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CEREUS - A DREAM THAT CAN KILL

May 15, 2017

Danny Bennet was adopted, but other than being raised by her two dads, her childhood was as mundane as her friends'. That is, until she learned that her biological parents had passed on the power to enter people's dreams and affect their waking lives. Before Danny has time to start processing this, she becomes the target of a dangerous group bent on stealing her power. They'll resort to anything, even kill, to get it. Love. Lies. Magic. Deceit. Fighting for her life.


"When I started writing CEREUS (Savant 2017) I intended for it to be in the style of my favorite genre, young adult magical fiction. However, as time passed, I found threads of more serious issues appearing in the work," says Roux. "Foremost, the haunting issue of addiction bound the tapestry of Danny's new found world. The story reveals how easily one can become addicted and how that addiction usually begets destruction if kept a secret or ignored and left to spiral off on its own. Also, the age-old struggle between good and evil and how power corrupts formed a myriad of other points that inspired deeper thought. These issues not only help anchor the story, but also make the characters come alive," Roux explains. "They felt so real sometimes I found myself wondering over coffee if Danny had had another bad dream the night before -- one of which I, the author, wasn't yet aware. Then I would wonder what Nick and Mike were doing, and I would hope for something to happen between Alisa and Jeremy which would finally lead Danny to see who each character really is!"


Despite these threads of darker issues, CEREUS (Savant 2017) is, overall, a light, fun read, focusing on Danny and her discovery of the truth surrounding her dreams; the mystery of Mikki, the little boy whose existence and death nobody but Danny acknowledges; the love triangle between Mike, Nick and Danny; and lastly, the secrets surrounding the legend of the magical plant, the Night Cereus.


"I've always enjoyed writing, but creating Danny's world took writing to a whole new level for me," Roux says. "The magical things Danny is able to do; the things that she still doesn't even know she can do! I'm sitting here rubbing my hands, because I can't wait for readers to pick up this book and become as engrossed in Danny's world as I am."


Yes, Danny was hoping for a memorable senior year, but will she survive long enough to graduate? There's only one way to find out…

 

 

A BODILY REVELATION

March 5, 2017

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) encapsulates the basic fundamental elements underlying dance, eurythmy and the laying on of hands—what I like to call “somatic therapy.” By that, I mean what can happen when humans come into contact with other living things. But it’s more than the somatic experience. It’s about the power to not just heal, but prevent illness and disease in a manner that’s both ancient and new. 


It is my hope that readers will come away with a new perspec...


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THE GUMSHOE - A 1940s NOIR DETECTIVE STORY EXTRAORDINAIRE

February 13, 2017

Chicago, 1947. Private investigator "Matt" McBride runs afoul of corrupt politicians, vicious mobsters  and a trigger-happy Texan femme fatale to prove that the "suicide" of his best friend was murder.  Matt's perilous journey to track down the killer nearly dead-ends in a motor home on a collision course with a cargo plane.


"Fun as it was to write THE GUMSHOE (Savant 2017), researching the story was quite challenging," says Rose. "Since I didn't have H. G. Wells' time machine to whisk me back...


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IN THE SHADOWS OF MY MIND

January 14, 2017

Everyone knows that small towns hide secrets from outsiders. Whether you left and returned, came from elsewhere to attend college at the small liberal arts and technical university, or are just passing through on your way across the country, there are palpable stories hidden in the spaces between street lights. In IN THE SHADOWS OF MY MIND (Savant 2017), the town of Hazelwood has its share of secrets, even from the man it claims as its small-town hero, FBI Agent Stephen Lanford.


Stephen, a m...


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THE ADVENTURES OF PURPLE HEAD, BUDDHA MONKEY AND STICKY FEET

December 2, 2016

   Like many, I have fond memories of the physical and emotional excursions that took place during my childhood, adventures which required the same kind of risk-taking as the heroine in THE ADVENTURES OF PURPLE HEAD, BUDDHA MONKEY AND STICKY FEET (Savant 2016), namely Purple Head – an alien from another planet. 


   One time, I trekked deep in the woods with my best friend to a large children's slide hidden there. When we arrived, there were several goats roaming around the slide, blocking ...


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FINDING KATE AND FUTURE HOLLYWOOD/BOLLYWOOD

September 14, 2016

Hollywood, as I experienced it in the eighties, was already beginning to show it's age. Most of the stars who had made all the great films were either dead, retired, or locked suspended animation somewhere in between. By the time the new "Turks" began taking over, nothing was the same.  


In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), the fifth in my popular Koski and Falk series, I introduced a character named Kate Keenan, an amalgamation of the characters I met at Screenwriter's school at UCLA, whom I lea...


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LIBIDO TSUNAMI ROLLS ACROSS THE WORLD

August 16, 2016
LIBIDO TSUNAMI: Awash with the Droll in Life is a collection of forty short stories exploring human tragedy, drama, vulnerability and adventure. In them, I salute the absurd and quirky in life through humor, using the pen name, Cate Burns, to honor (or defame) the lineage in my maternal family that dates back to the Scottish poet Robert Burns. The stories are grouped into four themes: A Flood of Family, Male Amazements, The Unknown Hawaii, and The Life Divine. From surviving complicated relat...
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NO MORE WAITING FOR "ALL THINGS AWAIT"

June 29, 2016
ALL THINGS AWAIT is a story about the brief and chaotic summer misadventure of Lightly—an impossibly good-looking and hopelessly self-absorbed star quarterback from an elite Virginia college. A gifted and unstable synesthete, Lightly sets off with a photo of a remote beach and the help of an unpopular, overweight, and depressed classmate named Santana Montana in pursuit of a secret location where he believes all the parallel universes predicted by quantum theory—and all possible variation...
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A REAL TREASURE

May 16, 2016

There is no pleasure greater than playing with one's grandchildren. When they play and laugh heartily, one's heart skips with joy. The whole house comes alive and the spirits of everyone present soar sky high.

Unfortunately, children also fight amongst themselves. And fight they do with the same passion they show while playing. It takes a few minutes for elders to sort out the dispute and settle the matter. The children repeatedly say sorry, forget about it and resume playing. Unlike elders, ...


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THAT'S ONE BIG HEAVEN!

May 6, 2016

Shoot. He's there. I can see through the window. Not that I should be surprised, for he's always there (at least since my mom died, he is). It means that I'll have to sneak in, try and rush straight to my room in order to meditate.

Let me back up a bit. My name is Maureen (Mo for short); I'm sixteen, but I'm going to be a senior this fall 'cause my birthday's in September, so I'm really almost seventeen; and I've decided, only tonight, that I'm going to be a nun of the Swami Order, which ha...


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