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November 28, 2011

Four books Two Days Great Prizes
With this contest, there is something for everyone and it's SO simple to be in on the winning! On November 28 and/or 29, purchase 1 or all 4 of the debut author's books listed here. Then forward proof of purchase (the receipt Amazon sends you will do just fine) to : motionsrider@yahoo.ca and get up to 4 entries into a draw for a $100 Amazon gift card!

It's that easy, no reviews, no hoops to jump through. Just a great .99 book or two. Or three or four. AND, if the person who wins the $100 Amazon Gift Card has purchased all 4 books, an additional $25 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to the winner!
On top of that, 2 random commenter's picked from 2 of our participating blogs will receive $5 gift Amazon gift cards . So, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think of the promo, the books, or the authors.
Winners will be chosen randomly, one entry per person, per book.All winners will be announced on December 7th on Wringing Out Words (http://shannonmayer.blogspot.com)
"Between" by Cyndi Tefft It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water's life isn't alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile, and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven's siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries. Buy from Amazon   "Until Dawn: Last Light" by Jennifer Simas When darkness falls, whose side will you be on?

For the past six years, Zoë has been anything but "normal." Struggling to accept her immortality and thrown into a war that's been waging in the shadows for over a thousand years, Zoë must now become who she was meant to be, joining the other Chosen to save what's left of humanity. When the endless night falls over the Earth, will she be able to save the one man who reminds her of what it is to be human, or will it be too late?

Until Dawn: Last Light is a story of death and despair, love and longing, hope and hopelessness, and the ability to survive and keep going even when it seems impossible – when you want nothing more than to give up.Buy from Amazon   "TheKayson Cycle" by Jonathan D. Allen A stranger enters a dying town and makes a desperate plea…

The Kayson Cycle introduces the Kayson Brothers, a pair of faith healers who once wowed crowds in a traveling show but went their separate ways after a night in which a healing took a dark turn. Jeffrey Kayson disappeared into the wilderness and William Kayson, wracked by guilt, moved to the failing mining town of Calico Hills to build a nice, quiet life – one that has lasted for over ten years.

His quiet, predictable life crumbles when a mysterious stranger walks into his tavern bearing a proposal to find his long-lost brother and do the one thing that William has sworn to never do again - have his brother heal a woman. William soon learns that he can't escape his family – or his destiny.

Includes an exclusive sample chapter of The Corridors of the Dead. Please note that this is a Kindle Single, and around 6,000 words in length.Buy From Amazon   "Sundered" by Shannon Mayer A miracle drug, Nevermore, spreads like wildfire throughout the world allowing people to eat what they want, and still lose weight. It is everything the human population has ever dreamed of and Mara is no different. Only a simple twist of fate stops her from taking Nevermore.

As the weeks roll by, it becomes apparent that Nevermore is not the miracle it claimed. A true to life nightmare, the drug steals the very essence that makes up humanity and unleashes a new and deadly species on the world that is bent on filling its belly. Locked down within their small farm home, Mara and her husband Sebastian struggle against increasingly bad odds, fighting off marauders and monsters alike.

But Sebastian carries a dark secret, one that more than threatens to tear them apart, it threatens to destroy them both and the love they have for each other.

Now Mara must make the ultimate choice. Will she live for love, or will she live to survive?Buy From Amazon
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November 14, 2011

 Medicine Wheel November 14. The winds have picked up and are doing their best to wreck the wheel. I've since repaired the center. It's still standing now. On the right is a photo that was sent to me by a friend of Mishi's. This is the medicine wheel Mishi built on the beach last year, which lasted until the next high tide.


*Update November 13 - The giveaway winner of my new release, The Forgotten Child, is Sarika. Congratulations!

The Medicine Wheel--We've had a few storms come through the last few days. This morning again the medicine had been wrecked. But I've since repaired it, and once again its standing strong.  I'll post another photo later today.

Happy Veterans Day and Rememberance Day. And welcome to the final day of the Giveaway Hop running from November 8 - 11th,   hosted by I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Tristi Pinkston. There are almost two hundred blogs participating, each with their own giveaway. I'll be giving away an eBook of my new release, The Forgotten Child. All you need to do to enter is follow this blog and leave a comment with a way for me to get a hold of you.

