Sold!

I’m excited to announce I’ve SOLD my contemporary story, Love’s Second Chance, to The Wild Rose Press. This book holds a special place in my heart as the heroine is from an Italian family. In writing it, I was able to share some fun aspects of my heritage. I’m thrilled that it will be getting published. Stay tuned for more details.

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A Fresh Look For Spring

purple tulipsI’m welcoming in Spring by doing some spring cleaning-digital spring cleaning, that is. I’ve freshened up my site by picking a new theme. I wanted something more modern and sophisticated. Like the heroines in my first three books, I have a full-time job. I work hard, come home, and work harder. Between family stuff, writing, and the dreaded exercising, there’s never enough hours in the day. Losing an hour due to Daylight Savings is more to me than one less hour of sleep; it’s one less hour to write. But like I try to convince myself, sleep is over-rated, right? Tell that to the shadows under my eyes. Thank God for concealer!

February and March were exceptionally busy months. I completed NJRW’s Jersey Romance Writing Month (JeRoWriMo) challenge in February with almost 32,000 words. Some of us continued our challenge into March, where I wrote another 10,000 words plus edits. A few days into March I finished the rough draft of my third book. I have a lot of editing to do, but it felt great to write the words “The End”.

The days are longer and the extra daylight gives me more energy. I started a Yoga class once a week after my Jazzercise class and hope to find my calm and happy place. What projects do you have lined up for the Spring? For me, I’m committing to increase my exercise level and to finish editing A Chance Worth Taking. How about you?

Happy early Valentine’s Day

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Happy February! I’m not sure about you, but the month of January is a blur. We haven’t yet gotten a huge snowfall this year but we’ll see what happens despite Punxsutawney Phil not seeing his shadow.

I’ve been busy working on my third book, The One That Got Away, for the Jersey Romance Writing Month (JeRoWriMo) challenge. The goal is to write 30,000 words during the month of February. I started this book the same time last year. I’m hoping I’ll come close to finishing it this month.

I’d like to say “Hi” to all my family and friends who follow my blog. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to click  the “Books” tab for a summary and excerpt from my books.

I’m blogging this week with The Violet Femmes about your favorite romantic moment in a book. Please stop by and comment!

Maria

Holiday wishes!

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and New Year!

Another year is almost over. It’s been a crazy but good year for me. I’ll spend the next couple days with family, including tonight’s Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes. I write about this Italian tradition in Love’s Second Chance. For fun, I’ve included an excerpt. Enjoy!

Also, I’m blogging this week with The Violet Femmes. We’re doing a holiday romantic suspense round-robin called Glitter Girl. Stop by and read my part (part 4) and catch up with the earlier segments.

Glitter Girl – A Romantic Suspense Holiday Romance

Excerpt from “Love’s Second Chance”

“Does your family have a huge dinner like this every Christmas Eve,” Edward asked, leaning to the side so he could be heard over the noise.

“Yes. It’s a family tradition, going back as far as I can remember,” Kate replied.

“What exactly is the significance of the seven fish?”

“There are different views on its origin, but my grandmother once told me that the number seven stood for the number of Sacraments in the church. There’s baptism, penance, Holy Communion, confirmation, marriage, holy orders, and anointing of the sick.”

“What about the type of fish? Is that important?”

“I don’t think so. We usually have the same fish, though my parents try and mix up how the food is prepared. Plus, there are the side dishes that are often different. You’ve never experienced an Italian Christmas Eve dinner before?”

“Not that I can recall,” Edward said.

“Believe me when I say you would know if you had. I hope you’ve brought your appetite with you.”

He grasped her hand and pressed his lips to it. “I most certainly have.”

The smoldering look in his eyes told Kate that his appetite was for more than just food.

The Pleasure of Giving

This week, I’m blogging on The Violet Femmes website. Stop by http://thevioletfemmes.com and click the link to enter our contest to win a Nook Simple Touch to help celebrate our One-Year Anniversary.

Last week, I had the pleasure of being a part of an effort to Adopt-A-School that’s been displaced for the rest of the school year as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Although they were fortunate to find another location to operate, they aren’t allowed back to their own school to get any of their supplies, equipment, etc. Along with a couple co-workers, I reached out and gathered school supplies, games, books, and sporting equipment. The volume of people wanting to help was so amazing. I want to thank the generosity of everyone who has contributed time and/or funds to support the families affected by this tragedy. Together, we stand united!

With Thanksgiving this week, I have so much to be thankful for. It’s easy to forget and allow yourself to get bogged down in the minutia of life. I do it more times than I’d like to admit. On Thanksgiving Day, take a moment to appreciate all that you have and have accomplished, and offer hope and prayer for all who have lost things and people precious to them.

May you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Happy thoughts on a dreary Monday

Things have been a blur since I returned from the NJ Romance Writers conference a couple weeks ago, which was hands down, the best one to date! Of course, that may have to do with my getting involved with the conference and co-chairing the published authors contest. It’s also due to the many wonderful friends I’ve met. This year, not only did I get the pleasure of handing out several awards to fabulously talented published authors, but I also got to cheer on three of my blog partners who were finalists in the unpublished writers contest. These fabulous ladies, Michele Mannon, Joanna Shupe, and Jenna Blue are talented ladies. Remember their names, because I expect to see their names in print soon!

I returned from the conference to learn my second story, Love’s Second Chance, won first place in the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest with a request to see the full manuscript by the judging editor! Needless to say I’m completely thrilled. This is LSC’s second win in a contest this year.

Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing some of my memories from the NJRW conference, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures.

The Violet Femmes: Jenna Blue, Maria K. Alexander, Joanna Shupe, Michele Mannon, Jaye Marie Rome

Michele Mannon & Maria K. Alexander

Maria K. Alexander & Joanna Shupe

Maria K. Alexander & Diana Quincy

For everyone on the east coast who’s dealing with Hurricane Sandy, please be safe!!!

Hugs,

Maria