Guest post by Pat Esden, of A Hold on Me. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of the post!
I’ve been an antique dealer and collector for most of my life, in fact I started actively buying from estates as a teenager. Since the beginning, I’ve been fascinated by which objects people are eager to sell versus what they feel compelled to keep. Even people who don’t like antiques will often hold onto a piece of heirloom jewelry or china. Rocking chairs and kitchen implements are also favorite keepsakes. One time I bought an entire estate, except for a broken wooden milking stool that the owner couldn’t bare to part with. I asked the owner if it reminded him of a family member and was surprised to learn he hadn’t ever noticed it before that day. But he stood there clutching the stool like it was the most important thing in the world.
Incidences like the man and his milking stool have I’m convinced it isn’t always sentimental, aesthetic, or financial reasons that draw a person to keep a certain objects. Sometimes the attraction happens at a deeper level. When a person uses an object for years, it’s bound to absorb their vibes and develop psychic energy–like a paintbrush used by an artist or a cook’s favorite mixing spoon. This energy may not resonate with everyone, but certain people will be attracted and experience a feeling of wellbeing or garner strength from the object’s energy.
I’m not talking about a spirit literarily being housed in an object or about psychometry. I’m referring to a subtle energy that radiates comfort. Of course, this can be experienced in the opposite way as well. Some objects can repulse a person, like a razor strap that was used for punishment or perhaps a wedding band from an unhappy marriage.
How about you? Have you felt drawn to keep certain heirlooms or mementoes? Are there things you’ve gotten rid of because they gave off negative vibes?
A Hold on Me
Dark Heart Series
Genre: New adult gothic/paranormal romance
Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of Publication: February 23, 2016
Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 90k
She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.
Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.
Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self.
Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…
About the Author:
Pat Esden would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. An antique-dealing florist by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.
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