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The Power of Words

“The power of words has always fascinated me. There are limitless possibilities in the use of only one of them. Its power stems not only from its lexical meaning, but also its historical connotations and changes, previous contexts, media and user, audience, location and timing. As is always the case with a superpower, a word can be used for good or evil, and alas, misunderstood or misused. But whatever the effect, the desired one or its complete opposite, effect takes place, and it makes a change or a difference, or both.

It never ceases to amaze me how many emotions and ideas can stem from just one word. When you see it, hear it or say it, regardless of whether its effect is immediate or delayed, it is simply unbeatable and irresistible. It’s like magic, and I do like magic, just like any other child trapped in an ageing body.

One such word, hidden within a bundle of other wonderful and horrible, yet all impressive words, as I read it in one of my all-time favourite stories, grabbed my attention instantly. It was ‘threshold’. Mind you, in the story I was reading, it was completely unimportant, and simply denoted the entrance to a house in a description. But to me, it was that word which stopped me from reading and forced me to pick up a pen and write this story.

The Threshold is about change, which is different for everyone, no more or less than we deserve. The threshold is always open, but what we choose to do with the door is our choice, and ours alone.”

(from the Foreword to The Threshold)

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Distant Time – new release by Karen J Mossman

For some time now I have been following the wonderful work of Electric Eclectic publishing – offering novellas by quality authirs at a really bargain price, so that readers can get a taste and perhaps discover their new favourite author, like for instnce – Elizabeth Horton Newton, Paul White, etc. It gives me great pleasure to introduce one such novella.

Distant Time by Karen J Mossman

Distant Time is an Electric Eclectic book, novellas designed to introduce you to new authors.

Description

Imagine visiting a village that has just been invaded by German WW2 soldiers. Now imagine you are no longer invisible.

What would you do if you woke to find yourself in a strange place not knowing who you were? Running outside, you find yourself caught up in a war. Not only that – you run for your life and come face to face with yourself.

Julie is time travelling and something has gone drastically wrong. Read this thrilling adventure where the future needs evidence collected from the past.

Extract

Every nerve in my body was on fire, my heart beating so fast, I could hardly breathe. I was about to run into the open, but saw a soldier aim a gun at a man on his knees. He fired. The man collapsed. I saw his family watching and heard their screams and cries. I stopped dead in my tracks, stared, horrified, before turning to vomit behind a wall.

Wiping my mouth I crawled into a space between outbuildings. Balefully, watching the scene unfold, tears streamed down my face.

Tanks were rolling through the village, crashing into buildings, running over fences, anything that got in their way. Some people were being killed; others herded up like animals for slaughter. Fear fizzed in the air and the noise of terror was just as deafening.

Crouching down, my hands automatically covered my ears. I squeezed my eyes tightly shut. I didn’t want any part of this, yet here I was. I had no idea what to do or where to go. I didn’t want to die.

About the Author

Karen J Mossman is a multi genre author.

This is her second novella under the Electric Eclectic brand. One Christmas was published in December 2017.

She lives in north Wales on the Isle of Anglesey with her husband and Yorkshire Terrier, Tilly.

See all Electric Eclectic books here. http://amzn.to/2EI8HbX

Join their FaceBook page here.

Social Media

Website: https://magicofstories.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karenjmossmanauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarenJMoss

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9814921.Karen_J_Mossman

Amazon: Author.to/KM

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The Power of Words

The power of words has always fascinated me. There are limitless possibilities in the use of only one of them, because its power stems not only from its lexical meaning but its historical connotations and changes, its previous contexts, media and user, its audience, location and timing. And, as is always the case with a superpower, it can be used for good or evil, and alas, misunderstood or misused as well. But whatever the effect may be, the desired one or its complete opposite, effect takes place, and it makes a change or a difference, or both. 

It never ceases to amaze me how many emotions and ideas can stem from just one word. When you see it, hear it or say it, regardless of whether its effect is immediate or delayed, it is simply unbeatable and irresistible. It’s like magic, and I do like magic, just like any other child trapped in an ageing body.  

One such word, hidden within a bundle of other wonderful and horrible, yet all impressive words, as I read it in one of my all-time favourite stories, grabbed my attention instantly. It was ‘threshold’. Mind you, in the story I was reading, it was completely unimportant, and simply denoted the entrance to a house in a description. But to me, it was that word which stopped me from reading and forced me to pick up a pen and write this story. 

