Monday, May 24, 2010

Guest Blogger Margaret West

And here we are... back at approximating normal... I'd like to welcome Margaret West as a guest blogger today.  It looks like she's got a little eye candy and so chances are, you are going to find something you like.  She also has some excerpts to give us an idea about here writing, so dig in and enjoy!


Hi, it’s so nice to be here. Let me tell you a bit about myself first.

I’m an author..of course...but, I’m also a Clairknowing medium, Crystal Therapist, Parapsychologist and a Psychic Development tutor. I live in England and reside in the country, where there really are just cows and sheep milling about outside. I’m a romantic at heart. I married a man who is a true romantic too, so life is good LOL

My publisher is Eternal Press. I’ve got a few publishers for different things, but I intend to stay with EP for my novels for the foreseeable future. They are very author friendly and the other authors are very supportive.. It’s been a long hard road to get published, with many tears and enough rejection letters to paper my toilet, but I’m glad I’ve persevered.

I started my spiritual blog to separate it from my writing, yet now I have paranormal authors popping over to it for information they need for various writing projects LOL so maybe it’s supposed to be linked somehow!

I write Romance and Romance with paranormal elements. I like to try and incorporate my spiritual life into my work where I can. I don’t have huge sex scenes in my books, but there just has to be an element of seduction, otherwise it’s just plain boring!! My latest release, THE HEART OF A WARRIOR is about a Native American called Yuma and a nurse from the UK called Belinda. I based Yuma on about a 20 different characters I’ve seen and met. I have to tell you, I often sat and day dreamed about what he’d look like for real!! In the end I think I fell in love with him a little myself. LOL

Yuma’s culture means because he is a high ranking chief, he has to carry on his blood line. Where does that leave him and Belinda? In a right mess, that’s what. How can she fight traditions that date back hundreds of years. How can Yuma handle a sassy English woman, who is independent and never does as she’s told? Can Belinda put everything she knows behind her and embark on a whole new way of life. It’s a romance that’s fought in every page. You’ll be laughing and crying with this oddly matched pair.

Here is a small taster.

“Are you sure this thing can fly?” Ahiga said, staring out of the planes window dubiously.

Yuma laughed. “Of course, stop panicking; the trip will be an experience for us both.”

“I’m told there are more people in London than on our entire Res,” Ahiga said, buckling up his seat belt.

“I heard that too,” Yuma said, clicking his belt into place. “Can you imagine seeing so many Hogan’s piled in one place?”

Ahiga laughed. “I think it’ll be very crowded. I also think you should’ve tied your hair more modestly, Yuma. Your braids are causing a lot of attention. One woman almost fell over her case when you passed her.”

Yuma’s hand shot up to his braids. Fingering them absently, he’d never admit that he wore them because Belinda liked it this way. Her opinion mattered to him. It was important she saw the man she fell in love with and not a man who blended in with all the others. He was out of his environment. The outsider. He didn’t much like the
feeling as they taxied down the runway, Yuma sighed when he saw Ahiga grip the arms of his chair. “Now we’ll see if the plane can hold our weight,” Yuma teased.

“It had better. Otherwise Aponi will scatter your bones on the runway if you kill her fiancé.”


Ahiga grabbed his holdall from the revolving carousel of assorted luggage. He shivered as a cold draught blew in from behind it. “It’s colder than hell outside. We should’ve brought thicker jackets,” Ahiga complained.

Yuma pulled his bag from the carousel. The airport was huge and he was beginning to think the stories about the amount of people in London were true. “We need to go outside and get a black taxi. Harry said they are just outside the main doors.” Ahiga’s smile almost split his face in two. “I’ve always wanted to see inside one of them.”

“Don’t get too used to it,” Yuma laughed. “It costs a lot of money to travel in such luxury.”

“I’m not really good with the currency here. So if you don’t mind I’ll leave the money side of things to you.”

“And you think I understand it any better?” Yuma replied. As they walked through customs and towards the main door, Yuma was aware of the stir he and Ahiga were causing. Dressed in shiny cowboy boots, denims and a shirt, he thought they would blend in, but it was having the opposite effect. Maybe Ahiga was right, his shoulder length hair and coloured braids seemed to be causing too much attention. It was becoming embarrassing.

My next release is a short coffee break read called Two faces One Life. It’s based loosely on someone I know who fought for many years to overcome her disabilities and become a strong and empowered woman. Ted and Sarah meet by complete accident in a park. Both have devastating injuries. While Ted had learned to deal with his, Sarah believes her life is over and wants to die.

This has been called an inspirational romance. I’ll leave you to decide. I’m giving away a free autographed copy of this book. Everyone who comments will go into a draw for it. So please, do let me know what you think.

