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Author: Paul A. CagleISBN: 978-1500697648ASIN: B00O0F4V8SShadow Born:Book 1 of the Shadow-Borne Chronicles…Continue

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Reviewers sought for Five Star Rated Novel Mooniana.

Hi to all the lovers of the weird, magic and wonderfulIf you are into Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Shape Shifting and faeries and the Paranormal genres as much as I am, then I might have just…Continue

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Hello All,I am an intern working for a small publishing company in Washington, D.C. I am currently looking for reviewers who are interested in doing free book reviews. Our book categories include:…Continue

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Comment by Miranda Moondawn on June 27, 2015 at 6:37pm

by David Russell author of Self's Blossom.

25-6-2015.

"This monumental work, really breaks down literary categories in the quest for truth. The Lost Chronicles of Sophia are the 'Gospel' of Mary Magdalene, expressing Goddess values, apparently destroyed when fanatical Christians wrecked the library of Alexandra, terrified of the claim that Christ's ...true teaching was communicated to Mary Magdalene, rather than to his Disciples, and that Mary Magdalene was his lover. The novel is concerned with the rediscovery of this book, its resuscitation and application of its fundamental lessons - to replace Patriarchal tyranny with Matriarchal truth.

Involved in the physical, and metaphysical quest for the Gnostic truth of this book is a 'star-studded' mass of world mythological entities . . . Greek, Nordic . . ."

"There is tension between the feminists' pacifist ideals and the possible need for force to eliminate the patriarchy. Many of the women were mistreated, and longed to 'get one back' on their abusers. Their number includes Hecate, who embraces darkness and evil, but has right on her side because of her past suffering, just as, in Dualism, a Snake can be a Saviour, and the Devil God's alter ego. All the 'godly' characters have 'flawed mortal' characteristics which make them convincing. Dualism/contrariety is prominent in the main characters: "I am everywhere loved and adored, and everywhere condemned and despised . . . formless yet with infinite variegated forms".

"The author reflects on 'cyclic time'; there is an angel 'walking backwards into the future'. "Thousands of years of history had already happened, were yet to happen and were happening." Mooniana oscillates mythological antiquity and contemporary life - world politics - and today's popular culture - including pop stars and Bollywood cinema, linking the occult to the everyday. The characters also drift out of, and into, their own bodies. As a 'bridge, it focuses on fashionable 'New Age' cults, including a 'free school' - the Albatross Boarding School, as well as a hippie commune and an experimental theatre in Verona - featuring a wide video screen plus music, dance and drama events which melt into spiritual/mythical areas."

"There are two parallel love stories: Joanne Voegrin, a harpist, becomes obsessed with her teacher, Paul Vallidin, while Christiane Wulff develops a fascination for Oriental Studies professor Franz Abel. Each woman holds her beloved in of awe, whilst feeling a degree of irritation with their seeming pedantry and pomposity. Both couples oscillate between their mundane personalities and their mythical entities - Joanne became the mystical Sophia."


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Comment by Miranda Moondawn on June 27, 2015 at 6:36pm

There is an in-depth exploration of transcendental eroticism, including the practice of coitus reservatus. The six offspring of Zeus are challenged to share 'the Philanderer's son without any jealousy or rivalry between you . . . if you can do this, I will grant each of you your deepest and most ardent desire - including usurping the Throne of Olympus. Another ritual includes a suitably androgynous Hermes figure who is, however, an object of some suspicion, perhaps a 'two-faced' intermediary between the Goddesses and the male Ruler. There is a beautiful Sapphic consummation. On another occasion, Ashok, a male 'initiate' is supposed to abnegate his maleness in order to bond with a group of six sisters - become a seventh sister. But he must somehow regain it in order to overturn the patriarchy: "Without his arrogant, ambitious ally (his Daimon), how could he write the Sisters' narrative?" Also, the Goddesses had initially held a stance of neutrality, which they were forced to abandon through being outraged. They had to take on some of the terminology of their adversaries: "In your name we shall avenge you, and destroy the destroyers, wiping every last vestige of the tyranny and greed of the cult of the one God from the face of the planet." But it still remained necessary to 'create a neutral zone on earth'.

