Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Arthur Telling ~ presents ~ Yancy Gates: A Dialogue With Self

TITLE: “Yancey Gates: A Dialogue With Self”
RELEASE DATE: April 20, 2017
AUTHOR: Arthur Telling
CATEGORIES: Metaphysical/New Age
ISBN: 978-1543007053
IMPRINT: Gaia’s Essence

KEYWORDS: Buddhism, Occult, New Age, Metaphysical, American Indian, World’s Fair, Spiritual, Religion

A spiritual theme in a developing San Francisco World’s Fair gives Planning Department employee Yancey Gates a pathway for awakening the mind.
Yancey Gates seeks enlightenment, while enduring a mundane job plagued with office politics at the San Francisco Planning Department. Opportunity arises when a dynamic new California governor proposes a world’s fair in San Francisco having a spiritual theme.

Yancey’s job in Planning takes on new life as the governor’s plan drops into his lap, and carries him to a Northern California Buddhist monastery where present moment awareness is a way of life, and to a fiery American Indian chieftain whose distrust of the White Man threatens the governor’s plan.

Remaining steadfast as he navigates through challenges and pitfalls, Yancey’s focus stays on the question of his
real purpose, his reason for living, and he brings you, the reader, along a tumultuous journey towards enlightenment.

Arthur Telling, born in San Francisco, California, grew up on the San Francisco peninsula, and presently resides across the bay in Oakland with his wife. A lifelong search for meaning and purpose in life, brought him to nearby Berkeley, with its rich metaphysical environment.  He has authored several novels, and has written numerous stories and articles. His articles have regularly appeared in online conscious lifestyle magazine OM Times ( including the January 2017-C issue “Jane Roberts, the Seth Books: An Overlooked Giant”  and August 2016-B issue “Son of Man May Not Have Been Jesus”. His article “A Different Jesus Message” was published in the November 2011 AMORC online Rosicrucian Digest. His article answering the question “How are the mind and brain related?” appeared in January/February 2008 edition of British Journal Philosophy Now. His website is



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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Skro ~ guest post and his novel Sonspot

TITLE: Sonspot
RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2017
CATEGORIES: Fantasy/Adventure
ISBN: 978-1543108477
IMPRINT: Devil’s Tower

KEYWORDS: Awakening, higher purpose, revelations, truth, lies, eternal awareness existence, synchronicity, brotherhood, metal music, voices, psychedelics, inter-dimensional travel, perception, madness, flow, peace, utter chaos, unbound love, pride, lust, acceptance

Mac asked for death. What he got was the complete opposite.

An apocalyptic adventure of awakening, madness, and revelation, Sonspot, is the tale of Mack—a coming of age man who is plagued by supernatural nightmares. Fed up with the depraved world he was born in, he asks for death. What he gets is the complete opposite; buried memoires of his eternal soul on the Island of Eden and the damnation that follows. With the aid of a magic gum, the mysterious divine flow unfolds before Mack and his best friend, leading them on an adventure through the nine levels of hell; answering one fundamentally scary question that haunts us all to our grave.


The idea for Sonspot came to me when one of my friends and I were kayaking around a large pond in our neighborhood. We had decided to go on an adventure earlier in the day and thought that we hadn’t mapped out the pond that we grew up next to. It’s a large pond next to the elementary school we both went to. We gathered up the kayaks and threw them atop of the car that my grandparents gave to me. It was a well-kept 1995 Ford Taurus. With only a couple of bungie cords we secured the kayaks to the roof and drove the whole half mile to the pond. The day was beautiful and the sun shone down on us, making for that magical feel. We drug the kayaks to the pond through the path in the woods.

Along the way, we began to talk about our lives and what we want to do with them. We tend to talk existential, always. We get to the water and more clumsily than skillfully, get into the kayaks without toppling over. I grab the oar and set a course for my brotha who was several paces ahead.

The thing I remember clearly, is how nice it was that day. There was something magical in the air, and in due motion, the magic entered my mind. Though, I think it’s always there and its us who simply have to be aware of it. I was in some sort of zone while I was paddling and while in this zone, an idea came. I told my brotha that I wanted to write and travel. He said that it sounded like love.

Later, Mack came to my mind and jumped into another reality which opened up like a portal in some observable section of my mind. In that universe, I saw what appeared to be a place of perfection; the island of Eden. Jane was there and all the harmony that brings bliss to the soul.

For the rest of the day, that image held in my head and played out clearly as the reality I was kayaking in. After mapping the pond and finding his brother’s old raft they made decades ago, we hiked back to the car and went back to the apartment I was living at.

That raft though.

IT was a magic raft.

At the apartment, we got in some groove and started to play some video game with a gun. During the games, the scene I’m seeing through my mind reaches its next chapter. The shadow enters onto the island and begins to plague Jane and Mack.

I remember creeping myself out when the character for the serpent came around and introduced itself to the story. Ohh, that night, I couldn’t sleep, it was awesome. Before I could go wherever the heck we go in our sleep, I had to write down the story that came through my mind; as much of the plot as possible.

Pretty sure I slept peacefully that night; but who really knows?

Skro is a pseudonym.. but an actual being that was wrangled in from some faraway place, deep within the caverns of imagination. His mortal self lives in the outskirts of Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was born in 1989. Sonspot is his first novel. He loves everybody; no exception.. because we all emanate from the same source, and all eventually find our way back there; no exceptions.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Andrea Kaczmarek ~ an interview and her novel ~ There's a Stinky Goblin in the Shed

Andrea Kaczmarek

TITLE: There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed
RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2017
AUTHOR: Andrea Kaczmarek
CATEGORIES: Early Middle Grade/Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1542805629
IMPRINT: Sunquills

Born in Wales. Teacher training in Weymouth - married with two grown up children - and now grandmother to three amazing and clever kids.

