Daily Archives: June 13, 2011

Karla Lehmann Author- RITA THE BIRD DOG Books


by Karla Lehmann

Learning through Travel, Language, and Song

The Rita the Bird Dog character is a commemorative to Karla’s pet Weimaraner of 16 years.


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by Barbara Mayer

A Former Nun Speaks Out

As more people find themselves questioning or actually leaving religions of their youth and adult life, BEYOND RELIGION provides answers for spiritual seekers of our time.

From her thirteen years as a Roman Catholic nun and a lifetime of studying relgions and belief sytstems from eastern and Western sides of the world, Barbara Mayer now offers a reader-friendly book to encourage and enlighten those who believe “there must be more” to the search for prsonal spirituality.

Reaching beyond simplistic doctrines and dogmas, Mayer shares her own yearning for Ultimate Truth beyond religion. She offers hope and meaning to those who are ready to move beyond patriarchal religious dictates, considering the rise of spiritual feminine energy in today’s social and religious atmosphere. BEYOND RELIGION also covers topics such as understanding one’s religious roots, a new perspective on the historical Jesus and the Christ Mind, better understanding a different religions throughout the world, the quantum and non-linear thought, meditation, healing and wholeness.

BEYOND RELIGION rejects self-limiting ideas about Truth, leading the reader easily through new concepts in the current landscape of belief. With rising consciousness now demanding more answers in today’s chaotic world, this book offers clear ideas for attaining a more meaningful life. As studies show many now consider themselves more spiritual than religious, BEYOND RELIGION is the perfect guide or gift for those ready to move beyond blind faith and religion by rote.

From her own spiritual journey Barbara Mayer offers personal insights into religious doubt and the dark night of the soul. By having taken the road less traveled, she is able to help lead others toward spiritual maturity and personal transformation.

BEYOND RELIGION is the only book of its kind, coming at a time when it can offer help and wholeness to a waiting world.

$18.95 ISBN 13:978-0-9785334-4-1 ISBN 10:0-9785334-4-1

“This book focuses on what really matters. It is an empowering source of joy!”- Barbara Litrell, Former Publisher, Working Woman

“Mayer puts her finger on the pulse of American spirituality.” Kathleen McGrory, Phd., President Emerita, Hartford College for Women

From early days as a singing nun, through years as a teacher, then editor of a Midwestern newspaper, Barbar Mayer has followed a lifetime spiritual path. With degrees in education and journalism, she also holds certification in theology. Since leaving her religious community Mayer has continued extensive study of worldwide religions and belief systems, also offering workshops on various concepts such as Reiki, meditation, consciousness development and personal spirituality.

Dedicated to finding Truth beyond the teachings of patriachal hierachies and self-styled religious pundits, Mayer also champions the role of rising feminine energies in social advancement and growing spiritual maturity. Her writings include discussion of more feminine influence within institutionalized religions, in addition to emphasis on rising consciousness and addressing the needs of a changing culture of belief.

Barbar Mayer is a spiritual facilitator, meditation guide, Reiki Master and poet who now resides and writes in Sedona, Arizona. There she champions personal spirituality in a caring, compassionate lifestyle and a deeply spiritual personal practic.

To order, contact: National Book Network . custserv@nbnbooks.com or 1-800-462-6420

Sanctuary Publications
P.O Box 20697
Sedona, Az 86341 928-284-1169
info@sanctuarypublications.com http://www.sanctuarypublications.com

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by Toby Fesler Heathcotte

Toby Fesler Heathcotte’s books win epic prizes: the top prize in metaphysical fiction went to THE COMET’S RETURN at the EPIC banquet held in Williamsburg,VA on March 12, 2011. The yearly awards presented by The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition celebrate e-book in all categories (epicauthors.com). Another Heathcotte book, OUT OF THE PSYCHIC CLOSET, earned a finalist award in nonfiction.

THE COMET’S RETURN tells the stories of six souls who are reincarnation after building centuries of karmic connections. In 2061 Arizona, Angela dreams of people she should recognize and events she should remember. With her career and her sanity in jeopardy, she goes to the trunk opening for Halley’s Comet and finds her love. Remembering their previous lifetime opens Angela to the great knowledge. Kegan yet walks the world, intent on ending the blood feud from Celtic times. The book is the fifth part of the Alma Chronicles.

OUT OF THE PSYCHIC CLOSET: THE QUEST TO TRUST MY TRUE NATURE is a self-help handbook in two parts that will show the reader how to step out of the psychic closet, to rise above anxiety and distrusst, and to incorporate psychic abilities into a more honest model of personal reality. The first part narrates the author’s psychic experiences. The second part details scientific research, historical background, and previously unpublished anecdotes of that paranormal. The second part also includes print and web resources.

Both THE COMET’S RETURN and OUT OF THE PSYCHIC cLOSET are available for sale in multiple e-book formats as well as in paperback on Amazon.com Look for further information on the author’s website tobyheathcotte.com

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsleter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 40. No. 3. June/July 2011

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Arizona Daily Star June 12, 2011- BOOK EVENTS

BOOK EVENTS June 12, 2011


Clues Unlimited Book Club with Steve Hamiton- Clues Unlimited Mystery Bookstore, 3146 E. Fort Lowell Road. Author will sign and discusses MISERY BAY. 2-3 p.m. June 12. Free. 326-8533

Second Sunday Book Group- Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth AVe. Group will discuss THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett. 2 p.m. June 12. Free. 792-3715


Baby Storytime- Oro Valley Public Library, 1306 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley. For accompanied children up to 18 months. 10-10:30 a.m. June 13. Free. 792-5300.


