Stephen Weinstock’s 1001: THE QARAQ, BOOK ONE OF THE REINCARNATION CHRONICLES is free on Kindle from Sept 6-10, 2015.
Sahara Fleming experiences disturbing visions: reincarnation stories as a Red Isle goddess or in a 4th Century Persian orgy. Sahara dismisses these time travel fantasies as stress. She’s four months pregnant and married to Amar, an emotionally aggressive stockbroker unwilling to be a father.
When a mysterious circle of neighbors plants clues about her visions, Sahara learns they are a qaraq, a group of intertwined souls who come together lifetime after lifetime. At secretive meetings, Sahara hears tales of magic realism and realizes her stormy marriage goes back centuries.
Like a modern Scheherazade, Sahara attempts to save her marriage by sharing the past life stories with Amar. But as her karmic knowledge grows, so does Amar’s jealousy. She must abandon the qaraq or risk losing her family.
Structured as a modern Arabian Nights, Stephen Weinstock’s 1001 conjures up sometimes dark, sometimes humorous reincarnation stories. Distinctive, complex, and wildly imaginative, 1001 asks readers to consider who they really are—or have been.
PRAISE FOR 1001: THE QARAQ, Book One of The Reincarnation Chronicles
“A love spat between two atomic particles, that tickled me—it could get dangerous!”—Eric Van Lustbader, bestselling author, Jason Bourne, Nicholas Linnear series
“Stephen Weinstock’s imagination is fevered, surreal, fantastical. It will take you places you never dreamed you would go.” —Barry Jay Kaplan, author, Black Orchid
“The kind of book that keeps you up later than you intended at night!”
“Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, this is a book which will expand your universe.”
ABOUT STEPHEN WEINSTOCK
In my past life before 1001, I created music for theater companies (Magic Theater, Eureka Theater), choreographers, and dance studios (Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham). I have worked as a musician/teacher on the dance faculties of UC Berkeley, Princeton, Juilliard, and the ‘Fame’ school in New York City.
For years I had the idea of a novel puzzling out an intricate past life history between a group of souls, but only with the epiphany of using the ancient frame tale structures of The Thousand and One Nights did I receive the courage to jump fields. By day I still bring dancers to ecstasy with my improvisations, but at night I enter the world of metempsychosis, time-honored storytelling, and worlds ranging from historical fiction to romantic fantasy.