30 October, 2009

Sharing 'Finding Emmaus' in Essex, Connecticut & Webster, Massachusetts

Author Pamela Glasner talks about her new novel, Empathic personalities, madness and the indisputable human right of free will

The psychiatric community has confused Empathic personality traits with mental illness with tragic results. This unsettling historical fantasy, Finding Emmaus, takes the reader on a harrowing 350-year fictional yet factual journey through the history of treatment for the mentally ill, eventually exposing a multi-billion dollar conspiracy in which millions of Americans are being misdiagnosed and drugged for no other reason than the enormous income they generate.

Author Pamela Glasner will discuss the present and historical treatment of the mentally ill, what it means to be an Empath, the stranglehold the pharmaceutical industry has on the American population and how all of that came together in this dark, unsettling book.

Saturday, November 14th from 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Booklover's Gourmet
55 East Main Street
Webster, MA, 01570
Debra Horan - owner
508-949-6232 – phone

Sunday, November 15th from 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Essex Books2 Essex SquareHistoric Essex VillageEssex, CT 06426
Sue McCann - owner
860-767-1707 - phone
I would very much like you to be there if at all possible — it’s so much better when I can enjoy this with people I know and care about!

A special thank you goes out to Debra Horan of Booklover’s Gourmet and Sue McCann of Essex books in advance for their interest, generosity and hard work – both of these promise to be a great events!

And, of course, please don’t forget to visit my website to read the previews of Finding Emmaus, book one of The Lodestarre Series.

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23 October, 2009

Authors and Arachnids

I’m thinking about doing a series of blogs on all the sleazy predators out there who have no particular talent themselves beyond the ability to zero in on their preferred victim: an up-and-coming hopeful with wishes and dreams, someone who possesses a sacred, God-given gift to write or paint or sing or act, but more importantly, possesses a wallet. I've heard those predators referred to as sharks, snakes, vultures, leaches, creatures lower than whale dung, but in my mind’s eye, I see a being whose body is dominated by one simple body part: the open hand. And who’s got more hands than a spider?

If you think about it, the arachnid really does conjure up the perfect image. It can sit down beside you, cross its legs and still have six appendages available to dangle carrots, rifle your belongings, stroke your ego and feel around in your pockets all at the same time — and still have two hands left-over: one proffering the pen with which to sign on the dotted line, the other covering its mouth so it can simultaneously hide the drool and the gluttonous smile.

And where’s the harm? After all, it’s not asking you for all of your life savings, just a portion of it — in advance, please. But it’s okay, it croons, as it begins spewing platitudes and sugar-coated venom, it’s such a pittance in comparison with the jewels I will one day lay at your feet: ten minutes on Oprah, sixteen column inches in the New York Times, a Hollywood contract, the Nobel Peace Prize and, on your way to the Pearly Gates, nothing short of canonization.

Now I want to ask you a question: has the following ever happened to you?

You go to the dentist and he informs you that you need a lengthy, expensive, invasive procedure known as a root canal. You’re in pain so, obviously, you agree to go ahead with it, but you’re apprehensive. You’ve never had one, you don’t know what it’s going to be like, you don’t know what you’re going to feel like. Of course you’re going to do it, you’re just nervous. And then it happens.

Every Tom, Dick and Harry, every butcher, baker and candlestick maker in your life and dozens of them who are not in your life are suddenly in your face telling you that they, too, had a similar experience. When you got out of bed that morning, you didn’t know anyone who’d ever had a root canal but by suppertime dental patients were crawling out of the woodwork.

You know what I mean. Even if it’s not about the dentist, it’s still happened to you, right? An insurance claim, a car accident, a delayed flight, a bad meal at a good restaurant. Whatever the circumstances, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. We’ve all experienced the same phenomenon: If it’s happened to you, it’s happened to a dozen others who never once thought to mentioned it before, but suddenly have an overwhelming need to tell you all about it now.

That’s how I know I’m not alone when I say I spend a good portion of my time dodging the sharks and the snakes and the vultures. In fact, I’m in very good company. “Everywhere you turn,” sings Sarah McLachlan, “there's vultures and thieves at your back.” Wannabe’s — people who wannabe nothing more than in my checkbook.

