Crossing the Blue Line

THE BOOK: Crossing the Blue Line

PUBLISHED IN: 2016


THE AUTHOR:
  William Mark

THE PUBLISHER: Southern Yellow Pine Publishing.  SYP Publishing promotes Southern Authors of fiction and non-fiction throughout the Southeast. We often work with new and aspiring authors, and we strive to publish unique works set in specific locals that reflect the culture of that area. We want to see unique characters brought to life and to help writers document the unusual, the lost art, the forgotten skill or the individuality of a special place of regional significance.

SUMMARY: Chaos reigns in the streets of Tallahassee, and the community doesn’t trust the police. The reason: police officers Beau Rivers and Dylan Akers are suspected in the recent murders of two child killers although it cannot be proved. Leading the turmoil is a dangerous kingpin building a drug empire with violence and fear. The Chief of Police must act, but traditional police work isn’t getting results. Additional evidence proving Rivers and Akers committed the revenge murders is discovered, and the chief delivers a tough ultimatum. The two must wage a hidden war against the kingpin or face murder charges. Working together again, Beau and Dylan are joined by two others, one a tenacious cop and the other with questionable morals, to form a secret squad known only by the chief. As they square up against the drug lord, it quickly becomes a race against time. Major Pritchard, the unscrupulous IA commander who investigated Beau and Dylan, continues his personal crusade against the pair. Will Beau and Dylan take down the syndicate before Pritchard finds the uncovered evidence held by the Chief? Will they finally face the consequences for taking the law into their own hands? To make things right, they will have to cross the blue line, and it could cost one of them his life.

William MarkTHE BACK STORY
: “My readers demanded a sequel.  I originally saw my first novel, From Behind the Blue Line, as a stand-alone story, but too many of my readers wanted to know what happened afterward.  I had an idea for another book with no characters and now characters in need of a story.  So, I meshed them together for a great follow-up sequel that will continue to deliver page turning thrills.”

WHY THIS TITLE?: In the first novel, the main characters, who are cops, had to step around the law to do what they felt was right.  In this novel, the consequences of those actions leads them down a path that forces them to finally cross the line.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? 
My experience with law enforcement brings a certain realism and grit to my stories.  I think readers relish in the reality, getting a feel for how tough being a police officer can be.

REVIEW COMMENTS
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“This is not a new author to me. I have previously read FROM BEHIND THE BLUE LINE and LOST IN THE DARKNESS. I gave them both high marks .. they were extremely well written crime thrillers. I expected no less with CROSSING THE BLUE LINE, and I was not disappointed.  – Linda Strong

AUTHOR PROFIL
E: Born and raised in Tallahassee, the main locale I choose to write about. I do love to travel and hope to see as much of the world as I can. I enjoy a good beer, a good book and a good movie. I’m a cop, SWAT guy, former homicide dick, softball teammate, brother, son, husband to very beautiful and patient woman, but the hat I enjoy wearing the most, is father. Savannah (8), Connor (5) and Clayton (2) are my pride and joy.
I’ve seen the ugliest side of human nature and have struggled to crawl out of the abyss, but surrounding myself with good people has helped me see that good exists in this world. This realization is the fuel for my books.

AUTHOR COMMENTS:
 Perception of law enforcement is vastly misunderstood and frequently portrayed wrong in the media.  This breeds ignorance and causes frustration in people who are quick to grow angry rather than patiently understand a situation.  I believe I shed a little light on this problem in my newest novel.

SAMPLE CHAPTERhttp://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Blue-Line-William-Mark/dp/1940869722/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464281810&sr=1-1&keywords=crossing+the+blue+line

LOCAL OUTLETS: My Favorite Books, 1415 Timberlane Rd, Tallahassee, Florida.

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: On-line at Amazon, Barnes & nobles and SYPPublishing.com.

PRICE: $19.95

CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

Twitter – @williammark649
Facebook – William Mark Author
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The Ginseng Gang

THE BOOK: The Ginseng Gang.

THE AUTHOR: Bill Tucker.

PUBLISHED IN: 2014.

PUBLISHER: Warwick House, Lynchburg, VA.

SUMMARY: The stories and the setting describe an area of rural Virginia where country people still live an easy-going lifestyle — that is, until things start going terribly wrong. A few rowdies and troublemakers do things that cause anger, fear and death.The local law can’t get enough evidence to charge the evildoers,  so the Ginseng Gang begins working behind the scenes.

