Interview with Annette Oppenlander
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Interview with Annette Oppenlander
Addicted to Love
Publication date: July 21st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Dan Rothberg struggled after an accident killed his wife and he nearly lost custody of his daughter. He can no longer allow himself to get attached to anything or anyone. Until he meets Hannah.
Hannah Cohen is a young executive with a meddlesome grandmother and a troubled brother. She’d like nothing better than to find her own Mr. Right, after too many Mr. Wrongs. A sexy older man with a teenage daughter was never in her plans.
As they navigate their relationship through adolescent attitudes and grandmotherly interference, they realize age is just a number and love can be right in front of them. But when the terrible truth of Dan’s former struggles is exposed, Hannah must decide if she can get past his deception and allow love to conquer all.
“So what’s Hannah like?” Tess sank into the chair next to him. Dan refrained from telling her to go to bed. For once she wanted to talk—he’d spend all night with her if necessary.
“She’s nice. Funny and smart, too.”
Tess winced. “Sounds great.” Her tone implied anything but.
Dan nudged her. “Trust me, she is. I didn’t think you’d want to hear other kinds of stuff.”
“Eww, no. Where’d you guys go?”
“I took her to the planetarium, and afterward, to Isabella’s.”
Tess sat up straight. “You took her there? I thought you were joking!”
“What? She liked it.”
“Really? Or was she just pretending?”
He paused and considered Hannah’s reaction. It hadn’t seemed fake. He’d been careful not to overload her with too much geek data, which might fascinate him but bore others. No, he was sure she’d liked it.
“Her eyes didn’t glaze over, and she pulled me along to show me things she thought were interesting. So I’d have to say really.”
“Weird. Are you going to see her again?”
This was worse than he expected, as he tried to keep from squirming in his seat under Tess’ direct gaze. “I hope so.”
“When do I get to meet her?”
“You’ve met her, Tess. At the JCC concert.”
“I know, Dad, but when do I get to really meet her? If you like her enough to go out with her so often, I should at least get to know her better. Invite her over for dinner.”
He glanced at his watch. “Shouldn’t you be…in bed or something?” He regretted his eagerness to talk to her. Well, that was his feeling lots of times as the father of a teenager, but this time she was talking about Hannah. And for some reason, she made him feel like his mother was interrogating him, rather than his daughter. He needed to regain the upper hand. Somehow. “Dinner’s a good idea, Tess. Just not right now.”
“Why not? You’re a good cook. Everyone has to eat. You can invite her here, impress her with your culinary skills, and she and I can get to know each other better. What’s the problem?”
The idea had so many problems her compliment didn’t hit him until after.
“Thanks,” he said.
“For telling me I’m a good cook.”
“You’re welcome. But changing the subject won’t work.”
Damn. He ran a hand through his hair and remembered he needed a haircut. Turning in his seat, he grabbed his phone and added it to tomorrow’s to-do list. “Tess, I think it’s too soon in our relationship for this to happen.”
“Too soon? What’s too soon about it? You’ve been dating a couple of weeks, right?”
“Ten days.” Was it only ten days? “You have a daughter.”
“So, it’ll look weird if you keep me hidden away, like Mr. Rochester’s wife.”
“Oh, a literary reference,” he said. “Nice touch.”
She grinned. “I thought you’d appreciate it. As my reward, I think you should listen to me. I could always come with you somewhere if you don’t want her at the apartment.”
Letting out a sigh, he faced her. “Like a chaperone? Oh, sounds fun. Come here.”
She stood and he pulled her into a hug. “I’ll think about it. I’m glad you’re okay with the idea of me dating.”
Tess shrugged. “I don’t know. I mean, Hannah seems nice, but do you have time to date? You always tell me how busy you are.”
He pulled her into another hug. “No matter what I do, I’ll always have time for you. I promise.”
When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).
One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary) and now I'm a published author. My first book, A Heart of Little Faith, was just declared a Finalist in the Fiction: Romance category of the 2016 Best Book Awards.
In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I run youth group activities, train the dog we recently adopted from a local shelter, and cook dinners that fit the needs of four very different appetites. I also write freelance articles for magazines, newspapers, and edit newsletters.
When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life. My inspiration comes from watching the people around me and fantasizing about how I’d do things differently.
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Friday, July 21, 2017
obscenely large vehicle on the other side of that brick wall,” Cage said.
“Archer or Nik should be able to help you over. Once I’m sure you’re in the car
and locked up tight, I’ll collect Robin and Glory from the cemetery entrance
and we’ll all be on our way back to Penton.”
absolutely no reason to go to Penton, wherever the hell it was. Her home and
life and work were here in New Orleans. She knew she’d have to be careful, but
now that the breeding house was broken up and Jonathan was dead, the vampires
and their minions had no reason to come after her. Whatever feelings Shay had
nursed for Nik Dimitrou in high school, they were long dead. Gorgeous only took
a person so far. Besides, he was a vampire.
her out of this cemetery, though, to decline her visit to Vampire Central.
