This is one of my favorite authors and speakers. His books talk about the origin of evil in our world, which has come to us only in the last 50,000 years. Yes, that's right, we are not violent by nature, and in fact were quite peaceful lovers of nature and at one with our world. As Tsarion explains in this video, the 'gods' came down and taught us war(have you ever wondered why all military insignia are the same for every army in the world? This could only have come about if all war had the same single source).
As this video explains, there was once a race so wicked that they were chased through the universe and pretended to land on the large water planet that used to exist between Mars and Jupiter. The planet was blown up while these evil ones hid underground on our planet. Once the coast was clear they came out and after looking around, decided that they needed some slave so worship them. They started with the local apelike creatures and upgraded their DNA with their own. This created a very smart and very spiritual creature who wouldn't worship the gods. Back to the drawing board.
The local reptilians looked like a good match, so the gods created a new creature to worship and work for them. This creature was cold-blooded and very strong; the prefect worker. Best of all, this creature wasn't bothered by a conscious because he didn't have a spiritual side(think sociopath).
Now our world is filled with humans who are a mix of these two types of humans and every day we either fight our dark, reptilian side, or give into it, ignoring our spiritual side. Today our world is set up to reward the sociopathic types, so it would stand to reason that the gods who created us are still here or their descendants.
Tsarion has lots of youtube videos backing up his claims. He uses the ancient religious works for all cultures, concentrating on the Duridic and Indian cultures of which his is both. Listen and be amazed.
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I'd heard about this book through another author and really does fill in a lot of the gaps in our history. The author was an abductee by maligned ETs and then in her early teens, by benevolent ETs, which is really where all the confusion comes in. Some people say that aliens are wonderful while some consider them demons. And just like humans, there are all sorts of different types of aliens, but whatever their origin, and some are pretty strange, it all comes down to this, some aliens want us to thrive and fulfill our destiny and join our galactic family as co-creators, and some aliens want to use us for their own needs. Service to self- versus-service to others as the aliens put it. What's amazing is that sometimes the scariest aliens can be the most compassionate, while the ones that look the most like us might be the scariest of all(think of a charming psychopath).
As this book tells us, it's really up to us to go within and find the kingdom of God within, so that we can evolve our way out of the discord that the negative aliens have brought us. We could have heaven on earth so easily if we'd just start living the golden rule and treating each other as we'd like to be treated. I know that sounds simplistic and as the author tells us, we are violent because we have been disconnected from our spirit matrix, which means that all of the energy coming in can't connect so it just builds up with no release so we turn fearful and get it out of our systems by way of violence. I don't know that I've explained it well enough, but that's as much as I can understand.
One of the ways to evolve is to listen to our intuition. "Intuition (began) which serves as a bridge between the original emotive codes and the divergent impulses arising from the mutation". page 101 Without intuition we would have abnormal growth(I'm not sure if they mean physical) and our species would have been permanently stunted. . . . we need emotional healing that comes from listening to what our intuition is telling us about our emotions. In other words, it's our emotions that will set us free, and that's exactly what is being drugged out of us, when our emotions are not being manipulated to buy something.
I highly recommend this book for its history of which aliens are doing what to us, rather than putting all aliens in one basket, we need to know what's really going on. There is also some very complicated chapters on raising awareness and who the different councils are who are helping us. I tended to skip over that part. I'm sure I'll come back to it later, but for now, it wasn't applicable to my life.
- What do you do when you are not writing?
I always say I write because I can’t sing or dance (LOL). Writing isn’t my full time job, I would have starved long ago if it was.
I’m an elementary school teacher, I tutor Math and English part time and I’m a husband and father (three young children, all girls, 5, 3 and 4 months…ouch!!). So as you can see, I only write when I find time.
- When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
Actually it happened by accident. Growing up I never thought much about writing, but I was an avid reader. The only time I ever wrote was when my teachers at school made me. I wanted to be an NHL superstar…period.
It was the winter of 2000, my second year of professional hockey, and I was playing in Oklahoma City.After sustaining a season ending eye injury (one of the scariest moments of my life), I found myself with time on his hands.
