Mary Deal’s Books

Do you wish you had the power to become all that you can be? Discover your potential through unleashing the power of your mind. All good intentioned programming works best when you reach a deeper state of mind. The secret is in accessing those states through easy life-changing techniques presented here, in thoroughly explained examples. A thin window of consciousness differentiates two states of the mind – self-hypnosis and meditation – and this book will show their similarities and define each condition and accessibility. If curious enough to at least peruse this book, then the ability to learn these techniques are already a part of your consciousness and soon to be recognized. Lucky you! Your subconscious is prompting you to investigate. It is saying that you are capable of deeper states of mind. Many have tried to focus to learn either self-hypnosis or meditation and failed. Applied concentration and knowing what to expect once entranced may be what was missing. The instructions in this book are meant for those wishing to learn and use the techniques of self-hypnosis and/or meditation for self-improvement. Easy yet powerful scripts are provided to produce desired changes. You can change your life now!

Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Retired Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Mary Deal helps the reader understand the power on one’s subconscious. Quote: “A thin window of consciousness differentiates two states of mind-self-hypnosis and meditation – and this book explains their similarities and defines each condition and accessibility. “If curious enough to at least pursue this book, then the ability to learn these techniques are already a part of your consciousness and soon to be recognized. Lucky You! Your subconscious is prompting you to investigate. It is saying that you are capable of deeper states of mind.”

Section One-Hypnosis speaks to the issues of unintentional Childhood Training-My Early Practices, using Inductions and Scripts and Terminology that the lay person needs to know. Quote: “Hypnosis: A technique to still the conscious mind activity of the analytical left brain. To protect us, the conscious mind, the left brain, censures all we receive, know, or transmit. Truth is cloaked in order that we may not be hurt by that which we do not understand or are not ready to comprehend or accept. Our conscious mind protects us from ourselves until we are ready to learn. It is the conscious mind we make quiet in order to access hypnosis.”

About half way through the book I learned something that I could put into immediate practice to lower my stress. I share with you an important quote from Dr. Andrew W. Weil, American medical doctor, teacher and best-selling author on holistic health says on an internet post: “People who are stressed or anxious are actually chronically under-breathing, because stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath. By extending your inhale to the count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds. The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen into your bloodstream and may even make you feel slightly lightheaded which contributes to the mild sedative-like effect. It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short shallow gasps of air”.

This book deals with many topics. I found the Through The Gate: Problem Solving, Allergy Control, Tinnitus Reassignment, Immediate Stress Reduction and The Attic Trunk-Finding Your Gifts most enlightening.

Quotes of Interest from Section Two-Meditation:

“Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing.” by Dr. Joshua Kai, ND

“Mediation cannot be induced manually. It is the ability of the inner mind or soul when conditioned and trained correctly, and when conditions that prevent us from seeing our true nature are removed.”

It is my impression that whether you believe in Hypnosis or Meditation this book will show you ways to reduce stress and become more aware of your surroundings. Keep this Kindle reference book handy, learn from it and develop your own Hypno-Scripts.

I leave you with this thought from Mary, “Life may not be that joyous, but believing that it is moves you quickly to it becoming that way.”

I endorse Hypno-Scripts – Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation – by Mary Deal for her educated guidance with Hypno-Scripts and her concise writing ability that brings the subject into the readers grasp for self-help. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on August 1, 2015.

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With driving action and intense plot lines, Down To The Needle is a standout mystery thriller from a solid literary talent. – Renee Washburn, Apex Reviews

From the day her five-year-old was abducted, Abigail Fisher vowed never to stop looking until her daughter was safely back home.

But despite multiple searches, twenty-three years have passed without a trace of Becky Ann. When Abigail learns that death row inmate Megan Winnaker is the same age as her daughter, she begins to wonder if the kidnapper had Becky’s Ann’s face surgically altered to prevent identification.

Megan Winnaker maintains her innocence, but faces capital punishment if she loses her final appeal. As Abigail launches her own investigation to find out if Megan is truly her daughter, someone wants to stop her in her tracks.

Even when facing mortal danger, Abigail refuses to give up her investigation. But can Megan Winnaker really be her long-lost daughter?


A page turner that will have you riveted right to the end. – Darryl Greer, Readers’ Favorite

Suspenseful mystery full of twists and emotions. – L. Carmichael, Amazon review

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Dangers of the sea are cloaked behind a facade of sunny beaches, balmy trade winds and swaying palm trees.

Two women fall prey to nature’s wrath during inclement tropical weather. In “Child of a Storm”, the ketch Mercy sinks during a sea storm off Culebra near the Virgin Islands. Ciara Malloy inherits her drowned financee’s son, learns a devastating secret about the boy, and faces the most crucial decision of her life.

