Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Character Interview with Angelica Delfino from Joanne Guidiccio's, No More Secrets

 


Character Interview – Angelica Delfino

 

Today, I’m interviewing Angelica Delfino, the protagonist of No More Secrets.

 

Thank you for joining me, Angelica. Tell us about your character.

 

I’m an ordinary woman who has been blessed with an extraordinary life. Growing up in small-town Calabria (southern Italy), I assumed I would marry, have children, and live a stone’s throw from my parents’ house. Several unexpected events—among them the death of my husband—upturned my life, forcing me to leave sunny Italy and emigrate to Canada. In No More Secrets, I share six decades of my life with the daughters of my heart.

 

What’s going on in your life right now?

 

Thanks to my lovely companion—Bellastrega—I have been given a reprieve from the rogue cells that invaded my body. I still find it hard to use the “C” word. I now have time to tie up all the straggling bits that remain. My nieces (daughters of my heart) need to be rescued.

 

What is your greatest fear?

 

I’m worried that my nieces won’t be too forthcoming with their issues. Each of them is at a critical juncture and need my help before it’s too late.

 

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

 

Bouncing back and reinventing myself. I did it once in Italy and then crossed the ocean to do it once more in Canada.

 

Do you have any regrets?

 

I have tried to be proactive and take responsibility for all my decisions. For the most part, I have succeeded. But there is one sticky situation where I allowed my sisters to take over. Had I taken action…well, the entire trajectory of my life would have changed. If you want to know more, read No More Secrets.

 

Do you have a motto? If so, what is it?

 

Avanti! (Onward!)

 

An angel theme exists in No More Secrets. Do you really believe in them?

 

My fascination/love affair with angels began in elementary school. I adored my teacher, Liliana Della Croce, and listened with rapt attention as she spoke of angels. A walking encyclopedia on the topic, she would weave them into many of her conversations. I can still recall her personal philosophy: When you need something, someone or something will appear. She believed God sent angels to anyone who asked for special assistance. I embraced her philosophy and have been fortunate to find several angels on my path.

 

Thank you for talking with us, Angelica.

Intrigued? Read more about No More Secrets.

Book Blurb

 

Angelica Delfino takes a special interest in the lives of her three nieces, whom she affectionately calls the daughters of her heart. Sensing that each woman is harboring a troubling, possibly even toxic secret, Angelica decides to share her secrets—secrets she had planned to take to the grave. Spellbound, the nieces listen as Angelica travels back six decades to reveal an incredulous tale of forbidden love, tragic loss, and reinvention. It is the classic immigrant story upended: an Italian widow’s transformative journey amid the most unlikely of circumstances.

 

Inspired by Angelica’s example, the younger women share their “First World” problems and, in the process, set themselves free.

 

But one heartbreaking secret remains untold...

 


Excerpt

 

As Angelica read the document, she heard several sighs emanating from Bellastrega. While she had grown to like this young woman and trust her judgment when it came to wellness, Angelica was not prepared to abandon her plans. Three women needed to be rescued.

 “What if they don’t come?” Bellastrega asked.

 “They will come,” Angelica said, smiling confidently.

 “It’s still winter, and the roads around here can be treacherous.”

 “That won’t stop them.” Angelica smiled at Bellastrega’s discomfort with winter driving. Fearless in her talk, the psychic dreaded going out at any hint of snow. “Not to worry. They’re Northern Ontario girls.”

 Bellastrega waved her hands. “So, they get up here, and you share your secrets. Then what?”

 “They begin to heal.”

 “You can’t expect to solve all their problems in one weekend,” Bellastrega said in a gentler tone. “If you’re not careful, you’ll send them running to their mothers, who won’t hesitate to create unnecessary stress for you.”

 From the start, Bellastrega had been determined to eradicate all the unnecessary stress in Angelica’s life. Did she really think she could create a lasting magic bubble?

 

Since receiving the positive medical report, Bellastrega had redoubled her efforts and started to plan spring and summer excursions. She had added to her meager wardrobe and purchased several decorative items for her room. Each day, she was settling in and becoming more comfortable in her role as a companion. The beautiful thirty-five-year-old woman with Arctic-blue eyes and a stormy past had found sanctuary in Angelica’s house.