And it really is a shame. It’s a sad commentary on humanity that no matter how much we evolve, we will always be divided up between the predator and the prey; we will always have to contend with shallow, hollow, miserable leaches who have nothing to give and therefore nothing to lose and therefore no problem devastating the dreams of the talented, the dedicated, the idealistic — as long as they get to line their pockets.

I've been up most of the night thinking about one such predator in particular, a person working overtime to ooze their way into my life with brazen demands of unfettered access and dubious promises of silver and gold and riches beyond imagining. I’m grateful I've been blessed with this gift worth coveting, and I’m equally grateful I've been blessed with the wherewithal to recognize a well-disguised arachnid when I see one, and I know that I will, along with the rest of us who have something of value to offer the world, spend the rest of my life en guard. I just can’t help but sigh in frustration when I think about it. Such a waste of good energy.

Oh, one final thing: Yes, I know — the way an arachnid’s body is structured, it cannot actually sit like humans do, but it makes a heck of a good image, doesn’t it?

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19 October, 2009

Finding Gratitude – Celebrating the Birth of Finding Emmaus

I love talking about my book. Can’t help it — no point in dissembling or trying to deny it. Anyone who knows anything about me, or has spoken with me for even five minutes, will tell you that. I also love addressing a crowd — as long as I’m passionate about the subject matter. So, when October 8th rolled around, I was absolutely in all my glory. After all, what could I possibly be more passionate about than my new ‘baby’, my novel, Finding Emmaus?

It’s funny: I expected the day to be somehow different. Not sure how, just different. Perhaps everything outside would look clearer, more sharply defined. Perhaps the air would feel crisper or the sun would shine brighter or my bagel would taste better. I read once, a long time ago, that life-altering events “come in on cat’s paws” and I know that to be true. I don’t tend to walk around blinded by rose-colored glasses, but still … I couldn’t help but think, deep in that little girl’s heart of mine, that it might have been nice for the universe to stand up, even for a moment, and take just a little more notice … if only enough so that maybe walking the dog would take on some new, prophetic meaning.

But the universe did not cooperate … and, frankly, neither did the dog.

No matter. It was a lovely day and by the time the evening rolled around, I was excited but relaxed and confident and above all, deeply grateful for all I've been blessed with.

There’s no reason for any of this to have happened. Outside of my degree, which says I’m a high school English teacher, I've no formal training to be a writer. I had no résumé with which to wow a potential agent or publisher; I did not have an office wall papered with rejections or a bookshelf full of unwanted manuscripts and I certainly was not living the life of a starving artist. All I did was spend three days in a monastery at a silent retreat and, in the absence of external noise, I dug deep down inside myself and found the voice that’s apparently been clambering for my attention for nearly fifty-six years.

They say things come in threes and I think maybe that’s so, for I now celebrate three births: my new granddaughter, my new book, and this miraculous but strange new woman I have become. I love her, I’m just spending a little extra time in the “sizing her up” stage of our relationship.

Coincidentally (and I don’t believe it coincidences!) it looks as though The Lodestarre Series will be a trilogy.

The Book Launch Celebration was a great success. Friends I’d spoken with but had not actually seen in thirty-eight years drove in from New Jersey and Washington DC just to be with me. Beth Devlin, the events coordinator for the Wallingford Public Library, outdid herself. The publicity was excellent, the room was beautiful, and Beth herself was cool as a cucumber and the consummate professional. She managed everything so smoothly, the evening just couldn’t have been better.

I've a lot to be grateful for. And a lot to look forward to. And wonderful people in my life to depend on and celebrate with. And all I can think to say is “Thank God.”

You can read a preview of my book, the first three chapters, here.

Finding Emmaus is now available in the UK through
Amazon, as well as in the US in these fine independent bookstores: Burgundy Books, Essex Books, Powell’s Books.

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13 October, 2009

Author Event Coming This Week

On Thursday, October 15, 2009 at Burgundy Books in East Haddam, Connecticut, at 6:30 PM, I will be introducing my new book, Finding Emmaus and talking about my writing experiences and how Finding Emmaus came to print. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the conclusion of the program.

