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Some Books Suggestions…


Here are a couple of book suggestions that may interest you all.  These are books by authors I’ve met along my writing journey.  I’ll be posting more suggestions in the near future as well.  I understand that not all the books suggested will appeal to everyone, but helping fellow authors gain more exposure is just as important as getting my own books to be known.  I know how difficult it is for Indie Authors and the struggles we all face.  So please take a peak and help spread the word.  

 

Today I have two very different offerings for your perusal, that still share a common theme.  Psychic phenomenon and life after death…

For my fellow Jane Austen fans who can’t get enough of Elizabeth and Darcy, here’s  a clever knew take on their continuing story…

http://www.amazon.com/Darcys-Last-Promise-Medea-Yorba-ebook/dp/B00G5R4QT8/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_d_3

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet’s beloved characters and deliciously romantic love story have captured imaginations for roughly the last two hundred years. But the story did not end there. Elizabeth receives Darcy’s Last Promise in his final moments in that lifetime. He vows that somehow he will find Elizabeth and that they will be together again. This promise is not as simple as it sounds and the journey takes them through misunderstanding, desperation, and perseverance. The story is full of humor, hope, frustration, pain and joy. As an added twist, they are not the only original Pride and Prejudice characters who show up in the 21st century. Watch for the sequel Darcy’s Last Promise Tested

And for those who’ve ever wondered what is was like to be a real-live psychic,  here’s a book that let’s you see through the eyes of one….

http://www.amazon.com/Shining-Within-Me-Communications-Afterlife-ebook/dp/B00K8SZU40/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402074059&sr=1-1&keywords=the+shining+within+me+freddie+rivera

The Shining Within Me: Communications From the Afterlife: Foreword by renowned psychic medium Concetta Bertoldi

This true account of the life of Psychic Medium Freddie Rivera will leave you spellbound and in awe of what lies beyond the physical experience we have here on earth.

Freddie was born and raised in New York City. The beginning of his life was a difficult one, and it only became more challenging as he got older. Freddie was born a natural medium, meaning his abilities became fully active at age six. As a small child, he suffered and endured frightening and confusing paranormal activity. He saw, heard and felt what most adults would find unfathomable. He doesn’t hold back on the negative aspects of being a psychic medium. One of his first frightening experiences was when he saw a “Grim Reaper” like spirit at age six.

He had one experience so frightening that he shut down and was forced to face a lonely, almost unbearable existence through his road into adulthood. He had nowhere to turn; society did not acknowledge much less even speak about the things that Freddie was going through.

When he was old enough to go out on his own, he joined the army and traveled and was exposed to places that were almost too much for him to bear; sensitive as he was to supernatural activity. He takes you through the rough road in the jungles in Panama and the freezing temperatures at the glaciers in Alaska. He experienced a Nazi Concentration Camp, on a level that was different from the rest of his fellow soldiers.

Freddie had profound yet misunderstood experiences that he himself tried to ignore and keep at a distance. He was unaware of the true meaning of his abilities and was on his own with the overwhelming activity within and around him. He felt he could not share the occurrences in his life as he was afraid other people would think he was insane.

On Freddie’s path to self-discovery, he finds himself in conflict with the true calling he was not yet aware he possessed. There are areas in the book that are very frightening, and leaves us to wonder. The unknown is most frightening with lack of knowledge. Freddie learns to understand and face it head on. He learns what he really is capable of.

You will journey with him while he finds himself and what made him who he is today. When Freddie discovered the true meaning of his gifts, he also discovered his mission in life and his life’s calling.


Within the last 2 years I’ve taken 5 different dance classes: Ballroom, Jazz, Ballet, Latin and Improvisation.  Plus I intend to take more in the fall over at my college.  Now I do these because dance is well-within the tolerance levels of my Fibromyalgia.  Plus I learn so much more about “Core-Building”, fluid movements, music, etc.  Plus, I enjoy trying all these different styles and seeing how they make me feel body-wise, emotionally and mentally.  Quite frankly I find it all quite stimulating and refreshing.

Now what does all this have to do with bringing characters to life and making them feel more real?  Simple.  To me, a person’s life is the sum total of their experiences both good and bad.  How we react, what choices we make, all of these things shape who we are and who we may yet become.  So if a life is shaped by experiences and how they made you feel, how can your characters be any less human than you or me?  But a character is a made up person with no real past or experiences, EXCEPT for the ones we as writers give them.  In my case, I give some of my own personal life experiences to my various characters.  For instance I’ve given the skill of Ballroom Dance to two of my characters.  I gave them different levels of experience, one was a beginner the other was extremely advanced and taught others.  Now, in no way am I an expert in Ballroom, BUT I knew people who were and was able to get some insights from them.  I transferred SOME of these insights and experiences to the characters.  You’ll note I said SOME of these insights and experiences.  Because unless the main story revolves around Ballroom, why should I bore the reader with pages and pages about that kind of dance?  I give the audience snippets of those insights and the joy and feeling of dance.  Enough let them get more information about this character and what makes them happy and why.

But there are other life experiences I’ve  drawn upon as well.  But I’ve also given my characters experiences from the sad times in my life such as  losing someone close to me.  The pain, the feeling of being lost and confused by the experience of someone no longer being a part of your life.  People can relate to all of this and can feel sorry for or commiserate with the character in these situations.  It makes the reader feel more like the person they’re reading about is more human, like someone they know.

Hobbies or jobs are another way of making your creations seem more like real people.  Their pet peeves at the job.  Annoying co-workers, friends, what they do off the job together.  All of these help make a character seem more like a real person.  Draw from your own life, give bits of your feelings or experiences to your people to make them more than 2-dimensional caricatures from a comic strip.  Remember, your characters are your children, shape them give them life and the audience will appreciate and love them as you do.

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