Thursday, 21 January 2016

A Haunted Past Life (Jen's Story). I had a brilliant review today!
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Also available in paperback.

on 28 May 2016
I chose this rating as this book and the previous one I read by Carol Arnall were different to any books I have ever read before.Carol must be a very spiritual lady and I am looking forward to reading more of her stories

 It was following a serious road accident in the late 1980s that I decided as I could not return to work, I would write a book. Having always had an interest in the Supernatural - I read the tarot cards for a while - the booklet was obviously always going to be about ghosts. When I was reading the cards many people told me ghost stories, so with their permission these were included. Local papers were always helpful in publishing my appeals for stories, and there was no shortage of people willing to share their ghostly tales. My first ghost booklet Mystical Staffordshire, appeared in the early 1990s. I really only intended writing one, but as it was so popular I wrote another, then another. Numerous ghostly booklets later I combined them into Mysterious Happenings. I have also written other books, Birmingham Girls, Choosing Your Psychic Pathway, Ghosts Angels & Hauntings. I decided to turn my hand to writing fiction in 2007, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of writing Dancing with Spirits and Spirits of the Lights the sequel. Followed by The Other Place, and Jen's Story,Torn Between Two Times. All of my books apart from Birmingham Girls are full of mystical happenings.

Friday, 15 January 2016

The Other Place A novel of love and time travel.
The Other Time the sequel to The Other Place will be published in June 2017

A Number 1 Amazon Kindle Best Seller (Supernatural and Reincarnation Category)

Chrissie James is a troubled soul: with family problems, unexplained phobias and a stalker to contend with, she seeks help with a hypnotherapist. Whilst in therapy, Chrissie discovers she has led a past life.
Will living a previous life help Chrissie to discover the truth of what caused her fears and phobias, and will she find out who is stalking her?
The Other Place is a paranormal mystery. Its many twists and turns will keep you guessing to the very end.

Misty Blue
This book is well worth a look for the sheer originality and compassion the author shows in her writing and in her characters.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

An article I had published in The Birmingham Mail

 An article written about me by Zoe Chamberlain for The Birmingham Mail (April 2014)
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I was ricocheted backwards and forwards when a driver smashed into the left side of our car.
It was 1987, I was a passenger and the car had pulled out of a car park in Smallbrook Queensway in Birmingham, straight into us.
When I got out of the car, I couldn’t feel the ground beneath me.
I suffered whiplash, a frozen shoulder and terrible headaches.
Both drivers were fine but our car was a write-off.
I told myself we’d been very lucky but it did affect me psychologically.
I started having panic attacks where I’d get so short of breath I’d think I was going to have a heart attack.
I was that shaken I’d be walking along the road and all of a sudden I’d find myself lying on the grass verge.
When the whiplash eased and I could turn my head again, I began driving and a car came across me and nearly hit me.
Then, another time, one made me swerve up a verge.
I began to think ‘Is there something telling me not to drive here?’
From that day on, I’ve never driven again. I didn’t think it was worth the risk.
I found I was unable to work anywhere other than from home.
I had suffered from claustrophobia since I was a child.
I don’t really know what started it – I would just panic if I was in a lift or a room with the door closed.
One time, my husband John accidentally locked me in the car when he popped into a shop. It brought on a panic attack, where I felt like I couldn’t breathe.
It’s the thought of being trapped that scares me. Also, I’ve never liked anyone walking behind me.
A few years ago, a friend told me about a time when we were young and had been in a park in Birmingham and a crowd of youths had chased us and we’d both run out of the park, screaming.
I didn’t remember that and realised I had probably blocked it out of my memory.
I decided to do some research into phobias, especially as I knew one phobia could lead to another.
The more I read, the more I thought I’m going to write a story about this.
I thought I’d set it in a back-to-back house in 1950s Birmingham, which is where I grew up.
I came up with the ideas of sisters, Chrissie and Babs, who had a stepfather who disliked them and favoured his own child, Lily, instead.
In the story, Chrissie starts to have terrible nightmares, waking up screaming in the early hours.
In time, it becomes clear something happened to her when she was younger but she blocked it out because she didn’t want to remember it.
From my research, I found this does happen to people.
In my book, Chrissie learns that love conquers all, that you can overcome abuse and that you are stronger than your abuser if you stand up to them.
Eventually, she remembers what happened to her and gets stronger and stronger.
When I self-published The Other Place I received lots of emails from people who had been abused, thanking me for shedding light on the issue and showing that life can be turned around in the end. People can overcome what’s happened to them.
For me personally, I’ve always refused to go to the doctors about it because I was determined to get through it myself.
I don’t believe in taking tablets – they can lead to other problems.
But when I wrote about panic attacks and claustrophobia in my book, I found I began to feel better.
It was like I had written my way through it.
I didn’t experience the same things as Chrissie in my book – I have never in any way been abused – but it made me realise you can work through things.
I used to wake up panicking that I was trapped and have to get up in the early hours of the morning.
One time I even dragged John out of bed for an early morning walk.
Thankfully, those times have gone now.
John and I have a Bearded Collie cross called Sophie and taking her for walks stops me from getting trapped in the house completely.
Writing the book really put things into perspective for me. I didn’t do it with that intention.
The characters just came into my head.
Chrissie is not me but I did grow up in a back-to-back house in Balsall Heath.
I wrote about my life story in my first book, Birmingham Girls, which I published in 2008.
I wasn’t sure about putting it onto Kindle to start with but, as soon as I did, it just took off and my other books have done since.
It’s been wonderful for me because I’d always wanted to write.
John and I had met when we’d both worked for the Co-op in Stirchley – me in the office and John in the garage, fixing vehicles.
We moved to Rugeley, Staffordshire and I looked after our children, Helen and Paul, as they grew up.
I did an office job again afterwards then worked in a garage up until I had my car accident and found I could no longer work.
Now, I write for an hour in the morning and a couple of hours each afternoon.
I find I write the first draft of a book at great speed but then take 12 months or so to sort it all out.
First, I jot a few ideas in a notepad then I write the book on my computer, which is where the story magically comes to life.
I am now working on a new book. The title will be The House Somewhere in Time.
I’ve always had an interest in the supernatural. I worked as a clairvoyant for quite a few years and used tarot cards to help give people something to look forward to. All of my books, apart from Birmingham Girls, are full of mystical happenings.
I have my books professionally edited before I publish them.
Just last month, The Other Place was rated number one in the supernatural and reincarnation books section on Amazon.
I found writing it really therapeutic, it was a blessing for me. It really helped me through and I’m just so glad it has been so well-received.
Link to the Birmingham Mail online

