Monday, July 02, 2012

Guest Blog By Hanna Martine - The Dreams You Keep

Please welcome Hanna Martine to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Hanna's debut, Liquid Lies (The Elementals 1), will be published on July 3, 2012 by Berkley. Tomorrow! Read an interview with Hanna here.


Writing professionally has been a dream of mine since I was very young. However, it was a dream, not my only dream.

If I could have been the first dancer/novelist, my life would have been complete. I felt as much love for performing in front of an audience as I did for sitting in my bedroom alone clacking away at my mom's typewriter.

When you're that young--we're talking grade school--dreams never seem impossible. Unless something profound and real is holding you back, when you're eight, you can be anything. Life seems borderless and grand, and growing up is so far away. Like Peter Pan, you feel ageless.

I always thought I'd be able to keep dancing. I don't think I ever fooled myself into believing I was good enough to be professional, but I couldn't picture a day when it wouldn't be part of my life. The dream flickered, small but ever-present, in the back of my mind.

My two loves, dance and writing, went hand in hand for a long time. In college, I adopted a grueling dance (and social) schedule. I barely wrote. Soon after, life took me away from both my loves. Dance isn't something you can pick up after years off and expect to be at the same level you once were. But writing ... the more mature I became, the more I read and analyzed and typed away--surprise, surprise--the better I got at it.

As the dream of dance faded, the obsession to become a writer took over. I knew that's where my true talent lay, the one that could fulfill me professionally and spiritually.

Still, dance was a powerful dream, and now it's gone. It hurts to this day. Go with me to a dance performance and I will cry. It's a given. The tears are as much for the talent I don't have anymore as for the beauty of what I see on stage. But clinging to regret for not pursuing dance earlier on and in a more aggressive manner is useless. Regret holds you back. And I've only ever wanted to fly.

Dancing had come and gone, but I still had my words. The thing about writing? It never leaves you. You could be blind and still write. You could lose a hand and still write. It's entirely made of what's inside you.

I remember the exact day the dream of writing manifested into a serious, tangible goal of becoming a novelist. I hadn't written a word in at least five years. I was at the library, running my fingers over the spines of the science fiction and fantasy books. The desire to share my stories with an audience, in much the same way as I'd shared my performances, slammed into me with such powerful force I went immediately to the store, bought a notebook (I didn't even own a computer then) and started scribbling down ideas.

Dreams are funny things. Some you are forced to leave behind. Some are ripped away against your will. Some you hold on to. Some you merely set aside for when the time is right for them to be fulfilled.

My debut novel, LIQUID LIES--a different kind of paranormal romance--is the culmination of many, many years of dreaming and even more years of seriously hard work.

I'd love to hear from you. Please visit me at

[By the way, as I was writing this, I could not get this song ( out of my head. And now it's in yours!]

About The Elementals

Liquid Lies
The Elementals 1
Berkley, July 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Magic is corporate America's best-kept secret, and Gwen Carroway is the best at selling it...

With her ability to pick up any language in an instant, Gwen Carroway is taking her family business global. As dutiful future leader of water elementals, she'll do anything to protect her people's secrets and bloodlines--including enter an arranged marriage. Inside, however, she yearns for the forbidden.

Reed is a mercenary addicted to the money and adrenaline rush of his work. After he inadvertently saves Gwen's life, he ignites her taboo desire for men without magic--and with bodies of gods. Just as things heat up, Reed discovers that Gwen is exactly who he's been hired to kidnap. He resolves to put work before lust, yet her luscious beauty and fiery spirit unravel him...

But there is a terrible truth behind Gwen's family business--and now, caught between the kinsmen she no longer trusts and an enemy bent on vengeance, the only ally she has is her abductor...

About Hanna

Hanna Martine's only goal growing up was to become a writer, specifically a fantasy writer. That dream stuck until she realized that most speculative fiction novels faded to black during the best parts or skipped over love stories altogether. When she discovered paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she found the genre of her heart. After the arrival of her daughter, she couldn't think of a better lesson to teach the little one than: Have a dream. Go after it. Be fulfilled. So she set aside all thoughts of returning to the business world and focused on writing and learning about the industry. She finished two novels before coming up with the idea for the world of The Elementals. She joined the Romance Writers of America (RWA), placed in numerous contests, and found an agent and editor who believed in her unique stories. She loves writing about secret worlds, magic, and the intense emotional and physical relationships that exist within them.

