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Women’s Contemporary Fiction Author Rozsa Gaston: ‘When I suffer from writer’s block I go running’

Rozsa GastonRozsa Gaston is an author who writes serious books on playful matters. She is the author of Paris Adieu, Dogsitters, Budapest Romance, Lyric, Running from Love and the soon to be released Paris Adieu sequel, Black is Not a Color Unless Worn By a Blonde.Rozsa studied European intellectual history at Yale, and then received her master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia. In between Rozsa worked as a singer/pianist all over the world. She currently lives in Connecticut with her family.

You can visit Rozsa’s website at www.parisadieu.com.

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About Paris Adieu

Paris AdieuThe first time Ava Fodor visits Paris as a nineteen-year old au pair, her French boyfriend introduces her to the concept of being comfortable in her own skin. If only she knew how…

One Ivy League degree later, she’s back for an encounter with a Frenchman that awakens her to womanhood. If only she could stay….

Five years later, Ava returns to Paris as a singer/pianist. She falls for Arnaud, whose frequent travel tortures her. While he’s away, a surprising stranger helps Ava on her journey to self-discovery. Armed with the lessons Paris has taught her, she bids adieu to Arnaud, Pierre and her very first love – the City of Light.

Q: Thank you for this interview, Rozsa. Can you tell us what your latest book, Paris Adieu, is all about?

Paris Adieu is a coming of age tale of self-discovery and self-acceptance.

The book has two themes: 1) how to be  comfortable in your own skin and 2) how to fake it till you make it.

Paris Adieu’s heroine, Ava Fodor, is clueless about both at the start of the story. But over ten years and three separate stays in Paris, she figures out a thing or two – thanks to insights living in Paris has given her. Ava studies French women, French food,  French attitude – while French men study her.  By the final chapters of Paris Adieu, she’s more or less transformed herself into the woman she wants to be. And if she hasn’t entirely, at least she’s learned how to fake it till she makes it.

Ultimately, Ava grasps that her newfound sense of self will work for her back in the U.S. in a way it never will if she stays in Paris. She’ll never become French. But she has become fabulous. More or less.

Q:  Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

My main character is Ava Fodor, a slightly plump, frizzy-haired nineteen-year-old American au pair in Paris. She struggles with being less than perfect.

Jean-Michel is Ava’s fussy, exacting first French boyfriend who educates her on all matters Parisian. Too bad his provincial outlook drives her up the wall.

Four years later, Pascal, Ava’s second French boyfriend, gives her something she’ll thank him for eternally – an introduction to her own womanhood.

Arnaud, Ava’s third French boyfriend, dazzles Ava’s head as well as her heart, until she finally tires of matching wits with him in a never ending zero-sum game. Recalling Pascal’s advice to her to always seek authenticity, she realizes she can’t be herself with Arnaud, nor in her career as a singer pianist.

When Arnaud’s friend Pierre shows interest in her original songs in a way Arnaud never has, Ava gains insight into who she really is and where she belongs. Pierre’s entrance into her life catalyzes her to move in a new direction – back to New York armed with the lessons Paris has taught her.

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

I base my characters on real people.

Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?

I almost never have more than a vague idea of where my plot is going. My characters let me know sooner or later what is going to happen to them. The plot derives from them.

Q: Your book is set in Paris. Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?

Audrey Hepburn summed it up best when she said “Paris is always a good idea.”

Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?

Yes. Mais oui!

Q: Open the book to page 69.  What is happening?

Ava meets April, the Californian ex-girlfriend of Ava’s French boyfriend Jean-Michel. April has returned to Paris for a brief visit and drops by to see Jean-Michel. Expecting to feel jealous, instead Ava realizes that she and April have far more in common with each other than either of them do with Jean-Michel. They’re both a bit plump, both on diets, both struggling to get their arms around the very Parisian concept of being comfortable in their own skins. When Ava witnesses Jean-Michel trying to sabotage April’s efforts to stay on her diet when they all go out, she gets wise to Jean-Michel’s controlling ways. After April’s visit, Ava has Jean-Michel’s number – and it’s up.

Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?

I hope you enjoy reading the following excerpt from Paris Adieu as much as I enjoyed writing it:

“You saw her recently?” Arnaud asked, his voice for once not booming out, dominating the conversation.

