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A chance to spoil YOU ~ Ceri is giving one lucky winner £100/$150!

FCL smlEveryone whose career is also their passion will reach milestones. November 5th – December 3rd, 2015 is one of those special moments for me. In the UK, Falling: Angels Among Us The complete series will be on the shelves in some of the WHSmith rail/airport/outlets for a four-week promotion.

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What better way to celebrate, than for Ceri – the star of Falling – to sprinkle a little ‘festive’ love?

Launching the Rafflecopter #FallingComp

1st prizeone lucky winner can choose a gift of their choice, valued at £100/$150* (International)
2nd prize two lucky winners will each receive one signed paperback of A Cottage in the Country – released 23 Sept 2015 (UK only; non-UK ecopy)
3rd prize six lucky winners will each receive an ebook of their choice from any of my titles (International)

*(gift to be chosen from across the Amazon stores, or full cash prize via Paypal if you prefer to shop locally)

Take part here, or via participating blogs (see links below) – there are lots of different ways to join in the fun and grab your chance to be a winner!

What would YOU choose?

A special something just for YOU?

Or use the CASH to pamper yourself – or  even to help out with those holiday expenses!

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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 knows she’s different. What she doesn’t fully appreciate, is that her task in life is to correct a series of incidents that affect some of the people’s lives with whom she comes into contact. She’s simply putting right little errors that could ripple outwards and change the course of their destiny. When she finds herself getting pulled into things that happen around her, how can she prove that she really has made a difference? Is it all in her head?

She’s alone for a reason; she’s not meant to fall in love in her earthly life. Alex is supposed to cross paths with her and help Ceri, during a phase where she begins to question the signs she’s being given. It’s meant to be a turning point for them both—but in opposite directions. They are destined to travel very different paths … but Ceri doesn’t know that and neither does Alex …

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A huge ‘thank you’ to every who has supported me in my writing career so far and my wonderful team at HarperImpulse!

It’s also available to download from Amazon on special promotion for a select period!

Mega thanks to the lovely bloggers who are joining in at various points in the month to share the competition:

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Entrants must be over 18 years of age. A gift (or gifts) to the value of £100/$150 may be chosen by the designated winner from Amazon, OR funds to that value will be transferred into the winner’s PayPal account upon receipt of details.
Proof of entry requirements must be met before the prizes are awarded.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. We hereby release Facebook and Twitter of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email within 5 workings after the giveaway ends.

 

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Life’s too short not to be a romantic at heart – despite the risks!

Risks? This is LOVE we are talking about here, isn’t it? Yes.

I think young Sam in the film Love Actually (2003 – Richard Curtissee the quote in context here) – put it very succinctly when he was explaining to his step-father, Daniel, about the girl he worshipped from afar. Daniel’s response (to Sam’s odd behaviour following the death of his mum) was:

“Oh, OK, right. Well, I’m a little relieved.  I thought it might be something worse.”  

 “Worse than the total agony of being in love?”

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Is it agony? Yes, it can be, and even when things go well, the effects on the brain and body from hormones, adrenaline and pheromones is a lethal cocktail. I came across this article by Andrew Koltonow that informs us that ‘Twelve to 18 months into a relationship, both serotonin and the stress molecules are restored to normal levels’ … and it gives way to calm and joy’.

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Why was I researching the physiological symptoms of falling in love? Well, I’m a novelist and writing love stories is what I do! But the tremendous excitement of falling in love with ‘the one’ has never, ever left me – even though those feelings are now lovingly wrapped in emotions that run much, much deeper.

So I’m going to be celebrating February, the ‘the month of love’ on my AuthorLinnBHalton Facebook page with love quotes that resonate with me and also with my favourite quotes from my own novels.

