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Thursday, June 21, 2018

the sins of her past - My Beloved Past (Sistas #5) by Anne Marie Citro

In a city of millions, the probability of chance and all of its mathematical outcomes should never have brought Jake and Zara together.


Published: April 16th, 2018

In a city of millions, the probability of chance and all of its mathematical outcomes should never have brought Jake and Zara together.

Jake never forgot the beautiful, exotic eyes of his first love. They haunt his dreams and make him look twice at every woman he meets. Then, in a twist of fate, when he jumps to the rescue of the gorgeous jogger he has been admiring for weeks, one look into Zara's eyes brings him back to her, even if it's only all the sweet memories.

It has taken Zara years to finally be happy with who she is, working her dream job as a counselor to special needs teenagers and having fun with her crazy group of friends. However, she has never forgiven herself for that fateful night when she was a teenager. The night that changed the course of so many lives. The night she learned unconditional love isn't always so unconditional. Now, years later, in the clutches of a devil dog's jaw, Zara has only one regret. That he will never know the truth.

She can't change the sins of her past, but can her sexy hero lead her to a new future? Can she finally leave the past where it belongs-in the past? Or, will old secrets threaten her new, budding love?

Research for a Book I Wrote Saved Someone I Love

A year and half ago I was writing the third book Thicker Than Blood in the sista series. The main character was in a car accident and had a stroke during surgery. I had to research the causes and symptoms never imagining I would ever use the information I had learned. 

Easter weekend, I had all of my family over for dinner. My mom started to show signs of a stroke. I instantly knew what was happening and called 911. I was able to relay the symptoms and by the time the ambulance got us to the hospital the stroke team was waiting. She had seven mini-strokes Good Friday but the doctors were convinced the big one was coming. 

They couldn’t do anything else until than so they released her. I kept my parents at my house and sure enough she had the massive stroke in my arms on the Monday. The symptoms were text book. The information from the research I had done saved my mother’s life. Ironically Thicker Than Blood was scheduled to be released following the month of her stroke and I had a proof copy that she read in the hospital during her recovery. Thankfully she was released weeks later from hospital with absolutely no physical affects from her stroke 

My Beloved Past is about Zara, she makes a mistake that ends up changing all the lives around her. She grows up to advocate at a center for special needs kids. She gets involved with trying to save a student’s life through organ donation. It is a very real book about coming to terms with her past and how to deal with forgiveness for herself and those closest to her. 

Consequences of Being JoJo is the next book I am releasing at the end of June. It is about anorexia. A subject that is near and dear to my heart. My goddaughter is a survivor and gave me her diaries as part of my research. I could research the facts but nothing gave me more insight into what my character would have to deal without the diaries. 

I’m not going to tell you it was easy to read her inner thoughts or understand them but it was instrumental in my character development. JoJo’s story is not my goddaughter’s story because only she can tell that. As a woman who loves to cook and eat I could never understand the disorder but through my research I learned it had nothing to do with food. Anorexia is about control and is often associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

I do a lot of research for my books and try to learn something from writing each book. I worked in a school with teenagers with multiple disabilities and came across many different diagnoses and disorders. My goal for this series was to expose the reader to special needs students and the people that work with them. So I chose to write about six girls that work with these unique beautiful people. The kids I worked with were the most challenged in society and were often treated horribly by strangers. I hope that when people read this series they learn enough about special needs kids and think twice before saying I would rather be dead then live like that.

About the author:
Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favourite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.

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