Author: Angie Skelhorn
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal
Publisher: Eternal Press
Release Date: Oct 1 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
There is support from the unseen to guide our lives on Earth.
Carm, a wholesome farm girl, marries her first love and then abandons everything she knows. After six weeks of marriage, a devastating storm kills her husband, widowing her. In a strange city, torn by her loss—young, scared, and with no resources she lives a life she wasn't ready for. Her emotions fall extremely low. To make it comfortable to live in her own skin, she self-medicates with drugs and alcohol. She is pushed to the edge as her relationships become tremulous.
Haunted by her deceased husband and introduced to a witch, Gretchen, she sees past the darkness. Carm discovers, with the aid of witchcraft, how to accept the past, celebrate the present, and anticipate the future.
There is so much to say about this book. Angie Skelhorn awakened so many emotions in me with this book. I loved the story. I started this while trying to relax. BIG mistake. I was too anxious to see how things worked out for Carm. My anxiety for Carm and all that this woman has endured was through the roof. I hated the author, I loved the author. Neither of these were bad. She had invoked such strong emotions with me through this book. I cried, I chuckled, I was mad, I cried. So Angie if you by chance read this I loved to hate you. Just kidding.... The feelings with this story was so strong. I loved this book! The life events in this can happen to anyone of us at anytime.
Carm experience such tremendous heart ache through out this story. I fell in love with her character like I was her own real life sister or friend. I felt her sorrow, her nothingness, her despair. I wanted to bash people on the head. She met some amazing people that she needed to meet at that point and time in her life. This story goes with the saying that everything happens for a reason. Anything can change in a blink of an eye. It's what we choose to do that makes or breaks us.
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Carm sat in silence, focusing on what Gretchen had to say.
“Don’t get stuck in that which weighs you down. Be resourceful. You can tackle what it is that bothers you by making a choice. I feel quite sure you know the answer to your problems. It’s just that you don’t like the solution,” she said, looking at Carm.
Carm looked at the ground, shuffling her feet in the dirty melting snow, listening.
“Right now, you are confused with alternative choices, or you hope there is another solution you haven’t thought of. Rather than dwell on your problem, make a decision, stick to it, and move forward.”
“It’s as simple as all that.” Carm smirked.
“The solution can be if you want it to be,” Gretchen said with a serious expression. “Once you realize that a change is needed, all one can do is make a choice. Life is what you make it. Choices lead you to where you are from, where you are now, and to where you are headed.”
Carm pushed a strand of hair from her eyes. ”I have few choices,” she replied in a low voice.
“Going home would transform your situation. The move might help put your life back in order. I’m sure your family is worried…helpless not knowing where you are or how to find you. Make contact, Carm. I’m sure they want to hear from you.”
“I don’t want to return.” She sighed, looking at the snow nestling on the branches stripped of leaves, the colored lights, holly, and other Christmas decorations on the storefronts and lamp posts. “I’m here now, and my husband is gone.”
Gretchen shook her head. “All we have is a brief moment in time with the people we love. The loss of friends, lovers, and family is a part of life. No matter how often you felt you were ready to give up in the past, you managed to move forward. The choices you make now will decide your future. You have youth on your side. You have the time to make the changes that will shape your life for the better.”
Carm looked around the park. People passed by and glanced at Gretchen’s winter Gothic wear. The black cape, red satin lining, pointy black boots, and teased hair attracted attention. Carm inhaled a lungful of smoke, turning toward Gretchen. She pressed her leather-gloved fingertips into her temple, staring forward in a profound, trance-like condition. Her next words startled Carm.
“Your husband died quickly. His death came unexpectedly. One minute, he was here. The next, he was gone.”
Carm coughed, choking on the smoke she had inhaled. Her eyes widened. Gretchen continued to intercept the information.
My name is Angie Skelhorn. I am the fifth child born into a farming family located south of Peterborough, ON. Canada.
My interests include tarot, and other forms of divination, astrology, spirituality, mythology and harness racing. I gear my writing toward Witchcraft and Spiritualism. I've been published in Circle Sanctuary Magazine and online at Witchvox, Witches and Pagans and Global Goddess. My paranormal, magic and realism book Severed Ties - Publisher, Damnation Books- book launched December 2012.
I'm delighted to announce my contemporary women's fiction book At the Edge is published by Eternal Press.
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