CentreStage with Anneli Purchase!
Welcome to CentreStage! I’m absolutely delighted to turn the floor over to my fabulous Canadian friend Anneli Purchase. For those of you who might not know her, Anneli is the author of three moving and captivating novels. When she’s not writing, she’s often busy taking photos and sharing them via her blog in wonderfully inspiring posts. She’s also a tremendous supporter of fellow authors and great fun to hang out with on the social networks. While she lives in Canada, she had a German mother, and we quite often compare memories of German-inspired childhood traditions concerning Easter, Christmas and other assorted holidays. Today, she’s come to showcase her debut novel, The Wind Weeps. Take it away, Anneli!
The Wind Weeps
The setting for my novel The Wind Weeps is the west coast of British Columbia. The situation that develops in this story is fiction and a bit bizarre, but it is one that, with variations, has actually taken place more than once on this coast. If you want adventure and suspense, along with a good love story, maybe this is the book for you.
Why did I choose this title?
Have you ever heard high winds roaring through the trees in a windstorm? On the coast of British Columbia what isn’t rock is trees. When the southeast winds scream across the water and then, making landfall, get hung up in the tall firs and cedars, the whooshing of the wind alternates between howling and whining. Unsettling sounds, even when you have your life in order, but when you wish you were elsewhere and have absolutely no escape, the wind almost begs you to join it in its weeping.
My Main Characters
Andrea is a happy young woman who leaves her boring city job back east and comes out west for a life of adventure. She is determined to learn to get by on her own in a world that is much more raw than the sheltered city life she left behind.
She is a head-turner. Men are attracted to her good looks, but she is apparently oblivious to the effect she has on them.
Jim ~ Every woman’s Mr. Right, he is handsome, humble, capable, fun to be with, and sexy without trying to be.
Robert ~ Strong, tall, handsome, with a magnetic personality…and secrets he keeps hidden.
When she finds a job on the wharf in a small west coast town, she has her choice of men, but naively, she gets caught up in too much of a good thing. There’s a song by Glenn Frey that was made just for her.
“Are you gonna stay with the one who loves you
Or are you goin’ back to the one you love?
Someone’s gonna cry when they know they’ve lost you
Someone’s gonna thank the stars above”
Poor Andrea makes the wrong choice and pays the price. When she ends up in a desperate situation, she often hears the wind and wants to weep with it.
But wait, she’s made of stronger stuff than that. She is determined to find a way out. As we follow Andrea in her dilemma, we travel the coast and experience it as if we were in the boat with her, in the forest with her, in the remote towns with her, in a life of hell with her, hanging onto a sliver of hope.
The Wind Weeps is available as a paperback or as an e-book at smashwords.com and all amazon outlets. Click on the links for more information.
amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.de | smashwords.com
Please visit my webpage at anneli-purchase.com or my blog at http://wordsfromanneli.wordpress.com
The perfect Christmas gift idea! Choose from three of my novels:
The Wind Weeps, Orion’s Gift, or Julia’s Violinist.
Wow! That’s your Christmas wrapped up, folks. Anneli’s books are well worth a read, believe me. #LoveThem
Thanks to Anneli for stopping by here today. I’ll always think of you when the wind rustles the trees outside my bedroom window…
What kind of person would I be if I didn’t wish your Center Stage star, Anneli Purchase, for this Wednesday a CONGRATULATIONS on her latest endeavor “The Wind Weeps.” I hope “THE CRAZIES” have begun to go away and you can return to some sense of “normalcy.” 🙂 🙂 🙂
The wind has always been associated with love; in fact, our first exposure to this idea occurred back when we first began to go to school. We’ve learned that the wind can either blow our love away or bring it back to us as it did with “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.” But this had been during a time when we were way too young to really understand the true meaning of love.
Since then, we all have gotten a “little” older and we know too well how emotional it can become, especially when we lose someone we had once loved. The song which came to my mind regarding the wind and love is one I first heard around 1957, definitely a time in my life when I barely knew what most of the words were. Now that we’ve experienced love ourselves we can better understand the relationship between the two. I believe the following song is a great example of this.
So Anneli, CONGRATS AGAIN. I hope my selection for today has proven to be a decent match for your book. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Way to go, Robin! I can see from the comment string that you made Anneli happy. Great choice, as always. 1957, wow. I wasn’t even a twinkle in anyone’s eyes then, LOL. You rock. It’s great to get your perspective!
Thank you, Robin. I remember that song. At first I thought it was going to be The Wayward Wind, but your choice is much more appropriate.
And thank you, Nicky for hosting me on your fabulous blog!
You’re quite welcomed.
If you’ve been here for a while, you’d have known I usually come up with an appropriate. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my selection. I’d originally thought of using The Wayward Wind, however I felt, as you did, Mariah would be a more appropriate choice.
You’re very welcome indeed, Anneli, it’s wonderful to have you here! And Robin is a fabulous supporter with her finger right on the musical pulse…
THANKS for the compliment.
Have a GREAT DAY !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
This is a great book – a taut suspense wrapped in a commercial fishing setting –a setting that proves to be more interesting than one would suspect.
Thanks, Darlene. You don’t have to be a fisherman to enjoy it either. You can learn a lot about fishing without even realizing you’re learning anything, because you’ll be “hooked” by the story.
Thanks for stopping by, Darlene, and for your lovely comment. Anneli is a terrific writer!