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Dancing with Spirits

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A love story that spans the centuries. The story begins prehistory at a settlement in Rugeley, Cannock Chase. A young girl, Elvaennia, goes in search of her missing lover. By a freak accident she finds herself in the 21st Century, and quickly discovers her 'lost love' has also time travelled to this century. Determined to find him, she sets out on a journey that leads her to discover that her family back at the settlement face great danger, and she determines to help them. This in turn leads her into the celebrity limelight. She realises that tough decisions will have to be made. Will the temptations of the 21st Century prove too much for Elvaennia and Deimuiss, or will the old ways and values lead them back to the settlement?
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Elvaennia discovers that the path to finding love is not easy when a misunderstanding between her and her lover Deimuiss leads him to travel to the 21st century, leaving Elvaennia behind in prehistory with Mark, a time traveller actually from the 21st century. Knowing her family and the other settlers are in danger of being killed by their enemies, Elvaennia persuades them to return with her to the 21st century, Mark also returns with her, hoping to win her love.
Will Elvaennia find Deimuiss and free him from her rival Caroline’s clutches? Or will she settle down with Steve her television producer, or Julius, the Roman soldier?

Friday, 8 January 2016

Another unexplained happening


After my dog Boyden died in June 2013, I found it very difficult walking the familiar walks I used to take with him and his sister, Sophie. I would always get upset.  After a few months, I started going on them again. It was heartbreaking following in his footsteps. Memories hung in the air all around me. His sister also seemed lost and would search the tracks as if seeking him out.
When Boyden died, we had only lived at our present address a couple of months. Our previous house is about a ten-minute walk away. In fact, I used to walk from our previous place down near to where we moved.
One day I walked in the direction of the old house with Sophie as we drew near where we had lived she started to pull on her lead frantically. I knew strangely enough that she thought if she walked through the front door of the house she would find her brother. Trying to walk her home was extremely difficult as she constantly pulled to go back! 
Sophie was always a sensitive little soul. She died in February 2014. I still miss her but know that she is now reunited with her brother. She missed him terribly after he died and would frequently go on a search of the house looking for him.

Country walks
In April of  2014  I bought a Golden Retriever dog. George. Because he was nervous of the traffic (the roads are busy where I live), I always took him for his walks in the countryside. I began to realise recently that this was not fair to him as he needed to toughen up. I started to take him more local walks. One day I walked towards where I used to live and unbelievably George started pulling me on his lead towards our old house. I was astonished as this was the first time since I had taken Sophie there the year before. George had never ever been anywhere near to our old home. To this day, I don't know how the dog realised that was where I used to live. Unless of course he sensed something coming from me as we approached the area. Dogs are very sensitive creatures, some are even psychic. I can only put what happened down to an unexplained happening.

Boyden - sadly no longer with us

Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Other Place and a few reviews.

 About The Other Place

Chrissie James is a troubled soul: with family problems, unexplained phobias and a stalker to contend with, she seeks help with a hypnotherapist. Whilst in therapy, Chrissie discovers she has led a past life.
Will living a previous life help Chrissie to discover the truth of what caused her fears and phobias, and will she find out who is stalking her?
The Other Place is a paranormal mystery. Its many twists and turns will keep you guessing to the very end.
A couple of the many reviews received for The Other Place
Misty Blue
This book is well worth a look for the sheer originality and compassion the author shows in her writing and in her characters.

S Douthwaite
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I felt drawn in and invited into a lovely story with emotional twists, supernatural wonder and family values. I love the way the author cleverly dips the characters in and out a past life. The story really flows. I found this an unusual plot and very good, especially the ending. The Other Place is a very special place.

Monday, 4 January 2016

A special moment - Did one or both of my dogs visit me from the world of spirit?

 Sophie & Boyden

The day after Boxing Day I was standing in the kitchen, suddenly I felt my dog George nuzzling the back of my leg. I said, ‘You okay George?’ I glanced down, and George was lying beside my other foot asleep! I realised that one of my other dogs who had died had visited me. Or maybe both?  Boyden died June 2013. Sophie, February 2014. Since Sophie died, I have not been aware of them visiting me.
It was a very special moment for me.