At last! On the Edge, originally published by Club Lighthouse Publishing in May 2010 has been completely revised. Now titled "AT THE EDGE."
This week I posted an exclusive excerpt for my readers to get glimpse of the YA, magic realism, paranormal book. I'm leaving this excerpt up for only a few days, and then will be taking the read down. I'm excited to search for aYA book publisher to discover the best home for the new and improved story.
About the Book "AT THE EDGE," - Real people developing relationships; while Carm is struggling to pick up the pieces after the death of her husband.
Two Quick Questions - 1. How important is it to you to create likeable characters?
I portray the characters inner characteristics and emotions as they struggle with issues of their own. The characters are realistic that the readers will believe. Tough and practical Paige takes command; Roxy under a watchful eye intimidates; always helpful Lizzy goes with the flow and Carm is consumed with sorrow and mental anguish. Gretchen, a witch is a welcome relief from life's pressures. To add support and conflict to the story are Thomas a friend everyone wants to deserve and Philip is certainly not safe to trust.
2. What do you most hope that readers will take away from the book?
In this book I provide a unique insight into the drug world and mysticism – addiction and the belief that direct knowledge of ultimate reality is attainable through intuition and the unseen world. I hope the reader will begin to believe if you change your choices while guided by Spirit you can change your life for the better.
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Smile and the world Smiles with you!
I would like to thank my readers who rushed out to bookstores to read my paranormal book Severed Ties. http://DamnationBooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781615728206 Till Death and Beyond - The bond of love can bring two forbidden opposites together.
Till Death and Beyond opens with a teenage girl named Zoe, inexperienced in witchcraft, in the woods on a Full Moon cast a spell for a love she feels is lost to her. The teenager new to magic, is careless of her words for her desire. The spirit of a maiden witch appears. At first the teenager is afraid of the ghostly figure, and then her curiosity calms her nerves.
The Spirit tells the tale how she and the love of her life were separated by ignorance. Zoe, the teenage girl experiments with magic to reunite the Spirit with her long lost love.
As a direct result of the long hours I spent reading the history of witchcraft my novella Till Death and Beyond was created.
The main conflict in the short read is the Puritans attempting to keep evil from tarnishing their community and the witches strong belief based on the oneness of self an nature. Puritans against the witches. What happened and what it meant.
Historically the Puritans and witches were two very different groups of people with two very different belief systems. Puritan America was based on clear roles between men, women, and God. Witchcraft served as a system of explanations for the ways of nature and a method by which one could gain control over their life. Witches were considered enemies to their God.
Puritans linked witchcraft with the devil and hell because their first responsibility was to serve one God. The Biblical regulative principle of worship and commandments was the puritan blueprint toward that duty. Witchcraft became a crime against the church to rid those who did not dedicate themselves to their faith. They became known as immoral and wicked people even though their faith exsisted long before the Purtian's belief system did.
I had a very specific idea in mind when I wrote Till Death and Beyond a love story between Emery a Puritan and Frye a witch and the petty rivalry connecting the two faith driven neighbors. The main conflict between the Puritans and the witches' belief systems is the the theme of the romantic story. I wanted to tell the important elements that are in the traditions and of the similarities and difference among them. I hope to say to the reader the story isn't strictly romantic; it will have some history. Check out the first chapter
Till Death and Beyond
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WHEN THE LADY'S MOON IS NEW, MAKE A WISH, AND THEN KISS THE LEFT HAND TO HER, TIMES TWO. Moon, Moon, beautiful Moon,Look down on me, smile down on me,Moon, Moon, please grant my wish,On this magical night.So shall it be.
The New Moon on January 11 sets 2013 in gear with a fresh start from the stars. Capricorn's ambitious nature and ability to dig in and execute details in addition to big-picture thinking mean that any goal plan set and followed from here on practically guarantees success!
