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THE NOT-SO-HALCYON DAYS OF YORE – PURE TRASH, BETTE A. STEVENS


Bette A. Stevens:

An insightful review of PURE TRASH by Marilyn Armstrong, author of The 12-Foot Teepee. ~ Bette A. Stevens

 

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

There are so many television shows and movies, not to mention sappy posts on Facebook and other social media sites about “the good old days” … kind of makes me a trifle queasy. As someone who grew up in those good old days, I can attest to their not being all that great. There were good things about them, but it was by no means all roses.

Good is a relative term, after all. If you were white, Christian and middle class … preferably male and not (for example) a woman with professional ambitions … the world was something resembling your oyster. A family could live on one salary. If you were “regular folk” and didn’t stand out in any particular way, life could be gentle and sweet.

The thing is, an awful lot of people aren’t and weren’t people who could blend in. If you were poor, anything but…

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Thought-provoking Historical Romance


MEET THE AUTHOR:
Irina Shapiro

Irina Shapiro, author of THE HANDS OF TIME

Irina Shapiro, author of THE HANDS OF TIME, historical romance with a hint of the supernatural and a dash of mystery.


I was born in Moscow, Russia during the height of Communism and “enjoyed” the life of an average Russian child until my family’s immigration to the United States in 1982. We settled in Brooklyn, NY where I finished school and then graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City with a degree in International Business. Despite my business degree, history and travel have always been my passions and I have tried to incorporate my knowledge and experiences into my stories. 

“I live in New Jersey with my husband and two children.”

Reviewers call Shapiro’s novel, THE HANDS OF TIME, exciting and thought-provoking —

“This was my third book by this author and I wasn’t disappointed. I could feel Valerie’s fear and despair as she found herself trapped in the past and tried to make a life for herself in the 17th Century…” –FRYEHI, Amazon review.

The Hands of Time is a fun and emotional read. Irina Shapiro puts a clever spin on romantic time travel and takes readers’ breaths away… [This book's] story is not yet finished, the sequel will be just as exciting and thought provoking!” – Lovey, Dovey Books, Amazon review.

Welcome, Irina. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your writing life?

I graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College with a degree in International Business and worked in Advertising and Import/Export for years. After leaving the work force in 2007 to stay at home with my autistic son, I began to write, and have written seven novels since then. My latest is coming out in early January.

What about your family?

I live in New Jersey with my husband and two children. My daughter has just started High School, so the fun has begun.

How long have you been writing and what type of writing do you usually do?

I’ve been writing seriously for about five years. I like to write the type of books that I, myself, like to read. My novels are historical romance with a hint of supernatural and a dash of mystery.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book?

When a young woman vanishes without a trace from a quaint fishing village on the coast of England, only one person knows the truth, but he remains silent allowing the authorities to search for her in vain.

Meanwhile, Valerie Crane finds herself transported to the year 1605. Terrified and confused, she turns for help to the Whitfield brothers, who take her in and offer her a home. Both Alexander and Finlay Whitfield fall in love with the mysterious woman, who shows up on their doorstep, creating a love triangle that threatens to consume them all. Valerie must make her choice, deciding between the brother who will lead her down the path of destruction, and the one who will give her a love she couldn’t find in her own time.

What prompted you to become a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I had the talent or the imagination. After being at home for a while, I needed something to occupy my mind and distract me from the daily stress of dealing with an autistic child. Writing was an escape from reality – time travel of the mind.  I never dreamed of publishing my work, but after getting some very positive reviews from the people who’ve read it, I decided to take a chance and see where it would take me. It’s been an amazing journey.

Do you have a favorite line from THE HANDS OF TIME?

I do, but I can’t share it because it would give away a crucial point in the plot.

Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Valerie because she is based on me. I couldn’t create her without trying to envision what I would do in her situation and how I would deal with the difficulties that arose.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part is to come up with an original plot; something that hasn’t already been done by other authors.

Do you do anything besides write?

I enjoy anything that requires a degree of creativity. I love pottery, drawing, and photography, as well as experimental cooking, which I inflict upon family and friends. Haven’t poisoned anyone yet.

How can my readers get a copy of THE HANDS OF TIME?

HANDS OF TIME cover

My book is available for purchase at Amazon, as is the sequel: A Leap of Faith. http://www.amazon.com/The-Hands-of-Time-ebook/dp/B006JRO9WS/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-4

 What can we expect next from Irina Shapiro’s hand?

I’ve just finished the third book of The Hands of Time Trilogy. It’s currently with my editor and will be released very soon. I must admit that finishing the story left me desolate. These characters have been with me for so long, that I miss them as if they were real people. It’s difficult to move on to other projects.

 

It’s been great having you with us today, Irina. Historical fiction is my literary cup of tea. Add romance and mystery and your novels sound simply irresistible. I can hardly wait to delve into my copy of THE HANDS OF TIME.   –Bette A. Stevens (www.4writersandreaders.com)

Follow Irina Shapiro’s Book Tour

January 2013 Tour Schedule:
4th Lightning Book Promotion Blog

5th Phaedra @ Identity Discovery

6th Jackie @ Writing for Readers in a .com world

7th Bette @ 4writersandreaders.com

8th Andi @ Radiant Light

9th Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

10th Drennan @ Speaking of Books

11th Susan @ My Cozie Corner

12th Cara @ Peace, Love, Books

13th Darryl @ Savage Lullabye 

Find out more about Irina Shapiro’s novels:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Hands-of-Time-ebook/dp/B006JRO9WS/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-4

http://www.amazon.com/Leap-Faith-Hands-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0095LNU3O/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1346860167&sr=8-12

http://www.amazon.com/The-Inheritance-ebook/dp/B005ITYGLW/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Precious-Bones-ebook/dp/B0067R48QW/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Full-Circle-ebook/dp/B005WH3UL2/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/The-Folly-ebook/dp/B007WNTXGK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1335178325&sr=8-6

http://irinashapiro.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Irina-Shapiro/307374895948375

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13381342-the-hands-of-time

Bette A. Stevens on BlogTalkRadio


“Chatting With Sherri” interviews Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens

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This week we will speak to the lovely Bette Stevens about her wonderful children’s book Amazing Matilda; A Monarch’s tale. An inspirational tale of a Monarch butterfly and her meadowland friends.

Sherri Rabinowitz CHATS with Author Bette Stevens

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Mungai and the Goa Constrictor | For children of all ages


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Children’s Book of the Week: Amazing Matilda – A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A Stevens

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Author Interview: Bette A. Stevens « jnaomiay


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Find out more about Stevens and her latest book, AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale.

MATILDA will inspire readers and listeners alike to reach for their own dreams and encourage others to do the same.

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