September 2, 2014

Meet My Character Meme

I thank Camelia Miron Skibba who invited me to take part in this blog hop. You can find more about  Cami  and her compelling books here:

The process is very simple. I highlight, within this Character Meme Blog Hop, a main character from my paranormal romance                  
                                                  Shadows of the Past.

 1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
As my story evolves on two levels, past and present, I introduce the main leads of both parts: Genevieve and Anne.
 2) When and where is the story set?
Genevieve lives in Middle Ages Britain, while Anne lives in present day England.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Genevieve is a girl living in a village, whose life is affected by tragic loss. Anne is a smart business woman.
 4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Genevieve meets all kind of predicaments but her main enemy is St Mary’s Abbess, Sister Clementa who, out of jealousy, wants to see her dead.
Anne is betrayed by her best friend and business partner Gillian who has a short affair with Anne’s fiance, Neil.
 5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Genevieve wants to find peace and a tranquil life after tragedy hits her at an early age, but she falls in love with the wrong person, Andrew, the nuns’priest.
Anne makes an attempt to reconcile with her former fiancee, at the same time trying to fulfill Genevieve’s mute plea.
 6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
  Shadows of the Past is the title of the e-novel
Here’s a link to the trailer that can give you more clues about it.
 7) When can we expect the book to be published?
The novel was released in December 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA.
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I tag some of my fellow author friends from around the world. Read the interesting characters they share with us, next week, here:

Mary Forbes
Susan Day:
Jessica Nichols:

September 1, 2014

Guest Promo (XXX) #RockingSummerRomance

I'm delighted to have Ashley Ladd  as my guest blogger today. She shares with us her latest release:

                                                            Her Men

Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary Erotic
Book Length: 22,000 words
Forty-four year old Julie Weston has loved Timmy and James since her college days twenty something years ago. She's fantasized about both all these long years, never able to choose between them.

Hoping Tim and James will attend, she attends their college marching band reunion. When both men show up her dreams are answered. They're sexier than she imagined and she hopes they won't be disappointed by her older self.

It turns out both men came just to see her again and neither is happy about the other’s presence. They fight over her, confusing her more than ever. It takes a hot ménage…or two…for her heart to decide which one she’s in love with.

A silhouette fell across her, waking her up from her nap and a husky voice washing over her. “You’re going to be sorry falling asleep out here. This sun is brutal.”
Groggy, she shaded her eyes and looked up at the shadowy figure in awe. “Timmy, is that you? You’re early.”
He leaned down, his body still sinewy and strong, and held out his hand to her. Nary a wrinkle marred his matured face. Only a few laugh lines fanned out from his eyes which added to his attractiveness. “You too. Is that a sign?”
She couldn’t help but chuckle. Since when did Tim believe in signs? “A sign?”
“That you want to see me, be with me in private, as I want to see you and be with you in private.”
She swallowed hard and put her hand in his, her heart somersaulting when they touched for the first time in more than twenty years. A maelstrom of emotion washed over her and she didn’t want to mess up what was probably her last chance to be with him, so she wasn’t about to play coy.
Slowly, seductively, she licked her lips. “You read my mind.”
As he helped her up, his gaze smoldered into hers. He dragged her alongside him and his hard cock swelled into her side. He nipped her ear then whispered huskily, “Your nipples are puckering through your suit. I’d call that a sign.”

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Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She's been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.
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August 27, 2014

Romancing September Across the World Tour

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember  

Just days away from the start.

Romancing September Across the World Tour

Romance September 2014 cover (1)
Romancing September Across the World is giving Romance authors the chance to promote their work on both sides of the Atlantic during the month of September. Romance author Stephanie Hurt from Georgia (USA) And Author Rosie Amber from Hampshire UK are joining forces in a double blogging event.
Here is the line-up for the 2014 Tour:
Sept 1st – Caroline Storer – The Roman
Sept 2nd – Sonya Loveday – The Summer I Fell
Sept 3rd Terry Tyler – Round and Round
Sept 4th – Lizzie Lamb – Boot Camp Bride
Sept 5th – Carmen Stefanescu – Shadows Of The Past
Sept 6th – Jill Steeples – Lets’ Call The Whole Thing Off
Sept 7th – V. Steele – As My Heart Beats – Beckoning
Sept 8th – Cecily Gates – An Imaginary House By The Sea
Sept 9th – Debbie Peterson -
Sept 10th – June Kearns – The 20’s Girl. The Ghost And All That Jazz
Sept 11th – Pamela Beckford – Love: Lost And Found
Sept 12th – Adrienne Vaughan – The Hollow Heart
Sept 13th – D.E.L Connor – Spirit Warriors: The Concealing
Sept 14th – Jane Godman – Echoes In The Darkness
Sept 15th – Laura E James – FollowMe, Follow You
Sept 16th – Mary M Forbes – One Dance With A Stranger
Sept 17th – Monica La Porta – The Lost Centurion
Sept 18th – E.L. Lindley – Dare To Lose
Sept 19th – Nicky Wells – Fallen For Rock
Sept 20th – Susan Buchanan – The Dating Game
Sept 21st – Nic Tatano – It Girl
Sept 22nd – Lynn Montagano – Catch My Breath
Sept 23rd – Mandy Baggot – Made In Nashville
Sept 24th – Georgina Troy – A Jersey Affair
Sept 25th – Michelle Betham – Striker
Sept 26th – Dani-Lyn Alexander – Anonymous
Sept 27th – Romy Sommer – To Catch A Star
Sept 28th – Liz Everly – Like Honey
Sept 29th – Rae Rivers – The Keepers:Declan
Sept 30th – Jane Linfoot – High Heels and Bicycle Wheels
Join us to celebrate Romance everyday in September with this wonderful line up of authors and books.

