I can’t believe I have to say this over and over, sorry to sound like a broken record, but in case you have this problem, here’s my reply that explains it all!
“Hello, my links work perfectly, I just checked each of them. Sorry to hear you have a problem. This could be due to certain settings in your computer, such as adblocker. It could also possibly be because of insidious shadow banning of my work by google and other engines out there. That I have no control over. I recommend turning off your adblocker or similar security devices you may have and see if it works.
When all else fails, just type in LadaRay.com and you will go directly to my site. From thereon you can find all my other links!
I have a huge and very informative article about my recent visit to the Russian Monastery, the main seat of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad! It is a mystical, deeply hidden from the public’s eye place.
This is a large, in-depth article, with many amazing images and my unique higher-dimensional perspective on truth you won’t find anywhere else! You will get an inside scoop, which you also won’t find anywhere else!
This extensive piece was published exclusively for my patrons, but I decided to make it FREE and available to public on LADA RAY PATREON SITE!
This is my new exclusive program for those who have enjoyed my new book and want to contribute a review. I want to reward my first reviewers! Your reader reviews are very important in helping potential readers and future seekers of the truth to make the decision to buy my book!
I ask you to write a review for my new book and post it in at least three places (or more, if possible). In exchange, to thank you for your effort and enthusiasm, I will personally sign and mail to you a THANK YOU note on my exclusive author stationary (collectible). And I’ll mail you 3 of my exclusive bookmarks (while supplies last). This is NOT virtual! You will receive a physical envelope with my stationary and bookmarks, and it’s open worldwide! I’ll mail my thank you gifts to you, wherever you are around the globe!
All you have to do is buy my ebook or paperback, read it and write an honest review. The review must be posted at 3 or more retailers listed below. Choose among these preferred places in order of importance (these are direct links to my book):
Frankly, if you bought the book (ebook or paperback) from Amazon, I prefer that you post on Amazon first, as this is the largest market. But Amazon recently changed the rules and now only those who purchased at least $50 of merchandise of any kind for the previous calendar year, can post their reviews. Therefore, I’ve added several other platforms where reviews do matter.
If you purchase from Amazon sometimes or regularly and/or if you spent $50 or more in one year, please post your review on Amazon first.
TIP: If you don’t qualify now, but in the following 11 months after purchasing my book you’ll spend $50 or more on Amazon, you can always copy and add your review later.
It’s most important to post on Amazon.com (main site, US/international distribution), because it’s visible in all international Amazon markets. If you don’t live in the US or purchased the book from a country-specific Amazon site, and if you are able to, it would be great if you alsoreposted your review in your domestic Amazon sites. All Amazon and other sellers’ links are HERE.
Goodreads is not a book distributor. It is a book reader community. It used to be independent, but Amazon bought it several years ago, and some things have changed. The thing that remains the same, thank goodness, is that any reader can post a review there. Unlike on Amazon, on Goodreads you can post reviews freely so far (just sign up and post), so please use this opportunity to add yours, before they decide to make it difficult. Some online sellers don’t allow review posting, and they use Goodreads reviews. A good example is BookDepository, so anyone buying from that seller actually sees Goodreads reviews. My paperbackis also sold on BookDepository.
All my books are listed on Goodreads, so I really appreciate your review posted there as well! (If you’ve written or intend to write reviews for my fiction, please post them there as well, while this venue is available). It’s very easy to post your review, just sign up – NO PURCHASE REQUIRED!
Kobo is a popular ebook seller, recently purchased by Walmart. Posting reviews is easy: just sign up, copy your review and post. They’ll take a day or two to review your post and if it’s a normal, legitimate review, it’ll go up soon. To post review – NO PURCHASE REQUIRED!
This is a monopoly. Only those who have Mac computers can purchase books and post reviews on Apple store site. I don’t use Mac – only iPad, and that seems not enough to get in. I don’t know their rules for review posting, but if you own a Mac, I’d appreciate your trying to post a review to see whether it gets accepted without a purchase. Or, if you buy my ebook from Apple iBooks store, I will greatly appreciate your posting a review on my book page!
