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“RUSH”

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Gabe, Jace, and Ash: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Gabe, it’s making one particular fantasy come true with a woman who was forbidden fruit. Now she’s ripe for the picking…

When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires.

Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s fourteen years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

As Gabe pulls her into his provocative world, she realizes there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him or how exacting his demands can be. Their relationship is intense and obsessive, but as they cross the line from secret sexual odyssey to something deeper, their affair runs the risk of being exposed—and vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.

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#GIVEAWAY AND #FEATURE OF LORD OF DARKNESS BY ELIZABETH HOYT…

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ELIZABETH HOYT

LORD OF DARKNESS”

MAIDEN LANE SERIES #4

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LORD OF DARKNESS

ELIZABETH HOYT

Grand Central Publishing
Coming February 2013
ISBN: 9781455508303

lord of darkness

WHEN STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
He lives in the shadows. The mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, his only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife . . .

BECOME LOVERS…
Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and the man she hasn’t seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be—and so much more . . .

DESIRE IS THE ULTIMATE DANGER
When passion flares these two intimate strangers can’t keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth—that the Ghost is her husband, Godric St. John—the game is up and the players must surrender . . . to the temptation that could destroy them both.

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EXCERPT from LORD OF DARKNESS

London, England
March 1740

The night Godric St. John saw his wife for the first time since their marriage two years previously, she was aiming a pistol at his head. Lady Margaret stood beside her carriage in the filthy St. Giles street, her glossy, dark curls tumbling from the velvet hood of her cloak. Her shoulders were square, both hands firmly grasped the pistol, and a murderous gleam shone in her pretty eyes. For a split second, Godric caught his breath in admiration.

In the next moment, Lady Margaret pulled the trigger.

BOOM!

The report was deafening but fortunately not fatal, as his wife was apparently an execrable shot. This did not reassure Godric as much as it should have, because Lady Margaret immediately turned and pulled a second pistol from her carriage.

Even the worst shots could get lucky on occasion.

But Godric hadn’t the time to meditate on the odds of his wife actually murdering him tonight. He was too busy saving her ungrateful hide from the half-dozen footpads who had stopped her carriage here, in the most dangerous part of London.

Godric ducked the enormous fist coming at his head and kicked the footpad in the stomach. The man grunted but didn’t go down, probably because he was as big as a draft horse. Instead, the robber began a counterclockwise circle of Godric as his compatriots—four of them, and every one quite as well fed—closed in on him.

Godric narrowed his eyes and raised his swords, a long one in his right hand, a short one in his left for defense and close fighting, and—

God’s balls—Lady Margaret fired her second pistol at him.

The gunshot shattered the night, echoing off the decrepit buildings lining the narrow street. Godric felt a tug on his short cape as the lead ball went through the wool.

Lady Margaret swore with a startling breadth of vocabulary.

The footpad nearest Godric grinned, revealing teeth the color of week-old piss. “Don’t like ’e much, now, do she?”

Not precisely true. Lady Margaret was trying to kill the Ghost of St. Giles. Unfortunately, she had no way of knowing that the Ghost of St. Giles happened to be her husband. The carved black mask on Godric’s face hid his identity quite effectively.

For a moment, all of St. Giles seemed to hold its breath. The sixth robber still stood, both of his pistols aimed at Lady Margaret’s coachman and two footmen. A female spoke in low, urgent tones from inside the carriage, no doubt trying to lure Lady Margaret back to safety. The lady herself glared from her stance beside the carriage, apparently oblivious to the fact that she might be murdered—or worse—if Godric failed to save her from the robbers. High overhead, the wan moon looked down dispassionately on the crumbling brick buildings, the broken cobblestones underfoot, and a single chandler’s shop sign creaking wearily in the wind.

Godric leaped at the still-grinning footpad.

Lady Margaret might be a foolish chit for being here, and the footpad might be merely following the instincts of any feral predator who runs down the careless prey that ventures into his path, but it mattered not. Godric was the Ghost of St. Giles, protector of the weak, a predator to be feared himself, lord of St. Giles and the night, and, damn it, Lady Margaret’s husband.

So Godric stabbed fast and low, impaling the footpad before his grin had time to disappear. The man grunted and began to fall as Godric elbowed another footpad advancing behind him. The man’s nose shattered with a crunching sound.

Godric pulled his sword free in a splatter of scarlet and whirled, slashing at a third man. His sword opened a swath of blood diagonally across the man’s cheek, and the footpad stumbled back, screaming, his hands to his face.

