If you trace such stories back far enough, you reach a point where something "non-mundane" was added to the bloodline. Perhaps a hero or heroine was touched by a god or goddess and passed those gifts on to their offspring. Such abilities are often traced back to the children born from the coupling of a mortal and an otherworldly creature - a demon, an angel, an elf, or, as in one of my favorite scenes from the movie The Secret of Roan Inish, a selkie...
In The Awakening, the presence of such abilities indicates that a person is part of the bloodline, that somewhere in their ancestry, a mortal mated with one of the Old Ones. While such gifts often remain dormant throughout a person's lifetime, in others they begin to manifest during puberty.
Another person had died; she could feel it. There would be more to come, each one a key, a piece of a larger puzzle that would change the world she knew. She didn't know how she knew, only that when puberty began to rear its ugly head, she had begun to dream. She had started to see visions when she looked at people, images of the days they had already lived and glimpses of those still to come. The teenager didn't know why, only that it had something to do with her ancestry, her bloodline. She had learned that from dreams, not from the mundane answers with which her mother and grandmother had provided her.There's a nearly forgotten belief that runs through nearly every culture in the world that, when the end of the world begins to draw near, these abilities will begin to come to life. For instance, The Bible states, "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams." Indigenous prophecy speaks of people "hearing the song of Spirit" a reference to being deeply connected to a world that is beyond the mundane. In many ways, this "awakening" is one of the final pieces of the puzzle. It's a herald of the end.
The Awakening (May 13, 2011) sets the stage for A Tide of Shadows (May 2012), which in turn builds to the climax found in Days of the Fallen (May 2013). You can read the first three chapters online for free. The Awakening will be published on Friday the 13th in both paperback and ebook formats.
Secret One: Aleph (May 1st)
Secret Two: The End (May 2nd)
Secret Three: Angels (May 3rd)
Secret Four: The Bloodline (May 4th)
Secret Five: Heaven and Hell (May 5th)
Secret Six: What Does God Look Like? (May 6th)
Secret Seven: Working Miracles (May 7th)
Secret Eight: The Four Horsemen (May 8th)
Secret Nine: Small Town Mysteries (May 9th)
Secret Ten: Photographing the Paranormal (May 10th)
Secret Eleven: Blood on the Threshold (May 11th)
Secret Twelve: Find the Thread (May 12th)
Secret Thirteen: How Does the World End? (May 13th)