Here is an excerpt.

“How old are you?” Ted interrupted her thoughts.

“Eighteen,” she replied. “Why?”

“Because you sound…how can I put this? Well…you sound old before your time. As though you’ve all the worries of the world were balancing on your shoulders.”

“I don’t know what you mean,” Sarah snapped defensively. She couldn’t let him know about her burns. What if he got up and left? He was the first person, apart from her parents, who didn’t judge her on looks alone.

“Yes you do. Look, I know what it’s like to feel frightened and alone. Okay, we don’t know each other that well, but I’m always on this bench if you ever need a friendly ear. I’d like to think of you as a friend.”

Sarah felt her heart jump at the thought. “I could do with a friend right now.” She was surprised how much she was enjoying Ted’s company. “My friends don’t come and visit anymore.”

“Why? Is that why you were crying?”

“I wasn’t crying,” Sarah lied.

Ted sighed. “Okay, if you won’t tell me what’s wrong, tell me why you cringe back in the seat every time someone passes us.”

Sarah turned sharply and examined Ted’s face. She couldn’t see his eyes behind those dark glasses, but he must be blind. Why else would he have the white stick beside him? “How do you know that?”

“I’m blind, Sarah, not stupid. I can practically hear you squirming. My blindness isn’t a disease; you can’t catch it. You don’t need to feel uncomfortable.”

“Oh, no, I’m not bothered about that,” she protested. “It’s me… I mean, well, people stare at me. It makes me feel awkward.”

Ted moved to face her and fumbled for her hand until he found it buried in her lap. His face held a questioning smile, as he held it tightly.

“Okay. Now we’ve sorted out that, tell me why you sat next to me. This is a big park. There are plenty of other benches.”

Sarah was mortified. How could she say she sat beside him because he was blind? “Please don’t ask me,” she begged.

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View the trailers The heart of a warrior Two faces One life

Well, thank you all for popping by. You can find me at
Writers Blog.
Spiritual Blog.
Facebook & Twitter: mwest


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Must be a challenge to keep up with two blogs.

Wanda said...

Enjoyed the excerpts.

Watery Tart said...

Alex and Wanda-thanks for dropping in!

Margaret-I find it so interesting that you do the somewhat paranormal stuff in real life and then include it with your books. I can definitely see why authors who write in the genre would come ask questions.

The stories sound interesting!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Great excerpts, thank you for sharing. I'm working on psychic/paranormal in my own WiP I'll have to check out your blog to make sure I'm getting a few thing right :)

Lorrie said...

The Indian heritage in the modern times sound like a real challange. The story line is alluring, mixed cultures and forbidden love. Yum. I love the name Yuma and I hope we read more about the reservation. I sense a bit of humor in this, too, which is always a draw for me. This one has to go into my TBR pile.
Great post.

Sharon Benjamin said...

I have just ordered my copy of Heart of a Warrior and can't wait to read it! Thanks for the insight on Margaret West and I have one question - how DOES she find the time to cram so much into her life...?!?!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Like Hart, I'm interested that your career is paranormal related and it's your chosen genre, too. I bet you write it with a lot more confidence than most.

Cate Masters said...

Great excerpts, Margaret. I always fall in love with my characters, too. :)

Talli Roland said...

How interesting - thanks for the guest post! I really enjoyed Margaret's excerpts, too.

Ginger Simpson said...

Just dropping by to say I'm a Margaret West fan. Even though I write western historical set in the 1800s, I truly enjoyed her modern day tale about the American Indian. Heart of a Warrior was a very enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.

Watery Tart said...

Margaret, looks like you've got a great following! Even a book sale--WAHOO!

Margaret West said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. I am lucky enough to be able to channel my experiences with the spirit world into my writing. My next novel is a paranormal romance, which has alot of the spirit world woven into the storyline. My paranormal blog is new, but it seems to be a place that writers go to research, so it must be working.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

This was a fascinating guest blog - and who could resist the cover of “The Heart of a Warrior!”

Bridge Marie said...

Great excerpts! I especially love the culture clash in the "Heart of a Warrior" story.

Margaret West said...

I know Jane, isnt Yuma just too darn delicious on the cover lol

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Margaret,

I always get these announcements late because I'm 12 hours away from the U.S....Anyway, Heart of a Warrior sounds fascinating. A number of years ago we drove through a huge Navajo reservation in Colorado and New Mexico. The landscape was so stark--it made me wonder how the perceptions of the people who lived there would be affected.

I like the premise of "Two Faces One Life", too. I really prefer novels where the characters have serious problems to overcome.

Now I'm going over to check you spiritual blog. I'm very curious!

All the best