Thank you for stopping by "From Here to There...A Writer's Journey" to see my books in my readers' hands. I'm Casse NaRome, the writer. Here I will blog about my progress on my manuscripts and my novels that already available. I will also blog on the things that I find interesting and hilarious because I think you might too. I hope you stick around for the ride and share this Journey with me. Love, Casse xoxo!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Guest Post by Michelle Moran (author of Rebel Queen)

JANAM KUNDLIS
Michelle Moran


With every book I write, I discover something about the culture I’m researching which completely blows me away, often because it’s so unusual and something I’ve never encountered before. In the case of my book, REBEL QUEEN, set in India during the British invasion, the concept of Janam Kundlis struck a chord with me, particularly since Janam Kundlis very nearly played a role in my own life and my marriage to my husband, who is Indian.


Also known as an astrological chart, a Janam Kundli is made by a priest for each child in India. No one is sure when the concept of a Janam Kundli came to be, but as Vedic astrology is several thousand years old, it’s not surprising that my protagonist’s Janam Kundli would have looked similar to my husband’s,¬ even though they were born more than a hundred years apart. A person’s Janam Kundli includes the details of their birth–time, date, planetary alignments. It also includes other things which aren’t so common in the West, such as that person’s probable future career and who they were in their most recent past life (in my husband’s case, a yogi!).

Reading a person’s natal chart is serious business. Once a person’s Janam Kundli is created, they will keep that document with them for life, producing it when it’s time for marriage. Even today, Janam Kundlis are used to make prospective matches between brides and grooms throughout India, where the majority of marriages are arranged. And woe betide anyone whose Janam Kundli declares them to be a manglik, or a bad-luck person. If that’s the case, as it was for the famous Bollywood actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai, one of two options are available. You can either marry another manglik, thus canceling out your bad-luck status, or you can hire a priest to conduct a variety of ceremonies that will make it possible to marry someone who isn’t a manglik like yourself. This last option, however, is only available if the non-manglik person’s family finds the risk acceptable. In Aishwarya Rai’s case, her in-laws obviously felt the “risk” was worth it, and in 2007 she married a tree before she married her husband, thereby canceling out her bad-luck in this way.

Why a tree? Well, this was something I very nearly discovered myself when my own Janam Kundli was made. Apparently, like Aishwarya Rai, I too am probably a manglik, meaning marriage for me would most likely end in the divorce or death of my spouse. I say probably because my Janam Kundli was done online. The effect, however, was very nearly the same. Major discussions took place as to whether I would need to marry a tree before the wedding could proceed, or whether my Janam Kundli should be discounted since I am not, after all, Indian, and my Janam Kundli hadn’t “officially” been made by a priest.

In the end, it was decided that my husband should take the risk and go for it. I never had to marry a tree or even choose among a variety of clay urns for my groom. Either option, apparently, is acceptable, as it’s believed that a person’s manglik dosh can be canceled out if the manglik person’s bad luck is spent on the first marriage. Thus, the bride first marries a clay urn or a tree, then either breaks the clay urn or chops down her tree-husband in order to become a “widow” (in some places, the tree is allowed to survive). After this, the second marriage is ready to proceed without a hitch.

There are varying interpretations of this ceremony, and even though it didn’t end up affecting me, a person’s Janam Kundli can alter their destiny, just as I describe in the beginning of REBEL QUEEN. It’s cultural gems like these which make researching historical fiction such a pleasure, and it’s these type of details which I try to include in each of my books. As a writer, my hope is that they pique the reader’s interest along the way, and as a reader, they are the sort of facts which help ground me in another place and time.


Rebel Queen

From the internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti and Cleopatra’s Daughter comes the breathtaking story of Queen Lakshmi—India’s Joan of Arc—who against all odds defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom.

When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. India is fractured and divided into kingdoms, each independent and wary of one another, seemingly no match for the might of the English. But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge.

Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies—one male and one female—and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire determined to take away the land she loves.

Told from the unexpected perspective of Sita—Queen Lakshmi’s most favored companion and most trusted soldier in the all-female army—Rebel Queen shines a light on a time and place rarely explored in historical fiction. In the tradition of her bestselling novel, Nefertiti, and through her strong, independent heroines fighting to make their way in a male dominated world, Michelle Moran brings nineteenth-century India to rich, vibrant life.



