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Reluctant Medium #99cents 09/18/2022

Look for Reluctant Medium tomorrow at Just Kindle Books https://www.justkindlebooks.com/ . The first in the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries. Read how Rachel began her psychic journey, however reluctantly. Meet her friends, both the quick and the dead who helped her.

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“I really enjoyed this book! This book kept me up way too late. I can’t wait for the next one!”

“Collins has done her research into Native American culture and values, and it shows. I highly recommend Anasazi Medium. Trust me. You won’t be able to put it down.”

Santa Fe reporter Rachel Blackstone bungles a Native American ritual to return the dead. Instead of the father she believes was murdered, an evil spirit returns. Worse yet, Rachel is seeing ghosts. While some are helpful, others lead her astray. Problem? She can’t always tell them apart. Where does the totem wolf fit in? She turns to a Hopi shaman and her best friend Chloe to help her solve the mystery. One thing is certain; this spirit has got to go back!

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“Collins creates a world that breathes these legends into existence…”

Book Review: You Wish by Mark Scott Piper

Make a Wish!

Review by G G Collins Copyright 2022

High school still sucks in this well-written, fast-paced YA by Mark Scott Piper. You Wish is a book for anyone, even if graduation day exists only in your rearview mirror.

Jake Parker contemplates his lot in life, “A freakin’ nobody.” So it would seem. He sits in a “pile of rejects” while waiting his turn at bat on the baseball field. It’s the same with the girls at his school. They don’t know he’s alive. And why would they? Jake still rides a bike. With nearly two years to go before he can drive, he and best friend Lester make do in Santa Necia. And to end on a high note, his parents are now divorced.

Lester and Jake have a tree house that once passed as their secret pirate ship but having outgrown their yo-ho-ho days, the two renamed it The Snark in honor of the boat built by Jack London. They sometimes play out seafaring fantasies but guard against one of their classmates catching them fearing total humiliation.

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One day while exploring the Old Addison Place, a once beautiful Victorian house now in ruins and about to be demolished, Jake finds an old ship’s lantern. His life is about to change, but will it for the better? While polishing the lamp, Jake wishes he had a pizza and abracadabra one appears on his bed.

This plunges Jake into a moral dilemma about how to best use the remaining two wishes. The boys consider the possibilities from making them all rich to world peace. Just when Jake needs it, a new friend appears on the scene. Ben Ackyack, who may be in line to inherit the Addison Place, has parked his dilapidated trailer on the estate property and befriended Jake. Little does Jake know what an important part he will play.

Ben throws a wrench in the plans for the Addison property. So much so, the police begin checking him out. Trouble is, he appears to be devoid of a past. As Ben is arrested, Jake pulls out the lantern and makes his second wish. I won’t ruin it for you, but it’s something that’s caught on video. Reporters and the FBI swoop down on Santa Necia, infiltrating every aspect of Jake’s family life. The FBI even presents Jake with a demand from the President of the U.S. regarding the third wish.

Looking for advice, Jake turns to Ben. He counsels Jake telling him he will recognize when the time is right for the third wish, “It’ll be whatever you really want. Don’t worry, you’ll know.” And when the time comes, and it is a desperate moment, he makes the right wish.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2022 – Why I am skipping old age and heading into my second childhood by Sally Cronin

It’s time to rethink how we view aging. Growing older is a privilege not a curse. Read writer Sally Cronin’s view on a second childhood and see if you don’t agree. Now where is my Barbie doll?

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This post was first published on the wonderful Sue Vincent’s blog in 2018 and four years later I can honestly say that I am enjoying my Second Childhood in most repects. A little slower maybe and not quite as fearless as the first time around, but I do believe that however much time you may have in front of you, it should be fully embraced and celebrated.

Sally aged 7 years old – looking forward and not back

Why I am skipping Old Age and embarking on my Second Childhood instead.

I have researched the delights of Old Age rigorously, in an effort to determine if I want to actually accept the title. I looked after my mother for several years in her late 80s to her mid-90s, and I would say that she was young at heart until dementia robbed her of that at age 92.

She said that…

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Anasazi Medium 99 Cents Today

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Look for our ad in today’s The eReader Cafe. Anasazi Medium 99 Cents Today 7-22-22. Read this recent review posted on Amazon, Goodreads and BookBub.

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Anasazi Medium is the fourth novel in G.G. Collins’s Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries series. I haven’t read the previous adventures, but I chose this one because I have had a long fascination with the Anasazi culture and history and because I found the concept of a paranormal mystery intriguing. I wasn’t disappointed. Collins had me from the opening paragraph and kept me captivated through to the very end.

