Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Heather M. Walker and her new book, “The Otherling”! For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.
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by Heather M. Walker
GENRE: Paranormal romance
In the deep south of Doltree, Georgia, not everything is what is seems. Long accustomed to life as an outcast, the beautiful and demure Annaleah Grace has learned to stand apart from the crowd with dignity. Being the daughter of a white witch and a white witch herself, living in a town of devout Christians, has earned her more than a few raised eyebrows.
When she meets the handsome, yet snarky, Professor Bainbridge with whom she will be teaching at the local University, everything in her life abruptly changes. Something about him seems intimately familiar to her in a way she can’t totally identify. Even though he’s brusque and intimidating, Annaleah is drawn by his otherworldly eyes and foreign mannerisms.
With the help of angels, both Holy and fallen, she discovers just how unique she truly is. Dreams become a meeting place between this reality and the next, and Professor Sebastian Bainbridge’s true identity is revealed.
Sebastian caught Annaleah neatly in his arms, and encircled her in his wings, holding her so close she felt she could melt right into him and together they would burn as one being. Tears came to her then, spilling down her cheeks and falling onto her breasts, a silver light coming from them as they fell. Sebastian opened his wings then and placed a finger under her chin, tilting her head up to look into his mirror eyes. As she saw herself in them, glowing and alive and beautiful, it felt so very right. Sebastian wiped the tears from her eyes, slowly, gently and with great care. His eyes never left hers as he bent his head down, until right before the moment when he caught her lips with his, and everything in the world ceased to exist but their kiss. In that sacred, glorious moment, as their lips pressed together, she was pierced to her heart with all-consuming adoration, and from behind her she felt a great motion, as if she had moved something with a great weight on her back. Confused, and a bit shocked, she broke the kiss, turning to see what was happening behind her.
Sebastian laughed despite her apparent confusion and said, "Oh Annaleah my darling, did you forget?"
Feeling a bit betrayed by his laughter when he could plainly see her distress, Annaleah asked, "Did I forget what?"
At this Sebastian outstretched his magnificent wings to their full height and length, blocking out the sky and the moon hanging therein.
"Your wings Annaleah; you forgot you had wings."
Five Things to Do Before You Start Writing
Writing is serious business, and takes some preparation to ensure that you can have an uninterrupted, productive session. For me, that means I have a quiet space, and that I am not interrupted. Being a mother and a wife, as well as being a mother to 4 indoor cats, means that the best I can do is to write when my husband is at work, and my daughter is at school. I do my morning routine first, so I don’t have to worry about having to stop because the drier has gone off, or because the cats are crying to be fed.
I also make sure that I have a tall cup of sugared coffee with my favorite flavored creamer of the moment at the ready. This to me, is essential. It prepares me mentally to begin the process of writing, and helps to loosen my mind, and to get ideas flowing. I find that having a routine helps to prepare me for when I sit down and begin.
Once my routine is complete, and I am at my computer staring at the blinking cursor on a blank page, I like to let my mind run free. This means thinking of anything related to the subject I am trying to write about, or anything that could possibly be tied to it. Sometimes I just write, even if it has nothing to do with any assignment I have, as an exercise.
If I get stuck, which of course I will at some point, I find that writing an email to a friend or family member, or journal entry helps me immensely. Journals help me the most, because no one is going to read what I write in the safety of my own personal writing space. I can write whatever pops into my head, or I can write my deepest emotions and thoughts in their entirety. Not only does this help awaken a sleepy or lazy muse, but it is also highly cathartic. I suggest keeping a journal of some sort to every writer. Dream journals too, are also amazingly helpful. Not only do they provide rich fodder for stories, but the more you write in one, the more you find yourself being able to not only recall your dreams easier, but also to be able to control them. Lucid dreams are an amazing experience.
I also find researching whatever I am writing about can help ideas to come as well. Some of my best ideas have come from doing this. I like to keep notes about the more interesting aspects, and to ask an important question about how it can be used in my story. The most important question to ask yourself is “What if?” take that thought as far as it can go. If it works, use it. If it is a little too farfetched, maybe sue the information you have learned later on in the storyline.
This is what works for me, though I think every writer has a method that works best for them. I hope every one of you who are aspiring writers, find something that works well for you.
Happy writing my friends, and may the muse be ever with you!
Heather was born into a military family, and has lived everywhere from Mountain Home, Idaho, to a small town in England called Bloxham. She eventually settled down In LaGrange, Georgia with her partner of 15 years, Billy, her 7 year old daughter Makaylah, and her 4 indoor cats. She considers herself first and foremost, a mother. She enjoys being a writer, a jeweler, a glass artist, a painter, and avid crafter. It has been her life long dream to publish a book, and she has lovingly worked on “The Otherling” in its various stages for almost 3 years. Heather loves to read, mostly horror, fantasy and occult books. She studies angelology, mysticism, Wicca, psychology and the human mind. Her writing goal is to create a book that comes to life in her reader’s hands and minds, and places them there in the middle of the story. It is her deepest wish that “The Otherling”, as well as her other written works, will accomplished this, and make a home in the hearts of all those who read her words.
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