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The Loving Husband Trilogy on tour

The Loving Husband Trilogy by Meredith AllardBox_Set_667x1000

Box Set – All Three Books

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Copperfield Press

Date of Publication: June 10, 2014

Number of Pages: 782

Word Count: 265,000

Cover Artist: LFD Designs

 

Book Description

Meredith Allard’s beloved bestselling paranormal/historical Loving Husband Trilogy is now available together for the first time, with bonus material about the series.  The collections includes the full texts of Her Dear & Loving Husband, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, and Her Loving Husband’s Return, plus Q&A with Meredith Allard, series inspirations, and discussion questions.  The Loving Husband Trilogy Box Set will please the most devoted James and Sarah Wentworth fans as well as fans new to the series.

Book One: Her Dear & Loving Husband

James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties with anyone. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth.  Though it has been years since Elizabeth’s death, James cannot move one.

Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail.  Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feeling for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be.  Soon James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Do vampires and witches live in Salem?  Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?

 

Book Two: Her Loving Husband’s Curse

How far will you go to protect the one you love?

Finally, after many long and lonely years, vampire James Wentworth’s life is falling into place.  Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears.  Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth.  If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer.  Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?

 

Book Three: Her  Loving Husband’s Return

What would you do to return to the only one you have ever loved?

Vampire James Wentworth’s secret is no longer a secret, and now he and his beloved wife, Sarah, have been separated.  While suffering his own internment, James is reminded of his time with Japanese-Americans in the Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II, and he cannot allow the past to repeat itself.  With the help of his friends – Chandresh, Jocelyn, Timothy, even the irreverent Geoffrey – James learns what it means to return, and he is determined to return to his Sarah no matter the challenges – or the consequences.  In the end, it may be up to Olivia, the most powerful of witches, to grant Jame’s most fervent wish.  Will James and Sarah be reunited once and for all despite the madness surrounding them?

 

MeredithAbout the author:

Meredith Allard is the author of the best-selling noves The Loving Husband TrilogyVictory Garden, Woman of Stones,  and My Brother’s Battle (Copperfield Press).  She received her B. A. and M. A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge.  She has taught writing to students ages ten to sixty, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference.  She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Website: www.meredithallard.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormeredithallard

Twitter: www.twitter.com/copperfield101

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4866638.Meredith_Allard

 

 

Tour By: Bewitching Book Tours

July 7 Guest blog
Mythical Books
GP – proposed topic: The Eternity of the True Love
July 7 Spotlight
Roxanne’s Realm
July 8 Interview
Paranormal Romance Fans for Life
July 9 Guest blog (review later)
Fang Freakin’ Tastic Reviews
July 10 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
July 11 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books
July 14 Spotlight
Books Direct
July 15 Spotlight
Buried Under Books
July 16 Interview
Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
July 17 Top Ten List
Darkest Cravings
top ten vampires in books, tv, and/or movies
July 18 Spotlight
Black Lilac Kitty
July 21 Spotlight
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
July 21 Review
Mom With A Kindle

 

 

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Everday Celebrations with Maria Loggia


About the book:

Maria Loggia’s kitchen door is always open. Her home and garden are a gathering place for friends and family, who come to share her easygoing enthusiasm and generosity – and her inspired Italian cuisine. In this, her second book, Loggia celebrates the seasons with 16 sumptuous menus – from a spontaneous al fresco garden party to a slow-simmered midwinter feast and a traditional Sunday family lunch.
Book Details:
Book Title: Everyday Celebrations with Maria Loggia
Category: Non-fiction
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine, 176 pages
Publisher: Cardinal Publishing
Published: Oct 1, 2012
Tour dates:  July 14-18,  2014
Content Rating: GMeet the author:Maria finds inspiration in her Italian heritage and draws on family recipes that go back generations. She founded Tavola Mia, her at-home cooking school in 1999. Through her study of Italy’s regional cuisines, which has included numerous sojourns back to her native country, she has acquired great expertise in the art of Italian cooking. Her passion, humor and dedication to excellence have made her an inspiring teacher. Using fresh local ingredients, Tavola Mia celebrates the seasons in authentic, irrepressible Italian style.

