Nobody expects to lose a child but when it happens what can we do? In the sea of grief that seizes the soul how can we swim against the tide? But when that loss is compounded in each minute of every day, what do we do then? Slings and Arrows is a story about the consequences of a moment, a moment, which separates a mother and daughter in ways impossible to imagine. It charts their parallel lives, each suffering, one knowing, one not. It is brutally honest; an account filled with bewilderment,
Twelve-year-old Jack knows they shouldn’t go but is unable to persuade his parents not to take the planned trip to the Lake District. Something was going to happen but what? The weird feelings he had were always so fuzzy and they didn’t always make sense. Maybe it was just because he’d have to spend time with his pampered cousin, Rosie? Anyway, it was nearly Christmas and what could go wrong with just staying in some cabin in the woods? He was being stupid after all.
I cannot ignore my dreams, so many of them, with names and places and ideas that spark my imagination and compel me to write; to create stories, whether fantasy or horror, or mystery or psychological thriller or murder or even humour and adventure. So, my garden is sown, flourishing, with all manner of growth, and still the dreams come.
Julie Elizabeth Powell, my soul lingering within my imagination; maybe you’ll join me?
The Magic Of Words
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My pen name is Julie Elizabeth Powell and I write in a variety of genres from
fantasy to horror to paranomal and crime,
from humour to psychological thriller
to mystery adventure and non-fiction.
I write for adults and children.
The purpose of this post is to bring attention to audiobooks – mine of course!
I’d been thinking about it for a while and until recently the possibility hadn’t been available for those of us in the UK – I live in England. But now, Amazon have a sideline called, ACX, (through Audible), where I can now offer my work for production.
It’s been a very steep learning curve but now have the majority of my work in the process of being created into an audiobooks.
Of course it’s a load of work – writers don’t sleep anyway – but so far, I am very pleased with the results.
I wasn’t inundated with auditions to begin with but they suddenly trickled in, probably because my first audiobook was ready and my work highlighted. It’s called A Murderer’s Heart, a murder mystery (narrated by Melanie Fraser) which has been enjoyed as a paperback and a Kindle edition, as have all my stories.
Next was Knowing Jack, a mystery adventure (narrated by Joel Froomkin).
Then auditions flooded in.
So now five are ready - the rest coming soon.
Christmas Past, a science fictional short story, narrated by Don Warrick.
Three Into One, a science fictional short story, narrated by Phil Mayes
Weird: A Henry Ian Darling Oddity: Missive One, narrated by Alan Weyman. This is a series of paranormal 'fun and unique' missives. Two is nearly there and I'm writing number three.
Thanks to both Melani, Joel, Don, Phil and Alan for such a wonderful job.
It's amazing the difference a voice makes.
Listening Is Good For You
But why would you want to listen?
I remember as a child listening to my mother read to me at night, in addition to the radio, to a programme called, Listen With Mother – I loved it!
Do you remember how you felt when listening with half closed eyes to those adventures?
Apparently (according to my research), when we are being told a story things change dramatically, where the language processing parts of our brain are not only activated but also enhanced by other parts of the brain.
Meaning that we feel far more engaged when we hear the narrative. Your whole brain is put to work, with amazing results, so much that it can shape your thinking and way of life.
It seems that we are wired that way, in that when a story is broken down into the simplest form, there is a connection of cause and effect – and that is exactly how we think.
We think in stories all the time, while creating them in our heads for every action and conversation (just think about gossip and the connections to personal stories). We want to relate stories to our existing experiences and storytelling is one of the most dominant methods to communicate and inspire.
There, you see, it’s science!
As a further incentive to listen to my audiobooks, I have promo codes to give away!
You can email me for a promo code - email@example.com
UK link for audiobooks available so far:
USA link for audiobooks available so far:
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That’s it – oh no it isn’t, um, if you’d like to post reviews on:
That would be fantastic! Well, I hope they would be positive :)