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


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



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.


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.

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

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.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


February 1st marks the ancient Celtic Festival of Imbolc. It is the herald of early spring, the time when lambs are being birthed and the first delicate white flowers of the Snowdrop bloom. It is the feast day of the Goddess Brighid, also known as St. Brigid.

Years ago, when I lived in Glastonbury I wrote a poem dedicated to Brighid, Goddess of smith-craft, poetry, and healing. My publisher placed copies in a friend's shop on the High Street in Glastonbury. After I had returned to the U.S.A. I was contacted by the German singer-songwriter, Miriam Carl Boluk. Miriam asked for my permission to use my poem as lyrics for her band's song dedicated to Brighid, on their upcoming album. The band, Cool Masala, released their album, featuring the song Brighid.

You can listen Here to the song Brighid, sung by Miriam Carl Boluk. It's a nice way to celebrate and honor Brighid on her feast day.


Ancient Brigid
Mother of the Power of Love,
Triple Goddess of the three form flame,
Your perpetual light touches both the Heavens and the Earth,
and unites them

Hearts aflame with the passion of fire,
Where the metals of your smith-crafting
forge a new dawn.

May your perfectly temper our creations
with your cooling waters.
May your inspiration flow through us,
as we express our beauty.

May we continue to find you ever present,
as we heal and make whole
the planet and ourselves.

© Jodine Turner 

© The Goddess Brighid, Miranda Gray;
© Border by Courtney Davis from 'Celtic Gods Celtic Goddesses' by R.J. Stewart

Brighid/ Cool Masala          
(lyrics: ©Jodine Cognato Turner)                                    

I see you burning bright, Brighid
In my heart, in the heart of the world, Brighid

A flame that touches both earth and sky

Illuminating perpetually, dancing in the sun
Cooling in the waters, maker of smithcraft, midwife of love
Burning the coals to keep the heartfire alive

To learn how to make a Brighid's cross, the sun cross, visit the wonderful Mara Freeman's blog. Weaving a Brighid's cross is another wonderful way to celebrate Imbolc.

Brighid's sun cross.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Visionary Fiction in Today's World

Visionary Fiction speaks the language of the soul. It contains all the elements of modern storytelling yet there is a deeper layer, an archetypal level. This level invites a reader to personally undergo the mystical inner initiations that the book’s character experiences. Visionary Fiction (VF) not only entertains, it embeds esoteric wisdom and paranormal experiences in story. It is an ancient art of storytelling – but a fairly new genre in the publishing world.

Often relegated to the genre of Fantasy, Paranormal, Metaphysical, or Spirituality, VF contains elements of all four. But the story line is more concerned with how the character’s internal experiences of paranormal events – such as visions, dreams, psychic phenomena, past life remembrances, or forays into uncharted planes of existence – are the unique catalysts for transformation. These types of non-linear occurrences run parallel to our everyday conditioned reality. VF allows the reader to glimpse a doorway into these alternate realities.

VF engages the reader in the worlds of the seen and unseen. It is a quest into the deeper mysteries of life - in story form.

Our Current Reality
We live in a world that operates under an imbalanced masculine-principle way of thinking. I am referring to the unhealthy attitude that produces greed, war, violence, domination, authority outside ourselves, and rational/linear thought to the exclusion of intuition and feelings. In general, society demeans the feminine principle of nurturance, receptivity, cooperation, emotions, our ‘sixth sense’ and intuition. I am not talking about gender when I speak about the masculine and feminine principles, but, rather, about ways of being and behaving. Both principles can act healthy or unhealthy; helpful or hurtful. In other words, you could say there’s an excess of unhealthy Yang, and a suppressed/restricted Yin. You need only examine the degeneration of our cultural institutions – the banks, church, the politics – to see that societal structures are crumbling under the effects of this imbalance.

I find it interesting that many ancient spiritual systems, such as the Hopi, Mayan, and Hindu, foretold a golden age. They predicted our current era in history as the transition point into this evolution of consciousness. As with all change, there is chaos and destruction before there is regeneration. This is simply the way our world works. If these ancient spiritual predictions are true, this explains the depth of turbulence we see and feel around us.

The Relevance of Visionary Fiction in today’s world

Humankind longs for a new story. A regenerative and hope filled rebirth. A world that joins the best that both the masculine and feminine principles have to offer. In the union of heart and head, and with wisdom, guardianship, and power that are infused with love, that golden age the ancients predicted can arrive.
One time honored way to open up to this alchemical change and explore humanity’s potential is through the vital act of storytelling. VF can rouse humanity’s new story – through story. The mystical encounters, paranormal abilities, and spiritual awakenings woven into VF provide the raw material for the transformation of not only the novel’s characters, but for readers as well. The invitation is to apply the embedded wisdom of the book into our own lives.

Yes, VF speaks the language of the soul. It offers a vision of humanity as we dream it could be. At a time where our world is going through so much tumultuous change, we need more Visionary Fiction.

A version of this article first appeared in the Visionary Fiction Alliance blog August, 2012