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Monday, December 29, 2014

Stranded: A New Year's Eve Anthology




Champagne … fireworks … ice storms and broken elevators? What happens when New Year’s Eve doesn’t go as planned? Find out in these six romances about people forced to ring in the new year with each other when fate pushes them together.
The Promise by Carly Fall
Three years ago, Gabby watched her lover and best friend, Lucas Tate, walk out of her life. Despite his promise that they'd be reunited after her high school graduation, a few months later, Lucas' correspondence ceased and she never heard from him again.
She encounters him once more on a snowy New Year's Eve—when he walks into the convenience store where she's working. With the bad weather closing all highways, the two end up stranded together for the night, trapped with each other, along with their past. Will Lucas' reasons for abandoning Gabby be enough for her to forgive him and move into the future he so desperately wants with her?
When the Party’s Over by Casse NaRome
Le Lan Lee has a choice to make. On New Year's Eve, she receives a message from her past. Will she answer Fate's call? The decision regarding helping an old flame out of a jam will lead her down the path of life or death, and love or hate.
Satisfaction by Elise Marion
Audrey Hammond can’t think of anything worse than being trapped in her office with co-worker Shane Watson on New Year’s Eve. Aside from the fact that he’s beaten her out of more lucrative advertising accounts than she can count, he’s a smooth-talking smart ass who always seems to know how to get under her skin.
Yet, when a broken elevator at an office party leaves the two stuck together with no chance of escape, Audrey may find that Shane is not at all the person she thought he was—and maybe, she’ll find herself falling for the last guy on Earth she’d have ever thought she wanted.
Natural Woman by Kacey Hammell
After a heartbreaking tragedy years ago, Cora has lived in a self-inflicted solitude, hidden away from the pitying looks of her neighbors.
But when one of the worst storms in years plows through, a stranded traveler requires her help. With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, Nick’s open honesty reassures her how beautiful she is. And his gentle hands teach her that there is more to her than the scars she carries.
Dante's Heaven by Natalie G. Owens
The path to paradise begins in Hell...
Dante Santoro is out to redeem the sins of his father, and won't stop until he's settled the score and made up for lost time. Destiny King has built a new life for herself from the ruins of pain and tragedy.
There are things that can never be forgotten, betrayals that will never be forgiven. But sometimes, the horrors of the past can be erased through a night of magic, happenstance ... and second chances.
Hacking for Love by Zee Monodee
Aloof and reserved business magnate Enzo Caparelli settles for a quiet night in on this New Year's Eve, as does scarred and cancer-recovering medical doctor Viveka 'Vivi' Sari at The Cape, Enzo's hotel in Central Manhattan.
Neither had counted on the younger Caparelli brother, Fabrizio, playing matchmaker and hacking into the hotel's security system to strand them in the penthouse suite that night.



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Monday, November 24, 2014

Who's ready for Thanksgiving?

Hello happy readers!

I love this time of year. From October all the way through February 14th it is fun holiday season. I love it. It also brings a lot of distractions for my writing and I know yall have been waiting over a year for the next book in the Reborn series. I'm sorry. I am really working on it but there is also so much going on with that series publisher. The owner passed away this summer and we are trying to reorganize things but I swear early next year The Reborn series fans will finally get the next book. Depending on how Bayou Brew Publishing is restructured there maybe more than one book left in the series.



I also have two short stories coming up. The first is part of an Anthology and it is New Year's Eve themed releasing on December 26th. The second will be released as a Valentine's day short story releasing February 1st. They will both be non paranormal. It is so new for me not to write Paranormal Romance it is so out my box I get so nervous and get tempted to toss in an angel or reaper. So tempted. I will tell you more on the story a little later this week.



Part Time Reaper II will be released in April. I decided not to rush that series as I had originally planned to do. I planned to release PTR series every four months keeping them short. Instead I'm going to go with how mainstream does their books and every year do that series. That means I will make it a longer story and try...TRY not to have such killer cliffhangers. ;-)



Memory Keepers #2 will also be in the works but it is with a publisher so fingers crossed it comes out in 2015. I keep trying to push book #1 so they see the demand by readers. lol



I will post before Thanksgiving but I hope you enjoy this time and not get too stressed out. Enjoy your family, friends and a good book!
 Casse NaRome

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cover Reveal & Author Debut for The Lightning Prophecyby Emily Cyr

Cover Design by: Najla Qamber Designs
Release date:  December 1st
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Age: Adult




Blurb:
Delaney Hagen’s power to control lightning is unique, even among witches. That uniqueness has caused her to run and hide from her kind - and the other supernatural beings in the world. Finally, after years of running, she feels safe enough to settle down. But her life’s calm is completely destroyed when her best friend is murdered.

