Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Energy Healing - What Is It? What Does It Do ? And Does It Work?

Energy healing is the principle of re-aligning your internal energy force that can become out of balance due to illness or stress.  Some people will literally tap on various parts of the body to re-align your energy.  Other's will re-align  your energy from a distance, it could be thousands of miles away.

The two most common types of problems claimed to be cured by this method are phobia's and addictions.

As you might expect, many of the 'mainstream' medical practitioners scoff at the idea of this form of treatment.  But still there are millions of people worldwide who claimed to have used this technique and gotten virtually miraculous results.

There is no evidence to suggest that this form of healing is unsafe in any way.

Medical tests have actually been conducted to determine if this type of treatment has any merit. While the results were promising there does still need to be more tests done to evaluate the real effectiveness of this treatment.

Some of the most common treatments for re-aligning your energy are:

  • Acupuncture:  This ancient Chinese method of re-aligning your energy or your Chakras has worked for thousands of years and has millions of converts who swear by it's effectiveness.
  • Meditation:  This method too has been around for Centuries and with practice, can be used to activate Chakras to keep the energy flow in balance which can help prevent or treat illness.

Many people today are more interested than ever in taking a step back and using some of the ancient health and wellness techniques that have been proven to be effective for centuries.  The love affair we've had for so long with modern 'miracle drugs' is starting to wane. While many of us appreciate our advances we are also realizing that we can advance without turning our backs on other forms of treatments.

Energy healing is just one such treatment.  Millions of people worldwide attest to it's healing powers and even medical professionals are starting to admit that even though there isn't a lot of scientific proof to substantiate the effectiveness of these techniques that it is certainly worth keeping an open mind.  The bottom line is, we don't have all the answers and there might just be something to all these old practices.

Friday, November 13, 2015

How To Listen To Your Angels?

You can feel protection and safety. You can sense the answer to a question that is bothering you but you haven’t even verbalized. You feel like you are being given messages and chances to follow a certain path. When you feel comfort in trying times or a sense of happiness when you are sad, you may be feeling the power and presence of your guardian angel. When you feel alone and don’t have the comfort of feeling protected, then you may not be able to feel the presence of your angel. If that is the case, then you can do something to help you feel and hear your angel’s messages and communication.

There are simple ways to increase your reception of Divine communication with your angels. You need to be prepared to listen and feel their presence. In order to be aware of an angel’s message, you must place yourself in the reality that we do have angels trying to communicate with us all the time. Have you ever felt that you need to make a phone call, stop a particular thing from happening, or do something that you hadn’t planned to do? Those can be examples of our angels directing us. Sometimes the directions are clear and the outcomes can be seen and understood. Other times, we don’t know why we feel or act a certain way.

We need to make ourselves ready to receive help from our Angels. We can ready ourselves by letting our mind and body relax when we feel an outside power is with us. We need to breathe, slowly and deeply. It seems when we are uncertain in stressful situations that we start to have shallow breaths. That can hinder any communication, whether from a physical source or a divine one. By taking slow, deep breaths, we give our body, brain and soul more oxygen.

Many wonderful things happen when we have a surplus of oxygen, one being that our angels can travel to us more easily. It’s been said that the more fresh air we receive when we breathe, the better we can feel the messages of out angel. That is why we feel so good when we are out in nature, walking, sitting, watching and enjoying the outside and all the fresh oxygen. Angels love the fresh air and are more available when we are filled with it. It’s why we feel their presence so readily when we are one with nature.

So, two of the most important things to realize when we want to feel our angels are to RELAX and to BREATHE deeply. When you are relaxing and breathing deeply, it is much easier to hear and feel your angel’s message, comfort, or protection. Once you are relaxed and breathing lots of health oxygen, you are allowing your body and mind to hear your angel talking to you. Sometimes it is not what we want to hear but it is still very important to us. Our angels stay around us to protect and guide us, so it is very important to FOLLOW THEIR GUIDANCE.

If you are being receptive in your relaxed state and asking for help and guidance, your angels will let you know what you should do. Whether it is something about your health or something you should be doing to improve your life, it is essential to listen so you can hear their voice. If it is personal like improving your diet, it is because our bodies are sensitive to the chemicals and processed foods that we eat, which makes it hard for the us to have a clear open line of communication.

Since angels are the best teachers to guide us on how to better hear their voice, we need to listen carefully so we can learn the best way to hear them. It is important to ask for guidance and follow whatever guidance you receive. We need to ask for signs from them to know if we are following their advice. Asking for specific signs is not good, because we all receive different signs. Our angels created unique signs for each of us and creatively use wonderful signs that each of us can easily recognize.

There is loving sense of humor that angels display in their use of signs and they speak to us in many creative ways. You can feel an angel message if you are quiet and relaxed, and you will start to notice more messages all around you, even when you aren’t trying. Putting your mind at rest to feel the angel’s messages and signs will allow you to be successful in recognizing the signs with confidence.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Developing Your Inner Spiritual Guidance

As the world becomes more connected through the technologies of communication, it is also becoming easier to become disconnected from our own selves. The necessary quiet time that develops our natural, inborn connection with intuition and spiritual guidance is no longer easily found in our daily lives, and this can cause feelings of overwhelm, meaninglessness, and an inner sense of disharmony and emptiness.

