Stephen has such a natural way of expressing important truths through his fiction. It is like a guided journey into the depths of who we really are. Amorah Quan Yin, author of The Pleiadian Workbook: Awakening Your Divine Ka.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 31, 2011
Cathedral of the Senses is the sequel to the inspirational cult classic, Trick of the Light, which was published by Beyond Words (the publisher of The Secret). Trick of the Light was extremely well reviewed and was optioned by Hemdale Films (winner of two Best Picture Academy Awards—for “Platoon” and “The Last Emperor of China”).
Cathedral of the Senses is an inspirational novel that appeals to an audience interested in Eckhart Tolle’s Now Moment philosophy, as well as to people who enjoy the Abraham-Hicks books. Whereas those books are non-fiction, Cathedral of the Senses is a novel.
One of the unique aspects of this novel, published by Cathedral Rock Publishing, is that it is the first novel with a self-contained music soundtrack. The MultiMedia iPad ebook version of the novel, available for download at the Cathedral of the Senses website, allows the reader to listen to appropriate portions of songs written for the book by merely touching the screen. The reader may then download the entire song, or the entire album from the Internet. The songs were professionally recorded and fully produced and include contributions from such industry heavyweights as Mike Lattanzi and Barry Keenan.
One thing that makes Cathedral of the Senses so different is that Smoke is a professional novelist and he recognizes that his first job is to entertain. Beyond that, all his inspirational writing is based on an experience he had when he was 20 years old. "Two things people like to talk about are the 'Belief Alchemist' scene and my allusion to the Elohim. This word has special meaning for me and I explain some of that in the book. In fact, I referred to the Elohim in the Trick of the Light novel, but as an anagram: Homile--which turned out to be a key element of that book."
Stephen still offers his Writing the Novel Workshop, based on his perennial seller Writing the Novel.
What people are saying about Cathedral of the Senses:
"I read the prequel, Trick of the Light. Being a writer myself, I thought it was one of the most inspirational books I’d ever read. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that, in my opinion, Trick of the Light is a masterpiece. Now that I’ve read the sequel, I am blown away. Besides being a writer, my main profession is acting. I love the visual palette the author works from. He entertains the reader! You don’t have to be a spiritual seeker in order to enjoy this book. And I absolutely love the music. My two favorites are 'Diamond Mind,' and 'Amsterdam.'" – Thomas Morris, actor (“Schindler’s List,” “Angels and Demons,” “The International”)
"What captivates me about Stephen’s songs are his intelligent lyrics; brilliant, thought provoking images and concepts that induce reflection. Listen to the chord progression on the tag of 'Diamond Mind.' Stephen came up with a brand new progression on an old theme; refreshing and alluring". – Barry Keenan, singer/songwriter/producer. His song “Our Comfortable Lives” has been the #1 song on Neil Young’s Living With War Today music chart for the last 40 weeks. He recently received the prestigious honor of being included in a book of great American Songwriters that already includes Pete Seeger, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, and Eminem, among others.
"Breathtaking. Cathedral of the Senses is more than a book. It’s a life changing event. It’s like living in a dream where anything can happen. The action is unpredictable and the stories are astoundingly cinematic, transporting the reader into alternate realities where nothing is as it seems... Smoke creates a deeply emotional and spiritual connection with the reader. One is left asking questions about his or her own existence and personal reality. I feel changed. Five Stars!" -- Michelle Williams, book and music critic
“Reminiscent of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, set in a world straight out of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Cathedral of the Senses is thought-provoking without being preachy. In many ways it’s a fictional depiction of the popular ‘now moment’ philosophies put forth by such contemporary writer/philosophers as Eckhart Tolle.” – John Knoerle, author of A Despicable Profession
“Unlike most Western books I’ve read that try to describe the Zen experience, Cathedral of the Senses creates an environment for the reader to have his or her own experience.” – Bernadette Shih, author of Mao – A Young Man from the Yangtze Valley, and Ling Ling: The Most Beautiful Giant Panda in the World
About the Author
Stephen Smoke is the author of 29 books (19 novels), including five bestselling psychological thrillers with HarperCollins (Black Butterfly, Pacific Coast Highway, et al.), as well as the socially-conscious “Bill of Responsibilities” series. He also wrote and directed several feature films, including “Street Crimes” starring Dennis Farina. His books are available at http://www.StephenSmoke.com and on Amazon. You can also communicate with Stephen and check for special offers on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Stephen-Smoke-Author/211006562256684.
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