Cat Welcomes Best-Selling Author Elizabeth Upton To The Reading Den. Liz Has A New Release & Many Books To Her Literary Credit…



Hello Readers, Literary Friends, and New Visitors,

I am delighted to welcome our newest amazing author to ‘Cat’s Reading Den and Lyon Literary Services’ growing family of authors. I am truly excited to share all about Elizabeth, a seasoned and influential writer of fictional, thrilling, suspenseful, and nonfiction spiritual books. Since Cat is allowed to call her Liz, we have been having a hoot working together to share all her books with readers who will enjoy them. I already love her sense of humor; she has such a beautiful, caring soul.

Elizabeth has written and published several fiction novels and nonfiction books on spirituality and inspired many women around the world with “The Silver Woman of Fire: Gather Your Nerve and Live and her breakout memoir “Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story

Let’s learn more about her and what makes this woman such an amazing writer. I look forward to sharing all her books with my readers. You visit Elizabeth’s Official Amazon Author page to see all her published works >> https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Upton/e/B001KEA1NG/. You can view a few of her books’ video trailers when you are there visiting.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Upton is an American Author and an influential writer of fiction and nonfiction spiritual books.

Her best-selling books, “Secrets of a Nun: My Story” and “The Silver Woman of Fire” helped set her firmly on the world’s literary map. With many novels to her credit, she has released a new book in June 2022 titled ‘Lovers’ Secrets and Revenge.’ Elizabeth’s favorite she enjoyed writing is, ‘The Shaman and The Mafia,’ as she shares, “The creation of this story has been an exciting journey. If possible, I would love to meet all of the characters in this book in real life.” Elizabeth’s books and novels are available on Amazon online, Barnes & Noble, and featured on fine literary book sites.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA., until the age of sixteen, when she entered a New York State Convent and became a nun for twenty years, but she yearned for a more authentic spiritual life. Elizabeth left the convent and chose to attend and receive her B.A. from Syracuse University.

Moving back to her native state of California, she attended and received her M.A. from Chapman University in psychology. The Author began working for over thirty years in family counseling as a social worker and probation officer working with troubled teens and abused children. She is a speaker, spiritual mentor, and advisor.

Elizabeth is happily married and enjoys writing books for her reader fans around the world. When the Author is not writing, she works out with a personal trainer to stay fit and healthy; she loves spending time on long walks on the beach with her husband and dog. Her favorite colors are blue, green, and gold. She enjoys reading good books by some of her favorite authors like Geraldine Brooks, Hanh, Jerry Archer, Joseph Murphy, and Michael Connelly. Elizabeth, her husband, and doggie reside outside Santa Barbara, California.


Her Two Newest Releases
Lovers’ Secrets and Revenge was Released on July 19, 2022, and The Shaman and the Mafia in August 2021.



About Her New Release Lovers’ Secrets and Revenge
(E-book on sale for $2.99 thru August 2022
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How much does family matter? And what if there are unknown details about them?

John Callahan visits his beloved grandmother, Annabelle, at her 500-acre estate in Ireland. The peaceful countryside is beautiful, with lush hills that overlook the coastline, so different from Callahan’s home in New York City. After Annabelle dies, Callahan discovers that she’s left everything to him. However, there are some challenges with the staff, where secrets abound, including murder and heightened security on the estate that can’t seem to control the bad things that are happening.

Callahan is perplexed, wanting to solve the murder, understand the workings of the estate, and also longing for a relationship that would create a happy home. He meets Sara, the woman in charge of the horses at the estate, and longs to be with her. Throughout the busy days of work, travel, and wondering if he’s in love, John remembers Annabelle’s word. “Whenever you need my help, rub this precious jewel for consolation, wisdom, and protection. Call me when needed, dearest Johnnie, and I shall come to you.”

Learn how Callahan meets the challenges of revenge, murder, and love to discover the true meaning of friends and family.


About The Shaman and the Mafia
(E-book on sale for $2.99 thru August 2022)

Marietta Collins, a former nun, becomes enmeshed in the tragedy of a brutal murder.

Marietta, now the head of a youth drug rehab center, is dedicated to ridding the community of the growing criminal element.

The victim of the suspected mafia hit was her friend Joseph Gleason W, a drug informant. During the course of the investigation, she meets the victim’s brother, FBI assistant director Raymond Gleason. There’s an instant attraction between the two. He becomes her first lover, and their romance blossoms into a deep love for each other.

Raymond gives FBI agent Jerry Young, who is also his best friend, the responsibility of investigating the murder and hunting down the mafia’s kingpin. Marietta and Jerry have a brief of a clandestine affair that they are both later sorry for. Jerry, haunted by guilt for his violent past, turns to his childhood mentor, a mysterious Cherokee shaman, to save him from the burning fires of lust and his desire for vengeance. Also involved in the search for the murderer is Detective Riley, a tough, trash-talking female cop formerly with the NYPD, who discovers her new boss, Sgt. Sorrento is on the take from the mob.

While other minor characters help tell this gripping story, this is an action-packed mystery and love story that also examines the conflicted emotions of the characters as they try to make sense of their lives through the web of crime, darkness, and light.


Also, By Author Elizabeth Upton ~ Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story


About The Memoir, Story, Within Elizabeth’s Voice

Secrets of a Nun is an uncompromisingly honest and deeply moving look into one woman’s soul.

At the age of sixteen, Elizabeth, a talented athlete, gives up her dreams of competing in the Olympics to become a nun. Separating from her mother and twin sister, she leaves her friends and familiar world behind to pursue a saintly life. But she finds herself unprepared for what lies ahead. While her cloistered life commences as a profound spiritual and emotional journey, personal disenchantment takes root and slowly grows over the next twenty years.

