Just One More Chapter was started in November 2009 by Carrie Rundhaug as a way for her to give recommendations of books to her friends. Carrie has apassion for young adult fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy and she features up and coming books and authors on her site. Carrie interviewed me about The Midas Tree:-
1. Can you tell me a little about your book/series?
The Midas Tree is a mystical realm where spiritual beings and animals live in harmony with each another and their environment. The hero, Joshua, finds a magical golden acorn that draws him into a world of adventure inside a tree. The book follows Joshua as he grows and learns about his life and destiny, and as he searches for a way back to his home in the garden of color and light….
Priya Dabak likes to write and loves to read; that’s what keeps her blog running. She posts book reviews on this blog; along with book-related opinions, bookish anecdotes, memes and challenges. She describes herself as a slightly judgmental, strangely paranoid, television-obsessed, cat-loving, 20 year old bibliophile, who actively engages in doodling and daydreaming.
Given Priya has such an active imagination and love of books, I thought it would be appropriate to write about how those two things can come together in creative union to write.
Shakira is a 14 year old girl who enjoys reading, blogging, writing and seriously does not know what to be when she grows up. Seems like she might be a Dr. Who fan too. Now those Daleks had a door in the front and I remember what was inside them…a little creature from another world!
I decided it would be interesting to explore this fascination with doorways that have other worlds and strenge creatures on the other side of them. The Midas Tree is similar to all those greats such as Alice Through the Looking Glass, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and more – read on to find out what I mean…
Once again we are visiting the blog of Nada Qamber. This time for a guest blog post. Her site is all about books, fashion and food, so I thought it would be fun to explore how these themes appear within The Midas Tree.
The Opinionated Me is comprised of two bloggers. Morrigan, who has been an Amazon Vine member since late 2008 and a reviewer for many more years before that. Mapachitli is a reviewer specializing in graphic novels.
Today I offer an article about judgement and the ego.
Astral Connections is a great place to hang out and talk about all things metaphysical. So why not hang out there with me today and read the wonderful review that Astral Connections owner Shahiroz Walji wrote after reading The Midas Tree…
“In my life, I’ve read very few titles of fiction in their entirety. The only ones that I managed to finish are the ones that have succeeded in keeping me engaged from the beginning to the very end. Dr. Lesley Phillips’ book “The Midas Tree” is one that did just that. ..more“
Today we visit my spiritual alumnus – CDM Spiritual Teaching Center. This is the school where I did my training to be a spiritual counsellor and meditation teacher. CDM teaches classes in meditation, clairvoyance and healing, incuding all the techniques that Joshua learns from the Devas in “The Midas Tree”. As well as offering learning tools such as books and CD’s on meditation.
Today we visit Books for YA, by Erleen a 4th year college student taking up Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. She described herself as an ordinary human being, comprising biological elements that are essential for existence… cells – tissues – organs -system. She has 2 hands, the left and the right, a nose with 2 holes, a fist-sized cardiac muscle, a brain incomparable to computer or any other machines, two attentive ears, same length legs. As you can tell by her description it’s a fun blog…
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. The Midas Tree is a fun spiritual adventure story set inside a magical tree that teaches a path to spiritual enlightenment.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? Three magical things from my book “The Midas Tree”… If I can’t have that then I would choose: A device to poke coconuts of the trees, a device to open coconuts and bandages in case of head injuries caused by falling coconuts.
Today we visit to blog of Lisa DuVal where she writes about helping her family, married life and books. The blog title comes from a saying of her grandmother’s. To me everyone is so very necessary because we are all part of the whole and we each rely on one another to play our individual parts in that whole. Just as Lisa’s grandma relied on her ability as a compassionate caregiver for help.
Today we visit the second bookshelf on the right; the review site of avid reader Mai. Since writing The Midas Tree, I have been amazed at what is our there for kids to read. A lot of it seems quite dark in nature, indicating to me that teens may be identifying with it because they are struggling inside with their own dark side. The Midas Tree is a book of light and it provides assistance for those seeking a way of coping with the dark and stepping into the light.
The owner of today’s blog describes herself as an autodidactic teen; meaning she is self taught. She says “What better way to learn and grow than to experience the world firsthand instead of through a textbook?” She travels the globe, creates things and enjoys everysingle day. She adds “it’s the best upbringing I could possibly wish for.” I thought this was a lot of fun and it caused me to refelect on some of my experiences of being in school and at the mercy of my teachers, who were oh so very human!
I got further inspiration from this post from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It’s about those times when your troubles seem to hard to face and part of you wishes you were not here. The classic question of “to be or not to be.” I recount some stories from my childhood and some inspirations from my grown up self.
