Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Boy are you in for a treat today!! We are going fishing. Fishing For Light!! In this feature, I am pleased to bring you an Author interview with Nathaniel Sewell, that will be added to my BEST AUTHOR INTERVIEWS page for sure!!

Get your gear ready and lets start...

The Bait

How do you take your coffee?

Ms Prosperina is a genetic monster trying to take over the world by spiking the coffee at her Starry Eyed Coffee Hut chain … and she’ll stop at nothing.

It’s up to her unwitting creator, the geneticist Professor Quan, to stop her. In an attempt to correct his mistake, Professor Quan creates a network of people with the power of true love genetically coded within them. They alone might resist Ms Prosperina’s attempt to change the course of humanity.

Everything hangs in the balance when Eddie, altered at birth by Quan’s genetic mutation powder, fails to follow his pre-ordained destiny. The trauma of his father’s death has left Eddie drifting through a meaningless life and has caused him to stray from Quan’s master plan.Will Quan succeed in helping Eddie regain the light behind his eyes and will they succeed in foiling Ms Prosperina’s evil plans?

Could the world really end at General Beauregard’s 24-hour fried chicken restaurant?

About the Catch

Nathaniel Sewell (1965 – currently above the clover) was born in Lexington, Kentucky. His first novel was, Bobby’s Socks. It was not a particularly happy story, but he hopes Fishing for Light might entice a smile

Reeling in the Big One

You can purchase a signed copy of Fishing for Light directly from the author for $14.99 including shipping.

What other Fishermen had to say

"Fishing for Light by Nathaniel Sewell tells an incredibly entertaining tale that is full of quirky characters and grandiose schemes. I totally enjoyed immersing myself in this satire."
"Nathaniel Sewell’s FISHING FOR LIGHT is a satiric look at the use of technology and particle physics to control the human race. Edie Wilcox finds himself caught up in this unseen “quantum war” between Professor Quan and his evil genetically modified daughter, Ms. Proserpina."
"It was funny, in an over the top kind of way. I mean it’s got the IRS, genetic monsters, and the Hope Diamond! … I did enjoy the hyped up war between a father and a daughter. His genetically modified, evil daughter! It’s got a lot of funny situations, and a lot of great characters. … I laughed quite a bit, and I was entertained, I think the author did a great job of taking what we would usually expect and twisting it around a bit. I think overall, for a satire lover, this book would be a home run, …"

 Fishing for answers
I'm in Kathmandu, visiting a Buddhist temple under the guise as a Journalist. High in the Himalayan mountains, the pretty little Swayambhu temple emulates peace and tranquility. I feel at one with the universe for the first time in a long time.
I see people of all ages and nationalities meditating in the gardens while others are praying in the temple with the monks. One person in particular catches my eye as I trip over him accidentally. He is not your average garden variety author. He is Nathaniel Sewell!! I try to get up as lady-like as I can and clear my throat to get his attention. When I ask to join him, he doesn't respond, but re-positions himself to make room for me. I take out my recorder and iPad to make notes. We sit there with our eyes closed in perfect silence. After a couple of minutes I can't resist it anymore, and whisper...

  Hot today, huh?

 After a few more Ohms, I ask; 

  What are you doing here? Did you come to find enlightenment or cure writer's block?
He sighs. The look on my face says it all. (Answer my questions and I'll piss off like a good girl.) He gets the hint. 