“She passed through Chavignol about a month ago,” Pierre said.

“Did she ask about me?” Arnaud’s tone was serious, almost reverential. I remained quiet as a mouse, tiptoeing behind the men.

“I can’t remember,” Pierre replied.

“You can’t remember what Mélanie said to you? I don’t believe it,” Arnaud said.

“We were at the boulangerie. It was crowded – we spoke in passing.” Pierre looked around, spotting me then clearing his throat.

I walked quickly ahead, pretending not to have heard anything. My blood boiled to think of how vulnerable Arnaud’s voice had sounded when he’d asked if whoever Mélanie was had asked about him. I’d never heard Arnaud utter a single word to me in a similar tone, not even when he’d said je t’adore.

Suddenly, I didn’t adore him back at all. My feelings for him crumbled, as the scales fell from my eyes. He was carrying a torch for someone named Mélanie. And whoever she was, she wasn’t me.

Always maintain straight posture at critical moments,” my grandmother’s voice rang out inside. I straightened up, flicking my ponytail back to ward off the gnat of insecurity now buzzing behind me. Then it hit me – Mélanie was the name of the woman in the photo at Arnaud’s country house.

Something tugged at my hair. I ignored it. Again, I tried to catch their conversation.

Arnaud had realized I was within earshot. Changing course, he began to describe a herd of elephants he’d seen in Cambodia.

I felt another tug. This time, I turned my face to the left, where Pierre’s warm, brown eyes caught mine. I lowered my own quickly, my pulse racing. He had been the one pulling my ponytail. Meanwhile, Arnaud droned on about yet another fascinating, obscure thing that had happened to him in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

Pierre lowered his eyes back at me and made an inaudible ‘shhh’ with his mouth.

My smile was discreet, unnoticed by Arnaud, who was now waxing rhapsodic about how baby elephants call for their mothers. Whatever.

It occurred to me things that happen to us don’t really matter as much when they are not shared. If Arnaud had been watching baby elephants bawl for their mothers with me, for example, we would have shared the memory of such a charming scene forever, woven into the fabric of our relationship, however long it lasted.

Instead, it would be Arnaud telling his baby elephant story to others throughout the years, regaling strangers in bars with tales of wondrous exploits he underwent alone. So what? It all seemed like a big nothing to me.

“And then the female elephants all form a circle around the babies and bellow at the male elephants who try to charge the watering hole before the babies have had their drink. Yak, yak, yak, blah blah …” Arnaud was now completely caught up in his anecdote, oblivious to Pierre’s eyes flickering over mine, engaged, attentive, and fully present in the moment. “Be here now” was what Arnaud had preached to me.

But Pierre practiced it.

My mind wandered back to George Berkeley, the eighteenth-century empiricist who’d said “to be is to be perceived.” He was one of my favorite philosophers. In my college philosophy classes, he’d been one of the few I’d fully wrapped my brain around, along with Hegel and his three-part dialectic. As a songwriter I could really get behind the concept of three – verse, chorus, bridge were the three components of just about every pop song ever created. It was inarguably a pleasing number, both to the mind and to the senses. No wonder God had chosen it to represent Himself.

But back to Berkeley’s way of thinking – let’s just say that Arnaud hadn’t really seen those baby elephants, or heard them crying for their mothers, or seen the ladies get huffy with the males who tried to drink before the kids had their fill. Who would ever know? Since Arnaud witnessed this whole scene by himself, then who was to say it actually happened?

That’s what Berkeley would ask and that was what I was asking now. If Arnaud chose to live his life in a way largely unshared by anyone who remained constant in it, then was there meaning in what he experienced? Frankly – who cared?

Excerpted from Paris Adieu (2011) by Rozsa Gaston

Q: Have you suffered from writer’s block and what do you do to get back on track?

When I suffer from writer’s block I go out running. If I’m really blocked, I do a speed workout. Speed workouts put the body into an anaerobic state which causes the brain to produce endorphins afterward. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that promote feelings of euphoria. I usually sleep well and dream vividly the night after I’ve done a speed workout. I think it’s those endorphins inviting inspiration into my brain. By the next morning I’ve usually come up with a fresh new writing idea.

