Mystical Fiction and Social Justice


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Stranger Things, Erin Healy, Christian fiction, supernatural fiction, social justice, sex traffickingI’ve got a novel Lone Cypress coming out in July that is a unique blend of supernatural fiction–mystical visions and nightmares woven through a story of an abused young woman seeking healing and truth for her life. There’s a lot about the story that is hard to pin down. How much of these events could be purely psychological, how much of it is a spiritual theme running through the story, and how literal are the magical events that finally lead her to a new home and love?

I thought this book was so hard to categorize it stood alone, but recently two acquaintances of mine published books that seem to follow a similar trend: mystical fiction + social justice. I am loving this trend, seemingly more popular today with the increased interest in the supernatural and more consciousness of global social issues. Here are the books by my friends Jane Davis and Erin Healy, plus my novel out in July, in case you also are interested in this blend of social and spiritual issues, but let me know in comments and on Facebook if you know of other books like this. I would love to compile a Goodreads list along these lines if this really is a growing trend.

Stranger Things by Bestselling Author Erin Healy

Stranger Things by bestselling Christian suspense author Erin Healy is a story in which different characters see different things when viewing the same place with a past. It’s definitely mystical, a type of allegory for the sacrificial death of Christ, but it’s also a social justice piece on sex trafficking. I’m just loving that unique books like this are being published today, and believe it or not this was published by a traditional publisher, and a Christian one at that. This gives me hope that unique and spiritual books can make it in today’s publishing marketplace. If this is your sort of thing (like Ted Dekker or Frank Peretti with an updated awareness of social issues) I hope you enjoy this one. It’s got a genre thriller feel to the language. Here’s the blurb.

In the burnt-out hollow, a house of dark secrets and an eerie beauty beckon.

Serena Diaz’s life is imploding. A troubled student has accused the young biology teacher of sexual misconduct, cutting off her promising career just as it was starting to blossom. But that’s just the beginning of Serena’s problems.

When a therapeutic walk in the woods leads her to a ruined house overtaken by criminals, Serena is assaulted and finds herself witness to the senseless murder of the one man who tries to help her.

Hurled into a world of false accusations and hounded by the press, Serena must confront evil itself to unravel the mysterious visions—and terrifying danger—that pursue her. But she can’t ignore the most haunting question: Why would a mysterious stranger give his life to save hers?

The answer, if she can find it, will point the way to her freedom from evil men in a lascivious trade.

“With her typical flair and eloquence, Healy takes readers through an incredible journey that will leave you thinking long after the last page closes.” —

“Healy’s latest is thought-provoking and engaging, and becomes even more so as the story progresses. The author uses courageous characters to address the sex trade crisis. Themes of hope and redemption are seamlessly woven with spiritual elements and a touch of the supernatural.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

Stranger Things is available on Amazon or wherever books are sold. I did receive a free review copy of this book in order to review it here.

An Unchoreographed Life, Jane Davis, sex trafficking, ballerina, fiction, book reviewAn Unchoreographed Life by Jane Davis

In An Unchoreographed Life by award-winning author Jane Davis, a girl investigates her mother’s profession to unravel the mystery of who she is. This story is a little lighter on the mystical side and is more a story with, as it says in the blurb “a deeply flawed and inimitably human cast,” but still involves a blind clairvoyant with mystical visions, which gives it a sort of Oracle at Delphi feel. It kind of speaks for itself, so here’s the blurb.

At six years old, Belinda Brabbage has amassed a wealth of wisdom and secret worries. She knows all the best hiding places in her Worlds End flat, how to zap monsters with her pig-shaped torch and that strangers will tempt you into their cars with offers of Fizzy Fish. Even so, it’s impossible to know how to behave when you don’t really understand who you are. Mummy doesn’t like to be plagued with questions about her family but, when she isn’t concentrating, she lets small nuggets slip, and Belinda collects them all, knowing they are pieces of a complicated jigsaw.

