Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Beginning

Hello! And Welcome!
As you can see from the title, my name is Marilyn, and this, is my blog.
To be honest, I felt quite apprehensive when I first decided to become a blogger.
"Why?" do I hear you ask. Because... with my computer skills sometimes lacking beyond the basics, I wasn't sure I was ready to travel down this road. However, not one to give up easily, and determined not to let technology get the best of me, I perservered. And guess what? After familiarising myself with the many templates and layouts available, apprehension quickly turned to fun.

So, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I live on the outskirts of Melbourne, not far from the Dandenong Ranges. I am happily married to a wonderful  and exceptionally supportive man named Richard. We have two beautiful and amazing children, Brandon and Melissa. Sharing a love of all creatures great and small, we have added two lizards (Scratchy and Scales), two goldfish (Goldie 3 and Stripes), and an ageing guinea pig named Cuddles, to the mix. A fully qualified secondary school teacher, I spent thirteen years in the classroom before taking leave of my profession to become a stay-at-home mum.

Since early childhood, I have loved to read. Growing up with books like, 'The Wishing Chair' and 'The Magic Faraway Tree', as some of my most treasured favourites, I have always had a fondness for fantasy and the mythical world. Moving into my teenage years, I developed a highly active imagination and began to create stories in my head -- some of which, I would relay ad nauseam to my best friend. However, with my main focus on my studies, I never seemed to find the time to commit those stories to paper.

Now, many years later, and inspired by authors such as Stephenie Meyer, Becca Fitzpatrick and Claudia Gray, I have finally been able to fulfil my lifelong dream of writing and publishing a novel of my own.

Below, is the cover of my debut novel - MYSTERY FALLS - and a brief description of what lies between the pages.

Secrets. Lies. Deception.

For the past six years, Samantha Hunt has lived with the belief that the untimely death of her parents was the result of an unfortunate accident. That due to the cruel hand of fate, she had been rendered an orphan.

But it was a lie, a terrible lie told to her by those who wanted to keep her in the dark.

And the truth... when revealed, would change her life and haunt her forever.

Suddenly plagued by a series of events which find her in danger and in need of a savior, Samantha is repeatedly rescued by the mysterious and elusive Shadow - a stranger who seems to know more about her past and the tragedy which befell her family, then she does. Drawn to him despite the antagonism she feels whenever in his presence, Samantha soon discovers that Shadow is not what he appears to be. Determined to learn his true identity and why he has come to Mystery Falls, the small town in which she has spent all of her seventeen years, Samantha not only uncovers the secrets he refuses to share, but also the truth about her own past. A truth which forces her to acknowledge that things are not always as they seem, and sometimes, not even those close to you can be trusted.

Resolved to seeking justice for the unwarranted death of her parents, Samantha embarks on a journey which brings her perilously close to her own demise. Can Shadow use his angel powers to save her yet again, or this time, will he be too late.

MYSTERY FALLS - is due to be released at in July 2012