Tuesday, December 27, 2016

FREE eBOOK READ ALL ABOUT IT! Scotland to San Francisco

THE SKYE IN JUNE -An Immigrant Story


"The Skye in June" is different than any book I have read before, which is such a plus in this day of cookie cutter market paperbacks. - Jessica, Goodreads Review

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Set in Glasgow, Scotland, and San Francisco during the mid-fifties to early days of the 1960's.

"The Skye in June" - Not since author Amy Tan's early writings has a woman's voice so strongly resonated from one of San Francisco's most famous neighborhoods. Ahern's powerful coming of age tale is a must read for anyone interested in the drama and complexities of what it might be like growing up psychic. - Jim Toland, Author of "Fire and Fog"

The MacDonald's emigrate to San Francisco after a family tragedy. They arrive in one of San Francisco's best known neighborhoods known now to many as "The Castro. The girls come of age during the early days of the colorful circa 1960's. This story reaches over three generations of the family and the challenges they encounter as immigrants in San Francisco and their bond and how it changes over the years. It is a story of acceptance and reconciliation, and the world of mysticism.  A book for the young and older reader this story is a slightly veiled autobiography written in a fictional framework.

June MacDonald, the red-hired youngest child of the Scottish family, has a uniqueness that attracts unusual people. Jimmy, the father, is overbearing, and often cruel to his wife and children. Cathy, the mother, is lost in her unhappiness and memories of a past sins she cannot reconcile. June along with her three sisters are lively, funny, and rebellious as they find ways to deter their father's control over them. The family implodes when June is drawn into the world of mysticism. Each girl struggles to rise above Jimmy's abusiveness, while Cathy wavers at protecting her children or staying under Jimmy's thumb.  Ultimately it is June and Cathy who must resolve the sins of the past and move forward for the family to heal.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

TALK TO SPIRITS: KEEP IT SIMPLE

I wish I could say one more thing, just one more time to say, "I really loved you," or "You were so good in my life." 

Wishing for a chance to talk with the loved one who passed on. Gone from your life.  

Or, has she? Will he never be with you again?You can communicate with them, and they with you. 
What will you say? 

For an opportunity to do so, keep it simple to get your message across. The telepathic airwaves are fill of energy with a lot of chattering all over the world - many thoughts going on, sent out - incoming. Enough to drive people mad! 

Too many words, too many questions, too long - in spirit talk/communication the message becomes complicated to decipher and answer especially in distressed states. 

Think when you've been wrapped up in grief, crying, (sobbing) and someone attempts to comfort you. Hard to hear them, isn't it? 

Over complicated messages are lost in translation. An example: "Oh (NAME), I'm so horribly lonely, I cry every night. Life is too hard without you. Why did you go?! How could you leave me?" 

Complaining has mixed emotions: "Daddy, Bobby is still the rotten brother he always was. I love him but, I hate how he is to me. I'm so sad without your shoulder. Can you help me?"  

What goes out? High pitch noises twirling through the ethers, sparking off other confused messages. 

Keep it simple. Like Twitter, don't use too many words, as a Morse code, tap, tap, repeat, tap, tap, repeat. Here are some helpful suggestions: In a quiet space - no phones -no pets - sit sit still, take some deep breaths.

Often when we want to talk with our dead we're crying, emotionally distraught - understandably so, but this won't help with getting your message across.

If you can, think of the person in a good light, perhaps a cheerful memory, or favorite photo. 
Keep the image in mind as you begin your simple clear message.

Start with a greeting. Sometimes in a  group spirit communication (seance) the medium asks a participant to call out her or his dead person's name, maybe even three times. You can can also do that. I.e. Mary, pause, Mary, (see her face), Mary.

Add a salutation: Mary, my love, Mary, Mom, Friend - hello, hi, it's me.


Mary, my love or Mary, hello love, it's me, (your name). 


Pause. Take a moment to gather in your emotions. It's often very emotional when communicating to those who have passed physically from our lives. Keep them upbeat as possible.


You might sense a presence, or an unseen hand on your arm, the room might chill or even a warmth spread across your heart.


Now to your purpose of communicating. You start with a question (usually does) or a statement. Keep the words brief and simple:

 I miss you. 
What is like where you are? 
Can you hear me? 
Are you pain free? 
Are you still with me? 
I love you.

