Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.
The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.
Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest? Or will evil win again?
Speaking of said apparition, she was a nun. A goodish nun. I say “goodish” because there were many nuns featured who were evil personified.
I mean Genevieve wasn’t pure as she should have been but at least she didn’t kill or seek killers to dispose of her fellow nuns and one priest, who drifted away from his vows of celibacy. Naughty, naughty.
Seriously, I never expected so many drama from a single nunnery. Just wow!!
Story ends with a HEA.
(Carmen) I have dreamed all my life to become a writer, but many of the things I wrote before 1989 remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of my country –Romania – to the world, the Internet especially, meant a new beginning for me. I started publishing.
Starting with 2001, my poems were published in the collection Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by Midnight Edition Publication. The readers’ interest for my ballad, about the love between a young priest and a nun, published in 2004 by Midnight Edition, inspired me to write my first novel “Shadows of the Past”, a cross-over story as many reviewers consider it, as it combines paranormal elements with a bit of romance, history and horror.
(Carmen) You are right in calling it dreadful. I have a notebook full with ideas for my next books and first draft chapters of other new projects just in case my “muse” takes a holiday. I have stacks of books in Romanian, English and German that wait their turn. I mean paper books. Not to speak of those I have on Kindle. Reading and writing are two sister-like activities for me. If reading doesn’t nudge my inspiration, I watch movies, I play some games. I sometimes re-read my poems. I often found inspiration in my own poetical creation.
(Carmen) Apart from the daily activity and chores, and I won’t bore you with details, I read a lot and watch movies and play my favorite PC games. My daughters are grown-ups with families of their own, so my husband and I take care of the family pets.
(Carmen) Yes, they know now. Their only bewilderment, at first, was why I chose to write in English and not Romanian. As a teacher of English, and passionate about literature, I found it a challenge writing in English and finding my way to publication abroad. I didn’t want to follow the path of self-publishing, a more convenient and perhaps easier one in some respects. I wanted the opinion of professionals regarding my writing. If it has any value. It seems it has, as it was accepted by a professional publisher, even if it’s a small press. My husband encourages me when he sees I’m disappointed by the long editing process and the many changes the editor asks me to do. My daughters, especially, wait to hear the new stories I have in progress.
(Carmen) You’re right again. I’ll give you a list of well known authors who were my mentors: Agatha Christie with her well crafted mystery novels, Stephen King with his psychological horror. Thomas Hardy and Catherine Cookson with their sad, touching stories and the belief that fate has an important role in our life evolution. Somerset Maugham, Frederick Forsyth, Liviu Rebreanu, Mary Higgins Clark, Jeffrey Archer, H. Balzac, and many others.
(Carmen) I will speak about my novel, of course. I dream, like many of us do, that my novel Shadows of the Past becomes one day a hit in cinema theaters.
I see Jordana Spiro, who plays the leading part in the series The Mob’s Doctor, as the best actress to impersonate Genevieve. Jordana is fragile in appearance, a kindhearted person ready to help those next to her, yet she’s determined and brave. Dan Stevens from the series Downton Abbey is the perfect Andrew. A quiet man, gentle and kind. Sensitive to the problems of the women in his life. Madeleine Stowe from Revenge series is the perfect embodiment of the Abbess.
Yes, dreams. But you may never know. . .
(Carmen) Oh, I’m sure you can keep a secret so I’ll tell it to you. I already signed the contract with the same publishing house, Wild Child Publishing, for another paranormal. A historical one – Dracula’s Mistress. I see you smiling. Yes, a native of Dracula’s country can’t resist the temptation to write about him.
I also submitted another paranormal, light mystery this time, and am waiting for the publisher’s reply.
And, finally, I’m working on a new project right now. A paranormal story – three different young women living in different areas of the world, at different times. The element that connects them and knots the ties of the story occurs in present-day times. It is, again, about haunting, passion crimes and retribution for wrongs done in one’s lifetime. A bit of romance at the centre, but not the main subject.
(Carmen) There’s no particular order. Shadows of the Past is a standalone book. The same as the others. I’m not, yet, warmed by the idea of writing serials and as a reader I hate books that end in cliffhangers. So here’s where you can find Shadows of the Past:
Buy Link: Wild Child Publishing
Barnes & Noble
(Carmen) They can “stalk” me here:
(Carmen) Please, join my world! My books open a door into the past and allow you to live there for a while. Shadows of the Past is the kind of love story that is timeless and makes you feel warm inside. It’s a story about second chances, and growing up and into the love you were meant to have all along. Sometimes we meet the right person at the wrong time, but then get a second chance at what should have been. So, as a piece of advice: Get quickly Shadows of the Past and read it! If not, you don’t know what you are missing! Ha-ha-ha!
Thank you for hosting me today, Kameron! It was a real pleasure.
(KAM) The Pleasure was truly all mine. *winks*
Okay folks, now that you’ve been teased by the photo, blurb, youtube trailer and the one-one interview with the lovely Carmen, how about you take a moment and leave us a comment below. We’d highly appreciate it. *smooches*
But Craig’s warning coincides with a strange dream, and Amanda starts to get the sense that nothing in her life is what it seems to be—and that perhaps nothing in her life will ever be the same again.
Then Hanna and Craig start acting really strange. They forbid Amanda from going anywhere without them and insist that she’s in danger.
What Amanda doesn’t know is that Craig and Hanna are Hunters. And their job is to protect Amanda from the vampires chasing her so that she can fulfill her mission. The only catch is that Amanda has no clue she even has a mission to fulfill…
When she came home from work one day and, tired, crashed on the couch in front of the TV, she found her daughters (13 and 17 years old then) watching some TV show with horrible monsters. She couldn’t convince them to switch the channel, so she watched it with them. Later she would love that show as much as they did. That TV show was “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” She was always interested in supernatural stories, but this was something new, something different, that made her want to create her own story in that genre.
Girls’ Night Out – Book 3