My good friend and fellow Breathless Press author Ivy Bateman drops by today to chat about holidays, family and the Art of Falling Forever -
Normally at this time of year, I'm busy. Christmas cards, shopping, baking, and getting the house dressed up in its holiday best. For the last two years promoting a Holiday story has also been part of my Christmas season and this year is no exception. What is different is that instead of getting ready for Christmas, I started a new job.
For the first time in 13 years, I'm working full time. I know this isn't a big deal to a lot of people, but it's a huge change for me and my family. I've been working part time at various jobs for the last 9 years and have been lucky enough to have the jobs work around my daughter's schedule. But now, that's all changed. She's old enough to want lots of time on her own and now that I'm…well…older, it's time I had a big girl job.
However, the problem with having a big girl job is that it means less time for the things I mentioned at the beginning of this post and therefore I now have to think of what is it about Christmas that is really important and what do I want to spend my limited amount of time doing?
That was easy to answer: spend time with my family. In my holiday story The Art of Falling Forever , (out on December 12th from Breathless Press)the bond of family and friends is the backbone of my tale. That's not a new theme in any regard, but for my character Eilam, the strength of a bond with my main character Amy and her entire family is taken to a whole new level.
Christmas will come whether I get the tree up this weekend or on Christmas Eve. My friends and family across the country know I love them and if they get their card in the New Year instead of in the next week, that won't change. The presents are nice, but they can't replace the strength of the love I feel for my daughter and husband. So while I'll be busier with work this year and for many more to come than I've been in quite some time, being at home less only shines a brighter light on how much I love the people who make my life important.
Thanks very much to DK Ffrench for having me on today! And thanks to those of you who have stopped by. Be sure to stop by my blog Ivy B Misbehavin' on December 12/14 for a chance to win a copy of The Art of Falling Forever.
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading,
So, about The Art Of Falling Forever -
A chaste kiss on the cheek leads to the discovery of a lifetime.
Even though Eilam has always been part of her world, Amy never thought of him as more than a mother's friend. One night, after rehearsal for the town's Christmas Pageant, Eilam reveals that not only is there more to him than Amy had ever imagined, but that together they could be the next chapter in a story that has played out in her family for over 2000 years.
While struggling to cope with the death of her mother and the responsibility of being in charge of the biggest even of the year, Amy must decide whether her future lies with her estranged boyfriend Troy or the enigmatic Eilam.
And here's a taster -
The doorbell chimed, causing Amy to nearly jump out of her skin. She glanced at the clock. It was almost five, which meant that it could only be Eilam and he was now the last person she wanted to see. Tracy demanding she explain her new attitude, Troy begging her to take him back—either scenario would have been preferable to what waited for her on the other side of her front door.
The bell chimed again, followed by insistent knocking. "Amara, I know you're in there. If you don't open the door I will be forced to break it down which, as I'm sure you've figured out, would blow my cover."
Amy smiled a little. He somehow knew that she'd discovered the truth. She remembered his voice on the phone, his suspicious tone. He must have guessed or known she would soon be on a path of discovery. But how? She touched her cheek. Of course, the kiss.
"Please let me in. There's so much you need to know."
Amy pushed herself to standing, taking the box of secrets with her. She placed it on the table in the living room and then went to the front door. She opened it, slowly and cautiously, blocking Eilam's immediate entry with her body.
"Amara, please don't be afraid."
"Why not? You give me so much to be afraid of, being a shapeshifter, or whatever it is you are, who haunts the women in my family. I think you should go."
"No, I'm not going to go. Not until you've given me a chance to explain myself. I don't mean to be firm with you, but please let me in."
Amy looked at his beaten fedora, his crinkled coat, his bright blue eyes, and his wispy white eyebrows. There was nothing malicious in his demeanor and yet he was changed. He seemed older in a 'seen a lot of time' kind of way, and stronger too. She couldn't help feeling he was now a stranger, but Amy had to trust her mother would not let her be in the presence of a madman.
And about Ivy herself -
When she was just nine, this girl began her journey for a life on the stage. Attempts were made, classes were taken, lessons were well learned but, at the end of the day, a decision to live life off the stage was made. But all was not lost. While at college she met the love of her life and his support and strength has helped her to see that she has talent waiting around many corners.
When the stage beckons, she answers its call, and her new passion for writing has enhanced many of her theatre dreams and as well as the occasional book, she now occasionally writes a play.
The love of her life generously reads everything she writes and although he may not always be her muse, he is always her biggest fan.
The Art of Falling Forever is Ivy's sixth release with Breathless press. Between the Lines, Ivy's first Breathless Press release was released in January, 2012. This was followed by The Fifth Story in September, 2012, Baby, You're Cold Inside in December, 2012, Christmas Eve Surprise in December, 2013 and I'll Call You Alice in August, 2014 that was released on its and as part of the anthology Wonderland Tales.
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