Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear Reader, Love A. Keith Carreiro

Dear Reader:

Thank you very much for your interest in my story. I wrote this book as a thought experiment. To write about it, I devised a couple of ideas about how to frame the saga in epic form, especially from a metaphorical point of view. I wanted to tell a complex story in which reality is not what it appears to be on the surface. One of the main struggles for my protagonists was to be able to determine, first, that the reality they experienced was false, and then to see if they could wage an inquiry wherein truth could be determined in a lie.

The concept of nesting, or Matryoshka, dolls came to me, wherein a set of dolls of diminishing size are placed inside of one another. Thus an object within an object has a recursive feel to it, which is similar to my story as I see it containing multiple realities—a world superseded by another world, then another…. The book you are reading now is a time puzzle. The world of Pall Warren, John Savage, and Evangel Blessingvale is contextually resting in one that is ahead of and behind the current time.

I wanted to write a page turner for you where you directly witness through the characters in this book evil being unleashed and goodness embattled. I hope that you enjoy the quest Pall is on as it truly nests itself in the conflict between faith and disbelief, as well as how hope and cynicism clash against one another in the human spirit. In Pall’s pursuit of meaning, can virtue be used to combat and overcome evil?

I have a deep interest in learning about the nature of a spiritual journey, especially one that is couched within the riddle of a false reality and resonates with the echoes of a modern Pilgrim’s Progress. I hope you do, too, and you find that fascination alive and well in this book.

Love, Keith

About the Author

Keith Carreiro is the author of a planned nine-book series called The Immortality Wars. The Penitent—Part III is the third book and the last installment in the series’ first trilogy.

Carreiro is an adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University and Bristol Community College. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Acting on his lifelong love of storytelling, Carreiro began writing The Immortality Wars series in 2014.


About the Book

THE PENITENT—PART III Completes the First Trilogy in The Immortality Wars Series as the Battle between Good and Evil Explodes onto Urban Terrain

THE PENITENT—PART III, the third installment in author A. Keith Carreiro’s Immortality Wars series, brings Pall Warren, an elite warrior touched by the hand of God, into a new battle that pits the forces of good against those derived from the evils of man and beyond. As the final book in The Penitent trilogy, Pall joins with former enemies and comes closer to fulfilling his purpose of overcoming the corruption threatening humanity.

In THE PENITENT—PART III, Pall Warren recovers from another bout of the suffering that has plagued his life by helping his friends bury their family members who were killed by a supernatural being with an insatiable appetite for humans. He travels to Gullswater, West Fündländ, in search of John Savage—the accomplished bowman—who was once his foe. The men forged their friendship in combat against Commander Gregor Mordant and his Marauders.

While Pall searches for his friend, Savage meets with his employer, Braucus Peredurus, the King’s minister of affairs, to report his observations of mystical events and otherworldly creatures and then reveals that he has been tracking Commander Mordant, who, as he learns from Peredurus, is a key member of the King’s intelligence service network.

Mordant is loyal to Kosem Mungadai, the respected head of the Church of Equity in the City of Seascale and a practitioner of the occult arts. Savage suspects Mordant is working against the King’s agenda and wants to detain the Commander, but Peredurus orders him not to; however, this command does not stop the bowman from surveilling Mordant. Meanwhile, Pall encounters Merek, a former member of the Marauders and crossbow expert. Merek suggests that Savage has gone to Seascale in search of Mordant.

As tensions rise in the city, Mordant, Mungadai, and Savage cull together fighters to engage in urban warfare during a torrential rainstorm. As the battle begins, Pall and Merek stealthily contribute to Savage’s efforts. While the warriors relentlessly brawl throughout the pitch-black night, Mungadai conjures a squad of supernatural beings to assault Savage and his warriors with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the kingdom and empowering the evil forces he serves.

In writing THE PENITENT—PART III, Carreiro’s goal was to create an epic story that brings Pall closer to fulfilling his destiny by posing the question, “In his quest for meaning, can virtue be used to combat and overcome evil?” For the reader, Carreiro hopes THE PENITENT—PART III offers a sense of “the mystery, wonder, and grandeur that is in this world and beyond that is available to us in the time we are placed here, despite the suffering and challenges each of us faces in our own lives.”


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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dear Reader, Love D.W. Richards

Dear Reader…

If the government is tracking my Internet searches, I can only assume that I am either on a watchlist right now or that my search pattern was amateurish enough to slide under the red flag threshold. Let me explain.

