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Blog Tour & Book Giveaway: Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small

Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small

Title: Dancing at the Shame Prom

Co-Editors: Hollye Dexter and Amy Ferris
Genre: Anthology

Synopsis:

Whether it was the one-night stand you always regretted, the family secret you never revealed, or the emotional abuse you endured in silence, there are some things you are so ashamed of you keep them hidden for a lifetime. Shame can hold you back from what you love, diminish your sense of self-worth, and prevent you from fully being who you are. But what happens when you finally relent and share that secret burden?

 In Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small (September 18, 2012, Seal Press), editors Amy Ferris and Hollye Dexter encourage readers to confront this powerful emotion head-on. They gather together 27 gifted and talented writers who reveal, explore, and embrace the root of their shame, in the process demonstrating the strength that comes from defeating their demons.

In a brilliant display of bravery, these writers share their darkest fears, offer up their most vulnerable moments, and reveal jaw-dropping secrets.  Journalist Nina Burleigh discusses the shame she felt at being coerced into posing for “artsy” naked photos in “Year of the Rat.” In “Playing Dead Under the Family Tree,” Monica Holloway shows how her husband’s infidelity initially isolates her with the shame of being alone. Meredith Resnick’s story “Original Bra” weaves together her complicated feelings about body image with her quest to buy her first bra. From spilling long forbidden secrets to revealing their innermost faults, these authors openly share poignant and life-changing moments of humiliation, embarrassment, and despair, along with the wisdom they learned from letting go of the shame that’s been weighing them down.

Freeing, provocative, and audacious, Dancing at the Shame Prom is about divulging the secrets that have made you feel small so that you can stand up straight, let the shame go, and finally—decisively—move on with your life.

About the Co-Editors:

Hollye Dexter recently completed a second memoir, What Doesn’t Kill You. Her essays have been published in anthologies (Chicken Soup For the Soul, Answered Prayers, and Character Consciousness) and in many online publications. She writes regularly for iPinion Syndicate and AOL Patch News. A singer/songwriter with four albums out, she also founded the award-winning nonprofit Art and Soul, running workshops for teenagers in the foster care system. In 2007 she received the Agape Spirit award from Dr. Michael Beckwith (from The Secret) for her work with at-risk youth. Together, with Amy Ferris she teaches writing workshops, helping others to find their authentic voices. She is on staff for the San Miguel Writer’s Conference and a visiting author at UCLA extension. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three children, where she hikes, plays music and blogs about living an authentic life at www.hollyedexter.blogspot.com

Amy Ferris is an author, editor, screenwriter and playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions From a Midlife Crisis (Seal Press) is off-broadway bound, CAP21 Theater Company, March 2012. She has contributed to numerous anthologies, and has written everything from Young Adult novels to movies and films. She co-wrote Funny Valentines (Julie Dash, Director), and Mr. Wonderful (Anthony Minghella, Director). Funny Valentines was nominated for a Best Screenplay award, and numerous BET awards. She co-created and co-edited the first ever “all women’s issue” of Living Buddhism magazine. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors at The Pages & Places Literary Festival, Peters Valley Arts, Education and Craft Center, and is on the Advisory Board of The Women’s Media Center. She is on faculty at The San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference. She is a visiting teacher at the UCLA Writers Workshop (extension). She contributes regularly to iPinion Syndicate. Her number one goal, desire, dream: Is that all women awaken to their greatness. You can find her blogging in the middle of the night at www.marryinggeorgeclooney.com. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ken.

Interview with Book Contributor: Robyn Hatcher

1. When did you fall in love with books?
 
I’ve loved reading ever since I was a very young girl. My mother subscribed to the children’s book of the month club and it was always so exciting to get the new Dr. Suess or other equivalent in the mail. I can picture the school libraries in both my elementary school and my high school because I spent countless hours there. I was a REALLY shy child so reading was my way of escaping into other realities. Reading helped me feel as though I was connecting to people, characters and situations that in my real life, I was too shy to explore. This is probably dating me, but I remember my first serious love affair with books was the Little House on the Prairie books and Nancy Drew. I read everything in those series.
 
