Monthly Archives: December 2007

AWAKENING THE DRAGON by Theresa Chaze

Title of Book: AWAKENING THE DRAGON
Genre: Fantasy
Author: Theresa Chaze
Website: www.theresachaze.com
Publisher: Valkyrie Publishing
ISBN: 978-0979840609

Summary:

To protect herself and her loved ones from the violent cult, Rachael risks everything by awakening the dragon spirit prematurely. As the dragon rises within her, the cult surround her home with the intent on killing the new witch who lives inside and burning the evidence of the murder of the previous owner.

Why did you choose this title?

Originally Awakening the Dragon–Book One of the Dragon Clan Trilogy was called Dragon’s New Home. I changed it when I revised the novel to free it from an unethical publisher. The second title was more accurate and descriptive. After I had finished it originally I knew there was more to the story, so I started Dragon Domain. However, even before the first draft of Dragon Domain was finished I new that there would be a third and the Dragon Clan Trilogy was born. The characters kept taking on dimension, while new ones appeared. Although none of them are perfect, there are also no completely evil people either. Like in real life, Coyote Springs is filled with people who live lives that are varies shades of gray.

Theresa Chaze can be found at www.theresachaze.com

Her book is available at www.amazon.com,  Awakening The Dragon, Book One of the Dragon clan Trilogy.

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DEVIL’S ORCHESTRA by Sydney Molare

Title of Book: DEVIL’S ORCHESTRA
Genre: Christian Fiction
Author: Sydney Molare’
Website: www.sydneymolare.com
Publisher: Wings Press
ISBN: 978-1597058490

Summary:

 Tab McGrifth– #1 radio personality on the Eastern seaboard. He made his money the old way–by stepping on one person at a time. He’s lied, cheated and “misrepresented” whatever needed to be as he clawed his way to the top of the pile. Now the man that taught him everything he knows, his old mentor Whitey Ford, has returned….

Deva– Hip hop princess extraordinaire. Many are under the impression that she is just a gorgeous airhead. But nothing could be further from the truth. With her shrewd business mind and amazing “luck”, Deva is worth somewhere in the upper nine digit range. Deva, like all of us, has her faults. She loves the money–and what accompanies it–just a bit TOO much. In fact, she is slap out of control. When an old friend from back home, Ed Burris, confronts her about her lifestyle, things get explosive…

Juan Rodriguez– gay author and proud of it too. With his life partner, Zeus and son, Loam, Juan’s life is definitely on track. That is, until Bodie pops back into his life. Bodie. Blond, beach boy tan, Juan’s first lover. He put the w-h-o-r in whore…and doggonit if Juan wasn’t still feeling him…

And then there’s Luke…

Devil’s Orchestra…whose side are you really playing for?

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You were recently named “Mississippi Hometown Hero, Most Likely to Succeed” and 2006 Mississippi’s Best Author.” How did that come about and how did it make you feel?”

 

The Mississippi Best Awards were conceived to spotlight Mississippi‘s best and brightest upcoming stars in various areas. I was nominated for the Best Author award and the top three nominees in each category got a shot at winning. I was elated when I won! I showed off my parent’s investment in braces when I picked up my plaque. The Hometown Hero and Most Likely to Succeed Awards came out of the blue. There were voted on by a panel and announced in the paper. I was stunned. I had no idea people in MS actually knew who I was! It validated my writing and definitely gave me a warm fuzzy deep in my soul. Shoot, I felt like I’d won an Oscar. Maybe next time…

You can purchase Sydney Molare’s book, DEVIL’S ORCHESTRA at Amazon.

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The Pit (The Death Wizard Chronicles, Book 1) by Jim Melvin

Title of Book: THE PIT (THE Death Wizard Chronicles, Book 1)
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Author: Jim Melvin
Website: www.deathwizardchronicles.blogspot.com
Publisher: Rain Publishing
Date of Release: September 2007
ISBN: 978-1897381472

Summary:

The Death Wizard Chronicles is a six-book epic fantasy series from Rain Publishing Inc. Book One (The Pit) debuted September 2007; Book Two (Moon Goddess) will be published in October; Book Three (Eve of War) in November; Book Four (World on Fire) in December; Book Five (Sun God) in January 2008; Book Six (Death-Know) in February 2008. All six books will be available for purchase at rainbooks.com, amazon.com, and select bookstores in the U.S. and Canada.

The DW Chronicles is not for children and teenagers — or the faint of heart. But fans of authors such as Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, and Steven Erikson will find much to enjoy in this series.

In a groundbreaking paradox, the Death Wizard, a champion of good, derives his power from a source traditionally seen as negative — death. His nemesis, an evil sorcerer, derives his power from the sun, the benevolent source of all life. Their struggle to control the fate of the planet Triken will take your breath away.

In an original twist never before seen in this genre, the Death Wizard is able to enter the realm of death during a ‘‘temporary suicide.’’ Through intense concentration, he stops his heartbeat and feeds on death energy, which provides him with an array of magical powers.

The series also is a love triangle involving two desperate characters attempting to come together despite the machinations of an all-powerful psychopath.

Graphic and action-packed, spanning a millenium of turmoil, The DW Chronicles carries readers on a journey they will never forget.

Do you fear death? The Death Wizard does not. Find out why.

You are a student of Eastern philosophy and mindfulness meditation, both of which weaved extensively into your work. Can you explain how?

Most people have meditated in one sense or another. Just emptying your mind as you watch a beautiful sunset is a form of meditation. In Buddhism, mindfulness meditation is a technique in which a person intentionally and nonjudgmentally watches his or her thoughts and actions, in the context of the present moment. Often, sessions of meditation begin by watching the breath, but any form of single-minded concentration will do.

