Hello to you who are new to this blog. Welcome. The next few entries will be about my next book (Read on for a summary). You’re also welcome to read back issues of the blog, which will give you some idea of what is shared here. If you are interested in spiritual matters, or if you have ever lost someone you loved, or both, you will find this blog and my books a warm, friendly place to be.
To the friends and followers of this blog who have told me you are awaiting the sequel to The Messenger, The Improbable Story of a Grieving Mother and a Spirit Guide – it is high time I reported in.
The manuscript is finished.
For those of you who have ever published your own book, you know that this is just the beginning. After the painstaking job of incorporating edits from a wonderful editor, you stop being a writer and start being a publisher. And we’re all amateurs. And as an amateur, I have (perhaps foolishly) taken on an additional job – the daunting task of creating an Audible Book.
That’s where I am right now. Spoiler Alert: I have a surprise co-narrator who will read the Egypt story while I read my own! The Egypt story is done. My part is what I’m working on.
Creating an Audible Book is tremendously exciting and a tremendously difficult enterprise. There are exacting standards to be met. There is recording equipment to be had (I’m still waiting for the last piece), two new software programs to understand, a sound-proof environment to create, production, and the list goes on. But I thought my readers would like to have an Audible Book as an alternative. Or…read the print copy AND listen to the recording. It’s all for you, my loved ones.
While I continue to get my act together, here is a summary of the new book, titled The Well. For those of you who have not read the first book, do not fret. The Well will not leave you wanting.
Summary: The Well
The Well is a story of memories. A record of the end of a magnificent era, told by one who lived it – a spirit guide named Lukhamen.
It is two hundred years after the death of Christ. In Egypt, the city of Luxor is ruled by a series of cruel Roman governors. Their one goal: to feed the Roman army with wheat grown in the fertile Nile Valley. Nothing stands in the way of this mission, not even a terrifying outbreak of leprosy. And no one is spared the grueling labor in the fields, not even Lukhamen, the son of the High Priest of Amon. His father has disappeared after defying the Roman governor in a daring act of defiance. His mother, stripped of her home and possessions, has succumbed to dementia. He is unable to summon the ancient faith of his ancestors. The only light in his life is a Christian girl named Lucenkep.
But the high priest is not lost, nor has he forgotten his people, the children of the most glorious civilization known to man. They labor in the darkness of slavery, not remembering who they once were, who they still are. But Lukhamen’s father, the High Priest of Amon, is destined to help them remember.
The Well is a remarkable, intimate glimpse into a time that history has not recorded. It is a story of oppression, but also one of prophetic dreams, miraculous cures, and the everlasting endurance of the spirit.
The Well also reveals the bond between the author and her spirit guide, Lukhamen, which begins after the devastating death of her young son and ends years later, when her husband dies. In deep grief, she loses contact with Lukhamen. But a shamanic event near the beautiful town of Sedona reopens her channel. Her spirit guide returns to finish his story, and the author begins to see startling parallels between his life and events that are taking place in her own—a deadly pandemic, existential struggles between divided forces, and rising incidents of cruelty toward the dispossessed.
More than anything else, The Well is a story of love. It abides always, rising above the darkness, lasting beyond the phenomenon called death. In the end, love is, as Lukhamen tells the author, greater than fire, and wind, and time.
Next time – an excerpt or two. Hang in there with me.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t read The Messenger: The Improbable Story of a Grieving Mother and a Spirit Guide, it’s available on Amazon.