Thursday, February 22, 2024

Virtual Book Tour: Does a Good Divorce Really Exist? (Absolutely!) by Justin Tash, Randi Burggraff & Bryan Levy #nonfiction #interview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



Nonfiction

Date Published: November 11, 2023

Publisher: Burggraff Tash Levy PLC

 

 

How can you end your marriage with dignity and respect? While divorce can be filled with anger, frustration, and bitterness, most couples don’t want to end their marriage in an ugly, drawn-out battle that causes irreparable damage.

Does a Good Divorce Really Exist? (Absolutely!) is your definitive guide through the difficult journey of divorce. Randi Burggraff, Justin Tash, and Bryan Levy lay out a roadmap to help you understand the process, rules, and potential outcomes. More importantly, you will master the critical mindset shift that will get you and your partner on the path to a “good” divorce.

Educate yourself by using the examples of healthy divorces to understand what’s involved at each step. This book will guide you through potential pitfalls so you can prepare mentally and think strategically. This book helps you approach heated  conflicts in ways that will allow you to emerge with your emotional well-being and integrity intact.


 


INTERVIEW


1. **Introduction to the Book:**

   - Can you provide a brief overview of your book, "Does a Good Divorce Really Exist? Absolutely" and its main objectives?

   - What inspired you to write a book on this topic, and what do you hope readers will take away from it?

Answer:

“Does a Good Divorce Really Exist? Absolutely” identifies pain point people experience in divorce—outside of the law. Although we organized the book to follow the general framework of how a divorce progresses through the legal system, that is only for organizational purposes. This is not a book on divorce law and offers no legal advice.

Rather, it defines what a “good divorce” is, at least in our opinion and as it relates to an average situation. Then it identifies what are likely practical goals to aim for in a divorce to help keep people grounded and focused on resolution. Lastly, it identifies common pitfalls that people get wrapped up in that can derail their divorce.

We wanted to write this book to help dispel some misconceptions and help people set a mindset for success. We hope that people will read this book and be able to have candid discussions with their attorney about how to get through this process as efficiently, effectively, and affordably as possible. Additionally, while some of the pitfalls and feelings they generate may be unavoidable, we hope that knowing they are coming will help people approach the situation from a place of strength and preparedness.

 

2. **Defining a "Good Divorce":**

   - In your book, you discuss the concept of a "good divorce." How do you define a good divorce, and why is it an important perspective to consider?

Answer:

Defining what a good divorce is, is one of the most important points of the book. Setting the appropriate mindset and expectations go a long way to helping people get through this process and onto the next chapter in their lives.

In most cases, a “good divorce” is not fun and not a happy time. Even at its best, you are still ending a relationship and likely dividing a family. A “good divorce” gets you through this period of your life without spending all of your money, the stress of high conflict litigation, losing sleep at night, having a mental breakdown, or getting the police involved, . . . then that is a good divorce.

The best way to have a “good divorce” and get through this process is to stay focused on the goals of the divorce.

3. **Common Misconceptions:**

   - What are some common misconceptions or myths about divorce that you aim to address in your book?

   - How can changing our perception of divorce contribute to a more positive outcome for all parties involved?

Answer:

Some of the biggest misconceptions about divorce are related to the goals of a divorce. The goal of a divorce is not to see the other person suffer and seek vindication. Rarely, very very rarely, is the divorce system and appropriate place to seek vindication.

The tough part about this is most times people’s feelings are completely valid. They usually have been really hurt by someone they trusted. But, if you set the right expectations about what a divorce is, what it provides, and how to best get through it, we believe you will have a better experience during the process.  

 

4. **Legal Insights:**

   - As family law lawyers, what legal insights or advice do you offer in the book for individuals going through a divorce?

   - How can legal professionals play a role in facilitating a smoother and more amicable divorce process?

Answer:

This book does not offer any legal advice because everyone’s case really is unique. Their families are unique, their facts are unique, and even their courts are unique. There are no blanket statements that can take the place of a discussion with an experienced attorney.

What this book does offer are insights into the general process and how a person may feel at each phase of the process. This insight promotes a person’s informed conversations with their attorney or other legal professionals. Having informed and candid conversations with your attorney about expectations plays a huge role in the path of a smoother and more amicable divorce process.