**I’ll be re-listing my fiction on Apple, Kobo and more as well (very soon)!
The biggest and most popular in the US brick and mortar bookstore/cafe chain. They now also sell online. Also now in the UK. For now my new book is available as an ebook there (read through NOOK). My novels are available as paperbacks on BN.
It’s easy to post on BN: just copy your review from Amazon, etc., and post. NO PURCHASE REQUIRED!
I also have my book listed with various other online retailers, and you can see some of their link icons here:
If you could also add your review to some of these, it would be smashing! All you need to do is copy and paste! Also, make sure you post your review in the comment section of FT and LRPatreon. And of course, email the text of your review to me, along with links where it’s posted to reap these rewards:
GIFTS & PERKS FOR REVIEWERS!
GIFTS: To thank my wonderful reviewers, I will mail each of you:
1. A signed Lada Ray Thank You Note, on my exclusive author letterhead (collectible):
View examples of my unique 8.5x11inch Lada Ray letterheads! You get my personally signed THANK YOU note on one of these!
2. Three (while supplies last) exclusive author bookmarks.
I’ll mail THE GIFTS to you personally, to wherever you live around the globe! (PLUS, you get automatically invited to my Virtual Book Signing & Live Q&A!
Besides, my reviewers get priority seating at the upcoming LIVE Q&A AND VIRTUAL BOOK SIGNING (stay tuned for Apr 11 announcement!)
Last but not least! The best reviews, or their excerpts, will be featured on REVIEWSpage, and possibly in other venues!
To qualify for the gift and priority seating:
Please post your review in three (or more) of the main venues listed above
Please email me the links to all three (or more) review postings, name under which they are posted, and a copy of your review. Use CONTACT or email directly, if you know my email!
In your email, please provide your full name and address so I can mail you your gift!
**Make sure you save the review you’ve written for possible future postings!
I greatly appreciate your posting the reviews in at least three, or more, of the top venues linked above! The more places we cover, the better potential readers will be able to make a buying decision.
If you know any other booksellers or sites where your review can be posted, I’d love to get the links with your reviews posted elsewhere, too. Your review can also be added to your blog or site, as another example. Please send me all the links – I’d love to hear from you and I’ll try to feature some of the links on my author site!
This special program will run between April 8 and June 8, 2019.
Your Reader reviews can be posted any time, during, before and after this program. But to take advantage of my special signed thank you note and bookmarks mailed to you, please post your review in 3 or more places before June 8!
To be invited to Virtual Book Signings & Live Q&A, please post reviews early! We plan 2 live events and they will be in early to mid May! All those who purchased new book by Lada Ray will be invited, but reviewers get priority seating. Note that space is limited. Only the live event participants can ask Lada questions. Stay tuned for Special Announcement and details on Thursday, April 11!
VISIT AUTHOR SITE – and come back again soon, the site is being expanded:
MY RENEWED & REDESIGNED OFFICIAL BOOK AUTHOR SITE IS NOW ON!
Home Page of my New Official Author site:
As much else in a storyteller’s life, it has a story of its own…
You probably know that my current official site and main portal for all my work is LadaRay.com. It has its own section dedicated to BOOKS where I’ll be posting my book updates! But as I began preparing my new non-fiction books, to be released in 2019 and in the years after, the need arose in a dedicated book author site.
In 2010 I initially envisioned LadaRay.com to be the domain reserved for my official fiction author site. At the time I was working on my novels Stepford USA and Gold Train, and shorts Catharsis and Green Desert, and later, on The Earth Shifter.
Ever since I wrote my first fiction books, my work, worldview and spiritual consciousness have evolved into another galaxy. A whole new world opened up and the manifestations of all my work can be gleaned through my many projects!
