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Get Rocked! In Vegas : Rockstar Romance Limited Edition Collection – by Jenna Galicki, Jade C. Jamison, Theresa Hissong, Lisa Gillis, Lashell Collins, Jennifer L. Allen, Bella Jeanisse, Maria Bernard, Sadie Grubor, Kacey Hamford, Toni Kenyon, Lindy S Hudis, Gina Kincade.

GET ROCKED! In Vegas showcases USA Today, Amazon Bestselling, and Award Winning Rockstar Romance Authors as they take you on a sexy musical journey through Sin City with a group of ***ALL NEW*** stories, many featuring some of your favourite fictional rock bands!

Let these scorching bad boys rock your world and melt your hearts as they burn up the stage at a Fictional Rock Festival in one of the world’s sexiest playgrounds!

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Whispers… from the Heart

New Story just started on Wattpad!

Whispers by Maria Bernard

Join me on this latest writing experience! Feedback and comments welcome as always.

Title: Whispers From The Heart by Maria Bernard © 2017

Genre: Christmas Romance

Read it first on Wattpad!

Hearts will break, tears will fall, but where there is hope, love conquers all.

Recently widowed composer Lyndon Grace has only one thing on his mind. Christmas is fast approaching and he needs make it as special as possible for his motherless infant daughter. Trouble is, he hasn’t a clue as to how to go about it. Worse yet, he fears losing his baby girl in an impending battle for custody with his estranged in-laws.

Twenty-year-old Evelyn Dawson is at the end of her rope. Taking care of her little brother is not what she expected to do at her age. Homeless, jobless, and desperate, she needs to find a solution, quick.

Brought together by fate, and a sprinkling of benign intervention, these two souls from very different worlds attempt to make the most of an unlikely yet mutually advantageous arrangement.

© 2017 Whispers from the Heart by Maria Bernard

Summer Blues

Maria Bernard Writer

So, hey… I’ve been working a new book for a while. Actually, I started it in January but it got put on the back-burner due to other projects. Then, of course, summer hit and with it, a heaping load of apathy and self-doubt.

It’s nothing to worry about. It’s a pattern I’ve come to recognize with myself in regards to the book publishing aspect of writing. You see, as I write, I am inspired and excited to present my story to the world. But the actual reality of publishing can be quite soul-destroying. The moment a book is uploaded, a feeling of helplessness comes into play.

Why? Because, I suppose, it comes down to lack of validation from readers. It’s sad, true. It’s weak, yes. But it’s the truth. I write for the joy of it, but I publish for the readers. When I hear nothing from readers, the process seems pointless.

See, I can write stories for the joy of it, stories that I would want to read, create characters that I love, and simply keep them all to myself and be quite content. It’s what I did before I decided to take the plunge into self-publishing. I can easily go back to doing that. It’s what might just happen.

What can I tell you? I’m a victim of vanity just like everyone else. But is it vanity or wanting validation? If wanting validation for your work is wrong, then I apologize and ignore me.

But… if you’ve read my books and have taken that extra step to reach out to me, I thank you, and hold your kind words close to my heart. If you’ve taken the time to write a review, then bless you, you are my beloved few.

If you’ve read, enjoyed, yet never said a word, I forgive you. My readers are generally shy and introverted. It’s what I believe to be true, because to those are who my words speak the loudest.

~Maria Bernard~

The Subject of Fear

 

Fear…
 
Not long ago, I created some teasers from my books around the word fear and as a result, I realized how often it actually comes up in my writing. Should it worry me? Stress me out? No, I find it fascinating.
 
Fear – it can save your life or it can also paralyze you. Fear is a basic instinct in all of us. To claim you are fearless is to fool yourself into thinking you are braver than you are. When, in truth, bravery is not about living without fear, but to face those fears and handle them the best you can. To voice a concern about fear is not weakness or shameful. It’s simply a way of dealing with it, or taking that first step to confront it. Courage is a key ingredient to facing your fears. Again, it takes courage to give voice to your fears. To open yourself to others takes a lot of courage, especially if you are already fearful.
 
The real culprit or enemy of the soul and body is stress. Stress is feeling like you are stuck and thinking or believing you need to be somewhere else. Like being stuck in traffic. There’s nothing you can do about it, but you’re angry and frustrated because you need to get somewhere else or you’ll be late. Or it’s about being where you are in your career, finances, education, etc., but thinking or believing you should be further ahead. That is insanity. That is stress. 
 

When you face your fears, you demolish stress. But you can’t face your fears until the time comes, or an opportunity presents itself. There’s no point in confronting your fears ahead of time since the situation that scares you most may never even come to pass. Sometimes the best course of action is inaction. Be still. It’s harder than you think.

 
Maria Bernard

Copyright © 2017 Maria Bernard, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

Summer Book Sale!

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Wherever Girl by Maria Bernard

Surf and Sun Rockstar Romance (Stand Alone)

• Having nothing left, Sara flies away and lands in the arms of a charming songwriter.

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The Balcony by Maria Bernard
Rockstar Romance with a Paranormal Twist. (Stand Alone)

• Two matchmaking lost souls endeavour to save a third from throwing it all away.

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House of Goths by Maria Bernard
Not Your Average Fraternity House

• Refusing to languish in a dorm, Becky finds a home with four unlikely fraternity brothers.

