These words offer wishes of good fortune to travelers of the Camino, or ‘The Way,’ – a pilgrimage on the Compostela de Santiago trail that runs from southern France through northern Spain. A friend from my writing critique group recently invited me to trek this 500 mile path with her. I was excited and intrigued at the prospect.
I wondered what it was about the Camino that had me so enthralled. The Camino pilgrimage is a physical challenge, but it is primarily a spiritual journey, one that thousands have traveled since medieval times. Daily hiking compels the traveler to interact with the land and its many ancient sacred sites along the way, as well as to inwardly focus on their own interior soul landscape. The pilgrimage is reminiscent of the Celtic Imram, the name given to the physical voyages and counterpart soul quests of the ancient Celtic peoples of Ireland and Britain. The Camino invitation brought back memories of one of the most important Imrams of my life – my journey to Glastonbury, England. It was a sojourn that eventually fueled the inspiration for my Goddess of the Stars and the Sea novels.
Glastonbury, the ancient isle of Avalon, is the setting in my favorite novel, the classic The Mists of Avalon, penned by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The story tells the Arthurian Grail legend from the feminine viewpoint of Morgaine, King Arthur’s half sister and priestess of the Goddess. Bradley’s novel has been a best seller for many years because it touches the collective psyche of our times. Her novel characterizes the re-emergence of the … Continue reading
Just today, Sept 4, 2013, I received the following email from Monty Jones, author of the classic Visionary Fiction Booker series (Naked into the Night, Lost in Las Vegas, Dead Water Rights), and I want to share his generous offer on what may be the final edition of his printed works with members of the VFA:
Pat [Monty’s wife] and I have worked for the last month to get my pioneer visionary novels back in circulation after the publisher delisted them after 16 years. Pat was also able to put up the 5th novel in the Booker Series, Psalm Maker, which had not been published. These are now Kindle books, but we are planning to put them up on additional platforms.
I hope that you will help us spread the word that these books are now available. Note the good reviews that these books got on publication.
We purchased 100 sets of the four Booker Series novels that we are offering at a 50% discount. When these trade paperback books are sold, that’s the end of them unless we can attract a new print publisher. I will inscribe each book as directed by the buyer. Sorry, I cannot offer single books.
We have another book coming out this year that qualifies as “visionary non-fiction”. Confessions of a Channeler is the title.
For further info and to order, go to http://writingasaprofession.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/visionary-fiction-the-booker-series-restoration/
Also watch for my forthcoming interview with Monty Joynes here on the VFA site.
We all like to be acknowledged for our talents, for our creativity, for our accomplishments. Writers are no different. We get input from our critique groups, our beta readers, our agents, editors, and publishers. But we especially appreciate the feedback and reviews received from readers.
We love to know if our book touched them, helped them, or changed some aspect of their life. Visionary Fiction authors such as myself, aspire to transform and expand perceptions for our readers through the experiences of our characters. Because that is one of the main goals of Visionary Fiction, I find myself craving feedback for my novels. Did the characters in my novel speak to my readers, and move them on a deep level? Did my novel expand their consciousness in new and different ways?
So, when I get a favorable reader review, my heart feels fulfilled. And when I receive acknowledgement from the writing industry, I know I have done my job well as judged from the standards of my peers.
My novels Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call and Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic have been favored with four National Awards. And just recently, Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic received Honorable Mention in Dan Poynter’s Global EBook Awards. Dan Poynter is a prominent expert in the field of publishing, a leading authority on ebook publishing. All novels in his global contest went through a nomination and approval process in order to be entered.
I am so grateful when my novels are recognized. Happy Dance!!
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From P. Pennington Douros
For a limited time, for promotion, I am offering free Amazon Kindle Ebooks of my novel The Beautiful, Winged Madness. To get one, visit my contact page and leave me your name, personal email address, and a note requesting it in the feedback box that appears on the page. All I am asking in return is if you like the book, or any part of it, please give it a positive customer review at its book page on Amazon.
If you don’t have a Kindle device, you can download from Amazon a free Kindle app to use on your computer or device.
About the book
The Beautiful, Winged Madness is a state both inspired and mad where one discovers sublime truths and terrifying illusions. It is the domain of Guy, a poet and a painter, and Anna, a performance artist who often wears personas–metaphorical costumes. In present-day Los Angeles, the two artists confront love and pain, beauty and terror, visions and madness, death and rebirth, and the raptures of flesh and spirit in a unique story that takes the reader on an extraordinary odyssey.
May 18, 2013
Jodine Turner’s award winning, best-selling Visionary Fiction YA/Adult novel, Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call is free on Kindle May 17 – May 21.
There are Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism, metaphysical, and paranormal aspects to this Visionary Fiction novel.
“Humanity is in the midst of the greatest crisis in their evolution. Sharay is the one chosen to show the way forward and help humankind move through the fear and dark times of today’s world. Born into a lineage of priestesses in modern day Glastonbury, England, Sharay’s way is blocked by her jealous Aunt Phoebe, who uses black magic against her to steal her fortune and magical power. When Phoebe commits Sharay to a psychiatric ward and accuses her of murder, Sharay struggles with the temptation to fight Phoebe’s vengeance with her own. Through the ancient Celtic ceremony of Beltaine, Sharay experiences profound sacred union with the Welshman Guethyn, who shows her how to open her heart. But Sharay must learn to transform her hatred for her aunt in order to claim the mystery held deep within her cells that will allow her to fulfill her destiny and prove that the ultimate magic is the power of love.”
I have created a visionary fiction network group, the ‘Visionary fiction network group’, on Linkedin, for promoting the VF genre. All VF authors are welcome to join, and can find us here
Sandy Nathan – Further information about this promotion can be found here
FOR TWO DAYS ONLY, YOU CAN SNAG AN ENTIRE SERIES OF MIND-BLOWING, AWARD-WINNING SCIENCE FICTION-ADVENTURE KINDLE EBOOKS FOR ONLY 99 CENTS!
- The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy’s Kindle edition is 99 cents. This is its everyday price––such a deal for an award-winning book. Link takes you to The Angel’s Kindle page. Winner of 4 national awards, including the Gold Medal in Visionary Fiction at the IPPY Awards.
- Lady Grace: A Thrilling Adventure Wrapped in the Embrace of Epic Love is FREE Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3. The link above will take you to Lady Grace on the Kindle store. Finalist, 2012 Indie Excellence Awards, Visionary Fiction
- Sam & Emily: A Love Story from the Underground is FREE Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3. The link will take you to Sam & Emily on the Kindle store.
About Tales from Earth’s End Saga from author Sandy Nathan:
- I wrote the books of the Saga to be free-standing. I wanted a reader to be able to read any of them and understand what was going on. I’ve had two types of feedback. One reviewer said that he felt sufficient backstory existed in the earlier books to let the reader feel comfortable reading later books. Another reviewer said, “Read them in order.” Which is cool, because you have the opportunity to read all three for a pittance.a
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From Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin at http://www.playsonideas.com/
We have just put up a new post about Story — the main topic of our blog. We invite comments. But I’d like to invite any members of the Visionary Fiction Alliance who find the topic interesting to send us guest posts about Story, what it is, what it means personally, and/or how Story affects our whole culture. If we get lots of guest posts, we’ll put up a new page just for everybody’s definitions and discussions about Story.
If anyone from the VFA wishes to guest post, please email Pat at wim.pat[at]gmail.com