I was very busy writing articles for FuturisTrendcast, with the sole purpose of dispelling lies, preventing a new manipulation of history and enlightening humanity as to the truth. I was also doing occasional podcasts on YT. Being pre-occupied with the new attack against truth and a new dark attempt to distort history and reality, I didn’t pay attention to my domain, and I let it expire. But shortly after I knew that I again needed the main portal to consolidate my fast-growing body of work, where I could house my new theories, plus my Earth Shift Reports, Consultations and later, Webinars. However, I discovered that someone hijacked my LadaRay.com domain while I was looking the other way, and that someone was now demanding $30,000 for me to buy back my own site! At the time I decided it wasn’t worth it.
Later, I was able to buy it back during an auction. And now you can enjoy the many things my official site, LadaRay.com, has to offer! It houses my Earth Shift Webinars and Reports, Private Consultations, plus loads of free predictions and Earth Shift, Multidimensional & Quantum Calibration primers.
For a time, my old author site was all but forgotten. Now that I am back to writing and publishing books, I’ve given it a new life, and it will now be dedicated specifically to all my books, both past and future! The site will continue being worked on and expanded, but the main work is done.
I am pleased to present to you my new official book author site:
It’s time to pop some virtual champagne and say a toast!
Lada Ray is celebrating 5 Years with WordPress!
Happy 5th Anniversary with WordPress.com!
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
It all began 5 years ago, in November 2011, with Lada Ray Blog – a humble author’s blog.
Two years later, in the end of 2013, anticipating what was about to happen in Ukraine, I started FuturisTrendcast, which became active as soon as the events in Kiev escalated. As of March 1, 2014, FuturisTrendcast had a mere 10 followers, 2000 clicks and 500 blog visits.
Less than 3 years later, FuturisTrendcast has over 17,000 followers from more than 80 countries, and it is closing in on 800,000 visits.
This and the following week’s posts are dedicated to my beloved friend and companion of almost 20 years, Princess Lila, known affectionately at home as Lilechka. Today, on August 9, 2015, Lilechka would have turned 21. She passed just a few months short of her 20th birthday, last year.
Lilechka looked young, was active and sharp till almost the very last week. I was stunned and completely unprepared to her passing, and it took me a long time to get over it. I didn’t see it coming – I didn’t want to see… Meanwhile, Lilechka made it as easy for me as possible on so many amazing and unbelievable levels! Throughout my life I have experienced so many of Princess Lila’s gifts, all unique and precious in their own way.
Princess Lila (Lilechka) August 9, 1994 — April 29, 2014
But the biggest of them all was the gift she left when she knew she was about to leave us. The love and beauty she poured out those last weeks of her life were incredible. Her practically heroic behavior the last two days before her passing to make it easier for me, is something I will never forget. And the gift she left behind… is the stuff of legends.
It took me a long time to be able to sit down and start putting all this in writing, and it’s still hard. But deep down, I have been thinking about it since last year. The idea of the book was born almost immediately after she passed. I am starting to write this book, whose working title is Princess Lila’s Last Gift. I hope I will be able to release it next year.
Between this and the posts I plan to publish in the following weeks, I am offering you a glimpse of Lilechka’s story.
Princess Lila and I
When Lilechka was about 17, my hubby and I did a Psychic Q&A. This is a session in which I go into Alpha/Theta state and he asks me questions about the future. Psychic Q&A is my invention, and it capitalizes well on my gift of claircognizance, which means ‘clear knowing.’ Responses simply pop up in my head as knowledge. In some ways it’s clearer than clairvoyance, although it includes the elements of clairvoyance and clairaudience.
In that session one of the questions my hubby asked was whether Lilechka would be with us past her 20th birthday. Lilechka was still going strong at the time, but she was getting on with age and sometimes we both secretly wondered how long we had left with our beloved familiar. The three of us were so close that we sometimes jokingly referred to ourselves as the Holy Trinity.
Question: ‘Will Lilechka be with us past her 20th birthday?’
I heard my voice answering: ‘No, she will pass just short of her 20th.’
