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Space Between the Universes – “It’s Time to Wake up!”

Published October 14, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

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It’s been so long since I visited our beach.  This lonely place of dreams and visions.  The moon is staring down at me – again!  Taunting, mocking, laughing at my innocence.  I try to remember my journey.  How I got here.  Have I ever really moved?  I stood on the shoreline and looked as far as I could see.  Why did I always end up here?  I looked and looked at the horizon.  What was out there?  I followed the line to the left and then to the right.  Just an endless sea – still quiet, still calm.  I sat down and looked back at the moon.  It winked at me.  And as I blinked, there he was, standing looking down  at me, smiling the most beautiful smile I had ever seen, that lit up his face and gave his eye a twinkle that seemed to give his whole presence an air of gentle grace.

“I’m glad to see you again.”  He said softly and sat down next to me on the warm sand.  “I was wondering when you’d be back.”

“I’ve been busy.”  I said.

“I know.”  He replied, “So have I.”

“why are you here?”  He suddenly asked.  His now gentle smile curling ever so slightly.

I hadn’t expected that question.  “I don’t know”  I replied, “I suppose it is because I have too many questions.  Too many!  Why am I so confused?”

My Lord sighed and nodded.  “Of course you’re confused.  Your universe is full of strange contradictions and theories  that don’t quite add up.  I have tried to reach you – I have given you everything you need to see the truth clearly…

…I looked at the moon again…

…”but you always complicate matters by looking in the wrong direction.  Stop looking up and fix your eyes on me.”  He said gently.  I took my eyes off of the moon and looked back at Jesus.  His gentle smile turned to calm concern.  “It’s time.”  He said after a short pause.

“Time for what?”  I asked him.

“It’s time to wake up.  You can’t keep coming here.  It’s such a lonely place.  Now – I want to give you a gift.”

“But I like coming here.”  I whispered.”  He nodded and then bent down and scooped up a handful of sand, which trickled through his fingers.

“But I didn’t create this universe – you did.  The universe I created for you is so special.  Made just for you – perfect for all your needs.”  He cupped his hands around the sand in his hand, making a ball and shook the contents and when  he opened his hands again, he held another bubble.  But this one was different from the rest.  It didn’t float delicately in the air.  It was solid, sitting in the palm of his hand.  Inside the bubble I could see a strange  image of the Earth; not as a globe but as a disc, so that I was looking down at it flat – spread out like a two dimensional map, with all the continents in the middle and a ring of sea around the edge and then ice and snow around that, until it touched the sides of the bubble.  In the top part of the bubble were clouds and the sun, moon and stars.  In the bottom of the bubble, just darkness.  I couldn’t understand why he was showing me such a distorted image of the universe.

I shook my head in my confusion.  “Why are you showing me a flat Earth?”

Jesus got up and dusted himself down.  He walked around me, holding the bubble on his palm and looking at it curiously.  “Hold out your hand!”  He commanded, and as I did so, he placed the bubble in it.  It was solid, like glass!  I looked down at the strange disc-like Earth and had a sudden image of Terry Pratchett’s Disc World, riding on the back of a turtle.  It just didn’t make sense.

“Have you had enough time exploring in this place now?  You know that your mind has the free will wander wherever it wishes and I don’t ever want you to stop dreaming.  Keep creating – it is in your nature  to do so.  But it is time to stop looking up and set your eyes on the Earth.  There is enough to think about with your feet set on solid ground

“your universe is so small.  Look around you.  These are your neighbours – get to know one another again.  Talk to each other, help each other.  Stop polluting this delicate system – see how enclosed your Earth is?  How will you escape when you have destroyed all you can see?  I have given you a gift – take care of it.  It is enough for now.”  He took the glass universe back and said to me:  “this one belongs to me.  All the other universes are of no consequence to you; they float on the wind, or bob on the sea, they hide in the cracks and break all too easily – this universe is strong and the only one that matters – perfect because I have made it for you.

“Can I come back and see you again?”  I asked him.

“We’ll see.”  He said.  “Next time I might just come for you.  So do all I have said and live your life to the fullest.  Remember that I love you.  Now love your neighbours and take care of the Earth.  Stop worrying and remember who is holding the universe in his hands.  And I will see you soon.”

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WHY should I label myself a CHRISTIAN?

