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Review–“Till Life Do Us Apart” by Carmen Stefanescu

16 Sep

Reading was my first love before writing, but since starting on this writing journey, my time to read is very limited. Because of that, I’m very selective with what I read, picking books carefully. If the books deliver entertainment and help me escape reality (which at the moment drives me crazy with all the political trash exchanged between the two candidates) that much better!

“Till Life Do Us Apart” by Carmen Stefanescu is such a book. At first the cover attracted me with its eerie and mysterious flair. I picked it up and refused to put it down, intriguing me until the very end. Carmen Stefanescu put her heart into this book and it shows. It’s the second book of hers that I read, and I hope that she has more stories to tell.  

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Blurb:

Barbara Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take more than her gift to prove his innocence.
Becoming smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected events together? Barbara and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and perhaps themselves.

I always fear I give up too much in my reviews but, let me just say, “Till Life Do Us Apart” has an original twist on the controversial topic of reincarnation, past lives, rebirth. Aside from the main characters, I absolutely adored the dog–Jack who adds a special flavor to the story. I liked the combination of murder mystery with a bit of romance and supernatural elements. Overall this was an enjoyable read, just complicated enough, and fast moving. I wholeheartedly recommend it, you won’t be disappointed. I got my copy in electronic version but I believe the book is also offered in paperback, great for those of you who prefer it that way.

 

Author Carmen Stefanescu is in the House–Cover Reveal for Till Life Do Us Apart

12 May

When I found out that fellow author Carmen Stefanescu has a new novel coming out June 9th, I reached out and invited her to stop by to tell us a little about it. Who doesn’t want to hear about myths, ghosts and oh, reincarnation?

Carmen, the floor is yours!

Cami, thank you so much for having me as your guest today. You know my interest in anything odd – paranormal, myths, legends – all that is out of the normal boundaries. Reincarnation and chat with ghosts can be included, too.

I’m thrilled to be here, and excited to share the cover for my upcoming release Till Life Do Us Part.

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Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Magic, Reincarnation, Mystery, Suspense

Release date: 9th June 2016

Blurb

Barbara Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take more than her gift to prove his innocence.

Becoming smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected events together?

Barbara and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and perhaps themselves.

Author Bio

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Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Several of her poems were successfully published in a collection of Contemporary English Poems, Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by Midnight Edition Publication, in 2001 and 2002.

Her first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA.

Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.

You can stalk the author here:

Links

http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/

https://twitter.com/Carmen_Books

http://www.pinterest.com/carmens007/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmen-Stefanescu-Books/499245716760283

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6624397.Carmen_Stefanescu

https://plus.google.com/117216040843648957646/posts

http://www.amazon.com/Carmen-Stefanescu/e/B00APVDGAA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

VBT–Rewind to You by Laura Johnston. Guest Post & Giveaway

2 Oct

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One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

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GUEST POST My Trip to River Street and How REWIND TO YOU Came to Be

Ever been to Georgia? Go! I fell in love with the coast of Georgia when my husband, young daughter and I lived there for a short while. The idea for Rewind to You came to me while I was sitting on the beach with KC. Picture a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Gorgeous. I wished I could pause time. You know, save the moment so I could “rewind” to it someday and never forget it.

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That got me thinking. What if we could rewind to pivotal moments? At first it seemed like a great idea. The longer I thought about it, however, the more potential conflicts I saw arising from this scenario, especially if we were powerless to change certain things about those moments.

 

If you could rewind to a point in your past, would you want to do something to change the future you’re living? Do you have regrets? REWIND TO YOU’s female protagonist, Sienna, sure does. And it’s going to take more than determination for her to move on.

 

A trip to River Street in Savannah, GA sealed the deal for me. The premise in my head developed into something more as we ate at The Pirate House Restaurant (also featured in my novel) and walked down the quaint pathway along River Street. Just as Austin, the hero in Rewind to You, claims, the best pralines in the world are right on River Street! That street is lively, charming—magic, basically.

The Pirate House Restaurant

Sienna’s walk down River Street marks the beginning of change. Austin saves the day—and her—in many ways. But Sienna isn’t the only one who harbors secrets. Without realizing it, Sienna and Austin begin an adventure that will help them both understand when it’s best to hold on and when it’s time to let go.

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For more about River Street and Rewind to You, visit my website: http://www.laurajohnstonauthor.com

Thanks for having me!

