Author Guest Post
My mother suggested that my readers may get confused because of my “genre hopping.” My first book was funny and now here I am, publishing a dramatic, somewhat paranormal book. I explained that the cover of each book was a dead give-away. My dear mother then said that the “perception” I put out is one of lighthearted humor and if people buy this new book and find that it’s not my normal style, it will change readers’ perception of me. This idea of perceptions intrigues me.
Our perceptions color our world.
There’s an old adage about putting three men in a room with an elephant. The men are all standing around different parts of the elephant and they are blind folded, feeling the elephant. Poor elephant. But when asked what an elephant feels like, one guy describes the ear, another the tail and the other, the trunk. From their limited perception, their views are completely accurate. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about your view of your financial life, your relationships or your neighbor’s bathroom window (never nice to spy). The point is, whatever YOU choose to see, either consciously or unconsciously, is exactly what it true for you. Let me use an example.
In real estate, I often will see this exact scenario: two agents working in the same office, one is prospering and one is not. The one making bank will tell you the market is hot and buyers and sellers are all over the place. The one who is applying at Starbucks to help pay the bills, will tell you the market is horrible and his clients are crazy. They are in the same office and the same market but they are experiencing a completely different outcome. The tricky thing is, they are both right.
Our perception paints our reality. Thus, we can only operate within the limits we see for ourselves. I looked out the window this morning and the sunrise was pink, but my pal in New York was talking on Facebook about all the snow they were getting. These are real perceptions, but very different (and snow is cold). But beyond that, how many of our perceptions are only real because we ourselves have set silly limits that keep us boxed in some imaginary boundaries?
Is that really all the money you can earn?
Are you really unlovable?
Do I look fat in these jeans?
Well, do I?
These are the questions you have to ask yourself before assigning a limit to your greatness (and please get back to me on the jeans, because, um, they feel tight).
What if you woke up today and changed your perceptions to include unlimited abundance, harmonious relationships and all you can eat shrimp? Wouldn’t you approach your day differently? Of course you would! You would make calls you normally put off, try things that might ordinarily scare you, and hey, all that shrimp will be yummy.
I perceive a world that is peaceful and loving. I perceive unlimited abundance.
See the world the way you want to see it, and watch how it changes.
About The Author
Casey's Quest by Tamara Lee Dorris
Book 1: Quest Series
Publisher: Empowered Press Publishing
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Format: Paperback - 358 pages / Kindle - 457 KB
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
At her father's death, Casey Anderson discovers she was adopted at age four. Not able to remember anything, she sets out on a quest to discover why her birth mother gave her up and, and why her adopted parent kept it such a secret. She embarks on a dangerous and spiritually enlightening journey that proves to her, nothing is what it seems.
My Book Review:
Twenty year old Casey Anderson's life changes forever when her father, the Colonel, suddenly dies from a heart attack. After the funeral, Casey goes into her father's home office and while searching through his desk, she comes across a file folder that held her father's Last Will & Testament and another document, Evidence of Adoption! From reading the document Casey discovers that she was adopted at the age of four, but has no recollection of her past. Casey questions why her parents never told her about her adoption, has her life been nothing but a lie? When she confronts her mother Jan about her adoption, she is vague and offers little information, leaving Casey to embark on a difficult quest to find her birth mother and get answers about who she is, where she came from, and why she was given up for adoption.
In Casey's Quest, author Tamara Lee Dorris weaves an intriguing story set in Sacramento, California, that has a fascinating mixture of mystery and suspense that will keep the reader turning the pages.
As the reader follows Casey on her quest to find her birth mother, the investigation starts out with an innocent intent to find out about her past, and quickly turns into a strange and dangerous journey, when she learns that her past includes classified military experiments involving the gift of remote viewing that puts her life at risk. And if that isn't enough, Casey takes her job as a bank representative in the asset management department (home mortgage and foreclosure) beyond her job description, when she tries to help a sick woman whose house has been wrongly scheduled for foreclosure, leading her to discover that there is the possibility of loan fraud occurring at the bank.
This intriguing story does have a slow start, but once the reader gets into the heart of the story, it will pique their interest with its suspenseful twists and turns. The story touches upon adoption, banking principles and real estate, Native American spirituality and shamanism, the gift of remote viewing and developing the ability, and classified military experiments and missions.
I really enjoyed following Casey on her quest, and while I did find her to be somewhat naive given her age, Casey's journey is filled with bizarre experiences that opens the door for more than Casey was expecting, and what she discovers is fascinating and kept me drawn in as the story unfolds. The author teases the readers with an open-ended conclusion, leaving them wanting more as Casey's quest continues in the sequel, Casey's Karma.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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