Elizabeth recoils against the restrictive atmosphere of convent life. She struggles with conflicting emotions until a forbidden love affair forces her to come to grips with her needs as a woman. Over the course of striving to find her real authentic self, she ultimately feels compelled to leave the Order.

This fascinating account of courage and passion is inspired by a true story. It will at once shock you and bring a smile to your face as you follow the course of a young woman’s obsession to become a spiritual seeker—an obsession that, over time, transforms into a deeply felt desire for personal liberation.

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Cat sure hopes you have enjoyed meeting Elizabeth Upton, a best-selling author, and learning more about her and her newest fiction novels.

Elizabeth is always open to author interviews & literary podcasts by book bloggers, book reviewers, and literary magazines by email invite to: elizabethuptonauthor61@aol.com. Readers can connect with her through social media: FacebookTwitterAmazonLinkedin

I encourage readers to visit her official author and book Website.

Silver-Woman

The Silver Woman of Fire: Gather Your Nerve

In this book, Elizabeth Upton has written a collection of simple and profound insights. They lead the reader to stop and ponder, sit and reflect. “Being Real,” “Life Needs Fixing,” and “Bored to Death,” among other chapters, tell us, “It is always time to Gather Your Nerve and Live.”

She tells us: “Listen and pause to the life of your mind. Listen and pause to your heart beating in your body with your every step; that offers you a deeper understanding of who you are.”

Among Upton’s defining life experiences, she was a nun in a convent for twenty years and also conquered a mysterious disease twice. Deep, abiding compassion allows the author to walk with the reader during our most challenging experiences.

Available in Paperback and on Kindle ~

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Meet Our Newest Author Wilsdaryon Prescher To The Reading Den & His New Memoir Titled “This Is Me Trying: Navigating Through A Lifetime of Trauma…

Memoir By Wilsdaryon Prescher Author


We have all read the headlines about children in poverty, seriously neglected, physically and verbally abused, and traumatized. This is just a smidge of what Wilsdaryon has written and shared within the pages of his new book. And if that was not enough of what he experienced from birth until seven?

He and his siblings were finally taken away by Child Protective Services in Temple, TX, and put into the foster care system that we all know is BROKEN. As he is BROKEN and traumatized all over again. So how does a child overcome such pain and all these atrocities? If you read his new book, you’ll learn HOW… It is his story, voice, and haunting memoirs of overcoming and healing.

It truly is a must-read for everyone. 🫶✍️🙏🙏


About The Book



Out of the deep, murky waters of neglect and abuse, Wilsdaryon Prescher used the power of music to find strength and heal and overcame the odds stacked firmly against him. His book, This is Me Trying, tells the story of a boy who has blossomed into the man he knew he could be, despite the darkness that engulfed him throughout his childhood and adolescence.

Through the power of music, Wilsdaryon discovered himself after losing touch with who he really was. With this newfound soundtrack of life, Wilsdaryon was able to rise from the darkness and turn experiences that were once chaotic and traumatic into something pulchritudinous. Just like a lotus flower that rises from the murky waters at the bottom of the pond, Wilsdaryon too has blossomed by overcoming various forms of abuse, coping mechanisms, and stigmas.



~ Wilsdaryon Dominique Shaikeail Prescher ~


About The Author:
‘Wil’ Prescher, a new emerging author of his first book titled “This Is Is Me Trying: Navigating Through A Lifetime of Trauma,” is available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book versions featured on fine literary book sites.

Born in Temple, Texas, and at seven years old, he’d been placed into the foster care system due to trauma and abuse; sadly, he spent the next few years bouncing from foster home to foster home. At the age of twelve, Wil went to a foster home in Walnut Springs, Texas, with loving people who would eventually become his adoptive family.

As Wil grew older, he developed a yearning to help individuals who have been in similar situations. He understood how navigating the foster system could be very challenging and that many were not as fortunate as he had been. Wil has spent the last four years studying mental health and substance abuse issues while working with at-risk youth in multiple organizations.

During this time, he realized the effects of music therapy on a person’s soul and emotional well-being; he is continuing his education to fulfill his dream of becoming a therapist. He hopes to share his experiences with others to show that something good can come out of an unfortunate situation out of his control.

Wil and Family


When he is not working or studying, Wil enjoys spending time with his family who has adopted him. He also enjoys hiking and the outdoors. You can always find him jamming to the music of “Pink” with his two cats, and he still resides in the Houston, Texas area.


You can connect with the author on many literary sites and social media
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BOOK INTRODUCTION

When I first dreamed up the idea of writing a book, I knew I wanted it to be unique and special, as every writer does. I wanted to be able to capture the minds of the readers. I knew some portions of the book would be tough for some to read, especially those who knew me on a personal level. But also, I wanted to give them a peek into my world for the last twenty-something years. I wanted
to be able to connect them to my story not just with words but through music, too.

Over the course of my career working with at-risk youth I haverealized the effects that music therapy has on a person’s soul. From this idea, I knew I must incorporate music into my book somehow. I wanted to make a great soundtrack for my book just like how great movies have powerful soundtracks, that’s what I wanted. Every chapter is based on a song that holds a special meaning to me.

The events of the first sections of the book are from what I remember, as well as case notes from my CPS case managers, therapist, police reports, and foster parents. Most of the names have been omitted to ensure anonymity. This book isn’t intended to destroy anyone’s reputation or lives. I wanted to share the events of my life how I remember them.

