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June 20, 2013

Bécquer Rima XXIII ¡en chino!

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June 18, 2013

Bécquer One Year Later

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Fond Memories of Sevilla.


Un patio de Sevilla.

November 17, 2012

A Crimson Wonderland Blog Hop: A Touch of Fantasy



by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban



I love stories. That’s why I read, that’s why I write.

I like my stories the old fashion way. I like them to have a beginning, a middle and an end. A happy ending, thank you very much.

And the stories I like best are those that have a touch of fantasy.

No surprise then that Two Moon Princess, the first book I wrote, takes place in an imagined fantasy world. This allowed me to play by my own rules and create a world that fit my fancy. And I enjoyed living there so much, I wrote a sequel and then, yet another book in a medieval alternate Spain.

As every writer knows to write the book is just the first step towards publication. The next step is to convince an agent to represent your work.

In real life, it took me a year to get my agent. But while I waited, I started writing a fictionalized account of my struggles. In this parallel world I created Carla, my protagonist, did not have to wait so long. In fact, she finds her agent in the first chapter.

But her agent is, she soon finds out, an immortal. The introduction of this paranormal element meant that, once again, rules could be broken and history rewritten. It meant that I could give my favorite poets, Lorca and Becquer who died young, a chance to live again.

And live they do in my latest novel, Immortal Love, taking Carla into their world and into an old blood feud that could cost her what she loves most.

Meet Bécquer.

He’s handsome, well-read, and can get you that book contract you always dreamed about. Never mind that he’s also an immortal and lives on human blood. Why would that matter? Your relationship is strictly business.

Or so you thought.

Until Bécquer’s life is threatened, and you discover that walking away is not an option, because he was hurt while protecting your son, because you are the only one who can save him now, because you care for him.

Welcome to Bécquer’s world.

Please, come inside. He’s waiting for you.

This is my contribution to the Crimson Romance Blog Hop.

Please, leave a comment for a chance to win dozens of giveaways and 3 grand prizes: One Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificate for $100!!! And two gift certificates for $50 each!!

To get more chances at winning, visit my fellow Crimson Romance authors’ blogs by clicking their name below.

1. Sharon Clare 2. K.M. Jackson
3. Lynn Cahoon 4. Tessa Berkley
5. Black Creek Burning 6. Erin Richards
7. Shay Lacy 8. M. J. Schiller
9. Terri Herman-Ponce 10. Sylvie Fox
11. Ashlyn Mathews 12. NLSScribe/Scribbles
13. Carol Ritten Smith 14. Beth Yarnall
15. Peggy Bird 16. Rowena May O’Sullivan
17. Suzi Love 18. nora snowdon
19. Tara Mills Romance 20. Vristen Pierce
21. Embrace the Shadows 22. Alicia Dean
23. Heather Thurmeier 24. Rena’s Ramblings
25. Dare to Read 26. Denyse Cohen
27. Pam B. Morris Blog 28. Becky Lower Author
29. Nikkie Locke 30. Nicole Flockton
31. Rionna Morgan 32. Elizabeth Boyce
33. Amanda L. V. Shalaby 34. Meline Nadeau
35. Kate Fellowes 36. Lola Karns
37. D’Ann Lindun 38. Jerri Drennen
39. Kristina Knight Romance Author 40. Morgan O’Neill
41. Shelley Wall Blog 42. Holley Trent
43. Karen Sue Burns 44. Patti Shenberger
45. Tamara Gill

September 29, 2012

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer: Memoir

My aunt’s house, like most houses in Sevilla at the time, was built around a patio, its walls washed white, an orange tree on a corner and in the middle a running fountain to help fight the unbearable heat that came with summer. And it was sitting on the low ridge of the stone basin I saw Lucrezia for the first time.

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer in Immortal Love


La casa, como la mayoría de las casas de Sevilla en aquel año de mil ochocientos cuarenta y siete, estaba construida alrededor de un patio de muros blancos. Recuerdo todavía el naranjo que crecía al fondo y la fuente que ocupaba su centro, cuyas aguas siempre frescas ayudaban a combatir el calor agobiante del verano andaluz.

Y fue allí, sentada al borde de la taza de piedra que rodeaba la fuente, donde vi a Lucrecia por primera vez.

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer en Bécquer eterno.

September 17, 2012

Meet Bécquer

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Today my paranormal romance Immortal Love is finally available at Amazon

Please stop by my fellow writer Donna Galanti’s blog and The Ladies in Red to celebrate with me.

But before you leave, I’d like you to meet Immortal Love’s protagonist, the romantic Spanish poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and his modern counterpart Ben Barnes.

