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It Became About Humanity

Mahayana I. Dugast Author Interview

Ekstasis, the Return of the Sovereign Heart, follows two people who connect on a metaphysical level and work to save humans’ free will. This original idea is intriguing. How did you come up with this idea and develop it into a story?

The idea of regaining access to freedom and self-empowerment, and changing our world from the inside-out, out was what interested me. With that, I wanted to explore the idea of sacred union, meaning the inclusion of our true nature (spirit) in a loving relationship, and transcribing this as a novel is what got me writing many drafts over several years.   

I originally thought that it would be just one novel, but as I was ready to put the book through edits, the nemesis of sacred union, human freedom and self-empowerment stepped in to be integrated, taking the shape of the dark side of sexuality, all the way to human trafficking.

Then my one novel idea became a trilogy. Then it became about Humanity and not just one couple.

So overall, I had to find ways of building a structure (thank you to my structural editor!) to make sure that it could take not only the contemporary aspect of the here and now where the tale is anchored, but also the cosmic and spiritual dimensions.

What was the inspiration for the relationship that develops between the characters?

Besides entertainment, storytelling can be a powerful vehicle for self-realization, healing, upliftment, etc. So the characters in Ekstasis go through significant experiences, moving through their ordeals, into healing, self-realization, and/or spiritual awakening, giving us an insight into what is possible.  

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Self-awakening, self-forgiveness, human sovereignty [meaning autonomy and freedom from mental programming], inner guidance, inspiration, reclaiming one’s own empowerment through the healing of past trauma, resilience, self-love, and enjoying true, sacred loving for a new outlook on sex and love.  

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Book II of the Ekstasis Trilogy, aiming for the end of 2024.

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Together, they are the keys to humankind’s original blueprint. Apart, will they find each other through the pages of time?

Mona Devek is driven by an innate knowing. As a walk-in from birth, her life’s unfolding twists and turns serve to awaken her to her potential and identity and to reconnect her with an ancient star tribe. But when she publishes a work of fiction detailing her spiritual quest, something inspires her to fill in the blanks left by her as-yet-unseen interdimensional lover.

David Wilkins is a firm atheist and has long given up on happiness. Devastated by the tragic loss of his wife and child, the former award-winning film director shelved an unread book his sister shared on account of its uncanny similarities to his own life. Then on one transatlantic flight home, he finally flips it open . . . and by the time he reaches the last page, he is no longer the same person.

As Mona uncovers more about her true origin and her reason for incarnating, she discovers that the entire free will of human beings is at stake. And as David’s creativity resurfaces and he plans a return to directing by making a movie of Mona’s best-selling novel, he is shocked when he learns that the author he has grown to love is in a coma.

Can their spirits rejoin in the physical realm and save humanity from oblivion?

Ekstasis: The Return of the Sovereign Heart is the inspiring first book in the Ekstasis magical realism romance series. If you like a visionary and metaphysical adventure, with relatable paths of healing, where trauma and loss are transmuted into love, then you’ll adore M. I. Dugast’s journey into the soul.

Buy Ekstasis – The Return of the Sovereign Heart to pierce the veil today!


Ekstasis, the Return of the Sovereign Heart, by M. I. Dugast, is a novel that focuses on two different stories. One story is a product of metaliterature as there is a book in the book. On one side, David Wilkins is reading “Maps to the Sovereign Heart,” written by Mona Devek, and finds his life completely changed by reading the book. On the other side is the protagonist of the book Ericka, who goes through a lot in her life, dealing with her inner spiritual journey, nightmares from the past, and encounters with “The Elders,” her Spirit Guides.

Dugast writes in a quite descriptive and engaging way, helping the reader not get lost between multiple flashes forwards and backward by giving a place and date at the beginning of new chapters. The only down point is that the passage from Ericka’s adventures to David reading the book breaks the narrative tensions that had naturally formed while reading the book.

I appreciated the ties and interconnection between the two stories, making them feel like the same story and adding more depth to both. Furthermore, the connection between the ending, where Kadmon meets the Elders again, and the beginning, where he leaves them to go on a journey, feels particularly important after getting emotionally attached to the characters all book long.

