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I honestly don’t know. If I believe you, someone whom I’ve known all my life wants me dead

Thursday, June 18th, 2020
Echoes of Love
by Gina Ardito
Genre: Historical Romance
Royal governess Chesna Dubrow must protect the five-year-old king of Amatia from Napoleon Bonaparte’s invading army. To do so, she’ll be forced to wed one of the emperor’s loyal soldiers. But Pietor Gabris isn’t any soldier. Years ago, he broke Chesna’s heart, forgetting the vows they’d made to love each other forever.
Pietor’s return to Amatia is embroiled in subterfuge. Amidst the deceit surrounding him, he clings to the one truth he cannot ignore: his timeless love for Chesna. Yet confessing what’s in his heart would sentence them both to death. To keep Chesna safe, he must portray the role of traitor, ensuring her animosity continues to blow hot and harsh.
As danger and intrigue swirl around the palace, can Chesna place her faith—and heart—with the one man she swore she’d never forgive?
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Editorial
Review from Entrada Publishing:
The
old saying goes, if you love something, set it free, and if it is
meant to be, it will return. In Gina Ardito’s historical fiction
novel, she explores the idea of lost love, and bitter-sweet
homecomings.
Set
in the fictional country of Amatia, Chesna is the governess of the
young prince Mikhail, as a means to ease her broken heart. Six years
prior, her childhood sweetheart, Pietor was sent off to Russia, and
soon forgot all about Chesna. However, fate will soon bring the two
lost lovers together again, but under dire circumstances. As
Napoleon’s armies march upon Amatia, Chesna finds herself caught
between loyalty to her country, and what her heart desires.
Ardito
does a masterful job blending real-life historical events, with a
beautifully crafted love story. She crafts a suspenseful and engaging
narrative, taking readers through historical events, and the inner
conflicts within Chesna, and Pietor. The storytelling is beautifully
done as Ardito explores the concept of long-lost lovers, betrayal,
and learning to follow your heart. The narrative flows in an organic
way, with tension masterfully woven throughout. The dynamics between
Chesna and Pietor is natural, and their relationship is very well
written.
Along
with a tender love story, the author sets up a mystery that Chensa,
and Pietor must unravel before it is too late. Readers will be on the
edge of their seats, as they follow along in the race against time.
Chesna must figure out who to trust, and who she can place her faith
in.
For
those looking for a suspenseful, yet tender love story, Echoes
of Love
is
a fantastic historical fiction novel. Gina Ardito is a fantastic
writer, and her novel will pull at your heartstrings, as well as
leave you breathless.

 

I
honestly don’t know. If I believe you, someone whom I’ve known
all my life wants me dead. I have nowhere to turn and no one whom I
can trust. I am surrounded by enemies on all sides. Do you have any
idea how that makes me feel?”
 
 
I kill houseplants. There. Now you know one of my greatest shames. I’m not boasting. I just figure that if you’re reading this, you’re looking for more than how wonderful life is as a writer. You get enough of that elsewhere. Ditto for political rants, how to lose thirty pounds in a week, and creating gorgeous crafts with nothing more than twine and soup cans. My goal is to connect with you, dear reader, even if you’re not a writer, not a New Yorker, not a mother, not a female. We’re human (unless one of us is a spambot), and what we have in common is flaws. So here are a few more of mine:
I sing all the time. I sing songs most people don’t know–jingles from television, crazy stuff I used to listen to on Dr. Demento, Broadway and movie soundtracks, and I can even bum-bum-bum through instrumental music. I sing in the car. In the shower. While I’m grocery shopping. And I headbop while I sing. When I’m not singing, I talk to myself. Just ignore me and move on. You get used to it after a while.
I don’t eat my vegetables. Seriously. I only started eating salad about ten years ago, but I’d still rather have a cookie.
Given the option, I would live in a mall where I would never have to worry about freezing temperatures or too much sun. I’m extremely fair-skinned and could burn under a 60-watt light bulb.
I can’t sleep without background noise so the television’s on all night. If it’s too dark and too quiet, all I have are my thoughts. And even *I* don’t want to be alone with my thoughts.
Don’t ask me to Zumba, line dance, or march in the parade. I have absolutely no rhythm.
I color outside the lines. Not because I’m a rebel, but because I suck as an artist. My artistic ability is limited to being able to draw Snoopy sleeping on his doghouse. And I don’t even draw that well.
Regrets. I have more than a few.
My favorite activity is sleep, and I’m pretty good at it. I don’t clock a lot of hours, but I can powernap like a Persian cat and rejuvenate within ten minutes.
I consider shopping and dining out excellent therapy for anything wrong in my life.
My feet are always cold. Always. My husband of more than a quarter century claims it’s because I’m an alien sent to Earth to destroy him. (He might be right about that.)
Coming to my house for a visit? Unless you’ve given me plenty of advance notice, be prepared. My floor will not be vacuumed, there will be dishes in my sink, and I only make my bed when I change the sheets once a week (I’m climbing back into it ASAP. Why make it?) Housecleaning is not high on my priority list. Okay, to be totally honest, it’s not on the list at all.
I can resist anything…except ice cream.
Since this is our first date, I figure I’ve revealed enough secrets for now. But if you’ve read this bio and think I might be the author for you, pick up one of my books or stalk my website: www.ginaardito.com.
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Alexa realizes she’s trapped in an underworld of evil from which she desperately wants to escape

Sunday, September 15th, 2019
When
a Stranger Comes…
by
Karen S. Bell
Genre:
Psychological Thriller
 
2018
Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner!