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Will She Burn at the Stake?

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Book Genre: Paranormal/New AgePublisher: Pagan Writers Press

Release Date: November 27, 2013

Buy Link(s): Amazon

Book Description: It’s her last summer before going away to college and Fiona finds herself facing more than she bargained for: A boyfriend she doesn’t want who has a strange hold over her, a friend pushing her to expand her boundaries, and a new guy named Ted whose presence is more than a distraction.

If that isn’t enough, Fiona is being haunted with horrifying nightmares of burning at the stake—nightmares so real, she feels as though she’s losing her mid.

Are they only dreams, or are they trying to warn her about this new guy she can’t help but want?


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Author Bio: Short Bio: Jamie White is a music addict, book lover, pet servant & NaNoWriMo survivor. When she’s not busy writing posts for CultureShock, she’s taking pictures for her photo blog and spending time with her husband and pets. She released Stains on the Soul and Clutter via Pagan Writers Press in 2013.Long Bio: Jamie White is an author, blogger, photo geek, music addict, editor, pop culture geek, paranormal junkie, and a pet servant.

She spent more than a decade as a Journalism student, geeking out over Pagemaker, layout design, and other stuff.

In college, she took it a step further and became the only student to be on all three of her college’s publications, serving as Editor-In-Chief for two of them. Later, she went on to freelance writing and blogging.

Jamie began her journey into fiction writing in 2010 after joining a writing group. Since that first meeting, she has completed a bunch of short stories, five manuscripts, and several in progress. Her first novel, The Life and Times of No One In Particular, was released in 2012. She followed it up with a story in the Lyrical Muse Anthology in 2013. The end of 2013 will see two releases with Pagan Writers Press.

When Jamie’s not writing or blogging, she takes pictures, meditates, practices Reiki and chanting, watches favorite shows/movies, takes walks, and serves as a volunteer for the Florida Writers Association by running their social media and a writing group (Gulfstream Writers).

Social Links:

www.jamielwhite.com

www.jbcultureshock.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/AuthorJamieWhite

www.twitter.com/JamieWAuthor

www.pinterest.com/AuthorJamieW/

www.goodreads.com/author/show/5561416.Jamie_White

www.plus.google.com/+JamieWhiteAuthor

www.amazon.com/Jamie-White/e/B00850MY88/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Are You Weird Enough?

Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation by Kimberley Payne

Adam's AnimalsKimberley Payne author

 

Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation just released this spring!

Is your church running a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program this summer based on the Weird Animals curriculum? http://www.group.com/vbs/weird-animals

Consider using  Adam’s Animals along with the accompanying craft book, Super Simple Animal Crafts http://bit.ly/SuperSimpleAnimalCrafts in your Sunday School program leading up VBS. It’s a great resource for your church to generate interest in your summer programs.

Adam’s Animals is an entertaining and educational book that offers children loads of fun while they learn about the Bible.

Inside you’ll find:

• Bible stories about the animal

• Fascinating facts about each animal

• Whimsical illustrations for creative colouring fun

• Word search puzzles to learn new words and improve spelling

 

Watch a video of author Kimberley Payne reading from Adam’s Animals http://bit.ly/ReadingFromAdamsAnimals

View sample pages from Adam’s Animals

http://bit.ly/ExcerptsFromAdamsAnimals

 

What others are saying about Adam’s Animals

“Kimberley looks at the creatures found in the Bible and gives children some incredible scientific facts about them. She then follows those facts up with Scripture references from the Bible on what God has to say about the many animals she has listed in this book. If your child is one who likes “Did you know…?” books, they’ll love this one. Included in the book are word search activities and pictures to colour. ” – Laura Davis

“Author Kimberly Payne has done a thorough job of researching the animal kingdom and combining it with scripture and biblical stories. This book has many fascinating facts about animals and is laid our in a very organized manner with pictures to color and word puzzles.” – Carol Stratton