 

5. **Communication and Collaboration:**

   - Communication is crucial in any divorce process. How does your book emphasize the importance of effective communication between spouses during divorce proceedings?

   - Are there specific strategies or tips you provide for fostering collaboration between divorcing parties?

Answer:

Communication is crucial in a divorce process, especially because divorce doesn’t stop life and divorce can take several months, even years. Our book discusses keeping life going—making sure the landscaping is being maintained, kids are getting to their soccer practice—and moving through your divorce on two separate, but parallel, tracks. What are some conversations you should likely have with your attorney and what can you handle yourself? This is largely case specific and would need advice from counsel. But, we do identify situations that commonly arise during divorce.

 

6. **Emotional Well-being:**

   - Divorce often takes a toll on individuals emotionally. How does your book address the emotional well-being of those going through a divorce, and what guidance do you offer in this regard?

Answer:

First and foremost, it is important for people to understand that peoples’ emotions are usually completely valid. They are hurt and usually rightfully so. It is important for your attorney to know how you are feeling and what your concerns are. Attorneys are there to help you. But, there are times when a professional counselor is more appropriate in helping you work through those issues and get to a place of strength so you can move onto the next chapter. This is further discussed in the book.

 

7. **Co-Parenting:**

   - Co-parenting is a significant aspect for many divorced couples. How does your book explore the challenges of co-parenting and provide advice for creating a healthy co-parenting relationship?

Answer:

Co-parenting is a significant aspect for many divorced couples and co-parenting itself isn’t directly addressed in this book. It is a dense topic that could fill its own book. But, our book does discuss how the divorce itself can impact co-parenting and why it is important to work towards a good divorce. Remember, if you have kids, your relationship and interaction with your soon-to-be ex-spouse isn’t completely over. Even, when your kids turn 18 and graduate high school, it isn’t over. There are still college graduations, weddings, grandchildren, grandchildren’s birthdays. Do you really not want to be invited to your grandchild’s birthday? Do you really want your children to still feel the impacts of your divorce when they are trying to celebrate their own milestones?

How people act during divorce can impact people’s ability to co-parent in the future and that future doesn’t stop when the kids turn 18.

 

 

 

8. **Practical Tools and Resources:**

   - Are there practical tools or resources mentioned in your book that readers can implement during the divorce process to make it more manageable?

Answer:

Absolutely, we discuss various issues people experience during the divorce process, how clients tend to feel about those issues, and practical paths forward.

 

9. **Success Stories:**

   - Do you share any real-life success stories or positive examples in your book to inspire individuals going through a divorce?

 

Answer:

We do not. None of the avatars in our book are real people and the stories are created to make a point. But, these points are important and come from our collective experiences, both professional and personal.

Often information and its importance is better understood when told in a story or with relatable examples. That is what we believe we have done here.

 

10. **Audience Engagement:**

    - How can readers engage with the content of your book, and do you offer any additional resources or platforms for ongoing support and guidance?

Answer:

Our book is offered in paperback and on kindle. For additional guidance, it is likely best to consult with an experienced family law attorney. If they are in Arizona, where our office is and the only place we are licensed to practice, we would be happy to schedule a consultation with them.   


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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Book Blitz: Passages to Eternity by James E. Winder #poetry #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

Philosophic meditations in poetic form on the meaning of eternity for 72 famous persons

 

Poetry

Date Published: January 15, 2024

 

 

As a philosopher once surmised: talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius, he insisted, hits a target no one else can see. The greatest artists and thinkers are the greatest seers. They do not imagine ... only and merely. They study the facts, they think the facts, they feel the facts, until the facts, the acts of faith, the articles of invention, dissolve in the naked light of the hitherto unseen, until fact, faith, and invention fall away like Halloween masks, like swaddling clothes; and then, leaving behind the tricks and the treats, they teach us what to hallow: the nakedness of a newborn joy, perpetually born anew, a joy that can never die, because it never quite knows, but never fails to enjoy, how early it already is, and how young it was always going to be.

