Sunday, April 26, 2015

Liza O'Connor finds a Fabulous New Author:J.M. Maurer. She shares her two novels.

Today, I have found a talented and delightful author, J.M. Maurer to share with you. Let me ask her a few questions and you'll see why I like her. She has my sense of humor. 

1) If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?

J.M.: Belgium; where I could over-indulge on the best chocolate—forever!  

2) Tell us something crazy you’ve done and why you did it.

J.M.: I juggled 3 tennis balls during an 8th grade health class, the 35 minutes of burning in my arms making me second-guess whether it was worth the 5 extra credit points that I needed to go from a B+ to an A. J

3) What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?

J.M.: If you were receiving a major literary award and you were about to go onstage with Chris Hemsworth but noticed his fly was down, would you let them know and how would you do it?

Darn! I wish I had asked that! Well let's check our her debut novel and her recently released second novel.

Seeking Love 

(Emerging From Darkness Book 1)

By J.M. Maurer

Publish Date: April 2, 2015
Contemporary Romance, Humor, Woman’s Fiction

Every day, Jessica Winters does what she does best—bury herself in patient care within the walls of the neuro intensive care unit, keeping herself busy to escape the dark sadness that controls her life. But the day she sees Matthew Moi, the intriguing man seated at her new patient’s bedside, her shattered heart begins to frantically beat once again. 

As Matthew pins his mesmerizing gaze upon her, trying to distract her with his humorous and playful banter, she does her best to ignore him. Somehow he already knows a great deal about her, breaking down Jessica’s barriers and awakening her soul, drawing her out of the darkness and into his arms. 

When her painful past resurfaces, revealing truths that threaten her future, Jessica struggles through her issues and fights to stay on a healing path . . . seeking love.

    One thing I knew: I wasn’t that woman anymore. I wouldn’t be her anymore.

   My heart was racing at the thought of being separated from Matthew by only the door, and I watched as it opened, knowing he stood mere feet away. I drew in a deep breath to calm my frantic nerves and steady my racing heart. It was the moment my eyes would see him again, and the same moment I knew all involuntary muscle movements would cease.

   As Matthew stepped in and around the door, his alluring eyes captured me. The feeling was nothing new. I’d been imprisoned by his gaze before. And locked in it again, I watched as he drifted to me, the indisputable chemistry between us palpable and absolute. His mesmerizing eyes had hypnotized my burning soul, completely bewitching me.

   “Hello, Jessica,” he murmured, pointing to an open area of the bed. “Mind if I sit?”

   I gave a slight shake of my head, having difficulty forming the simple word “no,” and watched as he made himself comfortable facing me. His crisp charcoal-colored trousers bunched as he scooted on the bed. My sight roamed along his classic plum-colored dress shirt and stopped searching once I focused on his face.

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Now let's check out her latest novel:

Seeking Redemption 

(Emerging From Darkness Book 2)

By J.M. Maurer

Publish Date: May 2, 2015

After surviving a bitter divorce and emerging from a darkness that became all too familiar, Jessica finds herself on top of the world, her soulful awakening allowing her to feel again, trust again, and even love again. Her painful past, however, is relentless, both physically and emotionally, bombarding her daily and not allowing her to overcome the lingering demons that ultimately control her life.

As Matthew lovingly guides her toward a healthy future, his own secrets become known, threatening to destroy the trusting relationship that had quickly grown between them. But despite what life throws her way, Jessica pledges to put the past in the past, accepting that events are often out of her control. She fights for a future with the man who drew her out of the darkness, steering her onto a healing path . . . seeking redemption.

    Grandma O flipped the light switch to what she called my office and stood just inside the door, her soft features and gentle smile inviting me in. I shivered, poised one step away, with a strange yet familiar emotion rushing through me—an awareness that the instant I entered, my life would be forever changed. Again.

    Was this Matthew’s plan all along? They all seemed in on it, the thought making me feel railroaded and agitated, yet oddly aroused and enchanted too. Unsure how to deal with such conflicting emotions, I moved forward, looking to Grandma O for answers as I walked through.

    The office was spacious, slightly smaller than Matthew’s, with a mahogany desk in the far corner and in front of an expansive bank of floor-to-ceiling windows. I ran my fingertips along the colorful wall of psychology books and periodicals as I walked along, passing a leather couch on my way to the desk, my desk, and paused in front of an empty nook within the bookcase.

    It struck me as odd, the cold wooden surface needing something to spruce it up, make it mine. I had to think about that, my anxiety making it difficult to ponder the issue, my restlessness preventing me from staying in one place.

