Maria Grazia Swan


Best selling author Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy, but this rolling stone has definitely gathered no moss. She lived in Belgium, France, Germany, in beautiful Orange County, California where she raised her family, and is currently at home in Phoenix, Arizona--but stay tuned for weekly updates of Where in the World is Maria Grazia Swan?

As a young girl, her vivid imagination predestined her to be a writer. She won her first literary award at the age of fourteen while living in Belgium. As a young woman Maria returned to Italy to design for--ooh-la-la--haute couture. Once in the U.S. and after years of concentrating on family, she tackled real estate. These days her time is devoted to her deepest passions: writing and helping people find happiness.

Maria loves travel, opera, good books, hiking, and intelligent movies (if she can find one, that is). When asked about her idea of a perfect evening, she favors stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food and perfectly chilled Prosecco--but then, who doesn't?

And then there is her latest attempt at conquering the world of readers-who-love-Italy-and-anything- Italian. Yes, she has a new series out thanks to Gemma Halliday Publishing. The Lella York’s series has released 2 books to date;
Murder under the Italian Moon and the newest addition, Death Under the Venice Moon

Where to find Maria Grazia Swan online


Mina's Adventures
Mina's adventures ~ a mystery series full of girl's attitude and Italian flair. ( and a few Italian cuss words)
Love Thy Sister
Price: $3.99 USD.
Bosom Bodies
Price: $3.99 USD.
Italian Summer
Price: $3.99 USD.
Ashes of Autumn
Price: $3.99 USD.
A Cat to Die For
Price: $3.99 USD.
Best in Show
Price: $3.95 USD.