Destiny, fate, reincarnation, and free will, are all themes readers will encounter in this novel. However, Dugast has woven them into a magical story that will leave readers stunned and catch their breath as they realize the intertwined lives of the fictional character are to the protagonist reading the story. The blurred lines of where one character’s life ends and the other begins will keep readers hooked, seeing how things all meet up and if the lines are entirely erased to create a new path they will take together.

Ekstasis, the Return of the Sovereign Heart, by M. I. Dugast, has an engaging metaphysical romance story and multiple plot twists that will have readers craving for more from the moment they first open the book. I recommend this novel to all readers looking for an interesting read and keen on knowing more about spiritual journeys and people overcoming their past traumas.

Pages: 810 | ASIN : B09NQRMRQX

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The Devil’s Calling

The Devil’s Calling, by Michael Kelley, is the second installment in the author’s trilogy, which picks up nine years after the events of The Lost Theory. The story follows Sean Byron McQueen and quantum physics professor Emily “M” Edens, who enjoy thriving careers as campus college professors. Emily develops a theory of constant creation, which quickly establishes her as a top scientist in the community. However, Sean becomes protective of her when he receives a telepathic message warning him that Emily is in danger. Sean learns of Emily’s possible fate through a spiritual guide, and soon, he will also face a returning nemesis, the Guru, or is it all just in his mind?

Kelley writes a fast-paced, exciting story that keeps the reader curious with suspense and anticipation. I found this second book in the series thrilling and fun, with a unique plot and interesting characters, which make the read worthwhile. The story is written in the first person, which gives readers Sean’s point of view, and how he gets pulled into a fascinating world that may be real or a construction of his imagination. As the plot develops and involves Emily, or “M,” the pace becomes more intriguing and unpredictable, which kept me turning the pages.

Kelley does a great job of drawing the reader in and capturing your attention with a plot and predicament that spirals into a creative and thought-provoking story. I found the book interesting in how it delves into the character’s inner conflict and what they must face when their lives take an unexpected twist.

The Devil’s Calling by Michael Kelley is an unusual but well-written story. It’s an excellent book for fans of science fiction, mystery, and the complexities of people, society, and our minds. I enjoyed the conflict in the book, which was almost symbolic while getting into the mind of Sean Byron McQueen, a fantastic character, and I look forward to reading more from Michael Kelley.

Pages: 531 | ASIN : B0BF63Z7XW

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Allowing The Possibilities

Jesse G and Carolee Shepherd Author Interview

Beyond Amazon takes readers on a metaphysical journey through time and shows them how Curtis Trueheart came to live in the village of Duachi. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The inspiration for our story began with a dream, not unlike the prologue. As in a real dream, there were many details left out, but the seed of the story was planted. It took several years to completely seize the opportunity and flesh out the rest, mostly through daily meditations on the shores of the Salish Sea (the area you know as Puget Sound). Carolee and I thoroughly enjoyed bringing our shared perspectives to the table, making sure that all the loose ends wound up woven together to create the beautiful life in Duachi.

In addition, as a lifelong songwriter, the last twenty-five years of collaborating with Carolee has led us through a fruitful journey of imagination and wit. My performing experiences have served me well, allowing me to put myself into the story. Although Curtis Trueheart, the lead character, is also a performing songwriter, his journey has gone far beyond any of my experiences of traveling, playing music and meeting new people.

Curtis Trueheart is an interesting character that I enjoyed following. What were some driving ideals behind Curtis’s character development?

I wanted Curtis Trueheart to reflect the meaning of his name. There is a lot of my character in Curtis, as I, too, am just as curious. I consider myself a mystic and find meditation, aligning with nature, and knowing we are all connected, serves my spiritual walk on this planet Earth.

Though he met with many unbelievable situations, Curtis’ curiosity and respect for “possibilities” provided the impetus for his inclination to proceed, despite the unique situation in which he found himself. Though, in the Beyond he had little choice but to accept what was happening, the nurturing he received encouraged his willingness to remain. This reflects and inner struggle that allows something other than what we think to be true. Being true to one’s heart is “allowing” the possibilities.

