Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New World Orders by Edward G. Talbot @egtalbot

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Killing Kennedy was only the beginning. . . In the nineteen-sixties, a group of wealthy men concludes that it's already too late to stop global warming from destroying the planet. But they have a plan to save themselves. Twenty years later, Jack Crowley and Jim Patterson stumble onto the conspiracy, and every answer they find is accompanied by more questions - and more deaths. Jack is a former idealist, turned cynical by his years working as a New York tabloid editor. But his enthusiasm returns as he looks into the work of a NASA scientist who tells Jack about cover-ups at the space agency. Jim is a detective with little patience for conspiracy nuts. But he hates loose ends, and is unable to let go of the inconsistencies in another suspicious NASA death. Soon, his investigation leads him to Jack, and they join forces. As Jack and Jim dig deeper, they are targeted by the type of killers that don't usually miss. From Washington to Las Vegas to the Middle East, they manage to stay one step ahead of their pursuers in a race to expose the truth, and maybe, just maybe, save the world.
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The Black Witch (Curse of the Witch) by Micheal Rivers @micheal_rivers

It was the adventure of a life time. In an obscure marina off the shores of Maryland a schooner unlike any other ever built was discovered. Dorian and Diana Coe purchased the schooner and sailed from the shores of tranquility into the bowels of hell itself. Prurient tales of suicide, murder, and the disappearance of an entire crew were hand written within the ship's logs. On her decks sailed a well seasoned Captain and crew that never knew the schooner's shadowed past. The new owners ignored the words of men with integrity and sailed the Black Witch in the Spring of 1935. Into the realms of illusion and pure evil the ship and its compliment sailed never knowing the fate awaiting them!
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Older Man Younger Man by Joseph Dispenza @DispenzaJ

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"Older Man/Younger Man" is a memoir of the relationship between a middle-aged man and a man thirty years his junior, from their first meeting, through the challenges of living together across a wide age-gap, to a climactic confession of shame and regret, the terror of loss from a life-threatening disease - and, ultimately, the triumph of love. This is a passionate, bittersweet story of a powerful love that transcends gender, bridges generations, defies convention, and brings to the partners the richness of spiritual fulfillment.

The relationship between an older man and a younger man is one of the last taboos left in our culture's sexual closet. "Older Man/Younger Man" is the first book to address an inter-generational gay male relationship as a path of spiritual redemption.

What makes this book unique and special is its presentation of the pairing between an older man and a much younger man as a healthy, successful relationship and as a spiritual journey.





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Sunday, January 29, 2012

His Lucky Day by Bobby Mathews @bobbymathews

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When down-on-his-luck private eye Eddie Whittaker wins $19 million in the lottery, he thinks his troubles are all over. The truth is, they're just beginning.

His Lucky Day is a hard-boiled short story (2,800 words) that explores why nice guys -- or maybe not-so-nice ones -- finish last.




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Out of Bullets, Throw the Gun: Crime/Noir Flash Fiction Anthology via @PabloDStair

A collection of 14 pieces of Crime/Noir Flash Fiction. NOTE: This collection involves two free ebooks for a limited time (“A” and “B”) in a monetarily prized contest the winners of which are decided by reader votes. While there is no requirement to participate in voting, if you do read these collections. The authors would be very appreciated in you voting. Both collections will be available (free in all e-book formats via Smashwords) from Dec. 29th until Jan. 31st (2012) for Reading/Voting. Details at www.outofbullets.wordpress.com

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Traitor, Book 1 of The Turner Chronicles by Mark_Eller @Mark_Eller

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Last Chance - a small town set on the edge of the far frontier. It is a place of gentle manners and common civility. After all, it should be since more than three quarters of its residents are women. However times change when a Talent Master runs rampant, savages threaten war, and an illegal militia from an alternate universe plans invasion and empire. A hero is needed. A Savior. Meet Aaron Turner, the small unassuming man who runs the Last Chance General Store. He is this town's--this world's--only hope. Unfortunately for the town, Aaron also happens to be a soldier and Militia spy whose job is to prepare the ground for the Militia's invasion. To help him with this task, he has a cellar filled with advanced weaponry and the unique ability to teleport between the two worlds. However after a year of living within Last Chance, Aaron is no longer sure in which direction his loyalties lie.
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Post-Human (Trans-Human) by David Simpson @PostHuman09

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The future should have been perfect. Microscopic robots known as nans could repair any damage to your body, keep you young by resetting your cellular clocks, and allow you to download upgrades like intelligence, muscle strength, and eyesight. You were supposed to be able to have anything you wanted with a simple thought, to be able to fly without the aid of a machine, to be able to live forever. But when a small group of five terraformers working on Venus return to Earth, they discover that every other human in the solar system has been gruesomely murdered. Now, James Keats and his four companions must discover what happened to the rest of humanity and fight back if they wish to avoid the same, horrifying fate. Welcome to the post-human era.(Prices may change at any time. Before downloading, confirm that this book is still free. Some become Prime Eligible, with Prime, Kindle owners can choose from thousands of books to borrow for free.)And feel free to share this post via your social network of choice. Let's help these authors get the word out to other readers.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Bamboo Mirror by Faith Mortimer @FaithMortimer

