Of Mist And Magic


Of Mist and Magic

Enter the world Of Mist And Magic, where fairy tales are reimagined under the influence of Epic Music Vn & Really Slow Motion‘s enchanting music! Submit your own twist on a classic fairy tale, inspired by composer, Phill Lober‘s ‘The Eternal Rest of a Ronin‘ (featuring gifted violinist, Kelly Ryu), and YOU could win a spot in the upcoming Of Mist And Magic anthology! Ends December 1st! Click HERE for details.

Hello writerly gang, thank you for swinging by! As you can see, there’s another exciting composer collaboration in the works! I’m dividing my time between several music events, freelance film work and 3 novels, all due for publishing in 2015, which means my coffee intake has increased exponentially and sleep has taken a back seat to productivity. So, if I seem more slap-happy than usual, you’ll know why:) Feel free to send back up!

TOL Cover_FinalWhile you’re here, help us support Tina Downey’s education fund for her boys by purchasing the tribute anthology, Tree of Life!


IWSG, a community of brilliant writers led by Alex J. Cavanaugh, meets the first Wednesday of every month. Visit the Insecure Writer’s Support Group website and database! You’ll find  everything from writing to marketing, along with encouragement and support!

Tree of Life audiomachine ebook!

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This anthology is dedicated in memory of Tina Downey, our dearest friend, fellow storyteller and firm believer that life is good…

Welcome to audiomachines Tree of Life: Branching Out, a cross-industry collaborative writing project featuring 26 authors from across the globe whose collective story is inspired by motion picture advertising music production house, audiomachine’s Tree of Life album.

During the course of 26 consecutive days, each writer contributed a chapter within 24 hours of the previous installment, spinning the tale in whatever direction they chose, resulting in the ultimate collaborative journey of words and music.

The anthology includes a new epilogue, a memorial story I wrote for “T”, entitled, Epitaph.

Contributing Authors (Tree of Lifers)
Tina Downey
Amy Willoughby-Burle
John Wiswell
M. Pax
Al Diaz
Gary Philip Pennick
DL Hammons
Susan Scott
Ruth Long
Daniel Swensen
KC Hunter
Shannon Kenoyer Lawrence
Beverly Fox
Michelle Wallace
Mina Lobo
Gwen Gardner
Angela Brown
Lisa Shambrook
Sarah Wesson
Leighton Williams
Elise Fallson
Vidya Sury
Damyanti Biswas
C. Lee McKenzie

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All proceeds of the TREE OF LIFE ebook will benefit the Downey Education Fund set up for Tina’s children.


Tina's Sunflowers at Sunset

A haunting tribute from the creative minds of film composer Edwin Wendler and Vocalist Aeralie Brighton.

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”
― Shannon L. Alder


A sea of sunflowers bloom in the sprawling fields of Biltmore Estate. I imagine Tina strolling past the radiant rows of upturned faces…her own spirit outshining their collective smiles. I imagine this is what her heaven must be like…the final glowing streaks of her amazing soul penetrating the sky with a brilliance that echoes a life well-lived…a good life. I imagine her heart is bursting with pride over a family she adores…watching them still, as their future takes shape. I imagine her witty banter as she beams down at us, her friends, while we honor her memory in a myriad of creative ways…our own hearts reaching across the great divide to say farväl min vän…farewell my friend…


In a memorial tribute to Tina, I’m publishing audiomachine‘s groundbreaking TREE OF LIFE: Branching Out collaborative story, featuring 26 authors (including Tina), in ebook format on Amazon, launching this September! Stunning book cover designed by gifted graphic artist and composer, Ryo Ishido.

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All proceeds of the TREE OF LIFE ebook will benefit the Downey Education Fund set up for Tina’s two boys, which you can also donate to directly.

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Tree of Life: Chimera_Prize WINNERS — Featuring Author Alexandra Monir

Tree of Life_Album Cover My heartfelt thanks to the fabulous authors who graciously contributed novel prizes, and to the amazing readers, who readily embarked on this musical journey through the imagination.