All thinking, carried far enough, ends in paradox: trying to think the unthinkable. All feeling, carried far enough, ends in paradox: trying to feel the unfeelable. But one can feel the unthinkable, and think the unfeelable. To do so is to think with one's feelings and to feel with one's thoughts. Then, and only then, is it possible to hit a target that no one else can see. To experience deeply (profoundly and creatively) is to think with your feelings and to feel with your thoughts. And there's a first and last to every thought, to every feeling. To think the first, to feel the first, as if it were the last, and to do so intensely is to know nothingness, to experience death. Yes, this is paradox. To think the last, to feel the last, as if it were the first, and to do so intensely is to experience life, a life that never ends, precisely because – like a box without sides – it is without beginnings and without ends. Yes, this is paradox too.

This book continues the conspiracy of significance, the dialectic of nowhere and now here, that began with The History of Eternity. Read this sequel, Passages to Eternity, and follow, if you will, the destiny of this paradox as it unfolds in the lives of 72 historic individuals, including Rilke, Peirce, Aeschylus, Pythagoras, Wordsworth, Ibsen, Santayana, Wilde, St. Teresa, Melville, Whitman, Beethoven, Godel, Michelangelo, Leibniz, Thucydides, Ovid, Empedocles, Mann, Plato, Borges, St. James, Baudelaire, Bradley, Arendt, Auden, Maistre, T.S. Eliot, Democritus, Bruegel, Unamuno, Flaubert, Girard, Calvino, Holderlin, William James, Tacitus, Jaspers, St. Paul, Pater, Anaximander, Solzhenitsyn, Nicholas of Cusa, Picasso, Joyce, Berlioz, Marcus Aurelius, Tolstoy, Rose, Kant, Tennessee Williams, Amos, Crane, Toynbee, Wharton, Hegel, Cavafy, Schmitt, Celan, Shankara, Heisenberg, Gibbon, Luther, Frost, Anaxagoras, Nabokov, Adorno, Conrad, Naipaul, Euripides, Ramanuja and many others.


About the Author

Mr. James E. Winder was born on June 16, 1953, in Athens, Tennessee, and graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1975 with a B.A. in philosophy and literature. He earned an M.A. in philosophy from Purdue University in 1980.

James Winder spent the lion’s share of his career as a mid-level manager and intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA), where he retired in 2013 after 30 years of service. At NSA, Mr. Winder’s most noteworthy assignment was in 1991-1992, when he served as Assistant Director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB). During that time, he co-authored a report for President George H.W. Bush on intelligence lessons learned during the first Gulf War and provided extensive research and documentation on a wide range of other matters of great interest to the PFIAB board members. In a special commendation, then Acting PFIAB Chairman, Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, cited Mr. Winder for his “expert advice to the President of the United States” and for his “extremely incisive and timely contributions on some very complex issues.”

During three decades at NSA, Mr. Winder produced three classified, book-length studies, most notably including a comprehensive report on an important topic, which won NSA’s annual Cryptologic Literature Award. In addition, he wrote a wide variety of other in-depth reports on Soviet intelligence, terrorism, and technical threats to U.S. telecommunications.

Mr. Winder is also the author of The History of Eternity, a series of philosophic meditations in poetic form, which is, according to Mr. Winder, the cryptic story of his life and the lives of many others. There is – in the history of philosophy and literature – no other work that is akin to it in nature and scope.


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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Book Blitz: The World in My Eyes by Kayode Michael Arimoro #promo #selfhelp #nonfiction #selfreflection #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

Self-Help, Self Reflection

Date Published: 5/25/2022

 

 

We all have a certain role to play in what we want the world to look like. What the world looks and feels like today is because of our actions – or inactions; there is always a price to pay for both. The need to understand that we are responsible for what the world is today cannot be overemphasized. We are either living in it carelessly, carefully scheming and orchestrating conflicts that will last many generations, or transferring in our young ones hatred about others which they, moving forward, transfer into theirs.

‘The World in My Eyes’ is a masterpiece by Kayode Michael Arimoro as he, through his experiences and reflections, is making a conscious effort to urge everyone to pause for a moment, take account of how our actions and inactions have impacted the world, and make a conscious effort to making the world a better place than we met it.