2. When did you realize you wanted to write?
Because I rarely spoke as a child, (I was that shy) I used to express myself through note writing. Probably from the time I first learned how to write. One of my aunts kept a collection of very funny and imaginative notes that I would leave in my grandmother’s mailbox after every visit. And believe it or not, I started writing my first book when I was about 8 years old. I filled numerous legal pads and notebooks with my “novel” about a set of blonde-haired twins that lived in a picture-perfect suburb. Being an African American girl who lived in Philadelphia, this was the opposite of writing what you know. It was a case of writing what you see in the media (which I partly refer to in my essay in The Shame Prom.) Writing my totally unrealistic book, however, was a way for me to explore my imagination and a great excuse to escape to my bedroom or our attic alone; something that made me very happy. I realized then that writing was always going to be a part of my life. At the time, I never even considered that it could be a career.
3. Tell us about yourself. 
I was born and raised in Philadelphia and moved to New York over 30 years ago. Even though my early reading and writing habits were a direct result of my intense shyness, I ironically ended up in a career that calls on me to be the polar opposite of shy. In order to overcome my shyness, I auditioned for a school play in high school and consequently decided to pursue a career as an actor. I went to college for theatre and have had a fairly successful career as a professional actress in NYC for the past 30 years. I have done a lot of television commercials, off-Broadway plays, voice-overs and have appeared in soap operas and episodic dramas like Law & Order and Criminal Intent. I also spent two years writing both scripts and breakdowns (story outlines) for the ABC soaps All My Children and One Life to Live. And for the past 16 years or so, I have been growing my own business of teaching public speaking, presentations and face-to-face communication skills. I help business professionals elevate the way they communicate and I love every minute of it because it combines all the facets of every career I’ve ever had.
On the personal side, I’ve been married to the same man for 27 years. We live in Manhattan and are two of the proudest parents in the world. Our only child, my 21 year-old son, not only went to Yale where he has excelled socially and academically, but last summer he was selected in the Major League Baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds and is now a professional baseball pitcher in the minor leagues.
4. What are your favorite books?
I can’t say that I have a favorite author. I’ve been in a book club for the past 15 years or so and we have read everything from Edith Wharton to Jonathan Franzen. I love some of the classics like Anna Karenina. I found Wharton’s “The House of Mirth” absolutely delicious but was also incredibly entertained by first time author Amor Towles’, Rules of Civility. I also love contemporary fiction writers like Walter Mosley and Lee Child and I spend a lot of time reading non-fiction philosophy, psychology and science books about myth, communication and the brain because I am fascinated by the way people think and what makes them tick. I guess I always have been because I remember independently trying to tackle Freud as a high school freshman.
5. What would you like for readers to get out of Dancing At the Shame Prom?
Dancing at the Shame Prom is such an important book and I hope it sparks a series of anthologies about people speaking their shame. I would like readers to first, let go of their fear around the very word “shame” and open the book and begin to read. It is a powerful and ultimately positive anthology that shows that no matter how major or trivial our shame seems, human beings are all so courageous and creative in the ways in which we learn to cope with, acknowledge and heal ourselves. I want people to realize that by naming and addressing their shame, they can begin to kick it to the curb. When you name your shame and then shine a light on it, it ceases to have power over you. Many people are not aware that sometimes it is the tiny things that we feel shame around that are keeping us from being the incredible powerful beings that we are meant to be. I would like the readers of Dancing at the Shame Prom to unearth any secret shame they have been shoving into a corner and dance with it. Then politely sit it down and tell it to stop ruining your life.
6. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?
A quality that I believe, makes me somewhat unique as an author and very unique as a coach, is my ability to add humor, authenticity and blunt honesty in a simple and engaging way while sharing and revealing some pretty heavy and or serious information. I think all of us in the Shame Prom have been able to do that in one way or another which sets this book apart from other “woe is me” personal essay books which leaves the reader feeling more depressed than when they started. I believe Shame Prom will fill the reader with hope, courage and a sense of the universality of the human experience.
7. What is your writing process?
Honestly, I was a much more disciplined writer when I was working on my first novel at 8 years-old. Now, without a deadline, I’m pretty sadly undisciplined. My favorite and most natural process is to allow my mind to play around with what I think I might want to write about. I spend lots of time walking down the street or in the shower ruminating on what I need to write. I write whole sentences and paragraphs in my head and then keep repeating them over and over so that I will remember them. Then as a deadline approaches or when I start to fear that my mind is about to overflow, I will sit down and start putting ideas down on paper (actually in computer) Then hopefully I’ve left myself enough time to let the new material sit and marinate for awhile while I spend a couple more days in my head thinking about what I just wrote. My favorite part is re-writing and editing which I will do ad nausea until either I am satisfied or until it needs to be turned in. I’ve tried all sorts of other more disciplined processes but with very little success. Of course with a large project and/or a looming deadline, this process needs to be sped up and I am capable of doing that.
8. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?
I’m in the process of looking over the final edit to my business book about presentations called Standing Ovation Presentations. – Discover your Actor Type and let it Shine. It is being published by Motivational Press and in it I have combined all of my experience from acting, writing and coaching to help readers define their “Actor Type” (the specific communication style that they embody based on their body language, vocal tone and personality) Then I give extensive tips and techniques to help each type become more effective communicators and teach all readers how to create more powerful and engaging presentations. The book should be available in the early Spring of 2013.
 
