Monday, May 09, 2011

Guest - Barbara Edwards

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Good Morning! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and that those in the USA had a beautiful Mother's Day. We have a new to us author today, Barbara Edwards, who'll be giving valuable hints about using the Tarot. Barbara also has a contest running so make sure you check out how to enter.

Now, sit back and enjoy!

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I’m Barbara Edwards and a native New Englander. My dark paranormal stories evolve from nightmares. The romance comes from my belief in people’s basic goodness and longing for love. I lived in Florida for several years and am past president of the Central Florida Romance Writers and a member of Romance Writers of America. When I returned to Connecticut, I founded the Charter Oak Romance Writers, a Chapter of Romance Writers of America, along with several close friends.

 My husband is a retired Police Sergeant. We share an interest in Civil War re-enacting and travel the Eastern states to participate in events. I’m fond of gardening and growing antique roses with limited success. I exercise when my Belgian Shepherd, Dixie, demands a walk.


 My Tarot Talent

I’ve owned and used Tarot cards for years. The first set was generic with the easily recognized Magician, the Tower, Death, The Hanging Man, etc. I was very casual with them. Did a reading for fun occasionally and left them lying around. Until the night my best friend wanted me to read the cards for her. I laid them out and every card portended unhappy events in her future. You have to understand. I thought it was for fun and I never told anyone anything bad. So I quickly reshuffled the deck while I mumbled that I’d laid them out wrong. To my horror, the same cards appeared.  To this day I remember blathering on about changes and a trip. A month later her husband raped her, stole her kids and left. She moved to another state. I still miss her and wonder if warning her would have made a difference.

I learned a valuable lesson: I can read Tarot. I could read them before I learned the basic descriptions.
And that ability is frightening.

In order to use the Tarot, I now know about protecting myself. I wrap my cards in black silk. I have a black silk cloth to lay them out on and never let anyone else use them. I sleep with a new deck for three nights to tune it to my spirit. This is also necessary whenever the cards feel cold. I have five decks but only one reverberates consistently with me. I think it’s a feminine set. One deck I rarely use since the readings are always dark- it feels masculine.

Although every reading has value, I don’t charge money. I ask the recipient to do something good for someone else. I did readings at the RT conferences for several years for charity so you could have been one of my sitters.

Although I’ve used paranormal abilities like the psychic link between twins in my writing, it wasn’t until these paranormals about Rhodes End that had me delving deeply into its mysteries.

Do I advise you to read the Tarot? Maybe.

Find a deck that appeals to you. There are thousands. I’m currently searching for a dragon-styled set since I love dragons. My favorite is an Earth mother/goddess set. As to learning how to read each card, you’ll learn what each one says if you have talent. I didn’t know I could and most people can’t. If you can, then treat your talent with respect. Take protective precautions.

Any paranormal ability can be dangerous.

Tell me what you think.

Thank you, Lynda for having me here. I enjoyed it. Barbara


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Ancient Awakening by Barbara Edwards

In Ancient Awakening, Police Officer ‘Mel’ Petersen investigates a death only she believes is murder. By disobeying direct orders from the Rhodes End Chief, she risks her career to follow clues that twist in circles to her backyard and lead the killer to her.

Her neighbor Stephen Zoriak is a prime suspect. Steve worked for a major pharmaceutical company where he discovered a weapon so dangerous he destroys the research. He is exposed to the dangerous organism. Steve suspects he is the killer and agrees to help her find the truth.

In the course of their investigation Mel and Steve find the real killer and a love that defies death.

Excerpt:

“Don’t touch me, Mel, not unless you’re willing to do a lot more,” he warned as her hazel eyes flared golden.

“Don’t threaten me, Steve. You’re…”

He pulled her into his arms despite the alarm bells clanging in his head. 

Danger! Danger! Danger! 

Her widened eyes met his. Mel’s hands were trapped against his chest, but she didn’t push him away. Instead, her fingers curled into his shirt.

Her mistake. His mistake was to crush her mouth under his.

Mel’s soft lips parted. Need exploded. The taste of black coffee didn’t hide her sweet flavor. As her tongue tangled with his, her arms slid around his neck and her fingers burrowed through his hair.

Steve hungered to peel the starched shirt off her soft shoulders, lay her on the thick turf and ease his desire. He tasted her brows, her cheek, along her throat, seeking the source of her call. Her pulse whipped under his mouth, awakening another need. 

His teeth gently closed on the vulnerable vein.

He wanted, wanted, wanted…

Cold alarm chilled his pounding blood.

Steve gasped for air. He’d forgotten his own ironclad rule. Mel’s eyelids flittered open to reveal the molten glow of desire but he forced himself free.

He had no right to touch any woman. Not until he knew he hadn’t become what he had set out to destroy.

