Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My First Review of Backlight

“Backlight: A Fesler Family Chronicle” by Toby Fesler Heathcotte is a beautifully written account of the authors endeavor to trace her family’s genealogy, in an effort to better understand how one’s heritage helped determine who they are today.

Heathcotte did extensive background research, ancestral searches and interviews with living family members to gain the information on her family history. I thought this read would be one that would only benefit the Fesler family; however, I was quite intrigued by how ingenious the families were in the quest to survive, and how life was from 1684 to 1969. The author provided vivid descriptions of events, and I felt like I transported through history with the incredible narrative.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Backlight: A Fesler Family Chronicle" by Toby Fesler Heathcotte. It was informative, meaningful, and beautifully written.

Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (11/17)

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:

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

Editing nonfiction
Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus - Modern Language Association style sheet
The Elements of Style by William Strunk
Rules for Writer by Diana Hacker – 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 – nonfiction publishing – Arizona Book Publishers Association – a guide for Print on Demand - a good book - information on self-publishing – good books

Libraries – free books Internet public library

Legal - articles on copyright and other writing-related law 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
   - books and articles on writing – good technique books - Writer’s Digest books on writing

Marketing - one week subscriptions online – also in libraries – local website host for independent authors accepts self-published books on consignment. – places to sell your writing – (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America)
– warnings about literary fraud and other schemes, scams, and pitfalls that target writers – links to other writers’ groups, associations, magazines, media, publishers, services for writers, bookstores, events