Guest Post and Giveaway: Going and Coming by Christopher Stone (The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures Book 1)

Blurb:
At forty, Dr. Minnow Saint James, “Minn” to his friends, is a gay, metaphysical sleuth who, through Past Life Regression therapy, spans time, space, dimensions, and the entirety of God’s Creation, to discover the past, or future, life origins of his patient’s most challenging present day problems.

But Minn is also a bestselling nonfiction author. His book, In a Past Life, I…. is an international publishing sensation.

Going and Coming is the story of how Dr. Minnow Saint James became the person he is today.

In chapters that alternate between 2007-2008, and 2015-2016, we learn exactly how “Minn” transitioned from an atheist who is a slave to his five physical senses, into a professional metaphysician with a true belief in the Divine Mind we call God.

Readers may find themselves mesmerized as Dr. Saint James hypnotically regresses Ramona Burford, a student volunteer at the UCLA’s Parapsychology Lab, to a past life where, she describes everything that happens from a person’s physical death in one life, until they are reincarnated in a new body. Many readers will be surprised to learn that Pearly Gates, Judgment, Heaven and Hell, have nothing to do with what really happens.

In addition to reincarnation and the eternal nature of the personality, readers, along with “Minn,” explore metaphysical concepts including Simultaneous Time, and the erroneous physical beliefs in sickness, sin, and death.

Along the way, Going and Coming may just shatter your strongest beliefs about the very nature of reality.

Where To Buy:
MLR Press

Guest Post:
Dr. James was kind enough to stop by to give us a look at what a day in his life is like. It’s a long day but at least he keeps busy. Read and enjoy!
A Typical Day in the Life of Dr. Minnow Saint James
I awaken daily, at five in the morning.

I begin my day with a strong cup of coffee, a protein bar, and a tall glass of ice water.

Then I shower and dress quickly, grab my gym bag, and head out to the sports club for Lizy’s six a.m. Spin Cycle class.

Spin Cycle is followed by Rebecca’s Yoga Bear workout, and then it’s another shower, a steam, and off to work I go.

My office is on Hermosa Avenue, one short block from the beach. So y second floor office suite has a view of the Pacific that kills.

I unlock the door to my office anteroom, no later than 8:30 a.m., Mondays through Fridays.

I go straight to the coffee maker. My right hand man, Friday, sets it up for the morning before leaving the office at 5, the previous day. Friday, born Randal Pierpont Sherman, is a flat-out gorgeous gay man of twenty-five, and the son of the First Family of Hermosa Beach. Fifteen years my junior, Friday, surprisingly, is always sniffing after me. I’d jump his beautiful bones in a hot second but for our professional relationship. I insist on a “Don’t fuck where you work” policy.

As a Past Life Regression therapist, I’m in the business of going and coming. That is, I go into the past, or even future, lives of my patients to come back with the other life origin of the patient’s present day challenges. Sometimes my patient and I even find the trouble spot in a spiritual zone while the patient was in-between incarnations. I never know.

My work, last Thursday, illustrates the nature of my work.

My morning patient was a woman with a phobia of smokers. After regressing her to a past life in the seventeenth century, I discovered that her irrational fear had nothing to do with any present life health concern; it was rooted in a previous existence. She had been burned as a witch in 1694, Salem, Massachusetts.

That very afternoon, the day’s second patient had a morbid fear of technology. Under my hypnotic guidance, he went forward in so-called time to a future life – one in the faraway year of 2215. Together, he and I discovered that his technophobia was rooted in a precognitive over identification with his twenty-third century life in which humankind had evolved into technological-biological hybrids – by then, more nuts and bolts than flesh and bones, muscles and blood – and his humanity had been severely compromised, ending his life prematurely.

In his twenty-third century life, an enemy who attacked his technological vulnerabilities had assassinated my patient.

I ended my patient’s macabre fear of mechanical things by breaking the precognitive ties with his future hybrid self.

Because each of my patient sessions typically last between ninety minutes and three hours, I schedule only two patients per day: the first one at nine each morning, and the second arrives at two p.m.

Every patient that crosses my threshold brings fresh adventure into my life. Once the patient is under hypnosis, I never know where we are going or, once there, what we will find.

