Sunday, April 24, 2016

Jolene Cazzola's LOVE'S ILLUSIONS SERIES Blitz & Giveaway

She believed in Fairy Tale Endings
But life hadn't gone as planned.
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WIN One of Five eCopy Sets of the Love's Illusions Series
Love's Journey
by Jolene Cazzola
Book Two of the Love's Illusions Series
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: March 28, 2016
Publisher: Jolene Cazzola
Genre: Twentieth Century Historical Romance
Print Length: 266 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
Nothing in Jackie Moretti’s young life has gone as planned. The fairy tale existence she believed in had fallen apart. Her husband’s hidden impulses and lies caused their marriage to crumble. And even her new relationship with sexy bad boy, Michael Nowak seems to have expired. Or has it?
Michael’s California drug operation is bringing in the coin, but without Jackie, his life feels empty. When a tragic event brings him back to Chicago, he has a choice to make: keep letting life throw him in the same direction or take things into his own hands.
As Jackie and Michael reunite, old wounds and new complications could make their heartbreak even more devastating than the first time around. Unless a new friend and an old lover can set them on the path of a new life together…
Love’s Journey is the second installment in a series of women’s fiction historical novels with a touch of romance. If you like deep and complicated love stories set in the 1970s with complex characters, then you’ll love Jolene Cazzola’s continuing saga.
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Love's Illusions
by Jolene Cazzola
Book One of the Love's Illusions Series
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Jolene Cazzola
ISBN-13: 9781519148025
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 280 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
Chicago, 1971. A marriage broken. A second chance at complicated love.

Jackie Moretti always believed in fairy tale endings. A promising art student in Chicago in the early 1970s with a happy marriage to her childhood sweetheart points to a bright future, until Jackie's world cracks in two.

Six months into the marriage, it becomes alarmingly clear that Jackie's husband Stephen is not the man she thought she married. Even when confronted with overwhelming evidence, her husband cannot admit the truth and blames her for the destruction of their relationship. She tries to cope with the pain by taking on a new job at a local bar, diving into a series of one-night stands, and numbing herself with drugs.

Sexy mechanic Michael Nowak grabs Jackie's attention from their first encounter. The small-time dealer provides both sex and drugs to distract Jackie from her downward spiral. When their feelings turn from lust to something more, Michael gets roped into a larger-scale criminal operation than he ever thought possible. Can their love survive depression, regret, and struggles of the heart or will the second city swallow them whole?

Love's Illusions is the first installment in a series of women's modern historical fiction novels. If you enjoy books set in the early 1970s with compelling characters and immersive writing, then you'll love Jolene Cazzola's debut novel. 

 
**This is a story of coming of age, of learning to find the inner strength from within and to follow the path YOU need to follow, not the path of least resistance or the path chosen for you by others with their own agenda.

Ms. Cazzola shares a strong voice with her readers as she tackles life in an era many of us can still remember.**
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My life has been one of change, creativity and adaptation. Very little has been planned and that includes my life as a writer, but it’s one of the most satisfying incarnations yet. I’ve been in love with the creative arts since I was a child – attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning both a BFA and MFA, however, at that stage of life, my medium was the visual arts. It wasn’t until much later, after going back to school for an MBA and spending many years in business and social work (yet another expressive turn) that I became fascinated with the way words effected people’s lives. Thus began a chapter of life combining experiences and words which led to the publication of Love’s Illusions, my first novel.
Now, when I’m not writing, I’m working for my “pet causes” trying to give back to the world, spending time with friends or seeing how many cats can comfortably live in my home at one time – I’m currently at six and counting!


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 WANT THE FREE BACK STORY TO THE LOVE'S ILLUSIONS SERIES?
GO TO JOLENE'S WEBSITE AND REQUEST IT!
The BackStory is an illustrated companion book to the series. Gives character interviews, wedding pictures, music downloads, deleted scenes, etc.
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Jolene Cazzola is giving away FIVE eBook sets of the LOVE'S ILLUSIONS Series
International Where Allowed
Ends May 9, 2016 @11:59PM

44 comments:

  1. I'm very definitely a realist. It would be lovely to really believe fairy tales do happen but I'm also very much a cynic where they are concerned!

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    1. My books are set back in the 1970s - a time when your culture was in the midst of massive change. Jackie was naive to the world, to what love really meant. My stories follow her awakening and how she manages life. It's about finding that balance and understanding we all need to survive.

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  2. I'm a realist too. Life has taught me that.

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    1. Just don't ever lose your sense of wonder.

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  3. I'm a realist. I wish fairy tales were true and we all could have ours.
    Thank you for the chance to win, I look forward to reading your books and learning more about you and your books.

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    1. I hope you enjoy them and share the story with your friends. I tried to capture what reality was like for Jackie, Stephen and Michael, and relay their story so you'd get to know the people they actually were.

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  4. i always want to believe fairy tales come true but i try to be a realist too

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    1. I think 'fairy tales coming true' is one of the reasons we read stories - a form of escaping. My books are real, hopefully showing that that is always a degree of hope, even when we don't see that possibility. I'd love to hear what you all think about them.

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  5. I wish I could believe in fairy tale endings; sadly, I don't. Instead, I'm very much a realist.

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    1. Maybe that search for the perfect ending is what started me writing. I think we always need hope - not that we should be naive, but somewhere in the back of our hearts we need to have a ray of hope shining through.

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  6. Some people are lucky enough to have fairy tale endings..
    So yes..

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    1. Yep, I agree... and others don't. It's the search that keeps us going.

