Writings

 

 

LESSON OF TIME - KARMA

When a bird is alive...it eats ants. When the bird is dead...

ants eat the bird. Time & Circumstances can change.

Don't devalue or hurt anyone in life. You may be powerful today, but remember, time is more powerful than you! 

One tree makes a million match sticks...one match stick

can burn a million trees.

 

SO BE GOOD AND DO GOOD.

Fiction

Tales From the Brink trilogy

Tales From the Brink, Volume I, II, III,

Special Pricing - .99 ea 3@$2.97

Free for Kindle Prime 

Second Book, Ending the Series
Winner Best Book of 2015

Winner Best Book
  of 2015

      THE WHEEL'S FINAL TURN
            ISBN-13- 978-0990715887               Published: 2015

In The Wheel's Final Turn, the sequel to The Turn of The Karmic Wheel, Angela, Euclid, and Karman once again find themselves thrust front and center into the battle between good and evil. One man finds pleasure in torturing animals; another fights the demons of past hate crimes. From the governor's mansion to the highly competitive beauty industry to the hidden closets of memory, no one is safe from the grasp of the darkness that wants to take over the world. Can the forces of Light find the inner strength to save humanity, or will the world fall eternal victim to evil as the karmic wheel makes its final turn?

 

Two Video Reviews

I loved this story

 

Monica Brinkman is a story teller! I loved this story. I became totally caught up in the tale she wove and the characters she created. I kept telling myself, "just one more chapter," before I'd put it down. I couldn't stop reading once I got to the last 40 or 50 pages. This is a tale of love and hope, but it is even simpler than that. It is a story about people; everyday people called upon to do extraordinary things. The depth of the characters really put this book over the top for me. I loved them.


What I liked most: The fact that the characters spoke to me. I loved the story. As I stated earlier, Monica Brinkman is a story teller, and this story is one you should read. I'm adding The Turn of the Karmic Wheel to my "to read" pile, that's for sure.

 

Paul Hewitt, June 2015

 

An Intriguing Read

 

I had no idea what the Wheel's Final Turn was about when I started reading it but knowing how much the author cares about humanity, I sensed it would have something to do with various aspects of mankind. I was not disappointed. The characters are an intriguing mixture of reality...good and evil. You immediately get the sense something supernatural is affecting them and they are helpless against the dark forces. With gripping suspense the story unfolds and a battle between good and evil ensues. I would recommend this well written novel to anyone who loves a unique and chilling nail biter story.

 

Anna Maria Mullins, June 23, 2015

 

Because We Must Chose

 

December 11, 1845, and the United States has declared war on Mexico. In Boston, James R. Lowell published a poem; the first stanza of which went:

 

Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,

In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever, ’twixt that darkness and that light.

 

It was a stirring call to the conscience of every citizen, one which was soon set to music and is still sung in churches throughout America. The message was clear: we, all of us, have to make choices about right and wrong, about good and evil.

 

It is a recurring question in theology, philosophy, and religion: Where does evil come from? How does evil exist in the world?

 

In her fine new book, The Wheel’s Final Turn, Monica Brinkman reminds us of that question, of that hymn, and of that basic moral responsibility.

 

Brinkman’s approach is Manichean. In her world-view, evil coexists with good and is in constant and deliberate war against kindness, compassion, and concern. Darkness creeps around the edges of life, takes over souls, and inflicts pain and punishment on those who are decent. Against that darkness stands a small band, not a team of superheroes but a small cohort of intuitives and sensitives, people who can sense the coming of evil and whose goal it is to offer protection and salvation for its victims.

 

The power of Monica Brinkman’s speculative fiction comes in part from her use of believable characters. She brings the battle to live using such characters as a politician who also plays guitar, a spokesperson for beauty products, a dogcatcher, a psychiatrist, a retired man who likes to whittle, little girls who like ice cream and play. She takes these ordinary characters and transubstantiates them into a powerful reminder that we must all be ever aware of “that darkness and that light.”

 

Kenneth Weene, July 2015

Monica Brinkman is A Master Storyteller

And from her treatment of the paranormal, it is clear that this is her genre. She describes a vivid picture about the danger the world is in, yet there is hope that all is not yet lost. I couldn't put the book down until the end. This is the first book of Monica's that I read and I am looking forward to the first part in this duology, The Turn of the Karmic Wheel. Well done.

 

Maggie Tideswell, August 2015

The Final Battle

 

The Wheels a force of Clarity, spinning through Eternity. Can you face its scrutiny?" These are just some of the beautiful poetry of Monica Brinkman that prefaces her chapters in this heart pounding tale of suspense, horror, and finally, retribution. 4 distinct personalities emerge to carry the fight against the impending Evil. A Nurse, her husband, a Beauty and a Governor. There is many more characters that are emeshed in this dark and yet redeeming tale, and worth a read! Monica takes you from Missouri to the sunny shores of California, where the real battle of good and evil begins.a 5 starred journey into dark places where evil hides, and the healing mantra of Peace and Love seeks it out. Excellent Monica!

 

Kerry Hall, July 2015

First in two Part Series, The Turn of the Karmic Wheel

THE TURN OF THE KARMIC WHEEL

ISBN-13-978-0984615469                                 Published: 2010

"What goes around, comes around." Truer words were never spoken, as evidenced by the complex interactions and fates of the characters in "The Turn of The Karmic Wheel." When the residents of Raleigh begin to hear music and voices that aren't "there", and to receive frightening messages from no discernable source, it soon becomes apparent that changes must - and will - be made: to their everyday lives, to their relationships, to their bodies, and, most importantly, to their souls.

