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

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
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 -

For More Information About Russell Targ and The Reality of ESP -
Russell Targ’s Website –
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 You can find more information from the virtual book tour for The Reality of ESP at

Monday, October 7, 2013

Who is this man?

Who is the man with the cat?
 Look for an interview and details of a wonderful new book by this author.
I promise you will love the book
Watch for the post on October 9.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nightmares, Troubling Dreams

Despite the terror a nightmare causes, it is a positive event in your life. The mind cleanses itself of bad dreams and disgusting thoughts through nightmares. It's a sign that your dreaming self considers you strong enough to learn something about yourself or fix some problem. However, you may have to work hard to turn the negative into a positive. It could be emotionally taxing but will be worth the effort in relief. .

As various as our own personalities, nightmares often include being chased, brutalized, isolated, forced to do horrible things, and all manner of mayhem humans can think up..

Our nightmares are responses to both inner and outer havoc. I don't have nightmares often, but when I do they are often provoked by the news like this one in 2007: .

I was in a prison hospital with very real, bright colors. A young man, an Arab, lay on the operating table. He was scared. I put my arms around him. I could feel his heart beat and his trembling. Then the staff took over. They began to disembowel him while he was still alive. They were really enjoying the process. I could see one blue-gowned man pull out guts and lay them on the table. The horror of it awoke me. .

The day before the dream, I had heard about some cases before the Supreme Court of death row victims remaining awake and feeling great pain before death finally came..

Also on TV a Muslim called himself an alien in America. I'm reminded of World War II when Japanese and Germans were interred here in the U S because the people couldn’t tell the good guys from the bad. The same thing is happening now in some places. The darkness in my soul mirrors the times. I dream about these things because I’m a part of the mind of the world. It’s not all wonderful to be a part of the whole. To be aware of cruelty, to experience it from the point of view of the victim and of the perpetrator—that’s hard to bear..

When I awoke from the nightmare, I felt breathless. I was sweating and my heart thumped in my chest. I didn’t want to write it down but couldn’t get it out of my mind. As I wrote, my physical symptoms abated..

It's possible such dreams are flushing out the system, making sure all the parts work okay. The dreaming self creates the upsetting scenarios to get us emotionally revved up. This works much like our immune system where we catch a cold then manufacturer the anti-bodies to cure it..

When we move from waking to sleeping, we prepare to dream by beginning rapid eye movements (REM). We continue to breathe and our involuntary functions continue, but sleep paralysis keeps our arms and legs still so we don't act out the scenarios we are dreaming. Sometimes, when a person becomes aware that his body is paralyzed during this transition, he becomes fearful and a nightmare results. .

Alien abduction nightmares often include stories of sleep paralysis, which is a normal passage from waking to sleeping when the body's processes change. .

If the person realizes what is happening with the onset of a nightmare or troubling dream, he might be able to convert the experience into a lucid dream. The trick is to realize one is dreaming then change the plot to something more palatable or even enjoyable. .

A recurring dream with no variations in the scenario could indicate post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Don't think for a minute that it just happens to veterans of wars. They do suffer from PTSD frequently, but so do people who are victims of car accidents, floods, fires, hurricanes, and other manmade or natural disasters. Those who have been abused as children or adults are prone to PTSD as are people displaced by political unrest and victims of crimes. Just watching Nine Eleven happen on TV and the events of the following days caused one third of Americans to suffer from sleep deprivation, according to a Pew Research Center Study. .

Previous unresolved issues in our lives can make problems worse for those who suffer from nightmares or lack of sleep. .

Nightmares are often repressed memories that surface so we can deal with their effects in our lives. The more bizarre the dream, the greater its importance..

Trust each dream as an effort to achieve greater clarity and inner peace for the dreamer. Whatever fragment of a dream is available, even if it's just seeing an image of a tiger, work with that. The next time you have the nightmare, turn and face the tiger. Ask it, "What it is doing in your dream?" It might dissolve into a kitten and become a dream ally..

Recurring dreams where the same scenario repeats or something similar happens tell the dreamer that there is work to be done. The good news is that our dreaming selves know we are capable of dealing with the underlying conditions that cause the dream. .

