Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Backlight Historical Novel Released

Backlight,  A Fesler Family Chronicle

In the theatre, a backlight illuminates the shapes of the actors and the set but masks the details to create illusory truth. Backlight tells the shadow tale of a family’s trek across continents and generations. One family journeyed from Switzerland in the 1600s through Germany to Pennsylvania Colony in the 1700s, into Indiana in the 1800s, and then to Arizona in the 1900s, always searching for a better life.


The Fesler saga mirrors the experiences of millions of Americans, no matter their heritage or land of origin. This work is part history, part fiction but a whole attempt to understand the people and forces that help shape us. The more we understand, the better we can consciously choose directions for our future as a family, a nation, and a world.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Promise to Return

My new play with the theme of reincarnation is called Promise to Return.

A young man who remembers dying in the Vietnam War reincarnates compelled to find his previous family and fulfill the destiny denied him by death. His current family feels abandoned. Diego risks exposing his illegal status as a Mexican migrant and drives to Phoenix in 2014. He recognizes his home and some people but fails to convince them. An ally, Brianna, and other students accompany him to a protest for DACA "dreamers." The authorities deport Diego. He faces a dangerous return to Phoenix and the prejudice of family members who reject him.

Write to me on my website if you're interested.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Luke's Covenant won a Halloween Book Award previously. For a spooky read, try:
https://www.amazon.com/Lukes-Covenant-Alma-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B002KE4XZ2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An Exciting Read for Independence Day

"Aside from 'Hamilton,' Revolutionary era inspires little art" said Hillel Italie of The Associated Press today."Notable works about the American Revolution are rare outside of history books."

Lainn's Destiny tells the fictional story of a young Scot who flees to the Maryland Colony in the run up to the American Revolution. His path crosses those of other patriots, Tom Jefferson and George Washington. As a doctor Lainn defies the law and runs a secret clinic where he inoculates recruits, giving them a chance to survive illness and battle when they join the Yankee army.
Paperback and Kindle Amazon

toby@tobyheathcotte.com

Lainn's Destiny is a volume of the Alma Chronicles

Souls, bound together in a circle of love, passion, betrayal, and murder, reincarnate lifetime after lifetime from the ancient Celtic world through 21st century America.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go can Empower Your Life by Judith Orloff, MD

Surrender as a coping technique for life's issues is a thought-provoking premise. Orloff develops it into an insightful approach. She assumes her readers have high intelligence and talks directly to them with respect and forthrightness. This quality makes her an excellent teacher.  Her chapters speak to paths we all follow from time to time in our lives. I took her suggestion to jump around to read the chapters that have greatest relevance.

The chapter on igniting your super senses and particularly the art of reading people encourages the reader to greater sensitivity in relating to other people. She assumes we all have super senses and can develop them if we choose to. I found the surrender test and the chapters on illness and aging equally valuable.

I love to read books with a highlighter. Returning to read the highlights later gives me added dimension. Orloff's book is such a treasure: "Surrender to your intuition: Make space for grace." "...illness is a call for your soul to grow. "...dreams are committed to supporting your well being." "Make your mind a shelter, a safe place to go."

If we learn her techniques we can grow spiritually, have happier more fulfilling lives, and give more meaningful service to mankind. If that possibility intrigues you, I highly recommend The Ecstasy of Surrender as a guide.  You'll be glad you read it.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Resources for Writers

Editing
chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html nonfiction
Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus
mla.org - Modern Language Association style sheet
The Elements of Style by William Strunk
Rules for Writer by Diana Hacker
camlang.com – Cambridge Language of Style
Self-Editing For Fiction Writers: How to edit yourself into print by Renni Browne and Dave King.
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
The First Five Pages: A writer’s guide to staying out of the rejection pile by Noah Lukeman.
Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, Edition 2 by Cynthia Laufenberg and the editors of Writer’s Digest Books
The Writer’s Digest Writing Clinic by Joe Feiertag and Mary Cupito

Publishing
AuthorSmart.com – nonfiction publishing
writeandpublishyourbook.com
azbookpub.com – Arizona Book Publishers Association
booksandtales.com/pod/index.php – a guide for Print on Demand
book-publishers-compared.com/ - a good book
parapublishing.com/sites/para/ - information on self-publishing
communicationcreativity.com/index.html – good books

Libraries
Gutenberg.org – free books
ipl.org Internet public library

Legal
publaw.com - articles on copyright and other writing-related law
copyright.gov/Go to Literary Works and follow the directions.

Agents

Technique
How to Write Attention-Grabbing Query & Cover Letters by John Wood
How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen
The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published by Evan Marshall
           
writersdigest.com/ - books and articles on writing – good technique books
fwbookstore.com/category/writing - Writer’s Digest books on writing
Writingcareer.com
Moviebytes.com
Internetwritingworkshop.org

Marketing
literarymarketplace.com/ - one week subscriptions online – also in libraries
Radiolocator.com
Newspapers24.com
Newslink.org
Absolutewrite.com
Inktip.com
authorsandspeakersnetwork.com
Writersreaders.com – local website host for independent authors
newvoicesbookstore.com/ accepts self-published books on consignment.
writersmarket.com – places to sell your writing

writerbeware.org – sfwa.org (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America)
– warnings about literary fraud and other schemes, scams, and pitfalls that target writers


azauthors.com – links to other writers’ groups, associations, magazines, media, publishers, services for writers, bookstores, events

Saturday, January 18, 2014

TOBY FESLER HEATHCOTTE LIVE ON RADIO, ABOUT BOOKS AND PSI

Tune in to "Under the Surface" hosted by Lori Hines, Jan. 24, 2014, at 7 pm Arizona time (9 pm EST) on www.whvrdigital.com.
Toby Fesler Heathcotte answers questions about her psi experiences and her metaphysical books. She authored Out of the Psychic Closet: The Quest to Trust my True Nature and the Alma Chronicles, a multi-generational fiction series based on reincarnation.

Toby also talks about her years as president of Arizona Authors Association and offers advice to writers in all genres. Tune in from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, call in to the studio, or connect through the chat room. You might win a book giveaway.