Monday, November 2, 2015

Lavender Fields by Raegyn Perry Excerpt, Interview and Giveaway

Lavender Fields

Eternal Journey Series

Book One

Raegyn Perry

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Solstice Publishing/

Summer Solstice

Date of Publication: September 20, 2015


Number of pages: 239

Cover Artist: Michelle Crocker

Book Description:

Torrential rain spikes. A scream pierces the dark night.

Greye Fields has immersed herself in her literary work. She has a life she’s happy with. She won’t allow herself the time or the desire to pursue love.

Until she meets him.

Connor Donovan is perfectly content with his bachelor status. Life is good, teaching middle school English, and being the favorite uncle. He wants for nothing.

Until he meets her.

Shattered glass. A wash of blood.

Is it a nightmare or a memory?

Can Connor and Greye overcome the obstacles to the love of all time, or is tragedy doomed to be repeated?


The Dream

Screams of outrage and pain crashed against the howling wind. Breaking glass followed while a crimson ooze covered the wet ground.

A lingering scent carried on the breeze was swallowed by the night. The orange glow on the horizon turned an ominous dark and the sky rumbled with agitation.

Each time the dream came to her, it was as vivid and profound as before. Through the fog of this dream appeared a hazy universal image. The small, obscure wooden marker at the top of the hill marked a long-forgotten resting place.

Greye had dozed off on the park bench and the haunting dream had come upon her again, as it had so many times in years past. She was never able to understand the nightmare, and it unsettled her still, as an adult. Set in a faraway place and time, there was always something more just beneath the surface… hinting at an unknown that should somehow be familiar.

Greye couldn’t have known the role this recurring dream would play in her future.


Greye looked down to begin writing again when a searing pain shot straight up her leg. She froze in shocked confusion. She grabbed her knee as her eyes blurred with tears. Then she noticed the bright green Frisbee that had smashed into her right kneecap.

The kids were now otherwise occupied, their voices softer and further in the distance. The man was approaching with the Lab in stride. Greye could sense he had stopped in front of her. She heard an anxious and strong, deep voice.

Oh God, I’m so sorry. Are you OK? I’m so sorry.”

Clutching her throbbing knee with one hand, and wiping her eyes with the other, Greye looked up into his cobalt blues, which were still cringed looking at where his errant disk had landed. Managing to conceal an unexpected sigh, she replied, “I’m fine, I think. Just wasn’t expecting it.”

She watched as he drew a hand through his dark, short hair. It was a nervous habit she figured. She also noticed the tousled, shiny waves that threatened to end in curls if his hair got much longer.


Connor caught an intriguing scent on the wind he thought he remembered, but couldn’t quite place. “My apologies really. I didn’t expect it to catch that much air.”

As if feeling guilty by association, the golden Lab came and rested its big head on her uninjured leg. When Connor saw the smile she gave his best friend, a warm feeling began to blossom in his chest.

Scratching the dog’s ears, she offered, “It’s OK, I’ll live. May never walk right, but I’ll live.”

The casual smirk she quickly added had Connor feeling the stricken pallor of his face blush with heat.

Well, it has to be said, there has been considerable advancement in knee replacement these days. Though I do hope it doesn’t come to that.”

Greye let a soft laugh escape and she countered with, “I don’t think it will. I’m tough. I’ll forego the surgery, and wear this limp with pride.” She gently massaged her red and puffy knee.

This time Connor had to laugh. He really liked this pretty woman with the quick and easy comebacks. She appeared to be of mixed race, most likely black and white, with her flawless honey colored complexion. It was those expressive green eyes he found he could get easily lost in. He strongly resisted the urge to touch her soft chin length brown hair, which he noticed, was lit with auburn highlights as it fell in loose waves around a diamond shaped face. He noticed a scar than ran just under her jaw line. Her slender body looked to be in pretty good shape as well.

With a cocky grin, and a small bow he said, “A battle wound then I most humbly take credit for. Then he added, “I couldn’t help but notice your perfume. It’s really … nice.”

Thank you. It’s just hand lotion; honey and—”

Lavender,” he finished. That’s her scent.

She replied, “It’s honey and lavender, yes.”

About the Author:

Raegyn (pronounced Reagan) Perry is thrilled to share her debut novel, Lavender Fields, with readers. This is the first book in the Eternal Journey Series. It asks the question, ‘What if love found the right people, at the wrong time?’

With the inspiration coming from a true family story, and having found the uninhibited time to write, a story of unequaled love and desperate circumstances was born.

When not writing, Raegyn is perfectly content curled up with a good book, TV binge watching, or on a fun travel adventure. Also, anyone who knows her knows she loves to dance (a lot!) wherever and whenever possible!

How would she describe Lavender Fields?

It’s a paranormal romance that centers around reincarnation; so it’s basically two romances! The story is funny, sexy, dark, and raw while being twisted, mysterious, and still somehow romantic.

Raegyn believes readers can connect with her lovers, Connor and Greye, on a few levels. It has the elements of the classic love story: boy meets and gets girl, but it also tackles some real and uncomfortable issues, while introducing characters that anyone can relate to, root for, or despise altogether! Then, throw some odd clues with a helping of paranormal in, and you have a unique take on a timeless aspect of romance. The author hopes so anyway!

