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Madeira ~ Paradise in Portugal by guest blogger @junying007

Happy Chinese New Year! What better way to celebrate than to have a terrific guest blogger on this auspicious day.

Good friend and author, Junying Kirk and I share a love of food and travel, so she’s penned a wonderful post about her recent trip to Madeira, Portugal.

Enjoy the warmth of Madeira and Junying’s writing , and then hop over to her website to celebrate the year of the horse!

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Who is Junying?

Junying Kirk was born and grew up in China. A British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at Warwick University in 1988, followed by further postgraduate degrees at Glasgow and Leeds. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher and cultural consultant. Currently working as a professional interpreter and translator, she loves reading and writing books. Her Journey to the West trilogy, ‘The Same Moon’, ‘Trials of Life’ and ‘Land of Hope’ have been published on Amazon Kindle, CreateSpace, and Smashwords. She regularly blogs on books world travels, food and photography, in fact, anything interesting and worth sharing at http://www.junyingkirk.com.

She lives in Birmingham UK with her English husband.

Learn more about Junying in an interview we did here.

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Madeira, a Garden Paradise & Seafood Lover’s Retreat

To escape from the freezing chills of British winter, we head south, either to one of the Spanish Canary Islands, Gran Canaria or Tenerife, or as we do more often, Madeira.

We do not go to Madeira to languish on a sandy beach under blistering sun, hoping for a marvellous tan.

No, though no beaches, this Portuguese “Pearl of the Atlantic” has plenty of other attractions to offer.

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Madeira, closer to the coast of Northern Africa than that of Southern Europe, means ‘wood’, and its capital city Funchal is ‘fennel’ in Portuguese. It is covered with a wide variety of trees, plants and flowers which have inhabited this island from ancient times. Little has changed with 90% of the island since its ‘official’ discovery in the early 15th century by Portuguese navigators.

My ‘discovery’ of Madeira came much later.

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At the end of 2006, following the recommendation of a dear friend, my husband, John and I, jetted off to this tropical garden paradise for the first time. We celebrated a warm Christmas in style and watched an amazing fireworks display, indulging our senses with a fabulous selection of gourmet Portuguese food, in fine, tropical weather surrounded by amazing flora and fauna.

JK at garden

We took a cable car up Monte, which boasts a couple of the most beautiful botanic gardens on earth, where we were greeted by the spectacular open amphitheatre of Funchal and the mighty, endless ocean as far as our eyes could see, it was like, WOW.

On our descent, we sauntered into a “tourist information centre”, or so we thought!

We booked a Levadaa mountain walk. It’s a must-do for all tourists.

Even though I was no longer as fit and energetic as my younger self, my desire to experience first-hand, anything adventurous and action-orientated made me tingle with anticipation.

Emerging two hours later, we had been sold a one week time share by a friendly, chatty American saleswoman—an unexpected New Year gift to ourselves.

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And here we are in 2014, on our fifth visit. As I leaned on our balcony looking out on the shimmering Atlantic in the sun, listening to the soothing sounds of huge waves crashing against the volcanic rocks just beyond the green palm trees and blue swimming pools below, I felt an incredible sense of calm and peace, a trickle of deep satisfaction about my life – I am a happy and blessed woman on holiday, and Woo Hoo, it’s paradise on earth Madeira!

During my travels I always try sampling local cuisine, and I am especially fond of seafood and exotic fruits. Madeira, as it turns out, promises a most delectable choice of cuisine, both local and international.

Madeira - JK in market

Our various visits have brought us in contact with a number of delicious dishes, from celebrated restaurants from Trip Advispr to side street small bars and grills, which offer a great variety. I especially love the local home-made bread, the “balo-do-caco”, made on a hot stone. As soon as you made your order, the waiter would bring you a basket where the bread is warm with garlic and herbs butter – Damn delicious!