 

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A believer of non geographical, non color or racial categorization of mankind who believes all humans should live above a globally acceptable human existence index


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Monday, February 19, 2024

Release Blitz: Leopard's Hunt by Christine Feehan #releaseday #paranormalromance #newbooks #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

Shapeshifter, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance

Date Published: February 20, 2024

 

 

In this pulse-pounding novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Leopard series, animal instinct unites two elite shifters whose heads are at war with their hearts.

 

Gorya Amurov might be known as his family's peacekeeper, but the leopard inside him wants nothing more than to claw to the surface and unleash hell. A harsh life has shaped him into a vicious fighter with a calm exterior, but Gorya knows it's only a matter of time until he loses all control. Deep down, he truly believes he'd be better off dead, and that no woman will ever accept him as a mate....

Maya Averina has spent years hunting the criminals who destroyed her life, and she always takes down her prey. She keeps to herself, stays under the radar, and never loses focus. But with her body burning up and her mind distracted by her first heat, an ambush takes her by surprise. Now she's trapped, an unmated female shifter about to be sold off to the highest bidder. Maya is ready to fight her way out—until the most dangerous, powerful man she's ever encountered arrives to set her free....


About the Author

Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, with 83 published works in seven different series: Dark Series, GhostWalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, Sea Haven Series, Shadow Series, and Torpedo Ink Series. All seven of her series have hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Judgment Road, the first book in her newest series, Torpedo Ink, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

"After Bram Stoker, Anne Rice and Joss Whedon (who created the venerated Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Christine Feehan is the person most credited with popularizing the neck gripper.”—Time Magazine

“The Queen of paranormal romance.” —USA Today

 

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Book Blitz: The Corona Protocol by Dr. Paul D. Corona #fiction #nonfiction #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours


Mixed Fiction- Nonfiction

Date Published: February 20, 2024


 

In “The Corona Protocol,” Dr. Paul D. Corona, a dedicated medical doctor with profound compassion for human suffering, shares his remarkable journey to alleviate needless pain and misery. With a fervent commitment to relieving the anguish of those who endure unnecessary distress, Dr. Corona reveals a groundbreaking approach marrying modern medicine with the intricate interplay between the mind and body.

Drawing upon his extensive experience as a family physician, Dr. Corona exposes the profound impact of emotional factors on physical well-being. He unveils a deeply rooted conviction that unnecessary suffering is a burden no one should bear. With unshakable determination, he seeks to empower patients and healthcare practitioners to confront mood disorders and related afflictions head-on.

Through “The Corona Protocol,” Dr. Corona offers a comprehensive blueprint for transforming lives by addressing the intricate connection between physiological and psychological well-being. He highlights the pivotal role of family physicians in mental health, urging them to embrace a holistic approach encompassing mind and body.

This enlightening journey traverses the domains of neuroscience, psychology, and medical practice. Dr. Corona shares the keys to unlocking a brighter, more fulfilling existence. Guided by meticulous research and a genuine desire to uplift humanity, he introduces a protocol that transcends conventional treatments.

At the heart of “The Corona Protocol” lies a thorough diagnostic process meticulously crafted by Dr. Corona. With a keen focus on personal and family history, he expertly navigates the unique, sophisticated landscape of each patient's neurochemistry. His personalized approach, rooted in evidence-based practice, seeks to identify the most effective solutions, minimizing the often lengthy and frustrating trial-and-error process.

Dr. Corona’s protocol is a testament to collaboration, uniting medical professionals from various disciplines through a collective effort to alleviate suffering. He challenges the stigma associated with mental health, presenting a pathway to liberation from the shackles of invisible illnesses.

Blending empathy, wisdom, and innovation, Dr. Corona ushers in a new era of healing—one where the mind and body are harmoniously addressed—and lives are irrevocably transformed.

“The Corona Protocol” isn't just a medical guide, it's a call to action for all seeking illumination on the path toward comprehensive well-being. Dr. Paul D. Corona's narrative of perseverance, compassion, and scientific rigor invites readers to join him on an extraordinary quest to reshape the landscape of modern medicine and redefine the boundaries of human healing.