THE BACK STORY: “The story was meandering along until I ran into several characters from Franklin County (VA) who introduced me to another colorful lifestyle – moonshining.”

WHY THIS TITLE? I know a crazy writer who came up with the title. It refers to the fact that the main characters met while gathering ginseng in the woods.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Besides an endorsement from Earl Hamner (below), this is a mystery to which babyboomers (and older) can relate — all the  crimefighters are of “a certain age.” The book also chronicles a lifestyle that still exists but is quickly slipping away.

REVIEWS AND COMMENTS:

“I want you to know that I enjoyed every page of ‘The Ginseng Gang.’ I also have to confess that I am still not sure who beat up who, and that it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you have compiled one of the most interesting collections of folk lore, old folk sayings, the making and consumption of moonshine as well as local and present history in an unforgettable volume.” — Letter to Bill from Earl Hamner, creator of ‘The Waltons’ TV series.

“A riveting sequel to Bill Tucker’s first murder mystery novel, Sad Country Song, The Ginseng Gang grabs your attention and holds it to the very last page. A modern day trip down the dusty roads of Virginia’s endearing mountain culture.” — Lynn Coffey, author of the Backroads books and editor of the Backroads newspaper (www.backroadsbooks.com).

“Wonderfully crafted story with memorable characters and a surprise ending. Entertaining and engaging.” — Morris Stephenson, reporter, photjouirnalist, former editor of the Franklin County times and author of A Night of Making Likker morristephenson1@yahoo.com).

AUTHOR PROFILE: Bill Tucker grew up on a rural Virginia beef cattle farm and and spent hours of his youth hanging out in the local country store, the source of many of the rustic sayings and superstitions that color his book. A 1937 graduate of Virginia Tech with ac degree in animal husbandry, he served two years in the U.S. Army (one of them in Iceland), worked for 20 years as a banker and then ran a commercial food distributorship for 18 years. His wife Gay is an artist, and they have two married sons and three grandchildren. The Gnseng Gang is Bill’s second book, following another mystery, Sad Country Song.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: “No great moral or humanitarian mission – I just wanted to write an interesting story. I couldn’t resist, however, making remarks about “holier than thou” religious types and the renegade church.”

WHERE TO BUY IT: Amazon.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: htgato@gmail.com, 434-384-5991.

 

 

 

 

 

Weather Report, May 30

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OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS,  “FRATERNITY OF FRACTURES,” BY MARK PANNEBECKER, “LONGING FOR HOME,” BY LISA WAYMAN AND “A MASTER’S PATH,” BY PENELOPE JEWELL, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, MAY 31-JUNE 6

Almost anyone who has ever taken a creative writing class has heard that familiar mantra: “Write about what you know.”

Of course, this isn’t entirely true, since it excludes from the discussion a whole army of successful fantasy, horror and and sci-fi writers. Was Anne Rice ever a vampire? Did Stephen King or Isaac Asimov ever experience all of the things upon which they based their novels?

On the other hand, this week’s lineup of Snowflakes authors obviously gleaned inspiration and information from their “day jobs.” Sean Conroy is a physician assistant, William Mark is a cop and Bill Tucker is a former cattleman turned businessman turned writer — and all of them used those professions to inject reality into their writing.

“THROUGH THE EYES OF A YOUNG PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT,” BY SEAN CONROY.

Sean Conroy started his career in the lab, but had a burning desire to enter the clinical side of medicine as a physician assistant. After completing the first two years of book work, he spent a year learning from doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others on the front lines of medicine in hospitals and clinics across the state of Nebraska. He entered his first family practice rotation as a well-spoken but inexperienced PA student, and in under a year was bedside with severely ill and injured patients in one of Nebraska’s busiest level-one trauma centers.

This memoir follows Conroy around the state, from one rotation to another, as he grows in knowledge and maturity. It tells the tales (some humorous, some harrowing, and occasionally heartbreaking) of patient encounters in wide variety of settings with individuals from all walks of life. From the delivery of a newborn, to the terminally ill at the end of their lives, and many in between, Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant will leave you laughing and crying and with a deeper appreciation of PAs.

“CROSSING THE BLUE LINE,” BY WILLIAM MARK.

