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Jesse is an apprentice exorcist who defies his priests when he learns his sister is in danger even though she’s dead. When he’s exiled to a haunted world, Jesse must unravel the mystery of ghosts if he is to save her. He plunges into a deadly game of hide-and-seek. The players include denizens draped in monkish robes, ghosts with matted eyes, the dead who tunnel underground in terror, and...Elspeth.
A coven scientist, Elspeth is both respected and feared for her abnormal spiritual powers. Jesse needs--craves--the knowledge of ghosts which she possesses. But is Elspeth a spiritual prodigy, or dangerously insane? The coven scientist begs him to trust her. He doesn’t. But he wants to.
Caught in a world on the brink of spiritual evolution, Jesse struggles to understand Elspeth even as frightening contacts from his sister force him to face the secret, shattering meaning of a verse he knows well: Blessed are the poor in ghost.
Though I haven't had a chance to read The Ghosting of Gods, I loved Cricket's Guest Post and I hope you will too. It's very fresh and unique!
BE WEIRD AND CHANGE THE WORLD
by Cricket Baker, author of The Ghosting of Gods
Let go your mind. Give it over to the author, please. It’s story time.
Weird priestly figures weave through a forest—coven scientists. Their garments are sewn of sackcloth, their hair tangled and roped, their feet bare despite the bitter night wind. Soprano voices chant Latin and equations...
Strange that your heart doesn’t race despite being doused in fear. It’s so odd and unexpected...you’re frightened, but the beating of your heart slows. One coven scientist in particular catches your attention. She twirls, playfully knocking every lantern along the path, not bothering to look back when flames extinguish. Her every gesture is liquid yet deliberate, and you’re mesmerized. Hypnotized.
Is she the spiritual prodigy you seek?
A stale draft rolls over you, pungent with incense. Suddenly, your gut feels heavy as stone.
You FEEL her knowledge of secret things.
They say she’s abnormal. But inside your body, your soul stirs. You’re intrigued and frightened.
Truth can be...disturbing. You want it anyway. You CRAVE it.
“Rapture,” the coven scientists whisper. “Rupture.” A ghost appears, and the spiritual prodigy closes her eyes, begins to cry...
Okay, you can have your mind back. For now. Story time is over.
My protagonist, Jesse, defies his priests. They pitch him through a vortex to a haunted world where the esoteric spiritual truth he craves is held out like forbidden fruit. He must solve the mystery of what ghosts really are and save his dead sister.
Jesse is unusual/weird, and he’s set to change the world.
I mean no offense by asking if you’re weird. By weird, I just mean different. YA books are almost always about the search for identity, the search for finding a place in the world. (Adults read YA books because they’re still trying to figure out who they really are, too.) The impulse to be accepted and to EXPRESS ONESELF is powerful.
Why does this often seem scary and painful? Why do they call it “teenage angst” or “identity crisis”?
Here’s why: Young adults, new adults—even full-blown adults—try to fit in and suppress their spectacular, childish, and weird true selves.
And that is painful.
Teenagers believe it’s awful when they don’t fit in. This isn’t exactly true. What’s painful is wanting to fit in. You know this is true, right? Being who you are without worrying what others think is not only an enormous relief—it sets you free. So here’s the choice you must make: You can fit in, conform, and vanish...or you can let loose, be who you deeply are, and feel so, so, so VERY ALIVE.
It’s this choice that will make your life all that it is.
My character Jesse can save the world, but not if he holds back who and what he really is. Can you understand that your own life is saved by being who you really are? And that all of us benefit if you will give what only your peculiar self can give?
Doesn’t matter if you’re into marine biology, journalism, acting onstage, quantum physics, landscaping, auto design, homemaking, or banking. Pay attention to your quirks and odd obsessions! They’re KEY to making your own unique, thrilling, much-needed contribution to the world.
Secret: It’s not just what you give the world, but how you give it. And that’s all about being your true self, too.
You’re young if you face each day with passion, but that passion only has POWER if it’s authentic. You must give the world exactly what you are. No holding back. Let us in on your weird creativity, okay?
Mine is The Ghosting of Gods. I hope you like it:-)
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for.” ~Brené Brown
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In 2001, Cricket began a journey to fulfill her childhood dream of being an author. Somewhere between raising three sons, moving 3 times, pondering the mystery of life and death, and obtaining a Masters of Education, she found time to develop her writing craft. Many seminars, workshops, and book drafts later, she found her voice with The Ghosting of Gods.
Cricket’s writing combines her appreciation of strong storytelling with a passion for haunted settings and deep spiritual questions to create fiction that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. She especially loves books which are either supernatural or dystopian, so her first novel incorporates both these genres.
In addition to working as a counselor for teens, Cricket spends time developing her next writing project as well as sharing her thoughts on writing and spirituality through her author website(above).