The blog I wrote below is about a medicine wheel built by a wonderful native woman I met last week Panji Mishiikenh Quay, which means Little Snapping Turtle Woman but most know her by Mishikeenhquay or Mishi for short. Since my original post, part of the medicine wheel had been damaged. Mishi repaired and has since, along with other members of the community, added to this medicine wheel. On Thursday Mishi had to leave this island and return home, we will miss her, but she's promised to return.
The Medicine Wheel



On a small island where I live in the Northern Gulf Islands, I met a native woman by the name of Mishi, visiting from Massachusetts. She introduced me first to the Eagles who have a nest just behind my house. They are most extraordinary this mate/pair that have been together for over 20 years. What I find amazing about Eagles, is they mate for life.

On Saturday Mishi, along with her sister built a medicine wheel on the beach in front of my home. 
A medicine wheel is a physical manifestation of spiritual energy. The circle of life appears like a wheel as seen in the photo's I've included in this blog. Spiritual energy using all the elemental forces, calling in the four directions. It is a wheel of protection allowing us to use surrounding energy and gathered into a focal point to commune with "Spirit—all elemental forces."
Mishi was guided to build this medicine circle, in this specific spot on the beach. As she said to me "it wanted to be up here." She listened and constructed using the materials provided by the land. Each rock, each stick had a specific spot and purpose. Everything was blessed, and smudged with Sage. The construction took all morning. 
The wheel was constructed using the four directions. East, the rock color is yellow which is a new beginning, the rising sun, air, flight and springtime. South the rock is red, which symbolizes youth, fire, passion the time of the Summer. West rock is black, adult hood, the fall season, setting sun, water and emotions. North is white, which is the end of the cycle, purity and wisdom, earth, wintertime--a time to stop and listen. Then begin again in the East, yellow, new beginning. The circle of life.
Rock placement was not easy. Mishi and her sister scrounged the beach for hours seeking the materials, the right colored rocks, and the beach wood needed to construct the medicine wheel. Every stone was smudged with sage. Tobacco was provided in an offering for the rocks. Mishi listened to each rock—stone, to tell its proper placement. Some fit some didn't. Several times during construction, the two women, were interrupted by the pair of Eagles who live here. The Eagles watched from their tree overlooking the beach. The murder of ravens and the sea lion, the otters in the Ocean all made their presence known. They knew why she was here to build this circle. In that spot. And why now. But did we?
The center of the circle is the pure heart, spirit. Everything extends from the circle and everything comes together in the middle.
This medicine wheel was created and blessed for Truth, Honesty and Healing. What's amazing is why it had to be here? A place in need of healing?
I love Native American culture, and I felt truly blessed to have this medicine wheel on the beach in front of my home where I can visit every morning.
Giveaway as part of Giveaway Hop The Forgotten Child eBook
Winner will be announced on November 12, remember to leave a comment with a way for me to contact you.
My new release The Forgotten Child , is on sale for a limited time on Amazon for .99 cents. 
He wasn't looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.
Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves  in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something's seriously wrong with his boy. And the reclusive difficult man that hired her, can't see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches, until she stumbles across what she suspects is the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him. Give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder—to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.

As their lives become intertwined, it's unavoidable the attraction—the connection that sparks between them. And just as they're getting close, Brad's estranged wife Crystal returns after abandoning them two years earlier. In amongst the shock and confusion there's one disturbing fact Brad can't shake. How does she know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch and Emily's relationship with his son?

Crystal must've had a plan as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths Crystal will go—the lies—the greed, just to keep what's hers are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily's forced out of the house. Brad fights to save  his boy—to protect what's his. And struggles over his greatest sacrifice—Emily, and the haunting question—has he ultimately lost her forever?

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November 12, 2011

November 13 — Winner of my new release,The Forgotten Child- Sarah. Congratulations!

Welcome to the Giveaway Hop, which runs from November 8 – November 11th and is hosted by I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Tristi Pinkston. There are over two hundred participating blogs, all with incredible giveaways. I will be giving away an eBook of my new release, The Forgotten Child. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment with a way for me to get a hold of you. If you wish to follow this blog by email, I'd appreciate it, but it's not a requirement for the giveaway.


