Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Holding Space


Holding Space: A Guide to Supporting Others

 While Remembering to Take Care of Yourself First

Do you know what it means to Hold Space? Many people don’t, though most people have done it at least a handful of times in their lives. Others may have a special talent for holding space, but don’t even realize that’s what they are doing since the term is not in popular use yet. This book first defines and clarifies what is meant by the term Holding Space, and then takes the reader on a journey through the life of a spaceholder (one who holds space). The journey will cover initial stirrings of awareness, spiritual considerations and self-care, as well as holding space in relationships, in business, for your dreams, and for the world at large. You will learn where in your life you are already holding space, and how to honor yourself for very beneficial service you are providing. Most importantly, you will learn how to honor your own needs and boundaries first, so that you can be of even greater service to yourself and the world around as you hold space either personally, or professionally.

About the Author

Amanda (meaning “worthy of love”) Dobra Hope has gone on a life journey true to her name. Possessing a strong knowledge of the wisdom she carried inside to see and know higher truth, combined with an insatiable searching for that truth, she has been led to many interesting modalities, people, and places. Ultimately, however, her journey was not to outside things, but an inner journey to strengthen her love and belief in herself and her talents, leading her to share that wisdom with the world. She is passionate about helping people to learn and practice personal responsibility, personal growth, and higher spiritual truth in order to merge their spiritual and physical worlds together. Her belief is that when everyone on the planet sees themselves as both a spiritual and physical being, loves themselves, and can express their true gifts with passion and authenticity, we will all thrive. Amanda holds a Doctorate in Holistic Life Coaching, a Master of Divinity in Metaphysics, and various certifications in other holistic modalities. Born in Wisconsin, with a brief residence in Hawaii, she now lives in the rolling hills of Nashville, TN where she serves as a holistic life coach, author, speaker, and wedding officiant.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Oddities & Entities 2 Vessels


Authored by Roland Allnach

Sometimes you need to be broken to be made whole.

With Oddities & Entities 2: Vessels, multi-award winning author Roland Allnach returns to the strange and surreal path forged by his critically acclaimed Oddities & Entities. Consisting of nine new tales spiced with elements of horror and speculative fiction, Vessels explores the communion of spirit, substance, and the eccentricities of flesh between those conjoined realms.

"Allnach is a master storyteller with a powerful pen." Cynthia Brian, New York Times Bestselling Author

Roland Allnach has authored five previous titles, Remnant, Oddities & Entities, Prism, The Digital Now, and The Writer's Primer. His books have been recognized with over a dozen national book awards from Foreword Reviews, National Indie Excellence, Readers' Favorite, Pacific Book Review, Feathered Quill Reviews, and USA Book News. Visit for excerpts, reviews, interviews, and insights to writing and publishing.

About the author:
After more than twenty years of hospital night shifts, Roland Allnach has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. He's been working to develop his writing career, drawing creatively from literary classics, history, and mythology.

His short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in many publications. His first anthology, Remnant, blending science fiction and speculative fiction, saw publication in 2010. In 2012 he followed with Oddities & Entities, a collection spanning the supernatural, paranormal, horror and speculative genres. His third book, Prism, published in 2014, follows a winding road through diverse genres and narrative forms. In 2015 he saw publication of two more books, the dystopian science fiction novel The Digital Now and his first foray into nonfiction with The Writer's Primer: A Practical Guide for Aspiring Authors Seeking Publication.
Roland's books have received unanimous critical praise and have been honored with more than a dozen national book awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews, Readers' Favorite, Feathered Quill Reviews and Pacific Book Review.

When not immersed in his imagination, Roland can be found at his website,, along with a wealth of information about his stories and experiences as an author. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Scarecrow on the Marsh

A Cape Cod Thriller

Authored by Don Weeks

When the mutilated body of renowned cosmetic surgeon Randall Landry turns up at a secluded bayside marsh in the town of Sandwich, Police Chief Thom Burrough's life is turned upside down. While investigating the murder, he and Barnstable County coroner Abby Rhodes will uncover a plot more sinister than anything they could have imagined.
On the outskirts of Chatham, a group of terrorists has assembled to unleash destruction on Cape Cod.

About the author:
For over thirty years, Don Weeks was among the most popular radio personalities in the Capital District region of New York State. He received a Marconi Award for radio excellence in 2005 and was inducted into to the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame four years later. He had just completed a rough draft of Scarecrow on the Marsh when he died of Merkle Cell Cancer in March of 2015. Author royalties from this project will be donated to the WGY Christmas Wish Campaign. Weeks worked tirelessly over the years to help raise money for the charity. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Miami Morning


A Leila Payson Novel

Authored by Mary Clark

Leila Payson, affectionately nicknamed "Miss Pacer" by her students, is always pushing the boundaries in her efforts to achieve her goal of becoming a better teacher and human being.
Before settling in to her life as a Social Studies teacher and volunteer at the local playground, Leila spent a year teaching in South Africa where she met an occupational therapist and others working within the disability community. Now, years later, when a student discovers he is going deaf and asks her for help, Leila embarks on a pivotal journey that calls on her to employ everything she's learned and earns her both allies and rivals.
And while she juggles work, family, and adventures with her diverse group of friends, a mysterious man with a book keeps appearing at her favorite places.
Come along for the ride as Leila Payson faces challenges and opportunities with spirit and courage ... and a bit of humor, too.

