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Like You Read About

by Mela Remington

Published:  April 21, 2013

Publisher:  Self Published

Length:  150 pages

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Available at:  Amazon



We are so lucky today!  Not only do I get to tell you about Like You Read It, show you the beautiful cover with Jimmy on it but Mela Remington has stopped by to talk about her newest novel Like You Read About.  I cannot wait to get to know her better.  Let’s see what she has to say:
Liberty Ann:  Hi Mela and thanks for stopping in today!

Mela:  Oh my pleasure.  Thanks for having me. *smile*

Liberty Ann:  For those who don’t already know how awesome your latest novel is, please give us a short blurb of ‘Like You Read About‘.

Mela:  The story is a contemporary workplace romance loosely based on how my husband and I met and fell in love.  Our heroine Cora is a normal woman, with body image issues, insecurity and a past that has left her a little weary.  Our hero is a single guy, living alone with his cat and his computer, he’s been burned by a romance with a coworker before so he’s not sure he wants to get involved with Cora, even though she seems like a good idea.  Much of their email banter, and many of the romantic gestures are straight out of my life.  Even though it’s a work of fiction it feels very much life a memoir.  My best friend read it and his comment to me was, “I really loved your book, but it felt like I was reading your diary.”  I really hope people enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it, this was very much a labor of love for me.

Liberty Ann:  Gosh, that sounds fantastic!  What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Mela:  Sending it out to the beta readers and waiting for feedback.  This was the first fiction I’d written in 25 years and it was a little nerve-wracking to put it mildly.  Same goes for sending it off to the editor, and then pressing publish on Amazon, so scary to share my thoughts and words with the world, hoping they like it.

Liberty Ann:  Oh yes, I know what you mean.*grin*  How do you develop your plots? Do you use any set formula?

Mela:  Well this first book was much like writing my diary, so there wasn’t a formula.  The newest books I’m working on are a series, and I have an outline of the characters, at least up through book 4, their relationships, how everyone intermingles and interacts.  I’ve outlined the plots beforehand, I know where I want to end up, and I let the words flow out of my head to get me there.

Liberty Ann:  Oooh I love series!  To this point, who has been your favorite character to write?

Mela:  In the first book I would say Dan, bringing my husband to life in written word was weird, wild, and so much fun.  I also love that when he read the book his only criticism had to do with a football reference, apparently the game I had people bitching about was one of their best games ever.

Overall with the writing though I would have to say Jane, who is the heroine in my next book, Dominion 1: Jane.  She’s widow in her early 40’s trying to figure out her life, she’s so complex, and as I write her I’m learning more about her than I knew when I first envisioned her, and  that’s part of the writing process I guess I’d never expected.  I hope readers will connect with her, she isn’t some young, tight little thing, she’s a woman who has lives life and raised her kids.  She is finding a new freedom at this point in her life and helping her navigate it is a blast!

Liberty Ann:  Oh, sounds like I will be looking forward to Dominion 1 as well.*grin* Okay, one last question for you:  What is your favorite line/quote from current work?

Mela:  I’ve got two, one from Cora and one from Dan:

Cora: (this is part of her inner monologue) What says “professional, casual elegance and you know you really want to ask me out, kiss me good night, have some hot sweaty monkey sex and live happily ever after with me”?  It is a lot of pressure to put on one outfit, isn’t it?

Dan: “Dude, you are my best friend, and if you breathe a word of this to anyone, I will personally remove your nuts with a rusted spoon and tell everyone that you write Joanie Loves Chachi fan fiction.”

Liberty Ann:  *giggle*  Oh those are great!  Thank you so much for stopping by our little corner of the Web. I really wish you the best. Before you go…where can we follow you?

Mela:  Oh, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, my Website and Goodreads.  I am also giving away one ecopy of “Like You Read About” at each stop of the tour so be sure to leave your email address below in the comments. Thank you so much for having me on your blog, I had a lot of fun answering your questions!

Liberty Ann:  How cool is that?  Thanks again Mela.  Ladies and Gents, the delightful Mela Remington!



Book Blurb for Like You Read About:

What if your soul mate has been sitting across from you at a conference room table for the last two years?

Cora O’Malley is a shy accountant for a small pharmaceutical company in the Boston area. After years of being single, struggling with her self image and self confidence she finds out that the IT guy she’s been crushing on is single and also looking for possibilities.

Cora decides to take life by the email and see if she and Daniel Santagata, the IT man have anything in common, if there really are sparks between them…

Witty email banter, fumbling new relationships, bossy best friends, New England weather… how can anything but mayhem ensue?



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Authors, Excerpt, Giveaways, Interviews, Reviews

Give Me Forever by Celeste Carrera (Review/Author Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway) #BookReview

**Celeste will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter.  More information below.**

Give Me Forever (Paranormal City #1)

by Celeste Carrara

Published:  March 13, 2013

Publisher:  Self Published

Length:  208 pages

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Available at:  Amazon  |  B&N  | ARe  |  Kobo

About Give Me Forever:

Serena, a twenty five year old newly turned vampire longs for a normal life. Daughter to the king of the Northeastern faction of vampires her life is anything but normal. Her actions are ruled by her duty to her people and her father’s demands. Serena’s father Sebastian is impossible to please no matter how hard Serena tries. Loyalty and fear keep her trapped in her life.