The Forgotten Child, is my third novel, released November 6 as an eBook. One of the subjects I've tackled in this novel is Autism. The Blog I've written for this giveaway I hope will give you a peek into what families must also take on.


Autism is not a Social Problem


Although times have changed they still have not. Autism has reached epidemic proportions. Advocacy by a few parents, grandparents have ensured some funding and programs for our children. But its still not enough.


Families with children with autism are going broke, bankrupt while they struggle to provide medically necessary treatment for their children. While they wade through the frauds, and charlatans who steal their money and dangle hope of miraculous cures.


Lobbying to your local government and state officials. Advocating for your child within your schools and community programs has been started and done by a few courageous parents, grandparents, and this benefits all. But we still have a long way to go. This fight has not come without cost financially, emotionally and physically to those who have stood before the system, the governments, the medical community, to ensure medically necessary treatment is available for all those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It still by far is not.


I encourage everyone, whether or not you have a child or loved one with autism to stand up and question the services, the funding in your area for those with Autism. To hold your local officials, your government, school accountable for the services provided. To be that voice for the exhausted parent who has nothing left in them to fight for their child. Autism is not a social problem. And it took one parent, many years ago to help the medical community understand that autism is not caused by cold parents but rather is a biological disorder, it is an epidemic and the numbers are still skyrocketing. Autism is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders. Males are four times more likely to have Autism Spectrum Disorder than females.


The child Trevor, who I describe in my novel, The Forgotten Child, suffers from Autism. His symptoms and behavior, communication and social impairment are unique to Trevor. No two children under the Autism Spectrum Disorder are the same, their symptoms, behavior are all different. Credible treatment can never be one size fits all motto. Treatment and programming must be individually tailored for each child, because of how different they are. Success stories from early intervention are all around us, and very real. And credible programming and therapy has a proven track record of success.


Rest assured without a united front, proactive measures to ensure authentic treatment,social programs, funding and services that some communities have available will disappear, quietly. Its imperative that everyone continue to hold governments, schools, communities accountable so all the hard work that was begun by those few brave parents, grandparents in first, the Anderson case, then the Auton Case, and the other court cases that have followed will not be lost.


Giveaway – My new release, The Forgotten Child, a contemporary western romance, is on now available on Amazon for .99 cents. Amazon UK


He wasn't looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.


Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves  in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something's seriously wrong with his boy. And the reclusive difficult man that hired her, can't see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches, until she stumbles across what she suspects is the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him. Give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder—to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.


As their lives become intertwined, it's unavoidable the attraction—the connection that sparks between them. And just as they're getting close, Brad's estranged wife Crystal returns after abandoning them two years earlier. In amongst the shock and confusion there's one disturbing fact Brad can't shake. How does she know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch and Emily's relationship with his son?


Crystal must've had a plan as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths Crystal will go—the lies—the greed, just to keep what's hers are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily's forced out of the house. Brad fights to save  his boy—to protect what's his. And struggles over his greatest sacrifice—Emily, and the haunting question—has he ultimately lost her forever?



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Published on November 12, 2011 21:00 • 27 views

November 7, 2011


Welcome to the Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Tristi Pinkston. There are over two hundred participating blogs, all with incredible giveaways. I will be giving away an eBook of my new release, The Forgotten Child. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment with a way for me to get a hold of you. If you wish to follow this blog by email, I'd appreciate it, but it's not a requirement for the giveaway.


The Forgotten Child, is my third novel, released November 6 as an eBook. One of the subjects I've tackled in this novel is Autism. The Blog I've written for this giveaway I hope will give you a peek into what families must also take on.


Autism is not a Social Problem


Although times have changed they still have not. Autism has reached epidemic proportions. Advocacy by a few parents, grandparents have ensured some funding and programs for our children. But its still not enough.


Families with children with autism are going broke, bankrupt while they struggle to provide medically necessary treatment for their children. While they wade through the frauds, and charlatans who steal their money and dangle hope of miraculous cures.


Lobbying to your local government and state officials. Advocating for your child within your schools and community programs has been started and done by a few courageous parents, grandparents, and this benefits all. But we still have a long way to go. This fight has not come without cost financially, emotionally and physically to those who have stood before the system, the governments, the medical community, to ensure medically necessary treatment is available for all those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It still by far is not.


