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

Longing for Home by [Wayman, Lisa]PUBLISHED 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.”

Lisa M WaymanAgainst 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.

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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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD

“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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Red, Red Rose

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

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TITLE: A Red, Red Rose.

PUBLISHED: 2014.

AUTHOR:  Susan Coryell

EDITOR: Ally Robertson

PUBLISHER: The Wild Rose Press (a NY based small publisher with about 500 authors. They are highly rated and just 10 years old.)

SUMMARY: 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?

BACK STORY: My inspiration for the first book in the Overhome Trilogy came when I toured an ancient historic house rumored to house a ghost in Northern Virginia’s Hunt Country. A little research revealed a similar property in Southern Virginia where I had retired. The setting is fictional Moore Mountain Lake, based on Smith Mountain Lake. My muse had found a home.

WHY THIS TITLE? A Red, Red Rose gets its title from the recurring random appearance of red roses, buds and petals–left by Rosabelle, a Revolutionary War spirit who inhabits historic Overhome Estate. Sometimes the roses appear to be a warning–others a loving gesture. Robert Burns’ poem “My Luv is Like a Red, Red Rose,” is also featured in the novel.

WHY WOLD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? Anyone who likes cozy mysteries and/or Southern Gothics would like to read this book, the first in the Overhome Trilogy. The novel is all about history, mystery, romance and a ghost–what’s not to like? A contemporary novel with a history background appeals to lots of readers.

SOME REVIEW COMMENTS:

“The mystery and love story drive the plot but there are so many thought-provoking elements in the mix–from adoption to sibling rivalries, race and class. I read it while traveling. It made the time go by quickly and left me with much to think about.”

“A Red, Red Rose has everything: a rich and haunting ambiance, a mysterious ghost, a sweet bit of romance and a captivating sleuth, who guided me through the thrills and chills of a clever plot–then left me breathless and wanting more.”

“A beautifully crafted story redolent of the languorous atmosphere and brooding evil of the Old South. Ashby, a modern girl with a cell phone and Internet access, comes into intimate contact with her staid and tradition-bound ancestors and eventually aligns herself in their common cause. The fast-paced tale weaves contemporary characters, Southern charm and Gothic mystery into the historic setting all the way to its violent, shocking and yet fitting end. The story evokes some of the same emotions as Carson McCuller’s The Ballad of the Sad Cafe.”

AUTHOR PROFILE: “A career educator, I have taught students from 7th grade through college-level. I have a BA degree in English from Carson-Newman College and a Masters from George Mason University. I am listed in several different volumes of Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in Teaching. I belong to Author’s Guild, Virginia Writers, and Lake Writers. Talking with budding writers at schools, writers’ conferences and workshops is something I enjoy doing. I have always been interested in Southern concerns about culture and society, as hard-felt, long-held feelings battle with modern ideas. The ghosts slipped in, to my surprise, while writing cozy mystery/Southern Gothic A Red, Red Rose and its sequel Beneath the Stones.

My first published work was the award-winning young adult novel Eaglebait. I live at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.When not writing, I enjoy boating, kayaking, golf and yoga. My husband and I love to travel, especially when any of our seven grandchildren are involved.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: Picked up by Amazon Encore in 2015, A Red, Red Rose made it to a#1 rating for Ghosts and Gothics in November of 2015. Beneath the Stones, a stand-alone sequel, was published by TWRP in 2015. Nobody Knows, the third in the Overhome Trilogy will debut in 2016—date TBA. Each volume stands alone, but the trilogy covers ten years in the life of protagonist Ashby Overton. Much Civil War and Southern Virginia history serve as background for the contemporary mystery/Gothic.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: Amazon page link: https://amzn.com/B0145P8K16 Sample from Beneath the Stones: Amazon link: https://amzn.com/B00UF1YM6M

LOCAL OUTLETS: The General Store, Southern Roots, Gifts Ahoy—all in Moneta, Virginia at Westlake shopping locations.

OTHER OUTLETS: All on-line bookstores.

PRICE: $13.95 print, $3.99 e-book.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Susan-Coryell-Author-149075331807592/

Twitter: @SCoryellAuthor Website: www.susancoryellauthor.com.

Blog: http://www.susancoryellauthor.blogspot.com

Fallen

THE BOOK:  Fallen

PUBLISHED IN: December 2015

THE AUTHOR:  Melinda Viergever Inman

THE EDITOR: Joe Coccaro

THE PUBLISHER: Koehler Books – this publishing house produced my first novel Refuge; and now, after my successful Kickstarter campaign, I’m indie publishing Fallen with them. I love their work!