9. How can readers connect with you?
Website: www. SpeakEtc.com
Twitter: @SpeakETC
Amazon Pages: For: Dancing at the Shame Prom
FOR: My SpeakEtc. Vocal Workout. CD
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Book Blast & $100 Giveaway: Gracier by Milissa R. Bailey

Gracier by Milissa R. Bailey

Everyone around her knows. Everyone she trusts has lied. And the one man who held the key to Jessica McCabe’s past is dead.

Welcome to Gracier, Iowa, a well-kept community with even better kept secrets. Lives are peaceful, streets are quiet, but behind the tranquility is many a tale to be told. Veterinarian Jessica McCabe has returned, but it is not the homecoming she had expected. Her grandfather, Jonas McCabe and Gracier’s longtime vet has died, leaving behind the practice they had hoped to share.

The reading of Jonas’ will sets off a series of events that bring into question Jessica’s birthright, the truth surrounding her mother’s untimely death and her grandfather’s sanity. With her world turned upside down she is thrown into a partnership with Matthew Cassidy, the man who chose his family’s wealth over Jessica’s love.

Her determined spirit leads Jessica to stay, continue the veterinarian practice and return to the life and the community she loves. But a secret loft and a box filled with a hidden past change the course of her life once again.

Longtime family friends, Dr. Andrew Harrison and retired Sheriff Chester Caughlin know the truth. A promise made to a dear old friend to protect the girl they helped raise is one they intend to keep. But the wheels of fate have been put in motion. The people entrusted with protecting Jessica from the past are losing control. The small town of Gracier, Iowa holds many secrets and those who have kept the truth hidden are about to discover that not everything has been laid to rest.

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“Milissa Bailey has set the perfect stage for the next book in the series with her intriguing characters that are as unpredictable as an Iowa tornado and as genuine as the county fair. The labyrinth of their lives makes you want to learn more about the secrets of Gracier”.  - D. Bahrenfuss – Editor

“I was pulled in with the depth of this story and couldn’t stop myself from finishing the second half in one sitting. GRACIER is a beautiful reminder of all that is important in life. Bailey has a wonderful gift and I hope she will continue to “breathe”!”

–Leisa Anslinger, author of Forming Generous Hearts, Here Comes Everybody

“…think Jennifer Chiaverini or Jan Karon” – Burlington by the Book

“It was one of those books that I stayed up late reading and picked back up the minute I woke up! ” -Mari Kait

“Milissa Bailey’s depiction of small town Iowa is both charming and mysterious–the perfect combination to captivate readers.” -C.G.Reader

“Add to that a group of supporting characters you can’t help but love. Gracier is a must read.” -Shari

 ”I couldn’t put the book down…can’t wait for book #2!!!!” -RJW

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Author Milissa Bailey

Milissa Bailey grew up among the rolling fields of rural Iowa, where she continues to live with her husband, and three children. In her debut novel she draws upon her rich knowledge of the Midwest as she welcomes us to Gracier, Iowa, a well-kept community with even better kept secrets. Readers are introduced to a cast of characters they will come to know, love and hate. Vivid descriptions, palatable anguish, forbidden romance and touches of humor lend itself to the stories weaved in this idyllic setting. The small town of Gracier holds many secrets and those who have kept the truth hidden are about to discover that not everything has been laid to rest.

Milissa, along with her husband, own a marketing firm located in Iowa. She is currently at work on the second book in the Gracier series.