I encourage everyone, whether or not you have a child or loved one with autism to stand up and question the services, the funding in your area for those with Autism. To hold your local officials, your government, school accountable for the services provided. To be that voice for the exhausted parent who has nothing left in them to fight for their child. Autism is not a social problem. And it took one parent, many years ago to help the medical community understand that autism is not caused by cold parents but rather is a biological disorder, it is an epidemic and the numbers are still skyrocketing. Autism is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders. Males are four times more likely to have Autism Spectrum Disorder than females.


The child Trevor, who I describe in my novel, The Forgotten Child, suffers from Autism. His symptoms and behavior, communication and social impairment are unique to Trevor. No two children under the Autism Spectrum Disorder are the same, their symptoms, behavior are all different. Credible treatment can never be one size fits all motto. Treatment and programming must be individually tailored for each child, because of how different they are. Success stories from early intervention are all around us, and very real. And credible programming and therapy has a proven track record of success.


Rest assured without a united front, proactive measures to ensure authentic treatment,social programs, funding and services that some communities have available will disappear, quietly. Its imperative that everyone continue to hold governments, schools, communities accountable so all the hard work that was begun by those few brave parents, grandparents in first, the Anderson case, then the Auton Case, and the other court cases that have followed will not be lost.


My new release, The Forgotten Child, a contemporary western romance, is on now available on Amazon for .99 cents.


He wasn't looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.


Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves  in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something's seriously wrong with his boy. And the reclusive difficult man that hired her, can't see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches, until she stumbles across what she suspects is the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him. Give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder—to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.


As their lives become intertwined, it's unavoidable the attraction—the connection that sparks between them. And just as they're getting close, Brad's estranged wife Crystal returns after abandoning them two years earlier. In amongst the shock and confusion there's one disturbing fact Brad can't shake. How does she know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch and Emily's relationship with his son?


Crystal must've had a plan as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths Crystal will go—the lies—the greed, just to keep what's hers are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily's forced out of the house. Brad fights to save  his boy—to protect what's his. And struggles over his greatest sacrifice—Emily, and the haunting question—has he ultimately lost her forever?



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November 5, 2011

I'm sure everyone has heard of paying it forward. Over the last few months I've been privileged to get to know an amazing author who is an extremely talented writer. But Niamh goes many steps further than most authors, each and every day she helps many other authors promote their work. I've asked Niamh to write a blog about what she does to help authors.


When Lorhainne Eckhart asked me to write for her blog about what I do for other authors, I was resistant, as I feel uncomfortable talking about myself. Rather than negate something just because it feels uncomfortable, I decided to embrace the opportunity and be grateful that someone should show interest. So, thank You, Lorhainne.


The idea of giving the best you have to others, being all that you can be is the spiritual thread I have followed throughout my life. It has been my guide from earliest years up until the present day. Perhaps it comes from being a member of a large, Irish catholic family where children didn't tend to receive much personal attention. I was never much good at demanding it in the chaotic, market-place atmosphere of childhood where everyone clamoured for a few scraps. Often, only the loudest voices were heard, the most bullying or demanding, threatening, violent or hysterical. My quiet, reasonable voice was lost amidst the general noise, fighting, and cries of "Look at me, look at me."


I realised early on that I was in danger of becoming demanding or disappearing completely, as the deep-down sense of, I have no right to exist, became apparent. If a child does not receive what it needs, he or she remains unsatisfied, yearning, always in need of something out of reach.


My childhood was difficult to say the least. I witnessed, and was victim of extreme domestic violence. As a child of two, I was aware of a choice. As I grew, the determination never to degenerate in nature as my father had done filled with me a fervency of belief and spiritual quest. Nor would I lose my soul to the bottle, killing myself slowly as my mother had done – my wits a mental blur, alienated from those who loved me. I watched the madness of childhood, filled with sadness yet holding on to a vision of beauty. I decided to give to others what I could not have myself, whether it was a kind word or piece of recognition. I watched how others responded when I gave from my heart.


I always try to see a thing for what it really is – the truth of it, the beauty behind the clamour, the thing that unites us – whether passion, love, sadness or pain; it is the thing that speaks most deeply to our collective Humanity. Those earliest experiences and on-going learning process shaped me into the person I am now.


