Sam Baahuhd, Headman at Piermont Manor, c. 2199

Ever met a character from a book? I did an imaginary interview with Sam Baahuhd, the village headman at Piermont Manor, the ancestral home of Jeremy Edgarton, the hero of THE ANGEL & THE BROWN-EYED BOY. Sam plays a relatively minor, but impactful, role in THE ANGEL. He’s the hero of his own book in SAM & EMILY, the upcoming sequel to THE ANGEL.

THE ANGEL & THE BROWN-EYED BOY is the winner of the 2011 Gold Medal in Visionary Fiction in the IPPY (Independent Press) Awards. It also won the Visionary Fiction category in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards.

Here’s a two sentence synopsis of the book: Tomorrow morning, a nuclear holocaust will destroy the planet. Two people carry the keys to survival: a teenage boy and an intergalactic traveler.

The following “interview” turns into a short story. Sam’s being interviewed by a TV station of his time. The people doing the interview have their own stories. The year is 2199.

Here’s what the station’s advertising says about the interview:

WNYC’S STAR REPORTER MEREDITH CARLISLE INTERVIEWS VILLAGE HEADMAN SAM BAAHUHD.

Join Meredith at Piermont Manor in the Hamptons! Our favorite investigator visits one of the poorest areas in America and one the USA’s greatest and oldest stately homes. Tune in at 3 PM for a view of life in the 22nd century.

WNYC––NEW YORK CITY’S ONLY NETWORK

Now we’re at the shoot on the estate:

“Meredith, I don’t like it here,” my stylist says, backcombing my hair furiously. I sit at my dressing table on the estate’s lawn. I’m Meredith Carlisle. But everyone knows that.

“Did you see all the trees driving out here? Weird,” he whispers.

“It was very weird.” I turn to the rest of the crew. “Everyone: This is the country. They have trees in the country. We’ll do the show and get back to New York.”

“They don’t have that in the country,” Alfred, the director, points at the stone mansion stretching as far as we can see.  “I’ve been trying to figure out how to get it all on camera.”

I stare at the enormous structure. The mansion is like a wedding cake made of granite. Breathtaking. “We’re at Piermont Manor. It was constructed in the 1800s, four hundred years ago. Nobody gets in here. We had to agree to interview this idiot to be allowed in. Who is he? Sam who?

My crew edges toward the van. They’re freaked out by the acres of lawn and all the trees. The lack of skyscrapers. I take control.

“Alfred, where is the man we’re supposed to interview?”

“I asked those guys over there,” Alfred points to a group of very large men standing on the other side of the lawn. He cowers a bit.

“What did they say?” My crew’s undue nervousness is irritating.

The whites of Alfred’s eyes glint in the sunlight. “I don’t know what they said. They speak a foreign language.”

“Great. Why didn’t anyone find that out? Alyssa, you’re the production manager. Do we have a translator?”

“No, Meredith. I’ll try to find one.” Alyssa looks around helplessly.

“Oh, wait. Someone’s coming.” My jaw drops. I can’t stop looking at him. He’s the same as the mansion. Breathtaking. A huge man. Shoulders like forever. That chest. He strides out forcefully. Something wafts from him. Manliness.

My jaw drops farther as he gets closer. Also, my nostrils twitch. He’s dirty. It’s real dirt, not something applied by the makeup department. He appears to be sweating copiously. He takes off his hat. His graying hair is matted where the hat’s brow band pressed it tight.

“Hello there?” I extend my hand, despite my disgust at his grimy paw. “You must be Mr. . . “ I search for Alyssa and she mouths the pronunciation. “Baaaaah-huuhd.”

“Mr. Baaaaah-huuuhd.” I smile broadly.

“Ma name i’ Sam Baahuhd. A’m th’ headm’n o’ th’ vil’ an’ o’ersee’er o’ th’ big house.” He nods at the mansion.

“Oh,” I say. “Who?”

He repeats what he said.

“Do you have anyone who speaks English? I don’t speak your language.” He’s very appealing close up, if filthy.  My heart flutters.