In a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate their resemblance?

August 20, 2012

Rima XXVII Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

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Awake, I fear to look ;
Asleep, I dare to see ;
For that, soul of my soul,
I watch the while you sleep.

Awake, you laugh ; and laughing your unquiet lips appear
Like sinuous, crimson meteors upon a sky of snow.
Asleep, a sweet smile gently curls the corners of your
Soft as the track effulgent of the swiftly dying sun ;

Sleep ! Sleep!
Awake, you look ; and looking your moist eyes resplendent
Like a wave, whose crest is smitten by a jav’lin of the sun.
Asleep, across your eye-lids you send forth a tranquil
Like a lamp transparent, shedding even rays of tempered
light ;—
Sleep ! Sleep !

Awake, you speak ; and speaking, all your vibrant words
Like a show’r “of pearls in torrents pour’d into a golden

Asleep, in ev’ry murmur of your soft and measured
I listen to a poem, which my soul enamour’d hears ;

Sleep ! Sleep!
On my heart IVe placed my hand
Lest its beating should be heard,
Lest discordant it should sound
On the solemn chord of night.
I have closed the jalousies
Lest that roysterer, the dawn,
With his glaring robe of light
Should awake you from your dreams;
Sleep ! Sleep !

Translation into English by Mason Carnes, 1891

August 14, 2012

Interview Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

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As I promised to my fellow writer and friend, Sandra Carey Cody, here is the translation into English of my interview published in El Progreso, my hometown newspaper.

Have questions? Please ask.

Why Bécquer?

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer is the most romantic of the Spanish writers, maybe the only one among them who was a real romantic.

Bécquer was a dreamer who lived two lives, his everyday life and the one he imagined peopled with beautiful faeries and doomed lovers.

His real life was rather sad. He lost both parents when he was a child, he acquired a chronic illness in his youth, he was rejected by his great love and all his life, he fought and failed to be recognized as a poet.

The only existing manuscript containing the poems he had written throughout his life was lost in 1868 during the Revolution that overthrew Queen Isabel II, and although he rewrote the poems from memory, the collection was only published after his death.

In all the biographies I read about Bécquer, he was portrayed as gentle and simple, honest and brave. He seemed the kind of person I would have very much liked to meet. That’s why I chose him as the protagonist of my novel.

Apart from the work of the eternal poet and writer, what was the inspiration for your novel Immortal Love?

The answer that first come to my mind is Lorca because Federico García Lorca is another character in my story. Why did I choose him? Because his death was a tragedy I would have liked to prevent not only because he was a most remarkable human being but also because he was killed when he was at the height of his creativity.

Lorca, for what I could gather from his biographies and the testimonies of those who met him, was a happy, enthusiastic person, full of life who was always the center of attention. Who wouldn’t have wanted to meet him?

The inspiration for the setting in Immortal Love was Bucks County, PA where I live.

In Spanish, the title of your book is Bécquer Eternal, would you like Bécquer to be immortal?

Absolutely. And I am not the only one.

When this past June, I visited in Sevilla the Exhibit about Bécquer, Bécquer tan cerca… A través del arte (http://youtu.be/73wEJDhKONo), I met Pilar Alcalá (the literary director of the exhibit) and some of the talented artists whose works were in the exhibit. I am certain all of them share my wish that the immortal Bécquer I created in my novel were real.

Was it easy for you to combine these two so different times, the time of the nineteenth century author and the present?

Immortal Love takes place in our time. Although to create the character of Bécquer I also had to imagine his past. Thus, I do have in my mind his whole story and know how he became an immortal. I included only a small part of this story in Immortal love. I hope one day I have the time to write down his complete story.

Bécquer died on December 22, and on the same day there was a solar eclipse, do you believe in coincidences?

Even more interesting is the fact that Bécquer died in Madrid and the solar eclipse was in Sevilla, the city where he was born. As for your question, no, I don’t believe in coincidences. I don’t believe in witches either, but they exist regardless.

Bécquer was a romantic, and you?
Totally. Like Bécquer, I live in two worlds, the everyday world and the one I create in my stories. Without this second life that takes place in my mind, I would find it very hard to live.

You were born in Lugo, how did you end up in the United States?

My ex-husband was from the States. I met him in California during my postdoctoral stay there. Although we lived in Spain for a while and considered staying for good we returned to the States after three years. My marriage ended in divorce, but we had two children by then and that forced me to remain in the States.

What do you most miss from Galicia?