 About the author:
Mary Clark, poet and author, was born in New Jersey and has lived in Florida, New York, and Virginia. She worked at several community-based agencies, was active in civic organizations, and started a community newspaper in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Her first book, Tally: An Intuitive Life, was published by All Things That Matter Press in 2013. Visit her on the Miami Morning Facebook
page and at her blog:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Length of Days


Authored by Louise Lenahan Wallace

Zane and Larissa Edwards, rearing their children Mac and Rose on the family farm, foresee the future spinning out as contentedly as their past. Civil War erupts, shattering their lives and dreams.
Zane joins the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and is sent to Fort Laramie in Nebraska Territory. His friend Ethan Michaels, a widower with a young daughter, Charity, having promised Zane he will help Larissa with the work, moves to the farm as a hired hand.
Ten-year-old Mac begins studying medicine under the town's crusty doctor.
Will Zane survive the horrors of war? How will Ethan reconcile his growing love for Larissa, the wife of his best friend, both of whom trust him implicitly? Will Mac return Charity's childish love that becomes deeper and more mature with the passage of time? Will Mac's dreams of becoming a doctor turn to ashes when the war threatens to destroy all he holds dear?

 About the author:
Louise Lenahan Wallace was born in the Sacramento Valley. She lived in Ohio, the
setting for Length of Days, Day Unto Day, and Children of the Day before moving to Washington State. She has won numerous awards for her writing. Visit her at



Authored by E. J. Bancesco

A return to his native Romania offers a unique opportunity for Boston architect Luca Leontin to come to terms with his past; instead he becomes enmeshed in the vengeful designs of a man with whom he shares a life-long history of passion for art, as well as an indelible bitterness over the love of one woman. Luca finds himself drawn to the Circe, the infamous Bucharest nightclub, where the illusion of erotic fulfillment could cost him
his life.
From a totalitarian society that crumbled in December, 1989 to a contemporary world gripped by fear of international terrorism, Adrift is a study of cultural dislocation and the ensuing alienation that triggers both our yearning to return to our origins and the hopeless need to find what is lost forever. This is a story of obsession and revenge, and, above all, the survival of love despite the corrosive action of lifelong mistrust and suspicion.

 About the author:
E.J. Bancesco is a practicing architect, an accomplished fine artist, and a passionate writer. Born in Bucharest, Romania, he and his wife immigrated to the United States in 1983 and now reside in Illinois.
This is his first novel.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dancing in Concrete Moccasins

The old stories tell of the great frigid lake, now known as Superior, that has swallowed many an Indian paddling out to find honor, redemption, or love. The City of Minneapolis has its own way of swallowing up Indians, too, and Jack Bordeaux, a young Ojibwe college student, wonders if he might become the next tragic hero of a modern urban Indian legend. Poverty. Abuse. Ignorance. Is a tribal scholarship Jack's escape? When another wave of Bordeaux family violence hits, a university professor, facing his own past and present challenges, provides refuge for Jack and his orphaned nephew. Soon after, Jack meets Isaac TwoBears, a Lakota carpenter, and Desiree Stark, a sensual pow wow dancer with a trickster's dark secret, who competes with Isaac for Jack's heart. With a chance at love and a functional family life in reach, Jack must return to the broken home where it all began for the answer that will save him from drowning and finally set him free.

About the Author

Amy Krout-Horn, Oieihake Win (Last Word Woman) has resided in two worlds: the world of the sighted and the world of the blind. She has been a writer in both of them. A staunch advocate for social and environmental justice, she writes and lectures on native history and culture, diabetes and disability, and humanity's connection and commitment to the natural world.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sharia Exposed


Authored by Farzana Moon

Sharia Exposed deals with Sharia as a rule of law and its fabrication by Fiqh as human
understanding of Sharia. Islam, being the child of Christianity and the grandchild of Judaism, comes alive in this book as the sum total of oneness.
Based upon quotes from the Quran and the Hadith, Sharia unveils itself as the emblem of mercy, compassion, and benevolence when rescued from under the heap of distortions concocted by extremists. IS, ISIS, ISIL, and Boko Haram, among others, are exposed with news excerpts with the intention of saving young Muslims from the lure of hypocrites raping their way to damnation through murder, torture, and beheading.
The aim of this book is to clear the cobwebs of Sharia that have corrupted the fabric of Islam,
cutting through it with naked blades of hatred and intolerance.
Each quote in this book is selected as a guide and a challenge, supplementary reading in the disciplines of Islamic culture, world religions, and Islamic jurisprudence.

