The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor


Intriguing from start to finish. ‘The Chalk Man’ is a fast paced chilling story which had me wanting to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. The writings style is nice and the plot well build. I’d like to read more from this author.

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase



First, the good news. This is a well written book. The author’s writing style is nice and the descriptions are beautiful. Where this book fails is the storyline. It starts as a mystery book, at least that’s what the title and the first chapter imply, but any sense of mystery is being evaporated as the narrative continues. The first 40% of the book is frittered away in the main character’s childhood memories that seem to have no connection to the main event of the story and that leaves the reader confused.


‘Cast Away: For These Reasons: Economic Jihad’ by Jo M. Sekimonyo


After reading the author’s prologue I was expecting to read where capitalism, socialism and communism have failed, however this book is focused on what is wrong with capitalism. There is no such thing as political correctness, readers be prepared for some strong language. Some public or historic figures are not portrayed as admirable and honourable as they usually are.

But, there is a new model that emerges by the pages of this book: Ethosism.

This book provides food for thought on large portions. It’s full of references to historic events, political and financial theories, literary quotes and difficult to shocking situations the author had to face in his life. It actually motivates readers to repine for research on everything is mentioned in this book. And decide for themselves whether they agree or not with Jo M. Sekimonyo’s point of view on Ethosism.


Cast Away: For These Reasons: Economic Jihad

Fifty Five Shades of Political Economy….
Economic theorists since their inception over 200 years ago, have struggled with the question of how to distribute wealth and continue to come up short. The author is not only criticizing capitalism, but finally has brought to the table, a new thought provoking alternative to the economic cannibalistic system. The author’s unconventional line of attack, will raise your heart rate and make you nauseous. By the middle of the book, you might be searching for a long rope to hang yourself with, thinking that humanity is doomed…but you will be missing out on the spectacular finale. This book is not one more economic liturgy. The author offers a thought provocative remedy to global socio-economic inequality; the rise of Ethosism.
Tara Casimir, Editor



Congolese roots, American fermented, globally bottled, social investigator, and an Ideological mambi (nonconformist) deliberately confronted by insane circumstances, Jo M. Sekimonyo has always prided himself for having rhinoceros tough skin, safeguarding me against the usual flapdoodle. He is fiercely opinionated and allergic to badly patched arguments. He takes great pleasure in wreaking havoc on psychological and cerebral parochialism just as any form of intolerance or fanaticism like a poltergeist. If you rode the previous rollercoaster, Cast Away: For These Reasons, you have probably been exposed to the awful rumpus going on his my head. “The older I get, no matter how much I try, the more I fail in gagging my anguish and anger over narrow-mindedness in all it shapes and forms. I can’t just bring myself to accept intolerance or prejudice as life” he says.

“The Insomniacs’ Club: Thrills, Spills & Sleeping Pills” by Vasily Pugh


I’ll say it straight forward. I loved this book. Simple as that. I loved it. I’m a fan of mystery stories. I’m especially fan of British mystery stories. Furthermore, I travelled in Japan many years ago and I was amazed by Japanese culture. I also like meeting weird people and reading about odd characters. Not to mention that I’m an insomniac myself. So, loving this book came naturally to me. It has all the above.

However, this is not a typical British mystery story. The author has given a refreshing twist to the genre by having a Japanese ex-pat as the main character accompanied by a woman named Henri. (I know, you just thought “what?!”) This book is so fast paced, wonderfully written and full of twists that I read it through during last weekend. I’d definitely love to read more from this author.



When Japanese ex-pat Naoka meets Henri, a middle-aged woman who is both wildly unconventional and is hiding something that she refuses to share, she finds herself introduced to a collection of oddities who share the same hindrance. They are all insomniacs.
This chance meeting soon provides Naoka with a much greater problem, when she and Henri become inadvertently caught up with the Fresno-DeBeers family, whose daughter has been kidnapped.
Henri is determined to ‘help’ the police with their investigation, and the Fresno-DeBeers to find their daughter, and enlists the assistance of the unwilling Naoka as part of her efforts.
As they get deeper and deeper into the case, living among oddballs and eccentric insomniacs who live their lives during the hours of darkness, they encounter the often weird and sometimes dangerous characters who inhabit the night.
But can they really make a difference to the case? Are they really able to provide anything of value and will they find the Fresno-DeBeers’ daughter before it is too late?
The Insomniacs’ Club is a page-turner that will have you up all night (in a good way).
Vasily Pugh, author of ‘Basically Frightened’, returns with his unusual take on crime fiction, sisterhood and suspense all whipped together with a healthy dollop of his trademark wit.





