Maine Warrior Salute 2015

It’s that time of year, again!

I have a co-worker who’s hosting the third annual Maine Warrior Salute event this summer and she’s spoken with me about finding donations for a massive raffle they’re having at the event. She’s looking for more actual items to raffle off. I’m donating a few autographed copies of both my novels, and I’m asking for other authors in the US to donate an autographed copy (s) of their novels, as well.

Last year we were able to raise over $3,000.

Proceeds go to the Wounded Heros Program of Maine. More information can be found here:
http://mainewarriorsalute.com/

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please contact me at:
authornicolebelanger@gmail.com

Thank you!

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When the Waves Crash, a poem by me.

Take my hand
and come walk with me.
Place your footprints here
before the mighty sea.
And when the waves crash down
I’ll be your anchor.
So hold my hand tight
and I’ll keep you ashore.
When the waves crash down,
I’ll be around
as long as your heart beats
because I love that sound.

Photoshoot With Natisha

As my best friend would say, modelling is tough to get into. Ironically, she never did like her picture taken and during the five years I’ve known her, she’s never wanted to model for me. Until recently, when she chose to start trying to get into the business. She’s a wonderful subject, and we were both very comfortable with each other during the shoot.

It was something new for me. I’ve never done posed photography before. I generally like to do natural shoots. Some of my best photography comes out of those shots. But I was willing to try something different, and in turn it’ll build both of our portfolios. So yesterday afternoon, after hand delivering signed copies of my book, I met up with Tish for our shoot. 

We went to one venue only. It’s a small park in Sanford, Maine called Gowen’s Park. I’ve done some shoots there before, but usually just to use the rock wall. But something was different this time. It’s early in the spring, so the town hasn’t come out to mow down all the weeds yet. This added for a nice effect as well, the dandelions were still out!  

We both had a lot of fun during the shoot, and I got more pictures than I thought. Two-hundred-ninety to be exact. Of course, a lot of them were extras of certain poses to make sure I got ones that weren’t blurry or of her in the middle of making a funny face – which I caught a few of those as well.

In the end, it was successful. We both had fun, we got some great shots, and we’re both happy. We got chinese food after – which I hardly ever go out to do anything with clients after a shoot, but as we’ve been friends forever, it was only natural. Plus, it was three in the afternoon, neither of us had eaten and we were starving.

If you want to see more from our photoshoot, check out my photography page here:
www.facebook.com/nicolebelangerphotography

and give her a like on her facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Platinum-Natisha/1414457158819474

The Memory Closet Book Review

The Memory Closet by Ninie HammonI recently had the pleasure of getting to read The Memory Closet by Ninie Hammon. I wanted to start off with saying Ninie is an incredibly talented author. I can only hope to someday be half the writer she is.

Anne Mitchell has experienced something terrible. Something so traumatic that her mind has erased all memories from before she was eleven. The first thing she remembers is being hands down in the dirt and she doesn’t know how she got there. Suffering from Amnesia, Anne embarks on a battle with the “Boogie Man” – unknowing how dangerous that may be. Is she willing to risk her sanity to dig up a past so awful that her mind erased all memory of it? Is it time to open the memory closet and reveal the “Boogie Man”?

The Memory Closet is a book that will keep you wondering what happened and each time you think you know the answer, Ninie throws another thing at you that makes you doubt your conclusion. Even when it got towards the end and I thought FOR SURE I was right, I was wrong again and Ninie threw me through another loop.

This book not only kept me on the edge of my seat white knuckling the armrests the entire time I was reading, it also drew emotions. I found myself rooting for Anne the entire time, and pitying her as she got closer to her answers. There were plenty of times where I stiffled a laugh (and a few I burst out laughing from the comfort of the charting room at work at three in the morning – don’t get me started on how embarrassing THAT was.) and even times where my heart broke for the characters.

Ninie is a captivating writer that leaves you wanting more at the end of the chapter. I will certainly be reading more from this author.

Thank you again, Ninie! I’m honored to have had the chance to not only speak with you, but to also read your work.

Buy The Memory Closet here: 
http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Closet-Modern-Contemporary-Fiction/dp/097990353X/

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I Saw My Book For the First Time

Displaying WP_001641.jpgI saw Shadows in print for the first time today. It was like having my second child (I’m not a mother, but I can imagine what it’s like). I’m in love with the way it looks and I don’t think I’ll ever get over how weird it feels to not only see my book in print but to also read it. It’s surreal, really. I read the first few words of Lost Voice, which I haven’t done for a long time, before picking up Shadows and reading the first few words. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come as a writer since writing Lost Voice, and I’m even more excited than before to share this book with you all. I’ll be spending the night reading through to make sure it flows correctly and there weren’t any overlooked mistakes (which knowing me a few will slip through anyways). June 7th! I can’t believe how close but far away it is!

Shadows Update

Last night I finished some final details for Shadows and uploaded the cover design to my publisher. This morning I was approved to move forward, and in less than two weeks I’ll physically be able to see the book for the first time. 

The last step for me is to make sure everything comes out okay with printing and to approve the book for publication. Once I do that, all I need to do is sit back and wait for the release date.

What do I do while I wait? Well get started on the next book, of course! I have a few ideas in mind, and a few openers started. All I need to do is pick the one I like most and roll with it! (of course I need to design a plot first).

I’m so excited for June 7th. Writing this book went a lot faster than I expected. The ideas came to me over and over and I couldn’t stop. I know it’s a shorter novel, but adding any more would make it seem too dragged out, in my opinion. I’m hoping for my next one to be a bit longer than Shadows and Lost Voice are, but time will only tell.

Who else is excited!?

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Shadows Cover Reveal

You’ve all been waiting patiently for the reveal of the cover. Each entry was incredibly well done and I had a blast viewing each and every one of them. You all did a wonderful job, and I wish I could have chosen all of your artwork. 

Give yourselves a pat on the back, you deserve it. The time and effort each and every one of you put into your entries was more than I ever expected. I’m so excited to announce the winner is…

Khushal chand Khatri of India!

Khushal did a great job with the cover, and when I asked him to make a few minor tweaks, he was very punctual. Thank you so much Khushal!

Please take a look at the fantastic job he did (Cover, back and spine):

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