- Author: Rosemary Louise Gallagher
- Published: September 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Category: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Spirituality
Maktub: it is written: is the long awaited sequel to I Listened To My Heart. Rose O’Carroll is fifty something, funny and fabulous; with an infectious zest for life. She talks to angels, reads tarot cards and has an unwavering faith in love…it conquers all.
Following on from I Listened To My Heart, when Rose O’Carroll left Australia for London, she met and then lost her twin soul-mate, Joe de Marco. Rose took the advice and suggestions from her angels and began tarot readings, wrote a book and penned songs.
Maktub: It Is Written picks up the story with Rose, excited about getting a publishing contract for her debut novel. She is about to make a guest appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show as while she’s waiting she begins the story of how this came about. Continue reading
- Author: Rosemary Gallagher
- Published: April 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Category: Contemporary, Spirituality
Rose O’Carroll has been single for most of her 40 years. In her search for love she bravely decides to pack up her comfortable life in Australia and move to London. Guided by her special friends — her angels — she quickly settles in her new life; lands a great job; makes new friendships and begins her spiritual journey……
I Listened to My Heart takes us on an adventure with Rose O’Carroll, a 40 something single Australian who feels her life is going nowhere. Although she has a large and loving family she feels the need for drastic action to kick-start her love life, which comes in the form of a move to London. Rose firmly believes her angels are guiding her and she soon settles into her new life, making some lovely friends and hoping she’ll find ‘the one’ now her spiritual journey is underway.
You see, ever since I was a little kid I knew I had someone walking by my side and watching over me. I don’t know how I knew this as I never saw anyone, but I always felt this extraordinary sense of protection. I assumed it was my guardian angel, as growing up a Catholic there was always talk of angels – so it felt natural to me. Little did I know that in time, I was to develop a “special” connection with them.
However, crossing paths with the handsome American, Joe De Marco, sends her into a tail spin. Rose knows Joe is her twin soul mate but Joe is far from ready for that commitment and keeps Rose way past arms length. Rose believes everything happens for a reason and even though she is desolate about the ‘Joe situation’ and her emotions are in total chaos, she drives her friends mad with the conviction they will eventually get together, regardless of the way he is behaving.
The story spans ten tears of Rose’s life and lays all bare which is actually what makes it so realistic. It’s very down to earth and the characters are all well drawn and likeable. Rose is totally human in that she can have one (or three) too many and have to cope with a hangover the next day. And she likes her food! Along with a huge percentage of the population, now and again she needs to pull back and detox. Although she’s spiritual she’s not prissy or prudish. I love the bond between Rose and her family and friends and the closeness they share.
As Rose’s character grows and she delves deeper into her spiritual side she becomes aware of her ability for tarot reading among other things. As someone who is fascinated by the whole angel/spirituality thing, I find those aspects of the book especially interesting. The weekend retreat sounds intriguing too. The verse and Rose’s note to her angels at the beginning of each chapter is a lovely touch. As it says on the cover – a novel of faith, love and friendship – and that sums it up perfectly.
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About the author
For most of her professional career she worked as a Receptionist in various high profile companies. She recently left her day job to concentrate on her writing and spiritual endeavours. Rosemary has always held a strong interest in the metaphysical, especially the tarot cards and the angelic realm. After settling into her new life in London she began formal tarot studies at the Psychic College of London and has been reading the tarot professionally ever since.
Rosemary discovered her creative voice a few years ago after an emotional encounter turned her life upside down; I Listened to My Heart is Rosemary’s debut novel and although fictional, is inspired by a real life experience. It is an uplifting and light-hearted story of faith, love and friendship. Rosemary is passionate about life and all things spiritual, with a strong interest in twin soul connections.
- Author: B A Spicer
- Kindle edition
- Published: September 2012 by B A Spicer
- Category: Metaphysical Horror
‘Angels’ is a story of loss and the human fascination with the metaphysical world.
A powerful, psychological story. The structural form of the writing is very cleverly done. It takes place in the present and recent past and focuses on a mother’s tragic loss. Her daughter was the victim of bullying but kept it to herself until it was too late for anyone to help her.
It was only afterwards that she found out. When it was too late. Flora had hidden the bruises and the damaged books. She said she had dropped her mobile phone and caught her bag on a barbed wire fence. Small things. Small things that added up and became big things. So big that it was impossible to talk about them to anyone…
The result of feeling such an intense sense grief causes the mother to take matters into her own hands and the chosen form of revenge relates to a historical event and a short video clip she and her daughter had watched on the internet.
Even though this is a short story, a very artful and concise narrative engaged me immediately. The mother’s reaction to the situation she finds herself in is drastic and chilling, but conveys the emotional depth of her pain. I was drawn into her utter sadness and hopelessness and could feel her suffering. A story of terrible loss, feelings of guilt and a surprising ending.
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About the author
Bev was born in a small market town in the Midlands, daughter to an observer for the Royal Air Force and her mother, a local beauty queen.
She was educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge and became a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in 1997 moving to live in France with her husband and two of her children ten years later, where she writes full-time.