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After flirting with the Top 100 list in Amazon US’ satire books with ‘Basically Frightened’, Vasily Pugh thought it time to bring his unique style to a new genre. And so the comic thriller ‘The Insomniacs’ Club’ was born, a story with two unorthodox heroines in the lead and a whole array of supporting characters to enjoy.

Pugh is always writing despite suggestions that he should stop and take better care of his sheep. He is determined to be not only Bhutan’s finest shepherd/writer, but perhaps even the world’s! (a title currently held by Zadie Smith).



‘Missing Destiny (A Chandler County Novel)’ by Traci Wooden-Carlisle


Missing Destiny (A Chandler County Novel) by Traci Wooden-Carlisle is a wonderful HEA Christian romance. Actually it’s a great example of how a good Christian romance should be written. Traci Wooden-Carlisle’s has crafted an inspiring story of rediscovering love and God through painful losses and life-threatening situations. This heartwarming story has also a flare of suspense that will keep you engaged until the last page. Shauna’s and Zach’s characters are well developed and Zach’s personal story is heart-breaking. There is only one thing I didn’t enjoy that much and that is the way the ID of stalker was revealed, I found it a bit weak. Nevertheless Missing Destiny is a book worth reading, especially when you’re going through a difficult moment of your life.

Stars 4.4.


Missing Destiny (A Chandler County Novel)

She spends Friday nights with charts and graphs. His best friend is a dog named Sebastian.

All she’s ever wanted was peace and to feel she belonged. All he ever wanted was to disappear.

She’s a city girl hiding in a small town. He’s back home hiding from his past.

If life were perfect, they could be each other’s missing destiny.

When a mysterious man becomes a threat to her health Dr. Shauna Nathan, a workaholic scientist, is about to lose control over her emotions and her life. Her family steps in to protect her even if it means disrupting her otherwise predictable and orderly existence by bribing her with chance to spend time with her old college roommate and surround herself with her one true passion — horses.

She heads to a ranch in Chandler county to hide from her stalker. Instead, she might find there healing she looks for — and love she doesn’t.

Horse therapist Zach moved to New York, had a successful career in finance, a beautiful wife, and daughter one day and the next it was all gone. He came back to Chandler County to come to terms with his loss and find a modicum of peace as a ranch hand- turned therapist at Murphy’s Equestrian Therapy Center.

He has lost everyone he loved. Would he risk his heart again for Shauna?

Though the ruthless killer on Shauna’s trail will stop at nothing to destroy her, will Zach and Shauna escape danger and find happiness in each other’s arms and their missing destiny?

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About the author

Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that as a way to creating worlds, as well as, to communicate with God. A native of Los Angeles, California, she grew up attending United Methodist Church under the leadership of a pastor whose heart was for youth. Once she finished college at she found herself at a loss. She felt caught in the transition between childhood and adulthood. She surrounded herself with saints and volunteered her services as a graphic artist. Through the early-morning prayer, all night Friday prayer and 3-day shut-ins she started on her journey toward her most desired gift, an intimate relationship with God. Today, Mrs. Wooden-Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband, David Carlisle. She teaches fitness classes, runs a jewelry and craft business, and is currently writing her third book in her Christian-fiction series.

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‘Tridea’s Children’ by Kevin Peake


Tridea’s Children by Kevin Peake is a fun read for all ages. The author has created a wonderful fantasy world full of elves, crystals, humans, mythical creatures and shadow soldiers. There is no resting moment for the diverse companionship of the main characters and the story had many unexpected twists that kept my interest until the ending which is romantic and creates anticipation for the next book in the series.

The author’s writing style is nice but in my opinion some sentences could have transitioned in a more poetical way as it’s usual in fantasy genre.

Overall, this is an enjoyable read, it has some tiny little flaws that mainly have to do with it being the author’s debut book and I’d love to find out what’s next for Tridea’s children.


For as long as anyone in the world of Tridea can remember, large crystals have lined the landscape, possessing and exuding powerful magical energy.

When a meteor crashes into Tridea and the crystals are infected by a darkness. The populace of elves, fae and feline races discover a great danger. A virus is released, capable of controlling all humans.

Humans are vulnerable… easy to control… dangerous.

