Exclusive! Extracts from my forthcoming debut novel “Welcome to Wonderland” published on this blog!

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Did you know that I have a forthcoming novel coming out?

There’s still a long way to go with it. It is called “Welcome to Wonderland” and will be Book 1 of a trilogy of novels revolving around a Bohemian Love Story. I usually post the latest news about my fiction on my official site CatherineVaughan.com and the publication date of this novel will be first announced on THIS Mailing List from my official site: http://eepurl.com/cxzD1D Kindly share this 💌Mailing List💌 link to any friends and family you think will LOVE the sound of this book series.

Like all my other writing this book series is something I have put my heart and soul into. There are moments I’ve cried as I’ve typed the paragraphs.  It’s a very personal story, certainly not autobiographical but an intimate imprint of all the things I wished and longed for in life that could only manifest in printed words…

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You will meet Olivia Mariam. (She looks just like me.) Her best friend Serena Johnson, complete opposite in looks and temperament. Then there’s Tom and Jack Bodenham. I definitely have the song “something like Olivia” to blame for our main character’s name choice. Serena’s name is a slight homage to Whit Stillman’s debut film and of course Gossip Girl.

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Naturally the story is set in England, Serena is off at University (studying English Lit) and Olivia works for a publishing press. Having previously turned down a job post at Cheltenham because that was where her life was b.c. (before crisis as in the 2008 financial collapse.) Her father Bill Mariam was a hedge fund manager who lost everything in ’08 and the family haven’t been back since. Olivia lost everything and has dedicated herself to reclaiming back her former life at any cost. Her plan? Creating an app.

Then she meets Jack. 

Jack is athletic and a writer. He’s dreamy but there are ups and downs in store…

Christmas comes along and she’s finally in a place of true happiness… January arrives with a new year and a new job offer elsewhere.

In the meantime Serena has ditched her risque reputation and meets Tom.  The girl’s lives change. New friendships and entanglements ensue.

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As Olivia aggressively pursues her career she encounters everything she has ever dreamed of with irresistible suitors distracting her along the way. She faces a crossroad yet again and is all too aware of the fragility of life and is uncertain how to proceed in affairs of the heart.

Evelyn wants Nathaniel. Nathaniel and Jacob are enemies yet know Bill Mariam all too well. As luck would have it Jacob and Olivia’s paths cross and attraction arises. Enter temptation and disillusionment…

As she prepares to return home she has thorns in her heart one for Jack, another for Jacob and others thorns pierce her heart from other sources.

Lastly she has doubts whether it’s best to walk alone after all, but can’t but help wonder who her true soulmate is…

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Book 1 is all about choices and the uncertainty of our paths in life and love. I can’t wait to announce the publication date to you all on 💌  My Mailing List 💌 !

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Poem: I Will Remember You

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I Will Remember You

I will remember you
because I Love You.
I love you more than Life.
If i never knew you
I would not be here.
And for that I will love you
unconditionally,
I wish I didn’t sometimes
but it was predestined

I’ll never forget you
I couldn’t let myself
I can’t move on only to forget
The Love of My Life
The One made for me
Because I was born to make you happy…

 


Other poems by Catherine can be found in her poetry book “The Quarter Life Crisis Poet”
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Poem: Everything I never told you

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Everything I never told you

I love you.
You’re The One.
If I had my way I would be with
You right now.
We were meant to be together.
I think about you everyday.
I dream about you then
I wake up and cry
Wandering why you left me…
I will remember you because
I love you.

15.1.16

Other poems by Catherine can be found in her poetry book “The Quarter Life Crisis Poet”
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Taylor Swift vs Britney Spears vs John Mayer (Look what you made me do)

Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me
Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me do

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My verdict (borrowed from her former lover): “I got to the end of an old story.” – John Mayer

Standard, slightly mature sound (immature theme), macabre, album-track status than hit single.

The Independent:

On her Girl Squad ‘era’: “seemed like a pack of flinty-eyed social climbers jostling for Instagram exposure. It was nothing remotely resembling friendship.”  That seems savage and induces a dose of sympathy because it could actually be true.

“Flouncing on and off social media is the modus operandi of the Swift-a-like.”

“Taylor Swift’s has made it clear she’s pig sick of everyone talking about her, by ensuring everyone in pop land can talk of nothing else. You have to admire this. She is not the Queen of Pop, but she’s a brilliantly accomplished jester.”

“I can’t even” over the fact that CNN’s has a take on it.

People seem to love the music video. All I can say is that you throw that much shade- (even if it’s deserved?) then what else are you going to do? What is next? I guess I’m somewhat curious to see what’ll happen but even I feel a little jaded as Swift’s voice on this single. This song didn’t even get me riled up to remind me of people that have screwed me over the past… Then again I may have matured but all the while there is a slight lackluster factor to the song.

I much prefer the original Lyric Video. It’s poetic, artistic and more compelling because it’s enigmatic.

I think Enigma ought to be Taylor’s Next Career Move!



 

Poem: Frames

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He had shipped the art he picked up in
Parisian antique markets
and sent them to my home.
He wanted to know if I liked them.
He liked me to pick frames for the
unloved
paintings.

17.4.17


Other poems by Catherine can be found in her poetry book “The Quarter Life Crisis Poet”
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Poem: The Best Friend I Never Had

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The Best Friend I Never Had

Thank you for the headband
customized like
Blair Waldorf
Waldorf Astoria?
This weekend, my friend.
A slumber party like the old days.

In ways
it should have been – could have been.
I missed out so much
my only clutch
you stole
my crutch
you stole
It was just bad luck

So now I write to make it alright
I write what could have been
if you’d only let me in.
My stories, my dreams
create a new team
of worthy opponents