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Author Showcase/Interview and Review of “Shadows of the Past” – Carmen Stefanescu

 

 

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?

 
 

 
 
 
 
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
I’m sorry but you awaken in the dead of night with a strange woman hovering close to you. She asks you to follow her through a dark forest. What rational person would be like, “Okay, I see nothing remotely strange here. Lead the way.”
 
I’m sorry but no bloody way! Those type of people are always the first whacked in those scary ass movies. Me, I’m the kind who backs away and tells them to eff off. Truth!! 

Of course, Carmen did mention Anne wasn’t scared of ghosts and other supernatural beings so….. “Lead the way, oh mighty non-spooky one!”

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.

No Cliffhangers

 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score:❤❤❤
Purchase Links: Amazon (UK) – Amazon (US)
 
 

 
 
  1. Welcome, Carmen Stefanescu. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?

(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.
 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, please share how you handle it.

(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.
 

  1. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

(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.
 

  1. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?

(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.
 

  1. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.

(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.
 

  1. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?

(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. . .

 
Jordana Spiro
 
 

Dan Stevens 
 
  1. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.

(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.
 

  1. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?

(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
http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=84&products_id=410
All Romance
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shadowsofthepast-1013184-140.html
Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-of-the-Past-ebook/dp/B00AK2D9I8/ref=sr_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354874514&sr=1-15&keywords=shadows+of+the+past
Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadows-of-the-past-carmen-stefanescu/1113910162?ean=2940015715026
 

  1. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?

(Carmen) They can “stalk” me here:
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
 

  1. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.

(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* 

 
 
 

 

 

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Author Showcase/Interview – Melissa (M.S. Kaye)

 
 
Book 2 of the Born from Death series
Young Adult
Paranormal novel, coming soon from Jupiter Gardens Press
by M.S. Kaye
 
The only emotion Ilona can muster is anger for the death of her mother. Barely engaged in life, she focuses all of her energy on finding and punishing her mother’s killer.
 
Since Ilona can see ghosts, Archer has to find unique ways to hide while watching over her. When Ilona is in danger of being mauled by a dog, he desperately tries something that shouldn’t be possible. And yet he succeeds. This is just the beginning of his discovery of who—what—he truly is.
 
Lettie continues to interact with Ilona, her one friend, even when a Messenger warns her. Eventually, Lettie remembers the ancient connection Archer and Ilona share, as well as her part in the punishment Archer bore as a result of that connection.
 
 
 
 
The blond boy didn’t walk up to a urinal or into one of the stalls, or even up to the mirror. He stood in the middle of the room.
 
Invisible, Lettie watched curiously.
 
Something moved backward away from him. Out of him.
She recognized Archer’s shiny black hair and strong frame even before she could see his face.
 
She gasped. But ghosts can’t inhabit people.
 
The blond boy shook his head and looked around. “Fuck.”
 
“I’m sorry,” Archer murmured so the boy wouldn’t hear.
 
Lettie stared at both of them.
 
The blond boy turned, leaned his hands on the counter, and looked at himself in the mirror…not the way people usually looked at themselves. It was more like he was trying to see something more than was in the reflection.
 
Archer watched him, as if waiting for him to see something.
 
Then Lettie understood. Archer hadn’t merely inhabited the boy—he’d possessed him. But there were only a couple ways that’d be possible—if he were half ghost, or if he…
 
A memory struck Lettie like a horse galloping across a battlefield. An ancient memory. Lettie had been around since the beginning of time on Earth, but most of those thousands of years she let slink around the crevices of her mind. It was mostly just walking the bridge with the newly deceased. There were a few memories, though, that burned into her every time she let herself pull them forward. And burned was precisely the right word.
 
 
She knew—or rather, remembered—why Archer would never leave Ilona.
 
 
Book 1 in the Born from Death Series
 
Ilona runs from her sheltering mother in order to find the truth, why
she’s seeing people who are invisible to everyone else. A mysterious boy named
Archer guides her through Brooklyn and introduces her to Hendrick, the man who
claims to be her father—though he died in 1890. Ilona must discover not only
what she must do to rid the city of Soll, a sadistic and powerful spirit, but
also what it means to be half ghost. She proves what her mother told her—love
is stronger than death.
  
 
 
 
1. Welcome, Melissa (M.S. Kaye).
For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the
readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Melissa)  It was kind of like a lightning bolt for me. I’ve
never had a talent for writing, but one evening it hit me that I had a story in
my head that I wanted to tell. I grabbed a notebook and started writing, with
no intention of showing it to anyone else, and have written every day since.
Eventually, I improved enough to show my work to a critique group, and now I
win awards and am published by three publishers. Proof that you don’t need
talent to become a good writer. (And that first book is now published: Endless
as the Rain.)
 
