Saturday, June 2, 2018

Amazon gift card and the return of Celtic romance author Mia Pride

Remember this author from two months ago? She's back!

Mia Pride is a full-time wife and mother of two rowdy boys, residing in the San Francisco bay area. As a child, she wrote stories about fantastic places or magical things, always preferring to live in a world where the line between reality and fantasy didn’t exist.

In high school, Mia entered writing contests and had some stories published in small newspapers or school magazines. As life continued, so did her love of writing. One day, she decided to end her cake decorating business, pull out her laptop, and fulfill her dream of writing and publishing novels.

And she did.

Forbidden Fate is the first book in the Celtic romance Sisters of Danu series.

When Gwynneth awakens from a horrible accident, she has no memory of her past and must rely on the help of one man, the man who found her half dead on the shore beneath the Cliffs of Moher. Though her mind cannot remember him, her heart cannot deny him.

Liam Mac Cuill has loved Gwynneth his entire life and was heartbroken when she was forced to marry a dangerous man. Finding Gwynneth below the cliffs without her memory was the last thing Liam ever expected. But when he discovers why she was there, he becomes set on revenge. Now he must protect Gwynneth from the horrors of her past, but doing so requires him to shelter her from the truth, keeping dark secrets that threaten his ultimate goal: to make Gwynneth his.

But, the more Gwynneth discovers of her past, the more tumultuous her life becomes. Her fall from the cliff was no accident, Liam is not who he claims to be, and an ancient family legend turns Gwynneth’s world upside down. Every event in her life has been prophesied by the legend, sealing her fate. Torn between her own desires and a predetermined fate, she must make a choice.

Between her violent past and her unknown future, in a world full of secrets, prophecies, and lies, can Gwynneth fulfill the fate thrust upon her by the gods and also gain her heart’s true desire? Or will she defy the gods for a chance to claim her own fate…her Forbidden Fate?

Still curious about the author? Here are a few interview questions with Mia from last time...

What inspires you to write?
Honestly, people and interactions. I love to just watch people and wonder what they are thinking or what is going on in their life. Some of my best inspirations come from those musings. I can take a photo or a moment in someone’s life and map out an entire story, filling it with drama and of course, lots of laughter and love. As a romance writer, everyone gets their happily ever after, even if they do not in real life. After all, is that not why we read? To escape and seek out an alternate reality where things feel different and special. That’s where my ideas come from. The motto on my blog and website is: Every human interaction is a story waiting to be written. I truly feel that to be the case.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Dedicate a certain time every day to just writing. I like to stick to a routine. Make realistic goals and do your best to achieve them. Stay on task and block out distractions. Even if you are stuck… keep writing. Sometimes the story will take an unexpected turn or a character will do something you did not want him to do, but that is the fun of it! That is when you know you are truly allowing the story to guide you, not vice versa. Sometimes I am in awe of the wonderful outcome of a story and how it had not even crossed my mind until the idea flew from my fingers… I am guided by the moment and the character’s personality.

My days vary and though I am mostly a full-time writer, I still have young children and side jobs. But most days, I take the kids to school, exercise for 30 minutes, make my protein shake, then I sit down and write until I hit my word goal, and if the ideas keep coming, I keep going. Some days I get stuck and when I do, I walk away for a few minutes and think about where I want it to go, or what I would do if I was that character int hat position, work on other projects, or seek out my readers on social media and ask them for input. I find my readers to be a huge inspiration. They are the perfect people to talk to when you are in a funk and are experts and talking you out of it! I LOVE MY READERS! There are no bad days when I have them to chat with!

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
Katherine by Anya Seton. It's about the love affair between John of Gaunt and his mistress Katherine Swynford. Their story is compelling and honestly so important to the lines of royalty all over Europe, as well as the begins of the Wars of the Roses. I have read this book many times and never stop feeling profoundly affected by it! I have let my friends borrow it and recommended it for years.

So who wants to win something?!

Mia Pride and I have partnered up to give away a couple items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback of Forbidden Fate and another reader will win a $30 Amazon gift card.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

1 comment:

  1. It appears you have deleted my comment. You didn't answer my question...are you a scammer who never gives anything away but use your blog to win giveaways? Just be honest.


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