Sometimes my work is as simple as regressing the patient back to the physical world life s/he lived before the present one. Other times, my patient and I find us in a physical system unknown to Earth and humanity.

Two months ago, my patient and I found us with his Spirit Guide, in-between physical lives, in a metaphysical realm.

I typically leave the office between five and six p.m., and it’s only a ten-minute drive to Granny’s Cottage, the grandmother’s house that I’ve leased from Dick and Dee Lewis for the past eight years.

I’m no Wolfgang Puck, but I can rattle the kitchen pots and pans well enough to make my own simple dinner. Often, while preparing dinner for one, I pine for the day when I’ll be married to a wonderful guy, and the bill of fare will be for two. Till then, it’s single servings all the way.

Some evenings, after dinner, I run to The Strand, the paved path that runs for miles, along several beach communities. Once there, I run from Hermosa, south to the Redondo Beach King Harbor Pier, where I turn around, running back to Hermosa. That’s a five-mile sprint.

Other nights, I go to live theatre, locally, or in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills.

Without a boyfriend, I commonly buy two tickets and then invite a friend to be my guest.

But I also enjoy an evening curled up with a good book.

If I’m not out and about, then bedtime is no later than 10 p.m.

That five o’clock alarm will be ringing soon enough.

Good night.

Excerpt:
Who am I?

My name is Dr. Minnow Saint James. My family and friends call me Minn. To everyone else, I am Dr. Saint James.

I was born and raised in Beverly Hills, California, amid swimming pools, movie stars, and private schools. My parents are Sheila and Russell Saint James. Father owns and operates Saint James Cadillac, six highly successful Cadillac dealerships in the San Fernando Valley. Mother, known simply as She to one and all, is Lady Bountiful to Beverly Hills at large, conceiving and coordinating many of its most prestigious charity events.

Want someone to coax an antisocial celebrity into hosting a Republican fundraiser? Mother is your go-to gal.

A youthful forty, I now live and work in Hermosa Beach, California, one of Los Angeles County’s loveliest South Bay beach cities.

Minnow, now there’s a moniker you don’t hear every day. That is, unless you happen to be me. Jokes about my first name haunted my school years. But these days, when people speak of Dr. Minnow Saint James, there’s no mention of his quirky first name. They talk about my professional achievements: You see, nowadays, I have a wildly successful practice as America’s leading Past Life Regression therapist, and I’m also the founder of the Institute for Mental Health Through Past Life Regression Therapy, -now an international organization – with my friend and former professor, Dr. Adrian Finkelstein, as the Institute’s CEO.

But what exactly is a Past Life Regression therapist? I am in the business of going and coming – that is, going into my patients’ past, and sometimes future, lives through hypnotic regression, and coming back with the other life origins of their present life challenges.

My work is cutting edge and evolutionary. Let me put it this way: medical marvels such as artificial limbs, Titanium plates and other metal joints, and pacemakers, have already transformed humans from biological organisms into creatures that are biological and technological hybrids.

Similarly the science of psychology, will soon come to understand the necessity of treating the individual’s entire mental gestalt – including what we think of as past, and even future, lives – in order for the person to achieve mental health.

In my practice, I’ve been treating that entire gestalt for the past seven years. I’m the future of good mental health; science’s better way and brighter tomorrow. But to Psychology Today, and to most of the mental health community, the jury is still out on past life regression therapy, and so they claim my work is not science based.

Nonetheless my success rate, in excess of eighty-five percent, not only speaks for itself; it is the envy of the “scientifically sound” therapies. My services are sought out by people from all walks of life, and from all over the world. My private practice has a six-month waiting list.

Quite simply, while Mother is the go-to woman for Charitable Beverly Hills, I’m the guy ya gonna call when you believe the challenges of your current life may be rooted in a past, or future, one. Often my therapy represents the last, best hope of patients who have tried and failed to achieve mental health through traditional treatments.

The profession has many perks. For one, it is much easier dealing with other people’s issues than with your own. I have a good excuse, if not a good reason, for leaving my own challenges and shortcomings unexamined.

That is how I’m able to avoid pesky questions. Questions such as: Why, at forty-years-old, am I without a spouse, a boyfriend, or even the steady hook-up? I like to think the lack of romance in my life, and the absence of booty in my bed, are products of the spiritualization of my thought, gained in the eight years since my personal transformations. That is what I like to think. The truth may vary.