Published May 6, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Right now I feel like I am having to fight for my right to call myself a Christian. I feel God speaking to me recently through my interactions with others, so I am sharing.  Some people both Christians AND non Christians may not like it, but to be honest I don’t care. I am trying to get on with my own spiritual journey and I have had trouble over the years BELIEVE me trying to justify to MYSELF why I would want to be called a Christian; and so whilst I have been trying to explain my point of view to other people just lately – I feel it has just been God speaking to ME. Why should I label myself a Christian? This is what I have to say…

I think you are just focusing on that word far too much, you are worrying about it, obsessing over it. yes it is a label, it is a NAME – but it is just a word to describe the body of Christ – his people and – how you see yourself. You ARE you and God made you YOU, the individual. He gave you an individual fingerprint and an individual personality and he stamped HIS LOVE for YOU, your individuality on your heart. He died for YOU. And he wants YOU to come to him “just as you are” – as YOU are – he doesn’t want a carbon copy “Christian” He wants YOU with all your individual quirks and lovely self – but he wants you also to be a part of HIS “body” which is his people, his church – his “CHRISTIAN” people – a label WE give for the BODY AND BRIDE of CHRIST that sets us apart as his most special, beautiful people that he has called INDIVIDUALLY through each of our hearts. We need to have a name to link us to God and what better name than that of the one who gave his life so that you might live forever! I am pouring all of this out of my heart and I feel like it is God writing this right now. I feel maybe he would be afraid that you are missing the point! The point is Jesus. We are not Jews, we are not Muslims, we are not Buddhists, we are not New-~Age crystal worshippers – we might understand about where some of this stuff is coming from but we can see it as being a part of the stuff that goes on in the physical world that God says – yes it’s all real, it’s all valid as in symbolic for certain things but don’t worship it – worship me through my son who I have given for YOU so that you will know how special YOU are to me. We are not all those other groups – those labels – we are CHRISTIANS because we are in CHRIST we are re-born in his image. I can’t keep going round and round trying to make you see through my eyes – I want that label – I WANT to be a Christian; I don’t want to be a Jew like my Mum’s family, I don’t want to be a Buddhist BUT I understand where my Mum is coming from because the old ways LED to the new ways, the NEW testament – that Jesus is the way, the truth, the LIFE. I understand the ways of Buddha and I think Jesus did too; so I meditate as I have always done, but now I meditate with scripture in my heart so that I can close my eyes and meet God in that quiet place, really go inside myself and come into his presence. I understand about the UFO and alien culture and I follow what’s going on there because I believe it is leading to the end days and they are part of the angelic battle – but I don’t worship them, I worship Jesus for saving us from the devil’s plan! To lead us away from God! So I call myself a Christian – a name Jesus would not have called himself – he was a Jew but he said the old ways were DEAD which is why he had to die, to bring us a new way THROUGH HIM and yes we probably could have labelled that Jesus movement in any way – but WE – his church, his BODY labelled it after his name so that we would always remember that through CHRIST EVERYTHING is possible and only through him can we live FOREVER! If you don’t believe that then I’m just spitting words into your face and not into your heart and I can do no more to say how I feel about it. This is how I feel and how I feel GOD is talking to me and through me for YOU. But if you don’t want to label yourself as Christian that is STILL YOUR choice – nobody is going to hate you for it – I love you, God loves you, stop worrying about a LABEL a WORD and get on with getting to know HIM.

“I Know There’s Something More…” – Nick Vujicic – An inspirational figure for our times

Published April 30, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

If there is anyone in the world today that should be an inspiration to all people, be they young or old, with a physical disability or an emotional one – or not; even if you feel you are doing pretty good in the world today and don’t really have many worries.  But perhaps you strive to do better, you would like to aim higher in life, maybe you think, you know, others may have it better than you and you feel you are lacking…think again – here is a man who really has a reason to be in despair, to give up and just say the world has won.  But does he give up?  Does he live in despair?  No he doesn’t.  Watch his amazing story unfold, be INSPIRED and remember what Nick says: “I know there’s something more…”

An introduction…

Nick is an inspirational speaker.  He speaks from the heart about how God has changed his life.  There are many videos of Nick speaking but here are a couple that really spoke to me…

This one had me laughing like a loony and crying like a baby…

If you don’t take anything else away from Nick’s inspirational messages – remember what he says when he says: If you don’t get a miracle – BE the miracle for someone else!  How awesome is that?  And perhaps give away a few hugs today…

 

