Mother’s day Magic…
Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.
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the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH Adrienne Ruvalcaba
One of the Authors FROM
MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC
My kids say I’m awesome
The Story I’ve Contributed Is
the day before eclosion
Sharon’s only daughter, Gracie, is ready to move out on her own. What should be and exciting transition is complicated by Gracie’s disability. Can Sharon learn to accept Gracie’s newfound need for autonomy before irreparable damage is done to their relationship? The Day Before Eclosion is the story of a mother’s struggle to respect her daughter’s need for independence at the most crucial time of her young life.
What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?
The inspiration for The DAy before eclosion came directly from one of my best friends. years ago, she and her husband adopted two special needs children who have enriched their lives as much as they have challenged them. My story is a huge departure from their reality, because it makes a leap into the future. The children who inspired this story are still young, so it is really a tale of one of the many scenarios that could happen down the road.
How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?
Since I have a close, personal relationship with the inspiration behind this story, I feel like I have done years of research simply by being a friend and listening. When I was first invited to participate in this anthology, i knew that I would write a story that was a tribute to my friend and mothers like her. she and her husband willingly took on the adoption of the two kids in their area who most needed a home. i’ve seen first-hand how stressful the process has been at times, so I wanted my story to depict both the stresses and the joys. I tried to inject some genuine emotion and real mistakes into this story.
How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?
My characters rarely every surprise me. i usually plan my stories out in detail, but i can have the occasional “ninjas fell from the sky” moment. In this story, my characters pretty much did what I expected them to do. Sharon, the involved worrywart mother, does do something that most of us won’t approve of, but I understand her motivation.
Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?
Yes. I am actually considering expanding this story into a longer novella at some point in the future. i’d love to more fully explore the dynamics of gracie’s budding relationship.
What writer has been your biggest inspiration?
My inspiration changes periodically. At the moment, I am inspired by several authors within the interracial romance genre. the genre is overflowing with self-published books, many of which are low quality and help to perpetuate harmful stereotypes about women of color. i want to see the genre flourish, so i am inspired by the talented authors who have been there since the beginning, putting out quality literature.
What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?
I have been fortunate to know lots of influential people in my life. it is hard to pick just one, but I have to choose a family member who served twenty years in the Us navy. My aunt, karen earlene lara, was my inspiration for joining the military and changing the course of my life. If not for her influence, i may never have found the courage to go after my dreams. She is also one of the most encouraging people I have ever known. She is always the first to order and review my books.
How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?
character names do not mean anything to me while i’m working on a first draft. sometimes i use brackets with the word name inside them, like this [name]. often, i pick the first name that comes to mind and I stick with it. someday I’ll put more thought into it.
Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?
my first draft is usually for me only.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was in an abusive marriage while writing my first book, The officer’s wife. I just wanted to escape reality.
What might we be surprised to know about you?
the most surprising thing about me is that i have dyslexia. reading and writing is difficult. it takes me a long time, but it’s worth it to me.
i would like to dedicate the story to the greatest mother i know. Marisa, you have been an inspiration and a best friend to me.
About the Author
Adrienne D’nelle Ruvalcaba was born and raised in Southeast Texas. After high school, she joined the U.S. Army and served four years at Fort Campbell, KY. After her army days, and one failed attempt at marriage, she and her two children relocated so that she could enroll in the Engineering program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While there, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural analysis. Also while at SIU, she was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. This diagnosis significantly changed her life.
Since the onset of SLE, she has learned a lot about those close to her and even more about herself. After a few years of struggling to accept lupus as part of her life, she has come to a more peaceful place, and no longer lets her disease define who she is.
Adrienne has a love of writing that dates back to grade school, and she often takes solace in the many worlds she creates in her imagination. She writes women’s fiction and romance, and her books are meant purely for emotional fulfilment, enjoyment, and sweet escapism. Real life is difficult enough, and she believes that we all need a little break from it sometimes.
Twitter handle: @AdrienneDnelle
The Second Chance:
While on a romantic weekend getaway with his current girlfriend, Matthew Wiley runs into his ex-girlfriend Anna, the love of his life. He can’t resist the urge to confront the issues that drove them apart years ago, but he has less than two days to convince her to give them a second chance at love and trust.
How far will he go for love?
Lilah Johnson returns to her hometown with a chip on her shoulder and resentment in her heart. A decade after graduation, she is forced to interact with the very people she disliked most in high school–the popular crowd. During their ten year reunion, a scorching encounter with her former nemesis awakens feelings she did not know she was capable of. She is determined to leave town with her heart intact, but she may not be able to resist his charm.
Diego Gonzales is a small business owner who is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. When the girl of his dreams returns to town for their high school reunion, his long buried feelings for her roar back to life like a raging inferno. The only problem…she hates him. Can he redeem himself before it is too late?
The Officer’s Wife:
Rebecca Graves tries to make sense of her harsh work environment and embrace the role of counselor to some of the most troubled teenage girls in the country. Rebecca isn’t the type of person who can settle into position as a mediocre cog in a machine. She knows she can do more with her life, and she sets out to prove it. During this journey of self-discovery she learns a great deal, including the dark secret that has shadowed her relationship with her mother for most of her life. She refuses to let this powerful secret shatter her world, but can she handle all of the challenges that soon come her way?
Norman Gregory’s beautiful but vicious ex-wife almost shattered his faith in women. He spends his days serving as a Major in the Army and his nights as a lonely single parent, until he comes across Rebecca. On one of his isolated early morning runs, their paths cross and their destinies entwine in a story of love, friendship, courage, strength, and forgiveness.
The Prostitute’s Daughter:
Cece Graves has been running from her past for 27 years, but a deadly fire and a mysterious stalker set her past on a collision course with her future. She tries to ignore the danger and focus on expanding her cake business, but darkness closes in on her life. In her greatest time of need, only one man can convince her to face her past. Her resistance to love slowly wears away in the face of his steady friendship. As their relationship blossoms, her greatest fear is that his love for her will not survive the inferno.
Shane Gregory has fallen hard for the one woman he knows he can never have. Common sense is against him, but he makes a play for her heart despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles before him. He has dealt with enough heartache and tragedy in his own life to be one of the few people who understands her pain. Her fierce independence is one of the things he admires most about her, but he longs for the chance to prove to her that love doesn’t have to be painful.
Thank you so much, Adrienne, for being on “The Bee Writes…”
and for introducing us to you and to “Mother’s Day Magic”!