Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Interview, Tour, Giveaway: Between Land and Sea by Joanne Guidoccio

Joanne will be awarding a $75 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn host.

Title: Between Land and Sea by Joanne Guidoccio
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Published September 17th 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing
Length: 226 pages

After giving up her tail for an international banker, Isabella of the Mediterranean kingdom is aged beyond recognition. The horrified banker abandons her on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England, leaving her to face a difficult human journey as a plain and practically destitute fifty-three-year-old woman.

With the help of a magic tablet and online mermaid support, Isabella evolves into the persona of Barbara Davies. Along the way, she encounters a cast of unforgettable characters, among them former mermaids, supportive and not-so-supportive women, deserving and undeserving men, and several New Agers.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com
Excerpt 1: 

Isabella stumbled as she got out of bed and tried to balance herself on the stumps that now served as permanent legs. She willed herself not to cry as she recalled the magnificent tail that had been the envy of the Mediterranean kingdom. Her mother and grandmother had also been blessed with the same tail. Now only Annabella held this birthright.

She heard her stomach growl and thought longingly of her favorite kelp dish. She closed her eyes and visualized the steaming goodness that would satisfy her hunger. And then she remembered that she could no longer manifest her desires.

No more powers. No more comfort and ease.

Her lips trembled as she looked about the small, neat room filled with large wooden pieces and smaller metallic ones. She tried to move one of the larger pieces and then gave up in frustration. Andrew had promised her a beautiful home with servants, and now she must live this life of ordinary humans.

The flickering of a green light caught her attention. She approached and noticed the tablet lying on one of the wooden surfaces. It was blinking at her. Tentatively, she touched the green light.The blinking stopped and a smiling face materialized.

“Greetings, Isabella. I am Lisa738. Annabella has asked me to guide you through yourorientation.”

Isabella frowned and tried to recall her connection to this lowly mermaid from the Numbers class.
Author Interview: 

Where do you get your inspirations?

When I first started writing, I assumed that inspiration would not be a problem. While I didn’t expect a daily visit from one of the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, I was certain the words would flow beautifully once I had large unstructured blocks of time.

That was the retirement fantasy.

The reality was very different.

For an entire month, I faced the tyranny of the blank page.

Thankfully, inspiration came when I started attending workshops and taking online writing courses. Grateful for the structure, I eagerly responded to the daily prompts and completed all assignments. Slowly, a writing practice emerged and I built up a substantial portfolio of articles and book reviews.

For three years, I continued with my daily writing and also managed to write a cozy mystery, A Season for Killing Blondes. Unfortunately, the novel failed to launch and I faced another dry period.

 On a whim, I took a series of workshops offered by dark fantasy and horror writer Sarah Totton. At first, I focused only on the writing advice, but later toyed with the idea of writing fantasy for boomer women. The resulting novel, Between Land and Sea, was released by Soul Mate Publishing in September 2013.

 Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?

 Ideas are percolating for the second and third books in the Mediterranean trilogy. I am presently working on The Coming of Arabella and intend to make this book my winter project. Two books are sitting on the back burner: A Season for Killing Blondes and a memoir of my cancer experience, When It Comes Out of Nowhere.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

Be open and flexible. Release any expectations you may have about writing the great Canadian (American) novel and watching it achieve best­seller status. That’s not to say it won’t happen, but you will put enormous pressure upon yourself if that is your primary goal. As a neophyte writer, be willing to experiment with different genres and stretch yourself whenever possible. You are embarking on a journey with no set signposts and many interesting detours.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?

Having living inland all my life, I would love to spend six months by the ocean. An oceanfront condo in Hawaii or the Pacific Northwest would be ideal.

What is the perfect writing atmosphere for you?

I cannot write amid clutter, chaos and confusion. My work area must be clear and a rough synopsis at my side as I write. Definitely a plotter, with minimal pantser tendencies.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?

Once I got into the habit of writing each day, I set a goal of 1000 words a day. At first, I used the oven timer to keep me on task, but that annoying sound reminded me of incessant school bells, so I invested in a bird clock. Each hour, one of my feathered friends, among them the Downy Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher, and Great Horned Owl, chirp and remind me to pace myself.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

In high school, I dabbled in poetry, but decided to wait until I had more life experiences before writing a novel. The original plan was to get a general arts degree and take a few years off to travel and write. Instead, I gave in to my practical Italian side and obtained degrees in mathematics and education.

While I experienced many satisfying moments during my teaching career, I never found the time and energy to write. In 2008, I took advantage of early retirement. Slowly, a writing practice emerged and my articles and book reviews started appearing in newspapers, magazines and online.

My debut novel, Between Land and Sea, a paranormal romance about a middle-aged mermaid, was released by Soul Mate Publishing on September 18, 2013.

I live and write in Guelph, Ontario.

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Joanne will be awarding a $75 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn host.

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  1. Wow! That's awesome that you have a set goal of 1000 words a day...it all adds up and you keep chugging away like that I'm sure you get a book in no time!!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. I try to meet that goal, but sometimes life gets in the way. Thanks for dropping by, Andra :)

  2. I am so looking forward to reading this book Joanne! Loved the excerpt and the interview... and especially this line:

    I faced the tyranny of the blank page.

    The horror of the blank page.

    Big love!

    1. Tyranny...horror...so many negative words attached to that blank page. Something only writers can understand. Good to see you here, Jo :)

  3. What a great interview Joanne! I loved getting to know more about you. Good luck on the tour. I tweeted for you.

  4. Great excerpt and interview, I enjoyed both. Sounds like a good book.


    1. Thanks for dropping by, Rita. Good luck with the giveaway!

  5. Linda Bennett PennellNovember 27, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Beachfront condo in paradise - sounds ideal!! Hoping your sales help you make that dream come true!!

  6. Sounds like a great read Joanne, its on my TBR list.

    Violetta Rand

  7. I really enjoyed the interview! :-)


    1. Thanks Chelsea. Good luck with the giveaway :)

  8. Great interview!
    Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Thanksgiving!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    1. You're very welcome, Natasha. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  9. Sound s like a great concept.Love to read this one.

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Maggie. Happy Reading!

  10. Sounds great I love the idea that the heroine is older much as I love romance most is younger women and I have to admit I don't fit in that category any more. So can't wait to read this book.

    1. I enjoy reading books with older protagonists, so it made sense to write boomer lit. Thanks for dropping by :)

  11. That's a big goal

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com