“Ah fergot tha’ yer not o’ th’ Hamptons. Been out here s’ long, we got our own way o’ talkin’. Ah’ll pretend yer th’ hooch man out at Jamayuh. Ah always speak proper English when ah’m w’ him. Canna make a deal otherwise. Can ye understand me?”

“Yes, Mr. . . .”

“Baahuhd. Ye say i’ like this, with th’ air comin’ from here.” He presses my belly, forcing the breath out of me. I feel faint. Something comes off of him, like a force. It’s wonderful.

“Baahuhd. I see. Well, we’re set up for the interview,” I indicate a couple of club chairs set on the mansion’s front terrace. “Any chance of us getting a peek inside?”

“Nah. Jeremy’s got ‘er wired up. Get any closer ‘n’ ye are an’ ye’ll nah go nowhere again.” He smiles, showing surprisingly white teeth.

“It’s electrified?”

“Yeah. An’ more. D’ ye know Jeremy Egerton?” I shake my head. “He’s the lady’s son, Mrs. Veronica Egerton. Ye know of her?”

“Oh, yes. Veronica Edgarton is famous. And rich. And beautiful. She’s the general’s . . .”

“Aye. She owns th’ big house an’ the village an’ all th’ rest around here. An’ me, too.”

“She owns you?”

“Might as well. Ye know why yer here t’day?”

“Yes. To interview you.” My cheeks tremble from smiling so much.

“Nah. Yer here because Jeremy Egerton sent word to let ye in.” He looks me in the eye. It’s terrifying, though thrilling.  “If Jeremy hadn’t tol’ me to let ye in, ye woulda been chased back to th’ city th’ minute you set foot on this place. That was three hours ago, out on th’ road. Jus’ so we get straight on it.”

“Certainly, Mr. Baah . . .”

“Baahuhd.” He walks to one of the chairs and sits down. “OK. Le’s get this goin.’ Ah got work to do. What ‘er yer questions?”

“I thought that the natives of the Hamptons didn’t like to be asked questions.”

“We don’. Usually, we shoot before we get t’ askin’ questions. But ah figured this was a chance t’ say some things we don’ get t’ say.”

“And what’s that?”

“That we’re not animals. We’re in th’ Hamptons because we was born here, jus’ like ye were born in th’ city. Weren’t our fault. Weren’t our fault that we don’ have schools an’ have to work like we do. Weren’t our fault that we got nothin’.

“We risk our lives seein’ that the lady keeps that,” he tosses his head toward the mansion. “An’ we get very little thanks fer our trouble.”

“You risk your lives?”

“Yeah, lass. Th’ Hamptons is a dangerous place. We get th’ people who run away from th’ cities. Th’ people escape from th’ torture camps––there’s one o’er at Jamayuh, th’ next town down. We got the hooch runners an’ them that deal in the weed and mushrooms. An’ th feds. All of them is dangerous, an all of them want this place.” He smiles. “Coupla times a year, they come t’ get it.” The smile broadens. “Ain’t got it yet.”

“You fight to keep the estate for Mrs. Edgarton?” I’m shocked, but I shouldn’t be. The Hamptons are like the Wild West once was.

“I got plugged three times so far. Not countin’ the nicks.” He rubs his chest where he’s been shot. “Ah’m scarred up lak an ol’ bear. It’s war out here. Jus’ like in the cities.”

“We don’t have war. What are you talking about?”

“Whad’ya think th’ smoke runnin’ along the horizon is? There’s a war.”

“There’s no war. If there were, the government would have told us about it. President Charles says everything is fine.”

He nods his head and smirks. “When ye drove in, did ye happen t’ see big round bowls cut out o’ th’ ground,” he uses his hands to indicate large depressions, “all lined with cement? An’ wi’ long pointy things stickin’ out of ‘em, aimed at the sky?”

“Yes. They’re all over the place. President Charles said they’re satellite dishes to help our screen reception.”

“No, lass. They’re atomics. An’ they’re set to go off t’morrow morning. Early. All over th’ world.” He’s looking at me steadily. He’s so magnetic I almost believe . . .

No! I can’t believe what he’s suggesting. The president would lie? There’s going to be an atomic war? That’s treasonous. We’re in the Great Peace. Everyone knows that. A niggling thought about my daughter’s third grade teacher disappearing comes up. No, she took a leave of absence.

