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postheadericon Interview with Paul DeBlassie III, author of ‘The Unholy’

Paul DeBlassie IIIPAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.

His latest book is the psychological/paranormal thriller, The Unholy.

Visit his website at www.pauldeblassieiii.com or his blog at www.pauldeblassieiii.blogspot.com.

Welcome to Literarily Speaking, Paul.  I’d like to begin with how you handled the research for your book, The Unholy?

The Unholy 7Actually it was more like The Unholy researched me, the story lingering in my mind and not settling until I was committed to the year’s long process of writing it. It went on and on in my mind, countless nights of seeing the scenes in dreams and nightmares that eventually became the narrative of The Unholy. So, then, it was very much like the muse researched me, saw into my level of insight, personal and professional experience, diligence, and willingness and then decided to give me the story. Of course, I followed up by jettisoning the story into the mythopoeic realm of Aztlan. This is a spiritual land of the mestizo, mixed blood, southwest. I wanted to take it out of the place of New Mexico and sensed the inspiration of the muse behind this. It was not a story that would permit itself to be trivialized by some thinking of it as a dramatized version of a single story in the literal place of New Mexico. The Unholy is a centuries old story told in such narratives as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and explored further in twentieth century venues such as School of the Sacred Beast by Yumi Takigawa in 1974 and the upcoming HBO documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.” Overall, research into the mysteries of Aztlan held sway in this book as it became a voyage for me, something I grew up with but had never formally delved into. The Unholy gave me an opportunity to move into the mystic potential of the land, the people, stories lived, and lives forever changed. It has been a place of great suffering and tremendous transformation. Aztlan, the setting of my novels, remains an ongoing study in sense of place, inner meaning, horror, and archetypal energy.

How do you ponder the muse?

Pondering the muse is nothing I want to do too up close and personal. It’s like looking for too long directly into the sun. It’ll blind you. While I was finishing up some of the final writing of the Unholy, my daughter, Victoria, a sculptress, would warn me, “Dad, be careful..the muse will always want more and more. She’ll take over your life if you let her.” I’ve more or less listened to the wisdom coming from my daughter and I’ve found that doing so has served me well. The muse and I stay on good terms so that I don’t burn myself out or blow myself out with the white hot energy that is present during the writing process. I leave the desk each day knowing that I’ve left some in and that is the way it should be. I don’t want to keep going and listening to the sirens who beckon to me to go a little further, a little more into dark creative waters after a full day already spent giving birth to the words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes. I pay respect to the muse at the end of each in the secret way that I do, leave her and myself wanting more but leaving the more on the table. That way there’s something for me to return to, refreshed and ready, the next day. You know, as I am writing this I see the muse, and she smiles knowingly and hopefully. She hopes one day I’ll listen to her and be seduced into more and more and more and not stop…and this is a good thing to know because then maybe by keeping it in mind I’ll keep my balance between truth to self and heeding the call of the muse.

How do you handle negative criticism?

The most important thing for me to remember about criticism and The Unholy is to realize that it sets off a religious complex in people who haven’t come to terms with the meaning of religion, freedom, spirituality, and love in life. If there is conflict in the confluence of these areas for an individual then they may hate the novel. It makes them vulnerable and suddenly what they’ve wanted to cling to and perhaps find redemption in becomes threatened. Instead of looking within and wondering, pondering the source of their intense emotional reaction, they take it out on the story and may rage against it. Intense emotional reactions are always telling, there is stuff lurking underneath. With The Unholy it provokes strong feeling and may cause folks to love it or hate it…depends on where they are and how they are feeling about themselves and their life. So, I take all this into account when I receive negative criticism. I believe it is helpful in maintaining a certain remove, a distance so that my objectivity remains as clear as possible. There was an initial reaction by a few church folk to The Unholy, stating or really wondering if this was a novel that “is just about slamming religion.” Actually I enjoyed answering them and saying that the novel is not about religion so much as it is about the dark side of human nature, religion just being the particular venue for this story. There is a dark side to religion, something they agreed with, and The Unholy takes this reality and dramatizes to show how good and evil can be masked and show up in the most unlikely of ways. This addressed their criticism and interestingly enough set them more or less at ease about reading a terrifying novel about the dark side of religion!

How did you become a horror writer?

I have to state something that I hope is not a cliché. But, I really believe writers are indeed born and not made. Of course, it takes years and years of work, reading, writing, and editing and editing and editing before things come together. This is definitely the making of a writer, but the initial stuff needs to be there. I couldn’t be a computer programmer or software engineer for all the oolong tea in China. It’s just not in me. However, I do have it in me and have had it in me to write and write til I get it write. If we’re born with the inspiration, if we want to write, then something is there. In The Unholy I had to keep going, the inspiration and compulsion were so strong that the energy literally felt as if it was electric and going to shoot out my fingertips and the top of my head if I didn’t write it out. The making of a horror writer, one who wants to write about the dark side and thrills of the psyche, is about doing what you feel when it comes to putting words on the page and letting no one dissuade you. There is discouragement, but that only comes when we need to step back a bit and rest. If we are patient and don’t enter into the Hades Hall of Abandoned Hope then we’ll find that energy returns. The making of a writier is about writing and never stopping the writing, letting it come together as it does in its own way and in its own time.

As an author, what scares you the most?

What scares me most is the day I’m not scared. Fear is a healthy part of being alive. It  doesn’t have to cripple us. If it does then we’re not listening to something that we need to turn inside and hear. Otherwise, fear especially when conjured within a horror story helps us in life by getting us to face things on the page that symbolically we’ve been wrestling with. We might never have had to face a raging Archbishop; but, what if we’ve been raised in a rigidly religious home and the face of God is manifest in the face of the minister or priest and as you are reading you suddenly, on a primal level, feel the terror of being reproved by the Almighty for having fallen short in your life and being condemned. Well..that kind of fear is a good thing because it brings us face to face with a destructive emotion that can be faced and felt in the story, the reader finding a little catharsis and perspective, and maybe discovering a little more freedom in the process from what just doesn’t make sense. Respecting fear and its power to inform and motivate is something that I hope to do for the rest of my life as I continue to explored horizons of horrifying stories that provide catharsis and a little perspective. When, as an author, I’m open to catharsis as I’m writing, feeling the fear of the character, the young curandera facing the evil archbishop, then I’m open to continuing to change and grow as a writer and never fear ceasing to grow, change, horrify, and perhaps transmogrify.

How has your training and experience as a psychologist impacted your writing in general?

For over thirty years I have treated survivors of the dark side of religion. I chose to write a novel about this human drama. Stories cut to the chase. I’ve written three other books in psychology and spirituality, but there is nothing like stirring the imagination via story to set the mind working and the heart healing.

Thanks for coming, Paul!  We wish you much luck and success with your new book!

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postheadericon Guest Post: The Inspiration Behind When Shmack Happens by Amber Neben

When Shmack Happens coverWhere did I get the inspiration to write When SHMACK Happens? Literarily speaking, I hit the wall, and I hit it HARD!!  My life, my goals, and my next steps were redirected in a span of a few seconds.  Prior to impact, I was on target to win that huge race at The Tour of California, and I was plotting ahead to more cycling goals, maybe even the 2016 Olympic Games.  After the impact, I laid on the pavement while my body screamed at me because it hurt…  SEVERELY.  Blood poured out of my nose and other parts of me.   I was scared and messed up.  But I was awake, and I could move.

In the midst of the pain and fear that filled me on the side of the road and then in the ambulance, I clung to Jesus.  I didn’t understand why or what had just happened.  I didn’t want to be headed to a trauma center, and I definitely didn’t want to have my dreams cut short by another obstacle.  But I clung.  And He filled me with His strength.

Honestly,   I was a miracle to walk away, and a miracle in how fast I recovered.  But even more incredible was that in the aftermath of the crash, I had a peace and a stillness of spirit that was beyond me.  I was very limited to what I could do.  Simply moving was difficult for a few weeks.  However, in spite of the physical trauma I was dealing with, my mind was incredibly clear and crisp, and my heart was not anxious.

