Guest Post + Giveaway: Meta-Consciousness: A Destination For Necronauts And Vampires By Kathleen McFall
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I think it’s fair to say that if Clark gets credit for the action-packed western theme in The Cowboy and Vampire Thriller Series, I am responsible for the focus on spiritual components and the Near Death Experience (NDE).
I came very close to dying in a car crash when I was young, closer still to having my leg amputated; even though I didn’t have a classic NDE (that I remember), I wonder sometimes if my brain was reshaped to be more open to that experience.
Whatever the reason, it’s something I have always been curious about. Curious enough to seek out an NDE support group a few years ago. Yes, there are such things as NDE support groups. Ostensibly, they are only for people who have had an NDE. But that’s not the way it turned out.
Most of the people were there because they wanted to talk to a loved one long gone and find some way to deal with their own paralyzing grief. I was especially moved by a large man with a Dutch accent wearing overalls. His name was Oliver and his mother died two years earlier. He shared a poem about his wish to be a necronaut. He told me it was similar to being an astronaut, only traveling between life and the afterlife.
But then Honey stunned all of us NDE groupies into silence when she talked about her own experience. The highway was covered by black ice and after the crash, Honey floated above the accident, experiencing the feelings and sensations of everyone at the crash, and knew, just knew, they all had agreed before on another plane to meet in that moment and in that experience. She felt free, she touched the light and the unity of creation and she pitied the despair of embodied existence, but then she was thrust back into a now-wrecked body.
“I am like a genie sucked back into its bottle, trapped in this imperfect vessel,” she said, looking down at her torso. She lost her right leg and her left eye, along with all patience for the physical world. The trade-off was that she gained luminosity and, she claimed, psychic powers.
We were distracted from Honey’s story by events outside the big window of the community college classroom in a Portland suburb. A blind man walked by with a white cane— tip, tap, tip, tap. Then a leashed Dalmatian the size of a pony galloped by pulling behind him a young man in army fatigues. The sun hit the back window of a pickup truck at just the right angle so that a bright white light bounced into the room. “Go into the light,” I said. Everyone laughed.
We all watched a video about NDEs then returned to our regular lives, trapped inside our bodies. Alone, no matter how much we try not to be.
Once in awhile, maybe not so trapped. I was able to share this experience with Clark as we created The Meta inside our fictional world. You’ll find it in Blood and Whiskey.
But I promise, it’s not all serious. See our favorite review from Amazon from AJBpdx for some of the fun stuff.
In one of our favorite reviews from Amazon.com, AJBpdx shares the top 10 things she likes about Blood and Whiskey:
8. Awesome love story
7. Hot vampires
6. A consciousness realm called The Meta where Vampires hang
5. Nice nod to Oregon
4. There’s a blood farm in it!
3. MacGyver-style weapons
2. Kick-ass female lead with an even more bad-ass side-kick
1. Girl on Vampire-Girl naughtiness
Wanted: Lizzie Vaughan, Dead or Alive
Relationships are always hard, but for a broke cowboy and a newly turned Vampire, true love may be lethal.
After barely surviving an undead apocalypse in The Cowboy and the Vampire, Tucker and Lizzie hightail it back to quirky LonePine, Wyoming (population 438), to start a family. But she’s got a growing thirst for blood and he’s realizing that mortality ain’t all it’s cracked up to be when your girlfriend may live forever. With a scheming Vampire nation hot on their boot heels and a price on her head, how far will Lizzie and Tucker go to protect their unlikely love?
Blending evolution, religion and an overly sensitive cow dog named Rex, Blood and Whiskey drags the Vampire myth into the modern west, delivering double-barreled action, heart-pounding passion and wicked humor.
About The Author:
Clark Hays grew up in Montana in the shadow of the Tobacco Root Mountains. In addition to his fiction work, he is a cowboy, a published poet and occasional food critic. Recently, he was nominated for Pushcart Prize for short fiction and not so recently for a Rhysling award for poetry. Clark brings a deep knowledge about the modern west, weaponry, country music and existentialism to his writing.
Kathleen McFall grew up in the heart of Washington, D.C. She worked as a petroleum geologist and, later, as a journalist, and has published hundreds of articles about scientific research, energy and natural resources. An interest in the overlap of science and mysticism are an essential aspect of her fiction writing. She received an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for fiction writing.
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