Monday, May 22, 2017

The Rosegiver - Free Copy!

~ Would you like a free copy of The Rosegiver? Premier Press Publishing has listed my book on their Free E-books Page. Anyone interested in reading the novel in exchange for an honest review can request the book for free. Premier Press is a new company interested in helping out indie authors with marketing and also book editing and beta reading.

Or, you can contact me through Goodreads Private Message or leave a comment for me here and I'll send you a free PDF myself in exchange for an honest review on Goodreads or Amazon or both!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Beacon - Poem

~ This is a poem I wrote way back in 2011. I'm hoping to include this in a future poetry chapbook.

The damp air hung around our shoulders
like a freshly wrung cotton sweater.
The blue sky streaked silver halos
above our heads as the scent of rain
dispersed itself on our bodies.
You wrapped your arms around me
as an angel would with heavy wings.
I waited for a fog that never appeared,
anticipating a trespass into some netherworld
only read in books or dreamed about
in rapid streams of unconsciousness.
The white sail of a boat caught my eye
and I wondered what light house
had bid the boat farewell to continue on
and drift safely through salt clouds and mist.
I felt the pull of voices chanting in the reeds.
The glint of coins beneath the water.
But there was nowhere or no one to lay claim
as we were merely ghosts of ourselves,
floating in limbo towards any beacon of light.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Muddy River Poetry Review Spring Issue

~ The Spring 2017 Issue of Muddy River Poetry Review is out!  Three of my poems: Bleeding Hearts, House of Dust, and The Entomologist and Butterfly Specialist (Found Poem) are in this hefty issue along with more than 40 other poets.  Check it out today!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Surviving Death by Leslie Kean

While exploring the evidence for an afterlife, I witnessed some unbelievable things that are not supposed to be possible in our material world. Yet they were unavoidably and undeniably real. Despite my initial doubt, I came to realize that there are still aspects of Nature which are neither understood or accepted, even though their reality has profound implications for understanding the true breadth of the human psyche and its possible continuity after death. 

So begins Leslie Kean s impeccably researched, page-turning investigation revealing stunning and wide-ranging evidence suggesting that consciousness survives death. Here she continues her examination of unexplained phenomena that began with her provocative and controversial New York TimesbestsellerUFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. 

Kean explores the most compelling case studies involving young children reporting verifiable details from past lives, contemporary mediums who seem to defy the boundaries of the brain and the material world, apparitions providing information about their lives on earth, and ordinary people who recount some of the most extraordinary near-death experiences ever recorded. Kean's first book, and her credibility as a seasoned and well-respected journalist, made people take notice of a topic that many considered implausible. This book will do the same this time enriched by Kean s reactions to her own perplexing experiences encountered while she probed the universal question concerning all of us: Is there life after death?"

REVIEW:  I've always wondered, for as long as I can remember, if there is anything beyond physical death. When I spotted this book on Blogging for Books, I knew I had to read it and I was fortunate enough to order the last available print copy for review.

There are some fascinating real life stories and situations in this book that can't be explained rationally. One of the stories I was already familiar with, after watching it on tv a few years ago. This was the story of the young boy who felt he had lived a previous life as a Hollywood agent and actor.  He mentioned many facts about this man's life that were accurate and even relayed them to the deceased man's sister, which she verified. How could a young boy know all of this information about him?  Truly mind boggling.

I learned some new things as well, such as kids who believed they were reincarnated were also born with birthmarks on the exact same body parts where the deceased person was fatally injured. Other must read chapters include mediums and psychics, the author's own supernatural experiences involving her deceased brother, which were plentiful, apparitions, visitations, and hauntings, to name a few. The few chapters that personally didn't interest me as much, I admit I skimmed through and those involved seances, trances, and physical mediumship.  

Overall, I think the author and researcher, Leslie Kean, wrote a highly fascinating and honest book.  You can tell she spent many years studying the topic and compiled a lot of information throughout her research.  Technical terms used in the book were hard to remember at times and there were areas that were dry and too drawn out.  After reading this book, I'm still not sure what to think about something beyond physical death. There may be a possibility that consciousness lives on, outside our bodies but then you wonder, where does it go in the meantime?  Do we all eventually become reincarnated into someone or something else?

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Goodreads Giveaway Winners - Cherry Blossom Days

~ Congrats to Janet, Tera, and Michael!!!  Winners of Cherry Blossom Days Goodreads Giveaway.  I'll have the signed copies to you very soon and I do hope that you enjoy the chapbook.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Raven and The White Rose

~ Just started dabbling in digital art again. This is a gothic piece I recently created titled, Raven and The White Rose.

copyright Sandy Benitez 

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

REVIEW:  Anyone looking for an atmospheric, gothic story should read this book. It's engaging from the first few pages until the very end. I found it very hard to put the book down at times. I love the dark, gothic imagery of the manor and its surroundings. The main character, Madeline Usher, is melancholy yet inquisitive and brave as she struggles to release the hold that the manor has on her and her twin brother, Roderick. And who could not love her loyal wolfhound, Cassandra.