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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 the stairs up the slide. As 5-year-olds, we were hesitant to approach these "wild animals," but finally gained the courage to do so.  Soon enough, moving past our fears, we were sliding amongst the hovering goats that didn’t seem to mind a bit – much to our relief. It was an emotional experience repeated often in childhood and later adulthood: encountering an unknown and moving past the fear to find the fun. The character of Purple Head was written as a way to reconnect with those feelings.


   Sticky Feet, the toothbrush in the story, represents the brainy nature lover embodied in my son, Forest, who consistently follows his interests in the natural world about him and it innumerable details.  He, like Sticky Feet, buried his head in field guides, once helping us identify a five-foot snake roaming the dried grasses on my dad's vacation property in New Mexico. Forest discovered through the use of his New Mexico field guide that the snake was non-poisonous, but closely resembled one which is quite deadly.  Phew!


   Buddha Monkey originally received his name because when we sat him upright, we typically crossed his legs. The stable lotus position made him look meditative and calm, and his "wise" voice thus developed. He represents the unflappable, transcendent one who overcomes obstacles, finding ways to weather the storms of life, but always having fun along the way, as monkeys are prone to do.


   The adventures of the gang are a window into childhood and how children frame their experiences with nature, risk-taking and courage.  THE ADVENTURES OF PURPLE HEAD, BUDDHA MONKEY AND STICKY FEET was written to further engage children in a world they most certainly already know, and adults in a world they may have temporarily forgotten, until they pick up the book! 

 

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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KOSKI & FALK #5: QUANTUM DEATH

March 12, 2016

In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), the fifth in the Koski and Falk series, the two come up against what very well may prove to be their most complex and dangerous case yet: the Quantum Death Machine.


The product of the fertile late-night imaginations of myself and co-author Raymond Gaynor, the technological "heart" of the story is based on several recent scientific theories. Their application, or, as Koski and Falk discover, "weaponization" is quite beyond anything they've ever experienced. With...
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QUANTUM DEATH FOR ALL

March 12, 2016

It was an honor and privilege to be asked to join with A. G. Hayes in the continued creation of protagonist Koski and Falk's world of international intrigue. In this fifth in the Koski and Falk series, the two face both a political and technological conundrum of global proportion, which threatens the very foundations of democracy, free trade and capitalism. In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), Koski and Falk must pursue separate assignments to find the kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death M...


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VALEDICTORY

December 5, 2015
     "Here's to changes," Calvin said. He nearly knocked the bottle from Earl's hand when they clinked.  He downed half the beer in the first swig.
     "Let's burn one," he said. He shook out two cigarettes from the pack in his shirt pocket, handing one to Earl. He lit his own with a match and then blew it out. He leaned in close toward Earl and the tips of their cigarettes touched, one transferring its fire to the one that was not lit.
      Earl wasn't much of a smoker either.  He drew more ...

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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED

December 2, 2015
What if Cleopatra and Antony had triumphed at Actium over Octavian, the first Emperor of Rome? Would our world have been changed? What would the Middle East, Europe, and, by extension, the rest of the world, look like if the course of Western history was determined not by Rome but by Egypt?


CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015), the first of three novels in a series, imagines this scenario. Cleopatra, historically the last queen of Egypt, becomes instead the mother of an Egypto-Roman empire, th...
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