Strongheart’s Woman by Zeecé Lugo

Stronghearts-Woman-CoverTwo young girls close as sisters. Two lives to be lived. The world to be discovered.
One man to be loved! Victor Strongheart arrives to meet the princess that by written accord, he must take as wife. Annasai Songbird is everything a man could want: stunningly beautiful, sexy, bright, willing. Strongheart could not be happier. Her beloved cousin Setiyah is all nettles and stings, dark and dangerous as a stormy night. The lord is glad not to be marrying her. Until Setiyah dances in the moonlight! Under the glow of a full moon, the bewitching girl moves to the beat of tribal drums. Firelight lays shadows on the hollow at the base of her neck. The soft slope of her breasts glows golden and warm. She whirls, and the sound of the tiny beads woven into her myriad of braids is like the patter of raindrops on a summer’s eve. Lord Strongheart, his beautiful promised bride at his side, watches as one enthralled, bewitched. He knows well that the heart is a treacherous thing, and his has just betrayed him.

Targeted Audience: Adults 21 and over.

Author Bio:
Zeecé Lugo was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Brooklyn, and lived in many places. She spent seven years in the U.S. Air force, taught for many years in Miami, and even spent a year working for the IRS.

Her early love was reading. The worlds of Pern, Middle-earth, St. Mary Mead, and Shrewsbury Abbey had an incredible influence and hold on her imagination.
She wrote her first novel, Daniel’s Fork, in two months, spending long hours at her task. During that time, she ensconced herself in her bedroom with her computer, barely coming out to grab a cup of coffee or a snack. One day, her nearest neighbor came desperately knocking at her bedroom window, afraid that Zeecé might be dead; no one had seen her for days!

Daniel’s Fork was meant to be the first book in a romantic trilogy. Little did Zeecé know that stories have a way of going where they want to go. Daniel’s Fork turned out to be a journey to the future past! It is a sexy mystery set in the future, giving birth to a fictional universe: the Daniel’s Fork universe.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My writing comes from stories that have been playing on my mind for many, many years. My male protagonists have been inspired by the romantic heroes of authors such as Karen Marie Moning and Christine Feehan. My heroines are always strong, can-do females. I grew up on a diet of Latin novellas where the main female character is always crying and praying to the Virgin Mary. As a result, I hate helpless, weak female characters. Setiyah kills viciously when she has to and so does Gabby. They look weak but are nothing of the sort.

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At-Sues-Banquet-1.5x1.78300dpiAbout the Author
Zeecé Lugo was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Brooklyn, and lived in many places. She spent seven years in the U.S. Air force, taught for many years in Miami, and even spent a year working for the IRS.

Her early love was reading. The worlds of Pern, Middle-earth, St. Mary Mead, and Shrewsbury Abbey had an incredible influence and hold on her imagination.
She wrote her first novel, Daniel’s Fork, in two months, spending long hours at her task. During that time, she ensconced herself in her bedroom with her computer, barely coming out to grab a cup of coffee or a snack. One day, her nearest neighbor came desperately knocking at her bedroom window, afraid that Zeecé might be dead; no one had seen her for days!

Daniel’s Fork was meant to be the first book in a romantic trilogy. Little did Zeecé know that stories have a way of going where they want to go. Daniel’s Fork turned out to be a journey to the future past! It is a sexy, romantic mystery set in the future, giving birth to a fictional universe: the Daniel’s Fork universe.

What inspires you to write romance books?
Many things inspire me. My dreams and fantasies. Works by other authors I admire. Sometimes a piece of music I hear or a vivid dream from the night before.

Tell us about how you write:
I do not write every day, but I do something to do with the writing process every day. I may be re-reading and highlighting changes today, editing tomorrow, and writing new material the next day. When I sit down to write, I do it no later than 8 A.M. and write all day. I lose myself in the process.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I vary. Daniel’s Fork was by the seat of my pants. Strongheart’s Woman was outlined. I think at least a loose outline is necessary to keep you from writing material that later must be discarded. I recently read a book called ‘Take Off Your Pants,’ by Libbie Hawker which teaches you to outline loosely but in a way that makes sense. I am writing my current work in process using her method. It seems to be working well for me.

What advice would you give other writers?
Concentrate on characterization. Romance is so much more than just sexual tension. And work on the dialogue! If the dialogue is not moving, neither will be your story.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did not have the energy nor the patience to go the traditional route. I also wanted total control over what I do. There is only one way to do things my way, and that is to self-publish.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that as companies like CreateSpace and Lightning Source become more widely used, many authors will opt to self-publish. The disappearance of the major book stores is limiting to the sale of print books. Ten years ago, there were five major book stores in the mall near my home. Today, I have to drive miles to find the nearest Barnes & Noble. It is so easy to get on the net and order the print book or more commonly, the eBook. I don’t think print books will disappear completely, but I think that the big print publishers will.

What genres do you write?
Dystopian Romance, Dystopian Mystery

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

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