Thursday, August 21, 2014

Twist of Fate

Twist of Fate
by Shawna C. Jones



Shawna grew up with a secret that she couldn't share with anyone. She thought of it as her "inner demon" and it shaped her life. When she became an adult, it sent her on a quest to try to find her Real Home. In Paris, she fell in love with a fellow traveler who changed her life, for better or worse. Their relationship was full of discovery and of lessons learned.

How could she come to terms with her "inner demon"? Can we change our fate or karma? Does love really conquer all?

This book is based on a true story of an independent woman's search for her true self and the meaning of life, and how she found answers in unexpected places.


Excerpt Three:

 I meditated in my Paris apartment the day before leaving for London.

 Hurricane John had picked me up and tossed me around high in the air, and then pounded me on the sand. Like my aunt’s tea cup, I broke into pieces and lay at the bottom of the ocean. I wished sharks would eat me, but none came. But there was a gentle manatee that floated by and pushed all of my pieces together with her nose. Slowly, I became whole again. I found a shield and an arrow lying on the ocean floor, and quickly picked them up. I climbed on top of the manatee, and she easily carried me to the surface. I walked out of the water with my treasures and lay in the warm sun letting it heal my wounds. I closed my eyes for a time.

 When I opened them an eagle was hovering above me, staring at me. I realized its message of freedom and strength, and soaring to new heights. I would be happy with or without John. I really did not need him. I never did. A connection to the divine was at hand and I needed to prepare. Change would be coming, and I welcomed it with open arms.

 London. Home again. I felt like I could breathe once more. My new life had begun and I waited for the stirrings of new growth to move me onward and upward. No more going backwards ever again, I swore to myself.

I moved in with Trina. We became friends when I worked in London. A successful lawyer with room to spare for a lost American gal. But not for long, I hoped.


1. Plotter or pantser?

I have to say I'm a little of both but primarily I'm a pantster.

2. What books have influenced your writing style?

The book, “Story Engineering, helped me a lot. Plus “Tell It Slant”. I have to say that writing seminars can also be very productive. I took several writing classes, which proved beneficial.

3. Classics or something else?

Something else.

4. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate peanut butter.

5. Favorite type of character to write about?

A woman who is strong, independent, brave, and full of integrity. 

6. Tell us one thing about you that no one knows.

I almost got shot when I was a kid. A cousin and his friend were in the room next to mine, and the gun went off accidently. I was lying on the bottom of a bunk bed, and the bullet whizzed by me. It missed me by several inches. I’ll never forget the worried expressions on everyone’s faces. At the time, I didn’t think it was such a big deal. 

7. Name three things on your desk right now.

A large, brown candle, a salt rock lamp, and a huge, black, amethyst crystal structure.

8. What is next on your writing timetable?

I hope to edit my next book which is already written. After that, I want to work on the political novel that’s been running around in my head for some time now.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Author bio:  Shawna C. Jones lives in the US, when she's not traveling the world. She lives with her husband, and "inner demon" quite peacefully now. She is continuing her mission of helping others, and encouraging young people to travel and follow their dreams.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Shawna Jones said...

Thank you for hosting me today. I appreciate it.

Rita said...

Thank you for the excerpt.

Shawna Jones said...

You're welcome Rita. Thank you for stopping by today. Best regards.

Kah Cherub said...

Yum, chocolate peanut butter! Great interview.

collenga said...

Great interview and excerpt!

Shawna Jones said...

Thanks for your comment, Kah Cherub. I appreciate you stopping by today.

Shawna Jones said...

Thanks for stopping by today Collenga. And thank you for the comments.

bn100 said...

fun interview

Shawna Jones said...

Thanks bn100 for your comment and stopping by today. It's always great to see you.

Mary Preston said...

A great interview.