Here's the short version: Serenissima: A Novel of Venice by Erica Jong. This is a masterpiece from one of my favorite authors. It has a smattering of Italian throughout, but as far as I can tell, it all scanned accurately. I read this for the first time about 20 years ago and am looking forward to enjoying it again. Pretty Boy: A Sam Jones Novel by Lauren Henderson. A fun, quirky mystery. The Televisionary Oracle by Rob Brezsny. Okay, guys and gals, this one is out there, even for me! Remember that guy from college who did too many mushrooms and everyone wondered what he'd be doing when he was 40? Well, I think we've found him in this book! All three of these contain language and situations that some people may find offensive, though I've submitted romances that were more graphic than any of these. <smile> I've done my best to make them all excellent scans, but as always, let me know if anything needs rescanning. Enjoy, and here are the longer synopses. Serenissima: A Novel of Venice by Erica Jong Serenissima is the story of a love so great it bends time out of shape. A novel of Venice today and Venice in its illustrious past, this exquisite tale gives the reader both a compelling portrait of our modern-day film world and a clue to the passions behind Shakespeare's most enigmatic work. Jessica Pruitt is a popular Hollywood actress in her forties who has come to Venice to be a judge in the Venice Film Festival. In the rollicking paparazzi-crazed atmosphere of the festival Jessica senses that something mysterious is in the air. She begins receiving roses and sonnets from an unknown admirer who seems to be beckoning her to leave the narcissistic present and enter an enchanted past. The weather grows colder, the tourists depart, the canals freeze; it is one of the coldest autumns in history. Jessica is captive in Venice and goes deeper and deeper into Shakespeare and the history of the city, which the Venetians call "La Serenissima." While exploring the Jewish ghetto of Venice, Jessica suddenly finds herself at the Grand Canal in the Venice of Shakespeare's time-where she has, at once, been transformed into a Venetian Jewess of the sixteenth century. Shakespeare and his patron, the Earl of Southampton, have come to Venice to escape the plague, which rages in England, and a passionate love triangle develops among the three. Jessica experiences the great sensual love she has always been seeking, a love that history decrees cannot last, except in the timeless world of poetry. Pretty Boy: A Sam Jones Novel by Lauren Henderson It's New Year's Eve in the quiet English village of Lesser Swinfold, and sculptress Sam Jones has arrived to celebrate the holiday with her old friend Tom, who teaches primary school and lives in a rustic bed-and-breakfast. Sam is not in for a relaxing vacation, though. Hugo, Sam's city-loving boyfriend, is vexed to no end that they had to leave London for the countryside and won't let her forget how unhappy he is. However, Hugo's tantrums are quickly forgotten when Tom's latest girlfriend is killed and Sam suddenly finds herself thrust again into a murder investigation where Tom is the lead suspect. While defending her wrongly accused best pal, Sam ends up uncovering more than she bargained for, including her deep attraction to Alan, a young, impossibly gorgeous college student who may hold the key to the entire case. The Televisionary Oracle by Rob Brezsny The Televisionary Oracle is the mostly-true story of the kidnap of a marginally successful rockstar (curiously resembling Rob Brezsny in his other career as a musician) by the Menstrual Temple of the Funky Grail. This ancient mystery school is hell-bent on "killing the apocalypse" in the most enjoyable ways possible. The chief shamanatrix of the Menstrual Temple is Rapunzel Blavatsky, who might be the pranksterish reincarnation of Mary Magdalene and the time-traveling possessor of a sixty-six-million-year-old television--or else maybe just a foxy, jive-talking babe with delusions of grandeur. To accomplish their aims, Rapunzel and her crew employ countless tricks that reside on the borderline between wacky performance art and sacred, kick-ass ritual. All Rockstar knows is that they intend to begin initiating certain selected men--maybe even him--into the mysteries of menstruation. But how does a testosterone-possessed Dionysian idol prepare for the menarche? And is there really a possibility, as he suspects, that navigating his way through the intriguing ordeal will arouse the lusty interest of the enigmatic Rapunzel?