In today's world as we face unprecedented challenges both individually and collectively, there is also a very high level of daily stress that is constantly affecting our bodies, minds and emotions. Our daily lives are filled with intensity as we witness widespread social, political and climate change, uncertainty about the future, and fear of the unknown.

If these weren't enough, there is also the effect of greater spiritual light expanding on the Earth, which is helping us to awaken spiritually, but is also creating a major cleansing process for us on all levels ... spiritually, emotionally and physically. The pain of the past that we may have buried from our consciousness begins to surface into our awareness, bringing old feelings or physical symptoms to light.

We are all developing ways to cope with the increased levels of stress in our lives today. There are many spiritual tools and transformational supports that can assist you in reclaiming your inner connection with yourself. Once you create an intention to reconnect with your inner being, you will begin to draw to yourself the people, situations, and supports you need.

One of the most useful and simple ways to navigate through these very intense times is to develop a deeper connection with your natural intuitive spiritual guidance. Inner guidance is a gift from our soul to our embodied, human self which we all have access to. Some of us are more attuned to this part of ourselves, especially those who are artists, musicians, athletes, or whose work involves healing. Some of us may have learned to "turn off" this inner gift, because of childhood pressure to conform to social standards.

No matter how connected or disconnected you may feel from your inner spiritual guidance, everyone has the capacity to nurture, develop and strengthen this important part of ourselves. Living with an active and awake inner spiritual guidance offers us the opportunity to perceive and experience a whole new creative dimension of life. The universe of spiritual reality is vast and when intuition is activated, new experiences begin to open and create vaster and more meaningful possibilities.

In addition to expanding our daily experience of life, developing intuition and spiritual guidance serves to create a depth of connection to inner truth. If you've ever witnessed the simple and profound clarity of truth that comes from small children who have not yet learned to censor their inner guidance, you'll have some idea of what is possible for yourself.

In today's world where there are many sources of information that may or may not be accurate or truthful, your spiritual guidance and intuition can offer a clarity of direction in situations where it may not otherwise be possible to know what is real. As your intuition becomes more highly developed, you will be able to sense the presence of or the lack of love, light and warmth in people. You will be able to more easily discern what feels true or false to you, beyond the words that people say or the appearances that are presented.

In today's world there is much at stake, and many choices are presented to us each day about who to listen to, and where to place our attention, time, and trust. If we are disconnected from ourselves and the center of our own being, then it is easier for us to be swayed in directions that depart from love and truth that we may later regret. Developing our inner spiritual guidance offers the precious gift of discernment, allowing us to see clearly what is true and what is not, and to navigate more easily in the great complexities and challenges that we face in today's world.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Come Chat with Me at Virtual Con All Day Today

I will be giving away Freebies to the top commentors throughout the day.

Here's the link to my booth: VIRTUAL CON - SIMONE SALMON


Hope to see you there!!

Develop Your Intuition

Have you had that experience when all of a sudden you just had this huge hunch that something is about to happen, and to your surprise, that intuition was eventually translated to reality?

When you feel strongly about something without logical basis to it, that's called intuition. It comes in three impressions: clairvoyance or "the third eye", sensing clearly and feeling through listening.

Clairvoyance is when your eye goes beyond what it can see. This is when you know what is happening somewhere.

Sensing clearly is basically what we refer to as "hunch" or "gut feel." This is the time when you are overwhelmed with a feeling and you can't explain it and all you can say is "I just know."

On the other hand, feeling through listening or clairaudience is being able to "listen" between the lines. Intuition also happens at times when a certain sound, whatever it is - be it a car's honk or a bird's twitting - ushers in an intense feeling.

They say only a number of people are gifted with intuition. Astrologers even insist that people born under the Scorpio or Pisces signs are naturally intuitive it almost borders on E.S.P. But studies have been sprouting left and right that proclaim that anyone can develop intuition.

Why the need to develop intuition, you ask? Why not let your emotional and psychological state as it is? First and foremost, intuition promotes good communication. It makes you more sensitive to the people around you; it often keeps you from hurting those you love because you are intuitive enough to understand them. Intuition also makes you far more creative than ever. Intuition means releasing more creative juices for any means of expression. Lastly, intuition has a healing power. This healing power is not in the physical sense, but in delving deep into your soul to eradicate some negative energy buried in it.

With that being said, are you ready to develop your intuition? Here are some ways to unlock this gift:

1. Hypnosis

Oh yes, get yourself hypnotized. Hypnosis is not limited to watching a pendulum move back and forth. Perform self-hypnosis or you can avail of hypnotic programs that can strengthen your intuition.