I was a Town Councillor for many years in Hamm with a great interest in integration and education. Today I still work on the Committee for Special Needs and I am Chair of the World of Reading - Lese Welt Hamm - bringing books and stories to children!

I still organise art and English projects at my old school  - great fun working with children from many different backgrounds.

Children who enjoy stories and reading have a good start in life! 



Q: How would you describe yourself as a color? Think personality here. Are you a light and airy pastel person, or more of a deep, dark, sultry and mysterious color?
A: I’m green with a touch of yellow. Those are the colors that I like to have around me or wear. A green person is optimistic too – so, I’m green.

Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.
A:        Winter = Christmas time, candles and comfort, I’m a bit of a romantic.
            Spring            = Blossom and the smell that is in the air as nature gets started up.
            Summer = Blue skies and the feel of the sun on my skin, at long last.
            Fall = The color of the trees turning and the peace and tranquility.

Q: Bedtime, relaxing so you can sleep sounds. Is your preference, white noise, TV, soft music, ocean waves, forest or meadow sounds, babbling brook, or something else?
A: Soft music and a good book, is there any other bedtime ritual? Don’t answer that!

Q: Did you like school when you were a child?
A: I loved school. Not everything of course, certainly not math. But my school was full of books, reading, writing and painting. I became a teacher and am very saddened when kids hate school, they shouldn’t. School is your start in life, and mine was happy – apart from math – so, I look back fondly. My husband hated school because of awful teachers – that shouldn’t happen, but it did. Maybe the type of village school I went to is a thing of the past, pity.


Q: When did you start writing and why?
A: At school, creating little stories, we were encouraged. But I have always ‘scribbled’, as my husband calls it. But I have only had time to really work on my writing in the last 10 years. Before that, family, teaching and local politics too up so much time. But I always wrote in the summer holdays.

Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: They usually pop into my head in the early early morning. And then the work starts with jotting down the ideas, walking to figure things out, and bouncing my almost finished stories onto my grandchildren- very critical.

Q: How did you come to write your genre of choice?
A: I have no idea why middle grade took over, it just did. I am trying to write stories for younger children at the moment, but find that very hard. I really admire writers who can tell a brilliant story under 1,000 words, and if they can do it in rhyme, I’m really impressed.  Middle grade is easier because you can go more into detail. But still you have to cut things out, and I find that hard, too.

Q: Which element of book writing is the  most difficult for you?
A: The correction phase. I usually do this after a month or two, because I have fresher ideas after putting the story away ‘to rest’ for a while. I do that with all my stories – this is good for me AND the story.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A: When the idea is newborn and fresh and the story develops itself, so to speak. With the Stinky Goblin story, the grubby goblin seemed to take over and that was fun.

Q; Now your least favorite part?
A: Correcting, editing - Cutting out what isn’t necessary to the story. Re-reading, correcting and being tough on cuts.

Q: Describe your favorite heroine? (This doesn’t have to be one of yours.)
A: Perhaps not my all-time favorite, but at the moment I am reading a Flavia de Luce ( Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mewed) , a 12 year-old detective with a love of chemistry and set in the 1950ies.  Very well written and transforming the reader to a by-gone age.
My favorite childhood book was the Secret Garden

Q: Describe your favorite hero? (This doesn’t have to be one of yours.)
A: Harry Potter, well, this is/was Middle Grade at its very best. And Harry took everything that was thrown at him. I have to admit I loved the books, but never really got into the films in the same way. Yes, they are good, but the books have a special something.

Q: Who's your favorite author?
A: After praising Harry Potter, I have to say Joanne Rowling, she did so much to get middle grade reading back on track. But, that said, I have to say Roald Dahl, I hope Joanne will forgive me – but he was the best, and his books still are.

Q: Your favorite title?
A: So many, but I’ll settle for Mathilda, one of Roald Dahl’s best, I think.

Q: Would you ever consider a joint project?
A: Yes, I’d love it. I can’t imagine with whom.

Q: Which of your own releases was your particular favorite?
A: My favorite is There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed, because I had fun writing it and it took on a life of its own!


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
 A: I have just finished a story for younger children- Zola’s Spooky Specs-  here’s the blurb: How did Zola find those Spooky Specs? That’s easy, they found her. It was a party game and the girls all put on crazy hats and funny specs for mad photos. Except Zola – she ended up with big black ‘nerdy’ specs! But those specs turned out to be a bit spooky. Zola started finding lost things… Zola and her Spooky Specs always knew where to find things – and people are always losing things!
Until Zola decided to lose those Spooky Specs, why should she always help people to find things – they shouldn’t be so careless anyway. Until Zola lost something very special herself.
I am very pleased with it, but who knows?

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: Maybe Zola’s Spooky Specs will be the next project, as I said, just finished, so it is too new to plan.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
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KEYWORDS: Fantasy, Adventure, Fun, Goblins, Monsters, Middle Grade, Magical

Looking after a goblin is not easy, ask the twins Jerry and Jacob who stumble across a lost goblin, and foolishly help him out. Hiding and feeding him are bad enough – but when his sister goblin turns up – the boys are in deep trouble again!

Jerry and Jacob clean out Gran’s old garden shed to make a den, but on their first late-night walk in the woods behind it, they come across a very strange, grubby little person and their problems begin. A small pile of rags that can talk! The boys want to run away fast, but they take pity on the strange creature. They promise to try and get it back to its own world – GoblinLand.

Hiding a goblin in their den is a full time job. But in the end they find out that Hob had upset an elf, could that be the clue they need? But if the twins think that helping out their grubby goblin friend is the end of the story – they are very very wrong! Once you have let one goblin into your life…..the goblin door has opened!

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