Give a news update of your life: Your grand(son or daughter) is a happy kid, a smart one etc. Or, I did get that job like you said I would.

Pause. Wait for a few moments or longer, keep in mind a good memory, relax, smile, open your heart. Perhaps you will feel, hear, sense, or mentally see a response.


To learn more about spirit communication and how they communicate back, read about my knowledge, education and spirit experiences (working with the police, attacked by vampire spirits) in How To Talk With Spirits: Seances, Mediums, Ghost Hunts. 



Available in paperback APRIL 2017 - pre-order through author 
 or eBook Amazon (link below) Smashwords.com. (link below).

Amazon Link:  https://www.amazon.com/How-Talk-Spirits-Séances•Mediums•Ghost-Hunts-ebook/dp/B00TFVW0IA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482780219&sr=8-1&keywords=june+ahern


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Thursday, December 15, 2016

REFLECT ON WHAT IS PASSING AWAY

Skidding to the end of 2016

Hold on a sec! 

Make 2017 Real to You!

Something I do at the end of each year, and also ask my coaching clients to do, is to reflect upon the passing year before declaring New Year's Resolutions (goals). Reflection allows us to gauge progress and have a reality check on whether we completed goals, left unfinished or unfulfilled ones dangling, came to understand no energy need be put in some goals - the forget-about-it ones, and reflection gives us time to understand life lessons learned.

Plus, doing so, can help you decide what has true value and holds real interest to you to act upon in the New Year.

2016: Think back to the beginning months; what you hoped for and focused on; your resolutions, goals, hopes, focus, dreams. What you said you were going to get done! And why? What made them important to you?

Take inventory: where are you with that now in December 2016? What did you attain? Are you feeling fulfilled with accomplishments? Surprised or felt unprepared with what happened in the year? Did you learn anything new about yourself, others, life and opportunities?

Then again, you might be just glad you made it through the year with all the challenges and disappointments crushing your strength.

No matter if you thought '16 was a win, a loss, both, ask yourself, what was my biggest life lesson?  Was it about my behavior, beliefs, my personality?

How would you sum up the passing year in a few words or lines?

I say, my year was tough one to stay positive and progressive.

I had decided it's okay to be mostly retired, give up with this is who I am, to I'm just enjoy life more so, be more playful, and not being the "workhorse" as I've been for many, many years.

That didn't quite happen.

I did take more time for play, but with grandchildren rather than friends as I intended. Caring for them (as a help to my son and his wife) was also time consuming and tiring. I learned how my sense of loyalty trapped me to overwhelming responsibilities that left little or no time to care for myself.

During the year I found it challenging to stay in my usually positive, progressive attitude with a son whose surgery went wrong, a mother whose stroke started months of a sad decline before passing away, a toddler grandson with a fractured leg, and then yesterday a favorite dog friend, died. My challenges might seem insignificant with what is going on in the world, too many dying from warring tribes, governments in chaos, but to me, it was a challenge and eye-opener to own self beliefs about who I am.

I'm certainly not saying I wouldn't have done the labor of love, caring for my mother, helping my son's family, but I also realized how, for all my life,  I take on too much responsibility and neglect my own needs.

And through the challenges. my spiritual beliefs and practice flourish with taking responsibility of being a Group Leader for the San Francisco Rosicrucian monthly meetings. It certainly was timely to keep me focused on the Higher Road.

What about you? What were your challenges and what inspired you to move through or rise above them?

Even if you make no goals, but think of what you want to get done:

REFLECT: Before you think about where you're going or declare 2017goals, look over the passing year to settle up what might not have come to fruition; decide what is really not important to you (that would be goals you carry on each year but don't enjoy, value or move them along - the usual lose weight, get up earlier to get more done, save money).

THINK: what happen that piqued your interest, grabbed your curiosity, gave your spirit a lift? Did something or someone unexpected wander into your life? Did you have a crushing reality about yourself? An awareness of what life really is all about?

A New Year's Goal setting must have true value to you - that which is in your heart and dreams - tickles your fancy & imagination, challenges you to move beyond the same old, that would nice, inspires you to be more of who you are!

Give your New Year's Resolutions (goals & intentions) a real chance to manifest by making it real to your senses: see, hear, taste, touch, smell it  - create an image, a picture, know it is your intention to manifest in 2017.

