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.

What You Don’t Know

I have dealt with a lot of controversy involving my books in the BETWEEN WORLDS SERIES. In fact, I have lost employment over them at one point. I have been judged harshly because of them. I have been judged in every way possible. I have been accused of not being a Christian or believing in God because of them. Well, here’s what you don’t know…

In 2003 I became an atheist. I stayed that way until 2012. I wrote those books during that time. During the darkest time of my life, I conceived stories about ghosts and demons and a haunted house and serial killers and a belief system that didn’t fall under conventional Christian beliefs. Stands to reason, doesn’t it? I was lost.

Here something else you don’t know…

11074484_10205659068109837_6927604007353647784_nThose books came out after I came back into the light. I went through with publishing them even though I composed them during one of the most horrible, uncertain times in my life. Here’s why: Those books are a testament to me of what God has done in my life since then. He has changed me and reworked me. I will not pull those books off of the market because they serve as a constant reminder of where I was and where God brought me from. Those books do not tell a story of my personal belief systems. They simply tell a story; a fictional story of a family and characters and an account of what happened to them. THEY ARE FICTION, which means it did not happen.

So, when you get ready to pass judgement on my books and me, remember this… God is the only one who is even allowed to judge me because He knows my entire story from back to front, beginning to the present. So, the fact that I put out three stories of my own serve only as a testimony of what I won’t go back to. I won’t go back to the darkness. I emerged from that period of my life a new creature. We all fall short of the glory of God and it is only by His grace we can even hope to understand all of the things He tries to teach us.

Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’

049Howdy folks! It is amazing as I look back on this past year how the wheels of fate have been turning. There were many times I thought that everything was at a stand-still, when actually, things were proceeding exactly as they should.

It has been quite some time (again) since I posted and I apologize for that. Blogging doesn’t seem to be a hot topic nowadays. It could just be me though.

Anyhoo, I wanted to let you know about some exciting things that are happening! Of course, that is usually what I use my blog for; announcements and venting. So, tomorrow kicks off my book tour for 2015. In the morning, at 8:30 a.m., I will be featured on Community Corner with Barb Pratt. My hometown radio station, WNXT AM, has invited me on to talk about my books as well as Ozwind Publishing.

Tomorrow night I will be attending the Portsmouth Public Library’s Spring Author Expo beginning at 6 p.m. If you are local, you can visit my Amazon author page for directions and location. I will be signing books and promoting Ozwind.

I will post more dates for signings and appearances as they draw closer.

11074484_10205659068109837_6927604007353647784_nAt the end of March, the BETWEEN WORLDS SERIES released and I am proud to say, things seem to be going well. I reached a milestone today, in fact.  THE FINE LINE ranks at 247,461, VOICE OF THE DEAD ranks at 261,674, and THROUGH GLASS DARKLY raised to 254,292. This is a first for me having all three books above 300,000 in ranking on Amazon! I really hope one day they will climb to the top 1000 and then 100. But I will certainly take this for now! THANK YOU READERS!!!!

ozwindMay 1st is another important date. Ozwind Publishing LLC became official as of April 1st. We’ve received our business license and have been busy setting up templates, contracts, and other essentials to make our business run smoothly. Ozwind is a “hybrid” publisher. We ARE NOT a vanity press nor are we a traditional publisher. We are a “hybrid” because we accept submissions and line those submissions up with entrance criteria. If it fits, we offer contracts and publish work for a fee. The fees are extremely reasonable and are at or under market value. To learn more, please visit the website at www.ozwindpublishing.com.

As most of you know, I have been co-hosting The Paranormal
Hour
with Willow Cross and Kelly Abell. I was approached this week about doing my very own show. I happily agreed. Starting June 3rd at 10 p.m. EST, and the first Wednesday of the month thereafter, I will thingsthatmatterbannerbe hosting my very own late-night, call-in radio show sponsored by World of Ink Network. When Marsha Casper Cook​ approached me about what kind of show I wanted to do, I knew I wanted something with variety. So, we will be talking about a broad spectrum of topics such as weight loss, Bigfoot, aliens, romance, spiritual health, and much, much more! The show will touch on THINGS THAT MATTER to each of us! However, I need your help to make this happen! I need YOU to call in to discuss the topic of interest for that particular show! Links will come up so that you can listen to the show live!

The first season of The Sundry Series is ending on my YouTube Channel as of June 9th also. If you’d like to get caught up on those, you can visit my channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/traceefordauthor

For now, I believe, that’s it. I welcome comments and feedback. So, if you actually do read this blog, please “like” or say something. That way I know that I’m not typing to dead air.

Have a great one!

Keep Writing!

Castle_falls2Last week I told you a story about a princess and a queen, The Modern Day Witch Hunt. From that blog post, a cloud of inspiration settled upon me! I have started work on another novel. I am stepping out of the genre of paranormal romance, suspense, and crime novels and into the world of medieval fantasy. I am working on two projects at once, as I often find myself doing. It is rare for me to work on one novel at a time. I just can’t seem to do it. So, while I’m writing Between Worlds (book 3): Time Torn Asunder with Jayme Ronan, I’ve started work on The Kacons of Darkness.

As I work on this project, I often wonder if this is how George Lucas felt when he was working on Star Wars. To my knowledge there is no such place as Kacon and there are no such thing as Tonkipians. I am making up unheard of names to cities and people and it feels glorious! I never realized how wonderful the world of fantasy could be. There is fiction, yes, but fantasy is an entirely new world for me. I can certainly see how it could suck a reader in.

The truth is that my anger has spawned the story line for the novel. Before I wrote the blog post last week, I spoke to one of my best friends and admitted to him that I felt passionless and I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be doing. He said something to me that I knew in my heart, but I guess I just needed someone to say it. I needed to write. When I am hurting, I pour myself out in a letter that never gets sent or an email that never gets read. Writing a novel is no different. It has become a channel for me to deal with my inner darkness and rage.

starry-starry-skyAlthough The Kacons of Darkness is in its infancy, it is quickly becoming my pet project. It is an outlet for me. The book, so far, is about the politics of the Kingdom of Kacon.  Ziltra Aeby is raised by King Jyson of Kacon. She hails from a nearby kingdom, Tonkipe, allies to Kacon. Ziltra is orphaned when her mother, the queen of Tonkipe, dies. She is raised as the princess of Kacon, but Jyson plans to set her up as Queen of her homeland and Kacon once she becomes of age. When the king passed away tragically, his throne is taken by an evil queen, Osatam Bromne. Bromne aligns herself with a witch, Carkri Leylist. Together with the corrupt leaders of the Kingdom they bring misery down upon the helpless princess accusing her of heinous things. Banished, she seeks refuge in her home of Tonkipe. The rulers of Kacon nearly crush her until Nevin Eniel, a life long friend and a wizard, steps in to save Princess Ziltra’s future. Nevin also enlists the help of a loyal knight, Sliwan Brion, to help the princess put the pieces of her life back together and to set right what went so very wrong.

I am still anxiously awaiting the last pass of edits for Between Worlds (book 2): Through Glass Darkly, but I have a feeling that it will be the last of the paranormal for me. There will be a little bit of paranormal in book 3, but I can feel myself going into a different direction. The plot of Kacons develops more and more each day and I can see battle scenes in my head and dragons and all sorts of other outlandish things. Truly, it is a world I escape to. When it is finished I hope to feel better, releasing the pent up anger inside my soul. I also hope it enchants my readers and takes them to a new world where knights and dragons still exist.