Chaos reigns in the streets of Tallahassee, and the community doesn’t trust the police. The reason: police officers Beau Rivers and Dylan Akers are suspected in the recent murders of two child killers although it cannot be proved. Leading the turmoil is a dangerous kingpin building a drug empire with violence and fear. The Chief of Police must act, but traditional police work isn’t getting results. Additional evidence proving Rivers and Akers committed the revenge murders is discovered, and the chief delivers a tough ultimatum. The two must wage a hidden war against the kingpin or face murder charges.

Working together again, Beau and Dylan are joined by two others, one a tenacious cop and the other with questionable morals, to form a secret squad known only by the chief. As they square up against the drug lord, it quickly becomes a race against time. Major Pritchard, the unscrupulous IA commander who investigated Beau and Dylan, continues his personal crusade against the pair. Will Beau and Dylan take down the syndicate before Pritchard finds the uncovered evidence held by the Chief? Will they finally face the consequences for taking the law into their own hands? To make things right, they will have to cross the blue line, and it could cost one of them his life.

“THE GINSENG GANG,” BY BILL TUCKER.

The stories and the setting describe an area of rural Virginia where country people still live an easy-going lifestyle — that is, until things start going terribly wrong and a few rowdies and troublemakers create anger, fear and even death.The local law can’t get enough evidence to charge the evildoers,  so the Ginseng Gang begins working behind the scenes.


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NEWS AND NOTES: Next week, the Weather Report will provide a list of Snowflakes books ideal for a summertime vacation read.

 

Fraternity of Fractures

OUR OTHER CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “LONGING FOR HOME,” BY LISA WAYMAN AND “A MASTER’S PATH,” BY PENELOPE JEWELL, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.

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THE BOOK: Fraternity of Fractures

PUBLISHED IN: 2015

THE AUTHOR: Mark Pannebecker.

THE EDITOR: Diana Blaylock.

THE PUBLISHER: AuthorHouse.

SUMMARY: Phoenix and Justin Sunder are master cat burglars and best friends until Dylan Panicosky enters their circle of hedonism and crime. Set in the blighted city of St. Louis in the ’80s, Fraternity of Fractures is a love triangle played out in an urban setting full of nocturnal decadence and danger, with all the players fractured in their own way.

THE BACK STORY: This was my first novel. It was originally written as a screenplay titled Nightwalkers. I started this story as modern day Cyrano de Bergerac (with a twist) but it quickly took on a life of its own.

Mark PannebeckerWHY THIS TITLE?: The title Nightwalkers, although by definition was correct, had the wrong implication, and I started thinking along the lines of Confederacy of Dunces..

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? I think this is a good piece that shows the honor-among-thieves ideology and the internal cognitive dissonance and external conflict that such a life presents.

REVIEW COMMENTS:

“To call Fraternity of Fractures a ‘crime novel’ or a ‘novel of suspense’ would be to do it an injustice. Embracing elements of different genres (mystery, suspense, crime) and yet rising above them all with a sense of purpose and atmosphere that satisfyingly wings its way above and beyond most genre reads, it’s an involving and evolved piece that ultimately connects the changing courses of very different lives…. Not for the mild-mannered reader in search of light entertainment, Fraternity of Fractures not only invites its readers to think – it demands it. The smoky backdrop of 1980s St. Louis in the midst of a crime wave is only one facet of a story about fractures, healing, and change: an exquisite standout in a world of fast and dirty crime scene whodunits that sketch their worlds without truly capturing their complexity.” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.

“The novel focuses more on the criminals than the crimes, providing readers with affable lawbreakers with engrossing backstories…. It’s hard to miss a sense of gloom throughout, but Pannebecker doesn’t let it saturate the novel. The protagonists always cling to hope, earning readers’ sympathy along the way. Depressing at times but an emotionally charged story that animates its characters.” Kirkus Reviews

AUTHOR PROFILE: Mark Pannebecker started falling asleep just over ten years ago when he lost his desire to write. Thinking it was just a nap, a writer’s block, he closed his eyes. But attempts to awaken and force himself out of his writer’s block failed. Months rolled into years where Mark wrote nothing yet still called himself a writer. The years languished over him as he slowly lost his dharma. And so he slept, without a life purpose, following the dreams of others.

Until an insignificant event occurred that awoke him. He lost a job that held great promise (one of many). After all the yoga and kirtans and meditation and breath-work and chi gong and getting in touch with his feminine and chanting and searching the metaphysical for answers and the soul searching and the soul expansion and the embrace of the Goddesses, the Buddha, the Hindu gods, it was this seemingly insignificant event that lifted the veil. And just like that, Mark’s muse returned carrying his dharma.

