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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dear Reader, Love Charlene Whitman


Dear Reader,

Wyoming Tryst is a twist on Romeo and Juliet, set in LaramieWyoming, in 1878. No, the star-crossed lovers do not die at the end, so no worries! There is a happily ever after.

While the novel follows Shakespeare's play quite faithfully, you'll find many colorful characters, including the bitter and angry warden of the federal penitentiary that has a beef with Lester Carson, Julia's father and Dr. Joseph Tuttle, from Colorado Dream, who has recently relocated to Laramie City to serve as the prison's new doctor for the female inmates.

Laramie's rich history as the first "feminist" town provides a great backdrop to this story of two rich ranching families and their mysterious feud, the secrets of which all come out in the end.

Laramie, in 1870, had women jurors and a woman bailiff, and women had the right to vote. In contrast, the town was as lawless as they came, with 23 brothels and no churches.

When I went there to scout out locations and research the history, I knew this town would be perfect for great conflict and exciting action. But touring the penitentiary gave me a rush of plot ideas, especially upon hearing how 25% of the prisoners escaped (really!).

So, Wyoming Tryst is a sweet romance set against this backdrop, and yes, there are some tense moments in the prison.

I'm excited to share this fun new romantic adventure and hope you will share the news of the release! If you have friends who love Western romance, tell them about The Front Range series and have them join my mailing list. If you use this link to join my mailing list and get Wild Horses, Wild Hearts for FREE. That's the first book (novella) in the series

The author of "heart-thumping" Western romance, Charlene Whitman spent many years living on Colorado's Front Range. She grew up riding and raising horses, and loves to read, write, and hike the mountains. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an English major. She has two daughters and is married to George "Dix" Whitman, her love of thirty years. 

The
Front Range series of sweet historical Western romance novels (set in the 1870s) includes Wild Horses, Wild Hearts, set in Laporte and Greeley. Colorado Promise, set in Greeley, Colorado; Colorado Hope, set in Fort Collins; Wild Secret, Wild Longing, which takes readers up into the Rockies, Colorado Dream (Greeley), and Wyoming Tryst, set in Laramie, WY.

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Two ranching tycoons. A decades-old feud. A sheriff bent on ridding the town of lawlessness . . .
In the midst of the trouble brewing in Laramie City in 1878, Julia Carson yearns to be free of her
parents’ smothering and wonders whether she’ll ever find a man worthy to love in such a violent town rife with outlaws.
But when Robert Morrison sneaks onto her ranch the night of her sixteenth birthday party, Cupid shoots his arrows straight and true. Aware that their courtship would be anathema to their fathers, who are sworn enemies, Robert and Julia arrange a tryst.
Yet, their clandestine dalliance does not go unnoticed, and forces seek to destroy what little hope their romance has to bloom. The star-crossed lovers face heartache and danger as violence erupts. When all hope is lost, Joseph Tuttle, the new doctor at the penitentiary, is given a letter and a glass vial from Cheyenne medicine woman Sarah Banks.
The way of escape poses deadly dangers, but it is the only way for Robert and Julia to be together. It will take the greatest measure of faith and courage to come through unscathed, but love always conquers fear.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Dear Reader, Love Verlin


Dear Reader,

I’m going to assume that you haven’t read Blood and Wisdom yet or you’re partway through it. If you’ve already finished, would you be drawn to reading my letter? Maybe, but I’m guessing not. I wouldn’t be. For one thing, I would already have my own ideas about the book, which I’d be loath to abandon just because an author tells me his. (Like he knows better). I guess I’m kind of a stubborn reader.

At any rate, my PI mystery embodies a depth not often found in this genre. All the suspense, crisp dialogue, surprising plot twists, etc. are in place, with more than a dollop of humor. But there’s more, and the more is more intriguing to me as a writer, so that’s what I’ll talk about in this letter to you.
Throughout the book, the narrator (Karl) sees signs—literal signs, I mean—at the spiritual center that his client (Aria) runs. Posted by the side of walking paths, these include: Yield gracefully to what is; When you're not in the moment, you meet your mind instead of the world; Find a way to cooperate with how things need to be; All craving is a devaluation of the present moment; and We're prepared by the journey to meet the challenges that await us at the destination.

