Monday, October 27, 2014

BLOG TOUR: What She Lost and Found by M.L. Garcia

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for What She Lost and Found by M.L. Garcia, her debut new adult novel!

New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publish Date:
October 15, 2014

Contains some profanity, mature situations, sexual content which includes sexual assault.
Recommended for readers 17+

When you are faced with challenges, what matters most is how you choose to deal with them. That determines your fate...

Her life seemed perfect...
Her best friend since childhood, was like a sister to her. Wherever she'd go, her best friend Christina, was usually nearby. It should have been a wonderful beginning into adulthood during her freshman year of college. Unfortunately, two horrible nights would shake her world to the core.  Innocence would be stolen, lives would be shattered and a young life is lost. Nothing would ever be the same again for Daniela.

Daniela Franco stopped trusting others after a horrible ordeal she experienced, at the hands of people within her own hometown. With a past that relentlessly continues to control her life, she decides to protect herself by never allowing anyone to get close enough to destroy her world again.  For the past few years, focusing on work and school, staying away from the wild-college parties and keeping a tiny circle of friends, has kept her safe. But life has a way of changing things.

Her secrets from the past begin to slowly resurface, threatening to rock her world again in the dark and destructive ways it had years earlier.
Can Daniela face the demons from her past, when they are determined to finish what was started?
Will the people she has begun opening up to, be able to survive her secrets as well as their own?
With new friendships, chances to build trust again, the possibility of finding love and experiencing intimacy the way it is meant to be, 
changes are certain.

Daniela must try to live with what she lost and with what will soon be found...


Take a look at the full cover!




*Interview with M.L. Garcia*
  1. Thank you for taking the time for this interview! I thought we could start with the all-too-common question, what inspired you to become a writer? When did you first know you wanted to become a writer?
I have always loved to write since my first short story in third grade; after that I wrote mostly poetry.  Now that I've read so many great novels, it motivated me to want to pursue my old love for writing again.  So, I guess it is safe to say that I've always wanted to be a writer but at this point in my life, it just feels like the best time to give-it-a-go with my first full-length novel. 
  1. What literary works and/or authors have made an impression on you in regards to your writing?
Love this question. I tend to read more contemporary romance stories but I also love suspense, thrillers and some sci-fi stories.  I'd have to say these are some of my favorite authors & titles of their work:
  • Indie-Author Ginger Scott(Waiting On The Sidelines),
  • Jamie McGuire(Beautiful Disaster, Red Hill),
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout(Wait For You, The Lux Series),
  • Stephen King(pretty much everything he writes like IT, The Stand, etc.),
  • Nicholas Sparks(almost all of his novels are great like The Notebook, Dear John, A Walk To Remember, etc.),
  • Gary Jennings(Aztec Blood),
  • Penelope Ward(Jake Undone, My Skylar) and
  • Richelle Mead(Vampire Academy Series, Bloodlines Series).
  1. What is your writing process: do you write when inspiration hits you or do you isolate yourself and write hours one end?
When I have an idea for a story, I quickly write down a short rough-draft so I guess I tend to write when I'm inspired. Every chance I get after that, I begin my first full-length write up.  Then, I revise and proofread the heck out of my story and get beta-readers to go through it, too. I currently have about seven ideas saved for future novels and I will be working on those when I can.  .
  1. What gave you the idea or inspiration to write What She Lost and Found?
I wanted to write a romance but something that had suspense and a deeper storyline that went beyond the romance.  It touches on a very serious subject with the main female character, Daniela, and I wanted to write about how she deals with the ups and downs of her life.  I admire those who can go through such a heartbreaking time in their life and still be able to overcome and grow beyond that. 
  1. How much of the book is from imagination or real life experiences? Or both?
This story is pure fiction but I've heard many stories of survivors that inspired me to write about the serious topics covered in What She Lost And Found.
  1. Which character(s) were your favorite to write? Which one(s) was the hardest?
My favorite characters to write were the three main characters: Daniela, Nathan and Alex.  They each have their flaws and strengths.  The hardest one to write was Daniela because I wanted to convey her story the way I imagined it.  Despite suffering hardships at such a young age, she has to continue to grow as a person despite the challenges she is faced with. 
  1. If you could be any of your characters, who would you be?
I would say I'd be Bridget (Daniela's present-day friend).  She has her own rocky-history and still finds a special love-interest and keeps an upbeat personality regardless of her past. : )
  1. Are your characters based on people you know or your imagination?
They are based on my imagination but influenced by the challenges and choices people are faced with in real life.  I did get some inspiration from 'real life' people but not enough to say any character is completely anyone in particular.
  1. If/when you get "writers block," how and what do you do to get over it?
I usually step-away for a moment.  I'll go get a snack, watch a little T.V. and clear my mind.  Usually after doing that for a little while, I'll go back to write again and I normally fall back into a good pace.  It never fails.
  1. What are you currently working on? What can we, readers, expect in the near future?
I already have my next novel in the works, the rough draft anyway.  My second novel will be a little darker and grittier.  It will be a contemporary romance and suspense but it will be different in many ways in comparison to What She Lost And Found. There will be a main female character faced with different kinds of challenges, there will be a HEA, there will be a hot-ex-military-man, some bikers and a bad-guy out for revenge.  It won't disappoint.
  1. What books have you read and enjoyed recently?
This is Falling by Ginger Scott, Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole and Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout are the stories I've most recently read.  They are all great stories! : )
  1. I have a lot of friends who are aspiring writers, what advice would you give them?
To anyone aspiring to be a writer, go for it. Whether you choose to find a publisher or independently publish on your own, continue to write.  Put your mind and heart into it and just follow through.  Let your imagination lead the way.

          Thank you for taking the time for this interview!

Thank you for the interview! This was fun! =)


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**About the Author**
M.L. Garcia is the author of the upcoming-novel: What She Lost and Found and will soon be working hard on her next novel. M.L. has always nurtured her love for creativity, either through writing, drawing or graphic designs. She is overjoyed to finally be able to share her creative love with others. M.L. loves having music playing in the background while writing, since it definitely helps bring to life what her imagination conjures up.

M.L. was born and raised in the heart of Texas. When she is not busy with creating her stories or blogging, she is happily occupied with multitasking as a proud mother and the loving wife of a wonderful military man, who helps remind her that real-life love stories do exist. From being a Texas native, to living in North Carolina for over 6 years and even living in Germany, she usually finds it easy to adapt to new situations so the culture shock never lasts long. M.L. tries her best to enjoy wherever she is, taking in every new experience in her journey through life.

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