 “I write short stories and poems as a creative outlet. I think it helps to keep my craft sharp, and I continue to learn. Beyond writing, I love to play golf, exercise and act weird. I don’t take myself that serious, so I prefer to seek laughter. In part, the novel, Fishing for Light comes from all my life interest, and in particular golf.”
When did you first start writing?
“I was in my teens and discovered I enjoyed creating stories. My teachers were not interested in the story, they only focused on the grammar and structure.”
Why did you write this book?
“I wrote Fishing for Light from observing how life traumas obliterate our hopes and dreams. If we love someone, and they are taken away from us without any warning, the trauma literally ‘marks’ our genetic code. It is a similar theme from my first novel, Bobby’s Socks. But in Fishing for Light, I wanted to take a heavy subject, human suffering and blend it into a 21st Century satire.”
Who would play the characters if this was a movie?
“Oh, let’s dream big, I think Josh Hutcherson would be a perfect - Eddie Wilcox, Al Pacino I think would be – Professor Quan and Bruce Willis has all the qualities to be Captain Lovins. As to Ms. Prosperina, that actor would need to have a cold, nasty side and a sense of humor, perhaps a middle-aged, Diane Kruger.”
How long did it take to write?
“Fishing for Light sort of evolved over a four or five year process. It is not a simplistic book; it has layers and layers of meaning. I decided to get out of my own way, and let the satire happen. And I am quite happy with the result.”
What is your next project?
“I have two current projects, one is a follow up to Fishing for Light, and the other is an extremely personal journey about a middle-aged man’s search to understand his long since deceased grandfather.”
What do you measure success to be?
“I have been successful in the business world, so I know money does not drive me. I am not afraid to be famous, but I don’t seek it. I think success is a sense of instinctual happiness. If you feel solid standing in your socks, I think you’re successful.”
Who inspires you?
“Salvador Dali masterworks, my grandfather, U2, and the idea that God whispers life recommendations to me, and I stop, am quiet and listen…”
Who is your favourite author?
“Ray Bradbury and C.S. Lewis – I think they are co-equals.”
Tell me things about you that are not already in your bio?
“I am driven. I hate to be bored, and I will never retire. I think the idea to retire is nonsense. And my ultimate goal is to create a sock company. I think if we can build a company that is self-supporting, a hybrid not-for-profit, we can help child abuse victims and help prevent suicides. The third leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24 is suicide. The idea is to get the victim to talk, if they put on a pair of colorful, warm socks, they might feel a sense of peace, smile and let that hidden trauma out.”
I kindly thank him for his time. As I get up to leave he decides to ask a question. 

 So what magazine or newspaper do you work for? 

 None! I'm just a blogger. 

While he performs a perfect 'face palm' and a couple of exasperated "OHMmmms," I leave him in as much peace as I can and run like hell. 

Monday, 24 February 2014


Today  it is my utmost pleasure to present to you

A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health 

BISAC: Self-Help / Personal Growth / Happiness

Dr. Glen Hepker explores the tools for promotion of True Health. Based on the age-old Bright Beautiful School of Thought, Hepker explains how the quality of our lives will be greatly enhanced once we learn to raise ourselves up by taking True Responsibility for our own health and wellbeing. Hepker guides readers through the tenets of the Bright School theory and assists the reader in realizing this level of True Health. Most especially, this health and wellness philosophy is distinguished by its remarkable, thought-provoking, and ingenious notion of coalescing ethics and morality and deeply-rooted insight/objectivity skills with conceptions of health and wellness, i.e., True Health and/or True Health through True Responsibility. It sets forth that one cannot realize True Health without the necessary and truly skilled attributes of deep insight, morality, clear objectivity - learning the True Skill of being able to look within and without (into one's internal and external environments), without fear, without preset patterns of thinking. 
It sets forth the importance of True 
Honesty - gathering a level of objective insight that introduces one to the notion of not needing anything to hide behind. Such healthful clarity is a significant aspect of what he describes as 'glimpses of heaven'...loving bioelectric spine-tingling (chi) feelings/realizations (and nurturing the True Skill of doing so AT WILL). It sets forth the notion that one of the greatest gifts of all is that there is always room for improvement, versus the living death of stagnant plateaus. It is a serious, yet loving, compassionate, altruistic, and empathetic work. It is also lovingly passive in its tone (voice and pretense). It is not self-promoting, self-aggrandizing, or evangelistic. It is a beautiful, superbly benevolent, and exceedingly well-thought-out health and wellness way-of-life (which is humbly devoid of legalistic or religious tendencies or bias). Its voice is untarnished - it never competes or sells. 