Nightmares can represent repressed events from our life, often unresolved problems from childhood, for example feeling unloved by a parent or bullied by classmates. Repressed memories of mistreatment by others or abuse by adults, whether physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual, often result in nightmares. .

If such memories emerge for you, there's no reason to feel ashamed or frightened. Find someone to support you in analyzing your dreams and reclaiming the memories. It could be family, friend, or a professional counselor. The important thing to accept is that you are ready at some level to deal with the emotional fallout or your dreams would not occur..

An author friend of mine, Beth Blake, tells of her daughter's nightmare that became a positive learning experience for both of them, once explained by a therapist. When my daughter was a teenager, we had a sweet black lab named Pepper. Pepper was a big dog who loved to cuddle and, despite her size, was the gentlest dog on earth. One night, my daughter had a bad dream. She dreamt she went into her room, and it was filled with snakes crawling all over the floor. Panicked, she ran to the living room to find me and screamed for help. I handed her a gun. She ran back to her room and shot the snakes, one by one. Instead of bullets, water shot out of the gun. As soon as the water hit each snake, the snake turned into Pepper, ending up with a room full of Peppers..

A therapist I know, Lillie Weiss, author of Dream Analysis in Psychotherapy, and Practical Dreaming: Awakening the Power of Dreams in Your Life, told me that the snakes represented scary problems in her life. As usual, she ran to me, her mother, for help. Because she was a teenager by now and not a child anymore, I did not go with her but instead gave her the tools (the gun) to handle the problems herself. When she attacked the problems (the snakes), the problems went away and were replaced by our loving dog, Pepper. .

The dream frightened my daughter until I explained to her the therapist's analysis. All dreams, including nightmares, bring new information. A dream scenario might seem like something you've dreamed many times, but you are either not following the path toward wholeness that you need to follow or there is something new to be gleaned from the dream..

Fear of cancer surgery provoked a nightmare that became a compelling inspiration in the life of another author friend, Cherie Lee..

Two nights before my scheduled mastectomy surgery for breast cancer, I had the worst nightmare I’ve ever had. Pregnant human-animals used their extending jaws to eat part of my body, my breast. Flesh tore from my body, but I did not feel pain. Blood and urine pooled on the floor under stacked cages of creatures. Everything stank..

My heart raced, my body trembled and I wiped sweat from my head as I sat on the edge of my bed. Frightened, I told myself to write everything I remembered down. It had to mean something..

As I wrote my notes, my heartbeats slowed. I wrote faster feeling I’d lose some details if I didn’t rush. By the time I finished scrawling my notes, I realized my fear had fled. Did the act of writing that nightmare down make my fear disappear? I had no clues but I did feel everything would be all right. To help reassure myself, I whispered, “This is a great story outline. You’re going to survive and write it, too.”.

My self-talk convinced me to go get a drink of water and go back to bed. I quickly said a prayer and had a warm feeling inside me. Soon, I slept peacefully and woke refreshed the next morning..

After my surgery with my recovery well on its way, I focused on writing every day. I made notes and organized emails to remind me about my feelings dealing with cancer. Those notes lead to a published booklet, which covered my feelings as a survivor, as I sought ways to encourage women to get their mammograms as well as let them know having breast cancer doesn’t mean an automatic death sentence..

An even more wonderful result, the nightmare inspired my first fiction publication in a horror anthology. It gave me courage to pursue my dreams of writing fiction..

Our nightmares and troubling dreams work toward greater wholeness, greater self-understanding, and spiritual growth. .

Here's a Tip • If you have a nightmare, try to understand. Ask yourself why you are afraid. What about the dream makes you not want to finish it? Why did you awaken instead of turning the dream to something positive? • Invoke your dreaming self. Ask it to become your friend. Ask it to send a dream figure who will help you deal with the nightmares, like an angel or a puppy. • Re-enter your dream and continue it while you are awake. • Remember the dream has come to serve your best interest. Try to figure out its meaning in both your dreaming life and your waking life. • Stay alert for moments when you realize you are dreaming and try to take control of the dream and turn it to your satisfaction. • There have been reports that some nightmares lead to diagnoses of illness, such as cancer, in time for treatment to be effective. Scan your dreams for such information for your health's sake.