And this is my story. . . This Is Me Trying: Navigating Through A Lifetime of Trauma

Wilsdaryon Dominique Shaikeail Prescher

The ‘Rising Wind’ Book Series Is A Must Read For Fans of Cross-Genre Action-Adventure Mystery With Interest in Willy Beasts, Archaeology, World Religion & Paleontology. Article Excerpts, & Reviews. Series by Diane Olsen.


Written By Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen



Multi-Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen and Novel Series ~ Rising Wind ~ Books one through four are now available on Amazon in paperback, e-book, and within Kindle Unlimited.

Here are just some of what readers and book reviewers are raving about after reading this action and suspense-filled novel series. Several of the books in this series are now award-winning books. Here is what Reader’s Favorite shared about books one thru three. Placed on book three but shares the flair for the first three books of this series.





Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers’ Favorite

The Weeping God and the Book of Hope is part three in the Rising Wind series by Diane Olsen. This book is actually a prequel to the first two books, so it’s not necessary to have read those first. The two lead characters, Sage Dalton and L.W. are the parents of the main character in the other Rising Wind books. Although the characters are different and it is set in an earlier time period, the tone of the book is very similar.

This time they discover an ancient text in a Mexican desert tomb that leads Sage, L.W., and a group of fellow explorers to Tibet where they find themselves in the middle of a war. Even with danger at every turn, they still manage to discover secret caves that lead them toward an elusive yet powerful Book of Hope. The Weeping God and the Book of Hope, just like the other books in Diane Olsen’s series, combine three strong story elements to make for a fun, exciting, and educational read.

First, and foremost, her books have a superb cast of characters that readers can easily relate to. They care about each other, work together to achieve a common goal, laugh together, and cry together. Second, her stories revolve around rare ancient discoveries found all around the world. Much like the great Indiana Jones films, each new discovery comes with an element of danger. Sometimes the danger comes from a person or an organization that wants to keep the discovery for themselves, or the danger comes from the object itself, or sometimes it’s a little of both. The third common theme is an embracing of all world religions.

Religion is somehow intertwined with each rare find that the characters make. I appreciate the way Ms. Olsen always characterizes the religious elements in her stories in a positive light, as the hope of mankind rather than the way most works of fiction portray religion in a negative sense as mankind’s biggest problem. This book is a fun read filled with colorful characters and lots of action. I recommend it for fans of character-driven adventure who like to learn about science, ancient civilizations, and world religions along the way. I highly, highly recommend reading this series!


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Book Four Has Now Been Released in the Rising Wind Series
Titled: Like Feathers Of A Wing, Deep, Informative, & Pertinent has also garnished a new 5-Star Book Review by Reader’s Favorite!



Speaking about those “Wild Willy Beasts” in this review above, Diane was invited to write an article about the many supposed extinct willy creatures the cast of characters Secora and Gideon come upon or rub shoulders with like the Bear Dog. So, here is how Diane described this beast within her article through some excerpts from it. Just as you’ll read in book one “The Thunder Beings” to book four? I have no clue how much Diane had to research all of these beasts living or NOT within this series, but they do come alive within them!

Book One The Thunder Beings of Rising Wind Series


WHAT ABOUT THE BEAR DOG?

“When I first heard of American hyenas or hyena-like creatures, weird wolves, or strange dog-like animals in America I thought hmmm, let’s take a look. Was there a basis in the fossil record for the accounts of hyena-like creatures in North America? I wasn’t readily familiar with the bone-crushing carnivores of the last few million years so I wanted to do some digging to see the options.”

Before I continue, I’d like to share that most of my online sources were from Wikipedia or Wiki-Fandom and also Lon Strickler – a well-known Fortean researcher, a prolific author and media personality, and publisher of Phantoms and Monsters blog which he started in 2005. I also found fossil articles and newspaper references along with random bits from here and there, most of which I reference in the text.

If you look at the phylogeny the mammalian Order of Carnivora is composed of two branches – Caniformia, and Feliformia which is the archetypal suborder that encompasses all of the so-called “cat-like” predators including cats, viverrids – a group comprised of civets, fossae, meerkats – and surprisingly, hyenas. Some witnesses referred to seeing hyena hybrids. It is easy to eliminate actual wolf-hyena crosses because crossing a wolf with a hyena would be like breeding a lion with a hyena – zero chance of success – more likely to be a deadly encounter.

Later I moved into the canine suborder to look at bears, wolverines, and wolves. I chose to eliminate accounts of actual wolves and the rest of the canids with their long ears, tails, and snouts. Wolf-hybrids, coyotes, jackals, foxes, and dogs were genetically different animals from the family of Hyaenidae, and most of them weren’t as big as the animals in the descriptions – or they were the wrong shapes.

There were a couple of fierce predatory red herrings that didn’t fall into the cat or dog categories. For example, mammals like carnivorous pigs and the Hyenadonts. The pigs pretty much spoke for themselves – as pigs do. The latter were creodonts, named for their unusual teeth. They had been ferocious wolf-sized predators unrelated to hyenas, which vanished at the same time as the ancestors of present-day carnivores, leaving no living descendants as far as we can tell.

The prehistoric prototypes for all mammalian carnivores had once lived in forests and originally had retractable claws. When most of the early predators descended from trees in order to chase or bushwhack their prey, the cat-like creatures split into several distinct lineages in order to hunt and scavenge the rivers and grasslands along with other successful land predators like the Phorusrhacids, commonly known as terror birds. Many retained their retractable or semi-retractable claws, but the trait disappeared early on for the canines while overtime for others like the bears.