 Angelica’s thoughts traveled back six decades to her encounter with another set of Arctic-blue eyes. But that woman had been much older and more realistic in her expectations.

 “Are you all right?” Bellastrega asked.

 “I’m fine,” Angelica said, returning to the present. “I want to start the process. The rest will be up to them.” Angelica felt a sudden wave of fatigue, one she hadn’t experienced in months. This argument was growing old, and she no longer wished to justify her motives. Why couldn’t Bellastrega let it go?

  

Book Trailer

 

https://youtu.be/vo5ozMtcz2U

 

 

Buy Links

 

Amazon (US) -  https://www.amazon.com/No-More-Secrets-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook/dp/B08CVTYWWX

Amazon (Canada) - https://www.amazon.ca/No-More-Secrets-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook/dp/B08CVTYWWX

Amazon (UK) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-More-Secrets-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook/dp/B08CVTYWWX

Amazon (Australia) - https://www.amazon.com.au/No-More-Secrets-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook/dp/B08CVTYWWX/

 


Author Bio

 

A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Joanne Guidoccio writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romances, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.  

 

  

Social Media Links

 

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Goodreads:      https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277706.Joanne_Guidoccio

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Amazon:           https://www.amazon.com/Joanne-Guidoccio/e/B00FAWJGCG

 

 


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Welcome Hope Malory



Having grown up in a small Tennessee town, I write about a charming small town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in my Azalea Valley Series . My husband and I live near Nashville and travel as often as we can while still trying to make time for our family including two precious grandchildren. Sometimes settings and experiences from our travels make it into my novels. I write both contemporary romance and romantic suspense. My first novel in the series, Wildfire and Roses, recently won runner-up in the contemporary category of the Raven Awards. The latest, An Inconvenient Attraction, released earlier this week.



About the book:

In this return to Azalea Valley, readers will find small town charm, single parents with bruised hearts, and challenging decisions. Escaping the heat of New Orleans turns into a dangerous floodwater rescue for Dr. Lilly Barnesworth. Meeting the handsome Derrick May, father of a rescued boy, interrupts her self-prescribed retreat with her young daughters to heal wounds from her recent divorce.

Derrick declares a moratorium on women after his ex-wife ditches him. Seeing Lilly in action saving his asthmatic son forces a crack in his resolve. Both single parents fight their mutual skyrocketing attraction and neither expects Azalea Valley’s small-town magic to fuel their relationship. The question is, can they overcome Lilly’s ex disturbing her newfound peace and Derrick’s rich, aggressive client demanding his personal attention?


Excerpt:

“What are the injuries?” Lilly asked.

“Three boys were wading when a wall of water gushed through, knocked them against rocks, and washed most everything in their campsite away. The worst is a seven-year-old kid. He’s having an asthma attack and has a cut on his leg. One scout may have a broken arm and another a sprained or broken ankle. The others are bruised and scratched.”

“Send the one with asthma first, then the other two injured boys next.”

Lilly waited impatiently as men on the other side secured the first boy to the rope and the fire fighters pulled him across. The child wheezed and gasped for breath. “Tell them to send the dad next. He may need to go to the hospital.”

A paramedic unhooked him and ran with him toward the ambulance. “I’m a pediatrician,” Lilly said as she showed him her medical badge. “Put him on the gurney. I’ll check him out. He has an inhaler. Stand by. He may require oxygen.”

She administered the inhaler. “Try to hold your breath until I tell you to stop.” After ten seconds, she gave him the signal to breathe.

He was listless but his breathing soon began to ease. She spoke in the soothing voice she employed when talking to her frightened patients. “Sit up straight for me and take long deep breaths like this.” She demonstrated and listened through her stethoscope. He started to cry and called for his daddy.

“You’re safe now and your daddy is on his way. My name is Lilly. What’s yours?”

             “Jonah.”

“Well, Jonah, you are doing great. Are you hurting anywhere besides your leg?” The cut was not as severe as she’d feared and had almost stopped bleeding.

He shook his head. 

