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Nadezhda Seiler’s “A Measure of Guilt”

AMOGHappy New Year, my friends! I hope it will be productive and joyful for everyone.

Today is the second anniversary of the publication of my novel A Measure of Guilt, and since it’s my creation, I treat this date as its birthday. I think it’s only right to start posting on my blog in 2015 with this acknowledgement.

Thus, the New Year’s celebration continues for me. 🙂

Here’s the blurb:

Nineteen-year-old Kate Flanagan has already endured entirely too much in her young life. Two years earlier, her kid sister, Angie, and her best friend, Sandra, were kidnapped from a San Diego amusement park, and Kate’s guilt over the part she played in the tragedy is beyond measure. Believing herself undeserving of a normal life, Kate avoids relationships, feels estranged from her parents, and has no social life. When she begins receiving increasingly chilling anonymous notes on her windshield, she dismisses them as the work of a random stalker.

The fifth note, however, claims that the writer has information about her sister. Hopeful that Angie and Sandra are still alive, distrustful of the police, and frightened by the escalating threat of the notes, Kate nevertheless decides to smoke out the source of the notes. With the help of an amateur private investigator, Kate sets out on a mission to find her sister and best friend— a hunt that leads her straight to her deranged stalker.

In this intriguing mystery tale, a woman anxious to atone for the past mistakes that have cost her nearly everything puts her life on the line in a desperate attempt to right a terrible wrong and catch a determined criminal.

If you read my second novel, Without Thinking Twice, you will be surprised (pleasantly, I hope) to meet again with one of its characters in A Measure of Guilt. And if you read A Measure of Guilt, you may be interested in its sequel that I’m currently working on, which will be released this year.

The novel can be purchased on Abbott Press, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. The e-book version is available for download for most e-readers, including, but not limited, to Kindle, Nook, iPad and Sony.

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Nadezhda Seiler’s “Without Thinking Twice”

ResizeImageHandler[10]Today I devote this post to my own novel, Without Thinking Twice. It’s the second anniversary of its publication and, even if it’s not a bestseller, I think it deserves acknowledgement, just like all the other novels that I review in my blog. Because I put my heart and soul into this book is a good enough reason for me to celebrate this anniversary, don’t you think? 🙂

Here’s the blurb:

Russian brides, Lara and Yulia, are navigating their new lives in the United States. After the initial excitement that surrounds their marriages to their American husbands suddenly wears off, the two women develop a friendship that they both hope can help them survive the clash of personalities, cultures, and expectations that now overshadow their everyday lives.

Lara, a practical woman who hooked up with her husband, Sam, on the Internet, is fairly content with her life in America—until she realizes she needs more from her marriage and life than financial stability. Yulia, a closet poet and a believer in idealistic romance, fell in love at first sight with Bill in Moscow. Unfortunately, unable to distinguish fantasy from reality, Yulia falls prey to an idealized image of her philandering husband who secretly yearns for his bachelorhood. As both women face drastic changes in their destinies, they soon realize that their worries about speaking flawless English are the least of their problems.

In this contemporary romance, two Russian women on a journey to what they once thought would be a fairy tale now must wonder if they will ever attain a happy ending.

Although Without Thinking Twice is not autobiographical, I used some of my personal experiences and observations in it. The novel challenges familiar stereotypes, gender and culture based, telling a story from the point of view of both Russian and American characters, being narrated by four people, two women and two men, whose voices, stories, views and goals distinctly differ from one another.

I was quite happy when Without Thinking Twice was chosen to be included in the Abbott Press 2013 Honorary Catalog.

The novel can be purchased on Abbott Press, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. The e-book version is available for download for most e-readers, including, but not limited, to Kindle, Nook, iPad and Sony.

Author Interview: Nora Ephron

Here’s the splendid and renowned author  Nora Ephron talking about her work as a screenwriter. She doesn’t take all the credit for the movies she has written scripts for. She considers herself lucky to have worked with wonderful directors and actors, praising their talent and contribution. She says that yes, she did write funny stuff for When Harry Met Sally, but it was Meg Ryan and Billy Cristal who made it look and sound funny.

Once again, this incredible humility of a talented person!

Enjoy!

