Happy Birthday Melissa

Me and You

Danvers High School Senior Reception, June 2, 1998

Stories manifest themselves in the most incredible ways, and mine are no different. While the majority of The Harvest Series came about in a dream, there are facets, which have touched me personally. What writer doesn’t spill personal experiences onto the pages of their work ?

People who know me, often wonder if the story is my own. Not entirely. I know what it’s like to be afraid like Lexie, to walk on eggshells in your own home, and to be too afraid to tell anyone. However, my story is not Lexie’s story. But it was a story that needed to be told.

And more importantly, as I told Lexie’s story, what made it easier were her friends—cut from the same cloth as several of my dearest friends.  Some of the important relationships in Lexie’s life, are a reflection of the relationships that I know helped me get where I am today.

Graduation

Danvers High School Graduation, June 6, 1998

One of those friendships; relationships, was with my best friend Melissa and her beautiful family. Today Melissa would have been turning 34 years old, but instead she’s not here to celebrate. Therefore, I celebrate, as I always do, a life taken much too soon. And on Wednesday, when I light a candle, it will mark the 13th year she has been gone from my life.  What still remains, after all these years, is the love I felt for her, the friendship we shared, and the utmost admiration for how easily she opened up to me when she found out “my secrets”.

And for her family, who are still a part of my life, my gratitude for their willingness to open their home to me, as they had done, so many times before, without ever knowing its significance.

As I write the final scenes to Angela (A Harvest Series Prequel) today, I will think of you and the friend you were to me Melissa. When I kiss my husband, play with my dogs, and carry on with my day…I will think of you and I will ponder, once more, about the person you might have become.

I dedicate Angela to you.

My Caitlin and my Angela…”Life has not been the same without you, and even though you are not here to share in this with me, the friendship we shared could never fade. Your love has always been my North Star. No matter how far I wander, or what obstacles have been placed at my feet, I know that you are always there, guiding my way.” excerpt from Harvest Moon Acknowledgments.

Melissa, the loss of someone like you is never easy. The weight of your absence never dissipates, I’ve simply learned to move forward… Because, you are and always will be, my best friend… and you are surely missed.

Melissa S. Barrowclough

♥ 7•27•80-7•30•01 ♥

The girls

Senior Prom 1998 From Left: Me, Krista, Rachael, Melissa

 

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Let The Signing Begin…

After months of trying to get back on track, I FINALLY have some exciting news to share with all of you… I am registered to attend three (3) book signings (so far) over the next year and a half and I couldn’t be more excited. I will provide all the information I have as of now. Once I know tickets have gone on sale to attend the events, I will be sure to let you all know… and I hope to see you all there!!

Signing #1:  Worcester, Mass. Saturday, October 4, 2014  “New England Writers Event”

Where: DCU Arena  

Time: 12pm-4pm

The first one, which will be in Boston, not only brings me back to New England where The Harvest Series begins, but as many of you know, is also where I grew up. So this means, not only do I get to attend a fantastic event with some truly terrific authors, but I also get to visit with my friends and family.  I am hoping for a big turnout at this event, especially since I will be working my tail off the next few months to be able to bring all of my readers Harvest Moon (The Harvest Series #1), Winter Solstice (The Harvest Series #2) AND…. Angela (A Harvest Series Prequel).   This means, between now and the beginning of September, my editor and I will be working extra hard to make sure everything is ready so that I have copies of the books to sell on site, enough swag to go around, and some fun stuff to share with you.

Signing #2: Austin Texas.  Saturday February 7, 2015   “Deep in the Heart Author Event”

Where: The Madison on 6th Street 

Time: 10am

Have you ever been to Austin? It’s one of the coolest cities I have ever visited. There is so much culture, tons of awesome people, great food, music… and now the writers will take over!    Now I’d like to say I will have the final book in the series, Full Moon (The Harvest Series #3) with me, but I’m not sure I will be able to.  This final book is so important to me because of all that will happen so I don’t want to rush it.   BUT… What I can promise all of you who come out to the event, is a sample of what will be coming hopefully in the spring/summer of 2015.

 

Signing #3: Wilmington, N.C., Saturday October 24, 2015  “Life’s A Beach Author Event” 

Where: Wilmington Convention Center

Time: NA 

What’s better than the beach in the fall? This venue will be another nice one for me… After all, The Harvest Series is centered around a girl from a small coastal town who loves the beach and the ocean. NOT TO MENTION, by this event, THE ENTIRE SERIES will be available for signing and this alone makes me giddy. Plus, I’ve always wanted to see North Carolina… especially Wilmington (for all of you who loved Dawson’s Creek, you will probably share in my sentiment…Lol) and by this time I won’t feel like a newbie to the author event signing world, so I should hopefully be able to pick my jaw up off the ground… because, yes, us authors still get star struck by other authors too and I know from seeing the list that the line up for this event is a GREAT one!!

So with all that said, I am extremely excited to get back to my writing and get things started for these events. I plan to have more buttons, bookmarks, stickers, key chains and even t-shirts made up. If there is any swag you’d like to see at the events, please let me know, and again, I hope to see you all there!

Coming In September, 2014…

Winter Solstice (The Harvest Series #2) AND Angela (A Harvest Series Prequel) 

When Life Gets in the Way!!

Hey everyone! So it’s been a while since I posted anything and I apologize for that. As some of you may know, I have been going through some medical stuff once again and we are in the process of trying to get it under control. However, it’s affecting my ability to type, which means my […]

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More Winter Solstice Teasers…

Broken

These first two I posted a while back, but I’ve redone them and wanted to share the updated versions. The last one I think sets the stage for the mood of Winter Solstice. We are getting so close to the release now and I hope you’re getting just as excited as I am. Thank you […]

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Winter Solstice, The Harvest Series, # 2

I PROMISE-WS

Is Coming Soon… The release of Winter Solstice is on the horizon now (hopefully first week of July) and I plan to start releasing some fun stuff to get things started. I’m also hoping to find some bloggers to do pre-release reviews, maybe get a blog tour set up and start taking orders for pre-release […]

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Three Days of Rain

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Author: Christine Hughes  Title: Three Days of Rain Genre: Contemporary>Romance> My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! I should have posted a review on here back when I read this book. What a great story of love and loss. Truly captivated me and drew me in. I was saddened by all that […]

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ReMoved: The Life of an Abused Child.

As part of my Issues Posts, I wanted to share this moving story about child abuse. You can see through Zoe’s eyes, the torment and anguish a child goes through when they live in a home where they are abused. They carry this pain around with them for years, and many children like Zoe and Lexie […]

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Lifehouse…

I’m a huge fan of Lifehouse. I love music in general and I find it hard not to incorporate it into my writing, just like my background in criminal justice. Today I sent a message to a band member of Lifehouse asking for permission to use these lyrics in Winter Solstice (The Harvest Series, #2). […]

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Releasing the Crazy Within!

Even us dedicated writers need to give our characters a break, every once in a while, and release the real source of the crazy!!

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LJ’s Secret Addiction, Reviews Harvest Moon

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 I definitely should have shared this yummy morsel back in January when she posted her review, but writing and editing has kidnapped me and held me hostage. However, it’s reviews like this that keep me going and that make the long hours of writing and editing so fun (so much fun that I spend every […]

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