Burgundy Books is owned and run by Linda Williams and is located at:
4 Norwich Road
East Haddam, CT 06423.

The phone number is 860 873-9312. If possible, if you could register in advance, that would be great.I'd love to see you there – especially if you were unable to make the Book Launch in Wallingford. http://www.burgundybooks.net/Pamela_Glasner.html

Please feel free to invite a friend with you or pass this invitation along to anyone whom you think might have an interest in books about historical fantasy, the paranormal, Empaths, ghosts or the conspiracy between Big Pharma and the US-FDA.

And, of course, please don’t forget to visit my website to read the previews of Finding Emmaus, book one of The Lodestarre Series.

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09 October, 2009

Unique Subject, Uniquely Written - A Five-Star Review by Karen Pio

Unique Subject!! Uniquely Written!!, October 8, 2009
A Five-Star Review By
Karen Pio "Distinguishing Reader" (Southington, CT USA)

Spectacular beginning! Whoa!! I had to quiet myself down, cut off all noise and take everything else out of my head and put it on a shelf when I first read the first line of "Finding Emmaus." Thus I was able to finally concentrate on my third reading of the beginning paragraph. "Did I read that right?" I pondered... What?? WOW!! Who would have thought of such a GREAT "pull-in" to a book? Glasner. Who else? With that, Once I got my head around it, I couldn't put the book down for some time.

Unfortunately, real life stepped in (a big move) and I had to leave the world that
Francis and Katherine were living ... and into the one before us. It was bad... concentrating on my work when this magnetic book pulled on my heart strings to return.

Glasner didn't just get my immediate attention. She has kept that attention and sense of renewal learning more and more about Empaths and the psychiatric community. It has shaken me into being more aware of my surroundings, doctors, medicines for myself and family.

When is the next

As a new author, one might wonder how Glasner came upon this subject and how she sought out information, history. Her research is impeccable and her bibliography exemplary. Hmmm, maybe it begins as a novel but it isn't long before you can reach out and touch these people - people who actually lived and died and were misunderstood in the worst way simply because others chose not to pay attention to something, someone other than themselves and their own pocketbooks. Pharmaceutical companies, Be Damned!

Open-mindedness and new worlds explored - THIS is what I'm talking about.

Don't miss your opportunity to read an amazing offering from Glasner - and an opportunity to widen your horizons!

Finding Emmaus is available in the US and the UK through many fine outlets including:
Barnes & Noble
Burgundy Books, East Haddam, CT
The Book Depository, UK:
Booklover’s Gourmet http://www.er3.com/book/

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04 October, 2009

A Reader's Most Agonizing Predicament

I just received the most amazing compliment about my book, "Finding Emmaus". It was sent to me by Burt Kempner, a filmmaker from Florida. He wrote:

Dear Pamela,

My deepest apologies for not getting back sooner. I was notified late Friday that I have to report to Paris on Wednesday and on top of all that my computer crashed (I'm on a borrowed one now). But I did manage to finish
Finding Emmaus" this afternoon.

What a glorious thing you have birthed, Pamela. The characters, the plot, the pacing -- all right on the money. You presented me with a reader's most agonizing predicament: torn between reading each page carefully for the nuggets your research disclosed and wanted to gallop ahead to find out what happens next. That is the storyteller's mission since we gathered around fires to keep sabre-tooth tigers at bay.

A work can be exquisitely written, fraught with symbolic meaning, and if I don't care what happens to the characters, it's a failure. Based on that yardstick, "Finding Emmaus" is a resounding success. You've done fantastically well, and set a very high bar for yourself.

OK, enough flowery tributes. Now get back to work!


(Burt Kempner, Filmmaker, Gainesville, Florida)

And, of course, please don’t forget to visit my website to read the previews of Finding Emmaus, book one of The Lodestarre Series.

Finding Emmaus is available in the US and the UK through many fine outlets including:
Amazon.co.UK http://bit.ly/Iaz4a
Powell’s http://shrvl.com/PHI3V
Borders.com http://shrvl.com/kC6Na
Barnes & Noble http://shrvl.com/hp5y1
Burgundy Books, East Haddam, CT http://www.burgundybooks.net/
The Book Depository, UK: http://shrvl.com/cFQ0W

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