Do you believe in reincarnation? I am not sure. I've done some reading on it but I'd like to hope that we are all in heaven with our loved ones instead of coming back and reliving those difficult choices of our lives. However, to know that soul mates can connect again after death is something I would love to believe. Knowing that my love is someone I have been with in many times throughout the centuries is a part of the Happily Ever After I long to live.
In Brian Sheehy's latest book, we get to meet a man who's job it is to help people cross over after death. But what happens when he has to take the soul of the woman he has always loved? Here's an excerpt....
“You see, Mr. Campbell, what I have to tell you may be difficult for you to accept. I only hope you’ll listen to what I have to say with an open and unbiased mind. I realize that may be difficult, given how outlandish my claims will seem, but I promise you that I am telling the truth. You may be skeptical or, more likely, disbelieving, but if you would just humor me until I can finish my explanation, I think eventually you’ll realize I’m being completely and utterly honest with you.”
He paused again, offering Campbell a second opportunity to speak if he wished to. Campbell frowned and did not say anything, but gave the stranger a slight nod of consent.
“Thank you,” Ira said, solemnly. “I’m here, Mr. Campbell, because you are dead.”
He said the words so matter-of-factly that for a moment Campbell was sure he had misheard him. “Dead?” he repeated and then gave a small, scoffing laugh. “How can I be dead? I’m sitting here right now, talking to you.”
“Yes,” Ira allowed, nodding, “but I’m something of a special case. As far as every other living being on this planet is concerned, Michael Campbell died in his sleep a few moments ago, just as I walked through the door. You died of a heart attack, the result of complications from your surgery.”
“The surgery was a success,” Campbell said, shaking his head, for a moment allowing himself to believe this stranger in his room was not the madman he obviously appeared to be, if only for the sake of argument. “I spoke to my doctor a few hours ago— he told me everything went well. I’m supposed to be going home tomorrow for chrissake!”
The man gave his small, gentle smile again. “Unfortunately, Mr. Campbell, doctors are often wrong. Reapers, on the other hand, are scarcely ever.”
Love doesn't end after death... but dying certainly complicates things...
For Ira Collins, death presented a far more purposeful alternative than life. Serving as one of the proud members of the Reaper Corps, he found meaning and fulfillment in the process of helping those who have died adjust to their new existence in the spiritual plane. For Ira, the work was so rewarding that it was even worth forgoing reincarnation for.
However, when he is tasked with reaping the reincarnated soul of the woman he loved back when he was alive, Ira finds himself in a very difficult situation. Should he betray the Corps for the sake of the woman he loves, or live up to his responsibility to the rest of the reapers, and let her die?
And as if this was not complicated enough, Ira must also help solve a disturbing mystery plaguing the spiritual plane, involving the disappearances of souls…
About the Author:
Brian Sheehy studied English Literature at the College of William & Mary, where he graduated in May 2017. He has had multiple poems published in literary and collegiate magazines, and has been composing original works since he was sixteen. Brian grew up in Syosset, Long Island, and continues to reside there while pursuing a career in writing and marketing.
Can you see how the two faces almost form a heart? Having that one person who gets you and still loves you- with all your good and bad habits is bliss. But what happens if you lost them? Could you move on?
Today is the release for Soul Awakening and the story resonated with me. High school is a time when many of us developed those first loves. I ended up married to my high school boyfriend. But what would life have been like if things had been different?
Let's take a look at an excerpt:
Her name had come out of Braden’s mouth countless times before in so many different inflections and every possible situation. This time, he spoke her name tentatively, almost warily, his tone unfamiliar even though it was clearly his voice. It had been about ten minutes after she’d gotten off the phone with Riley. She couldn’t sleep, and she was lying in bed, streaming some music on her phone.
She raised her head, and her eyes instantly widened. She lifted herself upright on the bed and gazed directly at Braden, who was standing in the middle of the room. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing. She didn’t know if she was awake or asleep at first. If she was dreaming, it was the most realistic dream anyone could ever have. If Braden was an apparition, then so was everyone else she’d ever encountered. Alecia had never seen a ghost before, but she would have expected one to have physical qualities that were vastly different from those of the living. This was Braden, in solid human form, not an ethereal manifestation or translucent likeness. He wasn’t floating in the air, his orange Nikes were planted firmly on the wood floor of her bedroom. His voice wasn’t accompanied by moaning, shrieks, or rattling chains.
It was uncanny. Not only was Braden here in the corporeal sense, he looked exactly as he would have if he’d survived the accident. His hair had been cut short the day before the accident. Now, however, it had almost two full weeks of growth. And while he didn’t have much in the way of facial hair, he was sporting a stubbly beard and mustache. It was a new look for Braden, and Alecia was not hating it.
Something otherworldly is happening in a small Texas town.
As a small Texas town mourns the tragic death of its high school football star, Alecia is struggling to adjust to life without the boy she has dated since sixth grade and thought she would be with forever.
When Braden comes to her as an apparition, she finds herself falling for Riley, Braden’s best friend and teammate. Has Braden returned to spy on her, or for some other reason?
Alecia’s not sure, but she soon realizes she must find a way to accept Braden’s death and welcome love back into her life, or risk losing everything.
The Power of Secret Love changes everything…
About the Author:
Paul has had both fiction and non-fiction books published, including books which were excerpted in Reader’s Digest (Caught in the Act, Penguin Group, 2011) and reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly (Life, with Cancer, Health Communications, Inc., foreword by Anna Quindlen, 2012).