Mostly, these don’t make any sense to him, but as the book progresses, he falls in love with the woman who embodies them, opening his eyes to new perspectives. In the meantime, Karl is framed, chased, and forced to dive into the freezing water of the Monterey Bay to escape a sniper. But let’s go back to the beginning…

When Private Investigator Karl Gatlin takes on Aria Piper’s case, it was no more than a threat—phone calls warning Aria to either “stop doing Satan’s work” or meet an untimely demise.  But a few hours later, a headless John Doe bobs up in the wishing well at Aria’s New Age spiritual center near Santa Cruz.  Aria had ideas about who could be harassing her, but the appearance of a dismembered body makes for a real game changer.  And what Karl Gatlin initially thought was a fairly innocuous case turns out to be anything but.

Dispatching former rugby superstar and Maori friend John Ratu to protect Aria, Karl and his hacker assistant Matt are free to investigate a ruthless pastor, a money launderer on the run, some sketchy members of Aria’s flock, and warring drug gangs.  With his dog Larry as a wingman, Karl uncovers a broad swath of corruption, identity theft, blackmail, and more murders.

Against the backdrop of a ticking clock, Karl races to find answers. But more murders only mean more questions—and Karl is  forced to make an impossible choice when it turns out Aria’s secret may be the most harrowing of all.

Decades ago, I served as a (minor league) spiritual teacher in a Hindu-ish spiritual organization. Having been the first disciple of a brand new guru, I was put in charge of a branch office, shepherding a handful of rookie seekers. So I know more than most novelists about that world, and the ideas behind it.

Fast forward to my current writing career. What if a for-real spiritual teacher became mixed-up in a murder mystery. How would she handle herself? How would esoteric knowledge come in handy, or perhaps get in the way? For that matter, how would a psychological-minded PI deal with such a client? That was the motivation behind Blood and Wisdom.

I’m a psychotherapist. All of this appealed to me as a vehicle for getting deep into the heads of my characters. Also, I need to care about content beyond the nuts and bolts of a well-written, good story. I lose interest after the first forty pages—my filing cabinet is overflowing with partial manuscripts— unless I find a way to include a substrata that most other mystery writers ignore.

Blood and Wisdom had legs from start to finish. The characters told me what they’d say and how they’d act, and the plot fell out of me sequentially. I’d casually choose to make a car yellow, and then I’d find out a hundred pages later that color supplied a vital clue. My subconscious was participating as a full partner.

So there you go. Enjoy my book. Thanks.

Verlin Darrow
(https://www.amazon.com/author/verlindarrow)


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Title:  BLOOD & WISDOM
Genre:  Mystery/PI Novel
Author: Verlin Darrow
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
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About the Book:

When Private Investigator Karl Gatlin takes on Aria Piper’s case, it was no more than a threat—phone calls warning Aria to either “stop doing Satan’s work” or meet an untimely demise.  But a few hours later, a headless John Doe bobs up in the wishing well at Aria’s New Age spiritual center near Santa Cruz.  Aria had ideas about who could be harassing her, but the appearance of a dismembered body makes for a real game changer.  And what Karl Gatlin initially thought was a fairly innocuous case turns out to be anything but.

Dispatching former rugby superstar and Maori friend John Ratu to protect Aria, Karl and his hacker assistant Matt are free to investigate a ruthless pastor, a money launderer on the run, some sketchy members of Aria’s flock, and warring drug gangs.  With his dog Larry as a wingman, Karl uncovers a broad swath of corruption, identity theft, blackmail, and more murders. But nothing is as it seems, and as the investigation heats up, Karl is framed, chased, and forced to dive into the freezing water of the Monterey Bay to escape a sniper.

Against the backdrop of a ticking clock, Karl races to find answers. But more murders only mean more questions—and Karl is forced to make an impossible choice when it turns out Aria’s secret may be the most harrowing of all…

An intelligent, intense and engaging tale, Blood and Wisdom races from the opening scene to the final page.  Brimming with colorful, multi-dimensional characters, wit, humor, and a taut storyline, Blood and Wisdom is filled with twists, turns, and surprises.  Novelist Verlin Darrow, a practicing psychotherapist, infuses Blood and Wisdom with fascinating details about psychology and metaphysics, and seamlessly blends elements of hardboiled and softboiled detective fiction.   With its original premise, smart plotting, to-die-for redwood-studded coastal Santa Cruz and Big Sur setting, and protagonist like no other, Blood and Wisdom is a pitch-perfect PI novel.

Blood and Wisdom has garnered high advance praise.  According to Richard House, MD, author of Between Now and When, "Darrow has a sense of plot and style that carries the reader forward into that special place of anxious expectation, the place where putting the book down is unthinkable. Fascinating.”  C.I. Dennis, author of the Vince Tanzi series, including Tanzi’s Luck, praises Blood and Wisdom for its “great pace, fun characters who you care about, plenty of twists, and narrative personality.”