“From ants to worms, children will not only find the facts interesting, some will even make them giggle. At the same time, they are learning how creative God is that he would make so many animals with distinct characteristics.”– Carol Round

“I plan to use this book in our home school program as it integrates faith, science, language and art.  My kids love it – there is much information in it, our 12 year old couldn’t get through it in one sitting.” – Michelle Evans

“This is a delightful book filled with (as promised) fun facts about God’s creatures. I appreciated the focus on scripture and how Kimberley aligns God’s word with God’s creatures. The word challenges are a wonderful way to hone other skills such as spelling and reading, too, so this is a great activity to go along with the information. “– Glynis Belec

This children’s activity book cleverly ties in scripture, so not only does it teach the inquisitive child about God’s creations, but also about God’s word.”—Melanie Fischer

 

Buy the Book

On Amazon http://bit.ly/adamsanimals

About the Author

Kimberley Payne is an award-winning author who combines her teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for children about family, fitness, science and faith. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

 

Now available! Children’s activity book

Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation

http://amzn.to/ZUURvI

http://www.scienceandfaithmatters.wordpress.com

http://www.kimberleypayne.com

 

 

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Rachel Carrington on Tour


Connecting Strangers
Discovering Emily Series
Book 1
Rachel Carrington

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Date of Publication: July 21, 2014

ISBN:
ASIN:
Word Count: ~67,000

Cover Artist: Elaina Lee of For the Muse Designs

Book Description:

Getting close is dangerous…

He’s too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they won’t grab hold of his shirt. Because that’s what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didn’t run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. I’d forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals he’ll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I can’t even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become.  I’ve never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but I’m sure he’ll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

I’ve had enough complications in my life. I’m not looking for more, and that’s exactly what Adam is—a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I can’t risk bringing him down with me. But he won’t leave…even when vengeance could kill us both.


About the Author:

I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.
After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense.

I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, Freelance Writing.com, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read, watch Bones, Castle, Blue Bloods, and Hawaii Five-O, create videos, keep Target in business, play visitor in my city, and drink lots of coffee.

My website: http://www.rachelcarrington.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rcarrington2004

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorrachelcarrington

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/rcarrington2004

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/rcarrington2004

Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/RachelCarrington

 

THANK YOU FROM RACHEL

Rachel would like to thank all of her sponsors for contributing prizes to her blog tour for Connecting Strangers.
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TOUR STOPS
June 23 Character Interview
Eclipse Reviews
June 23 Spotlight
Book Liaison
June 24 Spotlight
Paranormal Book Club
June 25 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
June 26 Spotlight
The Tome Gnome
June 27 Interview
A Writer’s Mind
June 30 review
More Romance Please
July 1 Spotlight
Deal Sharing Aunt
July 2 Spotlight
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
July 3 Spotlight and review
The Book Review
July 4 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
July 7 Guest blog and review
Diaries of 2 Thick Chicks
July 8 Guest blog
Roxanne’s Realm
July 9 Spotlight
Black Lilac Kitty
July 10 Spotlight
Fang-tastic Books
July 11 Guest blog and review
Barb Taub
July 14 Spotlight
Writing from Corsets to Bustiers
July 15 Spotlight and review
Queen of the Night Reviews.
July 16 Spotlight
Kristy Centeno
July 17 Spotlight
Share My Destiny
July 18 Interview
Booklover Sue
July 18 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books
July 21 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.
July 21 Guest blog
Darkest Cravings

 

 

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Pharaoh’s Curse

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17th Novel in Robert Thornhill’s Lady Justice Series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An artifact is stolen from the King Tut exhibit, setting in motion a string of bizarre murders that baffle the Kansas City Police Department.

A local author simultaneously releases his novel, The Curse of the Pharaohs, attributing the deaths to an ancient prophesy, ‘Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the King.’

Are the deaths the result of an ancient curse or modern day mayhem?

Follow the clues with Walt and decide for yourself!