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Giveaway: Read It All Book Reviews’ 2012 Book of the Year Picks

Wife 101 Husband 101Over the course of 2012, I read a lot of books, but there was one book that stood way above the rest. This book was Wife 101 by A’ndrea Wilson. I have told absolutely everyone I know, whether married or single, about this book. It was read and reviewed in February. In December I read the sequel, Husband 101 and it did not disappoint.

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Book Blast & $50 Giveaway: Faith by Heather Bixler

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Faith – 4 Week Mini Bible Study

In this four week mini Bible Study you will examine your faith and what it means to have faith in God. He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 Our faith begins with what we know and believe about God. Our faith will carry us how far we are willing to let it take us. Faith is a choice and we need to begin by choosing to believe in Jesus and His power to move mountains, heal the sick, and save us from all our sins through His sacrifice on the cross. When we believe in God we then learn to walk in faith and trust God. But first we must believe, and it’s up to us, we can either choose to believe in Him or not. But faith will mean nothing until we believe with all our heart that God is who He says He is.

Praise for Faith
Don’t have time to read a long book on faith? This study will give you simple tools to understand faith and help you to develop a closer relationship with God. ~Lorilyn Roberts

This is a great book that allows you to start looking deeper into faith. I love the fact that there is a lot of scripture reference so one can look into the Bible and further study the word. ~Shraon

This study was a wonderful lift to my faith. I encourage others to take this short journey to an increased faith. ~Shirley Strait

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Heather is a Christian Stay at home homeschooling mom of three, married to a firefighter, and a writer. She is founder ofwww.CSAHM.com among other websites for Christian mothers, and women. Heather is passionate about sharing God’s word in a practical and loving way.

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Meet Karen Fisher-Alaniz and Enter to Win a Book!

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1.When did you fall in love with books?

I was in my 30’s. I guess you could say I’m a really late bloomer. But the truth is, I was so busy with life until then, that books other than Dr. Seuss just weren’t on my radar. I remember reading a comment from someone in a magazine article or something; the woman said that she loved to visit bookstores when she traveled. She went on to speak about reading as if it was something really cool to do. And I thought, I want that. So, I made a conscious effort to become that kind of person.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

I liked writing when I was young. I wrote in journals, and I wrote poetry. When I was in High School, I was so excited when I got a babysitting job for a little boy who was disabled. He was four years old, but had a syndrome that stunted his growth and his mental abilities. He was like a baby just a few months old. When he died suddenly, I wrote about the experience, and the comfort I took in imagining him in heaven running, playing, and smiling. I entered the story in the Guideposts Youth Writing Contest and won a college scholarship for it. That was the first time I realized that I could write. But it was also the beginning of my love for working with kids with disabilities. I used my scholarship to get a degree in special education and taught for 14-years, before health issues forced me to finish that chapter of my life, and begin a new one. And when that happened, my love of writing moved up the list.

3. Tell us about yourself.

I have three adult children – no grandchildren yet (I hope my kids read this!). For the time being, I’ve replaced my future grandchildren with a dog – my first ever. Togo is a husky-retriever mix and I’ve become one of those crazy dog owners, who spends more time talking about her dog, than about her husband. (sorry, honey)

But on the serious side, I wanted nothing more in life than to be a mom and a teacher. I achieved both. I taught special education at the elementary school level for years. It was a career I loved. I would still be teaching, if I was able.

After leaving my beloved special kids, I floundered for a bit before going back to what my first grade teacher taught me – a love of writing. I started to write about the pain of losing my job, and about living with Multiple Sclerosis. My essays were published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and in Voices of Multiple Sclerosis. It was about that time that the subject for a book, landed in my lap, literally. My father, a WWII veteran began having symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder at the age of 81, and a few months later put two notebooks full of letters he wrote during the war, in my lap. Slowly, he began telling me his story, and that story would become the basis for my first book, a memoir.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

It’s a long and varied list. I have loved memoir since I knew there was such a thing. The only memoirs I’ve yet to develop a love for are celebrity memoirs. Other than that, I just love reading about other people’s life experiences. It’s such a unique genre; a combination of following the author’s unique journey, and at the same time having those, “Oh, that’s just like me” experiences.

5. What are your favorite books?

Laura Hillenbrand’s, Unbroken, is amazing. She takes the life of an ordinary man, Louie Zamporini, and leads us through the making of a true hero.