My girlfriend at the time, who is now my wife, was attending a French college in Montreal. She received an English assignment to write a short story, and asked me for some help.
I loved the experience—creating vivid characters and generating a wire-taut plot. I sat down at my roommate’s computer and began typing. I wrote a little every day, around my intense rehabilitation schedule and before I knew it I had completed my first manuscript.
I didn’t write with the intention of being published. I wrote for the love of writing.
Thirteen years later, I still write for pleasure—and I still love it! The fact that I am being published is a bonus.
I made the decision to write a book with the intention of publication in 2005. I enjoyed writing so much as a hobby, I decided I wanted to take my interest one step further – write a story with the intention of being published and making it available for friends, family, and readers around the world to enjoy.
I`m not one to take things lightly or jump in half way. I took a full year off from writing to study the craft. I constantly read, from novels in my favorite genres to books written by experts in the writing field. I continually researched on the internet, reading up on the industry and process. I made friends (published and unpublished authors), bombarding them with questions, learning what it took to become successful.
Feeling that I was finally prepared, in the winter of 2006, with an idea in mind and an outline on paper, I started to write DEAD MAN`S HAND. It took me two years (working around full time jobs) to complete the first draft of the novel.
I then worked with editors and joined a critique group, doing anything I could to learn, to improve my writing and my novel to point where I could create the best possible work.
My years of hard work finally paid off. With my dream still in mind and my manuscript ready, I hired the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency to represent DEAD MAN`S HAND.
I signed a publishing deal with Imajin Books in May, 2012.
- How did you choose the genre you write in?
I was always an avid reader. My first books were the Hardy Boys titles, so they are the reason I love mysteries. As an adult, some of my favorite authors are Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly and Greg Iles, so naturally I write what I love to read – mystery/suspense/thriller novels. “Kiss the Girls” by James Patterson was the first adult crime-book I ever read, and I fell in love with the genres. DEAD MAN`S HAND has been compared to Patterson books, which to me is an honour. Maybe in style (short chapters, a quick read), as I have read many of his books.
- What inspired you to write DEAD MAN’S HAND?
I never thought much about writing when I was growing up.
But I was always an avid reader, which I owe to my mother. She was a librarian, and although I lost her when I was young, I will always remember a stack on Danielle Steele books on her bedside table, and a lot of books lying around the house at my disposal.
Plot: I get my ideas from stories I hear about, whether through reading (newspapers, magazines, etc.), what I hear (radio) or what I see (TV, movies, internet, etc.). The plot is completely fictional. I wouldn`t say that one thing or person influences my writing, but a variety of my life experiences all have led to my passion in the written word. There is not a single moment in time when this idea came to be, but circumstances over the years that led to this story: my hockey injuries, frequent visits to Las Vegas, my love of football, crime books and movies. Dead Man’s Hand became real from mixing these events, taking advantage of experts in their field, and adding my wild imagination. The internet also provides a wealth of information, available at our fingertips with a click of the mouse.
Setting: I usually set my stories in cities I`ve visited and fell in love with. Las Vegas was the perfect backdrop for this story, glitz and glamour as well as an untapped underground.
Characters: I have never been involved in a homicide investigation, LOL. Although I am not a 6’5”, 220 pound African-American, I’ve used much of my athletic background when creating my protagonist Calvin Watters. Watters past as an athlete, and his emotional rollercoaster brought on by injuries were drawn from my experiences. His mother died of cancer when he was young, as mine was. There are certainly elements of myself in Calvin, but overall, this is a work of fiction. I did not base the characters or plot on any real people or events. Any familiarities are strictly coincidence.
- Do you ever experience writer’s block?
I have never suffered from writers block, or I should say that I have never been affected by it. Since writing is not my full time job (I’m a teacher, tutor, husband and father), it’s more of a hobby for me. If I’m ever sitting at the computer and drawing a blank, I just get up, shut off the computer, and walk away…live to fight another day. If the next day the same thing happens, then I walk away again. For this reason, I never give myself deadlines or WIP challenges.
- Can you tell us about your challenges as a writer?
For me, the most difficult thing about writing has nothing to do with actual writing (ideas, flow, writer`s block, etc.), but it`s finding the time.