I began to think about writing my story, and then God began to pound on my heart “write the story that I have written into your life.”  I had always wanted to write a book, but I had never felt the inspiration to do it until the initial days after the crash.  Although there was a definite tug on my heart to write, I still continued to doubt that I could do it.  I also wasn’t completely convinced I was hearing God accurately, and I only wanted to embark on the journey with His help.  So for two weeks, I prayed often about the idea.

Finally, or desperately, after two weeks of talking to God about everything, I prayed a Gideon like prayer at 5AM.  I know it was 5AM, because I remember checking my phone before getting up to use the bathroom.  My prayer when I laid back down was, “God, if I am hearing you correctly, have Jenna Sampson email me.”  Jenna had written some articles about me for Sports Spectrum, and she would occasionally check on me.  She had promised almost 7 years prior that she would help me write if I ever wanted to.  I hadn’t heard from her in almost a year, but when I got out of bed that same morning, I had an email from Jenna arriving at 5:16AM.  Confirmed.  I needed to write.

And yes, I needed to write!   There was no way a ghost writer or another author could truly understand my journey or share those intimate lessons I had learned as I had been walking,Amber Neben photo struggling, or standing firm in Christ through all the storms.   So I met with Jenna, who agreed to act as my editor, I started praying for words and eloquence, and I embarked on writing WHEN SHMACK HAPPENS.

Link to crash:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z_6qDX_Yh8

Amber Neben is a decorated international road cyclist with victories in 11 countries and multiple UCI Category 1 stage race wins. She is a 2x Olympian, 2x World Champion, 2x Pan American Champion and 2x National Champion. She holds a B.S. from The University of Nebraska and an M.S. from UC Irvine. Amber and her husband, Jason, reside in Lake Forest, CA. For information on speaking engagements or coaching visit amberneben.com.

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postheadericon First Chapter Reveal: The Last Ancient by Eliot Baker

The Last Ancient 2Title: The Last Ancient
Author: Eliot Baker
Publisher: Burst Books, imprint of Champagne Books
Pages: 316
Genre: Supernatural Thriller, Historical Mystery
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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Around Nantucket Island, brutal crime scenes are peppered with ancient coins, found by the one man who can unlock their meaning. But what do the coins have to do with the crimes? Or the sudden disease epidemic? Even the creature? And who–or what–left them?

The answer leads reporter Simon Stephenson on a journey through ancient mythology, numismatics, and the occult. Not to mention his own past, which turns out to be even darker than he’d realized; his murdered father was a feared arms dealer, after all. Along the way, Simon battles panic attacks and a host of nasty characters — some natural, others less so — while his heiress fiancee goes bridezilla, and a gorgeous rival TV reporter conceals her own intentions.

First Chapter:

The deer’s blood catches the golden hour light. It radiates throughout the animal’s carcass in fall hues that reflect the island’s rustling red leaves and honey-colored needles littering the sand. Such eerie, blasphemous beauty. I fire shots from my Nikon.

“That’s six. Six deer mutilations this month,” I say to my experts. Click. Click. Click.

Branches partially cover the deer. Its eyes are wet brown marbles rimmed and veined in burning red, as though it had been hung upside down for a day. Its lips are peeled back above the gums in a grimace of broken teeth. Brain matter spills through a crack in the skull. Two yellowjackets buzz over the red pulp. Land. Feed. Hover above their feast. Click. The neck is attached to the body by a flap of hide. One of the deer’s forelegs is missing. Inside the hole in its torso I can see that its entrails have been removed. I get on my elbows and snap pictures from the cold, damp sand. The heart is gone, too.

Dr. Pauline Driscoll, Nantucket’s town biologist, is squatting beside the carcass. She’s furious at Sgt. Brad Fernandez, who is cursing and stomp-cleaning a gore-splattered boot into the sand. She affects his tar-thick Roxbury accent. “Nice shaht cut, ace!” Her silvering French braid swings out the back of her UMass baseball hat as she unpacks measuring tape, sample tubes, and baggies from her turquoise external frame pack. Sgt. Fernadez kicks bloody goo into the bushes.

“Maybe I wanna carry da machete fuh once, Doctor Driscoll,” he says.

Dr. Driscoll mutters and scribbles into her notepad. She is oblivious to her windswept beauty. Her dark eyes shine and sparkle, and she’s maintained her triathlete’s figure despite being on the other side of forty. She’s over a decade older than me, but I understand why Sgt. Fernandez wants to impress her.

Dr. Driscoll carves out an eyeball, coaxing it from the deer’s eye socket with a gloved hand. Tendons follow the jelly marble from the orbital cavity like melted provolone. She saws through the tendons with a retractable scalpel. Fernandez gags. It makes him look like a blushing Boy Scout in his green Environmental Police uniform and billed hat and bulky black utility belt. Driscoll smiles school-girl sweet, dropping the eyeball into a baggie. She offers Fernandez the instrument and baggie, asking him if he’d like to carry the scalpel for once.

Fernandez holds up one hand at her and balls the other over his mouth, gulps twice. “You’re one sick hippy,” he says.

Driscoll hums a macabre rendition of Melanie Safka’s Lay Down as she scoops bits of brain from the crack in the animal’s skull.

I sniff the shrieking wind. It’s bowing the barrens of pitch pines toward our clearing in the scrub oak like gnarled magnetic filaments. I can smell the ocean, almost hear it, but not see it. From our elevated bald spot in the suffocating brush, I can see the sandy path we just traversed. It cuts like a surgical scar through the open conservation land’s tufts of bladed grass and bristling patches of black huckleberry and pasture rose. It winds up Altar Rock into the reddening horizon, where a hunter stands silhouetted on the rim of the valley, binoculars pressed to his face. The strapped shotgun jutting from his shoulder makes him look like a fierce insect with an antenna.

“You poor baby,” says Driscoll, passing a black fine-toothed comb over the deer’s patchy fur. She taps the comb and a dozen ticks fall like grains of volcanic sand into a plastic dish. “Those teeth, that pelt–man, you were one sick fella.”

Fernandez breathes, gets down on one knee, and starts shaving samples from the spine with his own folding knife. He then slices off chunks of muscle and organs that he places into baggies under Driscoll’s direction. Click.

“I’m bustin’ heads, and you can quote me on that,” says Fernandez through clenched teeth behind his trimmed mustache. “Someone was huntin’ before dawn.”

“Or something,” I say, snapping close-ups of the spray radius. Drops of blood shine like rubies on wooden pendants in the foreground against a hazy cloud of thorns. The experts exchange looks and groans.

“Anyways, this is roundabouts where da Pike brothers said dey heard something freaky ’bout an hour ago,” says Fernandez. “Said it was like a deer cry, but kinda mutant, with loads a struggle.”

Dr. Driscoll stands and examines the sand and rocks for tracks. She picks up the machete she used to carve a trail here through the scrub oak. “Man, what is wrong with people?” she says and hacks at the thorny curtain with skills she picked up surveying birds in the Amazon and in Africa. She asks Fernandez if he can find any boot prints. He shakes his head.

I ask them to speculate on a predator. No dice.

“How about speculating on how it got in here then?” I say. “We lost the tracks and the blood trail way long ago.”

“Good point,” admits Dr. Driscoll.

The deer’s remaining foreleg suddenly stiffens as though saluting, hitting Driscoll’s thigh.

“Oh, fuck me hard on Sunday!” says Dr. Driscoll, jumping into Sgt. Fernandez’s arms.

He whispers, “Relax, it’s a fresh kill. And sure, Sunday’s good for me.”

Driscoll shoves Fernandez, and says to me, “Don’t you dare put that in the article.”

“I’ll think about it,” I say, and try to smile. Can’t. I’m shaken.

Shotguns crow across the windswept prairie of mid-island Nantucket. I swear and fumble my notepad. Scan the sky. Indeed, the staccato cracks are like iron roosters. They announce a sunrise as raw and ruddy as the November leaves rattling in their stunted trees. Twisting, African-looking things that recall whittled broccoli dipped in flaming tar. For hunters, the day has begun.

I gather my creased notepad and shake the sand off the New England Daily Tribune logo. Dr. Driscoll winks at me and says, “Don’t worry, I’ll protect you.” Between machete slashes at the scrub oak and the branches covering the carcass, she whispers about the feverish late fall and its effect on the island’s various micro-ecologies. She rolls roots and flowers between her fingers and tastes a wizened blueberry. Shotguns crackle from Squam Swamp behind us. I remind her I’m not channeling John Muir for this piece no matter how eloquent her reveries.

