Happy Mother’s Day and Great News!

Hi dear friends,

Welcome to my new subscribers! Happy Mother’s Day to all those who have kids and/or pets! And happy weekend.

And great news for all those who have been waiting for news regarding my upcoming stories.

Tomorrow is my birthday as well as celebrating Mother’s Day and some other important things.

Many of my writing and reading friends openly admit to their upcoming birthdays and their impending age. I didn’t know that I was this vain, because I found myself thinking, “OK, I’ll admit there’s a 3 and a 5 in my age, but I refuse to tell in which order the numbers go!” Wow, I thought people became wiser as they get older!

I love May because like so many of you, I adore spring, summer and warm and dry weather. The fact that I live in Toronto—where sometimes the snow blower gets a good and long work-out during the seven months of our winters (OK, I exaggerate slightly) than the lawn mower in the remaining months of the year—is because of my love for my husband. In our tenth year of marriage back in England, I agreed to uproot our family to move here for his career.

This was almost eighteen wonderful years ago. Ah, the power of love.

Many of you know how much I love Ontario and Canada and my passion for traveling anywhere, anytime. My constant passion as always is to create memorable and sometimes intense love stories which you seem to love reading. Thank you for spreading the word to your friends about how much you enjoy reading my books. Always appreciated!

As those who have read my Destiny stories (First and Only Destiny and Second Destiny) know they’re based in Europe, not only because I hail from there, but because of how much I love its history and the gorgeous ultramarine blues of the seas, especially Italy and Greece. This was what inspired me to pen my latest novella, which is part of a fabulous new boxset Billionaires on the Beach. More information below.

More Gloria Silk’s New Books

I confirm that in addition to Nobody’s Baby But Mine (originally called Breaking the Chains) is slated to come out in end of August 2017

More news about the Unlikely Billionairess Series coming soon.

In the meantime, I introduce my next book, as part of a fabulous 5-novella boxset, which is close to my heart for many reasons.

Billionaires on the Beach

Billionaires on the Beach boxset Elizabeth Lennox, Noelle Adams, Leslie North, Lizabeth Scott, Gloria SilkIn addition to my story From Geek to Greek Billionaire being based in Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina (as all 5 books are), my story also takes you to beautiful Greece. The sexy, shy Greek billionaire, Alexander Anderson Kyriakou is the youngest, adopted brother of the 5 most desirable Anderson Brothers. See the book trailer for the boxset now.

 

Billionaires on the beach boxset elizabeth lennox, noelle adams, leslie north, liz scott and gloria silkClick the boxset image for more about this incredible compilation of novellas filled with the gorgeous billionaire Anderson Brothers. It is available for preorder for only 99c! All profits from Billionaires on the Beach will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

I’m celebrating my own good health after having been diagnosed with—and conquered—breast cancer over a decade ago. Now I don’t count exactly which year it happened, but it was on my birthday. I’m one of the lucky people whose early detection ensured my longevity, and I appreciate every day!

Cliché but genuinely true.

Therefore, as an activist for health and early detection and research to eradicate cancer, I invite you to enjoy these well-written and entertaining stories, knowing you’re helping this worthy cause. I would also be glad to hear from you in the comments below about your own brush with any health issue which has made you realize how precious life is.

In the meantime, go ahead and preorder now, and please let your friends know about it too. It would mean so much to me and the other fabulous authors of this boxset.

The hero of my novella, From Geek to Greek Billionaire is the youngest adopted Greek brother, Alexander Anderson Kyriakou. All those of you who email me about how you wish the intense and wonderful Devraj Shah from the Destiny stories were real, you’ll love all these Anderson brothers! Guaranteed!

The Billionaire’s Mistake by Elizabeth Lennox Billionaires on the Beach boxset Elizabeth Lennox, Noelle Adams, Leslie North, Lizabeth Scott, Gloria Silk

Marie didn’t have time for a romance, but when Sloan Anderson walked into her coffee shop, all of her friends decided that it was time for her to fall in love. Even her dog was in on the matchmaking! Unfortunately, no one bothered to tell her heart that Sloan Anderson was a lying, horrible, son of a…No way was she going to fall for a man who was going to foreclose on her store!

Her Reluctant Billionaire by Noelle Adams 
Katie has been friends with Logan Anderson for four years. He might be a smart, funny, adorable billionaire, but after her work as a divorce attorney, she’s just not interested in romance. But when she pretends to be his girlfriend for one weekend at the beach, she starts to see him as far more than a friend.

