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Title: Going and Coming (The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures #1)
Author: Christopher Stone
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, Mystery
At forty, Dr. Minnow Saint James, “Minn” to his friends, is a gay, metaphysical sleuth who, through Past Life Regression therapy, spans time, space, dimensions, and the entirety of God’s Creation, to discover the past, or future, life origins of his patient’s most challenging present day problems.
But Minn is also a bestselling nonfiction author. His book, In a Past Life, I…. is an international publishing sensation.
Going and Coming is the story of how Dr. Minnow Saint James became the person he is today.
In chapters that alternate between 2007-2008, and 2015-2016, we learn exactly how “Minn” transitioned from an atheist who is a slave to his five physical senses, into a professional metaphysician with a true belief in the Divine Mind we call God.
Readers may find themselves mesmerized as Dr. Saint James hypnotically regresses Ramona Burford, a student volunteer at the UCLA’s Parapsychology Lab, to a past life where, she describes everything that happens from a person’s physical death in one life, until they are reincarnated in a new body. Many readers will be surprised to learn that Pearly Gates, Judgment, Heaven and Hell, have nothing to do with what really happens.
In addition to reincarnation and the eternal nature of the personality, readers, along with “Minn,” explore metaphysical concepts including Simultaneous Time, and the erroneous physical beliefs in sickness, sin, and death.
Along the way, Going and Coming may just shatter your strongest beliefs about the very nature of reality.
The dictionary defines kleptomania thusly: “an irresistible urge to steal, stemming from emotional disturbance rather than economic need.”
In my just published novel, Going and Coming: The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Mysteries, Book One, Dr. Minnow (Minn) Saint James’s kleptomania is simply one of several personal wrinkles in his own life that the good doctor refuses to examine even as he scrupulously scrutinizes the personal challenges of other in his role as America’s premier past life regression therapist.
In his own words, Minn explains this quirk:
“I most certainly prayed that Clancy was oblivious to my angst. It wouldn’t do for my new friend to know her casual birds of a feather comment had made me come undone. If Clancy doesn’t assume the both of us are gay, then what?
“Maybe she saw me pilfer something. Impossible! We’d only met this morning. Is Clancy also a kleptomaniac? And why do I feel better thinking she may know we are both thieves rather than believing she knows we are both homosexuals?
“My kleptomania: it began when, at age five, I saw a gleaming rhinestone bracelet on Auntie Diana’s living room floor. Instead of returning the bracelet to her, I had slipped it into my pocket.
“I can’t explain why. I didn’t fancy wearing the bracelet; nor did I think about selling it for pocket money. Still I was compelled to steal auntie’s recovered jewelry, and I have acted upon that mysterious impulse many times since then.
“I see something small, bright, and shiny, and I must have it, no matter to whom it belongs. Hell, I’ve even swiped things from Mother.
“And why haven’t I sought treatment for this disorder? I told you earlier, I’m not prone to self-analysis. Just call me poster boy for “Therapist, heal thyself.
“In the moment this therapist was jonesing for the gold lighter on the table beside Clancy’s Camels pack. It looked like the one I had admired in the Beverly Hills window of Tiffany & Co. Gleaming gold in the sunshine; the thing seemed to wink at me.”
Emotional disorders are seldom, if ever, rooted in logic. Not only did Minn lack a financial need for the bracelet he stole, for him it was of no practical use. As he said, there was no desire to wear the jewelry. And the shiny gold cigarette lighter – the one that belongs to Clancy but beckons Minn with a wink – well, Dr. Saint James doesn’t smoke. So, again, the alluring trinket has no practical use in his life.
What does Minn do with the stolen geegaws? Where and how does he stash them? Again, let the good doctor explain in his own words:
“The larger bedroom, ah – I had a better use for it than sleeping. Although it also serves as my home office, I have come to think of that bedroom as the Treasure Room. I keep my treasures there: the bright and shiny delights that I swipe from others. Clancy’s shimmering gold Tiffany lighter is about to become its newest addition.
“As ever, I will search the room for the perfect place to showcase my pilfered prize. Once the ideal location for an item was found, I frequently gilded the golden lily by placing it upon a small, wooden display stand. I buy these in multiples at the local crafts store.”
If Dr. Minnow Saint James continues on the road of a personal life unexamined, he may never seek treatment for kleptomania.