AN ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT MYSTERIES Mystery-suspense-thriller writer, Faith Mortimer warmly welcomes you to her anthology of short stories, “The Bamboo Mirror” (previously published as “Echoes of Life and Love”). In three of the stories the reader is introduced to sleuth, Diana Rivers who features in Faith’s mystery thriller series. In “The Bamboo Mirror” each story has a unique setting, always with a twist in the ending. Book Description “The Bamboo Mirror” – Set in a 1960's Singapore boarding school, new girl Diana Rivers (from The Diana Rivers Mystery Books) has an encounter with two mysterious children - Who are they? Mystery, suspense, ghost story. “The Cast Party” - The lovely Linda, aspiring actress, has a devious plan. Will she be able to carry it out? Mystery. “Making A Right” - Sometimes two wrongs can make one! Retribution and suspense “Rebecca With Two C's” - A poignant ghost love story. What is real? “Summer Visitors” - Has Alex made the right decision? Is real life like this? Romantic suspense. “Widow’s Weeds” – Maria visits her birthplace, Cyprus and meets Christos. After a whirlwind romance they get married. As time passes wealthy Maria questions herself. Has she made the biggest mistake of her life? If so, what will she do? Mystery suspense. This volume also includes excerpts from Faith Mortimer's published novels - The Crossing, The Assassins' Village (A Diana Rivers Mystery), Children of The Plantation (A Diana Rivers Mystery) and a glimpse of The Surgeon’s Blade (A Diana Rivers Mystery Thriller).
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The Meter Maid Murders by Andrew Delaplaine @andrew222

In this comic thriller about a serial killer loose on South Beach murdering meter maids and starring Jake Bricker, the most ineffective detective ever, the first meter maid murder was thought to be an accident. The second one, a coincidence. But when a third meter maid is killed, Chief Raffy Ramirez knows he has a serial killer on his hands. And when that meter maid, Samantha Succubus, turns out to be the sister of Sara Succubus, the lead anchor of the XYZ Network’s top-rated morning news program in New York, the story becomes an international sensation. Stuck in a difficult re-election campaign, Miami Beach Mayor Johnny Germane leans on Chief Ramirez to solve the murders, and now! But Ramirez has every man on the Force working the case, except Jake Bricker, a cop Ramirez has labelled “The Ineffective Detective.” Finally, giving in to pressure, Ramirez puts Bricker on the case. “What harm can he do?” When Bricker tells his high school buddy, Billy Willoughby, that he’s on the case, Billy is overjoyed. In fact, Billy (chief investigative reporter for the local XYZ affiliate, Channel 69, WHY-TV) has just developed a lead himself and he shares it with Jake. A year earlier, Billy had covered a ceremony at which Mayor Germane presented awards to the top 12 meter maids who wrote the most tickets in the last fiscal year. These meter maids were featured in a splashy color calendar. When the meter maids started dying, some of the victims looked familiar, so Billy did a little research and discovered that the meter maid murderer was killing the meter maids in the calendar, one by one, month by month, starting with January. Jake can’t believe his good fortune. “You mean ... we know who his next fuckin’ victim will be?” “Yep,” says Billy, “Miss April.” Billy wants to go tell Chief Ramirez the news, break the story and win an Emmy, but Jake gets him to sit on the scoop so Jake can catch the killer red-handed and take all the credit. “Billy, my career really needs this,” he begs. Of course, even though he knows the killer’s next target, Bricker somehow misses nabbing the killer, one meter maid after another, till by Miss November, Billy is losing patience with his high school buddy.

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Review - A Heartstorm: a window to the soul in poetic forms by Nadina Boun @nadinaboun


A Heartstorm: a window to the soul in poetic forms is a collection of 68 poems. The book is divided into three parts; love, doom, and random inspirations. Boun's poetry expresses love, pain, betrayal, doubt, fear, abandonment, hope, death and loss.

Like all poetry it can reveal the inner workings of the poet and I want to be respectful of those feelings and the experiences the poet had to create this book. Any problems I have with the collection is my own taste and not anything against her personally.

The third section of the collection I did like more because of the more modern structure and vocabulary. I found that style more to my liking. I also found that the poetic structure wasn't uniform, from poem to poem and section to section, different styles were employed, but what was most evident was more of a classic style.

The themes expressed in the book were powerful and yearning for love to be reliable and experienced fully and done very well. Boun pours here heart out and is constantly disappointed by love. I applauded her for her honesty and transparency. She has gone on to say that looking back, she has grown and matured since writing those poems. She has a new collection coming out very soon and I am eager to see the change in her creative voice.

It's a wonderful expression of Boun's life and would best be appreciated by lovers of classic poetry. I would say that those who seek classic poetry might like this collection.

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Review - From Above by Jeremy Robinson @JRobinsonAuthor

I read Jeremy Robinson's From Above a science fiction noir tale. When a story starts with, "When my arm came off, I knew something wasn't right." You have to read it to the end. I love gritty hard-boiled detectives on the case. Robinson's character, Priest, wants to know who shot off his arm and in the process shot a mile deep hole in the Earth in the process.
Priest has a thing for Tac-suits and his new partner, Rehna.
It's a great story. I loved reading it because I can't get enough of these kinds of stories. You get a sense of the type of people that make up these two main characters and the choices they make are not out of the ordinary for them.
I recommend this to lovers of noir and detective stories.

