New release from Kat de Falla: The Seer’s Lover

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Calise Rowe’s question of who walks among us leads her into an ancient war between seers and demons.

Kat de Falla’s new paranormal release, The Seer’s Lover, published by The Wild Rose Press, is free in ebook format from Amazon during April 8-12.

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/17gFt26ncoU

Book Blurb:

For years, Calise Rowe has been able to sense unusual energy from people, making her believe she is different.  Pulled into an ancient war raging for centuries between demon hunters and seers, she’s about to find out she’s right.

Her search for the truth leads her to Lucas Rojas, a seer of angels and demons who walk the earth shrouded from normal human eyes.  He’s hidden his gift for years and refuses to endanger Calise by sharing it with her.

In the sultry Costa Rican Jungles, their worlds collide.  As their passion and desire ignite, so does the ancient war between demons and seers.  Will their combined efforts be enough to save themselves and the entire human world, or will their new found love be their downfall?

Excerpt:

She traced a circle in the sand with her finger.

Why would she disclose her whole existence to someone she’d just met? Someone who talked so little about himself that she found herself talking to fill the void. Saying things she could barely admit in her own head.

His hand covered hers. “I’m lonely, too. Getting to know you this week has been the brightest point in my life and I don’t want you to leave, but I know the only place you’ll be safe is far away from me.”

She swallowed. He had read her mind.

He lay down on his back and closed his eyes. “Cali, you know when you hear a song for the first time and you kind of ingest it? You can’t possibly know right away that it will be one of your favorite songs for the rest of your life. A classic.”

“Yeah.” She hoped he was going somewhere good with this.

“That first listen,” he continued, “you pick up a little of the melody and some lyrics that catch you. But when the song ends, you have to hear it again because you want to memorize all the words and sing along. After you hear it a few times and learn the words inside and out, then you begin to let the melody seep inside you. Next thing you know, you’ve completely digested the song and find yourself humming it while you are doing nothing, like shaving or driving your car. Finally, the song becomes so ingrained it becomes a part of you. Forever. You can recall it and it’s with you whenever you need it. Am I making any sense?”

She nodded, blinking back the tears fighting to fall.

“Cali, I don’t want you to go back because you’re my favorite song.”

Bio:

headshotAuthor Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher.

Four years at the UW-Madison wasn’t enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients.

She is married to her soul mate, classical guitarist, Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.

Kat’s Links:

Author Website: www.katdefalla.com

Blog: www.quillorpill.blogspot.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@katdefalla

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkatdefalla

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Additional Information:

Visit www.bayafaya.com for FREE music downloads arranged by ningen9 that accompany this book:

  1. Anna’s Dance is a jazzy bossa nova meant to accompany chapter two.
  2. Shane’s Torment is a churning soundscape of despair meant to accompany chapter six.
  3. Cali and Lucas First Dance is a Latin fusion instrumental love song meant to accompany chapter twelve.

As I touch on Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) in this book, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to www.iorphan.org.

Purchase Links:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ILXE2NO/ref=docs-os-doi_0

http://www.amzn.com/B00ILXE2NO

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Spring has sprung

You know winter has been bad when even this snow lover is longing for spring. At last, it looks like spring has finally arrived here in the Mid-Atlantic, and this time I’m hoping it’s for good.  March was dreary and cold and not to mention hectic. I hate to admit that I failed the March writing challenge to write every day, but there you go. I did well for about the first week and after that things went downhill. One of those “life gets in the way” situations.

I’m going to be optimistic about April. Spring is a time for new beginnings and renewal. The sun has been shining, flowers and trees are blooming, and inspiration is taking hold.

So I leave you with one of my favorite spring poems. My English professor loved to share his rendition of leaping lambs as he read this to us in class. This is definitely one to be read aloud.

Spring
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
(from The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,

Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

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A March writing challenge

Good friend and fellow author Nancy Griffis has thrown down the gauntlet with a writing challenge for the month of March: write something every day. I know, I should be doing this anyway. Remember my goal of writing the equivalent of a page per day every week? As usual, life has gotten in the way. But for next month, starting tomorrow, I am really going to try to do this. I’m posting about it on the blog to hold myself accountable, at least to the three or so of you who read the blog, so if nothing else the fear of public shame will force me to write. By no means is this writing a novel in a month. It can be as simple as a blog post or a book review or a page in the novel, just as long as words get from my brain to this screen every day. I’m going to push for progress on the novel since I am about at the halfway point. There hasn’t been nearly enough death in it thus far and it’s time to make some characters suffer. (Hmm, maybe I’ve been watching too many Game of Thrones promos this week.)

