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Book Review: Dracula’s Mistress

 5 STARS FOR 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! 

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Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Author on Board: Carmen Stefanescu – Dracula’s Mistress

Please welcome Romanian author and friend, Carmen Stefanescu, with her brand new book release, Dracula’s Mistress. This is the story the author was born to write. Richly drawn, it perfectly blends history, horror, and romance into a compelling novel that will keep you turning the pages. I loved every minute of it.

It is available now for only .99 !

Blurb: 

From the day that the powerful, brave and merciless Vlad III Basarab, a descendant of the Draculesti family—better known to most people as the infamous vampire Dracula—ascends the throne, he knows only battles, betrayal and intrigue.

Evil grips the town of Targoviste, capital residence of Walachia. The secrets behind the stone walls of the palace are as dark and violent as a winter’s night, as terrifying as the prince’s deeds. Dead bodies, drained of blood and missing their little finger keep appearing in the streets at night.

Lovely, smart, determined, Angela Oltenescu ignores all the aggressive rumors and her mother’s warning regarding Vlad. Will she suffer the consequences of falling in love with a man nicknamed Dracula by his enemies—an infamous creature of the night?

Rich, sly, treacherous,  Marin Craioveanu, a powerful landlord, craves the same woman loved by Vlad. Marin’s hatred toward the prince will make him an ally to Handsome Radu, Vlad’s brother and Sultan’s friend, ready to sell the country to the Ottomans to get rid of his rival.

Dracula’s Mistress will awe legions of fans of Gothic literature, paranormal and historical fiction.

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Excerpt:

Angela smiled with fond indulgence and looked at her father. “Prepare for mother’s. . .” She stopped as the words passed her lips, looked over her father’s shoulder, and started violently. The image behind her father made her words freeze on her lips. A sickening sense of dread overpowered her.

The pale light of the moon fell on a man’s face. A man dressed in torn clothes. Some ragged ends of silken thread were still attached to his arms, stretched towards them in begging.

His face, all covered in blood. His eyes were closed. His bluish lips mumbled something Angela couldn’t clearly understand. Slurred words reached her. She thought she heard, “Candle. . . candle. . . pleaaaase. . .” A sickening odor reached Angela’s nostrils. Slowly, the closed eyelids opened revealing two empty sockets instead of eyes.

A low moan of horror escaped her.

“What? What’s wrong?” Grigore asked.

But before he turned his head to see what triggered Angela’s reaction the apparition melted into the darkness.

Angela staggered a little, and then found her balance.

“Nothing,” she answered in a shaken voice. “I thought . . . Nothing, Father.” She pushed the horrible apparition from her mind. Perhaps all the stories about the souls of the young noblemen killed so cruelly here were not just stories.

Grigore shook his head and shrugged. Then reaching out his hand, he helped her climb into the carriage. She was barely able to move as she trembled from head to foot. She shrank back on the bear skin spread inside.

Grigore sat facing her, but looked absorbed by the things that had happened that night.

The neighing of the horses sounded strange to her ears. The sound of a tree branch scraping the roof of the carriage sent Angela’s heart into her mouth.

She leaned forward until her nose was touching the glass of the carriage window. Outside, on the side of the road, she glimpsed again the silhouette of the horrible man, dressed in tattered clothes. She peered into the darkness to see better. There was no doubt. The same specter. With begging hands stretched towards her. She covered her mouth with her hand to suppress a cry. And then she shook her head and passed a hand over her eyes and dared to look out again.

There was nobody in sight. A dark cloud had settled over the moon. All that met her eyes was the deep darkness. Her heart hammered as she gripped her fan harder, almost crushing the fragile spikes. Sweat collected at the base of her neck despite the cool evening. With a trembling hand, she covered the window of the carriage with the small curtain and leaned back on the carriage pillow. To fight the panic yammering in her head, Angela forced Vlad’s face back into her mind.

All through the rest of the journey home, the thought of Vlad’s enthralling smile and dark, intent eyes never left her.