I see my books flying off the shelves into the hands of happy readers!

My 2017 goal - publish in print my very popular eBook, "How to Talk With Spirits: Mediums, Séances, Ghost Hunts" - available Amazon Worldwide and Smashwords.com

June Ahern Life Coach www.sfcoaching.com 
June Ahern Author www.juneahern.com




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

FREE EBOOK - FLOWER POWER TURNS TO FIRE POWER!


"When flower power turns into fire power" 

- Deidre M. Murphy

City of Redemption - a Novel by June Ahern

Posted 12/6/16 Time Limited.

Flower power ignites into firepower when a lonely young woman entangles herself in a treacherous plot and murder during the Summer of Love. 

Kidnap, murder, drugs, and love. 

FREE BOOK: The City of Redemption in paperback mailed within USA or eBook in exchange of an honest review. First 4 responses by comment or email june @ sf coaching dot com.

The Haight/Ashbury also appears in my first novel, The Skye in June. Yes, I was part of the '60's Haight scene in San Francisco and write with the experience of the times and people who helped change society's rules. Hippies, Panther's, Hell's Angels - riding through the Haight, love, protests, and violence all wrapped into the times.

More about the story below.

The Season of Sharing is 12 months a year. 

Synopsis 
It is 1983 and Liz MacKay waits for parole for the murder of former roommate, Ricky Martinez. Is she guilty? Or is she serving time for another’s crime? 

In 1967, partly to blame for her young son's death and abandoned by her husband, Liz Mackay flees Scotland in disgrace, hoping for a second chance at love and life. She arrives in San Francisco during the Summer of Love to lose herself among the groovy people. She joins a commune; a curious mix of Black Panthers trying to change the world, a Vietnam vet seeking inner peace, a flamboyant hairdresser ready for fame and love, a flower child and her drug dealer boyfriend who changes girlfriends often. At first, Liz is happy to have found a welcoming home, but as her new roommates pry into her mysterious past Liz's search for a "jolly good time" brings more grief and a worsening drug addiction. Liz is unwittingly drawn into the dark underbelly of violence and addiction with a callous drug-dealer and a treacherous plot to bring down the Black Panthers. Her unlikely friendship with Black Panther Toni Bordeaux, leads Liz to redemption for her shameful past.

The strong plot and dialogue of "City of Redemption" exposes the seldom seen seedy side of the Summer of Love. It is a vividly recounted story of lies, betrayal, sex, drugs and murder takes place during an unforgettable time and place in history. 


Sunday, December 4, 2016

EBOOKS FOR YOU? Smashwords.com easy to choose



$1.99 - How to Talk with Spirits ebook.

I'm a bit old-fashioned, even for book readers in my age group, because I like paper books. BUT! I do find it so ebooks easier especially for travel, or take to appointments where I know I have to wait.


Smashwords.com (just sign-up, free)  for those who don't have Kindle, makes it super easy to download ebooks.  I like the easy ePub reader on my iPad.

"How to Talk With Spirits: Séances•Mediums•Ghost Hunts" is an informative and practical guide to an unusual and often, unacceptable subject. In it, questions from the curious living about communicating with the dead are answered. Learn how to conduct a séance, take ghost hunts, and avoid vampire entities. Read about the author's most memorable ghost encounters and hauntings by murder victims." 

The book is truly a good resource book, "How to Talk with Spirits" - January 2017 to be in paperback.
On Amazon too. 

Check it out.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

GRATITUDE•PROSPERITY•GRATITUDE

It's a great time of year to share, to give gifts, to receive gifts and to 

create an image of prosperity in your life.



One of the biggest, most asked for wishes is for prosperity. To prosper is associated with money -  all that glitters and shines, a sense of abundance - he prospered in his financial dealings. Being the fat cat with milk and honey. Sounds divine, eh?

Over the years clients ask in readings how to I get more ___________ - usually money. How's my money? Will it be safe? Will I have enough?

We've all read about people of meager status winning a pot full of money and squandering it because they do not handle their gains best. It's as though the winner(s) go into a frenzy - an out of body experience of having more than they ever imagined! Or, even if they did imagine what they'd do if they won the big lotto - somewhere they didn't feel deserving.

Be prepared. Chances are most seeking prosperity will not win the big lotto, but prosperity can growth in your life.

