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Anna DeStefano | Legacies Are Amazing Things


As a writer, I hope creativity will be one of the gifts I pass on to my son. It can be a scary venture, weaving story together from nothing, then sharing that vision with the world. But the results can be nothing short of amazing. Whatever your passion and gift, everyone can find a creative outlet to challenge and sustain them. The wonder of seeing others respond to your gift is a miracle you should experience at least once in your life.

By definition, a legacy is a gift of property, or anything handed down from the past. My paranormal romantic suspense series from Dorchester is an exciting escape into the lives of psychic twins who are just discovering the power of their legacy: the ability to feel and control what others are feeling, and to harness others' dreams. They spent Book One-Dark Legacy -fighting to keep a secret team of government scientists from shaping their minds into direct-strike psychic weapons. In Book Two, Secret Legacy, Sarah and Maddie Temple are still on the run. Only now the government has a psychically gifted child in its grasp-another piece of the Temple Legacy the twins never knew existed. Instead of fighting to escape the danger their powers have brought them, the twins must embrace and risk what they are, or an innocent life will be lost.

At it's core, my psychic series is about exactly what I want to pass on to my child, and hopefully his children one day-dreams. I'm having a blast as I draft Secret Legacy, delving deeper into the dream theory I could only touch on in Book One. Instead of spooky forests, Sarah Temple is dreaming of oceans and currents and being drawn toward either darkness or light. Is it nightmare that she's seeing? A premonition of danger to come? Or the chance to redeem her questionable gifts, for the sake of a child she's never met, and an unsuspecting world that doesn't realize how close to reality psychic warfare has become?

Success hinges on whether Sarah can embrace her dreams, rather than hiding from what she was created to be. And whether she can learn to trust the people who would help her grow into her full power, including Secret Legacy's hero, Dr. Richard Metting-Sarah's soul mate, and the person she's most determined to run from.

There's a key message at the core of this series (and at the center of all of our lives, I suspect): we were born to bring something to the world no one else can. We're here to create and share what is uniquely us, and to fight for that individuality--every dark and light part of it. Artists from the beginning of time have shown us the beauty that results when a person bravely embraces her latent gift to create. But there have been countless masterpieces lost, too, because one sensitive soul after another was too frightened of trying and failing, to even begin.

For my psychic twins and my son and all my readers and friends, I wish for you the strength to embrace the legacies gifted to you. The chances only you will have to venture out into the world and share what you were born to create. Have courage. Have faith. Have hope. There is beauty, even in failing, when you put everything on the line to be exactly what you are. There is a glorious ending waiting to even the most difficult journey, as long as you keep fighting to make your dreams come true.

Read more about Secret Legacy at my author blog, where I’m chatting weekly about dream theory and the unique characters I'm creating in a series that's been called everything from urban fantasy to romantic suspense to psychic thriller. I'm regularly sharing excerpts and the play lists helping me stay grounded in Secret Legacy's complex characters and relationships. And since we like to party on my blog, you never know when you'll have a chance to win a surprise giveaway.

To win a signed copy of Dark Legacy leave a comment here on my Fresh Fiction post. A winner will be randomly drawn from everyone who contributes!

Anna DeStefano is the nationally best selling author of classic romance for Harlequin and Silhouette, and contemporary paranormal romantic suspense for Dorchester publishing. She's a two-time Romantic Times award winner, and has been a finalist in numerous industry awards, including the National Reader's Choice Award, the Hold Medallion and the Book Sellers Best Award. Visit her at annawrites.com/blog for regular updates on all her projects, her workshops and appearances, and her progress drafting Secret Legacy, the second book in her dream-theory-based Legacy series, due on shelves September, 2010.




61 comments posted.

Re: Anna DeStefano | Legacies Are Amazing Things

Really agree with your statement about being "you" to the ultimate. Nothing is more fulfilling. Thank you.
(Joanne Reynolds 6:27am November 18, 2009)

Would very much like to read this book!!
(Debra Davis 9:14am November 18, 2009)

Hi Anna,
I've read almost all your books and I love them.
I'm 67, but my kids tell me I'm not an "old lady" 67 and I think one of your Dark Legacy T-shirts would look pretty good on me.
(Lorraine Larose 9:21am November 18, 2009)

You are amazing. You story line is always different and you characters always exciting. Never stop writing.
(Mrs bernard Yavitch 9:35am November 18, 2009)

I love your comment about how seeing others respond to your gift is a miracle everyone should experience. How true. No matter what gift each of us brings, that positive response from someone else makes it real and worthwhile.
(G S Moch 9:49am November 18, 2009)

Thanks...I can't wait to read it!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 10:11am November 18, 2009)