For Rush, Spark and Feather, what started off as a simple scouting mission to monitor the affected humans, turns into a dangerous journey. Where their unity and endurance will not only be tested, but challenged.

In the darkest of times… they must stand together.

Despite their initial attitudes towards humans, they realize that if they are to survive and save Tridea, they will need to overcome their differences and face the darkness.




Kevin Peake writes for children and teens. Born in the England, London, he is currently living in SouthWest England studying Creative Writing and Publishing at Bath Spa University. In addition since November 2015. Kevin owns and runs Crystal Peake Publisher‘s.


‘The Battle of the Erathiel: Across the Enchanted Sea’ by Constanza Mayer


They say that you judge the book by its cover. This is not the case with the book I’m featuring today.

The Battle of the Erathiel: Across the Enchanted Sea by Constanza Mayer is a lovely fantasy book which is not presented well by his cover. It’s way better than it seems to be.

The author has created a wonderful world which she describes with beautifully written vivid descriptions.

There are no scenes of bloodshed in this book, there is some violence but it doesn’t go into gory details, making it a read for all ages.

I loved the relationship Thinidiel and Nimtar shared, a Frigga – Odin kind of love, as I enjoyed the flirting game between Lothar and Eteri.

The story takes a twist when one of the characters has a unique, magical experience.

I was a bit surprised by the abrupt ending, I expected a smoother one, but I guess that when Volume Two comes out, readers will be able to read sequentially these two books and the way this book ends won’t matter anymore.

Overall, I enjoyed this ride to a magical elvish world and I can’t wait to read Volume II.




The Battle of the Erathiel: Across the Enchanted Sea

The ancient elven race of the Erathiel embark on a journey across the Enchanted Sea to find a new home. With them travel the only remaining dwarves and humans from their land. They are struck by a terrible storm that leads them to a land they are not keen to call their own. Soon they will find that there is more to this new land than they had ever expected. Friends and foes, hope and loss will be their constant companions in this adventure where wizards and shape-shifting adversaries will cross their path.

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About the author

Constanza Mayer is a Chilean author. Born in Santiago, she spent most of her childhood living in different cities across Chile, until she finally settled down for many years in a small town in the state of Illinois. There, she began her true journey into the realm of fantasy and all things magical—Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, fed her imaginative mind. This is when she began to write her first fantasy novel, but it was sadly lost due to a computer virus.

After many years passed, having moved back to Santiago, Chile, she was finally able to write again. This is where “The Battle of the Erathiel” truly began to develop. After almost two years of hard work, and living for a time in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, she finishes the first novel of her series in Santiago on October 29th, 2016.

Constanza is an avid reader, a lover of the arts, and a devoted piano player and composer. Among her dreams, she hopes to continue traveling across the world to fill herself with more experiences to write from, as she typically says:

“Hay que vivir para poder escribir.”
“You must live so that you may write.”


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Dr Pookie And The Case of His Missing Thought #givebearahug



I was looking for a book that my niece could read and when I got notified that Izzy Church had a children’s book coming out I decided to give it a go. I’m a fan of Izzy’s work since I read her romantic comedy novel, Angry Movie Guy. Dr Pookie And The Case of His Missing Thought absolutely met my expectations.

This is what the book is about: Pookie misses his friends and he throws a party to spend some quality time with them. As they are all sitting around listening to uplifting music and enjoying the delicious food Pookie had cooked for them, Pookie started narrating what happened when he lost his thought.

What began with one missing thought turned into a trail of lost thoughts and Dr. Pookie became the Most Forgetful Bear In The Forest.

This is a fun read with wonderful pictures, likeable characters the kids will enjoy reading and moral messages that the parents will very much appreciate. This book talks about the value of friendship in our life and how important is that friends should care about each other. I was also happy to find out that at the end of the book there is a glossary that will help kids to enrich their vocabulary. Overall it’s a highly recommended children’s book. #givebearahug


Dr. Pookie and The Case of his Missing Thought

What’s a bear to do when his friends and neighbors dare to attack his reputation? You see it is most hurtful not to be appreciated, especially when you’re a lovely, charming, gorgeous hunk of a bear. So when Dr. Pookie begins to receive unwanted attention in the local newspapers, he did what any intelligent, sophisticated, well-to-do bear would do.

Dr. Pookie invited all of his friends and neighbors up to the tippy top of Bear Mountain for a lovely dinner party. After all, there is nothing more delightful than to be entertained by the most famous bear in the Little Royal Forest.




