa loompas do their job, Fun & Games, the third novelette in the BUSCAFUSCO series is up on Gumroad, in pdf, epub and mobi format, DRM-free. heck it out.

Useless to say, my Patrons in the Five Bucks Brigade get it at a discounted price, and my upper tier patrons already got their free copies. 
Because it is good to be my Patrons.

ADDENDUM: both Women & Children and Ghosts & Shadows, the first two BUSCAFUSCO adventures, are now available through Gumroad as pdf, mobi and epub, DRM-free files.


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Spring & BUSCAFUSCO

I am currently about 5000 words into the new BUSCAFUSCO novella, called Fun & Games. The ideas for the new cases had been laying in the back of my mind for months, and I needed a vacation. I plan to have the story finished soon-ish, other engagements permitting.

Writing to calls from publishers is fun and it’s – hopefully – profitable, but sometimes the constraints are too tight. It’s good to open a file and just let the ideas and dialogues pour out, let well-established characters do their thing, take life and run away with the story. And BUSCAFUSCO’s is one of my favorite in this sense. There is a simple formula, there is a cast of characters I am familiar with and I like to write about, there is the Belbo Valley as a venue, an inexhaustible source of strange ideas and weird crimes.

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Two-months review

It’s been a busy two months, December 2017 and January 2018, two months during which I finally put to work the fast internet connection activated in October and I started my online courses. Two months during which the first phase of the AMARNA project started, and of course the first two months on Patreon.
With this post, I will try to give a brief overview of these two months, focusing on Patreon in particular. Continue reading


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BUSCAFUSCO: Saints & Witches

santi e fattucchiere cover 2 smallI have just completed a story called BUSCAFUSCO: Saints & Witches, that was financed through a crowdfunding by my Italian readers.
Yes, it is in Italian.
It was a wild ride, and I’m pretty spent at the moment.
And yet, it would be fun to be able to translate and adapt it in time for Halloween. But I can’t really. Apart from the fact that it would be a rush job, the pact with the sponsors of my crowdfunding is that I will not publish the story until the 15th of September 2018.
So I might do it in English too for Halloween 2018.

Which leaves me with another problem: what could I do for Halloween this year?
Maybe an Aculeo & Amunet short, you say.
Or give it a try and finally launch that new series about a supernatural detective?

Ah, decisions, decisions!


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Buscafusco: Ghosts & Shadows

Winter in the wine hills of Monferrato is as beautiful as it is cold.

In the early days of the year, Buscafusco is making end meets by shoveling snow out of other people’s driveways.
But on New Year’s Eve, a boy vanished on his way to the new year party.
And old ghosts are stirring in the old, dark, cursed Villa Brichetto.
Who you gonna call?

BUSCAFUSCO: Ghosts & Shadows is out now, on Amazon.