Monday, September 2, 2013

The Eyes of Love Tour ($50 Giftcard Giveaway)

Dear friends and visitors,

I’m excited to welcome Angelina Rose, the author of The Eyes of Love, to Novel Moments. Before introducing you to the novel, she was kind enough to put together a blog post for authors interested in reading about research from another author’s perspective.

After reading the post, please stay a while. The author is giving away a $50 Amazon or gift card to one lucky commenter. To increase your chances of winning, follow the tour and comment. You’ll find the tour dates HERE.

Now, Angelina Rose, give us some researching tips.

Researching tips

Research doesn’t have to play a huge part in fiction writing, but it will add the polish and knowledge that will make your readers view your work as credible. You don’t want to receive comment after comment on your romance novel about a farmer and his bride pointing out wheat doesn’t really grow in Wyoming when you’ve worked so hard on all the other elements of your story.

A good start is always a quick Internet search, especially if you just need a small amount of information. For example, obviously your romance novel doesn’t include the daily ins and outs of farming, but you will probably mention a crop or two and you should make sure they grow in that region. Even for a larger search, the Internet is a great starting point. However, don’t take everything you read online as the whole truth! It’s always good to verify any of the information you use by looking it up on several other sites just to make sure your original source was correct.

Another great thing about using the Internet to search is you will often find links to other articles that might help you in your story as well. Chances are good the person writing what you’re reading did their own research and their sources are usually mentioned, which is an excellent way to get keywords for a new search.


After a tragic loss five years ago, Sally Overby becomes an Attorney in Atlanta. She convinces herself that all she'll ever need again is her young son, David, and her life as an attorney. Until one day, Colin Dean barges back into her life and promptly blows her safe world apart, driving her crazy as only a guy she'd had a "school girl crush" on can.

Sally is wary to love deeply. Only, with every loving look Colin gives her plus every sweet kiss, as the attraction between them sparks, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the one she should be with. And although Colin didn’t realize his life was going to change so quickly, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether. The one for Sally’s heart.

Will Colin be able to convince her that's it safe to love him... and that forever isn't really out of reach?

The Eyes of Love is a novella… so you can enjoy it in just one day!


"Hi there. I'm Gracie..." the waitress said as she put down a napkin and some silverware.

"Gracie. It's me. Sally Overby," she said grinning.

Gracie stopped in her tracks and squinted her eyes. "Sally? I can't believe it! You're stunning, honey!" she said reaching down and hugging her. "What are you doing in town?"

"Reunion. And to see Momma, of course."

"I can't get over how beautiful you are!"


"You were always a sweetheart of a person, but now your outside matches your inside."

"That's a nice way to look at it."

"So, what have you been up to?"

"Let's see... Became an attorney, got married, had a son, became a widow..."

"Oh, Sally, I'm so sorry! I remember that now. Your Momma told me a few years back. You're still single?"

"Yep. But I have a date to the reunion tomorrow night, so I guess I'm officially back on the dating circuit now," Sally said giggling.

"Date? Who with?"

"Colin Dean."

Gracie started fanning herself. "Oh, girl, you scored on that one, huh?"

"I did. He's a wonderful guy."


Angelina Rose has wanted to write ever since she could hold a pencil. The first daughter of immigrant parents, Angelina had her head buried in books, lost in a world of heroes, heroines and exotic places.

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Angelina's author career.

"I awoke in the ICU... I had been unconscious for several days," Angelina says.

In 2010, Angelina had a long stint in hospital following her involvement in a motor vehicle accident: the longest time off work (as a Registered Nurse), she'd ever had in her life!

It was then she took up pen and paper and started to write again, just as she had done when she was a child. She wrote four short fiction stories for young adults, entered them in several competitions, and managed to win three first prizes!

After happily dipping her toes into writing those short fiction stories for young adults, Angelina has now authored four books in a new "Mill Creek Crossing Romance" series... contemporary romance intended for adults.

The "Starting Over Series" is another contemporary romance series she wrote about a subject she knows well... nurses and their love life. At a recent reunion of her graduating class, she could not help but notice how the same girls would group together and laugh, chat, and even shed some tears over their lives since graduating. Many of the girls had divorced... so Angelina thought "what if a group of the nurses came up with a plan to meet in two years and have a new love story to share?" Then the first story in the series was born.

There is always a story running around in her head. A man with thick dark hair, gray-blue eyes, with an engaging smile and a quick wit... or a girl crying over a broken relationship. She finds herself talking to these characters during her day: when she's doing dishes, or bathing babies at the hospital. These characters crop up on days at the beach or on walks through the neighborhood. This is how the stories start to grow.

Angelina's mother was an author, so Angelina grew up with a love of words and stories. If she wasn't writing a short story about something that took her fancy, her head was buried in books... reading, reading, reading, as her brother constantly told her...

When she's not spending time with her good looking man, or quality time with her laptop, she's working at the hospital, hanging out with her family and friends, or walking her two dogs around the neighborhood. Angelina spends as much time as she can traveling, then coming home and including some of those adventures in her stories.

Angelina really loves to hear from her readers and she invites you to connect with her on Facebook as she interacts daily with her readers there!

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  1. Nice excerpt, thank you.


  2. Angelina...As a librarian, I always enjoy hearing about the research that authors do. I do like it when authors mention going beyond Google...maybe going to book sources and/or using their local libraries.
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