Virtuous Fluff

Virtuous Fluff is a short, fun monthly newsletter that takes you behind-the-scenes of a Catholic author writing contemporary romance, fantasy, and much more.

I write fluff — fun stories that entertain us and enrich our lives, without making us pull out literary criticism textbooks to parse a hidden meaning. At the same time, I refuse to fill my brain or yours with images and characters that make our souls feel grungy, so I tell stories of men and women living ordinary lives and striving for what matters most. That’s where the adventure of virtue comes in.

If you like good stories that help make good humans, come hang out with me!

Love in the Eternal City: A Swiss Guard Romance
Chrism Press, 2024

Rome—once the heart of an empire, now the heart of the Catholic Church—has witnessed many love stories. When the Eternal City draws together a Swiss Guard and an American expat, a modern-day romance blooms in the shadow of Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Haunted by a broken engagement and betrayed by her best friend, Elena Gattino travels to Rome for a new job and the hope of a new life. Fueled by pasta and bolstered by prayer, she becomes brave enough to forge new friendships with the Rechsteiner siblings as she explores Rome and finds her footing at work.

Benedikt Rechsteiner is comfortable serving in the Swiss Guard, even if he recognizes his life lacks a special something…or someone. Simmering family tensions and uncertainty about his future have left Beni wary of relationships, but his unexpected feelings for Elena challenge him to face his fears.

Soon, Beni and Elena’s friendship turns into more, thanks to the matchmaking meddling of a Vatican spymaster, a Swiss Guard comrade-in-arms, and Beni’s overenthusiastic yet lovable sister. But then Elena’s past follows her to Rome, putting her in danger that even Beni may not be able to save her from. And if Beni wants to be with Elena, he’ll need to discern where his own future lies—and reconcile with his father after years of bitterness. Can the two forge a relationship strong enough to withstand the suffering that comes their way? Or will the tensions of their own lives pull them apart?