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Meet my Character Meme–Blog hop

25 Aug

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Peeps, prepare to go behind the scene, inside my novel in ways you haven’t ever expected. My dear friend Noemi Ghirghi writing as Mimi Sebastian tagged me and I thank her for the opportunity. What are the rules for what’s called MEET MY CHARACTER Meme? It’s simple:

This highlights a main character from one of my soon to be published work. Here are the questions to answer about the main character from a WIP (work in progress):

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Her name is Jane Sullivan and she’s a fictional person. 

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is set in present day, part of the novel happening in the US (Arizona and California) and part of it in Paris, France.

3) What should we know about him/her?

Jane is a widowed make up artist whose goal is to keep her husband’s memory alive and raise their 4yr. old daughter, Ella Rae. She’s very traditional, uptight and lives a simple life. Arrogance and shallowness rub her the wrong way–always. She doesn’t believe in second chances.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

She gets unwanted attention from Lucas Oliver, an acclaimed model whose face and chiseled abs appeared on thousands of romance novels.   

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Jane is passionate about writing and pursues her dream of becoming a published author.  

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The working title is Me Tarzan–You Jane. Momentarily I’m shopping around for an agent. More updates soon!

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

We’ll have a press release in the next few months.

I hope you had fun learning a few things about my newest finished work. Now hop over at Mimi’s blog to see what she has in store for you (she writes incredible urban fantasy).
To keep the game going I’m tagging the following authors:

Ana Calin and Carmen Stefanescu. Both women are fellow Romanians writing in English and their prose is outstanding. Check it out for yourself.

Thanks for playing!

Winner Announcement for the 2013 Debut Author Giveaway Hop

12 Dec

The 2013 Debut Author Hop is over. The lucky winner taking home an e-copy of the novel The Blacksmith by Ana Calin is … Holly B.

2013 Debut Author Giveaway Hop

3 Dec

It’s time again for yet another giveaway. This time Kathy at I’m A Reader Not A Writer teamed up with Mary at BookHounds and organized the 2013 Debut Author Giveaway Hop. Thank you, ladies!

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The giveaway runs from 12/04-12/11 with the winner announcement on my site on 12/12. Its title is pretty much explanatory: the participants must give away books of authors who published their first novel during 2013.

I have quite a few favorite authors I discovered this year, but for this blog hop I decided on Ana Calin and her debut novel The Blacksmith.

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What drew me to Ana’s is her writing voice. I remember first reading a blog of hers and getting sucked in. Her voice is catchy, with a richness that reminds me of dark chocolate, black cats and quicksand. Intriguing combination you might say but that’s the best way I can describe her style. 

For lovers of demons and angels, suspense and mystery mixed with romance, The Blacksmith is for you. I’m giving away one e-copy to one lucky winner. For your chance to win it you must become a follower of this blog (thank you very much!). If you are already then befriend me on Goodreads. If you do not have an account on GoodReads then you can either like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. Leave in the comment section the venue you’re following me and under what name.

Good luck everyone!

 

The Writing Process Blog Tour

18 Nov

Ever curious about how writers and authors write? What inspires them? How do they hone their stories? What drives them?

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I’m an author myself and often wonder how my fellow peeps do it. Do they all hear voices like I do? Do they write one story at the time or multiple? I assure you it’s different from one individual to the other. About a week ago I was asked by Ana Calin, a dear friend and fellow author if I want to participate in what it’s called The Writing Process Blog Tour. This blog tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process and I am happy to be a part of this cross promotion. Ana posted hers last week. You can check out her writing process @ Fiction Online by Ana Calin.

On with the questions…

What are you working on?

If fighting with my characters is called working, then yes I’m working on my next novel tilted (for now) Me Tarzan—You Jane. I began writing it after attending a writers’ conference last year, the heroes and the story line so clear and easy to delve into, I thought it would be done in a few months. Then another story (Born In Sin, Dacian Legends, book# 2) popped in my head and it forced me to set the novel aside to write the new story. I finished and published Born In Sin end of May of this year. Took a short break from writing to promote my new novel then returned to Me Tarzan—You Jane. All went well until about six weeks ago when I found myself staring at the computer and unable to move the story from my head onto the screen (if only my fingers would collaborate!). That won’t be too bad considering Me Tarzan—You Jane won’t come out until spring of 2014, but the constant fighting with my characters drives me crazy. I’m also okay with them taking over my brain (gave up on that fight long ago), but I have so many other stories either in work or outlined that those characters become impatient. Can you imagine what would happen if my ancient warriors would pop in my head at the same time with my modern alpha male but can’t-chop-an-onion heroes? My poor brain would explode for sure.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I took a big risk writing my Dacian Legends—Born In Vengeance, book #1, Born In Sin, book #2—from the hero’s perspective which is unusual for a romance. The reason I did that was because the male heroes were the ones embarking on the journey to love, not their women. I have no regrets going that route, not only very rarely done in the romance genre, but also because love is seen and experienced so differently by men and women. As for my other novels (Hidden Heart, A Word Apart) I stayed away from the usual formula (man meets woman but conflict keeps them apart until they are reunited for their happily ever after). Real life doesn’t happen that way and, while I do write fiction, I like my stories to be believable and help readers identifying themselves with my characters. In general I like to bring two people together, build their relationships then train-wreck their lives. Whether their relationship is strong enough to stand trial or not it’s to be found out in the end.

Why do you write what you do?

For as long as I can dig down the memory lane I loved, starting with kindergarten. I’m a sucker for books, all things romance and the road to finding love. I believe that love colors our lives, conquers all fears and makes us better individuals. I believe in its power to heal and make us stronger, unlike any other emotion. And a heart without emotions it’s a stony one.

How does your writing process work?

My writing process is different from one story to another. It took me nine months to finish the final draft of my debut novel, Hidden Heart. Only ten days (and nights) for Born In Vengeance. Usually the story line or at least the major milestones flow fast and easy. Building my heroes—it depends, some easier to draw, some harder.

I usually read one or two chapters before starting a new one. It helps me reconnect with my heroes before I write the next scene. I transformed a guest room in my office by setting a desk in front of the window. I have several grammar books next to my computer. It’s total silence around me and the only “person” allowed in is Bella, my dog.

Thank you for visiting and reading my post. You can check out the writing processes of my wonderful and talented friends Cindy C Bennett, Juli Caldwell and Sherry Gammon on November, 25th.