Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Seth Mullins || What Casts a Shadow? #Giveaway

A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from the wilderness...

When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing - one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss - begins.


The Edge

I suppose you could compare it to driving on a high mountain road. You don’t realize how close you are to free-fall, or how sheer and far is the plunge, until you go around a bend where one side is exposed to open air and then there it is: The Abyss.

There’s this edge that you can come to – I imagine it’s a different place for each of us – and you just know that once you get swept over it you won’t be coming back. By the time you’re close enough to see it it may already be too late. You could find yourself teetering, suddenly hearing the warnings that life had been giving you all along, knowing that it’s become impossible to step back; because by that time, those other forces – the ones pounding like the rapids at your back, always trying to push you towards that edge and then over it – have grown too strong.

Tommy and I first talked about forming a band together before either of us had learned to play an instrument. We both perceived music – particularly, its heavy, extreme underside - as the ideal vehicle for our personal salvation. The first guitar that I purchased, a Fender Telecaster that I immediately spray painted black to my father’s horror, became my refuge. It was my best friend and confidante. It gave me a convenient excuse to avoid social situations that, more often than not, would only remind me of how far off the beaten path I really was.

AUTHOR Bio and Links: 
Seth Mullins draws upon the great sweep of human soul-journeying to weave his tales. He's inspired by music, shamanism, dreams and the mysteries and miracles of our inner life. His greatest love as a writer is for fiction that depicts a journey towards self-awareness in the deepest sense.

"Probably the most valuable thing that I learned throughout my spiritual journey in this life is the importance of trusting in one's self. Many of our cultural lessons encourage us to ignore or even fear our inner reality. And yet it is this realm that really does hold the answers to all of our questions, and can point the way towards the most fulfilling life experiences possible for us."

Mr. Mullins has lived in Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont.

http://www.humanityswayforward.com (Humanity's Way Forward - my website)

http://frontiersofconsciousness.blogspot.com (The Edge of the Known by Seth Mullins - my blog)

"What Casts the Shadow?"  (The Edge of the Known) on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1rkhffS  

My Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/sethmullins


  1. Thank you for hosting me here, Melissa :)

    1. Thank you for visiting with me today. Best of luck with your new release. :-)

  2. Will there be any type of follow up novel to this story?

    1. This story arc comprises a trilogy. The second novel, "Trust in the Unseen", was recently published. It really deepens your understanding of the characters and their relationships. I'm currently doing proofs for and editing the final installment, "Humanity's Way Forward". Here the story moves beyond the band's intimate circle and explores their effect on the wider world. They're kind of like The Beatles of their time, a musical group that inspires a cultural revolution. Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. I like the excerpt!


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    1. Oh, thank you :) I had recently gotten the opposite comment from someone, so this was nice to hear. The colors are much deeper, and there's more texture on the print copy; pity it doesn't translate as well to a thumbnail. But I wanted a somewhat surreal image, one that would provoke your imagination without really spelling anything out about the story.