Saturday, July 04, 2015

Weekend Wildcard - Of Ice Cream and Italians

The Pink Heart Society is delighted to welcome back Liz Fielding as she talks about the end of an era, with the last book in The Ice Cream Trilogy.

This week brings with it the publication day of the last of my "ice cream" books which makes it both a wonderful and sad occasion.

I didn't write these books as a trilogy, they didn't follow one another in a swift sequence. I've written two or three books in between so it's taken a while to tell Elle, Sorrel and now Geli's story.

They've been with me for a long time; it was 2010 when Rosie, the 1962 Commer vintage ice cream van, was driven up to the door of Gable End by Sean McElroy in Tempted By Trouble (Elle's story) and it all began.

In that time I've learned a lot about ice cream - and resisted the lure of the ice cream makers in the Lakeland catalogue a dozen or more times!

I've had fun researching fashion - those girls had trunks stuffed with vintage stuff in their attic. And Geli has a touch of the night about her (she started wearing black when she was nine) so I had the best time hunting down gorgeous steampunk and Goth fashion on Pinterest.

This is Geli's favourite neckwear!
For those of you who have followed the story so far, you won't be surprised to discover that there's a stray kitten tossed into the mix, although - because I did decide to set this book in Italy - you may be surprised that the book opens with Geli arriving in Milan in a snowstorm. (More lovely research!)

This is the roof of one of world's most amazing shopping arcades and I think it suits Geli's love of the Gothic rather well. :)

It's not just the snow and the lost kitten that cause Geli problems on her arrival. There's something wrong with the map showing the way to the gorgeous little apartment she's rented and she stops for help at the famous Cafe Rosa where the Amery genes, famous for getting women into trouble, meet their Waterloo in the shape of Dante Vettori.
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Are you a fan of ice cream and Italians?  And do you like heroines with a Gothic-bent?  Join the discussion in the comments!

Liz's Vettori's Damsel in Distress is out now:

Her Italian knight? 

Angelica Amery has come to Milan for a fresh start, only to find that the bijou apartment she'd rented doesn't exist! Taking refuge in a nearby café, she meets enigmatic but darkly handsome Dante Vettori, who comes to her rescue.

What else could Dante do? He feels responsible for Geli, and that's before he kisses her! But soon this unconventional English girl is playing havoc with his complicated life and emotions, throwing into stark relief just how much Dante needs rescuing right back!

Liz Fielding is the multi-award winning author of more than sixty romances, check out her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter for more information.


  1. Yay, ice cream!! Can never decide what flavor I like best: triple chocolate, tiramisu or salted caramel.

    Funny that your heroine's name is Geli as the Italian word for ice cream is gelato - perfect fit!

  2. I hadn't realised that, Viv! How funny. :)

  3. I'm a big fan of ice cream and Italians - and a heroine with a Gothic bent - specially when they're all in a lovely Liz Fielding novel - just perfect for a summer's day. Did you really not know that Geli was so close to gelato as Viv says? I spent all the book, thinking that was deliberate! Thank you for a lovely read.

  4. LOL, Kate! It really just passed me by, which is crazy, but Angelica has been a character for four years - long before I thought of sending her to Italy so, no, not deliberate, just a lovely coincidence. :)

  5. Sweet serendipity, Liz! Looking forward to reading Vettori's Damsel in Distress. Your blog is looking gorgeous.