The plot is straightforward, and as it develops, more and more clues are uncovered, and the spiritual, magical encounters multiply. As a reader, you, too, step out of everyday reality almost from the outset. That transition is seamless because Collins makes the paranormal world feel absolutely believable.

Rachel Blackstone and her close friend and co-sleuth, Chloe, face the perils and surprises of the mystical world with confidence and conviction. We follow the two in and out of life-threatening situations with the help of ghosts and spirits. All of this leads Rachel and Chloe back to a less chaotic life in the end. If Rachel and Chloe seem to accept the supernatural without question and welcome her entries into the spirit world, we have to keep in mind that this is the fourth book in the series. They’ve had plenty of time to become confident in dealing with the spirit world.

As advertised, Anasazi Medium is a paranormal mystery, but it becomes a thriller as the plot develops. The tension and excitement build to a fever pitch before the mystery is solved. There is a lot at stake here—the end of the world as we know it. While that may be fantastical, in Anasazi Medium, it’s both believable and enjoyable.

Collins has done her research into Native American culture and values, and it shows. I highly recommend Anasazi Medium. Trust me. You won’t be able to put it down.

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Book Review of Family: A Writing Bloc Anthology

The Definition of Family Can be Loving or Twisted

With foreword by Mike X. Welch

Writing Bloc Project Manager of Books

by GG Collins Copyright 2022

How do you define family? Is it the one you were born into or the one you chose? This inspired collection of stories expands by leaps and bounds the familial definition. An international effort – some intergalactic – each narrative takes the reader on a journey of discovery. We are surprised by what we find and encouraged to go further.

Could you change the course of your life in 30 minutes? That’s what Charlotte does in “Thirty Minutes to Life.” A stained wedding dress has led her to a dry cleaner. The bride-to-be contemplates what she wants. Wise words from a kind stranger influence Charlotte’s decision between a predictable and conformist life or one where she controls her own future. Bank or dry cleaner? A young woman realizes she can choose.

Iris plans an escape with her younger sister Lily when their mother’s boyfriend becomes abusive. She knows that the house at “l989 Redwood Lane” is considered to be haunted. That’s her planned destination. They should be safe there because everyone avoids the place. Iris packs their things along with food and they run away from home. The house on Redwood Lane holds some ghostly revelations for the girls.

The Sister of the Moon collects souls and delivers them to the Dark Goddess. Although she doesn’t normally interfere with the condemned, today Sister is offering a new family if this lass desires. The judged and damned stands on the gallows ready to drop. In “Pearls and Swine” a young woman can choose to accept her fate or serve the Dark Goddess who will demand much. Should she allow the executioner to continue or remove the noose from her neck?

If you’ve read the classic science fiction book “Logan’s Run” by William F. Nolan, “Olds” will be a special treat. Set in the future, people get 60 years on Earth and then have six months to say their goodbyes and enter the Ascension. Each person is assigned a job after being tested by the Olds. Eryn was assigned to Child-Rearing. Olds declared her partner a perfect genetic match for her and joined them in a ceremony. Eryn isn’t happy. She’s not sure her feelings matter.

Family: A Writing Bloc Anthology provides a cohesive exploration of what the family unit is complete with drama, humor and horror. These families are not all conventional, but wherever and whoever they are, the stories resonate.

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Note: Some stories include adult content.

Book Review: The Ghosts of Manor Ren by Helen G. Huntley

By G G Collins (Copyright 2022)

Available at Amazon

At first you might think that The Ghosts of Manor Ren is just another ghost story, but there is more to it than that. Loren is a newlywed in 1945, but it is an arranged marriage and her husband Claude is inattentive at best. While he spends his time at the estate next door, Loren gets to know Manor Ren.

The lonely new wife is captivated by the sprawling three-story main house and its expansive gardens. But it is inside the mansion that claims her utmost attention. Fireplaces are being lit, furniture moved and she feels a presence. It is that presence who comforts her as she sleeps alone in the big creepy house.

It becomes more apparent that the house is alive with the past actively playing a role. Her newly hired maid senses it too. As the two women become involved with the “ghosts” in the manor, they discover all is not what it seems.

The Ghosts of Manor Ren is a delightful adult fairy tale written with romantic whimsy and a bit of truth.

