Category Archives: Magical Realism

LAST WEEK WITH JOHN OLIVER POWERFUL PIECE

As I watched Last Week with John Oliver last night, I was astounded by the past and present of racial discrimination, plus his plan to end it in our country. He focused primarily on how we all need to work together in Congress and each local jurisdiction to change laws so that police actually “protect and serve” all people. Mr. Oliver uses the f**k word liberally, but I think everyone should listen to and act on this. Here is the U-Tube link:

 LINK TO LAST WEEK WITH JOHN OLIVER: POLICE

I have written seven children’s books for middle grade and young adults with themes of mutual brotherly and sisterly love and respect and acceptance of all people. I’ve created a fictional religion, the Ecumenical Tabernacle Church, in a magical reality world, where children and adults learn the equality of all people from each other. I’ve also published an adult thriller in 2010 which bears a strong resemblance to the current corporate and political intrigue of today. It ends well. If the books are of interest, you can find them on my Amazon author web page:

LINK TO AMAZON’S ALLAN WESTCOTT CHAPMAN’S AUTHOR PAGE

I’m working on book eight, Teen Freedom, in the children’s series. James and Sally Wugidgem are the protagonists, and they have developed close relationships with people of color. They will form a coalition in their community to secure equality for all people in the fictional township of Oak Village-without using magic! I plan to have it published by year end.

I hope you will find something useful.

Sincerely,

Allan Westcott Chapman

 

 

 

 

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YOUNG MISTER WUGIDGEM DISCOUNT PROGRAM, SLAVES ON HORSEBACK-EPISODE 2, AND A PRAYER

Young Mister Wugidgem Book e-book for 99 cents

Since “shelter in place”, social distancing, and wearing masks began, my wife and I have managed well by going out for regular exercise, walking, and/or running in our neighborhood. We missed not being able to do this at our regular sites of nearby beaches and lagoons. We got excited when we heard the announcement beaches and lagoons would be opening with the same safety regulations. Opening day arrived, and we drove to the beach clad in masks, sunglasses, and hats. When we walked down the ramp, we were glad there were two roped-in paths, one down to the beach and the other up to the top, with about 20 feet of cement ramp in between, separating them. The beach was only moderately populated, socially distanced, and moving and but most people didn’t have masks on. I’m a runner, and I know our breathing, sweat, and wake spreads at least fifteen feet. We walked for 32 minutes, doing our best to keep a safe distance away from others. It was a stressful experience, and we haven’t gone back to the beach. Please join me in praying that all people come to realize masks protect them from others and others from them if they are infected.

Today I’m featuring my Young Adult Magical Reality Novel, Young Mister Wugidgem. Here is the link to a review:

Young Mister Wugidgem Customer Review

LINK TO YOUNG MISTER WUGIDGEM CUSTOMER REVIEW

Here is the link to the free podcast of Young Mister Wugidgem Episode One:

LINK TO YOUNG_MISTER_WUGIDGEM PROLOGUE

If you like what you hear and you can’t wait to buy the book, you can purchase the e-book for $4.99 right now. If you have any patience left these days, you can have it for 99 cents starting tomorrow, June 1 at 6 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The price increases by 99 cents every two days until it reaches $4.99 June 8. Here is the link to Young Mister Wugidgem on Amazon:

LINK TO YOUNG MISTER WUGIDGEM E-BOOK 99 CENTS OFFER JUNE 1

If you missed last week’s post, I am providing a link to the free podcasts my Adult Thriller, Slaves On Horseback. Here are the links to Episodes One and Two:

LINK TO SLAVES ON HORSEBACK EPISODE 1

LINK TO SLAVES ON HORSEBACK EPISODE 2

Slaves On Horseback Customer Review Link:

5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Nelson DeMille . . .

Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019

A riveting thriller that I happened to read just after finishing Nelson DeMille’s THE CUBAN AFFAIR.

Chapman’s novel has it all — international intrigue; colorful, well-rendered characters; romance; suspense; the frenetic, edgy Manhattan-Greenwich scene, leavened with enough Bay Area — Stanford, spirituality, food, wine and coastal castles — to keep it fun throughout.