Words of Power out of the mouths of babes…

Published March 11, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

How many times have you heard a child say or indeed have said to a child when they have been upset by something another child has said to them: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me”?  I have to admit I think I am guilty of this.  It was something I was taught as a child and it is something I have probably told my own children a few times.  Why do we say it?  Is it because it is true?  We all know that’s not correct.  Of course words hurt us.  We say it to try and convince ourselves not to let it hurt us, after all it’s just words, just sounds – isn’t it?  Nonsense!  Words have power.  They create and they destroy.  They weave an image which becomes a concept, which in turn becomes ingrained in our very being – cultures are born out of words.  Think of some of the most powerful books, poems, songs, speeches.  Laws are created by words aren’t they?  Science and religion are made up of words aren’t they?  Words are power!  Especially the words you can’t even hear.  The ones you think to yourself when you are alone.  Yes, even that still little voice inside of you – that voice uses words – your words – and they have power.

Let us remember that words are our humanity.  Let us teach our children to use words that have the power that will create not destroy, build others up not tear them down, affect positive change not fear and despair, clarity not confusion.  We must mentor our children about the kinds of words that will be healthy for them to use in their lives and then let them build on that.  And sometimes, just sometimes they have words to inspire us too.  In days gone by we were led to believe that children should be seen and not heard.  I believe that sometimes, just sometimes it’s us adults that should shut up and listen to what the children have to say.

Listen…listen to what the children have to say…

You heard the boy: “Let’s work together to change the world not just occupy it.”

Bookish Banter Valentines Day Special – Featured Author – Phoenix Rainez

Published February 14, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

With Valentines Day on everybody’s minds I thought it would be great to feature a romance novelist here on the Bookish Banter today.  With the imminent release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie there seems to be a real frenzy around the genre.  Everybody loves a bit of romance – after all Love makes the world go round, doesn’t it?  So snuggle up in front of a cozy fire, with a nice bottle of bubbly and some chocolates and get ready for a story to set your heart a fluttering; but if you were expecting a run of the mill, boy meets girl, falls in love and sunset ending romance story, then think again.  Let’s turn the heat up a few notches… (this book is strictly 18 years + so please be aware of that fact)

Introducing today’s Spotlight Author…

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Phoenix Rainez

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Phoenix Rainez is the pen name of Angie Neto, a loving wife, mother and carer from Norfolk in the United Kingdom. By day she is an extremely dedicated and caring lady who looks after those that need a large hearted home carer and by night she takes to her laptop to become Phoenix Rainez, sizzling romance novelist.  I interviewed Angie, AKA Phoenix Rainez, to find out all about her début novel and her experience of writing.

What part of this beautiful planet do you call home?

Norfolk, UK.

Hey, it’s nice to have a fellow Brit on the Bookish Banter for a change – doesn’t happen often.  Let’s have a cuppa tea and settle in for the rest of the interview…

Which genre do you prefer to write in?

Romance of course.  I’m an incurable romantic from the tips of my toes to the ends of my hair.

Of course!  Just right for today.  Tell me – why do you write?

Because it’s like living a dream, a dream I create and control.  Well, I try to until the characters take over.

My writing takes me into a place of amazing places and interesting characters, who live through so many emotions that I often shed a tear while writing that scene.  To lose myself in chapter after chapter of a story I am writing is magical for me.  I feel the highs and lows of every scene I write as if I was really living each moment.  For me there is nothing more exhilarating than writing a story I want to tell and reading it back afterwards is quite an adrenalin rush.  To think I really came up with those ideas.

Ah yes, the thrill of writing.  There’s no other feeling like it is there?  

Is there a particular book that you are promoting at present?

Yes.  Second Chances.

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Could you tell us a little bit about it?

It’s no ordinary “girl meets boy” love story but a romance that starts at the end and ends at the beginning.  What I mean is, their “happily ever after” happens right at the beginning and needless to say ends where the story would normally start…

A girl after being dumped at birth and growing up in an orphanage , suddenly finds herself fast forwarded into a world  of fashion, fame and bright lights until she meets him…her dream Prince Charming, but not to give away any spoilers, she soon discovers love is not all she dreamed it would be.  As you read you witness the emotions and changes that take place in her life and how she struggles and almost fails to overcome them.

The whirlwind romance she lived with her Prince Charming is now a scar on her heart.  Her pain is too deep to ever love again.  But fate is not done with her yet, and life still throws her curve balls, as she has to face the loss of people she loves and somehow find the courage to face another day.

