Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Virtual Book Tour: Untangle My Heart by Maria K. Alexander


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Maria will award a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Writer's View


I love being surrounded by books. When I searched for my first house, one of my requirements was to have a fourth bedroom that I could use as an office. My plan was to have a desk on one wall and a chair for reading. Another full wall would contain book cases that I’d fill with my vast collection. Sadly, that didn’t happen and now my writing space is my dining room table.



It’s a challenge to juggle my books on the one book case I have. Last night my son gave me a Harry Potter book to put back on the shelf but I had to move so many books out of the way before he could reach the spot where I keep the HP books. If you look closely at the third shelf and front of the fourth shelf, you’ll see the many books on my to-be-read pile. And on the second shelf, I proudly display Untangle My Heart among the bulk of my Danielle Steel books.



While limited in space, I was able to carve out half a shelf for my writing craft books. When I need guidance, I have easy access to the many resources I’ve sought out for advice over the years.

For me, the hardest challenge is that the kitchen is only steps away and it’s very easy to snack when I’ve hit a roadblock in my writing. Stress eating and not-so-ideal conditions aside, I generally manage to find time to do something writing-related one to three hours a day. The early morning hours are my most productive time, when my family is asleep. It becomes increasingly difficult in the evening or the weekends when my kids are in the adjoining living room working on the computer or playing a game. During this time, I’m interrupted regularly and often have to either slip on my headphones and listen to white noise (usually ocean sounds) or go upstairs where I have a make-shift desk in my bedroom for my day job. I still haven’t given up the hope for my dream office, but it will have to wait until my oldest moves out (not for quite a number of years).

Thanks for stopping by today. Where do you like to read? Do you have a favorite chair or place in the house where you can escape with a favorite book?

When her marriage ended in tragedy, Kate DiFrancesco rebuilt her life, but has never gotten over the pain of what she lost. Seeking the help of an ex-lover ignites feelings she’s promised never to have again. She’ll need to untangle herself from dangers in her past in order to break the hard shell around her heart.

Edward Weston has a lot to prove, both to his stuffy upper-crust British family, and to himself. Working alongside Kate, a woman he had a casual relationship with, stirs unexpected feelings. Helping her family makes him realize what he's missing. For the first time, he wants more than a one-night stand.

When Kate is threatened, Edward must overcome feeling unworthy to protect the woman he loves and fight for the family he never thought he’d have.

About the Author:
A romantic at heart, Maria K. Alexander spent hours as a young girl getting lost in and wishing to be one of the heroines in the stories she read. Books gave her the ability to go to another world where she loved meeting new characters, learning about their problems, and watching them fall in love.

Maria blogs about her writing journey with The Violet Femmes at http://thevioletfemmes.com. When not writing, Maria loves to read, bake, downhill ski, visit the beach, and watch romantic comedies. Maria lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and writes in her “spare” time between juggling a full-time job and her kids’ busy schedules.

You can keep in touch with Maria at:

The Violet Femmes Blog: http://thevioletfemmes.com

You can buy Untangle My Heart at:

Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/1or9aAY 
The Wild Rose Press: http://bit.ly/1gWifgp 


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10 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Maria K. Alexander said...

Thanks for hosting me today!

RoseAnn DeFranco said...

I am amazed that you can write in the center of the house like that. Sometimes I feel like I can't THINK let alone write in my house, in my office, with the door CLOSED when my family is up and about. Your bookshelf looks GREAT. Congratulations on your release! I loved reading Untangle My Heart!

RoseAnn DeFranco said...

I am amazed that you can write in the center of the house like that. Sometimes I feel like I can't THINK let alone write in my house, in my office, with the door CLOSED when my family is up and about. Your bookshelf looks GREAT. Congratulations on your release! I loved reading Untangle My Heart!

Rita said...

I have four bookcases full. My books are piling up on the floor now so my husband said guess its time to buy another bookcase. I think I may have to move to a bigger house. lol

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MomJane said...


there is nothing like a book. The ebooks are okay, but I like a real book.

Maria K. Alexander said...

Hi, RoseAnn - yes, it IS hard at times to focus. The constant interruptions drive me crazy and when I really can't handle it, it lock myself in my bedroom! Thanks for stopping by.

Maria K. Alexander said...

Hi Rita. FOUR bookcases. Nice. I could easily fill four. Sadly, I've had to move some of my books to the basement. I hate that because it's not finished and is very damp. I keep telling myself to stop buying print books but can't seem to stop myself :-) Thanks for commenting.

Maria K. Alexander said...

Hi Jane. While for me, ebooks are more practical, I LOVE the smell of a book. Give me an entire bookstore and I could move in! Thanks for sharing.

Elise-Maria Barton said...

I have so many ebooks in different venues it's kind of embarrassing: 2900+ on kindle; 400+ on Nook; more in my Smashwords and ARe libraries... it's a sickness lol. I also have an entire wall of my living room devoted to both paperbacks and hardbacks, in addition to several industrial sized storage tubs filled with books. What's truly amazing is I've actually read the majority of them, many series twice! I even have Untangle My Heart on my kindle!

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