Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Today I’m turning over the blog to Amy Lignor for a guest posting. Please check out her book Until Next Time.

A Writer is a Magician:

Instead of a Rabbit, Out Come the Words!

I discovered the magic of words a very long time ago. And when I say magic, I mean real magic. My Mom was a career librarian, so my sister and I had the ultimate gift of being able to read all the new releases the second they came out. I soon understood, while I was engrossed with Mr. Darcy, or being scared by “The Raven,” or flying through the air with Harry Potter, that these words and these characters came from an actual person’s mind. A real person sat down in front of a piece of paper, and then later on, a computer, and gifted the world with their stories. They made characters that were unbelievable, and some that have lasted for generations. Not since the stories and power of Houdini have I seen such magic.

I came from a place that was beyond boring. Seriously. Without books I would’ve tossed myself into a snow bank and become a popsicle just for something new to do. But when I opened up the cover of a new book (God, I love that smell), I found myself whisked away from the mundane world of small-town Connecticut and into a place of romance, mystery, thrills, chills, fear - it was ALL there. And now to see the angels hit the scene in full force, well…I am even more amazed, honored and extremely lucky that I’ve been able to produce Matt & Emily. Am I saying they’re Mr. Darcy? No. I would have to have an ego the size of Australia in order to say that. But I am saying that I’m beyond thrilled that this angel/warrior team who has lived in my own mind for so long, can bring joy to other people. 

As all authors will tell you, their stories and characters are taken from real life, and Emily and Matt are a huge extension of that small town I lived in. They come from a place that’s a bit boring too, especially because they’ve lived there all their lives. They spend most of their days training, in school learning, or getting ready to take on a new task that they must figure out on their own. Matt, especially, is desperate to enjoy a taste of freedom that Earth can provide, even though that ‘flight’ comes with some hard lessons. Human emotions are brand new to them - much like graduating college and going out into the ‘real’ world is for the rest of us. Waiting out there in the unknown is love, failure, success, fear - everything - and Matt & Emily are the innocents who try their best to keep their faith in a world that’s filled with things trying to rip them apart.

I love the fact that I can sit in a room and be taken on an adventure when I open up a book. I can stand by the side of my most beloved characters and ride or ‘fly’ with them as they head back through history. I can see and explore countries that I’ve never even heard of, and I can walk through castles, dance on clouds, beat the bad guys - and never have to stop. I can be the hero or the villain, depending on my mood, and boredom is a thing of the past!

I hope all authors - all those word magicians out there in this world never stop creating. And I hope that all the ‘up-and-comers,’ or the ones who have yet to lift a pen, succeed. I want no one to ever give up (regardless of rejection letters), because you never know if your Mr. Darcy will end up banishing the boredom for someone else.

Until Next Time, Everybody.


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Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 Summary

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.

Amy Lignor's Bio:

Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

ISBN: 9780983741855
ISBN: 9781465992697
Pages: 295
Release: February 1, 2012


  1. Heather, thanks for your generosity in hosting Amy today. I love how she related that the angels viewed heaven much like she did growing up in a small town. What a unique parallel!

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  3. I'm an avid reader, always have been. As a child I could often be found snuggled in a corner reading my books. I'm not so different as an adult ;) My children vary on their reading habits but I enforce a 30 minute reading period every night just before bed. To me it sets the tone for the night. There is something calming and relaxing about indulging in a story...
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