Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dear Reader, Love, Frankie Hogan

Dear Reader…

You are a lot like me. You hear someone tell a travel story at a party and your ears perk up. It’s a fantasy and addiction all rolled into one. Travel taps into an immediate adrenaline rush. The country doesn’t even have to be somewhere on your radar. You sit tight and lend your ear. Your attention span doesn’t wane during a story of the road, because you know what the unknown road brings. You see yourself there again. You can relive the times you have spent there. There is an empathy that develops when you hear someone tell their tale of a far-off land, and that connects you to them. It ignites your drive to return to that place.

That’s part of the reason you picked up Livin’: From the Amsterdam Red Light to the African Bush. You want to visit these places. You want to see yourself there. And it will do that for you. It will lay out places you’ve read about but haven’t checked off your list yet. It will, hopefully, bring you there and give you a taste of each location and the terrain. From Egypt to South Africa, Amsterdam to Vietnam, Peru to Cambodia, India, China, and more, Livin’ includes a dream destination for every vicarious traveler. But that’s only half of it. I want Livin’ to ignite that drive. Better yet, I want it to light a fire under your ass—to make today the day you check the boxes you’ve dreamt about for so long. I want you to stop rationalizing the excuses you use and start recognizing the rewards to be had. It should make it easier for you to stop giving in to the easy excuse of life getting in the way of travel. I wrote Livin’ to become an alarm clock for you. The time is now. Don’t hit the snooze button.


Frankie Hogan
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Frankie Hogan is an American writer, director and filmmaker. He is founder and principal partner of Corner Prophets Production Company, a film production company.  A native of South Philadelphia’s Grays Ferry neighborhood, Hogan lives in Los Angeles. Livin’ is Hogan’s first book—a book he wrote in hopes of inspiring others to stop making excuses, and make their dreams of travel a reality

Dear Reader, Love Kathryn Troy

Dear Reader,

Thank you for taking an interest in The Specter of the Indian: Race, Gender, and Ghosts in American Séances, 1848-1890. I didn’t write this book so I could get professorial tenure, certainly not to take the easy way out of my graduate program by travelling a well-trodden path, or even to make money. I wrote it because I care deeply about the material, and felt compelled to explain something America has a broad interest without fully understanding it.

Scores of Americans read their palms, tarot cards, or
horoscopes on a daily basis. Countless people have owned a Ouija board at one point in their lives. Hours upon hours of television programming are dedicated to readings by renowned mediums like John Edward and Theresa Caputo, investigations of haunted historic restaurants and graveyards, and the recording of personal experiences with the dearly departed. America has a long history with the supernatural, as old as its relationship with American Indians.

When I began researching the origins of American Indians ghosts—specifically, American Indian spirit guides—in America’s cultural consciousness, I was met with some very neat answers. “Hollywood!” Sorry, no. Nineteenth-century Spiritualists themselves wrote about how, in laymen’s terms, everybody and their mother had an Indian spirit guide, way before Hollywood’s time. True, they helped perpetuate the myth that Native Americans are spiritual creatures, but they didn’t create it.

“The New Wave!” Yes and no. New Wave spirituality, which became popular in the 1960s, certainly progressed the stereotype that Indians, by their very nature, are more spiritual than your average, run-of-the-mill Americans. Many of their ideas were borrowed from nineteenth-century movements: Spiritualism, Theosophy, New Thought, Christian Science, etc. The mythic connections between Indians and the spirit world are no exception.

“All the tribal peoples of the world are full of spirit power.” Seriously, someone said that to me during an interview. Wrong again. On a lot of levels. One of which is the fact that, in America and around the western world, accounts of Indian spirit guides occur with higher frequencies than any other nonwhite entity. But let’s put aside this oversimplified, generalized, Orientalist, racially demeaning statement for just a second, and understand something important about what this medium said to me. That nonwhites are somehow more spiritual than whites is a powerful, pervasive concept. A concept: a way of thinking about the world, the people in it, and how they relate to each other and to the universe at large. Her concept of Indian spirituality is wide-spread—that is undisputable. But where did the idea start? Why? Those are some of the questions I seek to answer in The Specter of the Indian. And the answer is really complicated. A multitude of different cultural, political, religious, racial, intellectual, and scientific factors created the environment that fostered the idea that “Indianness” is defined by spirituality, and that Indian spirituality is a powerful force that can be channeled towards helping non-Indians understand the universe.

I’ve presented readers of this book with a ton of detailed examples of just how this stereotype was created, what purpose it served, and how it has achieved an astounding level of success, becoming an unquestioned staple in America’s cultural imagination. Seeing just how complex these processes of cultural production are might, perhaps, help readers appreciate the complexity of our society, its racial makeup, and our unending fascination with the supernatural. If what I’ve discovered can feed that interest, so much the better. Happy reading.

Kathryn Troy

About the Author

Kathryn Troy has two Master’s Degrees in History from Stony Brook University. She contributed to the anthology The Spiritualist Movement published by Prager in August 2013, and teaches at Farmingdale State College and Suffolk County Community College. In her spare time she pours all she knows about the ghostly and supernatural into her fiction writing.

Her latest book is The Specter of the Indian.



Monday, September 18, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Owen Sypher

Dear Reader…

I am Owen Sypher and I love to understand the mysteries in the Bible. Song of Solomon is a spiritual book full of allegories, types and shadow and when you use the keys of understanding found in the Bible to unlock the types it gives us a deeper meaning to the scriptures. It uses the natural to illustrate the spiritual and if we can understand how the natural works and then we apply spiritual applications to the scriptures we can get a deeper meaning that will draw us into a closer walk with the Lord.         

