Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wink and A Nod Thursday and Till Life Do Us Part

This week's Wink and Nod recipient is Carmen Stefanescu's Shadow's Of The Past Blog.
If you enjoy the paranormal you'll love this blog.  It's a lovely blend of fact, fiction and myth about all things supernatural.  I've learned a lot from it and look forward to learning more.

I read Carmen's book TILL LIFE DO US PART and found it to be a page turner.  FYI: Her bio is as intriguing as her books.



                            Till Life Do Us Part
                                
Author: Carmen Stefanescu
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Mystery, Suspense, Reincarnation,
Release date: 9th June 2016
Blurb:
Barbara Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take more than her gift to prove his innocence.

Becoming smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected events together?
Barbara and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and perhaps themselves.
Excerpt:
Patrick poured the bubbly liquid into the glasses. He offered one to Barbara and raised his.
“To the undercover, paranormal investigator, Barbara.” He smiled and touched his glass to hers, looking straight into her eyes.
“To you, too, Patrick! I mean, Detective Fischer. If  it hadn’t been for your determination to find out the truth, many families wouldn’t have had the small consolation to see their relatives’ murderers behind bars.” She took a sip of the champagne.
“There’s something else I’d like to tell you,” Patrick said. He cleared his throat and took one of her hands in his. “It’s something that I wanted to tell you... to ask you for a while, but it never seemed the right moment.”
She heard the tremor in his voice and was sure what was to come. Yet, she didn’t want to make it easier for him. She saw it in his eyes, felt it in the touch of his hands. He was in love with her as she was with him.
“So, as I was saying... I want to ask you if—”
The telephone rang again, cutting like a steel blade through the thick emotional atmosphere surrounding them.
“Oh, not again.” Barbara rolled her eyes upward and headed to the bloody thing. She picked up the receiver and said in a voice that sounded a bit irritated, “Yes. What? Who? Yes, one moment, please.” She turned to Patrick, “It’s for you. An emergency, it seems.”
Patrick grabbed the phone, “Yes, Fisher here. What? When? I’m on my way,” he said and put down the receiver.
“I’m sorry, Barbara. There’s an emergency, indeed. Bruce has been injured. He’s in the hospital right now.”
“Oh, goodness. Is it bad?”
“I’ve no idea. They didn’t say. I’m going there. Sorry I spoiled the evening.”
“No need for apology, Patrick,” Barbara replied hiding her disappointment. “Duty comes first in your job, I know.”
“I’ll call you. Soon. There was something important I wanted to tell... to ask you. Goodnight, Barbara,”  he said and kissed her hand affectionately. He hurried outside.
Barbara stood in the middle of the room. It looked empty and cold without him. She took the bottle of champagne, pushed the cork back into it, then went to the kitchen and put it in the fridge.
Moments later, she returned to the living room. With a reflexive gesture she picked up the packet of cigarettes Patrick had forgotten on the table. She weighed them in her hand for a moment and smiling, opened a drawer of the bookshelf and placed the cigarettes inside. She took her book from the bookshelf and sat on the couch, enveloped by the faint smell of aftershave left behind by Patrick.
Jack stretched, then came to Barbara and curled up in her lap.
“Yes, Jack. It is like that. It’s always been like that. Just you and me.” She sighed and opened the book. She failed to notice a faint light hovering outside the window.

Author Bio
Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
High school teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world that of the books.
Several of her poems were successfully published in a collection of Contemporary English Poems, Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by Midnight Edition Publication, in 2001 and 2002.
 Her first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA.
             Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.
Other books by Carmen Stefanescu:
Shadows of the Past – paranormal/light romance/light historical/light mystery

You can stalk the author here:

  Short URL for Amazon:    https://goo.gl/H0dqkb






47 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading about Carmen Stefanescu and was intrigued that she lives in Romania. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone who lives there before (well, of course, I'm discounting Dracula). Thanks for this wonderful wink and nod today.

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    1. Oh, thank you, B&E, for your comment!
      Yes, my place is a bit exotic for many people. And I am one who doesn't feel offended by people putting an equal sign between Romania and Dracula. On the contrary. If you enjoy paranormal stuff I have many posts about places over here linked to paranormal.

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    2. Glad you enjoyed it, Elizabeth:)

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  2. Sounds like a good book and a great lady. Hugs, Valerie

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    1. If you enjoy a bit of mystery, a bit of romance and a bit of paranormal you'll like Till Life Do Us Part.
      Thank you for leaving a comment, Valerie! And for following my blog! I'd like to honor you too but can't find a link.

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    2. Yes to both:) Thanks, Val. Hugs

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  3. This was so interesting to read, I once did charity work for The Romainian Challenge Appeal. most rewarding.
    I think you captured a good book and author here.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne!
      Yes, after '1989 many people from all over the world came here with all kind of help. we are the only East Europe country where the system change was done with human victims. and if you happen to follow the news will see things are bad again.
      I fear books will become an escape again.