I am very happy with my first review for my novella Severed Ties. By the use of divinatio and magic, some ties can never be severed. Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Reader Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/review/8020
Smile and grow with harmony:)
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2. Death is a mystery of life. Without life we do not stand in awe at death. We do not even consider it (who weeps over the not yet born, or cries for them, or gets nervous for their safety and preservation from death?). For some, death is reduced to a problem (some are led to confusion by modern myth-making about freezing bodies, ect., another example of the rationalization of death; even were such a process manageable, death would retain its mystery, for death is mysterious not because it is unavoidable but because it is bigger than we are). Once reduced to a problem state, death can easily disposed of and swept away out of sight along with other problems (e.g., mental retardation, poverty). Thus psychiatrist Rollo May can say that for modern, middle-class man, death is pornography; it is the unmentionable. Why is that? Because it is simply a bad problem, a bad trip; it can be "solved" with a little more make-up and softer music and more satin lining in a coffin and more efficient refrigeration. Death must never be discussed, considered, or meditated upon as a mystery itself.
But a conglomerate conspiracy not to talk about death may well prove far more pernicious than any Victorian or Puritan plot never to talk about sex. For when one shortchanges death, one shortchanges life. They run on one tether. It is just coincidence that a culture bored with life is also bored with death? Is it mere coincidence that the age of the ennui with life was ushered in by mass slaughters of individuals-children, women, and men-in the World of Wars of this century; that is, by the loss of wonder and concern for life? What would be the consequences for a society or for an individual if the decision is fallen into neither life nor death has a value in itself? When death becomes as boring as life, all mystery will have ceased. Lifelessness will rule supreme, but with supreme boredom.
There are experts in our midst on the mystery of death. They are people not put off by death as a problem but to whom death remains a mystery constantly accompanying them. Among them is a family who have experienced the death of a child, of one of them, of a living person grasping for life, awakening to its mystery, reaching for its touch and its pleasure and its pain. Do not tell such a family, when their child is suddenly removed from their life, that death is a problem. Do not interrupt the mother as she weeps for the child at night with news that cadavers can be frozen; do not tell his four-year-old sister who looks in vain for her brother to play with that when she reaches the age of reason and is educated she will understand death and learn to resolve the mystery of her absent brother.
When we cannot respond directly to death; when we take it for granted or ignore it by silence or by talking around it (and reducing it to a problem to be solved); when the published lists of traffic fatalities, of war dead, of assassinated heroes, of earthquake victims do not arouse respect for the mystery of death and its constant presence within and without us; when we can no longer face our own death as a distinct moment in our life wherein we stand in the mystery of our life as past and finished; when we can no longer be aroused to working to prevent death, to putting it off, to fighting for life; and when those who fight to survive no longer inspire us - then we are already overcome with the spirit of lifelessness. We are bored and boring.
On Becoming A Mystical Bear Spirituality American Style by Matthew Fox Paulist Press/Deus Books New York/Mahwah pg. 34 - 36 ISBN # 0-8091-1913-7
1. Life, the primordial mystery - The first and most universal experience of mystery is the mystery of life itself, that which no one can deny or run away from, the mystery all share even if reluctantly as on a battlefield when the purpose is to extinguish the possibility for mystery in another, i.e., to rid him of his life. Even to talk of life is itself mysterious; we can only offer examples of our experiences that others may or may not have had. Pasternak has pointed out how delicately one must treat life when he insists that "life is never a material, a substance to be molded...it is infinitely beyond your or my obtuse theories about it."
Life is that which happens to us between our birth and our death, beginning with the slap on the behind from the doctor to the obituary in the paper that our funeral will be at a certain time and place. To whom do we go to "know Life?" So often it is less educated, formally speaking, who have something worthwhile to say about the mystery of life. For life is first of all survival and the poorer are the experts at survival. So much of their time (life's sole quantitative measurements) is spent in survival that they are the experts. They are the ones with "savoir faire" (or "wisdom" in the Old Testament meaning) in the original meaning of the phrase of "knowing how to make it" when " making it" does not refer to test tube-making of life but to surviving in life.