2. Meditation

Meditating means finding peace in yourself. If your mind and heart are cluttered with too many baggage and hurt,  you wouldn't be able to quiet down that part of you that could eventually initiate intuition. There are so many ways to meditate: take a yoga class, or just simply practice some breathing that could bring you straight to Zen.

3. Think positive!

A worry-free, fear-free state could do so much to improve your intuitive ability. By staying positive, you attract good energy that would be able to easily recognize imminent feelings and events.

4.  Just let go.

What does this mean? If you are on the brink of making a huge decision, let go of all the inhibitions and head to a quiet place where you could find out where the letting go has brought you. Sometimes you just have to listen to the voice within you, and that voice wouldn't come out unless you let go.

5. Never expect.

After letting go of the inhibitions and all those things that stop you from thinking and feeling clearly, never expect for an answer right away. Never expect that the "hunch" would fall on your lap immediately. Give it a little time then you'd just get surprised that -- wham! -- now you have your answer.

6. Believe in your first impressions.

When you see someone for the first time and think that he is a bit too arrogant for your taste, chances are that impression actually holds true. Most of the time, first impressions are brought by intuition.

7. Stay happy!

See? All you need to be intuitive is to stay happy! Happiness attracts immense power and such power includes intuition. In tapping your intuition, your motivation must be happiness and contentment. Given that premise, intuition will fall to you easily.

Intuition is helpful, because sometimes it leads you to something that cannot be achieved otherwise. A lot of lives have been saved by intuition alone. Decisions are easier done if armed by this gift. Develop intuition now and reap benefits you have never imagined.

Interested in developing you intuition? Sign up for our workshop HERE.

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Past life regression is a very useful and unique technique which adopts the use of hypnosis for people who are curious and bent on discovering their past life. For some people, getting a glimpse of their past life can be so overwhelming that they seek help from the psychologists and other past life regression experts.


Past life regression is very much related to hypnosis since most practitioners conducting the "hypnosis approach" are able to recover an individual's memories of his past life or what is called as the "incarnation". Normally, practitioners and psychologists recommend people to undergo hypnosis and past life regression to pursue a satisfying spiritual experience prepared in a setting that has a psychotherapeutic ambiance. Experts believe that truly, when the hypnotist or the expert doing it sets the mood first, there are greater chances of achieving the desired results. Really, setting the mood is the first basic need to be able to undertake a successful hypnosis session.

While most believers of past life regression and hypnosis strictly hold fast to their beliefs about the logic and principles of reincarnation, there are still some traditional beliefs about past life regression that is limiting. Yes, the traditional people linked their ideology of past life to reincarnation; however, they excluded from the concept of reincarnation that of one's reserved and self-conscious memories in the previous life.


The most popular technique used for conducting past life regression is where the person undergoing it is subjected to respond to a queue of questions while under the power of hypnosis, lying in the couch unconscious of the surroundings, and supplying all relevant information brought about by his memories of the past, as well as all the details of all his significant experiences which have made him become what he is today.


Another technique for past life regression is the one that reveals the true identity as well as all the real events that transpired in people's past lives. This kind of therapy is known to work well. It works by misrepresenting memories of a person and therefore misleading the chronology and validity of past events instead of an assembled block of reminiscences. By merely using the technique of hypnosis and evocative queries, one can actually make the subject have the tendency to cling to imprecise, vague and artificial memories.

This led to more and more serious investigations about different sorts of memories being reported during past life regression, and it was revealed that there are actually times when history can be so inexact and incorrect as they are easily discussed on some books pertaining to the fundamental knowledge of history.

You could also try checking up on the various elements of well-loved and popular culture books which frequently discuss various aspects of a historical event. Conducting experiments with people undertaking a session of past life regression can really be quite an interesting topic. And the farthest that past life regression has gone as of today, is that of demonstrating that a belief or advocacy in reincarnation as well as heeding the advice and suggestions of the person conducting the hypnosis, are indeed two most essential and indispensable aspects of past life regression!

Interested in reading more?

DOWNLOAD this FREE 19-page PDF on Past Life Regression HERE.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I Hate Moving....

I hate moving especially packing and unpacking...ughhh!

And of course leaving my home of 15 years...another major ughhhh!

My mom proposed moving closer to her and my sister. I really struggled with this decision. Mostly, because I like my privacy and truthfully, my relationship with my mother has been strained for years. Only recently has it begun to blossom into something new and tolerable.

I asked myself the same question I always do when faced with challenging situatio
ns or decisions: does this move me closer to or further away from my goals?

So I moved.

Both of my sons get to be closer to their grandmother and she's been cooking for them every weekend.

They also get to have a relationship with their aunt who has been absent for most of their lives.

And me...well I get to see them smile and enjoy the benefits of close proximity to family. Plus, now I'm closer to the city and will have more time to devote to building my business because everything including public transportation is literally blocks away. Yayyy!!

I also get to rebuild relationships that slipped away because of pride or pain. These are bonds that I miss deep down inside of my soul. Hard to admit, but very very true. I'm still a little leery, but I know that even though forgiveness may be immediate, building trust takes time.

