Tuesday, November 4, 2014

#NewRelease What Casts a Shadow by @SethMullins1

Seth Mullins draws upon the great sweep of human soul-journeying to weave his tales. He's inspired by music, shamanism, dreams and the mysteries and miracles of our inner life. His greatest love as a writer is for fiction that depicts a journey towards self-awareness in the deepest sense.

"Probably the most valuable thing that I learned throughout my spiritual journey in this life is the importance of trusting in one's self. Many of our cultural lessons encourage us to ignore or even fear our inner reality. And yet it is this realm that really does hold the answers to all of our questions, and can point the way towards the most fulfilling life experiences possible for us."

Mr. Mullins has lived in Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermon
The Edge of the Known by Seth Mullins - my blog
"What Casts the Shadow?"  (The Edge of the Known) on Amazon  


A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from thewilderness...

When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing - one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss - begins.


An Air of Pilgrimage

Now it was all deepening. We merged with a river born of magic, myth and the dreams of all those who’d gone before us. I turned to my right and saw some violets casting off glints of tiny light like flecks of stardust. All at once, everything in existence was being created in every moment.

“It’s the light that can’t be extinguished!” I shouted. “I understand now!”

It’s easy to say such things when you feel all of Creation communing with you; easy, too, to assume that the other people around you will understand your sense of euphoria. And yet in actual fact Tommy did shout “Yes!” from his place at the vanguard as if he knew exactly what I was talking about.

And just like that, our whole holy pilgrimage south flashed across my inner eyes: the distances, the pockets of heart warmth and of emptiness, the strangers met and the intimacy of the music that we’d ushered in to their stomping grounds. My imagination deified our trusty travelling van, transforming it into an ancient Egyptian Solar Boat that had borne us across the heavens of Vision so that we could spread our gospel of every human being’s Divinity.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Valerie said...

Nice Excerpt! I hope to read this book.
Thanks for the giveway!

Seth Mullins said...

These wild epiphanies on the narrator's part occur while he and his band are enjoying a wild night out on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Thank you for visiting and commenting, Valerie :)

Seth Mullins said...

Thank you, Isabel, for hosting me!

Andra Lyn said...

Hi Seth :) so...what was the biggest inspiration for What Casts a Shadow??

Seth Mullins said...

Hi Andra :) Well, I think the best I can do is narrow it down to two: Music, and the inward journey that we all take in life. I was someone who always felt like I perceived things differently from a lot of people around me. That meant that, among a lot of other things, the 'answers' that the world had to offer didn't really satisfy me; I had to search deeper for my own 'truth'. A lot of this was channeled into my character Saul, who serves as Brandon's mentor.

And Brandon channels his experiences into his music. I drew on a lot of years' experience of my own for this, writing songs, performing, navigating all the dynamics within a band, etc. I know how it feels when the words and music reach people and also when they fall on deaf ears. So, I thought I was in a good position to write a story about a struggling artist, and the fulfillment and love that he discovers along the way.

Thanks for the prompt. I'm realizing how I could go on and on about all this! ;)

Anonymous said...

It's a fun blurb!


Serena91291 said...

I liked the excerpt!

MomJane said...

Fascinating excerpt and concept for this story.

Seth Mullins said...

Thank you :) I was glad to have a concept that allowed me to draw upon my experience both as an adolescent and an adult, that could somehow mix the wisdom of age with the reckless adventure of youth.

Seth Mullins said...

Thank you again for hosting me. I enjoyed the interactions here today. :)

ash l. said...

Adding links to authors other sites are great.

Mary Preston said...

An interesting excerpt.

bn100 said...

Sounds interesting

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