Glen Hepker has doctorate degrees in psychology and health/wellness arts, and he is a part-time individual and marital counselor, a wellness coach, and a master instructor of tai chi chuan, chi kung, kung fu, and associated health/wellness arts (which are intrinsically inclusive of the empathetic and benevolent health and wellness philosophy found in his writing) at Mason City Wellness Center LLC/Mason City Tai Chi~Chi Kung~Kung Fu LLC, Mason City, IA USA. 

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Sunday, 23 February 2014


One Girl.

Two Worlds.

Three Questions.

What lies beneath the hidden secret?

Can love rise above the inevitable?

And most importantly, where will her fate lead her?

Amanda Chaste had lived what she considered an average life in New Jersey, looked after and cared for by her grandmother. But when she accidentally meets an enigmatic stranger from out of town, her world is drastically thrown upside down. A hidden secret has been buried in the past and not even Amanda can save herself from her own fate.

Conflicted and tormented within her own flesh, discovering her true identity will prove to be something that will change her life forever.


About Julie Milillo

Julie Milillo has and always will be a true Jersey girl from  the shore. Acting, singing, writing and drawing were always  her hobbies from the very beginning. Julie has always been involved in the arts and loves to express her creative streak in any way she can.
She graduated from Brookdale Community College with her Associates Degree in Theatre and Liberal Arts. Soon after,  she discovered her passion for reading and thus fell in love  with the paranormal fiction genre. After reading and  collecting a number of books, she decided it was time to create her own stories and characters. After having the opportunity to meet one of her favorite authors, she was  determined to take writing seriously. Julie applies her knowledge of acting and character development in creating  her stories. Her goal is to simply express the genuine qualities in her stories and the characters she creates in hopes of capturing the hearts of readers who also love this genre.

Julie currently resides in Maryland with her husband and her French Bulldog, Goober. Julie loves dogs, movies, music, and anything fantasy related. In her free time, she loves to bake and perform whenever she can.
Her writing debut novel, Immortal Sin, the first of The Immortal Sin Trilogy, was released on November 22nd 2012. The sequel, Immortal Descent will be released in October 2013.
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014


Oh Wow! This is one book that will have you laughing and biting your nails all in one go! 

It is guaranteed to appeal to the less fussy readers who just enjoy a great escape and little adventure! Seriously, read the excerpt further down and you will see what I mean!! 

Boys & girls, dudes and "dudelets" (yes, I just made that up!) please welcome....


Going home again can be deadly.

Suddenly jobless, enterprising Candace Downs returns to the parched and dusty oil-town of Odessa, Texas as a trainee for her cousin's towing company.

Rejecting the romantic obsessions of a maniacal stranger intent on capturing her heart throws her life into a terrifying spiral downward.

As the clock ticks, and her hunter ups the ante, the charismatic, handsome security consultant, Josiah Bradley, is determined to keep her alive – at any cost.

Will they win this harrowing cat-and-mouse game? Or will the unrelenting stalker bury them both deep in the desert?

Sounds like an excellent book packed with suspense, right? Absolutely!!

Dying To Meet Marcy?

Marcy G. Dyer is a Registered Nurse and suspense author. Like so many other writers, she began writing at a very young age, but never took herself seriously as a "real" writer until about ten years ago when she began taking courses and learning the craft of writing.

She currently has two novels from the Desert Winds Series available: Down & Out and Out for Blood

In addition to writing, Marcy is a freelance editor. She does editing for individuals, Desert Breeze Publishing, and Prism Book Group.

Marcy is an alumnus of the Christian Writer's Guild and long-time member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She hosts a small critique group for ACFW and is involved in two other critique groups. For anyone seriously interested in becoming an author, she recommends a strong, diverse critique group to help authors hone crafts.

In addition to maintaining her website (, Marcy hosts a blog to help those with autoimmune diseases. While many autoimmune diseases aren't visible, they still cause chronic pain and disability. If you would like more information, please visit

As followers of Jesus Christ, Marcy and her family are active members of Crossroads Fellowship in Odessa, Texas. Sermons are carried live via the web at our online campus - at the following times on Sundays - 9:30 & 11:00 and 5:00 & 7:00 central time.

