GUEST BLOG: ON THE SUBJECT OF REINCARNATION
About nine years ago I was unsure about my life and the direction it was headed so I went to a psychic. The woman came highly recommended and was known to be reliable. One of the things the psychic told me was that I had undergone something like three hundred past lives. In one of them I had been an Irish man who’d been stabbed during a fight. In another one I was a prison guard who had no compassion for the prisoners and that I was in this life to learn how to be compassionate (which had ironically been a running theme in my life).
Years later the experience stayed with me. When I started writing Love Through Time I knew I wanted to incorporate the concept of reincarnation into the book. I liked that the heroine, Jasmine, could recall her past lives through her daydreams. The hero, Sean, has no memory or experience of his past lives, but had what I like to call a visceral reaction to Jasmine because of the experiences they shared. I won’t give you any spoilers, but I’ll let you know those past lives weren’t good times.
For me reincarnation is real. Knowing that I’ll be able to come back to live another life in order to learn, experience and grow if so desire, makes me smile. I’m not sure I’ve actually lived over three hundred lives, but I hope I’m a better person now than I was during my last one.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Defending her family – no problem. Recalling past lives – maybe just a small problem. Taking a chance on love again – well…
Jasmine Gibson has her world turned upside down when she meets gorgeous Sean Taylor. He’s the first man she’s been attracted to since her fiancé dumped her two years ago. But when the disturbing daydreams start, Jasmine begins to fear that her actions in a past life may have finally caught up with her.
Sean finds it impossible to stay away from Jasmine even though he can’t shake the inexplicable feeling of betrayal, simmering deep inside him every time he sees her.
To complicate things, someone is out to hurt Jasmine and every time she and Sean are together, the police have to be called. Even if Jasmine can make Sean trust her, the two of them may not stay alive long enough to enjoy their love this time around.
Jasmine stepped back but remained within his embrace. She didn’t look up into his face. “Thanks,” she said, wiping her cute nose on her sleeve for lack of a tissue.
“No problem. It’s been a rough day, you’re allowed to cry.” She fit into his body as if she’d been carved from him. It was such a peaceful embrace, a perfect fit of two bodies in sync, two souls in harmony with each other. Sean felt the most at home he’d ever felt with anyone. He knew her and somehow he could sense that she knew him, even though they were total strangers.
“How are you feeling?” he asked gently.
“Embarrassed, but I’m better.” She stepped out of his embrace and started walking again.
They walked for a little while without speaking. “Why don’t you ever look at me?”
“What?” She kicked a rock but continued walking.
He grabbed her arm to turn her around. “Why don’t you ever look at me? It seems as if you’ve been going out of your way not to look at me.”
Her head was down as she gave a slight shrug of her slim shoulders.
“Will you please look at me?” His voice was calm even though he felt desperate with the need to gaze into her beautiful brown eyes once again.
“I’m afraid,” she mumbled.
“Of what? Am I so ugly that you’ll turn into stone?”
Her full lips curved into a small smile. “Not at all.”
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