Have you been struggling with any major decisions? Do me a favor and leave a comment below to let me know some of your life struggles or wins that you're experiencing.

I would really love to hear what's going on in your life. Leave a comment below to let me know.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Don't Believe... Know!

The spiritual evolution of the this planet and its inhabitants is currently in a rapid state of change, a new era is being born, and we are no longer content to be believers, as sheep in a "flock". People are waking up to the knowledge that we can be masters of our own destiny, and are looking to the ancient cultures who have survived to show us the way forward.

How can we break free from our definitions, when we are bound by systems, and rules and regulations, and "normal procedures" . What escape routes are there when all we know is all we have been taught. What is there outside the world we know, and how can we find it and finally be free.

Ancient knowledge and practices from Shamanism, Wicca, Vodou, Druidism and many others are being used and adapted to our modern lives to re-connect us to the worlds of spirit. We are re-discovering that everything in our universe has energy, consciousness, vibration and a power of its own, something the ancients have always known.

By lovingly connecting ourselves to this universal energy, we can know that everything within it has its own spirit, and is connected to everything else. Deep personal transformations can occur as we align ourselves to the loving universal consciousness, giving us back the power to create our own personal spirituality, and to KNOW spirit to the very core of our being.

“I don't believe, I know.” Carl Jung.

“You are not my enemies, you are my brothers and sisters. You did not do anything to me or my people. All that happened a long time ago in the lives of our ancestors. And, at that time I might actually have been on the other side. We are all children of the Great Spirit, we all belong to Mother Earth. Our Planet is in great trouble and if we keep carrying old grudges and do not work together, we will all die.” Chief Seattle.

“There is no one who can take our place. Each of us weaves a strand in the web of creation. There is no one who can weave that strand for us. What we have to contribute is both unique and irreplaceable. What we withhold from life is lost to life. The entire world depends upon individual choices.” Duane Elgin.

Friday, October 16, 2015

10 Don’ts To Help You Complete The First Draft

  • Don’t edit while writing: editing will prevent you from moving the story forward;
  • Don’t delete anything until the first draft is finished: every sentence will fit into the story or can be used in a future draft;
  • Don’t feel pressured to commit to an initial outline or concept: your story may change once you connect to creative consciousness and disconnect from your intellect;
  • Don’t get stuck on the number of words: a story may be any length - it's all up to you;
  • Don’t rewrite anything: rewriting delays your progress;
  • Don’t be afraid to take a break when you’re out of inspiration: sometimes inspiration will find you during that break and forcing your thoughts will make the story sound mechanical ; 
  • Don’t take feedback personally: some people will get and some won't - that's seriously ok;
  • Don’t worry about character names and plots: those come as the story unfolds;
  • Don’t wait for the right time: there will never be the perfect time to start your story so just do it;
  • Don't tell the story - show it with your words: telling the story does not captivate or engage your readers; showing the story creates an emotional connection so that they read your story all the way to the end.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Interested in video blogging, but worried about the cost? Check out this article by Jeff Bullas on how to do it on a budget.

Beginners Guide on How to Video Blog on a Budget – Part One

Video is a powerful and effective way of presenting content.

Not everyone has the innate ability to write blog posts or enjoys putting pen to paper.

Finding your “online” voice could mean video blogging, or communicating through images and PowerPoint  presentations on social media....


Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: Geronimo Hotshot

Geronimo Hotshot Geronimo Hotshot by Robert Blake Whitehill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Geronimo Hotshot is a masterful blend of sadistic villainous characters interwoven with non-stop action, wit and intrigue. Author, Robert Blake Whitehill, overloads the senses with thrilling ambushes of disturbing suspense and enigmatic genius in this complex revelation of twisted psyches politicking lethal agendas.

Simone Salmon, Author, Camille and the Bears of Beisa - Drafnel www.ssalmonauthor.com

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The Tyranny of Facebook by RAINMAKER.FM

It’s no secret that Brian Clark is not a fan of Facebook when it comes to so-called “social media marketing.” He’s even less of a fan of those who think of it as a “website substitute.”

That said, Facebook groups are popular for their apparent ease of use. But is it a good idea to build a valuable business community on someone else’s property?

Today on Unemployable with Brian Clark, Brian will tackle that issue based on a listener question.


Friday, October 2, 2015

3 Resources to Help You Draft Winning Content Ideas by STEFANIE FLAXMAN

As writers, we don’t really take breaks.

Even when we aren’t working, the creative lens through which we view the world keeps our minds active with possibilities.

And then you have to ask yourself: Should I be the one to bring a new idea to life?

To help you pursue smart content ideas, this week’s Copyblogger Collection is a series of three handpicked articles that will show you:
  • How to write content that attracts customers and clients
  • How to stand out with content that makes an impact
  • How to hook your audience through the magnetic force of fascination

Thursday, October 1, 2015

No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients - Great Copyblogger Article by Henneke Duistermaat

You sit down at your desk.

You start your computer.

You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul.

Why is your number of email subscribers still so low?

Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog?

And when will those business inquiries finally arrive?

