Between Worlds Book 4 & 5?

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I can’t believe I’m announcing this, but here goes: I am moving forward with the Between Worlds Series. I thought Book 3 would be my last with that series, but I was wrong. Inspiration is no respecter of ideas or persons. As I found myself in the middle of writer’s block, the idea hit me to continue with the paranormal series.

I tried to fight against it by starting other projects. I was (and am for all intense and purposes) working on two other projects, one set in Ancient Egypt and another set in present day. The one set in present day immediately took a backseat to the Egyptian tale. Then there’s Time Torn Asunder, which has been on my flash drive for over two years now, I think.

The novel I wrote when I was 16 kept calling to me, but as I started reading through it the idea of adding to the Between Worlds Series just jumped out at me. It was out of my control. Can I get an “Amen” from any of my writing folks? Sometimes you don’t choose the story. It chooses you.

11074484_10205659068109837_6927604007353647784_nSo, for the last few days I’ve been banging out Book 4, tweaking outlines and plot directions. The long and short of it is that David Gregory will be the central character. If you remember him, he was in The Fine Line at the very, very end. He also made appearances in Through Glass Darkly as Olivia Gregory’s younger brother. Well, it’s time he had his own show, or book in this case. But, even though he has been raised around people with spectacular spiritual gifts, he finds himself disbelieving all of it. He’s essentially an atheist. However, something is going to change his mind, but I’m not going to get into that yet. I don’t want to give too much away. What I will say is that Book 4 is going to focus more on spiritual matters, an understanding of some religious practices, and a vixen of a character who tries to seduce David to come on over to the Dark Side.

Book 5 is coming, too. Hope Gregory will take center stage in that book. It will be more of a murder/suspense novel. As you know, if you read Through Glass Darkly, Hope has some very powerful talents. She can see the future just by touching someone. So the adventures that befall her will be intense and spooky.

As far as timeline for release, Lord only knows. It’s hard to tell with the way my world is turning. My best friend and fellow author, Jayme Ronan, just told me, “Go where the story takes you. Then worry about everything else.” So, that’s what I’m doing.

Fair warning about Book 4, however. It’s going to be very adult. I’m not talking 50 Shades adult, but there’s language and sexual content. I’m not going to make a switch to YA with this series. It’s been adult and I’m going to remain true to that. So, those of you that missed the old me, the Smart Mouth Writer is back in full force and using that sass to create another path in the Between World Series. If you’re excited, let me hear ya shout (LOL).

Today’s post is not only to make the aforementioned announcement, but to introduce you to the central characters. Remember, these images are not bought and paid for. They are not being used to promote the book. Eventually, images will be purchased to design the covers, but for now these folks serve as inspiration and a rendering of the individuals I see in my head as I write. So, please give them a warm, WordPress welcome.

The star of Book 4, David Gregory. A successful attorney in Small Town, U.S.A.

The star of Book 4, David Gregory. A successful attorney in Small Town, U.S.A.

William Garman, David's best friend and freelance investigator.

William Garman, David’s best friend and freelance investigator.

Joan Erickson, David's paralegal and Will's cousin. She keeps the boys in line around the office and serves the role of mother hen.

Joan Erickson, David’s paralegal and Will’s cousin. She keeps the boys in line around the office and serves the role of mother hen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexandra (Alex) Ritezal, a childhood friend and fellow attorney who becomes much more than just an associate.

Alexandra (Alex) Ritezal, a childhood friend and fellow attorney who becomes much more than just an associate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geraldine (Gerri) Hamilton-Meyers. Filled with unlimited, seductive power, she'll be causing all kinds of trouble.

Geraldine (Gerri) Hamilton-Meyers. Filled with unlimited, seductive power, she’ll be causing all kinds of trouble.

Hope Gregory, the young mystic who will take the stage in Book 5.

Hope Gregory, the young mystic who will take the stage in Book 5.

 

 

 

 

 

Two Lives to Separate

Just a PSA… I am cleaning up my PERSONAL Facebook account. Please, please, please do not be offended if you find yourself “unfriended.” It’s nothing personal at all. I had someone get mad at me today for doing the sweep. The fact is, I have never met most of the people who were swept off. I probably communicated with most of the people who were swept in my capacity as an author. However, if I’m to be true to my quest of separating my two lives, then I must continue with the separation. My author page is welcome to all. My personal life has to stay that way… personal.

Facebook tends to be an area of stress for me. If it weren’t for the author page, I would probably deactivate the account altogether. There’s too much fighting and bickering and horror on that site. For someone with PTSD and Anxiety Disorder, it can be a little overwhelming. It has its pluses, such as finding businesses, keeping up with “pages,” and information about various other things. All in all, I think it plays a more negative role in my life.

I use this blog, sometimes, as a personal journal. That’s my right. This isn’t some place I go to read about people hating one another or smacking each other in the face for personal belief differences. If I want to view that junk, all I have to do is log into Facebook.

