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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Guest blog and Giveaway: Why I Write with Deanna Kahler



Why I Write

By Deanna Kahler


People write for many reasons. Writing not only allows you to express your creativity, but is also therapeutic and can help you deal with complex emotions. It enables you to explore various concepts, live out your fantasies and temporarily escape to another world. And for many, writing is just plain fun.  However, there is a much deeper and more important reason to put pen to paper. By sharing your words with the world, you can make a difference in someone else’s life. This is why I write.
When I set out to write my first book, From Pain to Parenthood, I had a goal in mind. I wanted to share my life’s experiences in order to encourage others. I had suffered two miscarriages and spent two years in the adoption process, so I knew what it felt like to lose a child and long to be a mother. I also knew that many people who were going through similar challenges could be helped by what I learned. And they were! After I published From Pain to Parenthood, I heard from readers who said I inspired them. They told me that my story gave them hope. It was an amazing feeling to be able to touch lives. I quickly realized that I must write more.
For my second book, I tried my hand at fiction and wrote Echoes of Paradise, which is a paranormal love story about the afterlife. The interesting thing about fiction is that you can still share important messages and inspire others with your story. It doesn’t have to be real to have an effect on someone’s life. Many fiction books are thought-provoking and life-changing, and they may include some of the author’s life experiences woven throughout. This is definitely the case with Echoes of Paradise. I had some interesting paranormal experiences that I believed others would find intriguing, so I took a few of them and transformed them into a story that many people can relate to. Again, I was able to inspire others.
I’m now working on my fourth book, another paranormal novel titled Sara’s Soul, and I really enjoy what I do! What I learned from writing books is that once you start, you just can’t stop. Words are powerful. They have to ability to enrich lives, teach lessons, entertain and, in some cases, can even spark a change in your career or life’s path. So when someone asks me: “Why write?” I really can’t think of a good reason why not.







Echoes of Paradise
The Afterlife Series
Book 1
Deanna Kahler

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Visionary Fiction

Publisher: Rose Petal Publications

Date of Publication: Originally Released 1/1/2014
Reprint / New Cover 6/21/2014

ISBN: 978-0615863399
ASIN: B00HT2KX2C

Number of pages: 228
Word Count: 54,937

Book Description:

Connor’s dead. But she can still feel him. Is it just her imagination or something more? Celeste wants to know. And she’ll stop at nothing to find out.

A once-aspiring artist, Celeste is going through the motions of life. She’s stuck – in a job she doesn’t love, with a man who isn’t right for her, in a web of painful memories from the past. Adding to her despair is the sudden and unexpected death of Connor, her true love. As she struggles to make sense of the world around her, strange coincidences and mysterious events lead her to question her sanity. When the happenings persist, she wonders if Connor’s spirit is trying to tell her something. Her jealous husband Dave insists it’s all just her imagination. But when Celeste’s young son has an experience of his own, she is determined to uncover the truth.

Join Celeste as she risks her marriage, her career, and her own safety to escape the demons from her past and unravel the mysteries of life and death. With so much uncertainty, there’s only one thing Celeste knows: her world will never be the same.



Available at Amazon and  BN

Short Excerpt:

Celeste began sobbing uncontrollably. She struggled to see the road ahead of her through tear-filled eyes. The landscape became a fuzzy blur of moonlight and shadowy trees. The world around her spun into an unrecognizable mix of darkness streaked with occasional rays of dim light. As she drove blindly ahead, she felt as if she were plunging into nothingness. And she didn’t even care.
She would have continued in her oblivious state, but somehow, out of nowhere, she heard a very clear and distinct male voice pop into her head. She thought that surely she must have imagined it, because it sounded like Connor.
Pay attention.
Suddenly a deer darted out in front of her, its startled eyes aglow from the blazing gold headlights. Blood pulsed through her veins as she abruptly swerved her car to the right, narrowly missing the animal. With her heart still pounding, she took a deep breath and tried to regain her composure.
“That was close,” she said aloud to herself. “Stay focused, Celeste. Keep it together.”
Although she was alone in her car, she noticed a distinct presence. It felt like Connor was somehow with her. First the voice, and now this? Surely she must be losing her mind! Even so, she had an irresistible urge to talk to him. Maybe it was silly or useless, but she couldn’t fight this desire brimming inside of her. She didn’t just want communication with her deceased former love; she needed it—even if it was one-sided. She began to have a conversation as if he were right there with her.
“I’m so sorry,” she sobbed. “I’m sorry I didn’t stay in touch with you and try to be a part of your life in some way. I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you or able to help you. I’m sorry for the night I left you. I’m sorry I didn’t let you get closer to me or tell you that I love you. I’m just so sorry.”
Tears streamed down Celeste’s face like the rain on a shiny glass window, and she gasped for air. What she wanted most right now was to know that Connor still existed somehow, somewhere. She wanted proof that his spirit lived on. She wanted to know that he was alive and well in heaven. Although she had been raised Christian, her faith had faded as she’d grown older. Life’s circumstances, unanswered prayers, and the cynical, materialistic world around her had left Celeste with doubts and questions. She now wondered if God and the afterlife even existed at all. She wanted to believe. She just didn’t know how.
Right after she spoke to Connor, a song came on the radio. The words caught her attention, and she stopped crying long enough to listen. It was a tune by Nickelback titled “Someday.”
For a brief moment, Celeste noticed a tingling sensation run down her spine. She felt like Connor was speaking directly to her through this song. It felt as if he were trying to respond to her. Were the words to this song meant for her? Did he somehow hear her cries? Was he trying to tell her he was going to help her in some way?
“No,” thought Celeste. “You’re being ridiculous. This is all just a coincidence. Connor can’t hear you or help you—he’s dead.”

Somehow, even though her rational, logical mind told her this, her heart told her otherwise. Maybe Connor really was alive in the afterlife. Maybe he really could hear her. She needed to know the truth. She wanted answers. 

About the Author:

Deanna Kahler is an accomplished writer and proud mom. Her work has been published in numerous corporate newsletters and magazines across the country. She began writing as a young child and enjoys the opportunity to reach others and make a difference in their lives.

Echoes of Paradise is her second book. The story is close to her heart because it was inspired by some of her own experiences. Deanna is now working on a follow-up novel, Visions of Mortality, scheduled for release in 2015. The book will feature some of the same characters and also have a paranormal/afterlife theme.

Deanna holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where she graduated with departmental honors. She lives with her husband and daughter in a Metro Detroit suburb and enjoys writing, dancing, walking, and visiting parks in her spare time.

For more information, please visit www.deannakahler.com









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1 comment:

Deanna Kahler said...

Thank you for having me at your site! :)