Freda is a lifestyle blogger, who blogs about relevant issues including entertainment, fashion, health and beauty, finance and more (I fit into the more category). If it’s important, Freda says, she wants to know about it and I in turn share it with her readers. Freda is also a poet and a photographer and has been published in two table-top books.
I penned an article on reaching for your highest dreams for Fredas blog. It’s about having faith in yourself and your abilities, and offers some hints and tips to help you get through the times, when that seems difficult to do.
Today, we are having fun visiting Bulgaria on the virtual book tour! Martina Koleva is a high-school student, who loves to blog about the books she reads. So I was delighted to introduce her and her followers to The Midas Tree.
In today’s guest article I am sharing a few tips on how meditation can help bring you into the present moment!
Roxanna Jolly is a PR Friendly Mom Blogger living in Southern Oregon, who hosts book reviews. She describes herself as an idealist, advocate, frugal, an eco-conscious consumer, gardener, former foster mom & CEO, an aspiring social worker, Half-Korean, mom to “spidergirl,” overachiever, and chocolate fiend. Roxannas baby daughter, has an amazing climbing video that has spread all over the internet. This is what inspired me to write my post on why kidas are so fearless and waht we as adults can do to recapture our sense of adventure
Michelle Sedeño, is 18 and lives in Marikina City, Philippines. She loves music, books, and writing. Michelle has always loved fairytales and now as an adult also likes to try different genres and authors. She loves books and can’t imagine life without reading. Whenever she has a difficult day, wants to forget something or someone or is bored, reading a book brings her to another world and helps her forget her present issue.
I’m delighted to be visiting her blog today with an overview of and an excerpt from The Midas Tree.
Fara is a teenager surviving her freshman year and “tumbling in books”. She says being a teenager is the most fun thing in the world. Her website is a place full of YA book reviews and author interviews Visit Fara’s website today for an overview of The Midas Tree.
Today we visit the blog of Jill Reader, Author of “Once Upon a Surrogate: The Stork’s Helper,” a book about helping couples, who otherwise couldn’t, have babies. Jills website is very informative and educates people about surrogacy. The Midas Tree is a book for all parents and all children that validates that we are each a unique spark of divine consciousness with a unique path to tread in this world.
Today, we visit Stephanie Gamverona’s blog. I was inspired by her story of starting the blog as a place for her to blow off steam as a thirteen-year-old, but then being sucked into the world of literary blogging and then eventually becoming a sought after book reviewer with a very busy blog. When she started her journey she didn’t know where she would end up. She inspired me to write about my own journey of becoming. In this article I ask “Do we ever become who we truly are?” In reviewing the different chapters of my life I observed that I have been in a constant state of becoming. I now believe this is part of the human condition, to be always changing and reinventing the self.
Today we visit the blog of Ruth Hill. It is a blog of prayers, inspirational thoughts, challenges, and everyday thoughts on living in the real world. The same kinds of values that appear in “The Midas Tree.” Ruth has two great loves – music and reading- and she was kind enough to offer me a guest post on her blog. I wanted to be inspirational and so I wrote a post on how all the great spiritual teachers have used light as a symbol for spiritual awareness and as a way of encouraging us to be ourselves and shine brightly in the world. I hope you enjoy reading it…
Today the virtual book tour goes to the Philipennes to visit two blogs owned by Dianne, who is 18 and totally into all sorts of interesting things, including reading YA novels, watching Japanese and Korean Dramas and being addicted to Japanese and Korean pop. Today is Dianne’s birthday and so I wrote an article about birthdays and meditation.
Celtic Lady is a wife, mother and grandmother, who lives in northern Wisconsin. She has been blogging she stopped working due to disability. She loves reading and doing reviews, as well as everything Irish.
As I also come from Celtic ancestry (Irish and Scottish) I felt a real kinship with the Irish lady and wanted to share something special and meaningful with her and her readers. You can read my post about living in the present moment and being grateful for all that you have.
Surabhi Surendra lives in India with her husband (Mr. Thinker!) and her pretty, daughter Pahal. Surabhi built Womanatics as a platform to confess, share and write. It is primarily about being a woman and even the general posts have a womanly perspective to them.
Given the focus of Surabhi’s blog I thought I would contribute a blog article about romantic love and soul mates.
Today I was interviewed by “The Romance Bookie.” Fun is the whole reason why she started her blog; as well as loving to read and review Young Adult/Romance books .
The Romance Bookie: In a few sentences tell us about “The Midas Tree”.
Lesley Phillips: The Midas Tree is a mystical realm where spiritual beings and animals live in harmony with each another and their environment. The hero, Joshua, finds a magical golden acorn that draws him into a world of adventure inside a tree. The book follows Joshua as he grows and learns about his life and destiny, and as he searches for a way back to his home in the garden of color and light. Joshua and his adventure symbolize the spiritual enlightenment journey…