Monday, November 19, 2018

Oregon Writers Colony Award

My novel, The Hidden Abbey, isn't professionally edited yet. Oh, yes, I have worked on it and revised it over and again, as writers do. But it lacks the polishing touches of an editor helping to ripen it for publication.

Nevertheless, I entered it into the Oregon Writers Colony 2018 Writing Contest. And I won First Honorable Mention. The other winners and I read from our works in a cozy event venue in downtown Portland this last weekend. It was a remarkably enriching hour and a half filled with talent and promise.


Awards Ceremony venue


Here is my award winning offering from my first chapter. It is trimmed extensively to fit into the five minute time limit for reading, but the essence remains. 


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     In The Hidden Abbey,  Michael is a 16th century monk  and Marissa is a pagan Priestess of Avalon. They’re secret lovers with a shared destiny to protect the mysterious Creation Bowl. When King Henry VIII destroys all of England’s Abbeys, Marissa and Michael are torn apart, and their quest is thwarted.
Glastonbury Abbey ruins
Interwoven, is the story of these same two lovers reborn in the 21st century, where they get a second chance to fulfill both their ill-fated love and their shared destiny.
This excerpt is from the first chapter, in 16th century, Glastonbury.
    “Michael has been dead for nearly a minute.”  That is, by human reckoning of time.
     The words echoed within a whirlpool of magic. The message submerged, nearly soundless. The underwater cries of a drowning boy. It traveled along the rivers of prophecy. The words seeped into twelve-year-old Marissa’s dreams, flooding them with forewarning. She bolted upright in bed.
     The portent morphed into a waking vision. Marissa sat immobile, unable to block the grim Death Vision from showing her exactly how it was unfolding. A boy bobbing in Avalon’s lake, sputtering water, his legs flailing. Marissa reached for him   but caught only empty air.
     The Death Vision linked her to the boy. She clawed the neckline of her nightgown and gulped for breath as his struggle became her struggle. It wasn’t supposed to work that way. She didn’t know how to separate herself from what was happening. Only when the Vision finally showed her Michael floating face down in the lake did the breathlessness leave her chest.
     The placid lake surrounding the magical Isle of Avalon didn’t usually claim victims for its own. But young Michael had tempted fate. He had disobeyed his father’s strict orders not to wander from the hunting party. He had disregarded Fr. Timothy’s whispered warnings before he left home; “Be careful in that summer country, lad. ‘Tis the land of the heathen Faery.
     Michael had spent many an evening of his mere twelve years listening, enraptured, to his father’s bards singing tales of the mighty sword   Ex Calibur. Late last evening, the hunting party had camped near the lake     legend claimed to be the resting place of that hallowed sword. Stirred  and inspired, Michael lay awake until nearly dawn,   and then he took his chance. With quiet footsteps he crept away from the men sleeping in their tents, determined to prove himself a heroic knight by stepping into the lake’s watery dominion and commanding it to relinquish the fabled treasure. If he claimed the great sword, he might finally become the esteemed young warrior his father had always wanted him to be.
     Through dappled mist, Michael had raced toward the lake with his fist raised high.
     “You will be mine, Ex Calibur!” he declared to the unseen forces that fueled noble deeds in young boys and men.
     Flinging his cloak onto a boulder, he raised his arms to his sides and jumped into the lake. But the mossy rocks beneath his eager feet were slick.
     “Help!” he tried to scream, but water gurgled the word.
      Images of his mother flashed. He pictured her silky golden hair, and the way she always tenderly smiled at him. Just as she’d looked before the wasting illness took her from him.
     Fragments of his life flitted through in a final dreamscape, the harsh sound of his father’s commanding voice reverberating in his memories.
     Immersed in an in-between realm of lake waters and golden light, his soul flickered, then swelled, its flame yearning for freedom. A beautiful ethereal Lady shimmered before him. Silver stars crowned her night-black hair, and she wore midnight blue robes. She smiled, capturing his gaze. He stared into her eyes, unable to look away. Not wanting to. They shone like moonlight and stars, pearly-silver swirls of mystery in motion. Their blue depths reflected kindness, compassion. Her mercy warmed his cold, dying body, and spread to fill the chilled crevices inside him. He felt such comfort from Her presence that all thoughts of family, all thoughts of Ex Calibur, drifted away. 
     She held out her hand. He took it.
     








Saturday, April 8, 2017

Novel Writing Festival's Logline of the Day

My upcoming novel, The Hidden Abbey, was honored as the Novel Writing Festival's Logline of the day today.



Glastonbury Abbey ruins


LOGLINE:

The Visionary Fiction Novel, The Hidden Abbey, takes place in both the 16th and the 21st centuries. A headstrong priestess of Avalon, Marissa, falls in love with Michael, who defies his father's military aspirations for him to become a monk at the Glastonbury Abbey. But when King Henry VIII destroys all of England's Abbeys, Marissa and Michael are torn from each other, and are reborn in the 21st century where they have one last chance to fulfill their destiny and their star-crossed love.



Thursday, August 4, 2016


Here is my latest interview on the creative process and what it means to write Visionary Fiction.



