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Down To The Needle by Mary Deal

From the day her five-year-old was abducted, Abigail Fisher vowed never to stop looking until her daughter was safely back home.

But despite multiple searches, twenty-three years have passed without a trace of Becky Ann. When Abigail learns that death row inmate Megan Winnaker is the same age as her daughter, she begins to wonder if the kidnapper had Becky’s Ann’s face surgically altered to prevent identification.

Megan Winnaker maintains her innocence, but faces capital punishment if she loses her final appeal. As Abigail launches her own investigation to find out if Megan is truly her daughter, someone wants to stop her in her tracks.

Even when facing mortal danger, Abigail refuses to give up her investigation. But can Megan Winnaker really be her long-lost daughter?



River Bones (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 1) by Mary Deal

When Sara Mason returns to her hometown to start a new life, she learns that a serial killer is terrorizing its residents. Despite battling the memory of the drowning deaths of her younger sister and alcoholic parents, Sara is determined to make peace with her past.

However, she soon learns that the elusive psychopath is now stalking her. Sara's attempt to rebuild her life is hindered even more by the discovery of skeletal remains on her property. As the investigation focuses on several suspects, Sara discovers critical clues and bravely volunteers to be a decoy for the sheriff's department.

Sara Mason is a woman whose destiny has brought her back home... but her decision leads her down a path lined with danger, and straight into the arms of a madman.



The Ka by Mary Deal

California archaeology student Chione has vivid dreams about the discovery of an opulent tomb. After the founder of the Institute of Archaeology learns that Chione’s dreams might be connected to events in Egypt, he accepts an offer to examine a mysterious site in Valley of the Queens.

After they discover an ancient burial site, spells encoded into the hieroglyphs on the tomb’s walls transport Chione and her former boyfriend, archaeologist Aaron Ashby, 3,500 years into the past: to ancient Egypt. There, they learn of Tutankhamon and Tauret, a priestess in Pharaoh's Court.

Meanwhile, the other team members are affected in unfathomable ways by the Ka: the spirit of the entombed. Chione and Aaron learn that Tauret plans to provide Tutankhamon with a living heir... and that they have been chosen to play a crucial part in completing their destiny.



Hypno-Scripts: Life-Changing Techniques Using
Self-Hypnosis and Meditation by Mary Deal


How many times have you tried self-hypnosis or meditation and failed?

The techniques in Hypno-Scripts identifies the thin window that exists between either state of mind and shows how you can easily access either one.

Hypno-Scripts is written in two sections:

SECTION ONE offers Scripts for learning self-hypnosis to help clear your mind and rid yourself of troublesome issues. One of the author’s actual hypnosis sessions is included as a sampling of eliminating one of her major issues. Your life improves when your mind is free to receive the goodness that is yours.

SECTION TWO offers techniques and preparation for entering meditation and reveals what may happen during the altered state. Did you know that under hypnosis you can give yourself a cue to help you relax into a meditative state? An in-depth discussion explains how to handle any phenomena that may occur, with the author’s own experiences revealed.


Only a thin window of consciousness exists between these two states of mind: Self-Hypnosis and Meditation. Hypno-Scripts shows how to access either or both. Techniques presented here come from a lifetime practitioner and includes information about her lifetime of practice, how it began and progressed through the years, and how it manifests today.

It is the author’s hope that all may experience deeper states of mind and the unrivaled goodness that comes through an expanded consciousness.


Discover the life-changing techniques of Hypno-Scripts that releases the power of your mind. You are capable of far more than you can imagine.

Book Review: Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Mary Deal helps the reader understand the power on one’s subconscious. Quote: “A thin window of consciousness differentiates two states of mind-self-hypnosis and meditation – and this book explains their similarities and defines each condition and accessibility. “If curious enough to at least pursue this book, then the ability to learn these techniques are already a part of your consciousness and soon to be recognized. Lucky You! Your subconscious is prompting you to investigate. It is saying that you are capable of deeper states of mind.”

Section One-Hypnosis speaks to the issues of unintentional Childhood Training-My Early Practices, using Inductions and Scripts and Terminology that the lay person needs to know. Quote: “Hypnosis: A technique to still the conscious mind activity of the analytical left brain. To protect us, the conscious mind, the left brain, censures all we receive, know, or transmit. Truth is cloaked in order that we may not be hurt by that which we do not understand or are not ready to comprehend or accept. Our conscious mind protects us from ourselves until we are ready to learn. It is the conscious mind we make quiet in order to access hypnosis.”