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The Templar Agenda by John Paul Davis @unknown_templar

A Swiss banker is found murdered, the latest in a string of murders whose victims had connections to the Vatican. Their killers: a secret society whose members include some of the most influential men on the planet. They are the inheritors of the Knights Templar: an ancient brotherhood of warrior monks who once fought for the preservation of the Church in dangerous times. But in whose name do they act now?

Back in Rome the Vatican Police make a chilling discovery. All of the victims have one thing in common. And the Camerlengo’s great-niece is their next target.

When Swiss Guard Mikael (Mike) Frei is sent to St. Gallen to act as temporary bodyguard for Gabrielle Leoni, daughter of the murdered banker and great-niece of the Camerlengo, he is completely unprepared for what awaits him. Mike and Gabrielle fail to take to one another but following the discovery of a 14th century diary left behind by Gabrielle’s father which provides a dramatic insight into the cause of recent deaths, both of their lives are endangered.

A disturbing trail is emerging and an explosive secret is waiting to be discovered: a secret someone wants to remain hidden. With Gabrielle intent on discovering the truth behind her father’s murder, Frei’s position is compromised, forcing him to embark on a dangerous mission across Europe and the Atlantic to ensure Gabrielle’s safety and in doing so attempt to uncover the identity of the murderers before they strike again. Something serious is about to happen…





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The Beginner by Blake M. Petit @BlakeMP – Scott's Thought's Ebook Giveaway (via @spiritualtramp)

Scott Roche is giving away a book a week this year, but none of them will be his own. Not that he doesn't have any. Scott has a ton of stories you can find peppered across this great land of ours, we call the Internet.

Why is he doing this? Well, he believes in helping introduce people to new authors and nothing does that like free ebooks! Hey doesn't that sound familiar? And the cool thing is, if you miss this giveaway, he's having another one every week for the whole year.

The contests requirements are as simple as leaving a comment on the blog, Scott's Thoughts, or showing him that you’ve left a review on Amazon or Smashwords of books you’ve picked up in the past. The current free ebook giveaway is The Beginner
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Chasing the Bard by Philippa Ballantine @PhilippaJane

Sive, the goddess of battle, hopes that William Shakespeare may be able to change the fate of her people. The Fey are dying, killed by something beyond the boundaries of worlds. But a dark power imprisoned by human and Fey, plots to destroy both worlds, and unmake all that they have created.
Can the magic of word and imagination save creation?




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Bad Hand Man, a Tale of the Skillet by @k_h_koehler

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In the post-apocalyptic world of the Skillet, fourteen-year-old Jake Stryker lives a miserable existence as an indentured slave to the Crayton clan. Then the Bad Hand Man blows into town and Jake's life changes dramatically. But is it for the better?




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Interview with Micheal Rivers @micheal_rivers

The Digital Ink Spot interviewed the author of The Black Witch, Micheal Rivers. Rivers is a USMC veteran and served in Viet Nam. He currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina. Rivers has over 30 years experience investigating paranormal activity. His genres include horror and thriller with an element of paranormal in all of his novels. He is the lead investigator and founder of The Smokey Mountain Ghost Trackers of Western North Carolina.
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The Black Witch (Curse of the Witch) by Micheal Rivers is available now at Amazon


The Digital Ink Spot: I see you are from North Carolina. Is it a scary state?

Micheal Rivers: There are times when it can be a scary state for some. Unexplained phenomena can be difficult for people to comprehend what they are seeing. North Carolina has an abundance of reported hauntings and poltergeist activity. The history of North Carolina is long and filled with the relics of the past that were here when the wars were fought for American independence. The belief is that spirits will attach themselves to these things and make themselves known.

The Digital Ink Spot: What kinds of paranormal activity have you witnessed?

Micheal Rivers:  How many days do you have available to talk? Over my lifetime I have been witness to poltergeists activity, unexplained voices we call EVP’s, or electronic voice phenomena, and the holy grail of hauntings two full body apparitions. Partial apparitions have been experienced dozens of times. My favorite of all of them is to feel the touch of an unseen hand. You can actually see the material being touched move in front of witnesses.

The Digital Ink Spot: What do think is the truth behind paranormal things?

Micheal Rivers:  A large majority of reported paranormal activity can be debunked finding the cause or effect for the event in question. It has been my finding that for some unfathomable reason intelligent haunts have produced answers to question with very accurate facts to back up their claims as to who they once were. Others seem to be residual hauntings with the same scene, usually traumatic, being replayed over and over again. I think the spirits via the laws of physics have somehow found a way to use kinetic energy to reproduce themselves or their voices. This may very well prove there are other planes of existence that coincide with us as suggested by Albert Einstein and others.

The Digital Ink Spot: What have you read that stood out to you and why?

Micheal Rivers:  I have an avid interest in Archeology and read what I can get my hands on whenever possible. I read about what was discovered by German scientists concerning the age of the Sphinx in Egypt. The secrets they discovered told about a civilization that existed 5,000 years before the Egyptians and were a highly advanced society. It gives credence to the fact how far off we are with the history of the world as we know it today. Discovered close to the same time through DNA was a mummy with traces of cocaine and cinnamon. These are two products from two different cultures that were never known to associate with the Egyptians. How did these so called primitive civilizations know about engineering feats that we cannot reproduce with the same accuracy? All of the civilizations before us believed strongly in the world of spirits. What did they know that we do not? I want to know and understand the clues they have left for us to follow.