"Listen to Jodine Cognato Turner's interview about Visionary Fiction. Her interview is engaging, and she explains what is visionary fiction, the creative process of writing and also an explanation of writer’s block and what it can reveal to a visionary fiction writer."  ~ author Eleni Papanou

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Jodine Turner's Award Winning Visionary Fiction FREE January 4th and 6th on Amazon


For Immediate Press Release:




A Modern Day Priestess Faces Her Dark Side – Award Winning Visionary Fiction

Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call
Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic
by Jodine Turner

 “Visionary Fiction speaks the language of the soul.”
~Jodine Turner

Hillsboro, OR, January 3, 2016 - Award winning author Jodine Turner announces the release of the second edition of her latest novel series, Carry on the Flame. The story is the same, but with gorgeous new cover art. Jodine writes Visionary Fiction, a revived literary genre that harks back to ancient storytelling, yet is contemporary and forward thinking in its focus. With gems of esoteric wisdom embedded in captivating story, and crafted without proselytizing, Visionary Fiction allows a reader to transform and awaken their consciousness through the characters' experiences.

The Carry on the Flame Visionary Fiction series features the modern-day heroine Sharay Kallah as the next in a long line of priestesses born in Glastonbury, England, aka the ancient Isle of Avalon. Sharay's evil aunt Phoebe desperately wants to steal Sharay's fortune and magical powers. To that end, Phoebe arranges for Sharay to be wrongly accused of murder and locked into a psychiatric hospital. Hunted by police, stalked by a demonic Tracker conjured by her aunt, and torn from everyone she loves, Sharay struggles with the temptation to fight Phoebe's dark powers with her own. In order to find freedom, and live the life she was born to live, Sharay must discover and embrace her priestess heritage, her powers, even her dark side. If she succeeds, she will uncover the keys to peace and happiness, for herself and all humankind.

Sharay embodies the feeling of despair and anger many of us can relate to when dealing with situations we perceive to be beyond our control. If you feel you are not listening to your most authentic heart and want to, Sharay's riveting journey is yours. If you have ever felt you have a calling in life that you've resisted or if you are experiencing the challenges of stepping up to meet that call, Sharay's journey is yours.

The setting of Glastonbury in today's England gives the book a rich texture and magical feel that adds to the drama. Much of Jodine's sense of place comes from her own experience living in Glastonbury for a time, where she penned her stories and also met her husband. That experience adds a tone of reality evident in the interweaving of the magical, mystical, and everyday lives of the characters, as the author is herself a priestess and understands the connection we all share to the realms of the seen and unseen that exists all around us.

Carry on the Flame: Destiny's Call is FREE on January 4th, 2016 on Amazon

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Reviews:

FANtastic fiction. There are many magical stories out there in the publishing industry, but this is one author who has created a new fresh mythical tale that readers will love.
~Amy Lignor, The Feathered Quill


Jodine Turner has created a suspense-filled novel of magical realism, bridging the ancient past and the present day, combining subtle magic with fated love and crime detection, culminating in  a powerful message of love and compassion, vital for us all. You will be drawn into this magical book, and you will not regret it! 
R.J. Stewart,  author of over 40 books on Celtic Mythology and ancestral land-oriented spiritual paths


If you have not yet discovered the magical and visionary work of Jodine Turner, now is the time.
~ Kathleen McGowan, International bestselling author


This gripping tale of magic and adventure, set in both ancient and modern Britain, should appeal to lovers of Celtic fantasy everywhere!
~Mara Freeman, author and Director of the Avalon Mystery School


Carry the Flame is an exciting read for modern day people who love the Divine Feminine; with intrigue, fighting the dark arts, and the challenges of facing a great destiny. This is a Goddess- inspired page turner you won't put down until the end.
~Kathy Jones, author, Priestess of Avalon Initiator and teacher.

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About Jodine Turner: While living for a year in glastonbury, England the ancient Isle of Avalon, Jodine began writing the Goddess of the Stars and Sea series about priestesses who have lived in Avalon throughout the ages to today. Jodine is a founding member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance.

Contact:
Avalon Publishing, Hillsboro, OR
jodine at jodine turner dot com 

http://prlog.org/12521815

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Reading Salon was a Success

I am writing my sixth novel, titled the Hidden Abbey. It is, of course, Visionary Fiction, which means stories with spiritual or metaphysical elements that are geared to offering the reader a shift in consciousness.

Last weekend, I joined a group of other writers, including those from my writing critique group "The Destiny Writers," to present a Reading Salon to an audience of nearly fifty interested readers from our Ashland hometown and surrounding areas. We were enthusiastically received and it gave us a wonderful opportunity to share our literary works in progress.



The following was the introduction to my reading excerpt.

The Hidden Abbey is set in Glastonbury, England and its mystical counterpart, the Isle of Avalon. It takes place in two different centuries – the 16th and the 21st.

In 16th century England, Marissa, a young priestess of Avalon, falls in love with Michael, the son of a wealthy English landowner. Michael will defy his father’s military aspirations for him to become a monk at the Glastonbury Abbey. As King Henry VIII sets out to destroy all of England’s 800 Abbeys and Monasteries (this is historically true), Marissa and Michael are torn from each other

Interspersed with this 16th century story is a story set in present day Glastonbury. Sophie, a cynical journalist, and Daniel, a photographer, are sent on assignment to cover the commemoration of the destruction of the Glastonbury Abbey. These two will discover that they are, in fact, destined to fulfill the star-crossed love of the priestess Marissa and the monk Michael.