Tuesday, November 1, 2016

FIREWORKS & Giveaway

by Denise Alicea


GENRE: Sweet Romance/Time Travel



After Sarah’s grandfather passes away, it’s up to Sarah to pack up a lifetime’s worth of his possessions as she comes to terms with her grief. As she goes through his possessions, she finds a picture. The faded black and white picture seems innocuous at first, but something draws her towards it. As she studies the picture and the man inside it, she forgets her grief momentarily.
However, there’s more to the faded picture of a soldier in 1940s New York than she realizes, and soon she unexpectedly meets him—but he hasn’t aged a day. As they get to know each other, Sarah’s feelings begin to grow…



Hours later, a huge crash woke her up and she found herself sitting straight up in her bed. Moving the hair away from her face, she slowly crawled out of bed slowly and tip toed to the door. Before she opened the door, she grabbed the wooden bat gripping it firmly as she opened the door. Cursing under her breath as she hears the door creaking. Seeing a huge shadow in her living room, readying the bat in her hands Sarah swings it. Instead it slips her hands flying across the living room with a resounding ding.
Grenade!” James shouted as he ducked hoping that his helmet and the object in front of him protected him. He looked again in the dark, why does this object look like a sofa. He huddles down to the ground and waits, but nothing happens. Slowly holding onto his helmet, he gets on his hands and knees only to be confronted by yellow eyes and a wet nose. It swipes and hisses at him, a cat! James falls back and hits a table, knocking a lamp into the floor. He turns around and sees it in pieces.
Cursing under her breath and no time to call the cops, Sarah charged at him in full speed. Jumping on him and punching him in the face. “Who the hell are you and why are you in my home?” Sarah yelled at the tops of her lungs. Blinking, James took a second after the punch to recover to look at his attacker. Who was this woman and where was he?
Grabbing her hands and holding back from his face, “I was fighting Nazis five minutes ago and now I’m. Where the hell am I lady?”

You are in New York and how would you be fighting Nazi’s? It’s 2013 and I know Nazi’s still exist but not in the form you’re talking about. You got the wrong house buddy, so I suggest you get up and leave,” Sarah said getting up and walking away from him to compose herself. Why did he look so familiar? She found a good lamp, praying that it would turn on and it did. She could see this man a bit better. He looked like someone who came out of a convention.

James composing himself the best he could, stood up and could see all around him. He went from the battlefield and suddenly was in a place that looked like something out of one of those science fiction books he read. “This is some kind of joke,” he said standing up and looking around him, in a trance like he was in a dream. “This is all a dream and I’m going to wake up.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born to the great  lively city of Manhattan, NY, and raised in quiet Connecticut. Denise started writing  when drawing and painting were not enough. Deciding to try a new type of medium, she thought to start with poetry. After her first success and first reading at the age of fifteen. Her writing began to take on new life with her own worlds of fantasy, time travel, action, adventure and of course romance.  She draws inspiration from her favorite childhood cartoons and experiences to her current day ones.
A member of Romance Writers of America  and several of its chapters since 2005, Denise has won two awards for her short stories and several finalist nominations. She always finds the time to help others through RWA and also her book review blog, The Pen & Muse Book Reviews.
When not writing, Denise loves technology, reading (romance, YA, anime, nonfiction, fiction, Technology, Social Media) , watching movies and TV shows.

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Fireworks will be $0.99 during the tour.

What Inspired Me to Write My Book
When writing Fireworks, I was inspired mainly by my love for Time Travel. I also recently got married to my husband who is from England. So this was such a great opportunity for me to put this short story into writing. Sarah is someone who is looking for love, but she is grieving over her grandfather’s death. He was a person that she was very close to. I think I made her so she was very relatable. I loved my grandfather growing up and it was hard not having him here when I got married. So, I think she’s a relatable character that way. I also wanted to throw in some magic and time travel so I thought to make the hero come into her life. He would travel through time and war and end up in her lap. The guy was who is this young womanizer to fall in love with the studious girl whom took care of him despite his ordeal. Sarah would find love and someone she could confide in.
I lalso like to think that our loved ones are always looking out for us so that’s where the element of the story comes from. Sarah’s grandfather heping her from heaven. Even though it’s a short story there is a lot of thought that goes into writing of certain scenes. The idea had been with me a while and I do plan on writing extra scenes for the story and making it longer. I’ve gotten a lot of requests for that so stay tuned! Thank you for having me on the blog. I appreciate it.

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