The Buddha, who was a spiritual genius, taught that all things are impermanent — life, death, love, hate, joy, pain, etc. Like the breath, all things have a beginning, middle and end. Because of this, there is no reason to cling to cravings or flee from aversions. If nothing lasts forever, then why sweat it? When a person meditates, he or she sees the truth of impermanence in ways that are profound and even psychologically altering. Even on surface levels, mindfulness meditation is good for you in a lot of ways. It fosters love, compassion, and peacefulness. And it’s even good for your body, slowing your heart rate and relieving pressure and stress.

Buddhists also believe that life is driven by karma, which basically means that all of us are the sum of our past and present thoughts and actions — or as one Buddhist teacher humorously put it: “Karma means you don’t get away with nothing.” Karma roars along beside us not just for one lifetime but for thousands, rebirth after rebirth after rebirth.

Still there? Sorry, these are deep concepts much better described in much greater detail by a true master of Buddhism. I am a student of Eastern philosophy, but I never claimed to be an A-student!

How does all this weave into my series? Tibetan monks have had recorded heart rates of fewer than 10 beats per minute during periods of meditation. My main character is called a Death Wizard — or more accurately, a Death-Knower — because he can carry this to the extreme, meditating with such intense concentration that he can literally stop his heart. During a temporary death, he feeds on Death Energy and then returns to his body enriched with magical powers.

This simple poem from Book One (The Pit) says it best:

Only a Death-Knower can die.
And live again.
Only a Death-Knower can return
from death.
And remember.
Only a Death-Knower can tell us
what he has seen.
Not all care to listen.

I think I’ve described the role that meditation plays in my series. Karma also plays a large role. In Book One, the Death Wizard — a champion of good — confronts an evil sorcerer with magical powers that dwarf all others. In order to defeat this god-like being, Torg makes a supreme sacrifice, setting in motion karmic forces that swirl — both on the surface and between the lines — throughout the series, playing crucial roles in the final outcome.

I could go on for pages and pages, but I think I’ll stop here. I haven’t fully answered your question, but at least I’ve given you a taste of what’s to come.

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PREACHING TO THE CORPSE by Roberta Isleib

Title of Book: Preaching to the Corpse
Genre: Murder Mystery
Author: Roberta Isleib
Publisher: Berkley Prime
Date of Release: Dec. 2007
ISBN: 978-0425218372
 

Summary:  

The holidays have arrived in postcard-perfect Guilford, CT, but someone’s taking the joy out of the season… Psychologist/advice columnist Dr. Rebecca Butterman gets a call in the middle of the night from the minister at her church begging for her help. He’s in custody after going to a fellow parishioner’s home and finding her dead. The murdered matron was the leader of a search committee charged with finding a new assistant pastor after the previous assistant left in a rush. Rebecca learns that the committee was divided–has someone tried to eliminate the competition? Rebecca puts her analytical skills to work to do her own search–for a killer–all while resisting the urge to break the seventh commandment with a very married detective, and praying she’s not the next victim.   

Why did you take up writing mysteries, Roberta?

I’ve always read and loved mysteries, starting with the Bobbsey twins, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames, the nurse detective. I prefer to read a series where I can return to visit with the same characters many times. So this genre seemed a natural choice when I was thinking about trying to write a novel. It also happens that crime fiction fits well with my other profession, psychotherapy (I’m a clinical psychologist by trade). Both the detective and the therapist star with a problem and follow clues until they unravel its solution. I enjoy the puzzle aspect of mysteries and seeing the bad guys get their due—doesn’t always happen in real life!

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THE SKY’S NOT FALLING by Holly Fretwell

Title of Book: The Sky’s Not Falling
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction
Author: Holly Fretwell 
Publisher: World Ahead Publishing
Date of Release: Sept. 2007
ISBN: 978-0976726944

Summary:

School has started. Unfortunately, right along with it comes the usual indoctrination about the “threat” of global warming. Perhaps your kids are already saying…  “I’m scared that every time I ride in the car, I’m hurting polar bears and other animals.”“I’m afraid that people just like me are causing global warming.”“I’m afraid that my favorite outdoor places are going to disappear.”

Holly Fretwell, adjunct professor at Montana State University, mom of 2, natural resources allocation expert and author of The Sky’s NOT Falling! Why It’s OK To Chill About Global Warming (ISBN 0976726947, Kids Ahead, for ages 8-12, September 2007) knows that kids are getting an earful in school about global warming. Unfortunately, all too much of that information is misleading or just plain wrong.The Sky’s NOT Falling! is the product of her concern not just for the environment, but for the millions of kids being handed an environmental bill of goods in class.

As an educator, a mom and an optimist, Ms. Fretwell envisions a world that is wealthier, and so healthier for all. To get there, however, our kids need to become critical thinkers. And too much of what is passing for “truth” when it comes to the issue of global warming is anything but.

Holly, you say that kids are getting an earful in school about global warming and much of that information is misleading or just plain wrong.  Can you give us an example? 

Many students are being asked to watch Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.” This has been a real inconvenience because, as the High British Court has stated, they are many non-truths and misleading statements in the movie. One of the most brazen examples is demonstrated with the graph that shows atmospheric CO2 levels and temperature change. The two variables are correlated; they move together. Gore and one of his producers Laurie David who just wrote a children’s book on global warming, both assert that increases in CO2 levels cause temperature to increase. They have missed something really important here, one correlation does not mean causation, and two the data show that on average temperature changes 800 years before CO2 levels. Yes, read that again, temperature changes lead the changes in CO2 over the last 650,000 years.

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