Genres of fantasy, occult, the paranormal and sci-fi all require a suspension of disbelief on the part of the reader. In my novella, “Alexandra Forever: Beginnings”, I ask the reader to embrace the story’s rules on demonic possession, psionics and the nether world. 

To offset this, and help create a story that readers can emotionally invest in, I attempted to make everything else at least plausible. People behaving believably helps as does strictly abiding by the implied in-universe rules. Wherever possible I also adhere to the practical science of how things function in the real world. This all serves to anchor and highlight the fantastic when it comes up. A spark seemingly shines brighter against the mundane.

It was the pursuit of peripheral realism that led to my research into helicopters, guns and explosives. I only had two questions about helicopters and fortunately my partner’s son is a helicopter mechanic. Learning about guns from the Internet was reasonably straightforward. Oddly, researching jury-rigged explosives on the World-Wide-Web wasn’t as fruitful.

Fortunately, it just so happened that one of my clients at the time I was writing the novella, was a privately held defense and security contractor. It was the owner of the company who gave me the idea for the anti-demon response Alexandra cobbled together from what was available in her workshop. He outlined the assemblage from start to finish.

To his credit, and my concern, he, in fact, had two great ideas; right off the top of his head in less time than it took to get his coffee to the perfect shade of caramel. Perhaps of interest, the one I did not use, while awesome, didn’t fit the story setting because it involved tailpipe exhaust.

Alexandra’s next adventure might have a more urban setting.

All my best,
D.W. Richards

About the Author

D.W. Richards first introduced the protagonist, Alexandra, to the world in his novel, “Pairs,” which spent two weeks on the Amazon U.K. Best Seller list for humor. Alexandra’s story continued in the graphic novel, “Alexandra Forever: 2337”. In addition to creative writing, D.W. Richards has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Carleton University and is a Certified General Accountant.


About the Book 

Would you risk erasing yourself from ever existing to save the immortal soul of a beloved friend?
Two middle-aged sisters, Nadenka and Anastasiya, travel to a remote northern mountain where they must contend with their notorious, and seemingly immortal grandmother, Alexandra, in their quest to save an aged and frail member of their coven, Terra, from demonic possession. Deep family wounds need to be addressed before they can do what is required for the exorcism. But time is running out. The woman they are trying to save is dying. As the clock is ticking down, an evil legion emerges to stand between them and saving Terra’s immortal soul.



Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Reader, Love J. Richman

The reader would be deep into thoughts of the past---
Misunderstandings express and unexpressed –guilt from unforced errors  --pain from delivering anger and receiving the same from deeds deserved and not deserved.
And the relief of understand our human frailties and we are more that are errors.
And feeling a some relief from understanding that comes with self- compassion and understanding those that sent us on guilt trips. Guilt trips are not required --- mind travel ---next time you will not go there nor require other to.
When a woman better understands her man and can add friendship to mix wonderful days are ahead.
Giving a man the book and asking him to make a note with yours below each thought will take a lot guilt and pain away from your relationship- -at some point-- review the book together- - if there are teenagers in the family read together and give them the gift of insight----that will smooth the future.
Marriage seems to foster a requirement of change of personality and habits and friendship is lost.
How many time have we heard –she or he are bitches all the time. Those are crappy relationships that forget without treating your love with the respect due a friend. Life is a crap sandwich and each day another bit.
About the Author

Richman is the author of A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS, a collection of thoughts about life, relationships, and humanity.

Richman’s work history includes his service as an undercover intelligence officer in the US Air Force; later, he established a thriving business in real estate investment. For 16 years, Richman owned and operated Modify My Mortgage, a company that worked with homeowners to prevent foreclosures. His business success allowed Richman the time to pursue his passions, which included serving as the president of Nova, a workshop that provided work and life skills training for clients with disabilities; cofounding A Way Across, a drop-in center for teenagers with emotional and substance abuse problems; and fundraising for several more public service groups.

Richman enjoys writing and editing at night after allowing his ideas to blossom and expand during the day. The author is married with three sons and five grandsons.

About the Book 

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS by J. Richman is a creative and life-affirming collection of ponderings that expose the deep thoughts and feelings of a man who has lived a life full of diverse
experiences and challenges. This uniquely constructed compilation of more than 300 reflections focuses on several areas of living, including intimate relationships and acceptance of human frailty, as well as the author’s internal conflicts.

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS homes in on the complications inherent in intimate relationships from the opening pages of the book: “Problems accrue when we confuse how a woman looks with who she is.” Richman brings the perspective of a mature man to the lessons on love presented in the book, including, “Exploitation of another depreciates both parties,” and “The reason we fall in love with flawed people is that that’s the only kind of people there are.”

