Monday, December 15, 2014

See What Reviewers Have to Say about The Book of Zev

The Book of Zev Book Tour  

The Book of Zev is a political thriller that tells the story of two gentle people who change the course of history. Zev Bronfman, a strapping 32-year old-virgin, angry atheist, refugee from a religious Jewish life, and former engineer for the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia, drives a cab and sleeps around in New York City. After a bitter divorce, Sarah Hirshbaum, a beautiful, redheaded, depressed, God-hating kosher chef, seesaws between yoga and too much red wine. Independently, the two consult the same psychic who inadvertently sends Sarah Zev’s session tape. When Sarah contacts Zev to pick up the recording, a series of events forces them to connect with a powerful terrorist in order to thwart his plans to destroy the UN and Israel.

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See What Reviewers Have to Say 

Part wish-fulfillment romantic comedy, part edge-of-your-seat end-of-the-world action thriller: it’s as if Nora Ephron wrote The Bourne Identity, but even she probably wouldn’t have handled this mix of genres with the dexterity of Horowitz. In fact, her storytelling —twisty, sexy, smart -- is so skillful; it’s hard to believe this is her debut novel.
--Sam Neal

Book of Zev in completely engaging - a rare read, from the smells of rosemary challah to the rushed cab rides through New York City. The characters are well-developed with tangible traits and actions you can see, hear, taste, smell and feel throughout the whole ride.

The suspenseful twists and turns take you on a winding emotional journey, perfectly balanced with the humor and irony needed to endure life's trials. The rich and flawed characters call for compassion and understanding as they build tension and require patience.

The contemporary political story makes you consider the biggest questions of our existence: what is your relationship to God, would you risk your life to stop evil/save many, what is your identity and can you change. True to Marilyn's teaching, which I have benefited from immeasurably, her efficient prose make it easy to read and engross you effortlessly as the story unfolds. It's a great read to enjoy, and warm up your winter break, on the beach or in front of a fire.
--Audrey Huzenis 

A great read! Well researched, thoughtfully written, asks the question what would ordinary people do when placed in difficult potentially historic circumstances. The book pulls you in and doesn't let you go. This is a great start to what I hope will be a long writing career for this author!!
--Stephen Mahood 

About Marilyn Horowitz 

Author Marilyn Horowitz
Marilyn Ida Horowitz is a producer, writing coach, and award-winning professor of screenwriting at New York University. From her books on her trademarked writing system—now standard reading at NYU—to her appearances at Screenwriters World and The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest, Marilyn has guided the careers of literally hundreds of writers. She is currently featured in the Now Write! Screenwriting Anthology (Tarcher/Penguin) and in the upcoming The Expert Success Solution (Morgan James). Her production credits include And Then Came Love (2007), starring Vanessa Williams.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Things That Go Into The Making of A Story

About The Unholy
 "A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision." 

 Why I Wrote This Book
Writing The Unholy was motivated by my work treating survivors of the dark side of religion for over thirty years.  The dark side of religion generates a shame-based spirituality, and when people experience the dark side of religion their unconscious minds are profoundly violated. Rather than writing a self-help book for people who have encountered the dark side of religion, I decided to write a novel because images and symbols in fiction affect the unconscious mind in ways that information in nonfiction does not; they move straight into the unconscious mind, while information in nonfiction self-help books stays on the level of the conscious mind. Only by accessing healing images and symbols at the level of the unconscious mind, such as through stories like The Unholy, do people who have been injured by the dark side of religion begin to heal. And as they heal, they are able to free themselves from the effects of a shame-based spirituality and instead embrace a soul-based spirituality.

Book Information 

Name: Paul DeBlassie III
Book Title: The Unholy
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Sunstone Press

About the Author
PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lessons Learned on the Way to the Top: A Q&A with Deirdre Thurston

Deirdre is the author of the collection of short stories Caught. Writing Daze caught up with Deirdre recently and asked her some questions On Writing. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by her answers. 

About Deirdre Thurston

A mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, confidante, Deirdre Thurston has been an observer of people her whole life. Sifting through the debris of quotidian angst, Deirdre gently excavates its relics and dusts off their funny side.

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About the Book: CAUGHT

Caught is a collection of stories that explore the deeper human themes: expectation, desire, loss, hope, fear, joy, redemption. And while the collection as a whole is relentlessly empathic, each retelling is colourful and sharp; here acidic and humourous, there bittersweet with pathos.

In this era of increasing social disconnection – in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges our ability to stop, observe and interpret our own existence and its relationship with those around us – Caught’s celebration of the everyday experience offers nourishment for the harried soul.

Book Excerpt

The young woman stood between the old gateposts, which were the only reason the rickety wooden fence, paint peeled almost entirely off, remained standing . . . on a precarious lean.
            In her arms she cradled a brown cat, soft tummy up, round body topped with a small round head like a chocolate pudding. Lifting its head, the cat popped out a fuchsia-pink tongue and delicately licked the woman’s small chin. She placed a kiss on his sun-warmed head.
            They were comfortable together this morning, going nowhere.

