One of my novels has gone free - not sure how long it will last. The Ultimate Choice has excellent reviews elsewhere, hopefully it will be well received here as well!
Here's a bit about the novel:
In a dystopian near-future, overpopulation has led to a government dedicated to reducing citizen numbers. Suicide is legalised, food is rationed, and reproduction forbidden without permission.
Cassie O’Neil broke the law, she had sex before marriage. She is sentenced to die on the game show, The Ultimate Choice, but when a contestant collapses
Cassie takes her chance and runs. Staying alive is hard with no ration card or place to hide. But she is a woman who refuses to die.
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Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine Gregory receives a letter from her deceased mother. It details a faery curse in which the eldest child in each generation will die in their twenty-fifth year.
Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, a new love interest comes knocking, and her first love has returned - neither men are what they seem, and Katherine may have to choose between them.
Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine must decide if this is all real, or if the strange visions she's been having are just a figment of her imagination.
The race to unravel the mystery begins, and Katherine must solve it – for any day after her birthday could be her last.
This collection of spiritual stories and precepts supplement and buttress peoples moral sense, which is our conscience or the spark within that tells us to do good.
Learning spirituality is not simply the domain of sublime philosophy and drama. It lies at the heart of the task of successful everyday behavior, whether it is controlling our tempers, or our appetites, or our inclinations to sit all day in front of the television. As Aristotle pointed out, here our habits make all the difference. We learn to practice our spirituality the same way we learn to do math problems or play baseball well -- through practice.
The benefits of focusing on our spiritual-self include tranquility, increased production, a resurgence of vitality, mental clarity, and joy of living. And the understanding of our spiritual-self will put us on a road to love and happiness irrespective of our faith.
In the legend of Mahabharta, Yudhister could see no evil in any man and Daryodhan could see no virtue in any one. And Buddha was attracted to seek nirvana (spiritual enlightenment) in seclusion rather than being a king. We all have something like this. Truthful and spiritually oriented books help refine the sense of right and wrong. Just look at the fallen towers and religious wars all over the globe to see the need for books like this. The author’s education at Yale University and in the East brings the best of both worlds.
"The language of the head is words.
The language of the heart is love.
The language of the soul is silence."
I recently uploaded my first novel to Epub!. I suppose it could be classified as horror, but without any overt supernatural elements. Those are merely implied, never proven. In a nutshell, it's about a former archaeologist who, while on a research trip to Tunisia in the early seventies stumbles upon a clandestine group of people who still worship the ancient god Ba'al Hammon. Bascially, he experiences what he perceives to be a spiritual revelation and decides to bring these ideas back to America and form his own "cult."It's arguable whether or not there's any merit to accounts of child sacrifice in ancient Carthage, but for the sake of my story, I choose to believe that there is. The idea that the Tophet was simply a burial ground for children who perished from some plague is far less interesting, anyway. (Yawn!)So, it's part historical accuracy(depending on who you ask)and part artistic license. Whatever. I'm proud of my book, I worked hard on it, and I stand by it. Check it out if any of this sounds interesting to you!
Excerpt: (Yes, I indent my paragraphs, but my indents were lost in the copy and paste process to this post, so I just spaced between paragraphs.)
May 17, 1975
It has been a little over a year since my arrival in Tunisia, and my patience has finally paid off.
During the past twelve months, I have immersed myself in the culture of this exotic land, learning its customs, eating its food, and speaking its languages.
After many hours spent under the blazing desert sun, my once pale complexion has been replaced by a healthy, golden-bronze tan.
I have learned things that cannot be taught in a classroom, knowledge that cannot be adequately imparted through the medium of the written word.
In short, I feel a connection to this place, as strong a connection as a man can have to a country not of his birth.
As I’ve written before in these pages, Quintas has distanced himself from me, to the point that we no longer speak to one another, even during the odd chance encounter in the streets of Tunis. He pretends that he doesn’t see me as he quickly turns and heads in the opposite direction.