“I’m not going to listen to this.” I turn to Alfred. “Pack up, we’re going back.”

“No,” Sam says just a little bit louder than normal. Everyone freezes and looks at him. “Yer gonna get ev’ry thing ah say, an’ yer gonna play it on the tellie today. Tha’s why Jeremy let ye’ come out here. You gotta tell the people wha’t happenin’.”

“A nuclear war starting tomorrow? The government would have told us.” I’m shaken. For some crazy reason, I believe him and know that I’ll do what he says. “What will we do? Where can we go?”

“Yer gonna go back an’ show ‘er on th’ tellie,” he says to the others. Then he turns that million volt gaze on me. “Fer ye, there may be a way out. Yer a pretty thing. Ye could be one ‘a’ ma wives.” His smile is mesmerizing.

“Wives?” The idea seems worth considering.

“Ah got four. Ye’d be ma fifth, but we gotta big house. The stable, yon.” He points to a barn.

Fifth wife to  . . . His dirty hands make up my mind. “No. I’ve already got one ex-husband. I don’t need to be married.” I regret the words as I say them. There’s something about him.

“OK. Ye’ll take th’ camera back t’ the city an’ play ‘er today. Ye need t’ tell the people to . . . to run. Or t’ stand. They’ll die, either way. But they d’serve a warnin’. Tis only fair.

“Tha’s what ah got t’ say. Now git. Ah’m done wi’ ye.”

I watch his back as he heads toward the stable. Broad shoulders. Easy gait. Powerful.

I feel drawn to him. No. I made the right choice. We have to get out of here.

“We’ve got the van packed, Meredith.” I hop in as it pulls away from the mansion.

“You know we can’t play what we got,” Alfred says as we jolt down the rutted road. “It’s treasonous. Everyone knows that the Great Peace is baloney. We’re in a war. But it’s covered up. This will blow the cover. The feds will kill us.”

“Yes, we can. Sam said to,” I’ll do what Sam told me to do no matter what. “We have to give people a warning.”

“Why, Meredith? There aren’t enough bomb shelters in the world to save everyone. We’re going to die.”

And then it sinks in. If what Sam said is true, we’ll die tomorrow.

I should have taken his offer. He wasn’t scared about what’s coming. He must have a shelter or something. “Turn around! We need to get back to the Piermont estate.”

The van shudders to a stop.

“What’s that?” There’s something in front of us. A vehicle across the road. Another vehicle pulls up behind us. Black figures are moving toward our van.

“What is it, Alfred?”

“They’re feds.”

“Open the door,” a black-clad commando yells. “Give me the cameras.” We give them to him.

“I’m Meredith Carlisle of WNYC. Those cameras are the property . . .”

“I don’t care who you are.” He uses some very rude language, and tosses something in the van, slamming the door. It clatters on the floor. I see a digital timer counting down.

“No!”

 

After the explosion, the commandos gather near the flaming remains of the van. “We got the treasonous materials. Should we look at them?”

“Nah. The president said everything is all right. That’s good enough for me.”

All the best,

Sandy Nathan
Winner of twenty-one national awards

Sandy’s  books are: (Click link for more information. All links below go to Kindle editions.)
The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy
Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money

Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could

Stepping Off the Edge: Learning & Living Spiritual Practice

Two sequels to The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy are in production with an early 2012 release date planned. If you liked  The Angel you’ll love Lady Grace and Sam & Emily.


The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

Red Adept Reviews gave The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy an Overall 5 STARS!

Red Adept reviewer Jim Chambers read The Angel and said, “I have to say that The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy is probably the most original story that I’ve read in quite some time. . . . The story was ultimately a fascinating and gripping tale about survival and the desperate measures that some—on earth and elsewhere—would take to ensure their survival.” I invite you to read the entire review.

The Angel is available on Amazon as a trade paperback and Kindle. It’s also available as a Nook, Sony book and iBook. The ebooks are only 99 cents each! Buy here.
In addition to its terrific Red Adept review, THE ANGEL & THE BROWN-EYED BOY HAS WON TWO NATIONAL AWARDS:

2011 IPPY (Independent Press) AWARDS, Gold Medal Winner in Visionary Fiction. More than 3,900 books were entered in this contest.