It is the one struggling to survive who teaches the primordial mystery of life: the value of life itself. Thus looking at a new born baby (especially if it be one's own, particularly one's first, and most especially if we are observing its very birth) is so often an experience of mystery and wonder at something greater than ourselves. Not only the projections of our dreams for this bundle of possibilities, but the very fact of its living at all (when nonlife is so near temporally and physically to it) arouses the mystery in us. Ask the mother who is close to her baby of life's intrinsic value. But ask by observing her care and concern, not by direct (and therefore problem-oriented) questions.
To observe those adults who are barely making it-the poor or the drunk or the prostitute (in how low-income positions, not the new class of hired-outs that an opulent society provides for) or the sick-is to reexperience the tenuousness of life and the intrinsic value of living. These are the people who will not let go of life. They will fight for it to the end. Simply because it is there; because it is theirs. The value of life is not polluted for them 9and distracted for observers) by the "values" of the the things they possess, whether deeds or degree or domain or reputation. Theirs is a naked and open-wide struggle for all to observe: for their daily bread; for a roof from the rain and excessive sun (palm branches will do for that); for heat in cold winters; for some human communication (here wine or beer or something better helps a great deal); in short, for survival. Survival is their problem. But life, the reason for their toil, is their mystery. It is not to be confused with moralities pronouncing "good" or "bad" on their actions or their styles of life (for moralities are for others to feel justified by and that is a stage of life beyond survival). Mystery simply is. As life is. And these people feel called in their own way to live out that mystery and to survive at all costs.
So often middle-class man and women lose the sense of life as survival and therefore the mystery to which the survival problem points: life as a value to which one must say either Yes or No. The suburban "mad housewife" can so often be caught in the web of pseudosurvival problems (invariably linked with judgements, i.e., multiplied moralities pronounced by her neighbors or her husband's office-watchers) that all sense of mystery and worth seeps from her and her husband's life. Life is reduced to cleanliness and comparisons (keeping is with the Joneses" and "keeping in" with the styles). Life itself becomes a problem. A thing to solved. A new appliance to save for. A new promotion to be prepared and plotted for. Life goes on, but it is fully defined and circumscribed by the next problem to be solved. Mystery-the appreciation of life for its own sake-is excluded from the daily routine and gradually from the possibilities of one's consciousness. And this because survival is no longer a problem. Boredom and tedium haunt middle-class existence because only those freed from necessity of survival can be bored with life. Samuel Beckett's two sad tramps sitting forever under a drooping tree waiting for their lives to begin have no problems to solve but no mystery or spirit to arouse the, either.
An ultimate decision each individual can make (if his freedom is broad enough) is that "life is, or is not, worth it, i.e., that the struggle to survive, the struggle to face problems, is balanced in some way bt the mystery of life's intrinsic worth. To judge negatively is to choose suicide. Suicide is a spiritual option, a deep one at the level of mystery, for it is a positive NO to the mystery of life. As such it arouses more respect than does a nonoption, a nonchoice, a simple passing out of life "with a whimper" while still within the possibility of life; that is, an option for tedium, for boredom, for lifelessness. Suicide contradicts itself insofar as it affirms one's power to act to end life;tedium on the other hand is an affirmation of nothing, not even the power to end one's life. It is a nonaction, allowing one's world to dictate one's problems; it is far more insidious a disavowal of the mysterious than is physical suicide. It is a spiritual suicide accomplished by doing nothing, asking nothing, thinking nothing. Only a creature capable of mystery (one does not see bored dogs or cats) could opt for such a lifelessness.
*pg 31-34 On Becoming a Musical Mystical Bear - Spirituality American Style by Matthew Fox Paulist Press/Deus Book New York/Mahwah ISBN #0-8091-1913-7