Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"The Eyes of Love": A Mill Creek Crossing Romance by Angelina Rose and a Giveaway

About the Book
After a tragic loss five years ago, Sally Overby becomes an Attorney in Atlanta. She convinces herself that all she'll ever need again is her young son, David, and her life as an attorney. Until one day, Colin Dean barges back into her life and promptly blows her safe world apart, driving her crazy as only a guy she'd had a "school girl crush" on can.

Although shocked and thrilled by Colin’s attention, Sally is wary to love deeply. Only, with every loving look Colin gives her plus every sweet kiss, as the attraction between them sparks, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the one she should be with. And although Colin didn’t realize his life was going to change so quickly, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether… the one for Sally’s heart.

Will Colin be able to convince her that's it safe to love him... and that forever isn't really out of reach?

Romantic, amusing, and deeply moving, Book 4 in the Mill Creek Crossing Romance Series, is a tale that will stay with you.

The Eyes of Love is a novella you will be able to enjoy in just one day!

Genre: Romance 
Publisher: BookBaby 
Release Date: April 26, 2013 
Available at Amazon



WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN ABOUT BEING AN AUTHOR…
1. I didn’t know book publishing was all about sales! Not my story, not my knowledge, not my credentials… not my anything. Having a super marketing strategy seems to outweigh any story line you could ever dream up.

Publishers are all about sales and, naturally, so are self-publishers.

The reality of the situation dictates, that in order to be successful, authors themselves need to work extremely hard at promoting their books. At least half of your day will be about promotion: it may sound staggering but it’s realistic.

2. I thought one day in the not too distant future, I would make enough money to cut down the working hours of my nursing job. I thought I would be at least breaking even with costs.

3. I didn’t know how little I knew about writing and would need to read, read, and read more books about writing.

4. As a newbie, the cover of my book was often the result of input from the graphic artist to even the platform who was publishing my book … anyone but me.

5. That professional editing would be necessary and worth every dime. It is very difficult to edit your own work… after publishing it is such a shock to find there are spelling errors that were missed.

6. That I needed to learn the formatting language … don’t set tabs, do this, do that. The alternative: hire an expert.

7. Patience, patience and patience. Why does it take so long? The book has been edited. The final cover has been decided on… everyone will love it! What … 3 weeks before the first review of the book’s copy is ready! Don’t they have a team working for them? Don’t they have software that converts in minutes like all the Internet Marketer’s have been telling me about?

8. You need to grow a thick skin! After all, every one is entitled to an opinion and not everyone will like your book. You have to accept you really can’t please everyone all the time, even some of the time. You have to accept everyone’s view is based on their life’s experiences. You have to really grow and learn from what the reviewers tell you … sometimes it will be that you repeated yourself 8 times, that your story is a waste of time, that they will never read anything else you write! Yes, you really do need to grow a thick skin because you do benefit from feedback! And reviews do help sell your books, good reviews and bad ones. The best gift a reader can give an author is a brief review.

9. That I couldn’t avoid Facebook and Twitter any longer. Readers want to interact with authors personally or on social sites… and you want to know your readers. Readers are passionate supporters of their favorite authors’ careers and will not hesitate to encourage you: they become ambassadors for your work.

10. Join Professional Writing Associations … get to know the writing industry and feel proud to belong to a noble profession.


Meet the Author
Angelina Rose has wanted to write ever since she could hold a pencil. The first daughter of immigrant parents, Angelina had her head buried in books, lost in a world of heroes, heroines and exotic places.

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Angelina's author career.

"I awoke in the ICU... I had been unconscious for several days," Angelina says.

In 2010, Angelina had a long stint in hospital following her involvement in a motor vehicle accident: the longest time off work (as a Registered Nurse), she'd ever had in her life!

It was then she took up pen and paper and started to write again, just as she had done when she was a child. She wrote four short fiction stories for young adults, entered them in several competitions, and managed to win three first prizes!

After happily dipping her toes into writing those short fiction stories for young adults, Angelina has now authored four books in a new "Mill Creek Crossing Romance" series... contemporary romance intended for adults.