Delaney teams up with the mysterious and sexy Reid Jamison to figure out just what is going down in her world. Delaney will have to make a choice between her life and love. Will she be the product of a prophecy or will her fate be changed?

Reid Jamison knew this case wouldn’t be easy. But, with the money the Coven was throwing at him, how could he say no? When he met Delaney Hagen, his whole world began to unravel. Faced with a prophecy, murders, love and betrayal, will Reid be able to hang on to this new world? Or will it slip away?



About the Author:



Emily Cyr is a stay-at-home mom turned writer. Emily holds a degree in middle grades education with certification in both, English and Social science. Emily has always had a love of all thing paranormal and fantasy. It wasn’t until Emily’s husband said the words, “Why not,” that she considered putting her thoughts and ideas into the book, The Lightning Prophecy. This trilogy was just the start for Emily; it seemed to open a creative door that had been locked.
Emily has always been an avid reader. Though reading came her love of writing. Many of her first works were fan fiction. The more she read the more she knew she wanted to create her own world.
Emily and her family currently reside in Jacksonville, Florida. Emily has an incredibly supportive husband who is also an Officer in the United States Air Force. They have two little boys, ages 2 and 3. Yet, somehow with the demands of being a parent to two little boys she finds time to escape to her fantasies and write them down.
Though this is Emily’s first published book it will not be her lastShe is currently working on book two in the Lightning Witch Trilogy and book one in the Vampire Favors series; titled, Push and Pull.

Stalker Links:
Twitter: @EmilyCyrAuthor
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/EmilyCyrAuthor
Goodreads: The Lightning Prophecy
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Indie Book Fest 2014

I went to IBF 2014 and I had so much fun! I am just now recovering from not being an introvert for those few days. I was on two amazing panels with talented authors. I remember thinking "What am I doing up here with these real authors?" lol it was hard to believe that these talented women and men were my peers. Talk about humbling!

Now time for pictures!
I fan girled over Sarra Cannon








I won some books from Elise Marion!


 I bought some books from Elise Marion...
I stopped by and chatted with Wendy L Owens instead of staying by my table :)



 I begged for an ARC from Peggy Martinez (not too proud to beg lol)

I saw Cynthia O'Neill and had to go chat it up with her and buy her reincarnation series.


 I have a lot more books that I bought at the signing or won during a panel I will probably review them over at The Litter Box...Scoop Daily! as I finish them. :)



One of the hardest post

It has been over a week since I lost my good friend, my mentor, and my editor. I thought in that time I would wake up and not have to write this. Monique's death has left me reeling. I can't even begin to focus on what this means for a few of my books because at this point, I just don't care. I know I should care about the fate of Dain, Bonnie, Akila, and Marco but I don't. 

Monique believed in me and she loved these character. I know she'd want me to keep writing but right now I just can't even sit down and begin to join their world again. I know some day I will be able to do it. Right now...right now, I just can't.

I am trying to pretend that I am okay but this is so crazy. SO CRAZY. One of the last things she said to me via fb messenger was "I'll be fine." How can she not be? How can she be gone?

I know that mourning takes awhile and I know I will be writing, the series that we worked on together, again. I just wanted yall to know that it is too hard right now so please excuse the delays. I promise I will be back!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

UtopYA 2014

I am going to my first conference and I am beyond excited. I cannot wait to meet other writers, readers and just "bookish" people like ME! You know who I mean, those kind of people where books are their entire lives.
A lot of great authors, bloggers and readers are going if you are going let me know and I would love to mingle with you!

For more info on the con check out this page UtopYA info page!

Any of my readers and friends going to UtopYA in Nashville this June? I would love to see you! I have a exhibitor table in Area 51 1/2 (in the hotel lobby) on Friday (June 20th) If you let me know you are coming, I can save you a surprise :) I am also going ALONE and need an entourage. :-D

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