She slips into one anyhow. “Oh man, but can’t you see it? The beauty? The history?” Dr. Driscoll squints, hacks at something, and shrugs, continuing, “Wampanoag Indians shucking shellfish around campfires.” Hack. “Quakers praying at the meeting house.” Hack. “Thousands of sheep, just grazing the New World forest into treeless Scottish heathlands.” Hack. “Whalers dragging their kills to shore from longboats – whoa, baby!”

She jumps back, swinging the machete in front of her feet. I peer through my camera lens, snapping photos. Movement? Something big and soundless, deep in the brush, like a disembodied shadow. It’s gone before I flex my trigger finger. I blink away cold stinging sweat and look above my camera into the barbed-wire mesh of scrub oak.

“You saw that?” I say.

“Dude, how could I miss it?” says Dr. Driscoll. “That was an epic rat!”

“Oh. But… Never mind.”

Driscoll gets on one knee beside Fernandez and jots notes in her pad. I point out some coppery feathers on the other side of the clearing. She tells me to be quiet while she’s writing. I ask about the marks on the deer’s back. She says silence is gold. Fair enough.

They don’t know I dropped out of Harvard Medical School my fourth year. I’ve also been on safari in Tanzania. I understand trauma and slaughter. The slash marks in the deer’s neck and shoulders are deep and precise. Its back is torn up. Something mounted it and ripped its head off, like a giant hyena or a wolf or even an exotic hybrid, but with the strength of a bear. The missing limb and heart and the disembowelment are confusing, however. Those look surgical. Meanwhile, the skull looks bashed, cracked open; yup, there are blood stains on the boulder. And the marks on the animal’s back resemble puncture wounds. Click.

A sunray shoots through the sharp woody tangle. Lights up something beside the feathers. It glows like a golden strand of spider web. I point it out, but Fernandez tells me to zip it. I salute him.

A cloud passes over the sun. The golden thread dims. I pluck it from beside the feathers before it disappears. It lights up again in my hand. The thing’s weird resilience and luster is captivating. Probably a hair, but more like a small-gauge acupuncture needle. As I pocket it, something glows blue and then extinguishes in the brush ahead of me. Maybe the sun hit on colored glass or a butterfly or a blue bird.

Twigs snap in the distance. Then more. We share a silent what-the-hell? moment. The rustling and snapping gets louder. Closer. We discern growling. Something is crashing along the path that Dr. Driscoll just carved with her machete. I suck in breath and swivel my head. Fernandez is up, his hand on his Glock. No predators on Nantucket, right, Sergeant? Even Dr. Driscoll’s dusky face goes pale.

“Hello?” Fernandez keeps calling out. Dr. Driscoll and I join him. The crashing gets nearer. The snorting and growling is wet and urgent.

“Three people here,” says Fernandez. The snarls sound hungry. “Put your guns up, three people here.” His voice is high and strangled.

He unbuckles the holster on his Glock.

A Rottweiler and a blue hound burst through the opening on long vinyl leashes. Two shotgun-toting, orange-clad hunters follow them. Fernandez sighs, visibly relieved. I’m not.

“Oh hell yeah, now that’s a kill!” says Dennis Pike, struggling to hold back his big Rottweiler from Driscoll and the deer.

“Looks like a fuckin’ zombie piñata!” says his brother, Ramone Pike, pulling his own hound’s leash against his chest.

The Pike brothers. Local fishermen with scars and missing teeth above fishnet beards and burly shoulders. Ramone locks eyes with me. He doesn’t smile.

“Beautiful morning,” I say. He spits brown ooze into the sand.

We both remember the time they pulled fishing knives on me at a beach party. I was fifteen. The Pikes, a couple years older, informed me it was for locals only. I idiotically protested that I was a life-long summer kid. That a popular local girl had invited me. I didn’t know she’d dated Ramone in middle school. I remember my face feeling like it collapsed. Falling onto the sand. Looking up at them through a swollen eye in a kind of awe at the way the shadows of the campfire distorted their blockish teenage features into those of middle-aged convicts.

Sgt. Fernandez buckles in his gun and exclaims that they scared the bejeezus out of him. More rustling and heavy breathing on the path. We look up. Thick hands slap at the shrub opening.

The fat man steps through and smiles and nods hello at me. Swears at the greedy talons of scrub oak clawing at his shoulder. I can only gape. He whistles at the deer and sidles his sweaty bulk beside Dr. Driscoll and Sgt. Fernandez, asking chummily what they think did this to the deer. His heavy working class speech and twinkle-eyed charm are disarming. Driscoll speculates on predators, scavengers, disease, and demented pranksters.

“Gorman–what the hell?” I say.

Norm Gorman’s belly heaves beneath his tattered cheap leather jacket and ill-fitting orange hunting vest. The unlit cigar between his thick Irish-Saxon lips wags like a wet, vulgar tongue. He wipes his brow with the back of his hand, holding a reporter’s notebook with the New England Daily Tribune logo.

“Oh, you know me; can’t stay away from Nantucket’s rugged beauty, historic charm, the thrill of the hunt, and all that other hackneyed crap you keep regurgitatin’,” says Gorman, sucking the air like a milkshake. “And when my new buddies here heard what good pals me and you was, they took the day off the boats to go huntin’.”

“You know Nantucket’s my beat,” I say. “This is my story.”

Gorman flashes his big, coffee-toothed grin and takes notes above Dr. Driscoll. My heart pounds. Harder and harder, then arhythmically.

The scrub oak closes in on me. I’m being sucked out of my skin from the top of my head. My vision darkens. My throat swells. My heart throbs. Panic rises, a dark, fathomless tide. The adrenaline sprays through my veins like a punctured artery. I’ll freeze if I don’t start moving.

“Poaching my story won’t solve your problems,” I say, frustrated with the weakness in my voice. “It’s not my fault you cozied up with dirty cops. I’m telling Maggie you’re here. She’ll get my back.”

Dennis lets his dog loose at me. Yanks the leash against his chest. The Rottweiler growls, inches from my face.

“Try that shit again and I’ll have your dog,” says Fernandez. Dennis curls the corner of his lip beneath his grizzly bear beard and says his hand slipped.

The samples have been collected.

“I’ll get these to Doc Mulcahey,” says Dr. Driscoll. “Guys, don’t molest the carcass in the meantime. Got it?”

Ramone Pike belches. Dennis Pike spits on the ground and mutters. Sgt. Fernandez shakes his head, says, “Your mother must be so proud,” and helps Dr. Driscoll into her backpack.

Dennis turns his shoulder into mine as he walks past me to the opening. I meet his glare; shrink away. His eyes–they’re not just blood-shot, they’re murky red, darting about like ping-pong balls. Wild. Crazed. His sinewy middle finger waves at me like a billy club.

“Don’t misquote me, summer kid,” he says with carrion breath. His shotgun dangles from one hand. “We gotta square up, you and me.”

“What are you talking about?” I say. But Dennis staggers away. Ramone follows.

“Stop using so many fucking adverbs,” says Ramone. His clear tenor conveys unexpected intelligence. He was almost good-looking back when he had a full set of teeth and starred as the high school football team’s bone-crushing middle linebacker. His older brother, Dennis, wreaked havoc on the defensive line like a shroomed-up berserker. “Write like you got a pair. Not all flowery and passive. Read some Bukowski.” I tip my Nantucket Whalers cap and say thanks for the tip. The brothers follow their dogs out of the clearing.

Driscoll and Fernandez disappear into the underbrush behind them. I try to follow, but Gorman grabs my elbow and wraps a pork-and-whiskey-smelling arm around my shoulders. He asks me about the mutilations. “Just curious,” he says. “Not looking to steal your byline, honest, kid!” Something about his flat-toothed coffee grin makes you fear its disappearance.

I yank my arm away. I’m trembling. The yellow acid floods my brain, frying my neural circuits. I tell him not to touch me. My voice cracks. He gets in my grill and tells me to go screw. My eyes twitch and bubble. The world flashes hot and dark. “Just leave,” I say. “Go home.” He pokes my chest and says he’ll do whatever he wants on his own time. I’m at the precipice. Darkness surrounds me. There’s something beyond that heavy black membrane but… I don’t know. I’ve never punched through it. The darkness always wins.

