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Author: M.J. Rose
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Rites and Rituals

All writers have rites and rituals that we've developed over the years. I always wonder about these habits and  idiosyncrasies. But I never have the nerve to ask the venerable pros I meet.

Here are mine.
Before I start any book I need three things. The first is a question I don't know the answer to but find interesting enough to spend at least a year finding out.
The second is a quote that captures the spirit of the theme I want to write about — what I think powers the novel.

And the third is an object that belongs to my main character — that has some meaning to him or her — even if I don't always know quite what that meaning is when I begin.

The question that inspired this book was: Who owns art? Should the cultural heritage of a piece of artwork determine  what museum it finally winds up in? Is restitution always in the best interest of the pubic?  For years I've been reading about Greece's efforts to get the Elgin Marbles back to their homeland. I can see both  sides of the arguments. I have sympathy for countries whose riches have been taken from them. But at the same time  I've spent a lot of my life visiting museums. I've been moved and inspired by work gathered from around the world and  can't imagine what these amazing institutions would be like if they were stripped of their treasures.

The quote that mesmerized me and epitomized what I wanted this book to be about was: 

Often, in the cosseted quarters of a museum, we forget that every work of ancient art is a survivor, a representative of untold numbers of similar artworks that perished. This triumphant exhibition makes us remember, while  demonstrating that every survivor saves much more than just itself: long strands of culture, identity and history waiting  to be woven back together.
—Roberta Smith writing in the New York Times about the exhibit Silent Survivors of  Afghanistan's 4,000 Tumultuous Years  And the magical object, the talisman that belongs to my main character, is a broken pencil. It was in Lucian Glass's pocket the day he was brutally attacked and killed. He was only 20 at the time, a student at college. Glass has kept the pencil in a drawer that he opens all the time... he's seen it so often that h no longer notices it. Until the day my novel starts... and he's forced into remembering something he never really could forget. M.J. Rose (Website).


An FBI agent, tormented by a death he wasn't able to prevent, a crime he's never been able to solve and a love he's never forgotten, discovers that his true conflict resides not in his past, but in a…Past Life.

Haunted by a twenty-year old murder of a beautiful young painter, Lucian Glass keeps his
demons at bay through his fascinating work as a Special Agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team. Currently investigating a crazed art collector who has begun destroying prized masterworks, Glass is thrust into a bizarre hostage negotiation that takes him undercover at the Phoenix Foundation—dedicated to the science of past life study—where, in order to maintain his cover, he agrees to submit to the treatment of a hypnotist.

Under hypnosis, Glass travels from ancient Greece to 19th century Persia, while the case takes him from New York to Paris and the movie capital of world. These journeys will change his very understanding of reality, lead him to question his own sanity and land him at the center of perhaps the most audacious art heist in history: the theft of a 1,500 year old sculpture from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

International bestselling author M. J. Rose's The Hynpotist is her most mesmerizing novel yet. An adventure, a love story, a clash of cultures, a spiritual quest, it is above all a thrilling capstone to her unique Reincarnation novels, The Reincarnationist and The Memorist.

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  1. Thanks for your guest post, @MJRose It's great to feature you here!

  2. Thanks also goes to Tracee and Dorothy over @pumpupyourbook re: @MJRose ;)

  3. Don't forget, everyone, you can LIKE this page, too! :) It's an extra entry point for contest!

  4. I liked those 3 things that you need to write, very interesting :)

    Was it open to all?
    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

    Well I follow on FB 1p
    and on twitter 1p
    so at lest 2 p

  5. Thanks for the 'Like' Katsrus :) Noted

  6. Thanks! :) You've been entered! Entries counted.

  7. hewella11:02 am

    I'm a gfc follower.

  8. Thank you very much, Hewella! :) I appreciate it.


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