What’s the most powerful thing I’ve written so far, to sum up the devastation when love ends? In Falling: Angels Among Us The Complete Series, Ceri is forced to walk away from the person she believes is her soul mate:

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I knew each step towards building my new life was going to be mercilessly straightforward. I would have welcomed a battle, if only to have an excuse to let rip the horrible mix of emotion within me. The path mapped out before me is clear. The plan was merely to disconnect myself from Alex completely, so that he would realise it was over between us. Alicia is his future, but it’s too soon for him to understand that. The circumstances have yet to unfold.

I threw my SIM card away and purchased a new number as soon as I’d found a place to rent. It was on the other side of town, so there was little likelihood of bumping into Alex and it meant I could still keep my day job. It is all happening so instinctively now I’m really listening to what my core vibes are telling me, that I hardly have to tune in. This isn’t about starting over again, only correcting one painful mistake: sleeping with Alex, oh, and falling in love with him.

I try to accept the inevitable, simply because I – of all people – should know better. Alex’s pain wears more heavily upon me than my own. He emails me dozens of times each day.

I will never stop loving you until my last breath…

I need you, I can breathe without you. I can’t sleep, I can’t eat…

I know you would not do this to us unless you had no choice…

I forgive you, but I cannot believe in a divine power who would think of our love as anything other than something extraordinary and meaningful. I go on because I’m too cowardly to take the easy way out…

I lie in bed at night and my hands remember your body, my mouth longs to kiss you just one more time…

Nothing matters to me now, without you by my side. I will accept it because I know how much you love me. You can’t hide that from me. We belong to each other no matter what…

There has to be something we can do, Ceri, I can’t accept this. I don’t care if I go to hell, if that’s the price I have to pay…

His emails are long, his mood swings reflect the emotional roller-coaster he’s on, one moment desperate and the next forgiving. Each one tears another hole in what’s left of my heart.

How I wish that were true new

Yes, love is TOTAL agony at times – but it’s also delicious, thrilling and reminds us we are ALIVE!

Until next time …

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The End is simply the start of a new beginning …

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.

This series is such a mixture of research and fiction, with an over-riding love story to add as many complications as you can possibly want, and for which 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. I was delighted when the HarperImpulse team announcement was released today:

As an author it’s thrilling to be able to write on past ‘The End’ and the opportunity to add that into the series will, I hope, answer some of the questions that might have been left in readers’ minds. Do YOU ever wonder ‘what happens next?’ Well, I’m about to tell you just that …. and it’s all in the series collection.

To everyone who has downloaded and read, or reviewed the novellas, Falling – Forbidden – Forever, I would like to thank you for being a part of this journey with me. The support and feedback I  have received for this series has been amazing. I hope new readers will enjoy reading them in one collection and that I’ve taken the story to the ultimate ending!

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Forever (Angels Among Us #3) competition!

Winners

Forever 3dCeri and Alex are back to complete their story of love found, and lost. As their lives go their separate ways the longing is still there, but can broken hearts mend?

The stark reality that fate cannot be cheated begins to hit home and, after all, time is a great healer … isn’t it???

What makes YOU believe that love can conquer all – or maybe you don’t believe it can … Single good-looking man, isolated fashion portrait of a beautiful young woman

To celebrate the launch of Forever there’s a Rafflecopter competition – easy to enter and with THREE limited edition Angels Among Us swag bags to be won!

If you want to blog about Falling, Forbidden or Forever – or post a review – send me the link at lbhalton@googlemail.com to enter a special, separate draw for a BUMPER swag bag. Let me know your thoughts about angels, the power of love and any aspect of this series that has made you stop and think ‘what if?’

I’m also over at Loveahappyending Lifestyle magazine answering some of the questions I’ve been asked about this series by readers, plus sharing another of my weird experiences – was it a psychic moment? Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that, so do pop over there.

Both competitions are international. Competition ends 23 February, 2014.

 

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Falling (Angels Among Us #1) is on special on Amazon at the moment, only 99p
Forbidden (Angels Among Us #2) is £1.99 on Amazon
Forever (Angels Among Us #3) is £1.99 on Amazon

Each novella is around 30,000 words in length – perfect for a lazy evening’s or afternoon’s reading!

