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New Release: Shadows of the Past #paranormal #historical

                     Shadows of the Past

               by Carmen Stefanescu

This is a re-release by the marvelous author, Carmen Stefanescu. Now with a new publisher, the book has a fabulous new cover as well. I enjoyed this story tremendously, and I know you will, too.

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Genre: paranormal/light romance/light historical/light horror.


Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.

The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?

A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

Buy Shadows of the Past

About the Author: 

Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula 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. Reading was, is and will always be her greatest hobby.

The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989, and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

She likes to blend genres and thus she writes paranormal stories with a smidgen of mystery, history and romance. The reader will find suspense, dark themes, adventure, danger as well as sweet revenge. She calls her stories “gothic” romance. Her writing focuses on rebirth, past life regression, karmic retribution.

Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.

Connect with Carmen Stefanescu:

Blog | Simplesite | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Goodreads | Google+

Amazon Author Page | Cold Coffee Cafe

Other books by Carmen Stefanescu:

Till Life Do Us Part
Dracula’s Mistress
Dracula’s Prodigy

Book Review: Dracula’s Mistress



Author – Carmen Stefanescu

First Published – 2017

Genre – Historical fiction

SubGenre – Romantic elements, paranormal elements

Setting – 15th century Walachia (Romania) at the time of Vlad the Impaler

Heroine – Angela

Hero – Vlad the Impaler, ruler of Walachia

Major Theme – Love survives violence, intrigue, chaos, politics, and power struggles.

Descriptors – dark and suspenseful, brooding with betrayals and deep emotion, exquisitely textured historical tapestry

Memorable Supporting Character – Angela’s cold and calculating mother gives the reader chills.

Fun Tidbit – The lead male character is Vlad the Impaler, the historical basis of the Dracula legend.

Memorable Line – All present bowed deeply as if felled by the harvester’s scythe.

Memorable Line – Darkness settled its heavy wings over the castle.

Chosen Book of the week on Goodreads MFRW! This books is a must read! 

Buy Dracula’s Mistress

Buy Dracula’s Prodigy


Author Website


Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Cover Reveal: Carmen Stefanescu’s Dracula’s Mistress

My online friend from Romania, Carmen Stefanescu, is unveiling a new book cover. Just looking at this splendid  cover and title, I am beside myself with anticipation to read the book! It is a “paranormal historical with a smidgen of romance.” Available at Amazon.

Congratulations to Carmen, and to my readers, cheers & happy reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Vintage Friday: Tea and Cupcakes

TeaToddy1Happy Friday, everyone! Today I am visiting with my friend Dylan Newton on  her blog. It’s giveaway time too! For a chance to win a free copy of my paranormal romance Mind  Your Goddess, click on the following link, go to Dylan’s blog, and leave a comment. If you already own the book, you can still win it for a friend. http://www.dylannewtonwrites.blogspot.com/2014/03/interview-with-flossie-benton-rogers.html

Dylan is the author of several paranormal romance books, including Any Witch Way and Despite the Ghosts. Because I know she likes cupcakes, please enjoy this vintage cupcake recipe.


Ingredients: 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 cup water, 3/4 cup shortening, 2 1/2 cup sifted flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Directions: In a saucepan mix cocoa and water. Add shortening, bring to a boil, and cool slightly. In a bowl sift together remaining dry ingredients. In another bowl blend together sugar and eggs, but do not beat, and then blend in the cocoa mixture. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk, stirring after each addition until well blended, and then stir in vanilla. Pour into greased cupcake tins lined with paper holders. Bake in hot oven for 20 minutes. Cool and frost with chocolate icing. Makes about 24 cupcakes.

Chocolate Icing: Melt 1/2 cup butter in 1/4 cup milk in small saucepan. Mix 1/4 cup cocoa with 3 cups sifted confectioners sugar, stir into milk mixture, and add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread on cupcakes. Optional: Top with sprinkles or 1/2 cup chopped nuts.

Pour the tea, lift your pinky finger, bite into a cupcake, and enjoy!

Torchy Tuesday: Vikings and Dark Guardians

HummingbirdDonna Wright of The Hummingbird Place internet radio show interviews me. Come over and see what I reveal about the Wytchfae heroes. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hummingbirdplace/2014/02/04/paranormal-romances



    Hump Day Hook

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    “Fire to thaw that ruddy snow, to break enchanted ice.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

    This snippet is from a paranormal fantasy WIP:

    Holding her breath, Marceline pressed her thumb against the inner recesses of the cedar box. There was still a chance. She glanced down at her sister, whose eyes brightened despite the shadows beneath. Meggie hadn’t given up, and neither would she. After all, Seth had been nothing if not clever. It had to be here. It just had to. She couldn’t stand another fruitless night. Yet nothing seemed unusual about the box other than its unique curved design. Just when she had the impulse to fling it across the room, the wood shifted, and a drawer snapped open, revealing a tiny cubbyhole hidden by red velvet. Her hand shaking, Marceline brushed aside the fabric and removed a kidney-shaped slat to peer inside. Swallowing hard, she turned to Meggie. “You were right. It’s been here all the time.” A broad smile stretched her lips. “We can pay the time singer now.”

    Welcome to the 18th Hump Day Hook of 2013. In this blog hop, each author posts HumpDayHooklogo one paragraph from a book or WIP. Find a list of HDH authors here. Everyone would appreciate a comment and for their post to be liked and tweeted, using the hashtag #HDH. Join the FB page  here.

    Hump Day Hook

    HumpDayHooklogoWelcome to the 15th Hump Day Hook of 2013. In this blog hop, each author posts one paragraph from a book or WIP. Find a list of HDH authors here. Everyone would appreciate a comment and for their post to be liked and tweeted, using the hashtag #HDH. Join the FB page  here.

    Since I am busy on edits for Wytchfae 2 – Guardian of the Deep, I wanted to stay in that world and decided to share a snippet from Wytchfae – Runes:

    Whoosing from above, eerie creatures raced toward them. Rail thin and emaciated, their skin and bones appearance reminded Kelly of starved sewer rats. She gagged at their smell, even worse than the dank odor of the Grims. Their long curved teeth poked menacingly from sunken lips. The holes where their eyes should be were a dull black. They seemed a little like Grims, only creepier.

    “What the hell are these things?”


    Irish Kisses Giveaway & Guest Appearance

    In honor of friends who visited Ireland and blew Yeats a kiss from me, visit the Redefining Perfect Blog??????????????????????????????? and share your favorite Irish things for a chance to win a free eBook copy of Wytchfae – Runes.