Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day: A Special Excerpt

To celebrate the most romantic day of the year, I am posting an excerpt from my upcoming novel, Ideal Hero, arriving on e-readers summer 2014.  Happy reading!
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The doorbell rang, and Jennifer’s stomach did somersaults.  He was here.  Alex Slade was really going to take her out.  A silly grin curving on her face, she walked to the door, her ivory heels making a click-clack sound like Amy’s always made.  She held her breath as she opened the door, beholding a sight she’d been waiting years to see.
Slade looked incredible, from his casual charcoal jacket and pristine white shirt down to this black pants and shoes.  All of it fit him immaculately, making it nearly impossible to restrain herself from running her hands over him.  God, what was she thinking?  She barely knew this guy, and she was already undressing him with her eyes.  Her cheeks felt hot, and she hoped the blushing wouldn’t spread down to her neck and chest like it tended to.  She didn’t want to make a complete fool of herself in front of this crazy sexy guy.
His gaze met hers and he smiled.  God, that only made it worse.  She fisted her hands so he wouldn’t notice she was shaking.  “Hi.”
“Hello,” he replied as he skimmed her body with his eyes, making pit stops on her breasts and the bit of leg revealed below the hem of her dress.  “You look, um, wow.  Beautiful.”
Jennifer grinned brightly, knowing she must look like a total idiot glowing from his compliments.  “Thanks.  You look pretty amazing yourself.”
Slade glanced down, seeming almost embarrassed by her compliment.  “I’m not so sure about that.”
God, the guy really didn’t have any idea how he looked, did he?  It always amazed Jennifer to see men who were unaware of the sexuality radiating from them when they must have women constantly falling at their feet.
She didn’t want to act like a rock star’s groupie and keep telling him how hot he looked, so she kept her reassurance simple.  “Let’s just say the best looks are the effortless ones, and yours seems pretty effortless.  Mine isn’t.  It took me all day to look like this.”
“And the result was well-worth it.”
Jennifer smiled.  “Thanks.  Do you want to come in for a second?  I have to grab my purse.”
Slade nodded.  “Yeah, sure.”
Jennifer held the door open for Slade as he walked into her apartment.  She studied his facial expressions closely, praying that the impressions he developed weren’t negative.  Blowing a chance to date the hunkiest guy she’d ever known wasn’t an option.  She wanted to impress him, please him, love him.
Jennifer motioned to the bar stools near the breakfast bar.  “Make yourself at home.”
Slade’s grin was relaxed.  “That won’t be hard to do.  It’s really nice here”
“Thanks,” Jennifer replied, heat rushing to her face at his compliment.  “I’ve worked hard to make it feel like home.”
“You’ve done a good job from what I’ve seen.  I hate when a house looks staged.  Who wants to live in a place like that?”
Jennifer shook her head and shrugged.  At least he agreed with her on that.  “I don’t know but they do.”
Slade slid onto one of the bar stools, stretching out his long legs.  “Go ahead and do your thing.  Don’t worry about me.  I’m comfortable.”
Jennifer nodded giddily.  “Okay.  I’ll be right back.”
“I’ll be waiting.”
Dragging herself away, Jennifer nearly squealed in excitement.  Slade actually seemed like he wanted to be here.  As she did one last touch-up on her lipstick, she glanced at the mirror in disbelief.  Never had she thought someone like him would want to go out with her, yet he seemed almost as excited to go out as she was.  She just hoped dinner would go well so that she might have a chance at a second date.
Slipping her brown suede purse over her shoulder, Jennifer took a deep breath and strode back into the kitchen area, announcing, “I’m ready.”
“Okay,” Slade replied as he rose to his feet, standing an imposing six-foot-three.  “I’ll drive.  I have a feeling you’ll like my ride.”

Sunday, February 9, 2014

My Latest Blog Post

I just had some thoughts on the heroes in romance novels, so I decided to post them to my Tumblr.  By the way, if you are on Tumblr, be sure to follow me while you are there reading my post.  Hope you enjoy it.
http://maryfrancesgualandri.tumblr.com/post/76119477107/imperfect-heroes-why-the-men-in-romance-novels-should

Monday, January 27, 2014

New Year, New Look

Notice something different when you checked this site?  Yeah, that would be because I spent one of my snow days redoing my website.  I figured that since a new year has arrived, it was time for a new look.  I personally love it and feel that the colors have a certain pop to them.

Speaking of new, I've also decided to go with the inevitable New Year's resolution of trying to lose weight.  So far, so good.  I'm not sure if I will be saying that in a couple of weeks, but I'm hoping to stick with it this time and get back to the size I used to be.

