August 9, 2016

ML Guida’s News: Upcoming release A Knight’s Terror

Big News!  The second wave of Kathryn LeVeque’s World of de Wolfe Pack is on it’s way September 6th and I’m going to be part of it. There are seventeen talented authors participating in the launch!

 

A time travel medieval novella!

A time travel medieval novella!

This novella is the beginning of a new series—Legends of the Black Rose.

1260, Scotland: Dragon Knight, Duncan Sheehy, believes his dragon mate is dead and happiness has escaped him forever until he meets Holly Duff—a woman from the future who challenges everything he has ever held sacred.

An archangel flings graduate student Holly Duff through time from 2016 to the twelfth century. She discovers she’s not only the lost descendant of William de Wolfe and Lady Jordan, but a Keeper—a woman powerful enough to destroy the first chapter of the Devil’s Diary. To return to the twenty-first century she must stop Duncan’s traitorous brother who plans to enslave both their worlds.

Duncan soon learns that he was wrong about his dragon mate being dead and she’s very much alive—and determined to return to the twenty first century. Forced to work together, Holly and Duncan must mate to save the innocent and learn true love is timeless.

 

August 4, 2016

Betrayal, Angels of Death: Featured on Free Kindle Books and Tips

Betrayal, Angels of Death is featured on Free Kindle Books and Tips. This book starts off the series in the Angels of Death. What would you do if the Angel Death came and said change or die? Investigating a line of grisly murders, Heather Bowen will soon have to answer this question.

 

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Scythe’s brother, Blade, is a renegade angel bent on exacting revenge. If Scythe doesn’t stop him from killing an innocent woman, Blade will become a demon and Scythe will be forced to kill his own brother. When Scythe tracks him to sexy psychic, Heather Bowen, worldly desires take him over and he realizes—she must be his angel-mate.
Heather has been dreaming of a red-eyed dealer peddling a psychotic drug to her clients. When her sister is accused of murdering an old woman and dies soon after, Heather is determined to find out what happened. The only way to clear her sister’s name is to trust an angel of death—the same angel who was there when her sister died—the same angel who did nothing to stop her sister killing herself.
Unable to stop the attraction drawing them together Heather and Scythe must forgive each other—and themselves—to save their siblings’ souls or Heather herself may face death by a demon.

May 20, 2016

ML Guida’s News: A Pirate’s Obsession Release Day

 

Cover for ML Guida's A Pirate's Obsession

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo

It’s finally released. I’ve worked so long on this one, and I’m so glad it’s release day for A Pirate’s Obsession. This is the fifth book in the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix series, and this is where you’ll find out about undines. I fell in love with their myth, but adapted it to fit my story. In the original myth, undines are born without a soul, but when they mate with a human and become pregnant, they obtain a soul and become immortal. In my book, Angelica has a soul, and when she does become pregnant, it’s all about her baby. The demon Zuto has evil plans, and it’s up to Ronan to save his child and the woman he loves. I hope you enjoy it.

Losing his hand to a demon means Ronan Macmillian is desperate. He’ll do anything to avoid being a cripple, even sacrifice to the same demon an innocent, beautiful undine.

Angelica knows Ronan is her mate and is determined to show him he’s a warrior, even if he’s maimed.  She must forsake the sea life she’s always known, and stay out of the clutches of a clever demon, to win the pirate she loves.

But when Ronan meets the beautiful Angelica, restoring his hand and handing over the undine becomes complicated.  If he fails to obey, the demon promises he’ll make him a monster and not even the crew of the Soaring Phoenix will be safe.

Will Ronan betray his honor and his heart and deliver Angelica over to the demon? Or will true love prevail and win Ronan and her life?

Stay tuned: I’m currently working on the fifth book in the series, A Pirate’s Bane, and this time, the hero is a crew member of the Fiery Damsel.

 

 

May 1, 2016

ML Guida’s New Release: A Pirate’s Obsession is available on Pre-Order

It’s finally here. I’ve been working so long on A Pirate’s Obsession and am so glad it’s ready for preorder. I feel in love with the characters in this book. Ronan is desperate to prove that he’s still a man without his hand, and Angelica has to forget the past in order to reach out for love.

The 5th one in the series—A Pirate’s Bane—will be available in June 2016. It’s another dragon book.

It’s on sale until May 20th. On May 20th, the price will increase to $ 3.99.

