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Elaine Edelson is an internationally recognized intuitive channel and astrologer. As former host of her own radio show, Manifest Change Now, she interviewed global new-thought leaders and innovators. Elaine is the author of the non-fiction book, “Minutes to Manifesting” and creator of “The Bodhi System: Minutes to Intuitive Mastery.” She was also the spiritual advisor to the feature film, “Sedona,” starring Francis Fisher.

Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Elaine’s gift for gab and storytelling was fostered while sitting around the dinner table eating Greek cooking with her family. At the age of eight, she won the 1968 women’s Olympic figure skating competition…in her mind (she actually believed she won a gold medal alongside Peggy Fleming.)

Elaine lives among the glorious red rocks of Sedona, Arizona with her adoring husband, brilliant daughter, and eccentric toy poodle.  Aries Fire is her first historical fiction novel. The first of many.


What was the inspiration behind writing “Aries Fire”?

ELAINE: The inception for Aries Fire came to light one day while having lunch with a friend. My friend happened to BE an Aries–and a writer, too. I told her I wanted to write a series of books and dedicate each book to each of the astrological signs.

She whipped out a pen and paper and we started to map them out. I really had no idea where to start, even though I had the seed for the series. What time period would I place the novels? Who were the characters? Would I tie the books together? What genre would I choose?


Then my friend took me to a local bookstore and bought me the three books in Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series. These were Diana’s only books at the time.  I devoured them. And ‘Poof!’ There it was! Proof that a series was exciting and doable. Reading Diana’s books gave me permission, in a sense, to follow through with my books.

As ususal, life took over and I got busy working on my spiritual and intuitive counseling business. I was also in the midst of getting married and planning my wedding.

Two years flew by. I still hadn’t started the book. One day I was invited to a dear friend’s 50th birthday. One of the party favors was a 12” ruler, and on the ruler was printed a timeline depicting famous women in history.

I was suddenly reignited and inspired to really start writing. When I got home after the party, I opened up google and did a search for ‘famous women in history’. I thought that research would be a laborious thing, but I was oh so mistaken! The first woman to pop up on the net was Hypatia of Alexandria, 415 AD. There was little information on her, but what I did uncover was fascinating.  Astronomer, philosopher, mathematician, spiritualist, outspoken against the Roman Catholic Church, and woman’s advocate—she was all of these things. A woman definitely ahead of her time.

Hypatia’s unfortunate and violent death sparked the starting point for the book. I grabbed a notebook and wrote down some story ideas and a brief outline.

How long did it take you to write “Aries Fire” ?

ELAINE: Did I write the entire book after that? Of course not! I got pregnant and was thrown into a world of sleep deprivation and hormonal craziness. After a few years,  I uncovered my skimpy outline and began to write a bit here and there. Truthfully, I originally thought that this book would take about four months to write. I’m sure I could have written it in four months if I didn’t keep distracting myself (oh how I can self-distract!) Ten years later, (cringe), I was fully underway with the book.

But why did it take so darn long?

In my spiritual counseling business, I’m dedicated to helping others move past their resistance, fears, and creative blocks. It was time to eat my own cooking.  So I dove right in and literally ‘worked’ on myself.

What was stopping me from writing if it was such a desire, such a passion? Finally getting to the core of it I realized that writing felt like a luxury to me, a reward for working hard in other areas of my life. Wow. Mind blower. So as a result, I kept setting up mental blocks to writing based on a ‘work-reward’ system. What I set up for myself was, “If I do ‘x’ number of counseling sessions and earned ‘x’ amount of money, I’m allowed to sit down and write.

The human psyche is simultaneously fragile and powerful. It sets up its own rules for behavior. I had an unconscious dangling carrot in front of me akin to the luxury of writing. “Do your work Elaine and I’ll let you sit down and write some cool scenes…”

Well! Soon after that realization, I got over myself and gave myself full permission to write whenever the hell I wanted! Talk about Aries Fire!

I wrote 5 days a week (joy!) and finished the book in 6 months. 

Where do you write?

ELAINE: I write in my home office. Sometimes, I’ll get antsy and move around the house, but mostly when I sit down to write I stay there until I see the scene through.

Do you complete a detailed plot or have a rough idea and let it develop as you write?

ELAINE: I’ve learned the importance of having certain beats for the storyline. It isn’t exactly a detailed plot, but it comes close. What I find is once I get started, the story takes over and begins to write itself. (Oh, lucky me!) Whenever I get ‘stuck’ I put on music of the era I’m writing about and I’m suddenly transported and the scene shows up in my head. For example, I researched certain instruments for ‘Aries Fire’ that were played in the 5th century and found a few artists that played those instruments or sang in Croatian or Hungarian chants that inspired me greatly.

What piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writers?

ELAINE: Instead of thinking, “How will I get this published? How do I get an agent? Will I make any money?” Put your thoughts on the JOY of getting lost in your story. When you give yourself over to your passion, you get out of your own way and allow the Cosmos to intervene in the most appropriate way! (Ask me how I know!) TRUST your vision. Then when it’s time to do some market research about your story, give the book to a networking group, friends (but not the ones who’ll love everything you do) and ask for HONEST FEEDBACK–Is the story slow? Does it hold your interest? What stops you from reading it? Does it make sense?–then LISTEN to CONSISTENT feedback. You’ll hear lots of suggestions, but the comments that are similar need attention.

Is there a book that really inspired you?

ELAINE: So many! Here are but a few: ‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts, ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Seabold,  ‘City of Thieves’ by David Benioff, Niffenegger’s ‘Time Travelers Wife’, ‘The Mists of Avalon’ by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and ‘The Physician’ by Noah Gordon. “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett, “Shogun” by James Clavell. And of course, Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series.

What are you currently reading?

ELAINE: Right now I’m reading George RR Martin’s ‘Game of Throne’ series. On the last book…Whew. Then I’ll be reading Patrick Rothfuss’ ‘The Name of the Wind.’

When reading do you prefer hardbacks, paperbacks or ebooks?

ELAINE: I do prefer to hold a book, hard or paper. It’s the smell of the paper and the ink that transports me. But I also own a Nook and read my books that way when I travel. Very convenient!

What are the benefits of self-publishing?

ELAINE:The advantage of digital publishing (or print on demand) in this changing world of publishing is almost immediate. Within 30 days you get paid. With a regular publisher you have to wait up to a year. You also get paid 50 to 70% more than with a traditional brick n’ mortar publisher. Plus you have total control. Whether you self-publish or get picked up by a publisher, you do most of the marketing. So you may as well call the shots. Unless, that is, you choose to spend a lot of money by hiring a publicist, for website SEO, PPC, Adwords, advertising, social media marketing, networking, setting up live events. With self-publishing, you also control where your marketing dollars are best spent.

Is there any aspect of self-publishing that you don’t like?

ELAINE:In the beginning it was hard to navigate how to market, how to publish, and how to save money, too. So I educated myself via workshops and seminars. I wouldn’t ask someone without money for financial advice, so I didn’t just rely on myself to ‘figure it out’ alone. I sought information from those who’d been there and done that. There are so many ways to get published so it can be easy to get confused. Test the waters. Listen to what published authors have to say and FEEL your intuition open or close to that information. What encourages you to move forward ALWAYS feels freeing. Trust that. My husband loves marketing, so I leave that aspect to him.  Like it or not, be prepared to market your work. It’s inevitable. Whether it’s online, via blogging, social media, public appearances, tv, radio, interviews, podcasts…it comes with the territory. Only JD Salinger gets away with making it big as a recluse!

How do you relax?

ELAINE:As an Intuitive Channel this is quite easy for me. I meditate daily and I listen to a recording I made called ‘The Bodhi Brainstorm’ with Theta waves to help me feel calm, confident, and centered. I’m happy to give it for free to any and all who would like the mp3. (Just sign up for my free ezine at…the link to Bodhi Brainstorm is in every monthly issue.) I also hike on the trails in Sedona, watch almost every movie availble to humankind, and do crossword puzzles! On occasion I’ll have a bubble gum blowing contest with my daughter or we’ll play charades. Hysterical! Laughter is my muse. We also draw together.

What are your hobbies?

ELAINE:Movies, films, books, more movies, more films, more books!

ELAINE: Have you got any more books planned, can you tell us a little about the plot, when can we expect?

ELAINE: Yes! ‘Aries Fire’ is the first of thirteen books in my series called, “Sign of the Times.” The second book, ‘Ten Steps of the Bull’ is dedicated to Taurus and Buddhism. It takes place in 7th century Japan and centers around the reluctant Princess Suiko who’d rather be a Buddhist nun, but instead becomes the Empress who eventually adopts Zen Buddhism as Japan’s national religion. The war between the Buddhist and the Shintos via the Mononobe Clan and the Soga Clan heat up. My Taurean protagonist, Kwan, a young, abandoned, abused, angry and stubborn Korean boy finds his way to a Buddhist monastary, is raised and trained as a Shaolin Master. He poses as a Buddhist monk and is sent as an emisary to protect the future Empress. Forbidden love. War. Compassion. Spiritual attainment. Duty…but at what price?

The book is scheduled to be finished near Autumn of 2012. Stay tuned!






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Overview(from the author’s website)


The Roman Empire. 415 AD. Renowned scholar Hypatia of Alexandria is brutally murdered. Why? And by whom?