About the Author:
Verlin Darrow is a psychotherapist who was patted on the head by Einstein, nearly blown up by Mt. St. Helens, survived the 1985 8.0 Mexico City earthquake, and, so far, has successfully weathered numerous internal disasters. He lives with his psychotherapist wife in Northern California. They diagnose each other as necessary.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Dear Reader, Love Kamlesh D. Patel


Dear Reader,

Our modern, fast-paced world can be exacting. Sometimes, it can feel as if we are moving further from our true purpose. Still, we have to juggle our work life, home life, social life, and so many other things which compete for our time and energy. Is it possible for one planet to orbit so many suns? Though we have so many centers in our lives, we have not found the true center – the universal center that lies in the core of every heart. When we seek outside we find only complexity, but turning within we find unity.

Firmly ensconced in the ageless oral tradition, chronicles a series of illuminating dialogues between teacher and student. In its pages, Daaji reveals core principles of the spiritual path, detailed practices, tips and practical philosophy to his student, Joshua Pollock, a Heartfulness practitioner, and trainer.

In this uncommon text, you will discover a special collection of meditations and an exceedingly rare feature known as yogic transmission. Together, they awaken the depths of human potential and initiate a mystical inner journey. In this process, the heart becomes a perennial source of wisdom and guidance to help you navigate life’s twists and turns and lead a life more connected to yourself and others.


About the Authors


KAMLESH D. PATEL is known widely as Daaji. His teachings arise from his personal experience on the path of Heartfulness, while reflecting his deep spirit of enquiry and respect for the world’s great spiritual traditions and scientific advancements. Daaji practised pharmacy in New York City for over three decades before being named the successor in a century-old lineage of spiritual masters. Fulfilling the many duties of a modern-day guru, he travels widely, extending his support to spiritual seekers everywhere. A self-professed student of spirituality, he devotes much of his time and energy to research in the field of consciousness and spirituality, approaching the subject with scientific methodology – a practical approach that stems from his own experience and mastery in the field.

Joshua Pollock is a student of Kamlesh D. Patel. After experimenting with various meditative practices, Joshua started practicing Heartfulness in the United States in 2002 and has taught it since 2007. He regularly teaches Heartfulness at universities, corporations, government institutions, and at public seminars. An accomplished violinist, Joshua has performed and taught all over the world. He holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts from Indiana University and two Masters degrees from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In August of 2015, he was invited by Daaji to co author this book.

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About the Book:


Title: THE HEARTFULNESS WAY
Authors: Kamlesh D. Patel & Joshua Pollock
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Pages: 190
Genre: Nonfiction/Spiritual/Meditation

BOOK BLURB:
“A must-read for anyone interested in incorporating meditation into their lifestyle.”
––Sanjay Gupta, MD, chief medical correspondent for CNN


Heartfulness is an ideal, a spiritual way of living by and from the heart that is inclusive of all ideologies, beliefs, and religions. In this heart-centered book, a student in conversation with his teacher, Kamlesh D. Patel—affectionately known as Daaji, the fourth and current spiritual guide of the century-old Heartfulness tradition—present a unique method of meditation with the power to facilitate an immediate, tangible spiritual experience, irrespective of a person’s faith.
Our modern, fast-paced world can be an overwhelming place. Every day, we’re bombarded with messages telling us that in order to be happy, fulfilled, and worthy, we must be better, do more, and accumulate as much material wealth as possible. Most of us move through our busy lives with our minds full of these ideas, multitasking as we strive to navigate the responsibilities and expectations we must meet just to make it through the day. But what if there is another way? What if, rather than letting the busyness of life overtake our minds, we learn to be heartful instead?
Based on Daaji’s own combination of approaches and practices for the modern seeker—which draws from the teachings of Sahaj Marg, meaning “Natural Path”—Heartfulness is a contemporized version of the ancient Indian practice of Raja Yoga, a tradition that enables the practitioner to realize the higher Self within. While many books describe refined states of being, The Heartfulness Way goes further, providing a pragmatic course to experience those states for oneself, which, per the book’s guiding principle, is “greater than knowledge.”
Heartfulness meditation consists of four elements—relaxation, meditation, cleaning, and prayer—and illuminates the ancient, defining feature of yogic transmission (or pranahuti), the utilization of divine energy for spiritual growth and transformation. Using the method, detailed practices, tips, and practical philosophy offered in this book, you’ll reach new levels of attainment and learn to live a life more deeply connected to the values of the Heartfulness way—with acceptance, humility, compassion, empathy, and love.

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