RC Marlen,
author of 5 Novels

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Drop of Fire
Granada, Spain
: Among the caves of Sacramonte where the Gypsies live, the gypsy Carmensita is murdered while wearing a ruby necklace on her wedding night. Her grandmother names the necklace - The Gypsy's Teardrop - and places a curse on it seconds before the Italian bridegroom Regalito snatches it and flees.
Milan, Italy: Unknown to Regalito, his brother Antonio watches him, as he buries the necklace after three women have died because they wore it. Antonio uncovers the cursed ruby, taking it with him as he disappears from his family.
St. Louis, Missouri in USA:
Soon after arriving in United States, Antonio walks into the Great Fire of St. Louis to discover his destiny of firefighting, but The Gypsy's Teardrop causes untimely deaths and he can't rid himself of this curse. Finally his wife Ilse suggests a solution; Antonio thinks he is rid of the cursed necklace, but years later he has the surprise of his life ... as will the reader.


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