About Christopher:
Born in Bronx, New York, and raised in Fresno, California, Christopher Stone’s early years were dominated by school, watching television and motion pictures, bicycling, skating, and reading avidly. Summers were spent swimming, and doing whatever it took to survive the oppressive San Joaquin Valley heat. But he also remembers fondly the yearly summer trips to New York, to visit family and friends – and to see Broadway shows.

Christopher left Fresno, for Hollywood, California, during his college years after being accepted into the Writers Guild of America’s Open Door Program, a two-year, scholarship, training ground for aspiring screen and television writers. As it happened, rather than a teleplay or screenwriting gig, his first professional writing job was in journalism – as the Los Angeles Editor for Stage Door, at that time, Canada’s equivalent of the U.S. entertainment trade weekly, Variety.

Christopher would later use his Writers Guild of America training to co-author and sell the original screenplay, The Living Legend, with Jon Mercedes III, to the Erin Organization, and later, and also with Mercedes, to write two seasons of The Party Game, a Canadian TV game show.

As a young freelance entertainment journalist, he contributed to many Los Angeles-based publications, among them The Advocate, for which he wrote a breezy film column, “Reeling ‘Round,” and the Los Angeles Free Press. During this time, he became a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.

Christopher dipped his toes into the world of motion picture advertising and publicity, as assistant to the West Coast Director of Advertising and Publicity for Cinerama Releasing Corporation, in Beverly Hills. At the same time, he also did special advertising and publicity projects for 20th Century-Fox. Christopher went on to become an Account Executive for David Wallace & Company, a public relations firm specializing in entertainment accounts – and located on West Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip.

Returning to his first love, writing, Christopher became a full time freelance contributor to national consumer publications including Us, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, McCall’s, In Cinema, and The National Enquirer, among others. Many of his stories were syndicated worldwide by the New York Times Syndication Corp.

Another important area of endeavor for Christopher Stone was Re-Creating Your Self. A Blueprint for Personal Change that he first developed for himself, the journalist went on to teach the principles and processes of Re-Creating Your Self to others – first, in private sessions, later, in workshops and seminars, and, finally, for California State University Extended Education. Eventually, one of his students suggested he write a book version.

Re-Creating Your Self was first published in hardcover by Metamorphous Press, and subsequently published in a trade paperback edition by Hay House. It has since been published in Spanish, Swedish and Hebrew language editions.

When not writing, Christopher used his longtime interest in, and study of, metaphysics, to teach meditation and psychic development classes – first in Beverly Hills, then later, in Manhattan Beach.

He went on to co-author, with Mary Sheldon, four novellas for a Japanese educational publisher, and then, also with Mary Sheldon, the highly successful The Meditation Journal trilogy of hardcover books. Subsequently, he returned to journalism, this time, contributing hundreds of print and online entertainment features, columns and reviews to magazines and websites. For eight years, Christopher was the Box-office Columnist for MatchFlick.com, a popular online motion picture site.

In his private life, Christopher Stone met David M. Stoebner on May 17, 1994, and they have been together ever since. 
In 2008, they were married in Los Angeles.

They share a home with their three pets in Coastal Los Angeles County.

In 2013, Christopher’s pet project has been transforming their rarely used kitchen table area into a killer, retro 1950s Diner Nook, complete with a 1952 Seeburg Table Top jukebox, a neon diner sign, and a malt machine.

Christopher’s first novel, Frame of Reference was e and print published, in fall 2012, by MLR Press. A short story, Sweet Homo Alabama was published by MLR Press, December 19, 2012.

Stone spent much of 2013 writing Frame of Reference 2: The Dark Side of Stardom, a sequel novel to Frame of Reference, as well as, Abracadabra, and a short story, published at Halloween. But the indefatigable scribe also found time to contribute weekly reviews, columns and interviews to Queer Town Abbey.

On December 11, 2015, Christopher will introduce readers to the Past Life Regression therapist, Dr. Minnow Saint James, the subject of his new series, The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures, in the Christmas short story, Shaking the Holiday Blues Away, MLR Press. Going and Coming: The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures, Book 1, will be released by MLR Press, January 22, 2016.

Author Contact:
Website:
http://christopherstonebooks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigboxoffice
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/12208025-christopher-stone

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