Bosom Bodies
Price: $2.98 USD. Words: 51,420. Language: Italian. Published: March 4, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Cosa non si fa per amicizia? Be’, evitare di finire nei guai accusati di aggressione, contrabbando e omicidio, sarebbe un buon inizio. E anche non lasciarsi coinvolgere in una fuga rocambolesca, con tanto di assassini alle calcagna e un cavaliere in sella a una moto scintillante, che di principe azzurro non ha neanche il nome dato che si chiama Diego, aiuterebbe molto
Sniffing Out Murder
Series: Mina's Adventures, Book 7. Price: $3.98 USD. Words: 56,380. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » General
When she tries to locate the owners of a lost dog, Mina is drawn into tracking down a murderer in spite of her loneliness, absentee boyfriend, and the fact that even with an espresso machine worth more than a diamond ring, she still can't manage to make a good cup of coffee.
Best in Show
Series: Mina's Adventures, Book 6. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 45,070. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Mina Calvi, Italian transplant to Southern California, thinks her love life might finally come together, just as her professional life has. But a Matchmaker to the Stars, a temperamental Italian chef and the usual menagerie of people and pets, stir it all up and you have an entertaining, hard to put down romantic tale of suspense.
A Cat to Die For
Series: Mina's Adventures, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,070. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » General
Mina Calvi's new Furry Friends Foundation is a dream come true for the formerly footloose young woman. Her no-kill shelter rescues and places dogs and cats into new forever homes, and it gives Mina a purpose in life. But changes are looming on a perfect Sunday afternoon at the Dana Point Marina where she is minding the adoption booth. Abduction and murder are part of an unfolding drama.
Italian Summer
Series: Mina's Adventures, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,450. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When they say, "you can't go home again," they're talking about Mina Calvi, twenty-something Italian transplant to California. In the decade she's been gone, the village nestled at the foot of the Dolomites has changed much, yet remained oddly the same. Friends have moved on, family members passed away. Can Mina survive her Italian Summer?
Desert Moon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,050. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When her cat hitched a ride without her, she had no choice but to tail the furry creature... From award winning author Maria Grazia Swan comes a story of suspense, romance, and one mischievous cat... How does a domestic black cat from Southern California become a stowaway and end up in Phoenix Arizona? That’s what Lella York wants to know as she crosses the desert to bring her cat back home.
Venetian Moon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,640. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Lella York proves that you can take the woman out of Italy, but you can't take Italy out of the woman. Convinced her lover is cheating on her, Lella is hiding out in Venice, Italy, where her son is wrapping up a film. Passionate, impulsive, and menopausal, she sees her romance hiatus cut short when the papers name her the femme fatale lover of an Italian actor who disappears without a trace.
Gemini Moon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,870. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Italian-born Lella York is trying to figure out who she is. Her husband has died. Her son is grown and, for the most part, gone. And now, her best friend is missing. Upon returning to Southern California after a visit to her beloved Italy, Lella is shocked to learn the mysterious circumstances of Ruby's disappearance as well as the death of Ruby's husband. And Lella's son is the prime suspect.
Apples, Appaloosa and Alibis
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,870. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A good deed, a sexy French millionaire, and a deadly mystery. Just a typical day for Monica Baker… Monica thought her luck was finally improving… until she found herself caught up in a murder investigation. Again. And running the risk of being the next victim.
Wine, Dine and Christmas Crimes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,910. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
At a gathering atop the tallest building in Phoenix, Arizona, to celebrate Monica Baker's newest listing, the body of a mysterious young woman is found floating in the pool. But why do fingers point to Monica? Is it the victim's missing clothing that links Monica to the crime?
Food, Fools and a Dead Psychic
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,900. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The Psychic Fair is in town, with Mediums and Psychic, Astrologers galore. Believers and skeptics stroll the booths and the nooks just as the wise and the fools, all searching for answers to their life’s dilemmas. Some of them will go home full of hope, other filled with disappointment, one of them won’t go home at all.
Cooks, Crooks and a Corpse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,860. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Can't resist lighthearted comedy dressed with a little mystery that never takes you down a dark road? Good, because that’s what you get when you put two hot Italian imports together. Meet the hot pink Fiat 500 and its owner, real estate agent Monica Baker.
Christmas in Venice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,250. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Amanda finds she has to do more than pet-sitting over the Christmas holidays when Matilda the tortoise goes missing. Soon the whole neighborhood rush to help, but no one with more enthusiasm than the mysterious body guard of the recluse romance writer next door.
Stories My Grandfather Told Me... And Other Tales
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,380. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2016 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
I grew up in a small Italian town at the foot of the Alps. We didn’t have television, computers, or any other type of home entertainment. During the long winter evenings we listened to stories. My grandmother could tell fantastic tales of fairies and monsters. Often cousins and other neighborhood kids will gather in our kitchen to listen to Grandma spin her magic.
Cats, Gondolas and Valentines
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,910. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(1.00 from 1 review)
It’s Valentine’s Day Eve and Mina is in Las Vegas for a conference about shelters and refuges for abandoned cats. And the conference is at The Venetian Hotel. Love is in the air. Unfortunately so is the love of her life, Diego, who is flying to a distant meeting. Or is he?
Ashes of Autumn
Series: Mina's Adventures, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,870. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
On the eve of the final sale of her mother’s business, Italian import Mina Calvi faces a crossroads. The road she dreams of foretells a life of rosy bliss in a quaint Laguna Canyon cottage, sipping cappuccino with her lover, Diego.
Bosom Bodies
Series: Mina's Adventures, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,040. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Italian-born Mina Calvi has a way of finding trouble, but when she offers to help a friend by moonlighting at Bosom Bodies restaurant, it’s trouble that finds her. The body of the restaurant manager is discovered on the beach, a hit and run victim, and Mina’s VW Bug is impounded as the vehicle used in the crime.
Mating Dance: Rituals For Singles Who Weren't Born Yesterday
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,190. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2014 . Categories: Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Women's sexuality
Mating Dance is not a step-by-step manual on how to disco or merengue. It’s a chronicle filled with tales of love in unexpected places, stories of women with secret pasts, and yarns about men who don't know what’s good for them or even what they want.
Love Thy Sister
Series: Mina's Adventures, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,300. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Italian-born Mina Calvi lives in a mansion in idyllic Orange County, California with her protective older sister, Paola. Unemployed again and aimless, Mina can’t seem to find her niche in her adopted country, but confusion and restlessness soon become the least of her problems.