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Another of my favourites is seafood. The Madeirans do the most mouthwatering fish soups! Believe me, you would want more once you tried them. As a matter of fact, I have made it myself – a great bonus for having a luxurious apartment, where I can actually dirty my hands in a small but adequate kitchen, enough to pan-fry an occasional scabbard fish.

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Oh yes, you can buy the freshest black scabbard fish, Espada, which again is speciality of Madeira, as this kind of deep sea fish can be found in that part of the world. And, I simply adore the Workers‘ Market (Mercedo dos Lavradores) in Funchal, where you can get your hands on every kind of tropical fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of fish brought in from the ocean surrounding this evergreen island. I have found several unusual fruits, including one strange fruit called monstera, a hybrid of pineapple and banana – it’s kind of difficult not to have naughty thoughts when you see one :)!

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Apart from the wide choice of seafood, you could try another of the local specialities “espetada”, a skewer with seasoned meat grilled on charcoal, often served on an iron spit hanging from an iron hook.

Then you’re in for a treat if you have a sweet tooth. Have I already mentioned the massive choice of locally grown fruits? How can you resist the temptation of a passion fruit or a papaya pudding with caramel topping? How about a slice of Madeira cake – the island used to be an important producer of sugar, so they boast a number of sweet recipes. My eyes nearly popped out when I saw the selection of colourful cakes on sale during Christmas time. I started drooling there and then!

John Kirk

During our dining at a restaurant in Funchal, the kind waiter brought us a bottle of Madeira wine (5 year old at least) and a basket of home-made ginger biscuits. A perfect way to round off a superb gastronomic treat!

After relaxing by the pool, devouring my favourite books one after another, I loved dipping in the cool waters for a leisurely swim. If you are a good swimmer and fancy a more adventurous pursuit, go diving, or surfing. There is also horse riding, or a thrilling ride on the Toboggan, racing downhill in a massive wicker basket – that was fun and adrenaline-pumping, to say the least.

Finally I’d like to share with you a short video on Youtube, which I made after our previous visit in 2012. Hope you’ve enjoyed the virtual tour with me :).

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Connect with Junying

Website | Twitter @junying007 | Facebook | YouTube | Goodreads

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Thank you Junying for taking us on a virtual holiday with you to Madeira!

If you would like to be a guest blogger, please comment below and let me know. The goal is to highlight YOUR writing. Connect to me via any of my networks. Twitter and email are best.

Don’t forget to visit Junying at her site and wish her a Happy New Year too!

Many thanks, 

~ eden

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Dads and Daughters ~ Read a guest blog by @HefferonJoe

Over the next months, I’m encouraging guest bloggers to share about themselves. As we all know, writers, like other professions are multi-dimensional beings. Authors have lives and interests outside of writing.

Given that, I’m opening up my blog to writers to showcase their style, their loves and passions, their humour, and their knowledge on various subjects.

The goal is to allow the author’s own voice to create an interest in who they are.

So … let’s get started.

Remember Joe Hefferon? I interviewed him in December. He complained vehemently that he was one of my last interviews of the year.

He was joking … maybe.

Regardless, I’m making him my FIRST guest blogger of 2014. See Joe? I was listening. 😉

If you missed his revealing Q and A, please go here. It’s a good one, and I’ll wait for you.

There are many sides to Joe as you can see, and one of them is a soft side. He might not want to admit it, but it’s there, and you don’t even have to scratch far beneath the surface to find it.

Read his humorous, heart-warming post about dads and daughters.

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Who is Joe?

Joe was in law enforcement for 25 years before he retired as captain, and is a single dad and father of two. He keeps his hand in law enforcement, teaching classes in Personal Safety and Recognizing Signs of Danger for corporate clients.

He writes a terrific column for About.com called the Inspiring Women Series.

He is the author of the noir crime novel, The Sixth Session and a personal development book inspired by the principles of architecture called The Seventh Level. Joe’s books are available on Amazon.

Joe is currently working on a noir crime novel set in L.A. in 1965.

