Friday, November 14, 2014

Straight Browsing from the Library - Seth Mullins

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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.


Saul’s office was arranged much like others I’d seen: A dark cherry desk, glossy clean; plaques, proclaiming his education and other achievements, hanging on the wall behind. All the prominent names in the field of psychology cluttered his bookcase. Most of the titles that Tommy had found for me at the library made an appearance there. Saul invited me to sit in a brown leather recliner. I didn’t want to tilt it back; but I kept feeling like I was about to fall out of that chair when it was in the upright position.

Saul leaned forward and smiled like he harbored a secret. “I’d like to start, Brandon, by assuring you that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you. You have no ‘problems’ per se. You aren’t evil, because there is no such thing. And if you’re ignorant, then you are no more so than every other human to ever walk the Earth. Now, is any of that reassuring?”

It almost sounded like he was trying to provoke an argument. Yet his manner and tone implied that he meant every word he said in the most literal sense.

“Of course,” he went on, “that’s all true only from a perspective that you may have to work hard to arrive at. When you’re suffering, it definitely feels like something is wrong with you; and the seeming causes of that suffering are problems. They are the embodiment of evil. And every smiling person you see must be privy to answers that have totally eluded you.”

About the Author:
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 Vermont. (Humanity's Way Forward - website)
http:// (The Edge of the Known by Seth Mullins - blog)
Amazon author page: sethmullins seth.thomas.37454 WhatCaststheShadow
Buy "What Casts the Shadow?" (The Edge of the Known) on Amazon

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  1. Thank you for hosting me, Judith :)

  2. Intriguing excerpt!


  3. Saul alters the trajectory of Brandon's life forevermore. But at this point, Brandon is wary and guarded. He's been forced into a lot of therapist's offices throughout his troubled youth, and he's developed a pronounced distrust of those who work within the field. He has yet to discover that there's something very different about this man...

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Thanks for the excerpt, it seems like Saul is a very unique and thoughtful character

    1. Thank you Shannon :) Saul encourages the people he works with to see their lives as their own creation, emphasizing their power to 'paint a new picture' of their experience if they find themselves suffering and/or struggling. He also inevitably becomes a father figure to Brandon, whose own father is alive but hardly supportive...

  5. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds like an interesting read. Entering under the name of Virginia

    1. Thank you :) If we're open to it, someone may cross our life path and tell us what we need to hear at the very moment that we're ready to receive it. This excerpt captures a moment when my protagonist has that experience with the man who will become his mentor. Thanks for stopping by. Best of luck with the draw!