If that doesn’t work, I brainstorm by writing down as many plotlines, outcomes, and crazy directions for the story to go in as come into my head. I do this first thing in the morning before the day gets cluttered up with real life.

Q: What would you do with an extra hour today if you could do anything you wanted?

Read! I’d kick back with a fiction work of choice and learn from other authors. Famous, infamous or unknown, it wouldn’t matter. I love reading what other writers do with words. It’s always instructive. Even when its bad, it teaches me something. But there’s nothing like the pleasure of reading a well-written passage. It’s as good as eating a box of fine chocolates.

Q: Which already published book do you wish that you had written and why?

I wish I’d written Bonjour Tristesse, the 1954 masterpiece and debut novel by Françoise Sagan. That book had it all: style, austerity, chic, wit, insouciance, ennui, the whole gamut of what the French refer to as “je ne sais quoi” – “I don’t know what.” I hope Paris Adieu has a similar blend of seasoning – but without the ennui. Ennui is one of those characteristics largely exclusive to Europeans – unless we’re talking about Whit Stillman characters. I’ve always wanted to have it, but never will.

Q: What kind of advice would you give other fiction authors regarding getting their books out there?

Complete your projects. Don’t start a manuscript, lay it aside then start another one. Get into the habit of completing whatever writing project you begin. It’s a good discipline to follow and sooner or later one of your completed projects will be good enough to publish. If no one else thinks so, just publish it yourself. Voilà – you’re on your way!

Thank you so much for this interview, Rozsa.  We wish you much success!


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Adventures in Nowhere: Interview with John Ames

John Ames has a master’s degree in English from the University of Florida, where he was a Ford Fellow. After graduation, he built a rustic house and lived for several years on the edge of a spiritual community located near Gainesville, Florida. John’s search for enlightenment ended when he decided that he was too far from a movie theater. He moved inside the Gainesville city limits and taught English and film for thirty years at Santa Fe College.

He has produced and acted in numerous short films and videos, including the cable TV series the “Tub Interviews,” wherein all the interviewees were required to be in a bathtub. For ten years he reviewed movies for PBS radio station WUFT.  He has appeared as a standup comedian and has designed and marketed Florida-themed lamps.  He coauthored Second Serve: The Renée Richards Story (Stein and Day, 1983) and its sequel No Way Renée: The Second Half of My Notorious Life (Simon & Schuster, 2007), and Speaking of Florida (University Presses of Florida, 1993).

His recent book is a coming-of-age novel titled Adventures in Nowhere.

You can visit his website at www.johnamesauthor.com.

Q: Thank you for this interview, John Ames. Can you tell us what your latest book, Adventures in Nowhere, is all about?

Adventures in Nowhere is about a droll ten-year-old boy who is cagy beyond his years and needs all of his talents to cope with some tough problems. Danny Ryan’s father is dangerous and overpowering, one sister is seriously ill, the other is an emotional time bomb, and his mother is in denial, all of them cooped up in a little three-room house where there is no place to hide. Ironically, the house is located in a beautiful spot that would be a wonderland for the boy if things weren’t so bad at home. As it is, Danny thinks he is stuck in nowhere, but nowhere does offer a wealth of eccentric characters who draw him into an adventure that leads Danny to an odd triumph. Though he sometimes doubts his sanity along the way, Danny eventually comes to realize that the ugliness in life is balanced by great beauty.

Q:  Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

The action in the book is from the perspective of Danny Ryan, who one reader has said must be the most thoughtful little boy in history. His father’s instability has made him watchful and inventive. Danny has a naturally wry perspective, and he uses his wit and imagination to manage his tricky situation.

Danny’s best friend, Alfred Bagley, is his opposite. He is exuberant and thoughtless, inclined to ask questions like,” What would you do if a big black cigar appeared in your mouth?” Danny is at once amused and bemused by Alfred’s peculiarities.

Abigail Arnold is an intellectual little girl, just discovering her feminine powers. Abigail likes Danny but finds him a problem in management. She would appreciate a little more communication from him, but Danny is a tough sell.

Buddy Connolly is a good-hearted older boy who saves Danny from drowning, losing his orange-crate canoe in the process. He convinces Danny to help him build a replacement canoe, an activity that contributes greatly to Danny’s salvation.