2011 Indie Excellence Awards, Winner (1st place) of the Visionary Fiction Category.

And it has an average review of almost 5 stars on Amazon!

WHAT IS THE ANGEL ABOUT?

Tomorrow morning, a nuclear holocaust will destroy the planet. Two people carry the keys to survival: A teenage boy and an an intergalactic traveler. 

A FUTURE WORLD ONLY HEARTBEATS FROM OUR OWN:

By the late 22nd century, the Great Recession of the early 2000s has lead to a worldwide police state. A ruined United States barely functions. Government control masks chaos, dissenters are sent to camps, and technology is outlawed. War rages while the authorities proclaim the Great Peace.

IT’S NEW YORK CITY ON THE EVE OF NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON.

Tomorrow morning at 7:35 AM, a nuclear holocaust will destroy the planet. Two people carry the keys to survival: Jeremy Edgarton, a 16 year old, tech genius and revolutionary; and Eliana, the angelic, off-world traveler sent to Earth on a mission to prevent her planet’s death.

Join Eliana and Jeremy as they begin a quest to save two doomed planets … and find each other.

ISN’T IT TIME YOU HAD A DATE WITH AN ANGEL?
The Angel’s sequels, Lady Grace and Sam & Emily are in  production. All the books in Tales from Earth’s End are free-standing––you don’t have to read the whole series to get a complete story. But, if you fall in love with the Angel and her friends, you won’t have to wait long for the next book.

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

THE ANGEL IS FLYING! Fans of Tales from Earth’s End will be glad to know that Sandy Nathan has just won the the 2011 IPPY (Independent Publisher) GOLD MEDAL FOR VISIONARY FICTION for her sci-fi /fantasy / visionary fiction novel, The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy. The IPPY Award Contest is one of the largest and oldest competitions for independent presses––in fact, it may be the oldest and largest.

Sandy says, “Winning this award feels very good. It marks almost four years of work by myself and my publishing team at Vilasa Press. I want to thank my content editor, Melanie Rigney; my book designer, Lewis Agell; and Kathy Grow and Kathryn Agrell for copy editing and proofreading assistance. Many thanks also to my husband, Barry Nathan for keeping Vilasa Press organized and moving forward.”

This is the fourteenth national award Sandy Nathan has won with her four books. She has won two Silver Nautilus Awards, and a Bronze and Silver IPPY Award in previous contests. She was a Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist, and has won several Indie Excellence and Best Book (USA Book News) Awards. “It feels good every time. A pat on the back for work well done.”

The Angel is the first book of Tales from Earth’s End, a series of books about people literally at the end of the earth. In the case of The Angel, that “end” was a nuclear holocaust coming the next day. Later books explore new definitions for earth’s extremity. You can find the first chapter of The Angel, videos and other information about the series here at its official blog.  Please feel free to leave us a comment!

The award came at a particularly difficult time. The day before being notified of her win, Ms. Nathan’s horse, Tecolote, had to be euthanized. “I have been grieving deeply the last few weeks. My horse’s heart was failing and  the veterinarians couldn’t stop it. When I lost that beautiful buckskin horse, I thought my heart would fail. Here’s his story, Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could. Teco’s story has already won a the 2011 Silver Nautilus Award for Children’s Nonfiction (grade 1-6) in its own right.

“The very next day, I won a national award. I guess that God’s just telling me that it’s not over until it’s over. And that happiness and sadness can exist together.

“If you haven’t read The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy, I invite you to do so. It’s available in a number of formats.”

AMAZON:
Trade Paperback
Kindle 99 cents. Such a deal!

BARNES & NOBLE.COM
Trade Paperback
Nook Book 99 cents. Such a deal!

SONY READER BOOK
I’m told by my distributor that the book is available for the Sony reader, but I couldn’t find it on their store. Please keep checking. It should be 99 cents.

iBook
iBook store for the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad  99 cents. Yet another great deal for an award-winning book!

