Happy October!

My new short story, “Bridge of Sighs,” is finally here!

I’ve just hit “publish” on my latest short story, “Bridge of Sighs,” on Amazon.com, and it is now officially for sale in time for October. Hooray!


Venice, 1610: “ My uncle the goldsmith died less than an hour ago but the Plague Doctor is already at our door…”

After the bubonic plague takes his parents, ten-year-old Tonino is apprenticed to his uncle in a small goldsmith’s studio perched on a bridge. But as the Black Death reaches its hand into his uncle’s workshop, young Tonino is faced with making a choice to survive.

From the author of THE GONDOLA MAKER and MADE IN VENICE comes a short tale of pestilence, Venetian artisanship, and the will to live.


I hope you’ll be able to help me boost exposure for this new story. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Go to Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. Type “bubonic plague” in the search bar under “Books” or “Kindle Books.” You should see “Bridge of Sighs” on the first page. Click on the book cover. If you don’t see the story right away, you can link directly to it here.
  2. Buy “Bridge of Sighs.” It’s only 99 cents for a few more days in order to celebrate the launch. (And if you’re enrolled in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, you can read it for free!)
  3. Take advantage of the launch bonuses! Until October 15, I’m offering a second short story, “The Tapestry,” free to my readers. In addition, you can enter the special launch giveaway I’m running. On October 15 I’ll be drawing the name of the winner of ten paperback novels set in Venice, along with an authentic plague doctor mask handmade in Venice!  The more you share the giveaway on social media, the higher your chances of winning.

I’ve long been fascinated by the plague doctor, a fixture of premodern medicine. You can read more about the history of the plague doctor mask here.


Pssst… Do you have your Halloween costume yet?

To be clear, you don’t have to buy “Bridge of Sighs” to enter the giveaway; instead you can enter the giveaway directly here. (But at 99 cents “Bridge of Sighs” is a steal and a great way to support me–thank you!)

Click here to get your copy of “Bridge of Sighs” on Amazon. The links to the giveaway and a free copy of “The Tapestry” are inside the ebook file.

As always, I am extremely grateful for everything you’re doing to support me and my work. Thank you in advance!

Have you read “Bridge of Sighs?” Drop a comment below. I love to hear your feedback!


Explore my books:

Florence by Laura Morelli
The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli
Venice by Laura Morelli