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Teaser Tuesday: Joker by Harley Wylde #promo #excerpt #teasertuesday #motorcycleclubromance #romanticsuspense #rabtbooktours @changelingpress @RABTBookTours

 

 

Dixie Reapers MC, Book 19


Motorcycle Club Romance, Age Gap, Suspense, 2nd Chances

Date Published: February 23, 2024

Publisher: Changeling Press


 

Cleo -- My family put me through hell, and I escaped the only way possible… by marrying a biker locked up in prison. Joker gave me his name and a way to hide from my family. Until the day they find me… Now it’s time I return to the husband who doesn’t want me and hope he doesn’t find out all my secrets -- because if he does, I have a feeling he’s going to make me leave.

Joker -- She seemed sweet and innocent. Marrying her wasn’t a big deal. Then I managed to obtain my freedom, and with it, I decided to set her free as well. Only one problem. She doesn’t want a divorce. Now Cleo is living with me, and my club has accepted her as part of our family. None of us realized she was hiding something that could destroy us, but at the end of the day, she’s mine and I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

 

WARNING: Joker is intended for adult readers 18+ due to bad language, violence, and adult situations. There’s no cliffhanger involving the main characters. There is a slight cliffhanger involving secondary characters, which will be resolved in the next book. Guaranteed happily ever after, and no cheating!

 

 

EXCERPT

Copyright ©2024 Harley Wylde


Joker

The clanging of metal bars and shouting inmates jolted me awake. Another day in this hellhole. I blinked against the harsh fluorescent lights as the guard banged his baton against my cell, barking at me to get up. My joints creaked in protest as I slid off the thin mattress onto the cold concrete floor. I’d wasted away in this cage for over a decade, my youth fading with each endless day.

“Mail,” the guard said, thrusting a letter into my cell.

Only one person wrote to me. Someone I’d never met in person, though she’d sent me a picture one time. Out of boredom, I’d signed up for a pen pal program, not expecting much. To my surprise, I’d received dozens of letters -- all from women. One had stood out. A teen girl named Cleo.

I’d been hesitant to respond. At forty-eight, I’d felt like it was wrong to reply to her. My morals might be questionable, but I still had a line I wouldn’t cross. In the end, I’d answered her, and we’d been writing to each other ever since. She’d needed a sympathetic ear, and I’d needed a distraction.

I opened Cleo’s latest letter, her looping cursive filling the page. My light in this darkness. She saw the man beneath the cut, the heart behind the grim façade. Her letters were a glimpse of the world outside these walls. She shared her dreams, her troubles, her very soul. And I confessed things to her I’d never uttered aloud. The abandoned boy who turned to the club for family, the gnawing loneliness beneath the swagger. She understood. We were both fighting our own demons.

The guard slammed the bars again. “Chow time, Joker! Look alive!”

I tucked Cleo’s letter into my pocket, close to my heart. I’d survive another day in this concrete tomb just to read her words again tonight. And someday, somehow, I’d be free. I wasn’t sure what would happen then. We were worlds apart in a lot of ways. Once I left this place, Cleo would come to be a part of my past. It would be dangerous for us to keep in touch.

I shuffled into the cafeteria, the din of inmates engulfing me. I kept my head down as I grabbed my tray of slop and found an empty table. Solitude was survival in this jungle. Placing my arm around my tray, I shoveled food into my mouth. In this place, you had to protect what was yours.

My thoughts drifted to Cleo as I forced down the cold mush. She hadn’t written in weeks. Her family was poison. From what I’d gathered they were all rotten to the core. She only hinted at the horrors she’d seen, but I sensed the fear beneath her brave words. At seventeen, she shouldn’t be worried about surviving. She should be having fun with her friends, enjoying her high school years, and figuring out where she wanted to go in life. I hated not being able to do anything for her, except listen.

My fists clenched, rage simmering through my veins. If they touched one hair on her head, I’d kill them. She was too pure for this world, an angel who deserved so much more. I had to protect her, no matter the cost. Except… the shackles binding me went deeper than this prison. I owed my club my life and my loyalty. I couldn’t do anything without talking to them first, and I hadn’t heard from any of them in a long-ass time. I’d fucked up, and it had felt like they all turned their backs on me.