Here’s some information about The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy, if the book is new to you:

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy is Sandy Nathan’s new science fiction/fantasy novel. Of the special genre of books and films that include 1984, A Brave New World, and The Prisoner Series,  The Angel takes the reader to a dark future world that’s not so different from our own. In the late 22nd century, people are continually watched, disappearing off the streets and from their homes. A shadowy but all-powerful government calls the shots; war rages while the authorities proclaim the Great Peace.

All is not bad in this fictional realm, for the angelic extraterrestrial, Eliana, appears on the streets on New York City on a mission to save her planet.  As radiant and pure as the world around her is tarnished, Eliana must find the Golden Boy. He turns out to be Jeremy Edgarton, a tech genius on a planet where technology is outlawed, a revolutionary, and the FBI’s most wanted. They find themselves caught up in an explosive adventure when Jeremy decodes new transmissions and discovers that a nuclear holocaust will take place the next morning.

The themes of The Angel read like pure sci-fi, but author Sandy Nathan explains, “I’m a former economist. While the love story between Jeremy and Eliana enchants, the back-story––the hideous world around them––is the product of my economist’s mind interacting with current events. We’re in the worst economic melt-down since the 1930’s, with no end in sight. Some events in  The Angel are based directly upon history. For instance, Germany’s economic distress during the Great Depression is one factor contributing to the rise of Adolf Hitler. Could a totalitarian government arise from our current conditions? Maybe.  The Angel’s world is just a heartbeat from our own. In writing  The Angel, I wanted to entertain my readers and challenge them to discover solutions.”

So the book has a vision, a powerful vision, and a dark vision. And it’s also got a love story that will melt your heart. The sequel is well into production. Something to look forward to.

All the best,
Sandy Nathan

Ridin’ high!

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy is officially released!

Posted January 5th, 2011 by admin

January 2011 marks the official launch of Sandy Nathan’s new book, The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy. Sandy’s publisher, Vilasa Press, is planning lots of launch events, so check back here to find out what’s up. For now, two new videos about The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy.

Want to feel what the world of The Angel is like? This video takes you there:

Ever wonder what the characters of a book look like? Here’s author Sandy Nathan’s ideas for the people of The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy.

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Straight from the designer, we have two videos on The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy. The top one lays out the characters and plot of the story: It’s a “regular video.” This is the first of several videos we’ll be producing. Welcome to the Angel’s world!

The second video gives author Sandy Nathan’s take on what the characters and places of The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy are like. Ever want to try your hand at casting? This is Sandy’s shot at it. Read the book. You’ll probably see the characters differently. But this video is fun.

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The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy is available! What are readers saying?

“The most splendid part of the day just happened… and I am sad and happy… I just finished reading your novel. It was such a wild ride… so clever and perfectly timed. I am astonished by your imagination. It worked so well… and it was so out there!

“When can I get my hands on the sequel?”
A reader from California

Sandy Nathan is a talented writer with a gift for creating multi-layered characters and putting them in do-or-die situations. In The Angel & The Brown-Eyed Boy, Ms. Nathan introduces us to a dark Earth of the future where humans have surrendered all freedoms to total government control in order to live in peace. Now a secret from the past threatens to annihilate all life on the planet. Survival–of a sort–can come only from an extraterrestrial “angel” and the boy she has loves. But only if they can act in time. Captivating from the first page onward, this entertaining tale will draw readers in and keep them riveted. Highly recommended.
L.C. Evans, author of Talented Horsewoman


A good book elicits an emotional response while being read; Nathan’s book haunts the reader long after the final page is turned.  In  The Angel & The Brown-Eyed Boy, two dying worlds fight for survival, their futures dependent on a revolutionary and an angelic otherworldly dancer.  Nathan shows us a future Earth whose indifferent citizens and uneducated politicians have allowed their fears to rule them believing everything they are told even in the face of the reality around them.  It is world not that many heartbeats away from our own, making the premise chilling.

Hope lies in the few who stand and fight for their beliefs, but they must do so in secrecy.  Clandestine operatives in the government are ever watchful of the citizenry, quashing dissension immediately; people literally disappear in the middle of the night never to be heard from again.

