Saturday, 5 October 2013

Brook Cottage Books is thrilled to have the lovely talented author and my good friend Linn B Halton on the blog. She's here to tell us about why she's chosen the subject matter of paranormal romance. Thanks Linn.

'What I particularly love about having become a psychic romance writer, is that I talk to a lot of people about the very thing they often feel awkward telling anyone else! Psychic or unexplained experiences are often profoundly personal – although they can be amusing, scary, thought-provoking – sometimes all of those things wrapped up into one!

Some of my experiences are what I would call fairly common, for instance I often get ‘hugs’ from the spiritual helpers around me (loved ones). The pressure and warmth on my shoulders is something that I feel blessed to have experienced many times. Nothing can quite compare to it, because it has more meaning than simply a hug. It’s a hug from someone who is no longer here with you.

One of the most unusual experiences was when I was trying to format one of my self-published paperback books. I had spent about seven hours fiddling with it, because for some reason the page numbering just would not work. You can imagine that I was tired and a little grumpy. It was late in the evening and I was on my own. Suddenly, I saw something out of the corner of my eye and I can only describe it as a rugby ball shape of what appeared to be grey smoke. It was quite dense and it literally SHOT from over my right shoulder and between the laptop and my body. It was so real that I literally recoiled and nearly fell off my typing stool, but it was gone as quickly as it had come. It took me a few minutes to recover my composure and when I did, I realised that clearly the template I was using was flawed. I made myself a strong coffee, opened a new blank template and started again. Within an hour and a half my paperback was complete and on the way to the printers.

Divine intervention? No. Help from a loved one? I like to think so. I can imagine my mum watching me and saying ‘That poor girl! She needs to stop and start again before she goes mad!’ I was always a girl to my mum, even as a mum myself and after the incident it did make me laugh. However, I’ve had so many similarly ‘odd’ experiences that have made me stop and think, or alter the way I do something, and too often it’s happened at a really crucial time in my life. I really do believe our angels are around us constantly.'

About ‘Falling’ Angels Among Us series:

Ceri thinks she sees angels…everywhere. She struggles to keep separate what feels like two very different sides to her life. As a manager in an advertising company she’s been working with the gorgeous Alex for two years. The have a friendship based upon the image she portrays whilst she’s at work and it helps to keep her sane. One mad, crazy night spent sharing their secrets and a lot of wine result in them ending up in bed together and their relationship changes. When Alex explains that the reason he doesn’t date is because someone broke his heart, how can Ceri admit that she feels a deep connection to him?

Ceri knows she’s different. What she doesn’t fully appreciate is that her task in life is to correct a series of incidents that alter the course of many of the people's lives with whom she comes into contact. She’s simply putting right little errors that could ripple outwards and change the course of their destiny. However; when she finds herself getting pulled into things that happen around her, how can she prove that she really has made a difference? Is it all in her head?

She's alone for a reason; she's not meant to fall in love in her earthly life. Alex is supposed to cross paths with her and help Ceri during a phase where she begins to question the signs she’s being given. It's meant to be a turning point for them both—but in opposite directions. They are destined to travel very different paths…but Ceri doesn’t know that and neither does Alex…

“No one chooses to see angels, why would they?”

This is a romance story that explores the possibility of there being something more than just the ‘here and now’. If that were the case, how would it work? What keeps us on the path determined for us, when we have free will? How would the spirit world link with us as we go about our lives? Love is a powerful emotion, but can it change the course of someone’s destiny? Ceri is ‘Falling’...


Ceri can see Angels. They appear to give her warnings so that she can help other people. Although Ceri has been able to help many people, she is resentful of how her premonitions have impacted on her personal life. Whilst Ceri is saving other people her love life has suffered as a consequence. There are few people she trusts to share her secret and she is feeling alone and isolated.  Ceri is a twin and finds it incredible that her twin brother Seb neither shares her gift nor tries to understand it.  Ceri struggles with trusting someone close to her and telling them about the burden she carries.  What does life hold for Ceri and are things spiralling out of control for her?
Having read Linn B Halton’s book 'Never Alone', I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to read Ceri’s Journey.  The subject matter interests me greatly and I was not disappointed with this great little book which I devoured in one sitting.  Linn B Halton has created such interesting characters and I love the way they develop throughout the course of the book.  The reader feels Ceri’s frustration about not being able to change the course of her own life when she has a hand in changing the destiny of others.  I can highly recommend this book for those of you who love a good paranormal romance. The book ended on a cliff-hanger and has me desperate for the next book. I just didn’t want it to end! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Linn B Halton is a fantastic writer and her writing style will have you hooked from page one. 

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14 Responses so far.

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  2. Travelling to north wales but had to stop off and find an internet connection to say a BIG thank you JB!!!! You have been such a great supporter and that means a lot to me - sending a virtual hug! L xxx

  3. Nikki says:

    This is a great book. I really enjoyed it. Some great prizes too :) x x

  4. So excited! Started reading this and am loving it! Well done, Linn and thanks so much for sharing this great review, JB!

  5. What a lovely story of spiritual intervention, Linn. I have read this book, loved it, and can't wait for the next in this amazing series. Thanks JB - I agree totally with your fabulous review!

  6. It's a great pity to me that with many of the things I experienced before 2003, I simply wanted to dismiss them. Now I look at it very differently - always looking for alternative explanations of course, but accepting when it really is unexplainable. This one made me laugh with hindsight - I really did need a wake up call that day!

  7. Patricia says:

    What a fabulous review for this great read! Linn B.Halton has a way of pulling readers into her stories and making believers out of them. You will look at life differently after reading this novel!

  8. Thank you, Patricia! They say write about what you know, and experiences are so much a part of my life that it's as natural as writing about romance. Both have an equal place in my heart.

  9. Good luck with this series Linn. I really enjoyed 'Falling' and can't wait to read the others.

    I also like the thought of hugs from spiritual helpers.


  10. Being a rather down-to-earth kind of person, I find some of the experiences Linn describes hard to understand! But we should all have an open mind and be ready to explore new ways of looking at life. Paranormal goings-on do make for a lot of intrigue and certainly stretch the imagination. Best wishes with Falling, Linn.

  11. Thank you, Sue! It's an amazing feeling, a spiritual hug and one that still stops me in my tracks.

    Hi Miriam, unless you experience it yourself (not once, but hundreds of times) it will sound weird, unbelievable or even like a fit of over-active imagination. When two people see the same thing at the same time - there's no disputing it. From there on it's a one way track...and one I still can't believe I'm on. That's why I write psychic scenes from experience - somehow my creative mind won't let me venture into pure fantasy. One day maybe...

  12. Mandy says:

    I cannot wait to read this series! Love Linn's writing! Brilliant review!

    Mandy :)

  13. Anonymous says:

    Linn is a wonderful writer. Thanks for the review JB and for hosting. Good luck Linn!

  14. Thank you Mandy and Steph! It's a thrill being here with JB, she's a great reviewer and I'm always honoured when she reads one of my books!

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