About half way through the book I learned something that I could put into immediate practice to lower my stress. I share with you an important quote from Dr. Andrew W. Weil, American medical doctor, teacher and best-selling author on holistic health says on an internet post: “People who are stressed or anxious are actually chronically under-breathing, because stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath. By extending your inhale to the count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds. The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen into your bloodstream, and may even make you feel slightly lightheaded which contributes to the mild sedative-like effect. It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short shallow gasps of air”.

This book deals with many topics. I found the Through The Gate: Problem Solving, Allergy Control, Tinnitus Reassignment, Immediate Stress Reduction and The Attic Trunk-Finding Your Gifts most enlightening.

Quotes of Interest from Section Two-Meditation:

“Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing.” by Dr. Joshua Kai, ND

“Mediation cannot be induced manually. It is the ability of the inner mind or soul when conditioned and trained correctly, and when conditions that prevent us from seeing our true nature are removed.”

It is my impression that whether you believe in Hypnosis or Meditation this book will show you ways to reduce stress and become more aware of your surroundings. Keep this Kindle reference book handy, learn from it and develop your own Hypno-Scripts.

I leave you with this thought from Mary, “Life may not be that joyous, but believing that it is moves you quickly to it becoming that way.”

I, Theodocia McLean endorse For Hypno-Scripts - Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation - by Mary Deal for her educated guidance with Hypno-Scripts and her concise writing ability that brings the subject into the readers grasp for self-help. I purchased this book through Kindle. The review was completed on August 1, 2015.



The Howling Cliffs: A Sara Mason Mystery by Mary Deal

Sara Mason’s dedication to solving missing person cold cases with love interest, Huxley Keane, includes accompanying him into the Vietnam jungle searching for his MIA brother’s remains. Their friend, Esmerelda, accompanies them. Her daughter was abducted along with Huxley’s brother. Scant remains are found and await identification.

Sara has purchased a home on the island of Kauai for use as an R&R stopover by the veterans who make frequent trips between the U.S. Mainland and Vietnam. Sara learns that a six-year-old neighborhood girl went missing ten years earlier and strangely, dogs howl when taken high on the forest cliffs. Accompanied by a neighbor’s retired forensic dog, Sara wants to learn why dogs react in the forest.

Someone wants the missing child cold case to stay cold. Attempts are made on Sara’s life and continue as she investigates the little girl’s disappearance. Sara is gravely injured after being run off the road and later pushed over a cliff. She is dazed and alone at night on a narrow ledge over a thousand foot cliffside where she discovers a frightful scene. The forensic dog leads Sara and the police to a second disgusting site that brings the case to a shocking closure.



Write It Right: Tips for Authors - The Big Book by Mary Deal

Write it Right - Tips for Authors, written and compiled by an award-winning novelist, is a major source of information for breathing life into your prose. The Big Book combines Volumes I and II of the original Write it Right – Tips for Authors eBooks. Learn how to polish your work with a collection of extraordinary tips and numerous examples for making your prose leap off the page. In writing your opus, you may have encountered myriad questions about imperfect areas that you stumble across in the composition. The thoroughly explained tips offered in Write it Right - Tips for Authors clarifies those worrisome issues instead of simply taking a chance they’ll be acceptable. These thorough and sometimes humorous tips were written in response to author queries for articles that explain various problem aspects of composition. They not only cover grammar and punctuation but information for preparing to write, to narration, to character development and dialogue, and finally to preparing the manuscript for submission, your public image, and so much more. If your writing has not been perfectly smooth, chances are, you’ll find answers to your compositional questions in Write it Right - Tips for Authors.



Off Center In The Attic - Over the Top Stories by Mary Deal

Humor and nonsense, flights of fancy into other realms, fright, disgust and disappointment, silliness and wonderment, and the sadness of reality and heartache. It’s all here and more in stories that may leave you a little Off Center in the Attic, conjured through a mind that may be a little Off Center in the Attic.

The complete list of thirty over-the-top stories included in Off Center in the Attic, with their descriptions, meant to bend the mind:

Acting in a Coffin - A director plays a prank that backfires on a movie set.

The Wallflower - A woman compares herself to one who is the life of the party.

Pupule - A neighborhood gets a lesson in humility from a crazy old Hawaiian man.

To Soar - What a bird drops.

Out of Body - A man is shot and his brain goes through a metamorphosis.

Looking for Life - Never the right one.

