Monday, April 9, 2012

Guest Post by Mona Karel

I am honored to have author Mona Karel as my guest today!
It has been, to say the least, an eventful year.  Last February I pulled some courage out of a reserve pocket I didn’t know I had, and sent a book in to a new publisher I’d heard some good things about.  Lo and behold, they wanted to publish what was then “Into the Woods,” a paranormal romance.  I had to change the title (“My Killer My Love” does have a bit more of a ring to it) but otherwise it was a matter of edits for bouncing points of view, some grammar corrections and voilá, I was a published author.  Mind you, this book had been written a while before, and was one of those “cherished children” I had trotted out from time to time to remind myself I was indeed a writer. 

Visions of writing merrily for the next twenty or thirty years filled my head, until the day I looked at my husband in the evening light and realized his color wasn’t so good.  He could, in fact, have been an extra on the Simpsons.  Not good., and what the doctors came up with for a diagnosis was even less good.  After a bitterly fought battle, he succumbed this last January to cancer.  Throughout the operation, the hospital stay, then home care, I did what I could to keep up a normal life. Working part time, keeping the house going, caring for our dogs.  And writing whenever I could.  I pulled another of my cherished children out of the closet, brushed her off, put bows in her hair, and sent her to meet Lauri, my editor at Black Opal Books.

Bethany and Lauri got along just fine, and “Teach Me To Forget” will debut next month.  In the meantime I’m busy trying to build a new life while helping holding closing out certain aspects of the old life.  And at the same time find time to write.  Something new, something to satisfy the people who love Kendra and Mykhael and want more paranormal romance. Something different but the same.

Along the way I have the dogs that were a part of my life for decades and were one of our major interests throughout our marriage.  Lovely Salukis with their sly eyes and full body hugs, winding around your legs and firmly entrenched in your heart.  Sometimes it seems they are the one reliable constant in my life.

Tonight, while I was trying to fulfill my writing commitments of blogs, Boot Camp, story outlines, character charts, while working on past due taxes and preparing for an open house this weekend, I forgot to cuddle with Hoda.  Since at the moment the females in my group are having what would amount to turf war fights, I keep them separated unless I’m in the room with them.  It was Boo and Biddy’s time out when I sat down for a quick snuggle on the couch and a peek at the news, past time for Hoda when I woke up several hours later.

A human would have sulked and snarled and made me feel guilty for my neglect.  Hoda flew into my arms with wiggles and whimpers, letting me know she loves me without reservation, no matter what.  Missed deadlines, poor sentence structure, weak characters, flying points of view don’t matter.  Our dogs love us for our existence in their lives, as we love them.  Sure we work to help them be better citizens, we give them parameters of existence but when they fail, which all of us do, we accept the failure for the setback it is and move on.
So I’ve decided for the next few months to treat myself like a dog, to praise what I manage to accomplish and accept the failures for temporary setbacks they are.  The next book is right there in my fingers, just waiting for a slightly different environment to make an appearance.  In the meantime I have a release date to celebrate and friends to enjoy.
Teach Me To Forget,” a story of pasts forgiven and lives rebuilt, will be out from Black Opal Books in May, 2012.

Her past was behind her…or so she’d thought.

Bethany Acton has come a long way from the day she was an abused child-bride of a dissolute jet setter. Now divorced and single, she writes for a lifestyles magazine, lives out of her motor home, and answers only to her boss—when he can find her. She has overcome her horrendous past and taken control of her own life. But when Jonathan Merritt, a rising star in wildlife photography, enters her world, she learns that control is a tenuous thing.

His past was despicable, but it hasn’t affected his future…until now.

Jonathan knows he has met the woman with whom he wants to spend his future, but first he must admit his role in her past. Afraid the truth will turn her against him, he tries to gain her trust and affection before confessing. But the longer he hesitates, the harder it becomes to tell her. Can Jonathan gain her love soon enough to forgive what he did, or will his past indiscretions destroy his only chance at happiness?
Thank you so very much for stopping by Mona, I need to treat myself more like a dog too! 

Stop by Mona's website for more information on her upcoming release, Teach Me To Forge, you can also like her on Facebook.


Mona Karel said...

Hi Bev, thanks for finding time and space for me. Hope everyone had a great Easter. I'd planned a small remembrance for my husband and it turned into a fabulous weekend happy people and dogs event.

L. R. Wright said...

Nice post Mona! Teach me to Forget sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it!

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