Posts Tagged ‘books’

Boo some bad guys! Win some good reads!

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

book_and_coffee.jpgCare for some villainy with your coffee? Are nasty boys your cup of tea?

Then check out this post at Layered Pages about the Schemers of Azgard. They made life miserable for me and most everyone else. Feel good about sending them your very worst.

My author, C.L. Talmadge, will be watching the comments section. The funniest will win a set of e-books (Kindle, Nook, or .pdf) of the first four novels in the Green Stone of Healing® series.

So read, shake your head, tickle your keyboard, and win four juicy reads just right for the coming beach season. 

‘Emotional Education’ Author Answers Questions

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

luisaiaz.JPGStoneScribe today hosts the final stop of the virtual blog tour for Memory in the Cells by author Luis Angel Diaz. Newly translated from the Spanish edition, Memory in the Cells, according to its author, is “where Eckhart Tolle meets What the Bleep Do We Know, but taking you on a much more practical journey.” The author also says the book teaches “emotional education” and shows readers how to transform the “pain body” into the “joy body,” helping to heal all aspects of their lives. (StoneScribe’s review of the book is on BloggerNews.net.)  Yesterday, Luis visited Callie Carling at http://empoweredhealer.co.uk/. For today’s tour stop, StoneScribe asks Luis the questions below.

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StoneScribe: Do you believe in past lives? By that, I mean that the energy of the soul is reborn into more than one physical body. Or is all the pain you discuss simply the result of cellular memories from past generations handed down through DNA?

Luis: Following my education in Hindu philosophy, I took several trainings in past-life therapy and practiced them professionally for several years. I wanted to believe that they were the cause of everything we were suffering.

But after my experience with the cellular memory release work, the issue hardly ever came up and was unexpected for me! What surprised me was that the body frequently brings up information related to past generations or ancestral influences.  They come up all the time during the sessions and there is no doubt in me that they are conditioning us big time! We carry with us many physical, mental and emotional features that our ancestors used to have. Many of the talents and deficiencies we have, have been theirs as well.

StoneScribe: Won’t people in pain be too frightened of feeling their pain at even greater intensity to embrace and explore it, as you encourage readers to do? How do you help your clients into and through the pain body release (PBR) process? Can’t the re-experience of intense pain shut down this process?

Luis: Feeling is our birthright. Not feeling leads us to dysfunction, pain and suffering. So, encouraging people to feel is always a healthy beginning to the resolution of their problems. I agree with you that it can be frightening for many that are not used to do it. Still, it is not a reason not to do what our body is naturally designed to do to heal itself. Based on my experience, a gradual approach is advisable where the person connects with their body daily, allowing the feelings and sensations to arise. The process will take care of itself once we allow it. The method by which we teach people to release the pain body is described in my book. 

We are made out of pure energy. This has been scientifically proven for the past several decades now.  As energy-made beings, our nature is to flow and transform ourselves with the changes that happen to us and around us. When we don’t flow, we contract; therefore, expansion and growth are not possible. The pain body represents the energy in contraction that is no longer flowing and expanding. It creates contractions in our bodies and in our minds. The way to revert this process is to do the opposite. That is, we must finally allow the feelings and sensations in the body to let the energy flow freely.

StoneScribe: You state that the rational mind is the source of the beliefs that cause false pain. Yet readers must use their rational minds to go through the exercise you provide toward the end of the book. How can the rational mind help heal what the rational mind causes?

Luis: To clarify, our mind is an incredible device, designed to support us in our human experience. It is not the rational mind itself that is the problem, but rather its programming.

The “software” we have installed in our minds is what creates the unnecessary pain we suffer as civilized human beings. We have a lot of beliefs that are not true; therefore, we suffer.

So, the process of transformation I am talking about requires that we detect those deceitful beliefs (build awareness), deactivate them properly, and clean the toxic emotional residue created by their presence from our system. We need the support of that part of the mind that is programmed towards healing and self responsibility, leaving aside the part of it that is programmed to be a victim that blames and complains.

StoneScribe: What is the role of forgiveness in CMR? I did not find it mentioned directly in the book.

Luis: What we called forgiveness in our cultural system has become mandatory when actually it is a genuine human need. Holding resentment against or blaming another is like drinking poison expecting the other will to die!

Therefore, forgiveness is the result of the release of those negative feelings out of our bodies with the consequent investigation and deactivation of the beliefs that create those feelings in us.

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Memory in the Cells will be available at Amazon.com on Tuesday Oct. 5, 2010.

Receive a complete library of beautiful personal development gifts by buying the book on the day of its launch. In addition, Luis hosted a telesummit entitled “Healing at a Cellular Level” on Sept. 27, 28, and 29 with a distinguished panel of inspiring authors and speakers on the topic of emotional healing and holistic wellbeing. Receive the audio for free when you buy Memory in the Cells on Oct. 5.

The link to find out how to buy Luis’s book and receive the gifts and tele-summit audio link: http://www.memoryinthecells.com/

Please share your comments and thoughts below. StoneScribe values your perspectives.

