Nothing is what it seems…

 

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Roxanne’s Ghost Saga is set against the backdrop of modern day South Africa. It is a complex ghost story of identical twin sisters’ love for the same man, told in two books.

And the theme? Nothing is what it seems.

We move into the realms of the mists of time that could either reveal or conceal.

Book 1, Goodbye, My Love, introduces country vet, Ben, his four-year-old autistic daughter and would-be nanny, Jessica James. Jess’ interview with Ben for the nanny position takes place on Friday the 13th. An attraction between the two is immediate, which by all accounts isn’t entirely normal.

Ben’s three oddball sisters-in-law descend on him for the anniversary of his wife Roxanne’s death. They try to convince Ben that Roxanne isn’t dead, more than likely to put an end to whatever might develop between Ben and Jessica. But Ben knows that no one could ever have survived that car crash.

His daughter is supposed to be autistic, but only sometimes does she display the symptoms that led to her diagnosis. As Ben said: Autism is not a disease, it’s a condition. Symptoms can’t be turned on and off at will. So…what is it with the child?

Ben’s wife’s twin sister, Millicent, brings a psychic with her to Ben’s home in order to help them find Roxanne. Only, Daemon wears dresses and a half-moon shaped earring. Who would take him seriously?

Of course, his wife’s twin isn’t happy to find Jess already in Ben’s house—trouble is imminent. But only as far as Ethel, Ben’s ancient housekeeper, will allow. What does the housekeeper know that will keep Millicent’s ruffled feathers under control?

More importantly…

Where is Roxanne?

Cover - PS I Love YouIn book 2, PS: I Love You, Jess found her.

Ben was wrong and the odd-ball sisters-in-law, believe it or not, were right—Roxanne wasn’t dead!

But where Jess saw her she could never come home from. She was as good as dead to Ben, because Roxanne couldn’t be his wife again, ever. If only Jess could find a way to make him understand, if only he would listen to her.

Amber, Ben’s 4 year old autistic daughter was in trouble. Her development regressed drastically and Jess hoped it wouldn’t be permanent. Trying to take the child away from the influence of her aunts, she found that she couldn’t leave the house. She, and Amber, were trapped at Weltevreden.

Was this what Ether, the old housekeeper, meant on the day Jess arrived when she told her Jess would never leave again? The sisters wanted to do her in, but she was trapped and at their mercy?

And then Ether decided that she was living her final day, and that there was one more thing she had to do. Can a person do that? Can when decide when it was time to die? And what was the last thing she had to do? And after she was gone…

Would the sisters’ plan for Ben and Amber finally be revealed?

Goodbye, My Love is available here: http://tinyurl.com/y96za8yr

PS: I Love You will be released on October 23, 2017

 

 

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What Is It About Friday the 13th?

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In my book Goodbye, My Love, Jess, the would-be nanny, arrives for her interview with Ben late afternoon on Friday the 13th. Although she scoffs at the notion of being superstitious about the number and the day, she assigns the strange things happening to Friday the 13th.

The fear of Friday the 13th is a widespread phobia, right up there with the superstitions about black cats and walking under a laden and spilling salt. Everyone knows that bad things happen on Friday the 13th and many people avoid the bad luck by staying home on that day, they change appointments, and refrain from certain activities like having a haircut or even changing their bed linens.

There is at least one Friday the 13ht every year, but there can’t be more than three – which should be a relief to the phobics. TGIF – thank God it’s Friday – normally heralds the beginning of the weekend, so what changes when Friday is also the 13th day of the month? Every month has a thirteenth day. When it fall on a different day of the week, no one pays it any attention. But it isn’t very clear why Friday the 13th has such significance, except the link with the fear of the number 13 and the association with historical facts about the day. Here is the link to an article I wrote a while ago. https://maggietideswell.blogspot.co.za/2016/04/the-number-13.html

Some people believe this fear has a biblical link, because Jesus was crucified of Friday the thirteenth and there were 13 people at the table for the Last Supper. In history, the Knights Templar were massacred on Friday, October 13. But nobody really knows where this fear came from, and the media has a great time perpetuating it with movies like the Friday the 13th series.

Here are the links to a couple of wonderful articles about the fear of Friday the 13th:

https://www.thoughtco.com/why-is-friday-the-13th-considered-unlucky-3298238

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/12/health/why-we-fear-friday-13th/index.html

http://tinyurl.com/lmospnx

Time-Travel vs Time-Bending

When I started writing Goodbye, My Love, I had no plan of messing with the chronology of time. What fascinated me was parallel stories within a story. But as the story unfolded, time bent by itself. And it works. It’s only now, with hindsight, that I question what time-travel and time-bending actually is.