The spirit of service is my only religion. I believe in striving to participate in the beauty of the day, even if we only manage to do this for a split second. In those moments, we re-connect to all that is good in us, to the beauty within that raises us above the general clamour, the noise, and the personal, sometimes egomaniacal sense of self-importance.


This spirit made me a healer, a Doctor of Psychotherapy, a social entrepreneur, an environmental campaigner. It took me to Africa during the nineties where I was fortunate enough to work for Oxfam, UNICEF, and World Food Programme. I lived among those who gave their all, in true modesty. The spirit of service was the mucilage that held teams together and enabled us to open our hearts to the suffering of those much less fortunate than ourselves. We were fully alive with the fervent passion of it. I was happy then.


This spirit now makes me a writer. Unfortunately, a bout of malaria triggered Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Some days, I can hardly think or move. The pain in my joints renders me unable to walk. A deep sadness suffocates me and tries to steal my wits. It is a physical depression not generated by any thought I have, or by a denied unconscious. It is, quite simply, an autogenic body response over which, I have little control. Before I suffered it, I never realised how terrible is the illness of depression. Writing saves me. Through it, I find healing. During a particularly bad time, I wrote my current Skyla McFee series. I found Orange Petals in a Storm by escaping into the world of a little girl – pure in heart – who learns to overcome the harshness and cruelty that surrounds her through the miracle that is her creative imagination.


The imagination is a wonderful thing. Through it, I can still participate in the beauty of the world. I can still write my books without fetters or limitations. I can imagine all manner of beauteous things, dance with my soul, and feel the strength of my spirit.


Publishing personal work is not easy, but necessary, as I cannot trundle through lists of literary agents in search of a 'YES!' I would find this exercise disempowering. I must keep my sense of volition embodied in the thought that I have some power to move in my world, to express my soul. It is the best I can offer. I cannot wait for permission to do this from an agent and yearn for recognition. This means that publishing my work has its downside. Again, I find myself plunged into a market place where everyone clamours for the same attention. All are writers; few are readers. It is difficult to find my own little corner. Clamouring is not my style. So I do what I have always done: promote other writers by seeing the beauty that unites us – the love of writing, getting the passion onto a page, the unique story, the triumph of the human spirit against all the odds. Obviously, I hope others will read my stories. I hope they realise and recognise my quality as a writer and as a soul trying to express beauty in a world-gone-mad. I hope it is of some value.


Interested readers can find my series of blogs where I feature other authors. On: http://niamhclunewrites.blogspot.com/ I write about unsung, inspirational women. Currently, I am featuring the wonderful best-selling author Pandora Pokilois who knows all about suffering and how writing is such a healing journey.


On the Orangeberry Book Blog, I feature Orangeberry writers. I am the editor and interviewer and I try to capture a writer's passion and personality that goes into their creations http://theobblog.com


I am an editor and featured author on loveahappyending.com where I also try to bring a bit more of my DR. speak into play by using visualised colour as a metaphor to lead the reader into the writer's psyche.


And I started the AmritA Publishing Page, where I do author promotions in various ways from short story snippets to helping them build their social network platforms through mutual support. It is an idea based on Paying it Forward! This can be found on Amrita Publishing. Unusually, I am there at the moment on the landing page to publicise my own book launch.


My own books can be viewed on Amazon and Amazon UK 


My web-site is: www.facebook.com/niamhclunesbooks


I can be found on twitter and my Facebook fan page


My video trailer can be viewed on You Tube


Please checkout Niamh Clune's newest release Orange Petals in a Storm


Orange Petals in a Storm: A spiritual, inspirational story to feed the soul. In Skyla's world, we find shelter from every hazard and outlive the longest night.


A bedraggled and bruised eleven-year-old child races through the rain-drenched streets of East London as though the hounds of hell were after her. She tries to reach the home of her childhood, a home that was hers until her mother's recent death. What becomes of Skyla McFee once she arrives there? From whom does she run?