Exhausted single mother Alison hasn’t been able to picture the future for some time. Struggling from day to day, the ultimatums she sets herself for turning her life around slip by. But there is one clock she cannot simply re-set. Deny it though she may, Belinda is growing up. Having stumbled across Alison’s portfolio that mapped her life as a prima ballerina, her daughter already has a clearer idea of who she once was. Soon she’ll be able to work out for herself who she is – and what she does for a living.

With options running out, Alison travels to London’s suburbs to consult a blind clairvoyant, who transports her to a past she feels exiled from. However unlikely they sound, his visions of pelicans and bookshelves appear to herald change. A chance meeting with an affluent couple affords a glimpse of the life Alison desperately wants for her daughter. But can their offer of friendship be trusted?

More ‘What Maisie Knew’ than ‘Belle de Jour’, Davis’s unflinching new novel of a mother who turns to prostitution is populated with a deeply flawed and inimitably human cast, whose tumultuous lives are shored up by carefully-guarded secrets.

An Unchoreographed Life is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

Lone Cypress, ballerina, abuse recovery, psychological thriller, magical realism, contemporary romantic fantasy

Lone Cypress by Laura K. Cowan

Lone Cypress is actually a love story, a contemporary fantasy romance about a former ballerina trying to figure out if she’s possessed or insane, but while following the story of this young woman the book also dives deep into issues of abuse recovery. In the end, the reader can decide just how much they can suspend their disbelief to follow the story through its psychological storyline, or its magical events, or all the way into the spiritual unknown. Again, let me know if you know of more books along these lines and I’ll put together a Goodreads reading list. Hope you like these!

What does it mean to be possessed? By a person, by a dream, and by your demons? Shana knows. Shana was a ballerina. At least that was what her mother told her when she moved them to New York so she could pursue the dream. But after Shana was kicked out of school for experimenting with new dance forms and escaped her stage mom only to fall into a dangerous marriage, all she has left is a list of things she thought she was. The only thing still alive in her spirit is the ballet she wanted to choreograph, and suddenly it has taken on a life of its own. Shana runs, from her husband, from her life, and from the terrifying dreams that insist she make a change–until she runs out of time and must face not only her husband’s hired gun but the monster in her mind.

Magical realism, supernatural, psychological, spiritual contemporary fantasy romance. Lone Cypress is all of these things, at once a love story and a story of emotional healing, though it won’t ever let you rest on one conclusion for too long. Just how literal are the events of this story–possession, mental illness, symbolic nightmares, visions, mystical voices and magical objects that guide a young woman to a new love and community–and what is their source? Lone Cypress invites the reader to decide for him or herself how deep the rabbit hole goes, because all events point in the same direction, but just how far you suspend your disbelief will determine where the story ends for you.

Lone Cypress will be available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback on July 26, 2014. Stay tuned for a Goodreads giveaway and more info.

Next Up: Dimension-Shifting Mice, Farm Animals on the Edge of Time, & An Adventure With the Man in the Moon


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Permanence and Choice, fantasy, novelette, novella, short stories, fable, speculative, spiritual, portal fantasy, literaryWell The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen has been pushed out of the nest, so it’s on to the next book launch, Permanence & Choice! I’ve got a final Goodreads giveaway starting in a week for this, and the launch will be June 26, in just a few weeks. Stay tuned on social media.

This one is a little different, a trio of fantasy novelettes that are all imaginative, but are also on the speculative side. Here’s the scoop.

Permanence & Choice: 3 Fantasy Novelettes

A young girl chases down clues in a dream maze, shrunk to a tiny size and running for her life from burning dollhouses and flying projectiles at night, while evading the mob’s watchful eye by day. Some most unexpected family friends help her and her mother finally make a break for freedom. Short, sweet, and unbelievably imaginative, The Scent of Yellow Flowers is a story for anyone who has ever been lost and needed to be found.

Permanence and Choice, Permanence & Choice, fantasy, novelettes, contemplative, spiritual, magical realism, Sarah Lowry, book review

In the animal fable The Day The Cows Came Home, the farmer’s wife has died, the farmer sells the farm, and the world falls into war. At the abandoned farmhouse, deep in the Finnish wintertime when nothing ever seems to change, the animals are on a quest to understand if time is at an end and they with it–only to discover time itself is not what they assumed.