 

Read Chapter 1

 

Available at

Amazon  | booksbybob

 

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Yancy Caruthers on Tour

 

Yancy Caruthers (1971- ) grew up in Alton, MO, and joined the Army Reserves at 17. He became a nurse, and worked in several areas until finding a passion in emergency medicine, which ultimately led to a job with an air ambulance company. He served in Iraq two different times, and retired from the Army as a Captain.

After this experience, he decided to leave the medical profession and pursue other endeavors. He has now lived on three continents, and is hoping to reside on at least three more. He currently lives with his family in Nassau, The Bahamas.

 

Author Links -

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Northwest-of-Eden/250130025040071

http://www.amazon.com/Yancy-Caruthers/e/B00KDE445A

 

Book Genre: Memoir, Military/Medical71Y0ONAIsbL._SL1500_

Publisher: Independent (CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing)

Release Date: eBook April 2014, paperback May 2014

Buy Link(s):

http://www.amazon.com/Northwest-Eden-Yancy-Caruthers/dp/1497397286

 

Book Description: Northwest of Eden is the author’s first person account of his experience during Operation Iraqi Freedom as second-in-command of an Army emergency department and leader of an air transport team. The varied cast of characters provides top-notch medical care to service members in harsh conditions, while wielding the darkest humor against each other just to stay sane. Most of the time they succeeded…

Excerpt:

When it finally came time to roll the bad guy over and look at his back, we found the wound that should have killed him. A bullet had entered over his right shoulder blade, then taken an unexpected right turn and followed the surface of the bone. It had skipped out without entering his chest, but had taken a fist-sized chunk of meat along with it. The hole had been packed with a bandage roll, but it wasn’t bleeding or bubbling, so I shoved a fresh wad of gauze into it and we rolled him flat again.

I turned my attention to the room’s other occupant, a soldier who wore a dusty pale green uniform and wore the 4th Infantry patch on his shoulder.

So what exactly happened to this guy?” I asked.

The soldier exhaled sharply, and acted a bit bothered that I had asked, but he relayed the story that two guys had been spotted trying to set a roadside bomb, but had fled once they realized they had been discovered. Troops had pursued, and had ultimately cornered the two bad guys in a tiny house in a cluster of tiny houses.

When cornered the insurgents had fired back at the patrol with AK-47s, which is generally a bad idea, but these two hadn’t read the insurgent manual. When friendlies returned fire (which isn’t very friendly if you think about it) the two gentlemen had taken off out the back door.

One of them now wore a blindfold, and lay paralyzed and sedated in our trauma room, having been shot three times by some fairly pissed-off infantry troops. When he awoke, he would not be allowed to see his surroundings, or get a feel for the layout of the hospital. Those caring for him would have nametags removed, as it was a favorite habit of insurgents to pass all sorts of information using a soldier’s name, or make various allegations.

It was different, not like treating a drunk driver or sex offender back home, but trying to give good care to a man who wanted me dead, and would be certain to try if the opportunity presented itself. It was a game changer. I started every IV with a pistol on my hip.

I looked back at the corporal. He stood about five four, a good six inches shorter than me, and a full foot less than the guy on the recruiting poster. His arms were thick, but he still wore medium sized armor. I thought mine was bad enough, but this guy had additional Kevlar panels that covered each side of his torso. The plates alone probably added twelve more pounds. His short rifle was slung to his chest, but his right hand stayed draped over the pistol grip, index finger straight and off the trigger, but close enough.

The conspicuous thirty round magazine protruding from the bottom was something my soldiers only carried in their pocket, assuming they remembered it at all, and only unloaded it once a month to keep the spring from going bad.

I wondered how much of this kid’s adult life had been spent in a war zone. If I had been a bartender, I would have asked him for an ID. He might have been nineteen or twenty. He had dark eyes and dark hair, with fair, flawless skin. I speculated about his heritage, as he was some amalgam of two or three different origins. His mouth turned up slightly at one corner, in a kind of a permanent smirk. I had worked long enough in a profession dominated by females to know what women find attractive, and this guy was it. Had he been six feet tall, he would have had a group of nurses following him around.

What I wouldn’t have called him, however, was vibrant. He moved his head very slowly and deliberately, and his eyes never left his prisoner. I wasn’t sure he had even blinked. He reminded me of a coiled snake.