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Belonging by Maria Bernard
New Adult • College • Rock Star Romance Series

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Tempers flare, and passions ignite when a soul searching getaway gets hijacked!

English Literature is Gwen Mathewson’s passion. She lives vicariously through her beloved Victorian novels. She dreams of travelling to England, the source of her obsession and has the whole trip planned on a detailed itinerary kept close at hand. The trouble is, she suffers from extreme anxiety. Gwen wants to chase her dreams but is trapped by her crushing fear of the unknown.

When a handsome man resembling her Victorian literary heroes enters the shop where she works, Gwen feels an instant connection. She can’t keep her heart from racing. He, on the other hand, has eyes only for her itinerary.

Crispin Clover is a tortured singer, desperate to get away from his clingy bandmates. But he doesn’t have a plan. When he discovers Gwen’s detailed itinerary, he makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Little does Crispin realize his soul searching getaway is about to get hijacked.

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HeartBeats – Short Story 2

Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Wattpad, Maria Bernard

 

Welcome to Sunday Shorts

Today’s Story is…
Interview With An Angel by Maria Bernard

“Ready? Wonderful, let’s do this. But on my terms.”
“Terms? But this is my project! Stop being such a bully!”
“My way, or the highway, sunshine. Deal with it.”
“Fine then, go on! You know what I was going to ask already. You always know everything.”

I can’t fight the smile that tugs on my lips at the return of her ire. My charge, my assigned one… she’s a firecracker and I love that about her. Her age at thirteen human years cracks me up. This is my first teenager and I’m thrilled and honoured to be in the presence of one such as this. Tara wasn’t always this way. When I first set eyes on her, she was no larger than my palm. I hadn’t expected to feel anything close to that of which hit me when she stared up at me with those eyes of blue. Then again, I am relatively new at this. In Angel years, I’m not that much older than she is.

When she turned two, she fascinated me to no end. Human children are funny little creatures, I must say. Take Tara, for example. At two, her head being so disproportionally bigger than the rest of her body, she teetered about the world, always on the verge of falling over. I recall being dumbfounded and overwhelmed, thinking how on earth would I ever keep her upright.

I didn’t expect to enjoy the company of a girl child until Tara was placed under my watch. Now, I couldn’t fathom dealing with anyone else.

“Well? Start!”

I nod and take a seat in the chair facing her. She has her pen poised, sitting at her desk. I’ve agreed to help with her school project. An interview. She could have interviewed anyone, but she chose me. Since I’ve already broken the golden rule, I saw no way out of this one. Being me, I couldn’t resist the challenge.

“I can’t simply start… You start… Ask me your questions.” I point my long finger at her and she furrows her brow, rolls her eyes then turns to her papers.

“Okay fine, this is silly though, you already know what I’m going to ask!”

“The assignment,” I remind her. “Is to interview. Therefore, you must ask the questions.”

She gives me that withering stare I’ve come to know and love. After an overdramatic eye roll, she begins.

“Fine… What is your name and what do you do?”

“Wonderful,” I say as I lean forward and rest my chin in my hands, my elbows on my knees, my blue-black hair hanging forward, shrouding my peripheral. My vision is solely on my interviewer, yet my eyes lose focus as I prepare to answer.

“My name is Victor and I am an Angel, of the Guardian variety…”

© 2017 Maria Bernard –  Interview With An Angel

Belonging by Maria Bernard​

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When your soul searching getaway gets hijacked…

English Literature is Gwen Mathewson’s passion. She lives vicariously through her favourite Victorian novels. She dreams of travelling to England, the source of her obsession and has the whole trip planned on a detailed itinerary kept close at hand. The trouble is, she suffers from extreme anxiety. Gwen wants to chase her dreams but is trapped by her crushing fear of the unknown.

When a stunning man resembling her Victorian literary heroes enters the shop where she works, Gwen feels an instant connection. She can’t keep her heart from racing. He, on the other hand, has eyes only for her itinerary.

Crispin Clover is a tortured singer who desperately needs to get away from his clingy bandmates. But he doesn’t have a plan. When he discovers Gwen’s detailed itinerary, he makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Little does Crispin realize his soul searching getaway is about to get hijacked.

Sound good? Start with
House of Goths –  Book 1 

HeartBeats – Short Story 1

Flash Fiction Sunday

Welcome to Sunday Shorts

Today’s Story is…
Crooked Halos by Maria Bernard

“So, where are these so-called friends of yours?” asked Victor, watching me with a quirk of a dark brow, his crooked halo floating above his head. Sitting in his chair, he might as well be on a throne with that arrogance he wore so well.

“They should be here soon!” I said with as much conviction as I could muster. At the skepticism staring back at me, my resolve crumbled. He knew without me saying so, that my ‘friends’ weren’t coming, that I was alone, by myself, in my made-up world where I was a star. Foolish me.

When he tilted his face, and held out his hand, I didn’t hesitate.

“It’s all right,” he whispered in my ear. “I’ll always show up for you.” He held me and I sighed in the comfort of his beloved embrace.

“You’ve never let me down, Victor. I only wish I could do this on my own. I wanted to prove that I’m strong, that I have strength in numbers, friends who would support me.”

“You have that in me, Tara,” said my guardian as I buried my nose in the comforting abyss of his dark hair.

“Thank God for you.”

© 2017 Maria Bernard – Crooked Halos