Maria Elizabeth Romana

Free BooksMaria Elizabeth Romana has a background in research statistics, with experience in pyscho-social, pharmaceutical, and marketing research. She also spent six years as a volunteer and board member at the women’s center in Durham, NC. She has published articles on several websites, has an award-winning medical mystery novel to her credit, and is working on a mystery series. Her educational background includes degrees in mathematics and business. Maria lives in Durham with her husband and two children.

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Maria Elizabeth Romana
Research Triangle PublicationsThe Unbreakable Series
*** 2010 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner ***
When a dedicated researcher learns a bit too much about her client's new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in this three-book series of mystery, romance, and suspense that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of murder, mayhem, sex, and drugs—of the pharmaceutical variety, of course—until the very last page.
Research Triangle PublicationsThe Gifted Ones Series
Elodie Eggleston is nerdy, awkward, and shy—just like a lot of other teenage girls. Or so her overprotective Aunt Grace would have her believe. But a frightening encounter with the handsome new boy in town starts Ellie on a path to uncovering her true identity and a certain genetic gift she never knew she had. In less than twenty-four hours, Ellie and her aunt are whisked away from their staid city life to a mysterious mountain retreat…where nothing and no one is quite what they seem. At first, Ellie embraces this enchanting new world and her new, gifted friends and can’t understand why Aunt Grace is so anxious to leave, but soon, Ellie learns that “different” isn’t always better, and sometimes, it means running for your life.
Maria’s Articles On this site:
  • The Gifted Ones Book 2: A Learner

    In case anyone missed it, last week we released the second book in The Gifted Ones series, as promised, on pi Day (3/14/15), though we didn’t quite make the 9:26 AM deadline to really give it the geeky math mojo (3.1415926). The book is available in all the usual outlets—just … Continue reading

  • Amazon $25,000 Sweepstakes and Free Apps & Games

    The Amazon Android Appstore is celebrating its fourth birthday today by setting 105 paid apps and games free and offering a $25,000 sweepstakes. Amazon is anxious to start getting a bigger piece of the Android app market (well, okay, they’re anxious to get a bigger piece of every market ), … Continue reading

  • The Gifted Ones Book 2 Cover Reveal

    Argh! Here I go, once again, madly in love with my own, sadly, fictional creation. Meet Daniel Holybear, another of the Gifted Ones, and a descendant of the Manitoke Indian tribe in eastern North Carolina. When a nearby construction project uncovers an ancient artifact on tribal lands, Daniel calls in … Continue reading

  • Niagara Falls Freezes Over

    Well, I’ve never been to Hell, but I’ve been to Niagara Falls, and I’ve never seen it like this! As a matter of fact, I was born in Niagara Falls and still have a few die-hard relatives up there. I hope they’re taking advantage of the opportunity to see it … Continue reading

  • High School — Then and Now — Is This What We Want?

    Go read this thing. It’s meant to be funny, but it’s so, so accurate. Is this really the direction we want our country to be heading? Where everyone is scared to death of everything that might possibly, conceivably, someday hurt them in some way? The world is not a safe … Continue reading

  • Ah, Selecting the Perfect Christmas Gift

    I saw this cartoon over at The Meta Picture, and couldn’t help but relate it to what I’ve been feeling for the last week or so. When Christmas shopping for loved ones, you want to find that perfect gift—that item that says “I know you. I know what you like. … Continue reading

  • Rolling Stone Rape Story Reversal

    So wow, you try to blog about stuff you learn from reliable, respected news sources, and look what happens. This week, Rolling Stone totally backpedaled on their blockbuster gang rape story from last week. Apparently, whatever they figured out in the last seven days, they were unable to determine in … Continue reading

  • Rape is NOT an Honor Code Violation

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last week, you’ve no doubt read, seen, or at least heard about this Rolling Stone exposé detailing one young woman’s horrifying experience of gang rape at a UVA fraternity house. I recommend reading the article on an empty stomach, because the … Continue reading

  • A Betty Crocker Thanksgiving

    As any of you who read me regularly have probably gathered, I am no Betty Crocker and sure as hell not Martha Stewart. It’s not that I don’t like to cook or clean or decorate my house, so much as there are a hundred other things I’d rather be doing. … Continue reading

  • Why Do Teens Want to Argue about Everything?

    A couple nights ago, after yet another silly argument between my husband and our teenage daughters over who-knows-what, he looked me and asked, “Why do they want to turn every little thing into an argument? And why do I let them suck me into it?” I had to bite my … Continue reading

  • Kids Love Realistic Barbie Doll

    Here’s a great piece from Time about Nickolay Lamm’s new Lammily doll. Lammily is a Barbie-type doll that looks realistic, or as the kids who first tested her out put it, “She looks like my sister.” The doll is proportioned more like a typical teenager, complete with optional acne, moles, … Continue reading

  • Double-Blind or Double-Barrelled?