Book Discussion- Dewhirst-Catalina Library, 15631 N. Oracle Road, Catalina Group discusses SHANGHAI GIRLS by Lisa See. 10:30 a.m.-noon. June 14. Free. 229-5300

Preschool Storytime- Oro Valley Public Library. For accompanied children 3 to 5 years old. 11:30-noon. June 14. Free. 229-5300

Read to a Dog- Oro Vally Public Library. Therapy and service dogs listen non-judgmentally as children practice reading aloud to expand their reading skills. 2-3 p.m. June 14. Free. 229-5300


An Evening with Best-Selling Author Susie Bright- The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Spedway. Activist and lecturer reads and signs her new memoir BIG SEX LITTLE DEATH.” Presented by the Pima County Public Library. 7 p.m. June 15. Free. 795-0844

Family Storytime- Oro Valley Public Library. For accompanied children up to age 5. 10:10-10:30 a.m. June 15. Free. 229-5300.

Sabino Canyon Storytime: Predators- Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. 8700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. For accompanied children ages 4-6. Space is limited. 9-10:30 a.m. June 15. Free. 749-8700

Toddler Storytime- Dewhirst-Catalina Branch Library. For accompanied children ages 18 months to 3 years old. 9-15-9:45/ Free/ 594-5240.


Great Literature of All Times- Oro Valley Public Library. Presented by Bill Fry on James Weldon Johnson, with selected poety from GOD’S TROMBONES (1927) Pick up handout at the library information desk before event. 10 a.m.-noon. June 16. Free. 229-5300

Main Library Book Club- Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. This month’s reading selection is THE SURRENDERED by Chang-rae Lee. Noon-1 p.m. June 15. Free. 791-4010

Reading for Pleasure- ward 3 Council Office, 1510 Grant Road. Discussions and book exchange. Class number 439. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 4. Free for OASIS members, $12 registration fee. 322-5607


Borders Storytime- Borders Books & Music, Park Place, 5870 E. Broadway. For accompanied children ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. June 17. Free. 584-011.

Story Tunes- Bookmans, 3733 W. Ina Road. Stories, snacks, and musical jam session with Big D and friends. 10-11 a.m. June 17. Free. 579-0303

Toddler Storytime- Oro Valley Public Library. Accompanied children ages 18 months to 3 years old. 10-10:30 a.m. June 17. Free. 229-5300


A Magic Moment Poetry Reading Club- Quincie Doublas Branch Library. 1585 E. 36th St. Share your favorite poems from your childhood. 3-4:30 p.m. June 18. Free. 594-5335

Bookmans June Author Fair- Bookmans Speedway. 623 E. Speedway. Local author book signing featuring: A CONCISE GRAMMAR BOOK FOR THOSE WHO HATE GRAMMER by Ron Mead, THE INVENTOR’S WAR: THE DURABLE IDEAS AND INNOVATIONS OF WORLD WAR TWO by Craig Suger and REPLACING AMERICANS by Dave Gibson and Laura Leighton 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. June 18. Free. 748-9555.

Earlene Fowler Book Signing- Clues Unlimited Mystery Bookstore, 3146 E. Fort Lowell Road. Author discusses and signs SPIDER WEB by the Benni harper. 2:30-4 p.m. June 18. Free. 326-8533.

I Remember Writing Workshop- Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat ave. Join writeer Marge Pellegrino in this workshop to capture memories and create a simple journal. No writing experience needed. Call to register. 2-4 p.m. June 18. Free. 594-5305

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Mexican poet makes peace bid in El Paso

A well-known Mexican poet whose son was killed by drug gang members brought his call for peace to the U.S on Saturday June 11, 2011.

Javie Sicilia gathered about 1,500 followers during a weeklong peace march that ended in Ciudad Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico. He crossed into Texas on Saturday and spoke to hundreds of supporters at a park in downtown El Paso.

“The U.S. has a grave responsibility in all this, when its citizens remain silent, they are imposing war on us,” he said in a quiet voice barely amplified by a bullhorn.

Arizona Daily Star June 12, 2011

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Sisters In Crime Desert Sleuths- WRITE NOW! 2011 CONFERENCE

We have wrapped up the final details for the Desert Sleuths Write Now! 2011 conference. WriteSTRONG: A Writer’s Workout will be held from 8AM-4PM in the Webster Auditorium at Desert Botanical Gardens (Phoenix). Registration is open now: $75, $80 at the door. A limited number of editing sessions with Carol Test are available, $15 per session.

The conference will feature Anthony Award winning and best-selling authors Sophie Littlefield and Kelli Stanley, as well as Juliet Blackwell. This will be a high-energy program designed to whip you and you writing into shape.

Webster Auditorium is a comfortable and charming space, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Registration fee includes continental breakfast, gourmet box lunch, and an afternoon snack of assorted cheeses and cookies. Space is limited so reserve your seat today at the Desert Sleuths Website

Desert Sleuths – Sisters in Crime

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