This weekend (Nov. 24-25) I have decided to offer Treading on Borrowed Time for free on Kindle for the very first time. While being in some ways a light hearted romantic sort of book set in primarily New Orleans’ French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigney I took the opportunity in Treading to explore some deeper issues. The first being that I made my heroine a Type I diabetic. In Treading Julia Moreau has coped with diabetes and its lifestyle, giving herself insulin and managing her blood sugar, since she was a teenager. Anyone who has had to live with an illness for an extended period of time understands how it becomes woven into the fabric of who you are. What seems unusual and trying to other people becomes normal to you. Of course the diabetes and being a psychic/sensitive does cause untold complications.
The second aspect of this book that I wanted to layer within its story line was the idea of karma and its obligations. If you believe that actions have consequences, the question becomes how far back do our actions have consequences and what exactly are we ultimately responsible for. A lot of Indian religions, Hindu, Buddhism, Jainism, trace the role of karma back to former lives. They believe that rather than a punishment for past actions karma is simply an extended expression of consequence that can mitigated by actions.
In Treading on Borrowed Time the three main characters are linked by layers of past lives and by the consequences of their former actions. I played with the idea that the more enlightened or spiritual we become the more affected and conscious of our past transgressions we also become. It’s an interesting idea and I think perhaps if people were more cognizant of the effects of their actions, present and future, not just on others but themselves that perhaps there would be more balance in the world.
But of course on top of that Treading on Borrowed Time is filled with action, seances, ghosts, and a whole lot of fun. I hope you take the time to check it out on Kindle this weekend.
For Julia Moreau life seems complicated. Emerging from a failed marriage and managing a lifetime of diabetes, she lives alone in her childhood home where she communicates with the spirit of her Great Aunt Lilia. But Julia doesn’t have a clue what complicated is until she is thrust into being the key chess piece in a match between two powerful men of extraordinary abilities on the wild hunt for a mystical creature hidden in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Will Julia lose her soul to the karma of a devastating past life or her heart to the love of a man driven by dark forces? What is clear is that whichever way she turns she is “Treading on Borrowed Time.”