Between teaching and tutoring, with three small children and a wife at home, finding the time to sit down at a computer and have serious, quality writing time is almost impossible.
But I love my girls and spending quality time for them is a great feeling. I wouldn’t give up my games of ring-around-the-rosie and duck-duck-goose for anything in the world. It just puts writing my next novel behind a bit.
- Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
DEAD MAN’S HAND is my only published work to date, and I have been getting exceptional reviews. It took me over six years from writing the first word to seeing it in print, so I spent a lot of time with it.
But my first manuscript is my baby. It was what drew me to writing, what ignited the passionate fire in me to write. It also brought my wife and I closer together (we were just dating at the time and she helped me a little).
I never intended to publish my first manuscript, it was part of practicing to hone my craft. But since my first novel has been getting such good reviews, for book #2, I’ve pulled my first manuscript out of the drawer and am currently revising it for possible publication.
- Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Definitely the protagonist from DEAD MAN’S HAND, Calvin Watters.
Many people have asked if I can make any real connections to the main character in my novel. The answer, as for my connection…no, I have never been involved in a homicide investigation, LOL. The plot is completely fictional. Although I am not a 6’5”, 220 pound African-American, I’ve used much of my athletic background when creating my protagonist Calvin Watters. Watters past as an athlete, and his emotional rollercoaster brought on by injuries were drawn from my experiences. His mother died of cancer when he was young, as mine was. There are certainly elements of myself in Calvin, but overall, this is a work of fiction. I did not base the characters or plot on any real people or events. Any familiarities are strictly coincidence.
Calvin Watters faces racial prejudice with calmness similar to that of Walter Mosley’s character Easy Rawlins. But Watters’ past as an athlete and enforcer will remind other readers of (Jack) Reacher of the Lee Childs series. The Stuart Woods novel Choke, about a tennis player who, like Watters, suffered greatly from a dramatic loss that was a failure of his psyche, is also an inspiration for Dead Man’s Hand.
When thinking about creating the main character for my story, I wanted someone “REAL”. Someone readers could relate to. Although it is a work of fiction, my goal was to create a character who readers could make a real connection with.
Physically, keeping in mind Watters’ past as an NCAA football standout and his current occupation as a Vegas debt-collector, I thought “intimidating”, and put together a mix of characteristics that make Watters appear scary (dreadlocks and patchy facial hair), but also able to blend in with those of the social elite. Although he is in astounding physical condition, handsome and well-toned, he does have a physical disability that limits his capabilities.
He’s proud, confident bordering on cocky, mean and tough, but I also gave him a softer side that readers, especially women, will be more comfortable rooting for. After his humiliating downfall he is stuck at the bottom for a while, but trying hard to work his way back up.
He has weaknesses and he has made poor choices. He has regrets, but Watters has the opportunity to redeem himself. Not everyone gets a second chance in life, and he realizes how fortunate he is.
Calvin Watters is definitely worth rooting for.
- What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I’ve been very fortunate so far to have mainly only positive reviews of DEAD MAN’S HAND. There have only been a handful of 3 star reviews, and even those were more positive than negative.
As for “best compliment”, the review blurbs I’ve received from other authors, especially bestselling authors, have been thrilling. My favorites, because of who they are from, were the reviews I received from NY Times Bestselling authors Thomas Perry and William Martin:
"Luke Murphy's Dead Man's Hand is a pleasure, a debut novel that doesn't read like one, but still presents original characters and a fresh new voice." —Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Flower
"It's always a pleasure to welcome a new voice to the ranks of mystery-thriller authors. So welcome Luke Murphy, who delivers plenty of both in his debut novel, Dead Man's Hand. Give it an evening and you may want to give it the whole night, just to see how it turns out." —William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Letter
- Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Get a part-time job to pay the bills (haha). Just kidding. Honestly, for anyone who wants to be a writer, you need to have three things: patience, determination and thick skin. You can`t let anyone or anything get in the way of your ultimate goal. You will hear a lot of “no`s”, but it only takes one “yes”. The writing industry is a slow-moving machine, and you need to wait it out. Never quit or give up on your dreams.