Weathering Old Souls is a co-written book that James J. Cudney and I wrote in 2020. It’s a multi-genre tale featuring metaphysical, historical fiction, past-life regression and more. For the last few months, we’ve been releasing character profiles, and this month, we have some exciting news to share as well as an inspiring young man to introduce to you. His name is Emilio, and he brings an intense journey to Abigail’s life… one she’s recognized in other forms before; however, this time, the connection couldn’t be any tighter. Before you encounter Emilio, let’s check on some of the previous character introductions. You can meet:
- Abigail: Main Character
- The Fashionista: Serial Killer
- Sarah Brown: Elderly woman who provides clues from the past
- Nadia: Abigail’s Mother
- Penelope: The wife of a past life being
- Naniwa: Victim of Asian prejudice during WWII
Didi and I are so very excited to announce that we are working through final edits with the publisher, but within weeks it should be formatted and ready for next steps… speaking of which… who wants to see the cover? We are stunned at how gorgeous the image is, but unfortunately, we can’t quite share it yet. It’s 99% complete and getting some finishing touches this week. It’s gonna sparkle. We will be ready to share it in the next couple of weeks, as well as provide the details on the upcoming pre-sale alert. If you’re interested in participating in the cover reveal (sharing the photo, a post, social media content, etc.) Click HERE to sign up and receive the goodies to reveal the cover with us on March 31st. We can get in contact with you to be part of the promo team.
New Character Intro: Emilio
Abigail’s past lives are connected to her in many ways. Emilio is one whose suffering as a child continued into his adulthood. Faced with a difficult upbringing, he turned to drugs and prostitution to survive. Although he found a brief reprieve with love and a new career, like many of Abigail’s previous experiences, Emilio was hurt beyond recognition one day. In this month’s excerpt, you’ll meet him for the first time, like Abigail, when she found herself thrust back to the 1970s in the height of an American crisis. But what happens in her final vision memory of Emilio will change you forever. Unfortunately, that’s not part of today’s character introduction… but soon, you can read the entire book for yourself and develop the same fondness for these miraculous and memorable characters.
Abigail cautiously opens her eyes, now standing inside a disco club, donning super-tight jeans and a shiny, open-necked button-down shirt with many of the buttons undone. Thick, dark hair clings to her sweaty chest, and she glimpses herself in a mirrored ceiling. It’s not anyone she instinctively knows. Whoever Abigail has become is currently dancing erotically on a box in front of the DJ, and there’s a fine powdery white dust on the curls of his nostrils.
Abigail studies the room closely, zeroing in on another man who strolls over with an amorous look in his eyes. He’s wearing a burgundy leisure suit and ruffled pink shirt. “I take it, you’re Emilio?”
Abigail’s head nods swiftly, but it’s not her head. In reality, she’s fallen to the floor in her father’s house in Concepción. She’s slumped against the wall, her back tense and her breath short.
In the disco, the man who just approached her smiles devilishly. In the club’s background, a calendar on the wall indicates it is 1970. Emilio reaches forward, grabs the stranger’s neck, and pulls him closer. “You must be Joshua. Have you got the money?” he whispers into his ear and flicks his tongue against the man’s detached, curved lobe. There is a lusty glint in his eyes, as if he wants to sneak into the men’s room to be alone for however long it takes to satisfy the urges inside his body.
Joshua reaches in his pocket, subtly diverting Emilio’s attention to his hands where a billfold makes a quick appearance. “It’s my first time doing this. How does it work? My place or yours?”
Abigail is swiftly transported back to Concepción, her body burning up as though she is now on fire too. Abigail wants to put the box down, but she cannot. It has a hold on her, and she is not strong enough to fight back against whatever is happening to her. Inside the box, she finds a small baggie with various powders, dried flowers, and a piece of paper with chemistry formulas written on it. The room spins, thrusting her back into the past again. It’s as if she’s watching a movie, and the camera is panning out.
This time, she sees the same two men, Emilio and Joshua, but they are older and smiling with thoroughly elated grins. The men are actually in a photo that sits on a lab table near the real Emilio. He’s conducting some sort of science experiment. “Mama, I can do this,” he repeats loudly to himself. “For you and Joshua. I will be successful.”
Abigail has always struggled with strange voices appearing inside her head. From the relentless tyranny a woman faces on an antebellum plantation to the unknown prison camps in America during World War II, our heroine discovers the past in a way that forever changes her future. There are moments from previous periods that serve as guiding posts for the country’s growth, but they also mark the transitions for Abigail’s own personal history. Her best friend, Margaret, partners with Abigail to discover the identity of these voices while focusing on her passion and quest to become a United States senator. Through it all, a serial killer torments the country, romance blossoms between some of the people they meet during the journey, and secrets long thought buried come to light in devastating ways. With the twisting of elements, numerical alignments, and the trauma of spiritual entanglements, no one will be the same… and just a few might not even be around anymore.