    I moved to the windows and stared out the tiny cracks between the blinds, the world outside just as complicated as the one I had chosen to live in.

     “We all read your master’s thesis,” Grandma O said, her voice pulling me out of my thoughts. 
“It’s obvious you have a natural gift for research and writing.”

    I turned and looked at her, questioning how they’d gotten their hands on a copy.

    Sedation in the ICU: Patient Accounts of Their Dreams, Their Pain, Their Fears; I hadn’t published it. As it was, after countless hours revisiting old charts and conducting hundreds of interviews, I’d never been more nervous or scared the instant it was pulled from my tight grip to be placed into the hands of someone who would actually read it. There was no way I’d ever publish it, opening myself up to a world filled with critics.

    “If you’re wondering, Dr. Moi is a personal friend of Professor Marienetti. The sexual fantasies accounted for and described within your research were fascinating, probably more so than Dr. Marienetti could digest. We’re baffled as to why you chose not to publish. The results, Jess, are far reaching, from ICUs to dentists’ offices. You have a special gift; embrace it.”

    She walked toward me and leaned her back against the wall, her gaze drinking in the room.
    “This office has been vacant, just waiting for you. You could do great things here.” She patted my arm, her grandmotherly smile telling me it would all be okay. “I’m next door if you need anything.”

    Embrace it, I thought, watching as she walked out the door. I’d heard that advice before—from Matthew. I sighed and looked down upon the desk, the one I knew would take me a while to start calling my own.

    My desk, my office, my couch, it all sounded quite foreign. I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not.

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JM Maurer lives with her family in Chicago. She makes it a point to never work on a full moon and cringes when a coworker uses the “Q” word—never, ever say, “It’s a quiet day today," at her day job.

Known for being overly superstitious, she can usually be found scraping at the remnants of a Nutella container, screaming at a hockey game, or putting pen to paper, allowing the “real” crazy voices in her head to come alive. And after all this, it’s no wonder she’s an incurable romantic and loves escaping the rat race of life to immerse herself inside the world of a really good romance book . . . because, after all, what’s better than a happily-ever-after?

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  1. Thank you for featuring Seeking Love & Seeking Redemption (Emerging From Darkness Books 1 & 2) on your lovely blog today. I really appreciate the opportunity to share Jessica and Matthew's story. I've really enjoyed writing it, and I'm hoping to have Seeking Hope, the final installment of the trilogy, available this fall/winter. I'll be checking in to answer any questions and reply to comments. Please don't hesitate to post a comment. Yes, "Authors love to get comments. It's candy to our souls."

    And, just so you are aware, Matthew Moi has been know to drop by from time to time. Unfortunately, I've left him, Jessica, and all of their friends (in book 3) in a precarious situation; he often tries to catch up with me to have words about that. Don't worry, I've left them with plenty of food and drink. ;-)

  2. What beautiful covers! Having been through a divorce, I know how challenging it is to pick up the pieces but it's so worth it!

    1. Thank you, Melissa Keir! :-) I appreciate you stopping by as well as your kind words. Yes, it is "so worth it!" Eventually, no matter what dark could you're under, things seem to work out in the end. Sometimes we just have to be patient enough to find the silver lining. Hugs to you! Hope all is well.

  3. Fabulous covers. I've stayed with friends in Belgium and we had chocolate for breakfast so I'm with you on Belgium thing.

    1. Sweeeeet, literally! LOL
      Like a kid, I still dream of chocolate rivers and ginormous chocolate fountains with all sorts of fruit to dip it in. Yum!
      Thanks for stopping by, Daryl Devore. Hugs to you!

  4. Just so you know. I keep you for THREE days, (except on day three you'll have to share with a promo about my upcoming book sale) So do stop by because my readers know that and show up at odd times.

  5. Hello, everyone. It's Matthew Moi here.
    *wipes forehead*
    Shew. That was a long journey from . . . Oh, I can't tell you; spoilers. *winks*

    What I can tell you is that J.M. is hard at work, squelching a catastrophe, and has decided to gift 5 ebooks to the first 5 readers of this blog who sign up for her newsletter.

    What are you waiting for? It's a free 352 pages of a sexy read! Go sign up and tell her what blog you came from.

    For now, I must get back to Jessica and our friends. It's nighttime, and you know what happens at night. If not, please consider making an appointment with me or one of my partners. It's who we are. It's what we do.

    Until next time, make it a great week.
    ~Dr. Matthew Moi.


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