I open my mouth. Words die in my chest. I’m frozen. Gorman chuckles and says, “See youz.” He ambles back to the trail, humming Dirty Old Town.

I wait in the clearing for the panic to ebb, for my senses to return. A monarch butterfly flutters onto the deer’s ear. Click. The two yellowjackets buzz like tiny chainsaws over the brains, smashing and stabbing each other with their stingers. One tumbles to the sand, dead. Click. The other buzzes in a sickly circle over the snout, then drops lifeless to the earth. Click.

My phone trembles against my thigh. I look at the text message. From Judy. SUCCESS! reads the subject. My breath returns. She just locked in a time this summer for our wedding at the yacht club and a reception at the golf club. I don’t want to know what her father is paying. But I smile. I can’t wait to see her tonight. I picture clingy material hanging from her pale, soft skin–

A sharp gust kicks sand into my face. I look back at the deer as I shield my eyes. Something glints in the gathering pool of sunlight behind its head. Squinting, I walk to it. Metal, half-revealed. I prize it from the sandy earth. My lips part. I lick them. My chest catches fire. A coin. A very valuable coin. From Oenoe, capital of Ikaria, an ancient Greek island. It’s perhaps twenty-three hundred years old. Artemis, Goddess of hunting (among other things) and patron deity of the island of Ikaria, is on one side. A bull is on the other.

“What the hell?” I murmur.

A noise–not quite animal, not quite twigs snapping–rumbles behind the deer carcass. Blue sparks in the shadows. Tiny bolts of electricity zap through my chest. Not panic. I’m excited. Like a teenager glimpsing a flash of silk panties.

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362160_frontcoverTitle: My Angelic Journey
Author: Evangelist Patricia Kinard
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 148
Genre: Religion/Inspirational
Format: Ebook

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For many years, evangelist Patricia Kinard lived a life of illusions. She soon realized that life wasn’t about her plans, but rather those of the Father, who defines a purpose for every situation. In My Angelic Journey, Kinard narrates her journey after she discovered the true purpose God had for her.

In this memoir, she details her transformation from a child with a measure of faith into a teenager with increased faith, and finally into a mature woman with undoubting faith who was blessed with a vision and later instructed to become an evangelist. It shows how her trials and physical and emotional losses were replaced by joy when she put her faith and trust in God.

A powerful, firsthand testimony, My Angelic Journey offers a look into the life of a sinner who, after receiving a call from God, walked from a life of darkness into one of glorious light. It shares the story of one woman, chosen by God, who now guides others into a life of prosperity, dignity, love, and goodness based on a Christian foundation.


Patricia Kinard is an evangelist for Faith in God Ministries, a nonprofit organization. She earned a bachelor of science degree in multidisciplinary studies, focusing in theology and accounting, from Liberty University and has worked for the government for more than twenty years. She lives in Montross, Virginia.

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postheadericon 5 Things You Should Know About Writing by Lisa Burstein, author of The Possibility of Us

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: The Possibility of Us
Author: Lisa Burstein
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Pages: 150
Genre: Contemporary
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One weekend together could change everything…

When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old camp counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there.

Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.

But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

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5 Things You Should Know About Writing

I don’t care what anyone says, it is HARDER than it looks.

If you don’t love it, don’t do it because eventually it does actually become work.

When you are drafting always leave yourself in an easy place to start writing again. I like to have a few lines of the next chapter written and ready before I start a session. That way you can’t ever say, “I don’t know what to write.”

Remember that dialogue should be your characters talking to each other, not talking to the reader.

When people say “find your voice: it’s kind of bullshit. You already have your voice, you’re merely honing it.

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie and Sneaking Candy. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, The Possibility of Us.

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postheadericon Crystal Lotus by Jinna Van Vliet Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Crystal LotusTitle: Crystal Lotus
Author: Jinna Van Vliet
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 129
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Format: Ebook

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The Harmonic convergence in 1987 launched the awakening of the Mass Consciousness into the realization that human consciousness is rising into a higher frequency. Coined as the Big Shift it created many guidelines to help with this transition process. Crystal Lotus is just one such guide gifted to us by the Divine Feminine Creator Energy through one of her Aspects, the Goddess Quan Yin.


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postheadericon Interview with Gail Graham, author of ‘Will Your Dog Reincarnate?’

Gail Graham is the author of seven other books, published both in the United States and in Australia, where she lived and worked as a journalist, editor and academic for 32 years.

Her novel Crossfire has been translated into French, German, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish and was awarded one of Germany’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Buxtedhude Bullen. Her non-fiction depiction of devastating head injury, A Long Season In Hell, was launched by Australian parliamentarians in Canberra. Her best-selling recent novel, Sea Changes, was a USA Book News Best Books Award Finalist. Three of her books have been NY Times Best Book of the Year Recommendations.

Gail reads, writes and speaks Chinese and has presented classes on Chinese art and history at the Institute for Retired Professionals (University of Miami) the Arizons Senior Academy, the Tucson Museum of Art and The Learning Curve, Tucson. She and her reincarnated dog Xingxing divide their time between Arizona and Mexico.

Her latest book is Will Your Dog Reincarnate?

Visit her website at www.willyourdogreincarnate.com. Connect with her on Twitter at @dogsreincarnate.

About the Book:

When Gail Graham’s dog reincarnated, she didn’t know what to think. It was wonderful. It was crazy. Or perhaps, she thought, she was crazy. Could this incredible thing really be happening?

She wasn’t crazy. It was happening. It did happen. And not just to Gail, but to hundreds of other people, all over the world. Dogs reincarnate. They come back to the people who love them.

Gail discovered that often, people help their dogs reincarnate. Will YOUR Dog Reincarnate describes Gail’s amazing experience and also includes an 8-week program that readers can use to help their own dogs reincarnate.

So, will your dog reincarnate?

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Gail! Can you tell us where you are from?

I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, I lived in Australia for 32 years. I returned to the United States 10 years ago.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

A: If I was talking to someone, this would be the question I’d ask. Do you think your dog will reincarnate? I’d ask. Because my dog did.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

A: The cover image is a photograph of an oil painting of my beloved dog, Bao. He is the dog who reincarnated. The author’s photograph on the back cover shows him as he is in his new life, where his name is Xingxing. I came up with the concept myself, but it was professionally designed.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

Do you love dogs? Will YOUR Dog Reincarnate? is an amazing, inspiring story of love, hope and a little dog’s determination to return to the person who loved him. It’s a page-turner, too. Readers say they couldn’t put it down.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

Dogs reincarnate. They come back to the people who love them. It really happens, and not just to me. Hundreds of dogs have reincarnated. This happens all over the world. My dog came back to me. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the same dog. And if it can happen to me, it can happen to you.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

The last chapter just flowed. I guess it’s because it’s the happy ending.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

People grieve so terribly when they lose a beloved dog. Some people never really get over it. They need to know that all that love isn’t in vain, that their dog can reincarnate and come back to them. I felt I had to tell this story.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I’m a chocoholic.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d love to go to Easter Island. I’m sure there are fantastic vibrations there, and I’d love to feel them.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Definitely, a morning person. I wake up when the sun rises, and I’ve been that way all my life.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My mother and her mother both liked to write, but they never published anything. My mother wrote incredibly witty letters, though.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Oh, yes. Daydreams, imaginary friends, the whole bit. And I still dream detailed, vivid dreams every night. For some reason, they are usually about architecture. I dream fantastic, complicated houses.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

That no animal on this earth ever be mistreated again.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

The universe is pure potential. Anything is possible. Anything can happen. Believe in yourself and your instincts, send positive vibrations into the universe, and your wildest dreams will come true.

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postheadericon Ripples in Opperman’s Pond by Doug Zipes Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Ripples in Oberman PondTitle: Ripples in Opperman’s Pond
Author: Doug Zipes
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 288
Genre: Thriller
Format: Ebook

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Identical twins Dorian and Daniel Sloane grow up inseparable, sharing the same tubes of toothpaste as children and their lives as adults. Loyalty proven many times, they have been saving each other since the day Dorian rescued Daniel from drowning in Opperman’s Pond. Now, with Dorian as head of a multinational pharmaceutical company and Daniel as an innovative cardiologist volunteering in Africa, the brothers come together once again. A devastating midair collision on the basketball court during a Celtics/Pacers game sets falling dominoes in motion.