• One of the first steps to creating prosperity is to be clear with what exactly is it you believe you want or need. If it is money as many ask for, why? What will it give you that you don't have already? How will your life change? What will you do differently? How will people in your life react to you? Will you get their attention? Love? Gratitude? Envy? What is you truly want emotionally?

Seek to know the "feeling" prosperity and abundance will give you. Will you feel safe, secure, powerful? Will you feel/be healthier (afford good health care)? Will you feel more appreciated? Will more money allow you greater freedom and time? What will you do with this freedom and extra time? What will more give you?

• What is your plan when or if your wish comes true and you are prospering?

Think about and perhaps keep a journal to answer: what is your past experience about money? What are your beliefs about money? I'm from a big family where my father worked very hard to provide for his 8 kids. We came to the USA to prosper. W never had have much money, but my parents wanting a good education for us chose private schooling. That was a true sacrifice in many ways. They wanted the American dream and eventually bought a large, old home my father worked continuously to keep up. My mother sacrificed too with penny pinching and doing without a lot. But they pulled it off with long hours and frugal planning. Always the struggle.

So I believed I had to very work hard and not stop and continuously. I have done that since 10 years, finding jobs, and as an adult working several at a time, nary a day off; fear pushing me forward to "make it" and keep my head above water. Then I learned about money and history, money and emotions and began to change my thoughts. I liked some of my crazy jobs, that being a reading and teacher of the tarot and psychic powers.

But could I really afford to take care of my son and myself doing that? So, while I worked on my beliefs my vision of being a successfully financially psychic reader free of other jobs, ones that helped pay the bills, came true.  Yes, I continued to work continuously, but less feverishly. I found my personality enjoyed the challenge of creating new opportunities, like my parents adventure into a new world, but without the constant worry - and when I learned this, prosperity grew. Not that it was always easy. But prosperity continues, because I've changed my viewpoints about money. I am forever grateful, each day, for what I have.

Review what your parents said about money, about being secure in the financial material world and about their feelings of their jobs.

If you're having a difficult time recalling a past experience when you felt that emotion - safety, security, love, happiness etc.- take yourself to the first time you understand the value of money. Could have been an allowance or a money gift.  Use that memory to create a physical reaction.

• How to attract it. Here are more steps:

• Create from a positive viewpoint. Not a rushed, urgent, fear emotion. To help do this find a time and space each day to count your blessings. It can be as you have your morning beverage, let your mind drift to that space of remembering what you are grateful, thankful for.

I know there are many who are barely holding on and some in physical or mental pain - I get it. Still, as best you can:

In order to create and manifest prosperity into a physical reality/experience, count your blessings. No matter how small they might appear. On not so good days and times I (often reluctantly) say I am blessed I can still walk (with two serious accidents and if on that day I can),  and I am grateful I can still see (sure I need glasses more now). I am very grateful I prospered in love. So many are kind to me, care about me now. I have love from the husband, my kid, grandkids, friends and clients, and on and on. I am grateful I live another day to serve my spiritual values.

• Your Five Senses Create: You can manifest more easily when you "feel" your wish. Therefore imagine, image, visualize what you are manifesting into physical feelings.

A client wanted a more prestige position. It would give her lots more money and status. When we did the process of imaging her sitting at the desk of power. When she envisioned it, she felt ill, almost going into a panic attack. Her issue was the old parent message of be grateful for what you have and don't push to get more. She feared pushing for more that something would go wrong. For her, it was a belief in class division. Although highly educated (she paid her own way) she was a woman and her father had said women should be at home and not to be in a place of power.

Long story short: yes, with a few sessions, she worked through the lie and did get the job, which paid for her home improvements and a decent car and more. Now she wishes to prosper in a loving relationship.

You see prosperity, being abundant is not just about money. It's about living with your values, of what has great meaning to you. Creating that with purpose and clarity of values is to prosper.

• Emotions create a physical reaction. Check it out - you feel angry? Your physical self will react. Where in your body is the anger? Do you feel sad? How does your body react? We've heard of a broken heart. I know when my sister died suddenly the muscle in my chest squeezed so hard that my heart felt such physical pain.

When you feel happy, and loved are your steps lighter? It's the truth. Your whole self lightens up!

Pay attention to your physical reaction when you say I'm create prosperity.

