Tuesday Teaser: A Love Too Soon by Callie Norse

It’s been a while since we’ve had Callie Norse on. 🙂 She was one of the first authors featured on the Tuesday Teaser series (see her teaser For the Love of Lisa here). Guess what! She just released the sequel to For the Love of Lisa and today she’s sharing an excerpt!

Greg and Marta have married and continue to live in the old Victorian with Maggie.  The birth of a new baby brings much happiness until…

An occurrence in the hospital brings back memories of Lisa.  This is only the beginning of problems. Will the marriage survive?

Lori and Steve adopt a ten-year-old son, Toby. He and Maggie become great friends. She nicknames him Toby Keith.

Marta works from the home, in the newly remodeled Mansard. History repeats itself with a horrible accident. Will trouble end there?

They move from the old Victorian and live happily ever after…but that would be a fairy tell ending, wouldn’t it?

A Love Too Soon?

A Love Too Soon

2nd in the Carrington Series

Greg continued to be somewhat distant with Marta. Since Lisa’s return, he was unable to forget her. All the memories of their marriage had come flooding back. He didn’t feel the same about Marta now. His desires were for Lisa. He knew this wasn’t right. He would often look at Marta and wonder how he could not desire her. She was an extremely beautiful woman—one most men would be thrilled to have for their wife. It just wasn’t there for Greg anymore.

Marta had thought once Maggie returned, Greg would again be the same wonderful loving man he had always been. Something had changed. This, she could not understand. He was still satisfying his desires in the middle of the night. That’s all it seemed to be—a satisfaction of his desires—far from lovemaking. In fact, it was getting so rough she almost wished it would stop. She didn’t mention it to Greg; she was afraid he would be angry with her. Instead, she buried herself in her work. She had many new clients and was now known as the best decorator in the area. There was almost more work than she could handle.

Ethan was now crawling and beginning to pull himself up to furniture. One day when Marta was busy with a client, he somehow climbed out of the playpen. She had been teaching him to back down the steps on his hands and knees, as she well remembered the tragic story of little Johnny—the servant’s baby who had fallen down the steps and died of his injuries. On this particular day, after climbing out of the playpen, Ethan crawled over to the steps, turned himself around, and started backing himself down the steps. When he was part way down, he slipped and went tumbling to the bottom, screaming as he fell. Marta quickly ran to the stairs in disbelief. There was Ethan lying at the bottom of the steps, lifeless. The client quickly called 911.

Greg was driving home when an ambulance sped past him, and turned into his driveway. Panicking, he made his way to the house where he saw the paramedics going up the back stairs. His heart sank. His lungs froze as he ran up the steps. The paramedics were hovering over little Ethan. Memories of the stories of little Johnny flashed before Greg. His heart was pounding. He felt it was going to explode, before he could get to Ethan. Marta was hysterical. An EMT pushed Greg back, saying they needed room to check the baby out. Greg began to scream. “He’s my son! Let me see him! Oh, God… Is he dead?”

Soon one of the paramedics said, “He’s breathing! His respirations are extremely shallow. We need to get him to the hospital. Give us room. One of the paramedics quickly ran downstairs and came back up carrying a backboard. They strapped little Ethan on the backboard, and placed a cervical collar around his neck. He looked so helpless, so lifeless. Marta rode with Ethan in the ambulance and Greg followed in his car. He phoned Lori on his way to the hospital.

“There’s been an accident. It’s Ethan.” He hung up before Lori had a chance to find out what happened. She and Steve arrived at the hospital only minutes after Greg. Maggie had stayed at the farm with Toby. They hadn’t told them about the accident, only that they had to leave for awhile. Lori wanted to wait until they knew more before telling Maggie.

Marta wasn’t allowed to stay with Ethan. She was sitting in a nearby waiting room, unable to believe such a thing had happened to her little boy, when Greg approached her, “What in the heck happened? Weren’t you watching him?”

Marta began to sob, “He… he… was in the playpen. I… I… guess he must have…” she began sobbing hysterically.

“Are you trying to say he climbed out of the playpen?”

Marta nodded.

“He fell from the top, then?”

“I… I… don’t know, I guess.”

“Oh, my God, my precious little boy…” Greg dropped into a chair, with his hands covering his face and began sobbing.

Steve sat down next to him and tried to console him, “Hey, it may not be as bad as it looks.”

“But Johnny…”

“Ethan is not Johnny!” Steve scolded.

Marta and Lori were embracing one another—each remembering the Johnny story—each crying.

Marta was thinking of how she last saw him before he fell. He had been content playing with a little musical toy in the playpen. He would press a button and a song would begin playing. He would break out in a big grin, showing his deep dimples, as his head moved back and forth keeping time to the music. Then to find him so lifeless at the bottom of the steps… She couldn’t understand how he had gotten out of the playpen and fallen down the steps so quickly? She had turned away for just a second. Now he was fighting for his life.

