Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Guest Post: M.L. Guida

We are excited to present to you The Finding Ms. Wright Blog Tour. Here's an interview with the third author from the new Finding Ms. Wright Anthology book coming out November 15th on ebook and November 25th in print. Thanks so much M. L. Guida for being with us today to tell about your story in the book.

History Behind the Anthology
By M.L. Guida

I actually started writing Cassandra about a year before the anthology started. I had
torn my ACL skiing at Copper Mountain, was laid up after surgery and wanted to write about
something I know which is skiing. I feel in love with my characters, Eric and Cassandra and
wanted to tell the story. When the three of us decided to write an anthology, I convinced the
other two authors to base their stories in the mountains. Cassandra’s story was set in Frisco,
Colorado, which is near Copper Mountain Ski Resort.
I added to Cassandra and strengthened the goal, motivation and conflict with all of my
characters. In fact, I decided to write a sequel so I had to make the villain, Gryffin the Torturer,
goals stronger. He needed to be more than a flat character. I knew I wanted to write about Eric’s
nephew, Toby. Toby was tortured in Cassandra and this impacts him in the sequel. You’ll have
to read what happens to poor Toby!
All of our stories were unique and have different depth of darkness, mine being the
darkest. I have knack for tormenting my characters. I believe I lean towards this, because of
my career as a social worker and some of the scary tales I have heard. I was raised Catholic and
Catholicism has lots of weird, strange, paranormal stories. I blended these together to create
stories. The supernatural has always been a fascination of mine.
My story was based on a sinkhole in South America. In this case, I surfed the internet
and stumbled upon a sinkhole in South America. The huge sinkhole sunk over 100 feet into
the ground. A highway had caved into the hole. I broke out in shivers when I saw it, because I
wondered what would happen if it stretched to hell and something crawled out. I took it one step
further and thought about my favorite mountain town, Frisco. What if a sinkhole happened in
the middle of the night at Walter Byron Park? Hmmm…what if a demon flew out searching for
his mate? Eric Wyvern comes to life for me. What would happen if the heroine could see ghosts
and a demon goddess from the Underworld? The demon goddess in my book is the Wraith, and
I have to admit she was fun to write about. She is shrouded in a dark cloak and all you can see
is her skeletal hands and red burning eyes. When she talks, she hisses. She is one of my favorite
characters in this book.
So, the next time you see a sinkhole, imagine where it would go? What lives down
there? What wants to escape into our world?

Chapter One

Cassandra Wright woke with a start. Sunlight peered through the half open red and gold drapes.
A matching dark red and gold comforter draped over her. Where was she? She sat up in bed
and looked around. Her best friend from college, Lilly Grace, lightly snored across the room in
her twin bed. Cassandra shook her head and plopped back down. That’s right. Skiing. She was
at the Galena Mountain Street Inn in Frisco, not on top of a snow bank with Mr. Hot Lips’s arms
holding her close.
Her long black U2 shirt-shirt bunched up around her waist. Sweat streaked down her face.
She rolled to the side of her double bed, grabbed a tissue from the nightstand and wiped her
forehead and cheeks. She moistened her lips. God, she felt as though she’d
finished running a marathon or at least one kind of marathon. Who ever thought that having sex
all night would drum up a sweat, a pounding heart and sore muscles like running in the Boulder
It had been him again. He vanished – a figment of her imagination. Like always, the same
hollow feeling swept over her. She would be alone.
Leaning against her headboard she caught her breath. Lilly flickered awake and
glanced over at her. “Cassie, why is your face so red? You’re sweating. Did you have
that same
dream again?”
Cassandra shook her head. “Yeah, but this time he was so…so….”
Lilly cocked her eyebrow. “That good, huh?” She gave her a teasing grin. “God, I haven’t
seen you blush this bad since we went to see the Bridesmaid movie last month.”
“I mean,” Cassandra stammered. She wadded up the tissue and threw it into a nearby
trashcan. “Come on, the opening scene – she’s practically screwing him ten different ways.”
Lilly tossed her black hair behind her. “You should have seen your face.”
Cassandra kicked the heavy quilt off of her. “Whatever.”
“God, Cassie everybody has erotic dreams, even virgins.”
Cassandra’s face burned hotter. She hated being the only one who guarded her virginity and
good ole Lilly never failed to remind her. The opportunities had been plenty, but how could
Cassandra explain it? No guy compared to the man in her dreams. An excuse? Maybe. Was
she a chicken shit? Definitely.

M.L. Guida writes paranormal romance. She is pursuing her
Master of Art in Creative Writing through Regis University. She
currently is a member of Colorado Romance Writers, Romance
Writers of America and Savvy Authors. For the past two years,
she was the newsletter editor for CRW and she was CRW’s Vice
President for 2011. M.L. Guida lives in Colorado and enjoys
skiing, taking her cocker spaniel, Sadie, for walks and traveling.

You can find her at

Finding Ms. Wright Blurb

Demon Prince Eric Wyvern must have Cassandra. Boldly, he kidnaps the gifted psychic
from a mountain inn, taking her to his dark underworld. Held captive, her key to freedom
is agreeing to his terms. Neither expects to fall in love and unlock the secrets that can save
both worlds. – M.L. Guida

Paranormal hunter Andrew Grant has less than a week to locate a stone and thwart a
wizard’s bid for ultimate power. Sia holds the key to his success and to his heart. Only
together can they discover love and save the world. – Hillary Seidl

Five hundred year old Prince Alexander needs a woman, and only archaeologist Evelyn will
do. Their magical kiss sparks more than mere romance – it creates a key that will open their
hearts to a true love that will save their worlds. – Lori Corsentino

Three men, each on a crucial mission to save their way of life, seek their true mates –
women who unknowingly hold the key to their very survival.

Release date November 15th.
Publisher 5 Prince Publishing

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I had to laugh when you mentioned your Catholic upbringing as influencing your writing. I absolutely agree about all the strange stories and rituals - makes for a fervent imagination!

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