Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Please welcome Laurence St. John

Please welcome guest author, Laurence St. John who is introducing us to his new release, the SciFi fantasy children's novel, METATRON: The Mystical Blade.

In honour of the book launch, THE TRAZ School Edition is being offered as one of the Rafflecopter prizes so be sure to enter the draw below!

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Tell us, Laurence, what inspired you to write this series?
While growing up, I always envisioned a superhero that had many ultimate powers and a unique weapon. When watching the nightly news and hearing all the bad things around the world, I wished I had powers that could stop natural disasters, find people that were missing and put an end to wars. Have you ever felt that way? 

My boyhood years were consumed by baseball, football, track, taekwondo along with other undertakings, so I didn’t act upon my writing and my thoughts.

One day in 2006 while working in the steel processing business, my place of employment for almost fifteen years changed hands for the third time and I was fighting for my job, again. 

In the same year my first granddaughter, Kendall, "Papa's Angel" was born. This was one of the most uplifting moments of my life – one of the few times I remember crying with happiness. It was during this time when my emotions were running wild that I became inspired as well as determined to put my pent-up thoughts on paper.

My first novel was published in 2012. I am now celebrating the release of the second novel in the Metatron series: METATRON: The Mystical Blade

One ruthless demon faces one relentless teenager…

Thirteen-year-old Tyler Thompson is on the verge of becoming a superhero, but he must prove himself so he can earn the remainder of his superpowers and fulfill his destiny.

When his grandfather, Benjamin, is held prisoner at AREA 51, where the eternal powers are presumed to be hidden, Tyler attempts to penetrate the base’s heavy security. However, Dr. Mason Payne, the evil scientist who killed Tyler's father, has insidious plans of his own.

Hunted by an unknown entity, Tyler races against the clock to retrieve the superpowers, rescue his family and help the others who are depending on him. And when all hope seems lost, help comes in a power he didn’t know he possessed—a mysterious weapon known as The Mystical Blade.

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A little about Laurence
http://www.amazon.com/Laurence-St.-John/e/B007XFYJRU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1While working in the steel industry, my place of employment changed hands for the third time. Fortunately I was able to retain my job.
In the same year my first granddaughter Kendall was born. This was one of the most uplifting moments of my life. It was at this time when I became inspired as well as determined to write my penned-up thoughts on paper.
A few years later, and many hours of writing, editing, revising and re-editing, it was finished.  This journey had many bumps and curves in the road but at the end, it was all worth it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LIES now available in paperback

What if...? and If only... are common human ruminations, quick thoughts perhaps to aid procrastination or avoid responsibility, minor daydreams to stave off boredom.

But luckily for readers, for unknown reasons novelists grab those thoughts and obsess about them until they gel into book-long tales.

I obsess about many things but mostly about death and it ticks me off that I'm not going to be alive to see where technology takes the human race. Without a surreptitious break, I won't be here to meet and greet the astral aliens, either.

That I have to leave such exciting times for my children and grandchildren to experience, is utterly frustrating. My generation worked so hard to create the miracles in computing, communications, transportation and space travel. It seems unfair that the universe requires we pass the torch to our descendants and let them reap the benefits.

Ah, yes. I can only imagine what it is going to be like in 2035 and you can imagine along with me between the covers of my latest release DISPASSIONATE LIES.

http://bookshow.me/B00KOG45J2 Now available in paperback this amazing tale explores the good, the bad and the amazing in the world we bequeath our children. Here's hoping the coming generation is as strong, moral, clever and brave as Ladesque, the heroine in DISPASSIONATE LIES.

 The world was depending on her; she had promises to keep....so begins the tale.

In celebration of the release of the paperback, please enter this rafflecopter draw for a copy (paperback or ebook, winner's choice) of  SCHRODINGER'S CAT my first sci-fi novella that explores the theory of multi-universes. 

In one universe her daughter is dying in another, her life is rosy--which world will Chordelia choose?


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On PTSD and healing....

I think those with traumatic pasts can heal but first they have to arrive at their own definition of healing.

What do we need to have happen in order to feel healed?