This is a story about a wonderful child who endures great suffering at the hands of her stepfather. Though she lives in a harsh reality, she evolves spiritually despite, or perhaps because of the hurt she suffers. The magical way she transcends her unbearable life through her inner world transports us into the hauntingly beautiful world of the imagination. Telling you that Skyla triumphs over her situation is not a spoiler – because as you get to know her, you realise there is no other way. She must triumph because of who she is.



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Published on November 05, 2011 21:33 • 27 views
Please welcome Author Margaret A. Millmore. Margaret was born and raised in Southern California; she moved to San Francisco in 1991 and currently resides there with her husband.  Reading is an addiction for her and one she'll never give up.  An active imagination since childhood, she often made up stories that she only told to herself.  After ending a successful career, she found herself with the time to pursue those stories, and the floodgates opened.  She loves just about every kind of story, but especially fiction, throw in some supernatural or paranormal overtones and she's in heaven.  She is the grandniece of Irish author Benedict Kiely and the second cousin of Irish author Sharon Owens.
Margaret is the Author of Doppelganger Experiment. I asked Margaret to write a short Blog on what a Doppelganger is. I hope you will find this as interesting as I do.


A Doppelganger is a character of fiction and folklore, in German it means "double walker". Often considered a paranormal double of a living person, the doppelganger has represented evil, misfortune and the bringers of bad luck.  In the vernacular, it's considered any double or look-alike of a living person, often a ghostly double glimpsed from the corner of one's eye. In some cultures, it is surrounded by tradition and mythology, if seen by a friend or relative, the doppelganger could be construed as a warning of illness or danger. If seen by oneself, it could mean an omen of death. In some mythologies, it is thought to be a ghostly apparition performing future events, in others it is a "spirit double" containing the same memories and feelings of the live person. The very idea of a doppelganger spurs the imagination in all directions, they could arrive to tell the living of impending danger in their near future, or to bring that danger to fruition. Or, they could be an evil presence bent on the destruction of their living double.There have been many encounters throughout the ages from famous people having seen their doppelgangers. These encounters have spurred numerous works of fiction and folklore.  In my imagination, the doppelganger became a ghost like form that was capable of taking over the living host and prolonging their lives indefinitely. (Please note that although not verbatim, some of the information above was obtained through Merriam-Webster and Wikipedia)
Doppelganger Experiment After more than four weeks in a coma, Jane woke up to find several things wrong; she didn't remember the last three years, she was married to a man she didn't know, and frightening dreams were infiltrating her sleep. But were they dreams or memories? As she struggles to recapture a life she doesn't remember she discovers clues that lead to flashes of memories and the discovery of horrific experiments that end in murder... and something worse than murder.  A psychological thriller based in San Francisco.
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October 28, 2011


About Joseph Rinaldo


Joseph Rinaldo by day works as Credit and Financial Manager for a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning distributor. At night or whenever he can find the time, he writes. When he first started writing, he thought being a numbers guy would make him an oddity as an author. That's proved to be wrong. The more people he meets in this industry, the more he runs across accountants and CFOs. Apparently, creativity infects a variety of people. Of course, he has the same dream as other writers. He hopes his book sells a million copies and becomes a smash hit movie. A Quote from Joseph: "Selling ebooks isn't the get-rich-quick scheme I thought it was before being published. It's been a lot of work."


Down Syndrome and Public Perception


So many times in my journey as the parent of a child with Down syndrome (now 38 years old), l I have heard people say, "Oh, kids with Down syndrome are so affectionate and loving and want to hug people all the time….." etc. I am here to tell you that classifying all people with Down as "affectionate and loving" is the same thing as saying all African-Americans love fried chicken and watermelon. It's preposterous.


People with Down syndrome have one thing in common – an extra chromosome on their 21st pair. That's pretty much it. Oh, they have similar features, but as to their personalities and behavior, they are as different as people without special needs are.


My daughter is a wonderful, intelligent, funny, confident adult. She is NOT publicly affectionate, and she really considers her personal space her own. If you met her, she would certainly NOT come up and hug you. As a matter of fact, she has a great deal of respect for other people's personal space as well. I'm not saying she doesn't love some people – she certainly does love her family and friends. But don't expect her to love you automatically just because she has an extra chromosome. It ain't gonna happen. You have to earn her love and respect, just as you would if she didn't have Down. If would not be any more appropriate for you to hug her than it would be for you to hug any stranger upon meeting them, and you certainly shouldn't expect a hug from her any more than you would from any other stranger. After I married her mother in 1999, it took nearly a year for her to feel comfortable enough with me to hug me goodnight!