My family, my friends, the food, the land, the language, even the rain. Everything, I guess. This longing that is an intrinsic characteristic in all of us born in Galicia and that Rosalía de Castro described so well in her poems and Gonzalo Torrente Ballester in his novels, is always with me.

Maybe it’s for this reason that my YA story, Two Moon Princess, takes place in a medieval world whose geography, and even names, I took directly from Galicia.

You were in Lugo this past June, are are you going to spend your summer vacation?

My stay in Spain was my summer vacation. I first went to Sevilla to see the Exhibit about Bécquer (Bécquer tan cerca… A través del arte) and then I visited family and friends in Vigo and Lugo.

Which books do you recommend this summer?

Rhymes and Legends by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and Poet in New York by Federico García Lorca.

I believe everybody who went to school in a Spanish speaking country remembers Bécquer’s Rhymes and Legends for they were obligatory reading. But, at least in my case, a reading from an adult perspective, unveiled a magnificence in his use of words and a deeper meaning I had missed then.

Bécquer was also a good painter. Even as a writer, he uses words as a painter would ink and colors, leaving, with his descriptions a most complete picture in our minds.

Here is an example. A description of the Madrid he knew when, without money or support from family, he arrived in the Spanish capital looking for fortune. He does not only paint a picture in our minds with his words, but transmits a feeling of profound despair as well.

“Madrid wrapped in a light mist, through whose broken shreds chimneys, attics, bell towers and the naked branches of the trees raise their dark crests. Madrid dirty, black, ugly like a gaunt skeleton shivering under an immense shroud of snow.” G.A. Bécquer. Review of the La Soledad by Augusto Ferrán, El Contemporáneo, Madrid January 20, 1861.

As for the book Poet in New York, I only want to mention that Lorca wrote it after witnessing the collapse of the stock market, during his stay in New York in 1929. His reaction at seeing the consequences of the extreme greed of a capitalistic society at his worse could not be more current.

This book also include the poem Take this Waltz, that Leonard Cohen translated into English and sang as a beautiful ballad. (http://goo.gl/dcpGj)

To finish our interview, could you tell us about the best summer of your life?

As the inveterate romantic that I am, I believe the best summer of my life is still to come.

July 16, 2012

Lorca and Bécquer in Spain

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

When I came back from Spain last week-end, I brought Federico with me in the plane.

Not the real Lorca of course, for he’s alive only in my book, but some pictures of him included in an article in the Spanish newspaper El País I bought at the airport.

The article talked about Juan Ramírez de Lucas, the man who was Lorca’s love in the months preceding his death. The nineteen year old boy who kept him in Spain after the failed coup against the government on July 18, 1936, and indirectly caused his death. The boy from Albacete to whom Lorca wrote brazen poems of dark love.

The secret of Juan Ramírez de Lucas’s past relationship with Lorca was revealed only last May, two years after his death, so it’s not surprising that El País included an article about him. The surprising coincidence was that the article was published last Sunday, the only Sunday in the whole year I happened to be in Spain and buy the newspaper.

One of the many coincidences that punctuated my trip to Spain.

Other coincidences include the facts:

That my hotel in Sevilla was five minutes walking distance from the place were Bécquer was born and the church where he was baptized.

That the Exhibit Bécquer tan cerca… A través del arte, the reason I went to Sevilla, was housed in the building that once was the USA pavilion during the Iberoamerican Exhibit of 1929.

Or that the July page of my kitchen calendar displays the Route to Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela, the magnificent city where I attended college for two years, and the last stop in the religious pilgrimage across France and Spain that started in the Middle Ages and continues to our day was also my last stop before heading back to the States.

It was not a coincidence though that one of the few places my short visit to Madrid allowed between connecting flights was to the Plaza de Santa Ana where a statue of Lorca holds a dove almost in flight in his open hands.

That was my choice. Like it was my choice to visit the Academy of Bellas Artes in Sevilla where the iconic portrait Valeriano Bécquer painted of his brother Gustavo Adolfo still lure visitors with his soulful eyes.

My choice and my homage to the two poets I most admire, the two poets that are still alive in the mind of thousands of people that have read their work and physically so in my latest book Bécquer eterno.

June 11, 2012

Lectura conjunta de Bécquer eterno / Bécquer eterno Blog Tour

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban



Laky, en su blog Libros que hay que leer, ha organizado una lectura conjunta de mi novela Bécquer eterno.

Ni más ni menos que treinta y dos blogueras aceptaron el desafío de leer el libro y escribir una reseña del mismo en su blog correspondiente.

