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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dilemma

From the writing desk of Christine Mazurk


I'm late posting today for a couple of reasons. The first is the topic. Yesterday, the news was filled with remembering the Boston Marathon bombing a year ago. As an athlete, I felt that might be the topic to write about today, but the more I thought about it the more I realized I couldn't go there.

I felt too many emotions; anger for the senseless act that killed four and injured two hundred and sixty innocent people, pain and sympathy for the people who were injured, awe for the ones who have had to overcome the loss of a limb. The strength these individuals have to move forward and continue living their lives made me cry. They are an inspiration to all.

Though, again, the anger sets in. INNOCENT people, they did nothing to those brothers, and yet they've suffered. My blood boils that our tax dollars are keeping the one brother isolated in prison. My thoughts became dark ... so I decided this is not the topic for me. I'll stop here and move on to more pleasant things.

My cats. Two lovable fur-kids. This morning was their annual vet visit. Rounding them up and getting them in the carriers was comical and took a few minutes. Once inside, they sat quietly until we got them in the truck for the drive over. Actually, he sat quietly. She ranted, mewling as if to say, "Why? Why? Why?"

They were weighed, vitals checked, teeth examined. All good, and then ... two shots each! Ouch. I think I cringed more than they did. They did fine! They're healthy and all is good for another year. Samba even got a kiss on the nose from the vet for being such a good boy. The visit was rounded out with nail trimming and back in the carriers they went. Once home, he closed himself in the bathroom - to pout maybe, and she went straight to the bowl for a nibble. They lightened my mood, made me realize how precious they are. My heart swelled with love.

Isn't it amazing how our moods can change so quickly? I think that's one of the reasons I write the kind of stories I write. To evoke emotion in my readers. I want to inspire, to help people step out of their comfort zones, to show them that courage can take them to a new level, if they'll simply take a risk!

In Passion's Race, CJ Fallon takes a huge risk, faces adversity, and learns the true meaning of family. She risks everything, even her life to prove her worth. Won't you join her on her journey?

Now that I'm in a better frame of mind, I should get back to finishing Passion's Spirit, book two in the Passion's Series.

Until next time. Hugs, Christine.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

They were destined to love forever and fight evil together . . .

GenieSmolders_coverTUESDAY'S REVOLVING BOOK is the paranormal romance THE GENIE SMOLDERS by KELLYANN ZUZULO
They were destined to love for all time . . .

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Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Genie-Smolders-Zubis-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00DQH0GWG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372860734&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Genie+Smolders

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PUBLISHER: Boroughs Publishing Group http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/kellyann-zuzulo

SYNOPSIS:
Zubis. A jinni. A creature of fire. A lover who touched Bethany’s body and soul like no man ever could. He swore to love her forever, but betrayal and ancient promises tore them apart. Bethany escapes with their child. When their baby is snatched, Bethany will reunite with Zubis in a storm of heady desire and deadly intrigue. Together, they reignite a smoldering love that has the power to set two worlds on fire.

AUTHOR BIO:
Kellyann Zuzulo writes romance and young adult fiction. She is the author of the series, 101 Nights, as well as the novel The Genie Ignites, which was a finalist in the Abalone Awards, which recognizes “outstanding ethno-cultural romance.” The Genie Smolders was released in July 2013. Seven Souls A Leaping, an anthology to which she contributed the story Star Light, Blood Bright was selected by Joyfully Reviewed as one of the best of 2011. Kellyann is a member of the Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Backspace Writers Group, and a regular contributor to The Pop Culture Divas blog. A former journalist, Kellyann lives on the East Coast with her husband, three children, and two terriers.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Get to know a Lachesis Publishing Author (Patricia Grasso - historical romance author)

pagan-brideToday, Patricia Grasso tells us a bit about herself and her writing. Patricia is an award-winning, and national best-selling author, who has been writing for many years. Patricia has several historical romance titles at Lachesis Publishing, including the Scottish historical romance Pagan Bride about a psychic heroine in Queen Mary's court, and the Regency romance series The Douglas series about three sisters in Regency England. 