Years later in the ’90s, underwater photographer Lillian Avery gets “Caught in a Rip” current and swept out to sea off Kauai in Hawaii. Facing death, she finds strength she never knew she had.

A few years later, in “Hurricane Secret,” the two former neighbors from Puerto Rico meet again on Kauai. As a hurricane wreaks havoc in both their lives, it also threatens to expose secrets tightly held since the sinking of the Mercy.

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Humor and nonsense, flights of fantasy into other realms, fright, disgust and disappointment, silliness and wonderment, and the sadness of reality and heartache.

It’s all here, and more, in stories that may leave you a little Off Center in the Attic.

Acting in a Coffin – A director plays a prank that backfires on a movie set.

The Wallflower – A woman compares herself to one who is the life of the party.

Pupule – A neighborhood gets a lesson in humility from a crazy old Hawaiian man.

To Soar – What a bird drops.

Out of Body – A man is shot and his brain goes through a metamorphosis.

Looking for Life – Never the right one.

Most Wanted – The killer of young boys remains at large.

Grandpappy’s Cows – Antics of backward backwoods relatives.

Boy at the Crossroad – The making of a monster.

Cafeteria Science – How to lose your lunch.

Indoctrination – A daring woman wants to experience something different and gets her wish.

Explosive Day – No escape.

The Smell of Death – A clue to the dying.

Legacy – A woman in mourning changes her life to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

An Urgent Message – A plea to a writer.

Rituals – Neurosis as a way of life.

Watched – Being watched can kill.

The Swimmer – A man losing his sanity.

Thanatos – The urge to die.

Alien Footprints – An invisible perpetrator.

Vibratory Rates – Visitations from heaven and hell.

The Voodoo Kit – A Jamaican hex follows a woman home.

Pekoe – A newborn kitten abandoned in a portable toilet.

Great Lady of Wisdom – A holy goat.

The Last Thing I Do – The end of making memories.

Future Winner – A little-known artist gets a break.

Innocence – A high school girl on the verge of betrayal by her innocence.

Sister Fly – Karma

Homeless, Not Heartless – A man and his dog.

Roots – What you may find when tracing your family tree.

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When Sara Mason returns to her hometown to start a new life, she learns that a serial killer is terrorizing its residents. Despite battling the memory of the drowning deaths of her younger sister and alcoholic parents, Sara is determined to make peace with her past.

However, she soon learns that the elusive psychopath is now stalking her. Sara’s attempt to rebuild her life is hindered even more by the discovery of skeletal remains on her property. As the investigation focuses on several suspects, Sara discovers critical clues and bravely volunteers to be a decoy for the sheriff’s department.

Sara Mason is a woman whose destiny has brought her back home… but her decision leads her down a path lined with danger, and straight into the arms of a madman.

Book Genre: Thriller

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This time, Sara Mason is solving a missing person cold case in the Vietnam jungle. Searching for Huxley’s MIA brother’s remains, Sara is joined by her friend Esmeralda.

After Sara learns that a six-year-old neighborhood girl has gone missing ten years earlier, she discovers that something odd is going on at the nearby forest cliffs. Someone wants this cold case to stay cold.

But even after attempts are made on Sara’s life, she pushes on with the investigation and pursues the leads that take her on a path of danger. Can she solve the mystery of the Howling Cliffs?

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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If you’re a fan of Egyptian-themed reads, or anything with a paranormal edge, then this is a read for you. – K.J. Simmill, Readers’ Favorite

California archaeology student Chione has vivid dreams about the discovery of an opulent tomb. After the founder of the Institute of Archaeology learns that Chione’s dreams might be connected to events in Egypt, he accepts an offer to examine a mysterious site in Valley of the Queens.

After they discover an ancient burial site, spells encoded into the hieroglyphs on the tomb’s walls transport Chione and her former boyfriend, archaeologist Aaron Ashby, 3,500 years into the past: to ancient Egypt. There, they learn of Tutankhamon and Tauret, a priestess in Pharaoh’s Court.

Meanwhile, the other team members are affected in unfathomable ways by the Ka: the spirit of the entombed. Chione and Aaron learn that Tauret plans to provide Tutankhamon with a living heir… and that they have been chosen to play a crucial part in completing their destiny.