Mark had never tried to get published in the past for he loved the process of creating and was happy riding his motorcycle, traveling, living, loving, and writing. But it is time now to put the body of his work out there and pick up where he left off. He is proud of his past work that he offers now and hopes you enjoy it. Mark is in the process of preparing and writing new work, alive and fresh from a long slumber.

Mark Pannebecker is an author of fiction. He started out as a filmmaker but soon fell in love with the creative writing process and began to shift his focus from producing and directing films to writing screenplays. He wrote in whichever genre held the narrative best. He’s written screenplays, stage plays, novels, novellas, and has recently published a collection of poetry titled Motorcycle Boy Lives and a collection of short stories titled Godsfood. His first novel, Fraternity of Fractures, was originally written as a screenplay and was published in 2015. His second novel, Myth of Love, will be published in the latter part of 2016.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: I hope to establish myself as an atmospheric writer who creates 3-Dimensional characters.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: https://www.goodreads.com/reader/72798-fraternity-of-fractures?return_to=%2Febooks%2Fedit%2F72798-fraternity-of-fractures.

WHERE TO BUY IT: Please go to markpannebecker.com for a link to all fronts. PRICE: $16.95 Softcover, $3.99 eBook

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: contact@markpannebecker.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/markpannebecker.author/ or on Twitter @markpannebecker

Longing for Home

Click for OptionsPUBLISHED IN: 2016

THE AUTHOR: Lisa Wayman

THE EDITOR: Randi Sachs

THE PUBLISHER: Koehler Books

SUMMARY:

Seventeen-year-old Irena clutches all of her belongings, waiting to be processed through Ellis Island in 1892. She hopes for a better life than she had as a Slovenian maid.

“Life in America is difficult and unsettling,” she thinks. “I had the sensation of disintegrating. I felt myself in little pieces. Was I Slovene, American or even maybe Irish? Catholic or Pagan? For a moment I wasn’t sure even if I were male or female. I felt myself dissolving into the mountains and the fresh blue sky.”

Against Click for Optionsthe backdrop of the Wyoming cattle wars, an Irish neighborhood in Chicago’s meat packing district, and through the depression of the 1890s in Durango Colorado, Irena must tap into unknown strengths and learn to love herself and her husband in order to find her way home.

Longing for Home is a tale of exploration, love, hardship, resilience and finding one’s place in the world, set against the backdrop of the great American Age of Immigration.

THE BACK STORY: Lisa Wayman wrote ‘Longing for Home’ to explore her own heritage as well as work out what it means to find a home and family. She has many Native American friends who formally introduce themselves with their tribe, band, family and name. Lisa is at a disadvantage because she don’t know her tribe and band. She is the great grand-daughter of Slovene, German and Irish immigrants and told this fictional story to explore the culture of her ancestors and to honor the ‘huddled’ masses of immigrants to the US.

Lisa is also a navy brat with an itinerant childhood who has spent much of her adult life looking for home. This novel let her explore what home and family means through a fictional character – the Slovene immigrant Irena.

Lisa has written professional articles for nursing journals and autobiographical chapters for books which explored her experience of grief after the death of her 12 year old son. Her story was told through words and visual art which can be seen at Lisa’s art.

WHY THIS TITLE:  ‘Longing for Home’ is a title that looks forward and backwards at the same time. The main characters of the book look backwards to their homeland and forwards to a new home in the US. The title evokes the longing that we all have to find a place that we belong.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT?:  ‘Longing for Home’ is primarily a compelling story of a strong, relatable female protagonist who meets the challenges of immigration in the 1890s with courage and resilience. The characters relationships are realistically compelling and complex. The reader will be drawn into the story and will hopefully love the characters as much as their creator does.

This book will appeal to anyone who has immigrant ancestors or who wonders what it was like to leave a homeland and make a new home in the US. ‘Longing for Home’ honors the lower class of the 1890s guilded age. The book also explores what it means to be Slovenian. There are hundreds of thousands of Slovene Americans and few works of historical fiction that tell their story. This is also a book about Irish Americans, there are 39.6 million Irish Americans.

