Heart of Desire: 11.11.11 Redux

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You heard nothing happened on December 21, 2012, right? Not exactly. Here’s where the cosmic shift began: As election year 2008 unfolds, Tess Vaughn’s deepest desire is to give up romance and live a quiet life in rural Arizona. But when the former investigative journalist jogs into the arms of married presidential candidate Senator Harris Cantrell Henry, she finds trouble galore. Not only does Henry tell her things she doesn’t want to hear about abuses of the National Investigative Homeland Security Agency (NIHSA) and his political nemesis, Senator C. Clelland Collins, he babbles gibberish about doubles, ETs, and UFOs. Tess finds herself pregnant when she calls an end to the trysts. Her daughter Mikka’s paternity and precocious talents are secrets Tess knows she must keep. But her secrets aren’t safe when Senator Harris Henry becomes the 44th President of the United States. On 11.11.2011, the hyped pre-2012 window of positive opportunity, President Henry announces his intention to engage the United States in the international fight against global warming. But his deepest desire to provide full disclosure of his contact with extraterrestrials remains an uneasy secret. When President Henry disappears, Tess’s fears for Mikka’s safety mount. She enlists the assistance of two upbeat New Age ministers, Marshall and Savannah Updike. Their greatest desire is to witness the triumph of good over evil in 2012. The couple challenges Tess’s common sense with their discovery of a Bible Code prophecy about an enigmatic “Starchild” whose fate is linked with President Henry. And the Updikes insist that meeting another handsome hunk is Tess’s best hope for Mikka’s survival. Carson Hodges’ one-pointed desire is to live in the moment and reach enlightenment. The Native American healer charms Tess with his lack of guile and manages to steer her one step ahead of trouble. That is, until Tess’s brother Paul Vaughn – whose only desire is to be loved – talks too much to the wrong people. Will the Starchild fulfill her karmic desire as the clock races toward December 2012? Los Angeles: Tootie-Do Press, 2014

I had a dream in 1999 that became a scene in the last chapter of the book. The novel began as a flash story and other writers badgered me to expand the idea. Eventually I had a second dream that appears in one of the middle chapters. At first, the story was a literary drama, but I felt compelled to add sci-fi / fantasy touches and the alternate history build-up and lore about December 21, 2012, the story became a lot more fun. I enjoy the appearance of the extraordinary in ordinary daily life.

"I finished reading your amazing novel last week and want to send my applause for what you reveal in expertise. Besides good, clear writing, you demonstrated deep knowledge of insider Washington D.C., familiarity with extraterrestrial “wisdom," Native American history/beliefs, Buddhism, parenting, etc.   
  ~ Willma Willis Gore, author of Iron Grip and If Coyote Smiles, 2015