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Where I’ve been…

21 Aug

In my last post I promised to reveal where I was on vacation so here I am telling you all the big secret… I’ve been to Romania and Italy and soaked my soul in the goodness of my parents, hugged my relatives and laughed with my friends. I had an incredible trip I hope to never forget!

I have so many memories, some tattooed in the folds of my heart, some on my brain’s  “screen” and some in pictures. I decided to write in episodes my entire trip, but for now I leave you with a bunch of photos.

Enjoy!IMG_3691 IMG_4372 IMG_3214 IMG_3266 IMG_3291 IMG_3395 IMG_3634 IMG_3899 IMG_4224

 

Indie Author Giveaway Hop June 13 – June 19

16 Jun

THE SHOW GOES ON WITH …

It’s Indie Author Giveaway Hop and I’m proud not only to be part of it but also to be one of many indie authors out there following a dream, making it happen and living it to the fullest.

My journey through writing and publishing had been a smooth one because I do what I love most–from the first letter to the very last dot on the page–giving life to the voices in my head, and turning them into flawed heroes, exciting stories, and endless love. I have (so far) two novels out and one short story (not self-published, but as part of the summer anthology It’s A Love Thing published by Prose by Design). With a few projects in the works I have no intention to stop. I’m here for the long haul, for as long as my muse shadows me and my heroes tell me their stories.

And since today is a day to celebrate indie authors, join me in celebrating myself as one of them with giveaways including my published work:

Hidden Heart – one e-copy

A World Apart – one e-copy

It’s a Love Thing – one e-copy

Interested?

Enter your info in the form below. Let’s party!

Indie Author Giveaway Hop

12 Jun

It’s Indie Author Giveaway Hop and I’m proud not only to be part of it but also to be one of many indie authors out there following a dream, making it happen and living it to the fullest.

My journey through writing and publishing had been a smooth one because I do what I love most–from the first letter to the very last dot on the page–giving life to the voices in my head, and turning them into flawed heroes, exciting stories, and endless love. I have (so far) two novels out and one short story (not self-published, but as part of the summer anthology It’s A Love Thing published by Prose by Design). With a few projects in the works I have no intention to stop. I’m here for the long haul, for as long as my muse shadows me and my heroes tell me their stories.

And since today is a day to celebrate indie authors, join me in celebrating myself as one of them with giveaways including my published work:

Hidden Heart – one e-copy

A World Apart – one e-copy

It’s a Love Thing – one e-copy

Interested?

Enter your info in the form below. Let’s party!

Marie Tillman’s memoir THE LETTER–5 Star Review

24 May

They say behind each successful man, there’s a smart woman. I say behind each hero there’s a Marie.

The Letter by Marie Tillman is a heartfelt insight into her life after her husband’s death as well as a journey through all stages of grief she’s experienced since then. Pat Tillman’s life had been in the spotlight very little before he died as both he and Marie have shied away from the public eye, preferring the coziness of their home, the serenity of their relationship, the comfort of their love. The NFL player who gave up a successful career as a football player to enlist in the army became an icon after his death in April 2004. The circumstances surrounding his death still create a lot of controversy, including two congressional hearings and multiple investigations. Somehow Marie had to learn how to cope with the media infatuation with her husband as well as with all the attention she unwillingly received.

I applaud Marie for her ability to capture real feelings, real emotions making the book that much more intense, allowing readers a close look into a grieving heart. The book contains very little dialogue, but it’s easy to follow and finish in one sitting. Its simplicity, its reflection on life’s fragility and what matters most as well as how Marie chose to navigate through the murky waters of healing is done gracefully. From a shy lotus lily living in Pat’s shadow, Marie grew into a confident woman, working constantly to keep Pat’s legacy alive. She went through the stages of grief in her own way, at her own pace, and came out not completely healed but stronger.

The Letter is a compelling, poignant memoir, a true story of heroism and altruism behind the deadly lines of war.

Ryan Winfield’s South of Bixby Bridge–ADDICTIVE!

3 Apr

I’m not an addict. I’m not. Never been drunk in my life. Never seen drugs in real life, let alone touching or inhaling/injecting them. I only play a few games (Scrabble, Lines, Words with Friends, Chinese Chess) and that’s if my son joins me.

And yet there is something I’m in danger of becoming addicted to–Ryan Winfield’s work.

By the way his debut novel is acclaimed I probably won’t say anything that hasn’t already been said, but SOBB is by a mile one of the best books I’ve read. It’s not as much the story, which brings to mind a dalliance between Wall Street, Limitless and Two for the Money, but the author’s voice. For that alone I give it more stars than I can count. Never read anything even remotely close to it. Refreshing, engaging, inspiring, through and through pure art at its best.

There are people out there for which telling stories comes natural, captivating audience in a matter of minutes. Ryan Winfield is one of them—a painter if you will, masterfully and effortlessly painting vivid scenes not by using brushes, but with words instead. Reading the first paragraph I was surprised how easily I could imagine the scene. By the time I finished the first page I was hooked. Coffee and chocolate helped me stay up all night to finish it. No way I could put it down!

Unfortunately I can never describe a book without giving away the story (what can I say? I’m not perfect). But let me tell you this: as one who has never tried drugs or been drunk in my entire life, the journey addict Trevor Roberts embarks on is a riveting life lesson. It’s not about where he goes, but how he makes it there. You’re down, hitting rock bottom with the hero, feeling his struggle, denial, torment, and sorrow. You’re up with him, high, rooting for him to get on the other side of the bridge, one step at a time. Rarely does a book embody a range of emotions such as this.

There are no quotation marks in this book, but I promise you, you’ll know who’s talking. It might be difficult in the beginning, but once you grasp it, you won’t even notice it. The connection between present time and past memories is smoothly created, without jarring the reader away from the storyline. The book is entirely written from Trevor’s point of view without one second of monotony, but rather engaging and intriguing. The story is paced, building up, until the climax with a comforting aftermath.

I sure hope I won’t have to wait too long until his next release…