The guards herded us to the yard, the sun blinding after days under flickering fluorescent lights. I found a shady corner and waited. Breathing in the fresh air meant nothing without freedom. I’d only traded an interior cage for an exterior one.

A hush fell over the inmates. The warden stormed across the yard, his face like thunder. He stopped in front of me, his eyes hard. Well, shit. Had I done something wrong again? It wasn’t often he came in person. Then again, I wasn’t always nice to the guards. Maybe he was simply protecting his men.

“You’ve got a visitor, Joker.”

My pulse quickened. No one had come to see me in years. What the fuck was going on?

The warden didn’t like me. In fact, we’d frequently butted heads during my incarceration. It had to piss him off that I had a visitor. The man would do anything to keep me from even one moment of happiness. I knew if he could, he’d keep me locked up for the rest of my life.

I followed the warden through the maze of fences and gates until we reached the visitation room. My breath caught when I saw her. Even though I’d only seen one picture of her, I recognized her right away.

Cleo.

She looked small and fragile in the plastic chair, her fingers twisting a tissue. Bruises shadowed under her eyes, barely hidden by makeup. My heart clenched.

I sat down, picking up the phone. Her eyes flooded with tears as she did the same.

“Joker,” she whispered. “I’m so sorry…”

“What happened?”

She glanced around quickly before answering. “My brother found out about the letters. He was furious. Said no one in the family should associate with your kind.”

My jaw tightened, fury rising. My kind, huh? Seemed like her brother wasn’t any better. “Did he hurt you?”

“It doesn’t matter --”

“The hell it doesn’t!” I snarled. “You listen to me. I’m getting you out of there, you hear me? We’ll leave town, start over somewhere new.”

“How?” Her voice trembled. “You still have years left of your sentence.”

I placed my hand against the glass. “Marry me.”

Her eyes widened. “What?”

“Marry me,” I repeated. “You just turned eighteen, right? So you don’t need your family’s permission. I know the warden hates me, but… I’ll convince him somehow. He’ll do the ceremony right here. Then when I get out, we can start over -- together, if that’s what you want.”

Tears spilled down her cheeks. She put her hand against mine, even though the glass separated us. “Yes. I’ll marry you, Joker.”

“I’ll find a way to get word to you. If your brother is angry about us talking, then I can’t send it to your house. Find someone willing to help you and send me their address. I’ll correspond with you through them.”

She nodded and wiped away more tears. We talked for another minute, then our time was up. I watched her walk away and hoped I’d made the right choice. If this came back to bite me in the ass, it might end up harming her too.

* * *

It took two weeks to convince the warden. In the end, he only agreed in order to help Cleo. I stood in a dingy room, still cuffed and wearing my prison-issued jumpsuit. It wouldn’t be the wedding of her dreams, but hopefully it kept her safe.

Cleo entered the room in a simple white dress, holding a small bouquet of daisies. Her smile nearly blinded me. I didn’t know why she looked so happy. It made me wonder what she thought about this marriage. I had to admit, she looked beautiful.

We exchanged brief vows. No kiss or embrace could seal our union. It ended nearly as soon as it had begun. The guards escorted her from the room and sent me back to my cell. I could only hope changing her name from Cleo Lathem to Cleo Clemons would help her in some way.

My heart ached, knowing she had to return to that abusive household. I felt powerless, stuck in this damn cell while she suffered. I slammed my fist against the concrete in frustration. They couldn’t legally force her to do anything, but people like that didn’t care about the law. She’d have to disappear to avoid the danger of living with her family. At least with her name changed, she’d have a chance to get away. Hopefully, it would take them a while to figure out she’d gotten married. I only wished I had some money to give her too.

The next visiting day, her eyes were puffy from crying as she picked up the phone. “It’s time. I’m leaving this week. Today will be my last visit with you.”

I hadn’t expected her to ever come here again. Seeing her one last time was more than enough. I nodded, letting her know I understood.

“Go as far as you can and don’t look back,” I said.

“Will you be okay?” she asked.