 While tending to business for her father Serena meets Nick, a handsome young realtor whom she finds herself attracted to regardless of the fact that he is human. Even though she knows better she can’t seem to stop herself from falling into his arms, and his bed. Nick gives her a glimpse into the normal life she wishes for but how long can she ignore their differences?

 When humans start showing up drained of their blood with obvious vampire bites on their bodies Sebastian takes it as a direct challenge to his authority. Someone is gathering his enemies with intentions of stripping him of his title. The only two he can trust to aid him is his daughter Serena, and his assassin Alex. Little did he know that once the two meet all their lives would change forever. No one can change the course of fate. When destiny calls they try to fight it but neither Serena nor Alex can deny the pull of their souls yearning to be joined.

 *Adult Material*


As soon as I entered my building it started again. The light-headedness came first. As I stepped into the elevator the dizziness hit me and it was hard to remain upright. What the hell is going on? Once the door opened revealing my floor, I rushed out in search of my father. A shiver ran through my body, and my hands were shaking. Trying to pull myself together, I used my senses to locate my father. When I did, I realized he wasn’t alone.

 “Serena, come in please. I’m glad you’re home. There is someone here I’d like you to meet. This is Alex; he is an associate of mine. Alex, this is my daughter, Serena.”

 I never thought I had a soul, but in that moment when our eyes met and our hands touched in greeting, my soul screamed for joy. Dazed and shocked, I couldn’t let go of his hand. Electricity seared as we touched. I couldn’t speak. Like a magnet, my body was helpless to the pull, and I never wanted to let go. When I heard his voice, it was a melody my whole body rejoiced for.

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Celeste Carrera


1.  Cotton or Silk? Cotton


2.  Champagne/beer/wine? I don’t drink alcohol.


3.  Plotter/pantser:  Plotter


4.  Describe your workspace:  My husband renovated a room in our home for me, off our living room. It has windows all around, is in the front of the house facing beautiful homes and greenery. It’s all white and bright and I love it!


5.  Sports fan or just tolerate it? Just tolerate it.


6.  Who is your biggest influence on writing? That is so hard because I have so many influences! If I have to pick, I will say that Gena Showalter is a huge influence for me.


7.  Favorite food:  Pasta
8.  When did you start writing?  When I was a preteen I started writing poetry. As I got older that continued but I stopped writing until about 2011. That was when I started writing Give Me Forever and it was the first time I ever attempted to write a novel.


9.  If money were no object, where would you like to live? London
10.  What’s next for you?  I recently released book 4 of my Paranormal City series titled Give Me Pleasure. The next full length novel in this series, Give Me Your Love, is what I am currently working on.

My Thoughts:

I never tire of Vampire Romances and Give Me Forever is a perfect example of why not.  Celeste Carrera took a well-covered genre and created an interesting, action-filled and extremely sensual and romantic environment.  The characters are all unique and while the basic Vampire traits are present, we are exposed to some aspects of Vampire lore in new and different ways.

Serena is young, beautiful, powerful and lonely.  As the King’s daughter, she has been quite sheltered growing up.  Nevertheless, as she transitions into a true Vampire, an emotionally (as well as physically) strong, intelligent, and tough character emerges.  She is, quite frankly, one of my favorite Female Vampires to date.  She has a love life of sorts and while she has her fair share (and then some) of heartache, she is a character I could both relate and aspire to.

Romance lovers will be quickly enamored with Serena’s soul mate, someone she meets and then quickly finds her world turned upside down.  He is seen handsome, tough, hot, sexy, tender and scared, all within a short period of time and their chemistry is explosive.

Sex is somewhat rampant in and out of the storyline and is all over the map on the heat scale.  The descriptions are clear and somewhat graphic, making this an 18 and older book.

The book was engaging and easy to read.  Turning the pages as quickly as I could, I devoured the book in several hours time.  I was so grateful to learn that it is a series as I did not want to part with my new-found ‘friends’ at the end of the book.  I encourage Vampire Romance lovers everywhere not to wait but to read Give Me Forever today!

About Author Celeste Carrera:

Celeste Carrara is a self-published author of the erotic paranormal romance series Paranormal City. A stay at home wife and mother, Celeste never dreamed she would be so fortunate to be a full-time writer. She resides in New York City with her husband of over fifteen years and their two children. All of Carrara’s books are based in her hometown, her favorite city Manhattan.

 As a child she loved reading and used her writing of poetry as a way to escape her troubled childhood. Life got in the way, and her reading took a back seat to raising her kids. After her children became self-sufficient, and she had more time on her hands, her sister told her about a “hot new paranormal romance” she had to read. Celeste jumped in and returned to her love of reading. Always fascinated by all things paranormal, and a lover of romance, Celeste devoured every paranormal romance she could find. She has always liked her books with some spice so it came as no surprise she found erotic romance.