• a Logo, a Symbol, a simple image: You've already done the Why do I want it and understand what emotion is attached, now give that feeling an image or symbol. Prosperity might be a big dollar sign, a pot of gold, a nice house, hugging a loving partner - whatever having more will bring you.

Keep the image in mind: Draw, or cut out an image of what you are focusing on to keep you on track. Sit each day and simply say, I'm creating prosperity for this reason - see your image - feel your emotion to the image.

• Words are powerful in creating. Remember to always use a simple statement. Don't get overly involved in attracting. For example, free your creative min, see it, feel it, say it. Rather than repeating, "I want money", "I want love", "I want to prosper",  say such statements as  I create prosperity and I am open to receiving prosperity, then see your image or symbol

Think about writing an affirmation to support your thoughts and change beliefs if need be. When I'm manifesting I do the 21 day affirmation and also journal my thoughts, fears, doubts, hopes and more after and, at times during, writing the affirmation.

 See your symbol, be with it and speak aloud your affirmation.

•Sit quietly a bit more to be at peace with your ritual of creation and celebrate: be joyful. You are clear, don't let your mind jump around to the fear center. If it does, stop the process. Note it and then or later, know there's more work on fear or not having abundance to be done.

• I've taken Shakti Gawain's (Creative Visualization and Manifestation) to heart when creating by ending my meditation/imaging time with "May this or something better manifest in my life." Because I might be missing out on something better for myself. Focusing on being prosperous with money I opened to receive advice and at times, assistance from advice from willing people. I used to believe only I could get it done and I could only count on me. Well, I opened up to receiving and prosperous people manifested in my life to bring me along. Again, I still had to do my part, but I learned to trust.

• ACT: Creation takes action on your behalf. Do what is humanly possible to manifest what you want. This is also advise that is given before casting a spell. Do everything humanly possible to create. Magic is knowing, clarity of purpose, simplicity of words, and the willingness to take action.

To say you attract prosperity and not involved by say looking for a job, getting the education needed to advance, even buying a lotto ticket (I'm not into that but....) then chances are your prosperity won't flourish. If you had a garden area and wanted beautiful flowers, planted a few seeds (did you work above) but never water or weeded it, trust me, most flowering plants wouldn't thrive.

• Gratitude: Always end with a thought, words or prayer of gratitude for what you do have in your life, and with a belief you deserve this prosperity, you are heard and it is being created. "Thank you for all I have in my life. I truly believe prosperity manifesting and I will continue to be prosperous."

I say daily, "I am grateful for all I have and all I can share with others."

Giving is a big part of prosperity. Whatever it might be. You keep enough for yourself and share what you can with another or others.

• Go around your business. You've already done what you can, now let the energy of your thoughts and actions attract opportunities.

Let it go! Release the constant thought of money. Release the constant direction your plan is to take. You know where you're doing. Like driving to a location. No need to keep thinking of saying, I'm on my way to San Jose (or wherever). In the car/train/plane/walking, you think other thoughts. Same with creating prosperity.

After a period of time, say the 21 days are over - or the week you decided you'd focus on creating prosperity - let it from your mind. Let it work, don't hold onto the thought. Trust the process.

• Be Flexible. Be open to other ways to prosper: So it didn't happen or didn't happen like you thought. Not a happy thought, but please realize that not all what we believe we should have, need or desire comes in the way we focused on, or in our time or even in this life time. If it doesn't what else can you imagine to prosper in your life? May this or something better manifest for you.

I have experienced this and many of my coaching clients have set out with one goal in mind to have much more manifest in their lives than they thought possible.

ALWAYS SHARE YOUR GOOD FORTUNE! The Law of Attraction for fulfillment is only one of several Cosmic Laws - sharing your good fortune in any way, even a smile to a downtrodden or a kindness to an animal attracts vibrations of more good fortune. But don't do it for that, do it because you want to share.

GOOD LUCK! Let me know when you follow this what occurred in your life.

So Mote it Be.

Learn more about me and my books - novels and non-fiction paranormal and parapsychology at www dot june ahern dot com site Check out Holiday Special on novels.







Thursday, November 10, 2016

LET GO, MOVE ALONG-FOLLOW THE RAINBOW

I AM FROM THE BELIEF OF NEVER, EVER GIVE-UP 

BUT IT IS WISE AT TIMES TO ACQUIESCE.


