Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The 5W's of Marci Nault + Giveaway of her new book THE LAKE HOUSE!

Marci Nault hails from a town not too far from Lake Nagog in Massachusetts. Today she can be found figure skating, salsa dancing, hiking and wine tasting around her home in California. Marci is the founder of, a motivational website that encourages visitors to follow their improbable dreams. Her story about attempting to complete 101 of her biggest dreams has been featured in newspapers and magazines nationwide, and she regularly speaks on the subject on radio stations in both the United States and Canada. As a partner in the online bridal boutique she gets to be surrounded by beautiful clothing, jewelry, and shoes in her office. Find out more @ Now let's get to know...

THE FIVE W’S and How
Of Marci Nault 

WHO? Who are you besides a writer? 
I’m an adventurer. I enjoy trying everything from learning a new ballroom dance to a new move in figure skating. The world to me is a big playground and I love traveling as a solo female – you meet so many interesting people this way.

WHAT? What do you enjoy doing other than writing in your spare time? 
I’m an avid adult competitive figure skater (please don’t imagine what you see on television it’s nothing like that).  There’s nothing better than stepping onto the ice and taking those first few laps, the wind making my eyes tear up, the cold shivering my body, and feeling free. All the stress and worries disappear and for a short time I’m focused on my body, pushing beyond my fear, and flying.
I also love to salsa and tango dance, hike, white water kayak, wine taste and sit around with my girlfriends enjoying great food while laughing till we cry.

WHEN? When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I was nine and I had to write a story about a robot for homework. I remember being so proud that I ran to my mother and read her the four pages. Throughout high school many teachers didn’t encourage my writing so I thought I wasn’t good enough to pursue a career. I became private about what I wrote; jotting words on paper cleared my head and stories were always rattling around in my brain, but I didn’t share. Then in my late twenties I had a hard time falling asleep and I began to tell myself a story. The next day I began to write it down and I realized that I was in love with getting lost in a character and the adventure of not knowing what would happen next.

WHERE? Where do you write? 
I try to write in my office, but it doesn’t always happen. I keep my laptop under my bed in case inspiration hits in that hazy moment between dreaming and waking. If I need to focus I go to a coffee shop where I can’t be distracted by laundry or television. Sometimes the dining room table works best and at other times I take a week and hide away at a resort.

WHY? Why do you write?
For me, writing isn’t a choice. Characters come to me; they wake me in the middle of the night, haunt my daydreams, and I have to write their stories or they won’t leave me alone. I feel a sense of responsibility to these characters to get their stories right. I know I sound slightly crazy when I explain this, but I get to be lost in the world of the imagination and it takes me on a ride.

How? Has your writing success changed your life?
I work a lot more now. There are many long days simply to keep up with the business of being an author, but I love all of it. I actually had three items on my bucket/life-list on that had to do with becoming an author. The first moment I held my book was indescribable, and sharing this experience with my family and friends has been really exciting. Each day brings something new; from a review that someone wrote who loved the book, to people asking me to come to their book clubs. It’s definitely made my life more exciting. It’s also allowed me to make a difference in the world: I’m able to speak to women about going after their dreams and I’ve been asked to be part of charity events to raise money for some great causes.

Thank-you so much for joining us here on A Novel Review, Marci! You really sound like one busy lady! I'm so excited to read THE LAKE HOUSE! 

Make sure to head over to her website and check out her life-list! It really makes me think about what I would put on mine... It's been a pleasure getting to know Marci Nault, now let's get to know more about her book THE LAKE HOUSE!

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The Lake House by Marci Nault & Giveaway

Achingly tender, yet filled with laughter, The Lake House brings to life the wide range of human emotions and the difficult journey from heartbreak to healing. VICTORIA ROSE. Fifty years before, a group of teenage friends promised each other never to leave their idyllic lakeside town. But the call of Hollywood and a bigger life was too strong for Victoria . . . and she alone broke that pledge. Now she has come home, intent on making peace with her demons, even if her former friends shut her out. Haunted by tragedy, she longs to find solace with her childhood sweetheart, but even this tender man may be unable to forgive and forget.

HEATHER BREGMAN. At twenty-eight, after years as a globe-trotting columnist, she’s abandoned her controlling fiancĂ© and their glamorous city life to build one on her own terms. Lulled by a Victorian house and a gorgeous locale, she’s determined to make the little community her home. But the residents, fearful of change and outsiders, will stop at nothing to sabotage her dreams of lakeside tranquility.

As Victoria and Heather become unlikely friends, their mutual struggle to find acceptance—with their neighbors and in their own hearts—explores the chance events that shape a community and offer the opportunity to start again.

Make sure to enter this fantastic giveaway! I am so excited to offer 3 copies of THE LAKE HOUSE for giveaway! This giveaway is for US Only and please no PO Boxes! Good Luck!!!


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  2. Sounds like a great book. And the website she created sounds so cool and inspiring!
    As for my life list, I want to go to Hawaii.

  3. This sounds like a wonderful & warm book. Idyllic!

  4. On My TBR list this summer!

    I'm going to head over and check out your website! What an great idea!

  5. The one thing I'd put on my life list would be go back to Europe and tour it through my 43yr old eyes (went I was 18 & don't think I appreciated as much)

  6. On my TBR list!!! On my life list is to go to Las Vegas! I really want to go there and just see everything!

  7. A trip to Italy is definitely on my life list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I've put having my book in print on my life-list :)

    1. Forgot to add my email: nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  9. I have several things on my life list that I want to do- but the 2 things (and I can't decide which is the most important!) is this: 1. to go somewhere fairly beautiful, Hawaii for example, and live for 6 months- read some, write some, take pictures, and just rest. My other life list is to visit Europe, maybe Spain or Italy (possibly both) and spend an extended amount of time there- learn the culture, the language, foods, and more. Both life lists plans have this important component, though: I want to do it on my own. No family, no back-up plan- just me and some time to figure some things out.

  10. I would say visiting Greece would be on my life-list. =]

  11. This is def on my TBR list. Thanks for the opportunity!

    On my life list or bucket list, I would love to do a six month trip to visit Ireland, England, Italy, Scotland and France to experience the different cultures. It would be awesome to eat good food, meet new and interesting people and to see the atmosphere and see the beautiful views.

  12. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's life-list items. Thanks for sharing!

  13. On my life list is to live in Paris. I have been lucky enough to visit but want to see EVERYTHING.

  14. This books is on my to be read list!

  15. And on my life list is to visit Australia!

  16. A trip to Hawaii is on my life list, thank you!

  17. Oh, so many things on my life list! First off would be to go back to Scotland with my husband and son! I have been twice in my life but haven't been since right after high school. I have family there that my husband and son have never met and I would love to go back!