I decided to try some obnoxious humor. “Somebody need to go back and teach some marksmanship. This guy is shot three times with only one hit center mass.”

I expected a half-hearted grin or part of a laugh. The soldier just kept staring at his charge. His look softened a little, and his reply was deferential.

I don’t know what their problem was, sir,” he said, shrugging one shoulder. “I killed the other guy. They didn’t shoot him enough times, I guess.”

There it was. He wasn’t responding to my joke, he was actually trying to explain why my patient was still alive. Except for the words themselves, it was normal conversation, and flowed as smoothly as the answer I would have gotten if I had asked him whether or not he had eaten chow today.

 

TOUR STOPS
June 15 - Introduction at VBT Café Blog
June 16 - Spotlight at 4 Covert 2 Overt A Place In The Spotlight
June 16 - Guest Blogging at Infinite House of Books
June 18 - Spotlight at Musings of a Book Maven
June 20 - 5 Things I Know For Sure at CAT Magazine
June 24 - Interviewed at Pubslush
June 26 - 6 Besties at BK Walker Books
June 28 - Reviewed at My Life, Loves, and Passions
June 30 - Reviewed at Mythical Books
July 2 - Reviewed at Debbie Jeans
July 4 - Interviewed at Ghost Rider Book Promotions
July 7 - Spotlight at Black Lilac Kitty
July 9 - Reviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt
July 11 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

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M. J. Kane, The Butterfly Memoirs

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Gabby Angel of God



I’m originally from the Portland, Maine area and lived and worked there for years before moving to Southwest Florida. I am currently working on the sequel to Jack Canon’s American Destiny – which will be titled Jack Canon Clean Sweep. The sequel will be available in about three months.


My Dad and Mom were artists, my father painted and my mother wrote poetry and loved to garden. Most Saturdays we loaded up the 1970 Chevy Impala to trek to a one man show somewhere or other. I took a different track graduating with a business degree; owning and operating an Award Winning Franchise Fitness Center. Currently a professional manager I am living in Florida with my beautiful wife and children, and following my passion.


Some of my other projects include a children’s book called Sammy the Sea Turtle – about an infant sea turtle taken from his nest the night he was to find his way to the sea. Sammy lives with the family until their son – the boy who took him, graduates from high school. On that day Sammy, backpack in tow – begins the long journey home.
My second project in the works involves angels – a man during a visit to Bar Harbor Maine encounters an angel; quite accidentally, he is told – she was not supposed to make him aware of her existence. Only three others have ever seen the real thing. Naturally he falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful creature.
www.gregsandora.com

Author Links:

Amazon http://amzn.com/B00HC290W8

website http://www.gregsandora.com

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/gregsandora

Twitter https://twitter.com/gregsandora

Google + https://plus.google.com/115306432722909460506

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/gregsandora

Goodreads www.goodreads.com/book/show/18369918

Book Genre: Supernatural Romance/Thriller

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: February 18, 2014

Buy: http://amzn.com/B00IJA6XQS

Gabby, Angel of God is a Supernatural Romance Thriller that feels like falling in love again! The story starts out with a young widower, Bo, raising two small children – in the time it takes for three heartbeats his life will change! Ride along as stunningly beautiful Gabby, takes this human man on the no-holds barred adventure of a lifetime! If you’ve ever lost a loved one this story is for you! A story of Peace, Love, Hope, Charity, and the strength of Faith, you’ll love Gabby, Angel of God. Gabby, is not only gorgeous, she’s powerful, and able to take on forces that would make powerful armies turn and run for their lives. – Bo, during a visit to Bar Harbor, Maine encounters beautiful Gabby; quite accidentally, – she is not supposed to make him aware of her existence. His purity of spirit, kindness, and capacity for love has revealed her to him. Watch how easily he falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful creature. Gabby sparkles and shines with divine love, you’ll be caught up in the magic in no time. Gabby Angel of God is a heart felt story filled with Adventure, Suspense, and Fantasy that your sure to love. Take the thrilling ride and experience Gabby for yourself.