Moments later, his dad dashed to the ambulance. She glanced behind her and said a cursory hello but continued to focus on Jonah.

Lilly checked him for other injuries before cleaning the wound on his leg and bandaging it. “You were very brave. You should be fine.”

The father stepped to the ambulance door. “Hey buddy.” Jonah dropped into his dad’s waiting arms. “Glad you’re okay.”

Turning to the father, Lilly looked directly at him for the first time. His handsome face distracted her for a moment. Get it together. Pushing aside her surprising reaction and lapse of concentration, she composed herself and said, “His cut doesn’t need stitches. What about you? Are you hurt?”

“No, just thankful Jonah is better.”

The second child was across. “I need to assist another patient. If you can hang around, I’ll check on him again when I finish,” she said hoping he would.

“Thanks, we will.” 

She forced herself to focus and launched into action with the next child. First responders scrambled to extricate the remaining trapped children and adults before the rapidly rising water engulfed them. She checked each one as they made it to safety.

Rooted to the spot, she held her breath as the last man, now over knee deep in rushing water, clung to the tree to avoid being swept away. A fire fighter hurled the rope three times and the scout leader missed. On the fourth try, he caught it and wrestled the life jacket in place. With one hand, he battled to zip the jacket. After several attempts with the water rising and his head barely above the water, he managed to secure it and buckle one strap. At last, after tense minutes, he threw up his hand and motioned for them to pull him across.

She cheered with the rest of the crowd when they released him. After she checked on him and found him visibly shaken, but not injured, she returned to Jonah and his dad. “How is he?”

“He seems to be okay.” His posture suggested relief.

She removed a business card from her medical bag and wrote her personal cell number on the back. “If you need anything or have any concerns, call me.”

“Thanks.” He extended his hand. “I . . . I’m Derrick May.”

She placed her hand in his warm, strong one. His touch sparked an unexpected sensual response. “Hello, Derrick.”

His intense gaze swept over her face and focused on her eyes as if he saw her for the first time. He broke the stare when she withdrew the hand he hadn’t yet released.


 Character Interview:


Hello, Lilly. Welcome to Azalea Valley. Tell me a little about yourself.

Lilly: I co-own a pediatric practice in New Orleans and live with my precious daughters, Emily and Paige, ages seven and five. My husband, or rather ex now, lives in Rome, but I don’t want to talk about him. The girls and I traveled here to unwind and visit family.


I’d love to hear about them.

Lilly:  I grew up an only child, but I have two half-brothers and two half-sisters who live here. I only learned about them a couple of years ago. Long story, but there was a huge family secret about my birth mother. Since this is a small town, you may know them. The McLemores.

 

Everyone in town knows them. A well-respected family. And I have heard rumors surrounding your birth. 

Lilly: Of course you have. I sometimes forget how quickly news travels.

 

Yes, it does. Besides work and family, what do you enjoy doing?

Lilly: I grew up traveling the world, and travel is my number one interest. Swimming comes in second. I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer when I was a girl. I suppose cooking would be next. I love to cook all the Cajun and Creole dishes New Orleans is famous for.

 

Sounds delicious. You haven’t been in town long and are already a well-known for helping with the flood rescue. I understand you met Derrick May. He’s a single handsome man. Any interest?

Lilly: Acquaintances. Friends at most. Well, okay, I might be a tiny bit attracted to him, but it can’t go anywhere. An inconvenient attraction. I’ll plan to stay away from him until I leave in a few weeks.

 

Not as easy as you think in Azalea Valley. We’ll talk again before you leave and see how that’s working for you.



Links to Books;

For An Inconvenient Attraction, fifth in the series, go to https://amzn.com/B08FMR33XL  

All books can be read as a standalone, however, if readers want to follow the series, to avoid spoilers, they may wish to read them in order.

For the first four in the series:

  • The first, Wildfire and Roseshttps://amzn.com/B07J55F9RN features Beasley and Will’s outdoor adventures and long-distance relationship.



  • And, the fourth, Catching a Curveball, https://www.amzn.com/B0874VCC1Y spotlights a romance between Benjamin and Michelle when they meet on a Caribbean cruise.

 

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