The remaining two attackers hesitated, which in a street fight was nearly always fatal.

Godric charged them, the sword in his right hand whistling as it swept toward one of the footpads. His strike missed, but he stabbed the short sword in his left hand deep into the thigh of the fifth footpad. The man shrieked. Both robbers backed away and then turned to flee.

Godric straightened, his chest heaving as he caught his breath and looked around. The only robber still standing was the one with the pistols.

The coachman—a thickset man of middling years with a tough, reddened face—narrowed his eyes at the robber and pulled a pistol out from under his seat.

The last footpad turned and fled without a sound.

“Shoot him,” Lady Margaret snapped. Her voice trembled but Godric had the feeling it was from rage rather than fear.

“M’lady?” The coachman looked at his mistress, confused, since the footpads were now out of sight.

But Godric knew quite well that she wasn’t ordering the murder of a footpad, and suddenly something inside of him—something he’d thought dead for years—woke.

His nostrils flared as he stepped over the body of the man he’d killed for her. “No need to thank me.”

He spoke in a whisper to disguise his voice, but she seemed to have no trouble hearing him.

The bloodthirsty wench actually clenched her teeth, hissing, “I wasn’t about to.”

“No?” He cocked his head, his smile grim. “Not even a kiss for good luck?”

Her eyes dropped to his mouth, left uncovered by the half-mask, and her upper lip curled in disgust. “I’d rather embrace an adder.”

Oh, that’s lovely. His smile widened. “Frightened of me, sweeting?”

He watched, fascinated, as she opened her mouth, no doubt to scorch his hide with her retort, but she was interrupted before she could speak.

“Thank you!” cried a feminine voice from inside the carriage.

Lady Margaret scowled and turned. Apparently she was close enough to see the speaker in the dark even if he couldn’t. “Don’t thank him! He’s a murderer.”

“He hasn’t murdered us,” the woman in the carriage pointed out. “Besides, it’s too late. I’ve thanked him for both of us, so climb in the carriage and let’s leave this awful place before he changes his mind.”

The set of Lady Margaret’s jaw reminded Godric of a little girl denied a sweet.

“She’s right, you know,” he whispered to her. “Believe it or not, toffs have been known to be accosted by footpads in this very spot.”

“Megs!” hissed the female in the carriage.

Lady Margaret’s glare could’ve scorched wood. “I shall find you again, and when I do, I intend to kill you.”

She was completely in earnest, her stubborn little chin set.

He took off his large floppy hat and swept her a mocking bow. “I look forward to dying in your arms, sweeting.”

Her eyes narrowed on his wicked double entendre, but her companion was muttering urgently now. Lady Margaret gave him one last look of disdain before ducking inside her carriage.

The coachman shouted to the horses, and the vehicle rumbled away.

And Godric St. John realized two things: His lady wife was apparently over her mourning—and he’d better make it back to his town house before her carriage arrived. He paused for a second, glancing at the body of the man he’d killed. Black blood wound in a sluggish trail to the channel in the middle of the lane. The man’s eyes starred glassily at the indifferent heavens. Godric searched within himself, looking for some emotion…and found what he always did.

Nothing.

He whirled and darted down a narrow alley. Only now that he was moving did he notice that his right shoulder ached. He’d either damaged something in the brawl or one of the footpads had succeeded in landing a blow. No matter. Saint House was on the river, not terribly far in the usual way, but he’d get there faster by rooftop.

He was already swinging himself up onto the top of a shed when he heard it: shrill, girlish screams, coming from around the bend in the alley up ahead.

Damn it. He hadn’t the time for this. Godric dropped back down to the alley and drew both his swords.

Another terrified cry.

He darted around the corner.

There were two of them, which accounted for all the noise. One was not more than five. She stood, shaking, in the middle of the reeking alley, screaming with all of her might. She could do little else because the second child had already been caught. That one was a bit older and fought with the desperate ferocity of a cornered rat, but to no avail.

The man who held the older child was three times her size and cuffed her easily on the side of the head.

The older girl crumpled to the ground while the smaller one ran to her still form.

The man bent toward the children.

“Oi!” Godric growled.

The man looked up. “What th—”

Godric laid him flat with a right haymaker to the side of the head.

He placed his sword at the man’s bared throat and leaned down to whisper, “Doesn’t feel very good when you’re on the receiving end, does it?”