Al Gallagher is the proprietor of the endlessly intriguing Al’s Swap Shop, a store that is more than it seems. He is a no-nonsense adult who speaks to kids as if they had some sense. Danny finds this a bit intimidating because it’s easier to fool adults who think kids are stupid.

The most mysterious person in Danny’s world is Donna, a beautiful young woman who appears occasionally and asks Danny frustrating questions. Danny thinks she might be touched in the head, but he can’t deny the warm feeling she creates in him.

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

In this book about half the characters are based on real people and half are the product of wishful thinking. As a boy, I was very much like Danny Ryan, and one of my childhood friends was much like Alfred Bagley. Many of the things the boys do together are things we did. The other primary characters are mostly representations of people I wish had been in my world. They are prompted by gracious motives. They extend their friendship to Danny because they see something fine in Danny in spite of his effort to keep it hidden. I’m pleased when readers ask me which characters are like the real people I knew as a child because that question suggests they find all the characters equally believable.

Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?

I start out knowing the theme, the setting, some of the characters, and some of the action. I knew Adventures in Nowhere would be about change, and I knew the main character would find out that change can bring relief but will invariably impose a loss at the same time. With that much in mind, I put the preconceived characters in the environment I imagine, and I start them off. Then one thing leads to another.

Q: Your book is set on the Hillsborough River near Tampa and in the community of Sulphur Springs. Can you tell us why you chose this setting?

I experienced this area in the 1950s, when it was on the verge of great change. Florida’s population was about to explode, and that explosion wiped out the places I knew. Except for a few parks and observation areas, the Hillsborough is pretty much blocked off from access by nonstop houses. Kids can’t play on its banks anymore, at least not where I did and certainly not with the freedom I felt. At one time Sulphur Springs was beautiful enough to be a tourist destination. The arcade in the Springs was thought to be the first indoor mall in the USA. It was featured in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! as a city under one roof. The place was in decline when I knew it, but it still held interest. Today, there is almost nothing left. The arcade was torn down to increase parking for a dog track and the big fresh water spring where we used to swim has been so polluted by storm water runoff that is unsafe for swimmers. I wanted to chronicle the environment I knew before it is lost to memory.

Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?

Yes. The area demonstrates the effects of change, which serves the book’s theme nicely; however, a theme is a poor thing unless it is developed through intriguing characters, plot, and setting. I think the setting of Adventures in Nowhere is interesting on its own, never mind the theme. The creeks, the river, and the peculiar community of Sulphur Springs offer a lot of opportunities for good storytelling.

Q: Open the book to page 69.  What is happening?

On page 69 Danny and his mother are discussing his shoe situation. His mother worries about Danny’s tramping around in the woods barefoot; however, Danny has only two pairs of shoes. The nice ones from the Good Will store are too tight for anything other than mass on Sunday. Danny can stand them for that long but no longer. His tennis shoes have holes in the soles, making them no good for tramping. His mother suggests their usual temporary measure of cutting out some cardboard insoles, but Danny says the cardboard gets soggy in the woods. His mother sighs and says they will try to get new tennis shoes for school in the fall. Danny points out that the tops of the tennis shoes look fine and suggests they save some money and go with the cardboard for school. It is dry at school and the cardboard wears pretty well. Danny enjoys cutting out a good pair of cardboard inserts and is proud of how skillfully he can do it.

Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?

“It was hyacinth time. The Hillsborough River was so full of them that Danny could hardly spot a patch of open water. Hanna’s Whirl was like a green prairie dotted with fabulous purple flowers. People said the hyacinths were a disease to the river, but they were a picturesque disease. However, ten-year-old Danny was not thinking about the beauty of the flowers. His father had been crazy earlier that morning and had nearly killed him.

They had been riding along and, to all appearances, his father had been in a friendly frame of mind. Then something had happened. Danny had missed it, but some other driver may have made a little move with his car that no one else would have thought twice about. Whatever it was, Danny’s father suddenly got that twisted look on his face, and he had abruptly swung the car onto the unpaved shoulder of the road. In an instant, the Ryans’ old 1937 Dodge was careening along the uneven ground, parallel to the road. Inches from Danny’s door on the rider’s side was a low cement-block wall and beyond that the pauper’s cemetery, where they marked the graves by pounding a coffee can flat on a stake and hammering it into the ground.

