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Monday, October 10, 2016

The Otherling by Heather M. Walker ♥ Fun Facts, Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Paranormal Romance)


In the deep south of Doltree, Georgia, not everything is what is seems. Long accustomed to life as an outcast, the beautiful and demure Annaleah Grace has learned to stand apart from the crowd with dignity. Being the daughter of a white witch and a white witch herself, living in a town of devout Christians, has earned her more than a few raised eyebrows.

When she meets the handsome, yet snarky, Professor Bainbridge with whom she will be teaching at the local University, everything in her life abruptly changes. Something about him seems intimately familiar to her in a way she can’t totally identify. Even though he’s brusque and intimidating, Annaleah is drawn by his otherworldly eyes and foreign mannerisms.

With the help of angels, both Holy and fallen, she discovers just how unique she truly is. Dreams become a meeting place between this reality and the next, and Professor Sebastian Bainbridge’s true identity is revealed. When her dreams begin to be more than dreams and she wakes up with Georgia red clay she walked through during a nightmare still wet on her feet, Annaleah knows something intense and powerful is going on, and that somehow, Professor Bainbridge is part of it. She is determined to embrace the profound destiny that awaits her and the Professor, even if that means taking up a sword to fight the Devil himself.



In many ways, I took a lot of inspiration for Annaleah from myself and my own life experiences. I too am a white witch, and I have been living in Georgia for the better part of 17 years. It’s not easy to be something other than Christian in the Bible belt, or anywhere where Christianity dominates. Annaleah has struggled with this in her life as well, but she is still not afraid to be herself and to stand up for what she believes in. I think that is an important aspect of the book that I want to get across to the reader, to be yourself, to stand up for what you believe in, even in the face of great challenges. There are too many carbon copies out there in society, doing as they are told, fitting in, taking no risks. I’m not saying to rock the boat, but by being true to yourself, you can make the most difference in the world.

Annaleah discovered just how amazing and special she is by staying true to herself. Had she shied away from the truth in her heart, she would never have made such an important impact on the world.

I understand what it is like to stand alone. This book is dedicated to those who have been scarred and scared by bullies. I want everyone to embrace whatever aspect of yourself that makes you different, because this is the part of you that is so special. Don’t ever let anyone dim your light.

There will always be people out there who put you down, or who try to get you to change to fit their expectations of you. Just smile and nod, and politely change the conversation. There is nothing more precious than the uniqueness that is you. You were born for a reason, no one can ever be you or do the things that you were born to do. Hold your head up high and be proud to be who you are.

As far as what inspired me to write the book itself, I have always had a deep love and respect for angels, and I have looked for signs of them being nearby for most of my life. This has prompted me to do a lot of research, which is what sparked the idea for this story.

After I heard a certain tale about the archangel Gabriel, I knew that I had to write a book with angels as a main theme throughout the book. In this story, I Gabriel is in charge of all the souls who are about to be born on earth. He tells them what it is like to be human. He tells us about our parents, our families, and what hardship and joy that will come to us in our life.  When the soul is ready to be born, he places his angelic finger on their lips and says, “Shhhh.” This makes them forget their knowledge of Heaven. It is the pressure of his finger that makes the indentation of the cupids bow in our lips. I just loved this, and it sparked the burning need to write this book.






Sebastian caught Annaleah neatly in his arms, and encircled her in his wings, holding her so close she felt she could melt right into him and together they would burn as one being. Tears came to her then, spilling down her cheeks and falling onto her breasts, a silver light coming from them as they fell. Sebastian opened his wings then and placed a finger under her chin, tilting her head up to look into his mirror eyes. As she saw herself in them, glowing and alive and beautiful, it felt so very right. Sebastian wiped the tears from her eyes, slowly, gently and with great care. His eyes never left hers as he bent his head down, until right before the moment when he caught her lips with his, and everything in the world ceased to exist but their kiss. In that sacred, glorious moment, as their lips pressed together, she was pierced to her heart with all-consuming adoration, and from behind her she felt a great motion, as if she had moved something with a great weight on her back. Confused, and a bit shocked, she broke the kiss, turning to see what was happening behind her.

Sebastian laughed despite her apparent confusion and said, "Oh Annaleah my darling, did you forget?"

Feeling a bit betrayed by his laughter when he could plainly see her distress, Annaleah asked, "Did I forget what?"

At this Sebastian outstretched his magnificent wings to their full height and length, blocking out the sky and the moon hanging therein.

"Your wings Annaleah; you forgot you had wings."
    

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Heather was born into a military family, and has lived everywhere from Mountain Home, Idaho, to a small town in England called Bloxham. She eventually settled down In LaGrange, Georgia with her partner of 15 years, Billy, her 7 year old daughter Makaylah, and her 4 indoor cats. She considers herself first and foremost, a mother. She enjoys being a writer, a jeweler, a glass artist, a painter, and avid crafter. It has been her life long dream to publish a book, and she has lovingly worked on “The Otherling” in its various stages for almost 3 years. Heather loves to read, mostly horror, fantasy and occult books. She studies angelology, mysticism, Wicca, psychology and the human mind. Her writing goal is to create a book that comes to life in her reader’s hands and minds, and places them there in the middle of the story. It is her deepest wish that “The Otherling”, as well as her other written works, will accomplished this, and make a home in the hearts of all those who read her words.


    
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17 comments :

  1. This is the author Heather M. Walker, and I want to thank everyone here at Romance Novel Giveaways for having me. I love to interact with my readers, so please feel free to ask any question, I would so much enjoy hearing from you <3

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  2. Sounds like a great book - thanks for sharing!

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    1. Victoria, if you do read it, I would just love to know what you thought of my work <3

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  4. This book is one of the best I have read recently. It characters are well developed. The unique subject is handled in a way that draws the reader in and keeps their interest until the end. It will not disappoint
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    1. Thank you so much! I am humbled and honored to know my boo meant so much to you.

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  5. Thank you for the excerpt & fantastic giveaway!

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  6. Love the giveaway! Such an original prize! Thank you so much!

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  7. Wow - I've never had the opportunity for a Tarot Card reading - thanks for the chance and congrats on your book and beautiful cover!

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    2. Thank you so much! My publisher Ric Savvage and I went back and forth on the cover quite a few times before this one finally came about. I am happy it did, I think its very pretty, too. Ric is an amazing artist. Good luck on the give away <3

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  8. I love the excerpt. Sounds like a great book

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  9. I like to think it is. I would love to hear what you think of it should you read it, teresa

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  10. Another great sounding book. Thanks for hosting.

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