Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Falling - Angels Amongst Us By Linn B Halton






What They Say:

Falling: Angels Among Us book 1 – HarperImpulse paranormal romance novella by Linn B Halton
Ceri thinks she sees angels…everywhere. She struggles to keep separate what feels like two very different sides to her life. As a manager in an advertising company she’s been working with the gorgeous Alex for two years. The have a friendship based upon the image she portrays whilst she’s at work and it helps to keep her sane. One mad, crazy night spent sharing their secrets and a lot of wine result in them ending up in bed together and their relationship changes. When Alex explains that the reason he doesn’t date is because someone broke his heart, how can Ceri admit that she feels a deep connection to him?

Ceri knows she’s different. What she doesn’t fully appreciate is that her task in life is to correct a series of incidents that alter the course of many of the people's lives with whom she comes into contact. She’s simply putting right little errors that could ripple outwards and change the course of their destiny. However; when she finds herself getting pulled into things that happen around her, how can she prove that she really has made a difference? Is it all in her head?

She's alone for a reason; she's not meant to fall in love in her earthly life. Alex is supposed to cross paths with her and help Ceri during a phase where she begins to question the signs she’s being given. It's meant to be a turning point for them both—but in opposite directions. They are destined to travel very different paths…but Ceri doesn’t know that and neither does Alex…



“No one chooses to see angels, why would they?”

This is a romance story that explores the possibility of there being something more than just the ‘here and now’. If that were the case, how would it work? What keeps us on the path determined for us, when we have free will? How would the spirit world link with us as we go about our lives? Love is a powerful emotion, but can it change the course of someone’s destiny? Ceri is ‘Falling’...

Read chapter one http://linnbhalton.co.uk/falling/

Buy from Amazon: http://viewbook.at/FallingAngelsAmongUs

What I say:

I read this book in one day, on a wet, windy Sunday and I found it to be an easy interesting read.  The characters were easily likeable especially the main character Ceri.

As the book continued you found yourself in the middle of Ceri's life, Ceri see spirits that help her to assist people in need, sometimes it's just an uneasy feeling as is the case with her twin brother Seb's fiancée, Seb doesn't believe in spirits and dismisses Ceri's concerns.

The book follows her in the lead up to Seb's wedding, it also explores her relationship with her work colleague, Alex, with a will they won't they scenario. This leads to a cliff hanger that sets the next book up perfectly.

A good start to a series of books that is building to the follow up books,  I have already added these to my wish list and look forward to catching up Ceri and everyone else in her life, following the twists and turns of her destiny.

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

About the Author

Linn B Halton lives in the UK, in the small village of Arlingham. It sits a stone’s throw away from the banks of the River Severn; she resides there with her adorable husband and cat with attitude – Mr Tiggs!
Whilst Linn loves to write romantic novels, there is often a psychic ‘touch’ to her stories. Many of the paranormal events that feature in some of her books are real-life experiences.
Linn is the creator of, and magazine editor for, Loveahappyending Lifestyle magazine (LLm) 
Visit Linn’s author page on the LLm Bookshelf
Linn is a member of the: Romantic Novelists’ Association page 
 and is signed by HarperImpulse and Sapphire Star Publishing.
PinterestHarperImpulse author pageRomantic Novelists’ Association page



The giveaway on this tour:
1 x £20/$30 Amazon Gift Card
Plus
3 winners to choose from a selection of Linn B Halton’s Novel:
  • Never Alone
  • Touched by the Light
  • The Restaurant @ The Mill
  • Being a Sceptic is oh so Easy
  • The Quintessential Gemini


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Linn
On being signed by HarperImpulse:

It was a great thrill for me when it was announced that HarperImpulse had acquired the Angels Among Us series. One of those days that, as an author, I will never forget.

I think there are milestones along the way and these were mine on my writing journey so far:

Finishing my first manuscript – and jumping around the room like a mad woman, shouting ‘Whoo hoo!’.

Holding a copy of my first book (Touched By The Light) and feeling like it was my birthday and Christmas rolled into one …

My first EVER review from a reader … what a buzz and that happens every single time I get a new review for any of my books.

Hitting the top 100 on Amazon – and taking a screen print to prove it!

However, no matter what milestones, it’s only ever been about one thing. My dream was to write stories that would allow readers to become wrapped up in the world I had created. One where they can escape the stresses of everyday life for a short while. I hoped that when they read that final word on the page it would leave them with a smile on their face and a ‘feel-good’ moment in their heart …



From the author:

My bio will tell you that I love walking on the beach – preferably when it’s deserted, or overcast and windy. It’s where I go to think and blow away the cobwebs. Although I’m afraid of deep water because I can’t swim, it holds a fascination for me and I have a connection with it that is cathartic, but explainable.

