The amazing book tour for LYRICS HEART & SOUL is over. In case you missed any post, here are the highlights as well as the links to see the post in full:

Romancing the Books and MoreExcerpt

“And, guys, let me reassure you. I love that woman more than my own life. She will never question my respect or my loyalty. She is my heart and soul.”

The brothers exchanged a look Ryder couldn’t decipher. Then they approached him. He stuck out his fists, expecting fist bumps. Instead, the brothers leaned in on both side of him and kissed his cheeks in unison. Ryder pushed them away.

Writers and AuthorsGuest Post

Everyone keeps telling me reviews are so important to sell books. As a reader I agree, but as an author my experience and sales tell me differently. First and foremost, they have to find your book, that is by far the hardest part. If I ever discover the magical recipe to get noticed when you are an independent author without a huge advertising budget, I will let you know. I might have written the best book you have ever read but without exposure it’s lost in cyber space.
Reviews are important because of the validation that it gives the author for your book’s content and is greatly appreciated, but I would also love some validation in sales.

Making It HappenExcerpt

Francesca could see the feral look in his eyes. He was terrified for her. He just didn’t understand how these kids could lose it on a dime, and then once it was done, it was done and they moved on. Francesca knew one month had not exposed him to enough, but if he made it through this first major blow out, he would learn. She also didn’t want to jeopardize his sentence with Judge Belmore.

Deal Sharing AuntInterview

[Strangest thing learned while researching this book] Each chapter is named after a song that relates to a character or a situation in the chapter. There are so many fabulous songs that I loved and wanted to use but they just didn’t apply. While researching a song for one of the special needs teenagers in the book who is very angry at the world. I was listening to a lot of head banging music thinking no wonder these people stay angry if they listen to these songs. But I ended up loving some brutal rap songs (so strange). I found some new songs and artists that I fell in love with.

Full Moon BitesCharacter Profile

Ryder doesn’t talk a lot but observes more than most. When the kids walk into the facility Ryder thinks he has just step onto the crazy train. The group of eclectic special needs kids makes him think his sentence will feel like a lifetime. Ryder is bitter man as result of his upbringing but soon learns he a lot of people deal with some terrible thing in their life and still manage to be happy.

Random Thoughts from a Book NerdReview

Lyrics Heart & Soul is a heartwarming story that will touch you and also enlighten you on what unconditional love means in so many ways. I enjoyed the emotional back and forth in the story so much. It exposes you to how everyone, no matter what your current status may be, have needs and insecurities. The author patiently reveals each of the potential issues in their relationship and how they are resolved. Great writing and storytelling.

 Book,Dreams,LifeFun Facts

In my book, you will meet a group of kids I created like Sarah. Kids that will teach Ryder the same lessons they taught me. First and foremost, the true meaning of life and not to take ourselves to seriously. They kids are hilarious, loving and struggle to fit into a world that doesn’t accept them. I hope you pick up my book and fall in love not just with the main characters but also with the children that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next.

Jazzy Book ReviewsDream Cast

As soon as the story of Lyrics Heart & Soul started to form in my head there was no doubt in my mind the main character Ryder was created from the image of Jason Momoa. I saw him once when my husband was watching Games of Throne. When I looked at pictures of him I could see Ryder when he was withdrawn and trying to intimidate people. Then when I saw a picture of him smiling all the intimidation melted away. There is so much behind that man’s eyes.

Hot Choco and BooksExcerpt

“When Francesca chooses to love, she does it unconditionally. You of all people should know that. Go home to California and take the time to think. We all make mistakes. God knows I’ve made my fair share. In a loving relationship, you will make many mistakes, but without forgiveness, you cannot have true and lasting love. Learn to love yourself, son.”

Lori’s Reading CornerGuest Post

While I was writing Under Her Wings I would map out the direction of each chapter. One day I sat down with my outline and started to write. Hours past and when I reread what I had written. I can remember thinking, hey that’s not the direction this chapter was going.

