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:

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.
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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

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

AuthorSmart.com – nonfiction publishing
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

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

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


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

literarymarketplace.com/ - one week subscriptions online – also in libraries
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


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.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Who is this man? 

He is Dr. Russell Targ, author of The Reality of ESP: A Physicist's Proof of Psychic Abilities.

I am delighted to have the chance to interview him  about his new book.

Toby: Do modern technological aids such as GPS and smart phones help or hinder the development of ESP abilities? 
Dr. Targ: In my experience, people seem to do better at remote viewing in an electrically shielded room. EMF doesn’t help. It appears to hurt.

Toby: Have your own paranormal experiences influenced the direction of your research?
Dr. Targ: Yes. It was my early psychic perceptions that gave me the confidence to move from physics to ESP research. I once was riding with my boss, when I had a clear vision of Hebrew characters written in white on black. It turned out to be a Photostat manuscript on the desk of my boss’s best friend the rabbi. Also as a teen-ager I was a stage magician doing mental magic. I occasionally had clear and correct visual images pertaining to the person whose mind I was pretending to read.

Toby: Will humans as a species eventually embrace their ESP abilities? Why or why not?
Dr. Targ: We are still trying to recover from the stigma on all mystics from the so-called Enlightenment, when the Church and science was trying to save us from evil mysticism. But today there are more than two-million web pages on Google pertaining to “remote viewing” and how to learn and use it. So I think we are making progress. We had a $23 million program at SRI to do research for the government.

Toby: Does believing in paranormal phenomena increase a person's performance of ESP tasks?
Dr. Targ: Yes indeed. The sheep do much better than the goats. This is a highly repeatable finding.

Toby: Can ESP research prove or disprove reincarnation? 
Dr. Targ: ESP is not related to reincarnation. The person is either re-born or he isn’t.  ESP is essential for evidence for postmortem persistence of the personality. So-called survival. This data usually comes to a medium by ESP. And the evidence for survival is excellent. My book has several good examples.

Toby: Do you feel the scientific community gives your work the attention and respect it deserves?
Dr. Targ: When we were at SRI with lots of money, we got very respectful attention from the scientific community. Our work was published in Nature, The Proceedings of the Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the American Institute of Physics. After the program was cancelled in 1995, not so much.

Toby: What influence do spirituality or religious faith exert on the development of ESP abilities?
Dr. Targ: It is not necessary to be a religious believer to be psychic. However after some years of remote viewing, it becomes clear that we are able to experience events that are thousands of miles away or in the future. The Buddhists call this timeless awareness. And they say that is who you are. I agree.

Toby: What changes would you like to see in medical practice to accommodate distant healing?
Dr. Targ: I think the evidence for distant healing is excellent. My daughter Elisabeth Targ did a successful study with 60 of her San Francisco AIDS patients. The paper was published in The Western Medical Journal in 1999.

Toby: Where do you predict psychic research will head in the future?
Dr. Targ: As soon as we have a description of the physics of ESP, it will swiftly be accepted. Or if the people who are trying to make money in the market of gambling are successful, there will be a big positive change. In 1982 we made $120,000 forecasting silver commodities. We were successful 9 out of 9. And NOVA made a one-hour show to celebrate. It was called The Case of ESP. Still available on Google.

Toby: What impact do you hope your work will have on human consciousness?
Dr. Targ: My hope is that people will realize that they are not just meat and potatoes. They might be more compassionate toward one-another and greatly diminish their own suffering.
Toby: Thank you, Dr. Targ for enlightening us all.

About The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities
Nobel laureate physicist Brian Josephson says, “This book should make those who deny the existence of [psychic] phenomena think again.” In The Reality of ESP, Targ presents evidence from the $20 million research program he co-founded at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the 1970s. The amazing feats of psychic ability he details include: While remote viewing for the CIA, SRI psychics found a downed Russian bomber in Africa, reported on the health of American hostages in Iran, and described Soviet weapons factories in Siberia. When San Francisco heiress Patricia Hearst was abducted from her home in Berkeley, a psychic with the SRI team identified the kidnapper and then accurately described and located the kidnap car. After leaving SRI, Targ's group made $120,000 by psychically forecasting for nine weeks in a row the direction and amount of changes in the silver commodity futures market – without error! Targ also describes a plan for developing your own psychic abilities.

About Russell Targ
Physicist Russell Targ was the co-founder of a 20 year $25 million research program investigating psychic abilities for the CIA, Army Intelligence and many other agencies at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). This previously SECRET research and applications program is now declassified. Targ has written a comprehensive book describing the remarkable accomplishments of this program.
Here's a video where you can see and hear the author himself:
The Reality of ESP - Russell Targ on Physics and ESP from his recent book - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhRubnF4dN8

For More Information About Russell Targ and The Reality of ESP - http://bookpromotionservices.com/2013/09/03/add-info-reality-esp-russell-targ/
Russell Targ’s Website – http://www.espresearch.com/
Amazon Link for The Reality of ESP –
To learn more about Russell Targ’s work as the co-founder of a 20 year $25 million research program investigating psychic abilities for the CIA, Army Intelligence and many other agencies at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). get your own copy at http://www.amazon.com/Reality-ESP-Physicists-Psychic-Abilities/dp/0835608840. You can find more information from the virtual book tour for The Reality of ESP at http://bookpromotionservices.com/2013/09/03/reality-esp-tour/