I don't want to forget what happened, that would be nullifying an important part of my life. I of course can't change what happened and I don't want to have positive feelings about the trauma. I don't want to  give up my negative feelings--that would be invalidating myself, nor do I want to stifle those feelings with drugs or other artificial means. I feel what I feel and my feelings about what happened are human, normal and justified. (In fact a new study suggests that recalling a strong emotional link to traumatic events might actually prevent PTSD. Study of passengers from Air Transat near-disaster aids understanding of PTSD )

I'm not about to tell you what you should want in order to feel healed, but I will tell you what I wanted. What are the goals I used to measure my healing?

I consider myself healed because I have a successful career. I am able to develop and maintain strong interpersonal relations. The majority of my time is spent focused on the present and/or the future (not the past). I can remember and appreciate good things about the past. I realize without a doubt that the trauma is no longer happening to me and will not happen again and I behave as though that is true.

The past will never go away, the past changed me forever, in some good ways and in some bad. The past made me what I am today. The past hurt and always will. But I am healed because I live in the present and face the future. The well-being of others is important to me and is often in my thoughts. I am able, and more than willing, to put effort into establishing and maintaining relationships. I am contributing to my community and to my world in positive ways.

I am generally able to sleep at night, seldom have nightmares, usually eat properly, exercise, meditate and otherwise care for my physical self. I do not abuse drugs or alcohol and I successfully overcame my addiction to cigarettes.

I still cry about the past. I still get depressed and seek professional help for that. I still wish 'if only' or 'what if?". I have not forgotten the past and will never forgive. I understand some of what happened, but not all. However, my emotional commitment, my decisions, my thoughts and behaviours are overwhelmingly directed forward and outward. I am healed.

(I am a survivor of child abuse and posted a poem about that a while back:  http://eileenschuh.blogspot.ca/2012/01/nursery-cat.html)

Find out how Katrina heals in my new release FIREWALLS: 

 Eileen Schuh, Author

Schrödinger's Cat

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New study aids understanding of PTSD

Study of passengers from Air Transat near-disaster aids understanding of PTSD (click on this heading to read about the study)

It is exceptionally interesting that this study found that those who survived a traumatic event and suffered PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) processed their memories of the trauma differently than those who survived the same event and didn't suffer from post traumatic stress.

Surprisingly, it is the people with more detached recall, not the ones with the most emotional and detailed recall, who are  more likely to suffer from post traumatic stress symptoms.

This seems counter-intuitive but perhaps gives us an important insight into PTSD--an insight that could become a tool to help those who constantly face trauma--like soldiers going into battle and emergency responders. They could possibly be taught in advance of anticipated traumatic events how to process the experience to best avoid suffering PTSD in the future.

http://mybook.to/firewallsImmersing oneself in the trauma as it is being experienced and putting words, thoughts and emotions to events as they transpire and consequently remembering those very personal responses to the trauma seems to be a key to successfully getting through and past traumatic events.

Feeling distant to the event and remembering it as if from a time and space outside the trauma may be an unhealthy way to deal with it.

In my novel FIREWALLS, Katrina suffers PTSD from the violence she experienced as a young teen in The Traz biker gang. As a child, she totally disassociated herself from the terror to the point where she refused to even think about it, choosing to believe instead that it hadn't happened. When it came time for her to help police investigators, she refused to put words to what she witnessed, saying that to do so would make the events real.

Skillful interrogation eventually broke through that barrier but she suffers for years from PTSD, never owning the event but rather focusing on the negative feelings she holds toward her tormentors and seeking revenge.

Not until she accepts the fact that she has a problem, does she begin to heal and not until she revisits the physical place where the violence occurred does that healing take shape. By allowing herself to become immersed in the memories she'd held at bay for so long, she is finally able to accept that the event happened in her past, will never change, is no longer happening and will not happen again. This insight is largely brought about by her comparing memories of that traumatic night to  her current state--everything from the weather and the sounds about her, to her size and the time of day.

By personalizing the memories that up until then had been little more to her than answers to investigators' and psychiatrists' questions and court room testimony, she first came to 'own' the event and then move past it.

That old adage that one ought to "live in the moment" might well be great advice for those horrible moments as well as for the wonderful ones.

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