Author Bernard Young is here

It’s been awhile since anyone has stopped by, but do I have a real treat for you today!

My friend and fellow Solstice author, Bernard Young  has finally been able to be here to chat. Talk about a personality! Bernard is one of those rare finds, who once you meet and get to know them, you’re changed forever in a wondrous way.

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Let’s get started shall we?

Hello there Bernard. So glad you stopped by. The air feels tingly and charged. I believe it has something to do with you my friend! You have a unique trilogy of books out published by Solstice Publishing. What are they called?

A Harem Boy’s Saga – Book I – Initiation (a memoir by Young)

          A Harem Boy’s Saga – Book II – Unbridled (sequel)

          A Harem Boy’s Saga – Book III – Debauchery (triquel)

I have to admit, I don’t begin to know anything about harem’s except for what has been depicted in movies. The subtitles indicate some intense sensuality is to be expected. What is the genre of these books?

Autobiography/memoir

Wait, what? I just want to be sure I’m understanding right. So, the inspiration for this story, and the incredible cover by the way, came from…………..

My Life

Wow! I mentioned unique didn’t I? Okay, so I have a feeling, what I think I know about harem’s (from the movies), most likely PALES in comparison to a real life experience. My interest is piqued. I have to know more. What is this story about?

This provocative story is about a young man who was initiated into a clandestine sexual society. He was spirited to the Middle East, from his UK boarding school. He attended the Bahriji School (Oasis,) in The United Arab Emirates in preparation for serving in Harems for the wealthy and elite.

 It is also a love story between the young man and his ‘Valet’ who served as his chaperone and mentor during the boy’s Harem service.

 I had a privileged and unique upbringing in Malaysia, where I was known as a “sissy boy.” Following in my brothers’ footsteps, I was sent to an exclusive boarding school in England. It is there that I was inducted into a clandestine organization, E.R.O.S. The Enlightened Royal Oracle Society. For four years, unbeknownst to my family, I was willingly and happily part of a Harem.

My story has been kept under wraps for close to 45 years. The correct moment has arrived for me to make known my unique education.

Unique educations seems like an understatement! You lived in a REAL ROYAL HAREM! I’ll get to asking about an excerpt, but we are in fact writers. I can’t imagine writing this recollection of your life was always easy. What Bernard, is your ‘go to’ mantra or quote that gets you through the sometimes daunting task of writing?

The 3Ps: Perseverance, Patience & Persistence.

If Hollywood were to cast your books into movies, who would you see as your ‘dream’ cast?

 The perfect director : Ang Lee

Nice choice. What about the rest of the cast?

It’ll have to be an entire new cast of actors because my memoirs are extremely unique.

Understandable. I would imagine they’d have their work cut out for them, but anyone cast would be honored telling your story.

Next, for some, myself included, a song sneaks into your head while writing and sometimes helps a scene or storyline progress. Do you listen to music while you write?

No! I write in perfect silence. This way, I have a clear perception/idea of what I’m writing without distraction.

Ok, so no writing music. What about dancing? I always ask my guests, because I LOVE to dance, anywhere/anytime. Are you a dancer by chance?

Love to dance. I do Zumba and Barre exercises regularly.

Yay! That’s what I’m talking about. Good for you. Staying healthy and happy at the same time.

Dare I ask, but I will-If you had to name just one, what would your guilty pleasure be?

Chocolates

I am a huge fan as well of the occasional sweet treat. Who am I kidding, I can eat my weight in Lindt chocolate! (talking to you ‘Hello My Name is Salted Caramel’) stupid, delicious…. Sorry I digress.

Speaking of fans, now is the time you may want one nearby.

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WARNING: Content in italics is explicit, suggestive, and contains a very descriptive, consensual adult scenario.

Here’s an excerpt from Harem Boy Saga: Book 1 Initiation

Initiation (A Harem Boy's Saga) (Volume 1): Young: 9781625260734 ...

