Friday, 1 July 2016

Blog Tour: Where is Emma Butler's Life Plan by Julia Wilmot



Blurb: Emma Butler doesn’t know it but she is about to get bit more angelic help than she was banking on. Someone has messed up, or have they?

It appears that Emma is about to be ‘recalled’ to heaven but has completed none of the tasks she had set herself for this life time. They must be completed before she is recalled and time is running out. Arch Angel Gregory decides to take over. He will be her Guardian Angel to ensure it all gets done.

There’s a lot to do and a very short time to do it in. Gregory is determined that it will all be completed by hook or by crook. But where does that leave free will and what about Jack who has been chosen to be Emma’s love interest? How will this impact him? Jack and Emma have no idea what is going on, but it’s not going to be plain sailing.

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About Julia Wilmot:

Julia Wilmot began her exploration of the spiritual life as a teenager at school. She was fortunate to meet a wonderful family who all practised Transcendental Meditation (TM) and her future was set. At the age of 15 Julia learnt TM and felt she had found her path in life. She was so sure that this path was the only one for her that she decided not to go to University and study law as she had previously planned but to devote herself to teaching TM and working within the charity that teaches the technique.

At 20, Julia was one of the founding members of a 300 people strong TM community in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and at 28 Julia became the Centre Chairman of the largest teaching centre for TM in Europe, which was based in Central London. Teaching Transcendental Meditation to people from all walks of life.

Julia began this novel in 1995 but it remained in a drawer for many years. She came across it again in the early 2000s and fitting in with becoming a mother in 2002 it took until 2015 to finish it.

Julia currently focusses her attention on her writing, blogging and looking after her family. Forty years on and she still practises TM, as do her husband and son and they live in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, UK.

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Guest Post by Julia Wilmot - Things I love and things that drive me crazy about books

Are you like me? Does your heart drop when you open a new book and there, even before you get to read any of the story,  you are confronted with a list of the characters? I hate that. What it means to me is that this book is so complicated I will need to keep referring back to who is who. I don’t want to have to work that hard. Reading should be an enjoyment not a task. I don’t want to have to answer questions on it later.

As well as a cast list another thing that fills me with dread is a map. Really, a map? Can’t I be left to imagine the locations for myself? Does it really add anything other than to annoy me to add a map? Finally, those authors that start each chapter with a date. Do they really think I pay that much attention? I find I suddenly get confused about what is going on and leaf back several pages to find that this chapter actually took place 10 years before the chapter I’ve just read. You’re not making this easy for me folks!

Finally, It also drives me mad when important ‘stuff’ happens ‘off stage’ as it were. Now that’s just lazy. It reminds me of an episode of Hawaii 5 O that I saw with my son once. The police team was heading off to some South American location to bust some drugs ring. The next shot was them all back safe and sound saying it had been a success. Hmmm, someone couldn’t be bothered to write the tough bit, I think. Or in their case they ran out of budget. You don’t have that excuse with a book.

Enough moaning! Now some positive things.

The thing that really impresses me about some authors and their books is the amount of research that I imagine they must have put into them. Now I write about what I know and what interests me. I have had a lifetime of delving into the areas of meditation and spiritual development, so that is what I enjoy using in my books. Maybe it is the same for those authors who, I maybe imagine wrongly, have done a lot of research. Maybe they just happen to know this stuff too. But I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed by the recent book from Elizabeth Gilbert, ‘The Signature of All Things,’ There was some very serious botany going on in that book and a very in depth exploration of the life of mosses, as well as life in Tahiti. I somehow think that Elizabeth Gilbert may have had to look some of this up! This is completely the opposite of the author who lets all the ‘hard’ scenes take place ‘off stage’. This is almost above and beyond the call of duty. This isn’t just a fantastic imagination, this is a real commitment to passing on knowledge. Although historical novels are not my cup of tea I imagine that they also fall under the umbrella of books that need a lot of research. For now I’m happy to stick with the advice, ‘write about what you know.’

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