Thursday, August 17, 2017

Overcoming The Black Moments Of Life…And A Giveaway!


Hi, Mary Alford here and I’m happy to be joining you today.

If you are a romance writer, you’ll understand what I mean by the black moment. Every story has them. This is the scene where the conflict between the hero and heroine comes to a head and can either make or break their relationship. Their future happiness depends on how they react to the black moment. Will they overcome the obstacles in their path, or will their love be destined to fail?  

As a romantic suspense author, I’ve written many black moments throughout my career. Some are harder than others, but once you make it through them, then you get to the happily ever after point of the book. My favorite.     

 
In June, Deadly Memories, my second Scorpion Team was released. In Deadly Memories, the heroine of the story has been held prisoner for seven years. Severely beaten, Ella can’t remember anything about her past. When she meets CIA agent Kyle Jennings, she wants to trust him, but so many things stand in the way of her trust and their future together. Ella wants to believe she is the good person that her heart tells her she is, but could she be a cold blooded sleeper agent capable of taking innocent lives instead?
 
In my October release, Framed For Murder, CIA Liz Ramirez is being framed for the murder of her partner and blamed for smuggling arms into the US. Liz has no other choice but to go rogue, hoping to uncover the evidence her deceased partner claimed to have left in a remote cabin in Alaska, before her own people or the gun runners who are intent on reclaiming the missing weapons find her. Can Liz overcome the roadblocks she and Aaron face each step along the way and will he believe her if they reach the cabin and the evidence isn’t there? Will she and Aaron die up there in the isolated Alaskan tundra, or will Liz spend the rest of her life in prisoner for a crime she didn’t commit?
While most of us don’t face these types of black moments in our own lives, we all have things that can cripple us if we let them. Whether it be a disease, a loss of a loved one, financial problems, we all have struggles. Uncertainty is all around us. It’s what we do when confronted with these moments and where we turn for help that truly can make a difference in overcoming the black moment, or crumbling beneath its weight.
In 2012, I lost both my mother and father-in-law. Mom passed away at Easter, and my father-in-law at Christmas. That was a year filled with black moments and it was very hard to overcome the grief. If it hadn’t been for God’s help, and knowing that I will see them both again one day, well, I’m pretty sure I would have crumbled beneath the weight.  
So what about you? Have you had your black moment yet? If so, how did you overcome circumstances to move beyond it?
 
I will be giving away a Kindle copy of my October release, Framed For Murder to one random commenter.
You can read about my books at www.maryalford.net and connect with me on Facebook at:
And stay tuned next year for the final two books on the Scorpion Team series.
 All the best…
 
Mary Alford
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 

22 comments:

  1. Mary,
    I think any time a loved one passes away we encounter a black moment.

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    1. Absolutely, Merrillee. It can be crippling. Thanks to God, we can keep going.

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  2. You totally sold me on both books! Wow, excellent black moment.

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  3. Mary, you already know I have a copy of this. But I did share the giveaway on FB and twitter :-) (also in the group page for anyone else who wants to share).

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  4. Mary, your poor heroines! You really know how to make them suffer before handing them their HEA. Great plot lines.
    For me, the biggest black moment is loss of a loved one. I lost my dad almost six years ago at Christmas. God sustained me through that difficult time.

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    1. It is hard,especially during the holiday season, but you're right. God carries us through those dark moments.

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  5. I truly don't know how people who don't have God in their lives survive Day to day. As my husband and I have become the oldest generation we know we can go home with the Father knowing our children have also given their lives to the Lord.

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    1. I agree. It makes me sad to see people go through the black moments of their lives without God. He is our Rock and our Refuge.

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  6. Oh, Mary. I'm so sorry for your double loss. I've had some black moments in my life, and as iGrannyApple said, I don't know how people make it through without faith to rely on.

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  7. Great post, Mary. We have to deal with our own black moments in life so we can certainly identify with what a character might be feeling in a scene. Your books sound wonderful!

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    1. So true. When you've gone through loss you can understand the emotions surrounding it.

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  8. I will announce the winner on Sunday, so stop by and check it out.

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  9. Great story lines, Mary! Can't wait to read them.

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  10. These sound fascinating. Thanks for the great post and the giveaway.

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  11. And my winner is....iGrannyApple. If you would please email me at maryjalfordauthor@gmail.com, I will get your book to you. Thanks so much.

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