He long ago abandoned his efforts to discourage me in my search for the followers of Ba’al.
He thinks me foolish, says that I’m wasting both my time and the university’s money. It’s more than that, though. I think he genuinely fears for his life. He needn’t worry, though. I have no intention of divulging to anyone the secrets he’s told me.
Until today, I had nearly resigned myself to failure. I was teetering on the very brink of conceding defeat when a man I’d seen about town numerous times but had paid no heed approached me this afternoon as I was taking my midday meal.
He introduced himself as Marwan, and claimed to possess information that might interest me.
Intrigued, I shed all vestiges of common sense and accompanied this mysterious, possibly dangerous stranger by way of a taxi to the most impoverished section of the city.
He led me into a dilapidated two-story building that appeared to have been abandoned long ago, and with good reason; the walls were crumbling, the roof was caving in, and evidence of rodent infestation was plentiful.
I began to fear for my life, wondering if I’d erred in my impulsive decision to follow this man. Did he plan to murder me, empty my pockets and leave my corpse to be devoured by the starving rats who occupied this decrepit hovel?
I considered informing him that the fourteen Dinars in my wallet were scarcely worth the trouble, and that if he’d return me to my apartment unharmed he would be rewarded with a considerably larger sum.
As it turned out, my suspicions were unfounded; I was introduced to a group of men who proceeded to question me about my interest in what they referred to as “the old ways.”
At last, I realized, I was in the presence of the very people I’d been searching for.
I expressed to them my deep interest in their belief system, my desire to learn from them, and they seemed duly impressed by my extensive knowledge of Punic religion.
They were eager to share their unique spiritual views with me, the stories that had been passed from father to son for centuries upon centuries. And I, of course, was all too eager to listen.
Out of necessity, indeed, out of fear for their lives, this covert assembly of worshippers operates in secrecy, lurking in the shadows and concealing their true faith in a cloak of Islamic fanaticism to divert any potential scrutiny that might be passed upon them.
Just as Quintas had said, they harbor a tremendous distaste for their country’s predominantly Muslim faith, but it is essential that they maintain a façade of devotion to Allah, so as to avoid arousing suspicion.
I was given no details about the particulars of their religious practices, nothing about any rites, rituals, ceremonies, etc, but this is completely understandable. I must first earn their trust before such secrets are divulged to me.
After several hours I was returned to my apartment on the other side of the city, with the promise that I would be contacted again very soon.
Where this new development will lead me, I can scarcely predict, but I feel rejuvenated by a newfound sense of purpose. This could be a career-defining discovery, one that will elevate my name to the upper echelons of the academic elite.
At the time of this writing, it is nearly midnight, but my mind is still reeling from the exhilaration of the day’s events, and sleep seems all but impossible.
Raines gently closed the battered leather-bound journal and folded his hands thoughtfully on his desk.
He enjoyed revisiting the past, and needed little prompting to do so. The extensive personal records he’d kept throughout his career served as his most tangible portal to days gone by, and he cherished them dearly, perhaps more than anything else he owned.
He had in his possession, locked in an airtight container, a nearly complete Gutenberg Bible in fair condition, but he didn’t place nearly as much value upon it as he did his journals, which he kept in a fireproof safe behind a dull, uninteresting painting that hung on the wall of his office. He purchased the painting specifically for this purpose. He owned a Van Gogh, but it would have been foolhardy to hide a wall safe behind it.
They were a testament to all that he had achieved, all the wonders he’d seen and experienced throughout the years, and they were priceless to him.
When he read one of them, he was instantly transported to the distant, exotic lands he’d visited all those years ago, memories of people and places flooding back to him, bringing his hazy memories into sharp focus.
It was a travesty, he thought, that these works could never be published, at least not while he lived. Certain activities documented within their pages would no doubt be of great interest to the authorities of several governments throughout the world.
