Tuesday, June 9, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT + Excerpt: Effortless


Effortless 1:
Effortless
By: Marina Raydun

Genre: Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Psychological Suspense
Publication date: 5.22.2015
Pages: 248

At 28, Helen longs to be effortless.  Jamie looks it.  Breaking a long-standing engagement, Helen at once knows what she has to do.  She follows this enchanting stranger across the Atlantic, hoping to find more than temporary shelter and a distraction from her seemingly crumbling life when she gets there.  Inevitably, the road for the two proves to be bumpier than Helen had ever imagined it could be.  Along the way, she stumbles across unexpected discoveries about herself, as well as those in her life she's always thought she knew best.


Brief excerpt:
Paralyzed.  I'd stood utterly paralyzed until a bus sped by, bypassing my stop on account of too many lucky passengers already aboard, covering me in dirty puddle water.  I did not come to until I realized that my bike had fallen to the ground, my grip having failed it.  I'd needed that shower, I suppose.  By the time I'd looked up from behind my soaking wet hair, my red umbrella now at my feet, he was gone...


About the author:
Born in the former Soviet Union, Marina Raydun grew up in Brooklyn, NY (where she still lives with her family).  She holds a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.A. in history from Pace University.  Marina's published works of fiction include a compilation of novellas "One Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride," as well as a suspense novel titled "Joe After Maya."  Her other passions include singing and baking.

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