In addition to offering a brief study of intimate relationships, A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS probes human frailty and offers readers guidance in accepting this fact. “We must learn to be strong enough to be gentle,” brings into focus the need to deliberately work at treating people well. The author also encourages readers to show self-compassion when dealing with their own baggage: “Sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond the wreckage of our lives, but we must! Take heart! We are more than our mistakes.”

In A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS, Richman further challenges readers to take the reins of their lives when he says, “Name those things that you would do if you had no fear then do something about it.” He offers words of caution regarding political rhetoric: “Beware of politicians who whip up emotions to make us suspicious of others unlike us.” And rounds the book out by sharing his internal conflicts: “The world has bent me more than I have bent it”; “too often my logical mind and my emotional mind are hostile enemies”; “every time I look in the mirror, I expect to see a younger man.”

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS began as a series of notes that Richman wrote to himself. “I found that if I do not write out my true, and often painful, thoughts and feelings, I do not deal with them.” Richman wishes a book like this one had been available when he was a boy because the knowledge enclosed could have assisted him in navigating his teenage and young adult years. He hopes A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS will assure men that they are not alone in their quiet musings. For women, Richman believes the book will provide a window into men’s unexpressed emotions.


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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear Reader, Love Dr. Anne Watson

Dear Reader,
I saw you at the bookstore buying a copy of my book, “FLASH! The Science Behind Intuition.” Excellent choice. If you plan to read the whole thing, well and good, but if you only have time to ingest chunks, here are the best parts.
Chapter Two. Short little chapter about the vision I had where I was informed by an unseen stranger that we receive messages from the Universe, and that these messages come to us from light (light is
electromagnetic energy). We are to listen to our messages, our intuitions, for they are benevolent and give us the pre-knowledge our brains need to proceed smoothly, for us to be in harmony with the purpose of our lives.
How do such messages enter us, you might wonder? Read Chapter 6, where deep inside the brain, the teeny tiny Pineal Gland… the third eye… the thing in the brain that responds to electromagnetic light energy… is the winning choice of receptors, that is until 2014 when HeartMath researchers demonstrated it is the Heart that receives messages first, a few seconds before the brain gets the information. 
But once it does get the information, what happens next? Well, in Chapter 8 you will read about preafference, my most exciting find of my literature search. That chapter is just 5 pages long, but is key to understanding how intuitions, pre-knowledge information, clear the decks to allow the message coming along to just flow, and not get all tangled up in irrelevant neural pathways. Of all the billions of synapses that the brain produces at any moment, owing to the process of preafference only the neurons along the germane pathway will fire up. So elegant! The brain is prepared for what it doesn’t know yet. 
So, the information is now cleared for neural entrainment, and what happens next, you wonder? Well, this is where DNA comes into it.
DNA studies for a long time disregarded the non-genome parts, which was most of the DNA strand. Then, in 2012, a scientist called William Brown published a study which he called The Light Encoded DNA Filament where he describes opening DNA strands and finding light in there. There you have it, DNA looks like the conduit for messages from light to move around our bodies.
The book offers more and compelling science to support the vision I received (the one which told me about messages coming to us from light), but there is also a burgeoning interest in using intuition in Remote Viewing. I had a guest contributor explain how she goes about diagnosing and healing others, unseen, and at a distance.
Oh, you are going to love Chapter 12 which is about how you can quickly get into an Alpha Hz mind state from which you can speak to the Universe and increase your intuitions. 
Many readers go back and reread some of the book’s details. It’s a little book with a big message. Enjoy.
Love, Author
About the Author

Anne Watson is a Canadian author and educator and co-author of So You Have to Go to Court! A Child’s Guide to Testifying as a Witness in Child Abuse Cases with Wendy Harvey. She was raised in England, trained as a teacher, and after starting teaching in Canada at Thistletown Regional Centre School for Emotionally Disturbed Children, she then taught in the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, and in Palm Beach County USA. Just before beginning doctoral studies in Special Education Psychology at U. of T., she travelled right around the world. Once a doctor, she became a Prof at UBC and later at Trent U., then switched to doing psychoeducational assessments (CSI of the brain!). After 30 years of midnight oil reports and early morning parent meetings she retired to concentrate on writing and art. Her calling is to help people contact their Inner Voice – the Universe – by fast tracking open brain states using EEG devices, some of which can be glimpsed in a couple of scenes in her just finished movie, “A Thousand Reasons.” She has two successful adult kids and one almost grown up granddaughter.