Phew!  It sounds like quite a ride.  Doesn’t it?  I had a sneaky peek at some reviews of Second Chances and here is a snippet of those…

HERE IS PART OF A REVIEW FROM FEATHER STONE –
click on www.amazon.com/dp/1501022539 to read the rest of her review.
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“The book cover. Amazing. It is impossible to just glance at this book cover. Immediately, a reader wants to pick it up, get a closer look.  It shouts intrigue and romance.
As I fell into the plot of Second Chances, my first reaction was that this is a sweet romance story. Then Phoenix Raines turned up the heat – a lot. Oh my! I was hooked. As the plot moved on, I felt the darkening mood. As the crisis enveloped me, I went without sleep to get to the last chapter. I had to. The characters had become so endearing, so real, that I needed to know how the hell they were going to resolve their troubles. Then Phoenix turned out the lights. OMG! Survival became paramount.”
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Well I couldn’t leave it at that could I?  So I don’t do this with all my Bookish Banter Authors, but I just had to pick up a copy of the book.  Now I’m afraid I’m a real book gal!  No electronic downloads of ebooks for me.  I just have to have the real deal in my hands.  So I waited feverishly for the book to land on my welcome mat and as soon as it came I tore into the package.  The cover was stunning and when you start to read the story, you really start to picture the girl on the front cover.  I’m not going to give anything away.  The story is explosive from the get go.  The characters tell it themselves through the wonderful relationships and the pace is quick – life really move for these characters and you just get caught up in the whirlwind and just have to ride it yourself to see where it goes.
So Angie is this part of a series?  (I ask in anticipation)
No!  Is the simple answer she gives me.  But don’t be disheartened there is more writing to come from this romantic soul.  For a sneaky peek at what she’s up to just check out her website and especially her works in progress on Wattpad.
So are you working on anything else at the moment?
Yes.  My next novel due for release towards the end of 2015, will be my fantasy romance The Colour of Love.  Two strangers meet in their dreams and try to find each other in the real world.  Or are dreams just fantasies of the mind, never destined to come true?
Oh my goodness!  I can’t wait to find out…
Have you had any major stumbling blocks to overcome?
Sadly yes.  There was the crucial period where I could not face another page of editing Second Chances.  I really had lost the plot and if it had not been for my unbelievably committed beta reader Jae’s  inspiring words that brought me back on track and I quote “You really must start viewing editing in a more positive light!  Think of it as another chance to be creative in the world of your finished story.  Yes you need to check for plot holes and typos, but it’s also a chance to take your shoes off and run barefoot through the meadow of a world you haven’t been for a while.”
Great quote.  He sounds like a very inspiring guy to have around you when you feel like throwing your manuscript out Angie.  Someone you need to keep you on track when writing becomes a drudge to help the magic flow again.
Does your work require you to do research and how have you approached it?
Not really as all my stories are from my imagination, although reading other romances and watching romantic films , has given me a guideline to work from.
Yes.  I agree with you there Angie.  I think even if you don’t need any official research on your novel, at the very least you should keep reading while you are writing, because it keeps those imaginative juices flowing.
How do you plan out your story?
Plan, who me?  I am definitely not your regular type of writer.  I have no plan in mind when I start writing and write as it comes to me.  An idea drops into my cogwheels and I write a couple of paragraphs or maybe a chapter and then do the unspeakable.  I write the ending and sometimes write word for word the last paragraph, and I work towards that.  If I do feel I am getting lost half way through then I will sit down and write a brief guideline  for each chapter to the end.  Which will also give me a vague idea how many chapters are left to write.  An odd quirk of mine is that I don’t like to finish on an odd chapter number, it just has to be an even number, otherwise it just doesn’t feel right.
Sounds like a plan to me Angie.  Every writer works differently, you sound like you have a good strategy for getting from A to B and it works for you.  You would probably be surprised at how many authors just start writing and see where it leads.  I mean how many times have I been told, if you have writers block – just write!  You can’t finish a novel if you don’t start typing!
Do you use an Editor to help you?
Yes.  I don’t think any writer should work without an editor.  I have a very patient editor, Desray Rowe and my beta reader who I mentioned previously.  They will go through chapters over and over again till we are all happy it reads just right.  Not forgetting the all-important proof  reading required just before you publish.

 Indie or old school?

At the moment I am an Indie publisher but hope to submit one of my books to a traditional publisher in the near future, just to test the waters and see what it all entails before I decide whether or not to stay indie or attempt further traditional publishing.

Do you belong to any writer’s groups or on-line writing forums and do you think they help?

