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Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Author’s Inspiration ~ Maighread MacKay @MaighreadMackay
Please give a warm welcome to paranormal author
Before I hand over the blog to Maighread, let’s check out her latest book!
What if you could plan your life before you were born? What could that life looked like?
Victoria Anne McBride is dead, buried and mourned, but she doesn’t know that. She is waiting in Stone Cottage for her husband Will to return. She has something she needs to tell him; something about their daughter Maddy, but she can’t quite remember what it is.
Rebecca Wainwright is modern executive who suffers from anxiety and depression after her father dies. She is looking for a place of sanctuary where she can lick her wounds and heal without the constant, worried looks from her family. She stumbles upon Stone Cottage and immediately feels a sense of déjà vu and a homecoming of sorts. She purchases the home as her own quiet retreat not knowing that it is already occupied.
What happens when these two women meet? How are they connected? A story of past lives, reincarnation, pre-birth planning and love that crosses time and space.
What could that life look like?
I have always been interested in ghosts and mysteries. One of the first books I remember reading as a child was Nancy Drew and the Ghost of Blackwood Hall. Why do spirits stay around after they leave their earthly body? Are they real? What do they want? All questions I have asked myself in my exploration of the supernatural. My quest has led me on a fascinating study of yoga, Native theology, Celtic Shamanism, the realm of the Fae and authors such as James Van Praagh, John Edward, Brian Weiss, Eckhart Tolle, James Redfield, Ted Andrews and many others.
In my search I came across a book written by Robert Schwartz entitled Your Soul’s Plan. It is enthralling accounts of people who have done a past life regression into the time between lives, after they had lived and before they reincarnated again. This book touched me deeply and started new questions about reincarnation and past life regression and why we incarnate onto this planet. I wondered how the scenarios presented could play out in a life’s story. Thus the inspiration for Stone Cottage was born. My novel in no way is a definitive look at why life is the way it is, but rather, how events might arrange themselves in one person’s life. It is Visionary Fiction after all. Other than being a neat story, it’s a way to present a new paradigm of life to people who may never have encountered it before.
In the novel, Rebecca is the daughter Charles Wainwright, the CEO of Wainwright Industries and staunch believer in the “old boy’s club”. She adores her father. He has been her mentor and hero. Working hard to prove to him (and herself) that she is worthy of her position as EVP of Marketing, she runs herself ragged trying to gain his approval. A no nonsense business woman, she controls her office and household with a firm hand.
Her best friend, Cissy Walsh, is the local Coroner. She and Rebecca met at McGill University. Polar opposites, Cissy is a throwback to a sixties flower child and has travelled the world seeking spiritual enlightenment. Each complements the other’s personality. Rebecca helps Cissy with down to earth tasks such as shopping for appropriate attire and Cissy helps Rebecca relax and encourages her to open her mind to a different way of viewing the world.
Rebecca’s father dies unexpectedly and throws her into a tailspin that results in this strong, vibrant woman spiralling down into depression and panic attacks. While trying to heal and find herself again she seeks a cottage or something similar as a sanctuary from the overbearing concern of her family. Aimlessly driving one day, she discovers the perfect place – Stone Cottage. What she doesn’t know is that the home is already occupied by the ghost of Victoria Anne (Annie) McBride.
Annie is twenty-three and lived in the 1860’s. A joyful woman with a husband and child she loves, her family is shattered by a tragic loss. Since that event, she has remained an earth bound spirit for over one hundred years.
How are these two women bound together? Why is Annie still here? Can they help each other heal?
Where can I purchase this fabulous book?
About the author
Maighread MacKay is an author and Podcaster from Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region (WCDR) and Sisters in Crime, Toronto.Her publishing credits include three books for children: Bedtime Treasures, The Mysterious Door and the Crystal Grove written under the name of Margaret Hefferman. Stone Cottage was published in 2015 by Solstice Shadows Publishing. She was included in the 2015 Christmas Soup for the Soul: Merry Christmas edition with her story “Being Santa”. Stepping Stones, an anthology of inspirational parables was released March 25, 2016 from Solstice Publishing. A new story, Once Upon a Midsummer’s Eve will be included in the Solstice anthology of Let’s Have Fun, to be released June 21, 2016