Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WHAT CASTS THE SHADOW? by Seth Mullins: Author Interview and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for What Casts the Shadow? by Seth Mullins, a literary fiction book available now. This post is part of a tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Click on the banner to visit other stops on this tour.


A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from the wilderness...

When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing - one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss - begins.


An Air of Pilgrimage

Now it was all deepening. We merged with a river born of magic, myth and the dreams of all those who’d gone before us. I turned to my right and saw some violets casting off glints of tiny light like flecks of stardust. All at once, everything in existence was being created in every moment.

“It’s the light that can’t be extinguished!” I shouted. “I understand now!”

It’s easy to say such things when you feel all of Creation communing with you; easy, too, to assume that the other people around you will understand your sense of euphoria. And yet in actual fact Tommy did shout “Yes!” from his place at the vanguard as if he knew exactly what I was talking about.

And just like that, our whole holy pilgrimage south flashed across my inner eyes: the distances, the pockets of heart warmth and of emptiness, the strangers met and the intimacy of the music that we’d ushered in to their stomping grounds. My imagination deified our trusty travelling van, transforming it into an ancient Egyptian Solar Boat that had borne us across the heavens of Vision so that we could spread our gospel of every human being’s Divinity.


1. What is your favorite television show?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2. What is something you’ve lied about?

There have always been a few pop bands that I’ve secretly liked though I professed, aloud, to hate them.

3. Who is the last person you hugged?

I honestly can’t remember. We had a fairly big family get-together recently…

4. What is the story of your first kiss?

I was lying on the grass holding hands with a girl I really liked. We were both in second grade. I’d been invited to her house for a playdate. We looked over at her mom’s car, which had a bumper sticker that read: Virginia is for lovers. “You want to go to Virginia?” this girl asked me with a suggestive smile. That broke the ice.

5. Do you like kissing in public?

I wish I had the chance to do so more often. (He gazes out his window, wistfully)

AUTHOR Bio and Links

Seth Mullins draws upon the great sweep of human soul-journeying to weave his tales. He's inspired by music, shamanism, dreams and the mysteries and miracles of our inner life. His greatest love as a writer is for fiction that depicts a journey towards self-awareness in the deepest sense.

"Probably the most valuable thing that I learned throughout my spiritual journey in this life is the importance of trusting in one's self. Many of our cultural lessons encourage us to ignore or even fear our inner reality. And yet it is this realm that really does hold the answers to all of our questions, and can point the way towards the most fulfilling life experiences possible for us."

Mr. Mullins has lived in Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont.

Humanity's Way Forward (my website)

The Edge of the Known by Seth Mullins (my blog)

"What Casts the Shadow?" (The Edge of the Known) on Amazon 

Amazon Author Page



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• One randomly chosen host will receive a $25 Amazon/ gift card

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  1. It's a fun interview!


    1. This current tour that I've been involved with has brought me to several sites that specialize in romantic fiction, so it was nice to have an interview segment that ventures into that side of life... Thanks for visiting.

  2. What a line. It is too bad that kinda thing only works in 2nd grade =)

    1. Yes. And to this day, I STILL haven't been to Virginia :)

  3. I enjoyed the blurb and the exerpt. What casts the Shadow sounds like an awsome read. Thank you

    1. Thank you Linda :) It has definitely been a labor of love, and though I think there's a lot that's unique and special about this story, it can be a challenge to try and get that across in a brief description. I appreciate your response!

  4. I would have to lie too about liking certain rock bands.

    1. I definitely experienced this most strongly back in High School. Even though I was fortunate to go to a school that was less cliquish than many others, I still fell in with a group of metal-heads who couldn't relate to my love of performers like Elton John, John Lennon...

  5. Thank you again, Tallulah, for having me here. I enjoyed the interactions today. Kind regards :)

  6. The interview was awesome liked it a lot.

    1. I particularly liked revisiting my 'first love'. :) Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the compliment.

  7. The blurb, excerpt, and interview was great. I am not sure about the cover, though.

    1. Well, I appreciate nailing three out four, in your eyes! Thank you. The cover is deliberately subdued, and though I knew that this wouldn't appeal to everyone it seemed appropriate for a multi-layered story that pulls you in by degrees, rather than hitting you over the head immediately.