I Listened To My Heart

  • ListenedToMyHeart -web cover onlyAuthor: Rosemary Gallagher
  • Published: April 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Contemporary, Spirituality
  • four-half-stars

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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

photoRosemary Gallagher is an author, tarot reader/angel intuitive and lyricist. She was born in Melbourne, Australia and spent most of her life there until moving to London in 2000.

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.

Rosemary can also be found on Facebook and Twitter 

While The Savage Sleeps

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  • WhileTheSavageSleepsAuthor: Andrew E Kaufman
  • Performed by Luke Daniels
  • Published: Brilliance Audio, released by Audible April 2013
  • Category: Crime/Suspense, Paranormal
  • four-half-stars

Two strangers..

Distance separates them..

A dark secret connects them..

A voice from the grave will draw them together…

Cameron Dawson is trying to get to grips with his tragic past by coming home to Faith, New Mexico. He has taken the job of assistant Sheriff in the sleepy, quiet little town and his life seems to be settling into a peaceful routine. Until, that is, a sequence of gruesome and baffling murders strike the usually crime free town. Cameron can’t comprehend what is happening to people he has known for most of his life. 

Dr Kyle Bancroft, miles away from Faith, is being bombarded with flashbacks, dreams of terrible occurrences, and paranormal experiences. A ghostly child is appearing to Kyle with a pressing and crucial message. Kyle has five days to stop something horrific happening. She can’t evade the feeling of dread and her chilling premonitions and perceptions are drawing her to Faith although she no idea why. She can only hope to be taken seriously and offer what help she can.

Cameron has never before been witness to events such as he now finds himself having to face. The suspects couldn’t be more unlikely, and there are several of them. As the evidence mounts up it takes an appalling direction. There’s no logic he can apply, no way to can rationalise events so he goes with a quote from Sherlock Holmes…when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’ Trusting Kyle’s psychic visions is his last hope.

The clock struck midnight.

Something in the air seemed to change. Something sudden, mysterious, and filled with bad intent. Wind-driven clouds gaining momentum, swirling into the path of a fiery moon.

What once was settled began to stir. Where there had been order, there was unrest, and from the gathering darkness, new life emerged.

The sort born of pure evil.

A very fast-moving and multi layered storyline with high level suspense and, be warned if you’re squeamish, a very graphic, gruesome and, obviously very well researched given the attention to detail, forensic aspect in the first part of the book. Short and intensely descriptive chapters, some ending on mini cliff hangers, relentlessly draw you in. 

The central figures are strong and compelling. Listening to the audio adds an extra dimension to their portrayal. Cameron especially, during his recollection of the heartbreaking events that changed his life. Luke Daniels puts a huge amount of emotion into his narration and so gives the characters that extra authenticity. 

The only thing that didn’t quite gel for me was the relationship between Cameron (although he absolutely deserves some happiness after what he’s been through) and Kyle, but nevertheless it was a fantastic listen. And the ending had the tears flowing.

About the author

AndrewKaufmanAndrew E. Kaufman is a broadcast journalist-turned-author, living in Southern California, along with his Labrador Retrievers, two horses, and a very bossy Jack Russell Terrier who thinks she owns the place.

Andrew was named one of the highest-grossing independent authors in the country when his total number of books sold pushed well past the six-figure mark. His recent release, The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological Thriller was on Amazon’s Top 100 for more than one hundred days. It became their seventh bestselling title out of more than one million e-books available nationwide and number one in its genre. His first novel, While the Savage Sleeps, made the Top 100 as well and was number one in its genre, passing up two of Stephen King’s current releases at the time. Both books are bestsellers in the UK and Germany, and both books were simultaneously number one in their genres in the U.S.

His success resulted in signing an international dual publishing deal with Thomas & Mercer and 47North. His newest work, Darkness & Shadows, an intense psychosexual thriller, was released in 2013.

He was also a writer for, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book (Simon & Schuster/2009) where he chronicled his battle with the disease.

After receiving his journalism and political science degrees at San Diego State University, Andrew began his writing career as an Emmy-nominated writer/producer, working at the CBS affiliate in San Diego, and then in Los Angeles. For more than ten years, he produced special series and covered many nationally known cases, including the O.J. Simpson Trial.