It’s easy to lose track of time while gazing at bizarre images and artists’ reconstructions of some of the oddest members of the Viverridae, a family which is currently composed of nearly thirty of the most interesting housecat-sized creatures on this planet. Check out the linsang, a furry critter that sometimes walks as slowly and deliberately as a chameleon. Civets and genets still spend much or all of their time in trees. Interestingly, a number of African civets have crests or manes running down their necks and backs which rise up when they are agitated, like hyenas, and they display an extensive range of coat colors. Except for their slender faces, some even look like ancestral forms of hyenas, but I have a feeling they are way too tiny for most of the accounts I found.

Moving on to the four recognized living hyenas; none is native to the Americas. As cute as the Aardwolf is, it’s way too small – built more like a tiny kit fox. Unlike its savanna ravaging cousins, it doesn’t kill wildlife or livestock just insects. It sleeps under the cover of bushes, trees, or rocks to avoid being overheated during the day. Only a few remain in the southern part of the Kalahari Desert, and the coastal areas of southwest Africa. The range for beautiful brown hyenas is also declining. In the south, it is rare or possibly even extinct. Brown hyenas are used in traditional rituals, and for medicine. They are also poisoned and trapped – mostly because people think they kill livestock. Some argue they don’t, but they do kill wild animals.



Another Excerpt of The Bear Dog Research

Wikipedia article noted that in 1909 an enormous black “freak wolf” was shot in Idaho’s Boise National Forest. Apart from its great size, its back and other parts of its body were “covered with a heavy growth of black hair, resembling somewhat the coat of a Newfoundland dog except that it was heavier and coarser, and it was bob-tailed.”

Local hunters, trappers, and Indians were all unfamiliar with it, and biologists who examined the skin and skull in Washington, D.C. stated that the animal was not a hybrid, and that “the only specimen that resembles it at all closely” was another specimen from Idaho’s Priest River Forest.

Since 1991 ‘hyenas’ have been reported in killing wildlife and livestock in Alberta, Idaho, and Montana, in 1995 and again in 2005.

In 2004 a large, hyena-like animal was reported as prowling around killing dogs in rural Maine. The beast was sighted by dozens of witnesses including policemen, all of whom said it looked just like a hyena.

Observers listed on Lon Strickler’s site saw an animal on two different occasions in the Adirondacks, which were suggestive of hyenas, but different. The witnesses wondered what else it could be. ‘Well, I thought I’d seen it all … I have no idea what this was, other than to say it was a hyena… It was very large; 150-175 pounds, had a long bushy tail, a brindle, wiry, spotted brown black and gray coat, with a powerful predatory build.

It had a thick lower jaw, rounded ears located high on the diamond-shaped head, and what appeared to be a mane running down the neck and back. Its hind legs were noticeably shorter, much thicker, and more powerfully muscled than the front so that the animal sloped down to the powerful rear.’ Needless to say, the long tail isn’t a modern hyena trait – and the mention of a black-brown and gray coat was interesting and unexpected.

He found a reference to the ‘American Hyena’ that turned out to be a conglomeration of the original Shunka Warak’in stories, Ringdocus, etc. The witness said the latter “was too small, pig-like, and the legs were far too scrawny and less canine than what we saw, it also possessed a longer straight coat and thinner snout.”

This would make a good comparison of a running hyena and a Borophagine. Some articles make what I feel is a mistake by lumping all the strange hyena or canid sightings into a single category for convenience – despite the obvious differences in morphology.

A number of late 2016 hyena sightings in Pennsylvania were reported to Lon Strickler and Stan Gordon. In one sighting, a correspondent and their mother were driving through Pike County and encountered a hyena-like animal by the side of a road which the eyewitness initially took for a hyena. It was described as weighing about 200 to 300 pounds, had a sloping back, and had rather long brown/black fur, especially around its shoulders that stood up a couple of inches from the body.

It’s a toss-up whether the following two sightings should also be considered as bone-crushing dogs or an Amphicyon bear dogs – because of their supersize.

A large creature was reported by a police officer in the Hockomock Swamp in Massachusetts, in 2016. Officer, Hadley, described the animal as a hyena-like dog and very large, perhaps 7′ tall if it had stood upright. Similar animals had previously been reported from the region.

In another Lon Strickler report from 2016, a man saw some sort of canid standing along a side road close to a bamboo thicket when he drove to a nearby creek to fish late one afternoon between Madera and Chowchilla in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. “It stood there almost as if it was not threatened by my presence… and seemed to take note of me but not flee.

It was hunched forward in stature almost like a hyena but not quite. It had wiry dark grey hair and walked in kind of a slinking motion, with its back (estimating) about 5 to 5 1/2 feet off the ground. It surveyed the area for a couple more seconds and slowly disappeared into the bamboo. I was perplexed as hell because the only canids in the area were foxes and Coyotes.”

Five to five and a half feet tall is significantly taller than a hyena or the small wolf-sized Ringdocus at twenty-eight inches tall and with the slender snout of a running hyena, or any regular wolf. In fact, the last two of these animals were so large they could have been placed in the bear dog category.

Legends surround a creature that has been reported from Alaska to northern Michigan. This enigmatic beast hails from the remote, cold regions of the north, where Native tribes in the Nahanni Valley of the Canadian Northwest Territories have long spoken of an enormous wolf-like beast that stalks the frozen wastelands called the Waheela. It’s usually said to look very similar to a wolf, but much larger, more muscular, and heavily built, and with shorter stockier legs that are longer in the front than in the back. The Waheela’s body is said to be almost bear-like in its shape and massive in quality.

