Revealing and Swapping...

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 43 Comments

So many good things going on today!! 
1) The ever fabulous, ever awesome, exclamation mark wielding Leigh Covington is 
back in the blogosphere!!! She's posting again after being gone too long. And Tonja Drecker came back yesterday!
2) Georgia St. Mane (AKA Rachel Schieffelbein) is dropping off a brand new cover to reveal 
3) Jamie Ayres and I are swapping...blogs that is! I'm posting at her blog. She's posting at mine. I'm talking truths...she's talking fate. Clever, aren't we?

"Gerogia's" cover:

 Blurb:
When Bree meets Logan, and hears his oh-so-sexy British accent, it's lust at first sight.

Bree thinks Logan feels the same way, especially when they're snuggled up on her couch with his tongue down her throat. But when Logan decides that getting into a relationship when he only has a few months left in the States is a bad idea, Bree agrees to be "just friends." 

But every time he flashes his swoon-worthy smile, complete with dimples, Bree has a hard time keeping her thoughts in the "friend zone."

About the author: Georgia St. Mane is married with four kids. She's passionate about writing, reading, and theater. She thinks everyone deserves their own love story. Georgia also writes YA as Rachel Schieffelbein.

Find it on Goodreads!!

Now, for a very touching, very personal post from Jamie. 

 Buy from Curiosity Quills Press! 


3 Reasons Why I Believe In Fate

There are many events in our lives over which we have no control. Heaven help me, I want to control everything, but sometimes Fate knows better than I do (I know, hard to believe).

I’ve had so many fateful moments in my life, which would require the suspension of disbelief if I wasn’t a believer in fate. But I’ll pick just three of them from my young adult life to share with you today.

Fateful Day #1

When I was almost twelve, I wanted to commit suicide. I’d already suffered many injustices by that age and was convinced that:

a) God wasn’t real –otherwise He wouldn’t let all those bad things happen to me
b) God was real, but He hated me

c) God was real, and He didn’t hate me, and He had a plan for my life

I really needed to discover the answer to my question before I made my decision.

So I prayed and asked God to show me a supernatural sign.

The next morning, I opened my bedroom door to a man on his knees, his hands folded in prayer, with a smile on his face and looking up at me. He was wearing blue. But that’s not the most unusual thing about him.

I could see through him!

He was transparent!

My prayer was answered, and that one moment kept me alive through my teen years.

This leads me to Fateful Day #2:

One day, while I had some free time in-between my college classes at UCF, I browsed through Barnes & Noble (yeah, not much has changed . . . I still cannot be trusted with a credit card in a bookstore). I went to their religious section and flipped through a book on the power of angels. Immediately, I was drawn to a chapter on Guardian Angels. In it, the author quoted from the diaries of a German mystic who died in 1919. Her diaries are widely circulated because she described a visual relationship with many angels. From her writings:

“The Guardian Angels of children are exquisitely lovely.

They are dressed in blue and always are seen with their hands folded in prayer.”

Fate knew when it showed me that ‘sign’ seven years earlier, I’d be in B&N and pick up that book. Even though I was a religious person, I never browsed that section. Not once. The experience confirmed what I already knew by then. The universe has a plan for our lives!!

Fateful Day #3:

Backing up a bit to the first day of school when I was 14 years old. I walked into my Word Processing class and spotted a boy sitting in the third row, and I instantly knew I’d marry him one day. I didn’t automatically fall in love with him, or even lust after him. He never even asked me out in high school, but I never shook that feeling. Finally, he asked me out when I came back home for my Christmas break during my first year at college and called Perkins Restaurant to get my work schedule. He was working there as a bus boy and picked up the phone. Eight months later, we got married. This August we’ll celebrate our sixteenth wedding anniversary.

Do you have goose bumps yet? Do you believe in Fate? Do you think Fate decided my course in life or were these just happy coincidences?




Jamie Ayres writes young adult love stories by night and teaches young adults as a middle school English teacher by day.

She lives in southwest Florida with her husband and two daughters. Her books include 18 Things and 18 Truths. 