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Winners – excitement – celebrating – and thanks to the fabulous readers!

Angels Among Us series CeriIt’s time to announce the winners in the Falling (Angels Among Us #1) launch competition!

There were 3 prizes, but because of the number of entries received there are now 5 winners! I was so thrilled at the response and would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter. If you didn’t win I will be announcing a new competition to celebrate the launch of Forbidden (Angels Among Us #2) very soon!

1st Prize – Emma P (ecopies of the complete series)
2nd Prize – Ana (goody bag)
3rd Prize – All B (goody bag)
4th Prize – Kat (ecopy of Falling)
4th Prize – Toni (ecopy of Falling)

I will be contacting the winners today!

Every new writer has to go through a tremendous learning (and growing) curve. It often feels like an apprenticeship and mistakes will be made, lessons will be learnt. What has come as a real surprise to me is the wonderful way readers take you to their heart! People who follow and support you, cheering you on as each new book is launched. I’m celebrating today as the fabulous HarperImpulse have set up Forbidden and Forever on Amazon and so parts 2 and 3 of the Angels Among Us are now available for pre-order! A reader emailed me to ask if I knew all THREE were ‘up’ and did I know they were both in the UK charts?? It was a ‘whoop’ moment and sincere thanks to those who were so quick off the mark in placing an order! I did laugh though, can anyone spot the spelling mistake on the Amazon website?

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The next couple of months are going to be a busy time for me personally (we hope to be moving house) and also wearing my author’s hat (two promotions for the Angels Among Us series and a Winter Warmers promotion for The Restaurant @ The Mill).

However, I wanted to take a moment to stop, take a breath and just ‘count my blessings’. Every time someone downloads one of my books it’s one more reason to keep writing. Whenever (and often that’s at 3am when I’m typing away because my mind is too full of a story to sleep) I start to doubt whether I have what it takes to become a really successful writer, I look at the wonderful reviews readers and book bloggers have posted. YOU keep ME writing and without readers I would be doing something else … the problem is, I don’t quite know what! All I know is that I really appreciate having the luxury of being able to write and I am very aware that it’s only possible because of a very supportive husband, writing friends and fabulous readers!

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Angels, love, orbs and ‘Falling’ – it’s all about the romance!

Rafflecopter Falling launch (1024x881)Whether or not you believe in angels (and I’ll get to that, orbs and ‘halos’ in a moment), I know you will believe in love! Love is what makes the world go around; it makes us better people and restores our faith in human nature. If you truly love someone it’s a gift – a blessing. If they love you back with equal passion and commitment, then it’s little short of a miracle! And that’s how ‘Falling‘ began!

The fab team at HarperImpulse wrapped up my three, thirty-thousand word novellas in the Angels Among Us seriesFalling, Forbidden and Forever.

How I wish that were true

If you’ve clicked through from my launch page on Loveahappyending.com (live on Thursday Oct 3rd, 2013) I talk about thermal imaging, auras and research; about the way our eyes and ears don’t necessarily see everything that is there in front of us. We are obsessed with proof – we need to SEE spirits and capture that so we can prove to ourselves life after death does exist. I actually believe the reverse is true – if we need concrete proof, then we are not ready to believe. We need to be in touch with our inner-self, our intuition and open our minds – then it all begins to happen. Mine started happening from a very early age and I didn’t grow out of it. That doesn’t mean to say I believed, because it was much easier being a sceptic. Many years later, I’m now in a place that feels right for me – I believe life after death exists and the more I open my mind, the stronger and more revealing the personal psychic experiences become. It’s fascinating, humbling, wonderful and life-changing. It also sounds a little crazy, but to know that people I love are with me and showing me that is worthy of sharing. A lot of people tell me their own stories and often they are sharing them for the first time, something they feel awkward re-telling.