Hypatia’s death leaves her 17 year old bastard daughter, Seira, fleeing for her life…herself a target for extermination. Alone and homeless, Seira is thrust into a life of struggle and survival amidst the rise of the Catholic Papacy and the savage Roman battles with the Huns.

So begins Aries Fire, an epic historical fiction spanning three continents and two decades during the surgent Roman Christian campaign to swallow the Eastern and Western European territories.

During her seafaring escape from Egypt to Ashkelon, the sea captain and protector Alexander falls in love with the young Seira. But once in Ashkelon, the rabbinical scholar Isaac and wise ‘seer’ Kiki take Seira under their tutelage, conceal her identity for her safety, and immerse her in medical studies and mysticism.

The fates relentlessly test Seira’s mettle as she searches for her mother’s murderer and her father’s identity.

In Spain, Seira is found out and becomes the target of a Hun political kidnapping gone awry. She saves the life of the great Khan, Attila, who befriends her.  Attila–seeing the rage consume Seira and her bitterness with the world and her fate–channels her anger and shapes Seira into a commanding warrior and strategist. Attila is enraptured by Seira as he discovers what a strong, independent, and willful woman she truly is.

Seira is now torn between Alexander and Attila, lovers who vie for her affection and attention. Two great men, one powerful woman.

Her epic journey across Europe and the Middle East throws Seira onto a never ending precipice of conspiracy, war, passion, mysticism, initiation, and self discovery. What Seira ultimately discovers could cost her her life. It’s a secret that can destroy an empire and change the tides of history.



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Paperback:274 pages

Publisher:Ellechor Publishing House LLC; 1st edition (June 1, 2011)



ISBN-13: 978-0982624203

GENRE: Historical Fiction; Christian Fiction

SOURCE: Received for an honest review from the author.

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: June 1, 2011
Colton Foster, once hailed as a renowned expert in Latin, Hebrew and Greek, had his reputation destroyed when a shadowy antiquities dealer outwitted him with master forgeries from Solomon s Temple. Years later, his career and self-respect still in pieces, a team discovers an 800-year old letter in Istanbul and his life takes a pivotal turn. The job of translating the letter, purportedly revealing the hidden cross of Jesus, is his for the taking, and with it a chance to redeem himself. Mallory Windom is smart, beautiful, and skilled at getting what she wants. A linguistic prodigy with a dark history, she trusts no one, an important skill in the black market antiquities trade where she regularly sells her expert talents to the highest bidder. As Colton and Mallory hunt for Christianity s most prized relic, mysterious forces seem bent on stopping them at every turn. They soon discover that the most important struggle of their lives is not around them, but from within, testing their beliefs, their ethics, and their growing love for one another.
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Good morning and welcome to My Book Addiction and More….

MBA&M: Tell us a little about yourself?

BARBARA: HI, Thanks for having me. I’m excited to be here! I’m the author of five published books. My first two, Entangled & Crushed, are mysteries set at a California winery. I enjoy reading mystery, suspense, and thrillers, so those are normally what I tend to write. My husband and I love to take weekend motorcycle trips during the summer and I often find interesting people or places to use in my stories. I grew up on the West coast but have lived in Minnesota for over twenty five years now. We have two adult children who live nearby, and two lovable mutts who sleep near my desk and keep me company while I write.  

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “SPLIT SENSE”?

BARBARA: The idea for Split Sense came to me while watching a medical mysteries segment on Good Morning America a few years back. They were talking about a strange unexplained phenomena they called, Synesthesia, that affects a very small segment of the population. These people are born with some “wires crossed” you might say. Their senses can be jumbled in a strange way so that they might taste words or hear music notes as colors. I took the mystery a step further and wrote Split Sense.

MBA&M: What were some of the challenges in writing this genre?

BARBARA: I guess my biggest challenge was not to come off as if I were writing science fiction, but to make the circumstances and story plausible enough that the reader believes these things could actually happen to these kids. There are many “medical mysteries” and things in this world that can’t be explained and I just wanted to tap into that and write a suspense/thriller with characters you can connect with and feel for.

MBA&M: What authors,if any, would you say influenced your writing?

BARBARA: I’m sure that to some degree every author I’ve ever read has influenced my writing. I don’t know that I could point to one author and say I tried to emulate them, but you learn from example and I hope that I have picked up some of my writing skills from favorite authors. I recently had a reader say that my writing reminded him of Nora Roberts when she writes as J.D Robb. I was flattered to be in such company. Some of my favorite authors are Patricia Cornwell, Diana Gabaldon, Erika Spindler, Tami Hoag, Sally John, and Sibella Giorello. Of course, I grew up reading authors like Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, Mary Stewart, and Mary Higgins Clark, so my influences vary quite a bit.