Author Bio:

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.

She has dreamed since childhood to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote remained just drawer projects. 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.

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.

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.

Her first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA, folowed by Till Life Do Us Part released by Solstice Publishing, USA.

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

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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

Author on Board: Carmen Stefanescu Book Release

Please welcome my special guest Carmen Stefanescu of Romania. Carmen has an exciting new book release. Love her stunning cover! I have already pre-ordered my copy, as I don’t want to miss out on being one of the first readers. Carmen asks a question a few paragraphs down, and my mysterious, short and sweet answer is, “Yes, I have.” Take it away, Carmen!

Thank you, Flossie, for inviting me to celebrate my latest release on your blog!

As a part of Till Life do Us Part deals with past life regression, I want to share with your  followers several interesting things I found while doing a thorough research for my story on this topic.

Past Life Regression Therapy is considered one of the fastest and most effective ways to help you transform your life experience. It is a pretty simple process : you are suggested to travel back through the years to recall specific memories. Conflicts from the past and the patterns resulting from traumatic experiences can distort our physical, emotional and mental well being. Some indications of unresolved past experiences: Irrational fears, unexplained and recurring physical pains or sensations, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, persistent feelings of panic, anger, guilt, depression, disturbing thoughts, feeling blocked, emotional outbursts, blocked feelings, low self-esteem, self-harm, numbness, repeating relationship problems with family, work or social contacts, repeating patterns of self sabotage, limiting habits.

Past Life Regression Therapy works just the same for anyone, whether they believe in reincarnation or not. It can help to:

– uncover and address the root cause of current issues,
– understand and resolve old karmic patterns,
– heal the pain from past trauma,
– overcome fears and obstacles,
– clear blocks to healing and progress
-rediscover talents and abilities,
– recognize old friends and soul mates,
– diminish the fear of death

Isn’t it awesome? Have you ever tried it? I haven’t but I’d have  liked to give it a try if I’d had this opportunity around here. I hope that reading my novel will offer you an insight into this controversial topic – past life regression.

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Till Life Do Us Part

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.

Check out the book video!

Buy Links:      Solstice Publishing          Amazon

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, 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.

CArmen1Author 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.
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.

You can stalk the author here:
Website 
Twitter  
Pinterest  
Facebook 
Goodreads
Google+ 
Amazon

Enjoy Carmen Stefanescu’s newest book Till Life Do Us Part. Cheers & Happy Reading! Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Romance

 

 

 

Author on Board: Carmen Stefanescu

Carmen Till Life Do us part-001WELCOME, CARMEN STEFANESCU

I’m excited to welcome my talented, generous friend Carmen Stefanescu to fill us in on her latest release that will be coming out in June. Carmen is an amazing writer and wonderful person. Her new book cover is stunning. Also, check out her links below. Carmen’s website is a treasure for authors and her Pinterest a visual delight.

Flossie, thank you so much for having me as your guest today.  You know my interest in anything odd –  paranormal, myths,  legends  – all that is out of the normal boundaries.  Reincarnation and chat with ghosts can be included, too.

I’m thrilled to be here, and excited to share the cover for my incoming release

                            Till Life Do Us Part

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Magic, Reincarnation, Mystery, Suspense

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.

Author Bio:

carmenCarmen 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.

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.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. 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. 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.

You can stalk the author here:

Website

Twitter

Pinterest

Facebook

Goodreads

Google+

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paranormal Romance Thursday Tour

  Paranormal Romance Tour 7 (1)

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Shadows of the Past  by Carmen Stefanescu

Publisher: Wild Child Publishing

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

Blurb:

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 Links: Wild Child Publishing
Amazon     All Romance     Barnes & Noble

Excerpt:

The peal of the church bells from the abbey tower startled Genevieve. The sound added to her mounting anxiety.

The massive abbey loomed over the stone paved path.  All the nuns were at evening mass.  With a bit of luck her disappearance would go unnoticed for a few more hours. The Abbess would assume she was cleaning the toilets as ordered.