We all know that blogging is hard work, but what should you do when your efforts don’t seem to pay off?

Should you cross your fingers and keep plugging away? Hope that your readership will snowball? Pray that business inquiries will soon flood your inbox?

You need a new blog strategy, not wishful thinking. 


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Watch Author, Simone Salmon's Video Interview with Salil Jha of The Naked Soul Talk Show

I am so excited to share my very first video interview with the wonderful talented poet, artist and creative host of the Naked Soul Talk Show, Salil Jha. I had the best time speaking with Salil. Our interview was so natural and free flowing. Loved it!!

Please excuse the glare from my glasses 
can't see without them and didn't realize that would happen
oh and the lighting - you live and learn right!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ursula K. Le Guin - Interview Magazine Article

Ursula K. Le Guin's first novels—set on alien planets and published as trashy head-to-toe double paperbacks by Ace Books—were first unleashed almost half a century ago, in 1966. She was 36. Two years later she published A Wizard of Earthsea, the defining and enduring classic of the genre of wizards going to wizard school. The Left Hand of Darkness, the book that forced writers everywhere to examine how they wrote gender, was first published the very next year and became one of the most acclaimed books of the last century. 

She published a dozen books in that first decade, a pile of words built up largely during her thirties that, once released, changed the American conversation about fiction. She is the reigning queen of writing about "the nature of human nature," as Margaret Atwood once described it, in regards to Le Guin's "Ekumen" series. Le Guin is one of the rare authors to have twice taken the Hugo and the Nebula awards in the same year. She published three stories in the New Yorker in 1982 alone. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Author Spotlight - A.B. Funkhauser

Today the spotlight is on the extremely talented and generous author, A.B. Funkhauser and her latest novel, 

Book Description 

Unrepentant cooze hound lawyer Jürgen Heuer dies suddenly and unexpectedly in his litter-strewn home. Undiscovered, he rages against God, Nazis, deep fryers and analogous women who disappoint him.

At last found, he is delivered to Weibigand Brothers Funeral Home, a ramshackle establishment peopled with above average eccentrics, including boozy Enid, a former girl friend with serious denial issues. With her help and the help of a wise cracking spirit guide, Heuer will try to move on to the next plane. But before he can do this, he must endure an inept embalming, feral whispers, and Enid’s flawed recollections of their murky past. 

Is it really worth it?

“Heuer” as in “lawyer”: Heuer the Lawyer

Here is a short excerpt:
Two Weeks Ago

The house, like the man who lived in it, was remarkable: a 1950s clapboard-brick number with a metal garage door that needed serious painting. Likewise, the windows, which had been replaced once in the Seventies under some home improvement program, then never again. They were wooden and they were cracked, allowing wasps and other insects inside. 

This was of little consequence to him. 

The neighbors, whom Heuer prodigiously ignored, would stare at the place. Greek, Italian, and house proud, they found the man’s disdain for his own home objectionable. He could see it on their faces when he looked out at them through dirty windows. 

To hell with them. 

If the neighbors disapproved of the moss green roof with its tar shingles that habitually blew off, then let them replace it. Money didn’t fall from the sky and if it did, he wouldn’t spend it on improvements to please strangers. 

They were insects. 

And yet there were times when Jürgen Heuer was forced to compromise. Money, he learned, could solve just about anything. But not where the willful and the pernicious were concerned. These, once singled out, required special attention. 

Alfons Vermiglia, the Genovese neighbor next door, had taken great offense to his acacia tree, a towering twenty-five foot behemoth that had grown from a cutting given to him by a lodge brother. The acacia was esteemed in Masonic lore appearing often in ritual, rendering it so much more than just mere tree. In practical terms, it provided relief, offering shade on hot days to the little things beneath it. And it bloomed semi-annually, whimsically releasing a preponderance of white petals that carried on the wind mystical scent—the same found in sacred incense and parfums. 

What horseshit. 

It was a dirty son of a bitch of a tree that dropped its leaves continuously from spring to fall, shedding tiny branches from its diffident margins. These were covered in nasty little thorns that damaged vinyl pool liners and soft feet alike. They also did a pretty amazing job of clogging Alfons’ pool filter, turning his twenty-five hundred gallon toy pool green overnight. 

This chemistry compromised the neighbor’s pleasure and it heightened his passions, blinding Alfons to the true nature of his enemy. He crossed over onto Heuer’s property and drove copper nails into the root system. It was an old trick, Byzantine in its treachery; the copper would kill the tree slowly over time leading no one to suspect foul play. 

But Heuer was cagey and suspicious by nature, so when the tree displayed signs of failure, he knew where to look. 

The acacia recovered and Alfons said nothing. Heuer planted aralia—the “Devil’s Walking Stick”—along the fence line and this served as an even thornier reminder that he knew. And if there was any doubt at all, he went further by coating his neighbor’s corkscrew hazel with a generous dose of Wipe Out. 