The Man in the Moon holds on while the grumpy moon tries to shake him off. His friends the stars urge him to jump, but something holds The Man in the Moon in the Twilight in the Firmament. But soon, the universe begins to change, and The Man in the Moon is off on a fabulous adventure to discover the beauty of the existence around him, and how his choices and those of other beings shape space and time.

Permanence & Choice is a collection of contemplative fantasy stories all about what it is to be lost and found again, and how our own choices shape the world.

Coming June 26 in paperback and e-book.

Congratulations To The Winner of the Thin Places Goodreads Giveaway!


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The Thin Places, Laura K. Cowan, fairytales, mythic fiction, book cover, supernatural fictionCongratulations to the winner of the Goodreads giveaway for The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen, Maryssa S.! Maryssa your signed paperback copy of the book is in the mail as soon as I go find a burger somewhere on this fine Memorial Day.🙂 Thank you for entering, everyone! We had almost 500 entries for this one, which is way more than I expected on a holiday weekend for a supernatural short story collection. Thanks!

the thin places review a real page turnerRemember The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen is FREE for 5 days on Kindle, and I’m hoping you will push it to the tops of the Kindle free bestseller lists again like you did last month with Music of Sacred Lakes, which had 9,000 downloads and hit the top 50 of Amazon’s free Kindle downloads during its launch. Your support and help spreading the word is one of the best ways for people to find this weird fiction I write, so thank you so much! It means a lot to me and to other people who wouldn’t find the book otherwise. Every book launch so far I’ve had people say my books changed their lives, and that’s so incredible knowing that it’s just people loving these spiritual supernatural fantasy books and passing them along. Thanks! (Oh, I already said that, didn’t I?)🙂

The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen Is Out & FREE for 5 Days!


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The Thin Places, Laura K. Cowan, fairytales, mythic fiction, book cover, supernatural fiction

I’m so excited to announce that my second book in two months, The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen, is now available in paperback and Kindle and the Kindle edition is FREE for 5 days. It’s a collection of mythic and supernatural short stories all about portals between worlds, a combination of new fairy tales and speculative stories about connections between the spiritual and natural worlds, in a style similar to literary/fantasy writers Ursula Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, or Neil Gaiman.

the thin places review a real page turner

The prayer poems of a bullied girl come to life when read in front of her class as a cruel joke. A young boy asks his mother why she ignores the customers in a mountain town shop, but she sees no one but him. A boy’s faith literally moves mountains, which destroys the life of the Sunday school teacher who doubted him.

Reality doesn’t behave quite as expected in The Thin Places a collection of short stories that explore the thin places between the physical and spiritual worlds, portals, time juxtapositions, dreams, and other possibilities of the might-be-real.


Thank you so much to everyone who has made this rapid release of titles possible this year. I’ve got another fantasy collection, Permanence & Choice, ready to publish in June, and Lone Cypress, a supernatural novel about a ballerina running from an abusive husband while trying to figure out if she’s possessed or insane, out in July.

The Thin Places, book reviewRight now I’m off to write five more novels before going back to publishing tasks. It’s possible I’ll have even more books for you next year at this rate. Thanks as always for your support! The best thing you can do to help me keep this up is to tell your friends about your favorite book of mine. I don’t make any money on the thousands of downloads during my free book promotions, so I really appreciate your help spreading the word so people continue to find my books and support my work after the promotions are over. Thank you so much!


Verisimilitude: A Guest Post By Pete Sutton


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Today we have a guest post from my friend Pete Sutton, a speculative author and organizer of the Bristol Festival of Literature, on a hot topic in the fantasy sci-fi world: consistent rules within a novel or a fantasy world. Thanks for being here, Pete!

Airship 300Verisimiltude: The art of truth and truth in art.
verisimilitude  (ˌvɛrɪsɪˈmɪlɪˌtjuːd) — n.
The appearance or semblance of truth or reality; quality of seeming true.