Sounds like a wonderful series. Love books that have that paranorml touch.
(Cherie Japp 10:46am November 18, 2009)

I love reading each day. And this book would be a treat.
(Sharon Nelson 10:47am November 18, 2009)

I have always been fascinated by the paranormal, when I lived in NC attended several lectures at Duke University on the subject. Belief in the paranormal represents, I think, the human desire for the hope that lost loved ones are not entirely lost to us and that their spirit remains.
(Shirley Hodge 10:53am November 18, 2009)

Always ready to read another good book. Thanks
(Sheila True 10:53am November 18, 2009)

I would love to read this book. Can't wait to buy it on Amazon.
(Ashley Domes 11:01am November 18, 2009)

I would love to read this book, it looks like a great one.
(Ashley Domes 11:09am November 18, 2009)

Enjoyed your post Anna. Hope you have a great holiday.
(Dena Walton 11:16am November 18, 2009)

Whew! I finally got myself logged in. So THAT's why I wasn't seeing a place to comment ;o) See what sticking your nose in a book all day will do to your ability to reason!

Thanks for the great comments. Especially the thoughts on gifts and fufilling them. I hope today's post inspires everyone to share their creativity with their world today!
(Anna Destefano 11:44am November 18, 2009)

This looks like a great read and I having been hearing a lot of good things about it.
(Gail Hurt 11:48am November 18, 2009)

The paranormal has always intrigued me. Read lots and enjoy all types of book. Yours has me drawn into the web of intrigue to which I find it to be a "Must Read"!! Great Job and love the info reviews through "Fresh Fiction" sure helps me to find the Best Reads such as "Dark Legacy"~ Thanks.
(Shirley Sego 11:59am November 18, 2009)

Thanks for the chance to win your book... it sounds really good!!! I have enjoyed your Harlequin books in the past, now I have to try your contemporary paranormal romantic suspense! :)
(Colleen Conklin 12:01pm November 18, 2009)

This a wonderful book and on my list to read. Thank you for writing these amazing stories.
(Barbara Ryan 12:31pm November 18, 2009)

This sounds like it will be a great read and has been added to my list of books to buy and read.
(Sherry Strode 12:40pm November 18, 2009)

My wife just finished her first novel. How do you find the time and not get distracted so that you can meet deadlines?
(Sean Pynaert 1:11pm November 18, 2009)

Sounds like a great book. I love paranormal based stories.
(Dusty Johnson 1:17pm November 18, 2009)

Thanks for the opportunity to win Dark Legacy . seaburd(at)comcast.net
(Chris Burd 1:20pm November 18, 2009)

I love the key message, we are all unique. I hope everyone has found or will find their gift. I would love to win.
(Theresa Buckholtz 1:52pm November 18, 2009)

Gothic "setting", twins with psychic
link and 200-year-old curse in a
paranormal thriller sounds really good
and glad you are continuing the series
so can find out if there will be a HEA
somewhere down the line...Count me
in for drawing on the book......

Jackie B. Central Texas
(Jackie Burris 2:04pm November 18, 2009)

You are truly amazing! Keep writing those great books!!!
(Diana Kirkwood 2:58pm November 18, 2009)

Seeing others respond because you listen with all your senses is one of the qualities of a shaman. You are inspiring many.
(Alyson Widen 3:05pm November 18, 2009)

Sounds like a great thriller!
(Marjorie Carmony 3:12pm November 18, 2009)

Hi Anna,
You mentioned that you would love to leave a heritage of writing to your kids,it struck me because I have always felt that way also but I just hoped for a legacy of reading! Love your writing,Thank you!
Charlotte Zimmerman
(Charlotte Zimmerman 3:26pm November 18, 2009)

I think that message is true for many people.
(Jane Cheung 3:30pm November 18, 2009)

A great message!! I love paranormal books and this one is going on my wishlist.
(Valerie Bongards 3:37pm November 18, 2009)

Hi Anna,
I'm a person who has little and needs less. That is until it comes to books, I can read all the time and love my books. Happy Thanksgiving.
(Jd Simm 3:51pm November 18, 2009)

Sean, I find that a writer has to make time for writing, if publishing is a dream you're determined to make come true. At some point, a published author's passion becomes a business, and the two halves can be a challenge to juggle.

But it's a wonderful life. Tell your wife to keep writing!!! And tell her good luck for me ;o)
(Anna Destefano 4:15pm November 18, 2009)

Jackie--I'm writing the twin's spooky and gothic HEA even as I type this ;o) Of course, there are other families with legacies swirling around my brain... The Legacy series will hopefully have a lovely, fruitful life, LOL!
(Anna Destefano 4:17pm November 18, 2009)

I used to dream conversations and later they would happen. When I was young I thought that if I wanted something to happen I should dream it and it would happen. Didn't work that way. I no longer get the dream conversations either :>(
(Karin Tillotson 4:21pm November 18, 2009)

Thanks so much Alyson and Diana, and everone else for the wonderful support.

