I love getting to know authors, the more the better. We share the same passion and we have an instant connection. This is exactly what happened when I met (virtually) fellow Romanian author Carmen Stefanescu. Her writing career has been going on far longer then mine with poems then later prose, both in English.
Her newest release titled “Shadows of The Past” receives more and more recognition. For that alone I invited Carmen to stop by with a guest post. Before I give her the floor, here some more details about her latest release.
Publish date: 4th December 2012
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: paranormal/light romance/light horror.
Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.
The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.
Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?
The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.
Author, Carmen Stefanescu’s Site:http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/
Buy Link: Wild Child Publishing
I thank Cami for suggesting the topic of this post –What does it mean to live in Dracula‘s country?
I won’t bore you with economical, social and political details. I’ll leave these for another place and another time. By the way, have you ever thought that the blood of someone famous, whose name inspires, even nowadays, a feeling of admiration or unease or dread may be flowing through your veins? No? I must admit that I haven’t either till I wrote the novel Dracula’s Mistress and, come to think of it, Dracula’s blood may flow through my veins, too, as I am a native of his country.
If you go outside in the street, in the States, and ask at random, ordinary people passing by “Have you heard about Romania “, you will be, most often, met by frowned eyebrows, confused looks or shrugging the shoulders. Or even answers like: “Well, I don’t know… is it South America… or maybe Africa….”
Ask the same people “Have you heard about Dracula’s country?” A large smile/grin will lighten the face of your interlocutor. “Oh, Dracula. Yes, yes, I heard about it. Somewhere in Europe. Transylvania. Vampires.”
So, I am glad to live in a country known to everyone, be it only because it is linked to a name bearing negative connotations: creatures of the night, fangs, sucking the blood of maidens, crimes and horrors. Dracula is said to have drunk his victims’ blood, terrified his enemies and turned into a bat at will. The border between legend or history and figments of people’s imagination is difficult to perceive in his case.
Links between the British Royal Family and Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century nobleman whose deeds inspired the vampire legend are exploited now for advertising reasons. Books, movies, restaurants, T-shirts, fan clubs, toys, posters, wine…. So many products with this name Dracula. It’s a powerful brand and a source of inspiration for generations to come.
There are many people in Romania who are bothered by this analogy, Romania – Dracula’s country. I am not. I am proud to be one of his country people. And I chose to think about Dracula as a symbolic personality, a hero, a true leader, who used harsh yet fair methods to reclaim the country from the corrupt and rich boyars. I wish there lived another man like him in his present-day country!
Anyway, words are never enough to describe the place. Beautiful landscapes with gorgeous mountains and mysterious ancient forests, clear rills coming down grassy slopes to meet the Danube.
Well, not to mention that there are enough elements in the Romanian mythology – ghosts, zombies, vampires – to be a real attraction for visitors. We have our paranormal, haunted places, too. Come and visit Romania and you’ll see for yourselves how Dracula’s country really looks like. And to prevent getting bored while crossing the ocean, get a copy of Shadows of the Past and read it. Otherwise you don’t know what you are missing!
Thank you, Cami, for hosting me today!