After NBA legend Randy Jackson sustains a career-changing ankle injury, Daniel and Dorian partner together to try and heal him. A brilliant chemist has created a miracle arthritis drug that they hope will cure the star and also save Dorian’s pharmaceutical company teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Celebrations ensue when the Pacers’ star returns to full glory—and then tragedy suddenly strikes during a casual pickup game, threatening to destroy Daniel’s career as he faces a devastating malpractice suit, the possible loss of his medical license, and even a voodoo curse.

In this high-stakes thriller set in the world of big-money medicine, a chain of unanticipated events culminates in a life-or-death decision two brothers never thought they would have to make.


Doug Zipes graduated from Dartmouth College, Harvard Medical School, and Duke University Medical Center. As distinguished professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, he has published fourteen textbooks and over eight hundred medical articles. His first novel, The Black Widows, was selected by ForeWord Reviews as a finalist for 2011 Book of the Year Award.

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postheadericon From My Heart by Randolph Baltimore Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


From the HeartTitle:
From My Heart
Author: Randolph Baltimore
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 34
Genre: Poetry
Format: Ebook

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“From My Heart” is my first publication, my labor of love I have worked on for many years. It is the fruition of the many trials, tribulations, ups and downs that life has dealt me over the years. May you be inspired and enlightened by the words on these pages.


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0595255965.qxdTitle: Golf Balls are Female
Author: Robert Knox
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 282
Genre: Humourous/Fiction
Format: Kindle

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I realize that anyone sufficiently intrigued by the title so as to open the cover of Golf Balls Are Female has probably already conjured up some ideas as to its contents. To end the suspense, I will tell you that Golf Balls Are Female is simply about the three greatest pleasures in a man’s life-drinking, golf, and the OU-Texas football game. Unfortunately, life requires a lot of living in between these most gratifying of pursuits, so Golf Balls Are Female is also about public humiliation, immaturity, emotional desperation, broken engagements, deceit, stupidity, sexually transmitted diseases, cybersex, lovesick lunacy, divorce, one-night stands, heartache, and partaking of the world’s oldest profession. Although there are numerous incidents that stretch to the limits of plausibility, the book is based on real life stories. In fact, bona fide concerns about personal retaliation have convinced me to actually leave out some of the more incriminating details. Some readers may find our humor irreverent, others may deem our lifestyles to border on misogynistic, both would be correct. However, those that read beyond the outrageous behavior will find that Golf Balls Are Female is really about friendship. Most importantly, this book answers one of modern man’s most enduring questions-golf balls are definitely female!


Robert C. Knox is a recognized expert in the field of ground water contamination and has won several national awards for excellence in engineering education. He is an avid in-line skater and, currently, a nineteen handicapper.

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postheadericon Interview with J. Boyce Gleason, author of ‘Anvil of God’

J. Boyce GleasonWith an AB degree in history from Dartmouth College, J. Boyce Gleason brings a strong understanding of what events shaped the past and when, but writes historical-fiction to discover why. Gleason lives in Virginia with his wife Mary Margaret. They have three sons.

His latest book is the historical fiction, Anvil of God, Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles.

Visit his website at www.jboycegleason.com.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Joe!  Can you tell us where you are from?

I was born in upstate New York, but grew up outside NYC in a suburb called Briarcliff Manor.  After graduating from college, I came to Washington D.C. to work with Congress and have stayed in the area ever since.  I currently live in northern Virginia.

Anvil of God 2Q: How did you come up with your title?

Anvil of God is the story of the crisis that follows in the wake of Charles the Hammer’s death in 741.  He was a powerful warlord who had conquered most of Europe for the Merovingian Kings and is most known for saving Christianity in Europe from the Muslim armies crossing into France from Spain in 732.  I figured if he was “the Hammer of God” his children were the “Anvil”

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover.  Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

It’s an amazing cover designed by Asha Hossain.  She captured the essence of the book on her first attempt.  I sent it to another Author who introduced us and all she said was, “wowowowowowow!”

It is a picture of the main character, Trudi.  Trudi is Charles the Hammer’s daughter who not only struggles with his plan for her life, but struggles with the teachings of the church.  Charles allows her to train with his knights as a young girl, so she is dressed in a spiked hood backed by a halo embossed with pagan symbols.  It is an arresting mage and entirely in keeping with the novel.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

It received a Gold medal as the “Best Historical Fiction Novel of 2014” from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (the IPPY) and is a finalist in ForeWord Reviews’ “2014 Book of the Year Awards.”  It’s gotten great reviews from Publishers Weekly, the Historical Novel Society and Kirkus among others and has been highly rated by almost everyone who has rated it on Amazon, Goodreads, BarnesandNoble.com and LibraryThing.com.

But most of all, it is a just a great book, a good read and a story you can sink your heart into.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

Unlike many novels, Anvil of God is not about “good” versus “evil.”  There are no evil characters.  There are only people who make choices that are good and evil. I also explore the religious roots of political conflict.  In that, Anvil will feel very familiar to the politics of today.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

I loved writing about the Sybil.  Describing pagan beliefs and practices and bringing them to life in a way that is wholly believable and relevant was a lot of fun.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

I had always dreamed of writing a book and early on thought this would be a good story.  What I didn’t realize was how easily such a dream could get deferred.  At some point you have to commit to seeing it through to the end.  If I hadn’t been so committed to it, I would have let it go.  Writing would have been just a hobby.

Q:  Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

Writing scares the hell out of me.  For me, it is like opening up a vein that pours me out onto the page.  The first time it happened, I wrote for three hours non-stop and what I wrote was so dark and violent that I was too embarrassed to show it to anyone.  I’ve got a little more control over it now.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I love France.  As a college student, I had the opportunity to live with two different French families and really got to know something about the culture and the people that takes me well beyond the stereotypes people persist in using about the country.  Anvil is set (for the most part) in France as Book II will be.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Night person.  I have trouble in the morning before my first cup of coffee.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

I have a sister who has a knack for it.  She just needs to spend more time doing it.  It’s like playing an instrument.  If you play three or four hours a day every day, you get good at it.  If not…

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

I’m a hopeless romantic.  Always have been.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish.  What would that be?

That’s easy, more wishes.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

I’d love it if you’d give Anvil of God a try.  You won’t be disappointed.  It’s a great read with compelling characters, a strong story (that happens to be true), and great themes that keep the book relevant to our lives today.  You’ll love it.

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postheadericon Interview with Thomax Green, author of ‘The Shu: The Gnostic Tao Te Ching’

Thomas GreenThomax Green was born in 1972. After waking from a coma 10 years ago, he says he “was finally freed of the devilish manifestations that plagued me with a life of sorrow.” In addition to being a writer, Thomax is a visual artist. His media includes painting, drawing, and photography. He has published a previous novel titled “C.O.W.:   Creatures of War.”

His latest book is The Shu: The Gnostic Tao Te Ching.

Visit his website at www.thomaxgreen.com.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Thomax! Can you tell us where you are from?

I am a second generation Tucsonan. My Grandfather was an Irish cop in Chicago during the time of Al Capone. After that he moved his family to Tucson Arizona and started a hardware store. He helped build most of downtown and retired as a carpenter. My father was an artist as a kid but was drafted into Vietnam. He never let anyone else walk point his entire tour and has a plethora of medals including the Purple Heart. He came back emotionally scarred from the war and was offered his dream job at Disney but turned it down to dig ditches and work up to an engineer through night school to support his family. Almost thirty years later Vietnam killed him all the same via Agent Orange. It has been my goal in life to fulfill his dreams by living my own.

The ShuQ: How did you come up with your title?

