Monday, October 24, 2011

Check out the latest review!

Fascinating story!
's review Oct 23, 11
4 of 5 stars
Read from October 18 to 23, 2011

What's your deal? Science fiction? Mythology? Spirituality? Psychology? Ms. Anderson seamlessly wove all of these things together in her very fascinating debut novel, "The Awakening of Stella Steinar."

For centuries, science and spirituality have battled each other for a place of priority in society. It is exasperating for people like myself to watch this battle wage on -- knowing that there never has been, and never will be, a clear winner -- but also extremely refreshing to read stories like this one, in which science and spirituality come together for the betterment of humanity.

This story is an exploration about the possibility of reincarnation, and what might happen if we developed the technology to force reincarnation, rather than let it happen naturally. What if that technology fell into the wrong hands? Could evil people gain a permanent foothold in this world? And if they did, how could they be stopped? Is there even any other use for this technology other than evil? What would you do if you were faced with that choice?

In addition to the philosophical contemplation that runs throughout the length of the novel, I was also very impressed with the level of creativity. This is not just a typical reincarnation story along the lines of, "Soul gets reincarnated and finds lost lover" or "Soul gets reincarnated to save the world." Those themes are in there to some extent, but they are not driving the plot. The author has taken a completely new perspective on reincarnation -- but I will leave that up to the curious reader to discover for him/herself.

I am very excited to support this emerging author and I look forward to reading the next installment in the series!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Teaser

Trick or Treat?  Halloween is just around the corner, so I thought I'd give you a little "treat."  Here's an excerpt from my book, MONAD 12.21.12 The Awakening of Stella Steinar, Chapter 19.

     “You know what tonight is?”
     “Halloween?”  Dane answered with a chuckle.
     “Besides that, goof!  It’s actually the Norse New Year.  October 31st was called Samhain Eve.”
     “Cool!”  She had Dane’s attention.  He loved her stories.
     “It’s supposedly the night that the Wild Ride begins.”
     “Sounds like my kind of New Year!” he joked, pulling her closer to him.
     Giggling, she continued.  “It’s the night when the lights go out in all of the Nine Worlds, letting all the spirits and goblins roam free around the earth.”
     “Creepy.  Are you scared?”
     “Maybe.  A little.”  She was exaggerating, in a cute way.
     “So how do we contain all of these maniacal ghosts?”  Dane was going along with it, having a little fun.
     “We don’t.  We just hope they don’t kill us,” she said finally belly-laughing.  When she caught her breath, she added something she’d just remembered.  “You know what’s really kind of weird, though?”
     “I just remembered that, according to Nordic lore, the height of the Wild Ride lands on December 21st—the day of the Midwinter Festival.  It’s the shortest day of the year in Scandinavia.”
     ...[text removed for spoilers]...
     “It’s like…the Mayan Calendar.”
     “Yeah.”  They both were quiet for a moment, thinking as they walked.  “Whatever.  It doesn’t matter.  It’s just a myth.”  She’d had enough freaky action for one night.
Dane changed the subject.  “Come on, I know where we can go.”  Aron hugged his arm tightly and they headed for a party.  

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Status: Now Writing

I'm officially in writing mode.  The sequel to MONAD 12.21.12 The Awakening of Stella Steinar begs to be told.  I am a slave to the story.  So, basically what I'm saying is this:  updates and blog posts will be sporadic and minimal for the next few months.  I'll post any exciting events or reviews as I get them, but consider yourself warned.  I may be boring for a while.  Sorry!