Renewed, the Final Chapter

I know many of you have been waiting for the final book in the Reborn Trilogy, and since its release this morning, I’m excited to see so many people have already snapped up a copy. If you’ve been following Abbie’s story, here’s where you finally find out what everything was leading up to.

Available on Amazon, you can download straight to your Kindle or reader, or you can purchase the paperback for delivery.

US customers can find Renewed on Amazon.com, and UK customers can find it on Amazon.co.uk . It’s also available throughout Amazon worldwide, so take a look at my author page to find yours. Happy reading!

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It All Depends Where You Stop Your Story

Do you like stories that end all wrapped up with a ‘happily ever after’, or do you prefer a little left to the imagination?

Most people want to see the characters they’ve invested their time reading about to finish on a high, nothing left unsaid, their lives happily wrapped up with a metaphorical bow on top.

I have recently finished the third and final book in the Reborn Trilogy, and it wasn’t without a sense of loss. Everything ties together nicely, although there are a fair few twists, turns and surprises along the way, but as I wrote the final words I felt like I was losing touch with close friends. I’ve come to know everything about these characters, who came to life on the blank pages of a manuscript, and evolved over the course of three books and more than 1000 pages. The time I spent telling their stories, before I went to bed, on my lunch break at work, long into the night at the weekend, all of these moments resemble grabbing a coffee with friends, or meeting mates for a beer in the pub, or just catching up over a quick lunch.

Even though these are fictional characters, there’s a certain sense of loss I think most authors feel when they put pen to paper in their story for the last time, whether it’s a series or a standalone novel. I hope the characters in the Reborn Trilogy are as real to my readers as they are to me, despite their paranormal existence.

Although I have plans for a future spin-off series, I’m currently working on a very different paranormal novel, based on real events, and though the characters are still fictional, they loosely relate to the very real people who lived through the bizarre and inexplicable occurrences that are the basis of the book. I wonder if knowing these people in real life will make a difference to how I feel when I finish this book…I’ll let you know when I get there.

Hidden Shadows is due for release in the autumn, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. It’s less fantasy-based than the Reborn Trilogy, and perhaps aimed at a slightly older audience. My daughters loved Reborn, Reawakened, and Renewed, (yes, they got a sneak read of the final book in the trilogy!) but I don’t think I’ll let them read Hidden Shadows until they’re a little older.

Do you see what I see?

Isn’t it the same for everyone? Even the most skeptical amongst us has been known to hesitate, if only for a second, at an unexpected sound in the middle of the night, or that sudden shivering awareness that someone’s watching you.

The paranormal, by its very definition, is an event or occurrence that’s beyond the scope of scientific explanation, and today is Paranormal Day – an opportunity to throw away your skepticism, open up your mind, and admit that there are at least some things that just can’t be explained.

Regular readers of this blog know I’m a big believer in all things paranormal, and I have a certain fascination for angels in particular. Not of the biblical, harp-playing kind, but more a companion through life that watches out for us, occasionally messes up, and is there to provide some comfort when they do.

The Reborn Trilogy is based on these phenomena; angels who are just like everyday people with a bit of sass and attitude thrown in for good measure. So, if you’re looking for something to do to celebrate Paranormal Day (other than watching movies like The Omen), grab a copy of Reborn for just $1.99, and Book Two, Reawakened, which is free on Kindle Unlimited.

Tea, Biscuits, and a Good Book

Today is National Tea Day back home in the UK. Like my fellow Englishmen, I love tea. 165 million cups of tea are drunk every day in Britain, which roughly equates to one cup of tea every day for every person in Britain. In the US, more than 80% of tea is iced tea, often of the flavored or bottled variety, but the hot cuppa is seeing an increase thanks to its many health benefits, and now approximately half a cup of hot tea per person is drunk daily in the US.

Of course, I’ll take any excuse to enjoy a cuppa, and as it’s National Tea Day…well, as Rupert Brooke states in his Poem, The Soldier, there really is “some corner of a foreign field that is forever England.” That corner is right here in sunny California, enjoying a fresh cuppa, some chocolate biscuits, and a paperback book.

Happy National Tea Day to all my fellow Brits, both home and abroad!

420 – Just Chill

April 20th. 4/20. This isn’t a post about the rights and wrongs of marijuana legislation. It’s a post about societal evolution. Well, sort of. The facts are, today is a celebration of all things marijuana-related and therefore, by its very nature, all things chill.

A few years ago, I had no idea what 420 even meant, let alone that it could be a celebratory day. I was a mother of five young kids. But guess what? Those kids are growing up, and now, as a responsible mother, I need to be aware of everything that impacts their lives, and like it or not, pot is one of those things.