Celebration of Love

It was close to midnight when I walked to my room. Nikee was still at the celebration, dancing the night away and chatting up the female students from Hattonfield Abbey. I wanted some solitude and a chance to catch a breath of fresh, night air. It was hot and stuffy inside the Hall; I wanted to chill on my own for a while. It was the dead of winter and the night sky was beautifully lit by a full moon. Although the air was slightly chilly, it wasn’t damp or cold like England usually is during the winter and early spring months. Maybe I had danced too vigorously, but coming out of the heated Hall into the refreshing night air was such a wonderful relief. It was one of those rare evenings on which peace, calmness and serenity reigned supreme. The gods had created the midnight sky with such brilliance and beauty that it seemed a shame to retire to the four walls of my dorm room. I decided to continue walking towards the boathouse by Swan Lake where I sat quietly, drinking in the enchantment of the evening.

I sat on the wooden pier absorbing the beauty that surrounded me. My mind couldn’t resist wondering what my future had in store. Deep in concentration, I felt a hand touch me on my shoulder. Turning around, I found Nikee standing behind me. Surprised to see him, I asked why he had left the party and how he knew I was by the boathouse. He did not reply to any of my questions. Instead, he lifted his index finger to my lips, indicating that he wished for me to be quiet. I kept still; he did not utter a word. Kneeling beside me, he turned my head towards him and kissed me, full on my lips.

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Cold Weather, Cozy Read

Next week, I’ll have some cool new visitors stopping by, but in the meantime…

The skies are grey, getting darker earlier, while the temperatures and fierce winds are beyond bone-chilling. Days like this, all I want to do is get  comfy  by the fire, (complete with pajama socks & blanket),  and escape for a bit within the pages of a good book. Not to be missed is a steaming cup of hot cocoa, hot tea, or one of my favorites-hot toddy!

Sounds perfect doesn’t it? If not for you, then surely someone you know would love to indulge in that scenario, right?

Question is, which good book though? See, I can help you there.

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Eternal Journey Series Book 1-Lavender Fields

Ok, you got me. Yes, this is my very own book, Lavender Fields. In its pages are romance, humor, steamy sex, and an incredible past life weaved together for an unforgettable story. There is drama, graphic imagery, and beautiful landscapes.There are characters to love, admire, and root for, as well as characters to question, loathe and fear.

Whether you’re looking for your next good read, or shopping for a gift for that special someone, Lavender Fields will deliver a story that’s not easy to put down. Here’s just what one reader had to say:

***** (5 Stars)

Lavender Fields is a multilayered story that captures the reader’s attention. My first criteria for a good book is do I care about the characters. Greye and Connor have the protagonist likability factors. As their love story unfolds we are given glimpses into an underlying drama. Just a hint of foreshadowing and coincidence that move the story along beautifully. One particular scene is so unique that I have never experienced it in literature (and no, I am not describing it because that would spoil the impact of it. ) I enthusiastically recommend this book and am looking forward to the next installment in the trilogy. Great work, Raegyn Perry! ~Linda R.

Lavender Fields asks –

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

 

Where to buy! eBook and Paperback available

Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/Lavender-Fields-Eternal-Journey-Book-ebook/dp/B015NC4D8E

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lavender-fields-raegyn-perry/1122711459?ean=9781625262790

 

Stop by on Monday, when the lovely ‘Beloved’ author, Sara St. John visits!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Concert, A Signing, and A Play

A lot has been going on over the past week, and rather than writing three separate posts, I’ll just share it all here.

A Concert Weekend:

Friday, my good buddy Jeanne and I headed down to Portland to attend one of our favorite musicians in concert-Glen Hansard.

If you’ve never heard of him, Google him right now. He’s the front man for a long-time Irish band called the Frames, and he was the ‘guy’ in the indie Irish movie, ‘Once’. (of which the song he wrote, Falling Slowly, won an Academy award!)

Anyway, he’s doing his solo ‘Didn’t he Ramble’ tour, and it seems cliché, but it was such a magical experience. His voice, stage presence, showmanship, consideration and genuine Irish-ness made for a fantastic night. At the stage door,  he mentioned his throat was a bit sore, so I gave him a couple lozenges. That’s just the type of fan I am. I take care of my musical geniuses!

