Thank you for taking the time to read my latest novel, Floating Underwater. I hope you enjoy Paloma’s journey.
Fearful that her premonitions not only predict the future but may also change its very course, Paloma is devastated when her latest vision foretelling a third miscarriage comes true. As a woman who has suffered through two miscarriages myself, I wanted to write about how a character deals with that particular loss, a loss that many people endure yet some never get to fully examine. I also wanted to explore what can happen when a person’s life veers off its planned course and what it’s like to embrace a far different future than expected.
I felt it was important to include the theme of how we’re often afraid of our own power. Many of us have been taught to negate its very existence, including the strength of the feminine and the gift of intuition. Alongside this theme, I weaved in the narrative element of magical realism because loss and grief can make our day-to-day reality too difficult to bear without the hope that something else is beyond this realm. I created these extraordinary experiences for you, dear reader, because I believe we all could use a little more magic.
The complex relationship between mothers and daughters, as well as lifelong friends, is another theme that is embedded in Floating Underwater (as well as in my debut novel, The Grace of Crows). I anticipate that the complicated maze of love, hurt, and in the end, a deeper understanding that often run through these relationships will probably always be a theme I’ll be drawn to—both as a reader and an author. So, if you can relate, pull up a chair!
Ultimately, I hope that you will enjoy this story about Paloma’s journey through the extraordinary and, ultimately, to her own self-actualization—and that it also helps you feel as if everything in this crazy, upside-down world (and beyond!) will somehow, someday be okay.
Award-Winning Author Tracy Shawn lives and writes on the Central Coast of California. Her debut novel, The Grace of Crows, won several indie book awards. Floating Underwater is her second novel. Tracy Shawn’s short stories have appeared in Literary Brushstrokes, Psychology Tomorrow Magazine, and Steel House Review Literary Journal. She’s written numerous articles for print and online publications and is currently working on her third novel.
You can visit her website at https://www.tracyshawn.com/ or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.
Part psychological fiction and part mystical fiction with a dash of magical realism, Floating Underwater follows a woman’s astonishing journey through the extraordinary and, ultimately, to her self-actualization and power.
Fearful that her lifelong premonitions not only predict the future but can also change its very course, Paloma Leary is devastated when her latest vision foretelling a third miscarriage comes true.
Falling into a mystifying world of increasingly bizarre phenomena, including a psychic connection with her mysterious neighbor, out-of-body experiences, and visits from her long-dead mother, Paloma grows desperate for answers. She is also desperate to start a family. But when a life-changing vision reveals a tragic secret from the past, Paloma learns to accept her gifts and embraces a far different future than she ever could have imagined.
“One woman’s mystical journey to move forward while confronting a troubled, mysterious past. Beautifully written; an ethereal, eloquent pleasure.” ~~Marlene Adelstein, author of USA Today bestseller Sophie Last Seen
“Mystical and magical realism permeates this women’s novel, and Amy Harmon fans would embrace Shawn’s adept storytelling. The author delivers spot-on dialogue, believable and enchanting characters, and surprising twists. It’s easy to imagine the novel as a talked-about book club selection (in fact, there’s a list of questions at the book’s conclusion). Poignant and beautiful, Floating Underwater leaves readers yearning for a sequel and another look at these captivating characters.” ~~Starred Review by Patricia Moosbrugger for BlueInk Review
“The writing is stunning…Paloma’s journey toward friendship, love in her marriage, and the realization that her fears have kept her eyes closed to everything happening around her is a journey worth following. This book will remind you to listen to the wind when it speaks and to look for what’s floating beneath the surface of the water.”~~Reviewed by Jenna Swartz for San Francisco Book Review
“A mystical journey that will take its readers on a whirlwind tour of beautiful imagery and meaningful life adventures, Floating Underwater is the story about a woman named Paloma Leary who learns that she has some very special gifts to share with the world…This book is wonderfully written in a lovely beach setting…Floating Underwater is the perfect book for someone looking for a bit of fantasy thrown into a realistic setting with realistic characters. Written with special attention to little details, this book is relatable, yet very special and is a one-of-a-kind read.” ~~Reviewed by Kristi Elizabeth for Manhattan Book Review
Release Date: September 8, 2021
Publisher: Turbulent Muse Publishing
Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1736664902; 312 pages; $10.99; E-Book, $3.99
Amazon Kindle: https://amzn.to/3qA2EA3
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