‘No?’ replied my hubby, taken aback.
‘No,’ I repeated sadly. ‘She won’t live past her 20th.’
This made us both sad and we wrapped up our Psychic Q&A. I thought a few times about that episode, but life went on, Lilechka kept healthy and strong, and with everything else that was happening in life, we forgot all about my prediction.
We only remembered it after Lilechka was no longer with us.
We had a good, long life together, Lilechka and I. We met well before I met my husband.
Lilechka is a Russian American kitty, born August 9, 1994; her striking tortoiseshell, lily flower-like fur caused her at birth to be named Tiger Lily. Her mommy, a Russian kitty called Diana, lived in Massachusetts and had a litter from the local tomcat. All kittens were adorable, but Lilechka was the cutest. Everyone who came to adopt the kittens wanted her. Soon, the hostess was forced to hang the sign:
Tiger Lily is spoken for
(she is a gift for a little girl’s birthday)
Like myself, Lilechka was a traveler, adventurer and explorer. When she was only 3 months old, she was riding a bus. My neighbor, that same nine-year-old girl to whom Lily was promised as a birthday gift, was taking her home in a small holed box lined with a towel. In the middle of a 3-hour trip, Lily got out of the box and decided to explore the bus. When the tearful girl discovered Lily was gone, the whole bus frantically searched for her in every nook and cranny.
The girl’s parents were away and they asked me to meet their daughter and her nanny, who accompanied her on the trip. When I met them at the New York Bus Terminal, the little girl was still shaken and in tears, but Lily was safely back in her box.
Soon after, the family moved away and the little girl quickly forgot the kitty over whom she once cried. And the kitty… became one of the biggest gifts of my life.
It happens sometimes that certain people enter our lives to deliver precious gifts, and after they do, they leave forever. More than once such a thing happened in my life.
The original Tiger Lily name somehow fell by the wayside. I called her Lily Cat, or affectionately, Lilechka. Lilechka always was a small and dainty kitty. Till old age she always kept her model-like girlish figure and excellent health. She weighed on average only 8-9 pounds. But as she grew and developed, behind that small frame, I saw a great spirit emerge.
Lilechka’s favorite place: on my desk, helping me with my work!
Lila’s favorite place – mommy’s desk next to plants and sunshine; beloved pastime – meditating on her favorite pillow
Lila, the Agatha Christie fan: Having worked hard, we both relax to watch 4:50 from Paddington. Well… I watch, while Lilechka enjoys her well-deserved nap on her favorite pillow, on top of her favorite desk, close to her favorite human 😉
Lila, the Cosmic Panther
As Lilechka grew older and wiser, her spirit started manifesting as that of a giant Cosmic Black Panther – the great protectress of the Universe, who travels stealthily and benevolently across the stars. Lila, the Cosmic Panther has a beautiful sparkling crown made of stars, and huge, strikingly shimmering green eyes.
As I started clearly seeing Lily as the Cosmic Panther, her name naturally morphed into Princess Lila. Lila means Divine Cosmos (Divine Creation) in Sanscrit, so it’s very fitting.
After she passed, Lila started appearing to me as the Cosmic Panther that she really was. It’s amazing that such a small, 8-pound kitty could embody such great spirit and leave such an indelible trace in one’s life.
In memoriam: Celebrating her life!
4/30/2014, one day after Lilechka left us. My desk. Lights and computer off. Her favorite pillows where she loved to sleep; flowers and golden orgone pyramid in her honor…
4/30/2014. Flowers for Lilechka, overlooking the blossoming garden where she loved to be in the last days of her life
I wish I took more pictures and did more videos of Lilechka.
Still, she did star as the Halloween Cat, in my video
The video isn’t spooky at all. It’s humorous and funny. Check it out!
She also appeared in the role of a sassy, smart and heroic cat Princess Lily in my first mystery STEPFORD USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure)– ebook now happens to be on big sale on Amazon for only $1.49. It’s an easy read, great for cat and dog lovers, and lovers of light mysteries with happy endings and humor.