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About the Book

If we have intuitions (and we do) where do they come from? Where, in us, do they arrive? What, in us, allows us to receive and interpret them? And why? Why do we get them?
Fourteen years of research, often waiting for the science to catch up with a vision sent to me by the Universe, these questions are answered in lay terms for the wonderment and affirmation of those interested in energy from another plane.


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Monday, February 24, 2020

Dear Reader, Love Paul Martin Midden

Dear Reader,

Thank you for considering Riley, my most recent book. It is a fictional work involving the lives of young adults who are navigating their relationships and their personal and professional lives.

The theme of Riley is ‘coming home to oneself’. The story is about several rather normal people who are undergoing transitions and about the ways they deal with those, both behaviorally (outside) and internally (psychologically). This is something that is so common as to be obvious in that we all navigate our lives from both the inside and the outside.

We humans are flexible, but there are limits that that flexibility. We can engage other people, but we have truths that are unavoidable. In the opening chapters of the book, one of those things is the recognition that a relationship is dying. We can try to pretend that it is not; we can pretend to be happy; we can try to avoid obvious realities. But we cannot do it forever except at the cost of our mental health. So decisions are needed. Hard ones. And what follows those hard decisions is not always pleasant. Even if liberating, as it surely is, the world is not obligated to respond to our liberation with unmitigated good news. There are dangers that lurk that are beyond our control. But dealing with those dangers in a grounded, authentic way that honors ourselves as individuals is critical.

Coming home to ourselves is not a one-time decision; it is an ongoing process that needs to be respected and deepened. Some would call this approach to life selfish, but self-respect is the basis of respect for all creatures. And abandoning ourselves to external demands alone risks destroying the possibility of joy and contentment in life.

Thank you again for reading this book.

Paul Midden


 Genre:   Contemporary adult fiction

Author: Paul Martin Midden
Publisher: Wittmann Blair Publishing
About the Book:
Riley, a young writer, finally divorces her husband and begins a novel about a fictional couple in conflict. Supported by her best friend, Jennifer, she begins her life of freedom. In a complicated turn of events, she meets and beds Edward, a shy young man who falls for her instantly. She does not want to continue the relationship, however, and her refusal lays the groundwork for a series of dangerous events. Her conflicts and those of her characters play out in this psychologically intriguing story.
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About the Author:
Paul Martin Midden is the author of five previous novels, each of which explores different writing styles. He practiced clinical psychology for over thirty years. Paul’s interests include historic restoration, travel, fitness, and wine tasting. He and his wife Patricia renovated an 1895 Romanesque home in 1995 and continue to enjoy urban living.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Dear Reader, Love J. Arlene Culiner

Dear Reader…

Today, I’m offering you Armchair Travel — and there’s nothing quite like it! No last-minute panic getting out to the airport; no check-in; no security check; no obnoxious seat partner on the plane; no screaming babies; no lost baggage; no lousy exchange rate; no pickpockets; no struggle, fuss or stress. But even without the hassle, the destination is exotic. Sound good?

This is no tourist destination with sandy beaches, secure hotels, and international food. We’ll be in a little-known area in eastern Turkey, an empty beige plain surrounded by dark mountains, where the summer heat is intense. This is also a difficult part of the world where the police are corrupt, rules are strict, and people watch your every move.

Important artifacts have been disappearing from the local archaeological site of Karakuyu, and the site director has mysteriously vanished. Under suspicion, is Anne Pierson, a former Washington journalist who, after a scandalous affair with the wrong man, lost her job, and her reputation. Desperate to escape her past, she avoids all personal relationships…and that only makes people even more suspicious.

Archaeologist Renaud Townsend has been sent to Karakuyu to discover who is responsible for the thefts. He’s passionate about his work, ancient history, and about discovery, but when he meets Anne Pierson, he knows his interest goes further than just solving mysteries.

Like Anne Pierson, I once worked in central Turkey as a translator and guide. Because of that, many of the incidents in The Turkish Affair, are true. I accompanied two archaeologists called in to verify whether smuggled coins were fakes or antiques. I really did meet Leyla, the brave and rebellious young woman who rescues Anne from a dangerous situation on a back road — and, yes, she did help me, too. I knew dangerous and corrupt policemen; I met smugglers and prisoners; I encountered opposition when I broke the rules.

And one day, while passing through an archaeological site in Turkey, I briefly caught sight of a lean and elegant man heading toward a jumble of smashed pillars. He was the inspiration for Renaud Townsend.

So come along with me on this journey, for the pleasure of a good tale, the chance to solve a mystery, and to visit a world you might never otherwise see.

All the best to you,

J. Arlene Culiner

About the Author

Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J. Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.