The Angel explores a number of themes crossing political and cultural boundaries.  Should one put their faith solely in their leadership?  What about following orders—are there lines that should never be crossed even in support of one’s country?  When does one stop trying to change the system from within and instead become a revolutionary?  And what of family—what does one do when one’s own family members believe in something diametrically opposed to one’s own beliefs?  How far does a person go to save themselves, their friends, their family, and their world?

This future world is dark and disturbing a pre apocalyptic malaise covering the Earth similar to the movie Children of Men.  Is there hope?  Yes, Jeremy and Eliana are the key.  But to what end?  Future volumes of the tale will tell.
TODD A. FONSECA, award winning author of The Time Cavern


Sandy Nathan is an outstanding story teller!  She uses her many loves, such as architecture, horses, magic, and science fiction to enrich a story that is already rich with the conduct of world-wide war, skullduggery, extreme separation of classes, and even human extinction.

Set in an unkind future, The Angel & The Brown-Eyed Boy, is the most engaging story of an intergalactic traveler and an angry young man, both of whom have surprising hidden aspects that are not fully revealed until the very end of this enticing saga.  If you like science fiction, you’re going to love The Angel & The Brown-Eyed Boy,!
Ilene Dillon MSW, host Full Power Living

Buy from Amazon as a Kindle: $2.99

Buy from Amazon as a Trade Paperback $12.95 retail (Amazon discounts this price)

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

THE ANGEL & THE BROWN-EYED BOY, BOOK ONE OF TALES FROM EARTH’S END , IS AVAILABLE NOW!

Click here to buy it on Amazon. THE ANGEL can be ordered wherever books are sold.

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?

By the late 22nd century, the Great Recession of the early 2000s has led to a worldwide police state. A ruined United States barely functions. Government control masks chaos, dissenters are sent to camps, and technology is outlawed. War rages while the authorities proclaim the Great Peace.

IT’S NEW YORK CITY ON THE EVE OF NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON.

Tomorrow morning at 7:35 AM, a nuclear holocaust will destroy the planet. Two people carry the keys to survival: Jeremy Edgarton, a 16-year-old, tech genius and revolutionary; and Eliana, the angelic, off-world traveler sent to Earth on a mission that can give her planet a rebirth.

Join Eliana and Jeremy as they begin a quest to save two doomed planets … and find each other.

WHAT ARE EARLY READERS SAYING?

Sandy Nathan is a talented writer with a gift for creating multi-layered characters and putting them in do-or-die situations. In The Angel & The Brown-Eyed Boy, Ms. Nathan introduces us to a dark Earth of the future where humans have surrendered all freedoms to total government control in order to live in peace. Now a secret from the past threatens to annihilate all life on the planet. Survival–of a sort–can come only from an extraterrestrial “angel” and the boy she has loves. But only if they can act in time. Captivating from the first page onward, this entertaining tale will draw readers in and keep them riveted. Highly recommended.
L.C. Evans, author of Talented Horsewoman

A good book elicits an emotional response while being read; Nathan’s book haunts the reader long after the final page is turned.  In  The Angel & The Brown-Eyed Boy, two dying worlds fight for survival, their futures dependent on a revolutionary and an angelic otherworldly dancer.  Nathan shows us a future Earth whose indifferent citizens and uneducated politicians have allowed their fears to rule them believing everything they are told even in the face of the reality around them.  It is world not that many heartbeats away from our own, making the premise chilling.

Hope lies in the few who stand and fight for their beliefs, but they must do so in secrecy.  Clandestine operatives in the government are ever watchful of the citizenry, quashing dissension immediately; people literally disappear in the middle of the night never to be heard from again.

The Angel explores a number of themes crossing political and cultural boundaries.  Should one put their faith solely in their leadership?  What about following orders—are there lines that should never be crossed even in support of one’s country?  When does one stop trying to change the system from within and instead become a revolutionary?  And what of family—what does one do when one’s own family members believe in something diametrically opposed to one’s own beliefs?  How far does a person go to save themselves, their friends, their family, and their world?