 

 

 

A GRIPPING
PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FOR FANS OF KING AND
KOONTZ!

 

 

“RIVETING”–Kirkus
Reviews

 

What
price would you pay for success?
 

 

A
lightning bolt out-of the blue, on an otherwise sunny afternoon,
transports author Alexa Wainwright to an alternate universe where the
characters from her novels are given the breadth of life. Having just
made a vow that she would do whatever it took to once again achieve
the international acclaim of her debut novel, Alexa doesn’t realize
how ominously that vow would be tested. In this altered reality,
she’s introduced to media mogul King Blakemore who offers her an
extremely lucrative book contract with guarantees that her work will
become a best-selling blockbuster. Given his appearance, odd
mannerisms, and aura of evil Alexa wonders if King Blakemore might be
the Devil himself.

 

 At first, she shrugs off her doubts
about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer
because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too
strong. Suddenly, the contract’s been signed. Now what can she
do? Alexa realizes she’s trapped in an underworld of evil from
which she desperately wants to escape. Her iron-clad book contract
changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole and King always
seems one step ahead of her. Desperate to get her life back, she
devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence to no
avail. She laments the old adage, Be careful what you wish
for.

 

 

 

Buy
this book if you’re a reader who loves a page-turning,
heart-stopping, psychological thriller with some magical realism
thrown in.

 

 

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I
get so much satisfaction in the writing process. I take care to
choose just the right word, to make sure each sentence has the right
cadence. I appreciate other writers who respect the craft in this
way, and I hope my readers do so with me. Writing is a need, a desire
for expression, and springs from well within my subconscious mind.
Thoughts rise up, scenes rise up and blend in with the over-arching
story. These thoughts emerge whenever they want to and wherever I am
and probably not when I am at the computer. The computer is for the
craft, the technique. The thoughts come during walks, or while
driving the car, or at the grocery store. I am the willing recipient
of these thoughts and so they seek me out. It’s a mystery this
business and art of writing and it keeps me enthralled.

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Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her

Saturday, January 20th, 2018
THROUGH A DARK GLASS
by
Barb Hendee
Genre: Historical Fantasy

 

Pub
Date: 1/9/2018

 

On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of
Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish
Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may
choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord’s three sons she
weds:
Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and
loyal?
Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic,
sly, and rebellious?
Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding,
and proud?
As shy, horrified Megan flees the
welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror
that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were
living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever
after” in her choices.
Deaths and honors, joys and agonies,
intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where
these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their
jagged characters—and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But
the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther
than any of them have guessed . . .
Barb Hendee is the New York
Times
bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches series. She is
the co-author (with husband J.C.) of the Noble Dead Saga. She holds a
master’s degree in composition/rhetoric from the University of
Idaho and currently teaches writing for Umpqua Community College. She
and J.C. live in a quirky two-level townhouse just south of Portland,
Portland.
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Of Love and Magic an anthology for your special Valentine

Sunday, February 15th, 2015
More that just love and magic for your special Valentine
Five intriguing romances wrapped in love and magic
  • Angel in a Black Fedora, by Sherry GammonCiel Björk died a tragic death…but she got over it. Now she works as an undercover (more…)

Atlantis VII: Bearer of Fruit by David Speight

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

A readersFavorite. com review

This is a fantasy novel in which the author has creates a new world where people don’t graduate from school until they turn 90 years old. It flows well, although the plot would work better if more action was added.

The story follows a young man, Aedon, who will find out on his graduation day if he is the son of the king. For many years he has been the object of ridicule because of this belief. He is sure that if he has a perfect score on his graduation his father (more…)

Through The Glass Darkly “A Dragon Tale” by M. L. Canales

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

This is a great high fantasy novel with many fun and fantastic creatures, which will please many ages and likes. There is magic, time traveling, quest, and heroes to make it all happen. In short it has all the necessary elements to make this book a fantastic read.

The story starts when five young adults meet before they start their special training in an elite academy for magic. These four young men and a girl were brought together by chance, or so it seems until the schoolmaster has a dream. They are destined to free all the fantastic creatures and the three Gods that mankind has been trying to dismiss from their lives for the past 300 years. (more…)

Steps to make a Killer Character

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Characters tell your tale; if they are boring, flat, or common your story will be, too.

  1. Characters need personality (thus the designation character) and a name that will cause that your readers to remember and relate to them throughout the book.

a.     The way your character dresses also adds personality and can make him/her very distinctive in the reader’s mind. A personal eccentricity or oddity or a mysterious quality is also a good personality trait.

b.     Some sort of skill or power, a special experience, a history or past, humor or the lack thereof adds character.

c.     These characteristics could also be mannerisms or physical traits. Examples: (more…)