Today, I have the privilege of introducing you to an amazing author, Sheila Bliss. Not only does Sheila have amazing book recommendations, she has received some amazing reviews for her first book, Choices.
Before I share with all you what her books are about, I thought I would share with you a brief interview so that you can get to know her.
It’s really hard to say which specific books inspired me to write. For me, it’s almost like saying which child do you love more. I have always been a voracious reader ever since I can remember. I read everyone from Mary Higgins Clark to Danielle Steele. Lace, Scruples, Shogun were a few that left an indelible mark. I wanted to write. I wanted others to experience the same sensations and feelings I did as a reader, but I wanted to elicit those feelings through my words. That’s when my love affair with words began. The experience to have someone else feel the same way you do about words that you write is an amazingly incomparable feeling. It’s an indescribable magic. Growing up I remember my mother not getting dinner on the table because she just “couldn’t put down” Rich Man, Poor Man. I remember thinking to myself that one day I would love to be able to capture someone’s attention through words and ideas so engrossing the reader completely neglected their everyday routine just to get one more page read.
What is your Favorite Quote?
I have three very favorite quotes:
“It’s not what you are that holds you back; it’s what you think you’re not.” Denis Waitley
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsch
“Feel the fear, but do it anyway.” This one is my absolute favorite! Susan Jeffers
Who is your Favorite Author?
I adore Diana Gabaldon. She is my all time favorite. Ms. Gabaldon writes The Outlander series. I had the pleasure of meeting her at an author event in Washington D.C. She is astonishingly talented, kind and the epitome of grace under pressure. It was one hundred ten degrees in the shade the day I met her. Ms. Gabaldon sat and signed books, took pictures for hours on end during the excruciating heat with a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone. If I could possess one-sixteenth of the writing talent that generates in her gray matter and flows through her fingers I will have arrived.
Where is one place that you have always wanted to visit?
I am determined to visit Greece, even if I need to be pushed in a wheelchair, and I’m ninety years old…I’m going! I am fascinated with Greek mythology. I remember watching the movie Summer Lovers when I was a teenager and the landscape, scenery, food and history took root in my soul. I was hooked!
Who are your favorite Superheroes?
Well, being a mom, wife, teacher, daughter, sister and friend, I think it’s a no-brainer to say that Wonder Woman was and is my favorite superhero. Watching Linda Carter as a young girl was so empowering, and it was a great bonding time to watch it with my dad. I’m sure Linda Carter was half the reason why my dad watched, but I didn’t care as long as he was with me.
My second favorite superhero is Spider-Man. Something about shooting those webs, and the freedom to swing from building to building, and oh yeah, the theme song, captured my attention. Who doesn’t love to sing the Spider-Man theme song!
Merrie, thank you so much for hosting my series, Choices and Forgiveness on your blog. I loved answering your thoughtful questions. It was fun! It’s my turn next time!
To learn more about Sheila, visit her blog at: http://authorsheilabliss.blogspot.com/
Now on to a Sheila's Books!
Laurel is a devoted, loving and loyal wife and mother. She married her high school sweetheart and created three new young lives during her marriage to Paul, all the while denying and avoiding the role his demons played in their marriage. Laurel’s only saving support system, other than her three children is her rewarding career as a nurse and her three gal pals that she cherishes beyond words. Addictions, anger and emotional abuse are the cornerstone of her marriage until one day life presents an interesting choice.
Laurel wasn’t looking for him, she wasn’t seeking him out. Laurel was loyal; for better or worse weren’t just vows they were a way of life. Fate or destiny introduced a much younger man into her life; a much younger man who was also the son of a good friend. Brandon turned her world and her heart inside out and upside down. Their love was undeniable and soul mending.
Unfortunately, everything has a price. Their relationship unravels a web of lies, betrayal, abduction and deceit. What Laurel doesn’t know is how close to home this ugly web of lies comes. Laurel begins to travel down a path of shocking truths with twists and surprises she never fathomed, even saving a soul she never thought possible. She’s forced to make choices that will affect her family, her friends, and her happiness but most importantly may destroy the very life she holds dearest.
This is Todd’s story.
Picking up where Choices ended, we finally meet Brandon’s real father, Todd. Like Laurel, Todd is faced with a choice, but will he have the courage to chose forgiveness? Or will he give power to his addictions? A delicate love is hanging in the balance while he navigates his path of forgiveness vs. self-destruction. He struggles to forgive himself, something everyone he loves has already done, yet he can’t extend it to himself. Instead he constantly tortures himself for losing Brandon’s mother, Jenny. Will this new love be his savior or another reminder of a life he doesn’t think he deserves? Love waits patiently while he cultivates the courage to reach for a better life. The power of forgiveness is in Todd’s hands, but when confronted with a vicious enemy, will their lives be forever damaged? Will Todd let history repeat itself or will he save his new found family?