I live in the small village of Arlingham, on the banks of the River Sever, in the UK. I live with my adorable, and very understanding, husband Lawrence. Without him I wouldn’t be able to write – he keeps me topped up with cups of coffee whenever he’s not at work and pretends it’s normal to be on the computer sixteen hours a day! The other man in the house is Mr Tiggs - a feline with ‘catitude’. As long as there’s an endless supply of tuna, he’s more than happy to sprawl out on the floor next to me whilst I write. He’s ‘No. 4’ in The Quintessential Gemini, although I don’t think he realises I’ve blogged about him too…

I began writing in 2009; I wrote five manuscripts one after another and then Googled ‘what to do with a completed manuscript’ eighteen months later. Naïve? Yes. Fun? Yes! My first book was published in February 2011.

Did I know I would become a writer at some point in my life? Yes, from an early age. I also instinctively knew it would only happen after my two boys had grown up as I sensed once I began writing, I would never want to stop.

Did I know I would write romance with a psychic touch? Romance – yes. Psychic romance? No. It just happened. The reason is that I have so many ‘experiences’ it is now a part of my daily life and to me it’s normal. They say ‘write what you know’ and that’s what I do. I have been totally amazed at the number of readers who get in touch to say that they can connect with some of the incidents included in my stories. For me that ‘contact’ was unexpected and, as writing is a rather solitary pursuit, it’s a welcomed ‘feel-good’ factor for me.

The future? Spending my days with characters I love to create, drinking lots of coffee and counting my blessings that I can finally enjoy this ‘me’ time!



Research for Falling and the Angels Among Us series

The idea for this series began over five years ago. I’ve always been in touch with the ‘intuitive’ side of my nature, although it was many, many years before I could finally say I was no longer a sceptic. It’s easier to ignore things that happen or explain them away – trick of the light, imagination, tired eyes, than it is to face up to what it means. We all want to believe our loved ones are still with us, but isn’t that simply wishful thinking? It wasn’t really until my husband and I had our first shared experience that I could admit to myself I’d had more than enough validation. It was a turning point for me and since then there have been moments when I (and my husband) have been truly astounded.

During the years I was unable to write, I kept a journal of ideas and this series was one of those entries. I realised too that it would take a lot of research. I might have had psychic experiences since I was a young child, but I didn’t really know anything about angels. It took about three years in total to read up on various theories and piece together what ‘fitted’ with what I’d been experiencing. I even attended two Gayatri mantra chanting sessions, which feature in ‘Falling’. However, because I’ve been to many mediums and clairvoyants over the years, both for one-to-one sessions and at group venues, I also had a lot of personal experiences to draw upon.

Not only was the research necessary for me to write this series, but it was also meaningful for me on my own life’s journey. The person I am today is very different from the one I was back when I first instinctively knew I would (some day) write a book. I have been told I could become a medium, but that was never of interest to me. A spiritual friend told me that maybe I was meant to write psychic romance so that people who’d had experiences and never told anyone, might read one of my stories and feel they weren’t alone. I hope that’s true. But for me, writing will always be about the ROMANCE.

9 comments:

  1. Thank you so much Jo for making such a great job of the post and for your fabulous review! I'm thrilled to be here and 'meet' you and thanks too for kicking off the 'Falling' tour! I've loved writing this series, so much so I'll probably write one more to add to the first three ... really thrilled to receive 4 stars! Lxx

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    1. You're welcome wonderful book to read xx

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  2. Ah Jo, a great review. I loved Angels :)

    Thank you for taking part in Linn's tour (and being the FIRST stop).

    Shaz

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    1. Thank you, I was soo nervous to be the first one xx

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    2. Ah, Jo - you shouldn't be nervous! That's my job ha! ha! I'm just very grateful to you for helping to spread the word about my new series. Every single review has great meaning to a new author as it's the only way we can really begin to build our credibility. If we don't sell books we can't continue writing and as it's a passion that does literally take over our lives, I treasure every single review where a reader enjoys what I've written! Now I'd better get back to writing ... actually, a tiring day and I'm about to close the laptop! Have a fab evening! Lxx

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  3. I loved this book and can't wait for the next one!

    Mandy :)

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    1. Why thank you, Mandy. That's great to hear ... especially as part two is out on Thursday ha! ha! Very kind! Lxx

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  4. Thank you, Jane! Cometbabe did a great job of the post and the graphics - thanks for dropping by.

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