She can be found at and

Okay, first off,  it's a coincidence that I am hosting two Christian Authors in a row. Second of all, I wouldn't change it if I could. This Author really is an amazing person too. 

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   Candace hunkered down in the floorboard of the truck. Why had she taken this job? She really didn't need to eat. Maybe if she had to do without food for a while she could fit into smaller jeans, like the munchkin at the western store wore.
    A gunshot rang out, and Candace vomited.
   "Great. Barbie just tossed her cookies." Beth Anne sighed.
   Enough was enough. She wouldn't put up with the leprechaun's taunts any longer.
   "I'm sorry if I don't live up to your standards, Dumpling," she snapped. "I've never had anyone shoot at me."
   "Dumpling? You little--"
   "Enough, you two. Quit acting like spoiled junior-high girls. If you haven't realized it, we're in a little bit of a mess here."
   And if she ever got out of it, Candace would tell Carl he could shove his job. Everyone told her how dangerous New York would be. Right. She never got shot at there.
   More shots rang out, and her hands shook. "Thank goodness we're in the truck. If they don't shoot the windows, we should be okay. Right?"
   Josiah barked out a short laugh. "Don't know much ‘bout guns, do ya, doll?"
   "Not really. I know gun safety, and I'm a good shot, but that's it."
   "A bullet can go through the metal of the door." Beth Ann's tone grew snarkier with each word. "It may or may not have enough force to come all the way inside depending upon the caliber. There's your education for today, Barbie."
   "Thanks for nothing, Dumpling."
   Sirens sounded in the distance, and Candace prayed the police would arrive in time to save them. She couldn't die like this, hunkered down in the floor of a flatbed truck with a puke-covered seat. At least she hadn't peed her pants. Yet.

I must say this is totally not what I expected at all!! This book will be on my Have Read list of 2014 if it's the last thing I do. 
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Kayla West - So...I must say that I do not normally read books from cover to cover in a day. Even when I am not doing anything but reading, my normal record is finishing a book in about two days or more. However, Down & Out is one of those rare exceptions. I completely devoured this novel in a span of probably a few hours at the most. It just blew me away. The storyline is phenomenal, the characters are believable, and the dance between jealously and love between the two main characters is absolutely wonderful. The suspense, though, is what truly makes this book superb.
Books have to make me react in some way. Whether it be a laugh, a smile, a tear, or even anger, each book that I read has to create some emotion in me or I consider it a so-so story. This one caused me to react in a way that I have NEVER, EVER reacted. It caused me to shudder. Literally shudder. Every time the protagonist of the story, Candace's stalker, walked onto the page, a pit of fear would form in my stomach. My shoulders would go up to my ears, and I just wanted to get away from him. I felt like a part of the story. I felt like he was after me. Creepy, huh?
Because of that, this book blew me out of the water, and I am definitely going to devour the next book just as easily as this one. I just know it.
Kudos, Marcy Dyer, for such a phenomenal story. You definitely hit the mark.

Long & Short Reviews: Candace Downs last name maybe Downs, but she is definitely not out, hence the title of the book - Down and Out.

Candace was recently a publicist in New York until she was let go from her job and had to move back home. With only a beat up old VW Bug, a few clothes and living in an apartment over a friends garage she didn't have anything to lose when her cousin Carl offered her a job at his towing company. On her first day on the job Candace meets "the most beautiful man she'd ever seen', co-owner of Viper Security Josiah Bradley and a feisty red head Beth Anne. Candace is definitely way out of her normal work environment being around guns and adventurous escapes after completing a repo. She definitely didn't expect to pick up a stalker when called to the scene of a wreck.

Unbeknown to Candace the day she is called to tow Lucien Robard's car from the scene of an accident, her quiet uneventful life is about to be completely changed. Lucien is obsessed with Candace and has his mind set on making sure she is the proper lady for him to marry. He hacks her social media account to track her goings on. He submits a job resume to a job at a bank, where he thinks is appropriate for her to work. Along with sending flowers and gifts to her job and home, he shows up at the hospital when Candace's father is admitted. Candace is forced to file a formal complaint with the police department. The complaint doesn't stop Lucien. He only set more antics in motion. READ MORE...