Danny was frightened, but he knew that he must remain calm and keep looking down the road as if nothing unusual was going on. Ahead of him he could see the drivers on the roadway swerving as his father appeared unexpectedly on their right, only a foot from their fenders. Harold Ryan was threading a needle, but the clear area in front of the cemetery was running out, and ahead was a big oak tree blocking the way. There was no going to the right because of the wall, no going to the left because of the solid line of traffic, and no going ahead because of the tree. The only sane choice was to stop, but Mr. Ryan was not sane, so he had driven onward with leaden eyes, and Danny had held onto the door handle, silently watching the tree trunk come closer and closer.

Then a driver on the road next to them had jammed on his brakes, maybe out of shock at the sudden appearance of a car where none should be or because he was a quick thinker and saw a way to avert a crash. Anyway, a space opened up, and Danny’s dad jerked the car into it with no more emotion than he showed when killing a chicken. His actions might be wild, but his face always had that set, knowing expression, deeply sarcastic, as if he had recognized something meant to be hidden from him, something personal and demeaning.

So they were saved, though Danny did not show his relief any more than he had shown his terror at the prospect of death moments before. He just sat like a statue while the bad expression on his dad’s face slowly transformed into the amiable countenance that was the other side of the coin. By the time they had reached the Ryan house, Danny had allowed himself to put his elbow up on the car’s window frame. Things had gotten that loose.

Now, sitting by the river, Danny wondered if it wouldn’t have been better if they had smashed into the oak tree. Certainly, his mother and his two sisters would be better off. And Danny could not help thinking that he and his father might be better off as well. For his father, there would be no more of those tormented moments when he felt that someone had it in for him. For Danny, there would be an end to his vigilance and dread. But he tried to put such thoughts out of his head. They were probably sinful.”

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, John.  We wish you much success!

I enjoyed myself. It’s nice when someone shows an interest in my work.


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Join John Ames on ‘Adventures in Nowhere Virtual Book Tour 2011’

John AmesJoin John Ames, as he tours the blogosphere March 1 – April 29 2011 with Pump Up Your Book to talk about his new coming of age novel, Adventures in Nowhere (Pineapple Press). John will be on a nationwide blog tour giving interviews, giving away copy of his books and meeting and greeting new and old fans!

John has a master’s degree in English from the University of Florida, where he was a Ford Fellow. After graduation, he built a rustic house and lived for several years on the edge of a spiritual community located near Gainesville, Florida. John’s search for enlightenment ended when he decided that he was too far from a movie theater. He moved inside the Gainesville city limits and taught English and film for thirty years at Santa Fe College.

He has produced and acted in numerous short films and videos, including the cable TV series the “Tub Interviews,” wherein all the interviewees were required to be in a bathtub. For ten years he reviewed movies for PBS radio station WUFT. He has appeared as a standup comedian and has designed and marketed Florida-themed lamps. He coauthored Second Serve: The Renée Richards Story (Stein and Day, 1983) and its sequel No Way Renée: The Second Half of My Notorious Life (Simon & Schuster, 2007), and Speaking of Florida (University Presses of Florida, 1993). You can visit his website at www.johnamesauthor.com.

Adventures in NowhereAdventures in Nowhere is an absorbing story of the search for self, allowing a reader to live for a while in the mind of a remarkably thoughtful and intense boy caught at the final edge of childhood.

Adventures in Nowhere is told from the wry perspective of ten-year-old Danny Ryan whose realm is 1950s Florida, long before theme parks crowded out the possibility of real magic. Danny refers to his neighborhood as Nowhere, because it seems trapped in time, some parts on the verge of rebirth and others slowly falling apart. Among the things falling apart is the Ryan family, which is dominated by a schizophrenic father who makes every day an adventure, yet Danny keeps his good humor, seeking escape on the nearby Hillsborough River or in the little community of Sulphur Springs with its puzzling mix of the glorious and the shameful. These outings provide Danny a diverting blend of comedy and drama.