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Author and medium Richard Holmes

When authors celebrate the launch of a book they acknowledge the people who have helped them along the way and in the foreward to ‘Falling‘ there are lots of people to acknowledge. But here I want to acknowledge some very special people on the other side. My motherLilian, who died before the first word of my debut novel was written, but who has been at my elbow every step of the way. My Aunty Doris, who medium Richard Holmes told me just last week is here with me helping my writing career. Now Richard never met my Aunty Doris and she was a very unique lady. There was no way he could have any reference to her, but he sat down and she came to talk to him. She showed him her tartan pleated skirt – which, ironically is always the first thing I remember when I think of her – and went on to pass on comments about my life he couldn’t possibly know. Only someone seeing ‘everything’ in my life could have that knowledge.

Last year the loveahappyending.com team held an event. It was a very stressful thing to organise, as I had never done anything like that before. I went to a psychic medium event and was told that my Uncle Ron was helping me. 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. On the day literally hundreds of photos were taken and I was very surprised when author Emma Calin sent me these:

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I immediately asked for copies of the photos before and after the sequence of photos with what appeared to be orbs and my ‘halo’. I have seen orbs on many, many occasions in a number of different locations, but the ‘energy’ halo around my head amazed me! Emma confirmed nothing had been done to the camera lense in the run of photos, which is why I asked to see the photo either side of these – which were normal. If it had been something on the lens then it would have been on all of the photos.

Here’s another picture of two orbs in an entirely different situation:

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When you see an orb, or cluster of orbs ‘up close’ it can be a very uplifting thing. And, obviously, there were no direct light sources that could account for the prisms of light – even believers still check every single time! Often they are muted as here (brighter in the full blown photos), but sometimes close up they are so bright it is like a little circle of intense white light, often like a rainbow of colours or sometimes opaque white. They can travel slowly, or whizz across a room. On one occasion they 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.

In writing the Angels Among Us series I have tried very hard not to take it to the sci-fi extreme, but to keep it as close as I can to what I believe MIGHT be the case. If you don’t believe, it will come as a shock! I’m not saying I’m right, but I’ve seen a lot of things and experienced many more. Enough to know there isn’t just the here and now.

The character of Ceri is very real to me and what she experiences is influenced heavily by things I’ve seen, felt and believe. But whether or not you are interested in angels, the story is one of love against all odds. I suppose it reflects my true nature. No matter how often someone might tell me I can’t do something, if it’s a passion and something dear to my heart then I just keep going. Stubborn. Impractical. Illogical. Did I also mention that I can honestly say I live each minute to the full and if it takes sixteen hours a day to achieve my aim, then I don’t begrudge one moment? Of course, I’m a Gemini…

There is a lot of me wrapped up in the character of Ceri, and they do say authors should ‘write what they know’.  So whilst romance is always to the forefront of my mind, so too is the thought that we are ‘never alone’. Combine the two and you have ‘Falling‘ … read the first chapter here and some early reviews here.

I love hearing other people’s ‘interesting’ tales about ‘connections’ from the other side. You can always email me at lbhalton@googlemail.com. You can also enter to win a copy of ‘Falling‘ and the first prize winner will be among the first to receive copies of part 2 and 3, Forbidden and Forever – PRIOR TO RELEASE (anticipated November and December 2013).

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Thank you for dropping by and I’m sharing a few of my psychic experiences with some wonderful book reviewer friends. I’ll be posting their links as they go live. Go on tour with me as I share some of my favourite psychic moments.

Heidi, CosmochicklitanA heart-breaking search for his own family?

Tobi, Forget The Housework I’m Reading A 1980’s house with a terrifying vibe…

JB, BrookCottage BooksA little help from the other side?

Charlotte, BestChickLitMoving things around…just so that I know they are there!

Carol,  DizzycslittlebookblogA Victorian lady in a grey

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Angels Among Us – HarperImpulse series cover reveal

Angels Among UsI was so excited when the cover for Falling was released by the fabulous HarperImpulse team, but I was also given a sneak preview of Forever and Forbidden. Here is the series collection of covers and I think cover designer Alexandra Allden has done one amazing job!

