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Guest Blogger: Gemma Juliana
Sunday, March 24th, 2013


This is a year of new beginnings for me. In February, I published the first three novellas in the Sheikhs of the Golden Triangle series. March is the month I’m blogging for the first time ever. Thanks for inviting me, Delilah!

Have you ever wondered about the timing of events? Looking back at the crossroads in your past, have you ever wondered how different your life might be if you’d taken the other road?  Sometimes life feels orchestrated, other times totally random. Is there any such thing as coincidence?

Life is like story creation for a work of fiction, and we are characters in our own novels.

The Sheikh's SpyWriting The Sheikh’s Spy made me reflect on the sequence of how things unfold in our lives.

For example, Olympia is kidnapped by a wealthy sheikh and held as collateral because her brother can’t pay his astronomical gambling debt.  One evening she is called from the harem quarters to entertain visiting dignitaries, and overhears a plot to kill Sheikh Adnan in the neighboring kingdom of Zahiria.  She breaks free, intent on warning him that his life is in danger.

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If Olympia’s brother hadn’t gambled in that casino on the Riviera the same night the nefarious Sheikh Mahjub was there… or if the sheikh hadn’t decided impulsively to take Olympia as his chattel until the debt was paid… or if Olympia hadn’t decided to escape and find her way to Zahiria… Adnan may have lost his life. Did his survival truly rest on a series of ‘what if’ events, or would he have been spared in some other way?

Then I reflected on a few major events in my own life. If my parents hadn’t taken me to a particular night club on my twenty-first birthday, I wouldn’t have met the man who became my first husband. When he asked for my phone number, I hesitated and wanted to fake a number, but something compelled me to give him my phone number.

In the series prequel, The Amulet, what if the Prince of Zahiria hadn’t fallen in love with the witch’s daughter? If he’d married the princess his parents had chosen for him, perhaps a long series of misfortunes and wars could have been averted. Oonagh the witch may never have created an amulet to protect his kingdom, and the intrigues that plagued the region for centuries may never have happened.

I like to think we have some control over our lives, but sometimes in hindsight it seems life’s pivotal moments came about like the toss of a coin, or the spin of the wheel at a roulette table.

Maybe we are all characters in a gigantic work of fiction some cosmic being out there is writing. I find such thoughts fascinating. When we make everyday decisions, it doesn’t feel like we’re taking a gamble, at least not most of the time.

Christmas SpiritsDoes it all end at death, or does the saga continue on the other side of the veil? In Christmas Spirits, the ghost of Anna O’Cleary agrees to give up her right to visit her old Irish castle ever again in exchange for a weekend with her beloved husband, Sheikh Khazan, in the flesh again one last time. Her goal is to entice him to follow her to the spirit world when she leaves. This was such a major gamble, she probably considered the ‘what ifs’ before she sealed the deal.

The universe always fills a void. If I hadn’t met my first husband in that nightclub on my twenty-first birthday, maybe I’d have bumped into him poolside, or in a restaurant the next day. Or maybe I’d have met and married an entirely different man instead.

The two things we do seem to have control over are our minds and hearts. We magnetize people, places and things to ourselves based on the thoughts we put out, and the intentions we hold in our hearts.  So, are we the ones writing our own novel?

Have you ever pondered, “What if I’d done this instead of that?”

Thanks for reading this post and pondering the “what ifs” with me. If you have any thoughts about this, or crossroad experiences to share, I’d love to hear them.

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14 comments to “Guest Blogger: Gemma Juliana”

  1. Joyce Palmer
    · March 24th, 2013 at 11:05 am · Link


    Love the book covers. I’ll take one of those yummy sheikh’s, please.

    Sounds like a great series.

    I don’t believe in coincidence, everything happens for a reason. Sometimes we don’t know the purpose, but there is a higher power that does, I believe, and maybe someday we’ll be fortunate enough to discover the answers. Until then, I think we should strive to reach our absolute potential. To do anything less, is a losing proposition. 😛

    I wish you much success with your new series.


  2. kittyb78
    · March 24th, 2013 at 11:12 am · Link

    Everything happens for a reason, and our pasts helps shape us into who we are meant to become.
    Excellent post. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. ronnie cornett
    · March 24th, 2013 at 11:24 am · Link

    I also believe everything happens for a reason…I also believe in fate! ❗ Love Sheikh books….gonna check it out!!! 😉

  4. Gemma Juliana
    · March 24th, 2013 at 11:54 am · Link

    Thanks for stopping by Joyce! Glad you like the covers.

    I don’t believe in coincidences either. Beautifully said, we should always strive to reach our highest potential.

    The “what ifs” can lead us into a maze!

  5. Gemma Juliana
    · March 24th, 2013 at 11:58 am · Link

    Hi Kitty,

    If we learn from our past choices, the future might offer a better experience, or we should be able to navigate easier. Wisdom may be the reward…

    Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

  6. Gemma Juliana
    · March 24th, 2013 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Hi Ronnie, I believe in fate too. Makes me wonder if our choices are really choices sometimes.

    Thanks for stopping by! Glad you love sheikhs too. 😉

  7. Anne Lange
    · March 24th, 2013 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Fabulous post Gemma. For your first time you – you did great! 😉

  8. Gemma Juliana
    · March 24th, 2013 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Thanks, Anne! Nice of you to stop by and say hi! 😀

  9. Melissa Porter
    · March 24th, 2013 at 7:20 pm · Link

    I have had some of those times. Where I wonder what if….

    The books sound pretty interesting. I will be checking them out.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Gemma Juliana
    · March 24th, 2013 at 7:26 pm · Link

    Nice to see you here Melissa, thanks for stopping by to comment!

  11. sharon chalk
    · March 24th, 2013 at 7:59 pm · Link

    I love that you think with that what if? way of thinking,I think about that a lot now that I have hit 50.I look back on my life and think well if I would have married him my life would have different,but then I wouldn’t have my daughter and she made my life take a totally different road that I never would have chosen,but it turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened in my life,so sometimes I think that fate or karma or something does affect us because there are things that I would have never “chosen” to happen in my life,but they did and years later I realized it was a good thing that it happened,so yeah I think some decisions are made for us,we just don’t realize it.

  12. lyndakayefrazier
    · March 24th, 2013 at 9:50 pm · Link

    I’ve had many what if moments, but wouldn’t go back and change a thing. Your post was amazing and your books sound just as good. I’m going to check them out.
    Thanks for sharing

  13. Gemma Juliana
    · March 24th, 2013 at 10:36 pm · Link

    Hi Sharon, I find I think about ‘what if’ a lot more since I turned 50 too. Maybe we just have more to look back on, and more ‘other’ choices we could have made than when we were younger. It’s a fascinating subject. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  14. Gemma Juliana
    · March 24th, 2013 at 10:41 pm · Link

    Hey Lynda, Thanks for visiting and reading my post. I love that you said you wouldn’t change anything. I feel the same way, even though I’ve been through a lot of difficult stuff. Other roads sometimes looked brighter, but who knows if they were? Sort of like leprechaun gold… I wouldn’t be the person I am if I hadn’t had my experiences, good and bad.

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