He was keenly aware that the days ahead were now far fewer than the days behind, and had long ago made provisions for the journals to be destroyed upon his death, so that the surviving parties who had been involved could not be implicated.
He detested the idea of his writings being rendered to ash, but ultimately, he realized, it would not matter to him. He would soon dwell in paradise, savoring his newly constructed body, impervious to disease and the ravages of age.
The tumor that was rapidly growing inside of his brain had spread much too extensively to be removed.
So far, the symptoms had been fairly mild and were, for the most part, easily disguised.
The Headaches, the tremors, his increasing irritability; these were things he could tolerate, to a point.
What worried him, terrified him, in fact, were the memory lapses, the changes in temperament.
The malevolent intention of this disease was ultimately to rob him of his mental faculties, to decimate all that he’d worked so hard to achieve throughout his life.
If his brain were a computer, he mused, the tumor was a virus, randomly deleting files and wreaking havoc on his hard drive.
His most cherished memories, the knowledge he’d accumulated, all of these things were gradually disappearing, little by little.
There would come a time, he knew, when he would no longer be able to mask his illness. He would become a shell of his former self, a confused and raving lunatic. That was what he dreaded most.
If only Katherine were still around to offer solace in his time of need.
It had been over a decade since she’d passed, but occasionally he felt the sting of her death so keenly that it seemed as if it had only been days since he’d stood by her hospital bed watching her fight for her life.
A sigh escaped his lips. “Katherine,” he whispered. Could she hear him? Was she watching over him? Or had she long since forgotten him, immersed in the raptures of the afterlife?
It was a question that would not be answered until the joyous reunion that would take place when he too had departed from this mortal coil.
No, he wasn’t afraid of death. In fact, he rather relished the idea of it. It was the gradual erosion of dignity between now and then that terrified him.
He sat quietly in thought for a long while before opening the journal once again.
Your synopsis intrigues me, and that's a hell of a cover!
The Mumbo Jumbo Circus is a rag-tag magical circus that's home to a group of throwaway teens.
When the enigmatic Ringmaster asks 15-year-old Evanja (Evan) Leane to run away and join the circus, she says yes. Anywhere’s got to be better than foster home Number Eight. Evan learns that this ragtag circus, a haven for throwaway teens, relies on more than spectacle and illusion. This circus is built on magic. Each of the teens possesses a donvrai, a true gift, that manifests only in the presence of the Ringmaster’s mysterious Ju-Ju. Unlike many of the other teens who must wait for their donvrai to emerge, Evan’s gift surfaces on her first night: she can read horses’ minds. This would be totally awesome except she has been deathly afraid of horses since foster home Number Three. But circus is a dying art. If Evan wants to save her beloved new-found home, she must concoct a brilliant horse act that will bring in the crowds. And she’d better get over herself and get on with it fast, because there’s a traitor close to the Ringmaster who will stop at nothing to make sure she doesn’t succeed.Illustrations will show in color on color devices, otherwise in B&W.Recommended for age 14 and up.
"I think this is the ideal read for fans of Harry Potter, with the magical atmosphere and newly created world. If you suspend disbelief for a little while, and jump into this world, you won't want to leave. Be prepared for an adventure ride and one heck of a good time!"
The views on soul and reincarnation vary from no such thing as a ‘soul’ to only humans possess a soul, to both humans and animals possess a soul, and that soul likewise dies when the physical body dies or that soul is immortal and never dies. All religions believe in the existence of SOUL in human body, but they differ in what happens after death. This manuscript searches for the truth. It provides alternate views using science and logic to questions that were perceived to be confusing and contradictory varying from faith to faith. We hope these will be more acceptable to our next generation of science and technology. It is written for those curious minds that like to explore the mystery of soul and reincarnation.
Dr. Dhillon has used the best of Eastern traditions and Western Scientific knowledge to expose the mystery of soul and reincarnation.
“There are many religions, but only
One Morality, One Truth, and One God.