Available at a discounted pre-order price until May 20th

Available at a discounted pre-order price until May 20th

Losing his hand to a demon means Ronan Macmillian is desperate. He’ll do anything to avoid being a cripple, even sacrifice to the same demon an innocent, beautiful undine.

Angelica knows Ronan is her mate and is determined to show him he’s a warrior, even if he’s maimed.  She must forsake the sea life she’s always known, and stay out of the clutches of a clever demon, to win the pirate she loves.

But when Ronan meets the beautiful Angelica, restoring his hand and handing over the undine becomes complicated.  If he fails to obey, the demon promises he’ll make him a monster and not even the crew of the Soaring Phoenix will be safe.

Will Ronan betray his honor and his heart and deliver Angelica over to the demon? Or will true love prevail and win Ronan and her life?

 

April 18, 2016

ML Guida’s News: Colorado’s Spring Winter Storm

Friends for 30 years

Friends for 30 years

 

Every year I go up to Estes Park with two of my best friends that I’ve known for thirty years. This year was no exception except for one bump: Colorado’s Spring Winter Storm. The weathermen said Estes was going to get twenty-four inches of snow and many of the people staying in our complex cancelled.

But we didn’t. Not the three amigos!

Yes, it snowed, but it wasn’t a disaster and in fact, it was quite beautiful. We stayed in a second story condo that looked over a creek.

Estes Park

 

We stayed inside, drank wine, played cards, and laughed, but we didn’t stay inside all weekend. We went to our favorite jewelry store: the Gold Mine and to the rock shop. It’s our tradition to get a bracelet at the rock shop to represent our trek to the mountain. This year, I bought a jasper one.

Our friendship has meant so much to me. We’ve had our highs and our lows, but we always remain friends. I feel very fortunate to have such great friends and look forward to the next 30 years and our many trips to Estes!

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April 10, 2016

ML Guida’s News: Kindle Worlds

Have you ever heard of Kindle Worlds? I had never of them before until my fellow writer, Aidy Award, told me about it. Kindle Worlds is actually a publication platform with a twist. I will be writing a story that is based on a world created by another author. In this case, the fabulous and talented Katheryn Le Veque! Her world is called World of De Wolfe Pack. (Another tidbit, she uses my same cover artist: Kim Killion.)

The first one that starts it all!

The first one that starts it all!

I love this story and can hardly wait to join her wonderful world of knights from Scotland and English. My story doesn’t have to be based in Medieval times; it can be based out on the open seas, so my decedent could be a pirate. (Or maybe not.)

I’m reading Le Veque’s book right now, so I haven’t started mine, but my wheels are turning in motion. One thing I can tell you: They’ll be dragons.

If you get a chance, read her story. I have a hard time putting this one done. It’s long, but well worth it.

April 3, 2016

ML Guida’s News: Colorado Romance Writers 2016 Retreat

The gang at CRW

Once again, we had a fabulous time at the Colorado Romance Writers 2016 Retreat at the Amberwood in Estes Park. Fellow authors included: Rena Marks, Lyz Kelly, Jean Jacobsen, Maggie McCullough, Jessa Jacobs, Helen Hardt, Elizabeth Haysmount, and Aidy Award. Meg Benjamin had already left and Jessica Aspen was downstairs. We all had fun and I wrote 5000 words on the next book in the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix: A Pirate’s Bane.

A Pirate’s Bane is another dragon story. Leif Black is a red dragon and very possessive of his treasure, but not every treasure is gold.RedDragon

Aidy Award with Elk

We saw elk, deer, and big horn ship. Aidy Award is standing right in front of an elk on our walk. Big horn sheep and deer stopped outside our cabin. We also sang karaoke and Helen Hardt could be a second Joan Jett—I Love Rock n’ Roll.

I can hardly wait for next the retreat. We’re looking at having a fall retreat.

 

 

March 15, 2016

M.L. Guida’s News: An Era Is Gone

My great Aunt Ginger is on the far right wearing a red Christmas sweater. This was her family. We will miss you and remember you. Always. Your legacy lives on.

My great Aunt Ginger is on the far right wearing a red Christmas sweater. This was her family. We will miss you and remember you. Always. Your legacy lives on.