Print ISBN: 1-60154-552-5
Print ISBN 13: 9781601545527


Or http://barbaraedwards.net/blog/blog.asp for Barb’Ed Comments

Ancient Blood by Barbara Edwards
Paranormal, strong romantic elements, sensuous

Lily Alban escapes a murderous stalker, but his vicious attack leaves her with the ability to see auras. She finds safety in the tiny hamlet of Rhodes End where a stranger stands out like a red light. Try as she might to deny her growing desire for Cole, she seeks his help but soon discovers the man she loves is not a man at all.

Werewolf Cole Benedict resists his attraction to Lily. A botanist researching the healing herbs to find a cure for Lycanthropy, he’s determined to protect Lily from her stalker as well as himself even in human form, but instinct takes over when he changes to his inner beast.

Together they must use their extraordinary gifts to catch Lily’s stalker before he attacks again, but revealing their secrets to one another could destroy their growing love or save them both.

Excerpt:
“What makes you so important? Or is this another secret?”

Cole’s eyes darkened. “Lily. I’m pushing the line with you. Give me some slack.”

“I want answers, Cole.” She grabbed his arm as he turned and pulled him to a halt.

He gently, carefully drew her fierce grip into his grasp. His golden eyes heated as he lifted her hand to his lips. “I already told you, Lily. You’d have to mate with me to learn all my secrets.”

Urgent need raced from his lips to her center. His scorching gaze melted her from the inside out. All her being longed to step into his arms, to become one in a way she’d never known. She trembled as she recognized the danger.

Barbara Edwards
Ancient Blood Available May 27 at www.TheWildRosePress.com/
Print ISBN 1-60154-916-4
A Black Rose


Contest: I’m giving away an e-book copy of Ancient Blood on May 27th.  Just go to one of my May blog appearances and leave a comment where I’m appearing from May 1- May 27, 2011 or at my blog.  Enter often. After leaving a comment, please send an email to authorbarbara.edwards@yahoo.com so I can notify the winner. The winner will be randomly drawn on May 27, 2011 at midnight.

May 1 Visit The Steam Room at http://www.michelezurlo.com


May 25 at The Black Rose blog http://twrpblackrose.blogspot.com/


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-- Lynda Again

I hope everyone enjoyed this very interesting blog post as much as I did.

Thank you, Barbara, for stopping by to chat with us.

18 comments:

Barbara Edwards said...

Thanks, againg for having me as your guest.
Barbara

Anonymous said...

Barbara
Great post and excerpts, Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself. I also read tarot cards. I once predicted that my wife(not the one I'm married to now) was having an affair with a friend of the family, who was living with us at the time. I was too close to the situation and misunderstood the reading. Later after we divorced(for different reasons) a friend told me about their affair. I use an Authurian Tarot deck. It's based on King Authur. It is a beautiful and easy to use deck. I always recomend spending the extra bucks for the boxed set. The manual is bigger and has a lot more details in the meanings.
G W Pickle
cberrypickle@aol.com

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Barbara,

I found your discussion of tarot particularly interesting since I wrote a paranormal romance in which the heroine was a psychic and used tarot. However, I personally lack your ability to read tarot and had to glean my info from a variety of sources.
Your novels sound great! Best wishes for your success.

Jacqueline Seewald
TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS

Pauline B Jones said...

Most interesting. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Becky said...

I enjoyed reading this post today. Ancient Awakening and Ancient Blood both sound like good books to read. I thought about trying to see if I could read tarot cards or not, but I still never did get a set or taken the time to try.

beckyqward(at)gmail(dot)com

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Becky,
the cards call to people who can read them. If you haven't found the time, its not yours. Enjoy my books.
Barbara

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Pauline,
I'm glad you liked it.
Barbara

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Pauline,
I'm glad you liked it.
Barbara

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Anonymous,
I've seen that deck and agree it is very beautiful. I love mine and would hate to have to replace it.

Barbara Edwards said...

Thank you Jaqueline,
I hope you entered my contest.
Barbara

Sherry Gloag said...

I can read the tarot, but choose not to, although I still have a couple of packs that 'refuse' to leave home.
That reading for your friend must have been both scary and upsetting.
Best wishes with both your books.

Janice said...

I'm sorry that happened to your friend. Something like that can haunt you for a life time.

Good luck with your book. I wish you many sales.

Janice~

Linda Andrews said...

That must have been a truly scary reading. I had considered taking up reading Tarot cards but now I'm going to have to rethink it. Too bad they're calling me. I love the books and will definitely be adding them to my tbr pile. Good luck with the blog tour.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Barbara,
Great blog, loved your excerpts.

Regards

Margaret

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Sherry,
I one pack I swear I threw away three times. I never use it anymore since it is a dominant male pack. weird.
thanks for the comment.

Barbara Edwards said...

Thanks, Janice. I hope you entered my contest.

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Linda,
Tarot can be very rewarding. find a pack you love to use and enjoy. I hope you entered my contest.

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Margaret,
Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.