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Name the Reluctant Medium’s Spirit Wolf

Help Name Rachel Blackstone’s Spirit Wolf

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Rachel Blackstone’s spirit animal is a white wolf. He alerts her to danger and stands with her when she needs him. The ghostly lobo can change its size, light its body and intimidate those intent on harming his mistress.

I’d like to name this magical wolf. Help me choose his name. Vote in the poll below.

I’ll announce the wolf’s new name in a week. Thank you for participating.

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“Reluctant Medium” Hit #4

“Reluctant Medium” makes #4 on Amazon Fantasy List

Thanks for making the “Reluctant Medium” free promo day a huge success. It made the Top 100 on two Fantasy lists: #4 on Metaphysical & Visionary and #82 on Paranormal & Urban.

I appreciate everyone who took a chance on Rachel Blackstone. Her life has been strange since she tried to return her father in spirit. As she stumbles around with these new “talents” we’ll see just how weird it gets while she tries to lead a normal life. Or should we say new normal?

“Lemurian Medium” is in the final stages of completion. I’ve heard rumors about sinking continents and dragons. Dragons?!

— G G Collins

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FREE Sunday June 23, 2013 “Reluctant Medium” a Paranormal Fantasy/Mystery

FREE June 23, 2013 only. Paranormal Fantasy/Mystery “Reluctant Medium.”

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Oops! Just one moment of inattention and Rachel Blackstone’s life changed forever. She wanted to talk with her father’s spirit, instead a malevolent soul materialized when she performed a Native American ritual to return the dead. The reporter soon discovers she now has “talents” she doesn’t want; like seeing ghosts, both human and animal. But it’s the resurrected spirit she must somehow return before more deaths occur. She and best friend Chloe search the streets of Santa Fe to uncover the mystery of a housing project that may just connect to her father’s death and the evil walking among them.

(A Paranormal Fantasy/Mystery. Mild horror effects, profanity and humor.)

See how it all began. “Lemurian Medium” due out August 2013.

Here’s the link or click on the book cover above:

Does Adventure Die With Childhood?

Adventure Fantasy: Why I Write

When I began writing fiction I was certain that mysteries were what I wanted to write. I’d read all of Agatha Christie’s books as a child, but by contrast, I read a lot of Stephen King as well. I just swear too much to fit into the cozy genre. I know very little about guns which kind of places the police procedural or crime drama out of reach as well. But I can’t get enough of paranormal anything and everything so I went for a paranormal mystery. And yes, there is a mystery in “Reluctant Medium” in that Rachel’s father died mysterious. Was it an accident? Was it a murder?

Windsurfing Adventure Public Domain

Windsurfing Adventure
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After publishing, I even placed the book in the mystery category, but as I wrote the next in the series, “Lemurian Medium,” things took an even stranger turn. It has to do with the lost continent of Lemuria (also called Mu). And Rachel has to learn to travel the astral plane—reluctantly of course—to get there. And she will have to ride a dragon to escape. Okay, so we’re definitely getting into new territory, unexplored parts.

My wonderful, supportive Florida friend, I’ll call her Cherie, is a voracious reader. She introduced me to some of her favorite authors: Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton. Then I discovered Patricia Briggs, Debora Geary, Jim Butcher and Elizabeth Hunter. Oh my, yes, good company indeed.

I did some research—something I love to do—and discovered the genre of fantasy, which is actually a subgenre of science fiction. It has a paranormal sub-subgenre and I went for it.

And here’s what fantasy is all about. Somewhere around the time we say “I do,” we take on a mortgage, a lawn and begin painting our house as a hobby. All that adventure we thought we’d enjoy as an adult evaporated. Most of us will not see the world, visit the space station or explore the Amazon rain forest. We’ll be too busy paying bills, doing laundry and oh yeah, painting our house, to be that adventurous person who lives deep inside ourselves.

Hiking the Inca Trail Bridge, Wikipedia Commons

Hiking the Inca Trail Bridge, Wikipedia Commons

We yearn for that incredible discovery that long-distance hiking or third-world travel holds. And while we may not want to dive out of an airplane or bungee-jump off Victoria Falls that thirst for the incredible journey won’t go away.