If you can’t wait to find out what happens, the e-book is discounted to $4.99 from the list price of $9.99. Here is the link:

LINK TO SLAVES ON HORSEBACK E-BOOK AT $4.99 NOW

Thanks for joining me today!

 

TEEN FREEDOM-MAGICAL REALITY FANTASY-PLANNED DECEMBER, 2020 PUBLICATION

When “shelter in place” began, I started writing book eight of Adventures with Mr. Wugidgem, Teen Freedom. The major hero, James Wugidgem is in a bad place. His volatile temper is at an all-time low flash point. He abandoned his magical training. His sister, Sally pushes him to seek help from Louise, a veteran golden light magician. In this overwhelming time of the Covid-19 rampage, you might benefit from the same lessons James and Sally learned. For factual information on the meditation and affirmations process follow this link:

LINK TO PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

Teen Freedom is fiction, but the concepts have helped me. I hope it will be published by December, 2020. Here is an excerpt:

“What did you do to stop the anger?” James asked.

“The same thing you did two years ago but aren’t doing now,” Louise replied.

James sighed. “You mean meditations and affirmations.”

“Yep. But I hear you. I still have nightmares about the Kelly battle, although probably not as bad as yours. I get that meditations and affirmations take time and patience and become a “have-to” that you don’t want to do.”

James felt frustrated, not angry. “What do you suggest?”

Louise smiled. “As we used to say in my day, K-I-S-S, which means keep-it-simple-stupid. Resume doing your meditations. Do Orenda’s short-cut to get centered and just a few affirmations out loud after that. You’ll be done in five minutes.”

“Which affirmations?”

“The most important ones. First, ‘I love doing my affirmations and I repeat them regularly.’ Visualize yourself actually doing the affirmations. Second, ‘Affirmations work to improve my life.’ Again, visualize you are happy, because doing the affirmations does improve your life. Third, ‘I enjoy managing my anger, and I dispel it easily.’ Then visualize the anger shooting out of the top of your head. Do this twice a day. Before long, it will become a good habit again and you can add back in whatever affirmations you feel you need. It worked for me. I believe it will for you.”

James nodded his head and felt a glimmer of hope. “It just might,” he said.

“Let’s do a trial run right now,” Louise said. She looked at Sally. “Joining us?” she asked.

“Yep. I had forgotten about Orenda’s short cut.”

“Good. Sit on the bench and close your eyes. Breathe naturally. Focus primarily on listening to your breathing, here and now. Listen also the birds chirping, feel the gentle breeze caress your face, and whatever else your present senses bring you.”

She was silent for several moments. “Feel your feet on the ground. Relax them. Now feel the connection between your feet and the ground. Keep listening to your relaxed, natural breathing.”

She paused again. “Become aware of any pain in your body. Recognize it as pain. Do not judge it; it just is. Let it go and return to your breathing.”

This time, Louise was quiet slightly longer. Finally, she said, “Now you are centered. Let’s repeat the three affirmations together.”

When they finished, James and Sally opened their eyes and saw bright smiles on each other’s faces. Louise was also smiling. “I’d say you guys got it.”

“Yep,” said James. “I felt my pent-up anger shoot straight out the top of my head.”

Sally said, “Doing Orenda’s centering method sure makes it easier for me to visualize the reality of the affirmations and believe they do improve my life.”

If you’re interested in middle grade and young adult magical reality stories, take a look at book seven, Teen Transformation, or any other of the six books in the series. All the e-book versions are now discounted to $4.99 on Amazon. Here is the link to my Amazon author web page:

LINK TO MY AMAZON AUTHOR WEB PAGE

All my books, including the adult thriller, Slaves On Horseback, are available in free audio podcast format. You can find those in my website archives. Go to my website and click on the audio podcast tab at the top of the page. To receive automatic delivery of all my posts, please scroll all the way to the bottom of the listed posts, past the comments box, and to the subscribe box.Here is the link:

LINK TO MY WEB SITE

Thanks for reading this!

SLAVES ON HORSEBACK EPISODE AND TEEN TRANSFORMATION SCENE

I’m doing my best to stay positive during our uncertain trek through this minefield of mayhem and unpredictable future in our battle with Covid-19. I’m devoting more time to writing, running and walking nearly every day, and seeing neighbors I’ve never seen before. I find my smiles elicit a return smile. Sometimes the smiles are simultaneous.   

