Saturday, May 25, 2019

DARK WINTER: A JAKE MAHEGAN NOVEL FROM ANTHONY J. TATA

Title: Dark Winter
Series: Jake Mahegan Novel #1
Author: Anthony J. Tata 
(U.S. Army Brigadier General Ret.)


Power and wealth could destroy the world in Tata’s latest thriller. Jake Mahegan and his team of operatives are the best of the best, but how do you battle an opponent with money, connections, and a team of professional hackers? With access to nuclear weapons and key people in various world governments, ComWar (Computer Optimized Warfare) is ready to launch nuclear missiles at Japan; then Russia will invade Europe, and the Middle East will explode in the aftermath. Mahegan must battle an enemy who seems to know his every move, and, worse, his plans are muddled by personal considerations: Will his heart get in the way of the mission? Tata has taken elements of the world’s political stage and mixed them brilliantly with a virtual treatise on cybersecurity. Throw in a charismatic villain steering the game, and you have all the elements in place for a classic, high-adventure technothriller. The open-ended conclusion will leave readers hanging, but that will only make them wish that Tata could please write faster. This is the best thriller yet by the former brigadier general. 

Get it HERE ON AMAZON! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, U.S. Army (Retired), is the national bestselling author of Dark Winter, Direct FireReaper Ghost Target,  Reaper: Threat Zero (Released May 21, 2019), Besieged (a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Best Mystery/Thriller of 2017), Three Minutes to MidnightForeign and Domestic, and the Threat series. During his active duty military career, he commanded combat units in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 10th Mountain Division. His last combat tour was in Afghanistan in 2007 where he earned the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star Medal. He is a frequent foreign policy guest commentator on Fox News, CNN, and One America News Network’s Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler. Previously, General Tata served as the Secretary of Transportation of North Carolina, Superintendent of Schools for Wake County Public School System, and Chief Operating Officer of Washington, DC, Public Schools.
 
Brigadier General Tata donates a portion of his earnings to the USO Metro DC, the North Carolina Heroes Fund, and the Michael Murphy Foundation.


Monday, May 13, 2019

THE 'AMANDA TRAVELS' SERIES FROM DELIGHTFUL AUTHOR DARLENE FOSTER (MIDDLE GRADE FICTION)

Amanda in Arabia - The Perfume Flask
Amanda Ross is an average twelve-year-old Canadian girl. So what is she doing thousands of kilometres from home in the United Arab Emirates? It's her own fault really, she wished for adventure and travel when she blew out those candles on her last birthday cake. Little did she know that a whole different world awaited her on the other side of the globe, one full of intrigue, mystery and folklore. A world with a beautiful princess, a dangerous desert and wonderful friends. Join Amanda on her first adventure as she discovers the secrets behind The Perfume Flask.

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Amanda in Spain - The Girl in the Painting
Amanda Jane Ross is certainly becoming a world traveller; she's now in sunny Spain on vacation with her friend Leah. While there, she encounters a mysterious young girl who looks eerily like the girl in a famous painting she saw in a Madrid museum. Even weirder, the girl keeps showing up wherever Amanda finds herself - Madrid, the remote mountains of rural Spain, the beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, a lively fiesta and the busy streets of Barcelona. Amanda wants to help this sweet, young girl and her beloved pony escape the clutches of a mean horse-dealer. Come with Amanda on her next adventure as she attempts to unravel the mystery behind the Girl in the Painting while she treks across Spain - always one step ahead of danger!

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Amanda in England - The MIssing Novel
Amanda Ross is visiting England and taking in all the sights. She gets lost in the maze at Hampton Court, does some shopping at Harrods, meets the ravens in the Tower of London, explores Windsor Castle, and rides the London Eye. When she discovers a vintage book is missing from a collection, she is determined to find out who stole it. Amanda befriends a pair of tough teenagers from the streets of London, an elderly bookshop owner, and a big, friendly, clever, Maine Coon cat named Rupert. Follow Amanda through cobblestone streets, medieval castles, and underground tunnels in her quest to find the missing novel!