Note: Adult Content

Mystery Series Now Available on New Mexico Nomad Mercado

Rachel Blackstone Mystery Series Included on New Mexico Nomad Mercado

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Free Book Friday / In Conversation With Author G.G. Collins

My thanks to Leon Stevens for the interview.

Lines by Leon

About the interviews:

When I published my first book, I looked for ways to reach new readers, and being a brand new author, participating in various book bloggers interviews was a good way to start. Some interviews were standard questions, while others had more individuality built into them.

I then did a twist on the author interview by interviewing myself (Leon Interviews Himself). I then thought it would be fun to get to know some of the authors I was cross-promoting with, and the Friday Conversations were born. Guess what? They are a lot of work. I look up the authors information, visit the website so I can craft a unique set of questions (OK, there are a few standard ones) to let my readership get to know these new authors. Worth the work? You bet. Here is today’s conversation:

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New Mexico’s Supervolcano

The Valles Caldera is Only Dormant

By G G Collins (Copyright 2021)

Excerpt from Anasazi Medium, Chapter 8

Yellowstone isn’t the only supervolcano in the United States. The Valles Caldera is located in northern New Mexico in close proximity to the Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) and the Rio Grande. An eruption from the dormant, but not extinct, volcano could cause significant interruptions to life or extinguish life depending on the force of the eruption. Some of you will recognize the Valles Caldera as the location of the Longmire sheriff’s ranch.

Images, except the above, are from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.

We pick up with an interview which journalist Rachel Blackstone is having with character Professor Axel Saxon at the University of New Mexico, Earth and Planetary Science. We join them with the interview already in progress.

“How dangerous is the Valles Caldera?” Rachel asked.

“It is considered a young supervolcano in that it erupted 1.25 million years ago. It’s geothermal and responsible for the hot springs that populate the area. We also know it is dormant, not extinct. The caldera is about 20 kilometres or 13 miles wide. A supervolcano isn’t one eruption, but multiple eruptions occurring at once. When the volcanic pressure cooker just can’t take anymore and it releases pent up energy in many places.”

He showed Rachel another map showing the resurgent lava dome, called Redondo Peak, and the smaller domes around it.

“If it were to erupt again,” Rachel asked. “What force are we talking about?”

“Supervolcanoes have an eruption of magnitude eight,” Saxon paused. “That’s the largest on the VEI or Volcanic Explosivity Index.”

“So this type of eruption really isn’t within our experience in the near past?” Rachel asked.

“No. You’ve heard of Pinatubo, Krakatau and a U.S. volcano called Mount St. Helens?”

Rachel nodded.

“These are inconsequential by comparison to the Valles Caldera. Even Crater Lake and Tambora are smaller. Only the Yellowstone supervolcano is larger.”

“Are you aware that the last time the Yellowstone erupted that ash and dead animal bones were found as far away as Nebraska? The three Yellowstone eruptions we know about produced enough ash to fill the Grand Canyon and were 2500 times larger than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Today, if Yellowstone went off it would immediately kill 90,000 people. Those not dead would be standing calf-deep in ash. The nuclear winter to follow could cause famine as the great breadbasket of the world, the States, would likely not be able to grow much.”

“What would the results be of a Valles Caldera eruption?” Rachel asked.

“First there would be the ash fallout to consider. Not only would any planes in the area be at risk of losing engine performance and therefore crash, but water contamination could result and rooftop collapse. That is especially a problem for flat roofs that can be found all over our area, but especially prominent in Santa Fe due to the Pueblo architecture.

Tent Rocks (Kasha-Katuwe) was created with volcanic ash fallout, perhaps 1/4 mile thick. Enough to have cooked a moderate-sized city.

“Agriculture would be adversely affected, maybe not even possible. Livestock would become ill and die from breathing the ash and gases.

“People would also experience health issues and some, maybe many, would die. It would depend on the size of the eruption.

Notice the proximity of Los Alamos (LANL) to the Valles Caldera.

“We don’t even know how it would affect power-producing plants. And yes, we don’t know if the damage to the LANL would be sufficient to release plutonium and other nuclear materials into the air. If so, that could be cataclysmic in terms of loss of life.

“As to the influence on the country and the world; again, depending on the size of eruption, it could bring about the nuclear winter where ash would block the sun and make agriculture impossible. And this brings me to the most lasting product of supervolcanoes: worldwide famine, millions—maybe billions—of refugees, satellite disruption and the crash of world financial markets.”

“Good god,” Rachel said. “All because a New Mexico volcano wakes up.”

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