 About the author:
Farzana Moon is a historian and a playwright. She has a Master's degree in Education, and is well versed in Moghul history and Islamic literature. Two of her previously published books on spirituality are: Sufis and Mystics of the World; Irem of the Crimson Desert. Her published works on Islam are: Prophet Muhammad: The First Sufi of Islam; No Islam but Islam. Seven of her published books in the series of the Moghul emperors of India are to be adapted for documentaries. Two recently published in those series are: Bahadur Shah Zafar: Poet Emperor of the Last of the Moghuls; The Moghul Saint of Insanity. Currently she is working on a book, The Living Quran.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Stairway to Freedom: The Biography of God

Stairway to Freedom: The Biography of God 

Authored by PolinaJ

Who wrote the script of life? And, more importantly, why? The unstoppable desire of a human soul to know the answers to the eternal questions Who are we? Why are we here? brings Satan and angels
together to deliberate yet another question: Is the soul mature enough to know the truth? After passing a multitude of initial tests, the soul earns the chance to know the answers. But Satan has one final condition: the soul must overcome all fears, temptations, insecurities, and attachments in no more than thirteen reincarnations.

Is the soul strong enough for such a test?
About the author:
PolinaJ is an award-winning jazz-pop singer, pianist, songwriter/ producer, and novelist.
Her creative journey began in Russia, then moved to Israel, and finally to New York City.
Both her music and her writing express her surrealistic view of life.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Uncertain Ships

There is listening, and there is listening truly. Phibby Venable's is the second kind, and her poems a true telling of what she has heard Listen to these poems. Believe the earth is singing, intent as any bird would be before a shake and flight to trees. George Wallace, writer in residence, Walt Whitman Birthplace.

I would like to affirm that this is poetry that not only delights but, through its instinctive perception of, as well as insight into the human experience, is also inherently wise. A volume of poems so rich in imagination, poetic intent, and the very making of poems, their creation and, by extension, creation itself, that I do not hesitate to recommend it to every serious lover of poetry, as well as to other serious poets, as a book to read, reread, and keep nearby for that random, ravishing experience of catching life’s essence on the wing! Marya Berry

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In Search of the Golden City


Authored by Mia Lutsch

Akim is a boy who has a rare gift of communicating with spirits. He finds himself at odds with the physical world where power reigns and duty has the final say in matters of love. His conflict with the material world explodes when he falls in love with the king's daughter, a girl named Matima. Interests of power clash and the two lovers flee the kingdom to find a legendary city where they will be free to love without restraint. Their quest takes them into a mystical landscape where the border between the physical world and the one of imagination can barely be distinguished. When they are separated by a band of gypsy women, Akim faces a terrible ordeal which he has to conquer on his own.

About the author:
Experiences early in Mia's life have led her to search for true healing. In the process, she discovered the shamanic way: a relationship with the essence of all things. In the worlds that opened up to her through shamanism, she found the stories of the unconscious that often take expression in myths. Through her writing, she hopes to give the reader access to these otherworldly realms.

She grew up in South Africa in an environment that she describes as religious, patriarchal and academic. After school, she studied psychology and classical literature at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She worked for a business in customer service for five years, during which she continued her studies of healing and spirituality in her own time. In 2010 she did a course in cross-cultural shamanism with The Four Gates Foundation, following this up with a course in African Tree Essences in 2013. She moved to Edinburgh, UK in 2013, where she did a master's degree in classics, focusing mainly on mythology and ancient civilisations. She currently works as a healer in Edinburgh.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Necklace

In Paris, France, during the tumultuous '60s, Jessica, a young art history student from London, falls in love with Joseph, an architect from Boston. While Joseph struggles to reconcile the rigid requirements of his chosen path ~ the Catholic priesthood ~ with his own inner truth, Jessica embarks on a spiritual journey that includes a trip to Chartres Cathedral, where she walks an ancient labyrinth and encounters the Divine Feminine. Gifted photographer Andre grows up on a vineyard in Provence, content with his life until he receives a gift that throws his world into turmoil and sends him on a quest he's not certain he's ready to undertake ~ until he meets Holly, a highly intuitive, outspoken young artist from California who helps him unravel the deep secrets contained within the necklace he's inherited. Inspired by a dream, and spanning generations and continents, this tender and intriguing love story will warm your heart and keep you turning its pages until the very end.

About the Author

Pamela Smith Allen earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in General and Special Education from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and her Doctorate in Psychology from the United States International University (now Alliant International University) in San Diego, California. She has worked as an educator and psychologist in public schools as well as in colleges and private settings In an effort to piece together a worldview that unites, rather than divides, people from one another, she explored eight spiritual traditions in her non-fiction book, Awakening to the Spirit Within: Eight Paths, before completing The Necklace, her debut novel. Dr. Allen has traveled extensively and now lives with her two cats in the mountain community of Julian, California in San Diego County. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing, gardening, and teaching Tai Chi Chuan classes.