Finally, the doctor came out to talk to them. Greg studied his face, searching for a clue to the seriousness of Ethan’s condition.

A Love Too Soon

by Callie Norse

is available at:

Barnes & Nobles

Amazon

The Book Depository

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About Callie Norse

I have always loved to read. My eighth grade English teacher required us to write short stories. This is when I first learned I loved to write. When my three children were young, I would write short stories, dreaming of someday having time to write seriously. After my parents passed away 16 days apart, I wrote a book on the loss of elderly parents and how devastating it can be, even when they are elderly. I completed the book, but have never published it. Later, I developed a short story into For the Love of Lisa.

I reside in Northern Illinois with my husband, and continue to write.

Connect with Callie Norse:

Website
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Article in PageSuite
callienorse [at] yahoo [dot] com

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For the Love of Lisa is Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, iUniverse, and Book Depository

Who Art Thou Thursday: Callie Norse

I love new releases, don’t you? Well today, Callie Norse has returned with another novel under her belt. I feel like we should have some kind of wavy time warp thing, cause Callie Norse was one of the first authors to join us on the Who Art Thou Thursdays post. While we reminisce, let’s see what she’s up to these days.

Tell us a little about your latest release. 

I’m excited to finally get this book published. My readers of For the Love of Lisa have been anxious for this 2nd book of the Carrington series since they first read For the Love of Lisa after its release last September. A Love Too Soon takes place 1 ½ yrs. after For the Love of Lisa ends. This book will catch readers up somewhat if they haven’t already read the first of the series. The same characters are in this book that are in the end of the 1st, plus 2 additional main characters. It is romance/mystery. Mystery begins in the first pages. My beta readers are as excited as I am about this book. They tell me they feel an attachment to the characters and it is just as much of a page turner as the 1st of the series. It is an easy read with much action, intrigue and twists.

A steamy, story of love…intermingled with supernatural intrigue…a new tender love story with a twist…

Greg and Marta have married and continue to live in the old Victorian with Maggie.  The birth of a new baby brings much happiness until…

An occurrence in the hospital brings back memories of Lisa.  This is only the beginning of problems. Will the marriage survive?

Lori and Steve adopt a ten-year-old son, Toby. He and Maggie become great friends. She nicknames him Toby Keith.

Marta works from the home, in the newly remodeled Mansard. History repeats itself with a horrible accident. Will trouble end there?

They move from the old Victorian and live happily ever after…but that would be a fairy tell ending, wouldn’t it?

A Love Too Soon?

 Where did you get your inspiration for A Love Too Soon?

I knew there was so much more I could say about the Carringtons. For the Love of Lisa seemed like only the beginning. Greg had just begun his new life with Marta. There was a whole new marriage to write about. I’m not a plotter, so I didn’t know myself where this marriage was going, except that Marta was pregnant in the Epilogue of For the Love of Lisa. I started with the birth of the baby, writing a scene at a time, letting my imagination take me to the next scene. Ideas for A Love Too Soon seemed to flow freely as I wrote.

 When you wrote For the Love of Lisa, did you know it’d be a series?

I don’t think I thought much about it being a series, until I wrote the Epilogue. Until then             my mind was too focused on how For the Love of Lisa was going to end. After the Epilogue, I knew I wanted to continue with my writing, and knew a sequel to this book would be a great way to continue, as there was so much more to be said about the Carringtons.

 Your second release. How was the writing process different this time around?

I had learned so much with the guidelines iuniverse gives. This time I wasn’t stumbling over format, or punctuation and grammar. It was more enjoyable. I knew I could do it this time. The doubts were gone. I had a basis for my plot from For the Love of Lisa. This gave me much to work with. I had fallen in love with my characters and I, myself was interested in learning where I could take their lives. It is so different than reading a book. I can take my characters anywhere I want. I truly enjoyed writing this book, and love where it took me. We shall see if the readers agree. I expect some criticism, but the book seemed to go that direction as I wrote. It touched my heart. Let’s see if it does so with the readers.

 You went through iUniverse for both books. Why did you decide to go with them?

I had tried the traditional route with For the Love of Lisa. Each publisher wanted something different for querying. It was time consuming and disappointing when I would receive rejections. I was once told by Thomas Eadie who was with a traditional publishing Co., and had started a self-publishing Co., that there is no money in traditional publishing for authors. He felt that was unfair to the creators of the work. I therefore decided to research self-publishing companies. I chose iuniverse because they had services to offer if I felt the need. I did begin with an editor evaluation, which helped me learn where my weaknesses were and how to correct them. I wasn’t ready to be totally on my own with another company. I felt I needed some guidance. I went with them for this book, too, as I didn’t want to take the time to learn the hows of another company. I plan to go with another, such as CreateSpace for the next in the series, An Anniversary…not to be forgotten, which is completed in rough draft form.