This future world is dark and disturbing a pre apocalyptic malaise covering the Earth similar to the movie Children of Men.  Is there hope?  Yes, Jeremy and Eliana are the key.  But to what end?  Future volumes of the tale will tell.
TODD A. FONSECA, award winning author of The Time Cavern

Sandy Nathan is an outstanding story teller!  She uses her many loves, such as architecture, horses, magic, and science fiction to enrich a story that is already rich with the conduct of world-wide war, skullduggery, extreme separation of classes, and even human extinction.

Set in an unkind future, The Angel & The Brown-Eyed Boy, is the most engaging story of an intergalactic traveler and an angry young man, both of whom have surprising hidden aspects that are not fully revealed until the very end of this enticing saga.  If you like science fiction, you’re going to love The Angel & The Brown-Eyed Boy,!
Ilene Dillon MSW, host Full Power Living

Buy from Amazon as a Kindle: $2.99

Buy from Amazon as a Trade Paperback $12.95 retail (Amazon discounts this price)

FROM THE AUTHOR:

Authors are often asked where they find inspiration for their stories. For Sandy Nathan, The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy was born out of tragedy and a beauty that was otherworldly:


I had a dream a year or so ago. I dreamed of a beneficent being, a golden creature of love and life. As the dream progressed, that angelic creature was superimposed upon me. And then she became me. The physical pleasure I felt was astonishing. Joy coursed through me. I was totally good, totally alive. Golden light poured from me. I was the Angel.


The experience carried forward into my day, slowly dissipating until I was my ordinary self. I realized I’d been given a gift. I’d experienced a vision of another world, another way of being. I’d been granted a glimpse of the Angel’s reality.


In the days that followed, the rest of
The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy Boy flowed out, as the characters revealed themselves to me: Jeremy Edgarton, son of a great musician and an infamous beauty, heir to one of the great fortunes of his world. A genius? An outcast? A revolutionary? Then came Jeremy’s friends and the dangerous milieu in which they lived, and the idea of a tortured United States on the verge of disaster.


What was that world? I asked myself. Not the world we know. Or was it? Was it our world pushed forward in time?


Was that dream all that prompted the book series, Tales from Earth’s End? No. When I write, I experience a repeated and sometimes violent cracking of everyday reality. The mundane world shatters so that a truer, larger voice can speak. What causes this rupture? Pain, mostly.


A few months before I had the dream, my brother died unexpectedly and tragically. My grief wrote
The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy. As I remembered our life together, I wanted to give my brother a tribute that captured his essence. My unconscious did the rest. Many of the themes of The Angel have particular meaning to my brother and I.


That was how Tales from Earth’s End was born. The tales are stories of human beings pushed to their extremity, literally to the end of the earth. They come from my depths being jostled and torn, wounded. Writing was the cure.


I wrote the first draft of
The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy in five weeks. When I finished, the sequel was burning inside me. I wrote that. And then the sequel to the sequel. This was somewhat inconvenient, as I was working on the sequel to my novel, Numenon, and people were writing to me, asking when it would be out. Creative process waits for no one; I knew I’d better take the material that was being given to me before it fled. Readers can be assured that Books Two and Three of Tales from Earth’s End are well along. They’ll be in print shortly. And so will Numenon’s sequel.


But now I invite you to join me and meet The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy.

Sandy Nathan

Buy from Amazon as a Kindle: $2.99

Buy from Amazon as a Trade Paperback $12.95 retail (Amazon discounts this price)

THE ANGEL & THE BROWN-EYED BOY IS COMING SOON!

Posted September 18th, 2010 by admin
THE ANGEL & THE BROWN-EYED BOY

THE ANGEL & THE BROWN-EYED BOY

Sandy Nathan’s new sci-fi / fantasy is in production and should be available very soon. Here’s a bit of information about it from the back cover and early readers:

Eliana made her way along the sidewalk, knowing that she was dirty, feeling the grit in her hair and on her skin. When she had reached the planet’s atmosphere, clothes and all sorts of things had rushed at her with great force, tossing her over and over. Dirt had come, too. She’d found the clothes she needed and put them on the way her teachers had shown her. Then her people had put her where she was….