My Hiatus from Blogging

2014-07-17 11.40.16I haven’t blogged in four months! Not for lack of time, though. Or for lack of words. I always have something to say about the books I read or the book I’m writing at the moment. And I did, too, these past months. After all, I’ve been reading voraciously, as usual, and I’ve kept working on my novel as well. But I wasn’t in the mood for reviewing anything, much less discussing my work.

Not in the mood…. Oh, that moodiness… That state of being down in the dumps… What writer doesn’t go through this ordeal? Writing either launches you into a state of sheer exultation (when it flows) or it throws you into a deep ravine of despair (when it doesn’t). From all the interviews I’ve read in magazines and on the net, I know that every one of them has tasted the “bitter wine” of dissatisfaction, frustration, and downright misery, when they’re stuck in the work they’re creating

Needless to say, I was STUCK. My novel, a sequel to A Measure of Guilt, was already finished last year, but, even after several rounds of revision, I still didn’t like it. I felt disconnected with the place (Moscow, Russia) where my protagonists spend ten days. That, in addition to being dissatisfied with the plot, the subplots, the voice, the flow, you name it… Everything seemed bad.

So I needed a boost. In what form? The answer was clear.

I had to fly to Russia. Just had to! I had to walk those streets, breathe that air, observe and talk to people, eat at local restaurants, drink at bars…in short, feel that atmosphere.

So I took a three-week-long trip. And I did all those things.  And I loved every minute of the time spent in that country, my previous home.

The trip informed, inspired, and, most important, energized me. I can only hope that it will help me improve my novel. 🙂

Happy New Year, my friends!

2007-12-26 03.20.15Hey, year 2014! I’m welcoming you with open arms. I hope you will be happy to everybody!

The previous year was pretty good to me, in regards to my writing.

My first novel, Disengaged, co-authored with Cindi Rockett, was added to the Fairfax County Public Library and now four copies are in circulation.

My second novel, Without Thinking Twice, was chosen to be included in the Abbott Press 2013 honorary catalog, which made me proud and delighted.

On January 3d, Abbott Press published my third novel, A Measure of Guilt, a mystery, set in San Diego, with Nick Kirrov as one of the main characters who first appeared in Without Thinking Twice.

My talented daughter made a book trailer for each of my three novels and posted them on YouTube. Now, when I watch one or another, the memories of creating that fictional world rush on me and I feel exhilarated. Frankly, I don’t even think of my characters as fictional, but very much real. That’s why I don’t want to let them go, but bring some of them into my next novel.

And that’s why I’m writing a sequel to A Measure of Guilt, tentatively titled Trust Me, Kate. I’m currently on my fourth draft.

I also participated in NaNoWriMo and whipped out 61,000 words of my fifth novel, The Unknown. It was an exciting journey and quite a challenge, but I enjoyed the process immensely and someday I will certainly resume working on this book. Well, how can I not, since it’ll be a sequel to Trust Me, Kate? 🙂

So, like I said, 2013 was productive for me.

As usual, I made a New Year’s resolutions for 2014, prioritizing the publication of my novel #4. If I succeed, it would definitely make me scream with joy. 🙂

I wish you my readers a very happy, prolific New Year! 🙂

“Without Thinking Twice” book trailer

And here’s the book trailer for my novel, Without Thinking Twice, recognized in the inaugural 2013 Abbott Press Catalog.

Since the story is about the joys and tribulations of Russian women living in the US, I chose a song in Russian for this trailer, performed beautifully by Diana Arbenina.

I assure the non-Russian-speaking viewers that the lyrics (about winter–literally and metaphorically, about love and loss, about taking risks and giving up, about hope) fit well with the themes raised in the novel.

Enjoy! 🙂

“Without Thinking Twice” featured in 2013 Abbott Press Catalog

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ResizeImageHandler[10]I’m very happy and proud to announce that my second novel, Without Thinking Twice, was chosen by a panel of judges at Abbott Press, the self-publishing division of Writer’s Digest, and featured in the inaugural 2013 Abbott Press Catalog, among 33 titles by other authors.

In the introduction, Abbott Press states: “All of the titles in this catalog have been handpicked by Writer’s Digest for their exceptional literary merit — all are either Mark of Quality winners or runners up. They represent the best and the brightest of self-published titles.”

Wow! No wonder, I love my book so much. 🙂

The 2013 Abbott Press Catalog can be found on the F+W Media website, where on page 12, you can see Without Thinking Twice.