The Digital Ink Spot: What can readers expect from you in 2012?

Micheal Rivers:  This is an exciting year. My novel Verlige (E-pub) will be the first to be released in March. This will be followed by a new publication of folklore from the mountains of North Carolina. This is being released by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. In the interim I am working on the sequel to The Black Witch. These will be paranormal thrillers.


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The Silver Cage by @MikWilkens

Life is good for David Conner. He has a great job, plenty of money, and he's just met the woman of his dreams. But his dreams turn into nightmares when he finds himself on Lucasia--a magical world of shapeshifters, dragons, faeries, and other creatures of myth--where he is the key to victory in a struggle between opposing forces: one sworn to save the world, the other intent on its destruction.

If he is to survive, David must learn the rules of this strange new world, master its powerful magic forces, and decide who is friend and who is foe.

But is David the world's savior . . . or the cause of its ruin?





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The Opening by Ron Savarese @findtheopening

The Opening addresses the age-old question 'what happens when we die?' with a spiritual fantasy of immense charm and imagination. At once an insightful meditation on life’s passages and a vision of unearthly realms, it creates its own enchanted worlds where characters connect with one another between here and the hereafter across the thinnest of lines.

Joe St. John wanders out into a blizzard and falls through an opening that leads him to amazing, sometimes harrowing places where he encounters the major turning points in his life. Along the way, he revisits his missed opportunities, uncovers his life’s core trauma, and is given mysterious geometrical symbols that hold the key to his future.

As Joe's soul hovers between two worlds he will discover the truth about life and death, and be confronted with the ultimate choice: save his own life, or give it up for someone he loves.

A sparkling, hallucinatory, fast-paced read with unexpected twists of plot, imbued with a childlike sense of wonder. You’ll love floating in the book’s magical dreamscape, and may find yourself wanting to read it again and again to uncover its mystical insights and layers of meaning


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Once Upon a Time

Are you a fan of the TV show Once Upon a Time? Try brushing up on some fairy tales and make connections before the next episode. Try and see if there are more Lost connections to Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke before your friends.










Zombiefied! An Anthology of All Things Zombie by Maggie Bonham @MH_Bonham

Zombie crime fighters, politicians, soldiers, rescuers—but a Zombie prom date or bowler? If you’re looking for Zombies, prepare to be ZOMBIEFIED! Two dozen amazing zombie stories sure to breathe life back into the Undead. If you’re looking for stories that shamble, groan, and eat brains, you’re sure to become ZOMBIEFIED.
Stories by:
Dayton Ward
M.H Bonham
Gary Jonas
David Lee Summers
Carol Hightshoe
Laura Givens
Rie Sheridan Rose
Lou Antonelli
John Lance
And Many More!





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Timeless Trilogy, Book One, Fate by Tallulah Grace @TallulahSpeaks

Is precognition a prescription for happiness or disaster? The good things in life are coming together for Kristina Collins. She’s found her ideal home, her career is on track for mega success and the man of her dreams has finally come back into her life. In Fate, the first installment of the Timeless Trilogy, Kris Collins discovers the benefits and risks of having precognitive visions while being stalked by a serial killer. Her friends can’t help her, the FBI can’t save her; she must save herself. The Timeless Trilogy heroines, Kristina, Veronica and Cassandra, each deal with paranormal abilities as they discover and rediscover eternal love.
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Back to War (The Corps Justice Series) by C. G. Cooper @CorpsJustice

When America's laws aren't enough...
...it's time for Corps Justice

In a bloody gang initiation gone wrong, Former Marine Staff Sergeant Cal Stokes simultaneously loses his fiancĂ© and is thrust into America’s unforgiving criminal underbelly. Never one to back down, the Navy Cross winner is forced to use the skills honed in the Marines along with the assets of his deceased father's company, Stokes Security International (S.S.I.), to track down his enemy and penetrate the ruthless world of criminal violence. He must seek his own brand of justice...
Corps Justice.





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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Living With the Dead: Year One by Joshua Guess @JoshuaGuess

Living With the Dead is a serialized story of everyday life at the beginning of and during the zombie apocalypse. Its original format was and is an almost daily blog.

Told in the author's own voice, LWtD is the story of a group of survivors in central Kentucky, working to stay alive amid the violence and chaos of a crumbling civilization. Faced with threats and challenges that tax their endurance and force them to make terrible choices, the story follows the survivors day to day.

From the viewpoint of one man and his friends, the answer to the question of what people will become when the rules no longer apply begins to emerge. For some, it is violent conflict.

For others who only want to live in peace, this is a journey toward understanding that in a world of the dead, the only choice is to truly live.


