"With New World Order coming to a head, it's best to be paranoid and prepared." Dina Rae
Dina Rae is my Woman In Horror today! I met Dina Rae in a rather interesting manner. I had just completed reading and posting a review for one of Kathryn Meyer Griffith's - one of my Women In Horror to come - great novels, a Five Star of course, and Dina asked me if I would like to read and review her novel Halo Of The Damned. I agreed to read and review for her and was blown away by this great tale! I have included that review below, as well as one for another one of her tales I reviewed. I was very impressed with her knowledge of the Book of Enoch, as I too have a fascination with the Book. That was the beginning of not only a great friendship but a very reliable author to go to for a great read.
I am currently finishing up her new novel Halo Of The Nephilim. Let me tell you: this is one fantastic story! But then again, I knew it would be.
Dina Rae is always encouraging other horror writers, giving pep talks, kind words about authors' books, and the sort. There is no aloofness to this lady. She is a class act all the way. I find it particularly intriguing that she is a Christian and is still able to write of the Dark. But then again, is there not the Light and the Dark? Dina is able to shake away some of the established precepts saying that a Christian should not believe in the things she believes in. She is able to because she does the research and finds the answers. And one of her biggest sources of information is the Bible. This is not a statement about religion from my pen. The point I wish to make is that it is possible to maintain your beliefs and still think objectively. Dina Rae does that.
Dina is a master at her craft, an inspiration for all writers regardless of gender, and a super lady!
I am going to turn this over to Dina Rae for awhile. I asked for a few interesting tid-bits and she gave me the mother lode. Here she is:
Bad Juju: Sometimes you get what you deserve LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Juju-ebook/dp/B0097L9FHW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359315913&sr=8-1&keywords=bad+juju Cavete angelorum: One third of angels sided with Satan Halo of the Damned and soon Halo of the Nephilim (hopefully) LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Halo-of-the-Damned-ebook/dp/B0075XQYDM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359316183&sr=1-1&keywords=halo+of+the+damned New day, new dawn, New World Order-it's coming... The Last Degree LINK: http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Degree-ebook/dp/B008GWI754/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359316248&sr=1-1&keywords=the+last+degree On sale for .99. BIO: Dina Rae is a new author here to stay. As a teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her three novels, Halo of the Damned, The Last Degree, and Bad Juju weave research and suspense throughout the plots. Her short story, Be Paranoid Be Prepared, is a prequel of sorts to The Last Degree, focusing on the James Martin character. In the spring of 2013 her latest novel, Halo of the Nephilim, will be released. She and best-selling author, Jeff T. Bowles, are collaborating on a nonfiction book about the conspiracy behind Big Pharma. Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and radio programs, securing a regular guest spot on Renegade FM as a conspiracy commentator. When she is not writing, she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Brad Thor, George R.R. Martin, and Preston & Childs. Dinarae.co www.dinaraeswritestuff.blogspot.com @haloofthedamned FB: https://www.facebook.com/DinaRaeBooks Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dinaraebooks/ Eternalpress.biz Amazon.com BarnesandNoble.com The Last Degree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkbg6Yy8UKU Halo of the Damned: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p89LXZNxOs Some possible postings: Are Angels Really Aliens or Vice Versa? We’ve all heard about UFO sightings, alien abductions, burnt crop fields, and cattle mutilations. Roswell, New Mexico and Area 54 are the meccas of American X-files. Bright discs are seen everywhere around the world. What does the Bible have to say about extra-terrestrials? Were things so different three thousand years ago? Or are we just using a different vernacular? Anyone who has ever picked up the Bible knows the story of Noah and the ark. God chose him and his family because they were ‘pure’ (Genesis). The question is pure heart or pure bloodline? Angels mated with women back in those days, producing a half breed called nephilim. These beings were described as giants with superhuman powers. Could the nephilim be an old version of modern day aliens of a mixed race? Angels and aliens are always described as glowing with light. Ezekiel, an Old Testament prophet, vividly describes a spaceship in his book. Enoch’s writings about angels were controversial enough to be edited out of the Bible. More of his writings were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. He regularly communicated with angels and ascended up to Heaven to speak with God on behalf of their shortcomings. Possible abduction? Halo of the Damned explores the idea of angels breeding with humans. Scent Branding: Smart Advertising or Mind Control? Love the woody smell inside of Abercrombie and Fitch stores? What about the fig, jasmine, and freesia smell of the Sheraton Hotel chain? These are some of the examples of scent branding also known as ambient scenting. This marketing strategy proves to be big