This doesn't mean I have lost faith, it means I am re-energizing, clearing my mind and spirit of strife and struggle as I keep faith.

"When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown faith is knowing one of two things shall happen, either something solid will be given to stand on or you will be taught how to fly." 

I've learned, through the school of hard knocks and rocks, let it go, even for now, for the sake of peace of mind and the recovery of clarity. 

Also, I've learned the exact dream, vision and/or goal I hoped for at a certain time in life, thinking I was ready for it, actually manifested - not in my time, but in the order of my spiritual and personal growth awareness. At a time I could fully, and wisely, live that vision. I've learned that walking into the unknown presented many more options and opened up opportunity unknown to me before.

When have you been at that place of having to let go in order to continue forth? What is your thoughts on how to and experience of how it came to be?



please read more about me, my books - two novels, two parapsychology, paranormals at june ahern dot com or for books amazon and smash words.

Friday, October 28, 2016

TRANSITION PHYSICAL TO SPIRIT TO UNIVERSE

I AM NOT THERE.  I AM IN THE SKY, THE STARS...

Excerpt from my ebook,
  
by June Ahern


I'm a lucky author! Three five star Amazon reviews in one day for my books, How to Talk to Spirit and The Timeless Counselor.

This is to be included in my second edition, both ebook and paperback, January 2017.

Chapter 4
Afterlife

I learned more about what transition of the spirit from communication with my sister who died in 2010 than from any book. About the fourth year after her death I called on her by name. She took a couple of days to respond and told me she no longer was known by that name. She didn’t tell me what name to call her other than “sister.” In late 2015 she awoke me in the early hours of the to give me a message. It was information I never knew about spirit transformation. My sister showed me how her entire being as I had known her, that is the physical person I knew, had separated into energetic cells. The cells appeared like sparks of light or little shooting stars. They integrated with all matter in the sky––the entire universe. There was a sense, not words or images, that my sister was everywhere in nature. She had become The All. It was awe-inspiring. To the very core of my own cells, I experienced the power and vision of The All Divine. What my sister expressed through thought and images reminds me of the bereavement poem, Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep,  by Mary Frye (1931). In it Ms. Fry asks those grieving her not stand at her grave and weep for she is not there, she does not sleep. The poem continues and she says where her spirit will be found:

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

 Along with the new spiritual awareness my sister gave me she also revealed in time her cells would reunite coming back (reincarnate) into form known to us as the physical body. This new body would be made up of renewed energy within the DNA, that meaning  healthier cells. Her spirit will also be a new energy along with new karma. (to be cont'd)

More about me and my four books (two novels, two non-fiction) at june ahern dot com or Amazon June Ahern 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SELF-PUBLISH AUTHOR'S TRIAL BY FIRE

clack clack, creation of thoughts are in progress

Indie authors 
Be brave. 
Be bold. Be confident. 
Be an independent thinker!


I call my decision to become independent author trial by fire, hooping from one hot coal of errors, fears, and uncertainties. With good luck and some practical steps I arrived to the cool ground of reward –– happy readers and the sale of books.

Self-publishing has been a wondrous, challenging, and at times disappointing journey. One of my biggest joys for being an indie author is the myriad of people I've met book partying across the United States and also through social media. Many book lovers have kept in touch through emails asking for more! Now, that is supportive.

In reflection I’m not surprised at my decision to become an independent author and happy to know my decision joined me with other brave self publishing authors, writers who knew their writings would have an audience: James Joyce (Ulysses), Beatrix Potter (The Adventures of Peter Rabbit) and many other well-known writers I’ve enjoyed; Zane Grey, Upton Sinclair, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Mark Twain to name but a few.

My adventurous and curious spirit of looking down the rabbit hole motivated me to give writing and publishing a try. I think of myself as a rather independent person. The last thing I want to hear is, “You can’t do that!” and “That won’t work.” My impatience was the guiding force to self-publish. I didn't bother looking for an agent until all my books were selling. The thought of delay with hopeful wishing for an agent and/or publisher to tell me my book was good enough to publish, interesting enough to sell, didn’t appeal to me.

I freely admit I’ve committed acts of wrong doings as an author according to those in the writing publishing world that know best.I could say mea culpa three times and vow not to err again, but no doubt I’d backslide and commit some other editing, formatting or whatever blunders acceptable to the publishing and writing world. 