I've also been knee-deep in edits on a new book that I haven't told all of you too much about, which would be Vegas.  I'm hoping all of you will like it.  I will tell of you more about it once I'm through with the initial edits, as I will have a clear plot description by then.  However, I will let you in on the fact that I will be taking it to a traditional publisher.  I feel a lot of confidence in it and just hope I can finally make that career goal a reality.

Ideal Hero...well, it's coming along.  I'm not drafting it as quickly as I wished to, but I do know where the story is going and am hoping to have it finished in the next couple of months so that you might all have it on your e-readers by late spring or early summer.  Trust me, I'm just as anxious to release Alex Slade to all of you as you are to read his story.

Well, I guess that's all for now.  Oh, except to check my contact page.  I've updated my social media links so that you can connect with me on all of my accounts for more Love, Windy City Style fun as well as insights about how my books come to be.

Until next time,

M.F.G.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays, End of the Year Note, and a Special Surprise

First off, I want to wish everyone the happiest of holidays and hope that all of you can enjoy time with the ones closest to you.  It seems like the season went by awfully fast this year, which didn't allow much time for writing, but on Thursday, it's back to business for me.

I also want to take a moment to reflect on the past year.  2013 marked the beginning of my career as a published author, and I have been very pleased with the results.  Although I haven't sold a million copies or made a six figure deal with a publishing company, I have published two books this year as well as wrote an additional one that I am submitting for publication early next year.  I have all of you to thank for this.  I would not be sitting here this evening writing this if you weren't, so my sincerest thanks are with you, and cheers to an even more prosperous 2014.

Also, I promised you guys a treat earlier this month, and now the time has finally arrived.  Under the bonus material tab on the website, you will find a short story that I had published in my university's literary magazine entitled "The Fame."  I am eager to share it with all of you as I plan on turning it into a full-length novel eventually and would love to get your feedback.  Please leave comments as you wish and thanks in advance.

Again, I thank you all and would like to wish you happy holidays and a great 2014!

M.F.G.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Update

Hi, guys!  Sorry it's been so long.  I never knew freshman year of college was going to be so crazy.  The good part is the first semester is almost over now.

One good thing to note is the reason I haven't been able to update is because I've been writing.  This year, as you might know, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time.  I was able to successfully reach the goal of 50,000 words (I actually ended the month with over 58,000 words.  The novel, Vegas, is related to the Love, Windy City Style series, and one of the characters will be introduced in Ideal Hero, which I am still working on.  I'm wrapping up Vegas since I'm almost finished with it, anyway, then I will be back to work on Ideal Hero full-time, which will probably put the release date for Ideal Hero in the spring of 2014.  I am going to be entering Vegas to some traditional publishers, so I will keep all of you posted on that.

A fun side note: this semester, Nolos, the literary magazine here at my college selected a short story I wrote to be included in their fall 2013 issue.  For all of your enjoyment, I will be posting that short story (which may or may not become a full-length novel, hint, hint) as a Christmas treat for all of you.  Yes, I promise you there is a sexy hero.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support and I will be sure to hopefully keep all of you better updated in the future.

 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Details for Love, Windy City Style #3



I hope all of you are enjoying Private Dancer, and I feel that now is the appropriate time to announce the plot details and stars of the third novel in the Love, Windy City Style series, which I have decided to call Ideal Hero.

The plot goes as follows:

Jennifer Alexander is nothing like the heroines she writes about in her romance novels.  She's not blonde-haired, model-thin, or flirty enough to get the attention of the type of man she dreams of.  So, she's resigned herself to the fact that she will likely never find her perfect man and will simply have to spin stories that satisfy her fantasies.  What she doesn't anticipate is the sexy FBI agent who shocks her with his revelations.

Alex Slade is the man Jennifer has spent her entire life dreaming of.  He's tall, muscled, sinfully sexy.  He's also the type of man who wants a woman like Jennifer.  For years, he's been married to his career and tried to shove his unsuccessful love life into the past.  Now that he's met a woman that he can actually relate to, though, he decides to take a chance.  As a relationship blossoms between them, however, ex-lovers and one partner's lack of self-confidence might just tear them apart...

Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy Private Dancer Release Day!

Today is the release day for Private Dancer. I'm so excited to see what you think of it. The purchasing links are below, and if you wouldn't mind leaving a review after you read it, that would be great. It not only helps me for future reference but other buyers as well.


 Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Private-Dancer-Windy-Style-ebook/dp/B00EVBZGA8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1377831826&sr=1-1&keywords=mary+frances+gualandri