Tuesday, September 28, 2010

David Fingerman: Authors Supporting Authors Blog Tour

by David Fingerman

Police must follow a labyrinth, leading into the darkest tunnel of a twisted mind. A mind that carries no value for human life... Minneapolis police officer Louise Miller has attitude. Not only does she have to deal with the good old boy mentality of the department, but she's also a gay police officer who has to deal with harassment on a higher level. When one of her few friends on the force goes missing Miller investigates, despite her captain's order to leave it to the detectives. As Miller scours the precinct for any sign of the missing officer, Elias Boughton is on a psychopathic rampage. Kidnapping and murder are games he plays, blindly obeying a voice from his past. As the body count rises, Miller is convinced the detectives are heading in the wrong direction. Trying to fit the puzzle together, each clue revolves around a particular Rottweiler. As the mystery unravels so does her life, and the case becomes more personal than she ever dared imagine.


Eons ago when I was a wee nip of a lad,  I remember saving breakfast cereal boxtops until I had enough to send away for something cool.  Poor memory doesn't allow me to remember what those cool toys were, but I do remember waiting patiently each day (at least the first week, waiting quite impatiently the next 4 to 6 weeks) for the mailman to drop off a small package with my name on it.  Those memories came flooding back a few weeks ago when my publisher, L&L Dreamspell, emailed me what the cover to "Silent Kill" would look like.  The first thing that hit me was what a great cover.  The second was my understanding that the cover would be the last step before the book being sent off to the printer.  That meant the book would soon be released.  I ordered some extra copies to send out for reviews, etc.,  and the wait began.  The first week passed by with no trauma.  I wasn't really expecting anything.  In the back of my mind there was a faint glimmer of hope that maybe by Friday or Saturday ~ but no.  By Wednesday of the next week I kept thinking any day now.  When just the typical mail showed up on Saturday I could feel the little kid in me getting a bit flustered.  As the next week wore on it was a chore not to sit out on the front step and wait for the postal carrier. (A lot has changed since I was young - they're called postal carriers now.  One other thing has changed since I was a kid waiting for the mailman.  Back then one could pretty much count on the mail arriving at the same time everyday.  Today it seems as though I have a different carrier each day.  I can get my mail as early as 9am or as late as 6:30pm.  It varies day-to-day which could make sitting on the front step an exercise in futility - and a very sore butt.)  By thursday the stress was getting to me.  I dreamt that night that my books arrived but the print was so small, the entire book was no bigger than a pamphlet - complete with staple in the middle.  I thought that was a sign.  I was going to get my books on Friday.  Nope.  Saturday morning I slept until 9:30.  Not ten minutes after getting up, the doorbell rang.  I peeked out the window and saw the postal carrier walking back to his truck.  My heart raced faster than my feet as I dashed to the front door.  There, next to the welcome mat (well, mat anyway.  I admit I'm not the most social of creatures) were boxes of my book.  And nope - they ain't pamphlet size.  I gotta say ~ it's a damn handsome book.  Buy one and see for yourself (hey, if I'm not going to pimp myself ~ who will?).

I was born in St. Paul, but once out of the hospital I've lived my entire life in Minneapolis. During the summer months when the sun is shining and birds singing, I'm perfectly content to sit in my office, with blinds drawn, typing away at my computer.  My favorite day of the year is the first day I pull a flannel shirt out of the closet.  After 24 years of working in the court system, I walked away to write full time.  "Edging past Reality" is my first book of short stories.  "Silent Kill" is my first novel.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Alysa Braceau: VBT Author's Supporting Authors

The Sorcerer's Dream
An Initiation into the Sorcerer's World

The Sorcerer's Dream written by Dreamshield takes you into the adventurous world of mastering conscious dreaming. This award winning book, that follows in the traditions of Carlos Castaneda and others, gives a new approach to the traditional training of women sorcerers.
The author describes her initiation into the surrealistic world of dreaming and magic, following the teachings of ‘Man of Knowledge’ Running Deer. In the heart of Amsterdam, a thrilling stride unfolds in obtaining the knowledge of the Second Reality on the way to the ultimate goal: finding the Totality of the Self!
The combination of unusual instructions and experiences within the sorcerer’s world and the level-headedness of a very Dutch woman offers the reader excitement and contemplation on the way to the source of this reality, finding the ultimate self through the experiences and understanding of Dreamshield herself. Up until the last page the reader remains intrigued whether Dreamshield will reach her goal.

Right by the author’s side or facing her stands the character of Running Deer. Sometimes mysterious, then challenging, strict as a guru, or vulnerable as a visitor in a foreign country.  However, the precise description of these distinctive steps on the road to her initiation stand like milestones in the landscape of this unique history.

Dreamshield (Alysa Braceau) studied social work and is a freelance journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines. She has a Healing Practice and gives workshops about Mastering the Art of Conscious Dreaming and Dream Healing. The Sorcerer’s Dream is her first book about this extraordinary way of learning.  About this first publication she says: “The theme of these passed four-and-a-half years have been the sorcerers tradition. I have carefully recorded my personal experiences which has finally led to this book. Apart from that, writing it has given me great pleasure. The Sorcerer’s Dream has become more than a personal account because the interested reader is presented with the technique to learn and practice the North American tradition of the Art of Dreaming (the skill of conscious dreaming) him/herself.”

Read the first chapter on my website: http://www.dreamshield.nl
Blog: http://dreamshield.wordpress.com

And here’s a short pitch on where to buy my book
The Sorcerer’s dream, an initiation into the sorcerer’s world and mastering conscious dreaming. Buy it at:

The book can also be ordered on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Sorcerers-Dream-Dreamshield-Alysa-Braceau/dp/1609101561 and everywhere they sell books

Friday, September 10, 2010

Kim Upstone: VBT Authors Supporting Authors

Kim Upstone
All I Want is Everything
Genre: Self-Help/Women’s Issues
Publisher: Infinity Publishing

Why Remain A Caterpillar When You Could Be A Butterfly?