I have actually limited my presence on several social media sites. I’m off of Tsu and LinkedIn. I don’t really get on Twitter much either. I feel that if someone likes my books, they will look me up on Amazon or Createspace or Smashwords.

The truth is, it’s time for a break from writing. I’ve put out four books. I need time to relax and think and recharge. Holding myself to time frames for writing isn’t what it’s about for me. I did that for this last book. I didn’t like how it made me feel. I felt rushed. I need to write because I want to, not because I feel like I have to. So, this summer, if I choose to work on a book that’s great. If not. That’s okay, too. If I never put out another book in my life, that’s fine also. I wasn’t ever looking to be famous. I wrote those books because I enjoyed the process and the creativity, especially The Between Worlds Books. The fourth book, Blessing of the Elements, was more of a personal catharsis, which I’ve stated before. And now that it’s done, I feel free and sort of empty, but not in a bad way. It was a way for me to move on from all of the pain from enduring 2014.

So, again, do not be upset if you are not on my personal profile’s “friends” list. You can always find me on http://www.facebook.com/tracee.ford.author. I post there regularly and it’s usually inspirational quotes. I also have this blog hooked up to it, so when Teaser Tuesday goes live here, it goes live there also.

Have a peaceful Saturday. I hope mine stays that way, too.

TEASER TUESDAY

SNIPPET FROM THE FINE LINE

Abstract background“Dr. Gregory, how good to see you,” the man said.

“Hello Jack. I have a reservation for two,” Matt answered politely.

“Right this way, sir.”

Robin took more from the short greeting than just common courtesy. Obviously, it wasn’t the first time Matt had been at the restaurant. She followed the tall man up a set of winding stairs. Behind her, Matt followed. At the top of the stairs a large room opened up with windows of glass on three sides. A chandelier hung in the middle of the room with a ballroom open for dancing. Candlelit tables peppered the room. The elegance overwhelmed her.

“My goodness.” she whispered,

She felt Matt’s hand on the small of her back.

“My brother, my sister-in-law, and I bring my mother here for every birthday. It’s her favorite restaurant.”

Robin nodded, relieved by his words. Fear and uncertainty always lurked in the dark recesses of her mind as she constantly questioned her worth. For so long she had looked for and needed someone like Matt to whisper positive words in her ear; to offer encouragement. She felt weak sometimes because of her need for Matt’s emotional support, but she also appreciated him. She realized he could possibly be the other half she searched for. The thought frightened her to her very core.

The gentleman seated them at a table overlooking the river. Quiet chatter throughout the room sounded like sweet music in Robin’s ears. Some patrons twirled on the dance floor.

Champagne arrived at the table first. Matt reached across the table to take Robin’s hands into his.

“I’m so proud of you,” he said with a brilliant smile, his eyes filled with light.

Her cheeks warmed. “Thanks.”

He reached up and gently touched her cheek.

“Do you know how beautiful you are when you blush? And you do it all of the time. I figured after a couple of months, the newness would wear off.”

“I’m blushing? I’m sorry,” she said as she dropped her head.

couple-dancing-0510-lg“Don’t be. It’s so becoming.” With his finger, he tilted her chin up. “You are worth complimenting, Robin. I know you have trouble believing that. And I understand why. You have so much to be proud of.”

After the exquisite meal, Robin looked around at the others in the large dining room. She admired the brave souls on the ballroom floor as they danced effortlessly. The orchestra music soothed her. She felt as if she were in an old film like the ones she had watched with her mother. All of this felt like a dream.

She continued watching the couples swirl about and only wished she could be so graceful. She had tried so many times to learn ballroom dancing, but she had always failed miserably.

“Dance with me,” Matt said as he patted his lips with the linen napkin.

Shock covered her face as she frowned. Shaking her head, she answered, “Oh, no, Matt, I can’t. You know I can’t.”

“It’s in the leading,” he said leaning over to her. “That’s my job, so as long as I don’t mess up, you should be fine.”

“Really, Matt, this is a bad idea.”

“Let’s live dangerously,” as his eyebrows raised and his eyes opened wider.

“Me dancing; that is dangerous.”

Her head dropped and when she looked up he stood beside her with his hand outstretched.

“M’Lady, will you do me the distinguished honor of dancing with me?”

She stood and took his hand.

“Don’t say I didn’t warn you. It’s your feet.”

Assistance Please :)

Be warned. This will not be the last post you see on my blog regarding this matter. So, I apologize ahead of time.

It is an honor to be nominated for an award. It’s even better when your entire series is nominated. However, the real win doesn’t come until fans speak up and cast their vote. So, again, today I’m asking you to vote for THROUGH GLASS DARKLY under the Best Paranormal Romance General category and BETWEEN WORLDS under the Best Paranormal Romance Series. The link to the voting is here:

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In addition, we’re already partying to celebrate the nomination, so hope on over to the Facebook party for your chance at some prizes 😀

https://www.facebook.com/events/149570995418549/

Thanks so much for your support. Last year was the first year I went indie, so this is a major accomplishment!