REVIEW COMMENTS:

“Absolutely brilliant!” -Ronald Belfort, author of Brooklyn Girl ”

“I wish everyone in the United States could read this book to reexamine our immigrant status in this time where the varieties of viewpoints on immigrants is so important.” -Dr. Tim White, senior pastor at Washington Cathedral, and author of To Dreamers Long Forgotten, and the upcoming Ulysees Dream.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Longing for Home is Lisa’s first foray into fiction. As a PhD nurse researcher she learned to delve deeply into the facts and has extensively researched the historical context for this story. However, this story is much more about the people than it is about history, and in this aspect Lisa’s nursing background has been most informative. Lisa has had the honor of being a nurse for more than 20 years. As a nurse, she has cared for all types of people: rich and poor, resilient and struggling, healing and dying. Her nursing experiences give Lisa a unique view of human nature and informed the responses of the book’s characters. Lisa deeply loves the characters and hopes you find that Irena’s story of struggling to meet the demands of her time and her quest to find where she belongs resonates with you.

Lisa lives in Phoenix Arizona with her husband of 32 years, Charlie. She has a grown daughter, Katrina who lives with her husband Chris in New Zealand where Lisa visits whenever she can.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: “I wrote this book to explore where my family came from. I enjoyed learning about Slovenian myths and folk takes. I also downloaded recipes and tried out some traditional dishes. I put my main character, Irena, in the middle of an Irish neighborhood in Chicago so I could also explore my Irish heritage. The characters struggle to discover what it means to be American and how to hold onto their heritage while embracing their new home.

“I also found that the time period of the 1890s was perfect for exploring resilience. The 1890s were very difficult for people at the bottom of the social ladder – immigrants and laborers. Irena’s struggles allowed me to use a fictional environment to explore some of the challenges I have faced in my own life. The challenges in the book are universal challenges. I think the reader will be drawn into Irena’s story as she struggles to find her place in the world.”

SAMPLE CHAPTER: http://lisawayman.com/excerpt-longing-home/longing-for-home-chapter-one/

WHERE TO BUY IT: Amazon and Barnes and Nobel

PRICE: SOFT COVER: $16.95, 978-1-63393-235-7

EBOOK: $4.99, 978-1-63393-236-4

CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

https://lisawayman.com

https://www.goodreads.com/Lisa_M_Wayman

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisawayman

A Master’s Path

THE BOOK: A Master’s Path

PUBLISHED IN: 2003

THE AUTHOR: Penelope Jewell.

THE EDITOR: (I had 10 different readers for commentary, five who knew me and five who didn’t know me or the subject matter, compiled all considerations, and then did the final editing myself – you don’t need to mention this – I highly encourage authors to get professional editing, I just wanted a wider perspective than one or two editors could give).

THE PUBLISHER: Adirondack Press, Inc. (AdirondackPress.com). Books for inter-dimensional people, Manifesting spiritual concepts in the world.

Image result for Penelope JewellAdirondack Press helps people get their stories ready for publication into print and electronic format. The “Legacy Books” specialty handles all sizes and kinds of manuscripts, can transcribe into text from taped interviews (and will even conduct the interviews), can transfer handwritten or typed manuscripts into electronic format to archive, share, submit for publication or take to print.

SUMMARY: This is a story about my training and first several years serving in a discipline called “Reiki” which was brought out of Japan into the United States just before World War II. I started my journey in 1985, mentored by the first Master on the East Coast. By that time there were training “ intensives” which offered instruction in Aikido to train the mind as well as the body, calligraphy for Japanese kanji and symbols, council training – learning to be present to actually listen and observe, practice in the hands-on art of Reiki healing, and other rounded approaches to the concept of Mastery – a way of being, a path walked every day, not merely an accreditation or a credential. The concept of personal mastery fascinated me. I ended up selling my business so I could teach Reiki, personal empowerment and Mastery to others.

There were just over 500 teaching Masters in the world the year I was initiated as the first Master in New York State. Reiki was just beginning an explosion into the world, and I found myself teaching in Alaska, Hawaii, the UK, Holland, France, Trinidad and Tobago, Bali, Indonesia and Nepal to name a few. I was the first Master to bring Reiki into leper communities and AIDS centers (The Living Room in Cleveland and the Globe Center in London) with the bottom line of, “It works – I’m a practical woman, and if it didn’t work, I wouldn’t be doing it.” Hands-on, language differences really didn’t matter, my students and I found interpreters everywhere we went when we needed them. It was magical watching things come together.

THE BACK STORY: The training I experienced is no longer available as such – I really wanted to document the journey into personal empowerment and Mastery – I felt it was a gift beyond measure, and one I’ve been able to share with my students and initiates. I remember when and how my thinking changed from one concept to another, what triggered deeper, expanded understanding and different, more encompassing perspectives – these things were so precious to me that I really wanted to share them with others.

