Love blooms in the New Hampshire town of Red Maple Falls in this newest collection of utterly romantic small-town love stories! Join the rest of the Hayes siblings as they each find love in the most unexpected ways.
This novel is a family saga with several themes: the advantages and troubles of urban life, ambitions for improvement, the struggle to overcome middle-age malaise.
The Wakemans live in a large city in the northeastern U. S. The novel tells about their various attempts to pull themselves out of mental, physical, and spiritual low points. The characters include a professor and his family, a recently retired business man who wants to open a temporary home for underprivileged children, their sister who is a classical musician, and their half brother who wants to be mayor of their city. The story includes three interludes that take place in a society that has gone haywire with technology and the paranormal. One of the characters wonders if reality is disintegrating.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
For me, writing fiction has included a touch of experimentation. Each of my stories is different from the others. The “Wakemans” is the only extended improvisation I’ve written. I began writing it without notes or outline. One of the few things I knew when I started was that I would aim for 99 chapters, one short of a hundred, as a sign of imperfection. I began one chapter without knowing what would be in the next one. I revised the manuscript many times and tightened the narrative. I also added three interludes set in a future that is awash in technology gone awry.
Another thing I knew at the start was that I would write mostly about the adult members of a well-established family I eventually decided to call the Wakemans. They don’t resemble any family I know — all the characters are fictitious.
This family is surely my response to various novels I read, in particular Thomas Mann’s “Buddenbrooks”. (Shameless namedropping. I admit.) Anyone who points out a vast gap between Mann’s work and mine will be right. Still, my characters have better prospects than the later generation of Buddenbrooks. This no doubt has to do with the opportunities that many North Americans still see.
When the Brightstar family leaves fog-shrouded and predictable Mira III for Cyraria they have no idea their comfortable lifestyle is about to end forever. Sharra denies it, trusting their fate to her indomitable bondling, Laren. Teenage daughter, Creena, welcomes it as a desirable change from Mira III’s restrictions. Her older brother, Dirck, resists it, unhappy to leave his friends and ordered existence, while young Deven accepts it, anticipating new and exciting adventures.
Only Laren understands the risks that lie ahead, but even he is shaken when long before the starcruiser arrives shocking events transpire that threaten to change everyone’s life forever. He soon discovers that his ruthless and power-hungry nemesis, Augustus Troy, plans to exploit their situation to promote his own selfish ambitions. Formidable and lethal challenges await as increasingly suspicious circumstances scatter them across the galaxy, each wondering if they’ll survive long enough to be reunited ever again.
Targeted Age Group:: 14 – Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always loved writing and science fiction in any form whether books, movies or television. I have to admit that probably the original premise for this story originated with the original “Star Wars,” specifically when C3PO and R2D2 got jettisoned in the escape pod. As the mother of six children I could somehow see a kid managing to get him or herself in a similar situation. Squabbling siblings was a natural trigger, being as I was surrounded by them on a regular basis. Then, of course you have what the other kids think of the situation plus what the parents are going through. Factor in all the hazards related to space travel such as relativity messing with time, the space environment itself, environmentally hostile planets, including the one they were moving to, and of course a ruthless villain who exploits the entire situation and pretty soon you have an entire series.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love a book that keeps me in suspense, the more the better. I actually had to stop reading books by Tom Clancy, John Grisham and Michael Crichton when I was working fulltime at NASA because I had a tendency to get sucked into a story and not come up for air until I was finished which could have harsh consequences when I had to be in the office bright and early the next day. My favorite science fiction author is Catherine Asaro. I love her characters and since she’s also a PhD physicist she incorporates awesome science into the stories as well. I read a lot of nonfiction as well with Dean Radin, Robert Lanza and Marie D. Jones amongst my favorites in their respective subjects. I’ve always been a bibliophile and have books galore on all sorts of subjects. While I have a Kindle I still prefer an actual book where I can dog-ear pages and highlight my favorite parts, especially if I’m researching something for an article, blog or lecture.
A rousing family saga for the fight for America’s independence. Follow Hannah and Jonathan Corbett path to Freedom! The winds of change brews over the colonies. Tension against the crown is mounting daily. In Williamsburg, the rebellion burns strong in the hearts of two siblings, Jonathan and Hannah Corbett. Spirited and headstrong, Hannah finds herself thrust in the middle of a conspiracy when her father receives a strange package from Philadelphia. Jonathan, a physician for the Continental Army, is torn between duty and family. With war looming on the horizon, the siblings soon discover there is a high price to be paid for the cry for freedom.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I love history. I think you can learn from the past. Also understanding the past helps us not to repeat their mistakes and how we are what we are. I’m also interested in the structure of society of the times and how it affected the people.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write what you feel. Enjoy yourself.
Ms Hines was born in Marietta, Mississippi, but now lives with her husband and children in New England. She has the Tides of Charleston series, The Judas Kiss, the Promise, and Another Night Falls with Whiskey Creek Press. She also has the Winds of Betrayal Series, The Cry For Freedom, Embrace of the Enemy, Kiss of Deceit and coming 2014, The Heavens Shall Fall. She began using a pen name, Carrie James Haynes, when she released the fantasy saga, Whispers of a Legend. Shadows of the Past is the first in the series. She is excited about Whispers of a Legend, an epic fantasy filled with adventure and romance. Whispers of a Legend, Part One-Shadows of the Past and Part Two- The Path Now Turned, Part Three- Vision of Destiny, and Part Four-Time of the Nuxvenom has been released. She also has released a paranormal suspense, Dreamscape. She also goes under the pen name, Colleen Connally. She has two books in the Secret Lives Series, Seductive Secrets and Broken Legacy. The third book of the series should be released in the Fall of 2013.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love history and was fascinated with the American Revolution. The series is loosely based on the spy networks during the revolution especially the Culper Spy ring.