About the book: There is support from the unseen to guide our lives on Earth.
Carm, marries Jordan Denis, and then abandons everything she knows. After six weeks of marriage, a devastating storm kills her husband, widowing her. In a strange city, torn by her loss—young, scared, and with no resources she lives a life she wasn't ready for. Her emotions fall extremely low. To make it comfortable to live in her own skin, she self-medicates with drugs and alcohol. She is pushed to the edge as her relationships become tremulous.
Haunted by her deceased husband and introduced to a witch, Gretchen, she sees past the darkness. Carm discovers, with the aid of witchcraft, how to accept the past, celebrate the present, and anticipate the future.
She dreamed she found herself in her new home with her husband. She loved the house, dragging Jordan from room to room.
The visuals abounded. The three-step lower living area had plenty of space. The dining room upstairs opened onto the kitchen and shared the outdoor view through a sliding glass door. Down a short hall, she saw the bathroom and two bedrooms. She could hear herself saying, “With a little paint, imagination, and a few hours of labor, we can create a beautiful place to live.”
On the top floor, in the master bedroom, she felt Jordan’s strong hands rest on her spine, pulling her close. She knew she married the right man by the tingles she experienced within.
“You are the woman I love. You’re perfect for me,” he said in a soft whisper, as clear as when he was alive. He held her in his arms, pulling her closer, tightening his arms around her. Carm’s heart pounding, she hung on to his every word. “I know you suffer through our separation, but you’re not alone. You’re never alone. You have a future, even though you don’t believe right now,” he said softly.
The images of her dream became misshapen, and then vanished.
She woke, sitting upright. “Jordan, I still love you. I still need you in my life,” she cried out loud.
Her eyes darting from wall to wall, Carm experienced both pleasure and heartache at the same time. She was happy to see her beloved but sad to see him go. She fumbled in the dim light from the television screen for a joint and the lighter, and she lit up. She inhaled and then exhaled at the ceiling. Even though the dope brought comfort, she knew nothing would bring her husband back from death.
Carm leaned forward to butt the stub in the ashtray. She lay on the couch, exhausted. Sighing, she closed her eyes, tossing and turning beneath the blanket. Her thoughts prevented her from a peaceful rest. Her eyes popped open when she heard the key in the lock and the click of the dead bolt.
How important is it to create likable characters?
I portray the characters inner characteristics and emotions as they struggle with issues of their own. The characters are realistic that the readers will believe. Tough and practical Paige takes command; Roxy under a watchful eye intimidates; always helpful Lizzy goes with the flow and Carm is consumed with sorrow and mental anguish. Gretchen, a witch is a welcome relief from life's pressures. To add support and conflict to the story is Thomas a friend everyone wants to deserve and Philip is certainly not safe to trust.
What do I most hope that readers will take away from the book?
In this book I provide a unique insight into the drug world and mysticism – addiction and the belief that direct knowledge of ultimate reality is attainable through intuition and the unseen world. I hope the reader will begin to believe if you change your choices while guided by Spirit you can change your life for the better. At the Edge, is a story with a message. To help people get to a better place.
What was the hardest thing about writing my first book?
I submitted my book On the Edge published by a small e-book publisher for an honest review and that is exactly what the reviewer gave. Published Author, Erin Lale was willing to read the story. She quickly replied with constructive criticism how to add to the story.
Now, completely revised and titled At the Edge, my contemporary women's fiction book At the Edge found the best publishing house for the new and improved story.
A writer is only as good as their editor. A writer can't fix what they don't know is broken. So with that said I guess you can say the hardest thing about writing my first book was admitting to my self that the story wasn't the best it could be.
Here is a sneak peek of Chapter One –
Official trailer for At the Edge, by Angie Skelhorn. http://youtu.be/JxdalZvpW9o?list=UUE9kZEXovHDZELOk7Iz6LrA