A lost soul is nestled in the piney woods of East Texas, waiting and watching in the darkness of the shadows. He is feverishly seeking the past but is inevitably snared in the present and will stop at nothing to find his destiny.
Alarmed by this malevolent soul that stalks her while she sleeps, Analise Michaels struggles to find meaning within her dreams. Instead, she finds danger down the street, across the ocean, and through the realms of time without ever physically leaving town. Analise is not like other teenagers. She travels in her sleep. She talks to angels. Spirits are drawn to her pureness of heart. She can see and hear what others refuse to acknowledge.
As Analise navigates the tangled web of drama and hysterics during her senior year of high school, she finds an unlikely friend and makes several enemies along the way. Her life becomes inexplicably intertwined with an enigmatic stranger she must depend upon to help her unravel the mystery behind her haunted dreams and finally release the Shadows of Destiny.
Life doesn’t always go as planned…missed deadlines, chance encounters, job changes, relationship problems, health issues…but the beauty of living is being able to accept the complications and hurdles in life and learning to adjust our goals, and indeed our life, as a result. I’m no different than many of you. I recently learned this lesson…the hard way. It took awhile for me to understand that easy or difficult, we must all learn lessons in life and that the old cliché, life unscripted, clearly describes the world in which we live.
Most of us want a rewarding and happy life. But what will make life happy or rewarding? In the end, can we FIND happiness? I’ve pondered these questions for months. Recently, I came to the realization that most of the things we want in life we must go out and find…jobs, homes, friendships, relationships, etc. But, while looking for all these other things, the one thing I believe we don’t find is happiness. Rather, we MAKE our own happiness. To find happiness presumes it was lost in the first place. I don’t believe happiness is ever lost, but perhaps misguided ideals, goals or interests serve to blind us from feeling or experiencing the happiness we deserve, the happiness we want.
So, as I have challenged myself of late, I also challenge you…go out and MAKE your own happiness. Don’t wait for it to come to you. Life is unscripted and always will be. Who knows, that may be the purpose…to keep us on our toes so that we may always appreciate the happiness we hold.
Today marks the beginning of a brand new chapter in the Shadows of Destiny Saga. My website has been moved and updated to offer a more user-friendly experience taking into account the importance of social media in the literary world. And while I am extremely pleased with the hours of hard work a friend and [...]
Sunday, June 10th 2012 11:05 PM The Human Element Over the past weekend, I exhibited my books at an amazing event, Through The Veil: Paranormal, Metaphysical & Spiritual Gathering. This was my second year at the event, and it was no less inspiring than the first time. Included in the presentation lineup were paranormal television celebrities such as [...]
Sunday, August 12th 2012 2:08 AM The Beauty & Mystery of Automatic Writing Today, I had the most amazing day. Now don’t get me wrong, if you know me then you know that I try to make every day amazing. But today I had several different conversations with very new friends about a topic near [...]
Monday, February 20th 2012 9:58 AM Research Is For Fiction Writers Too! Today I read a comment about my virtually nonexistent blog from a very sweet Twitter friend. It seems that I have seriously lapsed in posting blog entries, and I want to thank Dannie Hill for bringing it to my attention in such a [...]
Monday, October 17th 2011 6:32 PM The Re-Invention of Authors Supporting Authors…in the Twitterverse When I decided to sign up for Twitter just a few short months ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The purpose was to broaden my reach, I suppose. But in hindsight, I realize I have learned [...]
Saturday, May 21st 2011 8:38 AM It’s All About Networking! I realize it has been awhile since my last post! I was beginning to wonder if life would slow down enough for me to ever get a new post up. Have I mentioned that marketing is the hardest part of self-publishing? Oh, that’s right, I [...]
Tuesday, April 19th 2011 12:26 PM April is a whirlwind, I believe! Wow, April has been a fanciful whirlwind of activity! The first weekend of the month kicked off a three week spree of book festivals with my inaugural event at the Houston Indie Book Fest. I didn’t realize I would meet so many wonderful [...]
Monday, April 4th 2011 8:21 PM Houston Indie Book Fest was a Great Success! Whew! I think I have finally recovered from the long 1-day trip to and from Houston! The Indie Book Fest was a blast. As my first book festival, it really helped prepare me for what is to come in Arkansas and Alabama [...]
Saturday, March 12th 2011 12:58 PM Staying up to date is complicated! Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon Author Central, Website, Blog…wow! The good news, I am now on Twitter… @galeminchew! The bad news? Hmm… My schedule going forward seems crazy! April, especially: Houston Indie Book Fest 4/2/11 East Texas Writer’s Association Meeting 4/8/11 Arkansas Literary Festival 4/9/11-4/10/11 [...]