For Day 9 I'm delighted to welcome my friend, popular author Ann Evans, on my blog to tell us about her YA timeslip thriller, Celeste, which is set in Coventry – her home city - in modern day and the medieval past.
When Megan Miller moves to a new city she is suddenly plagued by feelings of déjà vu.
She starts to have dreams and memories of people and places – so real that it breaks her heart.
She soon realises that she has lived – and died before. Her name had been Celeste. Only now some ancient, ominous presence is following her, haunting her, whispering in her ear... Where did you hide it?
Your past can catch up with you, but can you catch up with your past – and survive?
Megan was studying the panels of mosaic windows that sent a kaleidoscope of colours onto the stone floor. Then everything dimmed. She hadn't seen it coming. One second she was in the vast echoing new cathedral, surrounded by tourists, when suddenly the walls closed in around her and she was alone.
The smell of incense hung heavily in the darkness. Lighted torches standing in niches in the brickwork sent flickering shadows across the rugged flagstones. The stone beneath her feet was rough and uneven.
Narrow, arched doorways were set along the passageway and from a darkened recess she felt the claustrophobic presence of a tall shrouded black figure. The evil was tangible, the air chilled and a feeling of nausea swamped her. A voice, harsh and demonic whispered in her ear.
“Where did you hide it?”
Intrigued and want to read more? I've read it myself and promise you that it's a gripping read.
Ann Evans is an award-winning author with 22 books to her name which include children's novels, books for reluctant readers, romance and non fiction. She has also had well over 1,000 non fiction articles published in magazines and on-line magazines. She is a former feature writer for the Coventry Telegraph and now works as a full time freelance writer and author. She runs writing classes and regularly does author visits to schools running workshops and giving talks. She is a contributor to a number of different magazines and is currently working on a crime novel, a romance and a YA novel.
I asked Ann to tell us a bit about herself
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
I like all the usual Christmas traditions, getting together with the family, the turkey and mince pies. Whenever possible I like to go to Midnight Mass. I think our family tradition is playing games as a family on Christmas evening and Boxing Day evening. Just simple things really but when shared with the whole family they becomes really special.
When do you open your Christmas presents?
Presents get opened on Christmas morning. I'm not one of those people who have to open something before the event. I'd much rather wait until Christmas Day comes.
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
It would be Lewis Carroll author of Alice in Wonderland, because although his name of Carroll was a pseudonym, it was my maiden name. And the reason I got so interested in books was as a child I spotted an author with my name!! Also, he had connections with Sunderland and would visit a church in Southwick – and that's where my ancestors came from. I wonder if he spotted the name 'Carroll' on a headstone and thought, “Mmm, good idea for a pen name.”
I think it would be fascinating to talk to him and find out what inspired him to create his characters in his Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books.
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
I would like to find either of my latest books - Crossing Over or Which One? all finished and published! Unfortunately I'm still working on them. So maybe next Christmas.
Good luck with them both, Ann.
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Thanks for dropping by, Ann. Merry Christmas!