“Don’t worry about me. I’ve survived this place this long. I’ll be fine. Protect yourself, Cleo, whatever it takes.”

I hung up the phone, forcing her to leave. This was for the best. She needed a clean break. As much as I’d enjoyed her letters, I hoped she didn’t write anymore. It was time for her to start living. I’d miss her like hell. She’d been a bright light in this dismal place. Without her words to carry me through, I wasn’t sure what would happen to me. Didn’t matter. I’d possibly die in this place. Even if I got out, my life was probably halfway over. Assuming I didn’t get shot, stabbed, or die in some other fun way long before I became an old man. Cleo was just getting started. There was so much of the world for her to explore, and I hope she got the chance to see it all.

For me, days passed. Then weeks. Months. I didn’t hear from Cleo again. Time blurred. I lived one monotonous day after another. Wake up, work out, eat, work, eat again, sleep. Wash, rinse, repeat.

My thoughts constantly drifted to Cleo when I wasn’t occupied. Was she eating enough? Getting any sleep? Staying safe from her family’s crooked dealings?

I wondered where she was now. How far had she gone? Was it a big enough distance her family couldn’t find her? Part of me wondered if we’d ever bump into each other again in the future, once I put this place behind me. It ate at me, not knowing if she was safe or not. Had the plan worked? Or had I married her for no reason?

 

 

About the Author

Harley Wylde is an accomplished author known for her captivating MC Romances. With an unwavering commitment to sensual storytelling, Wylde immerses her readers in an exciting world of fierce men and irresistible women. Her works exude passion, danger, and gritty realism, while still managing to end on a satisfying note each time.

When not crafting her tales, Wylde spends her time brainstorming new plotlines, indulging in a hot cup of Starbucks, or delving into a good book. She has a particular affinity for supernatural horror literature and movies. Visit Wylde's website to learn more about her works and upcoming events, and don't forget to sign up for her newsletter to receive exclusive discounts and other exciting perks.


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Virtual Book Tour: Sun Tzu's Café by Eric Bornstein #blogtour #interview #historical #fiction #thriller #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours



Historical Fiction / Medical Thriller/ Espionage

Date Published: January 1, 2024

 

In the era of legalized marijuana in the United States, the Chinese government has nefarious plans to exploit America's best and brightest graduate students using synthetic Hallucinogens and THC compounds. To accomplish their goal, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has partnered with a disaffected American CIA agent who was instrumental in the CIA's domestic hallucinogen experiments on American citizens known as Project MKULTRA during the Korean and Vietnam wars. The CCP have surreptitiously funded upscale cafés in each American city where marijuana has been legalized and there is an American university within walking distance of their café.

In each café, the CCP secretly adds a designer hallucinogen to the coffee. This drug opens the graduate student's minds to the power of suggestion and allows the baristas (Chinese security agents) to easily question the students for technical information concerning their graduate studies and labs. The methods used are similar to what the disaffected CIA agent learned during his MKULTRA project missions in the 1950s and 1960s. This allows the  Communist Chinese to gain a head start on America's most crucial security and technological innovations.

But there is a problem. The synthetic hallucinogen is beginning to have strange effects on some students, and these effects are being noticed. A bright Israeli E.R. doctor and his wife (an addiction counselor) living and working in Burlington, Vermont, have encountered some of these students suffering from bizarre psychotic symptoms. They suspect that there is more than meets the eye in these Chinese cafés and have started investigating. If the Chinese plan is discovered, it will open the CCP up to significant charges of international terrorism against the United States. With current congressional committee hearings focused on banning Tik Tok and other Chinese technologies, the CCP will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.


 


INTERVIEW


 Introduce yourself and tell me about what you do.

I am a biochemist, dentist, and photobiologist. I have patented multiple technologies in the areas of lasers, circadian medicine, and biofilm eradication. I am the former Chief Medical Officer of a Medical Device company with three FDA approvals. Over the years, I have been widely published in peer-reviewed journals such as Current Trends in Microbiology. I presently write and deliver CE webinars for medical professionals on the subjects of Hallucinogens and Psychedelics, Cannabis, Circadian Medicine and Opioids. Sun Tzu’s Café is one of two novels I am currently publishing.