Sounds easy, right? I plan to post an update on my progress each week. Anyone out there want to join in? I promise it will be fun!

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Author interview: Gale Deitch

I’m very excited to have Gale Deitch, author of the culinary mystery, A Fine Fix, on the blog today! I’ve known Gale for a long time and she’s a member of my writing critique group. Seeing her book in print is exciting and I’m thrilled for her success. If you like culinary mysteries, you won’t want to miss the first book in the Trudie Fine series!

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Things couldn’t be better for Trudie Fine and her partner, Zachary Cohen. It’s the first big job for their catering company, A Fine Fix, and everyone who’s anyone in the Washington, D.C. area will be at the Schwartzes’ backyard Mexican fiesta.

With the tables set, the food prepared to perfection, and the Mariachi band sizzling, Trudie is mellow as a Margarita smoothie…until a dead body is discovered floating in the pool.

When Zach is arrested as the prime murder suspect, Trudie sets out to clear him and find the real murderer. Life gets spicier than a jalapeño pepper when she realizes she’s the focus of three men’s affections, including the unnerving detective handling the case. 

Soon, however, Trudie is reaching for her favorite knife, but not to chop vegetables.

Author Interview

Q: Where were you born? Are you the kind of person who likes to move around a lot, or do you prefer to live in one place?

A: I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area – actually in Riverdale, Maryland, and the first five years of my life lived in the original Greenbelt, Maryland, a community planned by Eleanor Roosevelt to provide jobs and affordable housing to young couples and families coming out of the Depression era.  Greenbelt has quite an interesting history.

I am definitely a homebody. After about three years of marriage, my husband and I moved into our current house in Rockville, Maryland, where we’ve raised two children, now adults. I still love our house and our neighborhood and wouldn’t think of moving anywhere else.

Q: What sparked your interest in writing? How long have you been writing?

A: As a child, I loved to read anything I could get my hands on. I remember at six years old, my mother taking me to the local bookmobile to get me a library card. I had to sign the application, but with a last name like Lisogursky, I wasn’t able to do that, so they let me sign with an “x.” After that, I went to the bookmobile often to check out books and as I got older, my father took me to the nearest branch library.

At age eleven, my parents gave me a diary with a little gold key. I kept up that diary just about every day. As I got older, I often wrote long letters to cousins and friends in other areas.  When my sister got married and moved away, she always told me how much she enjoyed my letters.

Writing has always been the easiest way for me to express myself. In high school, in the midst of typical teenage angst, I discovered a love of poetry and wrote a whole booklet of my own poems. As an adult, I edited a newsletter and wrote articles for a non-profit organization I belonged to. As a young wife and mother, I began writing my first novel (still unpublished), took some creative writing classes and joined a critique group, a novel group and a writing group. I co-wrote an article that was run by The Washington Post, had my poetry and short fiction published in various literary journals and began attending a week-long writers’ workshop each summer in North Carolina.

Q: What provided the inspiration for your culinary mystery, A Fine Fix?

A: One summer at Wildacres, the workshop I attend each year, my character Trudie Fine popped into my head and wouldn’t go away until I began putting her down on paper.  Rather than making Trudie the typical thin beauty we usually read about, I wanted my protagonist to be someone the average woman could identify with, someone with physical insecurities. So Trudie, although she has a pretty face, is short and plump and constantly dieting.

I transferred my love of food and cooking to Trudie and decided to make her a caterer. As I developed the story, I realized it should be a mystery, and threw a dead body into the first chapter at Trudie’s first important catering gig.

Q: Trudie Fine, the heroine of A Fine Fix, is such an interesting character. She’s a chef, the owner of her own catering company, and an amateur sleuth. I felt like your novel really captured her voice. Why did you decide to write the book using first person point of view and were there any challenges in doing this?

A: I began the book in third person, but as I wrote, I kept unconsciously slipping into first person.  It became obvious very quickly that this book needed to be written in first person. Once I began doing that, the writing flowed much more easily, and I felt as if Trudie herself were looking over my shoulder dictating the story.

Q: How would you describe your path toward publication?

A: It took me a few years to publish A Fine Fix, primarily because I was not writing consistently. I would write a chapter or two and present it to my critique groups. Then I might not write for another month or two. I was very inconsistent in my process. But there came a point when I realized I had finished the book and had run it through my critique groups twice.

I was ready to publish, but how? Should I take the traditional route and try to get an agent or should I self-publish, something I saw many writers were doing very successfully? I began to look at other books that had been published in this genre, cozy culinary mysteries, and was put off by the cartoonish cover art and the unappealing interior formatting.  Many authors in this genre were putting out book after book for their publishers, and I wondered how much control they really had over their work.  I decided that I wanted complete control over my book, such as the cover art, the formatting and the pricing of the book.  I did not want to give up royalties to a publisher who would make all those decisions for me.