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Amanda in Alberta - The Writing on the Stone
Amanda is delighted to show Leah around Alberta during her visit from England. They take in the Calgary Stampede, go on a cattle drive, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, spend time with the dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and explore the crazy Hoodoos. When Amanda finds a stone with a unique mark on it, she doesn't think it's important until everyone seems to want it - including a very ornery cowboy. Is this stone worth ruining Leah’s holiday and placing them both in danger? Spend time with Amanda as she explores her own country while attempting to decipher the mysterious writing on the stone and keep it from those determined to take it from her.

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Amanda on the Danube - The Sounds of Music
Twelve-year-old Amanda Ross finds herself on an elegant riverboat with her bestie, Leah, cruising down the beautiful Danube, passing medieval castles, luscious green valleys and charming villages. When she is entrusted with a valuable violin by a young, homeless musician during a stop in Germany, a mean boy immediately attempts to take it from her. Back on their cruise, Amanda struggles to keep the precious violin safe for the poor prodigy. Along the way, she encounters a mysterious monk, a Santa Claus look-alike, and the same nasty boy. Follow Amanda down the Danube, through Germany, Austria and Hungary, as she enjoys the enchanting sounds of music everywhere she goes. She remains on the lookout though, wondering just who she can trust.

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Amanda in New Mexico - Ghosts in the Wind
Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several of her fellow creative students. Join Amanda, Cleo and their funny friend, Caleb, as they visit an ancient and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past. Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps the Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s travels.

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Amanda in Holland - Missing in Action
Amanda is in Holland to see the tulips with her best friend, Leah. She travels the canals of Amsterdam, visits Anne Frank House, checks out windmills and a wooden shoe factory, and takes pictures of the flowers of Keukenhof Gardens. She is keen to find out what happened to her great uncle who never returned from WWII and was declared missing in action. What she doesn't expect to find and fall in love with is Joey, an abandoned puppy. While trying to find a home for him, she meets Jan, a Dutch boy who offers to help, a suspicious gardener, a strange woman on a bicycle, and an overprotective goose named Gerald. Follow Amanda around the charming country of Holland, filled with colourful tulips, windmills, and more bicycles than she could have imagined. Once again, intrepid traveller Amanda encounters danger and intrigue as she tries to solve more than one mystery in a foreign country.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brought up in southern Alberta, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing stories, travelling the world and meeting interesting people. It’s no surprise that she’s now an award-winning author of the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky 12-year-old Amanda Ross who loves to travel to unique places. Readers of all ages enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. When she isn't travelling, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, Spain with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot. She believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true.






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Friday, May 10, 2019

THE FORGOTTEN HEADLINE: SUMMERSVILLE SERIES FROM 15-YEAR-OLD MCCAID PAUL (EXCERPT AND AUTHOR INTERVIEW)



Title: The Forgotten Headline
Author: McCaid Paul
Release: Get it HERE! 

SYNOPSIS

NO ONE KNOWS what their last normal day will be like. 
For Mick Smith, the day that he goes hunting with his dad, turns out to be his. 
After a deer that his dad shoots runs on their neighbor’s property, he decides to retrieve it—without the neighbor, Mr. Welch, finding out. 
But once they cross the property line, Mr. Welch fires shots at them, making them leave the deer behind. 
Mick’s dad warns him it’s too dangerous to go back for the deer, but Mick doesn’t listen. Later the same day, he finds himself crossing the neighbor’s property line once again. 
And what he finds there WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING. 
Deciding not to tell his dad about his discovery, Mick makes up his mind to investigate on his own. 
Only with the help of his best friend, Billie, will he set out to solve the mystery, unearthing secrets about his discovery, his family, and one shocking secret about himself that threatens to destroy everything he’s ever known. 
Some secrets are dangerous and should remain forgotten. 

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Title: Secret Trust
Series: The Summersville Series

Synopsis:

My name is Mick Johnson, and for eleven years, I was living a lie.