When the time to write the book came (meaning, when I couldn’t think about anything else!) I took a summer off from traveling, sat down at my kitchen table with my old computer, and wrote steadily for 6 weeks. Then came researching and documenting the details, getting permission from different people, asking a talented friend to do the illustrations, and rewriting: the book seemed to dictate its own order, and it “told” me when it was done – it didn’t want the other three chapters I had already written – they re set aside for a sequel! Then I sent the hard copy manuscript out to different readers for their comments (with different colored pens and return posatage). A couple of rewrites later, with cover art and illustrations completed, we went to print.

One thing I did learn about writing is that you had better like what you write, you will be reading it a LOT in the editing process!

WHY THIS TITLE?: A Master’s Path is the life-changing journey I ended up living, when I took the apprenticeship and training to become a Teaching Master of Reiki. It is a journey anyone can take.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? I never knew there was a way of life that required me to recognize and act upon what was true for me – rather than what I had been taught was “true” – those pre-set rules of the road that are supposed to keep you safe and happy. I ended up teaching “self-empowerment” workshops, separate from my Reiki classes, for many years – what I found was that Reiki was a first step in self-healing AND self-empowerment, and supported an individual being congruent with their own inner truth – each person’s perspective is unique and valid and an integral part of the Universe “unfolding as it should” – and that is profound.

REVIEW COMMENTS: 

A Master’s Path by Penelope Jewell is one part travelogue, one part deep Spiritual Adventure and one part How-To Manual for anyone with the courage to do what Jewell has done: dedicate their lives to working with Spirit and Mastering the Art of one’s own Life. Written in an engaging and even humorous tone, A Master’s Path is a must read. I flat out loved it. You will, too.” —  Catherine Ferrara Hazell, Reiki Master”

From the hysterically funny to the seriously thought provoking, this is a wonderful account of Reiki Master Penelope Jewell’s path in Reiki. A must-read for all.” —  Janet Brown, MA, Scotland

“I laughed out loud, I giggled, I was moved, inspired, awed, educated, entertained and motivated, I love your book!…. Dr. Catherine Ripley Greene

AUTHOR PROFILE: I remember writing my first book when I was five years old – it had a purple construction paper cover over folded sheets of typing paper and I had to ask my grandfather how to spell each word. Professional writing came along with A Guide To Your Practice of Reiki Energy Healing, which started out as a series of handouts for students in my classes, and evolved into a really great how-to “Guide” book for natural, alternative, complimentary and integrative healing. I was proud of the research and experience that went into this book. It was also the beginning of Adirondack Press, Inc. to manager the publishing. Next came writing workshops and retreat formats, articles and blogs about healing and self-empowerment – and then, the Path book made itself very clear in my mind! Right now, another book is taking shape – a biography of my Master, Linda Keiser Mardis, how she touched and often changed the lives of literally thousands of people in her path and work. AUTHOR COMMENTS: I took a weekend course in what I thought was an interesting form of hands-on healing – very simple. During practice, the first thought I had was that it was the most comforting thing I had ever felt – wow – that a person could feel such comfort and wellbeing at the touch of a hand. The next thought I had was that I couldn’t do anything better with my life than to share this feeling with others. The next though came very fast: “Will you get real, Honey? You’ve got six kids to raise, a business to run and a husband who hates things like this! Just what you need – another hobby.”

It was true – I was raising four sons, two step-sons, had three dogs, two cats and a tankful of tropical fish. I picked up cash at work and took it directly to the grocery store for deposit – I probably owned the parking lot by now. But I could not get this feeling of comfort and wellbeing out of my mind. I ended up getting divorced, selling my business and traveling around the world, taking my youngest son along here and there, cross country and to Hawaii – and wondering about the real definition of “The Nature of a Calling.”

SAMPLE CHAPTER: See Amazon.

LOCAL OUTLETS: Any bookstore can order this book for you, or you can get it from AdirondackPress.com. A Master’s Path is now available in all e-book formats.

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon.com, the world’s greatest bookstore online, and all e-book sellers.

