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
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
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
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I have now created an official Facebook group exclusively for the Love, Windy City Style series. This is a place for fans to hang out and express their favorite things about the series, their favorite book in the series, nad even who they would case if a movie was made based on one or all of the books. The link is below, and I hope you guys will come join me there. https://www.facebook.com/lovewindycitystyle
Monday, August 19, 2013
The moment you have all been waiting for has finally arrived. I'm proud to announce that Private Dancer, the second novel in the Love, Windy City Style series will be released on Friday, August 30th. It will be available for most e-readers including Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.
I will be holding a contest in the near future where I will be giving away an advanced reader's copy of the book as well as a copy of the first novel in the Love, Windy City Style Series, Hell in Heels. I will provide more information for that soon.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Alfred Hitchcock is no doubt one of the greatest directors to ever make his mark on the silver screen. When one thinks of him, several films likely come to mind: Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds, To Catch a Thief, Vertigo. While all of those films have suspense that leaves us on the edge of our seats just waiting for that all-important climactic moment, those films also have one key element in common. Every one of them features a romance, no matter how minor it might seem to the plot.
Hitchcock’s films always fascinate me because many of them feature not only moments that scare the hell out of you but also because the romances in them are hot and memorable. It is no more obvious than in two classic Hitchcock films I’ve already mentioned: Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. Ironically, both feature “Hitchcock’s blonde” Grace Kelly in two of her most iconic roles, and she is the object of the heroes’ desires in each film. While Rear Window is primarily a suspense film with a dash of romance thrown in, To Catch a Thief is purely a romantic thriller, as the chemistry between Grace Kelly and Cary Grant sears the screen with double entendres that make women shiver in delight. Personally, I think the romances in these films are two of the best in cinema history. Yes, right up there with Casablanca.
Even though Hitchcock’s films are not marketed as such, the romances in his films usually do play a key role in whatever mystery the characters are trying to solve. Take Rear Window for example. While it might seem that Jeff’s (James Stewart) main goal is to find out what’s going on in the rear apartment, his relationship with Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) is also a parallel within the story. Jeff constantly alludes to marriage as an unhappy institution, as represented by the neighbors across the way who constantly quarrel. Still, as the disappearance of Mrs. Thorwald, the neighbor’s wife, starts looking more like murder, the relationship with Jeff and Lisa seems to grow stronger as they bond over trying to solve the case. I’m not going to give away the resolution of the film, but one can assume it is favorable to the couple.
Hitchcock’s inclusion of romance is a relief in a way for the mounting tension coming from the mystery within, or in the case of such films as Psycho, is the reason for the mystery of the story. In the film, Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh, steals $40,000 so that she and her lover can get married. The tension at the beginning of the film is the cause of this, although after the infamous shower scene there is a definite shift. Still, romance is a distinct element to the film because it allows it to happen in the first place.
If many of Hitchcock’s films were books (which many of them were prior to him buying the rights), most would say they were straight-up thrillers. However, because of the romantic elements, they would likely veer toward more of a romantic suspense novel. The heat between the two leads often burns as hot as their desire to find the answer to the mystery in their particular film, making it a delight for any film fanatic. One of Hitchcock’s heroines once crooned, “Ever had a better offer in your whole life? One with everything?” It could easily describe Hitchcock films. They have everything, even something for the hopeful romantic in everyone.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here is the link for my interview with The Romance Studio.
Enjoy, and I look forward to sharing some exciting news with you soon.
Enjoy, and I look forward to sharing some exciting news with you soon.