And so, a word to the wise, as I'm sure any other parent of a child or adult with Down would tell you – they are so much more like "us" than like each other. Don't assume anything about people with Down that you wouldn't assume with "us".


Because of my relationship with my daughter and her mother, I have become deeply involved in the community that serves the needs of those with intellectual disabilities. This has made a deep emotional impact on me, and I am inspired to educate others about this population and the gifts they bring to all of us. Several of the books I've written (including the two that are currently available on Amazon, A SPY AT HOME and HAZARDOUS CHOICES) have characters with Down syndrome. These characters are far from the stereotype many people have of these folks. They are just people, doing the things people do, feeling the things people feel, and yearning for the things people desire. Living with and writing about a character with Down has given me a much deeper understanding for what these individuals are capable of. It has been a rich experience.


*Joseph Rinaldo


Joseph has two novels available Hazardous Choices and A Spy at Home.


After surviving life in a violent Chicago street gang through his high school years, Darnell Jackson's future appears promising. A football scholarship gives him the chance to escape the thug lifestyle.


During his first year in college, Darnell safely resides in a small Kentucky town, playing Division Two college football and trying to make something of himself. Adjusting to the new surroundings proves tough, but a teammate and a girl give him hope that his future will be better than his past.


In the summer after his freshman year, he returns to the old neighborhood to be with his mother. The gang reasserts its hold on him, and the leader orders Darnell to kill a member of a rival gang.


Nearly dying in a gang fight, Darnell shoots an enemy gangbanger. This forces Darnell to re-evaluate his future. As a result, he lies to the mercurial leader of his gang, claiming he completed his assignment.


After "doing work" for his gang, Darnell receives permission to head back to school and the security of small-town life.


When the head gangbanger learns of Darnell's lie, the small Kentucky town isn't so safe anymore.


A retired CIA operative comes to believe he wasted his professional life not only promoting questionable American policies, but missing life with his family. To ease the pain he diverts millions that the CIA expected him to use funding a coup attempt that would establish a pro-American government in an African country. Seeing the coup would fail, Garrison decides to save the money for himself. You, the reader, can decide if he's a villain with evil intent, a hero with altruistic motives, or a regular guy sick of working for peanuts in a dangerous environment. Available from Amazon


Back at home he and his wife look forward to their golden years being luxuriously comfortable and opulently relaxed. Unfortunately, after his wife dies in a tragic accident, he must learn all that she knew about caring for Noah, their mentally retarded son. After a life of planning for contingencies, the former spy must deal with the possibility that he may die before his son. Who will care for the son when the dad spent a life out of the country and now has no one to lean on? Available from Amazon.


Joseph can be found on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and his Author Website. You'll also find his books on Orangeberry Book Collective.


 