The Color of Water, by James McBride is a fascinating look at a biracial man who seeks to find himself in his history.

I enjoy Anne Lamott’s nonfiction books because she’s just so real. I love that.

Brenda Ueland was fairly unknown when I discovered her book in a quaint bookstore on the Oregon Coast. First published in 1938, her book, If You Want to Write, is my favorite writing book. She was ahead of her time in so many ways. Her advice to aspiring creative is both timely and timeless.

My guilty pleasure is anything by crime novelist, James Patterson. The subject is so far from what I write that his books are just fun to read. But on the reader-writer connection, he is a master at ending his chapters in a way that makes you want to keep reading. What’s even more amazing about it is that his chapters are very short. I try to emulate that in my writing.

6. What would you like for readers to get out of Breaking the Code?

Everyone has a story. We all have someone in our life who has a story. Maybe it’s a family member or a close friend. Maybe it’s the guy who sits on the park bench every afternoon, or a neighbor. Maybe it’s someone we sit next to in our place of worship.

I could never have imagined the story my father had to tell. I knew he had been in the war. But he’d said so many times that he simply sat behind a desk during the war. So, when he started having nightmares and flashbacks, I knew it didn’t fit with that picture. It was only through time and lots of patience, that the true story was finally revealed.

We all have that “someone” in our lives. But people tell themselves that there will be a perfect time to get those stories written down, sometime in the future. We’ll wait until things aren’t so crazy at work, or until the kids are just a little older. Truth is – many of us will run out of time, while waiting for the perfect time. And when our loved one is gone, so are their stories. When you take the time to listen to someone’s story, you honor them in a way that is unique. It’s the most important thing you’ll ever do. I want my readers to catch the vision of a Story Sharing Revolution. My challenge: find the story in your life – and then tell that story.

7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

My book has two story lines. There is the story of a daughter trying to find the truth. There is also the story of a young man during the 1940’s who leaves his tiny hometown to serve in WWII. Somehow Naval Intelligence becomes aware that he has the skills to be a top secret code breaker. Unbeknownst to him, a plan is set in motion – one that will have devastating consequences.

A very unique aspect of Breaking the Code: a Father’s Secret, a Daughter’s Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything, is that the letters my father wrote to his “folks” during the war are included. Very few changes were made to those letters, and there are a couple in most chapters. The letters serve to anchor the story in a time and place that most of us have only read about in history books. It’s a mini-history lesson of its own.

8. What is your writing process?

I am a project writer. What that means is that once I get going on a subject, whether it’s a freelance article, an essay, or a book, I just keep going. I guess you could say I’m a bit obsessed. That’s only for the first draft though. After that, it’s just hard work. Real writers are successful because they write when they don’t feel like it.

I write in three-hour chunks of time. I find that it’s just enough time to get in the zone, but not so much that my brain is fatigued. Then I take a break, and usually do something physical like go for a walk. Some days that’s all I write; other times I might write two or three more three-hour periods.

Two of my kids are grown and on their own, so a bedroom was freed up. I made it into a writing room (office). But even though I have that dream space I always wanted, I find that if I really need to concentrate, I have to leave the house. At home, I run the risk of distracting myself with piles of laundry, scrubbing floors, or alphabetizing my spice rack. So, most days I spend at least part of my writing day at the library, a local university, or my favorite coffee shop.

9. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

Running in Circles is a memoir about raising a child who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). My son is now 18, and it’s only in looking back, that I can laugh about all we went through. A mother will do some crazy things, when she has absolutely no idea how to be the mother her child needs. If I’d stopped at two children, I would have thought of myself as a pretty darned great mother. And then there was Caleb. I had a lot to learn. I’ve recently started a blog that is solely for the subject of raising an ADHD child: http://www.onadhd.blogspot.com . Tentative publication date is fall, 2013.

Drawing Me Home is a narrative nonfiction book about an incredible man. He is a talented artist in the Seattle, Washington area. He is also a Vietnam Veteran, who fought long and hard to carve out a life for himself after returning from the war. He was the official artist for the University of Washington, a talented artist who drew portraits of everyone from actors to presidents, from Playboy bunnies to Popes. His donations of artwork raised more than $10 million for charity. But in 2003, because of a desperate widow’s request, he gave it all up. He has dedicated his life to drawing portraits of fallen soldiers. He’s drawn more than 3,000 to date. Tentative publication date is fall 2014.

