Sunday, April 12, 2015

Magic, Reincarnation, and Horror Collide in Carmen Stefanescu's Cross-Genre Paranormal, Shadows of The Past

Today is Orthodox Easter and I am delighted to be hosting Carmen Stefanescu all the way from Romania with a taste of her cross-genre paranormal romance, Shadows of the Past. If you're anything like me and enjoy a touch of horror with your history, don't miss the awesomely creepy excerpt below. 


Shadows of the Past
by Carmen Stefanescu
Wild Child Publishing
Paranormal/historical romance with a hint of horror 

Anne's relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them. 

The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world--one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil's vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve's soul from its torment. 

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest? 

A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.

Excerpt

Tears welled in Anne's eyes, blurring her vision. She couldn’t explain them, or the sudden sadness seeping into her heart. This should’ve been a moment of happiness or, at least, contentment. She was with Neil again, and the outcome of their trip together should, very likely, bring their reconciliation. Why then did she seem detached from where she stood? 

Anne shivered. Why the deep feeling of having seen this place, this forest before? And why the eerie sensation of being present here only in the body, while her mind was far away? 

Away from the forest. 

Away from Neil, the man who'd betrayed her trust and her love.

An onrush of sensations unfamiliar to her followed. Dizziness and a malevolent feeling of unreality suffocated her.

Anne edged cautiously closer to the rim of the bare cliff. Her foot tapped the edge. It seemed solid. She stared into the darkness of the abyss at her feet. It echoed the shadows in her heart.  An unusual curiosity took hold of her. Should she step ahead? What was down there? Other human bones? Another mystery? The presence of evil, creeping up and enveloping her, became almost palpable. The vines of fog folded around her, dragging her to the depth. Her throat turned dry, and she gasped for air.

Megan's face contorted, the voice no longer pleasant. A hoarse gurgle, spluttering distorted words, "Yes, come... I'm waiting... I've been waiting for you for such a long time..." 
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"Carmen Stefanescu demonstrates an appreciation of language that weaves beautifully through the pages of Shadows of the Past. She pins together stories of two women, one from the late Middle Ages and the other a modern business woman, and she does this in a way that defies traditional character roles. Her smooth transitions between the time periods in which these women lived blend their passions and heartaches, as if only days separated them...In all this, a romance crosses the ages, crosses centuries, without fading or losing any of the fire that sparked it. For a tap on your heart and a tingle in your spine, right down to the last page, I invite you to join Genevieve and Anne in their joys and sorrows and, yes, their fears in this tightly-written story."

About the Author

Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books. 

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989, and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

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Wishing Carmen and all of our readers in Romania (and beyond!) a very happy Easter. Thanks for stopping by! 

5 comments:

  1. Thank you, Jessica, for the lovely introduction and for the Easter wishes!
    I really appreciate your hosting my Shadows of the Past!

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  2. A wonderful story that I loved reading! It evokes a feeling of mystery and the eternity of love.

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  3. I love the spookiness of this excerpt, so atmospheric and eerie. SHADOWS OF THE PAST is a great novel that I really enjoyed reading, especially the smooth blend of past and present tying Anne's live to Genevieve's. A compelling tale. It's so nice to see Carmen's novel showcased here! :)

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    1. Thank you, Mae, for your lovely words on Shadows of the Past!

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