business. Prolitec, a leading scent marketing company, continues to expand by creating signature scents and air technology that disperses the scent throughout stores, hotels, and companies. Colleges have caught on to the importance of the field and offer master degree programs for scent design. Pascal Gaurin, a leading scent designer, created a scent for Samsung. Surveyed customers equated the unique smell with excellence and spent 20-30% more time inspecting the electronics. The owner of Bloom Grocery store in Salisbury, NC, erected a billboard emitting a charcoal smell on highway, giving hungry drivers an idea of stopping at their store. Why is scent branding so popular? Besides more sales, the unique smell causes the customer to associate certain products with their emotions. The scent stays deep inside of one’s memory. But how can that be? The Olfactory Bulb (sense of smell) and Brain’s Limbic system (memory) account for 75% of our emotions. Therefore, smell is a more powerful sense than sight. Makes scents, right? Ask any bloodhound or shark what they would rather use. Besides the afore mentioned, some other giants hopping on the scent branding wagon include Guess, Credit Suisse, De Beers, Westin, Ashley Furniture, Jimmy Choo, Bloomingdale’s, Hugo Boss, Lexus, Victoria’s Secrets, Fiat, and Juicy Couture. Sounds like an effective way to advertise. But is it ethical? In the Bronx, New York, the Sister Thomas Apartments have been partaking in an experiment since 2010. Hypothesis that borders on fact claims that smell has the power to make you feel good and make you feel bad. The tenants that live in the housing project are the guinea pigs for leading scent designers Bruno Jovanovic (Abercrombie) and Pascal Gaurin (Samsung). Through observation and statistics within housing projects they intend to prove that smell will make you happy, and thus act happy. Sound like mind control? Besides the controversy, the fragrance industry doesn’t have many standards. Their secret ingredients could easily contain toxins that are known allergens and hormone disrupters. Other ingredients that might not be legal to ingest but legal to breathe in could also be used. No one seems to know. Something smells funny. Scent branding is used for part of the plot in the soon-to-be released Halo of the Nephilim. Do You Know Your Zombies? With the so-called zombie apocalypse approaching, one must be educated about the different kinds of zombies before prepping for defense. First, there is the most common and believable-the human that turns into a zombie because of mental collapse, disease, infection, and/or radiation. They stagger around dazed and confused and cause panic to others. Then there is the man-made monster kind or the kind Hollywood and horror authors like me tend to capitalize on. Zombie interest continues to fascinate the world. Jeffrey Dahmer drilled holes then poured acid down his victim’s heads in hopes of creating his own zombie. His madness didn’t work. Can man make his own zombie? Are these monsters real? According to Wade Davis, author of The Serpent of the Rainbow, zombies are real. They are a product of the Voodoo religion. He was originally hired by a pharmaceutical company to find out about the drugs Voduists used in their death rituals. He believed that datura also known as zombie’s cucumber was a plant that could medically make one who ingested it appear to be dead for a certain length of time. Sounds like the stuff Juliet used to fake her death. Could Shakespeare known about the magical zombie-making plant? Datura or sometimes Cimora, a close relative of Datura’s, eventually wears off but leaves the victim in a state of confusion, highly susceptible to the art of persuasion. Presto! A zombie slave is at the captor’s disposal. Mr. Davis didn’t just find his datura flower, but witnessed zombie phenomena as he immersed himself within the Haitian culture. Bad Juju is a unique blend of horror, romance, and fantasy. Besides The Serpent and the Rainbow, I read volumes of other Voodoo material and watched hours of TV specials. Some of the terms I learned can be found below: Bokor: A wizard who practices black magic, a zombie maker. Loa: deity/spirit Ghede Family: A family of loas known as the spirits of the dead. Three barons rule the family. Baron Samedi is the loa of resurrection. Baron Kriminel is the most feared loa associated with cannibalism and souls. He’s honored on The Day of the Dead. Baron LaCroix is the loa of the dead and sexuality. Poppet: Voodoo doll Ti-bon-ange: “little good angel” The part of the soul that represents a person’s individuality. Gros-bon-ange: “great good angel” Part of the soul that is collected into a reservoir of the Cosmos or spirit world. Baka: Voodoo spirits in animal form. Loup Garou: werewolf Djab: a devil Dessounin: Death ritual that separates the gros-bon-ange from the body. Bizango Society: Secret society of Vodouists. They have Freemason-like qualities such as aprons, secret handshakes, oaths, hierarchy, and symbols. Legend states they change into animals at will. They are known for stealing black cats and boiling them to death for Voodoo services. They drink each other’s blood from a human skull chalice. Bad Juju is available on Amazon for 2.99LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Juju-ebook/dp/B0097L9FHW/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1347218825&sr=8-13&keywords=bad+juju Dina Tosto/Dina Rae firstname.lastname@example.org www.dinarae.co www.dinaraeswritestuff.blogspot.com Twitter: @haloofthedamned
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