Nana Malone's Blog
November 6, 2013
Hi gang, please help me give a warm sassy welcome to fellow multiculti writer, and friend, Michelle Alerte! She's got a new release available and just dying to tell you all about it! And best part is, she's doing a giveaway!
A Promise Worth Making (Love At First Sight, Book 1)
By Michelle Alerte
I have always been an avid reader and can remember writing
plays and short stories with my brother during the week, after getting home
from school (we weren’t allowed to watch T.V. on school days, a real torture to
us back then believe me). Although I grew up with a passion for stories,
characters, and what came of letting my imagination run wild, it wasn’t until
finishing college that it occurred to me that I could follow my passion into a
A Promise Worth
Making is my first foray into the romance genre. Being a Haitian-American I
knew I wanted to create a heroine who had a similar background. Making her a
doctor was another easy decision as I am surrounded by a family of doctors;
from there however I gave my imagination free reign. In my mind’s eye the
heroine, Rachel Joseph, appeared to me as someone practical (being a doctor and
all) and I began to wonder how that pragmatism would show itself in her love
life. She seemed like a person who likes cold hard facts and has never been
“swept” anywhere, let alone off her feet. Mix in Rachel’s difficult childhood
and you have someone for whom falling in love would be neither simple nor
Naturally I began to ask myself what kind of man would be
the perfect counterpoint to Rachel. As someone who doesn’t believe in love and
family she needed the balance of a helpless romantic. Enter Nicolas Marchand, a
man who’d grown up surrounded by the love Rachel had lacked. For Nicolas
falling in love was as easy as believing in the Marchand gift: Of knowing when
you know, that you know. One look at Rachel and Nicolas was sure he’d met his
match. All his life Nicolas’ brothers had teased him for being the helpless
romantic of the family, so when he sees Rachel on the plane to Haiti, Nicolas
doesn’t bother putting up a fight.
I really enjoyed creating Rachel and Nicolas’ story. I loved
making it the man who settled into love and family without the usual commitment
phobia we see nowadays. And it was even more fun making it the woman who had to
be wrestled to the ground and chained to her white picket fence. It wasn’t long
before I accepted that I’d have to create Nicolas’ brothers, Jacque and Edward’s,
story as well. If Nicolas is the hopeless romantic of the Marchand family, then
what does that make Jacque and Edward?
Ah the joys of storytelling…Blurb:
Nicolas’ father had always told him the Marchand men were “gifted with knowing, when they know, that they know” when they meet the woman with whom they’ll fall in love. Though this had been true for his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Nicolas had never truly believed this would happen to him—until Rachelle Joseph, that is.
The hard part now is convincing the lucky lady the two of them belong together in spite of Rachelle’s trust issues and fear of depending on another person. Will Rachelle overcome her determination to keep control of her life by shutting Nicolas out, or will he persuade her that loving and trusting another person is better than living only on the surface of life?Giveaway
My eBook A Promise Worth Making (rated 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon) is available now! Want to check it out with all the reward and NONE of the risk? Enter my giveaway and win a free signed copy along with 2 free bookmarks of the cover!! The winner will be chosen on Friday, November 15th. Enter now and Good Luck!!
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Yay! So my first fix came in. Woot Woot. Okay, so I was so excited about this. I got my pretty box in the mail today. And all in all I was pretty please. But it was sort of a mixed bag.
The first thing I tried on the pair of plum skinny jeans. God, you guys they feel so good. And the PERFECT fit. I mean like they were sewn to fit me. I love this pair and the best part of it is, that I would never have picked these for myself!
The next item I liked okay, but it isn't something I'm excited about. Maybe it it was brighter. It's a good basic, but not thrilled. It's also $48 so not exactly cheap, but the fabric is good. Although it's a bit fancy considering I sit around in my house all day and never see anyone...
Okay, this one is a big fat NO! I hate it. It's like old lady jewelry. Too bad because it matches two of the shirts they sent me.
This one is also a miss. Just all wrong. Not my style, no color, bad fit. All of it. Sending this one back.
And this one I LOVE! It's just like one i saw on Pinterest, except this one is in color. The fit is awesome. I love it. Definite keeper and only $48!!
All in all a good experience. I liked more than I hated. And I will definitely do Stitch fix again. Though I think I will ask for more accessories and give them more direction there. I'll also ask for brighter colors. Not sure my stylist is paying attention to my skin tone on some of these choices. All in all pretty awesome!