UNDER HER WINGS Blog Tour
Title: UNDER HER WINGS (Sistas #1)
Author: Anne Marie Citro
Pub. Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Anne Marie Citro
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Under Her Wings
Wishing for death while living through hell, Gabriella is rescued off the rocks of a Scottish loch at the lowest moment of her life by the hot, humorous Edward and the sexy, staid Liam. The two men nurse the despondent woman back to health while teaching her how to pick up the pieces of her life. Both are captivated by her and vie for her attention.
Friendships are formed and secrets revealed. One man will become her lover, while the other becomes her best friend. Together, they have a past they cannot change, a present they must live through, and a future yet to be discovered. However, every time things appear to settle down for the trio, fate deals another blow, testing their trust and faith in each other and the love they have created.
Gabriella discovers the beauty of Scotland and life anew as she learns that trust is a two-way street that can either strengthen bonds or destroy relationships. Will she accept all that she learns or continue to believe she is betraying the memories she ran from?
I was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. I grew up surrounded by a large, loving family, and I am married to a wonderfully patient man.
He is the love of my life.
We have four very cool sons that I love and adore! The girls they have brought into our family that have become daughters of my heart. I have also been blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, of course, after raising four boys…
I have my own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich my life on a daily basis and make me laugh until I cry. Caesar Friday is my favorite day of the week; that’s Caesars with the girls and date night with the hubby.
I love the arts and have tried my hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, my husband is a very patient man! I am an avid reader, burning through about three books per week.
But nothing makes me happier than riding on the back of my husband’s Harley and throwing my arms out and feeling the wind race by. We work very hard, so we can take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destinations around the world.
I worked with the most incredible group of special-needs teenagers, and they taught me how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. My husband has encouraged me to follow my lifelong dream of being a writer. I’ve really fallen in love with the characters that take over my imagination and haunt my dreams.
I am so excited for this new journey and can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for me in life.
- What is on your nightstand?
My night stand is very boring. Although very funky because my husband made it out of half of an oak tree slap with a live edge and it hangs from thick black chains. It’s an irregular shape because of the intricate piece of the wood. I have my iPad on it because I’m an avid reader. I read three books a week on top of writing all day. I don’t watch TV unless I’m cooking which isn’t much these days and I only watch HGTV. I also have the remote control for my bed that moves my back up because I love to read it bed. Damn how’s I get that old??
- What author would you totally fan?
My first response would be Kristin Ashley, but I think she is everyone’s so I’m going to give you my second favorite. I love Tillie Cole books. Especially the Hangman series. It is hard to read at time because of the violence but she reaches me on a deep level. I love her style and the way she keeps me hooked. I also fell in love with her Sweet Home series. She made me cry. Nobody makes me cry. I have to face it, I want to be just like her when I grow up. Although by the look of her picture I could probably be her mother. LOL
- What makes you cringe?
The news headlines. I try my best to avoid the news but sometimes it is inevitable. I actually wrote a series after reading about a mass shooting at a music festival. As a mother of four sons I can’t imagine how anyone lives on after such an extreme tragedy. It drove me crazy until I could express my pent-up sorrow for those left behind in the words of a book(actually series). I wrote about a family that lost their dad and the oldest brother in mass shooting and how the other four sons step into their father’s shoes to make their mom’s dream a reality. Some of the research was absolutely heart wrenching. The most valuable lesson I learned is sometimes we have to carry on even though we don’t want to, There isn’t another option when our other family members need us.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I definitely go with the flow. I have an idea and a game plan. I know what direction I want to start and where I hope it will end up, but it goes nobody knows. That’s not to say my characters always agree with my style. I have one character in my first series that thought he knew better than I did. One night I dreamt the character Edward hated the chapter I just finished. He wanted it rewritten his way. The next day I tried to move on but that voice of his wouldn’t go away. So, I rewrote the chapter the way he wanted it to go and compared the two. I hate to admit it, but he was right. His voice in the back of my head became the bane of my existence throughout the series. Sounds crazy I know, but my characters become real to me. I have learned to respect their opinions.
- Is there a word you love to use?
Yes many! Lol! I love certain words. My two favorites are intrinsically and swarthy. I don’t know why I love them, but I do. When I reread the chapters fifty times, I realize they don’t necessarily fit and have to find other words. There are so many great words we don’t use on a regular basis and it’s sad because their awesome. On a side note I’m Canadian and we have a lot of different words then Americans. I laugh at my two editors. One lives in Utah and the other Kentucky. We fight all the time over different words and spelling. Our biggest fight is over is over runners which they call sneakers and kitty corner versus catty corner. I had never heard of caddy corner and in Canada you don’t have to be runner to wear running shoes because only our children where sneakers. Lol
I have a picture of my third son’s dog Charlie. The only son who still lives at home. When my last dog died at 17 I couldn’t bear the thought of getting another dog it hurt too much. When my husband and I were in Florida my son who has an apartment in our basement called to say he was getting a rescue dog. My only requirements, it had to be over two years of age and fully trained. He assured me it was. Charlie is adorable but was only eight months old. To date, he has eaten three pieces of my jewelry, a leather belt, and a complete couch. He digs a million holes in my backyard and thinks it hilarious to strip every tree of its branches and chews them into a million pieces. (I’m a tree hugger.) He ate my son’s knapsack that had a bottle of pain medication. My poor son has spent thousands on Charlie’s stomach to extract things he eats. Gone to two different puppy school and a behavior specialist. But he’s part of our family now and we love him but it was a lot easier having four boys and two dogs then one Charlie.
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