Topic: Book Review
I was recently introduced to CL Talmadge, author of The Green Stone of Healing series. Tomorrow, I will be sharing with you my review of these books. Today, however, I would like to give you a brief idea of what this series is about and who CL Talmadge is. Lastly, Helen, one of the major characters, stopped by to answer a few questions for me and I am pleased to share them with you.
The series features four generations of strong-willed female characters who inherit a mysterious green gem ultimately revealed to mend broken bones and broken hearts, protect against missiles, and render its wearers undetectable.
These stalwart protagonists learn to use their jewel to offer a healing, inclusive alternative to a government that persecutes those who do not look like or share the religious beliefs of its leaders.
Readers who become fond of these and other characters will be delighted to discover that they reincarnate, affirming that not even death can separate lovers and loved ones (or enemies).
About the Author
Under the byline Candace Talmadge, the author of the Green Stone of Healing® series is a columnist syndicated by North Star Writers Group
Her career as a professional writer began in 1976. She has written for numerous media that include Adweek, Business Week, the Dallas Times Herald, Forbes, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, and Reuters America.
She is familiar with the intimate link between spirituality, energy, and individual and collective healing. In 1999, she published a non-fiction book about emotional and spiritual healing resolution based on the Sunan method of working in the energy of human consciousness. In this book, she provides an expanded definition of energy that demonstrates the connection between matter, spirit, mind, and heart.
To write her fantasy series, the author delved into her own past lives and those of her family, friends, clients, and acquaintances. The fictionalized result is the series presented in this website.
The author resides in Texas with her partner and editor. Readers may contact her here.
A Talk With Helen
1. Can you tell us your name and the title of the book you live in?
Helen Elizabeth Andros. I am the first-generation protagonist of the Green Stone of Healing® epic fantasy series and I live in The Vision, Fallout, The Scorpions Strike, Outcast and future books in this series until my death in my late 60s.
2. Describe to our readers what your role in the book is.
My "foot-in-mouth" syndrome touches off a course of events that launches the entire multi-generational tale.
3. How did you convince your author to put you in this book? For example, did you visit a dream or make yourself known some other way?
I started hanging out in my author's daydreams when she was just a teenager. Before she knew it, I was a full-blown character with a name, a mouth that gets her in trouble, and some major problems.
4. Is your author easy to work with or controlling?
Mostly easy. I give her credit for portraying me the way I really am, especially since she admits that I am who she was in a past life and a big part of my essence lives on in her today.
5. Would you tell us about one of your favorite friends from this book?
His name is Lord Matthew Shinar. He is my best friend from my days at college and medical school. We would never have met except that we both attended the same institution of higher learning and studied medicine. I help restore him to health after he is gravely injured; later in the series he saves my granddaughter's life and ultimately pays with his own.
6. Do you plan on appearing in another book or are you happy to be where you are?
Covered in my answer to the first question.
7. What would you like our readers to know about you?
I am tough-minded and tender-hearted, strong and vulnerable. I care passionately about justice and my tendency to speak without thinking constantly dumps me in scalding water. I have an earthy sense of sense of humor and a fragile sense of self-worth.
8. Did you learn anything during your adventure in this book?
So much I don't know where to start. Maybe a little bit about learning to govern what I say. Maybe some more about being true to my own heart and taking a risk on love.
9. Can you tell us what you think is the most exciting thing that happened to you in your book?
In The Vision, I find out the identity of the father I never met or knew about, and as soon as we meet, out strong personalities clash. I never get the better of the argument, either.
10. Is there anything in your story you wish you had not done? Why?
Heavens! That would take another novel! All the stupid, thoughtless remarks I made to my commanding officer in front of his subordinates, undermining his authority when, in fact, I loved him. Arguing with a father I loved instantly when we could have spent time getting to know one another.
11. What was your main motivation?
Fear and a pervasive, corrosive sense of worthlessness.
12. Introduce us to your main adversary?
Which one? I have an embarrassment of riches in that department. My most immediate and obvious adversary is Ezekiel Malachi, Supreme Lord of the Temple of Kronos-the theocrat who wants me dead because I am a half-breed. But as my story progresses through the books, a stealth adversary emerges whose actions against me and my loved ones nearly destroy my soul.
13. Is there anything you would like to have done but your author stopped you?
No. My author is pretty good about letting me be me. I shock her sometimes with the things I say and do.
14. Here's your chance to speak your mind. What do you want to tell everybody?
Fear is inevitable where there is little or no self-love. Want to love others? Save the planet? Then start where you have sole authority and autonomy-within your own hearts and souls. Heal yourself and you will automatically heal others and the world. I was too afraid to take this sage advice from my alien mentor Maguari, but my author (myself in a different physical lifetime) has done so to a much greater extent and experienced life-altering healing.
15. Please tell everyone where they can find out more about your story and where they can purchase it.
More about my story, plus an online bookshelf where anyone may browse the first three books of the series for free, is at www.greenstoneofhealing.com
The Vision, Fallout, and The Scorpions Strike are for sale as paperbacks at all major online bookstores. Ebook versions are for sale at HealingStone Books, www.healingstonebooks.com.