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and why?
I never (consciously) realized I wanted to become a writer until I actually became a writer. Ditto for teaching. My late-parents lived through the Great Depression so, even if I’d had a great yearning to write a book, my father would have told me to get my teaching credentials first. Teachers get regular paychecks and health insurance. Later, I realized that my favorite authors wrote one book per year.  Once read, I would need to wait another year. So I decided to write a book, but only talked about writing for five years. Finally, a friend asked when I was going to stop talking and start writing. So I started writing. I wrote for five years before I sold my first book, which was my actual first book.  Sounds great, huh? No way. Most writers have a few unpublished manuscripts collecting dust under the bed. With my first book published, all my mistakes were “public” mistakes.

Describe your favourite place to write?
I create at my writing desk, not my computer desk, facing a blank wall. No television, no music. My book planning and first draft is done with pen and paper. Only then do I sit at the computer.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?
The short answer is usually a cat. I know you want the long answer so here goes. I keep a dictionary, the old fashioned printed-in-a-book kind.  There are also two other books: a book of proverbs and a book of Shakespeare quotations. I also keep extra large index cards for my planning and first draft. The extension of my writing desk is the walls beside and in front of the desk. Here I place poster boards: one is for hero and heroine, one is for secondary characters, and one is for information I will use frequently. Beside my writing desk stands a floor lamp, the kind with a swing arm. Hanging from the arm is a good luck charm Hannah Howell brought me from England. Resting on the chair is a red briefcase that holds my “stuff” for my  work in progress (schedule for writing, printed chapters, scraps of papers with ideas). I did leave my “stuff” on the desk until my cats trained me to put my “stuff” away.

What is your tea/coffee beverage of choice when you’re writing?
I drink six to eight glasses of water every day, mostly with meals. Through the day, I drink strong coffee with soy milk, no sugar.

What do you love to read?
I love to read happy endings. Most genres: romance, historical, horror, mystery. I don’t want 21st century “realism” when I read. I want an “escape from real life” interlude.

What is some good advice you can give to an emerging writer?
Persistence, persistence, persistence. Quitters never win and winners never quit. I know authors who received close to a hundred rejections and now sit on the New York Times and USA best-selling lists. Have faith in your ability. Never stop learning about writing. Be kind to other writers.

What do you do after you finish a book? Do you celebrate or take a nap?
I start the next book.  Honestly, I really do start the next book. No nap, no celebration.

You write wonderfully rich historical romances – including Regencies. Your Regency Historical Romance series about the Douglas sisters features three heroines who each carry a heavy burden. Tell us about them and why you chose to write stories that explored very real issues in addition to the romance.
TO CATCH A COUNTESS COVERTO CHARM A PRINCETO TEMPT AN ANGEL COVERAngelica, Samantha, and Victoria are the daughters of a deceased, alcoholic earl who had fallen on hard times. Angelica is the oldest and most confident who wants revenge on the man who scammed her father. I can relate to that.  My Irish-Scots mother taught her children never to hit anyone first.  If someone hit us, then we should always hit back. I believe characters and real-life people should get what they deserve. Samantha and Victoria are different from Angelica.  Samantha walks with a limp and Victoria suffers from dyslexia. Both sisters must overcome feelings of inferiority. Think back to your own childhood/teenage years. Most of us had something that made us feel insecure. I use real problems because perfect people make boring characters.

You have a gift for writing child characters. The children in your books are a joy and often steal the show. Where do you draw inspiration from when creating your child characters?
I love kids. Everything we needed to know we learned in kindergarten. Five and six year olds emulate their adults, repeat what they hear, develop adults’ attitudes.Their lack of experience makes them humorous. I taught older children (grades 8 through 12) for 30 years and discovered that, no matter how old or big we are, the inner kindergartener is still there. I had an English class of juniors, most of whom were the big bad linemen on the football team. At five feet tall, I had entered the land of giants. Most were six feet and weighed more than two hundred pounds.These big bad linemen made me laugh every day because they were kindergarten kids in a full-grown body.