Fear skittered through Genevieve when she turned away from the abbey towards the path leading to town. Nothing stirred.  She hesitated.  Evil emanated from the forest surrounding the abbey. With a shiver, she leaned against the solid oak gates that flanked the abbey’s main path. They had hidden her from detection for the past couple of hours, but how much longer would she be safe?

The mountain shadows grew thicker and closer.

She moved her weight from one leg to the other. They ached from so much standing, but she lacked the strength to return to the gardener’s cottage and wait for Andrew’s arrival as planned. Genevieve closed her tired eyes. The image of old Ryan, slumped dead in his chair in his cubicle, caught life in her mind and made her whole body ripple with fear.

She’d rather wait for Andrew here, outside.

Had he forgotten his promise? What if something terrible befell him during the last three days, or he had changed his mind? Why should he risk all for an ordinary nun?

Had his folks talked him into giving her up, made him see reason? Helping her out of her predicament meant a huge risk for him — losing his family, his friends and his position among his peers. His words echoed in her mind. “I will risk everything for you, even life, if necessary.”

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“Anne, Anne, wake up. Wake up, please,” the insistent voice whispered next to her ear.  The touch of a hand, on her shoulder, startled Anne.

She opened her eyes, still half between sleep and reality. Her gaze stopped on a stranger, a woman, by her side.

The moon’s pale face, the only light, filtered through a small gap in the tent’s entrance; yet the stranger’s whole body emanated a kind of soft ray, a yellowish halo making her figure and face easy to discern.

A long, dark robe, similar to those worn by nuns in monasteries centuries ago, covered her body. No traditional headdress covered the woman’s red hair, which fell loosely over her shoulders in long, heavy tendrils and continued down her chest and back.

Anne stood up and studied the intruder with open curiosity. The stranger’s wax pale face looked corpse like. Anne opened her mouth to ask her who she was. She looked Anne straight in the eyes, placed her forefinger on her lips and whispered, “Hush, come. Follow me.”

Anne’s eyes widened.

The woman, moving away from the sleeping bag, appeared to glide above the ground. Her bare feet didn’t make a sound.

As if hypnotized, Anne followed the illuminated silhouette heading into the forest, without questioning her own actions.

An onrush of sensations unfamiliar to her followed. Dizziness and a malevolent feeling of unreality suffocated her. The presence of evil, creeping up and enveloping her, became almost palpable. Her throat turned dry, and she gasped for air.

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You can find more about the author Carmen Stefanescu and her works on her Website.  

Join me right here a week from today for the next segment of the Paranormal Romance Thursday- Tour, featuring author M.S. Kaye.

Authors in the tour are:

Cassandra Ulrich – http://cassandraulrich.blogspot.com/ 

Kimbra Kasch – http://www.kimbrakasch.com

 Lyndi Lamont http://lindalyndi.com/reading-room-blog

Carmen Stefanescu – http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/

M S Kaye – http://booksbymsk.com/

Penny Estelle – www.pennyestelle.blogspot.com

Margo Bond Collins – http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

Daisy Banks – https://daisybanks.wordpress.com/

Adrienne Woods – https://woodsadrienne.wordpress.com/

Julie A. D’Arcy http://juliedarcystoryweaver.blogspot.com.au/

N. N. Light http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

And me – Flossie Benton Rogers – http://flossiebentonrogers.com/blog

Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Vintage Friday: Romania 1963

I am excited and honored to present a special Vintage Friday for you written by friend and fellow author Carmen Stefanescu. Carmen lives in Dracula’s Country of Romania and is wonderfully informative on many topics, including literature, music, hidden mysteries, and mythology. She is sharing insights about her home country as it was in 1963 and a delicious vintage recipe that will leave your mouth watering all day. Carmen is the author of a remarkable novel, Shadows of the Past.  I enjoyed it immensely and if you haven’t read it yet, you are missing out on a moving experience. She is full of ideas and constantly writing to get more stories out for readers. Her website is a fountain of writing information, as is her Pinterest site, and her blog posts, including reviews, always leave me inspired. Please read on down to find out more about Shadows of the Past. Take it away, Carmen Stefanescu!