I am a Gnostic at heart and I have been even before their lost writings were found again. As a child I was introduced to Taoism and it became me. The Title of the book is: The Shu The Gnostic Tao Te Ching. The Shu simply means the “Root.” For this book embodies the root beliefs of all people.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover.  Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

The symbol on the cover of the book was shown to me in a vision when I was young. A voice whispered to me that this will change the world. The name of the symbol is the Polluctus which means the “offering” I have dedicated this book to all people everywhere.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

In this book I tell you the true meaning of life. I offer answers to the questions that have plagued mankind since our dawn of awareness above the beasts that we are genetically created to be.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

In the Shu god is called the Inner Light. It is not a creature onto itself. It is within all things the stars, planets, and every creature in existence. The Inner Light within us we call the soul. The Inner Light is all powerful and all-knowing because it is everything.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

My favorite part of the book is the first twenty-three pages. Those are my biggest contribution to mankind.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

I remember as a teenager walking down 4th avenue with a friend and I told him that someday I would write an all-powerful magical book someday that would out live me into the millenniums to follow.

This book was always meant to be; for with it we will finally conquer the world with peace and love.

Q:  Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I wish I had some for you, but I’m not a fan of secrets. I am the spirit of truth.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I have always wanted to go to the pyramids and see my grave from my first life just outside of Khufu’s monstrosity.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

I have always been an angel of night, but right after I finished writing this book my clock changed and now I am a creature of the day. I go to bed at midnight every night and wake up shortly afterward around 5 AM every morning now.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

I have a young cousin named Erin who went to school for creative writing. She lives in China now teaching English. We started a novel together but I couldn’t get her to continue it. That’s kind of normal a lot of people go to school for writing and then never really pursue it.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Oh yes, in elementary school I could completely zone out the teacher and fall off into fantastic worlds of adventure. In High school I would ditch my classes just so I could go to the library and read what I wanted to read.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish.  What would that be?

I would free him from his lantern so he could finally live a normal life without being a slave to no one.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

The Shu does more to help people than just those who read it. I am donating 50% of my royalties from it to UNICEF to help children in need around the world. So when you purchase it you are not only helping yourself you are also helping all those innocent little kids who need more love than those with plenty.

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postheadericon Interview with Cary Smith, author of ‘Four Corners’

Cary SmithCary Smith, the nom de plume of Greg Hawkins, lives in San Jose, CA. He became interested in books and writing because of a teacher. His favorite book is “Hocus Pocus,” by Kurt Vonnegut or “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He is currently either going to finish his collection of short stories next or turn one of his short stories into a novel, which would be a new take on the ghost genre.

His latest book is Four Corners, Or a Book That Will Tickle Your Intellectual Nipple.

Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tickleintellectual.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Cary!  Can you tell us where you are from?

I am from San Jose, CA.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

Well, I think we have to start off with the fact that I may have mental issues. That is probably the main reason, although I have yet to be diagnosed. I’ve been very interested in getting an evaluation, but I can’t afford it. The “Four Corners” part of the title comes from a character in the book, Alexis. She Four Cornersbelieves Cary and her are two triangles, since our two legs form a triangle, and when they come together they make four corners, or a box shape. Also, you get many people who tell you to think outside the box, yet 98% (and I say 98%, because I don’t want people thinking I’m a 99% person) of our education is just that, in fact, usually we are punished for it, marked down. And I think we covered the other part of the title.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover.  Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

Well, it’s a satirical cover. The figure is stuck in a taco, in a box, and then is finally outside the box…thinking outside the box. Yet, the first thing the figure can think of when it is outside of the box is Taco Bell’s old slogan, “Think outside the bun.”

I came up with the idea, and gave a sketch to the people at Amazon, since I can barely draw stick figures. They had some random person draw something up. We went back and forth a few times, and it came out nice, I think.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

It has zombies, vampires, wizards, and sex.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

Not really.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

All of the introduction and intermissions. I really enjoyed them, and I think they really are, “me”, if that makes sense. If I were talented enough, I would write an entire book in that fashion.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

For therapy, since, as I said, I can’t afford real therapy, even with Obamacare. I figure, once I can afford real therapy, I probably will not write another book again. I think it is a thankless process to produce a quality book.

Q:  Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

Oh, I thought we were having fun up there^. I had a blog once, and wrote it in the voice of Cary Smith. I had 5 fans, and they were all from Slovenia.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

The Greek isles. I don’t really know why, but I’ve seen pictures and have always wanted to go there.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?


Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My brother writes stand-up comedy stuff, and I think he wrote some film things, but ran away from it.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Yes, I used to dream of being a bench player in the NBA. One who never plays, then I would have free courtside seats, and be getting paid. With the D-league these days, though, that dream is dead.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish.  What would that be?

More wishes.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Thank you.

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Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible coverTitle: Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible: Proclaiming the Truth on 24 Controversial Issues
Author: Jay Grimstead
Genre: Religion/Theology/Instruction
Publisher: Nordskog Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9882976-5-4

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False teachings threatening to corrupt the Church forced the leaders to join in councils, where they codified the orthodox teaching of the Bible into creeds received by the Church as faithful distillations of Scriptural truth and as a bulwark against future corruption. Error, heresy, and outright paganism are today common in churches that were once sound. Even many “better” churches have little depth to their teaching and are silent on critical issues of the day, and even in some paganism masquerades as Christianity.

This book is the fruit of the work of hundreds of theologians and Christian leaders working throughout a 37-year period to define and defend the key Biblical points on 24 controversial issues — which would not even be controversial if all believed like Jesus and Paul in the inerrancy of the Bible.

This book states the Bible’s position on 24 controversial issues and explains why each document needed to be written. It offers the global Body of Christ tools for reforming the Church and motivating Christians to live in obedience to Christ and to all commands in the Bible intended for us.


“We heartily invite all Christians on this planet who desire to live in obedience to the Bible in all areas of life at all times, to form themselves and their local churches into “United Spiritual Armies” at the city and county levels, and to establish a network with other such churches and “spiritual armies” at their state and national levels with the goal of making Christ King of their cities and nation. We invite you to join with us in applying these 24 DOCUMENTS to the life of the Church and in making 2 Cor. 10:5 a reality. By that we mean that together we are called by God to destroy “speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

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About the author:

Dr. Jay Grimstead was born in Bismarck, ND. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1957 from Sterling College in Sterling, KS. He graduated from Fuller Seminary in 1961 with a Masters in Theology (ThM) and later received a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree. He spent 20 years on staff with Young Life Campaign, a ministry of clubs and camping to evangelize and disciple non-church teenagers.

In 1984 he founded the Coalition on Revival which created the 17 World-view Documents which state the biblical principles for the various spheres of life and the “blueprints for how the Bible applies to the fields of: Law, Government, Economics, Education, Science, the Media & Arts, Medicine, etc.” Under his leadership, COR organized the International Church Council Project in 1992.

In 2004 and 2005 he organized theological committees in Guatemala, San Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama to discuss and defend certain of the 22 Theological Documents of the Church Council Project which had been translated into Spanish. A year later, Dr. Grimstead gathered national leaders from various fields to create the “24 Year Plan to Rebuild America upon the principles of the Bible.”

Dr. Grimstead now lives with his wife, Donna, a registered pharmacist, in Murphys, CA. They have two grown children, Julie and Guy.  Dr. Grimstead’s favorite hobbies are mountain climbing and playing jazz and blues on his trumpet.

To learn more about Dr. Grimstead and his work, please visit http://www.nordskogpublishing.com/book-rebuilding-civilization.shtml

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postheadericon Interview with YA fantasy author C.H. MacLean

C.H. MacLeanTo young C. H. MacLean, books were everything: mind-food, friends, and fun. They gave the shy middle child’s life color and energy. Amazingly, not everyone saw them that way. Seeing a laundry hamper full of books approach her, the librarian scolded C. H. for trying to check them all out. “You’ll never read that many before they expire!” C. H. was surprised, having shown great restraint only by keeping a list of books to check out next time. Thoroughly abashed, C. H. waited three whole days after finishing that lot before going back for more.

With an internal world more vivid than the real one, C. H. was chastised for reading in the library instead of going to class. “Neurotic, needs medical help,” the teacher diagnosed. C. H.’s father, a psychologist, just laughed when he heard. “She’s just upset because those books are more challenging than her class.” C. H. realized making up stories was just as fun as reading, and harder to get caught doing. So for a while, C. H. crafted stories and characters out of wisps and trinkets, with every toy growing an elaborate personality.

