Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem (Bloodsong 2)

MOGOLLON: A TALE OF MYSTICISM & MAYHEM is free on Amazon Thursday, 9/18/2014, ONLY.  That’s the US link. In the UK, Mogollon is found here.  

MOGOLLON: A TALE OF MYSTICISM & MAYHEM has not been free on Amazon before and I have no plans to put it up free again. Is it time for you to GET MOGO’D? Mogollon is one amazing trip. Follow the link and download away.

I’ve got another reason for you to download Mogollon tomorrow: It’s sequel is coming up in weeks. That’s right. IN LOVE BY CHRISTMAS, the Bloodsong Series 3, should be out in early October. You’ll be able to flow right into it after reading Mogollon. More info on IN LOVE BY CHRISTMAS follows the reviews of Mogollon.

IN LOVE BY CHRISTMAS is an offshoot of the action in Mogollon. Grandfather’s grandson, Leroy Watches Jr. arrives at the Meeting late, as usual. He arrives a couple of days after Mogollon ends, but the retreat is still going. He’s given the assignment of finding his soul mate, who’s in desperate trouble. Cass Duane is super-capitalist Will Duane’s bad-girl (very bad-girl) daughter. Cass is so bad, you don’t even want to know how bad she is.

Leroy has to find and heal Cass Duane by Christmas. Or what? Read IN LOVE BY CHRISTMAS and find out. But first read Mogollon––

Mogollon is the story of the meeting of a great Native American shaman with the richest man in the world. They come together a retreat the shaman, known only as Grandfather, gives in the New Mexico desert. Sound sort of cutesy and woo-woo? Think again. This ain’t your ordinary shaman, nor is it your ordinary retreat. As the shaman seeks to move the very corroded capitalist’s soul, all the powers of evil in the universe focus on the retreat. The result is big, big mayhem.




What are readers and reviewers saying about Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem? They’ll give you the straight scoop:

Take one part modern fantasy, one part Western, and mix in a couple parts mysticism and romance, and you have Sandy Nathan’s “Mogollon.” The book weaves together the story of Will Duane and his staff as they attend a spiritual retreat at the mystical Mogollon Bowl, a place where anyone can gain psychic powers. The world is that of 1997 America, but the book adds in the supernatural and mystical through the Native American spiritual retreat where corporate bigshots can achieve psychic ability and a connection with their inner souls.
♥ Epic Tale ♥,July 11, 2014
Sandy Nathans’ wild creative imagination spawns an intriguing tale of mysticism and money, good versus evil.
She devised an unpredictable plot which revolves around a Native American spiritual retreat bringing the so called “Grandfather” a powerful character mentioned in the first novel I read in this series come into focus. The characters are well developed and the scenes were so powerful that I could clearly envision them.
The events were well devised and were presented in an unpredictable manner that was thought-provoking and highly entertaining leaving me eagerly wanting more.
This is an Epic Tale with twist and turns that will leave you breathless. It is absolutely perfect for any fantasy enthusiast looking for a wild modern ride of mayhem infused with characters on different sides of the coin.
A captivating, mystical read,June 6, 2014
Mogollon is a compelling mix of mysticism, romance, and action that I found impossible to set down once I started reading. I didn’t realize there was a book prior to this and so picked up Mogollon with no clue where it was heading, but the book stands on its own beautifully and I wasn’t left scratching my head due to lack of prior references. Nathan did a great job of blending the back story I needed to know.
The story centers on Will Duane and his staff’s experiences at a spiritual retreat at the Mogollon Bowl, a place where anyone could become psychic and all your problems could disappear. As a tech industry hot shot, Duane is out of his element among the rez cars, rocks and dirt. Accustomed to five star hotels, he wouldn’t even be here if he didn’t have business to complete. But this is a place where he isn’t in control, and as events unfold he finds himself at the mercy of something larger than himself.
Excellent writing and well fleshed out characters make this a captivating read. I will have to pick up a copy of Numenon to get all of the back story now.
Defies Genre,February 2, 2014
This is the first book I read by Sandy Nathan, and though it’s a second book in the series, I had no problem enjoying the book as a stand alone as well. That’s how well it’s written.
Mogollon is a very intense story that follows Will Duane and his employees on a spiritual retreat, unlike any other. This book is equal parts horror, spiritual, romance, and action. From page one, it is non-stop, a page turner that leaves you on the edge of your seat, seeing where it’s going next. It follows not just Will on his journey, but many connections develop as Will and his team begin becoming inseparably linked with several of the Native American warriors and attendees. Nathan does an amazing job depicting the cultural and spiritual aspects of the story in a very respectful way, which as a reader, I really respected. I also just loved her turn of phrase, and many times I just said, “YES!” out loud at the great way she chose to describe something that otherwise could be mundane, or has been described the same way for centuries. Nathan has a voice all her own and it’s powerful.
Nathan also did an amazing job with character development; there are several who still stick with me today, some in a good way, and some in a revolting way. Nathan does a masterful job of making you FEEL while reading this novel. I guarantee you, you will be changed and spiritually moved after reading this book.
Mogollon seriously defies genre, in the absolute best way. I cannot wait to read the next one!