PRICE: $15.50 new (Amazon has used copies from $6.50) and $7.99 for Kindle

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Penelope@Penelope.org I love answering questions! ReikiWorks.info and AdirondackPress.com

Weather Report, May 23

Immigrants with their luggage walk to Ellis Island

NOTE: ALONG WITH A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE, I’M HAVING PROBLEMS GETTING IMAGES POSTED ON THIS WORD PRESS BLOG. WITH LUCK, THAT WILL BE RESOLVED SOON (I HAVE A TECH-SAVVY FRIEND WORKING ON IT), BUT WE MAY HAVE TO GO WITHOUT PHOTOS THIS WEEK. IF THAT HAPPENS, AND THE GLITCH IS FIXED, I WILL RUN THE POSTS OF THIS WEEK’S FEATURED BOOKS AGAIN NEXT WEEK, WITH IMAGES.

OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “A RED, RED ROSE,” BY SUSAN CORYELL, “SWINGING ON THE GARDEN GATE,” BY ELIZABETH JARRETT ANDREW AND “FALLEN,” BY MELINDA INMAN, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.

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“LONGING FOR HOME,” BY LISA WAYMAN

Seventeen-year-old Irena clutches all of her belongings, waiting to be processed through Ellis Island in 1892. She hopes for a better life than she had as a Slovenian maid.

“Life in America is difficult and unsettling,” she thinks. “I had the sensation of disintegrating. I felt myself in little pieces. Was I Slovene, American or even maybe Irish? Catholic or Pagan? For a moment I wasn’t sure even if I were male or female. I felt myself dissolving into the mountains and the fresh blue sky.”

Against the backdrop of the Wyoming cattle wars, an Irish neighborhood in Chicago’s meat packing district, and through the depression of the 1890s in Durango, Colorado, Irena must tap into unknown strengths and learn to love herself and her husband in order to find her way home.

Longing for Home is a tale of exploration, love, hardship, resilience and finding one’s place in the world, set against the backdrop of the great American Age of Immigration.

“FRATERNITY OF FRACTURES,” BY MARK PANNEBECKER

From the Midwest book Review: “To call Fraternity of Fractures a ‘crime novel’ or a ‘novel of suspense’ would be to do it an injustice. Embracing elements of different genres (mystery, suspense, crime) and yet rising above them all with a sense of purpose and atmosphere that satisfyingly wings its way above and beyond most genre reads, it’s an involving and evolved piece that ultimately connects the changing courses of very different lives…. Not for the mild-mannered reader in search of light entertainment, Fraternity of Fractures not only invites its readers to think – it demands it. The smoky backdrop of 1980s St. Louis in the midst of a crime wave is only one facet of a story about fractures, healing, and change: an exquisite standout in a world of fast and dirty crime scene whodunits that sketch their worlds without truly capturing their complexity.”

“A MASTER’S PATH,” BY PENELOPE JEWELL.

PEnelope writes: “This is a story about my training and first several years serving in a discipline called “Reiki” which was brought out of Japan into the United States just before World War II. I started my journey in 1985, mentored by the first Master on the East Coast. By that time there were training “ intensives” which offered instruction in Aikido to train the mind as well as the body, calligraphy for Japanese kanji and symbols, council training – learning to be present to actually listen and observe, practice in the hands-on art of Reiki healing, and other rounded approaches to the concept of Mastery – a way of being, a path walked every day, not merely an accreditation or a credential. The concept of personal mastery fascinated me. I ended up selling my business so I could teach Reiki, personal empowerment and Mastery to others.”

“A RED, RED ROSE,” BY SUSAN CORYELL

.Since Susan’s post last week was the most affected by the aforementioned problems, I’d like to mention it again and re-send her book summary. You can find it by clicking on her name on the Author page or scrolling down below the current posts.

When twenty-year-old Ashby Overton travels to Overhome Estate in Southern Virginia for the summer, she hopes to unearth her ancestral roots and the cause of a mysterious family rift surrounding the horseback riding death of her Grandmother Lenore many years ago.

Click for OptionsFrom the moment she enters her room in the oldest wing, Ashby feels an invisible, enfolding presence. She learns the room belonged to a woman named Rosabelle, but no one is willing to talk about Rosabelle—no one except Luke, the stable boy who captures her heart. As Ashby and Luke become closer, she realizes he can be the confidant she needs to share the terrifying, unfolding secrets.

Ever present is a force Ashby never sees, only feels. Candles light themselves, notes from an old lullaby fall from the ceiling, the radio tunes itself each day. And roses, always meant for Ashby, appear in the unlikeliest places. Are the roses a symbol of love, or do they represent something dark, something deep and evil?