But toys were not mature, and stories weren’t respectable for a family of doctors. So C. H. grew up and learned to read serious books and study hard, shelving foolish fantasies for serious work.

Years passed in a black and white blur. Then, unpredictably falling in love all the way to a magical marriage rattled C. H.’s orderly world. A crazy idea slipped in a resulting crack and wouldn’t leave. “Write the book you want to read,” it said. “Write? As in, a fantasy novel? But I’m not creative,” C. H. protested. The idea, and C. H.’s spouse, rolled their eyes.

So one day, C. H. started writing. Just to try it, not that it would go anywhere. Big mistake. Decades of pent-up passion started pouring out, making a mess of an orderly life. It only got worse. Soon, stories popped up everywhere- in dreams, while exercising, or out of spite, in the middle of a work meeting. “But it’s not important work,” C. H. pleaded weakly. “They are not food, or friends, or…” But it was too late. C. H. had re-discovered that, like books, life should be fun too. Now, writing is a compulsion, and a calling.

C. H. lives in a Pacific Northwest forest with five cats, two kids, one spouse, and absolutely no dragons or elves, faeries, or demons… that are willing to be named, at least.

His latest book is One is Come.

Visit his website at www.chmaclean.com.

About the Book:

One is ComeHaylwen doesn’t care who actually blew up the wall of the school library. With a chance to finally have real friends, all she cares about is if her suspension will make her parents move again. Her parents, forced to keep their own magical past silent, are shocked to learn that she is indeed a magic user. She tested negative. Twice! Desperate to hide Haylwen from the King of magic users, they flee, but their efforts thrust them all into mortal danger.

Haylwen’s parents don’t know about the prophesy of “The One,” or that the only one who doesn’t know Haylwen is a powerful magic user is Haylwen herself. The King and the dragon clans’ plans to remake the world are already in motion. As Haylwen struggles with her feelings of loneliness and unworthiness due to her inability to make a friend, she is completely unaware that the fate of the entire world rests on her choices.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, C. H..  Can you tell us where you are from?

I was born in coldest Minnesota and it must have gotten into my bones for a spell. I flew to live for a short time in Hawai’i, but went back to Minnesota, then moved to Colorado, but got dragged back for more Minnesota. I leaped to California, and (third time the charm) never went back. There’s nothing wrong with Minnesota, of course—the nicest people I’ve ever met live there—it’s just not for me. I now live in the Evergreen State of Washington, in a forest.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

The title came with the story. It must have been wrapped around it from the start. When the story exploded in my head, the title scattered all over, mixed up in all the little bits as I put them back together.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover.  Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

Heidi Sutherlin designed it. She was great, really taking some time to get to know me and the book before starting. She and I went back and forth as we tried a couple of drafts. When I saw this one, it was perfect. The dragon eye watching with intense energy, wisps and sparks of magic floating among the trees, as Haylwen and Cadarn head into their future.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

I’ll let other people tell you from snippets of reviews I’ve received:

…undeniably brilliant…I fell straight into this story and loved it immediately… a definite must read …spellbinding…page-turner… plenty of action, angst and magical awesomeness.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

Honestly, I didn’t intentionally include any messages. I was just writing a book that my readers would enjoy. However, if Haylwen were being interviewed I think she might say what she learned as she lived the story is to trust yourself.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

While it certainly wasn’t the easiest to write, writing (and re-writing) Sick Day really stuck with me. I know exactly how Haylwen and Abrennin felt before and after the chapter, and to watch the two of them bond, take a terrible thing and make it a special turning point in their new relationship hit me as a powerful part of Haylwen’s story.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

When I reached the point that I realized I had a really great story, I thought about how much books meant to me. Knowing there are readers out there who will be inspired like I was, I just had to share. It’s an exciting read, and Haylwen really is quite inspirational.

Q:  Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I’ve never seen the movie E.T. When it first came out, I went with my brothers to see it in the theater. But I got scared and ran out of the theater. Haven’t been able to watch it since then.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would love to travel to an undersea sulphur vent. To see those creatures, completely different than anything else on earth, would be like going to another planet.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Oh, I’m such a morning person! I so completely relish being up well before the first traces of light trickle in and let you know a new day is coming. Watching the sun rise is like an epiphany every time.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

A lot of my family are writers. My father, both brothers, nephews, all are talented writers.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

I was absolutely and completely. Unlike my older brother, I was a complete and utter dreamer. Following him through the education system produced mixed reactions, including to the detriment of my psychological profile in school, I must say.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish.  What would that be?

Thank you, magic genie! I so love my patents for the matter-energy conversion machine. With it, I am going to clean up the environment, make people’s lives better, and really make a difference.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Hold onto your dreams regardless of what others tell you. Life doesn’t have to be serious, and being happy is of great value to the world. I would love to hear from you, and you can visit me anytime on my blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

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postheadericon 5 Things You Should Know About Prohibition by Michelle McLean, author of Romancing the Rumrunner


Title: Romancing the Rumrunner

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Michelle McLean

Publisher: Entangled Scandalous

Language: English

Pages: 203

Format: Ebook

Prohibition Era Chicago

She’s worked too hard to be run out of town…

Jessica Harlan spends her nights as The Phoenix, the owner of the most popular speakeasy in town. Her days are spent running her respectable butcher shop and dodging prohibition agents and rival club owners who all want to put her out of business.

He’s worked too hard to let his heart get in the way…

When the opportunity arises to go undercover for the Feds to catch The Phoenix, Gumshoe Anthony Solomon jumps on it. But he never suspected the notorious rumrunner would be a dame – or that he’d be so drawn to the feisty little minx.

They play a dangerous game of cat and mouse, knowing they can’t trust the other, but unable to walk away. While their hearts dodge the crossfire, the mobsters raise the stakes, and even The Phoenix may not rise again.


5 Things You Should About Prohibition

  1. It wasn’t technically illegal to consume liquor during Prohibition. It was, however, illegal to manufacture, sell, or transport it. For those lucky people who had the presence of mind to store cases of booze for personal use before the laws went into effect, they weren’t technically breaking the law when they served it at their dinner parties or had that martini after work.
  2. It was also legal to use alcohol for medicinal purposes…but only if you had a prescription. So if you had a “good” doctor, you might have been able to get away with buying a bottle every now and then.
  3. You could also drink on a boat, as long as you were at least 3 miles off the shore of the United States. This loophole was naturally exploited by as many people as could manage it.
  4. There is a difference between a rumrunner and a bootlegger. Rumrunners smuggled liquor over bodies of water. Bootleggers smuggled liquor over land.
  5. A lot of cocktails that are still popular today originated (or became popular) in the 1920s, when flavorings and sweeteners were added to drinks to mask the taste of bad bathtub booze. Drinks like Highballs, the Bee’s Knees, the Sidecar, Whiskey Old-Fashioneds, and Bacardi Cocktails are just a few drinks that were slung around the speakeasies.


Michelle McLean grew up in California and has lived everywhere from the deserts of Utah to the tropical beaches of Hawaii to the gorgeous forests of the east coast. The oldest of five children, she is generally an organized mess with crazy eclectic tastes. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, an insatiable love of books, and more weird quirks than she’d like to admit.


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postheadericon 5 Things You Should Know about Tactics, Trends, and Traits of the Enemy By Jermaine Gadson


Tactics, Trends and Traits of the Enemy CoverTitle: Tactics, Trends, & Traits of the Enemy
Author: Jermaine Gadson
Genre: Spiritual
Publisher: Crossbooks – Division of LifeWay (June 2014)
ISBN: 9781462736362—Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781462736355—Soft Cover
ISBN: 9781462736348—eBook

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Tactics, Trends, & Traits of the Enemy by author Jermaine Gadson is a must have resource for believers who want to be well equipped to be victorious against the strategies of the devil. The devil is cunning and deceptive, and he will stop at nothing to keep God’s people from reaching their potential in Christ. In this book, Pastor Gadson discusses how the enemy uses temptation, seduction, fear, isolation, guilt, shame, and other such things in order to steal and destroy a person’s life. Satan works tirelessly through various means and mechanisms to keep sinners from hearing and being receptive of the Word of God, in order to prevent them from being saved. If you have family or friends who are not born-again, this resource will help you to identify schemes that the enemy may be using to keep your loved ones from being saved. This book is intended to equip the Body of Christ to wage a good warfare against the strategies of the enemy. It is not God’s will for His people to be taken advantage of by the enemy because of ignorance. This book exposes who the enemy is, what he has done, what he is doing, and what he will try to do in the future, as an enemy of God’s people. This book is written for the everyday believer to be able to understand and use. However, it is also a helpful tool for Christian leaders to be able to identify specific ways in which the enemy desires to attack them in order to steal their influence, kill their destiny, and destroy their reputation and ministries. In this regard, it is an encouragement to the Body of Christ to guard and protect their spiritual leaders.