The only Heaven is one of Conscious Life
And Fellowship with God.”
I now have a third science fiction short story for 99 cents at Smashwords. Stories (short story, 6700 words): Daniel and Tamara were supposed to be part of humanity’s effort to settle distant planets. Instead they spend their lives going forward in time, passing along news and entertaining colonists. They wonder if they’re making a difference. Then they come to a colony that’s taking a dark turn. Will their skills help or hurt their effort at change? First published in “Hadrosaur Tales,” Volume 6, 1999. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71622
Hey Jon_B. Thanks for the opportunity to talk about my books.
Shimmerspell: A Faerie Tale Girl Novella, #1 ($.99)
When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale. But what if the truth is worse?
Limerick: A Faerie Tale Girl Novella, #2 ($.99)
Jensen hoped she’d never need Shimmerspell again. But now someone is stalking her, someone claiming to be the Lady of the Lake. To make matters worse, witches and dragons have come out to play. And Jensen must figure out how to harness her power and accept her destiny before she ends up losing everyone she loves.
I recently did some major revisions to my second ghost story novel. I hope that you will enjoy it!
Peter Corbin was in need of a change in his job as a realtor in a busy suburban
community. A chance to transfer to a small town seemed to be what he and his
wife Sarah needed. They purchased an old house for a bargain price without much
regard for the troubled past. This proved to be something he would soon regret.
The restless ghosts quickly made their presence known. (about 59,000 words).
Third Edition - July 7, 2011.
John T. Gaffield
Science, Religion & Spirituality arrives at a time when youth is returning to a kind of religion where spirituality is on the rise. There is no longer value in articles with titles such as “Is God Dead?” Today we are using science to complement our spirituality. This new notion prompted the writing of this book that combines Eastern religious traditions and Western scientific knowledge to develop practical spirituality. This guide teaches how to observe the mind, to live in gratitude, and to discard expectations. The benefits of focusing on our spiritual-self include tranquility, increased production, a resurgence of vitality, mental clarity and joy of living. There is even a test to know your spirituality level. This book is not about creating a new religion, sect or movement, but in fact is about loving every religion.
There are books on god and religion, and on spirituality. But this is one book that presents reconciliation between science and god/religion. A rare blend that brings science and spirituality together which are generally treated as oil and water. "Science, Religion & Spirituality" (Similar to Human Genome leader Collin's belief) explains that Science and God can co-exist.
Truth cannot contradict itself. Truth from science and truth from God/Religion must eventually converge into one grand whole, a unified knowledge of the laws that govern our universe. Those who fight over superiority of one over the other are blinded by ignorance about both.
In the past, East has lived religiously-- that is one pole-- and because it has lived religiously it has not been able to produce good science. The West has lived scientifically, and because of its science it has lost track of spirituality. Now for the first time in this space age and internet: the earth is becoming one global village. This is the time when the reconciliation between science and religion can be seen, can be understood.
The author has an advanced degree in life sciences and molecular biology from the West, and a fascination with yoga, breathing, religion, and spirituality from the East, crafted out of studies at Yale University, U.S.A., and Punjab University, India. Therefore, he presents quite successfully: Eastern and Western synthesis of science, religion, and spirituality.
The book consists of nine chapters and each chapter starts with an appropriate quote by some famous spiritualist, divine personality, prophet, philosopher or by the author itself: Chapter 1, The Power of Spirituality; Chapter 2, Religious Practices and New Consciousness; Chapter 3, The Universal Divine Mind; Chapter 4, A Free Mind; Chapter 5, Spiritual Living I; Chapter 6, Spiritual Living II; Chapter 7, God and Spirit; Chapter 8, Evil–The Absence of Goodness; Chapter 9, Full Living. The chapters precede by ‘A Word’ of introduction, and are followed by ‘Test of Your spirituality Level,’ and References.
The book introduction starts with a popular quote by Albert Einstein: “Religion without science is blind. Science without religion is lame” However, Dr. Dhillon goes even further to prove reconciliation between science and religion.