The brillliant and captivating cover of In Love by Christmas. Thank you, Clarissa Yeo!

IN LOVE BY CHRISTMAS. When I was writing Leroy Watches Jr. & the Badass Bull, a novella I wrote to give readers something to munch on after Mogollon––which you might consider reading yourself ––I fell in love with Leroy Watches Jr., Grandfather’s grandson, a shaman born and bred, and also considered a dufus by almost everyone. He’d not a joke; he’s beset by Coyote, his People’s meddling, interfering, and Trickster.
I’ve always wanted to write a Christmas book. Why not combine it with something about Leroy Watches? How about something with a sweet cover and lots of holiday joy?
Holiday joy is in IN LOVE BY CHRISTMAS, but also holiday terror. And romance. And Leroy. This is a long, tall dose of Leroy (he’s 6′ 8.5″ tall) as he travels the world on a mission of love. You won’t believe what happens in this story. I didn’t believe it when I was writing it.
A feast awaits you. All you have to do is take a little bite …

Two steps forward, fifteen back today, but you should know about … NEW APPS THAT WERE ON MY FB PAGE ALL ALONG!

Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem (Bloodsong 2)

Boy, there’s a title for a blog article that will SEO like like last month’s pablum! I’ve been doing all these itty-bitty crazy making things today. For instance, we’re planning a sales campaign for Mogollon: A


Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem for … oh, maybe next Thursday? We’re talkin’ about it. Plans are  heating up.

I’ll let you know if they actually get hot. It would be a free day Thursday September 18th, with increased savings available for the weekend through Amazon’s “dribble it out” program. Why do they make it so hard to find the NAME of something?

So, think about free to lowered prices on Mogollon, the ebook with the fabulous cover featuring Native American actor, model & philanthropist Rick Mora. While the cover of this book is amazing, I’d say that the interior of the book––it’s content––is just as stellar.  If you want the maximal immersion, get the paperback version. The cover is KILLER. Front and back.  Mogollon won the Visionary Fiction Category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards. All that beauty and a prizewinner, too.


My Lady Grace was a Freebooksy Featured Book

While planning this possible promotion, I thought, “I should do some advertising!” Good idea. Which led to a survey of advertising possibilities. I’ve always liked Freebooksy. They do lots of nice things for readers and authors.  If you look at the right column of this blog, you’ll see a cute red sign that says “Featured Author Freebooksy.” My book Lady Grace & the War for a New World was an editorial feature on Freebooksy. (That means I didn’t have to pay for the ad.)

How about submitting to them for Mogollon‘s free day? Good idea, but while I was on the site, I noticed that they have a new free app that you can install on your Facebook Page, that converts it into a mini-version of your Amazon sale page. Whoo-hoo! “You can install it in thirty seconds.” Or two hours, if you were born before 1974. People in my age group should take two or three years to install that puppy.

I got it up in in one day! The only problem is that while loading my books, I assumed that the app used the first loaded is the bottom position on the stack method, which made sense to me. I loaded my books, thinking I was ordering them so that the most recent ones that I wanted everyone to see would be the top of the list, and the older ones on the bottom. That isn’t what the app did, so … I’ve got the books that I want you to see most on the bottom. That’s why people go crazy and run screaming through … fill in your own place for running amuck.



I was filled with joy, having successfully installed that Freebooksy App on my Facebook Fan page. That’s THIS FACEBOOK PAGE, MY FAN PAGE, a opposed to THIS OTHER FACEBOOK PAGE, MY PERSONAL PAGE. In doing the installation, I looked at my page for the first time and discovered the already existing apps on it that should bring me much closer to … heaven? I dunno. You, I hope. This is what they look like. (To the left) You find them on the left side of MY FAN PAGE under the ABOUT bit and above the PHOTOS.

I love having people join my mailing list, going to extraordinary lengths to write funny, informative newsletters with special offers in them. In the process of installing Freebooksy app, I discovered that I had a previously semi-installed thing where people could sign up for my newsletter from my Facebook page. This is marked Join My List on my page. All I had to do was complete the installation process I’d started in prehistory. All I needed to do was sign in with  Constant Contact, which involved  CC accepting the password and username that it has been accepting for the last ten years. How many tries did it take? Let me count the stars in the sky. But I got it working. You can sign up for my newsletter and be first to know my news and get special deals available only there. 

