Monthly Archives: May 2014

FREE Kindle eBook “Lemurian Medium” Paranormal Mystery

How Far Would You Go to Rescue a Friend?

“Hang on tight…it’s quite a trip!” — Concordia Belle, Amazon Reader/Reviewer

 

FREE May 29 & 30, 2014 at Amazon

 

Rachel BlaBook Cover Newest LM 6-2014ckstone, the Reluctant Medium, travels through time to a place known only by legend. She finds herself on a continent destined to sink beneath the sea. While some of the inhabitants seem friendly, there are others with decidedly violent temperaments. Can she find her friend before cataclysmic events prevent their escape? Find out free. Thank you for reading.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HE18XES

Discover how Rachel Blackstone became the “Reluctant Medium” in Book 1:

http://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Medi…um+g+g+collins

Interview With G G Collins in OmniMystery News

G G Collins Talks Rachel Blackstone, Writing & Shoes

OmniMystery News

If you haven’t found OmniMystery News yet, click on their banner above and take a look. You’ll meet authors you love and find new ones who will become favorites. Check out book reviews, interviews, mystery blogs and the Mystery Event Calendar. Lance Wright, who must be an action hero to keep up with all the irons in the mystery fire, is the man behind it all. This includes Hidden Staircase Mystery Books and Mysterious Reviews.

Excerpt from interview with G G Collins:

OMN: If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, to research the setting for a book, where would it be?

GGC: Peru! I’d hike the Inca Trail, take photos and scribble notes in my sleeping bag via my headlamp. Rachel Blackstone would have yet another out-of-body experience ending at Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail has sheer cliffs to fall from (or be pushed) and caves to get lost in (or hide bodies); what a swell time she’d have. And maybe me too. To read the rest: http://www.omnimysterynews.com/2014/05/a-conversation-with-mystery-author-gg-collins-1405180800.html

Check out the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries only at Amazon. Just click on the book, and thanks for reading.

Reluctant Medium

Reluctant Medium

Lemurian Medium

Lemurian Medium

FREE eBook “Reluctant Medium” Paranormal Mystery

Would You Return the Dead?

Reluctant Medium

Reluctant Medium

Reluctant Medium is free today (May 17, 2014). Just click on the book cover to try it free.

Yesterday it was #1 in Mystery/Animals; #8 in Mystery/Women Sleuths; and #9 in Fantasy/Paranormal & Urban. Thanks for the fantastic response!

Just one moment of inattention and something evil slips through. Reporter Rachel Blackstone is a fact-based person trying to cope with something that defies explanation.

See how it all began. Today free.

Note: An interview with me will run in the Sunday’s Omni Mystery News. Omni Mystery News is part of a family of mystery publications. It also carries the Mystery Event Calendar. Keep up with all the latest mystery events and read about new and established writers.  Check it out at http://www.omnimysterynews.com/

Are You A Bohemian?

Bohemian, X Person, Cultural Creative, Creative Class?

By G G Collins (Copyright 2014)

Bohemian Beatnik Girl Wikemedia Commons

Bohemian Beatnik Girl Wikemedia Commons

Test Yourself: Are you fond of the color black and wear it often? Do you cut your hair with full bangs? Do you share your life with a cat, ferret or duck? Has the dust on your furniture achieved new heights? Is noon an early call for you? Have you written across lines, rather than between them? Can you find lavender oil on your shelves? Do you pursue creative work?

If you answered affirmatively to several of these questions, you are quite possibly a Bohemian.

Bohemian Manifesto by Laren Stover

Bohemian Manifesto
by Laren Stover

In Laren Stover’s Bohemian Manifesto: A field Guide to Living on the Edge, she suggests that there are five distinct Bohemians: Nouveau (they are the only Bohemians with money), Gypsy, Beat, Zen and the Dandy. This is a fun book to read even if you’re not the slightest bit “X.” If you recognize yourself, you can’t wait to turn the page. The illustrations by IZAK are a delight.

An archetypal book on the American class system is Paul Fussell’s Class: A Guide Through the American Status System. Go straight to Chapter IX, “The X Way Out,” and then read the rest. Fussell pokes fun at everyone and you can’t help but enjoy it—although the occasional stab can hurt a little. Learn how to tell what class a person is by how he pronounces words, what she drinks or wears, even the knickknacks found in their house (never home). Although a little dated, this book is a hoot!

Richard Florida’s book The Rise of the Creative Class, is a thought-provoking read about the revolution in the workplace and the importance of place (first, second & third). Often considered a business book, it nevertheless belongs on the shelf. For a more collegiate read try The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World by Paul H. Ray, Ph.D. and Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D. It defines the cultural creative and takes an in-depth look at the serious side of this renaissance, from ecology to corporate greed. See if you agree with them from the luxury of hindsight.

Bohemian VW Wikimedia Commons

Bohemian VW Wikimedia Commons

Throughout contemporary history there have been people who challenge the norm: the Impressionist artists, the Flappers, Beatniks, Hippies. Today’s young adults are invigorating downtowns in cities left empty by the White Flight of the 1960s. Once again our American downtowns are becoming vibrant and yes, creative.

Going against the tide takes courage. Stover had this to say: “Bohemians have the courage to reject mainstream society; to follow an ideal and forsake praise and security; to alienate family; to be, as Jack Kerouac put it, ‘yourself at whatever cost.’” Does that describe you? If so, you just might be a Bohemian.

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Bibliography: 

The Cultural Creatives by Ray and Anderson

The Cultural Creatives by Ray and Anderson

Class by Paul Fussell

Class by Paul Fussell

Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge by Laren Stover, Bulfinch Press, 2004.

Class: A Guide Through the American Status System by Paul Fussell, A Touchstone Book by Simon & Schuster, 1983.

The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida, Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2002.

The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World by Paul H. Ray, Ph.D. and Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D., Harmony Books,  2000.

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