Happy New Year – Author Spotlight

I know I’m a little late to wish everyone a Happy New Year, but I broke my wrist Christmas night and have to type using my left hand.

Anyway, stitches are healing and I can now move my fingers, so I would like to start 2018 blog posts highlighting a talented author by the name of Y. Correa.

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Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Y.-Correa/e/B00B32WXFE/

Y. Correa is a literary seductress, luring one in with her talent of Romancing the Words, keeping one hypnotized with dynamic characters, and stimulating one with engaging narrative voices, strong plots, and epic conflicts. Her writes are as complex and as distinct as her person; a delightful combination of eclectic and antiquated. Therefore, the mere mention of fitting into one set genre is laughable. The multi-genre decadence is where she showcases her magnificence.

Y. Correa’s works include:

Solo Works such as
Historical Fiction “MarcoAntonio & Amaryllis”

Sci-Fi Mashup “Earth 8-8-2: The Genesis Project” and “Earth 8-8-2: Genesis’ Rebellion”

Sci-Fi Fiction series “A.L.O.M Episode 1” and “A.L.O.M Episode 2”

Paranormal Romantic Drama “Lilith’s Dominion”

“Ryan” a short story

“Loving … them!” a short story

“The G. Particle” a short story

“Camielle’s Lights” a short story
Anthology Contributions such as
“Alma’s Unsung Angel” featured in “Concordant Vibrancy: Unity

“A Puerto Rican Christmas in New York” featured in “Holiday Keepsakes”

“The Steam of Opposites” featured in “Crackles of the Heart: Divergent Ink Book 1”

“Genomegenics” featured in “Concordant Vibrancy: Vitality”

“Twin Planets” featured in “Concordant Vibrancy: Lustrate”

Would you like to enter into Y. Correa’s dimensions of literary seduction? Then simply connect with her on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ycorreaauthor

 Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AuthorYCorrea

or Twitter @YCorreaFB.

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Interview with C.Desert Rose – Angels – Demons – Death – Love

Want to get to know more about the up and coming author of If Death Should Love Me – C. Desert Rose?

You do?

Okay then. Let’s get to know more about this enigmatic writer.

Take it away C!

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Who is C. Desert Rose? Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, this is a complex question because I am very many things. I am a person who loves literature. I am your average, everyday, woman—only with a love for writing. I am a lover of all things mystical and inexplicable. I use my imagination more than a normal person should at times.

But, I am also an easy going person who is a good listener and has the bad habit of saying what’s on her mind; often times a little too openly.

I am also keen on Youth/YA Paranormal. Of course, I do respect and appreciate a great many other genres, but Youth/YA Paranormal is that one that speaks to me. There is something about the alluring nature and the enigma that it contains that just makes my mind run rampant—and I love every minute of it!

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

In all honestly, I’ve known it all of my life. But it wasn’t until recently that I gathered the courage to do it. And that was for several reasons.

(1)I didn’t think I’d be good enough.

(2)I was certain that my stories wouldn’t be anything “new or exciting”.

(3)I didn’t believe in myself.

Until one day.

That day changed everything for me. It was the day that I said “Rose, stop being such a dog-on chicken, and just do it!”

Does your background influence your writing?

Very much so, yes. I am of Hispanic descent, and it reflects abundantly in my writing. Someone once told me—or maybe I heard it somewhere, not sure—they said, “Write what you know.” What I knew was my heritage, my background… and paranormal. So, I unified them.

What drew you to the subject matter of If Death Should Love Me?

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Throughout my life I’ve done exponential research on angels and

demons and religious mythology. I’ve actually done studies on the subject and have learned many things about it. It’s always been something that had caught my attention. It was the affinity for those things that brought forth the premise for If Death Should Love Me. The rest of the story was strictly from my imagination.

How much research did you do before writing the series?

Quite a lot. As I said, I’ve spent a long portion of my life researching topics such as these.

Who is your favourite character in the book, and why?

Ugh! THAT is such a hard question to answer! But being forced to choose, I might have to say Azriel. He’s just (as they say here in America) all that and a bag of chips! More than that, what I love so much about him is his personality. He’s tender and caring, yet cryptic and sensual. He has a certain way of speaking that can make any girl weak at her knees. He’s incredibly handsome, but what’s even more impressive is his courage.

Where do you write?