The Billionaire’s Babysitter by Leslie North 
After BASE jumping from a NYC skyscraper, billionaire Wyatt Anderson has been sentenced to four weeks’ house arrest in his family’s beach house, but he won’t be there alone… To get her dream job as a nanny for the wealthy, Laine Maguire will have to complete one last role: babysit a billionaire for a month. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Chased by the Billionaire by Lizabeth Scott 

Grey couldn’t believe that the gorgeous woman with the adorable…ponytail, was none other than the girl from high school – the one none of the guys noticed because she was too timid. No longer! Gemma was smokin’ hot, owned a gym and…was one of the toughest women he’d ever charmed. But this time, there was more. Maybe too much more? Gemma intrigued him in ways that he wasn’t sure he wanted to be intrigued.

From Geek to Greek Billionaire by Gloria Silk 

Olivia Moore has landed her dream job–to renovate a very special beach house. The last thing she needs is to bump into her teen crush, the geeky yet sexy Alexander Anderson. He needs her to help him with a makeover and an infusion of confidence with women, but getting closer to him means risking he finds out her secret past, which might tear them apart once again.

I love hearing from you

Let me know below in comments about your own (or loved one’s) brush with cancer or other health issue, and how you have coped. And let me know, what you think about these novellas when you get a chance to enjoy reading them. And continue sharing your feedback with me and your friends.

Happy Reading,

Gloria Silk

 

My Favorite Fictional Couples…Just for Valentine’s Day

Jenny and Ollie From Love Story by Eric Segal – Jennifer Cavilleri and Oliver Barrett IV

Just like Romeo and Juliet, this is one of my favorite love stories. Although I give my own characters happy ever after endings, there’s room for great romances where the lovers lose each other too soon, or when they’re too young. This story was very sweet on so many levels.

Love Story: Love means never having to say you’re sorry. Read the summary now.

Warning, this is a tear-jerker: Click on image for trailer

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler  

When I’m asked who are some of my favorite fictional couples are, my mind goes straight to this couple. They’re a good example of the more realistic love relationships that aren’t syrupy sweet.

This is my very first book/film in which I did not get my happy ending. Although I always give my own characters in my stories a happy-ever-after, I still learned from these two unconventional characters that in life, and in fiction, we should not strive for perfection or to be liked. Being an individual and staying true to ourselves is more important.

Click the image to see their first kiss, I love the way Rhett has no illusions about either of them. Read the summary now.

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet

Ever since my days of studying English literature, I have loved Jane Austen’s books, particularly Pride and Prejudice. I especially like the 1995 British TV series interpretation with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet.

I liked her fieriness and Mr. Darcy’s growth arc throughout the story. Read the summary now.

Click on the image to see the short video, with Elvis Presley’s “Always on my Mind”.

Bride and Prejudice

There is also the very entertaining and funny 2004 Bollywood-esque Bride and Prejudice version, directed by the incredibly talented Gurinder Chadha. Read the summary now.

I have loved Aishwarya Rai since I saw Taal years ago, and she’s amazing here, with her gorgeous, lilty English.

What about my true Bollywood favorite characters, you ask?

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. This onscreen couple are my all-time favorites, and these are the movies in which they have weaved magic for more than two decades for us all to enjoy:

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) – Rahul Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali Sharma (Kajol) Read summary now.

Alongside this movie, my daughter and I never tire of watching these two classics over the past years too: Kabi Kushi Kabi Gam and Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge (1995): (Click on the images for the short trailers.)

      

Many of you already know who my Bollywood hero is – and always will be! – Hrithik Roshan. I love all his movies. Here are some of my favorite movies with him and his lucky co-stars!

See Crazy Kia Re song

Although I love Hrithik paired up with Kareena Kapoor (Yaadein), Priyanka Chopra (Krrish) and Katrina Kaif (Bang Bang), I love the sizzling chemistry between him and Aishwarya Rai in Dhoom 2 (2006)

With the action, the romance, the songs and Hrithik dancing – it’s got it all! Read the summary now.

I also loved Hrithik’s latest movie, Kaabil, which is garnering amazing reviews – hey, I’m not surprised – across the world.

What I love about Bollywood revenge movies is how they capture the emotion and passion so much better than the Hollywood action Die Hard-type, ‘been there, done that’ formulas.

 

Who are some of your favorite characters and why? It doesn’t matter which era or genre.

