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Message to readers:
Most of my novels are centered around beautiful rural settings and feature everyday people like myself and my family. We’re a hard-working, fun-loving bunch and we feel right at home among big trees or out on the water, catching dinner. We travel, BBQ, respect the land, enjoy the city, learn new things, have a kind word for others, and try to do the right thing.
Like my family, my fictional characters have All-American values and dreams. They try to find love, right the wrongs of the world, do well, and find moments of peace and happiness. They are loyal and passionate. Their flaws complicate things, but they are made of tough stuff and they don’t give up. Whether it’s Michael Stone trying to rebuild his shattered law-enforcement career in Emerald Fortune (falling for businesswoman Laura Marley is an unwelcome complication); or Sue Ann Blackburn seeking happiness and a mate against the advice of her staunchest friend, her brother, in Mail-Order Mate; or Sleet Freeman and Jessica Latham vying for the world cutting horse championship as competitors who are falling in love—each story sweeps the reader into a special world where the characters fight to win.
Mentoring writers as a profession and avocation has been the most fulfilling of my careers, not least of which was and is writing fiction. The strivings and successes of the writers I mentor—the sparkle that overcomes them when they win an award or get an agent or see sales mount up in their Amazon account—these are priceless gifts that complete my life. Many of my students are agented and/or published.
I teach composition at a local college as well, and my best advice to my students is to "do the work you love." Doing a job or career you hate will make you miserable and probably kill you young.
Self-publishing and using social media effectively, as an author and writing teacher, are art forms, and many writers are guiding me in this new area, including Debra Holland, Laura Drake, Jenny Hansen, Jacqueline Diamond, Delle Jacobs, and others to whom I owe many thanks.
To find out about my writing classes and the writing advice, recipes, events, publishing news, and other topics that float in and out of my life, read my blogs at http://LouellaNelson.com. My Facebook author page is Louella Nelson, and you can follow me on Twitter @LouellaNelson.
Best-selling author Louella Nelson, M.A., is a professional writer’s editor and mentor, an award-winning university writing instructor, and is multi-published in fiction and honored non-fiction. She has been president of the Orange County chapter of the Romance Writers of America and a coordinator of the national RWA conference. Many of Lou’s students are agented, published, and award-winners. She is at work on The Great Writing Series for writers and is re-issuing her novels (Mail-Order Mate, Emerald Fortune, Days of Fire, and others). She is also writing short stories. Lou’s latest short fiction, "The Prosecutor," appears in the OCC/RWA anthology Romancing the Pages. "Atlas Shrugged Again" is also available.
on Sep. 20, 2012 :
EMERALD FORTUNE is a romantic suspense story that’s a highly charged, highly emotional venture into the recent past. The romance is heightened by danger as a still sorrowing widow and an angry ex-fed must join forces to find a stolen emerald. He’s a disgraced agent of the National Security Institute. She’s a businesswoman trying to save her company after a client was cheated by the emerald’s theft. Their attraction blazes, yet neither can afford to get too emotionally involved as they seek the emerald and those who stole it.
EMERALD FORTUNE-- definitely worth reading!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2012 :
What a ride! EMERALD FORTUNE pulls readers into a race against the clock as cynical and disgraced ex-agent Mickey Stone joins forces with the stunning Laura Marley to navigate the gem trade’s dangerous black market in a quest to recover a stolen emerald that led to her husband’s death, and cost Stone his career. The chase takes the unlikely pair from London’s posh neighborhoods to Southern California’s sun-soaked coast, and along the way they are forced to face their personal demons. By the time they unlock the secrets of the theft, though, it isn’t just the emerald at stake – it’s their own hearts. Louella Nelson’s novel is an intriguing story of desperation and revenge, and ultimately the redemptive power of love.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)