Most Wanted - The killer of young boys remains at large.

Grandpappy’s Cows - Antics of backward backwoods relatives.

Boy at the Crossroad - The making of a monster.

Cafeteria Science - How to lose your lunch.

Indoctrination - A daring woman gets her wish to experience something different.

Explosive Day - No escape.

The Smell of Death - A clue to the dying.

Legacy - A woman in mourning changes her life to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

An Urgent Message - A plea to a writer.

Rituals - Neurosis as a way of life.

Watched - Being watched can kill.

The Swimmer - A man losing his sanity.

Thanatos - The urge to die.

Alien Footprints - An invisible perpetrator.

Vibratory Rates - Visitations from heaven and hell.

The Voodoo Kit - A Jamaican hex follows a woman home.

Pekoe - A newborn kitten abandoned in a portable toilet.

Great Lady of Wisdom - A holy goat.

The Last Thing I Do - The end of making memories.

Future Winner - A little-known artist gets a break.

Innocence - A high school girl on the verge of betrayal by her innocence.

Sister Fly - Karma

Homeless, Not Heartless - A man and his dog.

Roots - What you may find when tracing your family tree.



Legacy Of The Tropics by Mary Deal

Stories that shatter the myths of stereotypical islands of paradise; a rewrite and expansion of the novel, “The Tropics,” where two women fall prey to nature's wrath during inclement tropical weather, face death at sea, and are tested to the limits of survival.

In “Promises,” during the late 1960s, the ketch, Mercy, sinks during a sea storm off Culebra near the Virgin Islands. Ciara Malloy assumes custody of her drowned fiancé’s son and learns a devastating secret about the boy that changes her life forever. In “Adrift,” in the late 1990s, underwater photographer Lillian Avery gets caught in a rip current and swept out to sea off Kauai in Hawaii. In facing death, she finds a way to leave a message behind. Years later, in “Reunion,” the two former neighbors from Puerto Rico reunite on Kauai. A hurricane wreaks island-wide havoc. Ciara is missing, presumed dead. Among the rubble, Lillian finds Ciara’s memoirs; a life history that threatens to expose secrets tightly held since the sinking of the Mercy.



Mary Deal was an Associate and Contributing Editor of the print magazine, Mississippi Crow, and newspaper columnist for Kauai, Hawaii's local newspaper, The Garden Island. She was Founder and past President of Kauai Writer's Round-table. She has become a multi-genre author in both fiction and nonfiction. She writes the stories in whatever genre her Muse presents. Her books and other writings have won numerous awards.

She is the author of six suspense novels: "The Tropics," an adventure/suspense trilogy, "The Ka," a paranormal Egyptian suspense, "River Bones, A Sara Mason Mystery Book One.," set in her childhood hometown area. "Down to the Needle," a thriller, taking place along the West coast, "Legacy of the Tropics," a re-write and expansion of The Tropics, set in the Caribbean and Hawaii Islands."The Howling Cliffs, A Sara Mason Mystery Book Two," set in the Vietnam jungle and on Kauai in Hawaii. "Off Center in the Attic - Over the Top Stories," a collection of short stories and flash fiction pieces. "Write It Right - Tips for Authors - The Big Book" is a reference volume of writing tips for authors from fledgling to published and beyond. Another nonfiction is "Hypno-Scripts: Life-Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation."

"River Bones - Sara Mason Mystery Book One" was a Finalist in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Books Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. "Write it Right - Tips for Authors - The Big Book" was a Finalist in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards. "The Howling Cliffs - Sara Mason Mystery Book Two" won a Bronze in the 2015 Global Ebook Awards. "Hypno-Scripts: Life-Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation" was a 2016 Finalist in both the National Indie Excellence Book Awards and the International Book Awards. It won a Silver in the 2016 Global eBook Awards. "Down to the Needle" won a Bronze in the 2017 Global eBook Awards.

Her short story, "The Last This I Do" was nominated for the coveted Pushcart Prize. Her first feature screenplay, "Sea Storm," was a Semi-Finalist in a Moondance International Film Festival Competition.

Her Web site,, is a valuable resource for writers. It offers writing tips with examples, covering topics to aid authors to smooth out their own prose. She accepts articles and short stories from published authors.

Mary Deal, a native of Walnut Grove in California's Sacramento River Delta, has lived in the Caribbean, England, the Hawaiian Islands, and now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also an artist (painter) and photographer maintaining two online galleries.


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