All fiction is fantasy to some extent. No book is a direct, truthful representation of place, of people, of dialogue. It is all smoke and mirrors. A piece of writing is the semi-permeable membrane between the writer’s brain and the reader’s brain. The writer’s imagined world seeps slowly (at variable reading speeds) into the reader’s imagination. Creating a jointly constructed story. For, to be certain, the reader is doing a lot of the heavy lifting with their imagination. You as a writer may say – “The church was tall, casting chilly shadows across the cobbled square, its spire like a hand reaching out to try and touch God” but rest assured that the reader will fill this in with their idea of what such a church looks like and their idea of what such a cobbled square would look like.

This is why Verisimilitude is a tricky beast. Your concept of what is plausible, may not be the same as the readers. Your mental construct of the world may be different to theirs. One thing that should be easy though is internal consistency, believability within the framework of the story. You can set up a world where school children ride broom sticks and throw spells about but as long as the world appears to have rules that are consistently adhered to then actions within those rules become plausible.

An example – in Star Trek: Into Darkness (spoilers) Khan teleports from Earth to the Klingon planet in one scene. In a later scene the transporter will not transport men from one spaceship to another which is within sight because “there is too much debris in the way”. There is a fundamental inconsistency here that is not addressed. You, as the viewer are left with forming an opinion why it would work in one situation but not another, ignore the inconsistency or be annoyed that the scriptwriters were too lazy to create plausibility within the rules of their created world.

Readers will swallow implausible things  e.g.  in this world magic exists. But not a whole slew of them, not if the world of the book doesn’t seem to have rules. “That makes no sense” is not a reaction you want from your readers!

Description isPete Sutton Author not the truth, but a representation of a true or imaginary place. Dialogue is not the truth, but a semblance of how real people speak. Plot is not truth, but an approximation of how one thing followed another. And yet, stories have a deeper truth to tell us.

Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot. Neil Gaiman – The Sandman Volume 3: The Dream Country.

I write stories that I usually describe as “the present, but with a speculative twist.” I seldom write second world stuff, or historical, or flat out futuristic. Although there are some of my stories that would fit that mould. I try to stay internally consistent (and hope for some success in that endeavour) and a couple of my stories scratch at the deeper truth (when I’m not trying to be creepy, or funny, or both).  I am at the beginning of my journey to find that deeper truth but it is one that I feel all storytellers should strive for.

Pete Sutton is one of the organisers of Bristol Festival of Literature and community engagement manager for Vala coop.
He has stories published online at 1000 words, Hodderscape, Visual Verse & elsewhere and on paper in Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion,  which you can hear dramatized here. He is editor of Far Horizon Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @Suttope and read his blog.

My Writing Process: The Lowdown


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Music of Sacred Lakes Book SigningIt is by now a pretty popularly agreed-upon fact that I’m crazy. At least in my writing process (the rest I contest! ;)). So I’ve agreed to be a part of the #mywritingprocess blog tour today to give you the lowdown on how bad it is.

I was tagged by the lovely Christina Anne Hawthorne of Ontyre Passages. You can check out her blog and serialized fiction as well, while you’re at it.
Okay, you really want to know? Here goes.


What Am I Working On?

I’m working to put out 6 books of fiction this year: my second metaphysical novel Music of Sacred Lakes (just published), my first short story collection The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen about portals between worlds (out in 3 weeks–doing publicity for that), my first contemplative fantasy novelette trio Permanence & Choice (publicity soon), a paranormal suspense novel about a possibly possessed ballerina Lone Cypress (editing that now), a psychological murder mystery Sonata & Fugue (editing soon), and a YA fantasy novel Face The Falling (also editing that soon). I have discovered in the last year that since I laid a good foundation for creative growth, through giving myself lots of time to be a beginner and learning everything I could from the process of writing and editing each book over the past 6 years, I am now working much more quickly than I could before. All these books mentioned above were written in the last year and a half. So, I am editing and publishing 6 books, I just wrote 2 more books last month, I just made the book covers for 3 books beyond that (guess I should write them then, huh?), and I have about 4 novels chomping at the bit in my head that I won’t think about yet because then I’d have to start writing them down. I’m hoping to finish editing novel #3 of the year in the next week, write 6 guest posts for other blogs, run the publicity for the two books I’m putting out this month and next, and then give myself August off (maybe) and free up the later part of the year to write 4 more books. So, yeah. It’s not one particular project so much anymore. It’s a bit of a free-for-all. But you’d be surprised how organized I am about it. Goal lists, to-do lists, spreadsheets. I was a copy editor and copy chief and professional blogger and journalist before becoming a writer, so I’ve got this whole thing color-coded.🙂 My right hand actually does know what my left hand is doing (clicking obsessively on the Kindle bestseller lists to check for my book, of course).

