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Review–Shadows Of The Past by Carmen Stefanescu

7 Sep

A while ago I invited fellow Romanian author Carmen Stefanescu to stop by with a guest post. Since then I read her book titled Shadows of the Past and decided the book is an amazing read deserving of a review on my part.

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Shadows Of The Past is the story of two young women, Genevieve and Anne their life, love and of the misfortunes they meet and how they handle the evil that wants to destroy them. It is a cross-time romance, with a creepy villain and beautifully described worlds.
The two stories, Anne’s and Genevieve’s, are equally compelling because these two women who lived over 500 years apart are connected by something. The legend of the cursed forest, of witchcraft, strange rituals and a forbidden love build a suspenseful, paranormal/ romance novel that will keep you glued to the pages.
The dreams and visions the protagonist of the modern day part of the novel – Anne- experienced set the stage for the unfolding of a story, brilliantly told, moving through her as a past life apparition, Genevieve. I loved the fact that I could relate to the characters; especially Genevieve’s tragic destiny made me sad. It’s important when the author manages to make me cry and laugh at the same time with the characters she created. Although from the cover of this book it would seem that it is more adult in nature, this novel would also be appropriate for a YA audience.
Carmen Stefanescu did a great job in creating this fictional world with such distinction and giving life to so many other characters. If you are fond of a classy romance mixed with a lot of historical background and suspense, then you’ll love this. 5 star all around!

Reading Clean Giveaway Hop

5 Sep
Hosted by Clean Teen FictionOne Librarian’s Book Reviews & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer this hop runs from September 6th to 12th with the winner announcement on September 13th (lucky day for someone, right).
What’s in store for you?
Well, I got two books for this giveaway, both clean romance, and in electronic version:
Haven’t read them yet, but they are both on my TBR list. Love the cover for “Saving Grace.”
For your chance to win like me on FB AND leave your answer to the following question:
What’s your favorite clean romance novel?

Author In The House–Interview Morgan Kearns & Giveaway

23 Jul

This year I went to my first Arizona Dreamin’ Conference, a romance reader event organized by the amazing Kris Tualla and a committee of talented fellow authors. I had a blast and made a ton of friends. Surprisingly I was also asked to be part of the organizing committee for next year. I’m beyond excited about such an honor.

So, in preparation for next year’s Arizona Dreamin’ Conference I decided to invite several authors to my blog for interviews, guest posts and of course giveaways in an attempt to let you, my dear readers familiarize yourself with them, their work, and hoping you’d be interested to meet them in person by signing up for the conference (tickets on sale until 07/31, hurry up!)

My first guest is Morgan Kearns. With six published novels under her belt, I call Morgan a pro. She’s witty and full of energy, writing novels that are ‘a real page turner’ and ‘couldn’t put the book down’ reads. She does an ‘amazing job bringing her characters to life’. Morgan loves to meet new characters as they step out of her imagination, introduce themselves and keep her up all night telling their stories.

Morgan, thank you for stopping by my blog.

I’m really excited to be here. Thanks for the amazing set-up. I’m actually blushing a little.

Tell us what’s a day in the life of author Morgan Kearns.

Insanity! I have four children, ranging from 12 to 6. Right now, during summer break, we still start early with chores before rushing into activities. I try to hit the treadmill every morning. With the madness that comes with a full-house, I resort to writing in the evening after the kids go to bed.

I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog.When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?

When I’m writing I can’t do background noise, but I have to have music. I’ve made playlists to go along with the scenes I write. However, when I’m editing, it has to be absolutely silent. That’s tough to find!

I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?

All the time. When I’m having a hard time finding just the right words for the characters, I push through the scene I’m struggling with. Sometimes I go back and am actually surprised when it’s okay and other times I rewrite the entire scene.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I indie publish. Fade to Black went live November of 2009. To say I happy-danced when seeing it in print would be a HUGE understatement. Each book since, gets a few cartwheels of its own. I try to buy a little something to mark the release of each book, a small memento to remind me of yet another milestone reached.