5 Things You Should Know AboutTactics, Trends, and Traits of the Enemy: Equipping the Believer to Fight Back by Jermaine Gadson

1. This book was inspired by my personal life, experience in pastoral counseling, and study of the lives of characters in the Bible. I have found that many people live beneath their potential because they accept and allow things that they should not. I want to help people to know the truth, that they can overcome every struggle that presents itself to them, and that they can live victorious lives.

2. This book is different from others books of similar topics because it takes the spookiness out of spiritual warfare.  This is not a book about exorcisms, chasing goblins, or the occult.  This book addresses concerns that people struggle with in their everyday lives that they may be unaware of as being spiritually rooted. When we are not aware of the source of a problem, it hinders our ability to deal with it effectively. This book gives us things to look for, and explains how to overcome.

3. This is a book for every person.  No matter the background or walk of life, everyone who reads this book is bound to find something meaningful that they can apply to their lives. I address a wide range of subjects, from temptation, fear, deception, guilt, shame, addictions, and many more. We all have struggled with something or know someone who is struggling. The message and material is relevant and relatable to the human experience.

4. This book explores the various strategies that the Enemy uses against Christians, non-Christians, and humanity in general. No person is exempt from the reality of spiritual adversity.  This book equips readers to properly identify problem areas that have a spiritual root, and how to effectively deal with them.

5. This is my first book.  It is also the beginning of a series of writing projects, including an in-depth study curriculum to be used in classroom or group settings, as well as a second book that will go more in-depth into one of the more provocative and pertinent subjects covered in the book.

Jermaine Gadson headshotABOUT JERMAINE GADSON

Jermaine Gadson is the pastor of Faith Ministries, Inc. in Birmingham, AL.  He earned a B.A. in Religion with a concentration in Congregational Studies and a minor in Classics from Samford University in Birmingham, AL., and a Master of Divinity degree from Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree and hosts a local weekly television broadcast called Interceding for the City. He blogs on church leadership, Christian living and spiritual warfare at www.JermaineGadson.com.

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postheadericon 20 Questions: Genevieve Crownson, author of ‘The Soul of the Sun’

Genevieve CrownsonGenevieve Crownson graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science degree. A love of writing led her to pen her debut novel, The Soul of the Sun. This is book one in her highly anticipated trilogy, The Argos Dynasty. She currently lives in beautiful Charleston, SC with her family and beloved four-legged friends.

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1. Are you a morning writer or a night writer? I write whenever I get a spare moment, this can be morning or evening. I don’t like to restrict myself to a certain time of day or place. I feel the best moments come when I just let the words flow through me. I don’t create rules, I find they can be easily broken, and I just end up feeling frustrated.

2. Do you outline or are you a pantster? I was a pantster for my novel The Soul of the Sun. I wrote from a place of complete freedom and just let my mind take me where it wanted to go.  The only problem with that was it led to a lot of editing that could have been avoided. There The Soul of the Sun 7was a great deal of time travel involved in this book and looking back I feel it would have been much easier if I had outlined. Even before I arrived at the editing process and I was still just writing the book, I would often times find that I had written myself into a corner. When this happened everything ground to a halt because I would either have to figure out how to write myself out of it, or just scrap the whole idea or chapter all together and start fresh. This was really a waste of time.  I am currently in the middle of writing book two, and I outlined pretty extensively. It streamlined the whole process. That being said, everybody works differently and some people may find the idea of outlining too restrictive. Always do what is right for you! J

3. Which comes first – plot or character? I get all of my story ideas from my dreams. I will take a dream and elaborate on the main plot to create a well-rounded script. I always see a movie in my mind—both the basis of the story and the characters are revealed together. So for me it comes together as a package.

4. Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript? I like quiet with some low background music. I find music to be very inspiring; it helps me to get into the right frame of mind for writing. I listen to different types of tunes depending on what I am working on. For example in the scene where Ian goes off to war I was listening to love songs from the 1930’s. It helped me to get a sense of that time and place. Listening to music while I write is food for my soul.

5. Favorite TV show? It’s a tossup between Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, and Castle.

6. Favorite type of music? I like pop and country. But not super honky- tonk country.

7. Favorite craft besides writing? I love to paint. I’m not very good but it’s fun!

8. Do you play a musical instrument? I play the piano a little. And in high school I played the clarinet. I hope to learn guitar somewhere in the near future.

9. Single or married? Single.

10. Children or no? No children.

11. Pets? I have three pets, a five year old maltipoo named Lailah, a sixteen year old miniature poodle Kahlua and my cat Majick Moon, who to rules the roost. J I talk about them on my blog if you would like to learn more about them. You can find me at www.genevievecrownson.com.

12. Favorite place to write? I have a lovely sunny bedroom, so that is definitely my favorite spot.

13. Favorite restaurant? I am limited in where I can eat, due to a gluten allergy. Plus I’m vegan, so I don’t really have a favorite place at the moment. Eating at home is where I enjoy the best food!

14. Do you work outside the home? I do. I work in a lab.

15. What was the name of the last movie you saw? Eat, Pray, Love.

16. Favorite outdoor activity? I like to bike.

17. Pet peeve? I despise the sound of cracking knuckles. It’s agonizing, like nails on a chalkboard.

18. Your goal in life? To live fearlessly and love to the best of my ability.

19. Your most exciting moment? Seeing my Grandma after being apart for almost 15 years. Second runner up; the day I held my first book in my hands.

20.The love of your life? My animals. J Lailah, Kahlua and Majick!

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Ocean Whirled

Ocean WhirledTitle: Ocean Whirled
Author: Sam Webb
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 282
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Format: Kindle

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“An alien underwater race has invaded the ocean and is gradually wiping out every creature in it. The N’harmae (the carers of the ocean) are the main target of this alien race and are nearly extinct. Penure a young N’harmae who has been brought up by the dolphins must save his ocean world from doom and he can’t take on this task alone!””


Sam Webb has always been fascinated by the ocean and it’s ‘out of this world’ creatures. A snorkeller, Scuba diver and ‘wanna be’ Marine Biologist, the ocean and its wonderful creatures inspired her to write this fanciful tale. Sam’s hope is that it will draw readers closer to the ocean and inspire them to love and protect both the ocean and the amazing creatures who live in it.

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Dear mom and dadTitle:
Dear Mom and Dad
Author: Georgia Lee McGowen
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 290
Genre: Biography
Format: Kindle

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Much has been written both about and by people who feel they were assigned the wrong body at conception, exploring the struggles and too often the tragedies that result from that mismatch of nature. Very little has been written, however, to chronicle the lifelong struggle of people to understand and come to terms with two distinct sets of emotions, one male and one female – a single soul, at times divided, at times united, by two clearly identifiable spirits.

Dear Mom and Dad: You Don’t Know Me, But … traces the life of George through the eyes of Georgia, the female half of their soul, from early childhood in the post war Texas oil fields through the innocence of his early school years in northeastern Oklahoma. With the onset of puberty, Georgia watches the omnipresent feeling of not being normal cast a destructive pall over nearly everything George attempts. After the collapse of his lifelong dream, George begins again with hopes, new dreams and the love they’ve both longed for. Georgia finally emerges, but understanding her part in their soul comes slowly and is complicated by a tragedy of profound proportion.

Dear Mom and Dad considers the ultimate understanding of God’s will for both George and Georgia and its unusual conclusion, sharing a story of struggle and self-acceptance.


Georgia McGowen spent thirty years in George’s subconscious while they both struggled to understand the meaning of their dual nature and another twenty-five years learning to live with their distinct differences. They are retired together as Georgia in Mesa, AZ.

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