As the Year 2014 draws to a close, I want to wish a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015 to all my followers and readers!
Taking stock and making peace with the Year 2014
In January 2014 I wrote Feng Shui Predictions for the Year of the Wood Horse 2014. I said:
“A positive this year is that we have the so-called LAPCHUN, or the proverbial “spring.” Therefore, new shoots, new beginnings will take root.”
“2014 World Events Prediction: Due to the volatility of the Wood Horse combo, events in the world will tend to spiral out of control. Tempers, ignited by the fire multiplied by wood (wood burns = intensifies fire), will flare much too easily; fights may be gloves off and very ugly.”
The Year 2014 has been undoubtedly one of the most important and breakthrough years in recent history. For me, 2014 was full of shocks, discoveries (both inner and outer), hard work, creation and important revelations.
We are living through the time of major change. We all chose to incarnate in this time of great EARTH SHIFT for a reason. We all chose our destiny. Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride!
In the year 2014 I reached deeper inside than I ever had, and I discovered that I had more creative potential, wisdom and revelations ready to come out than I ever realized. I knew that it was too late to hide out in my cozy and secure little world. I had my destiny to live!
Dear readers, 2014 was just the beginning – stay tuned for much more to come!
Preview of the Year 2015
Hello and Welcome, Year 2015!
Later in January, I will write my Feng Shui update for 2015. In Chinese astrology it is the year of the Wood Sheep (or Goat).
What you can expect in the coming year:
FuturisTrendcast will continue growing. Remember to follow us via email or, if you have a WordPress account (we recommend you open it), follow us via WP! How to do it
Lada Ray Youtube Channel will grow as I post more spiritual, feng shui, Project Earth Shift and geopolitical videos. Subscribe!
Also, new and very interesting interviews are coming! The topics we will discuss will be breakthrough and revolutionary at best! All interviews will be posted on the INTERVIEWS page.
I am planning at least 10-12 Earth Shift Reports – all to be available from LadaRay.info site for a donation. These reports will become available throughout the year. The first several reports will come out in early to mid-January, or as they are finished.
Starting in January 2015, I will be offering written and Skype global consultations. This is a preview.
FENG SHUI Consultations:
1. Personal Feng Shui Consultation – written or Skype.
2. Year Ahead Feng Shui/Eastern Astrology Consultation – written or Skype.
3. Also will be available: Full Property (Home or Business) Feng Shui Consultation – Skype (includes written personal Success Charts).
PERSONAL SHIFT Consultations (CALIBRATIONS, SELF-DISCOVERY, PERSONAL GROWTH, KARMA, DESTINY and HARMONIZATION):
These consultations provide a combined approach based on my Earth Shift System, including: Calibrations of Human Consciousness, Chi and Chakra study, Kinesiology, Shamanism, Eastern Wisdom, Astrology and Feng Shui. Certain types will be available as written document, others, as Skype consultation.
PRIVATE PERSONAL CONSULTATION:
In the course of your private personal consultation I can answer questions related to alternative and real investment/wealth advice, including metals, oil, gas, real estate, currency, alternative currency, etc. (note, I do not offer specific stock recommendations), global relocation destinations advice, country by country predictions, career, destiny, and more.
GEOPOLITICAL/GLOBAL PREDICTIONS Consultations will also be available to individuals and organizations.
I am interviewed by Melodi Grundy, host of the Cat’s Eye on the Future, and guest host, Plane – The Plane Truth show (TimeMonkRadioNetwork). This interview includes a lot of ground-breaking, brand new material never discussed before.
In part 1 we discuss:
1. How the Yin and Yang world works, what it means to be in ‘balance’ or ‘imbalance’ (Ref: my prophetic mystical thriller The Earth Shifter).
2. What is the fully incarnated 3D world.
3. Polarity and sharp contrast on the rise. Earthly realm as Ground Zero of the expansion of the Universal Consciousness.
