Bene Factum Highlights
…and other stories
I didn’t intend for Alex to be in my book, he just appeared, sort of uninvited, as he always seems to in real life.”
–The Unround Circle
Just because I made it up doesn’t mean it isn’t true…
Master of the written word Pete Bellotte presents twenty-two short stories exploring the limitless range of behaviour that people are capable of.
Amusing, perplexing, dark-minded, or even hilarious, the characters inhabiting this universe have just one thing in common: a determination to challenge expectations and upset the norm. You’ll never see them coming.
In their own way, all of them – liars and murderers, heroes and romantics – fight back against the forces, right or wrong, that work against them. They defy convention… Break the bonds… Unround the circle.
E-book out now from Amazon and other e-tailers
Paperback to be released in May 2015£9.99
A Novel of Venice
Moving between the wonder of 18th-century Venice and the dark chaos of Germany at the end of World War II, The Merchants of Light is the story of a dynasty of artists who lived, loved and died by painting.
In May 1945, beleaguered Monuments Man arrives in the bombed-out German city of Würzburg. His mission — to rescue vulnerable art treasures from the ravages of war. But surrounded by utter devastation, he wonders if there will be anything left to save…
What he finds will uncover the story of Tiepolo, the vibrant and prolific Venetian artist, and most successful painter of his day, and of Cecilia, mother to their tribe of talented children and model for the sublime beauties that appear throughout her husband’s works.
This family’s dramatic saga interweaves with the 20th-century struggle to rescue their most spectacular masterpiece, creating a bridge between old world and new, and asking — can human creativity triumph over human destruction?
Read a free SAMPLE here to get a taste.
The immensely gifted Marta Maretich recreates with unerring eloquence the world of Tiepolo, his family, his patrons and his art. Few writers bring such skill to writing about art and these glittering pages, like the masterpieces Maretich describes, are full of life and passion. I felt that I too was walking the streets of eighteenth century Venice, a privileged visitor at Tiepolo’s studio. The result is a wonderfully absorbing and exciting novel.”
author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
eBook available from Amazon and other online e-tailers
Paperback to be released in March 2015£9.99
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Pete Bellotte is a music producer, songwriter and author of The Unround Circle and other stories. He is credited with the many hits of Donna Summer as both producer and writer, as well as Elton John, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, The Three Degrees, Shalamar and Cliff Richard, among others. His songs have featured in films such as The Full Monty, Scarface, Zoolander, and American Hustle, and been covered by Beyoncé, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna and Kylie Minogue among others. His song, Hot Stuff, is in Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 Songs. Pete is a leading collector of the writings and art of Mervyn Peake and has written on this subject in various periodicals. He lives in West Sussex where he shares a state-of-the-art recording studio with his musician/songwriting wife, Ellie.
Visit his website at www.petebellotte.com.
And as a treat, here’s some Donna Summer: