The Return of the Di Sione Wife
by Caitlin Crews
“I’ll have the earrings now. Or are there more hoops to jump through?”
Dario Di Sione should be feeling triumphant—he’s about to fulfill his grandfather’s wish and retrieve the precious earrings, but all he feels is fury. The beautiful lawyer handling the sale is the woman who betrayed him six years ago…his wife!
Discovering Anais has kept their child a secret makes Dario determined to be the father he never had. But Anais’s return to his side casts a new light on past events, and now it’s not just the child he wants to claim!
Book 3 of The Billionaire’s Legacy
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Part of The Return of the Di Sione Wife takes place on the island of Maui in beautiful Hawaii. I’m lucky enough to have been to Hawaii a few times, and one of the (many) things I love about it is the food! I’ve had to-die-for garlic shrimp and rice from food trucks pulled up near the ocean. I’ve had amazing ramen in tucked-away local spots in out-of-the-way places. I’ve eaten manapuas from 7-11s while driving around islands. I love loco moco, a traditional Hawaiian comfort food, and my husband and I have experimented with making our own version many, many times.
But my favorite Hawaiian food is undoubtedly pork. Slow-roasted, so-tender-you-might-cry pork. I can’t exactly roast a pig in my backyard (I wish!) so I’ve spent a long time looking for the right way to reproduce it here at home. And I finally found it!
Nom Nom Paleo’s slow cooker recipe is genius. Three or four ingredients, a slow cooker, and time. It might be the best pork I’ve ever eaten outside of Hawaii! http://nomnompaleo.com/post/10031990774/slow-cooker-kalua-pig
I can’t recommend it highly enough!
How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers: Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.
- Write your book.
- Finish it.
That’s actually the best advice I can give anyone. We live in a world of instant gratification. We are often frustrated that the moment we have an idea it doesn’t come to fruition. But books are not fast food. They take thought and time. And the thing about writing books is that there’s only one way to get better at it, and that’s writing more books. You actually don’t know if you can write a book until you do. And you learn things when you finish a book. You learn the difference between your vision and your abilities. You get comfortable with the distance between the two. You see the ways you could have gone further, or deeper, or the things you hit just right when you didn’t think you could. You surprise yourself. You learn and learn, because every book is a different mountain to climb. You can’t predict the climb, but the more mountains you get under your belt, the better you get at climbing, and the more confident you feel that you’ll make it to the top. This is important when you’re neck deep in a new book and are certain you’ll never finish.
Write and write and write. And finish. Then do it again.
What about once you finish?
The great news is that these days, the publishing industry is more wide open and accessible than ever before. If you wanted, you could upload your manuscript right this minute and boom, your book would be out there in the world. So the question aspiring authors should ask themselves is: what kind of publishing career do I want?
Study the alternatives. Look at what books you read and how the authors went about publishing them. Did they self-publish or traditionally publish? Do they have long careers? Do they have an agent? Are they still publishing in the same way as they were when they started? Why or why not? These days, you can not only look at the books, you can usually find the authors online, where many people speak quite freely about their publishing experiences. That can be helpful in making a determination about which path is best for you.
Know this: no one can tell your stories but you. There are no gatekeepers. If you want an instant audience and you don’t want to wait, go indie. If you want an agent and a New York print deal, pursue it and understand it might take some time to find the right combination of people who believe in you and your work and who think they can sell it. Learn as much as you can about the different markets and the kind of things you’ll be expected to do to succeed in each. Do you prefer to spend all your time writing while others take care of the details? Then indie is likely not for you. Do you chafe at the notion that others might make decisions that you might not love? Then traditional publishing is likely not a good fit.
Whatever you choose, remember this: publishing is a business. I know it feels personal because the thing you’re selling once lived in your head, but it’s not. Especially when it feels the most personal, in my experience. Remember that the market doesn’t owe you anything and that readers want one thing: a great read. If you can deliver that, I promise, you’ll find your audience.
ABOUT CAITLIN CREWS
Caitlin Crews discovered her first romance novel at the age of twelve and has since conducted a life-long love affair with romance novels, many of which she insists on keeping near her at all times. She currently lives in California, with her animator/comic book artist husband and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.