BOOK BLOG TOUR + Giveaway: The Stolen Twin by Michele Pariza Wacek

The Stolen Twin
Michele Pariza Wacek
Publication date: November 16th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Psychological Thriller

On the surface, Kit Caldwell has it all. A senior in college with her future ahead of her, lots of friends, lots of partiesโ€ฆnot to mention also having the eye of Tommy, the star quarterback of the football team.

But underneath, Kitโ€™s life is a charade, built on a foundation of secrets and lies, including one so dark it threatens to tear her world apart: her twin sister, Cat, was kidnapped when they were both seven, never to be heard from again.

That is, until one dark Halloween night.

But is it really Cat? Or is it someone else, someone playing a sinister and deadly game?

To save herself from imminent danger, Kit, with the help of Tommy and her friends, is forced to go back in time and confront her own personal demons, as she finally discovers what really happened to Cat, all those years ago.

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Guest Post by Michele Pariza Wacek:

Why it Took Me 10 Years To Publish โ€œThe Stolen Twinโ€

Back in 1998, I quit my job to become a fulltime freelance writer/copywriter.

At the time, there were no coaching, masterminding or mentoring programs that taught you how to set up and run a successful business (or, if there were, I didnโ€™t know about them as the Internet was still in its infancy) so I went to the Small Business Association (SBA) and got myself a counselor.

When the counselor learned what my business plans were, he invited a retired freelance writer to come in and give me some tips.

Well, her โ€œtipsโ€ turned out to be her trying to talk me out of becoming a freelance writer. For about 45 minutes, the conversation went something like this:

โ€œBeing a freelance writer is a really difficult way to earn a living.โ€

โ€œOkay, what should I do?โ€

โ€œCan you get your job back?โ€

โ€œNo, I canโ€™t get my job back.โ€

โ€œAre you sure? Itโ€™s really difficult to earn a living as a freelance writer.โ€

โ€œYes, Iโ€™m sure I canโ€™t get my job back.โ€

โ€œYou could work full time at your job and on nights and weekends do freelance work until you have enough work to quit.โ€

โ€œI really canโ€™t get my job back.โ€

You get the idea. Finally at the end she said โ€œOkay, I guess I canโ€™t talk you out of this so here are a few tips.โ€ And she finally gave me those โ€œtips,โ€ which I dutifully wrote down.

We were getting read to leave when I decided to chime in and tell her โ€œyou know, one of the reasons why Iโ€™m so excited to become a freelance writer is because then Iโ€™ll have time to finally work on my novels.โ€

She got a look of complete horror on her face and said โ€œOh my God, NEVER tell anyone youโ€™re working on fiction. Youโ€™ll NEVER get any work.โ€

Now, basically this woman was pretty much dead wrong on everything she told me that day. Even her โ€œtipsโ€ were basically worthless. But, for some reason, what she told me about the novels stuck. So, I didnโ€™t talk about my fiction very much, I especially didnโ€™t share about the novel I had written 2002/2003.

If you do have a dream or a creative project that in your heart you know you really want to be working on (what Stephen Covey calls the โ€œimportant but not urgentโ€) Iโ€™d love for you to take a moment and just breathe into whatโ€™s stopping you. You donโ€™t necessarily need to do anything โ€” just take a moment to see whatโ€™s keeping you from working on this project.

In my case, I had completely forgotten about this whole exchange until I was getting ready to publish my novel and one of my clients exclaimed โ€œwhy isnโ€™t it weโ€™ve never heard until now that youโ€™re publishing a novel?โ€

In other words, something I didnโ€™t even remember kept me stuck.


Author Bio:

When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly.

As you can imagine, writing has been a driving passion throughout her life. She became a professional copywriter (which is writing promotional materials for businesses), which led to her founding a copywriting and marketing company that serves clients all over the world.

Along with being a copywriter, she also writes novels (in fact, she just published her first novel, a psychological thriller/suspense/mystery called “The Stolen Twin” and her second novel “Mirror Image'” is set to be published in May 2016) plus, she is also the author of the “Love-Based Copy” books, which are a part of the “Love-Based Business” series and cover both business and personal development.

She holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and her border collie Nick and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.

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