Isabella “Izzy” Church is a self-empowered entrepreneur dedicated to creating entertaining and educational content for a wide audience. She has been recognized as an entertainer, author and artist. This is Izzy’s first children’s book, however she is the author of numerous works, including the LOL romantic comedy novel, Angry Movie Guy.

Kirkus Reviews calls Angry Movie Guy: “A fast paced, sometimes slapstick film-industry novel with a vibrant cast of characters.”

At the young age of sixteen, Izzy landed work as a fashion model and moved to New York to sign with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency where she resumed her multi-faceted career in the arts & entertainment industry. Izzy graduated Suma Cum Laude from Mary Mount Manhattan College with a degree in Communication Arts, specializing in writing for film and television. Furthermore, Izzy spent a year with Dream Works working with the head of the books to film department. Her time spent at Dream Works inspired her to work towards adapting her novel, Angry Movie Guy,  for the screen. Izzy is proud to announce that she is currently in preproduction for Angry Movie Guy.

At present, Izzy is caught up in the art world and is excited to be co-curating: Street to Tower, an elaborate art exhibition spanning the sixty-ninth floor of the World Trade Center, tower number four. For more information on the exhibition visit:

Izzy Church is the owner of Third Culture Creative, a boutique media development company where she develops film, television, and animation content. Be sure to follow her on twitter at @izzychurch222

Anette Christensen on her book ‘Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope: My life-transforming discovery of the mother of Latin America’


I recently came across a book quite different than anything I’ve read before; an interesting as much an educating book.

Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope: My life-transforming discovery of the mother of Latin America’ by Anette Christensen is a biography of the famous late Argentine singer, social activist in the first part followed by an essay on research into neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology in the second part.


I loved this book for many reasons. I love art. And I love artists. I’m always eager to know more about their career and their personal life. Not because I like gossiping but because I believe that our experiences define who we really are. I’m also a history enthusiast. And I’ve recently found an interest in neuroscience.

It’s a well written book, easy to read, perfectly paced from the first page to the very last. I loved the author’s writing style; narration flows naturally and effortlessly. The neuroscience is equally interesting to the Mercedes Sosa and all that make this book a great reading experience.


The book is richly illustrated with the author’s personal drawings of Mercedes Sosa, which she made as a part of her personal recovery process from emotional trauma during her time with Mercedes Sosa. Furthermore, the book contains multiple exquisite historical photos supporting the book’s descriptions of Mercedes Sosa and Argentine history more generally.



After I read ‘Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope’ I had the pleasure to have a little chat with author Anette Christensen and here is what we talked about…


–         Who exactly is Anette Christensen?

I was born and raised in Denmark but now live in Turkey with my Danish husband. I am the author of Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope which is the first book ever written in English about the world famous Argentine singer, social activist and folk-heroine.”


–         How did you decide to pursue a writing career?

“I always liked to write and to express myself, especially if I found myself in a challenging situation. Then I would try to write my way out of it to see things more clearly. I never planned a writing career as such. I know some authors research the market and write a book in a short time to fill out a void in the market. I only write if there is something I am passionate about and I will not get it published fast because when I write it is a part of a personal process and I want to be sure that I live what I write about as much as possible.”


–         Where did you draw inspiration from?

“The inspiration came from my passion about Mercedes Sosa. My curiosity about her and the huge impact she made on me motivated me to know more. I decided only to share what I learned when I understood others could benefit from it too.”


–         Do you have a specific writing routine?

“I haven’t got a place where I can sit in peace and quiet so I put on my earmuffs to cut out the sounds from the surrounding mosques and the construction work that is continuously going on here in Turkey. It signals to my husband that I am concentrating but I made a decision not to ignore the people I love. If my relationships suffer because of a project it is not worth it. My concentration is best in the morning but I leave a notebook next to my bed to write down the ideas and phrases that often pops up in the middle of the night.”


–         What is next for you?

“I haven’t planned to write another book yet but I am very fascinated about people’s stories and will most probably stick with biographies and memoirs. I feel there is so much to learn from real life experiences, which offers the readers opportunity to either identify with someone or gain understanding of others different from themselves.”


–         How do you describe yourself?

“I am a gold-digger and a go-getter. What I mean by this is that I look for the gold in people and do my best to encourage it. I love to see others shine and live to their full potential. I am quite sensitive to the wellbeing of others and only feel truly happy when the people that life has placed next to me thrive and flourish. By being a go-getter, I mean a person who reaches out for their dreams and takes delight in seeing other people’s dreams come true as well. I am extremely persistent and a challenge only gives fuel to my determination like with this book. I wrote it without much access to English speaking sources and I wrote it in a language that isn’t my mother tongue.”