NEW YORK CITY ON THE EVE OF ARMAGEDDON, IN THE LATE 22ND CENTURY––PERHAPS

Mistaken for a Russian ballet dancer, Eliana finds her destination—the Hermitage Academy, a famous high school for the arts. Soon she discovers that this Earth is a strange and violent place, where people live in fear, and where her very presence makes some want to protect her and others want to hurt her.

It is a century after the second Russian revolution, when technology was outlawed and Tsar Yuri took over most of world, ushering in the “Great Peace.” For the U.S. president, Lincoln Charles, peace is doable—just focus on the positive, project a trustworthy image, and make sure that dissenters are taken care of quietly, permanently.
Something terrible, though, is about to happen; and for Eliana, not much time remains to find the “Golden Boy.”

Praise for The Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy:

“Set in an unkind future, The Angel and the Brown-eyed Boy is the most engaging story of an intergalactic traveler and an angry young man, both of whom have surprising hidden aspects that are not fully revealed until the very end of this enticing saga.  If you like science fiction, you’re going to love The Angel and the Brown-eyed Boy!”  Ilene Dillon MSW, host Full Power Living

“Sandy Nathan is a talented writer with a gift for creating multi-layered characters and putting them in do-or-die situations. In The Angel & The Brown-Eyed Boy, Ms. Nathan introduces us to a dark Earth of the future where humans have surrendered all freedoms to total government control in order to live in peace. Now a secret from the past threatens to annihilate all life on the planet. Survival–of a sort–can come only from an extraterrestrial “angel” and the boy she has loves. But only if they can act in time. Captivating from the first page onward, this entertaining tale will draw readers in and keep them riveted. Highly recommended.”     L.C. Evans, author, Talented Horsewoman

Buy from Amazon as a Kindle: $2.99

Buy from Amazon as a Trade Paperback $12.95 retail (Amazon discounts this price)

Numenon wins the 2009 Nautilus Silver Award!

Posted April 25th, 2009 by admin
Numenon, by Sandy Nathan, wins the 2009 Silver Nautilus Book Award!

Numenon, by Sandy Nathan, wins the 2009 Silver Nautilus Book Award!

By winning a Nautilus Silver Award with her book, Numenon,  author Sandy Nathan joins the ranks of  Deepak Chopra, M.D., Barbara Kingsolver, Thich Nnat Hanh, Jean Houston, PhD., Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. All are Nautilus Award winners. “Joining the company of these people moves me to tears,” says Sandy.

The Nautilus Awards are dedicated to “changing the world one book at a time.” The Nautilus Award was established to find and reward distinguished literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspirational reading for children, teens and young adults.

Books are judged in a three-tier system using a carefully prepared list of notable characteristics. The judging process is laborious and long, carried out by three teams of highly qualified reviewers. Each book is evaluated by at least two judges.

“I”m thrilled to win the Silver Nautilus Award,” says Sandy. “My writing and life are directed toward making this planet a better place. I feel like I’ve found a spiritual home with the Nautilus contest and the people behind it.”

Sandy Nathan, "one happy author!"

Sandy Nathan, "one happy author!"

Please consult the Nautilus Book Awards web site for more information.

Numenon Kindle Is .99 on Amazon!

Posted March 24th, 2009 by admin
Numenon: Buy the Kindle version for 99 cents!

Numenon: Buy the Kindle version for 99 cents!

The Kindle version of Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mystery is available and priced at an unbelievable 99 cents!

Here’s a link to Numenon on the Amazon Kindle Store!

Am I crazy? Like a fox! When I last looked, Numenon was #8 in Religious Fiction (closing on The Shack), and #1 in Mysticism in two categories of Religion & Spirituality. JOIN THE STAMPEDE!

Buy the Kindle version of Numenon, and you can enter the world of Will Duane, the richest man on earth, and Grandfather, a great Native shaman, in less then a 60 seconds. Numenon won two national awards as an Advance Reading Copy. It’s entered in more contests. We’re waiting for results.

Here it is on my web site: Numenon on SandyNathan.com

Here it is as a print book on Amazon. Look at those Five Star Reviews.

And here’s a video showing you all about it: (Use link if video doesn’t show up.)