Today I’m hosting Heather M. Walker and her paranormal romance, The Otherling. Heather is giving away a hand painted set of two wine glasses, painted to resemble stained glass and a ten card tarot reading (US/Canada only). So make sure to comment, check out the other stops on the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! Heather is also here today to talk about the main character of her book.
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ABOUT MY WITCHY MAIN CHARACTER
by Heather M. Walker
Annaleah has to be one of my favorite characters to write about and develop. Even though she has had some terrible experiences with bullies in her past, I admire her so much because she has the strength to continue to be true to herself, and to be herself, no matter the difficulties she faces for it. To me, that makes her somewhat or a heroine, and a role model. So many people have such a gorgeous inner light, but they are afraid to let it shine, afraid that the cruelty of the world will make it into something shameful and ugly.
I tried to convey to my readers, especially the ones who have been bullied or shamed for being different than others, that it is okay to be yourself. The world needs more unique people. How boring and drab would our world be if we were all the same? Yet, so many people will only like and accept others who are like them, because in my opinion, they feel threatened by others whose soul shines with many colors, instead of just one.
Being bullied these days has gotten even more damaging than when I went to school. People are actually dying over the hurt and pain being caused by it. Annaleah is a hope I share with those who are going through this. I truly hope that those being hurt and feeling alone can find some strength in her character.
Like Annaleah, I too have gone through stages of being bullied or excluded from social activities, based soley on the fact that I am a white witch myself. I have borrowed a few experiences in my own life to help mold some of her background.
One of my favorite parts of Annaleahs character is that no matter what she goes through, her heart remains pure. She loves fiercely, and even though she is a rather innocent type character, she is unbelievably strong. Her will is amazing, and her determination helps her in her time of desperate need. I admire her grit, her courage, and her loyalty. It’s the mix of these characteristics together I feel that makes her come alive.
I was sad when the story ended, though of curse, it had to, as all books do. I felt that she had become a real person, and saying goodbye was hard.
So who knows, there may be more for her to tell as time goes by. We will just have to wait and see.
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.
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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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