Find Hanna:  Website, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Goodreads

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Liquid Lies (The Elementals 1) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What were some of your childhood dreams?

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, July 9, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Mine were exactly the dancing and writing and right now I am doing the same thing..looking into the business.

  2. This book is outstanding! I loved it and highly recommend it everyone! My childhood dreams certainly didn't include being a professor - I wanted to be a lawyer (mainly because I had NO idea what all that entailed).

    Please don't enter me in the giveaway - I got a copy of the ARC from Goodreads.

  3. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I'm really looking forward to this book!

    Ahhh... childhood dreams... I wanted to be an astronaut, veterinarian, singer, actress. All before the age of 20 and then I'd have 6 kids. Thankfully, none of that come true :)

  4. I thought I wanted to be a nurse, but later realized it wasn't for me. I should have been either a librarian or a historian - ended up a computer programmer (until that job went offshore).
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  5. My childhood dreams included being a teacher, doctor and archeologist. I watched a lot of Magic Schoolbus and was in awe of all the knowledge out there! There was so much I wanted to be and in some ways still do today.

    GFC: Na

  6. My childhood dreams became my reality. All I wanted to do was go to college and become an engineer. All accomplished as well as moving to another state, marrying a great guy and having 3 wonderful boys :).

    GFC Victoria Sloboda

  7. my childhood dream consisted of me going to London, England and I finally did it!
    katerahm at gmail dot com

  8. This book looks good!!!!
    Thanks for sharing & the giveaway Sally

    My childhood dreams: To be a professional water skier.. Bummer never happened, but still love to go out on the lake.

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  9. This looks like a great book!
    My childhood dreams included being a chemist until I realized how much math this involved.
    Being a medical examiner until I realized I needed to be fluent in chemistry.
    I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic alas I hate to fly :O)
    I am a GFC follower Carin

  10. When I was a child I dreamed of being a nurse or a teacher.

    I follow via GFC: Brenda Demko.

  11. What a great post. I think our dreams as children get us going, and as we grow and change so do our dreams. Things I dreamed of when I was little (being a ballerina) gave way to learning to mush a sled with a team of Siberian Huskies! And let mee tell you, I live for winter when I can get out with my and my Mom's dogs!

    Liquid Lies sounds wonderful. Paranormal is a great genre, but fantasy is even better. And when you get a love story with it, priceless. I am such a romantic fantasy sucker. =)

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  12. When I just a child my dream is become doctor, then comic writer, then writer. I'm not regret to not become doctor, since it just a dream which my parent want me to be, but I still want to be writer. Thanks for sharing with us, Hanna.

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  13. Oh I used to want to be a ballerina. Always wanted to dance on my toes. My clumsiness spoke otherwise. ;D

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  14. I loved books so much, my dream was to work in a library, or be an archeologist. :D

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  15. Congratulations on the book! /I wanted to be a teacher.

    I follow the blog.


  16. I dreamt to work in a publishing house, deciding which books have to be translated in my country. Well, that's actually the job I'm trying to get!


    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  17. I always wanted to be a forest ranger. Alas, my allergies would not allow that.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  18. Hi

    Great post, this series looks amazing and I am looking forward to reading.

    My dreams were to become a nurse...I started college with this in mind but changed my degree in the middle.


    Thanks for the chance

  19. I wanted to be a teacher or a reporter. I wanted to go to college but changed my mind. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  20. My biggest dream as a child was to travel. I have been lucky to do just that for the last decade. I have visited Europe dozens of times.

    geishasmom73 at yahoo dot com

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  21. I wanted to be a teacher when I was a kid but quickly grew out of that. Then a singer but never had the talent!

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  22. I was not much of a dreamer, but I would read to escape. So I think that would count.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. I wanted to work for Disney.

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  24. Book looks WICKED!! Got to have the boston accent there. LOL. I wanted to be a rock star when I was younger.. LOL How funny is that.

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