Monday, March 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Post/Giveaway!! Loving Nate, by Janice Ross

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Loving Nate
Janice G. Ross
Trade Paperback, 158 pages
Cultural Cocktails
February 17, 2014
Contemporary Romance

Loving Nate is Leah's story of falling in love with Mr. Perfect. Leah falls fast and hard, losing all sense of reasoning. Love can do that to a gal, especially when the guy is as smooth as Nathan Moore. Loving Nate is about Leah's journey of falling in love, when she should have been standing in love.

I’ve decided to provide two very different endings to this novella. Have you ever made a decision and wondered whether or not it was the right choice? Or perhaps you made the right choice because you knew that the alternative would’ve been disastrous? This is my gift to readers. Regardless of Leah’s final choice, I wanted readers to be able to reflect on the possibilities.

Nate pulls up in front of the building in a light-gray Infiniti QX56. Noticing that he’s too eager to play escort, I extend my palm to stop him and attempt to rush into the vehicle. I’m moving forward, while my head is turned backward, making sure to keep tabs on everyone coming out of the lobby.

As I step up and go to rest down, my leg misses. Had I been paying attention, I would’ve recognized the difference between inside and outside. Since I wasn’t, I end up hanging onto the door, practically straddling the ground. I don’t want to get up; my only desire is to shrivel up and disappear into thin air. Obviously, that will never happen. No sooner do I end up in this embarrassing disposition, I’m recovered by a saint and delivered onto the passenger seat. I sit completely still, clutching my purse against my gut. I think he feels bad for me because he takes hold of the seatbelt and guides the path under my arms, securing me for the trip.

“Are you okay?”

I shake my head. How do I recover from being a complete imbecile?

“Why are you so jumpy, Leah?” Nate asks once he’s behind the wheel.

“Because I’m heading out with my boss’s boss. How do you think that looks? And on my very first day too . . .”

Guest Post:
Oh, For The Love Of Words

What is this desire that many have with books?  Whether we choose to read in a traditional state by way of tangible books, or by way of an electronic device, the abilities of mere phrases to transform is astonishing.  Can anyone think back to the first time they fell in love with a book?  My first enticement was in reading Wuthering Heights at about eight years old.  Sure, I'd read more age-appropriate titles before that time, but there was just something about the language that seduced my young mind.  And then, I moved from Emily Bronte to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.  With either book in hand, a dictionary in the next, and notepad (with pen) on my bed, I became bedazzled by great writing.  I would sniff each book, inhaling the musky aroma, because they held a promise of life -- a life that I could claim whenever I read.  Talk about imagination!  I would consider each unfamiliar term, look it up in the dictionary, write it out, and use it in a sentence to make certain I understood its meaning.  I was desperate for stories, and felt my life too simple.  And would you know, any life at all would do.  I tried not to limit my reading because you never really know what treasure you might find within the pages of a book.  And so I read the wonderful Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, and a book that I am not sure of how I ever got hold, Dianetics.  All that mattered to me was that I was reading.  Oh, for the love of words!

I've grown since then and continue to enjoy words, book-learning, and even my own writing.  I still know to appreciate great reading and remarkable words.  But these days, I read on my tablet.  It has a built-in dictionary.   I'm able to highlight and comment on my thoughts.  Boy, do I take full advantage of those features.  This enables me to daydream and hold m spot at the same time.  You see, each book offers a life of its own.  And for those writers that gift us with work that serves up the deepest, most intimate thoughts of their characters, I thank you for feeding my needs.  Thank you, Paulo Coelho, for every single book that you have ever written!   And thank you to the newer published authors that have fed my need for words.

As for my work, I strive to do the same.  It's about what a writer includes and how they include it all.  I love to be seduced by remarkable characters, clever wording, and believable circumstances.  But then, there is also that need for a story to captivate all of my senses, keeping me alert and aware at every moment.  I strive to give this to my readers.  I write to make that connection as real as possible.  Oh, for the love of words!

The Storyline of Loving Nate

Loving Nate is a story about a young woman who falls in love when she should’ve been standing in love. I open up this tale with an acknowledgement/dedication to someone named “Superman”. A bit of advice that I received from this man was to never fall in love – stand in love. Over the years, I’ve considered this lesson of sorts, even thinking back to when I was in a similar situation, like Leah.

Leah meets the perfect man, when she literally runs into Nate. She is swept away and is beyond help. Sadly, Nate knows that Leah is weak for him. He takes advantage of his effect on her, as she allows him to drift in and out of her life. Nate is the type of man that knows how to carry himself with a confidence level of perfection. He is totally irresistible! Leah is easily led.

My personal experience was not as shameful as Leah's; however, I’ve known a version of Nate. Like Leah, I marveled at how impressive his charms were and lusted for his excellence. Where my experiences part ways with Leah's is that I eventually pulled away when I realized that this man might have a hidden life. I paid attention to the red flags, putting an end to a situation that was sure to rip out my soul.

I always wondered what would’ve happened if I had remained in Leah’s situation. Therefore, Leah’s journey is a hypothetical journey. I also considered something that many women might contemplate – what ifs. After taking Leah on a roller coaster romance, I offer an alternative ending for reflection's sake – walk away or fight for love. After you’ve given your all to a relationship, do you ever consider the pros and cons of leaving, especially if total heartbreak seems inevitable? That is at the heart of Loving Nate.


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Janice was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the USA in 1980. Although her citizenship certificate now reads the United States of America, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Sure, she has not physically been around the world and back, but she’s travelled in her mind and dreams.  

Janice is an author. She enjoys writing about social issues and personal experiences. Janice’s debut release was entitled Damaged Girls. She uses the three books in that series to detail the effects of different forms of abuse, discussing issues that are known to be taboo. Her next release, Jumping Ship, is a dedication to her country of birth and an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series – due out in 2014. It’s poised to be a colorful and emotional experience of life, love and family. As of present, she is also a contributor to a short story collection – Just Between Us, Inspiring Stories by Women. And lastly, Loving Nate is a novella about the realities of losing one’s self to love.

Janice enjoys reading, and is drawn to stories with distinct characters that she can love or hate, characters she can form alliances with or characters that she can swear off and despise. She is also weak for a good cultural tale, preferably in the form of historical fiction. Janice loves to be taken off guard by clever language and settings.

Janice is also a devoted supporter and promoter of other authors through social media. She hosts a weekly show, Cultural Cocktails, on the largest social radio network, Blog Talk Radio.

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  1. Thank you magnificent Maria and your wonderful job.
    I appreciate all the help you are to Fabulosity Reads.

    Wendy @Fabulosity Reads Book Promotions

    1. Hi, Wendy!'re so sweet! Thank you for your appreciation!! Glad to help out!!

      Also, thanks for dropping by and leaving such a nice comment!! : )

  2. Thank you for hosting me, Maria!

    1. Hi, Janice!

      You're very welcome! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! : )


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