 

 Tell me more about your journey as an author, including the writing processes.

My writing history has primarily been in medical and scientific peer-reviewed literature over the last thirty years. I am an avid reader of authors from Steven King, to Robin Cook to Dan Brown. I also enjoy Peter David and Diane Duane. Recently, I have decided to take a few of the subjects that I lecture on for medical professionals and create historical medical/thriller novels around the subject matter.

 

Tell me about your Book (that you want to talk about)

I recently became interested in the outrageous liberties that the US Government took with American citizens during almost thirty-five years of the Psychedelic and Hallucinogen programs that the CIA was running from 1945 through the 1970s. As I lecture on Psychedelics and Hallucinogens, I decided to write a book and tie the plot into today’s adversarial relationship between the US and China. Below is a description:  

In the era of legalized marijuana in the United States, the Chinese government has nefarious plans to exploit America's best and brightest graduate students using synthetic Hallucinogens and THC compounds. To accomplish their goal, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has partnered with a disaffected American CIA agent who was instrumental in the CIA's domestic hallucinogen experiments on American citizens known as Project MKULTRA during the Korean and Vietnam wars. The CCP have surreptitiously funded upscale cafés in each American city where marijuana has been legalized and there is an American university within walking distance of their café.

In each café, the CCP secretly adds a designer hallucinogen to the coffee. This drug opens the graduate student's minds to the power of suggestion and allows the baristas (Chinese security agents) to easily question the students for technical information concerning their graduate studies and labs. The methods used are similar to what the disaffected CIA agent learned during his MKULTRA project missions in the 1950s and 1960s. This allows the  Communist Chinese to gain a head start on America's most crucial security and technological innovations.

But there is a problem. The synthetic hallucinogen is beginning to have strange effects on some students, and these effects are being noticed. A bright Israeli E.R. doctor and his wife (an addiction counselor) living and working in Burlington, Vermont, have encountered some of these students suffering from bizarre psychotic symptoms. They suspect that there is more than meets the eye in these Chinese cafés and have started investigating. If the Chinese plan is discovered, it will open the CCP up to significant charges of international terrorism against the United States. With current congressional committee hearings focused on banning Tik Tok and other Chinese technologies, the CCP will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.

 

Any message for our readers

Sun Tzu’s café is meticulously researched with 300 footnotes. A vast amount of the sources cited in the book are Declassified CIA documents from many years of Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA) from investigative reporters and watchdog agencies that have researched different CIA crimes against civilians and foreign nationals over the last century.

I have focused on the Hallucinogen and Psychedelic experiments (The real project MK-ULTRA) and blended  a story together with medical intrigue and the current existential fight that America is in with Communist China. The climax of the book occurs in real time, at the end of 2023, with facts and stories ripped out of current news headlines. 

 

 

5 or more quotes/oneliners from your Book

1) It took a few moments for Qiang to read the documents. He understood well that the government’s trump card for his acquiescence was the protection and safety of his beloved parents in Chinatown. “It would be a shame if there were an accident . . .” one of the soldiers had said as they arrived at the new OSS headquarters in the Maryland forest two hours ago.

2) Haitao steeled himself and, in perfect Chinese, began with the statement, “们出现了问题 – We have another problem.” The MSS agent on the phone did not like problems and, as was his nature, spoke in simple and clipped tones, “解釋 – Explain.”

3) Now the Navy wanted Qiang to work on a project created by a Nazi doctor based on his data from experimenting on Jews in concentration camps? Dr. Kurt Plötner was a monster of the highest order. He felt nauseous and focused on his vow of vengeance against America to suppress any outward emotion. 

4) In an emotional frenzy, the student swung at the MSS agent, who deftly blocked the sloppy punch and simultaneously swept the student’s leg at blinding speed with a Praying Mantis Kung Fu takedown.  The student hit the floor hard, headfirst. It was a perfect defensive technique, clearly learned in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army by the MSS agent.

5) In his nightly dreams, Champlain could hear the tortured screams of the patients in the psychiatric hospitals, unknowingly induced under the effects of hallucinogenic substances he had administered to them for his CIA masters.

 


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