Five Star Review by Readers Favorites

"The familiar adage "What goes around comes around" has never been better depicted than in Monica Brinkman's novel The Turn of the Karmic Wheel. The author succeeds in holding the reader's interest with an extremely well constructed plot. Her distinct characters are made vivid by descriptions that appeal not only to visual but to auditory and olfactory impressions as well."

 

5 out of 5 stars  -

Salvatore Buttaci, Author, Poet

 

I've read thousands of books. "The Turn of the Karmic Wheel" is one that stands out for being different.

 

If this is any indication, John Lennon was right, "Karma's gonna get you."


4 out of  5 stars

Big Al's Books & Pals

 

Author Monica Brinkman has created a spectacularly empowering and uplifting novel that delves into social commentary, while establishing new ground in a timeless story of good vs. evil that has bold lessons for humanity. Here karma is viewed as if it's music with each character hearing a song until one by one they all know its melodies. In time these melodies will speak of choices for the soul as each character has a chance at the karmic wheel and their fates are spun together. With each turn of the karmic wheel each of the characters are tested in unusual ways that hark of plagues and vices and which hold timeless messages for humanity.

While at first the characters journeys feel like separate islands that is the brilliance within the pages of Brinkman's novel for no one here is an island, no matter how much they might feel that way, not in this sea of humanity. The perceived bad characters in the novel suffer from greed, lust and contempt for others and don't seem quite evil and that is part of the poignant message in Brinkman's tale, that the darkness can creep into anyone and that anyone can lose touch with the goodness in themselves. Within this framework, the good characters too aren't entirely saintly and that is another of Brinkman's gems. The goodness of individual's souls grows all the more here when they're connected with other caring, well meaning folks.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars

 

Inspiring and Mesmerizing Novel Where both Good and Bad Sides of Humanity Wrestle Within a Karmic Landscape

By author, reader, Julie Ann Weinstein

 

 

 

Anthologies

Anthology on Cats - Punky Cat tale
Striped Tabby playing with yarn

25 YEARS IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR - 52 AUTHORS LOOK BACK

 

A taste of great writers March 12, 2015 - Julie Elizabeth Powell

I was given this book for review and found it to be fascinating. A whole host of authors offer peeks into an array of thoughts and feelings about 25 years ago.

A clever and insightful look into great writing and what affects our lives, choices and decisions.
Certainly worth reading these well written pieces.

 

 

So, What Were You Doing Twenty-Five Years Ago? March 27, 2014 -Review by Mareena McGirr

 

'What were you doing 25 years ago?' That was the question posed to 52 of her author colleagues by novelist and award-winning journalist Stacy Juba.

In this collection of poignant and uplifting essays, you will read personal stories dealing with early school days; quirky first jobs; finding and keeping romance; the joys and difficulties of raising a family; going through various hard times; the pride and pitfalls associated with the writing journey; and discover what makes the characters these authors have created truly tick. Each story will alternately warm your heart, raise your spirits and ultimately compel you to examine your own life.

 

 

 

 

 Cat's Cradle Time Yarns (Time Yarns Anthologies Book 3)

 

Wonderfully moving! April 7, 2013 - Review by Cathairetic 

I loved all the stories in this collection. They are all well-written and held my attention throughout. This book would be a perfect gift for cat lovers. The stories give insight to the mind of a cat and I marveled at the intuition of the authors. This is one book I will return to again and again. The stories are good enough to be read aloud on NPR. I can't praise this collection enough.

 

 

Punky by Monica Brinkman was a touching short story that any cat-lover will be able to identify with

 

 

"Punky" is a sweet tale of a homeless cat finding a human momm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Fiction, Prose, Poetry

First Non Fiction Book, Into the Tunnel of Darkness

INTO THE TUNNEL OF DARKNESS

ISBN-13: 978-1615460229                                       Published: 2009

 

To everything there is a season…

This book was written in the hope of showing any individual who contemplates having an affair what they may expect to experience. It is also written for those who may be able to identify with my words and to sincerely help them make the right decision for their own circumstances.

It is my wish that some will read these words coming from the very soul and think twice before taking on a lover, and to help those dealing with the aftermath of infidelity. My words are simple; the situation surely was not.

These are my emotions, my words, my inner feelings. When all was lost, I found solace in my writing; it healed, it inspired and it is truth!

Mmarie, 2009 (After the healing)

Heartfelt, Honest-Great Read 

 

Into the Tunnel of Darkness - Review 2009
Book was recommended to me by a friend. I thought, sure, like I want to read poetry. After reading this book, it touched my heart. It was written in real time so you can almost feel what it was like to experience the authors situation.

Think if you are in any sort of relationship you should buy this book; it might save it.
Great gift also. I highly recommend it

 

 

 

L. Danely Review - Into the Tunnel of Darkness, 2010

 

Heartwrenching at times...incredibly upliftintg at others..this is a book recommended for anyone who has ever been in love...and suffered heartbreak....and triumph of spirit.... A must-read for anyone working their way through life..and the breakdown of how we thought it would all turn out. I highly recommend this insightful book for anyone of any age.

 

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