2.  Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, please share how you handle it.
 
(Melissa) I don’t believe in it.
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
your time? 
 
(Melissa) Work as an
assistant property manager and take care of my husband and two fur babies.
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?
 
(Melissa) Everyone knows
I write!
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten. 
 
(Melissa) Charlotte Bronte, John Steinbeck, O.
Henry, J.K. Rowling, Madeleine L’Engle, L.M. Montgomery. 
 
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts? 
 
(Melissa) Mine, of
course! With some books, I don’t know if I could be happy with anyone in the
roles—the characters are so solidly formed in my head. But maybe Fight Princess, and Rhonda Roussey the
fighter could play Celisse and Josh Duhamel could play Cullen.
 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Melissa) I
JUST finished the third book in the Taken
series (Endless as the Rain, and Overcast).
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order? 
 
(Melissa) Read the series
in order, of course. Otherwise, it depends on what genres you like. Everything
has a romantic storyline, but they range from romantic suspense, paranormal,
young adult, and contemporary/lightly inspirational.
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?
 
(Melissa) My website www.BooksByMSK.com and social media: Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Google+  ~  Goodreads  ~  Amazon  ~  TSU  ~  Pinterest  ~  LinkedIn
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours. 
 
(Melissa) Thank you for having me!!
 
 
Ladies and Gents, I
hope you enjoyed my interview with Melissa (M.S. Kaye). If you have any questions
or comments for Melissa, by all means, leave her a message below. Thank you in
advance for your visit! 
 
 

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Review of “The Eternity Road” – Lana Melyan

YA Paranormal

 

When her best friend’s brother tells her that two strange men are following her, Amanda thinks that Craig is just being overprotective. Amanda has nursed a secret crush on Craig for years, but he’s never seemed to notice or care about her before.

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…

 

 

 
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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

 

This book might be geared towards the YA crowd but I found enjoyment in it as well and I’m well above the teeny-bopper age bracket. 
 
Now, it’s not a real shocker who Amanda really is or shall I say was. Lana obviously wasn’t attempting to keep us guessing. This book was about Amanda’s journey to the knowledge hidden deep within and reclaiming her life. 
 
Along the way, the group of hunters lost key family members. 
 
Power is tempting and when one of your own craves the dark side….. watch out. I won’t name names of who were the casualties of the battle but I will say more than one of the good guys died for their cause — to protect the human race against evil. 
 
Ladies and gents, young and old, I can say (without a single hesitation) you will adore this book if you fancy vampires, witches, and immortal hunters.  
 
And after you read this tale and see the words “to be continued”, you’ll be saying the same three little words I am about to type……..  
I WANT MORE!!! 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
 Score: ❤❤❤❤❤
 
PURCHASE LINKS: Kindle / Paperback
 
 
 
 

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.

 
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Review of “Taking the Heat” – Victoria Dahl

Girls’ Night Out – Book 3 
 
All revved up for bright lights and steamy nights, writer Veronica Chandler chased her dreams to New York City. When she hit a dead end, reality sent her back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Saving her pride and her new gig—writing a relationship advice column!—requires some faking. No one can know the truth about her big-city flop or her nonexistent sex life. But the town’s irresistibly rugged librarian is determined to figure her out…and give her hands-on lessons in every wicked thing she wants to know.  
 
Gabe MacKenzie’s heart might be in Wyoming, but secretly his future’s tied up in his family’s Manhattan legacy. Getting down and dirty with Veronica is supposed to give him a few memorable nights—not complicate his plans. But the thing about heat this scorching is there’s just no going back…and it might be too hot for either of them to take.
 
 
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It’s true Veronica and Gabe helped each other overcome obstacles hindering their happiness and, in return, they found their own HEA with each other. However what I will remember most about the story is the Dear Veronica letter from the bullied and depressed/suicidal HS student. The utter despair from the student broke my heart. 
 
I have a son who is in HS and I worry all the time if he’s getting bullied. He told me a few kids did bother him some: closed his locker door on him and attempted to trip him. He stood up for himself and luckily they backed off. Sadly, this is not the case for most kids. Last year, at his school, a kid took his own life due to being bullied and ridiculed for his handicap. 
 
When I hear about instances like this, I feel disgusted, angry, and sad. It’s naive to think it doesn’t happen. Kids should be able to feel safe. 
 
Thankfully, Veronica took steps to ensure a program was setup to help students who were in need of services for depression, being bullied, anything and everything that might pop up in their lives. 
 
She is a giving soul. 
 
Yes, this world needs more giving souls. It’ll make for a better world. Period! 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 
 

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