Sunday, February 15, 2015

Author, Author Shine Out Loud! From Mystical Memoir to Mystery Writer

Author, Author Shine Out Loud! From Mystical Memoir to 

Mystery Writer

Dana Micucci has enjoyed a decades-long career as a widely published journalist and author writing about culture, travel, and spirituality. She is the author of a new novel, The Third Muse, an international art-world mystery inspired by Renaissance ideals and the divine feminine teachings of the Magdalene Order. Her last book, Sojourns of the Soul: One
Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth, was a gold winner in the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards. She has a private healing practice and conducts transformational talks and workshops nationwide.

The main themes of The Third Muse:

The wisdom of the heart. The transformative power of love. The divine feminine mystery teachings of the Magdalene Order. 
 The story/message of The Third Muse
 --In Dana Micucci's new novel The Third Muse, a metaphysical mystery set in the international art world, New York  journalist  Lena Leone investigates the mystery of a stolen painting, the Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni by the Renaissance master Ghirlandaio. In the process, she undergoes a series of initiations that unexpectedly take her on a transformative journey deeper into her heart. 

--The Florentine noblewoman Giovanna Tornabuoni, who is schooled in the divine feminine wisdom of the Magdalene Order, reaches out to Lena through time and teaches her about the healing power of love.

--Flashbacks to the  Renaissance period and Giovanna's life mirror the New Renaissance that we are experiencing now on many levels--in culture, spirituality, science, health and wellness, and ways of doing business-- through a great shift in consciousness .

Audience for The Third Muse 

--Micucci wrote The Third Muse particularly to empower women.  She hopes the story of the soul connection between Lena and Giovanna, two women  six centuries apart, will inspire strength and courage in women for generations to come.   

The author's  Journey in Writing the Novel and Why She  Wrote It

-- Micucci, a Pittsburgh native and longtime New York journalist who has written for many well-known publications, began writing The Third Muse in a garret in Paris 25 years ago.  This very  long labor of love is her fifth book and first novel. She says it was a test of her faith to keep  holding onto her vision and believing that The Third Muse would one day be published.  She is pursuing a film adaptation of the book, another one of her longtime dreams.

Unique Aspects about this Book

--Having studied fiction at Columbia University under the late novelist Raymond Kennedy, to whom The Third Muse is dedicated, Micucci  weaves together themes from her own life in the novel, which is set in New York, Paris, and Florence. She says The Third Muse, like her last book, the spiritual travel memoir Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman's Journey around the World and into Her Truth, is ultimately about the universal human journey towards wholeness.

The Author's  Career as a New York Journalist and Author.  Her Writing Process.

--As a journalist Micucci had the privilege of traveling to many exotic, sacred sites throughout the world. She chronicles these journeys and her own inner illumination and growth in her memoir Sojourns of the Soul, which delves deeply into the timeless spiritual  teachings of the world's wisdom traditions.

How The Third Muse Builds upon Prior Book the Award-Winning Sojourns of the Soul

--Both of these books--Sojourns of the Soul and The Third Muse--carry a heart-centered message for our time.  Micucci believes that we will be able to create a whole new way of being on a whole new earth, when we think with our hearts, see with our hearts, trust with our hearts, and lead with our hearts.

Other Projects

--She speaks frequently at venues around the country about Embodying the Wisdom of the Heart, where she shares powerful heart-based teachings and practices from the world's wisdom traditions (Tibetan, Egyptian, Mayan, mystical Christian, shamanic, etc. ) gleaned
from her lifetime of travel that people can apply to their daily lives.

--Micucci will be giving a presentation, Embodying the Wisdom of the Heart, on February 15 at Unity Center of Pittsburgh  from 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Register at www.unity

--Though she has traveled the world, she says she is proud to be from Pittsburgh, a city with so much heart. She makes frequent trips back to Pittsburgh to visit her family.  She is now based in Taos, NM, after many years in New York City.  

What Author Hopes readers will gain from The Third Muse

--Micucci also has a private healing practice, having trained in energy and shamanic healing with many well-known teachers.  She says all her work--writing, speaking, mentoring, and healing services--carries a transformational healing vibration aimed at empowering people to live to their fullest potential.

--For information about Micucci's  audio course, Awakening the Mystic Within: A Course in Self Mastery for Higher Living, and her mentorship program, Divine Life: A Woman's Guide to Your Own True Power, visit her website

New York journalist Lena Leone is beautiful, successful, and has a devoted boyfriend. Yet something is missing. When her editor sends her to Paris to investigate and write about a stolen Renaissance masterpiece, the Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni, she becomes immersed in a dangerous art scandal that tests her to the core and jeopardizes her life. Lena’s haunting visions of Giovanna in Renaissance Florence turn up the heat.
The Third Muse combines mystery, suspense, history, and spirituality with radiant eloquence. Dana Micucci masterfully explores the timeless quest for wholeness through the soul connection of two women six centuries apart. At the heart of her exquisite novel is a story of unbridled heroism that will inspire strength and courage in women for generations to come. Discover the seven life-altering initiations that lead Lena not only to solve the mystery of the stolen painting but to open to a more expansive love. Get The Third Muse on
“This beautifully written mystery, set in the international art world, expresses a deep heart-centered wisdom inspired by Renaissance ideals and the goddess archetype. In our own time of great change and rebirth, Dana Micucci celebrates the return of a divine feminine consciousness and the power of love.”
—Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
“Dana Micucci’s The Third Muse is a wonderful blend of spirituality, history, suspense, and intrigue. At its center are the deep divine feminine mystery teachings of the Magdalene Order. This novel serves as a powerful vehicle of awakening and remembrance for the many present-day members of this Order who have yet to discover who they are.”
—Catherine Ann Clemett, author of Soulweaving and co-author of Anna, The Voice of the Magdalenes
The Third Muse is a captivating read! From the intriguing international art scene to time-traveling through the Renaissance, you will be inspired and touched by the spiritual exploration of this book.”
—James F. Jereb, Ph.D., award-winning author, visionary artist, and founder of the sacred site Stardreaming

Thank you very much,
917-626-6583 (cell)

 Dana Micucci
Author | Speaker | Healing Practitioner

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