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Dads, Daughters and “Honey, Where’s My Blue Shirt?”

“The graveyards are full of indispensable men.” – Charles de Gaulle

I can explain all my unfortunate lapses in common sense to any woman who has had the infuriating luxury of living with me.

I have a daughter.

Look, I love her to pieces and would slay dragons for her, but I’ve also had entirely too many awkward conversations in my life, way more than my friends who just have boys. They’re easy-shmeasy compared to these complicated girl creatures. My daughter is 27, so I’ve already experienced the following brain-seizing moments:

  • Hey, guess what? I got my period.
  • I’m in love with this boy at school. Yes, the one with the blue hair.
  • No daddy; it doesn’t wash off.
  • Do you want to talk about sex? I’m sixteen now and…

Most of the time, when our little girls say these things – out loud because they’re tiny sadists – we get instantaneously non-functional. Our mammalian brain takes over and our breathing becomes shallow; the room dims and our synapses misfire at will. We can only hear voices in a slow-motion, distorted garble. We can’t think or speak; our eyes twitch spasmodically; the hives make an audible popping sound as they pierce the epidermis and finally, just before our lungs collapse, we hear a progressively louder banshee wailing in our brains, “no-No-NO-NOOO!!!!”

But we recover, ’cause we’re guys. We are born with a dump switch in our brains that helps us forget most horrible things. It’s what makes it seem like a great idea to call an ex-girlfriend up for a dinner, even though she’s now a hermitic, raging, venom-spitting alcoholic because we dumped her. But that was like two years ago.

Now pay attention guys – I’ve figured something out about these dastardly damsels that might help, or not. Those girl-becomes-woman moments are designed to torture men. It’s like live-fire girl-school training day. They’re instantly good at it, and damn proud of their rite of passage. The worst part is; daughters tell you these dreadful things in a relaxed, detached tone that only tightens the straps on the jacket. “Here’s a crayon, daddy. Why don’t you draw your feelings.”

They have kept their desire for these moments cleverly hidden under hugs, tea parties and wounded teddy bears, but they’ve been waiting patiently, even adorably. Sometimes they smile in that “Oh and senator… love your suit” kind of way as they deliver the shiv. (For the cinematically challenged, that was a Silence of the Lambs reference. Try to keep up.)

Women get mad at guys for sprinkled toilet seats and selective deafness, but hey, we’ve been under a lot of stress. We have daughters. But here’s what else I’ve figured out. Now relax and focus because I’m going all multiverse on you.

Women have a way of communicating through an intricate system of parallel universes and even though they can inexplicably hate each other for wearing the same shoes to a party, when it comes to guys, they army up.

Whenever any of us do something unimportant like say, put an empty milk carton back in the fridge or check out her mom’s rack (not bad for 56), they send out a message through the ethers. Their scouts retrieve the messages from right under our hairy noses on Pinterest and Skinny-Girl margarita bottles and pass along the fire-when-ready orders to pre-pubescent daughters. Get it now? It’s actually brilliant but I’ll never admit it.

Knowing this only adds to my paranoia and my frustration. I saw two heavy-set Nigerian women whispering in the mall yesterday and I know they were talking about me. (add accent) “That’s him right there, holding in his stomach for the sales girl. He said he loved her, but he lied. Kill that one slowly.”

I get frustrated because I know that every guy who reads this will forget it as soon as Sports Center starts, and will thus be horrified during football season when his teen-angel bends over for a tostido chip and flashes a whale-tail in front of his buddies. He won’t know what else to do but sit wide-eyed as the lager runs from his mouth. “Maybe they didn’t notice,” he’ll growl in his empty head. But someone did just a few months ago – a woman, a mother.

In early July at a neighborhood cookout, his friend’s teenaged daughter climbed out of the pool like a scene from Wild Things and well, he noticed – so did the girl’s mother. She observed the ‘notice’. The message went out. His own daughter received it through an Amanda Gomez song. Within days she was wearing underwear you could fit in a shot glass.

