Guest Post: Deby Adair, Author of “The Wish Trilogy”

A WRITER’S JOURNEY

(BY DEBY ADAIR)

During my ‘travels’ as a writer, as a follower of mythical marvels, a dreamer who shapes words, and a believer in making dreams come true, I have met unicorns.

I met them long ago, when I was a girl… a girl whom animals followed through the streets, who sat under shady trees and talked to the ethers, sending out her thoughts in happy, floating imaginings; who deliberately touched trees as she passed them and climbed rocky, red soiled and sun-struck hills, barefoot. A girl who cradled her pet chicken for hours at a time, stroking the red feathers and telling her things about the magical ministries of nature and fairies, which chickens must already know as they scratch in the yard and roll in the dirt after a day of dozing in the sun.

There was so much to understand and learn about places unseen – hidden places – places where beauty unravelled as naturally as a mountain stream, where waterfalls of galloping horses would masquerade as drops of water, vibrating with essences invisible to the mortal eye. Hanging fig trees with grand canopies hid the music-halls of fairies and, in the tumbling sun-slants of thick forest undergrowth, there walked elves and their consorts, stately beings with watchful eyes.

Humans played no part in these places; they were the scratch that soured the day; muttering and grumbling about the inconvenience of passing thunder storms, moaning about the things they needed or didn’t need, telling a small child what she could, and could not do.

But I knew something then which I lost for a while, and yet, in the blink of an eye, in later life, reclaimed.

I knew that if I closed my eyes and drifted with morning mists or walked barefoot in streams or on dew, if I held a cricket in my hand and listened to its chirp – all the time my eyes shut tight – then suddenly, when the moment chose, the whole world would entangle in a web of perfect silence and, in that moment, it would happen. A brush upon my brow or on my bare-skinned arm and the sigh of a gentle breath… the softest most intangible fleeting gossamer touch would send tingles up my spine. And I knew, I knew for certain, that I had felt the unicorn’s kiss.

‘What is that?’ you ask, almost believing me. Well, I will tell you this: A unicorn’s kiss is the brush of their forelock or mane upon those lucky humans still unsullied by the mortal world – a child of pure heart – and the merest sensation of their breath accompanies the stroke of their silken touch. Yet in the second that you open your eyes to catch a glimpse, there may only be one thing which, captive in your mortal shell, you may or may not hear – the swish of a step as they leave.

It’s rarer now. Even for the pure of heart, the earth is filled with noise and harsh battering. Fences patch the planet far and wide and trees and forests dwindle from man’s harsh hand, whilst the gentle spirits that care for them are fleeing, eradicated by terror from the human smell and touch.

However, there is still a unicorn forest. It is the last place that immortality reigns and can be shown to us in our frail human lifespan. But I cannot tell you where that is… for you must find it for yourself.

‘Be careful where you tread

On a misty winter’s night

For stories tell of things we dread

But they may not be right

Be careful where you tip-toe

On a morning kissed with spring

For you may see the unicorn

As she stops to breathe dew in

Be careful where you stand and sing

Should you do so near a mountain stream

For you may lose your heart my friend

To the mysteries of a dream…’ ©  ‘UnicornKisses’

The WISH trilogy – by Deby Adair. – Book 1: WISH-Dreams Beginning, Book 2: WISH AGAIN-Dreams Truth, Book 3: The THIRD WISH-Dreams Honour.

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AUTHOR BIO’S

Deby Adair is an author, artist, graphic artist and equestrian. An avid follower of the mystical and mysterious, Deby Adair has always loved the purity and truth of unicorns and their archetypal majesty. A past professional equestrian, Deby loves all animals and champions animal rights, the environment and human rights. She believes we must take care of our natural world.

An avid reader all her life, Deby began writing stories, poetry and prose from a very young age, the WISH trilogy is based on many works of writing and art which she produced as a girl but later embellished and created into her three novels.

Writing this trilogy and creating a vast collection of wonderful, exciting art works has occupied her for many years now. We hope you enjoy her much loved books and wonderful artwork as much as Deby enjoyed creating them!

THE WISH TRILOGY

BOOK 1: WISH

From the mists of time there comes a long-lost tale of unicorns.

‘Wish – Dreams Beginning’, Book One of the Wish trilogy.