The animal is often described as having disproportionately large feet that are almost like snowshoes, with widely spaced toes, and a broader, more formidable head and smaller ears, than a normal wolf. Some reports mention a dark-colored beast though there is at least one report of one having long white fur – perhaps seasonal like the arctic fox. At least one eyewitness sighting has described the beast as being like “a wolf on steroids,” standing around 3 and a half feet at the shoulder, which is far larger than a typical wolf.

It is a solitary hunter rather than a pack animal like wolves and most other canids and is said to have various supernatural powers. Interestingly, the Waheela’s main territory of the Nahanni Valley is also known for its disappearances and deaths, with human corpses found minus their heads leading to the rather ominous nickname “The Headless Valley.” Some blame these mysterious deaths on the presence of the Waheela, and indeed the valley is wreathed in dark legends of the numerous evil spirits said to inhabit it.

Ontario, Canada has its own version of the Waheela called the ‘Ontario White Wolf.’

But several stories suggest animals that were even larger. In fact, one man saw a beast from the seat of his truck at a distance of thirty feet. This 2020 sighting of a cow-sized American hyena in Pennsylvania was reported to Lon Strickler. The man said he was seized with genuine life-threatening fear.

The sighting occurred around 3:00 AM on 14 July 2020, near Shippensburg. The eyewitness noticed what he had first assumed was a cow lying in an open field. When he illuminated the area with his torch the animal rose up from the ground in a slow lumbering and purposeful action. “As it came up on all 4’s the creature stood about five to six feet tall at its shoulder blades. In my truck I’m elevated and I sit about that high from the ground.


Research About Bear Dog


The creature was about 30 feet from me and I know if I stood toe to toe with it the head would be taller than I, and I’m 6 feet… the back of this creature was facing me. It then turned its head into my light and the lens flare off its eyes was a yellow-green color… the eyes were facing FORWARD. This was a predatory creature. Not a damn cow! Heat and cold washed over my body, and I felt genuine life-threatening fear take over.” He couldn’t move and sat in the middle of the road knowing he was low on the food chain at that moment.

“It continued to measure me for what felt forever and it suddenly turned its head, and tore off faster than I could know. My pathetic guess is about 30 to 40 mph as it darted away. And after all this, the only thing I could think was that it was some form of giant hyena. The most terrifying real-life creature I’ve ever witnessed and it was gone so fast.” Other sightings involved attacks on vehicles by giant wolf-dogs or ferocious hyena-like creatures as in two accounts collected by Josh Turner and Tony Luong of Paranormal Round Table.

One night in the early 1990s near Odessa Texas, Oil workers left work at 9 pm in a couple of pickups. An animal ran out of the forest and bit a truck tire causing one vehicle to swerve and brush a passing car. Apparently, the animal was run over by a second vehicle but it still fled back into the woods – at high speed. Witnesses described a very large hyena-like beast the size of a big hog, weighing between four and five hundred pounds with its tail tucked between its legs. Witnesses supposed it would measure between five to six feet tall at the shoulders.

On a second late-night in Texas in 2013, at around 11 pm, a couple saw ‘an enormous prehistoric-looking, almost horse-sized hyena, as tall as the car and about half as long, with a ridged or humped back. It had rings around its body which culminated at the top of its head.

At first, they mistook it for a tumbleweed as it ran alongside their car, hunched forward in stature almost like a hyena but not quite. It banged into the car, denting it, but was still able to run off into the woods.

Were there misidentifications, maybe? Were people describing something like a bear or a buffalo? Not likely in the accounts I chose, but possible. Might they be flesh and blood remnants of supposedly extinct or nearly extinct predatory species?  In the end stories of hyena-type beasts far outweighed the staunch denials of their existence based on spotty fossil records. Rather than weigh in on the validity of the accounts, I decided to see where the evidence given in the descriptions would lead – and I was amazed.

Can’t wait for more DNA testing and dashcam footage. That’s it, and thank you for taking the time to read about the bear dog!

~Diane Olsen, Author

BIOGRAPHY

Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen, a seasoned writer, began with a non-fiction book titled; “Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion,” which won a bronze medallion from the Christian Illuminations Book Awards in 2017. Diane’s “Rising Wind” book series has also won several awards. “The Thunder Beings” was released in 2018. “Ice and Bone” and “The Weeping God and The Book of Hope” were released in mid-2021. “Weeping God” garnished her a second bronze medal win in 2021. Book four has now been released in March 2022 titled “Like Feathers of a Wing: Deep, Informative and Pertinent.” Visit the author:  WebsiteFacebookTwitterGoodreadsAmazon,







Cat Welcomes a Special Friend & Author Clifford Stevens and The Book “Find The Seeker.” It Has Been Garnishing Exceptional Reviews and a Q&A Interview With The Author & Master. . .


It is not every day you can be excited about having a few extraordinary friends who are Zen Masters of our current time. I am blessed to say I do! One update about Clifford is he was newly awarded the title of “Clifford Stevens (Zen Master Kiichi Gong),” as he studied Qi Gong, Zen, and meditation under Master Genro Xuan Lou Laoshi for many years before being certified as a Zen teacher in 2016, and now, as Zen Master in late 2021. We worked together when their book was first released in late 2018, and as many of my visitors know, I always say a book is a new release to any reader who has not yet read it.

This is purely true for their best-selling book titled Find The Seeker!: The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness… Many of my visitors also know that I live my life maintaining recovery. I can truly say their book helped me learn to make some necessary corrections within my path that I still use and follow today, and the practices helped me build my self-worth and in being comfortable with who I am in my own skin.

