Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Winners of M.L. Carrington's WHAT SARA SAID Giveaway are:

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What would you risk for a second chance with your first love?
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The Winner of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or 

 Victoria A.

The Winner of  a SIGNED Print Copy

Kelly G.
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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