Monday, April 10, 2017
Signs from Beyond- Guest Blog by Susan V Vaughn
Signs from Beyond
There is no scientific proof of communication after death, and yet a lot of people have claimed to have felt, or experienced something that proved their loved one was near. I never believed those people’s claims had any validity until I lost my grandmother five years ago.
My grandmother was an amazing woman, who adored bird watching. I have so many childhood memories sitting with my grandmother on her porch swing watching the birds that landed nearby. She could name them all—the Blue jay, the Robin, the Piping plover. But her favorite bird was the Cardinal. When that little red bird landed nearby, you would know by her shrieks of excitement.
Losing my grandmother was painful, even though it was her time. She was old and lived a wonderfully full life. Still, I remember driving home after her funeral, crying because I missed her. And that’s when I saw the Cardinal perched right on top my mailbox. We get birds of all kinds around us, and logically a bird could land on my mailbox at any time. But in my heart, I knew it was a message from my grandmother. She was still around and still watching over me.
Since that first sighting, I have seen the Cardinal many times. My children are the ones who shriek with excitement now, "Mom! It's grandma bird! She's right outside our window."
Both the main characters in my novel, Beyond Fate, suffer the loss of a loved one. For Russell, the loss is his sister. For Julia, the loss is her best friend. Although Katherine Webb is dead, both Russell and Julia began experiencing signs from her. But it’s only when they start following those signs that they find their paths intertwined again. It's almost as if Kat is playing matchmaker from beyond, which is consequently how the story got its name.
Signs from loved ones are important, even if they don't make sense. They help us connect to the people we've lost, and they can help us heal. These signs are not about logic. They aren’t something you can explain. And they shouldn’t be explained. Anyone who has experienced loss in their lives knows this is true. Sometimes in life, it is better to close your eyes to what makes sense and open your heart to what could be.
Susan V. Vaughn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Date of Publication: March 24th 2017
Number of pages: 215
Word Count: 61,838
Cover Artist: Najla Qamber
Tagline: Fate has a way of pushing you in ways you never thought possible
Years of separation mean nothing when love is in the air…
Julia Diaz never wanted to fall for her friend's older brother, especially at a college frat party. But, for some reason, her heart was stolen by Russell that night. Eight years after, she never forgot him. Now destiny has brought them together. Only this time Russell is no longer a boy. He’s a man who knows what he wants and will not be denied.
Russell Webb used to be optimistic, and fun loving until a family tragedy turned his world on its side. Putting all his focus on work, he picked himself back up, and managed to turn his grief into something resembling a life. When a woman from his past reappears, and gives him a glimpse of true happiness, he’ll do anything to secure her heart. Even face the darkness he has avoided for so long.
Julia began to hum cheerfully while she hammered another nail into the wall. Already, he could hear the sounds of her nail scraping against a bolt.
That’s it. I can’t stand it anymore. He pulled the hammer out of her hand, and tossed it aside.
“Russ?” She looked up at him, curious. “What are you doing?”
He leaned down and covered her lips with his own. If he said something back, they would have gotten into a long discussion about why this was a bad idea. But it wasn’t a bad idea, it was a great one. They had talked in enough circles this weekend. It was time for action.
He wrapped his arms around the small of her back and pulled her close, kissing her long and hard, expressing what he wanted, and begging her to accept. In response, she pressed closer, and moaned deeply against his lips.
And that was it. With that one little moan, he was completely lost.
About the Author:
Romance Author, Susan V. Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk. Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings. When she wasn’t working on the next soul-crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.
It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.
Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.
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