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The Kalendar

Book One: The Black Stone

by Joe Perez

Praise for The Black Stone:
 “A sort of Lord of the Rings meets Integral Spirituality meets The Canon of Supreme Mystery. If you enjoy—and are ready for—sprawling epics built with spiritually integrated circuitry, The Black Stone is for you—brilliant, compelling, original, beautiful.”

—Ken Wilber, The Integral Vision

“Wow! The Black Stone is a masterful and mind-bending act of world-creation—even universe and reality-creation. Perez’s tale of adventure moves the everyday world into a time-transcending parallel universe in which the archetypes of myth and the categories of mind and metaphor become the living actors in the action plot.”

—Toby Johnson,  The Myth of the Great Secret: An Appreciation
of Joseph Campbell

The Kalendar Series is a genre-disrupting fantasy/adventure mix of poetry, fiction, philosophy, and art. The nine book series starting with The Black Stone in the Spring of 2016, followed by The Red Jewel and then The Brown Sword. The story tracks the life and events of Kalen O’Tolan, an immortal being granted 3,000 years on Earth, starting at Year 0 CE through the Year 3,000 CE. Kalen is a warrior, a poet, and a magician who has been tutored in a magical language—the use of which, has the power to create or destroy Worlds. In each book, nine years of Kalen’s life pass as the wheels of history turn by more than 300 years. The hero’s journey is synchronized by a New Kalendar which brings forth a secret union to the hours of the day, the timetables of history, the sounds of language, and cosmology.


Space, Time, and Thought unite along Kalen’s epic journey in a mystical harmony. As Kalen’s journey unfolds from the site of the Oracle at Delphi, he heads into the East to fulfill his destiny in the Kosmic Wars beginning with the War of the Zodiac, the War of the Archetypes, and the War of the Deities … all before his 27th birthday. In order to defeat the powers arrayed against him in the Kosmic Wars, Kalen must first wield the Omphalos of Delphi, the Ruby of the Rubicon, and the Emperor’s Sword. In the process, the hero must advance in both consciousness and knowledge or face a devastating defeat. At stake is nothing less than saving All-That-Is from the relentless encroachment of the Entropy-creating Ro, an evil darkness which threatens existence.

cowboy 3 dThe Panama Canal: Where Corporate Greed Meets Gunboat Diplomacy

by J.M. Carlisle

The Cowboy and the Canal takes the reader through a powerful account of the lineage of greed, corruption, fraud, and hubris underlying the quest to find an interoceanic passage through Panama from the evils of Balboa in 1513, the horrors of the Panama Railroad construction in 1849, the aborted French effort in 1881, to Theodore Roosevelt when he forced the purchase of the bankrupt French Panama Canal Company by the United States in 1902.

The scandal that followed Roosevelt’s actions was notorious…yet today, obscured behind Roosevelt’s heroic facade, it is all but forgotten.





Held and Broken

by Matt Stelling
Held and Broken is a lyrical novel about loving hard and drinking hard. It’s about what’s said and done at night and what’s said and done the next day to make up for it, a bittersweet journey through everyday lunacy, touching in the inappropriate sense, moving in the violation sense, a modern-day answer to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that takes place in Phoenix, Arizona. Jack and Willa bring new meaning to the word lovesick. They destroy Christmas and patios and everything in between. The value of their home is
dropping by the bottle. For a variety of reasons, handymen are no longer allowed to come over to their house even though one is often needed. Someday their home will look like they built it themselves. Therapy doesn’t help them. Drinking doesn’t help them. They quit therapy. If Charles Bukowski wrote a love story, it would read something like Held and Broken.

Coming May!


The Love Pirate Dies

by J.M. Carlisle and Robert Brauer

Sometimes it takes a little imagination to solve a mystery . . .

At first, finding a man’s naked body floating face-down in one of the many canals that pumped life through the lush desert landscape of  Phoenix seemed like a tragic accident. But when his deputies hauled the corpse up the steep canal embankment, Sheriff John “Monty” Montgomery recognized the twisted horrified expression on a man who had been strangled. When the dead man’s identity tied him to  members of Arizona’s political aristocracy, gangsters, golfers, bootleggers, corrupt cops, and almost all of their wives, Monty knew his investigation would be stonewalled from every direction.  Luckily for him, an eccentric and beautiful spinster with a genius for identifying patterns was on the case before Monty had left the crime scene.

Based on the unsolved 1922 murder of playboy Guy Noel Dernier, Brauer and Carlisle fuse the historical evidence together with logical precision to solve a crime that was from the beginning, designed to become a cold case.

Coming in May!

Living Life While Facing Death: Finding Light Through Your Darkest Days

by Robert Brauer

“You have cancer.” Those words, powerful and frightening, are often devastating to the patient and the people
who love them. Living with cancer is hard. You may have just heard these words for the very first time or, you may
be in short term or ongoing treatment or, you may be suffering a recurrence. No matter where you are in your
journey, it is likely that you will live a full range of feelings, emotions and experiences. That is what this book is
about—embracing change and adapting to a new normal in life. And while this manuscript highlights my journey
with cancer, it can be easily applied and adapted to many other life challenges and opportunities that arise each and
every day—no matter how devastating they may appear.

“Living Life While Facing Cancer is a poignant treatise which demonstrates the strength of humankind when confronted with chronic illness,” Alice Chang, PhD

Available Spring 2018



Crime Swine: Episode One–The Smoking Gun

by Matthew Farrell

Crime Swine is a dark comedy collection of short stories that parody hard-boiled detective fiction, except it’s set set in an alternate universe where it’s the 1940s and all the characters are animals. Farm Noir! Each story is a case taken on by a Fedora wearing, porcine private eye — Crime Swine — who was written in the spirit of Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe.  The reader is quickly acclimated to the setting, the stories get more complex,  darker, and definitely a lot more funny.

Coming in April