The oaf scowled, his hand rubbing the side of his head. “Now see ’ere. I ’as a right to do as I please wif me own girls.”

“We’re not your girls!”

Godric saw out of the corner of his eye that the elder chit had sat up.

“’E’s not our da!”

Blood trickled from the corner of her mouth, making his blood boil.

“Get on to your home,” he urged in a low voice to the girls. “I’ll deal with this ruffian.”

“We don’t ’ave a ’ome,” the smaller child whimpered.

She’d barely got the words out when the elder nudged her and hissed, “Shut it!”

Godric was tired and the news that the children were homeless distracted him. That was what he told himself anyway when the rogue on the ground swept his legs out from under him.

Godric hit the ground rolling. He surged to his feet, but the man was already rounding the corner at the far end of the alley.

He sighed, wincing as he straightened. He’d landed on his injured shoulder and it was not thanking him for the treat.

He glanced at the girls. “Best come with me, then.”

The smaller child obediently began to rise, but the elder pulled her back down. “Don’t be daft, Moll. ’E’s as like to be a lassie snatcher as th’ other one.”

Godric raised his eyebrows at the words lassie snatcher. He hadn’t heard that name for a while. He shook his head. He hadn’t time to dig into these matters now. Lady Margaret would reach his home soon, and if he wasn’t there, awkward questions might arise.

“Come,” he said, holding out his hand to the girls. “I’m not a lassie snatcher, and I know a nice, warm place where you can spend the night.” And many nights hereafter.

He thought his tone gentle enough, but the elder girl’s face wrinkled mutinously. “We’re not going wif you.”

Godric smiled pleasantly—before swooping down and scooping one child over his shoulder and the other under his arm. “Oh, yes, you are.”

It wasn’t that simple, of course. The elder cursed quite shockingly for a female child of such tender years, while the younger burst into tears, and they both fought like wildcats.

Five minutes later he was within sight of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children when he nearly dropped them both.

“Ow!” He swallowed stronger language and took a firmer grip on the elder child who had come perilously close to unmanning him.

Grimly, Godric stalked to the back door of the St. Giles orphanage and kicked at it until a light came on in the kitchen window.

The door swung open to reveal a tall man in rumpled shirtsleeves and breeches.

Winter Makepeace, the manager of the home, arched an eyebrow at the sight of the Ghost of St. Giles, holding two struggling, weeping girls on his doorstep.

Godric hadn’t time for explanations.

“Here.” He unceremoniously dumped the children on the kitchen tiles and glanced at the bemused manager. “I’d advise a firm hold—they’re slipperier than greased eels.”

With that, he swung shut the home’s door, turned, and sprinted toward his town house.

 

WARNING: Lord of Darkness book blurb and excerpts contain SPOILERS for the Maiden Lane series.*

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#INTERVIEW WITH EVA MARQUEZ, TAINTED LOVE, AUTHOR….

~~MBA&M IS HAPPY TO HAVE EVA MARQUEZ WITH US TODAY~~

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO…

WELCOME EVA!

First, however, a bit about The Sweetest Taboo Series:

The Sweetest Taboo Series is a controversial and edgy contemporary *mature* YA romance series appropriate for readers 16 and over. Sweetest Taboo is Book One of the series and was released on October 1, 2012.  Book Two, Tainted Love, is scheduled to be released on March 5, 2013!

 Now the very interesting, Eva Marquez!

Again, Welcome Eva!

MBA&M: Hi, Eva, welcome to My Book Addiction and More! Please give our readers who may not know you a little insight into the mind of Eva Marquez?


 

EVA: 
 Because my novels deal with controversial topics, cross and intersect genres and do not fit into neat little boxes, I ask my readers to be prepared for the journey. My novels are not for everyone, and those who are disturbed and bothered by stories that push the envelope or challenge societal norms would likely not find my literary work appealing. So in essence, this is a bit of a warning to potential readers and/or followers. I do not intend on writing for all audiences, as that is almost impossible to do. What I can and have committed myself to doing is writing about what I know, writing about my own contexts, environments and experiences and pushing those to the limits to create controversial stories that inspire people to perhaps think out of the box.

 

 

MBA&M: TAINTED LOVE, is a complex issue, why write a story where a teenager has an affair with her swim coach?



