Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Guest Blog: Welcome Margie Church!

I'm so honored to have the fantastic bestselling author Margie Church on my blog today!!! Give her a lovely welcome!

What's in Your Soul?

Halloween is historically known as All Souls Day and that got me to thinking about seeing into one's soul. Some of us have married our soul mates; some of us have more than one and they might not be the opposite gender. But have you ever had the experience of looking into someone's eyes and feel like they are looking right into your soul? A stranger? An acquaintance? I have.

When my second child was an infant, I used to love to hold him and watch him fall asleep. He'd stare at me with his drooping eyelids and it was such a pleasure to know the last thing he saw was my face. Though days old, I always wondered why I felt a different connection with this child. It wasn't just maternal love. It was something else. I recall holding him and wondering who are you? He felt like this newborn had such an old, peaceful soul. As this child grew, I realized he has my husband's soul. He has many of the same endearing ways that made me fall in love with his dad on first sight! This child is a child of my heart. My firstborn is the child of my wildest dreams.

Another time, a few years ago, a man I occasionally saw around town had been on vacation for a few weeks. We'd known each other for years, but I wouldn't say we were even friends – maybe just friendly. When he returned from his trip, our gazes connected for the briefest moment. I felt that magnetism, but I was doing something else at that second and my brain didn't register what had happened. A minute later, I sat down and awareness dawned on me. Later in that hour, he looked my way again – almost apologetically. I've never forgotten it; we've never spoken of it; and never will.

Another time, I was in Chicago in a cab. We drove past my double. She was walking down the sidewalk, wearing the same raincoat as I. She even had the same haircut. It was uncanny, unnerving. She glanced my way as the cab passed her. I felt like a ghost.

When I develop characters, I look for that one trait that is going to bind them to each other forever. In my vampire series, Love Bites, the vampire Wade tells his beloved Jui, "Distance means nothing to the soul." When she needed him he came from across the world and risked everything. Sigh. When Allaire is kidnapped and missing for months, Devon knew in his soul she wasn't dead. And when Kevin finally accepted his sexuality, he chose Teak. He wouldn't back down or compromise on the choice he knew in his soul was right. In Nopeming Shores, the devastation Lily feels after Gabe is killed is so powerful, he cannot leave the confines of earthly existence. Gabe's soul cannot rest.

Before I give you a chance to win my newest book, Nopeming Shores, I have to thank Nancy for hosting me today. It's very special for me to be here. She and I met several years ago on the fan site, Forbidden Love. Although I've been a total slacker, she continues to deliver amazing fan fiction for the members. I feel like this is a bit of a homecoming to be on her blog and I can't wait to have her at Romance With SASS.

CONTEST: Has anyone ever peered into your soul? How did it make you feel? Share an experience with me and you could win my newest book, Nopeming Shores.
Blurb: Nopeming Shores by Margie Church with J. Andrew Lockhart
An IED snuffed out Gabe Holliway's life, but couldn't destroy his love. Using his unique gift, Gabe struggles to help his young wife, Lily, rebuild her shattered future.

But when Gabe's ghost reaches out to her, Lily fears she's lost her last hold on sanity. Can she trust what she discovers and what her heart says? When she sees Gabe face-to-face, can she believe her eyes?
When love transcends death, the answers are found in Nopeming Shores.

Read the first two chapters of Nopeming Shores and buy the book on Amazon

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Margie Church said...

Thanks for having me at your blog. It's beautiful and feels like I'm visiting an old friend - oh! You are!

DA Kentner said...

Touching article. It took me back in time to a young lady I knew briefly over forty years ago. Wrong time for both of us, nothing ever happened. Nothing except the looks, the elctricity when when our hands brushed, the instant easiness we found in each other's company.
but, like I said, wrong time.
I often wondered the "what if."
Six years ago I happened to unexpectedly encounter her sister while I was visiting family in another state.
She mentioned her sister has wondered the "what if" several times over the decades as well.
We'll never know. but maybe that's what keeps the memory so treasured and innocent.

Margie Church said...

David, thank you for sharing this personal experience with me. ( I've paid attention to the snippets of your life you've shared. Seems we have some common bonds. Someday I might be able to write your biography, too!)I always find it fascinating when I meet someone and recognize this instant connection. I wonder what the common secret or experience is that draws me to that person. Ultimately I learn it in time. A sweet memory to treasure, indeed.

Anonymous said...

I love your description of kindred souls meeting and seeing each other from a knowing realm. I remember the first time I saw my wife. We stood in frozen awe as we realized we had met again. There was no denying that we already knew each other on an intimate level. We were married 3 months later and never looked back because we had already been engaged for an eternity somewhere in the mist of time. BTW I love Nopeming shores. great book. Tom Williams

Margie Church said...

Tom, thanks for visiting. I fell in love with my husband at 16 - love at first sight, so gazing into one's soul has been a lifelong reality for me.

I'm so glad you loved Nopeming Shores. I look forward to your review.