Wednesday, August 15, 2012

ANSA #32

 ** Sorry for the delay! Here it is!**
Welcome everyone to the thirty-second Authors Not-So-Anonymous weekly meeting!! This weekly series is about authors from Twitter and Facebook!  This week, I would like to introduce Carmen DeSousa into Authors Not-So-Anonymous!

Carmen DeSousa is romantic suspense/adult novelist and a book editor.  She's been writing her entire life, but began writing seriously in 2010 - "I sat down and penned four novels in one year.  I spent the next eight months selling them.  And in August 2011, I signed a contract to release my first book 12/24/2011."

Her first released novel was She Belongs to Me...
(description from Amazon)
After secrets and a mysterious background leave a wife's life hanging by a thread, a husband must look for answers in the only place he knows--the past.

When wealthy construction company owner and Charlotte detective, Jordan Monroe, meets Jaynee for the first time he is awestruck and determines to make her his wife. Jaynee, however, has a history she cannot easily overcome and is fearful to submit to love. Jordan succeeds in making her his wife, but five years into their marriage, he realizes she is keeping secrets.  Before he can decipher her duplicity, he discovers her unconscious in their home from a gunshot wound only hours after giving her an ultimatum concerning their relationship.

With Jaynee's life hanging in the balance, the mystery of her past drives Jordan to investigate. But what appears to be an attempted suicide turns out to be something far darker. Is someone from her past stalking her? Or worse, is someone close to Jordan trying to kill them both? As Jordan edges closer to the truth, it may be deadlier than he could ever have imagined. (end)

Her second novel was Land of the Noonday Sun and she is currently working on Split Decisions, due out in December 2012.

Carmen is an Indie author.  Large publishers and several agents had contacted her about her first novel, but she turned them down.  "For my first novel, I decided to stay with an independent publisher because I was able to have more flexibility and control."  Indie authors do have more control over the content of their novels, which makes writing more enjoyable for many.  Carmen draws her inspiration from every aspect of her life, "...everything I’ve seen, experienced, and dreamt."

Since Carmen has been an avid reader her entire life, she can't narrow down her list of favorite titles.  Her first three favorite authors are: Sidney Sheldon, Iris Johansen, and Ted Dekker.

"I write modern-day fairytales filledwith romance, mystery, and suspense. All of my novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic, and will hopefully make you cry, laugh, love, and hope."

Keep up with Carmen on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Amazon.  Have an author to nominate?  Send me a message via Twitter (#ANSA), Facebook, or leave a comment with the author(s) name and contact information.  I'd love to add new members!  Happy Reading!

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