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She was looking for her mother’s secret. Instead, she found the world's greatest secret.

Constant Guests is a book about the first Tarot ever made. A Parisian party girl uncovers four lost and found stories related to a tarot deck from 1389. This book is a hybrid adventure novel, swinging between history, mystery and fantasy.

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GAINS

FOUR STORIES

"I found myself fighting not with one, but with four stories that wanted to be told."

STORY 1
takes place in the present. After a shocking revelation concerning Mara, her now deceased mother, Isa begins searching through Mara's mysterious past.
STORY 2
is set in 1991. For unknown reasons, Mara, a young museum curator, starts a mysterious quest. She leaves behind some clues and very few friends.
STORY 3
takes place in 1389. An old man deviates from his mission when he falls in love with a young princess. His impossible love makes him risk everything.
STORY 4
takes place in the year 100. A dying man dictates his last words to two scribes. As he dies, he tells the world's greatest secret: the Apocalypse is written down.

DECONSTRUCTION

This might sound a bit complicated, but it isn't. There are two main things relating Constant Guests to deconstruction. Firstly, we're living in a deconstructive era. This means that there are no "last words" to be written in order to close the deal forever. We want sequels; we want never-ending stories. That's why when Constant Guests ends, some secrets have not been fully revealed, or, if they were, that was just the starter for a brand new secret. A totally different mystery revealed itself... just in order to be solved. And when it did, the revelation came with a new quest.

Secondly, deconstruction says that the text is always flexible. Any text. There is always a multitude of interpretations of the same word. What about the image? Well, the image is even more open to multiple interpretations than the text. And some particular images are even more mysterious, more open for endless interpretations than others. That's the case with the tarot images. This is the reason why a book about tarot always has to be an invitation for interpretations and reflections.

ITINERARY

"You went to Florence?" Victoria asked, suddenly animated. "How is Florence these days?"

Isa felt her nerves wanting to explode.

"Florence was great. All the statues are in their place."

MY READER

This book is destined for an open-minded reader, a reader who likes surprises and doesn't mind having her or his mind blown. A flexible mind, a curious spirit. My reader might easily be a young woman in her twenties, like Isa. Or she can be a lady in her forties or fifties, like her adoptive mother, or her real one. My reader is very likely to be someone curious about tarot: not just about tarot history, but its occultist side as well, which means that she or he loves multiple interpretations. My reader can be someone interested in new readings and interpretations of the Bible. Or she can be an academic of any age interested in the practice of deconstruction. But my reader does not have to be interested in any of these, she or he might just want to have fun. Regardless her or his age, my reader has a young spirit and wants to be taken on an unpredictable adventure without minding genre switches. That's the kind of person I am writing for.

AUTHOR

"This wasn’t a work of fiction. Everything described in the book happened to him."

My name is Patricia Nedelea and I'm currently living in Transylvania. After lots of life changes, I chose to become a full-time fiction writer. Constant Guests is my first novel.

At first I was an actress, but then I wanted to do more, so I've done two PhDs. One was mostly about deconstruction, a reading and writing method I'm in love with. The other one was about tarot history. I wanted to use what I've learned, while doing even more research, so I started writing a novel which uses the history of tarot, as well as deconstruction as a way of writing.

I have something in common with Isa, the main character: a few years ago my mother passed away, too. Perhaps this explains Isa's search for her mother.

TAROT

"I want to know how they were invented."

"But you already know how."

"I want details."

This tarot deck from 1389 is the first ever made. Three people were involved in its production: Giovanni Marignolli, its commissioner and designer, Bembo, its painter, and Valentina Visconti, its recipient. The deck consisted of 24 cards: seven virtues, seven vices and eight more figures. It was accompanied by a faceless Prudence with a letter written on its back (see right).

Carte Tarot Fata Carte Tarot Spate

TRAILERS

"I want to see in front of my eyes everything that happens in that book."

EXTRAS

Chapter "And what if"

An extra chapter that neved made it to the book

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Charlie's article

The beginning of Charlie's academic notes

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Volume 2 short preview

The first pages

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REVIEWS

"A complex, engrossing archaeological thriller with a plot stretching over many eras."

KIRKUS REVIEW (July, 2016)

"The author's craft and creativity (plus the glorious tarot card illustrations) are superb."

BLUEINK REVIEW (June, 2016)

"The writing is polished and reads smoothly. I was most impressed by the powerful plot lines and the seamless integration of different historic moments into an absorbing story."

READERS’ FAVORITE (July, 2016)

"Constant Guests by Patricia Nedelea is an ambitious genre-bending adventure through history with a surreal, yet fitting conclusion."

FOREWORD CLARION REVIEWS (July 2016)

"Nedelea's debut is a unique tale with four stories-within-a-story taking place during four different time periods. The enchantingly twisty narrative constantly shifts between first- and third-person viewpoints."

ROMANTIC TIMES REVIEWS (June, 2016)

"My mind was blown away reading this tale. Nedelea does a marvelous job in giving her characters such vivid personalities and developing such a creative, yet plausible plot that I felt I was right in the book traveling alongside Isa."

ONLINE BOOK CLUB FOR READERS (July, 2016)

(to be continued)

FAQ

"Bravo, boy. That's not a bad question," the man in black said. But you still haven't asked me the correct question."

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