A cover has to capture the reader’s imagination and convey the ‘heart’ of the story that lies within. The model chosen to reflect Ceri, really does convey the qualities of this young woman who seems to be able to change the course of some people’s lives.  Ceri finds herself doing small things that, without much effort, can radically change the course of someone’s path.  Altering just one, single moment in time has an impact that ripples outwards… It might be stopping a runaway dog, but unchecked who knows what accident might have occurred as he runs into traffic and vehicles take avoiding action? Did she save the cyclist she saw in her ‘deja vu’ moment, merely seconds before she managed to stop the dog in his tracks? Her action is meaningful, but how can she ever be sure that she really is making a difference?

And then there is Alex. Is he a complication, or will he simply pass through her life  and, in time, they both move on in different directions? Are they merely a few threads of colour in each other’s tapestry of life? But what if they fall in love, and what if fate has a different destiny mapped out for them? Can true love change the course of destiny?

This series of three novellas, each around 30,000 words, gives you ‘read-in-one-sitting’ episodes of the story.

If you love romance, then it will have your heart pounding as these two people try to make something impossible happen.

If you are interested in angels, is this how it might work?

A story for lovers of true love – a feel-good story of struggle, passion and what might lie beyond this life … Falling is available on pre-order now (coming on October 3rd, 2013). Forbidden and Forever are coming soon …

Join in the launch fun for Falling – there’s  month-long competition in October and the details are on the special promotion page.

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Ceri and Alex join HarperImpulse! Falling – Angels Among Us cover reveal

PublishedbyIt’s official – Ceri’s journey is taking her off to join the fabulous HarperImpulse team and I couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s the stuff that dreams are made of … and this is my dream for Ceri and Alex. It’s also MY dream, of course, and I’m displaying the badge with pride …

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 The series ‘Angels Among Us’ consists of three novellas of around 30,000 words each – Falling, Forbidden and Forever. I can’t wait to share the other two covers – Alex at HarperImpulse has done an amazing job!

Rewind – how? When? Why?

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Waiting to meet Charlotte – the bar was closed!

I self-pubbed Falling under the title ‘Angels’ on July 6, 2013. It was nail-biting whilst I awaited feedback from beta readers and reviewers and the verdict was amazing! I had already submitted it to HarperImpulse a few weeks before launching it and I was lucky enough to have a face-to-face session with bubbly Charlotte Ledger, the HarperImpulse Content Developer, at the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference on July 14, 2013.

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I was so nervous I accidentally took a photo of my leg whilst checking the time on my phone…

I was so nervous I have no idea what I said … but Charlotte was enthused and excited about the series. It was another couple of anxious weeks waiting to hear whether I was going to be offered a contract. The phone call came when I was in the garden with little Bill, it was baby-sitting day and when I heard Charlotte’s voice on the other end it was a fireworks moment!

I turned my back for a minute – what was I thinking? Bill is three years old and had a hosepipe in his hand …

Champagne bottle with copyrightWhat ensued was gasps of joy, a soaking as Bill liberally sprayed both myself and the barbeque with the hosepipe and then proceeded to follow me as I ran around the garden to get away from him. He thought it was a game – goodness knows what Charlotte thought!

HarperImpulse are a team and already I feel a part of it as emails have been flying back and forth. I love the direction they have chosen for the covers and titles of this series. At the RNA conference in July I also attended a talk given by Kimberley Young (publishing director of Women’s Fiction at HarperCollins) and Charlotte. I came away from that session with one wish in my head

‘I want to be a HarperImpulse author!’

Who says dreams don’t come true?

Mine just did!

Falling is launching on October 3rd, 2013 and I’m delighted to announce that it will be doing a virtual book tour with Fiction Addiction Book Tours:

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All that’s left to say is WATCH THIS SPACE – it’s going to be a FABULOUS and romantic autumn…