This concludes the “featured author” event for Chimera. This music-inspired serial has evolved into a much bigger project, with exciting developments that will lead to a promising future for Chimera!

Readers who left their feedback in the comments section of the Chimera chapters were entered to win fantastic novel prizes from our featured authors. Congrats to all the winners and thank you for joining our adventure!

Winner of a signed copy of CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh RaveAir

Winner of a signed copy of Of Beast & Beauty by Stacey Jay  Amy W. Burle

Winner of a signed copy of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater M.Pax

Winner of The Debt Collector Season One ebooks by Susan Kaye Quinn Susan

Winner of a signed copy of Alligators Overhead by C. Lee McKenzie  Gary Philip Pennick

Winner of The Backworlds audiobook and The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear ebook by M. Pax Yolanda Renee

Winner of a signed copy of Rootless by Chris Howard Alex J. Cavanaugh

Winner of a signed copy of Givin’ Up The Ghost with signed bookmark by Gwen Gardner   Djinnia

Winner of signed copies of The Sweetest Dark and The Deepest Night by Shana Abé  C. Lee McKenzie

Winner of a signed copy of Out Across the Nowhere by Amy Willoughby-Burle Michelle Wallace

Winner of Neverlove and Atone ebooks by Angela Brown Lisa Shambrook

Winner of a signed copy of Memories of Murder by Yolanda Renee Elise Fallson

Winner of That Fatal Kiss ebook by Mina Lobo Lisa Shambrook

Winner of The Immanent World ebook by KC Hunter Alex J. Cavanaugh

Winner of Taking Time and Passing Time ebooks by Ellie Garratt Al Diaz

Winner of In Praise of Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories ebook by Susan Scott Yolanda Renee

Winner of Beneath the Rainbow ebook by Lisa Shambrook Michelle Wallace

Winner of END OF DAYS audiobook and HER BONES ARE IN THE BADLANDS ebook by Roland Yeomans  DG Hudson

Readers who leave their feedback in the comments section below, will be entered to win the final featured prize  signed copies of Timeless and Timekeeper as well as the Timeless album of original songs from the series, from our featured author, Alexandra Monir!

 Alexandra Monir

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When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

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When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor’s high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn’t remember her. In fact, he doesn’t seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910.

Michele then finds her father’s journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.

Alexandra Monir’s Timekeeper combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a sequel that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love.

alexandra_monir_timeless_ep_coveThe Timeless EP

Original songs from the books TIMELESS and TIMEKEEPER, written and performed by Alexandra

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Tree of Life: Branching Out Winners

treeoflife_branchingout_badgeI believe in the power of music to inspire and guide our Muse. Music evokes emotions in their purest form, the seed of every story planted firmly in the soul of the notes. As the tale takes root, it bends and bows to every ear.

What started as an idea, born of music, grew into an epic journey–each branch a different voice, each leaf, a different song. Each of these gifted writers, empowered with imagination and the passion to create, went above and beyond the call of music…for this, I thank you. You took us on a magical journey, one we shall not soon forget…

It is with great enthusiasm that audiomachine and I present the winners of the Tree of Life: Branching Out collaborative writing challenge.

audiomachine‘s Top 3 Favorites:

“Solstice Sun” by Al Diaz

“The Truth” by Ruth Long

“The New World” by KC Hunter

Top 3 Fan Favorites:

Amy Willoughby-Burle – Final Hope

C. Lee McKenzie – Tree of Life

Elise Fallson – Equinox

Winning Fan Commenters:

Jin Chae
Yolanda Renee

* The top two Fan commenters will be sent a signed copy of audiomachine’s Tree of Life album–please send me your home address via “Contact Sam”!

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the incredibly talented writers who contributed to this groundbreaking collaboration!

Inspiration is a powerful force, it calls to the greatness living in all of us–listen closely for the story your soul wants to tell…


Finale Tribute for Tree of Life: Branching Out

This epic Finale Tribute was created by the talented Elise Fallson!