4. Wisdom and Harmony in Feng Shui, Hindu Vedas, Rus/Slavic Vedic culture.
5. Wheel of Karma. Heavy Earth Karma. Releasing and lighteing up of Karma. Positive/negative Karma. Self-rebalancing.
6. Where did humans come from. Who are Slavyano-Arians. Lost and forbidden wisdom of the ages. How divisions between people occurred.
This interview has a unique audience participation format. If you found the material presented interesting and thought-provoking, and if you have questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section, or leave a comment on YouTube. We will choose the best questions and create a show, in which these questions will be answered. This show will be posted either on TimeMonkRadio, or on Lada Ray Channel (to be decided).
Part 2 of this interview will post on December 23 or 24.
You’ll be able to find both parts, together with all other past and future Lada’s interviews, on the INTERVIEWS page.
You can also sub to the TimeMonkRadioNetwork to follow all of their offerings. We are planning more interviews with The Plane Truth and Cat’s Eye on the Future in the months to come!
THE EARTH SHIFTER is a prophetic mystical thriller set in Moscow, Lake Baikal in Siberia, and New York.
Secret society and NWO, Russian history, Siberian shaman, mind control, remote viewing, time travel and mystical prophecy.
Lada Ray Books (paperbacks and ebooks) can be purchased worldwide on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com. Ebooks are also available at Sony, Kobo, Apple, Smashwords.
CATHARSIS, Legend of the Lemurians, is a short novelette serving as prequel and companion to the epic novel THE EARTH SHIFTER. It is an alternative history cosmic adventure in which Karma can definitely be a beautiful maiden… or a bitch.
Presently available as ebook everywhere. Paperback to come out in the future. More novelettes in the Earth Keepers mini-series are projected.
Lada Ray Books (paperbacks and ebooks) are available worldwide from Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com. Ebooks are also available at Sony, Kobo, Apple, Smashwords.
Video description: A short, dramatic 5 book trailer for 3 novels and 2 novelettes written by Author Lada Ray. Experience books by Lada Ray! THE EARTH SHIFTER – dubbed ‘prophetic’ mystical adventure/thriller; CATHARSIS (Legend of the Lemurians), a cosmic adventure novelette, companion to The Earth Shifter. Accidental Spy Series of adventure/thrillers: bestselling GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure); STEPFORD USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure); GREEN DESERT (Iraq prequel novelette).
Lada’s books are sold at Amazon and Barnes&Noble worldwide.
Lots to celebrate! New Year 2014’s knocking on the door + Lada Ray Blog is celebrating its 2nd anniversary, and to top it off, my blog has just hosted its one-hundred-thousand’s visitor! That’s over 100,000 people who enjoyed my thoughts, writing, photos and info! This makes me very happy indeed! GRIN! 😀
Happy Anniversary, Lada Ray Blog!
Happy New Year 2014!
May this new year be filled with much joy, peace, love and beauty for all!
I thought that to mark the holiday and my first 100,000 visitors, I’d post some cool images of the New Year’s celebration in Russia and around the world.
First, a few fun history bits. How does Russia celebrate the New Year? In Russia, as in many other countries, the New Year is the main holiday of the year. It is a secular holiday. Meanwhile Russian religious Christmas is celebrated 2 weeks after Western Christmas, and one week after New Year’s, according to Russia’s Orthodox calendar.
The New Year Tree is normally put up just after Western Christmas (which reminds me, I should really start decorating mine). The New Year is celebrated with Ded Moroz (Father Frost – the equivalent of Santa Claus) and his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden). There are usually festive and entertaining concerts during the New Year’s Eve, New Year’s night and on January 1, on TV, on Red Square, and in towns and cities around the country. There are many children’s “New Year Tree” parties, called in Russian “Yolochka.” And of course, a lavish New Year table and presents are a must! Continue reading →
For those who’ve missed my mega-sale, THE EARTH SHIFTER and GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure) are still $1.49 (reg. $4.99 and $3.99) on #Kindle and #Sony! This won’t last, so check’em out while the price is low!
