Beth loves Sam so much that it hurts, but he is a prisoner to his past. Listening to her broken heart, Beth packs up her belongings and flees Eagle River in the middle of the night, hoping to leave all of the pain and the heartache behind. Five years later, a mysterious stranger—and a phone call from a deceased friend—convince her that Sam is in danger and she needs to go back. With her heart in her hands, she returns to Sam and the Thunder Ridge Ranch, but will her love be strong enough to save both of them before time runs out?
Fallen Angel is a spiritual romance that examines the theory that souls are bound together across time. This theory, commonly referred to as ‘old souls’, explains the concept of love at first sight, of feeling at home with a complete stranger, and even the unbearable loneliness we sometimes feel in the midst of a crowd. Old souls journey together through a succession of lives side by side. Sometimes, they are siblings, sometimes lovers, sometimes devoted friends—but always, they are together, helping and guiding each other on their way home. What happens, though, if such a soul gets lost—if it cannot see its way clear to continue its journey? Sam is just such a soul, and Beth must find a way to convince him that nothing is stronger—or more enduring—than love.
Targeted Age Group:: 14-84
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book was written over a six-month period in my life when I was dealing with several personal challenges. Writing has always been the salve in my life that has helped me to keep it all together—and saved me a small fortune in counseling expenses. While several aspects about Beth could certainly be viewed as autobiographical (who doesn’t love riding on the ‘Tilt ‘o Whirl’?), rest assured that all of the characters in this book are fictional. And, while Eagle River, Baraboo, and the other towns mentioned throughout the story really do exist in Wisconsin (please, come visit us!), the supper clubs, the ranch, and Steve’s Garage are all figments of my imagination. Thank you for joining me on this journey!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters in Fallen Angel are a compilation of many people who have come and gone in my life. I find heroes and villains all around me–they are normal people who are living their lives as best they know how. The two main characters are based on two people whom I am very close to, and who have inspired me.
“What harm can come from holding out your hand?” He said. “I’m certainly not close enough to grab it, and see,” he held his own hands out before him, palms up, “I don’t have anything that I can throw at you, or harm you with. Now,” he said softly, “hold out your hand.”
Beth hesitated; what he said made sense. He was too far away to snatch her outstretched hand, and she could think of no other way she could be harmed by giving in to his request. But, it was the principle of the matter, wasn’t it? If she gave in to this request, what would come next—was this simply the first step down a very slippery slope? She considered the events of the last few minutes—the Bronco’s locked doors, the storm being held at bay by some unseen force, and now this stranger. If she refused to hold out her hand under the guise that she was not willing to give up whatever level of control she still maintained, she was fooling herself. There was no control to be had over the present situation; or, if there was, it certainly wasn’t hers to claim. She had no choice in the matter; not really, so she held out her hand.
The stranger smiled. It was not an evil smile, or even a victorious one. It was a simple smile, warm and unrehearsed. He turned to look at the area in front of the Bronco and made a simple gesture with his left hand, just a slight flex of the wrist. As Beth watched, the moth fluttered up through the headlight beams. Impervious to the light, it left the lit area and hovered for a few brief seconds in front of the stranger before making its way to her and landing, soft as a whisper, on her outstretched hand.
Beth gasped. The insect was even more beautiful up close than it had been at a distance. The iridescent black wings were adorned with speckles of various colors, and its antennae were covered with fine gold hairs that shimmered even in the darkness. It stroked its antennae first with one forward leg, then the other, preening for her. Beth smiled in spite of herself. Whatever this insect was, it wasn’t evil. Beth wasn’t sure how she knew that, but she did. By extension, the man who had sent it to her could not be evil either. The doubting Thomas inside her head warned her that this was a massive oversimplification of the situation. She told it to shut up.
About the Author:
I am a ‘tried and true’ country girl who was born, raised and continues to live in Northeast Wisconsin. In addition to writing fantasy/romance novels, I also dabble in writing dramatic stage plays, which have been performed by ‘The Atlantic Stage’ in Myrtle Beach, SC, by ‘Love Creek Productions’ in New York City, by ‘Theatre in the Woods’ in Shawano, WI and by the ‘Machickanee Players’ in Oconto, WI. My first fantasy/romance novel, “In the Light of the Passing: Book 1”, was one of six finalists in the 2006 USA Book News competition, and both it and its sequel, “Brinda’s Promise: Book 2” received the “Eric Hoffer Book Award for Commercial Fiction” in 2007.
I grew up long before the age of cellphones and personal computers, and spent most of my younger years helping out with the Holsteins on my parent’s farm. I even went as far as to exhibit cattle at local fairs, but that didn’t prevent me from her main goal—which was to become a writer. I graduated cum laude from Lawrence University in 1983, where I received the Mary. E. Morton scholarship for a fictional story titled “Bonds” (which just happened to focus on assisting a cow with a difficult calving). Now, with the farm and her childhood far behind me—but not forgotten—I devote my time to creating stories that touch the human heart and show us that dreams exist in all of us . . . we need only to believe.
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