Maybe the handsome cat boy would drop her off somewhere. But where? She had no
money or identification with her. She didn’t even have the keys to her own
apartment or lab.
They could come up with a plausible story for her disappearance. Maybe even
name Simon as her kidnapper, and the warehouse location. Let the authorities
make of it what they would.
the sight of Archer leaping to the top of the brick wall behind the Le Boeuf
crypt, followed closely by Nik. Her old classmate might be injured and hungry,
but that wall had given him no challenge. Shay wasn’t sure she could climb over
it without a sturdy ladder on a good day. Today had not been a good day except
that she hadn’t died.
motioned to Shay. “C’mon, let’s get out of here.”
at Nik, and back at the wall. “I don’t think you can lift me. You’re hurt.”
giving Shay a glimpse of an older, even more handsome version of the boy she’d
known so many years ago. She’d thought she loved that boy; this man, though….was
a vampire. Don’t forget that, idiot.
hands on her jeans as much as she could, and reached up toward Nik. He leaned
over, wrapped strong fingers around both of her wrists, and lifted her to the
top of the wall with what seemed like little effort, setting her down beside
and I’ll lower you down the other side. Or I can leap down with you in my
arms.” His grin widened, and her heart beat double-time when their gazes
locked. Vampire. He’s a freaking vampire.
He’s a freaking vampire involved in a war with other freaking vampires. You
cannot trust him. Lust, yes. Trust, no.
you please move your arses?” Cage stood beneath them. “I’m getting soaked and—”
the Washington Avenue end of the cemetery, followed by a splintering noise and
another pop pop. Shay had lived in New Orleans long enough to recognize the
sound of gunfire.
YOUR CROSSROADS. YOUR CHOICE.
Author: EJ Apicello
Publisher: Page Publishing
as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed
people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with
their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw
and exceptionally real. You and I are going to get very close, the details in
this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what
I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently
gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that -
my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only
difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the
crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based
on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have
experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting
it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to
detoxify my life and self-view and find someone who is worthy of my
awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built
shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the
process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on
strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and
sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.
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anyone to argue with the following oh so utterly simplistic, almost
ridiculously too easy to be real, truth. Here it is, people, be ready for your
mind to be blown! Every choice has an opposite choice. And these choices
come at a crossroads. A crossroads you are in control of. So go ahead, try and
come up with a reason to argue that what I speak isn’t the absolute truth. I’ll
wait. Come back when you realize you can’t think of a single one. Please don’t
get me wrong, it’s not that I enjoy being right; I just know it’s hard to argue
with such an insanely logical and straightforward truth. You see my readers, my
new friends, it will hurt less if you accept this to be so. Everything in our
world has two opposing choices, and these choices sit at our own personal
crossroads, forcing us to embrace either the right or the wrong, the easy or
the hard, the light or the dark. Throughout this book, you will see how I am
working through this arduous journey with you by my side, priding myself on
being a woman of logic and facts, but let’s be clear: I also believe in Santa,
the Tooth Fairy, and unicorns!
say, it gives me intense pleasure to know that while you read this book you are
going to be kept on the edge of your seat! There will be sexy steamy bits,
utterly hopeless bits, raw emotional bits, hilariously funny bits, and pathetic
whiny bits. But I promise, if you stick with me, at the end of it all, there
will be mostly strong, empowered, utterly-confident bits. But who knows, right?
This is honestly an introduction to my journey of self-discovery not directed
simply at you but at me as well. Welcome aboard my crazy train, I hope you
enjoy the ride!
recognize that as you stumble through my jumbled musings and scattered thoughts
that where I sit typing this, even on the last of the last of the last
rewrites, I am starting at the same place in my journey as you are right at
this very moment. The beginning, and I’m not sure what will happen at the end.
This thought makes me both nervous and excited. Is my life going to stay the
same, or will it take a completely different path, one that is still
unbeknownst even to me? What a novel idea (wink, wink) that you will be
right there to experience my holy shit moments as I experience them.
you like this is going to force me to have thoughts, feelings, and emotions
that I haven’t allowed myself to experience before. This will be like breaking
through the fourth wall just like they did during the movie Deadpool,
which, by the way, is the best movie I have ever seen. It was like the movie
was talking to my soul! I digress, though, and I must get back to focusing on
the introduction, for this is my welcome to you, as if you were right here with
me urging me on, especially when I feel like I can’t go any further.
this: I am being slightly selfish, I’m using you for some personal gain. Why
would I admit this upfront? Well, because I think it’s important to be honest
with myself and you, my new confidants, so that we have a clear understanding
of what is to come. Be honest with yourselves too, you picked up this book for
a reason. There is something you are hoping to gain from reading through my
journey, sharing my experiences, and being able to reflect on them as if they
were your own. Which is exactly what I would like you to do by the way. Put
yourself into my shoes through my words. I purposely kept this book very
generic, partially because I am trying to fly under the radar until I am so
famous it doesn’t matter anymore, and partially because I want you to use this
book as a sounding board for your own emotions, thoughts, and feelings. And
please remember that is a good thing; it is one of the two biggest reasons that
I wrote all of this nonsense down and worked so hard to get it into your hands,
your consciousness, your world.