The "Starting Over Series" is another contemporary romance series she wrote about a subject she knows well... nurses and their love life. At a recent reunion of her graduating class, she could not help but notice how the same girls would group together and laugh, chat, and even shed some tears over their lives since graduating. Many of the girls had divorced... so Angelina thought "what if a group of the nurses came up with a plan to meet in two years and have a new love story to share?" Then the first story in the series was born.

There is always a story running around in her head. A man with thick dark hair, gray-blue eyes, with an engaging smile and a quick wit... or a girl crying over a broken relationship. She finds herself talking to these characters during her day: when she's doing dishes, or bathing babies at the hospital. These characters crop up on days at the beach or on walks through the neighborhood. This is how the stories start to grow.

Angelina's mother was an author, so Angelina grew up with a love of words and stories. If she wasn't writing a short story about something that took her fancy, her head was buried in books... reading, reading, reading, as her brother constantly told her...

When she's not spending time with her goodlooking man, or quality time with her laptop, she's working at the hospital, hanging out with her family and friends, or walking her two dogs around the neighborhood. Angelina spends as much time as she can traveling, then coming home and including some of those adventures in her stories.

Angelina really loves to hear from her readers and she invites you to connect with her on Facebook as she interacts daily with her readers there!




The Giveaway
Enjoy an Excerpt from The Eyes of Love
"Well, if it isn't the handsome Colin Dean," she said fanning herself and smiling. Gracie was older than he was, but he remembered her younger sister, Eva, quite well. They'd all hung out together at parties when they were younger, and Gracie had been a fixture at Stella's for years even though she recently came into some inheritance money.
"Hey, sweetie," he said kissing her on the cheek. Women loved Colin because he made them feel good, and he was always kind. Stephanie hadn't been able to take that away from him.
"I'll never wash this cheek again," she said touching her face and smiling. "How are you, honey?" she asked with a frown.
"Hanging in there."
"I hate to see you so sad, Colin," she said sliding into the booth across from him.
"I'll be fine, Gracie."
"I know you will, but if you ever need to talk..."
"Thank you, but I don't. Not yet anyway. The divorce was finalized last week."
"I'm so sorry about Stephanie, but she was never good enough for you."
"Gracie..." he said shaking his finger at her.
"It's true. Ask anybody. That woman is trouble with a capital T. Always has been," Gracie said, refusing to mince her words. She'd despised Stephanie since she first met her.
"Glad you're always on my side, sweetie," he said rubbing her hand and laughing. "I sure wouldn't want you on my bad side!"
"Good thinking. Oh, crud, I've got a customer," she said as she slid out of the booth and headed back up to the counter.
"Dean!" he heard a voice call from behind him. It was one of his baseball buddies, Cal Erwin. "How are ya, man?"
"Good. Where've you been lately?" Colin asked as Cal dropped down into the seat.
"Well, I went out to California to visit my brother for a few months. Played in a band out there and gathered up lots of ladies along the way," he said grinning.
"Glad you had a good time."
"Where's Steph?" Cal asked.
"I have no idea. We're not married anymore," Colin said as he looked at his menu.
Cal's mouth dropped open. "What?"
"We divorced, Cal. She screwed Jazz and I walked in on them." Cal's mouth dropped open yet again.
"Dude..."
"You know, we're not sixteen anymore. You should stop saying dude," Colin said with a chuckle.
"I'm sorry, man. I had no idea."
"No biggie," he lied.
"I can't believe Jazz..."
"Look, can we not talk about it? It's kind of old news, and I'm really done discussing it," Colin said pointedly.
"Sorry. So, are you skipping the reunion then?"
"Of course not. Why would I?

10 comments:

  1. looks like a good read. adding it to my list!

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  2. Welcome to the blog today Angelina!

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  3. When he reaches down and picks a wild flower for me on a walk..

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  4. For me, it's little things. When he remembers me saying I like something and him getting it for me, usually months later. When he fixes dinner when we get home from work. When he rubs my back.

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