On Writing:

Q:  What motivated you to write the book?
       A lifelong dream I’d had. I was always searching for that ‘something else’ in my life. It is writing. When I sit to write – whether it be scribbles of nothing or an idea, I am in my happy place. It is what I love to do. The world seems at rights.

Q:  What is the single most useful thing you have learned and how has it helped you as a writer.
Write from your heart. Don’t worry about what people will think. Let it flow out.

Q:  What would you say are your main literary influences?
In my genre: David Sedaris. He makes me laugh. Always a good thing don’t you think? His  un-PC approach is refreshing and hilarious but he can still show pathos.
I love many authors and each book is a treasure.

Questions for Fun

Q: What’s your favorite color?
Q: What’s your favorite author and why?
In my genre it is David Sedaris. He is un-PC, witty and hilarious.
I love Ian McEwan. His stories and style capture me each and every time.

Q: What are three things that your fans don’t know about you?
I’m an insomniac.
I stoop to pat every animal I come across.
 I hate people wearing shoes in the house.

Thanks Deirdre for stopping
It was my pleasure, thank you. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Celebrations - A Day of Love

Valentine's Day, originally a liturgical celebration, of St. Valentine, has evolved into a multi-million dollar day associated with romance. It's the day when everyone is expected to share/show their love with candy, flowers, dinners and other things with their sweethearts. It's the day where Hallmark writes it for you on a card.

Whether you celebrate at home or outside of the home, it's a day that can be shared by not only couples, but by families. Children can be encouraged to express their love with those Valentine Cards that make their way around school. They can have fun making handmade cards for mom and dad.

If we didn't have this day on the calendar, it would just be another typical day. It would be a day where we might not say, "I Love You" to our loved ones. Having a dedicated day to acknowledge our loved ones brings us out of self absorbed cocoons, so to speak.

However you choose to celebrate Valentine's Day, make it memorable and continue to say "I Love You" tomorrow and the next day and every day after that; there isn't anyone that will get tired of hearing it.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Living Stones - See What Reviewers Have To Say

About Living Stones 

She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nearly killed in Seattle during a jihadist bombing, Ashley recognizes the synagogue bomber and is later stalked by a hired Muslim hit man in Israel. There she reacquaints with Najid, the Christian Palestinian scholar she had met at the University of Washington. She falls in love with him, putting her at odds with her Zionist pro-Israeli convictions.

On the run, Ashley sees the beautiful rock churches and shrines.  But the living stones, the people of the Holy Land intrigue her. She meets Jews and Palestinians, Rabbis for and against Israeli settlement expansion. Gentle Palestinians like Najid’s family, and those in the West Bank suffering under military occupation. Both Muslims and Christians living peacefully together.

Najid and Ashley find the bomber in Seattle despite the FBI dragnet put out to arrest him.. Living Stones is the story of an American woman coming to terms with the truth of the Middle East, and the lies she had been fed. Will she survive the forces that threaten to tear her apart?

See What Reviewers Have To Say 


“Lloyd Johnson creates a new way of looking at the tumult in the Holy Land.”
—Sami Awad, Executive Director, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem

“Lloyd Johnson brings a worldview which is both entertaining, educational, and based on his own observation and personal experience. His book, LIVING STONES, is a must read and will open up a perspective that will be an eye opener for those fortunate enough to get their hands on it.”
—Leonard Rodgers, Global Initiatives, Inc.

“Lloyd Johnson has done an important and wonderful thing in
bringing the reality of Israel and Palestine to the fiction reader. In Living Stones he shows us what most Americans don’t see: the real face of Palestine and of life under occupation.  Just as important, Johnson’s strong faith shines through in every page. This is a story about crossing boundaries and about forgiveness. Don’t pick up this book if you are not willing to have your assumptions challenged.  But don’t miss the opportunity—your faith will be strengthened and your horizons widened.”

—Mark Braverman, Program Director of Kairos USA and the author of A Wall in Jerusalem: Hope, Healing and the Struggle for Peace in Israel and Palestine.

From his own rich experiences with the Living Stones, Lloyd Johnson weaves a story of intrigue and danger but also love, curiosity, forgiveness, and hope. Living Stones takes us as readers beyond simplistic understandings of Israel and Palestine.  In this gripping novel, Ashley Wells’ journey of discovery helps open minds and hearts—for others in the novel, but for us as well.

—Joan Deming, Pilgrims of Ibillin Executive Director

Many excellent books treat the conflict, but in “ Living Stones” Lloyd Johnson creates a new way of looking at the tumult in the Holy Land— through a fiction lens .  Stories of ordinary people, the living stones, caught up in the historic chaos, unmask the hidden dynamics of the conflict—social, spiritual and psychological.  Their action-adventures reflect the reality of life in Palestine/Israel.
Sami Awad, Founder and Director, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem
I am enjoying your book... passing through memory lane - not only
geographically but politically, culturally and spiritually! Very exciting
read... can see a good movie made from this! :)

I'll let you know when I'm all done.. I am mentally " walking with Ashley"
on the streets of Bethlehem and at Shepherd's Filed  - even imaging Gamal on
my brother in law's street in Beit Jala!  very cool! ) 

Ann Ammar 

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