Yes I do and I find that the support I get from other writers is so encouraging.  They are open to helping with advice and suggestions to improve your marketing and help you reach a wider field of readers by tweeting and promoting your books on their websites.  In particular I’d like to mention the WP-Indie Authors and BooksGoSocial.  I have met so many amazing authors and made lasting friendships.

That’s great Angie.  A real advert for getting social and sharing your love of writing with others.

Who is your favourite author and how do they inspire you?

I don’t have any one in  particular but the authors that have inspired my writing would have to be Stephanie Draven, Judy Feather Stone and Nikki Kelly.  From reading their incredible novels I discovered that in my genre of  fantasy, paranormal romance, there are no limitations to your imagination and you can create any world you want and your characters can be anyone and do anything as long as its believable.

What do you do to relax?

I read and write poetry.

Do you have a promotional video or trailer?

Yes on YouTube     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygMGVxlf7OE

Have you got any tips for writers of your specific genre?

As this is my debut novel and my first experience in publishing I can only say at this moment in time, read as many books as possible.  If there is an author you particularly like, follow them on their websites and see what makes their books stand out from the crowd.

How do you think your writing has improved since you started writing your first novel?

A vast improvement.  Especially after working through my debut novel, Second Chances, with my editors, beta readier and proof reader.  I have learnt so much from them on where and how I went wrong and what I should do to improve the quality of my writing.  When I look back at how Second Chances was originally written I actually cringe to think I let people read it that way.

I have learnt there is more to writing a story than just putting words onto paper or a screen as in my case, but there is this whole other side I did not know about.  The “show and tell”  syndrome.  This was my most valued lesson.  Readers want to be shown what is happening, not told.  My descriptions of scenes had to be more acute so as to take the reader into the places and emotions the characters were experiencing.  I learnt to put my senses into play when writing scenes, putting myself into my character’s head and behind their eyes and describe what they are seeing and feeling.  It was an exciting learning curve for me.

Thank you Angie or should I say the scintillating Phoenix Rainez, for taking the time out of your busy schedule this Valentine’s day to tell us all about your exciting life as a Romance novelist.  For anyone interested to find out more about Phoenix Rainez and her books here are her links:-

Amazon –  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1501022539

Angie’s Website – https://angieneto.wordpress.com/

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/phoenixraines20

Tumblr – http://phoenixrainez.tumblr.com/

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/phoenixrainez

Wattpad – http://www.wattpad.com/phoenixrainez

Twitter  – https://twitter.com/PhoenixRainez

Enjoy your Valentine’s weekend everyone and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Second Chances to get those pulses racing…

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Bookish Banter – author/artist Spotlight List 2015

Published January 3, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

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I am always interested in interviewing fellow authors, artists, poets and possibly musicians for the Bookish Banter Spotlight.  So please let me know if you would be interested in an author spotlight in 2015.  If you are an author, poet, artist or just want to generate interest in what you do – then please talk to me.  Let’s make our creativity shine this year and share each other’s wonderful work here on WordPress.

Also I would love to be able to do a blog tour myself as I  haven’t done one yet.  If anybody would be interested in hosting me, please let me know.

❤ Laura ❤

Jimmy in the Jungle

Published December 1, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Well I have absolutely loved all the antics in the jungle this series and I have really enjoyed Jimmy’s cheeky banter and silliness.  He has made it very entertaining to watch, messing around in camp and screaming like a little girl during the tasks – he’s a bit of a coward really isn’t he?  He has had me in stitches when he has tried to cope with all the critters – and failed miserably!  His rather over the top bromance with Foggy has been interesting to watch too.  Although Jimmy didn’t quite bond with Jake to the same degree, did he?  What was all that bitchy ranting about on Saturday?  I was shocked when Jimmy appeared to completely overreact to Jake mistaking him for Michael and tore into poor Jake like a hound to a fox.  I think he realised he had overreacted but couldn’t seem to turn it around.  Should we put it down to jungle stress?  Maybe.  Oh well, he’s gone now so let’s have a little look at Jimmy in the Jungle…

Can’t wait for the next episode.  Who will take over as the camp joker?

See you soon jungle fans and if you want your little ones to join in the jungle fun – my children’s workshops theme happens to be the jungle at the moment – purely coincidental I can assure you LOL http://rainbowruneblog.wordpress.com/   and if any grown ups would like some inspiration for some jungly creative writing – http://thewellinthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/deep-forest-deep-forest/

the adventure continues…

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