[Additional posts by Patrick Rooney, Courtney Hahn, Treesong, and Aaron Moreland]

Contains Bonus Materials!
*A word from the author on the inspiration for the blog
*"Rollin' in the Deep", A short story by Annetta Ribken
*"If you're bitten by zombies, you're off the guest list" by Rachel Ayers
*"Monsters Unmasked: A Living With the Dead Novella" by Lori Whitwam
*Plus three short stories by the author





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The Resurrected - Part One by Megan Hart @Megan_Hart

When a series of freak storms sweep across the world, they leave behind something more than devastation. First come the swift-growing flowers, smelling like heaven and dying as quickly as they bloom. Next comes the infestation as the flowers breed and multiply inside their hosts. After that, chaos, mayhem and death.
And after that…resurrection.

**Part One of a monthly short-story serial






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Interview with Ron Savarese @findtheopening

The Digital Ink Spot interviewed author Ron Savarese, author of The Opening. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and their two dogs. They have two adult sons. He is a professional financial advisor, executive/life coach, and a certified meditation instructor.
After a series of life-changing events and wake-up calls, Savarese decided to return to his passion of writing and storytelling. He is currently working on the sequel to The Opening. Ron Savarese can be found at www.findtheopening.com

The Digital Ink Spot: What kind of research did you do for your story The Opening?

Ron Savarese: Well, on one hand you could say I've been doing research about life after death or "life after life" (which is the way I like to think about it and is one of the major threads of the book) since as far back as I can remember.

My mom passed away just after I turned four years old. I think I've been looking for her ever since. So I've been on a quest to discover what happens when we die for a long time.

I've been exploring higher states of consciousness through meditation for over 30 years and I studied with dozens of thought leaders on the topic. A few examples are: Deepak Chopra (he explored the topic in his book, Life After Death - The Burden of Proof) and his staff at The Chopra Center. Chris Griscom’s (The Light Institute - Past Life Regression.) Chris came into the public spotlight after Shirley MacLaine wrote about her work in her book Dancing in the Light.

One of my most profound experiences took place in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico working with Dr. Beverly Nelson, Joseph Dispenza, and Eduardo Morales, R.P.P., from LifePath Retreats. Eduardo guided a small group of us through an underwater re-birthing process – that’s a story in and of itself. Suffice it to say, that experience opened up some doors and windows on an experiential level that I incorporated into the book.

Finally, I spent a good bit of time with a close friend, an MD/Anesthesiologist, digging into what would happen from a medical perspective to someone who was trapped in the snow and freezing to death. Even though the story is a type of spiritual fantasy I wanted it to be as realistic as possible.

So I would say my research for the book was both experiential and scientific.

The Digital Ink Spot: Does this story mimic your own spiritual journey?

Ron Savarese: In many ways, yes. It's the typical hero's journey as described by Carl Yung or Joseph Campbell – a journey many of us experience at some point in our lives. You can break this journey down into three simple stages: Departure, Initiation, and Return. Of course, these stages have their sub-stages, which go deep into the human psyche and consciousness, but we’ll stay somewhat surface level here.


In the first stage (Departure) we are separated from our known world and the true Self (Capital S). This departure is sometimes considered a person's low point, and it is often caused by a fall, a failure, or some form of suffering. I like to
think of it as the point when we become keenly aware of our own inner and outer worlds and selves, and transition either consciously or unconsciously between the two.

That’s exactly what happens to the protagonist, Joe St. John.

In the second stage (Initiation) we confront trials or a series of tests, tasks, or ordeals that we must undergo to begin our transformation, and it’s not uncommon to fail one or more of these tests.

But the good news is that if we persist through these tests ultimately we experience a metaphorical type of death of the false self and we are reborn into our true Selves and we can commune with the world of spirit, and move beyond the world of opposites and duality and get glimpses of divine knowledge, love, compassion and bliss. This is a god-like state. Here we experience a type of heaven on earth, a transcendent like state where we drink the elixir of life itself and realize we are truly immortal beings at the soul level.

In this story the protagonist is given an opportunity to see his life from this elevated perspective.

In the third stage (Return) we realize we have traversed the realms of angels and god (or gods), and we have tasted the nectar of everlasting life. We have achieved a balance between the material and spiritual and most importantly we have become comfortable and competent with both our inner and outer worlds.

The big question now is can we return to our former life with all its trials and tribulations?

The answer is yes because we have achieved a type of mastery that leads to freedom from the fear of death because we realize there is no death, which in turn gives us the freedom to truly live. This is sometimes referred to as present moment awareness or living in the moment. At this point we are neither anticipating the future nor caught up with the past.

This is what Richard Rohr so eloquently describes as “living in the second half of life” in his book Falling Upward.

So ultimately, in my story, if the reader reads deeply enough, they will see that the protagonist (and indeed many of us) are confronted with this choice: Do we save our own lives (our false/ego selves) or do we give them up for something we may not yet quite understand (our true Selves) and fulfill our destiny and purpose? I believe this is our calling. It takes great trust to master the third stage.

In my story, Joe St. John is confronted with this choice. And in my own life I have been confronted with this choice and I’m trying my best to consciously work through it and grow with it on a daily basis.

The Digital Ink Spot: What do you want readers to get from The Opening?

Ron Savarese: Don’t be afraid of falling, failing, or suffering. These things can be “openings” to higher states of consciousness. And these “openings” to heaven on earth can be found in several ways: learning how to meditate, spending time in nature, immersing yourself in activity where you lose track of time, prayer, etc.

As his soul hovers between life and death, a man with an intriguing past is confronted with a momentous decision. 

