When I think of little hollows, I think of a hollow in a tree, or in a thicket of brush. I think of the slight concave area just above a hip, or collar bone. The dip at the top of a man’s shoulder, or the soft depression at the top of a woman’s inner thigh. But I also think of the hollow places we all have inside us, that most will never see. Those small voids that become full when we experience extraordinary love, and intense connection. These are the hollows that draw us in, and make us seek ways to fit together.
This stunning photo is by photographer Peter Levers. It is very similar to the image I have in my mind when writing Little Hollows Beckon, and it captures the mood of my story incredibly well.
Excerpt from Little Hollows Beckon:
I stopped when I heard the echo. I held my breath and listened to what sounded like my own weeping. Confused, I opened my eyes and looked around. The raven was perched behind me on the piano, imitating my cries.
Once he had my attention, the pattern of the vocalizations changed, and the tone became deeper and more resonant. It sounded raw and aching. I shivered when I recognized the raven’s new mimicry. It was the same sound I was making last night.
“Jamieson,” I whispered. It wasn’t a question. I was telling him I knew.
After years spent rebuilding her life, Willa Hawthorne feels like things are finally moving forward again. With a successful gallery exhibit behind her and a second collection of paintings underway, she’s making a name for herself in the art world. But shortly after becoming engaged to Evan Mercer, the handsome attorney who is everything Willa could want in a man, she realizes that she hasn’t truly gotten over her old boyfriend, Jamieson Corbin. With an uncanny sense of timing, Jamieson returns and pushes his way back into Willa’s life. Her lover’s reappearance not only threatens her relationship with Evan, but the sheer madness of the situation challenges Willa’s very sanity because there’s an impossible catch: Jamieson has been dead for three years.
Still very much in love with Jamieson, Willa encourages his ghostly appearances. She is anxious to discuss the seemingly implausible events with someone, but she’s filled with guilt and cannot confide in Evan. If Evan believed her, it would hurt him to know that Willa wanted Jamie back in her life at any cost, so she reveals the bizarre occurrences to the one person who might be able to help her: Jamieson’s twin brother, Ian. Together, Willa and Ian discover surprising ways to communicate with Jamie, and the two of them forge a strong, sensual bond during this otherworldly experience.