When either concepts are mentioned, sci-fi movies immediately come to mind. In these, use is made of fantastic contraptions to travel through time in, from a telephone booth in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, to a Delorean in Back to the Future. 
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In reality, no such equipment is needed as time is relative. We all know the three dimensions of space: length, width and depth, but what we seem to forget is that time is the forth dimension. Time has no meaning without space and the two act together as the space-time continuum. Whatever happens, it involves both space and time.

Here is a wonderful article I found that explains it far better and in greater depth than I ever can: http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/time-travel.htm
I have often wondered about people disappearing without a trace. Could it be possible that they got lost in time without intending to?

But what about time bending to take a person from now to an alternative now in the past or the future? This is not the same as time-travel. I found this article on how to bend time: http://www.mindpowernews.com/BendTime.htm What do you make of that?

The next question I ask myself, is whether it is possible to be in the same place but at a different time – sort of in a different level or dimension? Here is but one article – and there are many – on research findings into the levels of time: http://fqxi.org/community/articles/display/139
So…is it possible to be in one place at two or more different times? Is it possible to move backward and forward in time when space remains constant? I would say that if one accepts that time isn’t flat (linear), then anything is possible.

Goodbye, My Love is available for pre-order here:
and will be released on May 29, 2017

Related article

https://maggietideswell.blogspot.co.za/2017/02/cover-reveal-goodbye-my-love.html


Review – Bound By One Scandalous Night – Diane Gaston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although Regency is not my favorite, I thoroughly enjoyed Daine Gaston’s version of it. Definitely a scandalous start for the regency era, it captivated me nearly from the first page. I adored Edmond – the strong silent type – although I felt like slapping Amelie for not being more transparent to him. Maybe that was how girls were in that era and why I’m not fond of the period. I enjoyed this book very much, over all.

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Vanishing Twin Syndrome

Image result for ultrasound pics of twinsA few years ago I read in a Dr. Ruth type column about a woman who was having twins and then the one baby just disappeared. I never heard of this before, so I went onto a medical site to find out more. Apart from being told to see a doctor immediately – I was not pregnant! – I was given the information I needed.

Apparently, it is quite common in multiple pregnancies for one fetus to be ‘absorbed’ by the other one. Here is an excellent article about the causes and effects of the vanishing twin syndrome: http://americanpregnancy.org/multiples/vanishing-twin-syndrome/
This made me think about the psychological adjustment of the surviving twin. We all know how close twins, especially identical twins, are to each other. Research have shown that twins feel each others’ emotions, etc etc, and if one should die, the remaining twin suffers more than when a non-twin sibling dies. But what about it if one twin dies invitro, like in the vanishing twin syndrome? Would the survivor ‘feel’ the loss of the twin who died before birth, later in life?

In my book A Convenient Marriage, Nicole was a handful at the best of times, but a lot of her behavior could be attributed to the ‘sadness’ she often felt. She had no explanation for the feeling that something was missing in her life, and tried to fill the gap by any means possible – partying too hard, men, drugs – while Joshua waited for her to marry him. It was only when her nightmares got out of hand that her father told her that she was the survivor of the vanishing twin syndrome. But he lied to her, didn’t he, because there was more to her nightmares than that.

Searching for the answers she needs, will Addie lose everything she has?

Adeline “Addie” Montgomery is searching for the truth. As she and Blake travel back to 1920, she expects her nemesis Otto is behind a string of art forgeries. The only problem is that the villain has completely disappeared. Addie must now find Otto without blowing her cover to keep the past intact, as long as a lover from a past life doesn’t get in the way…

Blake Greenwood wants nothing more than to catch Otto and return to the present with Addie, the love of his life. When his mother goes missing as well, he leaves Addie alone with his half-brother to save his family. As the future begins to change in unexpected ways, Blake and Addie begin to question everything. Can they find Otto and save their relationship before what they had disappears for good?

Lost In Time is the third book in an absorbing series of paranormal romance time travel novels. If you like museum capers, psychic powers, and romance that’s both steamy and sweet, then you’ll love Alyssa Richard’s thrilling conclusion to the Fine Art of Deception Series. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ALYSSA RICHARDS is the Amazon best selling author of The Fine Art of Deception series and upcoming The Haunting of Alcott Manor series – a contemporary gothic trilogy due out in 2017. 

She loves living in the South with her husband and two children. She also loves good espresso, her rescue dogs, magnolias and gardenias, and, of course, reading a great book. She grew up running barefoot in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where her favorite weekly adventure was a trip to the library with her mom. 

Find out more at: http://www.alyssarichards.com