Intrusive neighbors and their misplaced curiosities were, by turns, annoying and amusing and their interest, though unwanted, did not go unappreciated. The Greeks on the other side of him weren’t combative in the least and they offered gardening advice whenever they caught him out of doors. The man, Panos, talked politics and cars, and expressed interest in the vehicle that sat shrouded and silent on Heuer’s driveway. He spoke long and colorfully about the glory days of Detroit muscle cars and how it all got bungled and bargained away. 

“They sacrificed an industry to please a bunch of big mouths in Hollywood,” Panos would rant in complete disregard for history: Al Gore and Global Warming didn’t kill the GTO; the OPEC oil crisis did. But there was no point in telling him that. 

Panos was an armchair car guy and incurable conspiracy theorist. He also kept to his side of the fence, unlike his wife, Stavroula, who was driven by natural instinct. Not content to leave an unmarried man alone, she routinely crossed Heuer’s weedy lawn, banging on the door with offers of food and a good housecleaning. 

Heuer had no trouble accepting her cooking. But he declined her brush and broom. Was it kindness, or was she trying to see inside? He suspected the latter. 

No one was ever seen entering Heuer’s house and while this piqued public interest, he never gave in, not even to those who were kind to him. He liked Panos and Stavroula and he regretted poisoning their cat. 

But not enough to let them in to his home. 

Others on the street had less contact with him. Canvassers at election time would disturb him, in spite of the lawn sign warning the solicitous away. That this didn’t apply to neighbor kids brave enough to pedal cookies and magazine subscriptions in spite of the sign, was a testament, perhaps, to some residual soft spot in his heart that endured. 

Even so, he knew that people talked about him and, frankly, he had trouble accounting for their fascination. Short, curt, bespectacled, he courted an ethos that favored enforced detachment. When people got close enough to hear him speak, they detected a trace of an accent. Now faded after years of U.S. residency, his speech still bore the unmistakable patterns of someone undeniably foreign. Elaborate, overwrought and heavy on the adverbs, he spoke very much like his neighbors. Yet the distance between them was incalculable…

About the Author 

A.B. Funkhauser is a funeral director, classic car nut and wildlife enthusiast living in Ontario, Canada. Like most funeral directors, she is governed by a strong sense of altruism fueled by the belief that life chooses us and we not it.

“Were it not for the calling, I would have just as likely remained an office assistant shuffling files around, and would have been happy doing so.”

Life had another plan. After a long day at the funeral home in the waning months of winter 2010, she looked down the long hall joining the director’s office to the back door leading three steps up and out into the parking lot. At that moment a thought occurred: What if a slightly life-challenged mortician tripped over her man shoes and landed squarely on her posterior, only to learn that someone she once knew and cared about had died, and that she was next on the staff roster to care for his remains?

Like funeral directing, the writing called, and four years and several drafts later, Heuer Lost and Found was born.

What’s a Heuer? Beyond a word rhyming with “lawyer,” Heuer the lawyer is a man conflicted. Complex, layered, and very dead, he counts on the ministrations of the funeral director to set him free. A labor of love and a quintessential muse, Heuer has gone on to inspire four other full length works and over a dozen short stories.

“To my husband John and my children Adam and Melina, I owe thanks for the encouragement, the support, and the belief that what I was doing was as important as anything I’ve tackled before at work or in art.”

Funkhauser is currently working on a new manuscript begun in November during NaNoWriMo 2014.

You can find out loads more about A.B. here:

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“The macabre black comedy Heuer Lost And Found, written by A.B. Funkhauser, is definitely a different sort of book! You will enjoy this book with its mixture of horror and humour.”
—Diana Harrison, Author ALWAYS AND FOREVER 

“This beautifully written, quirky, sad, but also often humorous story of Heuer and Enid gives us a glimpse into the fascinating, closed world of the funeral director.”
—Yvonne Hess, Charter Member, The Brooklin 7 

“The book runs the gamut of emotions. One minute you want to cry for the characters, the next you are uncontrollably laughing out loud, and your husband is looking at you like you lost your mind, at least mine did.”

“The writing style is racy with no words wasted.”

“For a story centered around death, it is full of life.”

“Like Breaking Bad’s Walter White, Heuer is not a likeable man, but I somehow found myself rooting for him. A strange, complicated character.”
—Kasey Balko, Pickering, Ontario

Raw, clever, organic, intriguing and morbid at the same … breathing life and laughter into a world of death.
—Josie Montano, Author VEILED SECRETS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Author Spotlight - Raegyn Perry

Welcome Raegyn Perry today whose sweet smile and huge heart are both reflective of her newest work, 
Lavender Fields

“All I can tell you is this. When love is right, it’s true.
When it’s true, it’s forever.”

Torrential rain spikes. A scream pierces the dark night followed by
shattered glass and a wash of blood.

The haunting dream came upon Greye yet again as it had in years past. It was a nightmare a child could never fully comprehend, and remained as unsettling as an adult. Always set in a faraway place and time; yet there was something more. Under its surface hinted at an unknown that should somehow be familiar. It was like an ending that wasn’t quite finished.

