Maria Romana

Biography

Maria Elizabeth Romana has 20+ years experience in medical and social research, working at large universities, pharmaceutical corps, and other NC institutions. She has published numerous articles, a food counts guide, a romantic suspense series, and is working on more. Her educational background includes bachelor's and master's degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and The College of William & Mary. Maria currently resides in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina with her husband and two children. You can reach her at her website, MariaRomana.com

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Books

The Gifted Ones: A Reader
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,530. Language: American English. Published: July 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Elodie Eggleston thinks she's just like a lot of other teenage girls until a frightening encounter with the handsome new boy in town starts her on a path to uncovering her true identity and a certain genetic gift she never knew she had. At first, Ellie embraces this enchanting new life, but soon, she learns that “different” isn’t always better, and sometimes, it means running for your life.
Daddy's Little Girls, Book Three of the Unbreakable Series (Mystery, Romance, Suspense)
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Series: Unbreakable, Book Three. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,980. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
When a dedicated researcher learns a bit too much about her client's new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in this 3-book series of romance, mystery, and suspense.
Little Girl Lost, Book Two of The Unbreakable Series (Mystery Romance Suspense)
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Series: Unbreakable, Book Two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,610. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
When a dedicated researcher learns a bit too much about her client's new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in this 3-book series of romance, mystery, and suspense.
Little Miss Straight Lace, Book One of the Unbreakable Series (Free Romantic Suspense)
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Series: Unbreakable, Book One. Price: Free! Words: 67,670. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
(4.67 from 6 reviews)
When a dedicated researcher learns a bit too much about her client's new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in this 3-book series of romance, mystery, and suspense.

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  • Color Me Grey: Book One of the Alexis Stanton Chronicles on July 28, 2010

    J.C. Phelps’ "Color Me Grey" is the first of a three-book series about Alexis Stanton, a spoiled rich girl who decides to trade in her easy life as a data processor living off Mom & Dad for one of action and adventure, by embarking on a new career with a mysterious company where everyone is code-named a color–Mr. Black, Mr. White, Mr. Red. Alexis, code-named Ms. Grey, is the first woman to join this team of highly trained professionals and quickly shows up the men with her skill, daring, and never-quit attitude. Much of the book is devoted to the details of Alexis’ training as a fighter, scuba-diver, and survivalist, and only becomes a true action/adventure novel near the end when she joins the team on a rescue mission that hits close to home. The novel is strongly pro-female in that Alexis is continually shown as being at least as capable, if not more so, than her male colleagues, which for me, was a bit unbelievable. That a petite woman could take down a trained male opponent twice her size, while intoxicated no less, was one of several points I had to take on faith, but for younger female readers, Alexis will be inspirational. The book also includes hints of romance, but in this volume at least, nothing that comes to fruition. Color Me Grey is written in the first-person, past tense point-of-view, and at times, a bit stream of consciousness. I’ve said before I’m not a huge fan of first-person POV, but it does lend a youthful, up-to-the-minute air to this novel. The writing itself would benefit from some additional editing, as it suffers from occasional bouts of over-explaining, a few spelling errors, and some misused phrases. I would also prescribe a healthy dose of commas for the longer sentences. Editing issues aside, however, if one enjoys adventure novels where the focus is more on action and less on character and relationship development, Color Me Grey will be just what the doctor ordered.
  • The Kissing Room on Oct. 01, 2010

    "The Kissing Room" is not your typical cheery romance for a Sunday afternoon. Rather, it’s a dark, disturbing story that threatens to repel the reader with its brutal honesty, while simultaneously compelling him to read on, anxious for resolution. This fast-paced story is hardly a chronological one, beginning in the middle of the action, and then alternating between what happens next and what happened before. The story fluctuates between gentle, romantic, or bittersweet moments and truly ugly, stomach-churning scenes of violence and despair. Even the nastiest situations, however, are not described graphically or in lengthy detail, though neither are they for the faint of heart. "The Kissing Room" is told in the engaging, first person voice of Merle, a woman whose short life has already seen too much tragedy, making her wizened and weary beyond her years. While the reader may not agree with her choices or even understand her reasons for making them, it is impossible not to sympathize with this character and want to see her prevail. The character of Lain was less clear to me, and I wasn’t always sure I liked him, but that wasn't important; I was rooting for Merle, and if he made her happy, that was good enough for me. The Irish pub setting of the story is unique and authentic, with both the language and the details bringing it to life. I could always see and feel the story happening as though I was a participant, rather than some disconnected voyeur. The only time I felt thrown out of the story was when the point-of-view suddenly changed from Merle's to Lain's for a brief passage near the end. I understand why the author did this, but for me, it broke the spell. Fortunately, I was so caught up in wanting to know what would happen, I just ignored it and went on. Clearly, "The Kissing Room" is not what you'd call a “beach read” with its violence and macabre themes, but that doesn't mean you won't enjoy it. I read the book nearly straight through, and only stopped because of an unavoidable interruption. I was annoyed to have to pause the action going on in my head, and went back to it as soon as I could—I just _had_ to see how it would end. When it is all said and done, Cheryl Anne Gardner’s "The Kissing Room" is a deeply touching love story; you just won’t know it til it’s over.