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A Portal in Time – Claire Fullerton REVIEW

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  • APortalinTime 448x336Title: A Portal In Time 
  • Author: Claire Fullerton
  • ISBN: 0989063224 (ISBN13: 9780989063227)
  • Series: Stand Alone
  • Published: November 30th 2013 by Vinspire Publishing, LLC
  • Format: eBook
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
  • Page Count: 198
  • Rating: C-
  • Source: Tour Operator

BOOK DESCRIPTION

When we are inexplicably drawn to love and a particular place, is it coincidence, or have we loved before?

Enigmatic and spirited Anna Lucera is gifted with an uncanny sixth-sense and is intrigued by all things mystical. When her green, cat-eyes and long, black hair capture the attention of a young lawyer named Kevin Townsend, a romance ensues which leads them to the hauntingly beautiful region of California’s Carmel-By-The-Sea where Anna is intuitively drawn to the Madiera Hotel. Everything about the hotel and Carmel-By-The-Sea heightens her senses and speaks to Anna as if she had been there before.

As Anna’s memory unravels the puzzle, she is drawn into a past that’s eerily familiar and a life she just may have lived before.

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REVIEW

I’ve always enjoyed stories that involve past lives. I think that I was hooked after watching the 1991 movie “Dead Again” with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson about two people who seem to be headed down the same ill-fated path of love, passion and ultimately betrayal, as a long dead couple from 50 years before.

 

Then my BFF introduced me to Susanna Kearsley’s books. After reading the first few books in the Outlander series, I was in a desperate need for something that would fill the void (as all Outlander fans well know) as I waited for the next book in the series to be published.  If you’ve never picked up one of Kearsley’s books, run, do not walk to your nearest bookstore and get one! I have so far not read another author who dabbles in the area of past lives better than Kearsley.  In almost all of her books, there is some connection to the past and present, whether it is through the setting of a place, or through ancestry and where inevitably there is some unfinished business to be resolved. Kearsley does a superb job of developing the characters of both the past and present, as well as the setting and location of the story, which always makes me want to hop on a plane and go there straight away. Kearsley masterfully establishes the conflict to be resolved and how the characters in the present are inextricably connected to those of the past.

I was so hoping to find a similar type of satisfaction when I started to read A Portal in Time by Claire Fullerton, but unfortunately that did not happen. As I started reading A Portal In Time, I began to feel my inner editor come alive (a side effect of teaching English to middle-schoolers for the past 14 or so years) and unfortunately when that happens, chances are the story loses me and all I can see are the errors in the writing. When writing a narrative, a writer really should have the following essential elements in order to be successful : 1) well-developed characters, 2) a descriptive setting, 3) a problem or conflict that must be resolved, 4) a plot that builds action, and 5) a theme which essentially is the message that the author is trying to convey throughout the story to its readers. If you want more elaboration, check out this link for a very cool way to teach the elements of a story:

https://www.flocabulary.com/fivethings/

Don’t worry, I’m not going to subject you to an English lesson, but I really feel like this story had great potential, however it fell short on few of these essential elements and as a result, the story really did not work. Fullerton‘s story about two couples in different times but in the same place had a promising start. In the prologue, Fullerton sets up an air of a dark, even haunting mystery that made me want to read on.

Sadly, it became fairly clear early on, that the prologue was the best part of the story. I kept waiting for the characters and plot to develop into the whatever dark and mysterious problem that was hinted at in the beginning of the story, but that never really came to pass. In the end it wasn’t until pg.164 of 196, that we start to see the connection between the characters of the past and of the present, and then a few more pages along on p.186,  the problem finally becomes clear.

Unfortunately, by this point in the story, I was no longer interested in the problem, and really just frustrated in wading through a lot of irrelevant details. At one point the couple in the present are discussing the power of crystals, and it really was just hokey.  I later learned that Fullerton was trying to use the crystals as a plot device, but for me, it was just another point of frustration.  The bulk of the story was spent trying to show how the two couples fell in love, and neither love story felt very compelling to me. There was no build up of tension between the characters and too much time was spent on superfluous details in the construction of both the past and present storylines.  As for a theme, it was non-existent.