How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?

My work straddles the line between fantasy and literary fiction, so it’s different from most literary fiction in that it’s highly imaginative and spiritual. And it’s different from most fantasy in that it’s very speculative and high-concept. I’m always thinking about the ways the world is knit together, and this comes through strongly in my stories.

Why Do I Write What I Do?

Because this is how I see the world. I used to think that I was crazy, but now I know that many people have predictive dreams and spiritual visions like I always have had–that this is simply a mystical way of experiencing life, and it’s more common among people who are highly sensitive. Moi. So, I can’t really help but write this stuff. Other people write about the surface experience of life, or the underbelly of life, or the human condition as it threads its way through life. I write about all the layers of life overlaid on one another. It’s the easiest way for me to write, because it’s honestly exactly the way I perceive things. When I tell you a story, it’s often exactly how it appeared in my mind, no noodling about to make it as weird as it is.

How Does My Writing Process Work?

I love Robert Olen Butler’s book From Where You Dream, which taught me how to relax into a dream-like state in order to place myself in the landscape of my story and let it unfold from my subconscious. It’s what makes my best stories so well tied together and resonant. I also put story ideas on 3×5 cards and keep them in a (growing) file, and when I’m beginning to work on a story, I pull out that card and then add cards for every scene or idea I have, until the stack seems pretty complete. It’s easy from there to just work on one card at a time and rearrange them as I go so the book flows without losing any details. I can add in cards or throw them out as I go, too. This technique I also picked up from Butler, no invention of mine. But I’ve found that some books need more detailed planning, while others I hardly look at the cards and just use them as a rough guide to keep me from losing the thread. For example, I just wrote another short story collection with 25 stories about all kinds of dreams. Thirty story cards were written while I took a (long) bubble bath, chucking them out on the rug as I went. Then I piled them up and wrote my way through them, discarding the ones I didn’t really love. Done.

I also often figure out what I need to figure out next for a project, like the background of a character, and then go to sleep or go about other tasks in my day. My subconscious is a better writer than my conscious mind, for sure. Trust it, and it comes up with incredible ideas. Force it, and the whole thing crumbles in my hands. This is a very efficient way of working, too, so it may in part explain how I’m able to layer my work up and use my time I’m not working to also do writing work. I will wake up, write or edit if I have time before my daughter wakes up, get her ready for the day, set myself a task or question in my mind if necessary, and take her to the lake, whispering to myself like a madwoman. She finds this entertaining for now. I slip administrative tasks into all the cracks, and whenever I have a chunk of time to work, I try to be ready to go and really get something down. I do have to balance this all with resting a bit, though, since I do have a habit of burning myself out. Surprise surprise.

Up Next… (Posting The Week of May 19)

Erin Sweet El-Mehairi Oh For The Hook of a Book

Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi has a Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, Journalism, and History. She has been writing essays, stories, and poetry since she was a teen and has always been an avid reader of many genres. She has edited poetry anthologies, novels, and other various writing and journalistic pieces, and has won awards for her essays and poetry. As a journalist and a writer, she’s written for various newspapers, magazines, online news sources, and websites. Erin owns Addison’s Compass Public Relations, with a subsidiary of Hook of a Book Media. She has over 18 years of writing, communications, public relations, marketing, editing, fund-raising, event planning, blogging, social media, and copywriting experience and offers services in all of the above mentioned areas. She is delighted to be the mother of three children, Nassem Al-Mehairi, Emma Al-Mehairi, and Addison Busbey, and lives in Ohio, where she reads, writes, cooks, bakes, and probably has a million other things going on at once.

