Saturday, February 9, 2013

First Book in The Family Tree Series

I'm very excited about this blog hop. Mainly because it deals with first.

First kiss,
First love,
First time you've lost some one close.

I started this book after my mother died. I had never lost someone close and the pain was more than I could have imagined.

As a new writer at the time, I spent my days working on stories. This one help me come to term with my loss.

The fictional story is of a spiritual nature. I had just read Sylvia Brown's book about spiritual guides so I found myself thinking about the family member who had passed before me.

So I developed a family where the orginal settlers in colonial times from the state of Ohio where the spiritual guides of a special member of their family in today's time. The person is the keeper of the Winston Estate.

Now, think about this. Would you like having your great, great, great, great grandfather telling you how to live your life?

Yes, he might understand things better than you do but would you want him judging your every move?

In "Summer's Growth," the family spirits have decided to change out the keeper. Mattie has been doing the job for over twenty years and the spirits feel it's time to get on with her life.

Amber is a young woman, who doesn't even know this leg of the family exist and is contacted to come for a visit. Would you go if someone claim you where going to inherit an estate?

As you can see this is a story of intrigue and mystery with strong paranormal elements. I love romance so could leave that out either.

Strangely as I was writing the book, I felt as if the spirits where talking to me guiding me as to what to write. Okay, I'm a writer and the character in our heads talk to us.

Blurb for
Family Tree Club series-

Keeper of Winston Manor
Advised by spirits
Carving out a future.

Blurb for "Summer's Growth"

A mainstream novel with romantic and paranormal elements. It’s about two women, Mattie Winston, an almost fifty recluse who lives on a lonely estate and guards generations of family spirits, and a young college student, Amber Harrison, who doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. The Winston spirits decided that Mattie needs to develop a life outside the estate and Amber is going to be the new family keeper, which throws the two together.

Both travel down different paths of self-discovery but their reliance on each other grows stronger after several scary moments. Mattie, challenged by an old flame, rethinks the idea of love. Amber, faced with the appearance of her distant grandmother’s ghost, decides to solve the mystery of why her grandmother disappeared without a trace. By the end of the book, after love is embraced and family secrets are revealed, Mattie and Amber are both ready to meet their futures with enthusiasm as stronger more self-confident people. 

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Also giving away a copy of "Summer's Growth" and "Revive" (first book of my Executives Wives' Club series)

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Catrina Barton said...

Great excerpt.

laurie said...

enjoyed reading the excerpt

Tina Gayle said...

Thanks for stopping by an leaving a comment. Love having visitors.

celina k said...

Writing for me is a great form of release, I hope it helped you deal with the loss. I find it's the only thing that helps me deal with extreme grief or confusion.

dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

Rue Allyn said...

Book sounds terrific. Can't wait to read more.

Tina Gayle said...

Thanks again for the comment. Yes I agree writing helps no matter how you use it to recover.

Sheri Fredricks said...

This blog hop has certainly introduced new authors to read! Having spirits in your book has really peaked my interest.

sherifredricks @charter .net

Karen Cote said...

Just wanted to stop by and say great job everyone. You all have done MFRW so proud!

Christine London said...

Spirit guides sound fascinating. After losing my Mom, Dad and only sibling within a year and a hlf of each other, I too turned to my writing. The book that resulted is still under wraps as I have not had the 'oomph' to bring it into the light. "One More Day" is very spiritual too.
Cole Phillips is dead.

Four years on his wife Tara is still without answers.

Is a universe that so cruelly tore her husband from her actually capable of bestowing such a gift?

One More Day… "

A tale of the return to life of a man so sorely missed by his widow the power of her will alone brings him back to her and with him, an opportunity of which others have only dreamed.

Isn't it funny how writing can heal every bit as much or more than reading another's journey?

Much success to you, Tina.

Warm Regards,
Christine London

Marlie Bridges said...

Tina - I love your idea of the Family Spirits. And isn't it interesting how something sad turned your energies to something good!


Meljprincess said...

Hi Tina,
Your post is excellent. SG appeals to me greatly. I have a spirit guide. Do you? I also know how to connect someone with their spirit guide. Mine has told me things that have come true. I talk to my spirit guide almost every day. I love this topic. Can ya tell? *grin*

Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

Elise VanCise said...

Adding to my to be read list :) Love the story idea and enjoyed the excerpt :)

M. S. Spencer said...

What a marvelous premise for a story--and it sounds as though you've added several layers of interest to that as well. It's so helpful to take a tragedy and turn it into enlightenment. Thanks, M. S.

Tina Gayle said...

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. This book does speak to me in ways that I can't even explain.

Shadow said...

Nice excerpt! Makes me want to read more! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway!

Sandy said...

I like how you set up the characters and the conflict. Great post, and thanks for sharing.