An era is gone. Ginger Marchesci was the last of her brothers and sisters to pass. She had six brothers: Boone, Fish, George, Albert, Tony, and Louie, and one sister, Mary. One of her most memorable moments was going to Italy with her brother, Tony and his wife, Lucy.

When I was a little girl, I remembered going to my Grandpa and Grandma Guida’s house for fourth of July picnics. All of Ginger’s siblings and their spouses would be there, plus all of Grandpa Guida’s siblings would be there. He had six sisters, and one brother. I used to think the yard was so huge with everyone talking, laughing, and arguing. What’s an Italian family without arguing?

My brother now lives in Grandpa and Grandma’s house. The yard has gotten smaller. There are no more crowded Italian barbecues. When we go there, we all fit under the patio. I miss all of my great aunt and uncles and I hope they are together with my Grandpa Guida cooking Italian sausages.

Aunt Ginger’s first job was working at the Canning Factory with her mother, Mary Damico. They used to walk over the 20th street viaduct together. She also worked for Samsonite, and Continental Airlines. She also worked part time at Jim’s Pizzeria, and Pagliacci’s. She was also an officer for the woman’s auxiliary at the VFW.

Aunt Ginger leaves behind one son, Bill Weiser, and his wife, Maryann. They had three beautiful children, Tom, Susan and Tim. Aunt Ginger also has three great grand children—all boys. They all live in Albuquerque. She used to love to talk about her grandchildren and her lovely daughter-in-law, Mary Ann.

Billy was a contractor and built his own house. His wife Maryann decorated it. Aunt Ginger used to say how beautiful it was. Both she and Grandma used to stay at the house. Aunt Ginger was so proud of Billy and MaryAnn.

Aunt Ginger used to love to go to Georgetown and fish with her brother, Albert. Like her, Billy was not only a hard worker, but an adamant fisherman. Her legacy lives on.

When my mom decided to marry my dad, she also decided to become Catholic. Aunt Ginger was my mother’s sponsor for confirmation and the two of them developed a strong kinship. She had a very strong Catholic faith and passed this belief onto my mother. Once again, Aunt Ginger’s legacy lives on.

Aunt Ginger used to dress to the tee and would buy her clothes from Amter’s. She and her friend, Birch, would double date with my parents and they would go downtown to dinner and then a show. She passed her love for fashion on to her niece Beverly, who still dresses to the nines, so her legacy lives on.

Aunt Ginger was very generous. When my sister and brother-in-law started their family, Aunt Ginger would always buy them diapers. Theresa and Mark never asked her to do this, but Aunt Ginger insisted. When Aunt Ginger would go visit her son in New Mexico or go to California to see her nephew, Ron, my mother would often take her to the airport. Aunt Ginger wanted to pay for the gas, but Mom would never take it. Mom would find stuffed money in her purse or left in the car. Aunt Ginger wanted Mom to know how much she appreciated her time. When we would go out to dinner, Aunt Ginger would want to pay for the meal and my parents and aunts and uncles would say no, but Aunt would ambush the waiter insist on paying and she did.

Her nephew, Bobby Damico, used to do her taxes when she lived at Holy Family for years. She always wanted to pay him, but he’d never take any money. She’d call him and ask him over for meatballs and spaghetti and he’d come over for a great Italian dinner. Once again, she gave what she could.

In the Gospel according to Mark, Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Like the widow, Aunt Ginger didn’t have much, but she gave away all that she had.

She passed this onto her nephew, Lenoard, my dad. He often will grab the bill and say “shut up, it’s taken care of.” Or he’ll help his children out of debt by fixing a car or loaning his car or signing loans to start up a business. He never asks for anything in return, so Aunt Ginger’s legacy lives on.

Aunt Ginger also was an avid golfer and a competitive bowler if you know my dad this was definitely a legacy she passed on to him.

Aunt Ginger loved to play the Rummy card game. If she knew the card you wanted, she’d buy it, just so you couldn’t buy it. But then her nephew, Ronald, came up with a new rule. Each player would get three poker chips and each poker chip represented one buy. Aunt Ginger used to give the evil eye when she used up her buys or she couldn’t buy her card. She cherished the game, but what she really cherished was playing with her family whether it was here in Denver or out in California. She passed this onto her nephew Ronald, her legacy continues.

