Angela (A Harvest Series Prequel)

The time is quickly approaching for the dual release of Winter Solstice (THS, #2) and Angela (THS, prequel). Soon you’ll be seeing links for pre-ordering both books and I can hardly wait to share then with you.  So we all know Winter Solstice picks up where Harvest Moon leaves off—literally… but Angela, is a special little book. She’s only around 70 pages, so a quick read. But she is a very emotional book and won’t be for everyone… and it’s not because it’s not a great story, but more so because it’s hard to read.

We already know so much about Angela through Lexie, but in this short prequel, we get to know her from a more personal side. The story is told from Angela’s POV and brings the reader back to 2006, the year before she dies—and follows her through to the night 2007, when she is murdered. After having several ARC copies go out, I can say there were some very heavy emotions in the responses. Most understood the need for this prequel—it’s integral to the third book, Full Moon. But I can also say that there is nothing easy about writing a murder scene like this one. (Those of you who have already read HM, will understand). I cried a lot. I got sick to my stomach and I was basically a walking heap of torment for days. There are a few people I have asked not to read it, people I know who would have a difficult time with it, but for the rest of you, I hope you will give it a chance. It will be a difficult 70 pages, that hopefully you’ll think was well worth it once you get to the last book.

Angela is to come AFTER Winter Solstice in the order of the books.

Harvest Moon (THS, #1) > Winter Solstice (THS, #2) > Angela (THS, prequel) > Full Moon (THS, #3) >

Dark Matter (THS, a Novella)

 I wanted to share some great teasers for Angela and maybe even one for Winter Solstice too!!

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And a Winter Solstice teaser, just because I can…

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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 […]

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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…

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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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