SFAIH-2-WEB-smallFour years of daily passionate loving, near the ocean, in the car, during moonlight days and sunset horizons, coupled with glasses of rum punch, came to a halt when thick lipped, Linus Hyacinth, emigrated from St. Lucia to Canada in October 1972 in search of greener pastures.

In the midst of trying to adjust to the extreme changes in climate, he searches for work as an architectural draftsman. Miserable and missing his lover, he worries about her loyalty amidst a sea of man-peckers. He writes her weekly professing his love and his desire for her to join him.

Nine months later, June 1973, the naive Claudette Alexander, sets off on her journey in pursuit of love and prosperity. In Canada, love takes on a different direction as she tries to adjust to Linus’ broken promises, culture shock, racism and single parenting.

As she embarks on the sea of love, she encounters stormy weather and her heart gets as frigid as the North American winters. It will take a special man to crack through her icy heart.

After four failed relationships, she meets Malcolm James. He is quiet, patient and soft spoken and has loved her when he first met her as a teenager. He has yearned and longed for her. Crossed the ocean, and had his fair share of failed relationships.

But Malcolm needs to break down these walls and bore through her icy heart to rescue her from herself and get to the sunrise as she battles kidney failure.

Targeted Audience: Ages 21 – 70

Author Bio:
Claudette Alexander is obsessed with love and romance. As a teenager growing up in St.Lucia she was fascinated with the Mills and Boon series and always envisioned some Prince coming down some mountain to rescue her heart.
Her other passion is fighting for the rights of the underdog. She did a good bit of fighting as a union president. These days she is fighting to empower people with knowledge on how to live happily with chronic conditions.
Her first novel SUNRISE FROM AN ICY HEART: A MEMOIR is about her journey to find the right man to love her and the joys and headaches of raising loving sons.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have always been an avid reader of books and had the desire to write children’s books. I also wanted to write about the love I shared with the fathers of my son so they could know the love that preceded their existence.

Raising loving sons is such an uphill battle with tears and joys and I wanted to motivate single parents to smash through the fence of fear and fly.

As someone on dialysis for ten years I also wanted to offer hope to people living with a chronic condition and inspire them to live happily while managing the card they have been dealt with.

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About the Author
Claudette Alexander was born in St. Lucia and has been living in Toronto for the past 40 years. Retired, her past experiences involve work in accounting and union activists. She
has been battling chronic kidney failure for 10 years and currently volunteers leading
workshops on living healthy with chronic health conditions.

Her memoir “SUNRISE FROM AN ICY HEART’ is about her transformational journey into womanhood, her search for a special kind of love, the tears and joys of motherhood.

What inspires you to write romance books?
As a teenager I enjoyed reading the Mills and Boon series. I’m a sucker for love stories, love movies. I saw “The Sound of Music” many times as well as “Love Story.” I enjoy reading authors like Nicholas Sparks. I always have romance on my mind.

Tell us about how you write:
My stories will make you laugh, cry and even scratch your head in disbelief.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I write from the heart. My stories are filled with emotions. I listen to people and get ideas

What advice would you give other writers?
Be sensual without being graphic.
Have dialogue. No one wants to read blocks of writing. They like to see spaces. It helps the eyes

How did you decide how to publish your books?
After enough rejections I read and read and read and then took matters into my own hands.
Educate yourself, know what you are going into. There are plenty books and websites and groups to learn from.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ebooks are the wave of the future. That medium can only grow while print will decrease

What genres do you write?
Romantic memoir, nonfiction, contemporary romance

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