At this point, I had a few writer friends who also had made the decision to self-publish. Together, we bumbled through the process, which turned out to be easier and much less costly than I had expected. Once published, readers of the cozy culinary mystery genre seemed to embrace the book, and sales took off. I don’t at all regret my decision to self-publish and will continue to do so with all of the books in the Trudie Fine Mystery Series.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

A: Three things:

1) Take a creative writing class and/or attend a writer’s workshop.

2) Join a critique group and share your work.

3) Write, write, write.

Q: Name a few authors who have inspired you and describe why.

A: I have many authors I love to read. Some of my favorites are:

Ann Tyler – Her characters are quirky but believable even though they often do unbelievable things, like in Ladder of Years, where a wife and mother strolling on the beach simply decides to keep walking and literally walks away from her life.

Jodi Picoult – I told her when she signed a book for me that she writes the best first lines I’ve ever read. I can even quote some of them, they are so memorable. She also writes about controversial subjects and, through her characters’ points of view, shows the readers all sides of the issue. Plain Truth, the story of an unmarried Amish girl accused of murdering her newborn baby, is one of my favorites of her books.

Ann Patchett – This novelist has the gift of putting her readers right into the story.  One of my favorite books I have ever read is Bel Canto where a group of internationally renowned people attending a party at a wealthy estate in Argentina are taken hostage by rebels.

I loved Bel Canto!  Gripping story and beautifully written.

Q: What are you currently writing?   

A: I’m currently working hard to finish book 2 of the Trudie Fine Mystery Series, Fine Dining. I hope to have it done by this summer.

Q: Coffee, tea, or hard liquor? (or all three?)

A: Ha! Great question.  I’m a true, blue coffee drinker. Love it black and bold with a little sweetener. But I also enjoy a great margarita, martini or cosmo.  I rarely drink tea, only with Chinese food or when I’m sick.

Q: What books are you currently reading or on your to-be-read list? 

A: I generally enjoy reading literary fiction, but I like to vary that with other genres, like mysteries or thrillers or classics. I just, in fact, enjoyed a re-read of Pride and Prejudice and some short stories by Ernest Hemingway that I hadn’t read before. I also recently read, and enjoyed Gone Girl and The Burgess Boys.

On my list to read soon are Middlemarch and Silver Linings Playbook. Beyond that, there are so many on my list like The Lowland and The Middlesteins.

Yikes! So many books to read, so little time.

Q: And now for the bonus fluff question: If you could be a character in your one of your favorite novels, which character would you be and why?

A: Having just read Price and Prejudice, I would definitely be Elizabeth Bennett. Darcy is hot!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cindy, thank you so much for featuring me and my book, A Fine Fix, on your blog.

It was a pleasure and an honor to answer such interesting questions.

GaleDeitch author photoGale Deitch enjoys writing all types of fiction–novels, short stories, flash fiction and poetry. Her flash fiction piece, Prima, has been featured in the March, 2013 issue of literary magazine, the Rusty Nail, and her poetry in the 2011 Maryland Writers Association poetry anthology, life in me like grass on fire, love poems. In the fall of 2013, literary magazine The Writing Disorder, will feature her short story, Pressing Matters.

Although most culinary mysteries take place in small town U.S.A. locales, having been born and raised and still residing in the Washington, D.C. area, Gale’s Trudie Fine mystery series, and much of her other writing, is based in her hometown, Washington, D.C.

Gale works for a large non-profit nursing home and senior living system. She has two grown children and lives with her husband in Rockville, Maryland.

For more information, check out her blog at www.gdeitchblog.com.

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Why I didn’t write today

Why didn’t I do any writing today?

I had to…

Clean the house

Spend time with my kiddo

Walk the dog

Feed the dog

Take the dog back outside (in subzero temperatures)

Try to stay warm

Go to work (the day job, the one that pays the bills)

Answer some email

Pay some bills

Check Facebook

Worry about friends having health issues

Read just a few more pages in the final Dark Tower book and feel depressed because I’m sure there isn’t going to be a happy ending

Wonder what in the world I’m supposed to be doing on Twitter

Not to mention Pinterest

Worry that no one reads my Facebook posts

Worry that no one reads my blog posts

Worry that no one is reading my published book—but maybe they’re all waiting for book 2 to come out and take the publishing world by storm… if only I could finish it

Worry about the state of the world because over the weekend there was a shooting at the mall near my house, with three people killed, including the shooter

Sleep

Well, there’s always tomorrow.

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