The Coming of Arabella
by Joanne Guidoccio
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Interview with the author:
- How long have you been writing?
In high school, I wrote poetry and dreamed of writing the great Canadian novel. As graduation neared, I considered several options but listened to my practical Italian side. I pursued degrees in mathematics and education with the intention of writing during my “spare” time. But I never found the time or energy during my 31-year teaching career. When I retired in 2008, I resurrected this dream and launched my second act as a writer.
- How long have you been a published author?
Two years ago, Soul Mate Publishing released my first novel. Two other novels have followed.
- What titles do you have available?
Between Land and Sea, A Season for Killing Blondes, The Coming of Arabella
- What made you choose the subject of this book?
While attending a series of workshops facilitated by science fiction author Sarah Totton, I toyed with the idea of writing fantasy. I had never considered the genre before and avoided books that featured witches, vampires, werewolves and other dark creatures. Driving home one evening, I recalled my favorite fairy tale—The Little Mermaid—and considered several What If scenarios. What if the mermaid was not so young or beautiful? And what if the man abandoned her on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England? That was the initial premise for Between Land and Sea. In The Coming of Arabella, the ex-mermaid faces a series of challenges when her beautiful twin sister rises from depths, determined to wreak havoc in everyone’s lives.
- Do you have any new titles coming soon?
Right now, I’m working on The Making of a Mermaid Psychic, Book 3 in the Mediterranean Trilogy and Too Many Women in the Room, Book 2 in the Gilda Greco Mystery Series. I hope to release these books in 2016 and 2017.
- What is your favourite genre and why?
I have eclectic tastes and enjoy reading contemporary women’s literature, cozy mysteries, psychological thrillers, memoirs, and self-help books. When writing, I find myself crossing several genres. My publisher has classified Between Land and Sea and The Coming of Arabella as paranormal romance, but I prefer to use fantasy hen lit…light and breezy fantasy for boomer women.
- What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
I look forward to writing the first chapter and giving life to the characters. That initial spark of an idea may percolate for several days (sometimes weeks) but the real thrill occurs when I sit at my computer and start writing.
- If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose?
As a linear pantser, I alternate between bouts of structure and streams of consciousness. I would find it difficult to adapt to other writing styles, and I imagine other authors would also find me challenging.
On the day of her engagement party, an ex-mermaid’s life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of another mermaid—a sister she has never known. Under normal circumstances, Barbara Davies would be overjoyed, but her special day is already wrought with tension. While Barbara is not the first mermaid from the Mediterranean kingdom to settle in small town Ontario, she has yet to reveal her origins to her fiancé. So when Arabella, the gorgeous sister whose disturbing black eyes banished her to the island of Crete, saunters into her life, clutching the arm of Barbara’s discarded lover, a powder keg of emotion is released.
Relationships falter and careers stall as envy stirs in the hearts of the sisters. On the verge of meltdown after her fiancé leaves Canada for a teaching job in Vermont, Barbara flees to Arizona hoping for a reprieve. There, she finds solace at a retreat for ex-mermaids and a second chance at love with a charismatic preacher. As she contemplates a new life in the desert paradise of Sedona, shocking secrets emerge and tragedy strikes. A stronger and wiser Barbara rises up to face these new challenges and embrace the best parts of her mermaid heritage.
A couple appeared at the entrance, a perfectly matched pair. Individually, they could easily turn heads. Together, they were simply phenomenal. The woman was younger by at least a decade, but the man could easily hold his own standing next to her. Barbara focused on the man, painfully reviewing each of his features. The dark-brown, wavy hair without a single strand of gray; beautifully tanned skin that provided the perfect canvas for mesmerizing green eyes with dark eyebrows and long, black eyelashes. The Roman nose and charming cleft on his chin completed the picture-perfect looks that could belong to only one person: Stewart Tobin.
“Arabella,” Belinda whispered. “My Arabella.”
Barbara’s attention switched to the woman standing next to Stewart. Almost as tall, she commanded as much attention, if not more, from the other patrons in the restaurant. Her flawless porcelain skin was framed by long, wavy auburn hair that brushed her shoulders. Her eyes were dark pools, striking in contrast to the pale skin.
Barbara tried to avert her gaze but couldn’t. The woman’s eyes held her captive as the couple approached. Belinda met them halfway and embraced the woman she had called Arabella. As the two women stood next to each other, there was a collective gasp in the restaurant. While the eyes were different and there was an obvious age difference, the hair and other facial features matched perfectly. There was definitely a relationship, one that Belinda had chosen to publicly acknowledge. As Barbara watched the two women, an intense envy overcame her.
Stewart winked at Barbara. “We are now officially family.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
In high school, Joanne dabbled in poetry, but it would be over three decades before she entertained the idea of writing as a career. She listened to her practical Italian side and earned degrees in mathematics and education. She experienced many fulfilling moments as she watched her students develop an appreciation (and sometimes, love) of mathematics. Later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma as a career development practitioner and put that skill set to use in the co-operative education classroom. She welcomed this opportunity to help her students experience personal growth and acquire career direction through their placements.
In 2008, she took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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