Jason Derr

Jason Derr studied Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University and has his Masters from the Vancouver School of Theology. His short fiction has appeared in The Midnight Diner, Relief, Green Briar Review and Literary Orphans. He is the author of THE BOSTON 395 and THE LIFE AND REMEMBRANCES OF MARTHA TOOLE.

Andrea Van der Wilt

Andrea’s writing journey has been quite an unusual one. Born in the Netherlands, she went from studying biology to studying theology to becoming a teacher, until she moved to Spain to be with the love of her life. In Spain she finally started to listen to her muse and take her writing seriously. Andrea is now trying to get her first fantasy novel published while working on her second. Her native language is Dutch, but she writes in English only, although it’s her dream to become fluent in Irish Gaelic one day and write Irish poetry.


Free Excerpt from Music of Sacred Lakes


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Music of Sacred Lakes Book Cover, free books, free, discount books, literary, supernatural, spiritual, magical realism, ghost storyHey everyone! Just a note to let you know that if you haven’t gotten a copy yet and want to read an excerpt from Music of Sacred Lakes, What Is That Book About has got the first chapter up for you. Thank you, Michelle!

I’ve got The Thin Places coming out in just two weeks now. Off to edit the rest of a novel and then I’ll be back with details on that launch. But you can enter to win a signed paperback copy of The Thin Places on Goodreads right now through launch day, May 26. Good luck!

The Story Behind The Thin Places


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The Thin Places, Laura K. Cowan, fairytales, mythic fiction, book cover, supernatural fictionIn just a few weeks on May 26, my first short story collection The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen will be released, following hot on the heels of my second novel Music of Sacred Lakes, which is still rising on several Kindle bestseller lists (thank you!). There’s a story behind The Thin Places that I wanted to share with you before it goes to launch.

So, once upon a time….

The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen is a collection of stories about thin places between dimensions, portals between worlds, time juxtapositions, and the possibilities of the might-be-real, combining mythic fiction and fairytales with speculative supernatural stories. I wrote this book in just a week and a half, after it occurred to me that I already had a book’s worth of ideas swirling around in my head regarding portals between worlds. I wrote it, let it sit for a few months, and then went back to edit.

What I found was a little weird. Story after story about people trying to escape their circumstances. And people deciding to walk away. I had had just about the worst year possible in 2012-2013, with a seriously ill husband and many friends fighting cancer or passing away, and through some other upsetting circumstances I suddenly discovered that my longstanding anxiety was rooted in near-death experiences in childhood that had caused me to develop PTSD. It was actually a good thing that I finally got to the point where I was ready to walk away from anything and anyone in order to get healthy again, something I had never been able to do before. But that year made me feel like my world was melting. I was sick with something similar to strep throat and constant viruses for 15 months straight because of the stress. Nothing went right, except the writing, which was on fire.

When I came back to edit The Thin Places, I remembered I had written a story called ‘Origami,’ in which a chronically ill little girl dreams a magic paper crane into real life, which offers to carry her away over the mountains to where the children are never sick and can run and play. It seemed like one of those walking away stories. But when I read it over, and when my writers group looked through it, we agreed there was something wrong. Unlike the other stories of leaving everything behind to start fresh, this story needed a different ending. When I wrote it I wasn’t sure if I believed in going back to more suffering anymore. Everything seemed to point to walking away, since some of my suffering was caused by people and circumstances I could and should leave behind. But this story had echoes of my chronic illness of my early twenties, which I had just discovered was also in part caused by this childhood trauma. And it wasn’t a story about walking away from abuse or staying for more. It was a story about walking away from my challenges or coming back to remain engaged in my life. I just hadn’t known if I could take any more when I wrote it. So, the story of ‘Origami’ changed. And one of my friends who reviewed the book pre-release told me the other day that it was that story that surprised her the most and meant the most to her. Because she also has dealt with this kind of challenge. Where you have to decide to go back every day and keep living. It meant the world to me that I was able to get that through in the story to someone who has lived this kind of challenge.