Writing is a hobby for me (and a savior for my husband since it saved him from sleeping in the doggie house one too many times). I also like to read, watch movies (comedies and historical dramas my favs), play games and travel. What hobbies do you have?

I love to read! My favs are historical and contemporaries, romance, of course. My favorite thing in the entire world is to laugh. You know, the kind that makes your stomach ache, eyes water and lungs beg for air. So… if it’s funny, I’m totally there!

I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

HA! I can neither confirm nor deny the possibility of that. 😉

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Never, ever publish anything without getting your manuscript professionally edited.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? Being told I didn’t do my characters justice. I’m protective on them and it makes me feel bad when I’ve not conveyed how amazing they are.

What has been the best compliment? The greatest compliment I receive would have to be: every time somebody spends their hard-earned money on a Morgan Kearns novel. I am humbled. Thank you to everyone who has or ever will buy my books. 

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

To read, I am an ebook girl. I love my Kindle. With that said, I have a few series in hardcover that I will continue to purchase for no other reason than to look beautiful on my shelf.

What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.

I am currently working on Lucky 13, the fourth novel in the Deadlines & Diamonds series. I’m looking at a November release. Lucky 13 is the story of Enrique Santiago, left fielder for the Las Vegas Rockets. He’s an amazing character. His heroine is Shayne Xavier. She has a scarred past, much like her brother. Ricky does his best to help her deal with that past. Their road to love is more like the Autobahn, really fast and when the crashes are not pretty.

Thanks much!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Get a FREE digital copy of THE SEDUCTION OF DAMIAN  (The Gossip of Mysterious Lane #1)  when you subscribe to Morgan’s Newsletter.

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Save the Best for Last–5 Star Review

31 Mar

For the last day of my virtual book tour on 03/29 there was a review  from Calum scheduled @ The Secret Writer. Unfortunately Calum’s computer decided that was the perfect time to crash (I’m telling you, these machines have a mind of their own).

Between that and the time zone difference (Calum in the UK, me here in the States) I had to come up with a quick solution … but not quick enough. I already had the draft ready to come up, then when I saw the time ticking I moved it to later on, then again, and again but forgot sometime in the afternoon to re-schedule it. So it did come up looking like this: “Calum loved the book, calling it, “….”

I didn’t realize until late at night the post was up in the air and wasn’t finished. Needless to say I frantically removed it from the blog, praying no one saw it. As it turned out, my prayers went answered. Calum wrote yesterday and teased me: “How did you know I loved the book?” I wrote back: “It was wishful thinking.”

It is my pleasure to give you (for real this time) excerpts from his review: “This though, is not your usual type of romance novel. Richly written, cultural and historical issues are interwoven throughout the story. There are also military action scenes that take place during a period of active service in Iraq. These scenes are written so vividly, that the reader will not find it very difficult to imagine themselves standing beside the main characters within this story as the military action scenes are played out.more

4 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

11 Feb

Guess what I had for breakfast this morning?

Answer: 4 strawberries dipped in chocolate. No, I’m not on a diet, but all I had to do was to read the review for A World Apart posted on Guilty Indulgence and my hunger was miraculously satisfied. I can’t thank Christy enough for her thorough review (I should ask her if she’d write my blurbs from now on since she’s doing a better job than me).

Here an excerpt of her review:

This story is more about the journey and what life is like for two strong military doctors in a wartime environment.  It takes a while to get into the story and Ms. Skiba’s style of writing.   However, once you do it is hard to put the book down.  Their struggles truly become heart wrenching and it is hard to not want to keep reading to see if it will all work out for them and the characters around them in the end.  This book paints a poignant picture of what life is like in both Iraq and in the neighboring countries.  If you enjoy military pieces then this book will not disappoint.  It is a touching tale of what our military sacrifices each day and that even in wartime love can overcome any obstacle even the stubborn honor of a stubborn couple.

RATING:  I give this one four chocolate dipped strawberries.

If you are hungry for strawberries dipped in chocolate hop on over to the Guilty Indulgence website and help yourself (it’s even better if you bring a glass of champagne). The page has an incredible amount of reviews of all books romance. Who knows, before you leave  their site you’ll figured what’s your next romance read?