So what’s the lesson here, relationship-wise? I don’t know. I have a daughter.

We could try putting out the garbage before they ask, noticing their hair and only looking at our own feet when we’re in public. It might ease the stress a little, might make a few days more congenial, but long term it’s a lose/lose.

Guys can’t be blamed for this vicious cycle of stupid acts paid for with insidious revenge tactics. The problem is; the attacks of the girl army only make us more inept. Or maybe we just don’t care. I forget. Stay connected…

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Connect to Joe

Joe Hefferon

Blog | Website | About.com Inspiring Women series 

 LinkedIn | Twitter: @hefferonjoe | Amazon Author Page

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If you would like to be a guest blogger, please comment below and let me know. The goal is to highlight YOUR writing. Connect to me via any of my networks. Twitter and email are best.

While you’re at it, show Joe some love in the comments, will ya?

Many thanks, 

~ eden

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Award-winning YA author @PattiLarsen talks S-E-X

The incredibly talented Patti Larsen and I have been on each other’s blogs many times over the past two years, and I marvel at her success. No, let me rephrase, I am in complete A-W-E of her.

She has a few books out, yeah, a few—try over twenty-five and counting! Find them all here.

Today, I’m thrilled to help Patti with her Family Magic Bestseller Adventure.

She is working very hard this month to coax Family Magic onto the best seller lists of Amazon, the New York Times, and USA Today.

Help her by purchasing a copy of Family Magic!

Now, let’s read her excellent guest post penned just for my readers.

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Find Family Magic and the Hayle Coven Novels on Amazon

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To S-E-X or not to S-E-X:

A  YA Writer’s Conundrum

I admire authors like the lovely and talented Eden who can write about S-E-X without blushing, beautifully and with passion tied to incredible story.

I’m not one of them. I’m happy to read erotica, enjoy it immensely, but the writing of it… makes my inner teen girl turn mushy with embarrassment.

I think that’s part of the reason I write young adult. When I started the Hayle Coven Novels with Family Magic , the lead character, Sydlynn Hayle, was sixteen and, for the most part, pretty innocent about boys. As a witch hiding among normals, forced to move from town to town thanks to magic “issues” forcing her coven to uproot in the middle of the night more often than not, Syd struggled with making friends, let alone finding someone to fall in love with.

Over the course of the twenty book series, Syd has grown up, gone to college and developed love interests. Forcing me to (gulp) address certain “situations” of an adult nature. While keeping in mind I’m a young adult writer.

It’s a tough line to walk. Making sure the content is accurate, real and reflects what would happen to an eighteen-year-old on her own for the first time, in love and wanting to explore her sexuality. All while keeping it PG rated enough my younger readers won’t be exposed to something I worry is inappropriate for their age group. Considering I have pre-teens reading the series, not to mention certain expectations of wholesomeness (Syd’s favorite curse is Oh. My. Swearword.) created throughout the Hayle Coven Novels, it took me some arguing with my amazing editor, Annetta Ribken to finally just go ahead and let Syd have sex.

No, the world didn’t fall apart. And she’s continued to explore her options. I’ve been careful to increase the heat level just enough to tempt, but without full exposure. Am I being a prude? I don’t know. It’s honestly something I fight with every time I write one of her books. After all, sex and sexuality are normal and healthy. But I can’t get past the idea young teens are exposed to far too much and in unhealthy ways. Not something I want to perpetuate.

Maybe that’s an argument for me to add sex to my books. To show the reality of relationships. For instance, Syd’s first sexual experience ends with her heart broken. She loves him, but learns love isn’t always enough. It’s not all sunshine and butterflies. And just because she slept with him doesn’t guarantee a happy ending.