As soon as I started writing it, a new world opened up before my eyes, like in those science-fiction TV-series, when a starship goes into warp and everything changes at light speed. The world becomes different and bigger, and you are transported into a place so far away from home that it seems you will never go back. Till the story is finished and you warp your way back, with the merciless blow of disappointment at your story being over, and still, quickly psyched up again over another new word and another adventure, beyond our world, yet so much part of our world. 

The Threshold is about change, which is different for everyone, no more or less than we deserve. The change is eventually always consistent with our decision on how we choose to react to that change. The threshold is always open, but what we choose to do with the door is our choice, and ours alone. 

(From the foreword of The Threshold)

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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Anita Kovacevic

The Threshold is definitely not a romantic story. It blends reality TV, horror, urban legend and old-style literature; at least that’s what I’ve been told. Despite the eerie role of the threshold in the story, and the villains dominating it, there is a lady in that story who I really love. She only appears in the last two parts, and yet she is one of those characters who you can never quite peg for a side character, or a leading one. Still, Sally Jenkins links the entire story together. She is the reality.

Why I love Sally Jenkins?

Let me introduce her with an excerpt…

“Sally Jenkins was a 32-year-old divorced mum and ambitious producer. She didn’t mind being divorced at all. She had entered her marriage too immature, a complete mess of a person, a work in progress. During the marriage, she felt like moist washing powder tossed carelessly into the washing machine shaft, and sucked into the fast and noisy tumble-dryer. By the end of the marriage, she felt like leftover traces of that powder mash, splattered undissolved all over clothes like a proper nuisance, not really having done what it was supposed to have done, but still sort of there. Her 6-year-old son was her only secret treasure, bounced around on the rollercoaster of her love, her own mum’s care, the kindergarten and the occasional glimpses of the boy’s father, her distant ex-husband, passing through town. She had been working as a producer for a couple of years, but this reality show was her first really big break. Providing ratings were good, Sally was promised a nice bonus and even a considerable steady raise, and it would be so nice not to have to blush in the principal’s office because her ex failed to pay another monthly fee for their son’s preschool.”
Sally, unlike many characters in the story, knows pride and vanity, including her own, but they do not drive her. She respects authority, but without blind adoration. There is no ambition in her, no greed or hunger, although the dreams are still there. Her driving force, which turns her into a compromising survivor, are her motherly instincts. Both feet on the ground, she knows what she wants for her son, but still knows right from wrong. Still young, but touched by bitterness of disappointment and disillusion, she steers through life as best she can, biding her time and not giving in.

I would love to see what happens to her next, and I’d love to see her happy, not just surviving. I can envision her tender moments with her son, and I know he makes her laugh with his sense of humour and endless questions. I’d love to see her chat with Mrs Poole, the quaint old lady from the first part. That would indeed be an interesting conversation! 

Sally is one of the few people who I don’t want to cross the threshold – she has seen herself through thick and thin, and suffered enough. But she’s too smart for that, my Sally is. She has no desire to cross it, to prove anything to anyone, to conquer the demons. She’s lived with her own demons long enough to know how to respect them.

The Threshold on Amazon and Lulu

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Step over THE THRESHOLD with a video

Honoured to be featured in the book trailers section of Plaisted Publishing House!

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The Threshold is a paranormal novella with elements of horror, apparently. Well, so the reviews say. A small book with a big punch! I hope so. It came to me during a bedtime read, and was written and dreamt within a week. To me, it’s like a timeless urban legend about the curse of vanity in any form, with a myriad of characters, and a set of elegant villains who get… Ha-ha, better read it for yourself! It’s a short read, and takes about 2-3 hours to go through.
Daring you to try, grateful for reviews!

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The Threshold e-book availability:
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A Readers’ Dare

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Dear fellow human,

I have been an ill-fated prisoner of this extravagant house of mine for longer than I care to remember. It enchanted and entrapped me even while I was having it built. I now know just how much I sacrificed for it, and I will never be able to make up for that, to myself or to others.

But once I entered its premises, I simply couldn’t get out! The hold of this enchanted threshold was just too strong for me, and I have remained within my beautifully gilded cage till this day – the day of my death. ‘Why?’ you may ask yourself. Well, there is treasure here, in the heart of the house – shiny, cold, smooth and astonishing – a secret treasure of life! I found it a long time ago, but I didn’t want to share it with anyone… ever. So I stayed here, with my deepest secret, turning my wonderful blessing into my fatal curse…

This is an excerpt from The Threshold, my e-novella. Dare you read? It’s just a book… no harm ever came from reading a book…

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