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Friday, January 27, 2012

Mary Ting's EVENT for Crossroads and Between

Author Mary Ting was on hand for a book event in Fullerton California on January 21st for both novels of her beautiful and romantic stories from the Crossroads Saga.

As you can see from the sign that was made by her fellow teachers and students, the entire community was proud to support her. She has a kind heart and it shows in her writing. Her first book, Crossroads was inspired by her late grandma who inspired gamma in the first book, Crossroads. The main character Claudia falls in love with arch angel Michael. This is where the beauty of the story begins.
As any writer will tell you, the thrill of the occasion, no matter how many people show, comes in the connections made. "Meeting my fans from facebook site.. who drove from a far to come and see me... I was like wow!!! You drove all the way to see me.  And also my dance team teacher from high school and a few high school friends who knew I would be there... the power of internet. I also had the most wonderful experience because my family, friends, teachers and parents were there to support me :)"  stated Mary after the event.

The connections we make as writers are ones that last a lifetime. We often share our very souls when we are writing and through the stories we tell, we give of ourselves. However what we receive is so much greater from each person who reads our works. Over the course of the last few months I have been able to get to know Mary as a person as well as a writer. It isn't hard to see such beauty in the shadows between the pages because she gives so much to those around her.

With such dedication, not only as a teacher to all the students who's lives she touches, it is no wonder that the event turned into a huge success. With passion, Mary shares her characters. She has the same passion as a teacher, mom and friend. When asked what she would change, Mary simply replied, "I can't think of anything I would change. To me it was perfect because of all the support I had. I also made sure to have cards that had my information, like my email and facebook sites, just in case they wanted to contact me."

For all you do, Mary, I hope that you receive as much as you give. You have beautiful stories to tell and I'm looking forward to book 3 of the Crossroads Saga.

Claudia Emerson has a good friend who shares the same first name and last name. That friend unfortunately dies in a tragic accident during homecoming dance. Claudia is distraught at the loss of her friend, but is even more disturbed by her dreams, which seem to take her to another place called Crossroads. Unknown to her, Crossroads is like a second heaven, a place between heaven and earth. It is where the souls of humans in comas or near death experiences may wander. There, Claudia meets Michael, a nephilim, a half angel, half human, whom she often meets in her dreams. It turns out that this isn't her first visit to Crossroads, which is an enigma for no human can ever travel there until Claudia. Now the fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special and it is up to Michael and the other nephilims to protect her. Can Michael fight his growing feelings for Claudia and protect her as a guardian angel should? The answer awaits you! Follow the exciting path to Crossroads! "Crossroads is a lovely, heartwarming story about young love and hope. It is a wonderful escape into the world of an ordinary girl, an extraordinary love, and the forces of evil that try to keep them apart. We loved it!" -Michelle De La Vara, Owner of


As the alkins head back to Crossroads, Claudia leads her normal life; but not for long. Having a special soul, Claudia attracts danger, and she soon finds out who Gamma asked to watch over her. The Twelve, known as Divine Elders on Earth, are very much involved when they find out that Aliah, one of the God’s first angels, escaped from the Abyss when the gates were opened by Aden. Needing Claudia’s soul to escape the only place Aliah can reside–a place between Heaven and Earth–he sends his demons in search of all Claudia Emersons on Earth. Taking her soul will enable him to be released from Between and cross over to Crossroads, which would give him immense power. As more secrets are revealed Claudia learns about the venators—nephilim, demon hunters. Now two opposing forces must work together in order to save Claudia and humanity from the most dangerous angel ever created. But along the way, trust becomes a big issue. Will love be enough to keep Claudia and Michael together? Who will make the ultimate sacrifice? Who will betray them all?

It has been a joy getting to know you both as a writer and a friend. The inspiration and joy you bring to the world is amazing and I can't wait to see what you come up with in the next book. Thank you for everything you have done for myself as well as so many others. Your light is a beacon in the dark. 


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