Also, we have new promo by #Amazon: purchase my paperbacks (THE EARTH SHIFTER, GOLD TRAIN, STEPFORD USA), and download corresponding ebook for only $.99! If you are interested, take a look here! (Scroll down to paperbacks).
I’m continuing with THE EARTH SHIFTER excerpts. Today’s entertaining episode is about the mysterious and beautiful brunette with clandestine plans, called simply “Red,” her Underworld castle, and Kei’s drag racing in his new magical car. While reading this, you’ll notice that I know my drag racing. If you think that I might have had this kind of experience in my life – neah, not really. Me, I’ve always been a proper little girl. However, I really do possess first-hand knowledge of how it’s done. How, you ask? Believe it or not, from my hubby, who was quite a daredevil in his previous life and who was known to climb steep mountains, cycle and drag race along the Canarsie Pier in Brooklyn, just as it is described in the book. So, the technical details here come straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. 😉 Continue reading →
I have received some questions about where I’d disappeared lately and whether my books are still a part of #KDPSelect program.
As some of you may know, very recently I have moved my residence, and I am presently settling down. I love the new house; it’s nice, yet substantially smaller than my old one. I am rather happy about that since I don’t have to waste as much time taking care of the property. Instead, I can let my creative juices flow more freely, while concentrating fully on things that matter – namely my various spiritual, creative and life projects that have been blossoming wonderfully.
Not all conspiracies are global…Some are hidden in small towns with flawless facades
Great news! Last week’s experiment with posting an excerpt from THE EARTH SHIFTER proved to be so successful that I decided to continue this new tradition (read ES excerpt here). So, going forward on Sundays, I’ll be posting excerpts from my various books.
This particular scene from STEPFORD USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure) is set at a mental clinic located in the seemingly idyllic town of Stepford in the midst of the picturesque Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts. The name of the town is fictional, but bears resemblance to the real local towns, namely Sheffield, Lenox, and especially Stockbridge, MA. While writing STEPFORD USA I lived in the area before moving back to New York. I wrote the setting in real time based on my observations and experiences, and perhaps because of that it appears so vivid, down to the smallest details.
In this scene the heroine, Jade Snow, and her friend, Rachel Weise, visit Rebbecca at the clinic where the mute victim of the long forgotten, and conveniently swept under the carpet, rape has been a long-term patient… um… prisoner. Until Jade shows up and starts questioning things that haven’t been questioned before in this town of conformity and behind the scenes deals.
In addition to whodunnit and howdunnit, STEPFORD USA contains social satire, psychic visions, adorable and pretty amazing kitty & doggie, as well as a generous helping of humor. Oh yeah, and how could I forget the Gossip Central of the Berkshires: the infamous STEPFORD KNITTING CLUB, who unwittingly help Jade solve the puzzle! Sorry – no robots, if you don’t count some Stepford residents;).
I have received this informative email from Kobo (read below) and decided to re-post it here for the benefit of all Indie authors. It appears that Kobo Writing Life -the Indie publishing arm of the company – has received bad press in the United Kingdom for allegedly not screening the books they have on sale and therefore violating their own guidelines. As a result, Kobo initiated a massive Indie book removal and inspection. If you publish with Kobo in the UK and were affected by mistake, the email below is straight out of the horse’s mouth and explains Kobo’s position.
I understand the books targeted by this removal are basically hard-core erotica and such. I must say that regardless of the type of books Kobo is presently reviewing, I for one am very happy they are actually taking an interest in addressing some of their problems, which are many. I sincerely hope they become more responsive and more responsible about their Indie publishing service soon.