There is some questioning of the relationship between earthly and spiritual love: "Joanne seemed oddly unemotional. Either she was glad to rid of a romantic rival, or else she was very advanced in Yogic detachment."

"Some quite perceptive searchings of the relationship between art and 'real life': "For Lorely's characters, life could only be a play. These chaotic characters would find themselves again in real-life situations which were, in reality, only external mirrors of well-rehearsed internalised rituals and narratives." There had previously been a reference to Kierkegaard: "A man writes a novel in which one of the characters goes mad. At some point in the story, the one writing the novel goes insane too, and he finishes the work in the first person." Similarly, fictionalising can be a two-way process, as Paul tells the sisters: "Just as I am writing your story, you are writing mine . . ."; "They were both poets and would meet in each other's poems and stories which were just as real." No omniscient narrator here!"

"Part of the conclusion is presented in dramatic form, which adds a further, living dimension to the focus of the theatre venue. Characters described in narrative become characters speaking for themselves; third persons become first persons. This further accentuates the hypnotic effect of the many dance rituals portrayed in this work."

"The author treated the 9/11 attacks as a sort of Armageddon, a symbolic destruction of the old patriarchal order. This interpretation, I feel, was totally appropriate to the time when those incidents took place - but perhaps less so, in terms of what has passed under the bridge since then. She makes a minimal reference to the rise of the Islamic state; perhaps some updating would be in order."

  David Russell


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Comment by Miranda Moondawn on June 3, 2015 at 9:34am

For interviews, guest spots etc. write to Miranda Moondawn care of her gmail mirandamoondawn@gmail.com


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Comment by Miranda Moondawn on June 3, 2015 at 9:09am

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Comment by Miranda Moondawn on June 3, 2015 at 9:08am

Hi to all the lovers of the weird, magic and wonderful

If you are into Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Shape Shifting and faeries and the Paranormal genres as much as I am, then I might have just the right book for you - MOONIANA and THE LOST CHRONICLES of SOPHIA. The book is a highly original twist on the old Greek myths of Olympus and the Muses - only in my story, the Muses are sent to Earth to save the world by renewing its cultural heritage and its poetry and art. In the process of their mission, they get caught up in the steamy world of human art, politics and passion and even get embroiled in an ancient grudge between Olympus and Hecate and the Titans!

My book is filled with dramatic and sometimes weird comical twists, profound poetic meditations on Love and Nature's Wisdom, along with weird and wonderful passages on the shapeshifting world of fairies, sirens and other invisible creatures which live alongside ourselves. 

I am looking for reviewers of my book and I am giving away free ebook copies to anyone interested..

You can also check out my Amazon Link for blurb, author's bio and extracts from the book -  http://amazon.com/author/mirandamoondawning 

If you are interested in a copy of the book write to me on my blog or email me on mirandamoondawn@gmail.com  

Hope to hear from you soon.

Miranda Moondawn


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Comment by Miranda Moondawn on June 3, 2015 at 8:51am

For interviews, guest spots etc. write to Miranda Moondawn care of her gmail mirandamoondawn@gmail.com


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Comment by Miranda Moondawn on June 3, 2015 at 8:51am

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Sara's Review

After finishing Mooniana: The Secret of the Lost Chronicles of Sophia, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to say in my review because of how thought provoking it was, even though I did find some of the thoughts and beliefs of some of the characters to be a little too radical in my opinion. On the other hand, I spent many days after that simply thinking about the book and what I had read. The first thing I know I'd like to say is that I really enjoyed the blending of Greek, Norse, and Indian/Hindu mythology. It was that aspect of the book which caught my attention when I was given the opportunity to read and review this book. That was one of my favorite aspects of the novel, and it held my attention to the very end. I also thought her use of actual historical events from 1991 to the recent past was an interesting choice, but it definitely worked well in the novel, and offered an entirely different point of view on what was going on at that particular time in history. I also loved the fact that it was set in Germany, Denmark and Northern Italy.

There are nine Muses in Greek mythology, and six of them have incarnated upon the earth in various human females, each one representing a various art. The ones in this book were: Polyhymnia, Terpsicore, Erato, Melpomene, Uriana and Euterpe. I don't think there was one that I'd single out as my favorite, but if I had to pick one that I thought was the most prominent character, I think I'd pick Christiane, the harpist, who personified Erato. I found her sister Marliz, to be a fascinating character as well, and she represented Melpomene.

