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The Book of Hours, by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 12, 2015, pre-sale pricing available at links below
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Back then, Gabriela almost lost her life to a psychopath hoping to claim her artwork, her career, her body, and her love. If not for Richard, the operative sent to protect her, she would have fallen victim to his twisted vision. The dramatic showdown pushed Gabriela and Richard together, even in the face of countless obstacles.
With someone new threatening Gabriela’s life, Richard will risk everything to protect the woman he loves. But with a new villain on the horizon, bent on possessing Gabriela’s latest work no matter what it takes, she is forced to fall back on old friends, including the man who changed her life not so many years ago.
With an even more dramatic threat looming, and far more to lose, if they don’t stay one step ahead of the danger, their lives, their love, and their future may very well go up in flames.
What was the first thing you thought when you saw your published book the first time?
When I saw my published book for the first time, I cried. Can’t really put into words the feeling of elation, sadness, fear, and fulfillment. The elation was from, after years of writing and trying to publish, my baby had come to life. The sadness was that that story was already told. Fulfillment was touching the published book. It made it real. And the fear, well, the fear was if readers would enjoy my story and characters. Did I do a good job to be called a fiction writer? Afterward I jumped up and down like a lunatic, I don’t know how many times, with a huge smile on my face, and called everyone I knew to brag.
When did you first decide to call yourself a writer? What prompted the decision?
I called myself a writer the moment I wrote the prologue and gave names to my characters. What prompted it was that I had the time and a typewriter, and a story to tell that just wouldn’t shut up.
What is your best advice for someone just starting their first manuscript?
When you first start your manuscript the only advise I can offer is write. Get it out of your system. It doesn’t matter to have a schedule. Just write, whether it is at 4 a.m. or 11 at night. Write.
Be careful you don’t take your characters where they need to go. Writers sometimes force the issue.
Get ready to do real work. Now comes the hardest part–the revising and proofreading. Patience and perseverance. Step away from your words upon occasion.
About the Author
Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a full-time novelist based in North Carolina. With Cuban roots, she has lived in many countries, including France, the setting for her first novel, The Coin. She speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German, and reads Latin, Middle English, and old French. She holds a Masters in English literature, specializing in medieval romances, and is currently an active member of the Carolina Romance Writers. She loves to hear from her readers, and always hopes to open a dialogue with her fans.