SUMMARY:  Love takes action: The Creator God establishes the cosmos and shapes a man. Adam rises from the dust. Envious, the powerful angel Lucifer despises him. Oblivious to the threat, Adam is captivated by his strong, intuitive wife Eve. In the Garden of Eden, they enjoy abundant food, gorgeous vistas, and intriguing challenges, including their budding love and passion. They have it all!
 
But Lucifer’Melinda Viergever Inmans deceptive brilliance tricks them into disobeying God. They eat the one forbidden fruit. Their innocence is shattered. Their unity with one another and with God is destroyed. Death will follow. Lucifer’s jealousy threatens mankind’s tenuous beginning. But God is merciful. What astonishing promise does He make? How will Adam and Eve survive – broken, shattered, and separated from God? Is there any hope?
 
THE BACK STORY: I spent twenty years researching the biblical and the mythological stories surrounding the Garden of Eden. My own curiosity inspired my research.  First, I examined the ancient Hebrew record. I was then delighted to find many similarities to the biblical version in myth, each with their own twist, depending on the culture. This common story spanned cultures. But I was disturbed to see misogynistic ideas arise within myth across all cultures. Spending so much time mulling over the implications of our human roots, the novel took shape in my mind, and I began to write in 2008.

I submitted my earliest draft to a female theologian and other scholarly friends who had studied. Each person’s comments helped me to see how I had absorbed some of the story ideas from what I had been told as a young woman, rather than from what I had just researched. 
So I weeded through my draft repeatedly (revising approximately sixty times), examining each faulty idea I had brought to the story. Unfortunately, much I had been told when I was young was also misogynistic, so this was also an awakening for me of a stronger sense of womanhood found within the ancient biblical record than I had ever been told or had known before. Writing the story became transformational, and this story became more personal than any of the others I’ve written.
 
WHY THIS TITLE?: There’s much “falling” in this story! Lucifer’s fall, falling in love, the fall of humankind, falling into newly learned broken behavior, falling away from one another. Gradually the overarching theme of Fallen became clear, and this became the title.
 
WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO READ IT: I write fiction that is raw and real. I put the reader inside the heads of the main characters to feel the intensity of their emotions. I’ve rarely seen the emotions of the first couple examined by a woman writer. This story is a balanced, non-misogynistic account of the biblical story with nods to content from myth. I believe myth has its root in real life. My story is a unique tale. For those reasons I’d want to read Fallen.
 
REVIEW COMMENTS: Readers interested in the biblical record will appreciate this review:  “Oh, my goodness, I bought this with low expectations. I have taken Precepts classes on the book of Genesis, which is a very deep study on books of the Bible,and learned a lot. So in picking Fallen to read, I was hoping that it would be accurate in theory at the very least. From the first page I was hooked! Melinda captured the creation events perfectly, from Adam and Eves original names, to the description of the garden, to the Fall itself and what happened afterward, went way beyond my expectations. I could go on and on but seriously,I have just finished the sequel “Refuge” (which was actually written first but chose to wait to read Fallen prior to Refuge), and am going to reread it again. If you want a more in depth view of what happened “In the beginning” then read Genesis in the Bible, then read Fallen and Refuge. You won’t be disappointed. The author fills in the blanks beautifully and most importantly follows scripture. As a bonus,following the final pages, she added group discussion questions that are thought provoking and will be used well in a group setting. Am thinking of starting a woman’s summer discussion using these books.
 
Other readers will find guidance in this editorial review: “Fallen, the prequel to Melinda Inman’s novel Refuge, goes back to the creation of the earth and its inhabitants. In the garden, Adam names the living creatures and finds delight when his companion Eve is made from his rib. Joy rings through each passage, each word. Inman also brings alive Lucifer and shows his rage that the earth is not his to rule. Observing God’s love for the “insignificant humans,” Lucifer determines he will attack God by destroying them. After their fall and loss of Eden, the tone of the book changes when Adam and Eve must fight their own sinful natures as they learn to cope in their new environment. To their surprise, Yahweh is still present when they approach Him in prayers and still demonstrates His love for them.This book blends what we learn from the Bible with all the details that Inman imagines about the couple’s daily existence. It concludes with the fulfillment of the promise that sustains them in this new environment.The book is a triumph both in scholarship (It is well researched) and in its demonstration of God’s grace for those who choose to turn to Him after they realize their fallen state.”
 