 

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FREE through January 31st!

I am almost finished with my new novel. To celebrate, I’m offering my very first novel for FREE! For those of you that prefer using Amazon, just send a price match request to an Amazon admin. Otherwise, you can download it for free from Smashwords.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530522

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Teaser Tuesday

Abstract backgroundHalloween approached. Robin and Matt decided to let Olivia throw a Halloween Party at the house for her friends at school. In preparation for such a grand occasion, Robin took Olivia to the local party supply store.

As Olivia stood in the aisle, Robin observed her closely. She talked to herself. Quietly, she listened as she hid on the other side of the aisle.

“I can’t help you right now. I’m shopping,” she whispered. She paused.
“I don’t know. I’m kind of new at this. Yes, I see you, but I’m in a store.” She paused again. “I can’t help you right now.”

Robin didn’t say anything to Olivia. From what she read in books about such things, however, she believed she understood what was happening. The trauma of the sexual abuse opened up a pathway for Olivia; a part of her brain and her soul that lay dormant until now. Robin believed Olivia possessed special abilities. She knew Olivia could see and communicate with the dead and she also knew Matt would never understand.

As they made their way home in the Jeep, Robin knew the subject needed discussion.

“Who were you talking to back there in the store?” she asked.

Olivia’s face grew pale.

“Oh, I was just talking to myself; trying to decide what color balloons I wanted.”

“Olly, you don’t have to lie to me,” she assured her.

Silence fell between them. Robin didn’t want to push her. She knew in time Olivia would open up and start asking questions.

Work in Progress Wednesday: Character Introduction #IARTG

I’ve decided to start something new on my blog. Each Wednesday, I want to introduce you to some characters for my works in progress. I also want to re-introduce you to the characters in the BETWEEN WORLDS SERIES. So, to start us off today, I’m going to introduce you to Cornelia Elizabeth Kerrington (Elizabeth Ann Ripley). 

cornelia2bCornelia was born on June 14, 1615. She was born to Ripley W. and Heather E. Kerrington. Raised in an English village, she is the youngest of three siblings.

As a child she learned at her mother’s feet. Heather was an herbalist, and for all intents and purposes, a doctor for the villagers. So, she taught Cornelia everything she knew.

Cornelia’s entire life changed when her mother and father died of the Black Plague in February 1627. She had to learn to think for herself and work through the intense grief of losing her parents. She and her sister, Maryann, took over her mother’s practice and continued selling their goods at the village market. The loss of her parents changed her, but it also made her much more appreciative of her siblings.

Cornelia’s heart was scared again when her sister was put on trial for practicing witchcraft. Watching Maryann die scared her beyond repair. It also shut her heart down to love and the possibilities of love. Her sister had fallen in love with the wrong man and essentially, that is what killed her. She swore off all romantic possibilities and focused entirely on her work as a doctor.

Her life took another twist, yet again, when her brother, James arrived home late one night covered in blood and soot. He rushed them to gather their things and onto a cargo ship bound for America.  Cornelia latched onto the only thing that kept her grounded with such an enormous transition ahead of her. While crossing the ocean, she began compiling a book of herbs, plants, and potions to cure sickness. She also began working on preventative medicines.

Due to her brother’s crime, she was forced to change her name and when they arrived in Jamestown, she assumed the identity of Elizabeth Ripley. She immediately began practicing medicine within the fort, but her family built a cabin outside the walls, against the better judgement of the townspeople. She enjoyed the location of their home, nonetheless. She sat among the trees praying and learning more about medicine.

Cornelia grew quite beautiful, her blue eyes as deep as pools. She rarely smiled, even though her grin would brighten the darkest of days. She was petite in stature with curly hair and a mighty spirit. She seemed fearless to those she met, but deep inside she was haunted by a past she could not erase. She was hollowed out by a loss so great that she felt as if she was beyond repair.

She became known as a great healer and her reputation even made it to the local Indians, who sought her help for a sick child in their tribe. Once she cured the child, the tribe honored her for the life debt they owed her. She began learning their culture and met Samuel Cavanaugh. She was shocked to discover that his mother was an Indian Princess and his father was an former prisoner.

TimeTorncoverSam quickly earned Cornelia’s respect and she found herself in a situation she never thought possible. She fell in love with Samuel, rather quickly in fact. Cornelia confessed her true identity to Sam and he promised to protect her and her family for as long as he lived. He urged her to confide in the tribe as they would also protect the family. She did as she was instructed and once married, she retreated even deeper into the woods with Sam. However, each day brought her back to the fort, practicing her medicine and interacting with the English colonists, putting her at risk of discovery. Still, she kept her head and always kept quiet when asked pointed questions.

Nevertheless, there was a stranger who had arrived in the colony and everyone was talking about him. He had a hideous scare upon his face and was said to have scares all over his body from a fire. She knew she had the herbs and potions to help him, so she implored the townspeople to bring the man before her. But this would be a miserable mistake.