When a homeless girl called Rielle and her unusual dog Pud become hopelessly lost in a wild landscape, they find themselves in an untamed forest. Here they meet an enigmatic unicorn who charms Rielle with his cryptic ways. Soon Rielle and Pud find themselves locked into an adventure of soul-seeking, friendship, mystery and truth that is both disarming and sometimes sinister.

Meet unicorns as you’ve never thought of them before; ancient forests and unusual creatures. – Although classified for Children and Teens, this book is also receiving heartfelt reviews from adults.

BOOK 2: WISH AGAIN

As a timeworn legend comes to life, can the past be mended and the present put right?

‘Wish Again – Dreams Truth’, Book Two of the Wish trilogy.

Disarming, charismatic and thrilling, this book explores friendship, complex characters, trust and the ethereal beauty and archetypal power of unicorns such as you have never seen unicorns before.

Fast-paced, this book draws you from one chapter to the next in a series of unfolding scenes that send you hurling to its conclusion with bated breath.

Wish Again- Dreams Truth by Deby Adair has been nominated for the 2011 Aurealis Awards – Australia’s Premier Award for Speculative Fiction written by an Australian Citizen.

Although classified for Children and Teens, it is also receiving rave reviews from adults. Wish Again-Dreams Truth-Book Two of the WISH trilogy.

BOOK 3: THE THIRD WISH

An ancient feud and a race for power, who will have the final victory? And what of the unicorns… which destiny will they be keeping?

In this final book of the Wish trilogy – ‘The Third Wish-Dreams Honour’- the gripping destiny of Rielle and the company of complex characters that become inextricably bound in her adventure, is revealed.

In this powerful, touching and thought-provoking book, the destiny of each character unwinds to reveal how unicorns, humans and First Ones are bound in a quest of honour to an ancient truth.

To do The Third Wish-Dreams Honour full justice, it is best read after reading Book 1, Wish- Dreams Beginning and Book 2, Wish Again-Dreams Truth.

The Third Wish- Dreams Honour by Deby Adair has been nominated for the 2011 Aurealis Awards – Australia’s Premier Award for Speculative Fiction written by an Australian Citizen.

Although classified for Children and Teens, this is not just a children’s book and is also receiving rave reviews from adults. The Third Wish-Dreams Honour-Book Three of the WISH trilogy.

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Guest Post: Jamie Haden, Author of “Illuminate-Alive, She Cried”

GUEST POST- Author Interview 

ILLUMINATE-ALIVE, SHE CRIED by Jamie Haden 

What or who Inspired you to write “Illuminate-Alive, She Cried?”  

My daughters inspired me to write Illuminate-Alive, She Cried, the second book in The Talisa Santiago Series. A couple years ago, I was doing research on Native Americans in the public library when I asked my oldest daughter to check out a book. She said there was nothing she wanted. I laughed and told her I would write a novel for her to read. Twelve weeks later, I gave her Spirit Seeker.

How did you come up with such interesting characters for this novel?  

The characters in Illuminate-Alive, She Cried are a mix of many different people I have met throughout my life. Talisa Santiago, the protagonist, was definitely the most difficult character for me to write. I had to separate myself from her, let go of my own moral philosophies and beliefs, and allow Talisa to experience life and love in the way that seemed natural for her, not necessarily natural for me.

Who is your favorite author(s) and why?  

I would have to say Harold Robbins and Milan Kundera, two opposites for sure. Robbins because The Betsy was the first book of fiction I read as a kid. I snuck it from my dad and kept it in a brown paper bag. As for Kundera, I picked up The Unbearable Lightness of Being in a used bookstore in college. I had never heard of him, or the book, but as soon as I read the prose, I was hooked.

What is Jamie most Thankful for? 

I am most thankful that my daughters are healthy and safe.

Tell us about you and your family.  

I met my husband when I was eighteen in Myrtle Beach, SC. We were college students from West Virginia working there for summer break. Five years later, we eloped and ran off to Tennessee. We’ve been married for nineteen years. David is my best friend.

What are your hobbies?  

I love to play around with black and white photography, and try different wines. We have a few cellars and are always on the lookout for a new Burgundy (my favorite) Bordeaux or Barolo. I think it would fun to open a little wine shop/bookstore.