I have a new series coming out in July, based on the same Universe, but with new characters. Targeted at New Adult, or college aged readers. And they will be more grown up, with more sexual content, swearing, adult situations. I’m curious about exploring such topics, with an eye for reality, not the perfect bubble of “if I love him and give him everything, he’ll be mine forever.” But I’m also nervous. First, I seriously flush every time I think about writing a real sex scene (you should see my cheeks). But I’m also a little worried about my young readers. Will they graduate from Syd to Zoe with the same expectations and stumble into work they might not be ready for? I know there are a great number of books out there targeting teens with more explicit scenes than I’ve written—or will write—but I feel responsible.

I don’t think it’s something I’ll ever fully resolve. Instead, my plan is to simply forge ahead with as much compassion and caring added to this part of my writing as I can. Like the friend who hands her bestie tissues and agrees he’s an asshole, I’ll be here to nurse my characters through their broken hearts.

And blushing.

[eden] Thanks so much Patti for a fabulous post. Writing sex is never easy, and I’ll let you in on a secret. ( I blush too. 😉 )

Here’s wishing you every success to crack all the best seller lists! Readers, go and grab your copy of Family Magic now! 

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About the Author: You’re not looking for my polished bio, huh? You sure you want more? The real dirty, down deep, nitty gritty? Fair enough. Here goes: I’m a card-carrying nerd. It’s taken years to admit it. I’m also a hermit in a writing basement who prefers solitude to people (cats always welcome). I’m a writing fiend who hears the voices of teenagers and blushes at the S-E-X parts. I don’t sleep very well. Ever. My mind is too busy. I am a feline loving married woman who could easily end up a crazy cat lady if my husband would let me. I am a paradigm shifter, a believer in self and my own personal power. I see everything in black and white until the gray is explained to me. I am a fiercely loyal friend, a confidant and a Tarot card reader and intuitive. I am a proud geek fangirl, a total dweeb and can’t dance to save my soul. I am terrified of heights and challenge that fear every chance I get. Oh, and I’m the Creator. The Queen of my own Destiny. I love that.

You can find me all over the Internet

Website | Facebook | Twitter @pattilarsen | Goodreads | Amazon Author page

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Guest Blog by Kadin Seton

I first met Kadin when we did  R.B. Wood’s Wordcount podcast back in April 2011. As a former corporate woman myself, I related to her immediately and thought she’d be interesting to know. It’s great we’ve stayed in touch, and I’m thrilled to have her as my guest blogger.

Please welcome the lovely, Kadin Seton, as she gives her interpretation of “new beginnings.”

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When Eden proposed that I fill a guest spot on her site, my first thought was that I’m not much of a blogger. Then she mentioned her January theme: New Beginnings. I thought about my life and realized those two words perfectly described the direction I was headed in this year. Eden is very wise!

My writing history is filled with years of scripting long dry training documents… and for fun, several dozen short stories.  Like everyone, I dreamed of writing a novel… you know, something really great.

As the years whizzed by (as a side note, I find it totally unfair that time accelerates exponentially as you get older), I hit a huge valley in my life. Three people close to me were diagnosed with cancer and one didn’t make it. Yet for some reason, during those emotionally nightmarish days, I was finally able to put on paper the book I longed to write. Admittedly it wasn’t great, but after years of dreaming about it, I finally did it! Yay! I even hired an editor and received some incredibly useful feedback. Yet it all came to a halt as I slammed into a brick wall.

What happened you ask? Well, the literary demons showed up. No one had warned me about the little gremlins who tell you that your work sucks and you should just throw it out. Tiny evil voices that whisper things like… don’t embarrass yourself by letting anyone actually read this junk! I soon realized the demons were right (stupid me!), so my novel sat on a shelf and collected dust. I felt stuck and permanently stalled-out.

I should also mention that losing people you love and/or seeing them suffer through illness, puts a whole new perspective on your priorities. In the past, I worked in the fast paced business world. It was a world that wasn’t always pretty, but it paid well and as an extra bonus, provided a steady stream of stress that jeopardized my own health. After some serious consideration, at the end of 2011, I reorganized my priorities and accepted a new job. I decided to walk away from the high stress environment, take a BIG pay cut, and work for a non-profit company. I was excited by the concept of giving back, rather than taking.

