Tuesday, June 6, 2017

LYRICS HEART & SOUL by Anne Marie Citro Teaser, Giveaway & Interview

Ryder thought he was going to lose his mind.
Instead Francesca helped him find his heart & soul
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Anne Marie Citro
Series: Sistas Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Publication Date: December 4, 2016
One of America’s most reclusive rockers, Ryder Vaughn, gets an unusual sentence handed down to him. The judge, hoping to teach him the value of human life, sentences him to ten months of community service at Reach Within Centre for individuals with special needs. Ryder is convinced that, if he isn’t crazy already, he will be by the time his sentence ends. However, his only other option forfeits his band’s livelihood.
Five minutes after stepping into the centre, his entire life changes when he meets a gorgeous, little spitfire who will challenge everything he has ever believed about himself and the world around him.
Francesca's devotion has always been to her family, friends, and the job she is passionate about. Her life hasn’t been easy. She sacrifices a lot for the ones she loves and for her dream to visit Italy.
Then Francesca finds herself in a desperate situation, and the tattooed beast who is serving his debt to society must save the headstrong woman from a secret that could destroy her. In turn, Francesca teaches Ryder, if you love something enough, it’s worth fighting for.
Ryder knows he isn’t worthy of love, but this incredible beauty makes him want it.
Ryder can save Francesca from her secrets, but can she save him from his? Is Ryder strong enough to endure the kids she loves and her crazy Italian family?
Ten months can fly by or it can last an eternity.
"This beautifully written novel weaves a story of courage, independence and redemption while pulling on your emotional heart strings through music."
- Annette Cosentino, Amazon Reviewer
"What I love about Citro is she puts so many beautiful life lessons in her books. This one focused a lot on special needs children and how everyone, especially those who are the hardest, need and deserve love"
- Kristin Campbell, Goodreads Reviewer

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Other Books by Anne Marie Citro

Don't miss the other books in the Sistas series:
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Series: Sistas Book 1
Have you ever wondered why you were so lucky? Then you wake up to find every you cherished is gone. You don’t fit into your life without the people who defined it. So, you run. You run as fast and as far as you can. Then you smash into them!
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks
"This book is for the hopeless romantic, who believes everyone should get their happy ending. Even when happiness seems unattainable."
- Amazon Customer, Amazon reviewer
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Series: Sistas Book 3
Can Caden put aside all of the hurt he suffered because of Dakota while trying to save her life? Dakota could die but she needs answers before she goes. Can she trust the man she thought would always be hers? Fate has a way of making you see the truth.
New Release! Available now on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks


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Contest runs from May 9 - June 7, 2017.

About Anne Marie Citro

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Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes.
Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.



1)      What’s the strangest thing you’ve learned while researching this book?

Each chapter is named after a song that relates to a character or a situation in the chapter. There are so manyfabulous songs that I loved and wanted to use but they just didn’t apply. While researching a song for one of the special needs teenagers in the book who is very angry at the world. I was listening to a lot of head banging music thinking no wonder these people stay angry if they listen to these songs. But I ended up loving some brutal rap songs (so strange). I found some new songs and artists that I fell in love with.

2)       Please tell us more about hero Ryder Vaughn. Why is he a rocker and not some other profession?

Ryder is a tormented soul, just doing time is his self-imposed reclusive life. He has been so beaten down he doesn’t believe he is worthy of love. A few of my readers have written me to tell me they hated him at the beginning and then fall in love with him later. I loved his tortured mind from the minute he entered my head. It took working with non-censored special needs kids and Francesca to teach him about himself. I chose a musician because I wanted him to use lyrics to show his real soul. Ryder will always be my favorite character ever.

3)      What about Francesca? What is this job that she is passionate about?

Francesca is a sweet young woman who has faced more with her family then most women her age. She had a brother with special needs and because of him, she dedicated her life to working in this field. She is a child and youth worker that loves the kids she works with more than most of the people out in society. These kids are intense and unpredictable. They love with their whole heart when they trust you enough to share themselves. Francesca will tell you they are the coolest people on earth. They are funny no-nonsense lovable kids the world ignores. Wait till you meet them you won’t soon forget them.

4)      What's the most romantic moment between them?

To me the most romantic moment between the two of them is when Francesca is trying to display herself in her bedroom in a sexy manner to entice Ryder. She is plagued with insecurities. He believes no one compares to her beauty that shines from the inside out. I think in this scene they realize everybody has insecurities. For me this is the moment they finally let go and give themselves to each physically and mentally. Ryder and Francesca finally accept themselves therefore they can accept the love of another person. It is nice to see ourselves through the eyes of the person we love.

5)      Who is the hardest character to write in this book? Why?

The hardest character in this book to write was Ryder’s mother. She has such a small part in the book but I hated her for what she did to Ryder. She was weak woman who put her husband before her child and did not protect him. That went against everything I believe in as a mother, and a wife. A mother should always put her children first. Francesca says at one point in the book she blames the mom more than the abusive father because she didn’t protect Ryder and I agree with her. I can’t stand either parent but as a mother it was heart wrenching to write.

6)      What's up next in this series?

I am just in the process of releasing my third book in the series, Thicker Than Blood. It is scheduled for release the first of May. It is Dakota’s story. The series Sista’s is about a group of friends that work for a community based center for children and adults with special needs. Each book is a standalone novel with reoccurring characters from the series. In each novel, the character will travel to a different destination in the world. You can see pictures that follow the books on my website annemariecitro.com, please explore my world.

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