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Presenting Paula Michelson 3.

Day 3 of Presenting Paula Michelson is about a new book!!

Naomi and Chaz know that miracles really do happen for at a friend’s wedding they reaffirmed their love and are Beginning Anew! Yet there are consequences that the couple must face. Will Chaz love and protect his wife? Will Naomi learn to trust Chaz? Find out in the first novel of Paula Rose Michelson’s four-book saga The Naomi Chronicles. 

Previously, in Book 2 of Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing Naomi’s journey from pain to faith where she dealt with her husband’s rejection of her, and Chaz discovered that secrets were kept from him, and began his own journey of discovery enthralled readers. While their friends planned to use Nicco and Lucinda’s wedding to bring Chaz and Naomi together again, God had his hand on this star-crossed couple. 

Before that, in Book 1 of Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing let readers experience Naomi’s journey from adolescence to womanhood, from frightened isolation to heiress with a mission and responsibility many would shirk placed upon her shoulders and kept them guessing especially when they realized that Naomi guarded two secrets. When Naomi married and fell in love with Chaz, she decided to tell him about herself. Before she could, Lola, a teenager she rescued from immigration, revealed her secrets. Hearing Chaz’s hate-filled words, and seeing many in Spanish Harlem turn away from her, Naomi fled.


This 5* review from Allison Kohn says, “Each book is better than the one before - and I wouldn't have thought it was possible. Every Christian needs to read these novels, because they are not just a beautiful love story, they are full of information we, as children of the living God, need to understand about other family members, and what better way to get that information then in three lovely romance books. More than romance - real love.

This is one of the paragraphs from the first book of The Naomi Chronicles: “Looking at her husband with unrestrained joy, Naomi nodded. ‘Please do not misunderstand me; I was content to go on as I had. Then you came along and turned my life from one of unknown waiting to an accompaniment, where each of us supports and enhances the other. Like a duet, where one takes the major keys and the other takes the minor keys.””

As you read, be still and let your soul sway to the music of their song. Paula Rose is God’s gift to His family and this woman’s writing is her gift to us. A gift should never be rejected, especially when it is from God and our sister both.”

Rhonda Nash-Hall’s 5 * Review of Beginning Anew says, “Wow, I am stunned at the bravery and courage I just experienced in reading The Naomi Chronicles--Book One--Beginning Anew. It is magnificent! I had so many questions which formed and were not answered as I read the Casa de Naomi books. I feel like (this book) brought closure to all of my questions about Naomi and her past and the history of the Jewish people. What a beautiful testimony of God's love and guidance! I personally feel that it was my favorite of the entire series! It seemed to truly get at the heart of the characters. It also left me wanting to know more about Chaz and Naomi.....I want them to have children and be happy and grow old together. I feel that Naomi has missed so much and deserves to live a joyful and abundant life was denied her in the past!!

Vonnee Lee’s (author Y.I Lee) 5* review says, “This book covers the first week of the newlyweds story who have now recommitted to each other after their fall out in the Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing Book two. As with the authors other books this story well written with a poetic quality that draws the reader in. I enjoyed the book very much. The author gives great depth to all the characters especially Chaz who in the last book discovered he was a Jew and is now shocked at the change of attitude towards him by those who were once his friends. Although I didn’t like her in the other books, Lola is there again and what happens to her in this book comes as quite a shock, and made me feel more sympathetic towards her. I certainly understood Naomi’s anger when Chaz informed her that Lola was coming back to stay with them, as no one else would take her in. But without giving away a spoiler…Lola becomes good!

I was given a copy of ‘The Naomi Chronicles: Book one’ to read, in exchange for an honest review.”