 

EVA: Although ‘Tainted Love’ has some elements of the controversial nature of a relationship between a high school swim coach and a student, Book One of the ‘Sweetest Taboo Series’ covered that development of that affair. ‘Tainted Love’ takes off where ‘Sweetest Taboo’ left off and delves into more complex issues about love, deceit, mistrust, and emotional weakness/strength. Why write this story? Because it happens more than we care to acknowledge. When I was in Junior High one of my teachers had married his student (after she graduated) and they had been married for fifteen years and were a happy family with children. What intrigued me most about these stories was that the only perspective we really see is that of the media, which usually tarnishes such relationships. My objective in writing this lengthy and complex story was to portray what may be a hidden side of these relationships, a loving side, a neutral side that does not judge, throw stones, or vilify those involved in such love affairs.

 

 

MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing TAINTED LOVE?



 

EVA: I grew up as an immigrant in a lower-to-middle class Southern California suburb. So I tapped into that experience in the ‘Sweetest Taboo Series’, which chronicle the love affair between a young Hispanic schoolgirl and her much older, married teacher. I drew from my experiences growing up to develop several plot ideas. Romantic experiences are universal. Provocative, illicit and risqué contexts do not take away from the experience of love, and that’s what this debut book sets out to communicate.

 

I was also intrigued by the news of one of my former teachers being convicted of [sexual] misconduct with a minor. Since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by similar stories making the news, but like many people, wondered about how these relationships originate and how they flourish under the radar. In Sweetest Taboo, I got to unravel one of these clandestine relationships, one exciting page at a time. I also delved into the mind of the adult male in this relationship in ‘Tainted Love’, which was an enlightening experience.

 

 

MBA&M: Which character(s) was the hardest to write about and why?



 

EVA: Probably Tom’s character for two reasons: 1) I’m not a man and have difficulty putting myself in a man’s shoes and being able to dialogue and feel like a man, and 2) I can not imagine how it would feel to be in Tom’s shoes, vilified by colleagues and community members for simply loving a girl who clearly pursued him and loves him with great intensity.

 

 

MBA&M: What was the hardest scene to write in TAINTED LOVE?



 

EVA: The romantic/sex scenes between Isabel and Professor Wellings. Although this is a book series for mature young adults and new adults, I always want to ensure that sex scenes are written in a delicate and respectful manner. In ‘Sweetest Taboo’ it was important to me to be descriptive of the very first sex experience between Tom and Isabel, mainly because it’s the moment that Isabel loses her virginity (a very important experience in a young ladies life and development). In ‘Tainted Love’, Isabel is more experience in love and sex and so I decided to leave more to the imagination this time, which I am hoping readers appreciate.

 

 

MBA&M: If you could have dinner with one of your characters which one and why?



 

Eva: Definitely Tom! He is a sensitive, kind and introspective man. He seems to be completely, head over heals in love with Isabel, dedicated to her and willing to jeopardize much of what he’s accomplished in life just be with her. Isabel is not always as loving, gentle, or caring so my questions to Tom would be around why he wants to maintain a relationship with a young woman who gives him the runaround, who isn’t always honest with him, and who doesn’t seem to know what she wants. Of course, if he were as attractive as I’ve described him, then I’d probably also be somewhat flirtatious!

 

 

MBA&M: Where is your favorite place to write, your favorite book and why do you go when the stress gets to be too much?



 

EVA: My favorite place to write is in a café…I love the buzz and energy of people chatting and working on laptops, and I love coffee! My favorite book of all time is ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. One must remember that I worked in Nigeria for over two years so I have a special interest in novels about Nigeria and West Africa, which is why my second favorite book is ‘Poisonwood Bible’. Regarding stress, I can usually manage and deflect stress quite well, but when you add a whiney toddler into the mix, it can be far too much. What I usually do is take my little over to a friend’s house so she can play and expend energy and then return home for a brief nap. That usually does the trick.

 

 

MBA&M: What is on your horizon with your writing career?



 

EVA: The last book of the ‘Sweetest Taboo Series’ is currently in production (i.e. I’m working on that novel as we speak). After that novel is launched in December 2013, I will be working on a second series that touches on another forbidden romance, a half-brother/sister affair that turns into a long-term romantic coupling (to include off spring that are both part of that union and one that isn’t!). I envision that also being a three-book series.

 

 

MBA&M: Last, Eva, but not least. Please tell our readers where to connect to you and where they may purchase TAINTED LOVE?

