Luna Press Extends Italian Connection

Luna Press Publishing has announced the acquisition of English World Rights for Italian author Francesca Noto from publisher Astro Edizioni. The same Italian Press from which the signed the rights to Daniele Azara’s work. Is this a sign of a stronger connection between the two publishers?

Francesca is known for Teen Fantasy Romance, and Luna Press have signed the rights to translate and publish her successful novel Sons of Storm.

The book, known in its original Italian as Il segno della tempesta was the winner of the International Montefiore Award in 2016 and is the first of three Urban Fantasy titles released by Noto.

Luna Press have issued the following description of the book:

Sons of Storm is an urban fantasy novel, based on Norse mythology, about the difficult transition from adolescence to adulthood and the ties of a deep friendship, developing into male romance, between two very different boys. Nathaniel is a shy seventeen-year old guy raised between New York and Florida, with a stunning case of heterochromia, a prophecy to fulfill, and an unusual and loving family around him which he fears disappointing with his lack of hereditary special powers; Winter is a lonely nineteen-year old albino boy, raised without a family and as mad at the world as he is street-smart. When they meet, under the most unlikely of circumstances, and get stuck in a wild and ancient world, they will need all their strength, powers, and the special bond developing between them, to survive and find a way back to our reality. Forced to face harsh fights, hard decisions, and devastating revelations, they will share a common fate and fight a war greater than themselves, to finally find out what it means to be Sons of Storm.

And also the following statement from the author:

“The two main characters of Sons of Storm started telling me their story back in 2016. At the time, I was translating a beautiful horror novel by Poppy Z. Brite into Italian. I was so in love with her lyrical, powerful style of writing, and the way she managed to describe a passionate and delicate male romance in the most terrifying and weird context. I think she inspired me very much in the creation of my story: I felt I needed to enter the minds and hearts of my two characters, and understand their deepest reasons, to give them true life.

Nathaniel and Winter are teenagers on the verge of adulthood, forced by circumstances to grow up fast and make hard decisions to survive and find the answers they seek. Their journey home becomes a deeper quest from boy to man, and their bond oversteps friendship, teaching them the meaning of true love, despite everything and everyone.

In the end, Sons of Storm is not just a fantasy adventure: it’s a tale about diversity, finding your true self and the sheer importance of cherishing the time we have been given.”

Francesca Noto

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