Additionally, I also wanted to give voice to some of the ideas that have emerged regarding what happens when we pass from this level of consciousness. Using my own experiences of those who have crossed over, coupled with NDEs of friends and others, we were able to imagine how the afterlife might present itself. Of course, our ultimate goal was to create the life we want to experience, and that became Duachi by the Golden Sea.

What was the writing collaboration process like on this book?

Carolee and I are very intuitive in our creative processes. And so it is that we work well together, bouncing off ideas, laughing at many of them, and spending the many hundreds of hours it took to give the story and the characters the life they needed to become real to us. We try to never criticize, but rather, critique…. there is a huge difference, you know? One allows growth and trust to be the underpinning of this process, while the other is a recipe for getting nowhere!

The “meat” of Beyond Amazon comes from my meditations on the beach, after which, I go home and write them down in whatever fashion they tumble out. Carolee then helps with getting them into proper form, sentence structure and continuity. We often just sit and talk about what’s happening and brainstorm how the current scene with play out.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I wish I could answer this question. We, too, are excited to find out what the next adventure will be for Curtis and Li. We do so many things – music, writing, quilted crafts, children, grandchildren…. It will certainly center on a mystical journey, although what is “cooking” right now is hard to describe.

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Beyond Amazon: A Metaphysical Journey Through Time and Space, by Jesse G. Shepherd and Carolee Shepherd, is a mind-bending mystical science fiction novel. It is a book about spiritual awakening, for it goes beyond the fantasy/sci-fi genres.

The story begins in the fictional town of Dropwater, Montana, which is hosting the annual August Arts Festival. Curtis Trueheart, a high school graduate returning after many years, is one of its featured musicians. After his well-received performance, he meets a couple, Randy and Alecia, and their son, Luka, They quickly hit it off, and Curtis is invited to visit their home on Outhere Island, off the coast of Puget Sound, in the Salish Sea. Looking forward to a relaxing vacation, Curtis finds himself on a trip that will change his life forever.

Unaware that he’s being sucked into the adventure of a lifetime, Curtis follows his friends on a two-day trip to Outhere Island, where he soon realizes that nothing is as it seems and the island hides wonderful secrets. An evening walk reveals mysterious events, such as an eight-foot tall man who comes and goes into the ethers, and a puppy-like creature who is entrusted to Curtis’ care. After demanding an explanation from Alecia, she challenges him to expand his understanding about time-travel, shape-shifting and genetic engineering.

All of Curtis’ beliefs and ideas about what is possible are laid bare as he, himself, falls into a transportal and lands in The Beyond, a place between dimensions, protected, where its creator, Dr. Manu Nanda, can conduct his experiments in an attempt to create more peaceful humans.

Curtis’ visit to The Beyond changes him forever in ways he could not imagine. Of course, there’s someone there to fall in love with, a tall, slender crystalline female being from the future, with fiber-optic hair and a mission to help Dr. Manu Nanda reach his challenging goal.

How Curtis and Li find their way to a life together is fraught with dangers and the stuff science fiction is made of. But rest assured, this story has a happy ending, and you will fall in love with how it all turns out.

An Exciting Adventure

D. J. Adamson Author Interview

INTO THE STORM: Aliens Among Us follows a sheriff who is investigating a group of boys that are missing; what he discovers is a paranormal mystery. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The idea for the novel INTO THE STORM came to me after writing the book OUTRE which won a Dane Rossetti award. Because of Into the Storm, I have retitled Outre and republished it as an APPROACHING STORM. I was also lecturing on Quantum Physics and the possibility of aliens already living with us…that stretched to the word Alien and how many definitions it has in our society. Writing the book, because of the topic, was an exciting adventure. Since I generally write crime/mystery, using that genre to base my Science Fiction curiosity was natural.

Did you create an outline for the characters in the story before you started writing, or did the character’s personalities grow organically as you were writing?

I don’t know if I have an actual creative process. I generally develop the idea, research, write the first ten chapters, then outline, looking for the themes in the story. I always know my protagonist and antagonist before the story begins. I also have a good idea of the major themes: what I want to say with the book. With INTO THE STORM, I enjoyed playing with the sparring of two police departments: City Police Chief and County Sheriff. I also have the other major characters in mind by the first ten chapters. From then on, I outline and edit as I write. I read the last three chapters written before going to write the next.