So, you can take whatever you will from The Thin Places. I hope it is a unique and entertaining read. But if I have anything to say about what I learned while writing the book it’s this: I hope you will keep going back to your life. It may feel like it’s melting around you, but your life can still be on fire. It speaks to us all when you won’t walk away, except from the things you should leave behind.

Lest you think this is all angst and suffering, I’ll leave you with a hilarious review a new friend and reader just left on Amazon for The Thin Places. Because it is a pretty weird little book of tales. If you don’t like woowoo supernatural stories, stay far away from this one.😉

The Thin Places, book reviewThe Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen will be available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle on May 26th.

Music of Sacred Lakes Hits the Free Kindle Bestseller Lists


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Music of Sacred Lakes Book Cover, free books, free, discount books, literary, supernatural, spiritual, magical realism, ghost storyI guess that wasn’t quite the final word on the Music of Sacred Lakes launch!

9,000 people downloaded Music of Sacred Lakes over the past 5 days, making it a top Kindle free bestseller, including a top 50 free download on Kindle overall. Thank you so much for your support that helped make this happen! Readers are calling the book “lyrical, compelling, and deeply moving.”

I’m hard at work editing Lone Cypress for a July release, and The Thin Places and Permanence & Choice will be out in May and June, so stay tuned for more weird books that people seem to like!🙂

Kindle Free Bestseller Rankings:

#2 in Genre Fiction overall

#1 in Metaphysical Fantasy

#1 in Metaphysical Visionary Fiction

# 5 in Fantasy

#5 in Sci-fi/Fantasy overall

#25 in Fiction overall

#42 in Kindle overall


Thank You! + 2 Titles Coming Soon


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The Thin Places, Laura K. Cowan, fairytales, mythic fiction, book cover, supernatural fictionThank you to everyone, friends, authors and bloggers, who have made this blog tour for Music of Sacred Lakes such an awesome experience and so great for everyone who has enjoyed it. I’m so blessed to have friends like you, and can’t wait to keep this party rolling with future fantasy books, mine and yours. Thank you!

 Music of Sacred Lakes Topping Kindle Free Charts

Don’t forget to download your free Kindle copy of Music of Sacred Lakes, free for just a few days. It’s already topping the Kindle bestseller lists for free e-books (#42 overall on Kindle) fiction (#25), genre fiction overall (#2), fantasy (#5), and metaphysical fiction and metaphysical fantasy (#1), and I’m hoping we can push it to the top of the overall Kindle list as well, since this is the best way to give the book exposure. Thank you so much for your support. Would you tell a friend or share the book on your social media page?

Permanence & Choice, The Scent of Yellow Flowers, The Day The Cows Came Home, Twilight in the Firmament, fantasy, novelette, magical realism, paranormal, fiction, ya paranormal2 More Titles Coming in the Next 2 Months

I have FIVE more books coming out this year–everything from mythic fiction and fairytales to psychological thrillers with nightmares bleeding into waking reality, but I won’t be planning this level of publicity for all of them, in order to focus on getting them out to you quickly. So, sign up for email updates on this blog or like my Facebook page to keep in the loop about when these books will be coming out. Or Twitter (@laurakcowan), Goodreads, Pinterest. Google+. Instagram. Whatever. I’m online.🙂

The next book out, The Thin Places, is a short story collection all about portals between the spiritual and natural worlds, everything from new fairytales to mythic fiction to ghost stories. This will be released May 26 on Amazon and Kindle.

And on June 26, Permanence & Choice, a novelette trio of one modern dimension-shifting fantasy story, one animal fable about the nature of time and one literary fantasy story about the man in the moon will be out on Amazon and Kindle as well.

I’m really excited about these books, and people’s reaction to them so far. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!


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