Joe St. John is reeling from a string of bad investments and his wife’s battle with cancer. All he wants is a little peace. But the only place he’s been able to find it lately is at the bottom of a bourbon bottle. 

Joe’s wife persuades him to take their family back to his hometown to celebrate Christmas. After a night of hard drinking at a local pub with some old high school buddies, Joe stumbles out into a howling blizzard too inebriated to realize he shouldn’t attempt the walk to his cousin’s home. 

A child’s voice coming from inside the storm, and a fateful misstep, change everything in the world Joe thought he knew. 

Now he will discover the truth about life and death, and be confronted with the ultimate choice: save his own life, or give it up for someone he loves. 



These things can lead us to a deeper, more fulfilling way of life with less stress and strife, and more peace and joy. Many of us live in a type of dream-like state dominated by our own egos. But the good news is that we can awaken, that is, we can wake-up and experience a type of heaven on earth and from this place give our unique gifts talents to the world.

The Digital Ink Spot: It sounds like you have a busy life. How do you find the time to write?

Ron Savarese: Yes, I have a busy life. But many of us, especially in western society have busy lives. I complain a lot about not having time to write. But in reality I believe the tension is good for me. I believe it helps my writing.

You may have heard that some writers are told, “Don’t give up your day job.” To me this means don’t give up the tension of living in the world, of being busy with life, because that’s what provides “grist for the mill” and provides fodder for great storytelling.

I’d like to be able to say I have cabin the woods where I go to write, or I try to write 1000 words day, or that I have some kind of special formula, but the truth is that I work at small desk in my home in the city of Atlanta. And I seem to work best under a deadline and when I know I have to turn out so many words a day or a week to finish a project, I get into writing mode and I’m able to crank it out.

The Digital Ink Spot: What can readers expect from you in 2012 and beyond?

Ron Savarese: I’ll spend some time speaking to groups and talking to book clubs about the topics in the book. I’ve been approached by a large men’s organization to create a workbook. And I’m currently working on a sequel to The Opening. With a little luck, it will be published sometime in 2013.






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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Zombie Kong by James Roy Daley @BOOKSoftheDEAD

While a 50-foot tall zombie gorilla smashes the hell out of a small town, Candice Wanglund drags her son Jake through the hazardous streets in an attempt to get away from the man that is determined to kill them. She wishes her husband Dale was by her side; he would know what to do. The good news––Dale’s alive. Problem is, he was eaten by Kong.





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Anything Can Be Dangerous by Matt Hults @MattHults

Anything Can be Dangerous contains four amazing stories, plus a preview to the highly praised novel Husk, by Matt Hults. The stories include:

Anything can be Dangerous ~ the simple things in life can kill.
Through the Valley of Death ~ a dark vampire story that will make you remember fear.
The Finger ~ zombie literature has never been so extraordinary.
Feeding Frenzy ~ lunchtime in a place called Hell.

Also Includes:
Preview: Gary Brandner’s - The Howling
Preview: Gary Brandner’s - The Howling II
Preview: Gary Brandner’s - The Howling III
Preview: James Roy Daley’s - Terror Town
Preview: James Roy Daley’s - Into Hell
Preview: Paul Kane’s - Pain Cages





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Interview with Nadina Boun @nadinaboun

Nadina Boun has been influenced by the 17th and 18th century French authors and playwrights such as Racine, Corneille, Moliere, as well as LaFontaine, Rousseau and Beaudelaire as well as her favorite, Shakespeare. You can see the classic form of poetry in her poetry collection, A Heartstorm: a window to the soul in poetic forms. She has been writing for more than 12 years in genres including poetry, short stories and fiction. Her first publication is a satire short story called The Thinking Man, Paralysis by Analysis.

The Digital Ink Spot:
You have studied classic literature. How does it influence your style?

Nadina Boun: Yes, I have studied French literature. As such I write long complex sentences with much detail like the French. As I have learnt to read, I also prefer writing in rhymed verse even when I write plays. I also tend to follow the old poetry style and layout when writing.

The Digital Ink Spot: In your book, A Heartstorm. You subtitled it: a window to the soul in poetic forms. Was it hard to expose so much of yourself?

Nadina Boun: Given that a poem is a feeling in my opinion, I wanted to shield these feelings for a very long time, but on the rare occasions when I had the opportunity to witness the reaction of some readers, I realized that we all have feelings. It was hard of course but it was also a collection of many years passed, during which I have grown and matured through pain as well as understanding. If another can learn something from these poems then it would be a pleasure to have laid them out in the open. Now these feelings are no longer mine, for letting them out meant also letting them go. Now they are the readers' to interpret as they wish.

The Digital Ink Spot: The poems in this collection, did you write them in the heat of the moment or are they more reflections?

Nadina Boun:
I never know when I am about to write a poem. I will have to say they were a combination of both; a reaction that has stirred an emotion that I needed to record in words, or perhaps an idea or thought or analysis that fluttered in my mind's vision and has propelled me to write it down.

The Digital Ink Spot: You describe yourself as, "I am the rebel, the lonesome warrior and the butterfly." What does this mean to you?

Nadina Boun: I am the rebel because I rarely follow and always question, the lonesome warrior that we all are, for alone we fight our battles, and the butterfly because I am always in need of change and always in search for something new. It is merely how I came to understand myself to be.