They’ve given their voice to the music and now it’s time to cast YOUR VOTE for favorite chapter in the Tree of Life: Branching out story! Submit your vote via MESSAGE to Sam’s FB page until August 17th! Two lucky commenters will be selected to win signed Tree of Life albums.

Audiomachine will also choose their top three favorite excerpts! The writers of these winning posts will be awarded audiomachine’s new Tree of Life album, autographed by the celebrated composer, Paul Dinletir.

Winners will be announced August 18th! Visit Tree of Life: Branching Out Collaboration to read the epic tale in its entirety!


What do you think about the Branching Out collaboration? Are you a new slap-happy fan of audiomachine? Have you used music to inspire your imagination?

Tree of Life: Branching Out Finale Featuring Amy Willoughby-Burle

treeoflife_branchingout_badgeWelcome to the TREE OF LIFE: Branching Out collaborative writing challenge, where creative minds meet epic movie music. To read the collective story in its entirety and for more details on this groundbreaking collaboration with Audiomachine click HERE.

Watch the incredible Tree of Life Tribute created by Elise Fallson for the Branching Out writers and audiomachine composers!

Bringing us full circle, the lyrical soul of Amy Willoughby-Burle heralds the end of an unforgettable journey…

* Listen to the inspiring track from Audiomachine’s Tree of Life album featured in the sidebar music player

Inspiring Soundtrack: Audiomachine – Final Hope – Tree of Life


The music of cicadas and birdsong filled Zoe’s ears. She listened closer and somewhere in the far away she could hear the neighing of horses, the calling of pups, and what could be nothing else but the laughter of children. Even the trees sang—rubbing their leaves together in the wind.

At her feet, Adam stirred. His intake of breath the clearest note of all.

Zoe knelt down to Adam and helped him up to his feet. She turned back to speak to Gaia, but she was gone. “Thank you,” Zoe spoke aloud to Gaia’s memory.

Adam breathed in deeply to get his wits about him. He called out in a whinny and there at his side was the steed on which he had first arrived.

“Where are we?” Adam asked Zoe.

“Back where started from,” she said. “Begun again.”

Adam’s horse stamped his hoof against the ground and green spread out around the three of them, running across the earth toward the sapling already branching out, stretching up toward the sun.

Like Adam and Zoe, the very earth was beginning again—just like it was meant to do. Winter’s barren had brought Adam to Zoe and spring to the Tree. Acceptance of the gift of second chance had brought Life to them all.

Zoe took Adam’s hand and placed it on her belly. There was new life budding there as well–born in those moments under the blue sky and palm leaves along the edge of the ocean when she and Adam had found passion and peace in each other’s arms.

All that she and Adam had journeyed together was reflected in nature—both human and earth. Change and choice—destiny and decision. Zoe saw them all for what they were—the serpent, the dragon, the rumble of storm and the shaking of the earth. She remembered her wings and her ability to soar. She remembered the charring of the tree and the tear that brought it back. She understood that each season of life brings with it joys and trials, tests and jubilations, magic and miracles.

Adam wrinkled his brow at his own misunderstanding. “But what is the point of doing it all over again?” he asked. “Aren’t we just repeating the cycle?”

Zoe touched her belly and thought of the baby growing inside. She knelt down at the base of the new born Tree of Life, sure that she could feel the roots shooting beneath the very dirt on which she knelt . Adam joined her and put his arm across her shoulders.

“No,” Zoe said. “Each flower is new, each branch of this tree reaches out in a different direction than before, each leaf that unfolds is as different as each new day that will dawn. And with us, all of us, each birth is a new Adam or a new Eve. A new chance. A new hope to get it right.”


© 2013 Amy Willoughby-Burle

* Cast YOUR VOTE for favorite chapter in the Tree of Life: Branching Out saga, via private message to Sam’s FB page by August 17th.

ATTENTION FANS: You can WIN an autographed TREE OF LIFE Audiomachine album by LEAVING COMMENTS! On August 17th, two lucky readers will be chosen at random from the comments section of the story excerpts. The more you comment–the better your chances are of winning a piece of cinematic history! We want to hear from YOU!

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TREE OF LIFE is available NOW! Click on the following links:

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