This is a book is a beautiful story between Jesus and his bride or chosen people or a love letter if you will.

  I got inspired to write my book from listening to someone who preached some from Song of Solomon.  I started to research the book so that I could give it out in church services as small sermons. I feel like God really started to reveal more truth and understanding about this book to me over the next 3 years.

Someone told me they did not want to hear lessons on this subject so I was not going to preach on the subject anymore, but felt like I had to much understanding to just let it go to waste so I started to write it down for my own sake in case I decided to use it later in life. The more I wrote the more I revelations God revealed to me. I started to joke about how it was becoming a small book and before I knew it I had decided to publish it as a book.
Then I needed to make the decision on who I wanted to publish my book. This was a new experience for me and I ended up picking a company randomly off of the internet who did a good job. I decided after it was publish that I had to revise it with new revelations and went with Litfire Press to re-publish the book with the intent of getting into book stores. This book and an e-book can be gotten off my web page at:

 The greatest thing about writing this book outside of the understanding that I have personally gained from writing this book was on a more personal level and that was being able to do a long term project and actually finish it.  As a kid we were always starting projects with good potential and never finishing it so for me to start writing a book and then publishing it was not only a personal victory but also a major accomplishment in my life and I thank the Lord for that victory.
 Owen L. Sypher

About the Author

Owen L. Sypher is a devoted servant of the Lord. At eleven years old, he started a spiritual journey to discover and understand God and his word.

In 1979, he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Since then, he has had fellowships with the same group. Song of Solomon is his first book.

You can visit his website at   

About the Book:

The book of Song of Solomon is a spiritual book full of allegories or pictures where God used the natural to show the spiritual. By using the keys of understanding found in the Bible the author has unlock the hidden meaning of the book of Song of Solomon.

The book of Song of Solomon is about the love that Jesus has for his bride. When looked at from this angle a lot of the verses makes more sense.


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Monday, September 4, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Peter Thompson

Dear Reader,
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your wish truly did come true?
Have you ever wondered what the world would look like from the eyes of someone from another world?
I was thinking about those questions when I wrote my new novel, Summer on Earth. This novel tells the story of Grady Johnson, a young boy whose father has recently died. He lives on a small farm, deep in the country, with his mother and younger sister, Luanne. Grady is trying to get his life back to normal, but he knows how hard his Ma is working, trying to make ends meet.
Their lives change when extraterrestrial engineer Ralwil Turth is forced to land on their farm when his space craft loses power. Ralwil has one objective, to fix his power drive and go back home. But things don’t go as planned. Using his advanced technology, Ralwil, who the family knows as Will, takes on the form of a human and starts to work as farmhand for the Johnsons. He connects with Grady’s mind through a synch-link, and is able to understand some of the human language, and starts to understand a bit of this world through the boy’s eyes. He grows to love the exotic charms of this planet, and has a real connection with Grady and his family.
Seeing how they are struggling, and that the source of the problem is a lack of money, Ralwil comes up with a solution. He uses his technology to combine a twenty-dollar bill with an oak twig, and over the next week this new creation grows to a towering tree – every leaf a twenty-dollar bill. He is sure this will solve all the family's problems. It doesn’t.
The Johnson’s sudden wealth starts rumors and suspicion in this small town, and soon their problems are worse. With the family’s fate, and Ralwil’s life, on the line, Grady must find the courage to help his family and save his friend.
In Booklist’s review, they said, - The unique, fablelike story with gentle charm and strongly drawn characters - human and otherwise - will satisfy with its quiet aura of resilience and hopefulness. I hope you will enjoy the way that Ralwil looks at common things as exotic and new. I hope you will see things in your own life a little differently as a result.
About the Author

Peter Thompson grew up in Illinois, and lives near Chicago. He remembers how excited he was when the first astronaut stepped on to the moon. He has had an appreciation of space, and all its possibilities ever since. His love of children’s books developed while reading to his three sons. His first novel, Living Proof, was a thriller published by Berkeley Books. Summer on Earth is his first book for younger readers. It will be released in August of this year.



About the Book:

The night that eleven-year-old Grady Johnson looked out his window and wished upon a shooting star, his life changed forever.

Grady, his Ma, and younger sister Luanne are having a hard summer. Dad has died and the family
isn’t the same. Though Ma is trying her best, Grady knows they don’t have enough money to get by.

The shooting star he saw was a space craft plunging to Earth, and landing at the back of their farm. Extraterrestrial engineer Ralwil Turth has one goal, to fix his power drive and go back home. But things don’t go as planned. Stuck in human form, he gets to know Grady and his family as he works on their farm. He starts to learn about what it means to be human, and the exotic charms of this planet like the taste of potatoes, and how amazing bugs are.

Ralwil grows to care for Grady and his family. On a trip to town, he realizes that money is what matters to humans, and is the cause of the family’s trouble. That night, he uses his technology to combine a twenty-dollar bill with an oak twig. Over the next week this grows to a towering tree, every leaf a twenty-dollar bill. This, Ralwil is sure, will solve all the family’s problems.

But the family’s wealth raises suspicion in this small town, and this soon leads to more trouble. With the family’s fate, and Ralwil’s life, on the line, Grady has to find the courage to help his family and save his friend.

Summer on Earth blends humor, adventure and poignancy to create an unforgettable story about finding home.


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