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Saturday, 19 June 2010

Welcome Margaret West!!!

Huge apologies for this terribly late post - I have been on holiday and meant to post Margaret's blog before I left but completely forgot. News about the holiday from hell will follow shortly, but in the meantime, please welcome Margaret West!!

Born in England, Margaret moved to the Kent countryside five years ago to get away from the busy life in London. She married with two grown up children and has worked in various fields of work. She is a Clairknowing medium, Crystal Therapist, Parapsychologist and Psychic Development tutor.
She’s been writing over 20 years and has numerous short stories, novels and articles published. Margaret writes romance and paranormals. Incorporating her spiritual experiences, into her books.

When I grew up
When I was young I always wanted to be an air hostess. It looked so glamorous. But from the age of 13 I was already 5foot 8inches, far too tall, and my dream of being one vanished. I literally fell into a job working for Eon productions. The James Bond Movie makers. I watched the script writers battle out scenes, write and write characters and I thought....I want to do that. If course I didn’t, I did the next best thing, I wrote a novel. It took me a year on a typewriter that was older than Neptune himself, but I did it. From that day, I never really looked back. I write what grabs me at the time. Romance is my main genre because I’m a romantic at heart and I happened to be lucky enough to find a husband who feels the same. We all need a little bit of romance. The paranormal elements to my writing came later, when my budding mediumistic gifts came to the fore.
My latest release The Heart of a Warrior is a romance. But not just boy meets girl, falls in love blah blah. It’s a romance that is stirred up by deep emotions, ripped apart by traditions that date back hundreds of years. A battle fought, sometimes lost, but never forgotten. Can love alone keep two people together, when everything is against them?
Yuma, a Navajo chief on a reservation which is closing to the outside world. Belinda, a nurse from the UK wants to be with him. It’s a battle neither can win. Sometimes love cannot conquer all. Sometimes it gets crushed to pieces. But the fighting isn’t over until someone gives up and neither are willing to do that. The Heart of a Warrior will have you on the edge of your seat.

Yuma held her hand tightly in his. “Ayiana, I can’t offer you anything.”
Belinda smiled. She knew he wasn’t rich; he didn’t even have a house of his own. But that didn’t bother her. “I don’t need anything, I’m a simple girl. Feed me occasionally and…”
“NO,” Yuma interrupted. “You don’t understand. We can never have a life together.”
Belinda frowned. He was right, she didn’t understand. How could he kiss her like that and then say he didn’t want to be with her? “I don’t understand; I’m divorcing Ray. I’ll be free in just a few…”
Yuma placed his finger over her lips. “It’s nothing to do with Ray. My culture...who I am… it’s very complicated.” He dropped her hand and raked his fingers through his long hair in agitation
“Then explain it to me.”
Yuma stood up and paced the floor. “The Navajo have a clan system.”
Belinda looked at him in confusion. Why was he telling her about the Navajo when they were discussing their feelings? “Clans?” she repeated.
“Yes. A woman brings a primary clanship into her husband’s family. In addition to this primary clan, her parents have three additional clans. The father's clan, the clan of the mother and father's father.”
“I don’t understand.”
Yuma sat on the edge of the bed. “Clan relationships are important. They break down social walls, allowing a person to be a part of a group. When you meet for the first time, you’re expected to introduce yourself by your clan membership before you speak your name.”
“Okay, I see. So, you’re saying because I don’t have a clan, I can’t be with you?”
“It is not just that,” Yuma tried to explain further. “Navajo women bring to their husband secret cooking recipes passed from their own mothers. Our traditional dishes. When guests visit it’s an unspoken contest with the wives to see who cooks the finest meal. Again it brings status to the clan. Navajo women teach their children the beginnings of our language, until they are of school age.”
Belinda’s laugh was hollow as she lay back against her pillows. “So because I don’t know how to cook your food and speak your language, I’m not worthy to marry.”

Two faces One Life
This is my favourite. A short story with a big impact. Any disability is devastating, but to some it becomes a choice whether you want to live or die.
Sarah wants to die. Badly burnt in a fire she feels her life is over. When she bumps into Ted by accident, that begins to change, as he shows her that life is for living.

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Ooh, definitely on the 'to buy list', Margaret! I love Native Indian romances but just don't have the confidence in my research to tackle one myself. Your book sounds fantastic! Margaret would love to hear from you, folks!!


  1. Hi Margaret,
    You have certainly had a few interesting jobs. Ah the old manual typewriter, I can certainly relate to that, carbon paper, tippex, and what about changes those wretched ribbons?
    Good luck with all your ventures.



  2. Ooh, you have such an interesting background, Margaret! I wish you many, many book sales. D

  3. Hi Margaret! The last sentence of your excerpt is a great hook - these two people are on a true journey of discovery. Good luck!

  4. The book sounds great. I love to read about people from different cultures.