But Danny’s adventures take a fateful turn when he begins seeing a mysteriously changing house across the hyacinth-choked Hillsborough. Is he going crazy like his father? Though he feels terribly alone, Danny comes to realize that he has faithful allies among Nowhere’s eccentric inhabitants: Alfred Bagley, a quirky youngster whose fondest desire is to become a junk dealer; Abigail Arnold, an intellectual eleven-year-old with a penchant for blunt talk and red candy lipstick; Donna, a young woman of supernatural beauty and unfathomable motives; Al Gallagher, proprietor of Al’s Swap Shop, a business that is more than it seems; and Buddy Connolly, a confident teenager who prompts Danny toward an odd but powerful salvation.

“John Ames has written a superb coming-of-age novel in the tradition of J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Ten-year-old Danny Ryan wrestles with clashes between his keen observations and deep sensitivities on one side and the cruelties and complexities of adult life on the other. With the Hillsborough River as his trusted companion, the imaginative Danny plunges into adventures, some life threatening, that force him to change, creating a narrative that is dark and delightful at the same time.”

—Bill Maxwell, Syndicated St Petersburg Times Correspondent, author of Maximum Insight

For more information about John Ames’ Adventures in Nowhere Virtual Book Tour, you can visit his official tour page here.

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‘The Mermaid’s Pendant’ LeAnn Neal Reilly on virtual book tour October & November ’10

LeAnn Neal ReillyJoin LeAnn Neal Reilly, author of the general fiction novel, The Mermaid’s Pendant (Zephon Books), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in October and November ‘10 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

LeAnn Neal Reilly grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri, near the Missouri River, in that fertile land where corn, children, and daydreams take root and thrive. She spent countless hours reading and typing chapters on an old Smith-Corona in her closet, which luckily for her didn’t have doors. Then she put away her daydreams and her stories and headed off, first to graduate magna cum laude from Missouri Western State University, and later to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for a master’s degree in professional writing. Along the way, she majored briefly in chemistry, served as opinion editor and then editor of her college newspaper, and interned for the international design firm Fitch RichardsonSmith in Columbus, Ohio. The highlight of her internship came when she generated the product name renata for a Copco teakettle (although designing the merchandising copy for ceramic tile adhesive and insulation packaging surely runs a close second).

After graduate school, LeAnn worked first for a small multimedia startup and then a research group in the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. At the startup, she spent her time writing user manuals and multimedia scripts for software to train CSX railroad engineers. While working among geeks, LeAnn became enamored and decided to take one home for herself. After getting married and starting a family, she returned to her adolescent daydreams of writing novels. Never one to shirk from lofty goals, she added home schooling her three children as her day job.

After years of working in an office not much better than an unfinished closet, LeAnn has finished The Mermaid’s Pendant and is currently working on her next novel. LeAnn joined GoodReads three years ago where she writes reviews regularly.

LeAnn lives outside Boston with one husband, three children, a dog named Hobbes (after Calvin &), and a cat named Attila. The Mermaid's Pendant

Inspired by the beloved classic The Little Mermaid, THE MERMAID’S PENDANT is a modern fairy tale about growing up and discovering who you are—and what you believe in. At times lyrical, this novel is a fantastic journey filled with magic, myth, romance, and adventure.

Four years after John Wilkerson claims the mermaid Tamarind for his wife, they have an idyllic marriage that depends on a talisman that she crafted on their island paradise. But Tamarind learns a painful truth: it takes more than legs to live on land and more than magic to sustain a bond. When the talisman breaks, she and John are forced to rely on themselves instead of magic.

Three wise women play key roles in the young lovers’ journey to mature love. Ana, Tamarind’s aging mentor, casts spells and performs seductions to keep the lovers apart. Valerie, an expat jewelry maker cum fairy godmother, works her own magic to bring them together. Lucy, their widowed neighbor, grounds the couple in the realities of marriage, parenting, and family.

THE MERMAID’S PENDANT is a story for anyone who has ever believed in the transforming power of love.

You can visit LeAnn’s Web site at www.nealreilly.com.

If you’d like to follow along with LeAnn as she tours the blogosphere in October and November, visit her official tour page at Pump Up Your Book. Lots of fun in store as you travel the blogosphere to find out more about LeAnn Neal Reilly’s newest book, The Mermaid’s Pendant.

Join us for the LeAnn Neal Reilly’s The Mermaid’s Pendant Virtual Book Tour ‘10! Pump Up Your Book is an innovative public relations agency specializing in virtual book tours. You can visit our website at www.pumpupyourbook.com.

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