My decision with my latest non-fiction was blasted by a reviewer as placing the Q&A as a first chapter. Not done! she her review screamed. No, it's done I thought, which was supported when I read Carol Burnett asks her audience what's most enjoyable and important to them BEFORE her show begins. She then gives it them. I knew what my audience would want because the questions came from many who were interested in that book.

Although, some decisions and errors have caused grueling angst. For instance when hiring editors and especially proofreaders don't be impatient. Ask for referrals, look at what they've worked on. I sure wish I had. The saying " the buck stops here" will ring true when reviewers find errors.

It wasn't my intention to entertain the masses, or become famous (the thought has lingered in my fantasy at times) when I wrote a book. In fact all four of my books were written upon a request and advice from another. My first, a non-fiction parapsychology consumer’s guide, self-published in 1990, was written to advance my profession and it did. It became a true group effort of supportive friends bumbling through the publishing process. The woman who suggested and encouraged it lent me an old clumsy PC, a friend went through my written notes and attempt at putting it on a computer so she could straighten the words into some sense. My mother helped me write it, and a professional proofreader client traded services. It was printed quite economically at a small San Francisco publishing business, stapled (yes big staples) after hours at a Kinko copy shop because the friend owed me a favor, and put together by a group of eager friends in my basement to the beat of Motown and salsa music accompanied by pizza and wine.  

Each book thereafter continued to be a group effort, although more professional, effort. I hired editors, proofreaders (not always do their job correctly by the way), graphic designers and a self-publishing company.

My advise to fellow writers is to not follow my crooked path, rather save yourself stress and money and keep at bay potentially bad reviews. Before publishing make sure your book is in shipshape order. You can do this by sharing the process with those more learned than yourself. But the bottom line will be decide what really is best for you, fellow writers, when it comes time to self publish or look for an agent.

About marketing - probably the hardest part of majority of authors - don't put your work out into the world if you're thinned skinned, don't think everyone will love it, and especially prepare to market your product if you hope to at least make your money back. One of the best marketing advice I heard is, books don't sell themselves, authors sell books. Get out there, talk it up when possible, ask for reviews. Good luck. Have fun.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

FREE EBOOK - HOW TO TALK WITH SPIRITS

How to talk With Spirits: Seances, Mediums, Ghost Hunts

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Perfect read for All Hallows Eve coming up! Followed by Day of The Dead.Great Ritual for that time included in book along with an ESP Quiz.Read excerpt of ritual below:* * *
THE VEIL DROPS
HALLOWEEN and DAY OF THE DEAD RITUAL
Hark! Hark to the wind! 'Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away
The dead, forgotten this many a day!

– Virna Sheard, Poet –

HALLOWEEN, A SPOOKY good time and all for amusement, right? The night is much more than just for fun. All Hallows Eve or Halloween and November First, are sacred times for many throughout the world to honor the dead. The Celts and Mexicans honor their elderly, ancestors, and the dead with special rituals and celebrations on those days. The Catholic Church combined the pagan beliefs with their own to create a day to honor the saints on November first. Celtic pagans believed the veils between the two worlds of the living and dead thinned or dropped so spirits could walk the earth to visit their living relatives before crossing back over to the “underworld.” The spirits were not only our loved ones, but also all spirits who want to walk the earth, feel alive and connected to the living. During the spirits’ visit, spooky things happened, as you can imagine. The Celts disguised themselves to waylay troublesome or evil spirits so they wouldn’t recognize and haunt people. Tradition warned people, especially the elderly, the sick and the young, to stay safely hidden inside so they wouldn’t be grabbed and taken to the underworld.
This is a good time to invite spirits you want to visit your home. You can prepare for visiting spirits with these two welcoming rituals. One is more elaborate and the other simple. You can do all or a bit of each. Design a ritual to best suit your interest and need. No matter which you choose to do, both are a lovely way to remember your loved ones and feel their presence.
Before it is dark on Halloween get a photograph of the deceased you would like to visit and a pen in perhaps their favorite color. You’ll also need paper, flowers and incense of your choice. Also gather white, black and orange candles. The white candle is for protection and to receive clear visions. The black candle is for the mystical, spiritual unknown, and the orange one for the season’s color of renewal. Have a burning vessel (ashtray or cauldron,) matches to light your incense and candles, and a full lipped glass or bowl of water. (cont'd in book)