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It gives me great pleasure to host Author Paula Radell on my blog today, as part of RRBC’s Pay It Forward Week!
The idea of this week is to pay forward support by promoting one author for a whole day. My author for today is Paula Radell, author of Where Angels Sleep (coming later this year!).
Paula only just launched her website (at the end of February), and I have to say, I’m impressed 🙂
As well as writing her debut novel, Paula has been busy. Here’s a bit about her from her webpage:
Born and raised near the beaches of southeastern Virginia, Paula now lives in Mendocino County, California with her husband Ray, a couple of adopted tabby cats (Matthew & Diana, named after a favorite fictional couple!), and Willow, a 3-year old retired racing Greyhound.
Always a passionate reader and a freelance writer, Paula started her first WordPress blog in 2013. The following year she set up her website and established Passionate Reads & Promotions, a consulting service for self-published authors, collaborating with them on story development, beta reading, editing and various types of social media marketing. She is an experienced Goodreads Group Moderator, a NetGalley Professional Reader, and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Having become addicted to social media in 2012 – and understanding the power it has in today’s dynamic publishing world – she went on to complete 5 post-grad courses in Advanced Internet and Social Media Marketing from the University of San Francisco in 2014.
Paula is currently writing her first fiction novel, Where Angels Sleep, a dark but ultimately inspirational romance set in the holiday season – release date expected in Autumn, 2016. She has two other works in progress: Deception, a dark romance/crime novel, and Night Shift, a collection of “fictionalized non-fiction” nursing stories based on her previous career as an RN, with contributions from nurses around the world.
Paula has worked as an RN – in every area from the Neonatal/Pediatric ICU to Obstetrics, Newborn Nursery, Psychiatry, and a Retirement Village. She’s currently a freelance health care project consultant, a casual but passionate writer, and a sassy editor. These days, she is especially proud of her reputation as a seriously unrepentant bookaholic, passionate about novels featuring complex romantic relationships, mystery, suspense, humor, hope, a healthy dose of unadulterated lust, and a bit hit of the paranormal.
She loves cooking & trying new recipes; sipping French & California sparkling wines; feasting on hot fudge sundaes & Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt; traveling, action-suspense movies with romantic subplots, comedies, books & book boyfriends; David Gandy; Jamie Dornan; philosophical arguments; writing; editing; art; and laughing inappropriately at the worst possible time (not necessarily in that order).
Matt St. Clair is an angry, bitter, broken man; a man without hope, faith or purpose. But he wasn’t always that way. Once the Chief Resident at a major university Trauma Center, he was a committed family man, married to his high school sweetheart, with a beautiful daughter, loving family and friends, and a bright future ahead.
Until, in a tragic twist of fate, he lost it all.
In the aftermath, a toxic blend of grief and guilt sent his life spiraling out of control, taking everything, leaving only shadows and demons in its wake. Convinced that there was nothing and no one with the power to heal him, he decided to end it all. But first there was one final stop to make — to ask forgiveness, say his last goodbye, and find peace with his decision.
Little did he know that another twist of fate was waiting in the wings. In the least likely place, on the brink of self-destruction, Matt meets a couple of strangers who will challenge everything he’s come to believe about life, love and family. All it will take is a leap of faith and a spark of hope – two things that have eluded him for the past three years.
To save himself, can he risk loving and losing again?
Where Angels Sleep is a dark but hopeful inspirational romance with a faint hint of the paranormal. Due to mature themes, adult language and sexual content, it is most appropriate for readers over the age of 18.
An unedited excerpt from Where Angels Sleep…
December 14 – Present Day
In loving memory of Alexis Taylor Beckett and Emily Katherine Beckett
Beloved wife and daughter of Matthew Allen Beckett
Who entered into eternal rest together on December 14, 2012.
“For all the angels must return from whence they were sent.”
Cold, tired, and resigned, I slumped down on the decorative marble bench that Lexi’s parents had placed at the gravesite, and thought about the night ahead. It was time; my decision was made, my commitment unwavering. Yet I felt lost, my soul adrift in a haze as I stared at the snowy ground, oblivious to anything other than the inscription on the bronze marker, covered with just a dusting of snow. Three years ago, I was forced to say goodbye to them, thanks to a terrible twist of fate. Tonight I had to say it again – forever.
After all this time my emotions were as raw and fresh as the falling snow. I’d figured the hardest thing I’d ever have to do was to bury them here on that cold December afternoon, but I was wrong. The worst thing was trying to get out of bed the next day, and the day after that, and every day since – to face life without them, to know I’d never see them again.
Looking around to be sure I was completely alone, I pulled the letter from my coat pocket and read it aloud – the last words of a husband and father, filled with unrelenting, soul-searing pain and all-consuming guilt. Words would never be enough to redeem me, or banish the darkness that engulfed me every waking moment, tortured me in my sleep, made it impossible to go on. I choked out the words, praying they could hear me one last time…
©2015 by Paula Radell
Best of luck with all your writing endeavours, Paula!
It’s great to have you here today 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, everyone!