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Raymond Bolton

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Raymond Bolton lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife, Toni, and their cats, Max and Arthur. Reviewers have been generous with praise, offering such comments as, “Eschewing the more commonly overt manifestations of alien technology and the well toted elements of fanciful magic, Bolton breathes originality into the genre with his singular focus on telepathy.”

His goal is to craft gripping stories about the human condition, whether they are set here or another world. He has written award-winning poetry and four novels. Awakening, an epic, was released in January, 2014, and Thought Gazer, an adventure and first volume of a prequel trilogy, was released on January 1, 2015. The third in the series, Foretellers, came out on March 1 , 2016. Awak

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Raymond Bolton Thought Gazer grew out of Awakening. Early on, after I had created a new character, I realized Awakening was beginning to read like a Russian novel, a…moreThought Gazer grew out of Awakening. Early on, after I had created a new character, I realized Awakening was beginning to read like a Russian novel, and I had to can him. I really liked him, however, so I archived the chapter that introduced him. Eventually, when I realized I could build a new story around him, Thought Gazer was born.(less)
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Awakening (The Ydron Saga, #1)

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My next novel, due out this summer, has already received a pre-release endorsement from Michael R. Collings who was named Grand Master at the 2016 World Horror Convention:

“Raymond Bolton’s Wraith presents an intriguing view of the intersections between the living and the dead. Beginning with a triple murder, this dark paranormal novel explores the consequences of betrayal, greed, infidelity, and v

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Awakening Thought Gazer Foretellers
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
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