Everywhere! (Lol) Wherever I get a spot, that’s where I write. Thank goodness for the laptop, if you know what I mean.

Do you have a favourite author? If so, why?

ImageYes, actually. I love Stephanie Meyer. I think that she is very misunderstood by so many that degrade her work. I utterly respect what she did with the Twilight Saga. I feel as though she wanted to offer the public a different view on what was becoming an unspoken rule as it pertains to vampires and werewolves. And, I believe she did it well. I think that those people who take time out to belittle her work should shut up and think about this… Who is it that got a movie contract?! Oh, yeah. That’s right. It was Stephanie Meyer. Not them.

Do you have a favourite genre that you read?

Most definitely it is YA Paranormal. I’m a huge fan and have read many authors in this genre. Some incredibly good, some not so much. But still I can’t get enough of it.

Do you have a favourite book?

THAT, I do not. I mean, for me, it’s like taking a walk in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I would never be able to pick just one. They are all too tempting, and I’m sure that I’d love them all for one reason or another. Unless of course it’s gross.

Is there a character from a book you have read, that you identify with?

In all truth, I think that to a certain extent I can identify with a wide array of different characters from different books. Simply because, when a book is well written and the characters are believable, then you cannot help but see the human condition in them. In so doing, you automatically connect with them.

If a film were to be made of your book, whom would you like to play the leading roles?

Ooooh!! I loooove this question, because I’ve thought about this more than once. 😀

ImageAzriel would be played by Lance Gross

 

ImageSophia would be played by Christina Milian

Image Gabriel would be Paul Bettany

Image The Alpha would be Jude Law

Image The Omega would be Gwyneth Paltrow

As for the rest of the characters, I have no clue! (Lol)

What do you do when you are not writing?

Wishing I was. (Lol) No, no. Kidding.

When I’m not writing, I am busy with ordinary, everyday, family life. The uneventful things that we all do. You know… work, family, friends, errand, chores, and such.

If you could live in a book for one day, what book would it be?

Image  Definitely, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Wow! What an adventure!

 

What inspires you to write?

Everything, everywhere. Sometimes it could be something as simple as what a person might say. Sometimes, a picture. Sometimes, music. In all truth, all different things can inspire me at any given moment.

What are you writing at the moment?

I am currently working on the 2nd part of the Fate’s Endeavor Series. The title is Demoness Enchanted and is estimated to be release next year (2015), in the summer. It is the 2nd part of the series, but it can also stand-alone as it’s the story of another set of characters. However, you will find Azriel, Sophia, Parí and Alec visiting the scene once again.

The main characters to this story are names Zita and Roman. She is a hybrid demon/human mix. He is, unbeknownst to him, a hybrid angel/human mix. Things get pretty interesting as Zita and Roman find themselves in the pursuit of truth. Zita must learn that “what you are, does not define who you are”!

Thank you so much C.Desert Rose! 

Please be sure to look out for her books of check out her website: http://cdesertrose.com/

BRAND NEW – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

This is my first Author Feature on this blog and it is my great pleasure to introduce the talented author – Y. Correa.

Her Interracial Medieval Romance: MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis  is available to purchase from February 13th. Just in time for Valentines Day.

I have included my review of her novel, which you can read at the end of this Spotlight.

About the author:

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Y. Correa is a proud Hispanic-American mother of four, daughter, teacher, mentor, author, and advocate, among other things. Early on in life Y knew how to multitask and juggle a million and one things. To this day he still doesn’t know how she does it. About 3 years ago, Y embarked on the adventure of her life: she opted to write a book. Though a late bloomer, the task came to her naturally, as if it were something that was hidden in her all of that time.

Today,Y has published several short stories and a hand full of full-length novels and still has many works in progress. Apart from writing,Y realized that there was a need for a strong support group that would unite all authors, of all walks of life. Quickly she realized that life in this industry was difficult and that there was lots of segregation within the literary ranks. Just as quickly she decided that she’d make it her mission to change that. Thus the Self-Published/Indie Authors Support Group was born.

Through time Y realized that the fight she’d embarked on was rather one sided: traditionally published authors needed advocating and support too. With that, the All Authors Support Group was born. Like bees to honey, authors from all walks of life came. From the All Authors Support Group, the All Authors Blog Blitz was born, and like an avalanche, in a series of unexpected events the All Authors Magazine was born.

