Enlightened (Bk 2 EVE series) Synopsis

I have decided to post the synopsis for the second book in my EVE series, Enlightened. I have received numerous emails inquiring about its release and the endless ‘what happens…’ questions. I still do not have any release date as of yet, but I can say, hopefully, it should be released by the end of this year. Enjoy!

Enlightened Synopsis
The barrier between Jocelyn Timmons conscious minds continues to decline steadily and she begins to understand the best and worst of both her existences. She tries to comprehend the enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly.
Jocelyn discovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era and soon learns that life during that period was not as grand for women as the ones she had read about in classic novels. Still, she takes comfort in being surrounded by the love and support of family and friends in comparison with her overly hectic career oriented family in the twenty-first century.
Jocelyn’s love for Jackson Chandler grows stronger across time. He becomes the strength, comfort and the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense to her. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability the more strain develops amongst Jocelyn, her family and her friends. Her parents believe that Jackson is jeopardizing everything they have instilled within their daughter, her upcoming college education and all of Jocelyn’s hard-earned academic achievements. As their relationship flourishes the disapproval and tension mounts with her family.
Although Jocelyn struggles with her feelings of abandonment towards her Uncle Monte whom she believes is her only genetic link to this bizarre gift, her anger towards him for leaving her to cope with living dual lives for his own selfish happiness is lessened slightly when she uncovers his aging journals in a trunk left to her father when her Uncle left his life in the twenty-first century. His firsthand account of his own struggles with EVE, his experiences as a Union soldier during the Civil War and his abiding love for his fiancé and his family captures her heart in a way that leaves her breathless.
Buried amongst the lost treasures left behind, Jocelyn accidently discovers ancestral photos that give her the empirical proof of a life, family and world she is only beginning to perceive. Laid out before her lies the fading black and white images of the family she has only seen in flashes across her memory and a life she has yet to live, in a world that remains elusive to her.
On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878 she remains unaware of her gift of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she finds herself anxiously awaiting the imagines that invade her dreams nightly. She longs to be the woman she portrays in that world. She recalls glimpses of this other life and the jealousy she feels is unbearable. This woman she perceives lives in a world where she can express herself freely, receives the education she desires and has the choice to choose who she wants to become. Nevertheless, despite the passion she feels for this world, she has convinced herself it is imaginary for the sake of her own sanity.
Her loved ones grow increasingly concerned as she is abruptly awakened each night in screaming hysterics. But she cannot explain to them that she is not waking in terror of what she is witnessing, she is screaming in horror of the fact that she is returning to her life in 1878 where she feels trapped by the societal rules that dictate who she has to be.
Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trusting those around her impossible for Jocelyn. The clearer the visions become the more she starts to question the motives of those closest to her and foregoes revealing the imagines crossing between her two conscious. As her life unravels, her two worlds begin to collide and the pieces start to fall into place. However, those and what she thought she knew could not have been further from the truth.
When confronted, Jackson is left bemused and stumbles to cover what he does not realize she already knows. Disheartened by his lack of faith in her, Jocelyn pushes him away and realizes she must make the most difficult decision of her young life that will not only alter her destiny but also the future of everyone she loves in the twenty-first century.

Spring Fever

I know it has been a while since I have posted anything and for that I do apologize. Life seems to run away sometimes at the most inopportune moments leaving us no choice but to confront reality and abandon the security of the created world I write about. Abandon…is a very strong world. Therefore, I shall say…limit. Yes, that is a better description because I never stopped writing. Only limited the amount of time I could spend on the computer in order to take care of some pressing familial responsiblities. So the limited number of hours I allotted myself per day was focused on writing rather than social media.

In May of 2011 I tore out both of my shoulders. Twenty-two months and four surgeries later I am beginning to feel like myself again. Last weekend when the weather finally warmed up a bit in Indy, I got to play basketball and softball again for the first time since my injury. It felt amazing to be outside with the wind blowing in my face and enjoying my family once more. True, I am a bit (okay…a lot) sore from it, but it is in a good way. I am finally getting some range, motion and strength back in my arms after months of physical therapy. While I may not be a hundred percent yet, I am very much battling through the pain and fighting to take my life back.

As with every spring, the weather has been a rollercoaster of temperatures. One day it will be sunny in the mid- 60s and the next, 30s with rain or snow depending on which end of the scale it tips towards. A jolly bonus to all this is the havoc it reaps on those of us who have severe allergies. Last year we were already in the 70s by now, but ended up suffering a devastating drought and heat wave by early July. And while I do wish for warmer weather, I really hope we do not have to endure another summer like last year.

I am also working diligently on the fourth book in my EVE series, Conscious. The rhythm is flowing. My fingers cannot seem to keep up my thoughts as the characters I’ve grown to love come back to live for this final installment. The second book, Enlightened and third, Perception are in various stages of the editing process. I hope to provide more information soon on when they will be released. I have even begun some preliminary research on my second series that will be a spin-off from the first.

I guess I will end here for now and get back to work. I hope you all have a great week.

Until next time…

A.L.

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