Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ahhhhh the Sweet Writing Life by Author Nancy LaPonzina


Alternative healer Leyla-Jo Jared helps others grow their families, yet struggles with her own infertility. Archaeologist scientist husband, Hal Jared dearly wants to share the context and provenience of a multi-racial baby and feels guilty he has let her down. Hoping for a solution for their craving to become a family, Leyla Jo turns to her folkways heritage and explores natural plant botanicals. When the archaeological exhibit the couple curates is compromised by international scientists from Rome, and the Director of the local Art Museum, the couple’s role in the professional, scientific community is severely challenged. After Hal falls ill, Leyla Jo’s desire leads to a conflicted crossroad … must she choose her husband’s health over their yearning for a child? Now Leyla Jo must explore her path through the garden and travel her biggest journey.    

Should the past make way for the present … Stylish, brunette Laurinda Elliot is the type of accomplished business woman glossy magazines feature on their covers. Effectively managing a software product development team in Raleigh, North Carolina, Laurinda’s drive and savvy delivers all the perks: an upscale townhouse, Porsche Boxter convertible and designer clothing. Yet she now yearns for a different success—one that brings surprising first time experience with vulnerability. Her uber software code developer partner Dan Riser, can’t buy into the new direction she leads them, but goes along to keep the peace, and more importantly, beautiful Laurinda. Or the present make way for the past—and love … When prehistoric Native American pottery artifacts are discovered on the couple’s North Raleigh building site in the Nardi Point subdivision, the ancient past collides with the present and Laurinda and Dan’s relationship hangs in the balance. Laurinda must trump construction economics and greed to preserve commitment to her dream, uphold her friendship with holistic healing practitioner, Leyla Jo Piper, and answer to a new romance, all while attempting to conserve North Carolina history. Will digging up the past, bury her future? Nardi Point explores the thread of life that blends past, current, and future to recognize the importance of knowing who we are in the story of life.

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 Ahhhhh the sweet writing life …

I met with a reader of Nardi Point over a coffee recently. She’d finished the story and enjoyed it even though when she first began she confessed to mixed feelings. “What do I have in common with a gal who drives a Porsche sports car and wears designer clothing?” she asked.

But then as she read deeper, she bonded with Leyla Jo and the story became a richer and more satisfying read. My wonderful reader took notes and wanted to explore the characters and gain insight into their motivations. This level of interest is what makes writers’ hearts soar!

And here’s where our meeting gave me chills. She had selected two quotes that especially rang true to her. These were the same words that as I’d written them, I respected their meaning fully. I suppose you might say I was inspired to write them. To receive affirmation that these words had been received was amazing. I thank and honor this reader with a very happy heart.

These small signs of encouragement along the way gave me the confidence to start the Nardi Point sequel, Paths through the Garden. 


Award winning author Nancy LaPonzina writes in the North Carolina piedmont, under Carolina blue skies. Writing has been her passion always. Her second-grade story, The Missing Desk Mystery, featured classmates in a classroom mystery with Nancy Drew overtones. Today, LaPonzina’s women's fiction explores thoughtful characters involved in challenging situations, and braids in touches of archaeology, the metaphysical, and alternative healing modalities. Her contemporary storylines deal with women making their way in the worlds of business and family, and discovering what is of true importance. Her professional career includes technical writing, providing website content, and Registered Nurse clinical experience. LaPonzina has been published in ARTnews, IngĂ©nue, American Girl, True Astrology Forecast, Psychic Astrology Horoscope national magazines, and She is a member of Romance Writers of America; Heart of Carolina Romance Writers; Triangle Area Freelancers; American Holistic Nurses Association; and the Coe Foundation for Archaeologic Research. She lives in Youngsville, with dear husband Thom, and their rescue Maine Coon cat, Copy. Her debut novel, Nardi Point, regionally set in Raleigh, North Carolina was awarded the Chanticleer Book Review & Media 2012 Blue Ribbon First Place Published Novel award in the Contemporary Women’s Fiction genre. Visit her at


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