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Review–Angel in a Black Fedora by Sherry Gammon

4 Feb

Who knows me well enough knows that I do not reviews not even for author friends I know personally, unless I really like a story. 

With that being cleared, I had to review Angel in a Black Fedora by Sherry Gammon.

Blurb: Ciel Björk died a tragic death…but she got over it. Now she works as an undercover angel, answering people’s prayers. She’s sent to the sleepy little town of Port Fare, New York to help turn Chloe’s dreams into reality. As secrets are revealed, Ciel soon learns that things are not as simple as they seem.

The short story is a YA clean romance and part of the anthology Of Love and Magic released February 1st. I read it over lunch break (the story, not the anthology) and had this sweet, warm, loving feeling afterward, which to me means the story touched me and anything getting an emotion out of me is darn good.

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The story follows a group of odd high schoolers, who at first don’t seem to belong together: Ciel, Cloe, Austin and Bridger. As with any teenagers the group is confronted with problems, from love to hate, from insecurity to pain and hurt. There were two twists I almost screamed when reading:

1. when Ciel tells Cloe who she is and her purpose; I thought she’ll keep that info concealed for as long as possible; obviously I was wrong.

2. when a favorite character from a different book of Sherry’s shows up unexpectedly.

Fast paced, characters you like in the beginning and end up falling in love with, twists, smiles and a few tears, Angel in a Black Fedora has it all. My only complain is that it ended too fast. There is plenty room to turn this into a series. I’ll be the first in line to buy it. 

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5= 5+1= more to come

3 Dec

I know, I know 5 = 5 + 1 = more to come looks wrong, but I guarantee there’s nothing wrong with my title, or my math. Continue reading and you’ll see why.

I can’t believe December is already here and before long we are gonna say goodbye 2014, hello 2015. 

Somehow this year seemed to be here one minute, (almost) gone the next. It’s my second time since starting writing when I have two releases in the same year, less than a week apart: Meant To Be, a short story part of the Say Something Anthology released on Dec. 1st along with six other tremendous authors, and Me Tarzan–You Jane, a full-length NA contemporary romance novel coming to you on Dec. 6th (only a few days away; available for pre-order now @ Amazon).

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 To say I’m super excited and proud of my accomplishments would be un understatement. Here I am, a Romanian immigrant turned American citizen following and living my dream–to write and leave something worth remembering behind me. Five years since I began on this writing adventure, five novels released + a short story, endless hours in front of the computer, typing until my fingers cramped, lost nights plotting the next story, the next scene, having full-on conversations with imaginary friends, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I don’t know what tomorrow brings or even if tomorrow will come for me. But if it does, I’m going to keep on doing what I love most: write.

Did you get my math?

Say Something–The making of a story

10 Nov

FBbannerSometime in April of this year I found myself surrounded by a bunch of friends as creative as I am: authors. For a few days while at the Desert Rose Writers Conference we breathed, ate and drunk … writing and loved every bit of it.

“Guess what?” Morgan Kearns came one morning to give me a hug.

“What?” I returned the hug, then hugged Kris Tualla and Deena Remiel, one of my favorite trio in the writing world.

“We are gonna write short stories based on A Great Big World’s song ‘Say Something.’ Then release them as an anthology. Take over Amazon and all the charts. What do you think?” Morgan said, eyes sparkling.

“Oh, I looooooooove that song. That’s too cool!” I said, my mind already humming the song.

“You in?” Morgan continued.

I glanced from Morgan to Kris to Deena, not believing my ears. “Really? You want me in it?”

Morgan thumbed my shoulder. “Not you, your story, silly.”

I pretended to wipe my forehead. “Oh, geez, I was worried for a second there thinking you want me in it. That’s what you said, right?”

Morgan rolled her eyes while we all laughed. I was ecstatic about being included, but also honored they thought my writing was good enough to be part of such a project.

My Muse shadowed me for a few days afterward. I took advantage of her presence and went hard to work. I had started Oscar and Grace’s tale a few years ago but never finished it. Somehow their romance fitted the Say Something theme and so their story took off on its own.

Fast forward to present day. Oscar and Grace are ready to entertain you in the short story titled “Meant To Be” as part of the anthology called “Say Something.” The anthology will come out December 1st, at a super low price, only .99cents available on Amazon, B&N and Smashwords. But hurry up! After Jan. 1st 2015 the price will go up to $2.99. 

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And for those of you who aren’t familiar with A Great Big World’s video for “Say Something”, here it is. Enjoy!

Young Adult Giveaway Hop 01/29 – 02/04/2013

28 Jan

Up until a few years ago I don’t recall reading novels in the young adult genre. The Harry Potter and Twilight of the publishing industry didn’t make it on my bookshelf, not because I had something against them, but because well … I had long passed that stage of my life (which I rather refuse to remember it) and because what could they possible have experienced for me to want to know about them, huh?

Well, I was wrong. Here and now mea culpa for being so … shallow. The truth is YA is one of my fav genres now, thanks to quite a few authors whose novels made me fall in love with it. In fact I began writing in this genre myself and I loooove it. Since I’ve recently given away books written by Sherry Gammon and Cindy C Bennett (which are by far my fav authors for this genre) I chose for today’s giveaway YOUNG ADULT HOP Cambria Hebert’s Masquerade. And to make it even more fun I’ll add my own historical YA short story called I Was Here–Before You Came.