If you go read some of the book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads about “Seeker,” they mesh together a little like this: “Finding the Seeker, the Pathless Path to Fulfillment and Happiness” is a moving and refreshing book that makes the reader look forward to reading it each day and page by page.

The simplicity of reading this book with its simple and understandable language, the meanings will come to form like lightning and rain, followed by sprinkles of magic dust. It is a true pathless path to well-being, a happier life, and teaches how to cultivate the seeds within us to get there.” That is what you gain from reading ‘Find the Seeker and so much more.

They have not only received and awarded a five-star book review given by Reader’s Favorite but it is also receiving high praise by many “Enlightened Ones and Zen Teachers”

Here is more about this amazing read and some of the accolades it is garnishing too!


Reader’s Favorite Book Review – 5-stars!

Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite

Find the Seeker! (The Pathless Path to Fulfillment and Happiness) written by Xuan Lou Genro and Clifford Stevens, is an inspirational non-fiction book on finding true happiness and fulfillment. The book would appeal most to a mixed audience of adults and young adults of any beliefs who wish to find their true nature and understand their spiritual needs. This book guides the reader in learning about the spiritual dimensions that all people share to provide guidance on existential questions, the true nature of oneself, and how to live a fulfilling life.

Find the Seeker! (The Pathless Path to Fulfillment and Happiness) by Xuan Lou Genro and Clifford Stevens is a well-written book that is truly unique. I enjoyed how the book was inspirational and informative in that it taught me not just about myself but also about Eastern religion and Zen. I found myself truly enjoying this book because it felt as if the authors were trying to teach me and help me improve myself as a person, both in mind and spirit.

The fact that the book was in an understandable plain English that avoided jargon greatly appealed to me because I did not have to be an expert or constantly look in a dictionary to understand what was written. Instead, I understood the concepts from the very beginning of the book. Overall, I am glad that I took the time to read this book, as it has changed the way I view myself, and it has taught me what I need to work on to achieve a more fulfilling life!


About The Authors and Zen Masters

Clifford Stevens
Co-Author & Zen Master Cliff Stevens


Clifford Stevens (Zen Master Kiichi Gong) studied Qi Gong, Zen, and meditation under Genro for many years before being certified as a Zen teacher in 2016 and as Zen Master in late 2021.

Born in the United States, Stevens’s career included teaching, journalism, PR manager, and a translator. He studied Qi Gong, Zen, and meditation with Genro Xuan Lou and Laoshi.

The author shares his meditation-imparted experiences, and the Dharma transmission from Genro qualified me to be named a teacher of Zen. He enjoyed writing this understandable, easy reading guide along with Master Genro for those wanting to learn more and practice true Buddhism and the benefits that come with the teachings in Find The Seeker!

Gert Beirer, who was born in Austria in 1945, studied Zen, meditation, Kung-Fu, Qi Gong, and acupuncture in Asia. He was given the name Genro (“Origin of Joy”) Xuan Lou, Laoshi (Laoshi = “Spiritual Master”) by Zen Master Tetsuo Kiichi Nagaya Roshi. Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi was named Zen (Chan) Master by the Abbot and Grand Master Kun Kong at the Lingyin Temple (Shakyamuni Buddhism) in Hangzhou, with whom he studied 11 years, by Abbot and Zen Master Shi Chan Ming in Wuhan, Province Hubei, China, and was also named Shifu or “Spiritual Teacher” in 2009 by Shi Xue Feng, Abbot of the Ding Shan Temple in Germany.

Genro Laoshi has lectured at universities, appeared on TV, held seminars on a variety of spiritual and self-help topics, taught Qi Gong courses, and published articles and books on meditation. Both authors reside in Austria.


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Find the Seeker! with the subtitle “The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness”, based on the tried and tested wisdom of a living Master and enlightened ones throughout the ages, accompanies us on a life-changing inner pilgrimage.

Find the Seeker! is a powerful, straight-talking wake-up call to people of all faiths and confessions, holding up a mirror to our worldly existence, suffering, and the intricate workings of the ego. Immensely uplifting and rewarding, the book serves as a traveling companion and guide, enticing readers with a vision of what we really are -which can only be directly experienced – by helping us unfold our true nature and reboot our spiritual search so that we can abide in the one Self. In this way, seekers become finders, and we can enjoy the bliss and lightness of Being that are inherently ours.

Find the Seeker! has garnered extensive praise from spiritual teachers:

“A unique, extraordinary and extremely valuable work.” – Ihaleakala Lew Pen
“Disarming and worth experiencing.” -John Tarrant
“Refreshing as a clear stream.” -Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum
“The book…touches your heart.” -Hue Feng

“Find the Seeker is fresh as spring grass and refreshing as a clear stream. From the very start, the teachings in this book refuse to be confined to a spiritual checklist or manual of meditative techniques. Instead, the authors again, and again challenge readers to return to the vibrant truth of original nature.

Going beyond optimistic self-help and nihilistic despair, Genro Xuan Lou and Clifford Stevens remind us of how wonderful it is to let go of grasping and taste the vividness of direct experience.” – Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, neuropsychologist and psychotherapist, Zen and Qi Gong teacher, author of Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching, and Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy.


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Q&A With Zen Master/Author Clifford Stevens

How did this project begin? 
Zen Master Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi self-published a book in German many years ago and wanted to share his “insights” with a larger audience. He asked me, his pupil whom he later named to serve as a Zen and meditation teacher, to collaborate with him to do a revised, expanded, and updated edition for the English-speaking world.