Although my rant below may seem slightly off topic, but it illustrates vividly Kobo’s desire to jump on the ebook and indie publishing bandwagon, while failing to take their responsibility seriously. The only reason I’m writing this is that I sincerely hope someone at Kobo sees it and finally takes action! Continue reading →
Hello, everyone! I’m settling down at my new house and don’t have the Internet yet. Presently, sitting at the nearby Starbucks and catching up on things. As soon as I get my Internet connection back, I’ll again be my usual social self. Till then, please enjoy an excerpt from THE EARTH SHIFTER. Chapter 6 is one of the pivotal parts of the book, where the NWO conspiracy gets first hinted at and the spy intrigue starts gathering steam. This is also the chapter where the metaphysical mystery of the Key is tantalizingly dangled before an evil power seeker, who’ll stop at nothing to accomplish his clandestine goals. Will he succeed? This is a trillion-and-a-half dollar question!
One of my wonderful readers, Patricia Tilton of the Children’s Books Heal blog, has recently remarked that she enjoys my “cliffhanger writing style.” What can I say, I love to create a twist here and a turn there, which no one would expect. Many such twisty turns are woven into the fabric of THE EARTH SHIFTER – promise!
Each of the books I’ve written is about justice, peace and/or kindness amid the most adverse circumstances. Most of my books feature amazing and beautiful animals, both wild and domestic. I am very passionate about the beauty of our Mother Earth and about her animals being treated with respect and care they deserve.
THE EARTH SHIFTER features one of the miracles of Lake Baikal – its endemic seals (Nerpa), Siberian Bear, wolves, White Eagle, as well as the majestic Siberian Tiger; both STEPFORD USA and GOLD TRAIN feature rescued super-intelligent and heroic cats and dogs; and even my sci-fi novelette CATHARSIS includes a note of warning against cruelty and about the need for animal protection and preservation.
For a while, I’ve been considering donating profits from my book sales to a no-kill animal shelter and animal rescue in New York State, USA and in Siberia, Russia. I’ve done some research, and these are the organizations that clearly stand out.
NEW YORK, USA
Tompkins County SPCA http://www.spcaonline.com/ The first ever no-kill animal shelter in US History! Provides shelter to 3,000 animals annually.
The Tompkins County SPCA was incorporated in February 1902 in an effort to prosecute individual cases of cruelty. In 1999, the SPCA Board of Directors resolved to become a “no kill” shelter, maintaining its no-kill status continuously since 2001-2002. Animal People, a prominent national journal on animal issues, ranked Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY) the safest community for companion animals in the United States. P.S. Ithaca (home to Cornell University and Buddhist Monastery – Dalai Lama’s Seat in North America) has also been voted the most spiritual city in the USA.
Located in the New York’s Hudson Valley, Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) is a 110-acre haven for horses and farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS provides innovative programs that educate the public about the sentience of farm animals, and the devastating impacts of agribusiness and institutionalized cruelty on animals, people, and the planet.
CAS offers weekend and special group tours, vegan cooking classes,speaking engagements, a summer day camp for kids, and a host of compassionate programming year round at its primarily solar-powered Sanctuary. Since 2001, CAS has rescued over 2,000 animals, and has worked in tandem with law enforcement to bring animal abusers to justice. Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s mission is to rescue and rehabilitate farm animals and horses, to advocate for the abolition of institutionalized cruelty to animals through education, and to help people adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle.
Siberian Tiger, aka Amur Tiger, aka Ussurian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) – IUCN Red Book endangered species. The largest cat and most magnificent tiger in the world, currently, only about 350 adult tigers are left in the wild (about 450 individuals all together), 95% of them in the Russian Far East.
Siberian Tiger habitat
I have written about Siberian Tiger in THE EARTH SHIFTER, in the scene where Sasha encounters, and psychically helps, 2 tigers (and their yet unborn baby) dislodged from their habitat.
This has been a very busy summer. I am looking forward to autumn, my favorite season, although I expect it to be just as busy. Busy is good, as the wind of change sweeps through, bringing lots of new and exciting things.
We have sold my house in the beautiful Catskill mountains, which I kept as a summer home during my Wall Street days, and which served as my secluded writer’s retreat for the past few years.
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