There are 3 chapters that describe: How concept of god and spirituality help us coping with stress. These describe virtues such as surrender, forgiveness, prayer, positive thinking, and control over mind. There is information about relieving fear of death and disease, and creating a state of mind without fear. Concept of soul and reincarnation, evil, hell, and heaven are explained from both scientific and religious point of view. There is another chapter on: How our attitude and actions are related to pain and pleasure, love, friendship, and happiness. An understanding of science, religion, and spirituality will put us on a road to love and happiness irrespective of our faith.
My name is Shannon Bailey. I am an author of contemporary/historical fiction with a bit of mystery and romance and always a twist!
Shadowbrook Manor - A cont/hist/ghost tale.
Rated WBD (Wholesome but Dark)
Samantha Morgan's husband had a secret.
One that was revealed only after his death.
One that left her more angry than heartbroken.
One that led her to the historic Mackinac Island in Michigan.
To a dark house with a dark past . . . And haunted by a dark ghost.
WARNING: Readers do not scour these pages for things that cause fear and fright. This is a tale of subtle ghostly happenings and romantic delight.
The Haunted Hillerman House - A cont/hist romance with a cozy mystery feel.
Rated WBD (Wholesome but DarK)
Secret messages. Family secrets. A Halloween night trip to the family crypt.
WARNING: Readers do not be fooled by the title of this book. It is not your typical horror story it is one with a hook. A complicated telling of love and romance, that led to murder from just one dance.
The Unwilling - A dramatic romantic vampire saga.
RATED MSR (Mature Supernatural Romance)
Twin Brothers. Both Twins. One good. One evil . . . One woman.
Her Knight With a Shining Star - A n old-fashioned western romance.
Rated WBD (Wholesome but Dark)
U.S. Marshal arrived in New Castle Colorado on business, but stayed for the promise of a mere kiss from the beautiful Renee McCoy.
For additional information, trivia, photos and excerpts on these titles and my next project, please feel free to visit www.baileysbooksonline.net. Or follow me on twitter @MysteryWriter7
Thank you and happy reading!
My husband has an excellent book that is available for ebook and paperback. His book, Quotes for the Journey Through Life, is packed full of motivational, romance, friendship, leadership and family quotes. It has received several great reviews. Check it out. Quotes for the journey through life by Christopher Dyer
This is one of the most powerful books on breathing. Chapter 5, for example, explains two sets of breathing exercises which takes you out of this world. This not only explains what many people learn in expensive workshops and remote retreats but very personal routine the author follows.
The book teaches you breathing-based technique called the healing breath. It incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and bring the mind to the present moment. The book also includes other breathing techniques, meditation, low-impact yoga, and skills for dealing effectively with challenging emotions and situations.
Several independent studies on mental and physical health benefits of the breathing are given along with source, which have been published in international peer-reviewed journals. The studies confirm that practitioners of breathing techniques not only experience physical and mental comfort in their own breathing, but find cures for common illnesses from heart disease and cancer to asthma.
The “Power of Breathing” is written to be enjoyed by people of all traditions, religions, and walks of life, in universities, churches, governments, businesses, prisons, war zones, community rooms, and living rooms. The book is complete in itself and is also a foundation of healthy living.
What is called “Sudarshan Kriya” by new age gurus is a cycle of breaths—long, medium and short. Not only breathing patterns influence our emotions, the breath is in the present and is used to "rope in the wandering mind" that oscillates wildly between the past and the future. Like Zen masters who teach that the present moment is a chink opening into eternity, this guide describes the use of breathing to rope the present that frees our mind from the past which is nothing but history and the future which is mystery.
You will learn:
* Practices that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit
* Skills for handling negative emotions and situations
* Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships
* Insight into the laws that govern the mind and emotions
* Stretching and low-impact yoga combined with breathing for health, circulation, and body stillness