Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stopping by my blog today, Carmen Stefanescu

 Teaser Tuedays: Carmen Stefanescu - Shadows of the Past
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here's my teaser:
Had his folks talked him into giving her up, made him see reason? Helping her out of her predicament meant a huge risk for him - loosing his family, his friends and his position among his peers. 


 Shadows of the Past
Publish date: 4th December 2012
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: paranormal/light romance/light horror.
Anne's relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.
The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world--one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil's vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve's soul from its torment.
Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?
The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

And... surprise, surprise... here is a short interview with the author of the book, Carmen Stefanescu, if you'd like to know more about her writing.

Share 3 teasers from your book, each consisting of 2 sentences.
            1.  Genevieve wrapped the dark mantle covering her shoulders more tightly around her and swallowed her fears as they began the cautious ride through the silent forest. They rode on through the silent night, enveloped by their own silent guilt.

2. "Oh, God. Please forgive me," Andrew muttered under his breath when he bowed his head to kiss her and their lips met in a passionate first kiss.
Genevieve's spirits fell and her heart skipped a beat when, a couple of seconds later, she opened her eyes and her gaze fell on a knot strangers.

3. Anne shivered; why the deep feeling of having seen this place, this forest before and the eerie sensation of being present here only in the body, while her mind was far away? Away from Neil, the man who'd betrayed her trust and her love.

 Share 3 pieces of advice for beginning writers like myself.
1. Follow your dream! Read, write. Read and write.
2. Be civil, good-mannered even towards editors who reject your manuscript. If they take the time to write you an explanation, be courteous and thank them.
3. Swallow the bitter tears of rejection and go on querying. Never give up! In the end your dream will come true. It's what happened to me!

Why historical fantasy?
 I have a fascination for Medieval Times.  As the events in Shadows of the Past take place during Medieval England, I read as much historical info as I could. Especially details regarding life in monasteries. I had to do a thorough research. I found out quite interesting things. The same I did for Wicca. What Wicca means and what do Wiccans do and what their view on existence is. My next novel Dracula's Mistress, you know the fascination this name creates, is again a historical novel. Historical paranormal. Medieval Romania/Walachia.
You started with poetry, like myself. Share a short poem.
Well, a difficult decision. I will give you the poem whose first lines are a motto for Shadows of the Past. By the way, I even have a poem with the same title.


In the quiet solitude of a small, remote convent,
Only prayers seem alive on the lips of holy sisters.
Candles flicker in their hands like lost souls in search of light,
And the yellowish, faint glimmer makes a halo' round their whispers.

Era is eternity. Garments, litany unchanged.
Just a film of smoke on walls clings mute witness to new faces,
To the passing-by of time, to deathlessness of love and hope,
To this monolith of faith heaving over age and spaces!


I learned to love my empty days
While waiting for the sleep to come.
Old-fashioned, silly, paper flowers
      float above my head,
  flooding the stifling silence;
without questioning myself
I fall asleep in the moonlight.
  Plans, about tomorrow, are
       unimportant !

Author bio:
            Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
            Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books. 
            She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

Find her on:

Trailer: Shadows of the Past

And my haiku for today:
Carpe Diem 
March 26th, #154 - Spring Lanterns

after the sunset,
writing a spring night haiku -
just candle lanterns

after the sunset
inspiration rivalry:
spring lanterns or moon?

March 26th - key

spring lanterns turned on -
old man's key to happiness:
chess game with loved ones


  1. Quite an interesting teaser...thanks for sharing:)

  2. great tease check out mine http://nabooksvsboys.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/teaser-tuesday-2.html

    ive followed your blog as well please follow back

  3. Lots of great stuff today! Your haiku are beautiful. ☺

  4. Nice verses and great interview too.

  5. interesting!
    and the haiku, loved the rivalry between lantern and moon ^^ both are lovely but i think the moon wins ^^

  6. wonderfully written haiku...apparently writing by lantern is easier than reading by it...

  7. spring lanterns or moon
    no - this night I will not chose
    I want them both


  8. This is really interesting! I liked this post very much.


  9. Fantastic teasers and great advice! :)

  10. Wonderful your second haiku on lanterns

  11. Great teasers. I haven't heard of this book before.
    Thanks for sharing and visiting my teaser.

  12. Your lantern haiku are very nice. Particularly love the pondering of lantern or moon.

  13. Great teasers and I like your haiku -- I haven't written one of those in ages!

    Here's my TEASER TUESDAYS post.

  14. aloha Adriana - writing (spring) haiku by candle lanterns brings a strong image up. i like that. cool.

  15. Thank you Adriana for hosting my book spotlight! It was a pleasure to be here.
    Best regards,

  16. Sounds like a great book! I like the advice, too!

  17. Congrats to Carmen! All success on the new book!

  18. Thank you for featuring this author and her book, which I really enjoyed--one of my favorite paranormal reads. Paulette

  19. Wow, her bio is as interesting as her fiction. Lovely haiku. I wonder what draws people to specific times in history? I'm always into the Wild West.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  20. Thank you all for your comments on Shadows of the Past!
    Regarding the attraction to specific times in history, well, I can tell you it is fascinating. For me, at least. However it implies long hours of research as, today, due to all the info available on the Internet, you must keep your historical fiction within the boundaries of real facts. Of what historians tell us. So, stay tuned for my next paranormal historical Dracula's Mistress!

    1. true! history iswrittten by winners, so - subjective!

      but historical romances, especially fictional have an allure.

  21. You are absolutely right!
    The victors establish "the truth". Always and everywhere.