She is widely read and has travelled extensively, living in Crete, where she taught English and learned to speak Greek, and in the Seychelles, where she worked for the government and co-designed materials which were used to teach at secondary school level.
She has recently published ‘Stranded in the Seychelles’, a humorous memoir and sequel to her best-selling ‘Bunny on a Bike’.
I’ve always been fascinated by the thought of things beyond my knowledge, unseen, spiritual, call it what you will. As with anything ‘ otherworldly’ it’s a very emotive subject with very differing views and, of course, each to their own beliefs.
But, after reading Linn’s series Angels Among Us I was intrigued to find out more and Linn very kindly agreed to this guest post. Thanks so much for taking the time, Linn, over to you…
Orbs, spiritual energy and romantic novels – all in a day’s work!
People often ask me why I write psychic romance and why, even in my chick lit novels, there’s always some little reference to the help we get from the other side.
The reason is simple. I’ve had more than enough proof in my life to know that this life isn’t the sole point of our existence and that loved ones are with us always. To me having psychic experiences, validation of that, and seeing things as simple as orbs, is a natural part of life. As I write about life and love, there is no way I can leave out something so fundamental, because I believe the help we receive (whether we realise it, or not) often helps shape the decisions we make.
In June 2012 the loveahappyending.com website that I began in June 2011, held a one-off event in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. It was a very stressful thing to organise, as I had never done anything like that before and it was a day of talks and writing sessions. A few weeks’ prior to the big day, I went to a psychic medium event and received a message. I was told that my Uncle Ron was helping me and I wasn’t to worry, the day would be fine. There were a few very unique validations that it was indeed him – for starters he was a prisoner of war and the only one of my uncles who was captured and reported as missing. On the day of the event literally hundreds of photos were taken and many were from the same angle. The best ones were used in a post on the website to capture the excitement of the day.
However, a few weeks’ later one of the authors (the very talented Emma Calin) sent me a string of photos, in the middle of which were some that appeared to show a ball of energy around my head and several with orbs (although they were quite faint). She also sent me the photos immediately prior to, and after, these unusual ones, to show that it wasn’t simply something on the lens. As I had already seen so many taken from virtually the same point in the room, I knew it wasn’t simply light reflecting from overhead etc. as it would have appeared in many more of the shots taken.
But most importantly of all, I wasn’t surprised. I could feel the energy around me that day and being quite a shy person, I knew that I was getting assistance. I’m very familiar with orbs, having lived in numerous houses and cottages where both my husband and I have witnessed them simultaneously. But that’s another story and one I’ve already written in the true story, ‘Being A Sceptic Is Oh So Easy’.
When you see an orb, or cluster of orbs up close, it can be a very uplifting thing. Often they are muted but sometimes close up they are so bright it is like a little circle of intense white, or coloured, light (see below). They can travel slowly, or whizz across a room. On one occasion a really bright orb, the size of a ten pence piece, alerted me to a situation that could have been life-threatening for someone … everything happens for a reason. At the time, it was such an indisputable experience that I knew something was wrong with someone I loved. A phone call confirmed that and, I believe, diverted a situation that could have spiralled out of control with fatal consequences.
As I prepared to write this article, just yesterday I was watching a short video clip taken of a young family member. As I watched I saw one orb zoom across the top of the clip, and then seconds later another one zoomed upwards from the bottom of it. I showed my husband and we watched in amazement, hoping it was a sign that my mother was there watching over him. She died before he was born and even though I know she’s around us all, it was still a thrill to see.
A friend had a problem after moving into a property to begin renovating it, with a spirit determined to make him feel ill-at-ease. We talked through what to do and eventually, after some gentle but firm persuasion, his visitor left. He did manage to capture two orbs in his work room and they are pretty clear (below).
Then there is the glorious photo of the orb in the garden of the cottage we purchased in December 2013. The moment I saw the photos on Rightmove and spotted the orb in the garden I knew it was the one for us. The former owner had died and it had been empty for a year – but it was waiting for us. I know that she approves of what we have done and while she is very quiet, we often see an orb here and there. I also believe I have seen her, and, a cat … although we have a cat of our own, too. This one is very different! My husband and I take that as a positive and reaffirming thing; we gain comfort from it.
For me, the point is that whenever I’ve felt anything bad, I get myself as far away as I can. Everything else I’ve experienced has been uplifting and helpful, comforting. At first it spooked my husband and he wouldn’t even let me talk about the things that happened around me. My earliest memory is a psychic one. Then he had his first, personal, experience. It took him a while to talk about it, but since then we haven’t looked back. For us it’s taken away the fear of death and the fear that loved ones are lost to us when they pass. What is clear is that whilst it is human nature to look for mundane causes and be sceptical, there are times when you can rule out potential explanations; especially when someone you love, and who you trust implicitly, witnesses the same thing at the same time. Then, it’s easier to believe and accept. The more you relax, the more you notice what is going on around you all the time.
