Reluctant Medium Author G G Collins to be Interviewed May 8, 2013 at scottmarlowe.com
Check out scottmarlowe.com next Wednesday and learn more about G G Collins. What does she have in common with a beauty pageant contestant? What are her favorite places to eat and shop in Santa Fe? What’s the astral plane and how does it fit into her next book Lemurian Medium, due out this summer? Find out what she reads: the good, the mediocre and the downright weird. Learn how reporting can fine tune your skills for book writing. And what about her fixation with Jensen Ackles of the WC’s Supernatural?
Reluctant Medium found itself in the Amazon’s Top 100 a couple weeks ago during a free promotional weekend. It finished #3 in Mystery/Women Sleuths and #5 in Fantasy/Paranormal. Thanks to all for making that happen.
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While you’re there take a look at Scott’s books: The Five Elements and The Hall of the Wood. He too is a fantasy writer.
Reluctant Medium Thanks You for Fabulous Free Promotion Weekend
My sincere thanks to all of you who made Reluctant Medium’s Free Promo Weekend a major success. By the completion of the promotion, Reluctant Medium was #68 on Amazon’s Top 100 List!
It came in at #3 in the Mystery/Women Sleuths Category and #5 in the Fantasy/Paranormal Category. There’s some fine company in these realms.
Thank you to everyone who took a chance on a new series. This kind of thing is so encouraging. Gives me renewed energy to finish Lemurian Medium which I hope to publish this summer.
– G G Collins
Reluctant Medium Free on Amazon April 13 & 14, 2013
Once you have opened the gates of hell, there is no return.
All Rachel Blackstone wants is to talk with her father; solve the mystery of how he died. Using a Native American ceremony given to her by a shaman, she summons him in this contemporary paranormal fantasy. Instead, a soul intent on revenge slips through and threatens people she loves. Now the Santa Fe, New Mexico reporter must follow the evil spirit, uncover its purpose and send it back. The shape-shifter has horrific powers. Rachel is tormented by what she has unleashed. There’s more. She’s seeing dead people; which frankly give her the creeps. Some are helpful; others lead her away from the truth. One spirit, a lone wolf, seems to have an uncertain allegiance. What she, and friend Chloe, uncover is an earthly scam involving both the quick and the dead. Rachel must play a dangerous game of supernatural treasure hunt to stop the ruthless ghost. To survive, she must discover her own powers during a climatic storm of earth, wind and fire. To fail is to die.
Contains: mild horror effects, profanity, humor.
Hypnotic Gems is Real Jewel
In an era when the words “customer service” strike fear into our hearts and cause us to feel defeated before we’ve even complained, rises a business whose owner really does know the definition of customer service. This business is Hypnotic Gems.
When I opened a box containing crystals a couple of weeks ago, I was dismayed to find one Tiger’s Eye broken into pieces. The shipper was a third-party and sadly didn’t pack the box as carefully as needed. When I checked in with their Web site, I found that I could only return the order rather than get the broken stone replaced. All I felt I could do was complain–but explained it was the packing not the lovely stones that had disappointed me.
David, of Hypnotic Gems, read my complaint and immediately contacted me. He not only replaced the broken crystal–at his expense–but tucked in a couple of surprises as well. I’m delighted to find this service-oriented business.
If you’re looking for crystals or stones, check out Hypnotic Gems. They offer gorgeous, generously sized stones–and they understand the meaning of customer service.
– G G Collins
Link to Hypnotic Gems storefront:
Working to Finish “Lemurian Medium”
I’m going to take time to finish my next book in the Reluctant Medium series. I’ve set a deadline for completion. If something quick comes to mind, I’ll stop in and make a post. And of course, there’s always spam to clean off. Please bear with me as I knuckle down and get this book completed.
Writing the Reluctant Medium at Large blog is a delight and I will be back–I hope to announce the second book is done!
I’ll probably be making one more post to Parallel Universe at Large. That would give me 10 posts on the new blog. Much more to come on that front too. Thanks for your patience and as always for stopping by and saying “hello.”
– G G Collins
Beginning a Daily Yoga Practice
To me, yoga can prevent or heal almost anything. It relaxes me, strengthens my muscles, builds bone, and keeps me flexible. If I’m anxious, the concentration needed to do the poses, helps me forget my troubles, and makes them easier to bear long after class is over.
Yes, of course that is an overstatement. You can also get hurt—as with any new exercise—but I’ve never experienced an injury doing yoga. The key is to compete only with your self. And remember, we call it a practice because we can never become perfect. As with any exercise, run it by your doctor before doing that first Downward Dog.