Back in my day (yeah, I know, makes me sound old) marijuana was supposedly a gateway drug, leading my generation down the slippery slope of hard drug addiction. Despite this, most of my generation smoked recreationally, and yet here we are, all grown up with kids and responsibilities of our own. The thing is, more and more States are making marijuana legal, and that’s the evolution of society. I’ll keep most of my opinions to myself, but personally, I prefer the laid-back chill of the pot smoker to the aggressive delusion of the person who’s drunk too much.

And, as I like to link most of my posts to my book trilogy (a young adult paranormal romance with angels who, like the youth of every generation, have enough attitude to make them likeable because they’re less than angelic) here’s a fun video from Totino’s featuring a 420 angel.

So whatever you’re doing today, just be sure to make it a chill one!

Get Your Free Copy of Reawakened (Reborn Trilogy Book Two)

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, why not relax this weekend with a free copy of Reawakened, Book Two in the Reborn Trilogy? For 24 hours on Good Friday, you can download it from Amazon absolutely free.

Books are great, free books are even better, and if you like paranormal romance, this is a perfect read for a relaxed few hours over the weekend.

If you haven’t yet read Reborn, Book One in the trilogy, click the link to download it on Amazon too.

To Convince Others, You Must Believe

Fifty-four years ago, on April 9th in 1963, Sir Winston Churchill became the second person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States, and since then, this day has been known as Winston Churchill Day.

As well as being Prime Minister of the UK during the war years, Churchill is fondly remembered as an incredibly talented and inspirational writer, and today, many authors continue to learn from his wise words.

As authors, our goal is to bring our readers into a world of our making, to convince them, if only for a while, that our stories are real. To give them an escape wrapped in well-written sentences, and weaved through pages of imagination. When I wrote the Reborn Trilogy, I first had to believe my story myself.

It’s because of this that this is one of my favorite Churchill quotes.

“Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself, believe.”
Winston S. Churchill

Smoke, Mirrors, and Writers

Writers are in the business of smoke and mirrors. No matter what the genre, we like to use words to lead our readers along a winding path of subterfuge, magic, and surprise. We all search for the holy grail, that fine line between predictability and ridiculously obscure.

Sometimes the smoke is thinner than it could be, sometimes the mirrors are slightly disproportionate, but our goal is always to give the reader a break from reality, a release from the mundane.

Sometimes the mystique is completely, and deliberately, unexpected. As authors, we can tell enough of a story to guide the reader to draw their own conclusions, only to pull the metaphorical rug from under them when they reach the end. When I wrote the Reborn Trilogy, I knew where the final book was going to finish, but I didn’t want my readers to know until they got there.

As authors, we indulge the darker traits of humanity – like lies and deception – in a way that’s not only acceptable to society, but expected by it when they curl up with our books.

Today is Smoke and Mirrors Day, referring to how magicians use all manner of distraction to make sure an audience fails to see what’s really going on. As authors we do the same thing, but words are our smoke, paper is our mirror, and the book is our trick…the only difference is that we make sure our audience understands how it’s done by the end.

 

 

What’s your Color?

Color is a form of non-verbal communication, and as such it can tell you as much about a person as any other form of communication can.

As you can probably tell just from the image that accompanies this post, my favorite color is purple. My favorite flowers are lavender, my favorite gems are amethyst, and when the kids give me gifts, they’re always wrapped in various hues of purple.

Not surprisingly, purple is the color of choice for many creative types, because it’s known as the color of the imagination, and you’ll find the color purple mentioned in all my novels. Many people who choose this color over others are also introverts, another common trait amongst the artistic population.

Much has been written on the psychology of color, and I’ve listed below what different colors tell you about a person.

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Pink is the color of unconditional love and nurturing. It’s feminine, romantic, intimate, thoughtful, and caring

 

indigo
Indigo is the color of intuition and perception, devotion, wisdom and justice

 

blue
Blue is the color of trust, peace, loyalty and integrity

 

turquoise
Turquoise is the color of communication. It can mean clarity of mind, and idealism

 

green
Green is the color of balance and harmony. It is emotionally positive, and a natural peacemaker

 

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Yellow is the color of the mind. It’s intellectual, optimistic, and cheerful

 

orange
Orange relates to gut instinct. It symbolizes happiness and optimism, bringing emotional strength and warmth

 

red
Red is the color of energy. It means passion, emotions, action, leadership, and confidence

 

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Brown is the color of security, protection, and comfort. It is loyal, trustworthy, and dependable, enjoying the material comforts of life

 

gold
Gold is the color of success, achievement, and triumph. It means prestige, sophistication, and elegance

 

silver
Silver is related to the moon, and the ebb and flow of the tide. It has a feminine energy, mysterious, sensitive, and emotional