For an EXCLUSIVE Sneaky-Peek into The Soulweaver!
Heidi, thank you so much for stopping by on the blog today. Having read your prequel to The Soulweaver (The Moonchild), I am one of a legion of readers champing at the bit to find out what will happen next. You have such a distinctive style of writing, gripping from the get-go. And I am so excited to share a little preview of The Soulweaver here today with everybody:
The Near-Death Experience by Heidi Catherine
I absolutely love hearing stories about near-death experiences. Your soul rises above your body, before floating down a tunnel heading towards a bright light. It all sounds so wonderful and I’d just love it to be true. Maybe it is.
There are theories out there trying to debunk this reported phenomenon, saying that people are actually remembering their birth. I say Bah Humbug to them! It doesn’t make sense to me that so many people from so many different walks of life report experiencing the same thing, yet our birth experiences are all so vastly different— c-sections included! There just has to be something more to all these stories.
In my novel, The Soulweaver, one of my characters, Hannah, dies in the first chapter (sorry for the plot spoiling, but it’s only chapter one!) and she finds herself in a tunnel of light. I loved writing this scene as I was able to draw on all the near-death stories I’ve heard over the years and come up with my own possibility. Although nobody can be completely certain as to what happens to us after we die, I’m positive that something happens. What happens in The Soulweaver is just one of a billion possibilities.
Here’s an excerpt of Hannah’s experience…
Light became black. Then black became light.
Hannah was in a tunnel. Soft light filtered from its walls, chasing the darkness away. She peered ahead and saw a golden beam of light in the distance. She wanted to touch it and be near it, wrapped in its warmth. She took a step towards it, feeling weightless in body and mind. The pain from her leg had gone.
It was quiet. Each breath she took was a raging wind, shattering the tranquility. Then her breathing stopped. Now it was her heartbeat banging in a slow rhythm as it echoed down the tunnel. Then that stopped, too.
Silence. Peace. Euphoria.
The light called to her, whispering her name. She stepped closer. It was warm. It felt safe. She had no memory of how she’d come here. One moment she’d been pressed under the weight of Matthew’s body, and the next…
Was she in heaven? Where was Matthew? Fear rose within her. Then the light shone brighter, drawing her in. She forgot her fear. All she needed was to be close to the light. Nothing else mattered.
‘Hannah,’ the light called. ‘Hannah.’
She started to run. ‘I’m coming.’
Have you ever known someone who’s had a near death experience? Do you think what happened to Hannah could be what will actually happen to us?
Heidi Catherine can be found on Facebook, Twitter or at her website. Her debut novel, The Soulweaver, is available for order now. She also has a free prequel novelette called The Moonchild, which introduces you to two of the main characters from The Soulweaver in the lifetime they lived before the book takes place.