 How was the publishing process different with your second book from your first book?

I didn’t start with an evaluation. I waited to submit my book block until after it was edited and polished it. I expected it to go quite fast as it did with the 1st book at that point. It seemed to go much slower. First off, I was asked to revise some scenes, as I wasn’t familiar with their underage sex scene policy. (The word cleavage was not even allowed for the underage.) They have no restrictions for the adults, so there are still steamy scenes. I revised the underage scenes and submitted them. They were approved after a wait while the person overseeing this was on vacation. (Just my luck). After that, it still seemed to go slower than the first book. Perhaps they were busier this time, or maybe I’m not as patient.

 Where can readers find your works?

I believe my books can be found at almost any online book store, such as…

Callie Norse at Amazon

Callie Norse at Barnes & Nobles

Callie Norse at the Book Depository

 One should be able to order them at most book stores…

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About Callie Norse

I have always loved to read. My eighth grade English teacher required us to write short stories. This is when I first learned I loved to write. When my three children were young, I would write short stories, dreaming of someday having time to write seriously. After my parents passed away 16 days apart, I wrote a book on the loss of elderly parents and how devastating it can be, even when they are elderly. I completed the book, but have never published it. Later, I developed a short story into For the Love of Lisa.

I reside in Northern Illinois with my husband, and continue to write.

Connect with Callie Norse:

Website
Facebook
Article in PageSuite
callienorse [at] yahoo [dot] com

Tuesday Teaser: For the Love of Lisa by Callie Norse

Welcome to another episode of Tuesday Teaser. Today we’re featuring For the Love of Lisa by Callie Norse.

Greg and Lisa Carrington’s lives have been blessed with successful careers, a loving relationship and a beautiful young daughter. Although, when the Carrington family move into their Victorian dream home, everything changes-and not for the better. When Lisa becomes ill, she leaves a wish with her sister, should she die. The wish is unthinkable. Has she asked too much? During Lisa’s illness, Greg discovers some mysterious occurrences. He keeps these phenomena a secret, not wanting to worry Lisa. Over a period of time, he begins to fear the house must be haunted, as he and his family are subjected to more and more terrifying occurrences. Their young daughter becomes obsessed with the sewing room. She reads aloud, sings, and talks to presence only she can see. Finally, Greg decides he must sell the house. Before he can do so, a horror beyond imagination shakes the lives of everyone associated with Lisa and the house.

 

The smell of coffee and waffles began filtering into the parlor, waking Lisa. She strolled out to the kitchen and wrapped her arms around Greg’s neck, “What a wonderful aroma to wake up to. Thank you, honey.” He drew her close. Their lips met in a kiss. As he pressed his body to hers, she felt his thickening flesh. She regretted falling asleep so quickly. “After breakfast, Maggie will be busy waking up all her dollies and feeding them breakfast,” she whispered.

“I was thinking the same thing,” Greg winked. “Our breakfast is ready now.” They sat quietly talking, making plans for the day. One thing certainly seemed to be planned out before the first bite of waffle!

Maggie came traipsing into the kitchen, her face bright and cheery. “Did you leave any for me?” Greg got up from the table and took a glass of orange juice out of the refrigerator and put more batter in the waffle iron. She downed the juice and helped herself to the sausage on the table. As she swallowed the last bite, Greg put a waffle on the table in front of her. She talked about the dream she had. One of her babies had been crying. She assumed the storm had scared the baby. Greg and Lisa found this quite interesting.

They all went upstairs when Maggie was finished eating—Maggie to get out of her jammies and get dressed for the day and to tend to her babies. Lisa explained to her how she and Daddy had slept in front of the fireplace. Therefore, she needed to take a shower and change clothes.

Greg closed the bedroom door behind them. Finally, they were alone. Desires had been rising since before breakfast. Greg’s fingers couldn’t unbutton Lisa’s blouse fast enough. Her C-cup bra fell to the floor exposing her luscious breasts. In her excitement, Lisa ripped Greg’s shirt off–a few buttons were now missing. He leaned her back onto the bed and removed her jeans and panties. Oh, the desires… His masculine hands gently and slowly moved over her, tracing the curves of her bottom, her hips, her breasts–igniting in her a restless craving to get closer, to touch and be touched more intimately. There was little time, as Maggie would soon finish with her dollies. Greg’s belt buckle clanged as his jeans hit the hardwood floor. He lay down beside Lisa, holding her curvaceous body closely, drawing his thumbs across her nipples hardening them into tight little peaks, increasing desires….

