Monday, April 11, 2016

M.L. Carrington's WHAT SARA SAID Blitz & Giveaway

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What would you risk for a second chance with your first love?
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Enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card or SIGNED Print Copy
What Sara Said
by M.L. Carrington

My Rating: 5 Stars

Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: M.L. Carrington
ISBN-13: 9781523291137
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Infidelity
Print Length: 189 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
What would you do if you had a SECOND CHANCE with your FIRST LOVE... would you take it? Would you end a marriage? Would you risk it all... for your soul mate?

Twenty-nine year-old Sara Preen had it all; an upper-class lifestyle, two beautiful children and a successful husband that provided for her. She had everything she needed, except for one thing... passionate, soul-binding love. That is, until Sara crosses paths with a man from her past, Jude, a charming psychologist who happens to have been her first love. While Jude wrestles with a moral struggle, his unique ability compels him to stay in Sara's life, tantalizing her senses and fulfilling her heart's desires. When an unexpected event inspires her workaholic husband, Eric, to embrace a new perspective on life, Sara must choose between the man she promised her life to, and the one her soul would have. Filled with emotion, internal conflict and a healthy dose of seductive prose, What Sara Said moves us to challenge the existence of soul mates and the perception of a defined destiny. This book is intended for mature audiences.
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 What Sara Said by M.L. Carrington

What Sara SaidPrepare to feel your insides twist. Prepare to not know what or how to feel about the main characters. Then realize this is frighteningly more realistic than not. M. L. Carrington is a new and powerful voice in the fiction world and she is making some noise with her novel, What Sara Said.

In a world moving too fast to sit back and smell the roses, Sara has become a statistic, resentful of her family’s intrusion on her time and her identity. She now spends days alone, caring for two small children, exhausted and feeling taken for granted as her husband’s career is soaring, causing him to be gone for days at a time. A weekend nurse now, Sara feels this is her time to be in control of her life, unfettered by baby diapers, sour milk and a husband who seems to take her for granted.
That is when the boy she fell in love with years before comes back into her life all grown up. Jude.

It started with coffee and went on from there. Stolen moments, the lies, the sneaking around and worse. Then there was the accident that nearly killed Sara and it happened on the way home from Jude’s. to call this a life-changing event would be an understatement, but the biggest changes came from within her marriage, her husband, Eric. Now Sara must choose between the life she has, the promise of a new beginning with the man she married or to follow a dream from the past, the one she claims is her soulmate.

M.L. Carrington has taken an extremely personal and painful topic, the vows of marriage and fidelity and reveals the pain and damage of betraying those vows. She does not ask you to like her characters or their actions. She forces us to consider all that is happening and the potential the destruction of lives no matter the resolution as Sara must choose between two loves and risk losing them both. Dark, riveting and well-written, a shame these characters couldn’t use their words as well as M.L. Carrington did.
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 M.L. Carrington is a marketing and communications professional, drinker of wine, and the woman behind the recently published novel, What Sara Said.
Time has a way of providing us with perspective on the very threads of life that define who we are as individuals. It was a complex web of these threads of life and her experiences as a friend, daughter, sister, wife and mother that inspired M.L. Carrington to write her first novel, What Sara Said.
In her writing, Carrington draws from her background in health care, having worked as a physical therapy assistant for more than a decade before exploring a career in communications and marketing. During the very rare moments when she is not working, co-managing a busy household with her three amazing children, or writing, this author enjoys flameworking with her husband in their glass studio, sailing and hiking with her family, baking and home decorating.
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Ten Things I’ve Learned By Becoming an Author

Life is too short to not learn something from every experience we have.

My writing journey began more than six years before I self-published my first novel, with an idea for a narrative that was conceived in the wee hours of the morning while I nursed my infant son. Under the heavy influence of minimal sleep, and the works of authors such as Stephanie Meyer, Elizabeth Brundage, and Jodi Picoult, the idea grew as my life unfolded, twisted, and turned - rich with experiences that shaped a fluid perspective on life and relationships. The complete story of Sara’s gripping love triangle emerged, and an author was born.

When I started writing, I quickly realized that doing so would be a process - one that would take me through varying degrees of both pride and self-doubt; one that would by nature force me to learn about the art and dynamics of writing, and about myself; and one that would take years, a lifetime, to master. Here are some of the things I learned during that process:

Writing fiction is therapeutic.

Writing about relationships, love, and sex will garner some interesting search queries.

Candid advice offered by seasoned authors is gold – listen to, and respect every word. Good beta-readers are equally invaluable.

Time passes with great speed when the creative juices are flowing – it seems like there’s never enough time to write it all!

Writing can be one of the most complicated forms of self-expression, heavily influenced by personal experience. Publishing invites the world into your story. Be ready to be judged by it. Embrace the positive reviews, and learn from the not-so-positive ones.

Proofread, revise, and then when you think you have a final draft, put it away for at least a week. Repeat two dozen times.

If the story is worth writing at all, take the time to write it well. Don’t rush to publish.

Did I mention that writing is a process?

Acknowledge those that helped along the way.

