Welcome to the book tour for Something Lost, a contemporary romance by Bernadette Marie. Today you get a sneak peek inside and Bernadette is telling us all about her journey to becoming a writer. Remember to ask her questions in the comments section! And be sure to follow the rest of the tour for even more. Best of luck entering the giveaway!
Saying goodbye is sometimes the beginning.
Craig Turner was Coach Diaz’s star player, back in the day. He was held in high regard, until he broke the rules and dated the coach’s daughter. Young and stupid, his affection for her lasted until graduation, and then it was time to face the real world--but his love for her would never leave him.
Rachel Diaz became who her father wanted her to be, a well educated, well traveled, successful woman, but she holds a well full of secrets from the outside world. As a high school therapist, she uses her past traumas to help others overcome their own.
When the Fabulous Five arrive at Coach Diaz’s funeral, to pay their respects, a rekindling happens between them all—and between Craig and Rachel.
Is Rachel woman enough to face her demons and is Craig man enough to accept them? Or will their encounter be as brief as the affair they had a decade ago, behind her father’s back?
She stepped to him. “I trusted you. You act all so cool and collected. Perhaps, this will faze you,” she said pushing him back and into the pool.
Suddenly, everything spun out of control. Olivia had been so upset that she hadn’t seen Santa Claus approach Jace carrying a small Christmas tree full of decorations for the hospital in Grand Cayman.
As Jace stumbled back into the pool, he unfortunately carried Santa and the tree with him into the water. The last thing Olivia heard was Santa’s “Ho! Ho! Ho!” turn into “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” before they both took a splash.
Olivia literally bit her tongue to stop from laughing. This was so not funny, but yet it was hilarious. She, Olivia Chasen, had finally found her fun and excitement. She had a new groove.
And as she looked around and noticed all the phone cameras rolling, and most likely had been the entire time, she delicately took a curtsy as proper as one she’d give Queen Elizabeth herself. Thankfully, watching all those episodes of the The Crown had paid off big time.
Like many authors, I started writing when I was thirteen. I wasn’t a stellar reader, but I loved creating stories and found, in the end, it did help with my reading skills and grades in school. My writing began as letters to my friend, but in character form. She had characters that wrote to my characters. We’d pass notebooks off in the hallway between classes. Then, I took my character and began to write her story in 1980’s tragic romance form. When I was sixteen, I ventured into the world of publishing, sending my manuscript directly to publishers. Publishers don’t take unsolicited manuscripts, so lesson learned. But it started a lifelong passion for the written word.
I wrote that same book for 20+ years. In 2007 I began to read in the genre I loved to write in. This was the greatest blessing ever. It fueled my fire again, and I learned that there was a Happily Ever After world out there, and my tragic love story needed to be shelved. I finally gave that book an ending I could live with and went on to write seven more books that year. I started taking this hobby seriously and joined writing organizations, meeting those likeminded people who would change my life.
I was contracted in 2009 and published in 2010 by a small press with no business model. Unfortunately, this proved to be a train wreck. Though the experience was horrible, it netted me an amazing editor who went with me when I opened my own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing. I took my career in the direction I wanted it to go, and I’ve never looked back. Since 2011, I have published 50 of my own books and over 170 books from 65 different authors. Seriously, when I was passing around notebooks in the junior high school hallway, this is not where I thought I’d be.
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