December 1, 2016

November 23, 2016

Guest Promo (CLXXXIV) Anni Fife Interview and Review for Luke's Redemption



Thank you Anni for sharing with the followers of my blog several things about you:
What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
I’m still a debut author so my experience begins and ends with Romance. I find our world an increasingly challenging place to live in, and we are surrounded by so many NOT happily ever afters. One of my favorite escapes is to lose myself in a world of steamy romance, unpredictable suspense, and a guaranteed HEA. This gets even better when its my job to choose the hot alpha male, the sassy intelligent gal, the break-ups, the make-ups.... you get the picture.


What books/authors have influenced your writing?
I used to read a ton of romance in my teens and early twenties, and then the addiction faded. But four years ago my sister implored me to read Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh. I balked but she wouldn’t let up. Thank goodness because Nalini’s paranormal romance was easily one of the best romance novels I had ever read. Not only did it hook me back into the wonderful world of romance reading, last year I quit my career and started a new one—writing romance!

If it was Nalini who seduced me back into the romance genre, it was Kristen Ashley’s contemporary and accessible writing style that I became most addicted to. When I started writing Luke’s Redemption, I was definitely influenced by KA’s panty-melting alpha heroes, and her ability to convey both heartbreak and humor in such an effortless way. If I could write a story that touched even one reader in the heartwarming and sexy way that KA touches thousands of readers, then I would have succeeded in my aim.

What are your expectations for the book?
I try not to have any. When I moved from the city and changed my life, I promised myself I would never be driven by the pursuit of money or ambition. Writing Luke’s Redemption was my dream, and I poured my heart into creating characters that are real, and that hopefully resonate with readers. Rather than expectation, I have hope that readers will find a satisfying, and maybe even addictive, escape in Luke and Katya’s searing but elusive love story ... and then perhaps they will want to return and read my next novel, Gray’s Promise.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
No. I’m a student of psychology so I love analyzing my character’s motives and looking at every response they make from their own worldview. I try not to bring my own perspective into contention as I believe this distorts how a character develops.

What 3 words best describe you?
Writer. Hermit-crab. #RedWineHolic.

How did you get to be where you are in your life today?
Like most people, my life has been filled with a mixture of right and wrong decisions, and many unexpected turns. When I was young, I never knew what I wanted to do.I dreamed of being a storyteller, but never believed this was a very practical choice. As I wilted under the pressure of making such a monumental decision of which career to follow, my mother simplified things by suggesting I just study something I was interested in. I got a degree in International Relations and English. And then found myself working in the TV and video industry. I didn’t love it, but I was good at it. For over twenty years, I produced hundreds of videos, commercials and TV programs.

I also traveled extensively, for work and for pleasure. But I always had this vague sense of emptiness. In my mid-thirties, I did a long-distance degree in psychology, which began me on a path of self-introspection. Added to this, throughout my thirties, my husband and I struggled to have a child. We had numerous IVF treatments, and even tried with a surrogate. After a miscarriage, and many failed attempts, I had to close a door on this painful journey. It changed me in ways I’m still learning about.

Throughout the years, I never let on that I day-dreamed about being an author. But in January last year, all that changed. I returned home from a family beach holiday, refreshed but totally uninspired to contact my clients and begin the normal January jockeying for work. Instead, I procrastinated. And then I read an article about self-publishing. A tiny flame ignited inside me, and I read some more. A few days later, I was in the bath reading the latest Kristen Ashley on my kindle … ‘I can write something like this!’ A crazy thought by a woman lost in lala-land. Maybe. But who cared—not me. Refusing to let the precious spark inside me fizzle out, I made a life-changing decision. I shut down my business, cancelled my apartment lease, and packed up my city life. A month later I arrived in a small seaside village, and began my new life…as an author.

My life’s journey contributes to my writing. But so does my pain. The stories I write are filled with characters that have suffered. My infertility gave me a glimpse of what it means to be deprived of the one thing you want more than anything else in life. A heartbreaking lesson, but one I believe makes me a better storyteller.

Social Media and Buy Links
You can read book excerpts and learn more about me on my website, and join Anni’s Posse to get regular updates and Bonus Treats www.annifife.com

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and Twitter

My Amazon Author Page is https://www.amazon.com/author/annifife

Buy Links:Amazon 
                  Barnesandnoble
 
Luke’s Redemption is also available from Kobe, Bookstrand, All Romance, iTunes and The Wild Rose Press. All these Buy Links are available on Anni’s website: http://annifife.com/

My Review


Great Anni Fife debut story with a surprising ending, and great characters . Luke’s Redemption is a wonderfully imaginative tale that blends action, romance, and modern day drama into a captivating story where Katya must keep on running from her mob father, from his partners in crime, from her sad past and from her present wounded heart.

Nobody is who they claim to be, a thing that complicates things and turns the book into a fast paced thriller/romance.



I was unsure at the beginning of Luke’s Redemption as to how I would like it, but I found myself addicted to the story and I could not put the book down. I had to force myself a times to just take a step back, a breath and relax before continuing on with the book as I was so very caught up in the plot. What a fast paced page turner! I loved every dark angsty emotional minute of this book! Excellent HEA!

The story goes on a roller coaster ride of emotions for both Katya and Michael/Luke.  As he himself states somewhere in the story :Over the last days she had been put through the wringer. Most people would have curled up and died.

As erotic isn’t on my list of readings I skipped the explicit scenes, but for the rest it’s a, in my opinion, story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next.

I passed through different stages of emotion  regarding the main character - curiosity,  empathy, rolling up my eyes in frustration at many of Katya’s moments of stubbornness. I would have boxed her ears.

You'll love the setting, the characters, the hints and secrets. The secondary characters are well-developed and interesting,too, and the story doesn't go anywhere near where I thought it was going. I love that! It's hard to gush without giving away spoilers or I'd be listing all the specific things that I loved, so I'll just say, "
If you want nonstop action, characters you can relate to (but don’t clog up the plot) read this book!"

Recommend!







November 10, 2016

I am a Guest Today

I know I haven't posted much, lately. Life always finds something to throw in my way. And not always good things. But, I try to overcome the obstacles.
I only want you all to know that I am a guest, answering  a few questions on writing, here:

                                   An indie adventure

If you'd like to check it and leave a comment, I'd be honored! I and my characters thank you in advance!
  And here is the dual version, English and Romanian, of my  poem that led me to write
 Shadows of the Past

Buy link:Amazon





ETERNITY

In the quiet solitude
of a small, remote convent,
Only prayers seem alive
on the lips of holy sisters.
Candles flicker in their hands
like lost souls in search of light,
And the yellowish, faint glimmer
makes a halo’ round their whispers.
Era is eternity.
Garments, litany unchanged.
Just a film of smoke on walls
clings mute witness to new faces,
To the passing-by of time,
deathlessness of love and hope,
To this monolith of faith
heaving over age and spaces !



 ETERNITATE

In tacerea solitara

a micutei abatii
Doar cuvintele de ruga
ale maicilor sunt vii.

Lumanarea palpainda,

suflet ratacit, damnat
Cautandu-si izbavirea
in lacasu-ndepartat.
Slujba, straie, neschimbate.
Totul e ca in trecut.
Si doar fumul de tamaie
pe pereti e martor mut,
Al atator vremuri scurse
peste-altarul de credinta,
A sperantei nemurire
Si-a iubirii biruinta.