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The idea The winter solstice 2012 has long been accepted as a hugely significant date. We wanted to investigate why. Our research threw up three theories that particularly intrigued us. First, the Mayan calendar comes to an end – some people think this heralds the end of the world. Second, the sun will be aligned with the centre of the Milky Way for the first time in 26,000 years. And third, the energy streaming into the earth at that moment will be focused specifically on Stonehenge.
The theory Looking deeper, we found out that Stonehenge was built to honour the sun (male) and moon (female) equally, reflecting a lost period of history when men and women held equal status. We were hooked! But New Age wisdom claims that this equality has vanished. Now men dominate the world, women are oppressed, technology (male energy) is supreme, and the planet is increasingly violent, prone to extreme weather and failing. Obviously, this can’t be good for either men or women.
The challenge We decided to write a story where that imbalance of male/female energy is put right. Our seven main characters – three women and four men - are originally from Atlantis. They have powerful, mystical abilities – which most of them are unaware of at the start of the book - and an identical birthmark which identifies them on their wrist.
The story will weave together their past and present lives, gradually making them aware of their extraordinary destiny. Will they be ready to complete the vital ceremony at Stonehenge to rebalance the planet? The sun’s unique alignment at 11.12am on 21st December 2012 provides the only moment for thousands of years when it can take place successfully. But the seven are up against an old Atlantis enemy. And he will do everything in his power to stop them.
The clock is ticking… we have 89 days and 21 hours to get the project funded before the Solstice!
H Boyd & B Roddam
I trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street, then as a marriage guidance counselor. In my thirties I took a degree in English at London University and started a career in writing. I’ve published six non-fiction books about subjects such as depression, step-parenting, pregnancy and boosting your energy. I also wrote a weekly mind/body/spirit column for the Express newspaper and worked as a medical researcher for YOU magazine. I currently run a small cancer research charity, Survive Cancer, which promotes an integrated approach to cancer treatment. My first novel, Thursdays in the Park, was published by Quercus in 2011, my second, Tangled Lives, in August 2012. I am currently working on my third novel for Quercus.
I took a degree in English at University College London, then worked as an assistant casting director and TV researcher before joining the BBC as a scriptwriter/director on children’s programmes including Play School. I left television when my children were born and lived in Los Angeles for four years, then returned to the BBC as a producer. Since then I have worked for a number of TV companies producing and directing children’s entertainment and drama programmes. More recently, I have studied at the Centre for Psychological Astrology and enjoy researching the links between ancient mythology and New Age philosophy.
This is the first book we’ve written together.
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