Learning a totally new industry, and a complicated one at that, was much harder than I expected. Yet, as difficult as the change was, I immediately noticed that I wasn’t stressed out. Coincidently, as 2012 rolled around, it suddenly occurred to me that the literary demons had moved out. No more creepy voices telling me I sucked.  Where did they go? I had no idea, but they were gone. Furthermore, I didn’t feel pessimistic about my novel any longer and I couldn’t wait to dive back into the process of rewriting. Words, ideas, character arcs… seemed to fall into place without the usual self recrimination.

As 2012 unfolds, an interesting sensation of being at peace with myself has emerged. It occurred to me that finding ‘new beginnings’ wasn’t about making an annual new year’s resolution. It’s not about losing weight, exercising more or promising to walk the dog daily. It’s bigger than the short term resolutions we make, and then break, each year. It’s about pointing your life in a direction that gives you balance and satisfies your soul.  I guess the literary demons are abhorrently repelled by notions like that.

As I feel myself grow happier with my chosen direction, I can see my writing loosening up as well. My words are more candid and ‘from the heart.’ With a little luck and some elbow grease, I hope to have my book, Descent Into Darkness, published later this year.  If you’re curious, the tale is a post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure which takes place in the not-too-distant future. The story centers around a young girl who comes of age during very dark times. No literary demons allowed!

May 2012 be a year of new beginnings for you too… and good health.  From the bottom of my heart, I wish everyone a year of good health!

Connect with Kadin

Kadin Seton is a professional trainer who teaches management and leadership skills.  She loves her new job working for a large non-profit company and is proud to be giving back to society.

Kadin also enjoys reading and writing science fiction and can periodically be found on The Word Count Podcast at www.rbwood.com.

Look for her book Descent Into Darkness, later this year.
Follow Kadin on Twitter at: @kadinseton

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Guest Blog by Maxwell Cynn

October’s been an incredible month for one of my favorite authors, Maxwell Cynn. 10-22-11 was the official release date of  his novel, The Collective, which I reviewed and loved, and he’s been all over the place promoting his book. Additionally, he celebrated a milestone birthday (5o), and he looks more handsome now than ever, damn!

I’m honored to have Max as my guest blogger for his birthday month. Please read more about this fascinating man, and don’t miss the free stuff he’s giving away! 

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Eden does a great series of author profiles called Inside The Author’s Mind.

I had the pleasure of being interviewed for that series awhile back. When she invited me to guest post as promotion for my latest novel THE COLLECTIVE I was thrilled. The story involves a computer virus that uses flashes of light on the monitor to brainwash users. In keeping with the theme of Inside The Author’s Mind I thought I would explore what was in my mind and the psychology behind THE COLLECTIVE.

I was born in October of 1961, the year C.G. Jung died. His writings, in the Collected Works, have influenced me immeasurably, along with other great visionaries such as C.S. Lewis and author/philosopher Richard Bach. In Jung’s essay THE UNDISCOVERED SELF, written shortly before his death, he warned of the oppressive nature of collectivism on individuality, which he considered essential to the healthy expression of the human spirit. Throughout his writings he spoke of Individuation as the path to wholeness. The essay is as timely and important today as it was then.

In THE COLLECTIVE I took as my premise that battle between collectivism and individuality — between tyranny and freedom. In Jung’s day, Nationalism, Communism, and a host of other political ideologies were the enemies of Individuation. Today we face peer-pressure, political correctness, and the growing socialization of the internet. We are being brainwashed into the ideal of collective thought, group think, which is anathema to individual thought and free expression. We stand at a crossroads, as Jung warned over fifty years ago, between sociological collectivism and individualism.