Author Bio

Raegyn (pronounced Reagan) Perry is thrilled to share her debut novel, Lavender Fields, with readers. This is the first book in the Eternal Journey Series. It asks the question:

'What if love found the right people at the wrong time?'

With the inspiration coming from a true family story, and having found the uninhibited time to write, a story was born.

When not writing, Raegyn is perfectly content curled up with a good book, TV binge watching, or on a fun travel adventure. Also, anyone who knows her knows she loves to dance (a lot!) wherever and whenever possible!

How would she describe Lavender Fields? 

It’s a paranormal romance that centers around reincarnation; so it’s basically two romances! The story is funny, sexy, dark, and raw while being twisted, mysterious, and still somehow romantic.

Raegyn believes readers can connect with her lovers, Connor and Greye, on a few levels. It has the elements of the classic love story: boy meets & gets girl, but it also tackles some real and uncomfortable issues, while introducing characters that anyone can relate to, root for, or despise altogether! Then, throw some odd clues with a helping of paranormal in, and you have a unique take on a timeless aspect of romance. The author hopes so anyway!

After Raegyn completes the Eternal Journey Series, she hopes to begin work on another series, which readers can actually catch a glimpse of first within the pages of Lavender Fields

The beautiful Pacific Northwest state of Washington has been home since 2001. She has one grown son whom she adores. Raegyn is currently working on the second book in the series, Cypress Groves (working title), and will be investigating options to maybe get her full length stage play produced in the area.

You can check out Raegyn at:


Affiliations: PNWA (Pacific NW Writers Association)
Publisher: Solstice Publishing/Summer Solstice

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Read My Interview with Bernard Foong - loving these chats woohooo!!!

Author: (Preferred pen-name) – Simone Salmon
Your latest/current work: Camille and the Bears of Beisa – Drafnel
Date: 8-28-15
Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Young: Tell us about your Latest Book/Book about to be released? Release Date? And can you give us a teaser?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Destroying Young Minds

I realized yesterday that after all the years of schooling and practical experience, I know nothing. Everything I have learned is based on someone else's experience. We are taught that 1+1=2, but now we are learning that this sum may in fact equal 3. These interpretations are someone else's experience of this equation. What if my experience tells me otherwise? Does that negate the theory or do we all continue with the rationale of what has been touted as a mathematical proof in millions of textbooks for centuries. 

Status quo discourages independent thinking. Children are considered rebellious and disruptive when they become bored with the norm. They are medicated, sometimes held back a grade or placed in "special ed" classes  to subdue their natural free flowing objectivity. Whenever there is refusal to accept the entrenched academic standards the problem is never with the system, but with the person pointing out the imperfections or acting out because of the lack of interest. 

Through experiential learning I have come to realize there are other dimensions of reality. I believe this fact was known to me as a child, but the cultural route to academia interfered with my ability to explore and make use of that knowledge. The same limitations continue to dictate the genius of our youth. Creativity, innovation and intelligence are diminished capacities curtailed and marginalized in favor of institutionalized learning. The harm is obvious: there has been no true renaissance for centuries only regurgitation of established principles and intermittent speckles of brilliance throughout the disciplines. 

My son creates music. His lyrics are explicit, but I choose to see past the profanity. There is magic in his ability to put words to notes that have never been written or heard before. This is a special talent that only a few are courageous to pursue then master. What if he listened to the naysayers or those critical of the content? Think of the lasting damage to his creative expression. 

Unless we free ourselves of the insatiable egoic centers of exclusion which inexplicably imprints antiquated methodologies in youthful minds to ultimately determine their livelihood, we will continue to be deprived of incredible ingenuity outside of the current realm of possibility.  There is considerable potential beyond our five-sensory applications demanding non-traditional, innovative, evolutive constructs of expansion and cultivation which remain untapped and unexplored.

How will we commit to revolutionizing our archaic controls of education to foster enlightened approaches for thinking and learning? 

Join me in discovering the alternatives.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Origisims - Creativity

creativity is the uncensored expression 
of the soul

Simone Salmon, Author and Seeker

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Review: Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror

Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror by Eden Royce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved Eden Royce's collection of short stories. Her prolific writing style held me captive from the first page. Each story reminded me of the old Twilight Zone series flavored with people of color and that book cover really does not disappoint. This is a memorable conjuring of back-home hush hush magic that is quite simply terrifying and truly spooky. You know, those old-school obeah or voodoo tales which disrupted your sleep so much the lights stayed on all night long - yeah that kinda scary. Most intriguing is that each story's weirdness tapped into different elements of fear.

There were many instances where I wanted to learn more about Ms. Royce's unique characters, their environments, and history. The creative content is intelligent and I found myself re-reading the prose because the literary constructs had such surreal and inspiring elements. I love when a writer's play on words has me questioning my ability to evoke similar emotional distortions and connections. Eden Royce's writing did that for me. I hope the author plans to convert this into a novel at some point - it's really that well-written and deserving.

I look forward to reading more from this author.