What themes were important for you to explore in this book?

I definitely wanted to explore how we use the word, Alien, as in immigrant, outer space, that which we don’t understand. I also wanted to say something about Bullying, Abuse, Police Corruption, Reality vs. Non-Reality, and Chaos formed by Ignorance.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Presently, I am writing WITH A VENGEANCE, the fourth book in the Lillian Dove Mystery Series. The book will be out in the Spring of 2023.

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2021 Semi-Finalist for Clue Award and a Paranormal Award.
There are aliens among us, but they take on many forms. They hide in plain sight. One of them could be you.
Set in small-town America, D. J. Adamson tells the story of an alien agenda, creating a madness of fear, and awakening concepts we may not be ready to see in ourselves. Into the Storm, a science-fiction thriller, asks questions needing answers before the big reveal: utilizing first contact, criminal intent, and the fear of those who are different.

“Excellent woven thriller with a SciFi twist!”

Beyond Amazon

Beyond Amazon is the debut novel of authors Jesse G Shepherd and Carolee Shepherd, and it is well installed in the science fiction genre with hints of romance and fantasy.

The story follows Curtis Trueheart, a young traveling musician who gets invited to perform in his hometown in Montana. After giving his concert, Curtis is approached by a kind, gentle-looking couple who introduce themselves as Randy, Alecia, and their son Luka. They immediately hit it off and invite Curtis to spend some time with them in their home at Outhere Island, in the Salish sea. Curtis accepts as he’s ready to take a break from music after a long and demanding tour. Unaware that he’s being sucked into the adventure of a lifetime, Curtis arrives with his new friends on Outhere Island, where he soon realizes that nothing is as it seems and the island hides wonderful secrets. As he’s approached by mystical creatures and faces the existence of an alternate reality, Curtis is enveloped in an entirely fantastical world where he discovers that there is a lot more beyond our dimension.

Beyond Amazon is a well-paced novel where one second you’re reading about the daily life of a young musician, and the next, you’re swept into a mystical world where shifting and alternate dimensions aren’t too far off from reality. Its genre is a gentle form of science fiction, where violence and bloodshed are excluded from the story as it focuses on more positive and joyful plotlines. The plot in itself is very compelling as it flows with perfect synergy. One chapter pours into the other without plotholes or sudden jumps between storylines. It captures the reader’s attention from the beginning and maintains its grip throughout the whole story. It is straightforward to read and presents clear writing and use of language.

The characters are exceptionally well-written and diverse, each with nuances and complexities of their own. The main character, Curtis Trueheart, is a young musician based in Seattle. He’s brave and kind-hearted, though slightly reluctant to accept the mystical realities he’s suddenly faced with. It is enjoyable to follow Curtis’s growth as the story progresses and watch as he not only accepts but embraces his new reality with an open heart and makes some excellent connections on the way.

Beyond Amazon: A metaphysical journey through time and space; How Curtis Trueheart came to live in the village of Duachi, by the Golden Sea is a charming and soul-touching story. The world-building is truly creative and a wonderful place to find respite from our currently turmoiled reality. I recommend it to anyone looking for a joyful and peaceful read full of optimism and possibility.

Pages: 221 | ASIN : B09VYKHPC2

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Dreams Just Became Powerful and Weaponizable

Avinash Naduvath Author Interview

Mindbender follows six people that are existing in a strange and mostly deserted town where they must figure out what has happened to them and why they are being drawn together. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

My wife and brother-in-law are strong lucid dreamers. When the topic came up for the first time I was surprised at the concept and marvelled at how someone could really control dreams. My thought was how could I do this myself. When I realized it takes years of practice to really perfect and implement, I thought how a larger force like the military could use virtuosos of lucid dreaming to manipulate and extract information from unknowing civilians. Dreams just became powerful and weaponizable.

The characters are unique and interesting in this novel. Did you create an outline for the characters in the story before you started writing or did the characters’ personalities grow organically as you were writing?