When I wrote the Angels Among Us series for HarperImpulse, it took three years of research for me to be able to explain, as a part of the fictional story, how angels ‘work’. It’s a love story first and foremost, but the explanation had to fit in with what I’d experienced and believed. Some of the research didn’t fit with that, but I found plenty that did. Some of it came from messages I’ve received from my mum and dad via various mediums; enough little pieces of info to make me formulate a picture. But there is a gap – no one knows for sure until they are on the other side. If we live more than one life, maybe no one ever comes back with ‘full’ knowledge because that’s not how it’s meant to work. I filled the gap with what I felt might be a plausible leap of faith … one day I will know for sure!
I hope you enjoyed Linn’s post as much as I did and, if nothing else, it’s given you food for thought!
A note from Linn Halton…
As soon as I’d written, ‘The End’ to the third novella in my Harper Impulse series:
Angels Among Us
(Falling, Forbidden and Forever)
I knew it wasn’t quite the end. Well, I suppose that was obvious as I’d already come up with two endings for Forever. But that’s the way it is when you are writing a story. It has a life all of its own, but readers don’t always get to see that, as a book can only have one ending. However …
In this series, which is a mixture of research and fiction, with an over-riding love story to add as many complications as you can possibly want, the ideas were limitless.
But the ending has to do the story justice and Forever ends with a scene that needed an explanation. Whether or not you’ve read the three novellas, there’s a surprise waiting for you in Falling: The Complete Angels Among Us series.
What happened after ‘The End?’ Well, in the combined series edition that’s exactly what the reader will find out. Releasing on 9 October 2014 in ebook format and 17 December 2014 in paperback, by Harper Impulse, it’s available to pre-order on Amazon now.
Ceri thinks she sees angels … everywhere. She struggles to keep separate what feels like two very different sides to her life. As a manager in an advertising company she’s been working with the gorgeous Alex for two years. The have a friendship based upon the image she portrays whilst she’s at work and it helps to keep her sane. One mad, crazy night spent sharing their secrets and a lot of wine result in them ending up in bed together and their relationship changes. When Alex explains that the reason he doesn’t date is because someone broke his heart, how can Ceri admit that she feels a deep connection to him?
Ceri is on a journey of self discovery, and learning what her gift for helping people and sensing the presence of angels, mainly by intuition, really means. She knows she is different but she doesn’t realise her gift is her calling and she is destined to be alone. She and Alex are only meant to cross paths briefly, he to help her when she is in doubt, and then to both go their separate ways. Neither of them understand Ceri is not supposed to fall in love during this earthly existence…
Ceri’s task is to correct mistakes people make that may alter the course of their destined lives. It was easy to like and empathise with her, and Alex, especially when I read the passages from his point of view. They both suffer dreadfully because they are not destined to be together. Ceri is compassionate, astute and very confused about her feelings for Alex. As she begins to learn who and what she is and awakens more and more to her psychic abilities, the spiritual and theological aspects are explored in-depth and are very interesting and fascinating. The story focuses quite heavily on this perspective as Ceri learns her true calling.
I have no idea exactly when I began seeing angels, but I can’t seem to remember a time when I couldn’t. It feels like it’s always been a part of my life. It’s as natural as breathing and, yes, there are times when I wish that wasn’t the case. I seriously doubt anyone would choose to get drawn into something they don’t really understand. Why would they?
There is much development in Ceri and Alex’s relationship, as well as Ceri’s personal development, and as the two clash emotions run very high. Ceri must choose her path and either way, it’s not easy as she struggles with the powerful feelings between her and Alex. Should she heed what she now knows is her destiny, or choose to follow her heart?
Linn Halton’s writing style is fluid and easy to read, I was drawn in from the start. The story is filled with a multitude of emotions, highs and lows, and although the spiritual angle features throughout it’s not overwhelming and blends in well with the romance. There’s a lot to like and be drawn into in this book if you’re open to the otherworldly and metaphysical. I enjoyed exploring the premise there is more to this life than we think, and more beyond than is imaginable.
After initial misgivings (I’m not really into romantic fiction but this is more than a straight romance) I enjoyed reading this book a lot and give it a solid rating. The paranormal/spiritual aspect made it for me. Many thanks to J B Johnson at Brook Cottage Books for sending me an ecopy.
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About the author
Linn began writing in March 2009 and her debut novel was published in February 2011. In a recent interview Linn was asked about genres:
“From a very young age I knew romantic fiction was always going to be my genre. I am, and will always be, madly in love with love! Whether that’s love of life, a partner, or the things I’m passionate about.
My stories are about love, life and real relationships – but romance is always the one thing that holds each story together. Often there’s a light, psychic touch and I never dreamed I would write drawing upon my personal psychic experiences. But as my interest and understanding has grown in the subject, it is now such a part of my life it finds its way into my fictional tales. However, what is heartening is that most of my experiences have been uplifting and it’s wonderful to know loved ones are around me always. I hope it will make readers stop and wonder ‘What if?’
The result is that I get a lot of mail from readers who have had similar experiences and some are sharing theirs for the first time with me. I always feel that’s something rather special and for which I’m very grateful.”
Love, life and beyond… but it’s ALWAYS about the romance!