Monday, August 20, 2012

Guest Post: Jamie Haden's Origins

Author Jamie Haden tells how she came to be a published author. Her latest release Illuminate-Alive, She Cried is available now in print and on Kindle. You can get it here: (it is FREE to Prime users)

A few years ago, I was at the library with my daughters doing research on Native Americans when I asked them to check out a book. It was springtime, a beautiful day, and the last place they wanted to be was inside a public library watching me take notes. When my oldest said there was nothing at all that interested her, I laughed and told her I would write something. She certainly didn't think I was serious, but I must have been because a few months later, I had a 90,000-word novel on my computer. That was a few years back, and now I am thrilled to say the second book in The Talisa Santiago Series is now in print.

In Illuminate-Alive, She Cried, I wanted to create a world that was wholly different from anything my daughters had ever known, a place removed from society, entirely void of cell phones, computers, television, shopping malls, restaurants, theaters and the like. A remote Indian reservation deep within the Great Smoky Mountains was the ideal setting for the backdrop of a novel that would divulge the mystery of Native American spirituality, deep-rooted beliefs, secrets, dangerous desires, and communications with the spiritual.

As I wrote Illuminate, I only told my daughters bits and pieces of the manuscript and promised they could read it in its entirety if it ever made it to print. Their copies are now in the mail, and I can't wait for them to open the book, hold it in their hands, and read the written word I created for them. That will make it all worthwhile.

About the book: Some say the concept of rebirth is simply a metaphor for living a better life, a holier life. For seventeen-year-old Talisa Santiago, such a resurrection is anything but a metaphor. It is her reality.
Talisa knows she can communicate with the spiritual world. She is the granddaughter of a shaman and going between two different worldly dimensions is something she realizes she is destined to do. However, what she doesn’t count on is what fate has in store for her.
After surviving the first hurricane of the season on the island where she lives, Talisa learns that her life is in grave danger. She must leave immediately and retreat to live with a secretive clan of Indians on a remote reservation deep within the Great Smoky Mountains.
Her blood brothers, three shifters who have the desires of both man and animal, surround her, promising everlasting friendship and protection. Now, Talisa will put her life in their hands, depart from her mother, and begin the journey of a lifetime. However, the majestic mountains hold many secrets and danger lurks in the night. There are evil tricksters everywhere that want her dead. As Talisa falls prey to the confusion of her own sexuality, she unleashes an untamed passion that may get them all killed.  
About the author: Jamie Leigh Haden is the author of Spirit Seeker, a young adult fantasy. Jamie lives and writes near the seashore in North Carolina. She has a Bachelor's degree in philosophy. Jamie is currently working on An Unimagined Life, the sequel to Illuminate-Alive, She Cried.
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  1. Thank you so much Mark. I truly appreciate your time and support. Peace and Blessings, Jamie

  2. I have always wanted to visit the Smoky Mountains. Happy to have you visit my blog!