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Welcome everyone to this First Annual Trick or Treat Blog Adventure. Rachel Baldwin is kicking off this spooky adventure with another one of her great articles. Rachel Baldwin is a Reiki Master, and writes for the psychic and metaphysical industry. I love her articles and I've received many emails thanking me for all Rachel's posts. If you leave a comment for Rachel, she will respond. Now for the treats! I will be giving away 2 eBooks of my last two releases, The Captain's Lady and The Choice. All you need to do in order to enter is leave a comment with a way for me to get a hold of you.
Runes have a very special place in the psychic world. The meaning of the term "rune" is mystery or secret wisdom. They have great magical significance and are used to create spells and foretell the future. The psychic world uses the runes as tools of divination and gateways to self awareness. The runes are part of culture and a way of life that existed in close connection with Nature.
This ancient alphabet is said to be the gift of Odin, the Norse God. According to Norse mythology, Odin is said to have hung upside down for nine days from the Tree of Life as penance. Upon dying, he was taken to the world of the afterlife where he is said to have gained all wisdom.  Having gained all the wisdom, he was reborn. He is said to have transferred all his wisdom to his people using the Runic Alphabet. This alphabet was popular in the Northern parts of Europe up until the Middle Ages - until the Roman alphabet became the chosen form of communication. Despite falling into disuse, the form and significance of the runic alphabet have been retained primarily in the manuscripts and inscriptions of ancient days. 
Runes have become very popular in today's psychical world as they are seen as ideal tools for the purpose of divination or forecasting the future. Psychics use the skill of clairvoyance to see into the future, and the runic language has become an important tool to help those psychics who can predict the future. Classically runes were inscribed on small pieces of wood and different runes were put together to form ideas. As times passed, rune inscription was done on small stones or tiles and today they are available in all three forms. 
Psychics follow a pattern when they use runes as divination tools. Interpretation of the runes is based on the knowledge each psychic has about the language, and it is believed that the way the runes disperse is indicative of the answer that is being sought. It is important that the psychic clear his/her mind of everything else when doing a rune based psychic reading. Concentration is very important as patterns have to be read and interpreted. To enable concentration, it is normal for psychics to burn some incense or candles as this allows them to focus clearly on the runes. 
Runes are used primarily to provide answers and most psychics ask that the person seeking an answer have specific questions in mind so as to enable a good reading. General questions like "will I be popular?" will not get definite answers. Psychics use three types of rune reading to provide answers. They are:
1.    1. The one Rune draw. Here the psychic listens to the question and after concentrating hard upon it for a period of time draws one rune from the collection. This rune is then interpreted to give the seeker an answer.
2.    2. The three Rune draw. Here, the psychic draws 3 runes from the collection after having focused for some time on the question. The first rune is interpreted as the overview of the problem; the second is seen as the way in which the problem could be solved and the third is interpreted as the outcome of the course of action that is suggested. 
3.    3. The Yes or No draw. Here, three runes are drawn and analysed. When placed for interpretation, if the runes are upright, then they can be analyzed. All positive runes automatically mean a "yes" while even if there is one negative rune, it is seen as some reservation with the outcome.
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October 10, 2011

Physical Mediumship
Physical mediumship is an instance that occurs when the external spirits influence the energies of a medium and create corporeal materializations that are used to communicate effectively from their world to ours. This phenomenon has proven that there is life after death and that it is possible for the spirits to reappear on this earth in the form that they used to exist in. Spirits can materialize in this world and this can be in the form of raps, knocks, levitation or sometimes transfiguration. One of the unique features of physical mediumship is the occurrence of materialization. This entire process of physical mediumship is dependent on the medium and a form of energy called ectoplasm created by the medium. Ectoplasm is the energy released by the medium in trying to establish a link with the spirit and it is used by the spirit to physically manifest itself. 
During physical mediumship, the form of the energy matter or ectoplasm is entirely dependent on the medium. It can be visible, invisible, colored or white depending on the type of energy released by the medium. Once the ectoplasm is created, the spirit uses it to give itself a shape which can be reminiscent of what they looked like when alive or how they look like now. There have been records of ectoplasm being taken form inanimate objects that exist within psychic circles to help in the process of materialization. The quality and depth of the materialized form can range from wispy ghost like manifestations or fully dressed clearly visible forms that roam within the psychic circle and pass on information from the world of spirits to the real world. While it is true that the identity of the medium is not disclosed and there is always a barrier between the materialized spirit and the medium, there have been instances when people seated within a psychic circle have seen the ectoplasm that works as the connection between the two. 
Another feature of physical mediumship is the appearance of Apports. During these sessions many of the sitters have received physical objects which have been brought forth by the spiritual connection between a spirit and a medium. They range from flowers to coins to buttons and have been shown as proof of the fact that the spiritual manifestations have the ability to transport physical material from their plane of existence to ours. These apports do not disappear with the fading away of the materialized spirit and make us wonder about the world beyond the one which we live in. 
Physical mediumship is an exceptionally draining exercise and most mediums find that they become very weak after a session. However it is true that the mediums can enhance their strength with proper meditation techniques and concentration enhancing exercises. With the help of these mediums, many people have been able to find a sense of closure in their lives and have managed to live knowing that their loved ones are indeed at peace.
Rachel Baldwin is a Reiki Master, and writes for the psychic and metaphysical industry promoting the discovery of the personal spiritual path, through the new emerging holistic spirituality trend. If you leave a comment for Rachel she will contact you.
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