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#Review of #Romance Novel Mending Heartstrings- The Title Says it All

8 Dec

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Review:

I think I said it best in a tweet I sent last week when I finished reading MENDING HEARTSTRINGS:

“A story I wanted to just keep going, with characters I’d like to see again!” @ariaglazki MENDING HEARTSTRINGS http://amzn.to/1FRt8vm”

I must admit at first it kind of felt like work, but the more I read the more the story settled into a real-life romance instead of the perfect HEA with ideal gorgeous women and knight-in-shining armor men. Things seemed like they’d be going great and then BAM, something out of left field would throw the couple off. Kane is fearful that someone wants to tie their horse to his country music star wagon. Sabella, or Bella as Kane calls her, or Sab as her best friend Gina calls her, is one beautiful but tough cookie wrapped in a short, average body. I like the idea that girls of all sizes can read this and dream that they can have their own romance story. With Sabella and Kane, fear kept creeping in where love was meant to take hold, and we’re taken on a ride to see that, as long as you stay in the game, love can always replace that fear. Add a handful of funny and interesting characters, such as Gina the ‘colorful’ bestie, or Bobby, the flirty colt in Kane’s band, and you’ve got a lot of lighthearted moments and a current ancillary story as well. Both Sabella and Kane were closed off…mainly for the same reason of being broken hearted. They were constantly finding ways to push each other away in their heads to finally come to the conclusion that perhaps it’s best to follow their hearts and “jump off the cliff together”. Guys don’t ride in on white stallions, but they really do, even though it only looks like a gourmet breakfast or replacing locks in a jiffy. Add a tiny crack in the brick wall of her pragmatism that affords a loving woman a reason to stay put and fight for a man that’s worth waiting for…well that’s Kane and Bella, and we get to tag along to witness them mending their heartstrings.

I loved it!

 

Author Information

Aria’s writing story started when her seventh-grade English teacher encouraged her to submit a class assignment for publication.  That piece was printed, and let’s just say, she was hooked!

Since then, Aria has run a literary magazine, earned her degree in Creative Writing (as well as in French and Russian literatures), and been published in a few collections.  Though her first kiss technically came from a bear cub, and no fairytale transformation followed, Aria still believes magic can happen when the right people come together – if they don’t get in their own way, that is.

Other than all things literary, Aria loves spending time with her family, including her two unbearably adorable nieces. She also dabbles in painting, dancing, playing violin, and, given the opportunity, Epicureanism.

Website:  AriaGlazki.blogspot.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/Aria.Glazki

Twitter: @AriaGlazki

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AriaGlazki

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Cover Reveal! – MENDING HEARTSTRINGS by Aria Glazki – A Swoon Romance Novel

22 Sep
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I am so excited I’m doing a happy dance in my tiara, waving my wand…Okay, you get the idea.

My friend and fellow writer, Aria Glazki, has her first novel coming out with Swoon Romance in December 2014!

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We met doing a blogflash challenge a few years ago. I don’t know if I’ve even mentioned this to Aria, but her profile picture (above) always made me think that I was good friends with the Little Mermaid!

In 2013, our poems were included in the anthology, Scripting Change- Seeing Past Sickness, where 100 percent of the profits were donated to a scholarship foundation. In fact, there’s still time to contribute to this year’s anthology: Opening Worlds with Words. Please take a look and consider donating a written work.

So this is it…the BIG cover reveal for Aria Glazki’s, MENDING HEARTSTRINGS. I’m thrilled to show it off to y’all….

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Mending Heartstrings by Aria Glazki
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: December 2nd 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Kane’s a country singer who’s tangled with too many deceitful women. He’s learned his lesson: girls are for flirting and fun; emotions are for his music. But after spending a night with an earnest woman unlike any he’s known, he can’t force her out of his mind. So he goes in search of the woman he knows only as “Elle.”On her last night in Nashville, the staunchly pragmatic Sabella found herself in a situation more suited to a romance novel than reality. Swept away, she ignored her rigidly self-imposed rules, succumbing to the fantasy just this once. But she knows real-world relationships have nothing in common with their fictionalized portrayals. When Kane unexpectedly shows up at her Portland apartment, she must choose between the practical truths she has learned and the desire for a passionate love she has struggled to suppress.

Despite the distance, Kane’s tour schedule, and their meddling friends, both are drawn to the chance for a romance neither quite believes is possible.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Aria’s writing story started when her seventh-grade English teacher encouraged her to submit a class assignment for publication.  That piece was printed, and let’s just say, she was hooked!

Since then, Aria has run a literary magazine, earned her degree in Creative Writing (as well as in French and Russian literatures), and been published in a few collections.  Though her first kiss technically came from a bear cub, and no fairytale transformation followed, Aria still believes magic can happen when the right people come together – if they don’t get in their own way, that is.

Other than all things literary, Aria loves spending time with her family, including her two unbearably adorable nieces. She also dabbles in painting, dancing, playing violin, and, given the opportunity, Epicureanism.