 

EVA: I love connecting with readers or just anyone who has an opinion about my literary work. I am also quite easy to reach through my author website: Eva-Marquez.com where my social media profiles are available.

Tainted Love is now on sale through Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/Z0fLGR) and all Amazon Prime members can borrow the book at no cost and with no due date during the next 90 days only!

Contact

Author website:             www.eva-marquez.com

Book Website:                www.SweetestTabooBook.com

FaceBook Fan Page:      www.FaceBook.com/EvaMarquezBooks

Twitter:                            www.Twitter.com/EvaAuthor

Thank you Eva, for taking the time to share a little about yourself and your work!

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About Eva Márquez

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, daughter of European immigrants, Eva Márquez has spent most of her life outside of her home country. At the age of five, Eva accompanied  her parents to the United States, where the family settled permanently. After graduating from university, she went on to complete graduate studies in International Relations in Spain. Eva received her Master of International Studies degree from the University of Sydney and went on to work in the global health field in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Eva currently resides in Southern Africa with her young daughter.

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TAINTED LOVE

EVA MARQUEZ

*Image and description from the author’s website*

Tainted Love , Book 2

ISBN-13: 978-1481121026

Isabel thought her life was on track – she was doing well in college, moving quickly toward her future, and deciding who she wanted to be. Best of all, she’d reunited with Tom, the swim coach she had a secret affair with in high school. But it doesn’t take long for her history – and his – to start catching up with them.
When Isabel goes back to her college life, after spending a blissful summer reuniting with Tom, things take a dangerous turn. Isabel gets swept up in a relationship with a dark, mysterious professor, with whom she begins a covert love affair that could ruin everything she has rebuilt with Tom. Worse, she starts to hear rumors from friends back home – rumors about a teacher having affairs with students. And Tom seems to be at the center of the controversy. Will Isabel’s instincts about what Tom’s been up to during their time apart drive her farther away, or will she forgo her new romance to run to Tom’s defense?

 

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~#Q&A AND #GIVEAWAY WITH LISA GYLLENHAAL AND “A PLACE FOR US”….

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A Place For Us

A PLACE FOR US

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LISA GYLLENHAAL

MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into Liza Gyllenhaal?

 

LISA: I was raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. After college, some of which was spent at the University of Iowa Writing Workshop where I studied poetry, I moved to New York City and began a career in publishing and advertising. In the late 1980s, I founded an advertising agency that specialized in book publishing accounts and watched it grow over the next couple of decades. About the same time I started the agency, my husband and I began to spend weekends in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, eventually buying a small cottage there. Like so many weekenders, we found ourselves drawn more and more to the serenity and natural beauty of the area—the corn fields, dairy farms, and rolling hills. When I was able to sell the agency several years ago to devote myself to writing, we also decided to spend more time in this part of the world.

I’d long been struck by the differences between the small, close-knit rural communities in the Berkshires and the upscale urban weekenders who live their part-time. All three of my novels for NAL — Local Knowledge, So Near, and now A Place for Us — are set in this area. They’re mostly about family life, the tensions and joys of living in a small town, and the longing for acceptance and a sense of community.

A Place For UsMBA&M: What inspired you to write “A  Place For Us”?

LISA: A few years ago I heard a news story on our local public radio station in Massachusetts about a married couple who were being arraigned under the Social Host Liability law. Two teenagers had been seriously injured in a car crash after drinking with the couple’s son at a party in the family’s basement.  Though the parents had been asleep upstairs and unaware of the underage drinking, one of the injured teenager’s family was bringing a law suit against the couple. Understandably, the rural community where the accident occurred was upset  about the incident — but also divided about where the responsibility rested.  As someone who loves writing about families and small towns, the story couldn’t help but capture my imagination.

            It also brought back to me a tragedy from my girlhood — two teenagers from my town who were killed in a car accident on their prom night; a bottle of whiskey was found in the front seat. As I began writing the novel, a very similar incident took place in a town not far from us in the Berkshires.  In this case, tragically, one of the teenagers involved in it was killed. This senseless death brought home to me how serious and pertinent  — and ongoing — the problem of underage drinking remains.

MBA&M: We see this is a story of a post 9/11 family, sexual assault, drama, secrets and lies, how hard was it to write this particular story?

 

LISA: Wow, that description does make it sound pretty dark! But it’s also the story of a loving family and a happy marriage that is tested to the limits.  This book was actually much easier to write than my last novel So Near which began with a toddler being killed in a car accident when a safety seat may have malfunctioned.

