Sunday, 12 February 2012

Musa Blog Hop - Moon Over Alcatrez

Since this blog is all about confessions, I'm going to make a biggie. Although I write for the vibrant new publishing house, Musa, I have yet to read any of the books written by my fellow authors. There, I've said it! Now I feel cleansed. In my own defence, I do write three full length books a year so I don't have much time for anything else. One day I will get a life.

I might not have read other authors' books but that doesn't stop me having a wish list. Near the top is Moon Over Alcatrez by talented author Patricia Yager Delagrange. Here's how Musa describe this novel:



Weston and Brandy’s marriage splinters beneath the burden of sorrow following the death of their child, and after an accidental meeting with her high school friend, Brandy ends up carrying more than just the weight of grief inside her heart.

Following the death of their baby during a difficult birth, Brandy and Weston Chambers are grief-stricken and withdraw from each other, both seeking solace outside of their marriage; however, they vow to work through their painful disloyalty.  But when the man Brandy slept with moves back to their hometown, three lives are forever changed by his return.


Excerpt

Three days later we were standing at the edge of a hole in the ground at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Hayward, the silence so thick, the insides of my ears buzzed like a distant swarm of angry bees.  Mr. Peralta and another gentleman stood off to the side while Weston and I held hands next to the tiny casket.

Weston had chosen a simple mahogany box with gold handles, and a bouquet of white lilies graced the top of the small box.  I knelt down and laid a kiss on the smooth wood then wiped off the tears that had fallen on the dark, shiny surface.  Weston joined me and placed a single red rose in the middle of the lilies.

He helped me up and we stood side-by-side in silence, my guilt over her death like a stone in my empty belly.  I missed everything I’d dreamed would be happening right now, yearned for all that could have been.
Weston nodded at the man standing next to Mr. Peralta and our baby was slowly lowered into the gaping maw.  She reached the bottom, and a bird landed on the rich brown dirt piled next to the grave.  It pecked around, chirping a little song then flew off - as if saying goodbye.  My heart squeezed inside my chest.
I picked up a small handful of soft dirt.

“Goodbye, Christine,” I whispered, throwing it on top of her casket.

Weston wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me in close to his side.  Why her?  Why my baby?  Was this supposed to make sense?  And, if so, to whom?

We drove home in silence.  No words existed to express my grief.

Power and emotive stuff! I shall definitely read this one.

 Since we're talking romance, I'm giving away a copy of my novel, Downsizing, for Valentine's day. This book features - brace yourselves - an overweight heroine. She's invisible in a crowded room because no one can see through her bulk to the sensitive, intelligent chick lurking beneath. No one except local heartthrob Noah Fenwick, that is, but even he lets her down when he marries her pretty, slim best friend.

Still, revenge is a dish best served cold. Who says fat girls can't have fun?

If you want to know how Maxine fights back on behalf of the silent majority who don't have perfect bodies, simply follow this blog and leave a comment to say you've done so. Then your name will go in the hat.

Good luck and happy valentine's day.

Wendy

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21 comments:

  1. Both of these books sound great. Like you I find it difficult to read all the books on my TBR pile, but I try. :-)
    Have a happy blog hop!

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  2. Good Morning! I'm having a great time hopping around the net. I like the looks of your site, very nice.

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  3. Thanks for your kind words, Cordelia. Enjoy the hop.

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  4. Hope you can get around to some Musa books. They are great! Already read yours - just saying Hi! :)

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  5. Your site looks good -have you hopped to mine yet?
    I'm the same -the only books I've read at Musa so far are yours. You must have read some of mine?

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  6. Thanks, June, for stopping but AND for reading my book.

    Fenella, the only Musa book of yours I've read so far is Miss Patterson, which was great, as always, but then all of your books are well worth a read.

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  7. My TBR pile keeps growing. These books sound great.

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  8. I'm making my way around the blogs today and yours was next. Needless to say I was surprised and flattered that you selected my book among those you want to read. Thank you for that! I would like to read more as well, and I've been meaning to buy Downsizing for months. I enjoy reading books with heroines who don't fit the stereotype and Maxine would be one of them. Thanks for reminding me about that book.
    Patti

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  9. Wow! That excerpt from Moon over Alcatraz is heart-wrenching. Nice choice! I have LOVED all the Musa books I've read. By all means jump into the mix. There are so many to choose from!

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  10. Musa officially has too many wonderful books on offer. (Seriously, is it possible to master the art of speed reading? I wish!) Moon Over Alcatraz sounds wonderful and I've been dying to read Downsizing ever since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. :-)

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  12. I tried to follow but can't find the follow button did I miss it? I will check back later to see if I can find it then. I had already added your book to be TBR list from an earlier blog. Now I will add Moon Over Alcatraz too. Thank you for the Hop

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  13. Thanks for all the lovely comments.

    Kirbu2u the follow button is below the covers on the right.

    Have to sign this with open ID as my internet is down and I've borrowed a computer.

    Wendy

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  14. the book that you giveaway is awesome. at least once this is not always a think girl who is the lead girl :)
    i Hoep she will have a happy ending :))

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  15. I enjoyed writing about a heroine who didn't fit the normal bill. One who was more like the rest of us and that hopefully readers can identify with.

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  16. I picked Moon Over Alcatraz as well. Great minds and all that... :)

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  17. I've followed your blog, but if I don't win your book I'm tempted to buy just to see how you handled your female character as your comments above are interesting. It's a difficult balance, make a woman too strong and she can seem pushy or be irritating; make her too weak and no one will like her. Writing a heroine to 'fit' the 'normal' bill is difficult enough, without complicating the situation...although complicating situations is what writers love. :)

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  18. I know what you mean, Sharon. At first a writer sticks to a safe path but Downsizing was, I can't remember, probably my twelfth or thirteenth book and I got adventurous!

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