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  7. I'm a little of both. I believe in love at first sight and as far as the happily ever after, well, that takes work on both parties and the foundation for the union should have begun with Love and know that you must have communication, honesty and trust

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    1. Working to keep a relationship alive is one of the themes of the third book in this series - it's not an easy subject to write about.

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  8. Fairy tale endings are great, but definitely more of a fantasy thing. But, happy beginnings and journeys are definitely possible!

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  9. When I started writing, some people would tell me my books were romance because they were sexy, while others would tell me they weren't because I didn't conform to the conventions of the genre -- ie. a happy ending. My work tries to find a balance - like we all have to do in life.

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  10. Realistic. But boy do I love fairtales.

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  11. I would say I'm a little of both. I am realistic but I believe!! ❤️

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  12. Love fairy tale endings but kind of a realist

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  13. Love fairy tale endings but kind of a realist

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  14. I would love to have a fairy tale ending but unfortunately I live in the real world so I'm a realist

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  15. I would like to believe in fairy tale endings, however, I haven't found it yet.

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  16. What books have most influenced your life?

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    1. That's a difficult question for me, a little like asking to pick a favorite child :-), but I tend to go back to the books of my day... books like Fear of Flying, Female Eunich, Rabbit Redux, Portnoy's Complaint. As for modern writers I tend towards Elizabeth Gilbert, Liliana Hart. And I LOVED the book by Celest Ng, Everything I Never Told You.

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  17. I've been slapped in the chops too many times to believe in fairy tales, so I guess that makes me a realist.
    Jolene, are you a "pantster" or an outliner? If you outline, to what extent. Inquiring minds (nosy writer) wants to know. :-)
    Hi, Dianne!

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    1. I'm pretty much a pantser. I 'plan' things out in my head, dictate notes into my phone when I think of things, etc., but I haven't been able to master the art of the outline.

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  18. I love the balance in all these comments! I can see we're a bunch of realists with a ray of hope, not willing to give up on getting everything life promised when we were kids.

    For Jackie (and please forgive me if I talk about her and the other characters as if they are real, because they are to me) learning that lesson was no easy task. That's why I think of the Love's Illusions series more as Women's Fiction than pure Romance, although there is a lot of that :-). My books look at how real people make their way through to find their 'happy' when fairy tales are shattered by real life -- how a woman finds strength from within by finding that balance and learns to love life again.

    I'm currently writing Book 3. For those of you who have read the first two, I hope you will enjoy how she finds the balance.

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    1. Yay! I cannot wait to read the first two and I am already looking forward to your third. I refer to this state of mind that everything will work out like a fairy tale as the Cinderella syndrome. We are fed fairy tales from the time we are young children, and life just doesn't quite work out that way, at least not for most of us. I really love the idea of how you are dealing with this subject matter and again, I cannot wait to read these books. I met you at the book babes signing event in Jacksonville and I'm sorry that I have not yet had the chance to read your books, Omar and the lesson that I am learning from you in promotion as well as about becoming a better writer myself. I love that you have a newsletter and a Blog and that you are using social media to your best advantage. Very smart. :-)

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    2. Yay! I cannot wait to read the first two and I am already looking forward to your third. I refer to this state of mind that everything will work out like a fairy tale as the Cinderella syndrome. We are fed fairy tales from the time we are young children, and life just doesn't quite work out that way, at least not for most of us. I really love the idea of how you are dealing with this subject matter and again, I cannot wait to read these books. I met you at the book babes signing event in Jacksonville and I'm sorry that I have not yet had the chance to read your books, Omar and the lesson that I am learning from you in promotion as well as about becoming a better writer myself. I love that you have a newsletter and a Blog and that you are using social media to your best advantage. Very smart. :-)

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    3. Hi Jennifer - good to hear from someone who was at the signing... so much fun! I'm not much of a blogger, but I do try to use social media as much as I can. It's a great way to connect with people.
      Be sure to go to my website and get on the mailing list!

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  19. This is a very interesting blog. I am hoping to write a blog of my own soon on a weekly basis and you have given me some very good ideas. Thanks so much for that and also for the chance to win your books! Verizon thing I love more than writing and reading. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  20. This is a very interesting blog. I am hoping to write a blog of my own soon on a weekly basis and you have given me some very good ideas. Thanks so much for that and also for the chance to win your books! Verizon thing I love more than writing and reading. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  21. BY THE WAY EVERYONE --- make sure you go my web site and join the mailing list. Everyone who does gets a FREE copy of The BackStory, an illustrated companion book to the Love's Illusions series! You can see the cover above by the contest!

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  22. I'm a realist. I love to read Fairy Tales but I know that is just what they are Fairy Tales. Thanks for the chance.
    Nicole Ortiz
    Nicky0909@sbcglobal.net

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  23. I love fairytales and though I know that they are unlikely to happen I like the thought of happy endings and happily ever after. One can dream and hope for the best. I think that everyone should hold on to hope. I do.

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  25. Your booKS are great reads, sorry I have not in touch recently was was on a big family reunion, I already pass on your books to them because they live fairy tales like I do.

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  26. Hi Luzy - Good to hear from you! Please go out to Amazon and post a review for me of each book. Give people your honest opinion -- That's the best way to let other decide if these books are for them.

    They are set in the 1970s. Some of the things that jackie (protagonist) has to deal with are governed by the times... like depression, abortion, equal rights. When I look back, it has all changed so very much but still has a long way to go!

    The common thread of everyone's comments here is HOPE, be it through fairly tales or reality!

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  27. Can I be both? I am a realist in real life but always hold hope in fairytales & the chance of miracles & blessings from a higher power!

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    1. Yep, there are no rules here - you can be whatever you want to be! :-)

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