19 January 2013

When The Weekend Is Mid-Week.....

Happy Weekend!

That being said, I confess that this Saturday was a work day for me...tomorrow is as well.  Phew!  Lol.  But I'm coming up on two days off in a row...(talk about your Christmas miracle?!)  A road trip, laundry (Oh!  The Laundry!) and dust bunnies will consume my 48 - hour reprieve from the world of finances.  So...some fun and some domestic ... er, bliss (I don't know if I can go that far...) will mark my upcoming days.

What does this weekend/upcoming week hold in store for you? 

 ~ Nadja


16 January 2013

InD'Tale Magazine Reviews A Practical Arrangement!

Stop by InD'Tale Magazine to read the full review of A Practical Arrangement!  Fabulous!

....'The beauty of this story is in its telling - polished, clever and subtly told. “A Practical Arrangement” is recommended for its prose, surprising depth of story and a beautiful HEA. Nadja Notariani is an author to watch!'
Tammy Grant

Practical plans go awry when prim sensibilities unwittingly capture the heart of a scandalous seducer...

 ~ Nadja

Writing For Enjoyment, Reading For Kicks

Read To Write...Er, Right?

I hope this post finds all my friends in this online world happy, healthy, and hitting goals like champs!  I've been busily writing away on my newest romance, Finding Fidelity...and what a hoot it is.  Most of my strict structured writing process has flown out the proverbial window; I'm 'going with the flow' on this novel.  It's not speedy progress, but it is delightful to simply sit down here and there in stolen moments and put pencil to paper.

Interestingly, I've begun a new reading kick.  For the last few months, I've had little time to catch my breath...let alone pick up a book and submerge myself in a story! I'm happy to say this week has offered me some time to do just that.  Reading a good story is the best motivation....for me, anyway...to incite my yearning to write.  Go figure...but I'll take it.  LOL.

Does a new story/good story inspire any of you this way? 

It's been an extremely busy month.  While I've settled into *New Job*, there is something new to learn, a course to take, a test to pass nearly every week.  Added into the mix was a week long stay at the hospital for my youngest.  I happily note that he is home...and a healthy little boy.  Phew...nerve wracking. The Notariani is a thankful mom/writer/reader this January.  :)

Have a great week, all!  Hope to see you all around the blogs!

 ~ Nadja

06 January 2013

Top Ten of 2012 For A Practical Arrangement!

For The Love Of Reading's Top Ten Books of 2012 is featured in the January 2013 issue of BTS Magazine!  I'm thrilled to share that A Practical Arrangement is listed at #5!  Thank you to all the bloggers and readers who read and shared their thoughts.  You all are wonderful!

Coming September, 2012

۩ A Practical Arrangement, Nadja Notariani ۩

Miss Evangeline Grey, intelligent and sensible, has no desire to marry, her reluctance born from the dire warnings of her overly emotional mother. Her father has other ideas, however, and decrees that unless she weds by the spring, he will choose a husband for her.

Prim and proper Evangeline accepts her father's issue with little more than mild alarm. Knowing herself plain of face and sharp of tongue, she believes herself capable of warding off any perspective suitor. Her plan goes awry when the scandalous seducer, Mr. Thomas Masterson, visits her family's home, for Thomas has learned that he must procure a wife to receive his full inheritance.

When he discovers Evangeline's predicament matches his own, Thomas determines to orchestrate a practical arrangement. A war of wit and word results, and Thomas finds himself ever more beguiled by the soft heart he discovers under Miss Grey's stern, inhibited exterior. Patiently, he endeavors to gain her respect and awaken her passions. As tenuous trust blooms between the rake and the reluctant, unfortunate events – and Thomas' past reputation – threaten to destroy the peace and happiness he has found within the bonds of his Practical Arrangement.

 ~ Nadja

01 January 2013

Making Magic and Marking Time...

Happy New Year! 

Today ushered in a new year, 2013 to be exact.  Wow...2013?  While I contemplate how this can possibly be ...well, possible....I look forward to living the new year to the fullest.  Best wishes to all for a prosperous and peaceful year.

This author is four pages into plotting and 'what-if' pages on the fantastical magic laced world of a new story idea I mentioned a few weeks ago.  If you stole a peek at the music video that kicked my brainstorming into action (however slow it is coming along), you maybe grabbed the vibe....  It's different, but absolutely interesting!  Writing out a structured system of rules to govern magic within a storyline is proving a challenge.  I've got an ear 'trained to the world of fantasy and magic' at the ready to help me sort through this mess I've created...Hmmm.  Time to capitalize.  LOL.

I'm also a few pages into the writing of my newest romance, which is tentatively being called 'Finding Fidelity'.  I can't give much away at this point, because this story seems to be unfolding in new directions at every turn.  The only character profile packet I've developed is my main character, Francesca Davis DiCello...and she's positively 'hard to handle' as I attempt to pen her wild and wacky tale of self-discovery. 

New years often bring us to self-examination, resolutions, and a feeling of fresh starts.  I'm not much for resolutions, and it would seem I set out on my own fresh start about five months early.  But I wish everyone the best as they take on 2013...whether you've resolved to make changes or are perfectly content right where you are!

~ Nadja