August 24, 2014

Mysterious Romania (V) Spooks in Dracula's Country

  Ghosts - reality or imagination
Let me ask you something. Do you believe in ghosts, phantoms? Is science able to explain them?

Ghosts belong to the most mysterious phenomena studied by parapsychology. Objects that are moved from their places by unseen forces, knocks in walls, sounds of footsteps made by invisible beings, misty human figures. All these are usually explained by scientists as a form of psychokinesis. There's also mention of a "memory of objects". The most interesting explanations come from the field of  quantum physics. Modern physics has dematerialized matter. What we call the "other world” is nothing but a world beyond our perceptions, but not beyond our reality.
Ancients had meals with the dead
 There are numerous references to ghosts in the Hebrew Bible, in Mesopotamian religions as well as in ancient Egyptian culture. The belief that we are visited by the ghosts of the deceased friends and relatives was common among those peoples. In  ancient Athens, Greece, the end of February was dedicated to deceased relatives, as Greeks believed that ghosts came from Hades and mingled with the inhabitants on earth. For three days in a row, there were rich meals with special dishes served to the dead. There are all kind of traditions similar to this one. I can compare it to Romanian 'parastas'or 'pomenire' when relatives of a deceased person give food to other people, especially poor ones, with the belief that the dead person will eat from it too.
 Message from the other world
 They say that a ghost comes with a message for the relatives left behind on earth, a piece of info to help the dear ones who are alive, or to appease their suffering.
The people involved in studying the phenomenon speak about two types of apparitions: ghosts linked to people and ghosts linked to places. The former last only for a few weeks. With the latter type of ghosts, things are more complicated. Haunted locations are usually old castles or houses.The ghosts are noticed in the same location for generations."The Gray Lady", the British ghost, is a perfect example. The author Conan Doyle was very interested in this phenomenon and his book "The Edge of the Unknown" is dedicated to it, though he couldn't find an explanation.
Frequently, the apparition of a ghost is preceded or announced by a feeling of cold, by a freezing drought. This confirms the theory that ghosts use energy to take shape. They absorb the ambient energy and the temperature drops down. Creepy, isn't it? 
Haunted Romania
My country, Romania, known to many as Dracula's country,  has its haunted places too. It has, in fact, according to all kind of reports, a long tradition of haunted places, of houses regularly visited by ghosts and tragic stories that lead to dark legends. Paranormal is at home in Romania. Chiajna Monastery in Bucharest, the Parliament House in Bucharest,
Hotel Cismigiu in Bucharest, Hoia Baciu Forest near Cluj, Poenari Castle and many others; the places have included reports of ghostly apparitions, poltergeist activity, shadowy figures, orbs, spirit possessions, EVP's, and other unusual phenomena.

  Ghosts with exquisite taste for accommodation 

The image posted  here stirred the enthusiasts’ imagination. It was taken in Romania, at Herculane Bai, at a hotel by a guest spending the vacation there. The image is that of a woman dressed in white. Decebal Hotel is one hundred and fifty years old and many say that deep down, at its foundations, Dacian and Roman treasures wait to be discovered. The hotel was closed for five years for renovations. It seems that some people tried during this time to dig and find the awesome ancient treasures. The ghost – that according to some would belong to a Dacian priest, appeared to protect the alleged treasure and to drive the looters away. I don’t know what credit can be given to the picture but in 2008 it was the headline in newspapers and television news.
 Passion crime leads to haunting
 Braila, my town, has its haunted places too. Bellow is the image of the famous "house with ghosts" in Braila, situated on Aslan street.
They say the house belonged to an old wealthy Greek trademan, Nicolachi Mavrocordulas, who married a young  beautiful woman, Voica, the daughter of a peasant from Insuratei village. The sixty year old Greek bought Voica  from her family, and had a large mansion built for her. The Greek had no idea or ignored the fact he'd bought Voica but not her heart that was given to a young man from her village. She didn’t love him and, one day, when he returned home, found her in the arms of her young lover. Nicolachi shot Voica, buried her in the wall of the house and left Romania, after selling the house. None of the people who bought the house could stay there for long. Soon the rumor that the house was haunted  by Voica’s  ghost spread in the town.The house was turned into an old people's home as no willing customer appeared any more.
 Weeping apparition frightens residents
Even nowadays the elderly people living  in this house or the nursing staff speak of a nightly apparition. A woman, heavily veiled, passes from room to room, crying and calling what they take to be her lover’s name. Witnesses say it  always happens at the time of the year when Nicolachi killed Voica. The  ghost harms nobody, yet people are distressed  and frightened by her wails and sobs.
 Touching ghost story
I do believe that ghosts exists. They are souls that haven't fulfilled their mission on earth and are still haunting the places they lived in. If you read my paranormal Shadows of the Past you'll find out why Genevieve's ghost haunts the forest where Anne and Neil get lost. Tell me what you think, then!
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