Today I’m featuring my Adult Thriller, Slaves On Horseback and my latest Young Mister Wugidgem Young Adult Magical Reality Fantasy, Teen Transformation. Here is the link to the free podcast of Slaves On Horseback Episode One:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/allanchapman/EPISODE_1_COMPLETE_SLAVES_ON_HORSEBACK-REVISION_2.output.mp3

Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Nelson DeMille . . .

Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019

A riveting thriller that I happened to read just after finishing Nelson DeMille’s THE CUBAN AFFAIR.

Chapman’s novel has it all — international intrigue; colorful, well-rendered characters; romance; suspense; the frenetic, edgy Manhattan-Greenwich scene, leavened with enough Bay Area — Stanford, spirituality, food, wine and coastal castles — to keep it fun throughout.

If you like what you hear, you can purchase the e-book for 99 cents starting May 7 at 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, increasing by 99 cents until it reaches $4.99 May 14. Here is the link to Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0979678013

I have recorded a five-minute video of an exciting scene from Teen Transformation. If you like this, the e-book is available at a discount as well. Here is that link:

EXCITING EXCERPT FROM TEEN TRANSFORMATION

If you liked this excerpt, the e-book is available at a discount as well. Here is that link:

LINK TO TEEN TRANSFORMATION ON AMAZON

 

 

TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 20

EPISODE 20

Today, I’m prefacing this podcast with a link for everyone terrified and exhausted by all the misinformation and uncertainty our leaders are bombarding us with. This week I listened to a Zoom broadcast by Kristian Andersen, PHD, a genomic epidemiologist at Scripps Research here in San Diego titled Outsmarting Emerging Pathogens in an Interconnected World. My main takeaway was we are probably four years away from a truly effective vaccine. That was scary, but methodical and realistic. Somehow, I felt reassured. I urge you to listen. I believe you will have more peace of mind. Click on the link and scroll to Past Lectures at the bottom:

 

Outsmarting Emerging Pathogens in an Interconnected World
You can use the same  link to register for the April 22 lecture, Addressing the Coronavirus Challenge, delivered by Michael Frazen, PHD, Co-Chair of the Department of Immunology and Microbiology:
Addressing the Coronavirus Challenge

Before you move to this this week’s audio podcast, please go to my Amazon author page where all middle grade and young adult magical reality fantasy e-book prices are now $2.99 and my adult e-book thriller, Slaves On Horseback is $4.99. Here is the link:

Link to my Amazon Author Page

Here is the synopsis of Episodes 19 and 20:

Golden light magician. Angry teenager. Warrior against dark side magicians armed with red magic laser beams. James rejects magic until a new dark side threat rises. He struggles to control his hot temper. Dangerous encounters truly test this teenager which could cure or kill him. In the last episode, the Wugidgems learned from Louise Cartwright about an imminent major dark side attack. Dad and Reverend Peterson discovered they have something unusual in common. Jack Kelly murdered both of their grandfathers. Reverend Peterson went with the Wugidgems and Ben to Immersion to learn how to defend against the dark side threat. Today, Today, in this final episode, James and Grace attempt to reconcile their differences.
Here is the link to Episode 20:
Link to Teen Transformation Chapter 20, the Final Episode
 
If you would like to start from the beginning, here is the link to Episode 1:
Teen_Transformation Episode 1
Here is the link to my web site:
Link to my website
Finally, Amazon is offering two months of free, unlimited access to their e-books, including mine, to entertain, educate, and distract all of us. Here is their sign-up link:
https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/promoLanding?promoCode=7cad7d39-c2cf-4e3d-9b17-4ebafbb03a41
Enjoy!

TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 18

EPISODE 18

I’m probably speaking for most of the world’s population when I say, “This pandemic is the worst personal crisis of my life. Every day is filled with fear and overwhelm.” During this trial, I have found a few actions and activities which work for me in dealing with helpless feelings. Here they are:

1. Begin the day by going outside with a cup of coffee. Spend the first ten minutes sipping the coffee and praying for love, strength, peace, guidance, and gratitude this day to be with all the people in your families and friends, by name, including yourself and the rest of humanity. Then say prayers asking for the same things all other creation.