Today however, Y would like to present to you the launch of her newest full length novel “MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis”

Blurb:

The year 1585. The Anglo-Spanish War. England’s greed for Spain’s crops, land, and supplies gives birth to the inertia of intolerance on both sides. Yet, even then, Love surges forth. MarcoAntonio, a Spanish gentleman and knight, defied all boundaries of color and culture, when setting eyes on the English lady Amaryllis. Although to others, he may be a bit reserved, he dares to lower his defenses solely for her. Amaryllis is an English lady. One with an open heart, gentle spirit, and shining eloquence. She knew that she should not desire MarcoAntonio. Still, a love feeling so right couldn’t be so horribly wrong! Travel with MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis as they duel with internal and external forces threatening to tear their powerful love apart. In the midst of troubles the likes of which have no compare, MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis find themselves having to fight the most unexpected of adversaries, just for the right to love each other. Discover why their LOVE is the result of ALL things conquered!

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Excerpt:

MarcoAntonio’s throat was dry, so he cleared it with merely a scraping hum, and asked only two questions. “Where am I? And who are you?”

“I, my good fellow, am the person that saved your life. I go by the name, Rye,” the voice without a face declared with absolute pride.

Marco only had one thought. Oh, no. A gypsy! Hearing footsteps walking towards him, he sat upright in the bed. There was no hiding the fact that no one trusted gypsies, so Marco prepared himself.

“It appears that you are not much of a talker,” the voice spoke, this time obviously closer than before. From the corner of the bed, MarcoAntonio saw nothing but a hand extend with a cup of water within it. “Here, take it before I change my mind,” Rye spoke with decision. Carefully, Marco reached out for it, and then pulled it to his lips to sip. It wasn’t until then that Rye peered out from behind the bed curtain to stand in front of MarcoAntonio.

He was a puny, tiny, little man, Marco observed. Without a doubt the runt of the litter. His mouth was far too big for his little, scrawny size. After taking the third sip of water, MarcoAntonio said, “You have yet to answer my first question.”

“Ah! Yes, my good sir.” Extending both hands outward to his sides, introducing his surroundings, Rye answered, “This is my humble abode.” Then like a flash, lowered his hand to his waist and took one quick, skipping leap forward. “I saved your life!” Rye said with pride, making it notable that a “thank you” was in order.

MarcoAntonio pondered with a bit of self-contained humor. “Wow! Big deal!” yet verbalized nothing—his poker face, unchanged. With that, Marco set the glass of water on the floor, and stood. His covers fell to the ground and it was only then that he realized that he was completely undressed, yet it meant nothing to him. They were both men. There was nothing showing that they both hadn’t seen before, he was sure.

Rye’s eyes quickly fell to the ground. His face went red, heated with embarrassment. “Would you please put some clothes on?” he demanded. “We gypsies are not the kind to walk around naked before each other.”

Marco marched forward, standing in nothing but his birthday suit, right beside Rye. He asked in a rather monotone note, “Where are my clothes?” Rye, still trying extremely hard to not look at the naked man, merely lifted his hand and pointed to a chair where Marco’s clothes were set, clean, repaired, and dry.

Rye mentioned with inconvenience, “You could have at least warned me first,” a comment that Marco merely ignored and then moved forward to dress

Links:

Facebook Launch Party:

https://www.facebook.com/events/569019483181277/

Facebook Author Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Y-Correa/292580497432168?ref=hl

Twitter

https://twitter.com/YCorreaFB

My Review of:  MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis

This is not your average star-crossed lovers saga. The medieval setting and supernatural elements raise this story above the usual period romances. It is action packed throughout and there are some quite erotic sections that will satisfy those with a thirst for something more ‘adult’ in their books.

Some of the descriptions of place and action are tremendous and there is just enough humour, in the form of my favourite character, Rye, (the feisty gypsy sidekick) to keep the narrative alive.

I was particularly taken with the ending. I thought it was beautifully written and very tender. I confess I shed a tear or two.

There are twists and turns and action all the way through this tale. If you like romance and the supernatural, then you will love this book.

I wanted to give this book a 5* review but I thought that there were too many flashback scenes that cut into the action and stilted the wonderful fast-paced narrative. A very minor detail that is just me being pedantic☺
If I could have given 4.85 I would!

So please do support Y. Correa!!!