Romania 1963 by Carmen Stefanescu

Communist Romania,   including the 1963 year, was a long list of  “You aren’t allowed this!”

Meaning – we couldn’t  listen to American/British music and watch their films, speak about God, travel abroad, celebrate Christmas or Easter. It wasn’t allowed having your own business, owning foreign currency, listening to Radio Free Europe, speaking about Romanian monarchy, wearing jewelry and make up in high school. As I was a pupil at that time, I wasn’t aware of many things and interdictions. That  life was for me “normal”. I took things as granted.

In music it was the time of a famous Peruvian singer Ima Sumah  

Claudio Villa with his hit Un Tango Italiano 

or Adamo with “Tombe la neige/Tu ne viendras pas ce soir 

Except Romanian songs,  all people could listen on the radio was Italian music mostly. That year Romanian Television started broadcasting The San Remo music festival.

The apparent thawing of the  political and social conditions brought the Latin American music, too, –  Trio Los Paraguayos with their beautiful Malaguenia    or   Besame mucho  

and the Cubanese bonbons shaped as little hearts and made of  sugarcane. And the twist. And a film artist that became favorite among Romanian people Sara Montiel   

 Carmen de la Ronda a great  movie hit of hers among Romanians. I especially enjoyed it, you can imagine, as the movie had my name.

My grandmother and mother took care that I wouldn’t miss anything and they rewarded my good marks in school with treats. One of them is, up to this day, a favorite – CarmenCheese pie8-28-2015

Cheese Pies

Here is the recipe. I will give you a pretty easy one. With ready made pastry – Phyllo (Filo)

Phyllo is a paper-thin pastry dough that is used in many layers. The phyllo is generally wrapped around a filling and brushed with butter before baking. These pastries are very delicate and flaky.

Filling:

Carmenpies8-28-2015Soft fresh cheese, half a kilogram or if you like it thicker you can add more cheese.

 4 spoons of sugar,

2 eggs,

Vanilla essence.

If you, like me, enjoy your pie a bit salty, you can grate a bit of sheep salted cheese and add it to the filling. All the above are mixed. (You can add some raisins too, but you have to keep them for 15 minutes in milk to get them soften.)

How you do it:

You grease a tin and place a first layer of pastry that is also brushed with oil. You divide the filling in two parts. Add a part of the filling  over the pastry and press softly with the spoon all over the surface. Then you add above 3 or 4 more layers of pastry. Each sheet must be brushed with oil. Add the rest of the filling and finish with the last sheets of pastry that you mustn’t forget to brush with oil.

Before introducing the tin in the preheat oven ( 30 minutes), rung gently a sharpened knife over the top to  form rows in the pie. So you can cut it easier into pieces after it’s ready.

Cook for about 20-30 minutes, until the first crust gets a yellowish color. Take the tin out using a pair of kitchen gloves and sprinkle the pie with a spoon or two of cold milk; then keep it covered for 15 minutes with a clean, wet towel. Then cut into portions  using the lines you cut earlier.  Before serving,  sprinkle the pieces of pie with powder sugar.

Enjoy!

Shadows of the Past by Carmen Stefanescu

Carmenshadowsofthepastbk (2)Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: paranormal/light romance/light historical/light horror.
Blurb:
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 Link

Bio:

Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the carmeninfamous 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.
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.
She has dreamt all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. 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.
She has joined the volunteer staff at MFRW blog.

I know you have enjoyed having Carmen Stefanescu here as much as I did. Romania was restrictive in 1963, but Carmen shared some glorious musical tidbits with us, as well as the delicious vintage cheese pie recipe.  Thank you, Carmen! Don’t forget to visit her website and give consideration to her wonderful novel, Shadows of the Past.