Tell us some more about your book. 
A living Master and I, his pupil, have teamed up to offer readers a “new” book based on the age-old pathless path. Find the Seeker! accompanies people on a life-changing inner pilgrimage. It is a traveling companion and guide and a powerful, straight-talking wake-up call holding up a mirror to our worldly existence. It entices readers with a vision of what we really are – which can only be directly experienced – by helping us unfold our true nature. In turn, we can abide in the one Self. In this way, seekers become finders. This enables us to enjoy the bliss and lightness of Being that are inherently ours.

Who will this book appeal to? 
Find the Seeker! focuses on the spiritual dimension all of us share. For this reason, the guide is for all readers who wish to lead more fulfilling lives, get answers to key existential questions, and unfold their true nature. More specifically, it targets people interested in the categories of mind-body-spirit, self-help, personal growth, and happiness as well as Eastern religion and Zen. It is for people of all faiths and confessions, whether beginners or longstanding seekers.

Why is this book relevant today? 
The book is relevant because it addresses the same obstacles faced by people since time immemorial. Just because we are in the year 2018 does not mean that the “spiritual” challenges are different.

Moreover, we are living in a day and age in which people are becoming increasingly skeptical and estranged from what they really are. From a spiritual perspective, many of us are living dysfunctional lives. We often transform the path into being as we really are i.e. our true, Absolute Self into an overly complicated, burdensome task.

Many books and teachings reinforce the fallacy that there are countless “steps” and “goals” to attain before accomplishing this, and so much we have to “learn” before we can “reach” our goal. Instead, we already ARE what we seek. Abiding” in the Self comprises our real mojo. It is ultimately more breathtaking, rewarding, and joyful than any other pastime, activity, work, or form of recreation on Earth. This is a contrast to our fast-paced, fun-loving, self-staging, technology-oriented society. It is just as relevant today as in the past to “know yourself.”

Author/Zen Master Geno Xuan Lou, Laoshi


What makes this book unique? 
First, it is not a new discovery, concoction, or miracle cure. It is based on first-hand experience as well as the tried and tested wisdom of a modern-day Master and enlightened ones throughout the ages.

The strength of the book is its focus on the spiritual dimension underlying Existence which all people share. It also picks people up where they are in a compassionate and understandable manner. Second, the book is not a wishy-washy quick fix or feel-good esoteric porridge pandering to those who want a spiritual baby rattle. Instead, it is a book of tough love, asking people to forego their thinking, logic, emotions, ego processes, and past experiences.

The book is in stark contrast to the majority of books and teachings of Buddhism, most only indulge in superficial descriptions or sayings and provide seemingly “precise” instructions, lists of goals, or steps to take. Third, the book does not slowly work its way to a conclusion but continually repeats key messages to hammer away at our conventional beliefs.

We act as facilitators, hoping the book will fall on fertile ground. Speaking with authority and a sense of urgency, we strive to transform the complicated path of so many seekers into the realization that we already are what we are looking for. Finally, Find the Seeker! aims to help people free themselves from their dependency on intermediaries, gurus, and religious institutions, or from the self-delusion of being less than they really are.

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 
At the very beginning of his famous classic Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu stated that the Tao that can be expressed in words is not the eternally unchanging Tao. It is a challenge to attempt to put in words that which is nameless and cannot be described. Moreover, it is crucial to ensure that one remains faithful to what one IS and not adapt the book to please the audience.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 
There is no “favorite” chapter or part of the book because all the chapters come together to make a holistic whole. Nevertheless, it was gratifying after several chapters were done to see the book taking shape. This is a book, which is designed to unfold its impact and slowly work on readers.

In contrast to a novel read in a few sittings, a good spiritual book is like a symphony that one can repeatedly listen to. The challenge is for our readers to immerse themselves in it in the here-now, and allow each page to turn into a revelation or an awakening. By doing such, they will enable the book to point to the Isness and Suchness – even if they do not “comprehend” everything right away.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them? 
To humbly attempt to express what cannot be expressed in words, to tell things straight but to make it all understandable and compassionately pick people up where they are. Perhaps the book will serve as an inspiration to help readers reboot their spiritual search and renew their lives. However, the book should not be overestimated.

This book (and any other) is only capable of giving readers a hint of what awaits them. We tell readers not to simply take our word for it. The work of finding the truth will have to be “done” by them. And this work won’t be “intellectual” in nature, but can only be directly experienced – by turning within. A number of spiritual teachers highly praised the book before its publication. Now we will see how readers react to it.

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Special Guest Literary Article by Our Friends of TCK Publishing. What Are The 2022 Predictions With Publishing Trends and New In Marketing and Promoting?

by Kaelyn Barron ~ TCK Publishing

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There have been many notable changes in the publishing industry over the last several years, from the steady rise of audiobook sales to the introduction of AI technology in book production.

A global pandemic and calls for more diverse representation shook things up in 2020 and 2021, so what’s in store for 2022?

We’ve analyzed some of the most prominent trends based on recent studies and our own data and observations to get a feel for what’s to come in the year ahead.

Here are 6 key publishing trends and predictions to look out for in 2022.

1. BookTok is a marketing must-have.

In 2021, TikTok became one of the fastest-growing social media platforms and an essential tool for branding and marketing. The publishing industry also caught on, with many authors and publishers turning to TikTok to grow their audiences.

Following in the path of “Bookstagram,” BookTok appears to be here to stay, with all trends indicating that even more authors will join the platform to market their books in 2022. So far, the hashtag #BookTok has garnered over 34.7 billion views on the platform.

We’ve seen the impact of BookTok firsthand with one of our own authors, Maclen Stanley, who has accumulated over 424,000 followers and 6 million likes in just a few months since his book The Law Says What? debuted in July. Many reviewers on Amazon have commented that they bought the book specifically because they enjoyed his related TikTok videos.