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.

Gloria Silk

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Special promotion for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Special promotion for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a conquerer of breast cancer, the author is supporting the importance of continued research. In addition to the discounted price of this book, 20% of all proceeds go to cancer research. So buy and enjoy while helping at the same time!

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How We Can All Help with Breast Cancer Awareness

Help Breast Cancer Research While Enjoying a Good Book

The above is the 2014 blog post link and now I am updating you with a short blog post.

We all have extremely busy lives especially with our crammed family and work schedules. But did you know that volunteering and spending some time helping others can do wonders for your well-being? So many of us feel so good when helping someone even in the smallest way.

Almost 7 years ago my final cancer treatments after my mastectomy and reconstructive surgery werecompleted.

Although I did not want to hear about this at the time, I can now agree with the old saying “this crisis is a blessing in disguise”. It may sound strange, but I do appreciate life and health so much more, instead of taking it all for granted like I had before. No matter what, we are all mortals and our time on earth is very limited.

When my husband got ill and we nearly lost him because of endocarditis in 2011 (strange I remember this year!) God seemed to be reminding me that without love and working on enjoying every single day, life is literally a waste!

Cliches have become commonplace because they are truths we all recognize, but sometimes forget or get too busy or distracted to really live by. Cliches start to lose their meaning if we merely throw them around without genuinely understanding them before it is too late.

How often have you heard this? “If you don’t have health you have nothing.”

Only when you are faced with a crisis such as seeing your loved one deteriorating, or feeling like you are losing yourself – your mind or your body – to an unstoppable force or disease, do you sit up and listen.

Despite many diseases such as Smallpox, Polio and others which can now be prevented by vaccines, we need much more continued research and commitment  to eradicate diseases such breast cancer and the other cancers. But there is still a long way to go.

How Can We Help?

Volunteer – Give Your Time (Instead of Money)

With much speculation about how much of our monetary contributions actually reach our hoped destination, we can all still help as much or as little as we can – by giving our money and/or our precious commodity: time.

When nearly all my treatments (double mastectomy and later reconstructive surgery) were almost finished, as a way of paying forward I trained as a peer support volunteer for Canadian Cancer Society. Through CCS I have helped many women diagnosed with breast cancer or those needing to talk to someone who has gone through what they are facing. Although I would not give any medical advice or personal opinions about their specific circumstances, I knew how important it is to listen to their fears and hesitations on the emotional level.

While going through my own recovery journey with the help of God, my family and good friends, I learned the hard way that we cannot walk this path alone.

I would listen and help these women list out the questions and help them decide on their own best way forward, so they can take each part of the process, and every day, one step at a time. Many times it was all about how a mother with so many family and work responsibilities could handle the load.

Just like I had in my own situation – and still have to be conscious to do this – I helped the women to take time to rest, and be kind to themselves, guilt free and to allow themselves to accept help from their friends and loved ones. This was temporary, I would repeat, as we all feel like we will never get out from this dark cloud in our lives. But many of us do, and continue to live healthy and happier lives.

Although it can be hard to hear the ‘new friends’ crying or being reminded of how I had dealt with the same issues or questions years earlier, I feel it is worth every moment to be helping someone I may never even meet. It is my honor to be there for them, just like a peer support volunteer had helped me on my own journey.

It reminds me of how strong I was, and how much we are all capable of, and how many wonderful people and organizations out there can help us.

How Can YOU Help?

You may not want to volunteer or have the time to do this on a regular basis. You may have a different commitment to a different cause. That’s absolutely fine.

Take time to search within yourself and the internet: What subjects are close to your heart? Do you love animals, are you committed to helping the elderly, or at the local hospital? Ask your friends or colleagues what they do. But you may well discover that even the tiniest amount of effort on your part will help on many levels. If you have children you will be teaching by example, and most of all you will know that you are making a difference.

Share with me below in the comments how you help or would like to make your own difference.

Stay Inspired, and enjoy the beautiful fall colors.

Warmly,

Gloria Silk

Today: Free digital copy of First and Only Destiny on Amazon, Int’l

Get your free digital copy of First and Only Destiny on Amazon!

Hi friends and loved ones, Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. I’d like two minutes of your time to see if my book promotion (only running for two days) is working: Can you please log in on Amazon (whichever country you live in) and when you find my FIRST AND ONLY DESTINY BY GLORIA SILK click “buy free”.
You’ll not only have this book free, but you can also share it with others.