The one element that I think that Fullerton successfully established was in her description of Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, where both stories primarily take place. Based on her details about the area, it sounds like a beautiful place to visit along the California coastline.

Carmel

About the Author

Claire Fullerton is the author of Paranormal/Historical Romance, “A Portal in Time.” Her second novel, “Dancing to an Irish Reel,” set in Connemara, Ireland, will be published in March, 2015. Claire is a contributor to numerous magazines as well as a multiple contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. She is a multiple award winning essayist, a former major-market radio disc jockey, and an avid ballet dancer. Claire hails from Memphis, Tennessee, and currently divides her time between Malibu and Carmel, California with her husband and two German shepherds!

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On Crystals

Claire Fullerton (Author of A Portal in Time)

I’ve been collecting crystals for as long as I can remember, and not just because they’re beautiful to have around the house. Years ago, a friend and I walked into a rare crystal emporium on Melrose Blvd. in West Hollywood, California, and after looking around for twenty minutes, I began to feel physically effected. I felt light headed, but it wasn’t an unpleasant feeling. I walked outside of the store to get some air, came back inside and talked to the shop owner about feeling a little left of center. What the owner suggested is that I must be very sensitive to vibrations, for all crystals give of a vibrational frequency that literally affects the atmosphere. At the time, I’d never heard that before, so I walked around the shop, picking up crystals of rose quartz, amethyst, citrine and clear quartz one by one. As I held each piece in my hand, I paid attention to the way it made me feel, and I didn’t think it was my imagination to report, “I feel differently energetically.”

Energy is at the heart of all crystals, as in an energetic frequency emission which can actually be scientifically measured. Since human beings are comprised of energy (which can also be scientifically measured), it is easily understood how a person’s energy field can be affected when holding a crystal, or even having them in their living space.

There is a book by an author simply named Melody called “Love is in the Earth.” It is the definitive reference book describing the metaphysical properties of the mineral kingdom, and every reputable crystal shop carries the 702 page book. Its alphabetical table of contents names every crystal known to man from amozonite, to carnelian, to celestite ( a favorite of mine because of its sparkling, light blue clarity) to different types of tourmaline. I bought the book at the store that day, and have been studying and collecting crystals ever since.

There are healers who work with crystals, some who lay a pattern on a client’s body and others who use them as if they were energetic surgical implements! It is thought that crystals can raise the vibration in a house, and many people wear crystal jewellery such as amethyst for intuition, citrine for manifestation, rose quartz for the attraction of love, and clear quartz for divine connection. Clear quartz is used to conduct energy in watches and radios, but as for me, I just like them for their aesthetic value.

All of this is to say I gave the main character in “A Portal in Time,” Anna Lucera (who is from the present day time period of the book), an interest in energy, and I gave the character, Valeria Sienna ( from the past) a sensitivity to stone. I thought these were traits that would help explain the metaphysical aspects of the story, which the reader has to ferret out through its many foreshadows and clues along the way to its mysterious climax.

About the Author:

Claire Fullerton is the author of Paranormal/Historical Romance, “A Portal in Time.” Her second novel, “Dancing to an Irish Reel,” set in Connemara, Ireland, will be published in March, 2015. Claire is a contributor to numerous magazines as well as a multiple contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. She is a multiple award winning essayist, a former major-market radio disc jockey, and an avid ballet dancer. Claire hails from Memphis, Tennessee, and currently divides her time between Malibu and Carmel, California with her husband and two German shepherds!

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  • coverTitle: A Portal in Time
  • Author: Claire Fullerton
  • ISBN: 0989063224 (ISBN13: 9780989063227)
  • Series: Stand Alone
  • Published: November 30th 2013 by Vinspire Publishing, LLC
  • Format: eARC
  • Genre: Paranormal/Historical Romance
  • Page Count: 198
  • Source: Tour Operator

BOOK DESCRIPTION

When we are inexplicably drawn to love and a particular place, is it coincidence, or have we loved before?