Five months have passed since Mick lived within the deep woods of Summersville, where a monster controlled his every move.
Now, with his only chance at a fresh start, Mick hopes to begin a new life free from his painful past.

Until a secret reveals itself, one that spans generations. When someone from his past returns, Mick must confront hidden truths, all the while risking everything for those he loves.

BILLIE is still dealing with the aftermath of being kidnapped, and having her best friend taken away. Ever since the incident in Richard Welch's home, her dad has been her only consolation.
When Billie makes a discovery that ties back to her mother, all she once knew is thrown into question. Could Billie's discovery hold the answer to why her mother disappeared all those years ago?
With both mysteries weighing upon them, Mick and Billie try to uncover the truth.
For everything they thought they knew was a lie.

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SPECIAL EXCERPT FROM THE AUTHOR

PROLOGUE 
(from book one)

Prologue

The killer, as you should call him, was nervous. His adrenaline formed a tight knot in his stomach, making him feel queasy. His hands were shaking uncontrollably; beads of sweat broke out on his forehead, and he blinked rapidly. The gun was aimed at the back of the driver’s head. He tried to hold a firm grip on the gun, ready to squeeze the trigger if anything went wrong. 
“Drive faster,” the killer barked at the driver, strands of spit flying from his mouth.
The driver, a man, pushed his size ten foot down on the accelerator, exclaiming, “Look at what’s happened to my wife!”
 The killer sat between two girls in the backseat, one of whom held a baby in her arms. He constantly looked out the back of the car. He had to make sure no one was after them, especially the police.
The young, trembling girl on the left of him was crying as she stared at the gun aimed at her dad’s head. 
The teenage girl on his right side shook with fear as she cradled the baby. She replayed the events back in her head: the man jumping in the car just as her dad was driving off, the bullets flying through the windows, spraying glass into everyone’s lap; the killer ordering her dad to go at gunpoint. Two of the bullets had torn into her mom, sending a scream echoing through the car. She had watched as her mom’s neck went limp and how her head fell lopsided across her shoulder. She was dead. The girl knew the police hadn’t meant to do it; they were only trying to shoot the man who now held them as hostages.
The teenage girl squeezed the baby to her chest, snapping back into the present.
 “Don’t shoot him, please!” The teenage girl’s plea sent the baby into a crying fit.
The killer turned, face contorted in rage. “Shut the baby up, before I do!”
The young girl watched the strange man scream at her sister and became even more terrified. She tugged on the door handle, but it was locked. She wished she could escape; she didn’t want to be shot.
Before anything else happened, the car came to a stop. The killer pointed the gun at the teenage girl. “Don’t move or I’ll shoot!”
The teenager looked away, not wanting to see the man’s eyes. That was all she could see, the black ski mask covering everything but his eyes and lips.
She wondered what would happen. Would the man kill them? Would her dad save them? Her thoughts were frantic.
 The killer threw the little girl from the car and onto the ground, aiming his gun down at her. She heard her sister plead before a gunshot shattered the air. The teenager screamed with such ferocity that her face turned as red as blood. She sprang from the car, leaving the baby on the seat, and launched herself onto the killer’s back.
The driver opened the console and grabbed his own gun, the one he had in case of an emergency.
The teenage girl put up a fight, kneeing the man in the back, digging her teeth into his shoulder, and burying her fingernails into his neck.
The killer cried out, “Get off me!” He screamed and grunted several times before he shook her to the ground like a bug. He aimed his gun at her, ready to shoot.
A scream echoed off the trees louder than the gunshot itself as the killer fell onto his back, dropping his gun. The driver, still aiming the gun at the killer, ordered, “Stay down!”
 Blood poured through the killer’s fingers as he clutched his wounded shoulder. He got up, grabbing the gun and held his one free hand in the air.
The driver was helping his daughter up when it happened. The gunshot startled the teen, making her jump in alarm. She turned to face her dad only to see him on the ground, blood covering the leaves like a spilled drink.
The killer laughed, even through his excruciating pain. The knot in his stomach was gone and now only adrenaline fueled his excitement. He saw the explosion from the end of the gun and then the girl drop like a bowling pin. He wore his smile proudly as he remembered that he had only one thing left to do.
 He peered back into the car, searching for the baby. His smile faded into a frown.  There was nothing but an empty seat where the baby was supposed to be. He circled the car to see if the baby had fell onto the ground. After several minutes of intense searching, the baby was nowhere to be found. He threw the gun down and screamed. Several obscenities rolled off his tongue; hatred swelled up inside him like a balloon taking in helium.
The baby was gone. The only fragment left of this family. Where was the baby?


INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Welcome to Writing Belle! Introduce yourself!

My name is McCaid Paul, I am 15 years old, and I live on a farm in a rural community in Norwest Florida. I am an avid reader and writer of crime fiction, and I enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time with family. The Forgotten Headline and Secret Trust are my first two works of fiction.

Tell us a little about how you became interested in writing—and at such an early age! So impressive!
The dream started in the first grade, after I started journaling. After that, my dad began writing short stories to show me that I could do it. My mom was also an inspiration since she was a teacher. She played a huge part by keeping me on track, and helping me to develop a love of reading and writing at an early age. The teachers and staff of my elementary school, and authors such as Watt Key and Agatha Christie, were also an inspiration.

Tell us about your first book. How did you come up with the idea?
I got the idea for The Forgotten Headline in the fifth grade, after going squirrel hunting with my dad. We didn’t kill any squirrels, or even see one at that, but it did gain me the plot for what would be my first book.

How did the sequel come about?
I knew before writing The Forgotten Headline that it was going to be a part of a series. The sequel, Secret Trust, picks up where the first book leaves off (and yes, there’s a cliffhanger) and reveals more family secrets surrounding the two protagonists’ lives. It’s a darker, grittier, and, overall, more complex book than the first, deepening the relationships and the town of Summersville.

How long does it take you to write a book, from start to finish?
As far as writing goes, the first draft of The Forgotten Headline was completed in 3 weeks, but it took over two years to finalize it. Secret Trust took nine months to complete, and the third book in the Summersville series, Buried Truths, has taken me half a year. Since writing and publishing my first book, my writing process has drastically changed. All of my novels have taken a different amount of time to complete due to the overall length and subject matter. With my current book, I have set a deadline for five months completion time.

Who are some of your favorite authors/inspirations?
My favorite authors range from Agatha Christie, who was the first author to introduce me to the crime genre, Watt Key, a southern author who writes a blend of survival and coming-of-age fiction, and Kara Thomas, an author of dark, twisty YA mysteries I can’t get enough of!

If you had to choose just one book to take with you on a deserted island, what would it be and why? 

Either And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie or Fourmile by Watt Key. ATTWN because that twist gets me every single time (it’s also set on an island), and Fourmile, because it was the first book to connect with me on an emotional level. It also spawned my interest for character-driven stories.

Are you working on any more novels?
I am currently editing Buried Truths, the third book in The Summersville Series, and developing the fourth and final book. After this series, I am planning to write a standalone YA mystery/thriller, with my sights set on traditional publishing.

Any advice for fellow aspiring young authors?
I would say never give up, above everything else. Of course, there’s always the fear of failure, or the worry that people won’t like or accept the material you’re putting out in the world, but that is something every writer faces at some point.
And, don’t wait. Start now. Sometimes ‘later’ becomes ‘never’.

Where can readers check out your work online and connect with you?
My books are available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, or you can get a signed, personalized copy at my website, mccaidpaulbooks.com! Readers can connect with me on Instagram @mccaidpaul, Twitter @MccaidP, or on Goodreads, where I will be happy to answer any questions you have!


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Monday, May 6, 2019

ARTIST PROFILE: EMMA LANE, ILLUSTRATOR

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Here's the thing that I love about the art of storytelling: it takes many different forms. When I open up Writing Belle to feature who I call "storytellers," I'm not just looking for writers. I'm looking for musicians, artists, script doctors, editors, lit agents, and poets. The avenues we use to communicate our artistic expression to the world is beautiful and varied. 

