The Proverbial Mr. Universe
Maria La Serra
Publication date: June 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Dear girl with the red scarf,
Love was never meant to be conquered;
you have to surrender to it.
Trust me. After all, I am Mr. Universe.
When the universe conveys a message, you listen.
Olivia Montiano just caught her fiancé cheating. Now she is forced to question what she wants out of life and love. Striving to live up to her father’s unrealistic standards for the past twenty-three years, every decision she has ever made was with her father’s wishes in mind—until she finds mysterious, handwritten letters tucked away in places only meant for her. That’s when she realizes she’s been on the wrong path all along and gives her heart to a guy her father thinks is entirely wrong.
Washed-up abstract artist Nick Montgomery has had quite a few setbacks in life. He’s become accustomed to never needing anyone, thinking he’s just fine—until he meets the girl with the red scarf. She’s not his type. But the universe has other ideas. Nick has a secret he’s keeping from her, afraid it will bring their new relationship to a sudden halt.
Will they figure out what the universe holds for them?
GUEST POST: How do you feel becoming an Author? I realize that becoming an author; it’s a journey, and though my journey is only at the beginning, I’ve learned so much already. I don’t think I view myself as a full-fledged author not just yet, maybe once I have a couple of books under my belt. I think that’s what authors do they grow every time they publish or put another book out there. So I’m more of an author with training wheels. But overall what astonishes me the most is the beautiful people I’ve met along the way, from those who help me to put this book together, to the reader’s enthusiasm and their love for something I’ve created. I love when they send me emails, I love interacting with other people from all over the world and made some great friends so that alone I’m truly blessed. I am humbled by every feedback, good or bad, yes even the bad reviews. I think every author has faced bad reviews at some point in their career; it's not feasible for every reader to connect with your book. That’s just the reality of it. From the beginning, I already had that mindset, to grow a thick skin and view a negative review as something positive, and you have to ask yourself what can I do better. Bottom line they took the time to read your book and that alone you should be thankful. There is so much going on in the world, so much havoc and heartbreak and I think in the book community should be a place that we have to strive to keep an open mind and respect for one another’s opinion. I understand that becoming an author comes with great responsibility, and maybe in a small way we shape the world. Giving readers an escape in a fictitious world for a while is my primary goal as an author. As a creative person, I always strive to compose a real feeling behind everything I do. To be allowed to create something with passion and energy, only this time using words to do it, I hope it's apparent in my novel and books to come. It does originate from a place of love. So, in the end, that’s all I could hope for and continue to strive for what I set out to do.
Maria La Serra, a fashion designer, turned writer, lives in Montreal with her husband and two children. She will try everything at least once, except for skiing, hiking or camping-okay anything relating to activities done in the great outdoors. The Proverbial Mr. Universe is her first novel.
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