 

For the Love of Lisa by Callie Norse is available at the following online stores:

Amazon

Barnes & Nobles

iUniverse

Book Depository

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About Callie Norse

I have always loved to read. My eighth grade English teacher required us to write short stories. This is when I first learned I loved to write. When my three children were young, I would write short stories, dreaming of someday having time to write seriously. After my parents passed away 16 days apart, I wrote a book on the loss of elderly parents and how devastating it can be, even when they are elderly. I completed the book, but have never published it. Later, I developed a short story into For the Love of Lisa.

I reside in Northern Illinois with my husband, and continue to write.

Connect with Callie Norse:

Website
Facebook
Article in PageSuite
callienorse [at] yahoo [dot] com

Who Art Thou Thursday: Calllie Norse

Today’s featured author is Callie Norse, author of For the Love of Lisa.

Tell us about your most recent publication.

For the Love of Lisa is romance/mystery with paranormal happenings. Readers say it is an emotional roller coaster and a definite page turner.

Lisa and Greg Carrington and their six-year-old daughter move into an old Victorian home which has many mysteries. Lisa becomes ill believing she must be pregnant. When she discovers the reality is that she is seriously ill, she leaves a dying wish for her husband. The wish is unthinkable. Has she asked too much?

The story has many twists and turns and is sure to intrigue to the end.

For you, what’s the hardest part of the writing process?

The most difficult part is the beginning. Once I have that down, the rest flows. I am not a plotter. Sure, I have some ideas, but never know how they will unfold until my fingers hit the keys. It always amazes me how things that I don’t expect, happen before my eyes. If I get stumped, I let it sit for a few days. It is then, that I go to sleep thinking about the plot, and wake up thinking about it, until I find the right direction the plot needs to take.

For you, what’s the easiest part of the writing process?

It’s fun and fairly easy once I get the first chapter written.

Anything special you’d like to say to readers?

Whether you enjoy romance or mystery you will enjoy For the Love of Lisa–that is, if you don’t mind some steamy love scenes and a few spirits. If you enjoy touching, heart wrenching stories, you are sure to enjoy this one.

What are you working on now?

I’m now in the editing phase of A Love Too Soon, the second of the Carrington Series. It is also romance/mystery with paranormal happenings. It takes place where For the Love of Lisa leaves off–a little over a year later. Those who have read my manuscript love it as much as the first one. They say they become quite involved with my characters and keep wanting more.

Why did you decide to publish independently?

I sent my manuscript to several publishers. Each publishers required different things. I was spending so much time preparing to send to each and then would receive rejections. I have read how many famous authors received large numbers of rejections before finally being accepted. I didn’t feel I had the time or years left. I wanted to devote more time to my writing than this would allow me, especially with a genre I had heard was more difficult to get accepted. I then began researching self-publishing companies and chose iuniverse. They gave me guidance that I wouldn’t have received with others. I have now signed with iuniverse again to publish A Love Too Soon.

How do you come up with your cover art?

I create my own photo using things I have in my own home such as the barn/dutch door on the cover of For the Love of Lisa. I used berries and branches from a tree in my yard and arranged them around a lighted candle which represents many things in the book. I want some form of light to represent all the books in the Carrington series. The next book has a lantern on the cover.

What’s your favorite part about the publishing process and why? (consider the initial book concept all the way through marketing, and beyond)

To finally see my long awaited book in print is definitely my favorite part. The actual publishing process was not fun. Writing is the fun part. Editing is work that never seems to end. I begin to doubt everything I have written. When I write, I let the words flow, right or not, until what I call the rough draft is finished. Then I go back and reread it making obvious changes such as typos, spelling errors, revising wording until it sounds right, and deleting words that aren’t necessary. I keep editing until I feel it is the best I can make it. Marketing is probably the most difficult. I am still learning new ways to promote my book.

How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pencil

Print or Cursive: Cursive

Pantser or Plotter: Pantser

Favorite Candy: Milk Duds

Worst habit: I’m a procrastinator

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About Callie Norse

I have always loved to read. My eighth grade English teacher required us to write short stories. This is when I first learned I loved to write. When my three children were young, I would write short stories, dreaming of someday having time to write seriously. After my parents passed away 16 days apart, I wrote a book on the loss of elderly parents and how devastating it can be, even when they are elderly. I completed the book, but have never published it. Later, I developed a short story into For the Love of Lisa.

I reside in Northern Illinois with my husband, and continue to write.

Connect with Callie Norse:

Website
Facebook
Article in PageSuite
callienorse [at] yahoo [dot] com

For the Love of Lisa by Callie Norse is available at the following online stores:

Amazon

Barnes & Nobles

iUniverse

Book Depository