For me, one of the best ways to see a story aside from reading one is to look at art. Illustrations add a pop of imaginative creativity to the storytelling world that steps in where mere words fail us. It gives us a visual. Art provides a window into the imaginary world (or even the real one) that takes our breath away. From Picasso to Ub Iworks, there are many different types of art. Impressionist. Animation. Pen and ink. Crayons. Finger paintings! *wink* Art is so much fun and it's so special, and that's why I am delighted to be featuring the art and profile of my lovely sister-in-law, Emma Lane, on Writing Belle today! 

I interviewed Emma and have shared that interview below. She does commission work currently, and you can contact her and see more of her art by visiting @whistfulscribbler on Instagram! Enjoy! 


Interview with Artist 
Emma Lane 



Welcome to Writing Belle. Illustrating and drawing are such a unique and inspiring form of storytelling. When did you first start drawing? 
I've been drawing since I was very young, a family friend illustrated children's books for a living and she would give me art lessons. My mom incorporated it into my schoolwork from day one, and I've always loved spending every spare moment drawing or sketching the things around me. 

What kind of artists do you draw inspiration from? 
I absolutely love the work of concept artist Eyvind Earle, most specifically his pieces for the Disney film Sleeping Beauty. I love his simplistic shapes, bold visual tones, and bright contrasting colors. He creates charming scenes that elicit emotion and a beautiful sense of story even from a single painting. Similarly, the artist Mary Blair has a breathtaking and unique style that I find quite inspiring.

Tell us about some of the art that you're sharing with us today.
The first piece I would like to talk about is called Patchwork Girl. An abstract female figure is posing against the moon atop a patchwork-like patterned hill. To me it brings forth a feeling of quiet freedom. I frequently use the moon as a symbol in my art, I find it incredibly peaceful and calming.

The next is my take on C.S. Lewis' "Tash," from his book The Horse and His Boy. Tash is a vulture god and this imagery to me was quite striking and inspiring.

Thirdly, The Astronaut. It depicts an astronaut-type fantasy creature with a comet for an eye, floating through space. There’s no deep meaning or solid inspiration behind it aside from what you can find for yourself. 
(Writing Belle's Note: We have placed 'The Astronaut' at the top of this post for your viewing pleasure!)

Lastly is my silhouette drawing of the planet Coruscant from the Star Wars universe. I often visit skylines and cityscapes in my artwork, and I find the sci-fi imagery from the Star Wars universe quite inspiring. 

Are you currently doing any commission work or selling your original art? 
I do commission work and sell my original pieces, as time and money allows I hope to open an Etsy shop as a more regular source of income. Anyone interested can reach me via email or DM on my Instagram page. 

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What kind of things do you do to keep sharp? Do you practice weekly? Do you take classes? 
I draw and paint as often as possible. I try to complete one drawing every day (regardless of how usable they are). YouTube is an immensely helpful resource for me as I am not a very experienced painter. I hope to dive into the world of color more as my art progresses. 

Is there any one artist or piece that you would consider to be your absolute favorite? 
There is no possible way I could choose one favorite, but I love the wonderfully creepy and intricate work of David Hall's 1939 Alice in Wonderland concept. It features a darker version of Alice in Wonderland, one that could have taken the original animated classic in a completely different direction that is really interesting to look at. 

What are your goals as an artist? 
My ultimate goal (and dream) would be to be able to create art full time as a career. I am currently looking at going to school for animation or concept art and that will most likely be my next step. I could be perfectly content to sell and create art in any facet for the rest of my life. 
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Do you have any advice for anyone who aspires to create art and improve their craft?
I feel like I'm a beginner so giving anybody advice is a bit humbling for me. As cliche as it is, though, practice is the most important step. Draw everything you see: draw your cat, the chair, the window in front of you. Draw what makes you happy and sad and the fantastic creatures in your head. And even if it's bad or clumsy or you don't like it, you're still making progress and you will be a better artist because of it.  

