Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
High school teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression by escaping in a parallel world of books.
Several of her poems were successfully published in a collection of Contemporary English Poems, Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by Midnight Edition Publication, in 2001 and 2002.
Her first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA.
Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.
About the Book
Title Till Life Do Us Part
Genre Paranormal/romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Barbara Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take more than her gift to prove his innocence.
Becoming smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected events together?
Barbara and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and perhaps themselves.
Introducing Barbara Heyer
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We're happy to have you here today.
Name: Barbara Heyer
Birthplace: Pleasanton, Texas, USA
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
I am a petite brunette, as Colin, my brother calls me. My hair is curled driving me crazy when I have to comb it in the morning.
Who is the significant other in your life?
After my brother was charged with murdering his girlfriend Kathleen, I fell in love with Patrick, the detective assigned to his case. Not an easy situation, trust me.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I love to read and that's why I love my job as librarian. I am skilled with a paintbrush and colors. Above all, I can hear voices of the dead people. It is nice to know I can bring comfort to bereaved families, and also open their eyes to something as natural as the living world of the spirits.
Please tell us about your education.
I graduated a nurse course and a librarian one. I work at the Municipal City Library. I am pleased with my workplace as I love books and, each morning, going to my job I feel happy.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Even if I work part time, I earn some good money from the miniature landscapes I paint. And even from talking with the ghosts, the souls of the departed. I don't charge anything for this but people offer me all kind of things as a sign of their appreciation – a box of chocolates, perfumes, tickets and invitations to shows, flowers, books, all kind of presents that are useful to me.
On what special skills do you rely?
My gift with the paint brush and, above all, my ability to hear the voices of the departed people.
Are you close to family?
I'm sad to give you a negative answer. I left my parents' house because of my father's tyrannical attitude. I live now in a house of my own and my brother Colin joined me shortly after I left.
How well do you know your neighbors?
Not too well. I have no clue who my neighbors are. I am a friendly person, but I never enter other people's lives uninvited. The neighborhood didn't seem very welcoming to me, so I kept to myself. It has never struck me that being a newcomer in the House Creek North district, on Elm Street, mattered. I hoped to be able to build a new life, I alone, in charge of it. My life with my family was mapped by my father's will and whim.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?
It would be Hans, my boyfriend of those days. But I can't reveal more about him now. You'll have to read my story and then you'll understand why.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most NOT want it to be, and why?
An easy answer, and I refer to another past life – Judge Wieland. A man I had deep respect for, at first. Until I discovered what lay beneath his façade of respectability.
What secrets do you know about people around you that you do NOT share?
Too many. Their departed relatives and friends trust me with those secrets as they know I will not tell anybody else. And, a secret is a secret, so I can't share it with you.
What past event causes you the most fear?
Hmm! Hard to explain at first, but I have an irrational fear of fire. Later, I learned what caused it. In another life I was burned at the stake as a witch, though the accusations were false.
What would you like to tell your writer?
I want to thank her for helping me remember my past life, even if it was a heart breaking experience.
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