Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cutting Cords

Please welcome Jo Ramsey who is with us today to talk about her new book Cutting Cords, which by the way sounds like a fascinating read, and explain about guides. Jo will be giving away an autographed ARC of Cords to one randomly drawn commenter. To follow Jo's tour: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2011/01/vbt-cutting-cords-by-jo-ramsey.html. Cords can be purchased at Jupiter Gardens.

What Is a Guide?

In my young adult urban fantasy series Reality Shift, both Shanna Bailey and Jonah Leighton have guides. Guides are higher-level beings who choose to work directly with a specific human.

The theory is that everyone has guides, even though they may be unaware of them. And that each of us has more than one guide. For example, in Reality Shift, Jonah has a general guide, a writing guide, a healing guide, and a yoga guide, as well as others that he doesn’t mention in the story. He and Shanna communicate with their guides; not everyone does.

Obviously for a human, having guides is a benefit. Some people hear a “little voice” in their minds telling them to do something, or not to do it. They may believe that voice to be their conscience, or it may be one of their guides. Even people who don’t realize they’re hearing from their guides might feel a strong urge to do something that turns out to be of benefit to them.

For the beings who serve as guides, there’s a benefit as well. All beings, including humans, are striving to learn and grow, with the ultimate goal of reconnecting with the Creator. For beings, serving as a guide is one way to continue learning and growing. Even though the beings are “higher level,” they can learn just as much from humans as humans can from them.

There are several types of beings who might serve as guides. The most common, and the one most people have heard of, is a spirit guide. Spirit guides were once human and have progressed far enough that they have chosen not to incarnate anymore and to guide other humans. The theory is that human souls reincarnate until they’ve learned the lessons they need to learn, and then can move on to be spirit guides and continue learning that way, or move on to other planes of existence.

Light guides and beings of light are two other types of beings who sometimes choose to guide humans. Light guides have usually never incarnated. They have a higher energetic vibration than spirit guides, but are still learning and growing. Beings of light are a little harder to explain. While light beings are a species of sorts, like humans, each being of light is a species by itself. “Beings of light,” as Jonah explains in Reality Shift, is just an easy way to describe that group of beings instead of naming each one individually. Beings of light also usually have never incarnated, and have the highest energetic vibration of the beings who typically work with humans. Some people believe that some of the mythological gods may actually have been beings of light.

If you’re interested in learning more about guides in general, there are a number of books available that explain them. Some books also include meditations that people can do to meet their guides, though I recommend caution with those. In Cutting Cords, Reality Shift book three, one of Shanna’s friends believes she has met her guide, when in fact she’s dealing with a dead spirit that’s trying to literally take over her life. Sometimes trying to meet one’s guides can bring in entities that one really doesn’t want to deal with. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t try; just be careful, and use the precautions the books describe.


Blurb:


When Shanna’s father moves out, leaving Shanna alone with her mother, her home life goes from bad to worse. At least she has Jonah to remind her that she deserves a good life, even if she doesn’t always believe him. Stressed about her parents’ separation and worried about what it will mean for her, Shanna is glad for the distraction of her friend Tammi’s request for information about guides. Although Shanna is still learning, she knows how to answer Tammi’s questions. The problem is, the entity Tammi is asking about isn’t really a guide. It’s a dead spirit who wants to take over Tammi’s life. And Shanna discovers that another entity, one with the power to destroy our universe, wants to use Tammi as well. Guided by Jonah and Tethys, and helped by another being of light, Shanna must send the dead spirit to the afterlife before it’s too late—for Tammi and for the entire Universe.


Excerpt:

Loud voices yanked me out of a dream. My parents’ voices. Angry, as usual, and growing louder by the second. I wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep until they finished.

My heart pounded as the argument continued. Dad’s voice faded, which meant he’d completely lost his temper. The angrier he became, the more quietly he spoke. Mom’s voice rose as if to make up for Dad’s low tone. I pulled my pillow over my head. Come on, people. I had school the next day. It would have been helpful if my parents had started fighting earlier, before I went to bed.

Or if they’d argued somewhere else. Like Antarctica.

Their voices drilled through the pillow. Loud, angry tones. They’d always argued a lot, and it seemed to be happening more often the past two or three weeks. My dad spent more time out of the house than in it, trying to escape from my mother. Unfortunately for me, his leaving all the time just made things worse. Mostly for me, since when he took off, I became Mom’s object of focus.

My chest tightened at the thought. I’d been seven when my doctor had told my mother I'd developed an anxiety disorder. My mother, of course, had called the doctor an idiot and informed him that a seven-year-old had nothing to be anxious about. I’d never seen that particular doctor again, and the symptoms that had led to the diagnosis continued . Stomach pains and nausea, chest pain and trouble breathing. I’d learned to control them somewhat, especially since my friend Jonah had taught me to meditate and focus. When something really stressful happened—pretty much every day at my house—I still had attacks.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday


Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life~Steven Wright

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tired of flowers yet?

More orchids. All of these pictures were taken inside. The conservatory is huge.

Just got back from Lincoln Lawyer. Thumbs up.

I'll be blogging tomorrow at Night Writers on Declawing.

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Makita must use her second life to return to earth and take care of her pal, Bennie the Boxer. But finding Bennie is only the beginning. After they're reunited, Makita and Bennie stumble upon a dog fighting ring. Now the fearless feline must use her considerable cunning to breakout the hapless creatures that have been stolen to use as bait for the fighting dogs.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday


Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair... ~Susan Polis Shutz

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pink Roses


A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring. ~The Collected Later Poems of William Carlos Williams

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Akasha Revisited


Seated in the clouds, the council of nine cats, along with the little tabby called Great Mother, stared at a spot on earth, their expressions grave. As they watched, the waters rose and the wind battered everything in its way. The little gray tabby placed her paw on the council elder’s shoulder and cried out in distress, “Oh, no, Ramses, not the kittens.”

He cut his gaze toward Great Mother and put his paw around her. “My dear, we must be prepared for the worst. Let’s go to the bridge.”

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday at Night Writers


I'm blogging on himmies today at Night Writers. Hope your Sunday is wondrous.
And you guessed it, the pic is from Longwood Gardens.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Orchids


We just got back from a visit to the baby girl. Besides getting to see my lovely daughter, I got to visit Longwood Gardens outside of Philadelphia. Have you ever been there? If not I highly recommend it. I've been to a lot of gardens, but this was the best I've ever seen. While we were there they had an orchid exhibit going on. I have never seen so many of these beautiful exotics or such a wide selection.





Its Monday

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shardai Re-released


Shardai is now available at Smashwords. USe the coupon code VZ62R and get it for $2.24.

Shardai is a large sleek cat with attitude. He has the courage of a tiger and the disdain of a king. The fearless feline has only one weakness...his guardian. He would do anything--including coming back from the afterlife--for her.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Ceiling Fans How Exciting

We went out and bought a ceiling fan.
You're probably thinking so? Well, its not so much that we bought one as why we bought one. I was making the bed and the fan fell on me. I managed to jump out of the way and just got a few scratches. Lucky, for me I was paying attention to business and not mulling over a story.
Well, that was my excitement for the week. I would rather be reporting that I won the lottery or was on the New York Times Best Seller list. Oh well, maybe next time.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Speaking of Duct Tape


I blush to admit I've got some wrapped around my battery operated toothbrush and printer. What do you use yours for?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Duct Tape


"Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side and holds the world together."