Where can Writing Belle readers find your work?
My Instagram handle is @whistfulscribbler where I can be reached via DM or email. 




Thank you so much for visiting with us today! It's been a pleasure! 
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ABOUT THE ARTIST 
Photo Contributed 


Emma Lane is a burgeoning artist located in the Central Valley of California. Her artwork is heavily influenced by the works of Eyvind Earle and Mary Blair, however maintaining a monochromatic tonality. She works to achieve ultimate creative honesty through whatever means possible, the cultivation of a personal emotion or sense of story in the viewer being the main object.

She can be reached via email or her Instagram Page, @whistfulscribbler (where you can find her contact email).







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Monday, April 22, 2019

SCANDAL: A Devotional from J.T. Wallington


Title: Scandal
Author: J.T. Wallington 
Genre: Non-fiction, Devotional, Christian 
Release: Get it HERE

SYNOPSIS:

He committed premeditated murder and adultery, yet he was also the God-chosen King of Israel. 

In this 40-day devotional, J.T. Wallington explores what King David wrote about sin and repentance in Psalm 51 and how the words that he penned apply practically to your life today. 


From the Author 
(via jtwallington.com)

Who doesn't love a good scandal?

Picture this, a king who seduces and sleeps with his best soldier's wife - and when she becomes pregnant because of this affair, the king has her husband murdered. This. Is. Savage. This. Is. Scandalous. This. Is. Life. 

We all have a past. We have all made mistakes. We all have a scandal. 
I don't know your scandal in your life, whether it is as profound as a sexual affair with a married woman, whether it is committing murder in a back alley, or whether it is gossip at the water cooler at work, we all are guilty of something. 

I'm J. T. Wallington - my friends call me Jamison. 

In my own scandal in life I discovered something, I need Jesus. This is the most cliche sounding sentence I have written - but it is true. I. Need. Jesus - and so do you. 

I come from a conservative Christian family, born in the Mid-West of the United States but have lived in many states and have visited several countries. I have degrees in Religion, Business and Nursing - but my passion is in writing and teaching.

I have also discovered that life is busy - and because of that, I have decided to write books that are short, to the point and deeply practical to your every day life. My "40 Days" series will allow you to spend time deep in the theology of the Biblical text but is also written in a way that allows you to understand and apply these Biblical concepts to your every day life. 

Join me in my latest book, Scandal - Psalm 51, as we discover how David's scandal of a sexual affair and premeditated murder allowed him to have a deeper relationship with God - learn with David how in our own scandals in life, we too can experience a deeper relationship with God and grow through our mistakes. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR 


J.T. Wallington has been a pastor and a teacher. Addressing those living in a busy world, he delivers startling insights in bite-sized pieces, presenting accurate theology that benefits everyday life. Coming to know a real God through real life and real mistakes, his one desire is to teach others about the love, mercy, and forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ. 



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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND: A Journey From Darkness To Light, from Author Richard F. Holmes



Title: EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND 
Author: Richard F. Holmes 
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Synopsis
This is an extraordinary book that tells the story of the author's journey from a place of darkness to one of light.  You will experience a roller coaster ride of extreme highs and lows as he takes your hand and leads you on a guided tour into the depths of depression, which he lived with for at least 28 years.  Whilst there you will feel his pain, you will be impressed by his brutal honesty and you will laugh… a lot!  You will then rise with him and ascend; out of the darkness and into the love.
This is not just another run-of-the-mill book on the paranormal; it is also an essential guide for daily living.  Author Richard F Holmes bares his soul as he gives the reader an insight into a medium's work and life on the road, and his between 200 and 300 out-of-body experiences and how he has experienced different realms of existence and interacted with discarnate souls.  Incredibly, he then explains how it all pales into insignificance as life starts to reveal its true meaning.
"As I take the reader through each stage of my journey from childhood to present day, I have tried to write from the perspective of the mind-set and understanding that I had at the time.  The idea is that the reader evolves with the writer through mutual experience. Although I have refrained from using bad language, the language I have used reflects who I am; after all, you can take the boy out of North London, but you can never take North London out of the boy".
The beauty of this book however, is the central message that the author conveys via his writing.  In life you do not have to be a victim.  Each and every one of us is powerful beyond our imagination.  It is only the thought that we are not that makes us victims.  Eyesight To The Blind is an exciting and powerful book that really needs to be read from cover to cover, it combines the paranormal with spirituality, but it is also a practical guide for daily living.