Finished cleaning up from their meal, Chaz asked, “Now about the suite and our casita, we have much to do. Where do you want to start?” 
            “Let us shop for the things we need to get and then pack up Vida’s things as you suggested.”
            “Good.” Chaz dialed the cab company and requested a cab. “They said a cab will be here in minutes.” As he hurried Naomi hurried outside, she grabbed her purse.
            They sat on the porch swing. She nestled in his arms and smiled as she gazed at the garden. “It is the oddest thing, but everything is suddenly in bloom.” 
  “I thought that myself. Although I spent most of my time in Texas, if I am not
mistaken, nothing blooms to its fullest in the heat of summer.” 
            “You are right. By now many of the flowers are usually wilted or brown.”
            He pulled her close. “It would be a sorry sight indeed for others to never experience seeing something lovely bloom out of season.” 
Turning towards him, she saw him wink at her. “Are you alluding to something I should know?” 
            He kissed her. “I told you that day at the park, I am witnessing a miracle for you are blooming out of season.”  
            Sighing with pleasure, she smiled. “If that is true, it is because your love, which was once a promise, is becoming a reality.”
            “Mi amado… my beloved, it is true, all of it is true.”            
The cab pulled up. “Chaz, can we afford to be so extravagant?”
            “Naomi, you know I called them.”
“Well yes, but…”
“If this is being extravagant, than let us be that way when we are out together, especially since everything you have and all you told me speaks of a woman who has always been frugal.”
            “That is true. I always worried that what the adult niñas gave would not be enough to help me rescue and keep girls, so I never touched the estate. As I told you before, I made a promise to Madre Vida to carry on as she did before me.” 
            “I understand,” he told her as they got into the cab. “Now your life has changed and with it, I believe, your priorities.”
            “Yes.” I would gladly follow you anywhere, she thought. Startled by what her heart knew was true, Naomi changed the subject by saying, “We can get the things for the big house and take care of our casita next week.”


Monday, 17 February 2014

Presenting more of Paula Michelson

Day two of Presenting Paula Michelson features her second book in the Case De Naomi series:

"The most engaging book I've read in years!" Thora N. Anderson's five star Amazon review.

Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing, Book 2

Historical Notes

(Source Material for Historical Notes From: Wiesenthal, Simon. Sails of Hope, Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1973)

Since research proves that the ships on all of Columbus’s voyages were filled with Spanish Jews baptized into the Catholic faith during the Inquisition, I have begun these historical notes by looking at the admiral’s life.

Earliest comments by Christopher Columbus lead us to believe that he went to sea at the age of fourteen as a cabin boy. However, since a cabin boy received no education in languages or science, one wonders how Columbus acquired this knowledge. While in Portugal, he worked as a cartographer and calligrapher. These professions were seldom held by anyone other than Jews who were Judaized and subsequently returned to the Laws of Moses as Spanish Jews called the Torah. The mystery of this noteworthy man surrounds his marriage to a Portuguese noble woman, who was far above his station in society. His writings mention that Castilian was his mother tongue. Yet some said if dissatisfied with his crews work, he reviled the men in Italian. Others claim that he spoke Castilian with a Portuguese accent.

At eighteen, Columbus said that he was the son of a weaver. However, a lower-middle class tradesman could not have afforded the studies that gave Columbus the ability to learn Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, Genoese, Italian, and Hebrew. Furthermore, unless sponsored by a wealth patron or studying for the priesthood, someone of his rank would have no knowledge of the trades he pursued.

Around the age of twenty-five, Columbus turned up in Lisbon. He said he was a cartographer, which implied that he had an extensive knowledge of nautical matters. When asked how he got there, he said that he shipwrecked on the coast of Portugal. Because he drew maps and dealt in printed books, some Spanish scholars believe that he must have been born on the island of Majorca, for that was the center of cartography and cosmography. Here again we see Columbus involved in a science practiced almost exclusively by Jews.

Marginal notes in his books attest to the fact that Columbus was well acquainted with the Jewish Scriptures. He cited the Prophets and referenced information that few intellectual Jews knew. In Historia Rerum Ubique Gestarum written by Pope Pius II, the admiral’s marginal note sight the year 1481, and then added the Jewish date of 5241.