Enigmatic and spirited Anna Lucera is gifted with an uncanny sixth-sense and is intrigued by all things mystical. When her green, cat-eyes and long, black hair capture the attention of a young lawyer named Kevin Townsend, a romance ensues which leads them to the hauntingly beautiful region of California’s Carmel-By-The-Sea where Anna is intuitively drawn to the Madiera Hotel. Everything about the hotel and Carmel-By-The-Sea heightens her senses and speaks to Anna as if she had been there before.

As Anna’s memory unravels the puzzle, she is drawn into a past that’s eerily familiar and a life she just may have lived before.

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EXCERPT

Chapter Ten – March 18, 1999, West Hollywood, California

“What’s this all about?” Lucia pulled out a chair across from her sister. They sat outside on the sidewalk in front of The King’s Head Café in West Hollywood amidst the hum of traffic and the flow of patrons looking for available seating on Beverly Boulevard. “You sounded funny on the phone.”

“I sounded funny?”

“You sounded mysterious,” Lucia clarified.

“I didn’t want to get into it on the phone. I thought I’d wait to talk to you in person.”

“All right, I’m listening,” Lucia settled back into her chair and looked at Anna expectantly.

“You’re not going to believe this, but Kevin brought up the subject of marriage the other day.”

“Why wouldn’t I believe that? It’s perfectly understandable to me, isn’t it to you?” Lucia laughed. “What did you say when he brought up the subject?”

“I skirted the issue, of course,” Anna’s tone suggested Lucia should know that.

“Wait a minute, did he just bring up the subject or did he ask you to marry him?”

“Well, it seemed to me he was testing the waters, but what he said was, ‘God help me, I’m married to a witch.’ I’m not sure I was supposed to hear it, but that’s exactly what he said,” Anna told her.

“Wait a minute, back up, I’m getting lost. Were you doing something that made him call you a witch or was he just making a general observation because he’s had enough time to realize that you are a little touched in that way?”

“In what way?” Anna sounded defensive.

“Come on, Anna, anyone who knows you knows you’re bent towards the uncanny, and I mean that with nothing but love,” Lucia tried to suppress a smile. “You’re the same way that Mom was—obviously these things run in families.”

Anna felt the immediate tug of her heartstrings at the mention of their mother, who had died of Leukemia two and a half years earlier. Her illness had been a harrowing experience to both her and Lucia, absolutely draining them emotionally for the two years prior to her death. Her slow decline compounded the loss of their father when they were only teenagers and now that both parents were gone, Anna and Lucia only had each other. Anna conjured the memory of their mother’s face, her tall elegance and demure ways and recalled that she, too, had an intuitive ability that everyone who knew her remarked upon.

“I don’t know that I’m anywhere near the way Mom was,” Anna leaned back. “Do you remember how she always knew what we were up to when we were little? There was no point in ever trying to fool her about anything because she always knew the truth.”

“Of course, you’ve always been a terrible liar. Everything you’re thinking is always written on your face. You were the one who always gave us away to Mom, not me,” Lucia reminded.

“That’s not entirely true,” Anna volleyed, “I remember the time you tried to sneak out the upstairs window at night and found Mom sitting on the garden bench under the tree you used

because she’d picked up on what you were thinking practically before you even decided to do it. She could just tell by looking at you!”

“You’re right about that,” Lucia nodded. “Mom was something else altogether, wasn’t she? I’m convinced she was clairvoyant. I think she knew how to read us both. I really do miss her every day. I think of her every time I see a sunset, every time I feel the change of seasons in the air, every time I see the full moon. She made such an event out of the little things in life, didn’t she?”

“She definitely did. She placed great importance on ceremonies and symbolism and things like that,” Anna said. “I see so many things the same way she did because she taught us how.”

“I do, too. What she did to the exact spot where Dad got in his car wreck is a perfect example.”

“Well, a lot of people do a similar thing. I see markers on the side of the road all the time. Standing crosses with bouquets of flowers under them at the scene of a fatal accident. It’s a commemoration of a particular place where something significant happened.”

“Yes, but it was so much more to Mom than that,” Lucia reminded Anna. “That’s why she buried the key where Dad got in the accident. Do you recall that night? It was only two days after Dad died, but somehow Mom managed to set aside her grief in order to take care of business. She woke us up after midnight and told us to get in the car because we were going to conduct a ceremony.“

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