I had considered one big plot and wrote all the characters simultaneously. I wanted to bring out the impact that childhood trauma has on kids and how it begins to fracture the personality. As someone (even a psychiatrist) who is treating or trying to understand more about the depth of a person’s mind, it is almost impossible to understand the true nature of damage and each action might have caused. That was how the characters came by. The different characters reflect different types of people and how they need to be handled differently to really understand and relate to them. Some parts of their personalities were plot requirements but mostly they were living the plot and building their personality.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Some complex themes I had to really research and look into were lucid dreaming and life with a tough childhood. I didn’t really have a tough childhood so the basis of Pogo’s dad has been my visualization of other characters and people and I had to read some really sad stories of survivors who had overcome a tough childhood. Building an evil person from some gruesome survivor stories was hard. Similarly, while both my wife and her brother were good lucid dreamers they did not know how or why they could do it or even how it could be possible so I had to understand what lucid dreaming really was and how the entire premise of a controllable dream brings limitations on world building.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

At this point I have a brief idea on the topics I want the next book to be based on but apart from that I am building a plot now so probably in a year or so it should be done. My interests are always on topics which are least understood and have more space for imaginative inception.

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It all begins with a scream.

Pogo, a young lovable kid, wakes up to the scream and is scared that his mom has left him. Joshua a smart, meticulous boy, is disturbed by the scream and begins observing strange incidents in the world he just woke up in. Sarah, a simple senescent lady, wakes up to the scream and realizes her daughter and husband are missing.

Concurrently, a girl has been murdered at the only visible hotel in this world, and its hotel manager, Kobi, is not sure how the situation needs to be handled. There are no police around, and he teams up with Tonks, the owner of a diner, and Klaus, the owner of a supermarket, to figure out who killed the girl.

Six seemingly unrelated people embark on a journey through this vibrant, mostly deserted world, but nothing is what it seems, and this anomalous world will stop at nothing to assure the convergence of their paths.

In Tune With The Universe

Ivy Gilbert Author Interview

Protectors of the Light follows twin siblings who have drifted apart over time and are reunited with the common goal to protect the light, preventing the universe from entering paranormal darkness. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The original setup to the story was due to a personal experience I had when I was in a car accident that totaled my car, and I had an out-of-body experience. This made me look at life as we know it, the universe, and spiritual situations differently and am more in tune with the universe as a whole, versus me as being separate from it.

What character did you enjoy writing for? Was there one that was more challenging to write for?

I enjoyed Hannah’s character the most. Though she felt insignificant, she actually had a lot of inner strength and had an important purpose for her life. Often women feel their lives aren’t as important as the lives of others, and this inspired me to create great meaning for her life.

The one more challenging for me was Nick. Life was always easy for him and he expressed an outward charm and confidence, yet he too had feelings of insecurity and fear, which is tough for a guy to often show.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The first theme that I wanted to explore was that we all have a purpose for our lives even though that purpose isn’t always recognized or figured out. Second, we are all connected. Many of us think we are alone or separate from each other, but we are all connected, and like a spider-web, every action has a result that weaves the web that connects us. And finally, I really wanted to explore the theme of personal energy, vibrations, and universal laws to help the reader take a more proactive approach to their life.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m currently working on a book for women in business to help them in their careers and lives. Yes, I’m all over the place when I write from fiction to non-fiction, but when the inspiration hits… I have to follow!

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Darkness lurks in the shadows of the world patiently waiting for its opportunity to emerge and take control. It’s only by protecting the Light that we keep it at bay.
Hannah has always considered her life as unremarkable even though she had an experience that few ever have. After receiving a journal sharing the stories of several women before her, she learns that no matter how ordinary a person might feel, life holds a purpose – often greater than one could ever imagine.

After years of limited communication with her twin brother, Nick, their lives become intertwined as they try to solve the mystery of a lost, ancient artifact. As they battle with the forces of Darkness, they once again come together and learn of the powerful bond that only twins can share and of their joint calling to protect the light.

This supernatural mystery shares knowledge of the universe in its quest to overcome Dark’s attempt at control.
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