Monday, July 21, 2014

Guest Post & Book Sale With Joanne Guidoccio...

Happy Monday All,

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was pretty good. I've been working on getting Book Three in my Immortal Dreams Trilogy written. So while I'm working on that and you my darling readers are awaiting the release of Book Two, Astral Love, how about another kind of story while you wait?

Today I've got author Joanne Guidoccio with me and she's here to talk about her novel, Between Land And Sea, which is on sale for 99 cents on Amazon Kindle (Links can be found at the end of the blog post).

So I'm going to let Joanne tell you about writing her novel and a little bit about the novel itself...

While planning Between Land and Sea, I considered different fantasy elements.

What advantage could I bestow upon a beautiful mermaid who had
given up her tail and lost her mermaid powers?

A magic wand came to mind, but I quickly dismissed a possibility often associated with fairy godmothers and benevolent elders. In this case, there was no such elder. Her grandmother (and chief elder of the Mediterranean Kingdom) had reacted quickly and savagely to her granddaughter’s defection, aging her thirty years and adding twenty pounds to her slender frame.

I let several ideas percolate and then settled on a magic tablet with online mermaid support. For twelve months, Barbara would have access to Lisa738, a Numbers Mermaid programmed to provide basic and Specialist Skills.


Barbara picked up the tablet and pressed the green button.

Lisa738 appeared. “Greetings, Isa— Barbara. What can I do for you today?”

“I’m giving my first dinner party and I’m not certain—”

Lisa738 interrupted, “You need a Specialist Skills button. No problem, but I think you should know that you are only entitled to two more of these buttons during the coming year.”

Barbara made a mental note to ask Gillian for more information regarding the tablet. “Of course. What will I be able to do with this button?”

“You will be able to whip up any dish in any cuisine. You will also have an extensive knowledge of the ingredients and nutritional value of any meal you create.”

“Like Martha Stewart?”

Lisa738 laughed. “Martha Stewart. Rachel Ray. Nigella Lawson. You will be able to hold your own with any of them.” She pointed to the new button that appeared below the screen.

Barbara picked up the button, peeled off the coating, applied it to her left temple, and waited for the unsettling sensation. This time, the experience was more intense. Barbara lost her balance and had to hold on to a nearby chair for support.

Lisa738 winced. “I forgot to warn you about the power of the Specialist Skills buttons. You may need to lie down for an hour or so. Are you planning a large dinner party?”

It must be very lonely for Lisa738 in the underwater kingdom. Barbara recalled her few interactions with other Numbers mermaids. She knew that they spent long hours in front of terminals and did not socialize with the other mermaids. She decided to be kind. “No, it will just be Graham and me.”

Lisa738 nodded in approval. “How is that progressing?”

“We’ve been going out for almost two months now. Our relationship is a comfortable one.”

“Is that enough for you? In spite of all that has happened, you are still a Bella. You need and deserve passion.”


 After giving up her tail for an international banker, Isabella of the Mediterranean kingdom is aged beyond recognition. The horrified banker abandons her on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England, leaving her to face a difficult human journey

as a plain and practically destitute fifty-three-year-old woman.

With the help of a magic tablet and online mermaid support, Isabella evolves into the persona of Barbara Davies. Along the way, she encounters a cast of unforgettable characters, among them former mermaids, supportive and not-so-supportive women, deserving and undeserving men, and several New Agers.

You can find Joanne at the follow links:

Website: http://joanneguidoccio.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanneguidoccio
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BetweenLandandSeaJG
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jguidoccio/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277706.Joanne_Guidoccio
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/joanneguidoccio
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Between-Land-Sea-Joanne-Guidoccio-ebook/dp/B00F9U5Q50
 YouTube (Trailer #1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xipZ6quZDOs
YouTube (Trailer #2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfiKOQe_yuU


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Hope everyone has a Marvelously Merry Monday!


Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Bethany, Thanks for hosting me today. Joanne :)

Bethany said...


You're quite welcome! Thank you for being such a great guest. :-)

Dr. Christy L. Johnson said...

I met Joanne via Twitter and eagerly anticipated the publication of her book, purchasing it as soon as it was published. I was not disappointed - I thoroughly enjoyed Between Land and Sea and highly recommend it! A fun, compelling, unusual read.

Bethany said...

Dr. Christy L. Johnson,

Thank you for dropping by and supporting Joanne! It's great to hear about the book from someone who read and enjoyed it. It looks like a fun read. :-)

Linda Bennett Pennell said...

Great post, Joanne! It can second Christy's recommendation!

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Thanks for your ongoing support, Christy.

Bethany said...


Thank you for dropping by and supporting Joanne!


Beth said...

This is such a fun premise for a book. Talk about thinking out of the box, er, sea. Congrats, Joanne!

Bethany said...


I agree!

Thank you for dropping by and supporting Joanne!


Joanne Guidoccio said...

Linda & Beth, Thanks for dropping by. :)

Susan J. Berger said...

Thanks for a wonderful interview, Bethany and Joanne.
I loved Between Land and Sea. An interesting and unusual fantasy.

Elizabeth Preston said...

I could do with one of those Lisa738 buttons! Joanne, your book sounds fascinating and so original. Love the fact that Barbara is 53. Good luck.

Bethany said...


Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for dropping by and supporting Joanne. :-)

Bethany said...


Thank you for dropping by and supporting Joanne!


joanne guidoccio said...

Susan & Elizabeth,
I appreciate your support. Thanks for dropping by.

Larynn Ford said...

Your book sounds very interesting, Joanne. I can't wait to read it!

Larynn Ford said...
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Bethany said...


Thank you for dropping by and supporting Joanne!