Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Featured Author: Natalina Reis

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Natalina Reis!!

DESERT JEWEL (romantic fantasy)-
First Book in the Jewel Chronicles

Rebellion  brews inside Milenda’s heart as the date for the Trials approaches. As the heiress to the throne of Natale, she is forced to choose a consort from the survivors of the grueling quest across the desert.

Milenda’s heart belongs to Jaali and wants no part in the ancient and cruel ritual, but the Elders—the true rulers of Natale—will not back down.

Jaali was brought from the far North as a child slave. His only chance to be with the woman he loves is to volunteer for the Trials, no matter how dangerous or how much Milenda objects.

Together they begin their journey of discovery and rebellion against the Elders. But will their love be enough or will they lose everything they've fought for?

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(romantic comedy)

Will her determination to stay safe protect her heart or finally break it? In Natalina Reis’s witty novel of lust, lies, and unrequited love, a sex god with secrets and a determined woman on a mission are connected by a past coated in lies but a future with heated promise.

Having loved her best friend since high school, Emily “Em” Rose is left crushed when he leaves for Europe. After five years of radio silence, Jem’s back, claiming he loves her. He seems set at earning her love and trust back, but she’s determined to thwart his attempts. She has no intention of giving in to him or listening to her own heart, but he’s relentless.

With the help of her sister, Celia, her quirky witch friend, Marcy, and a few crazy potions, Em just can’t shake him. One thing is clear—the world is obviously plotting against her. Even her best allies are hell-bent at throwing her into his arms.

In real danger of giving in to the pull of her heart and the undeniable heat between her and her ex-best friend, she must make a choice and determine whether losing may actually make her a winner.


(romantic suspense/contemporary romance)

Petra Galatas sees the world through rose-colored glasses…

Petra has always chosen to see the best in people. Even her ex-husband’s extramarital affairs couldn’t destroy her faith in humanity. However, as much as she craves love, she’s not ready to trust another man with her heart.

The last place Petra thought she’d meet a guy was a closet in her ex-husband’s house…

While investigating Jonas Linden for millions of dollars in art fraud, Sam Corra’s clues lead him into the most unlikely of places—Jonas’ closet. Even less likely was meeting a woman there…a beautiful woman with honey skin and big brown eyes. Though neither of them divulge the reason they’re there, there’s an instant mutual attraction. And when Sam pursues her, he discovers the beautiful woman is none other than Jonas Linden’s ex-wife.

He’s on a mission to prove Jonas’ guilt. She’s determined to prove his innocence…

Unwilling to believe she had been stupid enough to marry a criminal, Petra attempts an investigation of her own, and unwittingly puts herself—and Sam—in danger. 

When they both become pawns in a deadly game, money, art, and love are all at stake.

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LAVENDER FIELDS (M/M Paranormal Romance)

Tag line: One angel to bind you, one angel to save you.

Sky Heavensent, an angel of death, is charged with the collection of souls of the recently departed. Known to his peers and immediate supervisor, the archangel Gabriel, as the liability, Sky puts his heart and soul into everything he does. 

When he meets Caleb Pierce, Sky is immediately smitten. The problem is Caleb is the soul he came to earth to harvest, and saving him means breaking one of the most sacred angelic directives. 

Already in too deep, Sky pushes aside the consequences and follows his heart. Danger and mayhem follow, but he will do everything in his power to protect his lavender-eyed man.

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BLIND MAGIC (romantic comedy)

Will her promise to heal the man who’s captured her heart put him in danger? In Natalina Reis’s whimsical novel of spells, desire, and unwavering determination, a hot detective with a painful past and an impulsive witch armed with potent tea are linked by an instant connection and the promise of a magical love affair.

Marcy has never been in love. But when Oliver Dawson walks into her store, she falls head over heels. Unable to shake the feeling that she and Oliver were made for each other, for the first time in her life, the quirky witch considers casting a love spell for herself.

Oliver’s life is turned upside down when he’s shot and almost killed. Even though events haven’t been kind to the sexy police detective, he’s determined to make the best of his situation. But still, nothing could have prepared him for feisty Marcy breaking down his defenses, nor the healing tea that leaves him gagging.