For a love even time can’t deny.

After Raegyn completes the Eternal Journey Series, she hopes to begin work on another series, which readers can actually catch a glimpse of first within the pages of Lavender Fields.

The beautiful Pacific Northwest state of Washington has been home since 2001. She has one grown son whom she adores. Raegyn is currently working on the second book in the series, Cypress Groves, and as a playwright, she will be investigating options to get her full length stage play produced in the area.

Where are you from?
I was born in Michigan, but moved to Ohio at around age 10. I called Ohio home until 2001 when I made the move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I briefly also lived in North Carolina.
Tell us your latest news?
My debut paranormal romance Lavender Fields was released in eBook on September 20 (my mother’s birthday), and the print version released on September 25th from Solstice Publishing.
When and why did you begin writing? I started writing for the joy of it as a young child. I would always want be the teacher, or create the stories I’d get my friends to then act out. In high school I wrote for the school paper, but then grown up life and having a family happened. Around 2003, I seriously sat down and started a couple sci-fi stories that unfortunately got lost in a move. A few years later, I started the idea for Lavender Fields, but concentrated on writing a full length play instead. Finding myself with ample writing time in 2009, I took another year and finally finished my manuscript. Now six years later, here I am!
When did you first consider yourself a writer? That’s a great question. I’ll share a short blurb from the first page of a journal I only recently completed.
Sat. Dec. 30, 2006
          I think I shall be a writer. Regardless if nothing gets published, I will write stories that I create. I’ll not apologize for its content, format or size.
What inspired you to write your first book? Lavender Fields came from a story from my family history. It’s what gave me the initial spark of inspiration. A white plantation owner’s daughter ran off with a mulatto slave, and one of their children was my great-grandmother. Such a taboo and scandalous story had me thinking! What if another two lovers had that dangerous kind of love, but needed another lifetime to realize their happily ever after? It took on a life of its own from there, and a story was born.
Do you have a specific writing style? In the beginning, I would almost always write out (longhand) the entire story. More to just purge the idea from my brain. Nowadays, I can brain-storm it out in Word! Truth be known, I still prefer to write out my notes and then transfer them to a template. I find it is way more work, but I can’t stop buying notebooks and journals! I have one in my purse, and one in my car. You don’t want to see my desk, or the boxes I have under it!
How did you come up with the title? I haven’t been asked this before! I actually wrote out most of the past story first, and the worked crop there was tobacco. A place of beauty and forbidden romance came in the form of Lavender on the neighboring property.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Love transcends gender, color, race, and in this particular story, even time.
How much of the book is realistic? I took the liberty of creating a fictional town, and some other locations, as well as tweaked a few details to fit. Depending on one’s belief in Cryptomnesia, (recalled past life memories) the rest of the story is as realistic as I could make of a fictional work.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Yes, some are things that I myself have experienced myself, or through the shared information from others. A lot are things as I imagined how they would be. For instance, I included a white-water rafting scene that came from an actual trip I took. I also spent time at a beach that’s mentioned. The music and some cultural references are a mix of research and in remembering the real atmosphere and ambience, then trying to recreate it in the book.
What books have most influenced your life most? Wow, that list could have us here awhile! I’ll skip the childhood stories, though they were instrumental in forming my love of reading, and feeding my imagination. (Blume, Dahl, Milne, Carrol, Travers, etc.) The influence since actually writing would likely be from some of the masters. As a teen, Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’, freaked me out. I always knew I’d be a fan of Stephen King, and even Poe. I got a series of Anne Rice books signed once and meeting her drove home my love of the paranormal world. ‘When the Wind Blows’ by James Patterson opened me to thinking outside the box of just your basic sci-fi content. I also have to admit, Harry Potter influenced me not only for the enjoyment, and opportunity to share them with my son, but for the idea that I too really wanted to create my own worlds and stories.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  My Great -Aunt E. Pauline Myers. She loved sharing her stories of her days working alongside those who laid the groundwork and foundation for the Civil Rights movement. She was feisty and funny, and pretty fearless. I like to think she was also a bit of a romantic in there somewhere too. The life she led, and the stories she wrote are in my opinion, legend. I wish she were around to see that although I write fiction, I always wanted to do her proud.
What book are you reading now? I’ve started many books recently, trying to find the time to get lost. I did just pick up ‘My Sister’s Grave’ by Robert Dugoni again. Having him sign it was another highlight moment for me.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Oh, another list I could go on and on with! A.b. Funkhauser, Simone Salmon, Susan Solomon, Heidi Renee Mason, and Vicki-Ann Bush, and that’s just the tip of the ladies! I have to mention they are all authors with Solstice Publishing, so it’s been wonderful going on this unfamiliar territory with others in the same boat.
What are your current projects? I’m getting back to work on the next story in the Eternal Journey Series, Cypress Groves. I’ve got a preliminary idea started on a short story, and planning on entering my play into some local contests.

What would you like my readers to know? I’m truly proud of my story, Lavender Fields. I hope they take a chance with Connor and Greye’s story of this timeless aspect of romance. Overall, I hope they just enjoy the journey!

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