Excerpt from the Novel, Courtesy of Richard F. Holmes: 
A whole new world opened up for me.  I found very quickly that simply by “thinking” myself in a particular direction I would start travelling in that direction.  I also learned very quickly to be able to pass through solid objects.  Astral energy has a much finer vibration than matter; that's why we can't normally see it, but all energy appears solid in its own relevant plane of existence.

In the early days I always kept my eyes closed until I got to my destination, because I found that if I opened them en-route it put a dampener on things and I ended up straight back in my body.  Eventually, I was able to open my eyes during the outbound journey, enabling me to view the surroundings and my companion.  However, not all journeys have been smooth and I've only on very rare occasions had the same companion twice.  On one occasion I had a soul whom I nicknamed "Einstein", because he resembled that great man of science with his crazy, wild hair.  It was so uncomfortable for me that I got quite angry and demanded that I return immediately to my body.  I did go straight back in my body, but not before acquiring an astral bruise.  As incredible as it seems, that is exactly what happened.  Einstein was so clumsy, he actually bruised me, and I felt it within my being for a couple of days afterwards.  It remains the only time that this has ever happened to me.

Incredibly, on some occasions it got so boring that I questioned the relevance of the experience.  On one such occasion I learned that all I needed to do was think myself back into my body, and I would be back in the blink of an eye.  There has only been one time when I seemed to be stuck and contemplated the thought that I might possibly have "died". I ended up outside what looked like a very small version of one of those open-planned newsagents that you get in airports.  There was no soul anywhere to be seen except me.  I seem to remember looking to try to fathom out what was going on in the "astral news".  All I could see was blank placards and I remember thinking that I was wasting my time.  I "thought" myself back into my body but nothing happened!  I did it a few more times and still nothing happened.  Eventually, I started to make a very slow journey back to my body; it seemed to take an age but I got there in the end.

In the early days things were shown to me that indicated that these experiences can be used to show you scenes from previous lives.  In my case I was shown things that I understand to be from my two previous lives; but I have no way of proving this.
I don't know why these events happened the way they did, and I also don't know why I always had a companion and how our destination was decided.  It was also several years before I wondered what the point of it all was.  But later I will give an insight into the greater understanding of astral travel that I have these days.  I will also mention here that in my own personal experience, when I am out of my body I have no concept of the physical life.  What I do have though, is a knowing sense of having unfinished business here in my physical form and an understanding that my body is somehow being held in suspended animation until I return to it.  

This is how I was able to rationalize that I may in fact have "died", on the occasion when it took a while to return.  After having several of these experiences I decided that I would keep a record.  This I did, but for reasons that I still do not know, I randomly decided one day that I didn't need to keep such records and destroyed my journal.
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About the Author 

A Londoner by birth, Richard now lives in the South West of England. He has written 13 books in the spiritual/self-help genre and also produced eight CDs; five of meditation and three of mantra chanting. However, he has removed most of his prior work from circulation as he feels that it no longer represents who he is today. As well as being a writer, Richard works in a hospice. He is also an artist when he gets the inspiration, and he worked as a medium for 17 years, giving public demonstrations of mediumship.
Since the so-called “shift” at the end of 2012, Richard has had what he describes as, “a series of eureka moments”, where life has started to reveal its true meaning. As a result, he saw the futility of continuing his work as a medium and finally gave it up early in 2018 in order to concentrate on his day job.
Richard’s influences are, Ramana Maharshi, Neale Donald Walsch, Eckhart Tolle, Paramahansa Yogananda, Osho and Rupert Spira.





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