“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” Trina Paulus

How often do we look up and see a beautiful butterfly soaring in the sky, notice their gorgeous colors reflected in the sunlight with the backdrop of the blue sky above them and envy their freedom. What a view of the world they must see. They seem to glide so naturally and effortlessly on the most gentle of breezes. Do you wish you could be a butterfly? No worries, no cares, what freedom they must feel.  It must be wonderful being a butterfly.

We may forget that they were once a mere caterpillar. Grounded, with a limited view of the world, unable to see all the beauty that was available to them,  opportunities that only the view from the vast sky can provide. It took great courage to climb alone to the top of the tree, leaving behind all their caterpillar friends. Everyone begging them not to take the risk. Stay on the ground, remain in the safety of the low branches.

Of course the butterfly is an analogy for us. How often do we remain grounded when we really want to fly? We can come up with so many reasons to remain grounded and not risk flying. We have every excuse; I don’t have the time or the energy, I work too many hours, I have children, family, friends that need me, on and on it goes. You think it would be nice to fly, you may even dream of flying, but then the negative thoughts bring you back to earth. You are not all that fond of heights, all your caterpillar friends aren’t flying and you would be up there all alone. Why take the risk?

Each of the reasons that you shouldn’t try to fly will be eclipsed by one compelling reason you should. All it takes is one reason. That one compelling reason combined with a change in your thinking can motivate you to climb higher and higher in the tree. The higher you push yourself the easier it is to see the vast horizon and the opportunities not available to all the caterpillars remaining safely on the ground. You must trust that the wings you have been working hard to strengthen  will serve you when you need them most. Allowing you to leap confidently from the top of the tree and soar in the wind.

Don’t worry about all the caterpillars that are still grounded. Once you have taken the leap yourself and are strong you may choose to return to help motivate them. You can show them that they have nothing to fear by climbing higher and taking the risk. You are now an example of what you can do if you decide to keep trying, showing that there is no limit to what you can accomplish with a compelling goal. Telling them that it does takes hard work but the benefit of the unlimited opportunities and the freedom of flying is well worth the risk.

You can share with them that you have met other butterflies that have ventured where you haven’t, tried things you have yet to try and taken even bigger risks than you could have ever imagined. Now that you can see the view of unlimited opportunities, you are going to go even higher. You now know that your wings are strong enough to take you anywhere you decide to go. You are no longer limited to the ground or even the top of the tree, you can now see an endless horizon and are eager to begin new adventures.

Be careful not become so preoccupied yourself with flying higher and higher that you forget to enjoy the beautiful view from where you are at each moment! Remind yourself often how wonderful the wind feels and how lucky you are to have been born a caterpillar who was given the opportunity to become a butterfly.
Decide today! Create a compelling reason you should become a butterfly!There is no reason to remain grounded when you were born to fly.  Show off your colors, trust yourself, leap from the branch, soar with the wind!

Kim is one of 9 children born to a business entrepreneur father (still living) and a housewife (deceased). She has been married 32 years to her husband, Doug, who is a sports writer. She has I has two children, Melissa who lives in Hawaii, and Brent who is married and lives in Tempe, AZ and his wife.  They are expecting their first child, Grace, in August. Kim and her husband care for her sister, Debbie (who is 5 years older than Kim). She has special needs and they have Frank, their 4 year old cocker spaniel!  They  moved to Arizona seven years ago to get away from the cold.
Kim Upstone is the owner of A New Day A New Vision which is not only the name of her company, but her life philosophy. Kim believes that each new day we can create a new vision for ourselves, home and environment. As an author, motivational speaker and intuitive designer she resides with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona. With a background in interior design and interest into the effects of environment upon individuals, accreditation in staging and feng shui soon followed. In addition, she has studied  neuro- architecture. Her first book Step by Step To Sold and Feng Shui to Sell are reflections of those principals. Both books were written as guide for home sellers looking to prepare their home by combining Feng Shui and Staging techniques.

Feng Shui for Special Needs, her second book, is given out as a free ebook for people with life and learning challenges. Based on her own personal experience, the books  help those who work with special needs children and adults to make enhancements to their environments all in an effort to allow them to flourish.

Her new book All I Want Is Everything released in December 2009 is drawn from her life’s journey of searching how to find her everything and learning to dance in the storm. All I Want Is Everything is a guide to help women reclaim happiness and peace in the search for their everything.

About Kim's Book in her own words:
What do you want from your life? Do you want to discover for yourself what your everything is and then be able to live each day of your life with happiness and joy no matter what the circumstances. Do you want to have each day a realization of the gift you have been given to be here. Do you want to creating for yourself  the vision of who you want to be?

I wanted everything too and from the outside, it appeared that I had everything, a loving husband and two beautiful healthy children and strong faith. I have great house and all the things that go along with it. But even with all of those things I still felt something was missing. There was piece to the puzzle I needed to find. If I could locate that missing part I would then be complete and happy. 

My search lead me to look in many different directions, mostly outside of myself for the answers. It wasn’t until out of desperation I asked for guidance and received it that I learned all the answers were all within me waiting to be discovered.

All I Want Is Everything, A Guide to Love, Peace and Happiness is my journey to find my everything. What I found was so much more than I could have ever hoped for. They were the questions that lead me to the answers only I could answer. What I have created is a guide for your journey. Questions for you to answer that will lead you to your everything.  You too can discover the secrets hidden safely, waiting inside for you to choose to bring them into the light.

Kim's book is also for purchase on her website. Kim will give a donation for each book purchased to Global Orphans Project.

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