Does anyone hate the Constant Contact mailing service like I do? That intensely? I find it horrendously hard to use. Expensive.  They do have great templates and lots of them, but learning them? There’s the on-going thing about it not accepting my passwords.

Mail Chimp – The Mail Service Everyone but Me Uses Now


I’d hop over to the free Mail-chimp in in a minute, but it took all of my cyber-muscles to figure out how  to use Constant Contact’s templates to send out the lousy three newsletters I do a year. Having to learn a new system from scratch would kill me. Having said that, I expect the Thought Police from Constant Contact to bust me any minute.

 The Goodreads App was the final app already existing on my FB Fan page. It was hooked up, too. It takes you to my Goodreads author page, or a facsimile.

How does everyone feel about Goodreads? It has about fifty bazillion members, all rabid readers. No, avid readers. Authors are told that they absolutely must get out there and interact with Goodreads reader community. “It’s a marketing gold mine.”

I had my only scary on-line experience on Goodreads. Imagining that I’d find marketing nirvana, I hopped in and joined my genre, Really Nice Fantasies about Fun Things. I had read about Goodreads members being a little bit prickly about rules, so I studied everything about the group and its functioning before posting anything. My group had a bunch of subgroups: Fun Fantasies Involving Torture, Nice Fantasies about Clouds, Fantasies about What You’d like to Do to your Mother-in-law.  They were all my area, so I signed up for all of them. The voluminous instructions to participating in the group said, “Post… somewhere. I forget where… a bit about yourself by way of introduction.” I did this. And then I wrote pretty much the same message in all the subgroups, “Hi, I’m Sandy Nathan, I write fluffy fiction about clouds and I have this book …”

Before I could say “roll me over with a steam roller and keep the change,” some guy got on my case about spamming. I hadn’t spammed. I followed all the rules. Then the group got in on my alleged spam. It escalated. Had I advocated barbecuing children, it couldn’t’ have gotten much hotter. Right when they had my head on the guillotine’s block, the moderator intervened saying, “She didn’t spam. You all belong to the same groups. That’s why you got multiple messages.”

I never went  back to Goodreads. Then there was all the uproar about the young first-time author who got a bunch of low ratings on a book that wasn’t out and no one had any information about. She complained on her own blog, to find her book listed on really nasty lists. So much for the authors’ marketing bonanza.

Any Goodreads experiences to share, readers?






The brilliant and captivating cover of In Love by Christmas. Thank you, Clarissa Yeo!

THE HAPPY STATUS REPORT: Oops. Never check the facts. The MODERATELY HAPPY, BUT NOT TOO ECSTATIC, STATUS REPORT on IN LOVE BY CHRISTMAS, my in-development Christmas book.

Last Sunday, I got my complete response to my editor’s first content/developmental edit back to her. [That means: I rewrote the whole friggin' thing and shipped it off.] The first editorial pass is the one done with the golden machete. You send your manuscript in, thinking, “I’m *** ****. Boy is this good.” It comes back shredded, with little red and blue comments all over and half the text deleted. The other half says, “Show me, don’t tell me.”

Every time I send a manuscript in, I expect it to come back with, “YIPPEE! THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I’VE EVER READ. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO A THING,” on it. This never happens. When the second go-round comes back, it always looks machete-ed again. How she can find more things to put those “little notes” by, I do not understand. After taking a few days to stop being hysterical, again, I get to work rewriting. Because, ****, although I hate to admit it, my editor is mostly always right.

I originally started to write this progress report, saying, “YAHOO! I finished redoing the first chapter. I’M 1/37th of the way done with the rewrite of the SECOND EDITORIAL PASS ON IN LOVE BY CHRISTMAS.” I thought it had 37 chapters. 1/37th is pretty good, huh? In not more than a month, working at a pace a normal person might work, I could have the the manuscript really tight.

It has 53 CHAPTERS. I’m 1/53rd of the way through the rewrite. Not so good.

That’s OK. Don’t worry. I’m petitioning the Universe to move Christmas to March 31st this year. Plenty of time to get my Christmas book done. [Responding to the content edit is not all that has to happen to the book. There copy-editing and proofreading and then formatting, wherein it's turned from a Word document like all your letters to your mom and such into a real book and eBook. If you've ever wanted to be an author, you should read this and decide to be an accountant.]

Writing gives you faith. Also takes it away, sometimes. Prayers accept that this sucka gets off the ground before Groundhog Day.

Ciao, everyone!

Sandy Nathan
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