Date Published: May 1, 2017
Every paramedic’s worst nightmare is to arrive at the scene of a horrific accident and find out that the victim is someone they love. Or, in Caden Ross’s case, the woman he used to love. It took two years to finally get over Dakota and move on with his life, or so Caden believed, until he has to face the thought of a world without her. Nothing could have prepared the handsome, headstrong off-duty paramedic for the emotional upheaval of keeping the woman he once thought would be his forever alive.
Dakota Martineau appeared to have the world in the palm of her hand. She is beautiful, kind, has an adoring family, including her best friend and identical twin sister. She has a passion for incorporating her love of life, family, and her cultural background into her dream job with special needs kids. Then, in a life-altering crash, she discovers just how fragile life is. Thankful to be surrounded by an incredible group of friends who will help heal, not just her body, but also her soul, she knows she should be happy she is alive and on the mend, but Dakota is still tormented by the loss of her one true love.
How can you feel safe with the one person who hurt you the most? What road will Caden and Dakota take when they discover fate wreaked havoc on everything they thought was true?
1) What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part about writing any book for me is balancing work and the rest of my life. I become obsessed with writing and it consumes my every thought. Sometimes I can write for fourteen hours straight. I work six days a week and often many nights. So many words and so little time.
2) What songs are most played on your Ipod?
When I am writing a book, I am already thinking of the next book and writing notes as an inspiration takes me. While I’m thinking about the plot I also think of songs that relate to my story. By the time, I write my first line of the story I already have the playlist complied. Every day I write I listen to the playlist. Midway through sometimes I realize a song no longer applies and I take it out or I hear one that’s perfect and add it. I add the playlist along with the pictures of places mentioned in the books and put them on my website, annemariecitro.com.
3) Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes, I do. Her name is Diane Zparkki and she is also a writer. We challenged each other to write our first books when we discovered we had the same passion. I call her my writing partner although we write our own books. We send each other every chapter we write to get feedback. We also share the same office. I’m here six days a week and she comes in two and half days. She is my saving grace. The person who lets me freak out and then pulls me off the ledge and dusts me off and puts my computer back in my lap and gets me typing again.
3) What book are you reading now?
I wish I could name one but I can’t because if I’m not writing I’m reading. I read about three books a week. Can you say obsessive-compulsive? I can name a few that I have loved lately. Love, in English by Karina Halle, Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery. Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway Finding Anna Series by Sherri Hayes. I love anything written by Tillie Cole and Jamie Begley.
4) How did you start your writing career?
I was a kid that had a severe learning disabilities and never read a book until I met a teacher in grade ten that taught me how to read with my disabilities. I became an artist and tried every outlet available to me except writing. Then I became an education assistant for teenagers with multiple disabilities. Once my own four children didn’t need me anymore I had all this time on my hands and decided to take the lessons I had learned from the students and tried making my dream come true. I give all the credit to the needs special kids and used their courage and I put myself out there. I did it, love it, and decided to change careers.
My next release is weeks away from being on the selves. The book is called Breaking Down My Walls. It is the fourth in a series about six women that work with special needs kids. Each book is a standalone story but the characters show up in each other stories. I hope when you read the books you begin to look at special needs teenagers differently. They taught me more than anyone else in my life. The main character Taya has a history that changes how she sees the world and herself. Levi the man that has loved her forever is forced to take each brick she has to up to protect herself down. His love is boundless and patient and the only person that can save her from herself. Book five is two weeks away from being done and going to edits on the November twenty-six. Remember obsessive-compulsive.
About the Author
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 favourite 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.