Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Guest Post: Charity Bradford author of "The Magic Wakes." Why did she use Amethyst in Talia's necklace?

Charity Bradford's book "The Magic Wakes" due for release February 19th. Here's the blurb from her exciting new release.

Talia has a secret, one that will save her world and yet rip it apart. Only she can decide if the price is worth it.

Scientist Talia Zaryn has always had visions of an alien invasion and of her own death. She’s kept them a secret, hoping they were nothing more than childish nightmares. But when the face in the mirror matches that of her dreams, she knows her death is imminent. Talia must prove that life exists beyond their planet, Sendek; perhaps then people will prepare to fight.

Talia’s work at the Space Exploration Foundation leaves no time for personal relationships, but Major Landry Sutton isn’t looking for a friend. He’s looking for a traitor. His ability to sense emotions convinces him Talia is that traitor until a touch sizzles between them. In an instant their minds are connected and they can communicate telepathically. Just as the two begin to trust each other, the invading force arrives.

Talia and Landry must uncover the secrets of Sendek’s past if they hope to defeat these terrifying creatures. Talia is the key—if only she can learn to trust the magic coursing through her veins.

Charity is here today to tell us why she used Amethyst in Talia's necklace.

 Ha! I wish I could say I knew all this stuff before I chose Amethyst, but I didn’t. In fact, this is one of those things that fell into place more beautifully than any plan I could have come up with.

The honest truth is I just love the way amethyst looks. I love the striations, the colors, everything. Originally I picked it simply because it matched Talia’s eyes. And then something happened as the story matured. This necklace that didn’t mean anything in the beginning began to take on a life of its own.

It became Talia’s comfort object. Whenever she was sad, scared, anxious, angry, etc. she would touch this necklace. She liked to rub her fingers along the side and it soothed her. Half way through the story, she loses it and the loss is almost too much for her to handle. Many times over the course of the remaining chapters her fingers brush the bare skin on her neck and she feels the loss all over again.

The necklace became sentimental to me and I had to have one for myself. While browsing through all kinds of online stores I learned things about amethyst that shocked me. Talk about providential! Let me list some of the more pertinent things related to The Magic Wakes.

·         This beautiful purple quartz crystal is one of the stones that embody the energy of the violet flame.

·         As a quartz crystal it is a strong amplifier of energy—especially healing energies.

·         Having a piece in the bedroom will promote restful sleep and peaceful dreaming.

·         The Amethyst may also help with healing sadness and grief... and will assist you with inner child healing, as it will allow you to let go of built up melancholy and depression based in the past, as well as helping to dissolve anger, fear and anxiety. (first 4 from Healing Crystals)

·         Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed. (Wikipedia)

Holy Cow! Talia knew what she needed in her life all along. Her necklace really does represent her magical powers and the things she craves most in life. I’m so glad that I listened to her!

Now, here’s some other information about amethyst:

Color: violet (light to dark)

Birthstone: February (also November—ancient)

Zodiac: Pisces (also Aquarius, Aries, Capricorn—ancient)

Planet: Saturn

Energies: Power, Protection, Healing

Be sure to check out the trailer. 

Amazon Pre-order
Chapter 1

Author Website
Author Blog

Charity, thanks for being on Dreamer's Perch today. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Awesome all of those properties fit in so well with the story. And it's the birthstone of February - the book's release month. How cool is that?
Congratulations, Charity!!!

Charity Bradford said...

Thanks Alex. When I read it was Feb. birthstone I just laughed. How could it be more perfect?

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

It seems like everything aligned for you with the choice of this stone. It's a sign it will be a huge hit.

Charity Bradford said...

Isn't it cool when things work out better than you could plan? I still feel like something greater than me led me to the choices I made with this book. I hope that is a good sign.

Rena said...

Those properties really do match up, and I for one am a big fan of amethyst (I love purple). And it's so great the way you worked the necklace into such an important symbol.

Charity Bradford said...

Thanks Rena! The necklace really took on a life of its own and I just went with it. Amethyst has always been one of my favorite stones but I didn't know anything about it other than I loved the color.

Rusty Webb said...

Good choice then, I'm glad your choices in stone worked out so perfectly for your story. And it is a pretty color. Purple doesn't come up in nature as often as it should.

Charity Bradford said...

You are so right Rusty about there not being enough natural purple. Thanks for stopping by.

E. Arroyo said...

I love when things connect in our story. =) It is a beautiful color.

Charity Bradford said...

Thanks E!

Huntress said...

love, love, loooovvvvvve amethyst. It's purple, a gemstone, and...hm, could it be I lurve it because it is my birthstone?

Ah, COULD be :)
CD Coffelt prowls at Spirit Called

Charity Bradford said...

Sweet! Don't let me miss your birthday even though I'm really in my own world right now. Snap your fingers in my face and tell me to pay attention please!

M. J. Joachim said...

Amethyst is such a pretty birthstone. I like it a lot:)