–         What is this book about?

“The book is about the Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa’s life and career and how my encounter with her my transformed my life.”


–         What is the message you want to send with this book?

“That positive encounters with others are essential for our development, healing and wellbeing as human beings. That the life of one person can touch the lives of many others.”


–         What is your readership?

“The book appeals to a broad group of interests and a wide-ranging age group as well. If the reader already knows Mercedes Sosa, they will get to know her even better. This is the first book about her in English and it gives insight into her personal life and offers a psychological profile which is not found in depth in English anywhere else.

People who never heard of Mercedes Sosa before will also benefit from getting to know her, since her story is incredibly inspirational.

Whether the reader knows Mercedes Sosa or not, it is an opportunity to dig into Latin American culture, music, history and politics. The continent has so much to offer but is often overlooked by the media in other countries, having a likewise effect on the people living in them. Consequently, countless individuals are unaware of this beautiful, dynamic and vibrant continent.


The psychological angle to the book will be a source of inspiration for everyone who takes interest in psychology and personal development. Readers who have known suffering in their own life will feel that they are not alone as they connect with Mercedes Sosa’s story, or my personal story, too.”


–         How will this book impact the audience?

“It will inspire the readers to live consciously and reach out for authenticity; to nurture their inner selves and experience a greater wellbeing in their lives.


Reading about Mercedes can have the same effect on the reader as Mercedes has had on people all over the world for decades. It can evoke a desire for a positive change in the world and it is likely that Mercedes will inspire some readers to live out their full potential to make this world a better place. Maybe the reader will dive into Mercedes Sosa’s songs or Latin American music in general.”


–         What will this book invoke to readers?

“Hope! Whether we face personal suffering from a painful past, financial struggles, or political oppression, it is possible to flourish in the midst of it all. Beautiful people doesn’t just happen, they are born through suffering and Mercedes is an extraordinary example of this. If Mercedes could bounce back from her afflictions as a more empathic, resilient and authentic person, so can each of us once we have learned to respond to life’s challenges in a constructive way.


The book can be used as a practical guide to self-help and self-understanding. Through the psychological profile I draw of Mercedes Sosa, and through my personal story of how my encounter with her transformed my life, I show the reader that it is possible to heal and recover by following their inner voice or inner wisdom.


The book is based on lives fully lived. It is not only the story of how Mercedes grew stronger through her exile, her divorce and her depression; it is also about how I was healed from childhood wounds by connecting with Mercedes as a mother figure; using music, imagination and mindful meditation in the process. I offer a practical and balanced approach to universal human and existential issues.”


–         Why did you write this book?

“Mercedes Sosa touched my life from the very beginning. I wanted to connect with her and get to know her; so I started to do research about her as a part of my own personal healing process. I watched her and listened to her on the internet. In the beginning, I did it solely for my own recovery but then realized there wasn’t any material about her in English. From this, I felt a need to spread the word about her outside the Spanish speaking world. I felt I had found a treasure which I had to share with the rest of the world.


When it became clear that connecting with Mercedes was actually healing me, I started to reason by looking for scientific explanations of how that could be possible. What I found was simply too amazing to keep for myself, but the idea of including my story of how my encounter with Mercedes affected my life, only occurred to me three years after when I knew that I had discovered a road to personal wholeness that really worked and that there was scientific evidence backing my experience.


So to put it short, I wrote out of my passion for Mercedes Sosa and out of a desire to facilitate hope to others because the avenue of healing I found can easily be accessed by anyone—whether it happens by connecting with Mercedes or another significant person.”


–         How did you get to know Mercedes Sosa as you describe her without ever meeting her?

“I got to know her almost in the same way as we get to know people in real life. I watched her and listened to her. I observed her actions and her way of life and paid attention to how she related to herself, to others and to society in general. I spent hours in her company daily for a couple of years. Mercedes was very expressive and you can read a lot from all the nuances in her expressions, gestures and intonation. It doesn’t matter whether she sings, speaks, or if she doesn’t say anything at all. She communicates from a place deep within herself. Our brain is geared to translate the signals it gets from others and is able to perceive or imagine the intentions of another person and discern whether a person is genuine or not; so I used a mindful and empathic approach to get an understanding of her personality and beliefs. In my research, I discovered that Mercedes had a huge impact on millions of her fans who perceived her in the same way as I did and talked about her as a “mystical presence”.”