There is always more that I can learn.
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Connect with M.L. Carrington
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M.L. Carrington is offering a 
GRAND PRIZE of a $10 Amazon Gift Card (Intl)
PLUS
A SIGNED Print Copy of WHAT SARA SAID (US)
Ends April 25, 2016 @ 11:59PM

52 comments:

  1. I find flameworking fascinating. What created the desire to learn it and have a studio with your husband?

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    1. Hi Kristen! My fascination with glass began about six years ago when I observed an artist forming glass bead charms to wear on a European-style bracelet (Pandora). The artist's demonstration prompted me to take her class at our local Center for the Arts in Upstate NY. I've been playing with flame and glass ever since! The technical art behind glass blowing caught my husband's eye and eventually, we started flameworking side by side in our home studio!

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    2. I looked up Pandora bracelets,they are beautiful and so unique. I understand why you wanted to learn how to make those amazing glass beads. And I think it's a wonderful way to make memories with your husband by sharing the experience together.

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  2. it would be great to see my first love again

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  3. I would really like to see my first love again

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  4. My oldest sister who is one I know would love to see it and I know she would want to read the book first

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  5. Sounds like a great read . I still see my first love sometimes but just as friends .

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  6. I think it would be fun to see my first love..

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  7. It might be awkward to see my first love I think. It took me long enough to get over them to begin with. No sense dredging that all back up.

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  8. I wouldn't want to see my first love again now but just remember the good times we had.

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  9. I doubt I would recognize my first love - or he me.

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  10. I did see my first love again. We even tried dating. Didn't work though.

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  11. This is a new author for me and the book sounds very intriguing, so I'd love to learn more!

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    1. Nikolina- Thank you for your interest! I'd love to hear what you think of the story. You can learn more by visiting www.mlcarrington.com or following on social media: Twitter @ml_Carrington & Facebook.com/authormlcarrington.

      Take care!

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  12. This is a new author for me and the book sounds very intriguing, so I'd love to learn more!

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  13. I think it'd be cool to see him again.. just for old times sake :)

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  14. No, I would never ever want to see my first love, ended badly! Thank you

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  15. As someone still with her First and True LOVE, I'd love a chance to relive the first time WE met all over again!!!

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  16. I would like to see my first love again and see how they are doing.

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  17. I'm not sure I would want to meet my 'first love' again - regrets aren't an option but I think meeting him again would spark a few of them for me

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  18. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

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    1. Hello Mai T.! To answer your question, the story is completely fictional. However, I believe that even fiction writers create stories that, in some way, are influenced by experiences they've had. For me, this influence presents itself in my writing in the form of character traits and small elements of the storyline. My experiences have shaped my perspective on relationships, which carries over into this story.

      Thank you for your interest! I look forward to hearing what you think of the story!

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  19. Nope wouldn't want to see my first love.

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  20. Just for curiosity purposes it kind of would be cool to see him. -Veronika

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  21. Oh I'd always want to see my first love.

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  22. I love the idea of this romance where you have another chance with your first love! I have been craving romances lately - I'm even reading a historical fiction book at the moment.

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  23. I would love to see my first love. The character in my first novel is based on him, but that was a loooooong time ago...lol

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  24. I see my first love every day -- I married him

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  25. I wouldn't want to see my first love, it would probably be more awkward than anything

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  26. I haven't met him yet!

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  27. This sounds amazing. No I have no desire to see my first love again :)

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  28. It's been so long I probably wouldn't recognize my first love.

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  29. I have...he's bald:). Course I'm fat so win some lose some

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  30. Thank you so much for the chance I would love to read this book

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    1. Hi Debbie Rice! Thank you so much for your interest. I'd love for you to read What Sara Said, too, and look forward to hearing what you think of the story!

      With love and gratitude,
      ML Carrington

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  31. How long does it take you to complete a novel from inspiration to final copy?

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    1. Hello Katieoscarlet! Thank you for your interest! It took me six years to complete my debut novel, What Sara Said. I began writing when the youngest of my three children was an infant. As you can probably imagine, finding time to write while caring for little ones can be task! I'm on track to publish my second novel, In Search of Jude, in early 2017, which I started writing a few months ago. I hope you have an opportunity to read What Sara Said, and I look forward to hearing what you think of the story! Take care!

      ML Carrington

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  32. Ive thought about my first love from time to time and even tried to find him on FB but can't find him.

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  33. After 19 years I got back together with my first love 2 years ago. We are very happy and getting married next month.

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    1. That's wonderful! Congratulations and I wish you the best in your future together!

      ML Carrington

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  34. Have never tried this author before. Would love to read this book :)

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    1. Thank you for your interest! I hope you have an opportunity to read What Sara Said, and I look forward to hearing what you think of the story! Take care!

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  35. No I dont see my first love. Thank you for the chance.

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  36. This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty.

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    1. Hello Bridgett Wilbur! I'd love for you to read What Sara Said, too, and look forward to hearing what you think of the story! Thank you for your interest!

      With love and gratitude,
      ML Carrington

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  37. This sounds like an awesome book, I look forward to reading it.

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    1. Hi Shamona Hagan! I hope you have an opportunity to read What Sara Said, and I can't wait to hear what you think of the story!

      With love and gratitude,

      ML Carrington

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  38. Excellent review! This book sounds like such an exciting, interesting, and intriguing read. Totally looking forward to checking this book out!

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    1. Awww, thanks Ally Swanson! I hope you have an opportunity to read What Sara Said, and I look forward to hearing what you think of the story! Thank you for your interest.

      With love and gratitude,

      ML Carrington

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  39. I'm not the person I was back then, so any connections made then would not work now.

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