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June 7, 2014
The Rise of the Phoenix: Review

The Rise of the Phoenix: The Daimones Trilogy, Vol. 3 by Massimo Marino My rating: 5 of 5 stars Having read Daimones and Once Human, the first two books in this series, this third book takes the post apocalyptic experiences of the genetically upgraded human, Dan Amenta, to a whole new level. From a dying […]

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June 4, 2014
The Daimones Trilogy Blog Tour

I have been waiting patiently for the release of the volume 3 of The Daimones Trilogy, The Rise of the Phoenix. Finally it is available and as I start to read it I want to share with you about the first two books in this trilogy by my friend Massimo Marino. I read Daimones about […]

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April 20, 2014
Who are the White Dragon Family?

In my Novel "Pursuit" a brief passing mention is made of the White Dragon Family in a news item. In the sequel, "Dragon Song", the White Dragon Family makes an appearance and we meet one of their representatives. But who are the White Dragon Family exactly in real life? In the book they are the […]

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April 11, 2014
Dragons on Mt. Pilatus - I didn't make them up

Reading my metaphysical fantasy novel, "Pursuit", you may think that I have set the dragon scenes on Mount Pilatus because it's close to where I live. Well, actually I didn't invent the dragons of Pilatus. Stories of dragons on Mount Pilatus go back hundreds of years. Dragons have been seen flying between Pilatus to other […]

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March 18, 2014
Pontius Pilate and the Swiss Mountain

There is a myth surrounding Pontius Pilate which many people are not aware of. How, for example, did a mountain in Switzerland come to be named after him? In case you are not aware Pontius Pilate was a Roman Governor or Prefect of Judaea from AD 26-36. It was he who washed his hands when […]

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March 6, 2014
Dragon bones found near human corpse

It is reported that a man has discovered the remains of what may be the body of an official from the Roman Empire. Close to this corpse, the report says further, are the bones of some large creature. The find, according to the report, the source of which we are still trying to verify, was […]

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February 23, 2014
Change requires change

An intimate look at the challenges of life Someone has said that the only constant is change. Albert Einstein is accredited to having said that unless people are prepared to change their results will always be the same. Many torture themselves with the idea that they want something different in their lives, yet they will […]

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February 11, 2014
Unconscious Writing

When a writer sits down and writes, what is actually happening? How much does the writer actually know in advance what they are going to write?  A week ago I attended my first ever writer's conference, the Geneva Writer's Conference, organized by the Geneva Writer's Group. Not only because I visited a workshop on Zen […]

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August 13, 2013
I've been featured

I've been featured on Author Blogger Exchange. I had a chance to share my story. So rather than repeat it all here go along and read about "Pursuit" and how it all came about. -> This week Authors Helping Authors welcomes Jim Murdoch to the spotlight!

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July 12, 2013
Pursuit Book Trailer

"Pursuit" just got a new book trailer. Check it out and share it with your friends - it's easy when you use the share buttons below.

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May 31, 2013
Visionary Fiction Alliance

As described in the previous post, I categorized my first novel "Pursuit" as a Metaphysical Fantasy. When I set it up on CreateSpace the BISAC code used was "Fiction / Visionary & Metaphysical". So I was pleasantly surprised when I found by chance the Visionary Fiction Alliance. This so fits my books genre and I […]

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May 30, 2013
What is Metaphysical Fantasy?

What is Metaphysical Fantasy? My recently published fantasy novel, "Pursuit", is classified as Metaphysical Fantasy. I have seen other books using this classification which really don't fit. Often such books do not have a metaphysical component. So what exactly is Metaphysics? The Wikipedia definition: Metaphysics is a traditional branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the […]

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May 8, 2013
"Pursuit" is now published

Now Published Pursuit, a story of dragons, dreams, discovery and destiny is now available. Enjoy the paper-back edition Order now: Buy now: Pursuit - Paper-back Or get it on your e-reading device Start reading today: Buy now: Pursuit - eBook edition

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April 23, 2013
Meet Gabriela the book worm

  Here is another excerpt from Pursuit ch3. Gabriela was an avid reader. She would read almost anything she could get her hands on, books, magazines, newspapers, advertising posters, even the ingredients on biscuit packets. She just couldn't get enough to read. The books at school she read in an few hours. They were too […]

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April 14, 2013
Pursuit Excerpt: Roots

On the train he picked up a brochure lying on the small table at the window. A drawing of a dragon attracted his attention. It was about Mount Pilatus, the mountain he could see across the lake, with the city of Lucerne at its foot. The flyer mentioned a legend of dragons and that now […]

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April 5, 2013
Pursuit Excerpt: The Butterfly

After lunch, which Gabriella was able to take in the dining room downstairs, she returned to her ward and went to sit and read her book in the TV room. TV didn't normally bother her or distract her from her reading as her books were usually more interesting than anything on the TV. As she […]

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March 29, 2013
Borders, Imaginary Boundaries

Borders are imaginary lines drawn on a map. Sometimes these borders are manifested as border control points where access from one side to the other is controlled. What is a border? Who decides where a border goes? Why do we need borders? I was at a border point the other day and took this picture. […]

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March 24, 2013
How I wrote Pursuit

When I first considered the idea of writing this story, the main elements of it popped into my head. They came as it were out of the blue. Actually the ideas came as an answer to a request. The request was "OK, if I'm to write a novel then give me the ideas. Give me […]

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March 19, 2013
Pursuit

Pursuit A story of Dragons, Dreams, Discovery and Destiny Do dragons exist? Do our dreams become part of our reality? Einarr, a young warrior, follows a riddle from his father to find the treasure of his life. Gaby, a little girl and passionate reader, makes an amazing discovery within the pages of an antique book. […]

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March 15, 2013
Sneak peek at Pursuit ch1

1    Mount Pilatus In the sweltering heat, Pat pushed his way over another boulder. Finding a level piece of ground he sat down, leaning against the massive rock of the mountain he was climbing. The sun scorched him mercilessly. As he sat there, he contemplated where he was going. "I'm crazy!”, he thought, "Who in […]

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