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Organized by Kathy @ Im A reader Not a Writer and helped this time by Amanda @ BookLove101 this hop runs between 01/29 and 02/04 with my winner announcement on 02/05. Open internationally for your chance to win an electronic version of these books you could:

1. Like Masquerade on Amazon

OR

2. Like I Was Here–Before You Came on Amazon

OR

3. Like both! 

P.S: I’m running out of ideas what to ask of you in return for my prizes… I’d love to hear from you what’s your favorite thing to do to win. Leave a comment, please 🙂

Author In The House- Interview with Donna Hatch, Historical Romance and Fantasy, Award-Winning Author

6 Nov

Author of Historical Romance and Fantasy, award-winning author Donna Hatch is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Her writing awards include the Golden Rose and the prestigious Golden Quill. Her passion for writing began at age 8 she wrote her first short story, and she wrote her first full-length novel during her sophomore year in high school, a fantasy which was later published. All of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.

I invited Donna here @ LOVE. WITHOUT YOU for an interview, and she graciously accepted. Her short regency story titled The Reluctant Bride is free for download here.

Donna, thank you so much for taking time to chat.

Personally, 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?

I prefer either silence or music, but only instrumental like new age or light classical. Lyrics or a drumbeat are too distracting. That being said, I’ve gotten pretty good at tuning out the usual noises of my family like conversation, TV, etc.

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?

I seldom get writer’s block. In the rare times that I do find myself at a loss for words, I either take a break and read something, or do things to reduce stress. Then, when I return to writing, I am usually okay to write again. Sometimes, I really don’t know what happens next in the plot so I have to skip ahead to the next part of the book where I do know what’s going to happen. And sometimes I turn to a critique partner for help, and we brainstorm a solution.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

When I got “the call” which was actually an email from a publisher telling me they wanted to publish my book, I skipped around the house singing and terrifying my children. My oldest son told my hubby that he should take me out to dinner to celebrate. I don’t know if he was being thoughtful or just afraid and needed me to go away for a while J

What hobbies do you have?

I enjoy singing, playing the harp, and ballroom dancing.

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?

I’m sure there is a little of me in all of my characters, too. I often try to think of what I experienced physically and emotionally when I felt whatever emotion my character is going through and to put that into words. The hard part is making sure the characters do what their personality type would do and not what I would do.

My characters are all braver and stronger than I am, so that part of them is all fiction and wishful thinking. I suppose Emma, a character in my tongue-in-cheek novella Emma’s Dilemma is most like me overall—overly dramatic and with an imagination that gets her into trouble—only she’s nicer than I am.

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

Strive for excellence. Don’t be happy with ‘good enough.’ Continue stretching and learning and growing so everything you write is your newest best work.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?

I’ve been criticized for not putting sex in my books which was hard to take at first, although not unexpected. It doesn’t bother me any more. I don’t like reading hot sex scenes and I won’t write about them. I think sex should be enjoyed privately, not written in graphic detail. I frequently receive emails from fans saying how much they appreciate emotionally satisfying stories without graphic sex and thanking me for giving them the kind of books they crave. That makes it all worth it.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer paperbacks; hardcovers are too big and heavy. And expensive. But there are some definite advantages to ebooks such as storage, price, and instant access. I do own an ebook reader and am using it more and more.

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

I’m working on book 3 of the Rogue Hearts Series, entitled A Perfect Secret. It’s sort of a Regency version of Sleeping with the Enemy but the hero is a bigger part of the plot. I hope to have it out within the next few months, but I don’t have a release date yet.

In the meantime, I was invited to participate in an anthology with five other authors, all of whom are really awesome. The anthology is called A Timeless Romance Anthology, Winter Collection. It contains six sweet historical romances, all taking place during winter, some during Christmas. The stories are all varied in style, plot, and era, but have one thing in common; romance. A Timeless Romance Anthology was just released a couple of weeks ago, and has already gotten fabulous reviews. I hope you check it out.

Thank you Donna for stopping by and good luck!

For more information about Donna and her books please visit:

www.donnahatch

www.donnahatch/blog

www.facebook.com/RomanceAuthorDonnaHatch

https://twitter.com/donnahatch

Winners Announcement for the Feed Your Reader Giveaway Hop

30 Aug

Sadly for me there were only 6 people leaving comments on my post during the Feed Your Reader Blog Hop. While I had lots of hits, I guess not everyone was interested in sharing who is their favorite male hero 😦

I originally planned to give away 5 e-copies of my short story I Was Here Before You Came, but now there will be 6. And the winners are:

Darlene

Wendy

Janita

Karen A.

Michele L.

Tina B.

Debut Author Giveaway Hop

7 Jun

I’ve been waiting for the Debut Author Giveaway Hop for a while now and I’ll tell you in a minute why, but first I’d like to thank Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer for all her hard work for once again to make this event happen.

So back to business. I thought a lot about whom I’d host and what book to give away. I remember  back in the day when I could finally call myself a debut author with the release of my first book titled Hidden Heart. 15 months later, 2 full novels and a short story (as part of an anthology) I no longer hold the title, but I’m happy to have found someone who is an incredible person, generous, fun, determined and whose debut novel will come out end of this month.

I chose Marie Tillman as the author to honor today. Her first book The Letter is a memoir depicting her journey through life and healing since the death of her husband Pat Tillman, the NFL player giving up a successful career to become an Army Ranger, who ultimately lost his life while in Afghanistan. I read The Letter and was completely surprised by Marie’s style, gracious, humble and riveting. It became quickly one of my favorite books. My reviews is posted on GoodReads, Netgalley, B&N and as soon as Amazon permits it will go up on the site as well. You can find it here.

I also have an interview with her that it will come up on my site in a few days (yay!).

So, if you’re interested in winning an e-copy of this memoir, please fill out the form below. I will announce the winner on 06/14, the day after the hop is over. Good luck everyone!