26 April 2012

Please welcome author Nancy LaPonzina today.

Thanks Sherry for inviting me to stop by and chat a little about Nardi Point! It’s my debut women’s fiction released April 17 so I’m still real excited! So firstt let me tell you about me.

I write in the beautiful countryside of Franklin County minutes away from Raleigh, North Carolina, under Carolina blue skies. My very first story, The Missing Desk Mystery, was a second-grade suspense written on loose-leaf pages bound with pink satin ribbon. Most of my professional life was spent as a technical writer, website content provider, Registered Nurse, Big Four tax paraprofessional and CEO administrative assistant. However, school newspaper columns, publication in national magazines ARTnews, Ingenue, American Girl, True Astrology Forecast, Psychic Astrology Horoscope, web content contribution for Examiner.com, LiveStrong.com, and editor responsibilities for community service organizations, all confirmed paper, books, journals—all things writing—are my true touchstones.

My stories explore thoughtful characters involved in challenging situations, and braid in touches of archaeology, the metaphysical, and alternative healing modalities. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Triangle Area Freelancers, Friends of the Youngsville Library, General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina, Youngsville Woman's Club, American Holistic Nurses Association, and the Coe Foundation for Archaeologic Research. We recently rescued a personality-full Maine Coon cat, Copy. He’s about four years old and quite a character.

But I really want to tell you about Nardi Point. Laurinda Elliot and Dan Riser, a successful IT couple relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, decide to commit to their relationship and take on the construction of a new home as part of the process. Laurinda wants to take this step as she is yearning for a family, something of permanence and value. It’s a stretch for Dan, he’s happy with the way things are and not eager to take on home ownership … or family responsibilities. But Laurinda is beautiful and Dan wants to keep her along with the status quo which has been good to him.

Should the past make way for the present ...

Stylish, brunette Laurinda Elliot is the type of accomplished business woman glossy magazines feature on their covers. Effectively managing a software product development team in Raleigh, North Carolina, Laurinda's drive and savvy delivers all the perks: an upscale townhouse, Porsche Boxter convertible and designer clothing. Yet she now yearns for a different success—one that brings surprising first time experience with vulnerability. Her uber software code developer partner Dan Riser, can't buy into the new direction she leads them, but goes along to keep the peace, and more importantly, beautiful Laurinda.

Or the present make way for the past—and love ...

When prehistoric Native American pottery artifacts are discovered on the couple's North Raleigh building site in the Nardi Point subdivision, the ancient past collides with the present and Laurinda and Dan's relationship hangs in the balance. Laurinda must trump construction economics and greed to preserve commitment to her dream, uphold her friendship with holistic healing practitioner, Leyla Jo Piper, and answer to a new romance, all while attempting to conserve North Carolina history. Will digging up the past, bury her future? Nardi Point explores the thread of life that blends past, current, and future to recognize the importance of knowing who we are in the story of life.

Here's an excerpt when Dan goes over the predicament he’s finding himself in.

Dan liked that office folks wondered how he managed to be with good-looking, smart Laurinda. It kicked up his group-admiration rating plenty. She was special. Sweet. But from what his buddies were telling him, talk in the direction where she’d been taking it recently, about houses and all, well, his world could conceivably become a lot smaller. He’d talk about it with her. Talking was one of her things Laurinda loved. And what he did to make her happy. Talking didn't necessarily mean actively taking steps, though. They were both crazy busy with their careers. In Dan’s mind they didn’t need to change anything. They had it made. He shrugged.

I hope you all enjoy it!

Book Purchase links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nardi-Point-ebook/dp/B007US8S0O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335205406&sr=8-1

Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1110199645?ean=2940014519410

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4IvixrsfiE

Blog: www.nancylaponzina.wordpress.com

Twitter: @NancyLaPonzina


christine warner said...

Great to learn more about you Nancy. I bet you can pull great things from your past work history to use in your writing!

Congrats on your debut release...even though technically The Missing Desk Mystery was your true debut..lol!

Neecy said...

Laurinda and Dan's story sounds like my cup of tea!
Looking forward to the read,

Colleen said...

Great interview, ladies. Best of luck with Nardi point, Nancy.

Micah Persell said...

Can't wait to read Nardi Point, Nancy! Thank you for sharing about yourself and about your book.

Ally Broadfield said...

Lovey interview, ladies. I am jealous of your location in beautiful North Caroline. We moved to Texas from Virginia, and I miss the mountains and seasons. My in-laws have a cabin in on Lake Gaston in North Carolina that we usually manage to visit once during the summer, but it's not the same.