That Columbus belabored his religion making his behavior like that of the Converso Jews who became Catholic to marry or ensure their survival during the Inquisition is a fact. Publicly these baptized Jews who the church labeled New Christians displayed their loyalty to the Christian faith at every possible opportunity. We find proof that religious elements played a great part in Columbus’s thoughts, actions, and his writings. For example, he insisted that he sail west to reach the Indies because of his faith in biblical texts. He cited two examples from the book of Isaiah: “Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them” (60:9) and “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth” (65:17). These scriptures let us glimpse the Admiral’s thoughts. His writings show that he believed his voyages confirmed these prophecies.

He was known to quote from the book of Ezra, and he demonstrated a sound knowledge of the Old Testament. Although many cultivated men of that time might have done these things, when one considers the presence in the Admiral’s library of the Jewish War, the account of the downfall of the ancient Jewish state by Josephus Flavius, or De nativitatibus by the Jewish scholar Abraham ibn Ezra, one might wonder. Columbus’s library reveals that he studied a book about the Messiah by a man the rabbis labeled a Jewish renegade, the former Rabbi Samuel ibn Abbas of Morocco, and copied several chapters perhaps as a means of memorizing information.

While the crown debated the voyage that Columbus finally took, he set his eyes on the office of Viceroy, the title of Grand Admiral of the Ocean Sea, and a share of treasures that all assumed they would find. With the fall of Granada, Columbus intensified his efforts at court. Because the monarchy knew that the country could not afford the expedition, negotiations stalled. Four men of Jewish descent—Juan Cabrero, Luis de Santangel, Gabriel Sanchez, and Alfonso de la Caballeria—offered to fund the venture. Since the crown knew Santangel, the king accepted the offer hoping to further Spanish rule. With the promise of an enhanced Spanish presence now possible, Ferdinand and Isabella handed Santangel a special charter called a Limpieza de Sangre, meaning Pure Blood. This charter afforded him, his family, and his descendants from ever facing the tribunal of the Inquisition.

During this period fervent priests were fomenting riots, and the Inquisition was razing and burning Jewish towns. Most would believe that when faced with these issues, the Jews and people of Jewish descent would think of survival instead of offering to aid Columbus, since they viewed him as a foreigner who had come to them asking for funds to find the Indies. Experts and those in the court who had heard of his plans pronounced them risky and unsound. Yet those very Jews and Christianized descendants of Jews, who were known to be astute, agreed to back the man whom the king’s scientific advisory council rejected. For it had become apparent to all that they might need to flee Spain, and Columbus’s voyage offered them an escape route. Though it was not in their character to give an enormous loan without security, Salvador de Madariaga argued that Columbus was a “Converso”—a Jew baptized into the Catholic faith. The Jews believed what Salvador de Madariaga said. He also received support from his coreligionists in high places because they felt the threat of the Inquisition as if they were still practicing Judaism themselves. The only way for Jews to escape the Decree of Alhambra was to buy their way out of Spain or be baptized into the Catholic faith. By this time, ghettoed and barely able to earn a living, the Jews had used information.

“Hurry, Rosa, there is no time! We should have boarded the ship. If we do not get there before twilight’s dawn, Columbus will sail without—” Her mother screamed as the mob tore her daughters hand away from hers. “Mi hija,” she moaned while boots bashed her. Rosa looked back, saw her mamá wave her on, and hurried away.
A second later, someone grabbed her bundle and pushed her toward a pillar of fire. “Le enseñaremos, Judio…We will teach you, Jew!” she heard someone shout.
She saw her families’ precious Torah thrown into the fire. She heard the sound of people running away. Hoping to rescue what she held most dear, she reached into the flames. Her fingers bent around something that felt like the scroll. She told herself the fire’s heat scalding her skin was nothing compared to living without the law of Adonai. She heard a church bell chime. Columbus was sailing away. She knew many would believe rescuing the scroll absurd. That did not matter to her, for to live without Torah was a shame she knew she could not bear, not for her generation or for the others that were yet unborn.

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