Social networks are, of course, all the rage today. I’m connected to more networks than I care to count. The idea of the internet bringing us together, pooling our resources, our knowledge, our insight, is the bright and shining future — or is it? Jung warned that, as part of the group, “…the individual is nothing but a unit which repeats itself ad infinitum and could just as well be designated with a letter of the alphabet.” The internet has worked to connect us, but it also serves to reduce us to statistical norms — usernames and profiles. In the amorphous “Cloud” we become less real, less individual.

Countless authors have explored this idea — Orwell in 1984, Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451, among many other greats. Their dark heroes had as their redeeming quality the simple act of maintaining their individuality in a world which accepted only homogenous drones. In their dark worlds, political correctness was defined by the state and enforced with an iron fist. In our modern world the drive toward collective thought and statistical norms are defined by the “mob” and enforced through sociological peer-pressure. Individualism is counterpoised to the ideals of modern progressive thought.

In THE COLLECTIVE I posit a group who use the internet, and a computer virus known as Nemesis, to brainwash the masses into collective thought. The goal is an homogenous, peaceful society, but the outcome is the suppression of individuality. The champions of individuality are not often the most respected individuals in our modern society — hackers, criminals, punks, anarchists — but they are individuals. My protagonist, Dr. John Peterson, is a decidedly Freudian criminal psychologist who reluctantly becomes the voice of Jungian Individuation.

Romance is a strong element in the story, as it is in everything I write. The two female leads represent what Jung would call the protagonist’s Anima — the one demure, compliant, and safe, representing the need to belong and to enjoy peace and normality while the other is strong, rebellious, and dangerous, representing the souls need to assert individuality. Throughout, John is torn between these opposites, stumbling forward toward his own Individuation. He and ArchAngel (the program designed to battle Nemesis) represent the singular Man, while The Collective and Nemesis represent the plural Man or societal group.

I hope you enjoy THE COLLECTIVE, and I hope it gives occasion for thought and debate over the future of our social development. I strongly recommend reading Jung’s Collected Works, and at the very least THE UNDISCOVERED SELF. As a free society we have the choice of nurturing individuality or accepting a Borg-like collective unity. It will not be governments who subjugate us, we bring the chains of oppression willingly on ourselves in order to fit-in. To paraphrase Franklin, “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”

The Collective Blurb:

Imagine… You have a virus on your computer. It’s tracking everything you do and sending that information to the Collective. It can’t be detected by any virus scan or blocked by any firewall. If you have a microphone, they are listening. If you have a webcam, they are watching you. But they aren’t just watching. Flashes of light from your monitor are communicating with your subconscious. You are being brainwashed.

Dr. John Peterson discovers the virus and embarks on a mind altering search for the origins of the infection driving his patients mad. He discovers the Collective, and they discover him. A battle rages between the Nemesis virus and the ArchAngel network with the fate of mankind in the balance. Will man succumb to Nemesis and become drones of the Collective or rise as billions of individual archangels to light the world with freedom? One man, one woman, and a network of hackers hold the key.

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Thanks again, Eden, for allowing me to mount my soapbox on your blog. And thank you, readers, for your interest in my work — and hopefully buying my books. You can find me on social networks everywhere through links on my website, I would love to connect with you.

FREEBIES from Max!

Keep reading to find out more….

I also encourage you to post your comments below. If you include an email address I’ll send you a little eSwag I developed for the release of THE COLLECTIVE. Specify if you want the Windows7 version or non-windows7. And if you would like a FREE copy of my previously released cyber-erotic novel CybrGrrl you can download it at Smashwords FREE during October.

Use coupon code ER56K at the checkout.

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Thank you so much for the giveaways, Max, and congratulations on all the well-deserved success of THE COLLECTIVE!

Maxwell Cynn is a novelist, freelance writer, amateur coder, webmaster, and Indie publisher who writes deliciously romantic speculative fiction and blogs book reviews on a wide range of genres. His website, with links to all of his social media connections, can be found at:  MaxwellCynn.com

BUY LINKS for The Collective:  

Amazon        Barnes & Noble       Smashwords

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