Note: I received a free review copy for a fair and honest assessment.

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Author Simone Salmon’s unbridled enthusiasm for EVERYTHING leaps off the page. Whether in her debut novel CAMILLE AND THE BEARS OF BEISA-DRAFNEL or in a simple print interview, she goes, grows and thinks OUT LOUD. See for yourself!

Welcome, Simone!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Southern Writers - Suite T: What’s at Stake in Your Novel?

Check out this great blog post.

Southern Writers - Suite T: What’s at Stake in Your Novel?: By Beth K. Vogt Do you know what’s at stake in your novel? No matter what type of story you write – romance, suspense, fantas...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Out of control characters: Spotlight on Simone Salmon!

 Checkout out K.C. Sprayberry's blog today as she spotlights yours truly - wooohooo!!

Out of control characters: Spotlight on Simone Salmon!: Years of deception and suppressed trauma do not prevent secrets from unraveling when parallel worlds clash, intertwining fami...

Friday, September 4, 2015

Guest Author - Heidi Mason, Author of Investigating the Heart

A hearty welcome to Solstice author, Heidi Mason, whose novel, Investigating the Heart, is available for readers today. Heidi's creation is a spice-filled steamy romance mixed in with some serious mystery. Make sure you check it out!

After the death of her husband in a plane crash, Emma McCoy, a single mom of three, has given up on love. When she meets Liam O’Reilly, an FBI agent who is new in town, the chemistry is immediate. Emma tries to keep her distance, but Liam is determined to win her over. As the two navigate their feelings, Emma’s resolve begins to crumble. What Emma doesn’t know is that Liam is connected to her past in a way that she could never have imagined, and this connection could put their future in jeopardy. In the small town of Beckland, Ohio, danger is the last thing that Emma expects. However, since Liam’s arrival, it seems like peril is waiting around every corner.


Heidi Renee Mason always knew she would be an author. Heidi is passionate about writing, and writes fiction, as well as poetry. In her spare time, Heidi enjoys music, genealogy, all things Celtic, and chick flicks. 

A native of the Midwest, Heidi now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three daughters. Investigating the Heart is Heidi’s debut novel. 

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HEIDI'S TWITTER: @heidireneemason

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cover Reveal - The Beach House by Deborah Melanie

What could possibly happen when two work colleagues meet moonlight, champagne and the sound of the surf at a magical beach house? 

London solicitors Raine and Greg are working in California for a month. It could be the perfect opportunity for shy Raine to finally come clean about her attraction towards her colleague. Enigmatic Greg is the perfect English gentleman and a conscientious solicitor. Can a new and sensual environment open up a whole new world for them both?

The Beach House Excerpt

A gentle breeze shimmered through the curtains, the sheer fabric swaying with grace across the open French doors. The sounds of the ocean followed the breeze into the room, bringing the summer’s evening closer to the couple in the beach house. Outside, the moon cast its silver glow onto the shore below. Raine smiled. She loved the London skyline, but these Californian evenings were a beautiful sight to behold. Walking back across the lounge room towards her companion, she felt relaxed. Champagne and a good-looking man could do that for a girl. Greg Harper looked more than relaxed; his arm lay along the back of the sofa, his crisp white shirt unbuttoned a little more than earlier in the evening, his long legs stretched out in front of him. She found it hard to recall a time when she'd seen him look more handsome. Perhaps it was the beach house; perhaps it was the evening. Perhaps it was the man himself.  Placing their wine glasses on the coffee table, she caught Greg scanning her cleavage. She sat down next to him, a small smile playing on her lips. At last she, too, could relax. Crossing her legs, she sighed. The sensation of stockings whispering against her thighs sent a shiver down her spine. She wondered if he sensed the same anticipation, the same level of heat. On the surface, her companion appeared to be the very essence of the calm and collected work colleague he always was. To Raine, there were no outward signs Greg wanted her. Nevertheless, he had agreed to share a taxi and a nightcap with her. Wasn’t that enough to give a girl hope? Four solicitors from their London law firm had been sent to California for the month, each of them accommodated in the finest beach houses their firm could rent. Though Greg was not her nearest neighbor, it still made relative sense for them to return home together.   As Raine leant forward to reach for her glass, she felt his hand touch her own gently. “Let’s not waste time sipping wine and indulging in polite conversation, Raine. We spent the whole evening doing that. Law firm dinners aren’t my idea of a good time, even if they are hosted in fabulous style. But you, however…   I know why you asked me here. I know you’ve been looking for the perfect excuse.”

The Beach House will be released by Solstice Publishing on September 1st 2015.

Cover art for The Beach House by Deborah Melanie.

About the Author

Deborah Melanie is the wife of a retired, semi-professional footballer. She is a mother, cat lover, designer, reviewer, and published author. Deborah writes stories describing life in England, with a backdrop of rolling hills and beautiful landscapes. She loves to write about small market towns and close-knit communities. Her stories are contemporary; often combining her interests in the paranormal, comedy, and food. Deborah enjoys writing both sweet and erotic romance.   

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