 

 

Laura Rewind to You AuthorAuthor Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston lives in Utah with her husband and two children. Growing up with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. She fell in love with the young adult genre both through her experience in high school as well as her job later as a high school teacher. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, traveling, writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. REWIND TO YOU is her debut novel.

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Praise for the Book 

“Johnston’s debut spotlights romance and familial relationships, including themes like grief and self-sacrifice. It’s an ideal story for readers looking for a deep-rooted YA love story with the emotional ups and downs and poignancy of a Nicholas Sparks contemporary. There’s also a touch of wit and a sigh-worthy hero – a definite on your TBR list.” – RT Book Reviews

“This is contemporary YA fiction at its best! –Kay Lynn Mangum, author of The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

Rewind to You will steal your hear away.” –Kelly Nelson, author of The Keeper’s Saga

 

 

 

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Ends 10/5/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an iTunes Gift Code or River Street Sweets Gift Card. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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!

 

Promo Blast–Tied by Laney McMann. Excerpt and Giveaway

8 Nov

Tied coverTied by Laney McMann

Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.

Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.

Or is that all in her head?

Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.

No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?

The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.

In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.

Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?

The answer may never be far enough … away.

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Excerpt:

My window opened easily. The same way it had so many times before. Climbing out on the ledge, I found the ground empty and dropped from the second floor—a jump I’d made a hundred times. In another life.

My feet sunk into the sand, and I followed the well-worn pathway through the dunes. Even the strong evening winds hadn’t misshaped the deep gully. The ocean’s breeze lashed at my hair as the moonlight glinted off the water’s surface. Seagulls flew up from their nesting grounds. They should have recognized me, since I’d been wandering at night for so long. Wrapping my arms around my knees to block the slight chill, I settled in the sand, and the birds quieted in a tight huddle, the wind blowing their feathers in awkward angles.
My gaze fell on a figure standing beyond the dunes edge, a shadow hidden within the darkness. My pulse quickened, but I didn’t move. Another trick—an illusion. Weary of the games my mind continued to play, I bit back tears and the catch in my throat. I should have been immune to them—the hallucinations—the way they haunted me and followed me, but I wasn’t.
Forcing myself to blink, I turned my head away. The visions had grown worse as I’d become older. I’d tried to convince myself they were nightmares—or weird dreams. Hoped for years they were, but only people who sleep dream.
Unable, or unwilling to stop myself, I glanced back over my shoulder, thoughts flooding my brain. Memories I knew couldn’t be memories but I cherished all the same. For years I’d tried to shake them away. To make myself forget.
I couldn’t.#**#**#
A stone raps against my bedroom window. I creep over and peer through the blinds.
“You’re late.” I lean out over the sill, grinning at the boy staring up at me.
“Come on, let’s go before she comes,” he says.
I climb onto the window ledge. “Be nice. She’s my friend.”
“Okay. Jump.” He waves at me to go faster.
“Move, and I will.”
He takes one casual step to the side.The jump isn’t too high; I make it all the time.
He grabs my hand when I land beside him in the soft sand. “Ready?”
I nod.
“One, two …”
“I’m going to tell!” Benny runs across my yard toward me, her blonde pigtails flapping in the wind. “You’re not allowed to talk to that boy, Layla! Your mom said!”
Max tightens his grip on my hand.
“Shut up, Benny! I’m old enough.”
“You’re only nine. Don’t go! ”
“Three!” Max and I leave the ground.
“You’re going to get in so much trouble.” Benny’s yell rings in the distance.
Our feet touch down in the wet grass of the Otherworld, icy sea air whipping at my face.
“Hopefully, she won’t follow us again.” Max lets go of my hand.
“She won’t. I told her not to.” I lead the way down the cliff face to the ocean.
“She never listens to you.”

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Praise for Tied:

“The author has taken a unique concept and created a brilliantly written story. One of my new favorite fantasy books.” — The Reading Diaries
“I was so engrossed in this story that real life went on without me being aware of it.” — Crazy Four Books
“In the midst of games between parallel worlds, past and present, interrupted by visions and ancient prophecies, you are caught up in the story’s threads.” — Mythical Books
“There’s so much amazing creativity that has gone into the Fire Born world; McMann combines and twist legends and the paranormal to come up with the perfect urban fantasy setting. ” — Known to Read

Laney McMannAuthor Laney McMann

With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.
By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.

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$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash. For your chance to win click HERE.

Ends 11/18/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.