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  4. It sounds good Sandra, and I love the ‘wink and a nod’ picture this week.

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    1. A murder mystery, a love story spanning centuries and a child who remembers her former life may be an incentive for readers who enjoy paranormal stories. Thank you, Barbara for reading my post!

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  5. Forgive me, what I intended to say is I love the ‘wink and a nod’ picture. I don’t know how ‘this week’ got into my previous comment. :-)

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    1. I knew what you meant and never gave it a thought:)

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    1. Please, do. On my blog you will find things linked to paranormal, reviews and for the moment only the book spotlighted above. Unfortunately my other publisher closed its doors and the book will be republished by Solstice this year. paranormal is what I like to read/write. Mostly ghosts, past lives. Less vampires, though I come from Dracula's country.

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  7. I've been looking for my next paranormal! Will definitely get it.

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    1. Thank you, Colette!
      I am sure you won't be disappointed by Barbara's story.

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    2. Excellent, Colette.
      I know Carmen appreciates it.

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  8. Thanks for the introduction to Carmen! I'm definitely a sucker for paranormal.

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    1. Thank you, Nick for the comment!

      Yes, this is what you'll find in my book - part murder mystery, part romance, and part supernatural journey.
      And thank you for joining my followers!If I find a link I will follow back.

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    2. My pleasure, Nick.
      She writes fascinating posts...and stories:)

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  9. Paranormal is sure a win. Never met any blogger from Dracula's home town haha

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    1. Me either. Ha.
      I love hearing about what goes on in Carmen's country, because I just don't know that much about it.

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    2. Thank you, Pat, for reading my spotlight!
      I am from Dracula's country only. His birth town is some five hundred kilometers away from where I live. I visited it once, years ago.

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  10. It is an interesting subject. Many years ago, at graduate school, my husband's colleagues hooked at philodendron up to some machine and killed goldfish. The plant reacted.

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    1. The response is fascinating. But I hate it when scientist kill frogs and goldfish in the name of science.

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    2. Writing Till Life Do Us Part I read a lot of studies on rebirth and testimonies of people- under regression - having memories of their past lives. Pretty interesting and enlightening.

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  11. That sounds like my kind of blog. I'm off to check it out now!

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    1. Oh, do come visiting, Stephanie!
      I'll keep the vampires away, so don't fear any bites!

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  12. Thank you, Sandra, for having me as guest with Till Life Do Us Part! I really appreciate it!
    I enjoyed my stay here and talk with your lovely followers!
    And the black coffee was delicious!

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    1. :)
      We loved having you, Carmen. You are welcome any time.

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  13. Your book sounds really good and I love the supernatural and am always intrigued about people who say they can talk to the dead. I know Dracul is from Romania but I also know that it is a beautiful place and would love to visit it some day..and will! Actually I thought of how much you and your family had to endure under Communist rule.You also had to live under Ceausecu's rule which was also quite scary. No one can understand what you dealt with unless they lived there. I admire that

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    1. Thank you greatly, Birgit, for your kind comment!
      It's so painstakingly true!
      I can really say I lived history. The big issue right now is that, I fear, those times may return. If you follow the news about the events here, right now, everything is extremely worrying. Even worse times may return. All our expectations and human sacrifices were for nothing.
      If you love supernatural stories you would love Till Life Do Us Part that has, in fact, 3 stories in it.

      And do come visit Romania. It's a country full of contrasts and wild landscapes. Hopefully things will settle until then.

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    2. Birgit,
      The book is really good.
      You have such a lovely heart.

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  14. Love the hook you gave us. I love the supernormal presented this way.

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    1. I am delighted to hear you loved it! I am sure you'd enjoy this take on reincarnation.

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    2. It's quite intriguing isn't it, Susan?

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  15. Oh, sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad to hear it, Cat lover!
      I love and have cats and a dog.

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  16. we started followin carmen just last week last !!! her loves cats...tho dont let.. on her haza dawg two !! waves two ewe carmen frum de land oh trout ☺☺☺♥♥♥

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    1. Paws waving to ye! and thanks for the follow and comment!
      Sorry, I must work on my "pussycat"-language some more.

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  17. N we dunno why de dot in vazionz wear it iz...

    tho dont let... on

    shuld bee

    tho dont let on...

    bass terd key bored !!!! ☺☺☺

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  18. Sounds like an interesting book! Great cover! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thank you, Jess! Yes, I liked the cover, too, when the publisher showed it to me.
      and readers say thew story behind it is captivating.

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  19. Thanks for introducing us to Carmen! This book sounds wonderful!!

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