Like most people I don't enjoy talking about myself. In fact, although I received an 'A' in my public speaking course in college, I'm convinced my professor took pity on me. So to keep myself out of the public eye, and my mouth firmly closed as it should be, I stay behind my computer and live in my imaginary world filled with imaginary people who all think I'm cool. It gives me an ego boost for when my son tells me I'm so not.
I thought about writing a "serious, gown-up" bio, but I'm not really a serious grown-up. So here are some of the more normal things about me:
I can't write without a hoodie. Yeah, I live it Texas. I didn't say I'd make sense.
I do all my writing in men's pajama pants. I even wear them to the corner store if I need milk or whatever. This totally embarrasses my kids and makes me incredibly happy. I strive to embarrass my kids at least once a day. It's my God given right after going through labor.
I'm a horrible speller. Spell check and I are good buddies.
I majored in accounting in college. I was required to declare a major, but I had no clue what I wanted to do, so I picked accounting because it was the first thing listed in the booklet the counselor gave me. I did carry a 4.0 GPA, though. Go figure.
Forget coffee. Hand over the Red Bull or Monster Khaos and no one gets hurt. Seriously, just set it down and step away. I will morph into a normal human after I guzzle my can of caffeine.
I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows on television.
I paint my nails weird colors just to see my husband roll his eyes and make my 9 year-old twin girls giggle, and, of course, mortify my 13 year-old son. This fits in the embarrassing them at least once a day category, too.
I'm a hopeful romantic and love swoon-worthy endings that keep the butterflies going for days, but I don't believe a HEA always ends with the boy getting the girl. Sometimes a HEA is an ending we don't see coming, but is still best for the characters.
I write across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups while eating way too many peanut butter M&Ms (but we'll keep that second part just between us).
I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now live in a suburb of Houston, TX with my very supportive family, a 125lb rescue "puppy" and a 12lb attack cat, also a rescued pet.
And last, but never least, I'd love to hear from you. So drop me an email! Let's chat. You tell me what you like in books, what you'd like to see happen in the writing community, what type of books you'd like to see more of... less of... I want to hear it all.
So tell me. Because the one thing I wish I could put on my list, but I still haven't figured it out yet, is mind reading. But don't tell my kids. I still have them fooled.
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Elen Tabita Bertoldi
on Nov. 26, 2015 :
I love a good read about angels or half angels and of course this one attracted me right away.
Not only the covers are beautiful but the synopsis brings my curiosity. And it sure didn't disappoint me.
The story doesn't fall right into the whole demi-angel right away, so we know what Milayna is before she discover it herself. I guess if the synopsis didn't give it away it may have made even more interesting because we would wonder along with Milayna why she had these strange feelings and visions. But it was still nice see Milayna trying to deal with all the new things happening to her and all the discoveries about her own family. But this doesn't happen in one single chapter which for me was great because she needed time to process everything and if Milayna just accept it and became this all might leader they expected her to, this book would be like many others where the main character is just too great without any effort.
I like that Milayna may be more powerful than others demi angels but she still needs others to help her. It's a team work and that makes this book more real to me. I like when a book offers us a lot of likeble and some dislikeble characters. I like to have a story where everyone is important in their own way and I see that in Milayna's team of demi angels.
Also, just being angels doesn't mean they can't be corrupted so this book made me wonder if anyone could be friend of foe at some point. Anything could change from one moment to another. And of course Pickett had to put a countdown on Milayna's birthday to make us more anxious to Azazel's attempts to turn or kill her before she reaches her transformation.
Another thing I loved was the romance, it wasn't the center of the story but it was greatly done. No insta-love, I loved how Milayna's love life developed so well despite the whole "demons coming for you" thing. And it was so sweet, sweet and cute enough to break some tension of situations in the book.
And of course the end makes you think what comes next.
(review of free book)