All this reading sparked the writer within. An idea for a story came to her one day and she decided to put it on paper. Soon, the ideas were flowing and she couldn’t stop writing. With encouragement from her husband, and best friend, Celeste completed her first novel, Give Me Forever, and hasn’t looked back. Currently she is working on more books of the Paranormal City series as well as stand-alone erotic romances.

Follow Celeste Online:

Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook


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Excerpt, Reviews

The Garden by Paul T Harry – Excerpt/Review

    BLURB:   Nearly every religion and society in the world today begins with the story of Adam and Eve. And yet, this most basic story is couched in mysticism, myth, and vague detail. Did such a couple really exist? Were they the first man and woman on our planet, or is there more to the story?     For two hundred thousand years the Neanderthal race ruled Earth, then mysteriously, 40,000 years ago they disappeared forever leaving behind a new race of people — the Cro-Magnon.  Why?  What happened back then that changed our history forever?     The Garden of Eden — a perfect home built and designed for two people until the serpent arrived. Who was the serpent? And what was he doing there in the first place? Is there a chance that the serpent is actually a reference to some hidden sexual transgression?   Imagine traveling billions of light years across space to settle an unknown world populated by primitive barbarians. Imagine being alone, just you and your spouse, the two of you in charge of an entire world with only your faith and your mission to guide you — and, of course, the devil waiting for that fatal mistake.



Adam and Eve rose and walked toward the edge of the meadow and a pile of granite rocks that jutted abruptly out of the ground where the grass ended. Though covered with a dusting of snow, the boulders afforded them a sturdy foothold and it was relatively easy to climb to the mountain’s vertex. As they climbed, the two could tell that the mountain was quite high, perhaps eight or nine thousand metrons. As they neared the apex, the two caught glimpses of the ocean that lay twenty hexons or more in the distance—the water was a pristine, a sparkling blue, but that was nothing compared to what came next. At the very pinnacle of the peak, Adam and Eve had their breath stolen away. For there, lying below to their bird’s eye view was one of the most beautiful and picturesque sights that they had ever seen on the Terran planet—a huge peninsula of magnificence and majesty jutting into the blue ocean waters. Adam and Eve gazed upon the long, slender land mass that protruded into the sea for a good fifty to sixty hexons. The actual length was difficult to judge because the land mass became obscured in the distance. Its width was also hard to ascertain for its shape was erratic, but the range appeared to be between twenty hexons at its narrowest point and forty hexons at its widest. The peninsula also contained a small mountain range with snow-capped peaks and there was a large river angling the length of the cape. The river appeared swift in its movement, dividing the finger of land in half before finally emptying out into the sea somewhere at the peninsula’s end. Transfixed by the beauty of the rugged terrain, Adam and Eve gazed upon the picturesque scene that now held a mystery all its own. For at the base of the mountain upon which they stood, the couple could see where the peninsula merged with the mainland. And there, curiously enough, were two straight lines running parallel to each other—lines that ran the entire width of the peninsula, forming a barrier or dual wall. Did this wall protect the peninsula in some way? That was Adam’s immediate thought—for on the mainland side he could see animals grazing and wilderness. But on the peninsula side there were checkerboard patches of cultivated land, and a network of thin, web-like trails, and dwellings. Was that a village partially hidden by the trees? Suddenly Eve noticed something. “Is that a pyramid?” she queried, pointing to a dark colored mass, it form nestled against the base of the mountains. “I think so,” said Adam. “How?” remarked Eve. “What is this place?” “This is Eden,” replied Lanna, proudly, his form rising up and behind them. “This will be your home on Terran. It is being prepared for you and your future off spring. It is a garden retreat on which Plon and Janno have been working on for almost seventy-five years. They are building it in anticipation of your arrival.”



This was an interesting take on Adam and Eve.  Throw out everything that you have heard or read.   This retelling is spellbinding, provocative and compelling.  Mr. Harry has managed to make Adam and Eve real characters.

Let me explain:  I could identify with them in a way that I never have before.  They have flaws just like us and it was interesting how he wrote them.  Plus, connecting with characters is essential with me as a reviewer.  In the original telling of creation, we really don’t learn too much about them but Mr. Harry has expanded on what makes them tick, so to speak.  What are their goals, motivation and more importantly, their thoughts.

Keep in mind there are a lot of characters to keep up with but in the end, it was actually easy to keep up.  Okay, maybe a character key would have been nice in the beginning but then most readers would have gotten lazy and skipped over parts of the book.   I’m glad that Mr. Harry didn’t do this.  It kept me turning the pages to find out the rest of the story.

I would recommend this story to anyone and everyone.  It will not mess with what you were taught in church or by other means.  Its just a re-telling of a story between and a man and a woman.  Only its richer in content and why more interesting.  🙂



Paul T. Harry attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas as an English major with a theater arts minor before beginning his career as a writer and music producer. He also worked as an editor with Second Avenue Songwriter’s magazine and has spent the last 30 years writing novels, screenplays and short stories. Paul is married with four children and resides in Gold Canyon, outside Phoenix.


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