How would you describe the words (as related to your novel):   

love, friend, great grandmother(gg),  grandfather, tricksters & shaman

In one word:

Love- Difficult, Friend-Safety, Great-Grandmother-Awakened, Grandfather-Holy,

Shaman-Wisdom, Tricksters-Everywhere

What genre(s) do you like to read? 

Literary, Fantasy, and Hardboiled Fiction. I’m obsessed with Noir. I can’t get enough.

I would like to put a Excerpt from your novel… you can give it or I can choose it… just something that you want the readers to read from this interview…..  

Sure, I’d love to. Thanks for asking. Okay, to set the scene: Dakota and Talisa are alone on the beach talking. Talisa has just learned her life is in grave danger and she must leave the island for one year. Dakota speaks first:

“My old man explained there were three types of spirit people. The first he called healers, mediators. When a healer fell into trances, their soul would leave their body and venture into other realms, different realities. Some of them were channels for the spirits and acted as mediums.”

“Shape-shifters can travel the same way, can’t they?”

“Sure, but we are of dual nature. We fully possess two souls, that of man and animal.”

“What did Dad say about the third type?’ I asked even though I knew the answer.

“Spirit seekers held a special place in his heart, and he called them the eyes of the world. These visionaries walked the earth to seek sacred knowledge. Spirit seekers didn’t need to experience a trance to soar far. They had unique abilities.”

“What?”

“You tell me.”

“It wasn’t easy for me. My mother and I left the desert when I turned seven years old. We moved around a lot, always to the water, and she refused to talk about my past, my heritage, or anything Native. I never fit in anywhere, just another outsider. Nasty kids teased me, made jokes. Life proved to be difficult. Then a year ago, out of the clear blue, Mom announced we were moving to Silence, an island off the coast of North Carolina. She said we would be at the mercy of the sea. No cars allowed. People actually got around on golf carts and dirt bikes. I had no idea what to expect.”

“I can only imagine how you must have felt.”

“Dakota, the islanders on Silence looked like me, moved like me, thought like me. It was surreal to say the least.”

“Talisa, we knew you were coming. Jag’s dad is a ghost dancer; he saw it long ago.”

“You, Jag and Miguel knew a dark secret about me, one I didn’t even know myself.”

“We helped you, trusted you.”

“I am a spirit seeker; I have the gift of vision.”

“You can see things none of us can see.”

“But I have no idea what I am supposed to see, or what life has in store for me.”

“No one knows what life has in store for them.”

“Tonight I have to leave the island because my life is in danger. Starting over somewhere new is never painless.”

“It will be easier this time around.”

“I feel as if I am lost all over again.” I wiped my hand across my eyes.

“If you’re lost, maybe you’ll be found.”

“I can’t protect myself against those who lurk in the night. Unlike you, I am fully human,” I said.

“Are you, Talisa, are you fully human?”

I ignored his question and looked away.

Jamie Haden 

Wilmington, NC August 2012 

ILLUMINATE-ALIVE, SHE CRIED a novel by Jamie Haden 

Some say the concept of rebirth is simply a metaphor for living a better life, a holier life. For seventeen-year old Talisa Santiago, such a resurrection is anything but a metaphor. It is her reality.

Talisa knows she can communicate with the spiritual world. She is the granddaughter of a shaman and going between two different worldly dimensions is something she realizes she is destined to do. However, what she doesn’t count on is what fate has in store for her.

After surviving the first hurricane of the season on the island where she lives, Talisa learns that her life is in grave danger. She must leave immediately and retreat to live with a secretive clan of Indians on a remote reservation deep within the Great Smokey Mountains.

Her blood brothers, three shifters who have the desires of both man and animal surround her, promising everlasting friendship and protection. Now, Talisa will put her life in their hands, depart from her mother, and begin the journey of a lifetime. However, the majestic mountains hold many secrets and danger lurks in the night. There are evil tricksters everywhere that want her dead. As Talisa falls prey to the confusion of her own sexuality, she unleashes an untamed passion that may get them all killed.

Jamie Leigh Haden is the author of Spirit Seeker, a young adult fantasy. Jamie lives and writes near the seashore in North Carolina. She has a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Jamie is currently working on An Unimagined Life, the sequel to Illuminate-Alive, She Cried. Get Illuminate-Alive, She Cried on Kindle here: http://goo.gl/g6qKF  or in paperback here: http://goo.gl/3V4Of 

Jamie Haden www.jamiehaden.com  

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