Aunt Ginger and my grandma were very close. They were the dynamic douo. They belonged to the Mount Carmel Altar and Rosary Society and Aarp, Grandma would often travel with Aunt Ginger to go see her son, Bill, in New Mexico or fly out to see Ron and his family in California at Easter. They would make enough ravoli for an army. Aunt Ginger and Grandma would fight and argue, but they were tighter than thieves.

One time, Ron and his wife, Dorothy and Aunt Ginger, and Grandma were all staying at a hotel in San Diego. My aunt Dorothy decided to rent a movie for them—Good Will Hunting. Good Will Hunting was a great movie, but if you took all the cuss words out, it would be a silent movie. I often chuckled thinking of Grandma and Aunt Ginger watching this movie and their gasps and the shocked looks on their faces. Aunt Dorothy has never lived this one down.

Like Aunt Ginger and Grandma, I’m close with my sister, Theresa. We fight and argue sometimes, but mostly we laugh, whether it’s about how our clothes fit or something silly on our favorite show, Supernatural. Theresa’s the first one I reach out to when I have a problem and I know she’ll always be there. I’ll have to do is ask. I think Grandma and Aunt Ginger were like this, so once again, Aunt Ginger’s legacy lives on.

All of my grandparents and now, Aunt Ginger, are gone. Whenever I go to the cabin, I think of Grandpa Guida. He left this for all of us. Each night, I snuggle in an afghan Grandma Guida crocheted and I think of her. I have a brown bowl that was my Grandma Smith’s and it’s my favorite bowl. Whenever I take it out, I think of her. I have a pair of blue faded scissors that were my Grandpa Smith’s that I keep in my bedroom. They are my favorite pair of scissors. Whenever I use them, I think of him. But what I will always remember from Aunt Ginger is the corning wear sauce pan she gave to me one Christmas. It’s white, has flowers on the side and has a brown lid. She gave this to Mom, Bev, Theresa, and me. This was years ago and I still have it. It’s my favorite sauce pan. I always think of her when I use it. It was just a small little pan, but once again, Aunt Ginger gave all that she had.

Rest in peace Aunt Ginger and know your legacies live on.

 

February 29, 2016

M.L. Guida’s News: Chain of Love Winners of the Rafflecopter

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Today’s the big day we announce who the winners are for the Rafflecopter. I’d like to thank everyone who entered.

The winners are:   Nina Thomas Jerome won the Kindle Fire 6, a $ 25.00 Amazon gift card, and a Chain of Love ebook from each author. Congratulations, Nina!

The second winner is David Craft and he won a Chain of Love ebook from each authors. Congratulations, David!

Thank you to all of you who participated in our Rafflecopter. Have a great day.

 

February 28, 2016

M.L. Guida’s News: What’s an Undine?

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Paracelsus the Mystica first wrote about undines in his alchemical writings and called them elemental beings associated with water. He was an alchemist and believed in the natural healing of the magical world, so he believed they were benevolent in nature. Undines were also found in classical writings, particular in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and later, other writers changed undines into water nymphs.

Even in Greek mythology, undines can be found. They were the sons and daughters of Titan and his wife Tethys. According to my research, sailors considered undines to be more benevolent than mermaids. If you saw Pirates of the Caribbean IV, mermaids lured sailors to their deaths through a sweet song. In Harry Potter’s Goblet of Fire, mermaids tempted the contestants by appearing beautiful then turning into nasty creatures.

In European lore, undines are depicted as being female and found in forest streams, pools, or rivers, but in my story, not only can undines live in fresh water, they also can live in salt water.

Undines are not mermaids. Mermaids have tails and souls, but undines have legs and have no soul. However, undines can obtain a soul if they mate with a human. This is the crux of A Pirate’s Obsession. Of course, I add some twists to the legend.

Both undines and mermaids have the power to manipulate water, but differently. Undines can generate water, manipulate water, transform into water and possess supernatural beauty. Mermaids have the power of the siren to lure men to their watery grave. Since they have tails, they are as fast or faster than dolphins. They also have enhanced senses.

In my story, the undies are whimsical and they wear flowing dresses in the water, so bulky dresses don’t wear them down. I won’t reveal all of Angelica’s powers, because I want it to be a surprise. She has two sisters and each of the sisters will have their own book.

The next book in the series is A Pirate’s Bane which will be Angelica’s sister, Isabella. Isabella’s destined mate is a dragon shape shifter—Leif Black.