Wonderful HarperImpulse cover designer, Alexandra Allden, perfectly captured the essence of Forbidden (Angels Among Us #2) when she chose this particular shot of ’Ceri’. Why? Because the second part in this series of three novellas is about fighting for want you want and believe in. The model is looking up to the sky, as if knowing the answer is there … or is she seeking approval?
As an author my personal beliefs influence everything I write and the way I look at things. Because I believe in the existence of life after death I believe there is ‘a creator’ and I also think we all need to listen much more closely to our ‘inner’ vibes. I think Ceri isn’t seeking approval but saying ‘can’t we bend the rules a little?’ Our path might be mapped out, but we were given free will and that, to my way of thinking, indicates there is a little flexibility.
I firmly believe that a part of that overall ‘creation’, rather than ‘evolution’, theory ties in quite nicely with my fascination with horoscopes. To quote Wikipedia: Astrology comprises several systems of divination based on the premise that there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world.
My beliefs have come about through the things I’ve experience in my life. It’s no secret I’ve had psychic experiences since a very young child. My first memory is a psychic one. However, I wasn’t a ‘believer’ until about 9 years ago. Why? Because it’s simpler to disregard things that happen as imagination or wishful thinking. Facing up to what it might mean is a LOT tougher as it requires you to absorb information, evaluate and own the outcome. Hence I often refer to it as coming out.
I follow my horoscope daily (weekly, monthly, annually and I’ve had my chart read for the next ten years) – obsessive? Maybe, but it was my horoscope that told me I would write. It didn’t just say ‘you will do something creative’ but Jonathan Cainer actually told me I would ‘write a book’. But that was way back in 2009 when my writing career began. Nowadays I follow Jonathan and Susan Miller. Susan too, continues to mention publishing, writing books and marketing. The life of a writer! But even in the forecasts there is that constant reference back to ‘free will’. Jonathan will say something like ‘make the most of this time, because you will only get out what you put in’. That’s when I take the ball and run with it – nose to the grindstone and don’t think about the end result, just immerse yourself in the work.
So, back to Ceri and Alex. I wrote this series because I wanted to explore what might happen if angels do touch this earth. My research took me to some strange places and I read some very weird theories. But I’m a simple person and at the end of the day I have a lot of common sense, which told me that some of what I read I could discard. Then other bits – well it fitted too well into what I’d actually experienced myself not to be worth considering. And gradually I sorted out in my head how it might all work – and that’s what you have, albeit briefly because it’s essentially a romance, in Forbidden.
I’ve had the spirit of my father touch me physically - I asked him to as a test, and he obliged but it freaked the heck out of me. I’ve had many, many spiritual ‘hugs’ that are too real to dispute. I’ve had loved ones brought through by mediums give me information only I know, because they have repeated things I have never told anyone. My mother amused and dismayed me when she first came through, all those things I didn’t tell her? She knew every single one and shared a few via the medium. It included a telling-off for carrying guilt for things, she told me, over which I had no control.
Whilst the Angels Among Us series is fiction, my aim was to start the reader thinking ‘what if?’. It isn’t heavy paranormal – none of my psychic romances are, because the incidents I feature are always based on things that I have actually experienced. Yes, a few have been unpleasant and I’ve exited a number of properties very quickly, but most have been uplifting. I guess the ‘hidden’ message is that if you’ve had an experience and conveniently filed it away as inexplicable, if you can still recall the memory of it then it meant something to you. The more I’ve tried to tune in to my intuitive side, the more rewarding it has been. What is lovelier than KNOWING your loved ones are still around you? But you have to be prepared to listen to that inner voice and open your mind to the possibilities. It will bring results.
If you want to share a personal story in confidence with me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like minded people always seek each other out and I treasure the people I’ve met over the years who have helped me to ‘grow’. That’s why I’m very comfortable today with what I believe to be true. No matter what other people believe, no one knows for sure until they are on the other side – so who knows? I might just be right …
This is a romance story that explores the possibility of there being something more than just the ‘here and now’. If that were the case, how would it work? What keeps us on the path determined for us, when we have free will? How would the spirit world link with us as we go about our lives? Love is a powerful emotion, but can it change the course of someone’s destiny?
In Forbidden Ceri and Alex find it difficult to let go of the guilt they carry for things that have happened in their past. No two lives are the same and each of them has their own emotional baggage. But what if someone else calls the shots and you are simply meant to follow the path that is set out before you? Will that take Ceri and Alex in different directions, no matter how hard they try to stay together? Ceri’s journey continues …