I LOVED Dark Legacy, for the uniqueness of the story and all the wonderful surprises that came as I wrote it. It's a thrill to hear readers respond so positively--especially my Harlequin followers who have embraced the more mainstream parts of DL.

You're all wonderful, and are a huge part of the positive energy that gets channeled back into my story telling ;o)
(Anna Destefano 4:33pm November 18, 2009)

Karin--dream theory has been a passion of mine for a long time, because of my experiences as a child of dreams blending with reality. I think as adults we lose touch with the more quiet work our brains do. And the visions that reflect back what's most important to us.

But if we can be still and sensitive to the magic going on around and inside us, I think those voices are still there. Call them intuition or hunches or "just a feeling," but we're still dreaming every day in tangible ways that touch our lives
(Anna Destefano 4:37pm November 18, 2009)

I find the dream theory concept very cool!! Can't wait to read them.
(Mitzi Hinkey 5:00pm November 18, 2009)

I look forward in reading this and more in the series.

(Tracey Dent 5:10pm November 18, 2009)

Give me, Give me, Give me the Legacy Series. First it's Dark then its Secret can't wait!!
(Laura McLendon 5:21pm November 18, 2009)

I absolutely loved the line where you state that we were born into this world to bring something only we can add to it. So very true. What a great blog.
(Maude Allen 6:12pm November 18, 2009)

The cover is brilliant. The story looks superb. Thank you for sharing. I SO have my fingers crossed.
(Mary Preston 6:16pm November 18, 2009)

Your Legacy books Look fantastic! I haven't thought this in years but back in the early 70's I studied in HS how the Russians were studing the paranormal. Your books seem to picking up what was going on back then.
(Susan Lathen 7:32pm November 18, 2009)

Sounds like a very interesting book.

My MIL and I would both be interested in reading these two books.
(Linda Chesick 8:12pm November 18, 2009)

I've never read one of your books before, but I'm very interested in Dark Legacy. Definitely want to read this!
(Melissa Cleaver 8:21pm November 18, 2009)

I've read your SuperRomances, but not this title yet. It looks great. I'm always interested in a good paranormal.
(Sandra Martin 8:55pm November 18, 2009)

Love to read this book. I might even add this to my book collection.
(Kai Wong 9:10pm November 18, 2009)

Sounds fabulous! How nice that we are beginning to explore inner space and can accept psychic gifts as just another aspect of ourselves that we need to examine and use to the benefit of all.
(Susan Driskill 9:47pm November 18, 2009)

Thanks for sharing your own unique
gifts! Dark Legacy sounds like a must
read book!
(Sue Ahn 10:32pm November 18, 2009)

I love series and ones about the paranormal are the best of all.
(Patsy Hagen 11:13pm November 18, 2009)

Followed your blog tour and your posts
before DARK LEGACY came out. like the
plot premise. Look forward to the second
book in the series.
(Patricia Barraclough 2:08am November 19, 2009)

"we were born to bring something
to the world no one else can"
Could not agree more.
(Lisa Richards 1:25pm November 19, 2009)

Just looking for a new author to devour (not literally!)I think I have found me one! Thanks!!
(Marcia DiStefano 3:23pm November 19, 2009)

I would love to win this book.
(Mary Smith 5:05pm November 19, 2009)

I would love to win this book! I am always looking for new authors and books to read. This sounds wonderful!
(Lisa Glidewell 7:32pm November 19, 2009)

This looks like a fabulous book! I hope to win it!
(Brenda Rupp 7:58pm November 19, 2009)

Your books look great!
(Sharla Long 8:25pm November 19, 2009)

I am interested in the meaning of dreams. This is a perfect topic for a book for me.
(Barbara Ryan 10:06pm November 19, 2009)

Great post! I especially agree with your statements about the key messages at the center of our lives.
(Cheryl Snyder 10:41pm November 19, 2009)

(Freda Mans-Labianca 10:59pm November 19, 2009)

Anna, loved your post here..I have the book Dark Legacy and just got it..thanks to you. I won the butterfly purse and the book and love them so much. I just wanted to tell everyone here how wonderful you are and the book will be read next..have to finish one I started but after getting Dark Legacy I am excited to get started on it. Sounds so cool. Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks you and I will enjoy my purse so much. susan L.
(Susan Leech 4:08pm November 25, 2009)

sounds like a great book toread!
(Ann Unger 8:03pm April 1, 2010)

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