MBA&M: Did you always want to be an author or what made you want to become an author?

BARBARA: I’ve always loved to write but truthfully didn’t think about actually writing a book until after I was in my twenties and newly married. I bought an old typewriter and began writing, but really had no idea what I was doing. The busyness of life and having kids took over and I tucked my writing away until the kids were in their early teens. About fourteen years ago I sat down to write and haven’t stopped since. Well…I do manage to take food and bathroom breaks.

MBA&M: What is the weirdest writing advice that worked have you gotten and from whom?

BARBARA: I think it was at a writer’s conference I attended in Seattle about five years ago. The advice wasn’t really weird but actually quite freeing. I don’t remember who said it, but they basically turned the old adage “write what you know,” that most teachers have spouted for eons, on it’s head. He said, Don’t write what you know, cause that’s boring. Write about something you want to know or something you wish you could do. Live vicariously!

MBA&M:  What is a typical writing day like for you?

BARBARA: I usually answer email, twitter, etc, get all the business stuff out of the way by 11:00 or noon, and then I write steadily until 5:00 when my husband gets home. I like to take a break to spend some time with him. Sometimes I go back to my office for another couple hours later in the evening and edit what I’ve written during the day.

MBA&M: Who is your hero/heroine,be it character,or real person?Why?

 BARBARA: I only write about heroes, but my friend Becky is a Paramedic out there on the streets saving lives every day. She and other medical professionals like herself are my heroes.

MBA&M: What is your favorite “comfort” food?

BARBARA: I usually keep a few things handy in my desk drawer. I call it brain food. Roasted almonds, chocolate (of course), and black licorice. It helps me write. At least that’s what I tell myself.

MBA&M: If you were not writing(thanks for writing,by the way) what would you be doing?

BARBARA: I once fleetingly thought about going to Nursing school but when I learned I needed to take chemistry…suffice it to say that my desire quickly waned. Actually I would probably still be living vicariously, except through other people’s characters, reading lots of their books, watching movies, and selfishly letting my husband support me for the rest of my life while I lived a life of leisure. Seriously, If I didn’t write fiction I would probably want to be a journalist, so I’d still be writing. And truth is usually crazier than fiction…at least these days.

MBA&M: If you could switch places with one of your characters who would it be and why?

BARBARA: I think it would be eye-opening and maybe a little scary to be able to hear other people’s thoughts and feel their emotions. In Split Sense, Zander struggles with those things everyday. I wouldn’t want to have that ability all the time but I think it would be helpful to live in his shoes for a day, to feel the pain, sorrow, and joy of those around me. I think we all need a little more empathy for others in this world. It’s hard to connect on a personal level with social media, online forums, cell phones, answering machines, instant messaging, and such. We have less and less face-to-face time with actual human beings.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “SPLIT SENSE” is available?

BARBARA: Split Sense is available in paperback and ebook. You can find Split Sense and my other novels at these online stores: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Apple, Kobo, Diesel, & Smashwords.

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Paperback:342 pages

Publisher:CreateSpace (December 1, 2011)



ISBN-13: 978-1467978385

Product Description(from Amazon)

When a senator and pharmaceutical giant partner to experiment with a new drug on pregnant women, they tap into a world they never knew existed – the supernatural touching the natural – and it will cost the innocent more than they know.
Split Sense interweaves the lives of two families, twins separated at birth, and two different but powerful gifts that each child discovers which impacts their lives and others in unbelievable ways.
Zander Howard has been able to hear the thoughts of those around him for as long as he can remember. Sometimes he is overwhelmed with feelings of anger, joy, or fear that is not his own. He tastes words, feels sounds, is surrounded with voices in the dark of night. He is Howard Pharmaceutical’s prize guinea pig. He wishes to be free of the company and their mind games, but his father is caught up in their web of deceit and can’t bring the Company down without destroying his family in the process.
Emma Tatum has been sheltered in a small town with loving parents who have no idea she’s not their own flesh and blood. She also has a gift. The ability to heal with music. She sees colors of mercy and grace fly from her fingers with each note she plays.
When the twins are reunited, nothing will stop them from seeking the truth about their origins, but someone is willing to commit murder to keep the project secret, while others want to possess the power of the twins.
For a boy who has been used his entire life, learning to trust isn’t easy. But through Emma, Zander has a glimpse of a loving God whose plan of providence has brought them together at just the right time.
(This is a thriller with Christian elements, people struggling with faith to reconcile events in the storyline. Just as the real world has believers and unbelievers, my fictional world is populated with the same.)
Barbara Ellen Brink is also the author of the Fredrickson Winery mystery novels, “Entangled” and “Crushed.”
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