On the other hand, even with a list of characters at the beginning of the book, I think one of the things that slightly detracted from my enjoyment of the book was the fact that by the time I had read to the end, there were times that I was a little confused about who was who, since they had three different names: their human name, the name of the Muse, and a “secret name”, which were used interchangeably throughout the book. Even through this, I thought it was a minor thing, and I still enjoyed the story.

As far as more secondary characters, I liked Paul Vallidin and Iris, the Goddess of the Rainbow, along with Titania and Oberon, Iris' helpers. Overall, I'd give this book a 4/5 platypire rating.

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Comment by Miranda Moondawn on June 3, 2015 at 8:51am

Mooniana Review

5/29/2015

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In every epoch and age there are a handful of souls who hear the Earth's voice, hearken to the Muses's song and drink from the font of the Goddess of Wisdom. These are the poets, artists and visionairies of our world: the creative geniuses like Dante, Milton and Blake, whose inspiration and insights have shaped our cultural memory.

Unhappily, with the advent of the modern age the Muses's song has become silent and the font of the Earth's Wisdom has begun to dry up.

To redress this precarious situation, six of the nine Muses have descended from Olympus to take birth upon the Earth. Their purpose is to re-awaken humanity to the inspiration of the great arts and restore the broken links between gods and men. But, the six Muses are not just daughters of Zeus, they are also the daughters of Mnemosyne, the Goddess of Memory, and the granddaughters of Gaia, Mother Earth herself. And when the Muses discover that their mother and Gaia have a totally different agenda for them than their father Zeus, well it is at this point that their loyalties become divided and everything becomes very bloody and messy.

Find out how in this dramatic and spellbinding new novel by Miranda Moondawn "Mooniana and the Secret of the Lost Chronicles of Sophia".

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Comment by Miranda Moondawn on June 3, 2015 at 8:46am

 For interviews, guest spots etc. write to Miranda Moondawn care of her gmail mirandamoondawn@gmail.com


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Comment by Miranda Moondawn on June 3, 2015 at 8:45am

Miranda's highly original work holds true to the aesthetic ideal that successful art and literature should possess three central functions. These are:

 1) It has to be aesthetically and skilfully crafted, capable of entertaining the audience with the uniqueness of its characters, the originality of its narrative and the intrigues of its plot.

2) It should be political and socially relevant, challenging the reader to seek the meaning or moral purpose of our existence, thereby holding a mirror to the truth behind the masks and hypocrisy of our daily lives. In so doing, important works of art can help instigate social reform, as readers are encouraged to question and even revolt against repressive and outmoded norms in their society.

3) Last of all, it should function as a rite of passage, an initiation for the reader into the symbols, myths and archetypes of the collective memory of humanity. Great art is both Mythopoeic and Mnemonic - through the subliminal and symbolic structure of its characters and plot, this art synthesises the working of both the rational thinking brain with the emotional intuitive brain.  The former logically analyses the external world of cause and effect. The latter draws sustenance from the inner world of poetry, myth, dreams and magical (non-linear) causality. When both act in harmonious unity together, the reader is awakened to the higher principle of consciousness known as Gnosis (self- Knowledge) and Sophia (Wisdom). In Mooniana and the Secret of the Lost Chronicles of Sophia, Miranda seeks to incorporate all three of these elements into her art. 

About the Book

Title of Novel: Mooniana and the Secret of the Lost Chronicles of Sophia

Literary Genre and Style: Miranda's ground-breaking novel draws on influences from Magic Realism, Post Modernism, Political-Satire, Feminism and Romanticism, through writers such as Franz Kafka, Salman Rushdie and William Blake. It is also a Rite of Passage Quest novel, drawing upon variegated influences from the Gnostic Wisdom Schools, Hermetic Magic, the Maha-Vidya Tantra Shakti Schools of India, and ritual theatre as a process of inner transformation and psycho-spiritual alchemy. Indeed, as the novel functions as a rite of passage for the main protagonists, it also has the potential of functioning as a rite of passage and initiation for the reader, mirroring as it does Miranda's fundamental literary philosophy that a new millennium demands a new form of "Wisdom" literature and psycho-spiritual transformative art.

 
 
 

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