Visit her website at  www.jamieayres.com

43 comments:

  1. Those were all signs from God, Jamie!
    And I saw both Leigh and Tonja's posts this week - awesome.

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    1. Amazing story!

      It's always good to see favorite faces re-emerge!

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    2. Oh, So glad they're back . . . must go visit them :-)

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  2. Jamie - yes, lots of goosebumps reading that post! I believe in Fate too, but I don't have any concrete reasons as you do.

    Elizabeth - hellllooooo!! And, aren't those legs on the cover gorgeous? I want them :-)

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    1. Hellloooo to you too :)

      With a little cutting and pasting you can have them...hehe.

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    2. Well, you're more blessed for believing without much proof, Annalisa :-) And I want those legs too!!

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  3. Great post, Jamie!
    And thanks for sharing my cover, Elizabeth! :)

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    1. My pleasure Rachel! Can't wait to read the book :)

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    2. It's a great cover, Rachel! Congrats :-)

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  4. A very inspirational, brave and positive post. Thank you Jamie.

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    1. It was all of those things. Jamie is definitely a fearless lady!

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    2. Aww, thanks girls--you're making me blush!

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  5. Wow...this is a really beautiful post. Thank you so much, Jamie - I got chills reading it. I believe that there are signs out there for us; we just have to be open to seeing them. And you so are.

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    1. I think you're absolutely right. I think there is way more to our universe than we ever pay attention to.

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    2. I think writers are better at paying attention than most :-)

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  6. A truly inspirational post. Thank you for sharing, Jamie. And congrats to Georgia on the great cover!

    P.S. Elizabeth, you might have something there with "trope a dope." A good writing exercise to take an over-used trope and twist it into something fun and new!

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    1. Woo hoo!! I'm smartest when I'm dumbest...hehe.

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    2. Thanks for reading, Christine!

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  7. Fate sure does seem to have its way. I believe it is there and points us to the right path, our choice whether we listen or not though

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    1. Exactly my thinking. Seems the cat may not be the only smart one at your place.

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    2. Our choice for sure . . . I'm usually not a good listener, but I'm glad I listened on this one!

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  8. I don't necessarily believe in fate, but I do believe in a higher power guiding us toward our ultimate happiness. Still, I believe it boils down to us, our decisions, as to whether or not we'll find that happiness.

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    1. I believe fate and a higher power go hand in hand, but yes, it's our decision in the end :-)

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    2. I believe there is a plan for us, but it's up to us to execute and hear the calls. (But I do believe, like any good parent, God will stick signs in our way to catch our attention and get us moving in the right direction...like He did Jamie!)

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  9. Definitely got goosebumps, Jamie! I'm not a terribly big believer in fate, but there are instances where it all just seems to work out in ways I'd never considered.

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    1. There are too many of those instances in my life to not believe in fate . . . thanks for reading!!!

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    2. I'm not a fatalist...you know one of those people who sets their life on auto pilot and just waits for things to happen. It's up to us to actively move toward what fate intends for our lives.

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  10. What a great and moving story, Jamie. Best of luck on the new book.

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  11. You are fabulous! Thanks for the shout out! And congrats to Jamie and Georgia!

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    1. My pleasure Leigh! What an awesome week it turned out to be- you came back, Tonja came back, and Angie is back in the mood!

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  12. I saw Leigh was back...I guess I better come back too :)

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  13. This is really neat and powerful stuff. Thank you for sharing Jamie =-)

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  14. I am a strong believer in fate. I believe everything happens for a reason. Nice to meet you both, Jamie and Elizabeth!

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  15. Jaime, what powerful stories-- thank you for sharing. Sometimes I need to be reminded that God's power is real. :)

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    1. I think we all do Julie. It's easy to feel alone down here.

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  16. Just want to say thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog @ candorlycandice.com-Means alot. Look forward to reading some of your works :-)

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  17. I also believe in fate. Powerful stories. Also, I love a British accent.

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    1. I have to agree with you there! Those accents are loverly!

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