    Anyone who’s read the Unbreakable series knows I have strong opinions about Big Pharma. What they may not know is that those opinions are based on my own experience working as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry. Ten years of massaging the numbers left me a permanent skeptic. Every time … Continue reading

  • Amazon Scholarships Available

    I just happened to stumble upon this today–Amazon is offering $250,000 in college scholarships and book money to eligible current college students and high school seniors. All you have to do is join Amazon Student, which is free, and fill out the scholarship application. It’s a merit-based scholarship, so if … Continue reading

  • Native American Indians be like “Columbus Who?”

    So I’m working on my next book. It’s the second in The Gifted Ones series, and deals with a mystery from the American pre-Colonial era and has a couple major characters who are Native American Indians. As a result, I’ve been brushing up on the history of that period and … Continue reading

  • Yes, I’m an Introvert

    I saw this on Pinterest today and just had to share. It’s so-o-o me! I live in my head. People often remark that my husband and I seem to have the reverse relationship of most couples—when we’re in public, he is the social one, chattering away with everyone he meets, … Continue reading

  • St. George Island Tiny House

    One of the cutest and best designed tiny houses I’ve ever seen. If you’re a fan, hobbyist, or just curious about the tiny house movement or off-grid living, check out the interior and other details.  Share this:  Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Share on Facebook Pin it! Share with … Continue reading

  • Johnny Depp Redux

    The Disgraceful Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass: Keep the Narcs Out of Our SchoolsJust read this piece by Darcia Helle. It’s amazing, and it’s just what she says: disgraceful. This is an example of law enforcement at its absolute worst—using our children to further their own agendas and budgets, and having … Continue reading

  • Eat Like Nobody’s Watching

    Or dance, sing, whatever. Me? I’m in bed with a bag of Oreos. Share this:  Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Share on Facebook Pin it! Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Email this

  • Make up your own words!

    But the difference between Shakespeare and the rest of us is that his made-up words got added to the dictionary, and then we had to learn them! His additions to our vocabulary include zany, generous, frugal, courtship, undress, and one of my personal favorites, rant. Read more about it here: … Continue reading

  • Halloween Pumpkin Stuffed Peppers Recipe

    Pumpkin PeppersHalloween Pumpkin Stuffed Peppers make the perfect Fall meal. Continue reading

  • Catholics Fight Obama on Religious Freedom

    Catholics oppose contraceptionCatholic leaders file suit against the Obama administration for forcing them to act against their beliefs. Continue reading

  • Little Miss Straight Lace Spiderman Sample

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    Learn a little about the "spider man" in this weekly sample of Little Miss Straight Lace. Continue reading

  • Join an Amazon Tagging Thread

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    If you're ready to take your book sales to a new level, learn how to increase your book's visibility with an Amazon tagging thread. Continue reading

  • Sell More Books with Amazon Tagging

    Romantic Suspense NovelBook tagging is a unique marketing technique available to authors and publishers on Amazon.com. Learn how to take advantage of this free and easy tool to increase your book's visibility. Continue reading

  • Can You Tell a Book by its Cover

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    Little Miss Straight Lace sports a brand new look. Take a peek under the cover(s). Continue reading

  • L.A. Caveman Book Review

    Romantic Suspense NovelL.A. Caveman by Christina Crooks. $2.99 from Smashwords. L.A. Caveman is a pure romance with a sexy air that pits hero against heroine in the modern-day corporate world. Continue reading

  • The Kissing Room Book Review

    Romantic Suspense NovelThe Kissing Room by Cheryl Anne Gardner. $1.99 from Smashwords. The Kissing Room is a dark tale of loss, pain, and desperation, but at the same time, a compelling and powerful love story. Continue reading

  • Halse Anderson’s “Speak” Labeled Pornography

    Research Triangle PublicationsGo back to a future where book banning is a reality, as you read about a modern-day evangelist who is on a crusade to remove quality reading material from a local school system's curriculum. Continue reading

  • Rogue Wave Book Review

    Romantic Suspense NovelRogue Wave by Maureen Miller. $1.49 from Smashwords. Rogue Wave is a lush romantic suspense, complete with modern-day pirates, set in the exotic scenery of the Hawaiian islands. Continue reading

  • Not What She Seems Book Review

    Romantic Suspense NovelNot What She Seems by Victorine Lieske. $2.99 from Amazon. Not What She Seems gets high marks for plot complexity, fast pace, and a sprinkling of humor. Continue reading

  • Color Me Grey Book Review

    Romantic Suspense NovelColor Me Grey by J.C. Phelps. $4.99 from Smashwords. Color Me Grey is a pro-female action/adventure that is long on story without a lot of messy relationship details. Continue reading

  • Reunion Book Review

    Romantic Suspense NovelReunion by J.L. Penn. $2.99 from Smashwords. Reunion is a lighthearted and witty yet suspenseful story about how an innocent Facebook reunion with an old high school crush turns one woman’s life upside down. Continue reading

  • Healing Touch Book Review

    Romantic Suspense NovelHealing Touch by Jenna Anderson. $0.99 from Smashwords. Divorced mother of one, Tracy Campbell is trying her best to stay out of small town gossip. A mysterious lump on her throat is making it hard. Handsome Dr. Jeremy Nelson is making it harder. Continue reading

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