2. Go back inside, get a second cup of coffee, and do ten minutes of positive affirmations which I call meditations. I know a program of positive, vividly visualized affirmations works. The most important ones are, “I love doing my affirmations,” and “Affirmations work to improve my life.” I learned these and other affirmations when I was in school and improved my mile time to 4:13.2 which was very good at the time. I just looked on the web for current information on positive affirmations and found a link to Psychology Today that may be interesting and enlightening to you:

LINK TO PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

           3. Eat a healthy, portion-controlled diet.

4. Get some form of exercise every day outside.

Before we move to this this week’s audio podcast, I would like you to know I’ve cut all my middle grade and young adult magical reality fantasy e-book prices to $2.99 and my adult e-book thriller, Slaves On Horseback to $4.99. Here is the link:

LINK TO MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

 

Here is the synopsis of Episodes 17 and 18:

Golden light magician. Angry teenager. Warrior against dark side magicians armed with red magic laser beams. James rejects magic until a new dark side threat rises. He struggles to control his hot temper. Dangerous encounters truly test this teenager which could cure or kill him. In the last episode James, Denny, and Tim helped Oak Village win the San Joaquin Valley Cross Country Championship and the California State Cross Country Championship. Ben West and Sally foiled Mrs. West’s attempt to murder the entire Wugidgem family, plus her own sister, Jill Kelly. Today, the Wugidgems learn of an imminent major dark side attack. Dad learns he and Reverend Peterson have something unusual in common. They head for Immersion again for more training on how to defend against the dark side threat.

 

Here is the link to Episode 18:

TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 18

 

If you would like to start from the beginning, here is the link to Episode 1:

TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 1

Here is the link to my web site:

LINK TO MY WEB SITE

Finally, Amazon is offering two months of free, unlimited access to their e-books, including mine, to entertain, educate, and distract all of us. Here is their sign-up link:

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/promoLanding?promoCode=7cad7d39-c2cf-4e3d-9b17-4ebafbb03a41

Enjoy!

 

TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 17

EPISODE 17

When I’m outside running and walking during this stressful time of self quarantine and social distancing of at least six feet apart, I’m joyfully astounded at the mutual smiles and even brief pleasantries I exchange with everyone. This happens rarely in normal times.  Maybe we really are social animals who have lost our way. I pray when we return to normal times, the new normal for all of us will be coming from love, caring, and social interaction.

Before we move to this this week’s audio podcast, I would like you to know I’ve cut all my middle grade and young adult e-book prices to $2.99 and my adult e-book thriller, Slaves On Horseback to $4.99.Here is the link:

LINK TO MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

Continue reading TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 17

TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 16

EPISODE 16In this prodigious period of pandemic, we are all catapulted into an environment none of us have ever experienced. Many of us have behaved in ways that reveal our dark sides. Many of us have connected with their compassionate side and helped total strangers in need. All of us are now spending time with our families and significant others more than we ever have. We need to make the best of that time.

A good sign is families are venturing out together to get fresh and virus- free air for exercise and meet essential needs. But most of our time will be spent with our dear ones in mandatory or self-imposed quarantine. I think this a terrific opportunity for each of us to learn to love all creation. I have been working on being this way for many years and have written a Thriller and Magical Realism Fantasies. These fictional stories focus on ways all people, even those on the dark side, can discover love and act on it. By coming from love, we improve ourselves, our families, and the world.

I offer free audio podcasts of all these stories. I believe all generations can find and step on the path toward better acceptance of all people, including themselves.

If you are already a subscriber to my podcasts, here is the synopsis of today’s free Episode, Teen Transformation-Episode 16:  

Golden light magician. Angry teenager. Warrior against dark side magicians armed with red magic laser beams. James rejects magic until a new dark side threat rises. He struggles to control his hot temper. Dangerous encounters truly test this teenager which could cure or kill him. In the last episode, James, Tim, and Denny continued training with the team. We followed them to a dual cross-country meet against Turlock and marveled at how the trio made the difference in the race outcome. Then we were with the Wugidgems as they came under attack by Ben, a dark magician. Today, James confronts Ben, pushing him along a path to catch a glimpse of the light side. Then James, Denny, and Tim race in the San Joaquin Valley Cross Country Championships.