–         How long did it take you to write the book?

“It took seven years because it was born out of my personal recovery process. I have lived out what I write about and life has tested me in the process. It takes time to heal and I have learned new things about myself in the process of writing this book. Just like it takes time for cheese to mature, I took time to learn my lessons. Every time I was forced by outside circumstances to slow down the writing process, I got new insight, which made the manuscript even more convincing. Not writing in my mother tongue also extended the length of the editing process.”

–         Tell me more about your personal journey in writing this book.

“Quite early in the process I had a strong desire to write about Mercedes and share my discovery with the rest of the world. I concluded that it wasn’t possible because I didn’t understand Spanish and that my energy was very low at the time. But after two years I started to write my experiences down in Danish for my benefit alone. One year after I had started to write, I moved to Turkey. There, one day, I ran into a wonderful lady who knew about Mercedes Sosa and shared my love and passion for her. This lady had been working in the book-industry in Turkey for years and got very excited about my project. At that time I had no idea if my writings were good or not but decided to translate what I had written into English so she could read it. It was her words that motivated and energized me to keep writing. One year later I contacted Mercedes Sosa’s family who approved of the book and found my psychological approach interesting. This was a huge encouragement too, of course.


Naturally, I needed an editor, but didn’t have the money to hire a good one. But a good friend turned up as an investor and so I decided to hire one of the most professional editors I could find. As a first time author, writing in a language that is not my native language, it was pretty scary to send my manuscript to an editor who had previously been an editor for Simon and Schuster, one of the biggest publishers in the United States. I took my beatings. I owed it to Mercedes Sosa, her family, my readers and to myself to do my very best to make the book stand out.


I spend months working through the comments and corrections and realized I needed a second round of editing. This time I chose another editor who was less expensive but who also fully understood and supported my intentions for writing this book.”

–         You were low in every way when you first heard about Mercedes Sosa. What exactly was your situation like?

“The financial crisis had forced my husband and I to close our two companies, a travel agency and a real-estate agency. We were compelled to sell our house, and around the same time I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, leaving me unable to work and pay off our debts. As a result, I was feeling psychologically distressed, and didn’t have any hopes left for a better future. I also struggled to recover from childhood traumas that had left my mother and I estranged for a while. I felt like a zombie, disconnected from myself and life. Not a very nice situation to be in at all. But as Leonard Cohen sings in the song Anthem, “There is a crack in everything; that is how the light gets in.” Mercedes Sosa became that beam of light that shone through my cracks.”


–         Can you explain how using a fictive relationship had such an impact on you?

“The fictive relationship that I developed with Mercedes Sosa can’t replace real-life relationships, but in the context of healing from the wounds of the past, a fictive relationship with Mercedes worked wonders because I saw her as a compassionate mother figure and the brain doesn’t differentiate between what is real and what is perceived. Our imagination can stimulate our brains and our bodies. Try to think about a lemon and it will create the same sensations and produce saliva as if we were eating a lemon. We tend to use our imagination to think about what can go wrong, like failing an exam for example. It can cause stomach ache and anxiety. The good news is that we can also use our imagination deliberately to picture something positive and take advantage of the fact that the brain can be triggered into believing that something is real. Imagining Mercedes Sosa as a compassionate mother created a positive response that soothed me and promoted my recovery, both physically and emotionally.”


–         Are you still connecting with Mercedes Sosa as a mother figure?

“I am not using Mercedes Sosa in the same meditative way as I did the first 3-4 years. But when I listen to her songs and hear her voice there is an immediate recognition of everything she represents to me. A nurturing mother. I still become peaceful, comforted, energized and happy when I listen to her music. I know I can always connect and continue the process if I feel the need to do so again, but recently; all my focus has been on finishing the practical details of the book.”


–         Has your healing process been completed?

“Yes, I feel free and whole in a way I never have before, but as it often is, the same theme runs through our lives and surfaces again and again as we are being pushed by circumstances in our lives. We gain a little more insight every time something triggers our old wounds to pop up. If anything aggravates my old wound in the future, I know what it is and how to take care of it.”


–         What is the neuro-scientific research?