Which leads me to why I write fantasy. When I write this kind of story I can explore continents that may never have existed—but what if they had? What if there were dragons and we just haven’t found their remains yet? What if there is an astral plane and we can travel it? Where else can I fight (through my character) an ancient MesoAmerican deity that snacks on humans?

Rachel Blackstone can certainly do cynical, sarcastic and funny. She can also swear with the best of them. And on occasion, she and her friend Chloe smoke a bit of pot. And after dispensing evil spirits, Dracs and self-important (and hungry) antique deities, with the help of her spirit wolf and dead shaman friend, Rachel goes home, curls up with her psychic cat and writes her latest assignment.

Space Station, NASA Wikipedia Commons

Space Station, NASA
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The answer to our lack of adventure is fantasy. The truly wonderful part of this book-writing thing; I get to go along too! We take this adventure together.

I hope you’ll share this trip with me. “Lemurian Medium” is due out September 1, 2013. It’s a fun story with a bit of fact and a bit of mythology—at least we think it’s mythological. What if it’s not? Hmmm.

Copyright G G Collins Available at Amazon

Copyright G G Collins
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Read the adventures of the Reluctant Medium from the beginning.

“Atomic Medium” is already in the works. It will include alternative history, time travel and a space alien or two. After that, well, I feel a vampire story coming on. Maybe I can research that at a blood bank—or maybe not. One thing is certain, it will be fun.

— G G Collins

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Missing in Action: One Dragon

Where’s My Dragon?!

You know how it goes, you buy something you’re going to use for writing a book and when you reach that point in the story line, it’s nowhere to be found. That’s what happened to me. When it came time to write about the dragon, well, I couldn’t find my dragon.

How to Train Your Dragon (film)

How to Train Your Dragon (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before you start imagining I have a dragon entrenched at the closest dragon stable, munching on hay and barn rats, and only occasionally catching his stall on fire, let me just stop you. There is a rumor that dragons aren’t real. Mind you, that’s just a rumor. Just because no archaeologist has dug up the skeletal remains of one, doesn’t mean they never existed. We haven’t found proof Lemuria existed either, but well, there are those ruins off the coast of Japan. But I digress.

How to Train Your Dragon Find it at Amazon

How to Train Your Dragon
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My dragon is the action figure from How to Train Your Dragon, the animated movie from a couple years ago. It had been hanging from various lamps and pieces of furniture for many months, and I guess I got tired of dusting it and so put it away—but where?

The search began. First it was my closet, flashlight in hand, I checked every nook and cranny, the overhead with the pillows and blankets, the rack holding all those sensible shoes, and finally the plastic bags that hold tiny stuffed animals (the cute bat, the black cat) I couldn’t resist years ago. Then back to my office to look in the antique secretary and the more modern desk and credenza. Maybe it’s behind the incense I bought for research when I wrote my first book? Nope. How about the stacks of photos that litter the lower shelf in the credenza? Or next to the crystal ball? Zilch, nada, zip, nuf sed.

Okay, now I’ve scattered the remains of my occasional cards, The Associated Press Stylebook I use for editing and the leavings from other writing projects. Nothing! I’m beginning to panic. I should have been more careful. This was an important research tool, and I can’t finish my second in the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series without it. How could I have been so careless?

I retrace my steps. Closet, secretary, desk, credenza. Check, check, check and check. This is quite the dilemma. Then an idea comes to mind: bedside table? Top drawer? No again. Middle drawer? Still no. Bottom drawer? Yes! Yes! There it is! His wings had been removed, but I find them among my scarves, nestled safely. I put him back together. He’s perfect, so cute.

My Dragon Action Figure Copyright G G Collins

My Dragon Action Figure
Copyright G G Collins

Crisis averted, back to writing. I have my dragon and he adds depth and fun and adventure to Lemurian Medium. I’m coming to the end of the story, and the dragon plays an important role in the conclusion. Things aren’t going well in Lemuria. There are earthquakes and a volcano is erupting. Rachel Blackstone must get back to the astral plane in time to take the red-eye back to Earth in her time and place. And a little dragon helps her out. A real one of course, not the toy action figure that lies next to my computer.

Funny thing. Did you know the ancient civilizations—although they lived in a time when there was no way to know one another or travel for a visit—they had two things in common: they built pyramids and they all had depictions of dragons. Hmmm?

— G G Collins

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