Here is the link to Episode 16:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/allanchapman/TEEN_TRANSFORMATION_EPISODE_16.mp3

If you would like to start from the beginning, here is the link to Episode 1:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/allanchapman/Teen_Transformation_Episode_1.mp3

Here is the Amazon link to all eight of my books:

https://www.amazon.com/author/allanwestcottchapman

Here is the link to my website:

https://www.allanwchapman.com

Finally, Amazon is offering two months of free, unlimited access to their e-books, including mine, to entertain, educate, and distract all of us. Here is their sign-up link:

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/promoLanding?promoCode=7cad7d39-c2cf-4e3d-9b17-4ebafbb03a41

Enjoy!

TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 15

 

EPISODE 15
EPISODE 15

Golden light magician. Angry teenager. Warrior against dark side magicians armed with red magic laser beams, like the one on this front cover. James rejects magic until a new dark side threat rises. He struggles to control his hot temper. Dangerous encounters truly test this teenager which could cure or kill him. Previously, the Wugidgems completed their night vision training. Then James ran into his nemesis, Mathias, in Oak Village’s football game against Modesto. He agonized over whether to break his vow and play dirty football in the game he loves. In the end, he quit football and joined the cross-country team. Today, we’ll see James, Tim, and Denny continue their training with the team. We’ll follow them to a dual cross-country meet against Turlock and marvel how the trio makes the difference in the race outcome. Then we’ll be with them as they come under attack by a dark side magician.

Here is the link to Episode 15:

TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 15

 

Thanks for listening! The 25% discount continues on e-book and paperback versions of Teen Transformation and the other six Adventures with Mr. Wugidgem Books. I’m also including my adult thriller, Slaves On Horseback. Here are the two Amazon links:

LINK TO TEEN TRANSFORMATION KINDLE AND PAPERBACK BOOKS

 

LINK TO MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

 

Be sure to join me for more excitement in Episode 16. James confronts Ben, pushing him to reveal the reason for his attack. Then James drags him along a path to provide a glimpse of the light side magic. If you haven’t already, please sign up for automatic delivery of each Teen Transformation episode. You can subscribe at my web site, allanwchapman.com. Thanks again for tuning in.

Thanks again for listening!

TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 14

EPISODE 13
EPISODE 14

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Welcome to Episode 14 of Teen Transformation.

Golden light magician. Angry teenager. Warrior against dark side magicians armed with red magic laser beams, like the one on this front cover. James rejects magic until a new dark side threat rises. He struggles to control his hot temper. Dangerous encounters truly test this teenager which could cure or kill him.  In the last episode, Amos, and Ben battled their way to be the only three freshmen to make the Oak Village High School varsity football team. Coach Mathews demanded all his players maim the opposing players when they block or tackle. James vowed to never play dirty. Amos revealed a prejudice against black people. Then the Wugidgem Family traveled to Immersion again for training to battle the dark side at night, their enemy’s preferred attack time. Today, the Wugidgems complete their night vision training. Then James runs into his nemesis, Mathias, in Oak Village’s football game against Modesto. He agonizes over whether to break his vow and play dirty football in the game he loves or quit the team.

DIRECT LINK TO EPISODE 14:

TEEN TRANSFORMATION EPISODE 14

Thanks for listening! The 25% discount  continues on e-book and paperback versions of Teen Transformation and  the other six Adventures with Mr. Wugidgem Books. I’m also including my adult thriller, Slaves On Horseback. Here are the two Amazon links. The prices you will see are 25% off:

LINK TO TEEN TRANSFORMATION KINDLE AND PAPERBACK BOOKS:

LINK TO SIX EARLIER ADVENTURES WITH MR. WUGIDGEM BOOKS AND ADULT THRILLER SLAVES ON HORSEBACK

Be sure to join me for more excitement in Episode 15. The Wugidgem Family continue their night vision training at Immersion. Later, James runs into his nemesis, Mathias, in Oak Village’s football game against Modesto.  If you haven’t already, please sign up for automatic delivery of each Teen Transformation episode. You can subscribe in the box at bottom of this web page.

Thanks again for listening!