“Drawing on research into interpersonal neurobiology, I reveal my findings about how connecting with another person can result in personal transformation and growth, and how it can happen even in an imaginary relation as I had experienced with Mercedes Sosa. Neuroscience stresses that what we focus on will shape our brain which in turn changes our experience of the world and how we perceive our past. My research has come from reading articles and listening to speeches by Daniel Siegel, a pioneer in the field of interpersonal neurobiology. Interpersonal neurobiology is about how our minds affect one another when we connect with each other. At its core, interpersonal neurobiology believes that we are who we are because of our relationships and that all relationships change the brain, especially the most intimate ones. It is a generally held belief in neuroscience that the adult brain will continue to grow new brain cells throughout its entire life and remain open to changes in response to experience.


During my writing process, I was also in touch with Insight Focused Therapy in New Zealand who examined my research.”


–         How did neuroscience affect your healing process?

“I have been interested in psychology for many years and have read many self-help books. The interesting thing about my healing process is that it happened spontaneously. I followed my intuition. It was like a path that was laid out before me. I listened to my inner voice and as I followed it, real change took place. It made me curious and I wanted to understand why it was so effective. The neuro-scientific findings didn’t affect my healing process as such; it only helped me to understand everything I experienced. The scientific research about how the brain works, how we can influence it and how it responds to connecting with others, pointed out to me that what I share with my readers is not just something I made up and which worked only for me. Science has proved that everyone can experience physical or emotional wellbeing or recovery in any positive connection with another person. I have only scratched the surface of what neuro-science has discovered, but in the book I share what I have learned about how we can influence our brain and change our present and our future by changing how we perceive our past. I hope the readers will find it useful and perhaps continue to absorb the subject afterwards, because the discoveries are revolutionary.”


–         How do people respond to your story?

Let me give you an example. In the summer of 2015 I was stuck with the manuscript because I didn’t have the money for an editor and was feeling somewhat low when on my way from Turkey to one of the Greek Islands, I met two wonderful American ladies in a ferry office. They asked about my life and I said I was writing a book about Mercedes Sosa. One of the ladies got so excited that she jumped and hugged me for a long time, before saying, “Are you really writing a book about Mercedes Sosa? She is out of this world. I love her, she is the best. I hardly know anything about her personal life. I really want to read your book.” The other lady hadn’t heard about Mercedes before so I started telling her about Mercedes’s life and the influence she’d had on me. As I talked, tears began to run down her face. Then she said, “What an amazing story. I want to get to know her too. Your personal story is touching me deeply. This is something others can benefit from hearing too. I am the director of member experiences in a social club for very influential people in New York. I want them to hear this. Maybe you can come and speak when the book gets out?”


–         What do you hope the book will achieve?

“If the book will change the life of just one person, I will be very happy. Maybe that person will help change someone else’s life who will one day impact the world for the better. If this occurred, I would never know that I was a part of it. But, that is not important to me—I just hope the book will contribute to healing the world, one person at a time. We can’t expect peace in the world if we are not at peace within ourselves. Like in an aircraft when we are told to put on our own oxygen masks before helping others—if the oxygen is low—so we all need to heal ourselves before we can reach out with love and compassion to others. When we have been loved and feel welcome in this world, it is not difficult to respect others, and we are not fearful of others either. Then we can think of the common good and not just about our own needs. As Mercedes said, solutions don’t come from politicians; it has to come from all of us. If my book brings hope and healing to individuals whether I know about it or not, I will be happy.”


–         You use the term “existential wound”. Can you explain what you mean by this?

“I believe a person is born with innate goodness, but none of us are perfect, and to become a whole person we need to be loved unconditionally. But, such love is hard to find because only a person who has been loved unconditionally can love someone in this way. It is our human nature to show our good sides and hide what we don’t like about ourselves. So even if someone loves us unconditionally, we will be unable to receive it and accept it because we know they are not seeing what we are hiding from them. In this case, we receive only the love we think we deserve and it leaves us with an existential wound.

An existential wound can be passed from one generation to another. Parents who have not been loved for who they are, by their caretakers, will find difficulty in loving their children unconditionally.”


–         What is the message you want to share via this book?

“Be authentic. That means to be true to ourselves and live our lives according to our core values and essence and not according to what we think others expect of us. Basically, if we are not authentic, we don’t live our own lives but hand it over to the likes and dislikes of others. Furthermore, if we are not authentic, we can’t make genuine connections with other people, which means we live our lives separated from the love, healing and mirroring that we need to heal and become more authentic. My message is: Look out for authenticity and when you find it, reach out and connect!!”