10. How can readers connect with you?

Website: http://www.storymatters2.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/breakingthecode
Twitter: @karenlalaniz
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Fisher-Alaniz/e/B0052UMUOW

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Blog Tour & $50 Visa Card Giveaway: Winter’s Magic by Cynthia Gail

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About the Book:

Beth Sergeant and Nick Chester come from opposite ends of the social food chain. While he sees a beautiful woman without an agenda, she sees a wealthy playboy. Can he convince her to let go of her insecurities and take a chance on love, when challenges from his past force her to reveal her most guarded secret?

Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.

After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.

Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick’s dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick’s past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.

My Review:

Winter’s Magic by Cynthia Gail made me smile from beginning to end. It was the type of book that just makes you feel good inside. Winter’s Magic was very believable and the characters are relatable.

I read this book in a short amount of time. Winter’s Magic has the perfect blend of sexual chemistry, seduction and most of all, romance. I truly look forward to reading more work by Cynthia Gail!

About the Author:

My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our teenage son and three dogs. Life is busy, but when I have free time, I love to read. A math/science girl at heart and a retail analyst by trade, I never thought I’d be writing romance. But one day, a story popped into my head and I had to write it down. The fantasy, escape, and wonder of just reading multiplied by ten-fold and I couldn’t stop my fingers from typing my own fairy tales.

I hope you enjoy my stories. Each one touches on modern day issues, fears, and challenges that women face every day. And each one illustrates that love is within reach if you let down those walls and allow your heart to open. Our lives and experiences are so much more meaningful when we have someone to share them with.

Cynthia’s latest book is the contemporary romance, Winter’s Magic (Book 1 in the Music City Hearts series).

Visit her website at www.Cynthiagail.com.

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Imperfectly Beautiful by Diony George
At 1:30 am, in New York City, Regan Wright is ripped out of a sound sleep with a jolt – her heart thuds in her ears and her face feels flushed. Straining to hear anything out of the ordinary, she fumbles to turn on the bedside lamp. Nothing seems out of place. Suddenly her stomach twists in knots – it’s her identical twin, Rebecca. Something is terribly wrong…
Though twins, Rebecca and Regan couldn’t be more different.
Independent and outspoken, Regan chose a high-profile career as a fashion designer in New York City. Despite her hard-earned success, Regan’s become disillusioned by the glamour and the glitz. She’s tired of coming home to a lonely penthouse apartment welcomed only by her cat and has all but given up on ever finding “Mr. Right.”
Steady and reliable, Rebecca chose to be a wife and stay-at-home mom. From the very first moment she met James Conrad—tall and muscular with eyes as blue as a cloudless sky—she was captivated. Married and four children later, Rebecca’s life is not what she expected. Her marriage has lost its shine and her sweet babies have become challenging and often unappreciative children.
Both Rebecca and Regan must discover, a higher power has the answers to what matters most, but when a serial killer strikes nearby, and his victims look eerily similar to the twins, will it be too late?

Praise for Imperfectly Beautiful
“5 Stars! Great Novel-Romance with Suspense. Captures your attention from the very beginning…then difficult to put down…A good solid read!”
-Booklover, amazon review
“This was a great book. I could relate to Rebecca and the trials she was going through with her marriage and her children. I feel this way at times too. I liked the suspense and it was enough to keep my hooked…”
-K. Neilson, Utah
“I enjoyed the development of the characters. Lots of dialogue took me right into the everyday lives and struggles of each person. The underlying story of the unsolved murders of women who look like the twin sisters simmers through out the chapters until it finally boils over into an exciting ending! I recommend it!”
-J.T. Bolla, Washington
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Author Diony George

Diony George is a wife, full-time mom of seven, grandmother of two, and a published author of uplifting women’s fiction and inspiring nonfiction. She is also a regular contributing writer for Deseret Connect and FamilyHow. Originally from Alaska, she currently lives in Salt Lake City with her family. Besides writing she loves to read, especially romantic suspense, bake, sew and craft.
Her current fiction WIP, Inside the Heart, is based around the kidnapping and disappearance of four-year-old Emma and is slated for release in Feb 2013. Her next nonfiction book, Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away will be released by Cedar Fort, Inc in July 2013.

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