Unconventional and hell-bent on getting her man, the little witch soon weaves her magic and captures his heart. He’s more than willing to give it to her, but when faced with his painful and turbulent past, neither are sure they’ll get their happily ever after. 

HER REAL MAN (roamantic comedy)

An imperfect firefighter defined by his past.

A determined author on a mission for the truth.

When Ana Mathews searches for book-boyfriend inspiration, she gets more than she expected from Gavin McLeod. Her quest to find imperfection could be the spark that brings to life their chance at happiness, or the burn that could destroy it all.

About Natalina:
Natalina wrote her first romance at the age of 13 in collaboration with her best friend. Since then she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes. She’s the author of We Will Always Have the Closet, Desert Jewel, Loved You Always, and Lavender Fields.

After earning a degree in tourism and foreign languages, she worked as a tourist guide in her native Portugal for a short time before moving to the United States. She lived in three continents and a few islands, and her knack for languages and linguistics led her to a master’s degree in education. She lives in Virginia where she’s taught English as a Second Language to elementary school children for more years than she cares to admit.

Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.

  1. Can you tell us a little about your books?
Even though I write romance I’m kind of an eclectic writer just as I am  a reader. I write across several sub-genres because I enjoy reading across genres as well. But all my books have common themes or characteristics no matter if it is set in a little town in the US or out in space somewhere (haven’t written this one as yet, lol. But you never know). They all feature some kind of outcast, someone who doesn’t fit in into the “normal” standards, and the unifying theme across colors, nationalities, religions, or disabilities—the need to love and be loved. Oh yeah, and I do have the tendency to inject some kind of mystery/drama into all my books, even the romantic comedies.
  1.  What inspires you to write?
Just about anything really. Could be a song, a movie, an overheard conversation in line at the store, something I witness at the coffeeshop…events from my past. Sometimes a color or a smell trigger an idea for a story.
  1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
So far I have five published with another one about to be published in March, but at least three more finished. Asking a writer which one of her “babies” is her favorite is like asking a mom which of her kids she prefers. They all have their flaws and their glows. To me it always seems to be the last one being published, probably because it is the one that better sticks to your brain at the time. So I guess if I had to pick, I’d choose Blind Magic because of the main characters. I struggled with that book. Agonized over many things, deleted and added, and finally decided to challenge myself by adding the male character’s POV (can’t tell you why it was challenging. You’ll have to read the book, lol). But ask me again in a few months and I’ll probably give you a different answer.
  1. For a reader who hasn't read your books yet, which book do you suggest they start with?
Blind Magic or Loved You Always, I think. They are connected by a character but can be read separately and in any order. Loved You Always came first and then Marcy, who was a side character in it, became the star of Blind Magic. You just can’t help loving Marcy.
  1. How do you come up with your characters names?
It depends on the story and the sub-genre. For example, in Desert Jewel which is a romantic fantasy, I was very methodical about choosing names. I wanted names that were culturally relevant to the setting and also I needed some meaning behind those names. The main character, Jaali has a Swahili name even though is from Northern Europe. That was done on purpose because he is part of two very different cultures but doesn’t fit in either. On the other hand, his princess ended up with a name I have no idea where it came from. I wrote it down, liked it, and ran with it.
  1.  What's one random fact about yourself that you can share?
I love Opera. Yes, you heard it. My namesake aunt got me hooked on it when I was little and I just grew to love it. If I could afford it I’d buy tickets to every single opera that came into town. And I do have an impressive collection of sound recordings of a lot of them.
  1. If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Scotland. I lived there for four years a longtime ago and of all the places I’ve lived (which are quite a few), Scotland felt like home. It’s just my kind of place and I don’t even mind the rain. (Washington state comes in a close second)
  1. What are writing projects are you currently working on?                                                                                                  I just finished a M/M shifter romance and I am currently working on another romantic comedy—as yet to be named—and revising a dystopian/sci-fi romance project that doesn’t fit into any “boxes” and which most likely will end up being self-published. I am also rewriting an old romantic suspense novel exclusively for my newsletter subscribers.

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