AUTHOR PROFILE: My roots were sunk in a storytelling Oklahoma family. During years of relocation, tragedy struck. Wounded and heartbroken, I forsook my roots and ran from myself and from God. A journey of trial and heartache brought me home again. A prodigal now returned to my secure foundation, I write with passion to illustrate God’s love for wounded people as he makes beauty from ashes. I serve and teach women in prison through a 12-step program. With my husband and family I’m involved with Mission India, rescuing orphans and providing theological and job training for impoverished students. More of my story can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnAMzuJGPlE.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Website: http://melinainman.com. 

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MelindaViergeverInman/posts/p/pub

Swinging on the Garden Gate

Elizabeth Jarrett AndrewTHE BOOK: Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir

PUBLISHED IN: 2000.

THE AUTHOR:  Elizabeth J. Andrew

THE EDITOR
: Mary Benard

THE PUBLISHER
: Skinner House Books

SUMMARY: Andrew skillfully and seamlessly weaves the threads of spirituality, sexuality and the creative process out of the compelling events of her life. The spark of spirit she finds embedded in her body she also discovers throughout the solid matter of life — in childhood, in nature, in encounters with death and loss and wild growth. Her exploration of the sacred is vivid, fresh, and grounded in the details of ordinary days.

THE BACK STORY: There was a time when I was not yet out of the closet when I’d stand for hours scanning the bookstore shelves for a book that dealt honestly with both sexuality and spirituality, that might reconcile the experience of being bisexual with the Christian faith. If I could find this book, I’d be less lonely and more confident of my sanity… There was no such book. The gap on the bookshelves gave me a mandate: Walk into your longing. Write this book.

WHY THIS TITLE?: The image of a hidden garden has always spoken to me of our secret inner life residing in our complicated, glorious bodies.  Throughout the memoir I quote from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s THE SECRET GARDEN, because that story of discovery and coming back to life is also my story.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? Anyone who struggles to reconcile their Christian faith with the realities of their body, especially sexuality and sexual identity, will find here a personable, honest, and life-giving map.

REVIEW COMMENTS:

“The most important decision anyone can make is to live ‘divided no more,’ to cease acting on the outside in ways that contradict truths one holds deeply on the inside. Swinging on the Garden Gate is a memoir of one woman’s journey into the undivided life. Written with honesty, grace and power, this book is a joy to read, and more. Read carefully, it will call us toward congruence in our own lives, toward an incarnation of truth that will set us-and our world-free. –Parker Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation.”

In Swinging on the Garden Gate, Elizabeth J. Andrew … tells the story of how she awakened to her sexuality, accepted and found an embodied God in the circumstances of her life, and connected to those touched by her self-discovery.  The metaphor of her life as a garden first dorma nt, then blooming, then finally, riotously alive works because Andrew is a writer of such extraordinary power and beauty.

Before the book ends, Andrew travels a road much longer and often rockier than her month-long bicycle trip to Wales. Hretr infant nephewcies, she comes vout as abiswexual to her family and her dchurhc community (“Those of us who embody ambiguity,” she writes, “distribute alarm equally in hereosexual and homosexual communities alike. We can’t be pinned down.”) Yet a simple around of its stor line could never do justice to this book’s rich witess.” — Rosemary Bray McNatt, a minister of the Unitarian Universalist Association and columnist for the UUA magazine.

“Elizabeth’s words sing. Her life soars. This work will doubtless inspire others to claim the lush delights of their own secret gardens.” — Debra Kolodny, editor ofd “Blessed bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith.”

AUTHOR PROFILE:
Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew writes, loves, teaches and urban homesteads in South Minneapolis. When she’s not chasing her gregarious daughter around the neighborhood or dancing with her partner, she’s doing her best to support the spiritual life of writers. Her books are Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Sspiritual Memoir (Skinner house Books), Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir (Skinnerr House Books), On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood and Holiness (Westview Press) and “Hannah Delivered” (Koehler Press).

SAMPLE CHAPTER: Can be found on the Amazon site.

WHERE TO BUY IT: Any place as an e-book, amazon.com for paperback.

PRICE: $.99 for e-book, $10 paperback.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR
. www.elizabethjarrettandrew.com www.elizabethjarrettandrew.com; https://www.facebook.com/elizabethjarrettandrewpage/https://twitter.com/ElzJarretthttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/321693.Elizabeth_Jarrett_Andrew?from_search=true&search_version=service