Maybe that’s as it should be. Minn’s kleptomania is just one more aspect of the good doctor that makes for compelling reading in Going and Coming.
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About the Author
Born in Bronx, New York, and raised in Fresno, California, Christopher Stone’s early years were dominated by school, watching television and motion pictures, bicycling, skating, and reading avidly. Summers were spent swimming, and doing whatever it took to survive the oppressive San Joaquin Valley heat. But he also remembers fondly the yearly summer trips to New York, to visit family and friends – and to see Broadway shows.
Christopher left Fresno, for Hollywood, California, during his college years after being accepted into the Writers Guild of America’s Open Door Program, a two-year, scholarship, training ground for aspiring screen and television writers. As it happened, rather than a teleplay or screenwriting gig, his first professional writing job was in journalism – as the Los Angeles Editor for Stage Door, at that time, Canada’s equivalent of the U.S. entertainment trade weekly, Variety.
Christopher would later use his Writers Guild of America training to co-author and sell the original screenplay, The Living Legend, with Jon Mercedes III, to the Erin Organization, and later, and also with Mercedes, to write two seasons of The Party Game, a Canadian TV game show.
As a young freelance entertainment journalist, he contributed to many Los Angeles-based publications, among them The Advocate, for which he wrote a breezy film column, “Reeling ‘Round,” and the Los Angeles Free Press. During this time, he became a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
Christopher dipped his toes into the world of motion picture advertising and publicity, as assistant to the West Coast Director of Advertising and Publicity for Cinerama Releasing Corporation, in Beverly Hills. At the same time, he also did special advertising and publicity projects for 20th Century-Fox. Christopher went on to become an Account Executive for David Wallace & Company, a public relations firm specializing in entertainment accounts – and located on West Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip.
Returning to his first love, writing, Christopher became a full time freelance contributor to national consumer publications including Us, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, McCall’s, In Cinema, and The National Enquirer, among others. Many of his stories were syndicated worldwide by the New York Times Syndication Corp.
Another important area of endeavor for Christopher Stone was Re-Creating Your Self. A Blueprint for Personal Change that he first developed for himself, the journalist went on to teach the principles and processes of Re-Creating Your Self to others – first, in private sessions, later, in workshops and seminars, and, finally, for California State University Extended Education. Eventually, one of his students suggested he write a book version.
Re-Creating Your Self was first published in hardcover by Metamorphous Press, and subsequently published in a trade paperback edition by Hay House. It has since been published in Spanish, Swedish and Hebrew language editions.
When not writing, Christopher used his longtime interest in, and study of, metaphysics, to teach meditation and psychic development classes – first in Beverly Hills, then later, in Manhattan Beach.
He went on to co-author, with Mary Sheldon, four novellas for a Japanese educational publisher, and then, also with Mary Sheldon, the highly successful The Meditation Journal trilogy of hardcover books. Subsequently, he returned to journalism, this time, contributing hundreds of print and online entertainment features, columns and reviews to magazines and websites. For eight years, Christopher was the Box-office Columnist for MatchFlick.com, a popular online motion picture site.
In his private life, Christopher Stone met David M. Stoebner on May 17, 1994, and they have been together ever since. In 2008, they were married in Los Angeles.
They share a home with their three pets in Coastal Los Angeles County.
In 2013, Christopher’s pet project has been transforming their rarely used kitchen table area into a killer, retro 1950s Diner Nook, complete with a 1952 Seeburg Table Top jukebox, a neon diner sign, and a malt machine.
Christopher’s first novel, Frame of Reference was e and print published, in fall 2012, by MLR Press. A short story, Sweet Homo Alabama was published by MLR Press, December 19, 2012.
Stone spent much of 2013 writing Frame of Reference 2: The Dark Side of Stardom, a sequel novel to Frame of Reference, as well as, Abracadabra, and a short story, published at Halloween. But the indefatigable scribe also found time to contribute weekly reviews, columns and interviews to Queer Town Abbey.
On December 11, 2015, Christopher will introduce readers to the Past Life Regression therapist, Dr. Minnow Saint James, the subject of his new series, The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures, in the Christmas short story, Shaking the Holiday Blues Away, MLR Press. Going and Coming: The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures, Book 1, will be released by MLR Press, January 22, 2016.
Where to find the author:
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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/12208025-christopher-stone
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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