Awakenings is a collection of up beat stories about women who overcome adversity to achieve spiritual and physical fulfilment. Issues that are often the cause of pain and sorrow (betrayal, injury, death, abandonment etc) are in these stories the springboard to a better life. The tales are not of escapist erotica but of people discovering extraordinary experiences, which are all the more sensual because ordinary life is still going on around them. It is the contrast between the worlds they simultaneously inhabit that heightens both their pleasure as participants and ours as readers. I hope readers will see there is something wonderful just beyond the edge of everyday life and even if you choose not to seize it, knowing it is there can make your everyday less commonplace.