There are two ways to get started: take a class in person or use a DVD or book. I’ve done both. If you want the in-person experience, ask about the instructor. What kind of training has he had? What type of yoga does she teach? Any certifications? Talk to your friends and see if they can recommend a teacher they like?
There are several yoga DVDs I like. Patricia Walden’s “Yoga for Beginners” is excellent. Walden takes her time and allows you to try on the pose. She doesn’t hurry you. This DVD is one of the best beginner classes I’ve found for those who prefer to learn at home. Once you’ve got the basic postures down, Rod Stryker’s “Longevity” (also called “Peak Performance”) is an excellent overall body yoga workout. It has two sections, the first being somewhat challenging, the second is relaxing with a wonderful meditation. If you’ve never done any meditating, this is a great, and moving, introduction.
I’ve had very good luck with Gaiam’s yoga practices. Rodney Yee is another instructor who makes DVDs for Gaiam. He also has created meditation programs. If you’d like to try a Vinyasa (or flow yoga), Shiva Rea is very popular. Vinyasa flows a series of yoga poses which raises the heart rate. You need to be quite familiar with the asanas (postures) before attempting Vinyasa and moderately fit for this type of yoga.
For people who are 50 and up (and Boomers may already be the most fit generation as the first to embrace exercise) or younger people who haven’t done an exercise program in a long time, Jane Fonda’s “AM/PM Yoga for Beginners” is a new find. There are five segments; three for the AM and two for PM. Each practice is about 10 to 15 minutes and can be combined anyway you want or done alone. The morning practices are for Abs, Energy and Strength (she uses hand weights while doing standing yoga postures). The afternoon includes Mobility and Relaxation. Just keep in mind, Fonda is in her early 70s and she’s talking while she exercises. She’s fun and personable. While I’m an intermediate yogi, I’ve found a lot here for me. I especially enjoy the Strength segment. These are perfect length for a break during your work day.
While you only need a sticky mat for basic yoga, as you move onward in your practice you may want to add blocks for support and a strap for stretching safely. I also like Tibetan chimes (also called cymbals) which come attached to strap. The chime signals the beginning and end of your practice which can help you move into and out of the exercise. There are other chimes that are rung by a striking mallet. And I love using a singing bowl for meditation. The beautiful sound created by the bowl and its wooden mallet helps one focus when entering a meditative state.
There are two books about yoga I find very helpful. Yoga: Mastering the Basics by Sandra Anderson and Rolf Sovik, Psy.D. The book is beautifully illustrated and the yoga postures are photographed in black and white with descriptions. It also talks about breath and demonstrates using a neti pot for cleansing the sinuses.
Living Yoga by model Christy Turlington is about the yogi approach to life. Turlington has traveled extensively and this book is about her fascinating journey. She talks about the origins of yoga, pilgrimages, breath, Ayurveda and compassion to name a few. The photographs are gorgeous and her execution of the postures inspiring. My favorite chapter is about Vastu or Sacred Space and how to create it wherever you are. She says: “The Vedas accept imperfection, so in Vastu, we strive to do our best. We pay attention to the power of our environment and the needs of our dosha. If we just do this, we can create our own personal sacred space.”
Wishing you Ahimsa (no harm).
– G G Collins
The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit
***** The Camino is a book I’ve come back to at least 4 times. MacLaine’s book inspired my own interest in walking “the way” when I first read it in 1999. She made her spiritual journey at 60 (and there are many middle-age women walking the Camino de Santiago every year). While it isn’t a day-by-day log—you can get this in other books—it is a series of vignettes, told only as MacLaine can. You get the essence of the Camino with her impressions and experiences along the way. And as a public person, these can sometimes be quite difficult encounters.
This time I’m re-reading her dreams for her take on Lemuria. The first time I skipped the dreams because I was interested in the Camino. Her book Out On a Limb changed the way I look at a lot of things, and opened up possibilities I hadn’t imagined before. The Camino also showed me a challenge yet to be answered and introduced me to lands unseen. I’d put this in my “absolutely love” book category. Buen Camino!
– G G Collins
Day-by-day accounts of the Camino experience:
Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago by Susan Alcorn (woman’s view)
Buen Camino: Hiking the Camino de Santiago by Jim & Eleanor Clem (man’s viewpoint)
Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons From the Camino by Joyce Rupp (nun’s viewpoint)
For more info on the pilgrimage:
Camino de Santiago Maps by John Brierley (must have for the walk)
Pilgrim Guides to Spain, Camino Frances by the Confraternity of Saint James (must have for the walk) Info: firstname.lastname@example.org in London
http://www.caminodesantiago.me/ (It’s not the only one, but a large community. Based in Santiago, Spain. Say “hello” to Ivar!)
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My thanks for the kind review. G G Collins