Podéis ver las bases aquí: http://librosquehayqueleer-laky.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/lectura-conjunta-becquer-eterno.html. Más abajo incluyo la lista de participantes y el orden en que aparecerán las reseñas.

Este miércoles, día 13 de junio Laky ( http://librosquehayqueleer-laky.blogspot.com.es/) será la primera en publicar la reseña. Las demás lo harán en el orden que aparece más abajo.

Mi más profundo agradecimiento a Laky por organizar la lectura.


Blog Tour Béquer Eterno

On Wednesday June 13, Laky at Libros que hay que leer (Books You Must Read) will publish her review of my paranormal romance Bécquer eterno. Thus starts the blog tour she has organized (thank you so much, Laky).

Every day until July 17, a different blogger will publish her review. I have included below a list of the blogs and the date the review will appear.

Please join us.





– Laky de libros que hay que leer: 13 de junio
.- Xula de Caminando entre libros: 14 de junio
.- Aprendiz de mucho de Aprendiz de mucho: 15 de junio
.- Meg de Cazando estrellas: 16 de junio
.- Pakiko de Las lecturas de Pakiko: 17 de junio
.- Aran de Espíritu libre: 18 de junio
.- Lupa de Acurrucada entre letras: 19 de junio
.- Tatty de El universo de los libros: 20 de junio
.- Isi de From Isi:  18 de junio
.- Kayla Morrison: publicará en Ciao: 22 de junio
.- MariLyn de Los libros de la bruja: 23 de junio
.- Marilú Cuenta libros de CuEnTaLiBrOs: 24 de junio
.- Sarah Degel de Yo soy bibliófila: 25 de junio
.- Pau de El mundo en libros: 26 de junio
.- Ro. de La vida entre páginas: 27 de junio
.- Margari de Mis lecturas y más cositas: 28 de junio
.- Armada invencible de La armada invencible: 29 de junio
.- Rachel Antúnez Cazorla de Contra los límites: 30 de junio
.- L de Tiempo entre lecturas: 1 de julio
.- Los libros de Eva de The reading coach: 2 de julio
.- Gem, que publicará en Ciao: 3 de julio
.- Carmina de De tinta en vena: 4 de julio
.- Patricia O. de Musas cuenteras: 5 de julio
.- Maga de Lioncourt de Una vida de novela: 6 de julio
.- Sandra M. de Reseñando que es gerundio: 7 de julio
.- Cotito de Leyendo entre letras: 10 de julio
.- Talisman dream del blog Talisman Dreams: 11 de julio
.- Lesincele de Leer es viajar: 8 de julio
.- InésM de Inés y sus libros: 9 de julio
.- Deigar de Espiral de letras: 10 de julio
.- Lourdes de Libros que voy leyendo: 11 de julio
.- Blair de Mis lecturas de cabecera: 12 de julio
.- Confergil que publicará en Ciao: 13 de julio
.- Cartafol de O meu Cartafol: 14 de julio
.- Udine de New life & blue sky: 15 de julio
.- Carmen de Carmen y amig@os: 16 de julio
.- Sasy de   : 17 de julio

June 4, 2012

Bécquer eterno en versión digital / Bécquer eterno now available as an e-book


by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

For the ENGLISH text, see below.

A mis seguidores de habla hispana:

Después de sobrevivir múltiples aventuras, la versión española de Bécquer eterno ya está a la venta como un e-book. Por ahora solamente en Amazon (Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/B%C3%A9cquer-eterno-Spanish-Edition-ebook/dp/B0088JOJLG, y Amazon.es, http://goo.gl/kJlSE, entre otras) pero pronto lo estará en Barnes and Noble y Smashwords.

Así lo podréis leer independientemente del tipo de lector que tengáis, o en vuestro ordenador si no tenéis lector digital.

Y si vivís en Sevilla y visitáis la Exposición Bécquer tan cerca… a través del arte, no os olvidéis de visitar el patio dónde encontrareis entre otros libros y poemas dedicados a su memoria, una copia de mi sencillo homenaje al genial poeta.

After many adventures, the Spanish version of Bécquer eterno is available as an e-book. So far you can purchase it at Amazon (Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/B%C3%A9cquer-eterno-Spanish-Edition-ebook/dp/B0088JOJLG, and Amazon.es, http://goo.gl/kJlSE, among others) and soon too at Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.

And if you live or plan to visit Sevilla before June 25, don’t forget to visit the exhibit, Bécquer tan cerca… a través del arte. There in the beautiful patio of the Fundación Valentín de Madariaga you can see a printed copy of Bécquer eterno, among other books and poems that remember the unforgettable genius of this most beloved poet.

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