GET IN TOUCH WITH ARIA:

Life Under Examination- #BookLaunch and Giveaway- #Poetry Collection

23 Jun

Hiya,

If anyone looked at my Life Under Examination right now, they’d find a harried writer hard at work writing several children’s story entries for upcoming contests. Wouldn’t you know it, the deadlines for 5 of them are June 30th! *Picture gal pulling out hair and screaming*

Yet, my author friend, Aria Glazki, has published her long-awaited poetry collection and I had to share this great news with y’all!

So grab a cuppa. After reading an interview and excerpt, you’ll want to read Life Under Examination-A Collection of Poetry, and will have a chance to win a professionally hand-bound, autographed copy!

Thanks so much for all of your support and having me on your blog, Donna!

It’s my sincere pleasure, Aria. I enjoyed the book and appreciate your taking a moment to talk about it with me. Onto the questions:

1. How did you come up with the title “Life Under Examination”?

That is a great question with an answer that follows many winding roads in my mind.  I had originally considered titling the collection after one of the poems, Unexamined Rose.  Selecting and polishing the pieces that went in, I realized that the spectrum of life experiences and emotions was well represented.  When that collided in my mind with the quotation by Socrates [“The unexamined life is not worth living”], the words shuffled themselves around into the current title, which I feel evokes Socrates’ point while also representing the combination of pieces in the collection.

2. In the book, you mention that the poems were rediscovered, could you expound on that a bit?

Well, I took a couple of poetry seminars some years ago, after which I generally speaking gave up on my poetry, due to the reactions of the instructors. At the beginning of this year, I was doing some reorganizing and saw an old portfolio, so I began reading through the old pieces as well as some comments from other people.  I realized that those instructors’ comments boiled down to the same thing as an agent’s rejection: it’s just one person’s opinion.  Even if my poetry isn’t award winning, it spoke to some people, and I believe it has the potential to speak to more.  So, rather than allowing it to continue collecting dust, I decided to self-publish.

3. I love the cover! Can you tell us a little about your cover art? Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

Thank you! I actually designed this cover myself.  I felt the image struck a nice balance among inviting readers to take a seat and a contemplative break, reminding us all of transience through the chair’s current emptiness, and capturing life in the watchful presence of the bird.  It also satisfied the requirement of digital publishing to be clear in a small size, which was crucial.

4. Do you prefer writing a particular style of poetry, and is Life Under Examination written in that style?

I prefer for my poetry to have some structure, with rhyme and metrical schemes, or at the very least a discernible pattern in the lines. Virtually every piece in this collection is written that way.

5. Give us an interesting fact about your book:

The numerically central poem is the closest to my heart (she answers enigmatically).

6. Do you write in other genres?

I write predominately romance novels, with some flash fiction on the side for fun.  Perhaps now, some new poetry will be in my future as well!

7. What do you like to read in your spare time?

I love romance novels, of course, as well as literary fiction, young adult or new adult novels, the classics, and books recommended to me.  Basically, if it’s well written and isn’t horror or a psychological thriller, I’m likely to be interested in reading it.  I also frequently read children’s stories to my nieces.

8. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Everything about my writing and me can be found on my blog, or through Facebook and Twitter (@AriaGlazki). You can also reach out to me via email at aria dot glazki at gmail dot com.

9. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Pretty much the same thing as for other books you enjoy – leave reviews and spread the word!  Gifting a copy to friends who may enjoy my collection is also a great option.

10. Is there anything we haven’t covered that readers might appreciate knowing?

Life Under Examination is available directly through my blog, or through Smashwords and Amazon.
If you do have other questions for me, please feel free to ask them in the comments, and I’ll do my best to respond!

11. And now, before we go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue or tantalize us:

This is a sneak peek at a poem from later on in the collection (so it’s not available in other previews).  I hope you will enjoy it!

Surrender

I’m enveloped in warmth, here with you on the bed
And I’m happy for once, thinking on what you’ve said
As it floats through my mind, I shift closer to you
Unaware of the devious thing you will do

When your hand raises up, my breath catches in fear
I’m brought back to that day, to his face, and his leer
Then the instant has passed, and your hand rests on me
Brushing over my ribs, softly, so tenderly

As the motion goes on, too late I realize
It was mischief I saw floating there, in your eyes
And I laugh in response, pushing your hand away
Giggle lightly as it moves less gently to slay

Both my worries and thoughts.  Now all that I can do
Is attempt to fight back.  I start assailing you
But I note before long that effect it has none
You’re immune to attack.  Soon all my strength is gone

So I curl in a ball, as you laugh above me,
Cry, “You win! I give up!” – words that are laced with glee
We both cease, and you say, “I like tickling you.”
And I know from those words that we’ll soon start anew.

Thanks you so much for your time, Aria! I’m spending this lazy Sunday reading my copy of LIFE UNDER EXAMINATION again. Tone and emotions spanned the gamut, and I appreciated the rhythmic style of the collection. It is certainly a book one will want to read over and over again.

Hop on over to Aria’s blog to enter a Rafflecopter Giveaway:

The Prizes:

  • A professionally hand-bound, autographed copy of my recently released poetry collection, Life Under Examination
  • A wonderful, all-natural Tension Relief Crème from Marina Kodi™ to help relieve the physical and emotional stress of slaving over our computers

Get your copy of Life Under Examination today, and please tell your friends about it too!

 

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