What are you working on next for Lachesis?
I love fairy tales, and my next two books are inspired by two favorites---Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.
Isabelle Montgomery (book one) is an orphan with an absentee brother who enlists a duke (the hero) to act as Isabelle’s legal guardian while he (the brother) leaves England on business. Isabelle has the proverbial evil stepmother and two nasty stepsisters. Everyone believes Isabelle is “unhinged” because she talks to herself. Isabelle is actually speaking to a smart-mouthed fairy godmother/ guardian angel

Miles Montgomery is the hero of the Beauty and the Beast tale. Several years after Isabelle’s story, Miles is burned trying to save his wife. Having retired from society, he wears a mask on the scarred side of his face. Enter our heroine, a princess in need of a husband. Like most men, Miles wants an heir, and a marriage deal is struck between him and the princess. With the princess’s help, Miles learns that true beauty comes from within.

Connect with Patricia Grasso online on her web site and on facebook
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Can love be enough when you're from two different worlds? (contemporary romance)

Skyline of Boston's Back Bay area seen at dawnFRIDAY'S FANTASTIC FIND IS the contemporary romance THE COURAGE TO LOVE by CHRISTINA TETREAULT.
Book 1 in Love On The North Shore

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SYNOPSIS:
When Hollywood sweetheart, Mia Troy, checks into the Victorian Rose, the only things on her mind are rest and relaxation before she begins work on her new movie in Boston. That is until she meets Sean O’Brien. From the moment she checks in, Mia is drawn to Sean, a reserved man who sees past her celebrity status.

The co-owner of a successful bed and breakfast, Sean has accepted his position in life—until the day Mia Troy checks in.

Despite his better judgment, Sean can’t ignore his physical attraction to Mia. Soon he gives into his desire, telling himself all she wants is a quick fling to pass the time. As they spend time together, his feelings grow. But can love between two people from such different worlds ever last?

AUTHOR BIO:
I wrote my first story with characters similar to those in the Sweet Valley Twins books at the age of 10 on my grandmother's manual typewriter. As I got older my stories and characters became more mature. During my freshman year at UMass Dartmouth, I read my first romance novel and fell in love with the genre. I have been writing contemporary romance ever since.

Today I live with my husband, three beautiful daughters and two dogs in Massachusetts. Whenever I have a free moment you'll find me either reading a romance novel or working on my most current story.

CONNECT WITH CHRISTINA ONLINE:
facebook: www.facebook.com/christinatetreaultauthor
twitter: @cgricci
BLOG: http://happilyeverafter-cgtetreault.blogspot.com/
WEB SITE: www.christinatetreault.com

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

She healed his wounds, now she must heal his heart. (Marek's Gift by Anna Dynowski - inspirational romance)

np_cover_imageTuesday’s Revolving Book is the contemporary inspirational romance Marek’s Gift by Anna Dynowski.
Book 2 of The Moretti Men series.

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SYNOPSIS:
Jet-setter Santino Moretti died and left the Triple-M property, worth nearly $25 million, to his three neglected sons, Micah, Marek, and Matteo, each born of a different marriage, and each unknown by the others. Before any one of them can inherit, he must take turns living on the farm for three months, then they must return and all three live together for a final three months. Half-brothers, city boys, and complete strangers, they face the biggest challenge of their lives: to put aside their distrust and bitterness and live together like a kind and caring family. The fast shifting lifestyle of undercover law enforcement agent Marek Moretti demands quick reflexes, quick thinking, and quick decision making skills. Unfortunately he gets bested by a covert operation gone sour. His career of intrigue and excitement over, the lone maverick has nowhere to go to recuperate from his injuries when the hospital releases him. Except to Willow Creek and the Triple-M Farm. Maybe that’s what he wants. Some peace. Some quiet. Some time to brood as he heals. What he doesn’t want is working the “family” farm with his “brothers.” Or Arielle Lebreque, the nurse hired to travel with him and nurture him back to health. She’s bossy. She’s brash. She’s beautiful. And she’s driving him crazy. No matter how many times he fires her, she remains a permanent fixture in his life, set to heal his body. And his heart.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Anna Dynowski’s belief that love never fails (I Corinthians 13:8 N.V.) and her passion for God, has led her to write what’s in her heart love—and what’s in her soul—faith in God. Her heartwarming stories of love, romance, and Christian faith are designed to encourage and entertain. She makes her home in Toronto, Canada, with her husband of 29 years, and her cat, Misha. Readers may contact Anna at: annadynowski@yahoo.ca or visit her website at: http://www.annadynowski.com/