Book reviewers have also taken to the platform to share their thoughts on new books in short, easily-shared video clips, making them an influential force that authors and publishers cannot afford to ignore in 2022. To learn more about how TikTok can help you grow your platform, check out our post on TikTok marketing for authors.

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2. Audiobook sales will keep growing.

Although they’re still nowhere near topping print, audio, and ebook sales have been steadily rising for the past decade or so, with the audiobook industry, in particular, seeing rapid expansion.

One major development from 2021 was Spotify’s acquisition of Findaway, which likely indicates Spotify’s intent to give more focus to audiobooks, in addition to their current library of music and podcasts. Storytel also acquired Audiobooks.com, so there are now multiple players on the expanding audiobook field.

As we watch these companies implement their growth plans in 2022, audiobook sales are likely to continue their steady increase. Authors and publishers will want to keep their eye on these new and emerging opportunities to market their audiobooks.

As for the industry itself, there are a number of developments that will make audiobook production easier and faster, including rapid technological developments like AI narration.

3. AI will expand its influence.

Speaking of AI, it’s already being used to write fiction that improves almost daily. While it’s far from replacing human creativity, AI can help content creators find inspiration, retrieve facts, and outline their writing.

Of course, you’ve probably already used AI to improve your writing in some form or another—for example, if you’ve ever used a proofreading tool like Grammarly.

But publishers can also use the technology for plagiarism checks, editing, translations, SEO, and marketing. For example, if you’ve ever gotten a newsletter email with content recommendations that match your interests, you can thank AI for that.

Think of AI as publishing’s virtual assistant, and one that will prove increasingly helpful in the years to come.

4. Book prices will increase.

Inflation has caused the prices of many goods and services to rise over the past year, and it looks like book prices will be no exception.

IngramSpark already announced price changes that took effect on November 6, 2021, raising their print pricing by up to 6% in the US.

In a public service announcement to its members, the company explained that the changes are a result of “several cost increases for consumables, such as paper and packaging materials, as well as an increase in the cost of labor.”

So since the cost of producing books has risen, so too will their prices.

And on top of growing costs, there’s also a book shortage. As this Vox article explains, back in 2008, the world expected print books to become obsolete after the rise of the ebook, so many companies invested less in printing books.

But instead, the demand for print books has steadily increased (after experiencing a brief drop in 2008), and printers have not kept up.

The silver lining is that with book prices on the rise for both print and digital formats, special, limited-time promos like Kindle Countdown Deals could prove more appealing, allowing readers to benefit from discounts while authors can sell more books in a short period…

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“Introducing Kindle Vella”

Kindle Vella brings you stories released one short episode at a time, available on the web at http://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella and in the Kindle app.

Things to look out for if you’re new to Kindle Vella:

Follow the stories you like to keep up with the latest from your favorite characters.

When you like an episode, give it a Thumbs Up to let the author and other readers know you liked it.

The first few episodes of every story are always free–after that, purchase Tokens and redeem them to unlock episodes. Tokens may only be used to unlock Kindle Vella story episodes in the Kindle app and on the web at http://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella.

When you unlock episodes, you will receive one Fave a week that you can award to the story you’re enjoying most that week. We’ll feature Top Faved stories so other readers can find them too.”

5. Serialized storytelling will continue to flourish.

Serialized fiction on platforms like Wattpad is nothing new, but there are more options than ever for both writers and readers of serials.

Amazon’s Kindle Vella rolled out last year, adding another prominent player to the serialized fiction field.

Some authors are finding serial fiction to be a more reliable monetization strategy than traditional publishing. Self-published authors in particular will benefit from this development, as they’re more likely than traditionally published authors to experiment with these platforms.

Sites like Wattpad, Kindle Vella, Inkitt, Tapas, Radish, and other online reading apps will continue to flourish as more authors experiment with different formats.

6. Calls for diversity will persist.

Calls for more diversity and representation in literature have grown stronger in recent years, and with all the work still left to do, it’s likely that those calls will persist.

In 2020, a study found that just 5% of children’s books published in the UK that year featured a main character who was Black or Asian (that’s actually an increase from 1% in 2017).

Meanwhile, in the US, children’s books featuring racially diverse characters or subjects grew slightly from 29% to 30% between 2019 and 2020.

Since it can take several years for a children’s book to be produced, we can hope to see more of the effects of 2020 and 2021’s intensified calls for diversity in 2022.

And it’s not just children’s books that need more diverse voices—according to a 2019 study, 85% of the people who acquire and edit books for the Big Five are white. This means that the people who decide what gets published by the Big Five, and how the final products turn out, are overwhelmingly white.

One way that publishers have begun to address this issue is by hiring editors tasked with recruiting more minority talent and also enlisting the help of sensitivity readers.

Is Publishing a Dying Industry?

The publishing industry is far from dying; in fact, print books rose 8.9% in 2021 over 2020.

And rather than hurting business, the Covid-19 pandemic actually saw many positive developments and increased book sales in 2020—a silver lining in an otherwise dark year for many.

Regardless of trends, there’s no better time than the present to finally write your book, or apply for that publishing job you’ve been eyeing.

Everyone loves a good story, so while their formats and production may change, books and publishing are here to stay.

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About The Writer and Author

Kaelyn Barron

Kaelyn Barron

As a blog writer for TCK Publishing, Kaelyn loves crafting fun and helpful content for writers, readers, and creative minds alike. She has a degree in International Affairs with a minor in Italian Studies, but her true passion has always been writing. Working remotely allows her to do even more of the things she loves, like traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.