Critics of Sarah Palin overlook her real threat

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Going Rouge“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

If Nobel Prize winning author Sinclair Lewis were alive today, he would have to rework his statement. A timely version might read, “When fascism comes to America, it will smile and wink like Sarah Palin and carry a cross.”

The book’s name is similar to the title of Palin’s recently published autobiography. But their monikers and their main topic are the only things the two have in common. Unlike Going Rogue, Going Rouge is a compendium of essays and columns that thoroughly and often wittily skewer the former Republican vice presidential candidate and ex-governor of Alaska. The authors form a roster of well-known leftwing and progressive commentators.

Many of the pieces were written in the heat of the 2008 presidential campaign once John McCain tapped Palin as his running mate. A few were published after the GOP election debacle. Although the editors group the essays under varying themes, it gives readers whiplash to move back and forth between the before-after perspectives. A chronological ordering of the work might have been easier to digest.

One of the most powerful parts of the book is the brief compendium of Palin criticisms from conservative pundits. And there is also a good deal of angst from women who worry that Palin’s stark deficiencies in experience and understanding of complex issues set back the cause of serious female candidates for high office.

“Palin won’t bust through the ceiling that has Hillary [Clinton]’s 18 million cracks in it,” writes Slate columnist Emily Bazelon. “She’ll give men an excuse to replace it with a new one.”

While there are many pithy, cogent observations about Palin, most of the contributors do not seem to understand the deeper significance of what they are analyzing. Typical is New York Times columnist Frank Rich, who writes that Palin “puts a happy, sexy face on ugly emotions.”

What Palin truly represents is a sexy, winking stalking horse for a twisted version of Christianity every bit as radical and destructive as Muslim extremism. Adherents of this militant Christianity, known as the New Apostolic Reformation, scheme to remake the United States as a Christian theocracy, and have enlisted significant swaths of the U.S. military in their cause. They want power and control every bit as much as bin Laden and his followers, who dream of imposing a new Muslim Caliphate over the entire Middle East and do not shy away from violence to achieve their ends. Neither do Christian militants.

Not even Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family, an expose of how right-wing politics and politicians are financed on a global scale, connects the dots. Instead, his column compares Palin to Westbrook Pegler, an ultra conservative commentator masquerading as a populist in the early 20th century.

The omission is perhaps the editors’ doing, not Sharlet’s. If there’s one thing left-wing punditry shy away from, it’s examining core religious beliefs. That’s very uncomfortable territory for them.

It’s a shame. The editors of and contributors to Going Rouge might want to spend time reading the knowledgeable researchers at websites like Talk2Action.  Bruce Wilson, the site’s founder, and his colleagues understand exactly what Palin really represents, possibly because they are also people of faith. They are doing their best to alert the rest of us to the true perils of Palin’s rise to political prominence before it is too late.

Gives this book 3.5 stars out of 5.

Free e-book from the Green Stone of Healing(R) series!

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

The Vision Voting is now closed. Thanks to all who took the time to vote for The Vision, Book One of the Green Stone of Healing® speculative epic series.

“C. L. Talmadge is a name to watch for when looking for excellence in weaving a tale,” writes Long and Short Reviews.

The Vision was part of the 2009 Wake Up Celebrity Author contest.

Welcome to the unhappy club, Congressman

Friday, March 27th, 2009

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against the publisher of his autobiography, The Courage to Survive.

The suit alleges Phoenix Books and Audio, Inc., failed to live up to its part of the contract signed in 2007.

That kind of thing happens. The small publisher that acquired rights to the first four books in the Green Stone of Healing(R) series folded in 2007 without ever having published more than the first book and without having paid the author any of the royalties or accounted for any book sales.

Let’s hope Rep. Kucinich takes his book to a different publisher that does it justice. He may well win his case, but never see a penny in compensation. Winning in civil court doesn’t always amount to a big payday for plaintiffs.

Amazon.com’s Betrayal

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Booklovers and authors: Amazon.com has betrayed us.

Amazon.com is trying to force indie publishers that use print-on-demand technology into using its POD printer/distributor, BookSurge. How? By threatening to stop selling any POD titles on its website unless the books are produced by BookSurge.

The story first went public on WritersWeekly.com after BookSurge contacted the husband of publisher Angela Hoy and threatened to stop Amazon.com sales of their POD printing services company unless it switched to BookSurge.

The Hoys refuse to be cowed, but other POD publishers apparently have signed with BookSurge. The highly suspicious and stringent confidentiality clause of the BookSurge contract makes it difficult for these publishers to give their authors accurate information about their switch (or not) to BookSurge.

This entire mess is an outrageous attempt to monopolize the market not just for book sales, but also book printing and distribution. If Amazon.com succeeds, it will mean far fewer reading choices for the public because indie presses cannot afford the avaricious (and possibly illegal) BookSurge contract terms.

Sign the petition to urge Amazon.com to end this outragous ploy.

Even more effective, stop shopping at Amazon.com! If sales take a dive, perhaps Amazon.com will figure out that this wasn’t such a great idea after all.

Stay tuned for possible class-action lawsuits and even an investigation by the Washington State attorney general’s office.