Excerpt:

“Bo, think of the night sky with its billions of galaxies each with its billion stars – God placed each of those stars – to show you who he is. Aren’t you in awe?” She completed the pattern of her movement and gave a graceful wave of her hand. The sky seemed to darken around us and small sparks of light hovered around. They formed into a pattern of constellations

I looked up at them in pure astonishment. “I guess I never thought of it that way.”

“God placed eternity for you to witness, all you have to do is look up.” Her voice was particularly gentle.

“I’ve wondered, especially after losing Sally, what’s it all for?” There was a familiar bitterness in my heart that had been there since her death. It felt as though Gabriella’s words were starting to draw that bitterness out like poison from a wound.

“God’s plan is full of wonder and there definitely is a purpose.” She sounded serene and confident.

“Can you tell me what that plan is? What was the purpose in Sally’s death?”

“That’s not for me to say. You’ll have to wait and let the plan unfold for you.” She came to me and took my hands in hers. Her hands were smooth as silk and pleasantly warm to the touch. The warmth seemed to spread directly to my heart.

I felt my heart begin to burn. Not in an unpleasant way but in a way that invigorated me and made me curious. “When did it all begin? Was there anything before God?” I tried to take her words and make the idea of God and God’s plan make concrete sense to me.

She shook her head and removed her hands from mine. “You wouldn’t understand, not yet at least.”

“Try me please, Gabriella.”

She gave my shoulder a light squeeze. “Call me Gabby, Bo.”

“Okay, Gabby, please try to explain as simply as you can.”

“Well think of it this way. God, the maker of heaven and earth and all that is…I don’t know if I should be telling you this.” She seemed uncertain. Briefly her hands twisted together.

“Please, go on. This is the most fascinating conversation I’ve ever had.” I looked over at Bran. He was still swinging happily and laughing. Reassured he was having a good time, I turned my attention back to my conversation with Gabby.

“Bo, He’s your father, your creator and your best friend. He’s known you since before time and part of you is with him now.”

“If that’s true then why do I feel like it’s only me here, now?” Gabby’s presence was a kind of proof that she was speaking the truth but I was still struggling to fully grasp what she was saying.

“It’s an earthly experience and a spiritual one. You asked for it. It’s his gift to you.” Gabby moved closer to me again but I stepped back. The bitterness wasn’t all gone from me yet. It seemed to increase again.

“I wouldn’t have asked for my wife to die and leave my kids without a mother!”

“God is good all the time, Bo, he gave you exactly what you asked for. But, things don’t always turn out as planned.” She looked saddened by my step back.

“Oh, so things can go wrong? Why does God let that happen?”

“It’s free will. It causes problems and that is why things aren’t perfect here. There is darkness in the world.” She gestured gracefully with her hands again and I found myself surrounded by a cage made of silver bars.

I looked around me at the cage in alarm. “What are you showing me? That the darkness gets us off track. It imprisons us?”

“Not really, but it definitely keeps you from seeing. If there weren’t free will it would be like you were in this cage all the time; confined and unable to do what you really wanted to do. Having free will liberates you to make your own choices. Unfortunately there is nobody who is perfect and will never make bad choices.”

She waived her hands again and the cage was gone. “Bo, I know you won’t understand fully, but part of you – the biggest part, is with Him now, and so is Sally.”

“Gabby, you’re blowing my mind…”

“Bo, your soul is huge and it shines. It’s truly beautiful. Sally’s with you, that’s why she can’t be missing you. She knows only part of you is here. A small part of a soul you share, with her, your kids and others here on earth.”

My mouth may have been gaping open a little bit. “You’re right I don’t understand. Me and the kids and Sally all share the same soul?”

“Not exactly, you’re part of the same soul, and it’s bigger than anything you could ever imagine.”

“Oh my God.” There was a ring of truth to her words, but I was struggling to believe it in my heart.

“And still, all of heaven will rejoice when you return. Don’t worry, you’re not supposed to understand, it will all be clear someday.”

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