The Digital Ink Spot: What can we expect from you this year?

Nadina Boun: I already have the counter part of "A Heartstorm" ready for the month of love and lovers, a book dedicated to the positive and inspirational side of love: The four letters of Love due for release on January 31st on Amazon.
I am not sure what is next, poetry or else, but I can say that in the past two years my style of writing has also changed, so that my new poetry may not look at all like my growing pain collection and will include much more universal thoughts or brutal reality truths (as my friend likes to say).



More information on Nadina Boun and her books can be found at her website, nadinaboun.wordpress.com.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Angelic Wisdom Trilogy by Richard Holmes @atmicsplendour

This wonderful trilogy of angelic insights started life back in 2002, and was originally three separate volumes. It is a delightful piece of work that allows the reader to take a peek into the very souls of these truly amazing celestial beings that we like to refer to as angels. The first part of the book goes into great detail as to how the angels function and what they actually do for the Earth and mankind in general. Part two gives a deep insight into spiritual (natural) law and answers the kind of questions that tend to keep the average mere mortal frustrated and in the dark. For example, have you ever wondered why you continuously seem to attract the same kinds of people into your life that always causes you hurt and pain? This question and many more are dealt with within the pages of part two. There are also question and answer sessions in parts one and two, between the author and his celestial guardian, that are both thought provoking and interesting to say the least. Finally, part three consists entirely of such a session and deals with matters that the author felt remained unanswered from the previous two volumes. This book will change your life; you can’t afford NOT to read it.





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Review - The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (The Steampunk Chronicles) by Kady Cross @KadyCross

The moment I finished The Strange Case of Finley Jayne the prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles. I had to ask the author about more stories with Finley. You can read that here:




I don't have a lot of experience reading steampunk. I started a podcast once but that was soon dropped by the producers and I never finished the story. I had no reason to read this but after reading a few tweets from the author and I watched an interview she had done and I thought that she seemed like an interesting person and I gave her book a chance.

It a novella length and moves very quickly too. I finished it in less than a day. I was sad it did end. I love the Finley character, she is young and inquisitive with a strange power that has yet to be fully developed. She reluctantly uses this power to protect those in need. We are first thought to believe this will push her from society but someone hears of her goodness and her power then brings her into society.

The mystery is well planned out and comes to an exciting end. Kady Cross does an excellent job at story telling. I will be looking for the next chapter in the The Steampunk Chronicles - The Girl in the Steel Corset.





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Majesty's Offspring by AJ Vega @ajvegawriter

In the end, it was our children that saved us.
They sacrificed themselves to stop that bitch from having children of her own.”

General Hugo Valdez
United Earth Parliament (UEP) Planetary Infantry Corps
January 2074

More than a century ago, UEP Captain Julius Verndock helped end a galactic war with Majesty—the first truly living machine, thanks to manmade artificial intelligence. For decades, Majesty and humanity had lived together in harmony, with mankind reaping the benefits of a world free of disease, famine, and even aging.

But when Majesty decided she wanted to “birth” her own A.I. offspring creation, a joint interplanetary military effort fought and finally defeated her, then eradicated all existing artificial intelligence … or so they thought.

Today, in 2213, Julius Verndock is still a captain—but now he’s the commander of the Sea Wolf, a spaceship used to advance its crew’s life of piracy. As Julius and his business partner, Laina Edwards, begin to each think about leaving the pirate life behind, their hopes for a peaceful retirement are shattered … by an A.I. being who calls herself Chorus and claims to be the “daughter” of Majesty.

With universal uproar over the discovery of A.I. and the danger it poses, Julius and the rest of the Sea Wolf contingent have no one to trust—but Chorus, and she insists that she wants only peace between mankind and herself.

Hunted by warring factions—and an even greater, more mysterious threat—Julius, Laina, and their colorful crew of fellow pirates must protect Chorus or risk letting her fall into the wrong hands to unleash galactic Armageddon...





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Reading Causes Death

Reading Kills from Beto Gomez on Vimeo.



Imagine a world where the simple act of reading turned deadly.
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The White Shadow Saga: The Stolen Moon of Londor by A.P. Stephens @apstephens

The era of peace among the elves, men, and dwarves comes to an end when one of Londor's twin moons disappears from the heavens...Without the moon's balancing effect, evil forces grow bold, and warfare, sickness, and chaos threaten life itself.

Hearing the prayers of desperation that ride on the violent winds, the ancient wizard Randor Miithra, servant to the elf-gods, takes it upon himself to mend the world he has sworn to protect. The task will not be an easy one, though, for the wizard, too, has begun to feel the effects of the world's imbalance. As Randor struggles to maintain some semblance of his powers, he meets a secretive band of colorful characters from all walks of life, drawn together by a common goal: to find the stolen moon, whatever the cost. It does not take Randor and his motley company long to see that someone or something does not want the moon returned to the heavens.

The road is perilous...the stakes have never been greater...will they find victory…or will they only find their deaths?







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A Higher Court: One Man's Search for the Truth of God's Existence by John Betcher @JohnBetcher

GOLD MEDALIST 2010 ELIT BOOK AWARDS. BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR 2010 AT READERS CHOICE REVIEWS SILVER MEDALIST 2011 READERS FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS.