Every novel is hard to write in some way.  The real challenge for me in A Place for Us was getting inside the hearts and minds of my four main characters.  I thought it would be important to try several points of view with this novel — two adults and two teenagers — but I also realized that using four different first person voices would probably drive me — and readers  — crazy.  So I decided to write the novel in what is sometimes called the close third person which means that the story is being told by “he” or “she” rather than “I” but, hopefully, from pretty deep inside the head of the character in question.

            In the first person, you can write “I did this” or “I felt that” which gives the story an automatic believability.  For me, the third person —which puts readers a little more at a distance — is more of a challenge. I think that to write convincing fiction you have to be able to empathize with your characters.  You need to know them deep down. You have to believe in them.  But you also need to step back and give them breathing room to be themselves and make their own choices. It’s very tempting when you’re writing in the third person to  manipulate your characters and force them to do what the story line dictates.  But I think readers can always tell when a character is acting and talking — well … out of character.  The most important thing I learned from writing this novel in the third person is that if something doesn’t seem to be working, it probably isn’t the fault of the character — instead, there’s something wrong with the plot.

MBA&M: What was your hardest scene to write?

LISA: It’s the scene that explains a secret that’s haunted one of my main characters throughout the book — and that’s effected everyone involved.  I rewrote it more times than I can remember.  I think you’ll know which one I mean when you read the novel — if not, please let me know!

MBA&M: Which character do you admire the most and which was your least favorite?

LISA: I admired Wanda — the mother of the teenage girl who is assaulted.  She’s not a main character, but she is a wonderful, intuitively fair, and unfailingly loving parent. I disliked the headmaster of Moorehouse, the fictional prep school that features in the story, because he puts the reputation of the school above anything else.


MBA&M: Three words to describe A Place For Us?

LISA:Family.  Regret.  Acceptance.

MBA&M: What do you have in mind next?

LISA: I’m starting to write a new novel with a mystery at its heart which, I’m delighted to report, NAL will be publishing.  It won’t be a traditional police procedural, though someone will be murdered and the story will explore the reasons why — and probably end with the discovery of who did it.  But I’m hoping the novel will be more about the characters and the small New England community where they live.  I’m an avid amateur gardener and I loved writing about gardening in So Near and talking about my garden on my blog, so I’m pretty sure I want my main character to be a landscape architect/professional gardener.  I also know who gets killed — and when.  But I still have a lot of things I need to figure out.  A lot of the joy of writing — just as it is in reading — is discovering what’s going to happen next.


MBA&M: How do you spend your days?

LISA: Writing, reading, gardening.  I devote a lot of time to nonprofit board work, including serving on the boards of the Academy of American Poets and the West Stockbridge Historical Society.

MBA&M: Liza, thank you for spending a moments of your day with us and our readers! Please tell our readers where they may connect with you and where they may purchase A Place For Us.

LISA: Thanks so much — it’s been my pleasure!  A Place for Us is available in bookstores on March 5th and through all the usual on-line sites.  You can read more about it on my website http://www.lizagyllenhaal.com

Thanks for spending time with us and our readers!

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A PLACE FOR US
LISA GYLLENHAAL
A Place For Us
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451239237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451239235
*From the publisher*

Brook and Michael Bostock abandoned their fast-paced lives in Manhattan after 9/11, trading in the city for the more relaxed atmosphere of Michael’s small hometown in western Massachusetts . Brook, the daughter of an extremely prominent and wealthy New York family, is able to continue operating her event planning business, while Michael is finally able to build his own business making high-end furniture. But their seemingly peaceful lives are turned upside down when a teenager is sexually assaulted at a party their son throws while they are away.

 

The scandal receives national attention—not only because of Brook’s family name, but also because of the lawsuit looming against Brook and her husband, that alleges they are responsible for what happened that night. Suddenly, the small Massachusetts town they call home seems to turn against them, revealing the simmering jealousies and resentments that have been lurking under the surface all along.

 

With their once-perfect family in danger of falling apart, Brook and Michael must find a way to get through this together—or risk losing everything they love.