–         If you could talk to Mercedes Sosa today, what would you ask her?

“I would ask her how she feels about my book and what she believes is the secret behind the impact she had and still has on people.”


–         What are the most important lessons you have learned from Mercedes Sosa?

“The importance of being present with people and letting them know you see them and accept them as they are. To love others as unconditionally as you possibly can and to always look for the good in others while respecting our differences.”

What is your Mercedes Sosa favorite song?

“It is a hard question. I have hours of track-lists with my favorite songs. Should I mention two, they’d be Todo Cambia and Como la Cigarra. Todo Cambia is a reminder that we must not resist involuntary changes in our lives. Everything changes all the time and we never know if a certain change will be good or bad. When something bad happens it can lead to something good, which was what Mercedes experienced throughout her life. As Mercedes said about her time in exile, it matured her as an artist, opened new horizons and expanded her career. Como la Cigarra talks about being a survivor. Life can be hard on us, but every time we fall, we will rise again.”


–         How do you think the book will influence your life after it’s published?

“I am affected by chronic fatigue so I need to live a peaceful life without the stress that comes with too much attention. I prefer to stay underneath the radar and not change my way of living. But, I put seven years of time and energy into the book and invested quite a bit of money too, so naturally I hope it will be received well. I hope I can visit Argentina one day and meet some of Sosa’s relatives. I would also really like to attend the festival in Cosquin. It is the biggest folk-music festival in Latin America and spans over nine days at the end of January. It was at this festival Mercedes had her national  breakthrough in 1965. I have become very fond of some of the Latin American singers I discovered through Mercedes Sosa. I have added artists like Soledad Pastorutti, León Gieco, Víctor Heredia, Patricia Sosa, Jorge Drexler, Pablo Milanés, and Silvio Rodriguez to my list of favorite Latin American singers.”


–         Are you planning to get the book translated into other languages?

“Yes, it is being translated into Turkish already but I also plan to get it translated into Spanish, Portuguese and German in the near future. Other languages might follow later.”


–         You moved to Turkey while writing the book. Did that event influence your writing in any way?

“If I hadn’t moved to Turkey I might not have finished the book. It was my Turkish friend who encouraged me to get it published.”




Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope: My life-transforming discovery of the mother of Latin America





Anette Christensen, born and raised in Denmark, began her career by helping develop international charity programs. Later she became a language teacher for college students, and then, with her husband, ran a travel agency and a real estate agency. Now semi-retired and living in Turkey, she writes and focuses on personal growth.


For years Anette traveled in many parts of the world. Her experiences with various cultures have enabled her to engage with people with a different outlook on life than her own. She is eager to learn from others and finds joy in embracing the difference of others, spotting the uniqueness that she believes is within each individual.


It was only upon Mercedes Sosa’s death that Anette Christensen discovered this influential and important Argentine singer. Captivated by Sosa’s voice and presence, the author immersed herself in Sosa’s music and life. In doing so, Anette discovered an avenue to personal transformation and well-being that can easily be accessed by anyone. In her book on Sosa, Anette shares the singer’s story while exploring the scientific underpinnings of how connecting with another person leads to growth, something Anette discovered intuitively.


Being Danish writing in English when most sources are only available in Spanish bear witness to Anette’s “Viking mentality.” She never steps back for a challenge.

Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope is the first book by Christensen and has been in the making for almost seven years. It is a product of a life fully lived and shows that Anette is a gifted storyteller.



‘Touch of Iron – The Living Blade #1’ by Timandra Whitecastle



Honestly, I fell in love with this book. It’s well written, packed with action and trust me, there is never a dull moment. Timandra Whitecastle’s writing style is exquisite, vocabulary-rich, cliché-free; vivid and realistic descriptions are the author’s strong point.

The storyline is captivating, one unpredicted twist after another, it keeps you wondering what’s next. In a book with so main characters out of the box, a bold female lead outstands. Nora is a strong fearless girl (in an Arya Stark way of awesomeness) while Owen is a boy who’s not that much into weapons as he is into books.

When I started reading ‘Touch of Iron’ I couldn’t predict the turn the storyline would take. I didn’t expect the characters to evolve and change so dramatically after finding themselves bogged down in an ominous and menacing situation. What started as a Young Adult fantasy story ended a dark, epic and edgy story, with unexpected twists and unpredictable premise, written masterfully, flawlessly.

Very impressive for a first-time author and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.