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Love and Danger at the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu

Priceless artifacts are disappearing from the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, and the site
director has vanished. Called in to solve the mystery, archaeologist Renaud Townsend is hindered by both his inability to speak the language and the knowledge that the local police are corrupt. His attraction to translator Anne Pierson is immediate, although he is troubled by her refusal to talk about the past and her fear of public scandal. But when murder enters the picture, both Anne and Renaud realize that the risk of falling in love is not the only danger.
Author J. Arlene Culiner does not disappoint in this fast-paced novel, The Turkish Affair. Glittering descriptions, magical settings, and enviable characters bring the solemn grounds of Turkey to life as we are planted firmly in an archeological dig in Karakuyu, Turkey. Culiner’s mastery of the English language and sentence combinations form an enchanting read. The Turkish Affair is a must-read for all lovers of romance and adventure.
–Lisa McCombs for Readers’ Favorite


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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Dear Reader, Love Kiran Bhat

Dear Reader…

First of all, thank you for picking up my book. It is a confusing and curious thing; it is only about two hundred pages, and yet it has sixteen characters. Each of the sixteen characters has enough bravado to carry a novel of their own, and yet, they get only ten pages. It is also blurring back and forth, here and there. Sometimes, you are in the big city, sometimes you are in a village with only silt and creek. A lot is happening in each of these four places; and yet the world feels so small, and intimate. It might seem all so very confusing.

It also feels so different, and so inviting. To be lost in language, to surrender to the words. To know that this is an author who knows what he is doing. And, he loves his readers. He wants just what is simply the best for them.

A bit more about me: I am an Indian-American polyglot, digital nomad, and wanderer. I chose to spend the last nine years traveling the world. I have been to about 132 countries, lived in 18 places, and have learnt to pick up 12 languages. I am trying to live a life where I can truly be one with the world; with its rhythms, with its feelings, with its needs. I wanted to truly become a Global Citizen. And from that space, my mind changed. I learnt to think Globally, outside of the bounds of place, culture, and border.

I want to write books that can help transform my reader to become the same way. Not everyone can travel like me, not everyone can learn as much as me, but I believe that in my fiction, you can feel, at least for a few pages, what it means to be someone else, and then to be someone else again, to always be shifting location, moving place, and yet to feel a Oneness in the constant change.

The magic of literature is to transport the full sensibilities of a person and his way of thinking upon reading the writer’s work. I hope that after you read my book that you will be able to read what I have said here and truly feel it. My love to you, and warmest wishes,

Kiran Bhat

About the Author

Kiran Bhat was born in Jonesboro, Georgia to parents from villages in Dakshina Kannada, India. An avid world traveler, polyglot, and digital nomad, he has currently traveled to more than 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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About the Book  

The Internet has connected – and continues to connect – billions of people around the world, sometimes in surprising ways. In his sprawling new novel, we of the forsaken world, author Kiran Bhat has turned the fact of that once-unimaginable connectivity into a metaphor for life itself.

In, we of the forsaken world, Bhat follows the fortunes of 16 people who live in four distinct places on the planet. The gripping stories include those of a man’s journey to the birthplace of his mother, a tourist town destroyed by an industrial spill; a chief’s second son born in a nameless remote tribe, creating a scramble for succession as their jungles are destroyed by loggers; a homeless, one-armed woman living in a sprawling metropolis who sets out to take revenge on the men who trafficked her; and a milkmaid in a small village of shanty shacks connected only by a mud and concrete road who watches the girls she calls friends destroy her reputation.

Like modern communication networks, the stories in , we of the forsaken world connect along subtle lines, dispersing at the moments where another story is about to take place. Each story is a parable unto itself, but the tales also expand to engulf the lives of everyone who lives on planet Earth, at every second, everywhere.

As Bhat notes, his characters “largely live their own lives, deal with their own problems, and exist independently of the fact that they inhabit the same space. This becomes a parable of globalization, but in a literary text.”

Bhat continues:  “I wanted to imagine a globalism, but one that was bottom-to-top, and using globalism to imagine new terrains, for the sake of fiction, for the sake of humanity’s intellectual growth.”

“These are stories that could be directly ripped from our headlines. I think each of these stories is very much its own vignette, and each of these vignettes gives a lot of insight into human nature, as a whole.”

we of the forsaken world takes pride of place next to such notable literary works as David Mitchell’s CLOUD ATLAS, a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for 2004, and Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST, which was listed by the New York Times as one of its Best Books of 2017

Bhat’s epic also stands comfortably with the works of contemporary visionaries such as Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick.

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