 

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Thanks to Jessica,at Berkley,we are offering 1 lucky commenter a print copy of “A PLACE FOR US”. Sorry,open to U.S. residents,only. No P.O. Boxes,please.Giveaway will run from today March 27 until April 3,2013. All you have to do is leave a comment. Please remember to leave a valid email address with your comment for notification purposes only! *We will not save or share e-mail address except where notification of prize is concerned*

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~SPOTLIGHT AND REVIEW~ RING AROUND THE ROSY BY JACKIE FULLERTON…

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“RING AROUND THE ROSY”

BY

JACKIE FULLERTON

Image of Jackie FullertonBiography

Jackie Fullerton is a successful businesswoman and attorney who grew up in rural Ohio.

A mother of five, Fullerton returned to college when her last child was in grade school. She graduated summa cum laude from both Franklin University, where she earned her BS degree in business, and Dayton University, where she earned her MBA. Fullerton later attended Capital Law School, where she graduated cum laude. She was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1993, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, in 1995, and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1996. Although she is not in active practice, Fullerton volunteers her legal services at a local homeless shelter.

While she lived in Ohio, she was an active member of the Columbus, Ohio, community, Fullerton served on several boards and commissions, including the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Franklin County ADAMH (Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health) Board; Community Shelter Board; Habitat for Humanity Board; and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County, Ohio (CASA).

Fullerton now lives in Florida, with her husband, Tom, and their dog, Flash.

Jackie Fullerton is the author of Ring Around the Rosy, Revenge Served Cold and Piercing the Veil.

Author’s website: http://www.jackiefullerton.com/index.php
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RING AROUND THE ROSY
JACKIE FULLERTON
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense/Murder Mysteries/Women Sleuths
Series: Murder Mysteries
Source: Received for an honest review from The Cadence Group
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas House Publishing (December 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098438152X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984381524

Book Description(Amazon)

Book Description

Publication Date: December 14, 2012
Law student and amateur sleuth Anne Marshall and her attorney fiance Jason Perry leave their Midwestern town for a Florida vacation at the home of Jason’s parents. When they land in Florida, they find that Jason’s father has discovered the murdered body of his wife’s best friend, Maude. The only clue left behind is a note pinned to her that is the second verse of the nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy. Unable to pass up the opportunity to investigate a juicy murder, Anne soon discovers that Maude’s brother was killed in a hit-and run accident several months before. The first verse of Ring Around the Rosy was pinned to his chest. Anne thinks the perp is a serial killer who will strike again. When Maude’s son, Ron, is brutally attacked and left for dead, Anne knows his work is just beginning. Racing against the clock, Anne soon finds herself in a serial killer’s crosshairs while battling an untimely attraction to homicide detective Don Reynolds. Ring Around the Rosy takes you on an adventure from present to past and back again as Anne and her crime-solving partners shift in to high gear to stop a killer before he strikes again!

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MY THOUGHTS:

RING AROUND THE ROSY by Jackie Fullerton is an exciting inspirational romantic suspense/murder mysteries/women sleuths with a ghost. While, “Ring Around The Rosy” may not be considered a series,it is the third in a “Murder Mystery” series,where amateur Anne Marshall and her ghostly investigating father,Tim Sherman fight crime and solve mysteries. Anne hears and sees her father,who has passed away. He helps try to keep her out of trouble,which just doesn’t happen.

In “Ring Around The Rosy”, Anne and her friends are after a possible serial killer. Who by the way, just happens to see and hear an evil ghostly apparition. He leaves the nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy pinned on the victims bodies. Fast faced story of misunderstandings,murder,ghosts,an unlikely attraction,adventure,and true love can cross the heavenly divide. A mystery that any mystery,crime solving readers are sure to enjoy. Ms. Fullerton has written a story that is full of engaging characters,ghostly apparitions,an intriguing plot and a great mystery that crosses time. Although, a misguided attempt at revenge is present,”Ring Around The Rosy” will keep you guessing right to the end. A well written story,that held my attention from beginning to end. A must read! Received for an honest review from The Cadence Group.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED  BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

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ICE WOMAN ASSIGNMENT

AUSTIN S. CAMACHO

Book Description(AMAZON)

Publication Date: March 1, 2013
The Ice Woman Assignment: This is the 4th novel in the Stark & O Brien adventure series. Morgan Stark & Felicity O Brien battle Anaconda, female leader of a Colombian drug cartel with a secret weapon: psychic slaves who can predict their every move. Anaconda is importing a new drug known simply as ice. Federal agencies hope Stark & O Brien s street connections can help them trace the source of the new drug before it becomes too popular to stop. The action becomes more intense when Stark and O Brien go to Colombia to face the killers on their own turf.

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