From the Ashes, a 2010 collaborative book written with a Gina Russo, who survived the deadly 2003 Station Nightclub fire in RI which claimed the lives of 100 people, became the basis of a 2013 documentary web series, The Station, which Paul produced.
Paul has been interviewed as part of several documentary programs, including NBC’s, I Survived a Serial Killer, featuring the true crime story depicted in the book, Caught in the Act.
Paul had his first romance book, Reunion of Souls, published in June 2015 by Liquid Silver Press. His second romance novella, Enchanted Desire, was published by Wild Rose Press in June, 2016.
Hi Melissa Keir and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! I’m super excited to be here! I have a couple giveaways and a free book to offer you so read on to find out how to take advantage of fun, free books!
Ever since I picked up my first Suzanne Brockmann Navy SEAL book I’ve been in love with these tough, incredibly intelligent men. I knew I had to write my own series with my own SEAL team. A SEAL’s Song is the first book in my SEAL Team Alpha series and what an incredible journey it was for both me and my characters! Today, I’m bringing you a special interview with the hero and heroine from A SEAL’s Song. I hope you enjoy meeting Jack and Darci as much as I enjoyed writing them.
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Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Jack: Hell, no.
Darci: No, but it’s flattering.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Darci: *smiles* The romance. I already know what Jack is going to say.
Jack: *grins* Sorry, hun. The action. And the sex.
*Darci rolls her eyes*
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Jack: Take my sailboat out deep-sea fishing.
Darci: I’m not much for fishing, that’s Jack’s thing. I’m usually in my studio writing and composing songs. But, when he gets home… *she smiles at Jack who grins back*
Do you like the way the book ended?
Jack and Darci in unison: Yes.
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Jack: Not if it means putting Darci in more danger.
Darci: Agreed. Although, with Jack at my side, I wouldn’t be as afraid of what Jennifer threw at us. *leans in and whispers* She likes to torment us.
What do you do for a living?
Darci: *laces her fingers through Jacks* Jack is a Navy SEAL and the bravest, strongest man I know. I’m a singer.
What is your most prized possession?
Darci: A Celtic necklace given to me by my grandmother. Had it not been for that necklace, I never would have met Jack.
What do you like most about where you live?
Jack: Darci approved of my house. That’s all that matters to me.
Darci: He lives in this cute gingerbread house on the ocean. I adore it.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
Jack: *grins* Stay in bed.
Darci: *nods* Definitely.
What is your least favorite word?
What sound or noise do you love?
Jack: Sorry, that’s between me and my wife. *an intimate look passes between Jack and Darci*
What other profession would you like to try?
Darci: I’ve considered becoming a music teacher. Jack, he’s right where he was meant to be.
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NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer. Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.
Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers. She loves everything there is about romance. Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines. She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.
Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
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Much like Connie L. Smith, I always dreamed of wings and the ability to fly. Wiggling my nose to make magic happen or nodding my head... those were dreams too. I loved the idea of doing magic... not the magician's slight of hand, but real magic. The kind that came from a well-spring of power.
I think that's why I love paranormal romances. Characters aren't limited to "human" abilities. They can run like wolves, fly like fairies, talk to ghosts, and perform magic which keeps their loved ones safe. The Division series features all that and more! But don't take my word for it... see for yourself!
In the aftermath of the latest battle, the stakes are higher than ever before. Time’s hardly an ally to Nicholai’s army of paranormal soldiers. The Tomes remain hidden, and the clock is ticking for the Essenced poisoned with the demon’s incurable toxin.
Beyond those worries, magic might be vanishing—a twist that could insurmountably cripple the army’s capabilities prior to the war’s conclusion.
Never has the conflict felt so desperate, with danger escalating and hope disappearing with the slow drain of the hourglass.
Will the answers surface in time, or will the band of warriors fail to prevent the ruin of the world?
His jaw ticked as he stood in silence, and after a quiet moment he shrugged in a helpless way. “I get you’re an alpha. I get you’re strong. But you don’t seem to understand that, when everything falls into place, not one bit of that matters to me.”
She blinked. “Huh?”
“I know you can take care of yourself,” he told her, “and you have no idea how much I appreciate that. You’re gonna need it to survive this.” Again, his jaw ticked. “But you’re still my girl, and I’m still gonna protect you.”
She laughed, surprised. “But there was nothing to protect me from. Yeah, there are some bruises, but he wasn’t intentionally pummeling me.”
With a wave of his left brow, he gave yet another headshake. “Jokes again.”
She sobered at his frustrated tone, and she genuinely tried to make sense of his complaint. Yes, she’d laughed, but she couldn’t help but find his reaction humorous. She fought with demons on a regular basis, and he thought she needed a knight in shining armor against a fellow soldier?
Or maybe he doesn’t think I need one, she soon grasped. Maybe he just needs me to let him be mine.
That thought gave her pause, and she smiled in sudden clarity. If the tables were turned, she’d want—no, need—to protect him and come to his aid so she could fight for him, and next to him.
“Okay. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t laugh.” She sighed while gazing meaningfully at him. “But I do need you to know that I don’t need you to come to my rescue.”
“I do know that,” he agreed. “But I need you to know that I have to anyway.”
She laughed another time, though this one was saturated with affection. “We really are a stubborn couple.”
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