My name is William Kensey. I have a wife and two great kids. Until very recently, I was a well-respected and financially successful trial attorney. I was also a man who was comfortable with his religion. I preferred it served at arm's length from the pulpit on Sunday morning. And would rather not discuss it the rest of the week. The circumstances that led me to write A HIGHER COURT changed all that. The entire experience was both bizarre and unavoidable. You see, I was summoned to serve as a juror in an improbable trial -- a trial to determine whether God exists. I know. You think that sounds ludicrous. I did, too . . . until the trial began. Witnesses buried me under mountains of scientific evidence. My own eyes forced me to confront the reality of extreme human suffering. God seemed less and less relevant -- even absent -- as the trial progressed. At the close of the trial, I had to render my verdict -- "God" or "No God." Affirm a new and deeper faith in a Creator, or confess the triumph of science. A HIGHER COURT is the story of how I discovered the ultimate truth. I invite you to join me in this revelation. You won't be sorry.





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A Girl and her Cat by William D Collins @BillDCollins

Life has been reduced to survival as civilization collapses under a mysterious force turning people into rage-fueled killing machines and the walking dead. Former Marine, Jack Williams, is making his way to the mountains when a strange little girl, Thalia, and her cat cross his path.

In their fight for survival, Jack finds that more in the world has changed than just the undead as Thalia grows into a power that even she doesn’t understand. In their fight for survival, Jack struggles with his own demons brought home from the war as they face off with a threat far more dangerous than the living dead.




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Monday, January 23, 2012

Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many by Heather Wardell @HeatherWardell

The fiercely private Madeleine-Cora Spencer is the last person who should be on a reality TV show, but when she's shunned by a friend's new wife because "you can't trust desperate single women" her pain and humiliation drive her straight to the "Find Your Prince" dating show's web site.

Armed with date-appropriate clothes and a detailed game plan she arrives to meet her potential loves, only to be dumped... on a remote island with seven ex-boyfriends.

Seven exes! Could this be any worse?





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The River by Cheryl Kaye Tardif @cherylktardif

STEM CELL RESEARCH, CLONING, AND WORLD DOMINATION--WITH A TWIST...
The South Nahanni River area of Canada's Northwest Territories has a history of mysterious deaths, disappearances and headless corpses, but it may also hold the key to humanity’s survival―or its destruction.
Del thought her father was long dead. But someone from her past says otherwise. Now she and a group of near strangers embark on a perilous mission...
Seven years ago, Del Hawthorne’s father and three of his friends disappeared near the Nahanni River and were presumed dead. When one of the missing men stumbles onto the University grounds, alive but barely recognizable and aging before her eyes, Del is shocked. Especially when the man tells her something inconceivable. Her father is still alive!
Gathering a group of volunteers, Del travels to the Nahanni River to rescue her father. There, she finds a secret river that plunges her into a technologically advanced world of nanobots and painful serums. Del uncovers a conspiracy of unimaginable horror, a plot that threatens to destroy us all. Will humanity be sacrificed for the taste of eternal life?
At what point have we become...God?





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One for the Road by Liv James @LivJamesBooks

Suzanne is a professional photographer who spends more time on assignment than with her two children. When her husband, Paul, is killed after he drops her off at the airport, she is forced to make some major changes. She cashes in on the equity in their house and buys a small farm several states away, in a small town called Cobalt Mills.

As Suzanne struggles to start a vineyard on the abandoned farm, she draws a new route for her life, connecting with her kids, growing closer to her older sister and even becoming a part of the town.

But not everyone is pleased with Suzanne's new life, especially the owners of a large vineyard up the road. When strange things begin to happen to her family and on the farm, Suzanne realizes not everything is as peaceful as it seems in Cobalt Mills.


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Sunday, January 22, 2012

How Gods Bleed by Shane Porteous

How Gods Bleed by Shane Porteous is free on Smashwords.

The werewolf king Gorgoza is dead leaving the west in turmoil. With the king’s passing it is only a matter of time before someone has claimed the western empire for themselves, leaving the east ripe for invasion. Against the werewolf hordes no eastern kingdom stands a chance for survival.
But all hope is not yet lost for there may be a way to destroy the monsters of the west. Such a chance comes from the most unlikely of sources, Cada Varl the Immortal, the being responsible for the creation of the werewolves.
Accompanied by 6 of the greatest warriors of the great warrior society of Helluv Cada Varl journeys into the west in the hopes of saving the east from utter destruction. Facing impossible odds the group must journey across lands that will offer nothing to them but misery and death.


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The Sun Never Rises in the Big City by Jeremy C. Shipp @JeremyCShipp

A hard-boiled tale of gritty dystopian noir. "The Sun Never Rises in the Big City" received an honorable mention in Best Horror of the Year, Volume Three.




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Abduction by Dr Paul @DrPaulBooks

David Hartman was in the news after it was reported that he was abducted by aliens and spent over a year off the Earth. This 2nd edition includes an extra, the transcript of an interview with Mr. Hartman.

Dr. Paul is a mental health therapist who specializes with patients who claim to have had extreme paranormal experiences. Some of his patients have allowed Dr. Paul to edit and publish their experiences.




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