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We then headed back to Seattle, to see him again perform at the Moore! Still amazing!

Now, on to me!  🙂

I’m over the moon about my very first ever book signing! If you live anywhere near Bellevue, Washington-stop by and say hello! It’s a 15 author book signing event just in time for the holidays. There’ll be books galore and prizes to be given away. Here’s the promo piece.

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Then there’s the play I wrote years ago. It’s called Daisy Juice, and it’s a drama about fate, choices, family and consequences. It’s had a couple of private readings, along with being submitted a couple of times, even as recent as this year. It has still not been produced yet, and I’m still hoping to change that.

An incredibly talented and dear friend of mine, Micki Selvitella, has collaborated with me in putting together a production proposal for a playhouse in Portland, Oregon. I’ll keep you posted on what happens. It’s a prospect I’m excited about pursuing! Until next time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Reincarnation- A past life remembered

Ok, I’m going to touch on a subject that can be controversial, but is relevant to me as a writer. Many people have an opinion on this, and I do welcome your thoughts here.

REINCARNATION- as most commonly defined is, the belief that one has lived and experienced a former or past life (single or multiple) before this one.

This is a topic that has been researched, written about, and debated for years. In researching for my romance story, Lavender Fields, I found the idea of reincarnation fascinating. One of the many data studies I looked into was the work of Dr. Ian Stevenson, (Google him!) who had interesting findings, and very strong thoughts on the matter.

There is the approach of studying cases of reincarnation through the process of hypnosis, which is allowing a person to regress in their mind to find snippets of memories of a previous life.

There is also much debate that though hypnosis is somewhat reliable for research, isn’t an end all be all validation of the stories given.

What, for me at least, was compelling was the many documented stories of young children. These were children who could recall being other people in other times, and places without the use of hypnosis. Coaching, grooming? I thought about that as well. For arguments sake, I’m going to go with the assumption that these children were NOT given pre-conceived ideas or creative license in their recollections.

In the study and studies conducted by many scientists and other in the field found the following to be most useful in concluding these stories to have validity.

*Children would recognize, or be able to describe in vivid detail homes, neighborhoods, or locations they have never visited. Some of these places through the years have existed, though changed considerably from the remembered time frame.

*Children would recognize still living friends or family members from the previous life. With detailed and verifiable knowledge of the person’s life they remembered being.

*Children could at times recall the manner in which they died, which lent speculation regarding current birth marks and birth defects that correlated with the wounds or traits of the person from the previous life.

Dr. Stevenson had the theory that although a child may not have conscious memories, their interests, aptitudes and phobias may have formed by experiences they may have forgotten. He also concluded that human personalities may not completely be the product of genetic material inherited as well as pre and post-natal environment.

Stevenson, I believe, through articles and interviews given that he felt many things could not always be explained by genetics, such as:

*Early childhood phobias, as well as the remarkable and somewhat spontaneous abilities a child would develop.

*Children who could speak other languages that weren’t part of their immediate familial culture.

*Children convinced they were the of the wrong sex (I know this area has been discussed without reincarnation even being a consideration)

I could go on and on about the studies, and research and findings. There is much to discuss and argue about when it comes to this subject, one which I won’t touch, being religion. Not going there.

For my romance, Lavender Fields, I simply wanted my lovers of the past to get another shot at love. Set in a time when their love was taboo, and severely punishable, it took finding each other again through reincarnation to have another chance to be together.

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

Whatever your views are regarding reincarnation, I simply found it to be a unique phenomenon that would make for an interesting take in a contemporary romance story.

A love even time cannot deny.

Three book blog tour stops in one day!

For the past week, I’ve been spotlighted, interviewed or featured on various blog sites centered on readers and sharing new books to check out. Today (Monday) rounds out the end of my week long online book blog tour through Bewitching Book Tours. My last three stops are:

3 Partners in Shopping  

Creatively Green 

Deal Sharing Aunt

Stop by these three great sites to see how they spread the word about great new reads. I’m honored to be featured on them.

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