introduce you to the many faces that I wear, or should I say wore, throughout
most of my life. You will also be here to discover the parts of the new me that
I am in the process of piecing together. With that being said, it is imperative
this early in our bud-ding relationship, that I share with you the vast clarity
I have found while writing this novel and you see the clarity of your choice
while reading it. It took me up until the moment the first letter was placed on
the page, over thirty-six years, to realize that in spite of the very logical,
black-and-white way of processing things that I so absolutely rely on, it is
time I accepted that I too am layered in shades of gray, just like everyone
emotional, probably too honest journey. She is an everyday girl in this
everyday world trying to keep her head above water. Within the pages of this
book you will learn about the things that have broken EJ down and the
steps she is taking to build back up. You will see, that this story is written
in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was her choice. She wants you
to be able to picture yourself in her shoes, relate her trials and tribulations
to yours and see that you too can find your happiness. Even if you don’t
realize this yet, every single one of us possesses things inside of ourselves
that we didn't know were there. It took EJ’s life taking a crazy right turn and
dumping her at the lowest possible point before she could see the strength
within herself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices
we make. EJ decided when she put pen to paper that she wanted her choices to
start defining her as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So,
who am EJ? How about who she was - a self-loathing shell who put everyone
else’s happiness before her own. Herein lies a story about finding that
happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who EJ was and who
she is trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a
little about yourself too.
Crossroads. Your Choice.
Interview with EJ Apicello
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Publication date: July 19th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Will Jenkins had an ideal life as a teenager until his parents were killed in a car accident. His two best friends, Nate and Finley, became his family. A few years later, Hannah breezed her way into town and became the sister Will never had but always wanted. Through Hannah, Will found Stacy, a woman he could not avoid as she was unlike all the others. Stacy was full of mystery and hiding something secretive behind her gorgeous smile. It was only a matter of time before Stacy gave in to Will’s advances, despite their close friendship. Will their budding relationship have a chance to grow? Or will Stacy’s secret past ruin everything?
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In the Blood
(The Witchbreed Series #1)
Published by: Lakewater Press
Publication date: March 21st 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
A snake. A lion. A return.
In a time when magic is feared, Lady Oriabel Dominax has no choice but to conceal her healing powers while she cares for her father’s struggling estate. One touch of the Witch’s Tree shows her visions of witches hung and burned at the very hands of the people for whom she cares, the people who love her. But with the arrival of a new lord, a man hiding secrets of his own, falling in love might be one wrong move too many.
Incarcerated for an unspeakable crime, fearless warrior Lady Ottilde Dominax is plagued by mysterious dreams of her sister’s death. When a hooded figure offers her the chance of escape, although untrusting, she does not hesitate. Racing across nations to reach Oriabel, her journey is cut short by an encounter with a wedowyn, a formidable beast which she has no chance to overpower alone. Though it is not death that greets her, but something far worse.
Blackmail, betrayal, and murder are only the beginning as a darker magic is awakened. And someone has plans for the Dominax twins, plans more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.
Beneath the Skin
(The Witchbreed Series #2)
Published by: Lakewater Press
Publication date: July 21st 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Abandoned, betrayed, and wanted for murder, Lady Oriabel Dominax is a witch on the run. The deadly magic now awakened inside her is hungry, and it is all Oriabel can do to control it. With no choice but to trust strangers as her guardians, she quickly discovers not everyone is who they say they are and the very magic she fears might be her only weapon to protect those she loves.
Since rescuing her sister from certain death, Lady Ottilde Dominax’s only goal is to keep Oriabel safe and alive. Not an easy task when both the enemy and their so-called allies are hunting them. Placing all her trust in the very man who held her prisoner, Ottilde must open her heart and mind to a future she could never have predicted, a future guided only by love and survival.
Life, death, and tragedy lie ahead as the Dominax twins set out on a perilous journey to safety. But knowing they are mere pawns in someone else’s game means fighting for family is all they have left.
Being a stay-at-home mom is probably the hardest job Robin’s ever had (and that’s after working at places like Goodwill, MCL Cafeteria, and Captain D’s). Her house is never clean! No matter how many dishes she does or toys she picks up, her two little ones come right behind her and make a whole new mess. Anyway, this is the first time she hasn’t had some sort of job outside the home since she was fifteen. Kinda scary!
Now that her kids have both started all-day school, she can fling herself into the stories that constantly swirl inside her head. One of the main reasons she writes is to read books that she wishes other people were writing. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two small sons, two naughty canines, and a mouse-killing cat.
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