The Romance ReviewsReview (5 stars!)

LYRICS, HEART, & SOUL is another amazing story by Anne Marie Citro…Francesca is everything you could want in a female lead from her self-deprecating behavior/comments to the hard work and commitment she gives to the students with special needs at Reach Within Centre to the absolutely loveable and devoted family. Ryder is her antithesis from his upbringing to his anger issues to his brash behavior and together, they’re fantastic.

Liz’s Reading Life – Deleted Scene

This is a deleted scene from the book that I didn’t want to let go of because I truly believed it showed growth in Ryder’s character. It is near the end and I thought Ryder was showing growth with how he viewed intimacy and that he could have a laugh with someone other than Francesca.

Kitty’s Book Spot! – Interview

[Something you have never told anyone else] My biggest fear in life is losing my husband. He is truly my other half, for better or worse and I can’t imagine living one day without him. We are not mushy in front of others but I adore and love him to pieces. I can’t wait to tell him everything I wrote during the day. My husband has never read my books but he listens to me read to him every word I write. He has always treated me like a princess and has encouraged me to follow my dreams. I think I would curl up and die without him. We have been married thirty-one years.

 

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Ryder thought he was going to lose his mind.
Instead Francesca helped him find his heart & soul
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LYRICS HEART & SOUL
Anne Marie Citro
Series: Sistas Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Publication Date: December 4, 2016
One of America’s most reclusive rockers, Ryder Vaughn, gets an unusual sentence handed down to him. The judge, hoping to teach him the value of human life, sentences him to ten months of community service at Reach Within Centre for individuals with special needs. Ryder is convinced that, if he isn’t crazy already, he will be by the time his sentence ends. However, his only other option forfeits his band’s livelihood.
Five minutes after stepping into the centre, his entire life changes when he meets a gorgeous, little spitfire who will challenge everything he has ever believed about himself and the world around him.
Francesca’s devotion has always been to her family, friends, and the job she is passionate about. Her life hasn’t been easy. She sacrifices a lot for the ones she loves and for her dream to visit Italy.
Then Francesca finds herself in a desperate situation, and the tattooed beast who is serving his debt to society must save the headstrong woman from a secret that could destroy her. In turn, Francesca teaches Ryder, if you love something enough, it’s worth fighting for.
Ryder knows he isn’t worthy of love, but this incredible beauty makes him want it.
Ryder can save Francesca from her secrets, but can she save him from his? Is Ryder strong enough to endure the kids she loves and her crazy Italian family?
Ten months can fly by or it can last an eternity.
“This beautifully written novel weaves a story of courage, independence and redemption while pulling on your emotional heart strings through music.”
– Annette Cosentino, Amazon Reviewer
“What I love about Citro is she puts so many beautiful life lessons in her books. This one focused a lot on special needs children and how everyone, especially those who are the hardest, need and deserve love”
– Kristin Campbell, Goodreads Reviewer

Purchase Links

Other Books by Anne Marie Citro

Don’t miss the other books in the Sistas series:
Under Her Wings Book Cover
UNDER HER WINGS
Series: Sistas Book 1
Have you ever wondered why you were so lucky? Then you wake up to find every you cherished is gone. You don’t fit into your life without the people who defined it. So, you run. You run as fast and as far as you can. Then you smash into them!
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks
“This book is for the hopeless romantic, who believes everyone should get their happy ending. Even when happiness seems unattainable.”
– Amazon Customer, Amazon reviewer
Thicker Than Blood Book Cover
THICKER THAN BLOOD
Series: Sistas Book 3
Can Caden put aside all of the hurt he suffered because of Dakota while trying to save her life? Dakota could die but she needs answers before she goes. Can she trust the man she thought would always be hers? Fate has a way of making you see the truth.
New Release! Available now on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

About Anne Marie Citro

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Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes.
Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband’s Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.
Official website: http://annemariecitro.com
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Book Tour Schedule

Follow the book tour from May 25 – June 7, 2017.
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