Praise for THE KA:

Intensely absorbing fantasy entwined with true history. – Bill Robinson, author

Egyptian life and history so real, you’d think the author had lived it. – Marcia Lynx Qualey, journalist (The Guardian)

Genre: Paranormal (Supernatural), Egyptian Suspense

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Write it Right – Tips for Authors, written and compiled by an award-winning novelist, is a major source of information for breathing life into your prose. The Big Book combines Volumes I and II of the original Write it Right – Tips for Authors eBooks. Learn how to polish your work with a collection of extraordinary tips and numerous examples for making your prose leap off the page. In writing your opus, you may have encountered myriad questions about imperfect areas that you stumble across in the composition. The thoroughly explained tips offered in Write it Right – Tips for Authors clarifies those worrisome issues instead of simply taking a chance they’ll be acceptable. These thorough and sometimes humorous tips were written in response to author queries for articles that explain various problem aspects of composition. They not only cover grammar and punctuation but information for preparing to write, to narration, to character development and dialogue, and finally to preparing the manuscript for submission, your public image, and so much more. If your writing has not been perfectly smooth, chances are, you’ll find answers to your compositional questions in Write it Right – Tips for Authors.

Book Genre: Self-Help, Writing and Publishing Reference, Writing Tips

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Spotlight Interview With Author Mary Deal

Mary Deal, a native of Walnut Grove in California’s Sacramento River Delta, now resides in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was Founder and past President of Kauai Writer’s Roundtable. She is also an artist, photographer and former editor of a print magazine and newspaper columnist.

She is the author of six suspense novels: “The Tropics,” an adventure/suspense trilogy, “The Ka,” a paranormal Egyptian suspense, “River Bones,” a thriller that takes place in her childhood hometown area, “Down to the Needle,” a thriller, taking place along the West coast, “Legacy of the Tropics,” a re-write and expansion of The Tropics, and “The Howling Cliffs, a Sara Mason Mystery” and 1st sequel to the award winning River Bones. She has also published “Off Center in the Attic,” a collection of over-the-top short stories and flash fiction pieces. The eBooks, “Write it Right – Tips for Authors, Vol. I and Vol. II are nonfiction references for writers. “Write It Right – Tips for Authors – The Big Book” (a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards) brings both of the Write It Write eBooks together in paperback.

River Bones was a winner in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards competition and a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Books Awards. Her short story, “The Last This I Do” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Her mega-web site, , is a valuable resource for writers. It covers topics from all creative writing to business writing, including interviews, writing samples and examples. Portions also cover other aspects of creativity, like artwork for books covers.


What makes you proud to be a writer from (Honolulu, Hawaii)? Hawaii is a special place were many people can only wish to visit or live. It’s remote, difficult and expensive to get to from great distances. Once you’ve lived in the Islands, the excitement simmers down a little. However, I do get to live out my dream of being here. With the powers of the Internet, the remoteness doesn’t bother me – except for traveling – and publishing is managed as easily as anywhere else. Oh yes, networking brings other writers here and I can help them have a vacation of a lifetime. When writers, family and friends arrive for a vacation, I play tourist with them to assure their stay is exciting and, of course, Hawaii offers limitless photo opportunities.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? Stories have always rumbled around in my mind since childhood. I wrote everything and still have many old notes and numerous tattered pages. I’ve always been aware of the plights of others and wanted to voice my opinions but wasn’t sure how. Becoming certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist was to be the answer, and I was able to help quite a few people. Mostly, they were adult children of abuse who had transcended their traumas and wanted to express creatively. I had also begun to take my own creativity seriously and began a novel in 1990. Then, being rear-ended in an auto accident and three years of physical therapy ended my practice.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? After the auto accident in 1991, I wasn’t able to move around without some pain. I mostly sat still. My body was temporarily weakened, but my mind still ran full speed. It was then that I finished that first novel. However, feeling uncertain about my future as a writer, and having heard you don’t get published with only one novel completed, I began to write another, even as I ached sitting at my computer and was having physical therapy. But by the time I had plunged into that second novel in order to either forget or transcend my problems, I was hooked on writing. Ha! I was hooked writing that first novel and didn’t realize it, but it was what made me jump into the second one.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? As a child, I was made aware of many things I find people just don’t know or understand in today’s world. I had a rigidly strict father and a mother who carried out his teachings. I didn’t like it then, but I certainly appreciate it now.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I usually have a working title to begin, though it may change once the story is completed and I feel the title doesn’t fit. Some sort of title is necessary for a PC file. I hold much of my notes and information in my mind and a working title is like a beacon that directs my thoughts toward a certain book or story and nothing else. As elements of other stories pop into my mind while working on another, I know to which plots those ideas apply and go right to the outline or page and drop them in till I can work on them later.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? This is such a leading question. My primary genre is mystery/thriller, though my first novel (unpublished) was a long tragic romance. I’m drawn to people situations and their emotions. Solving a mystery seems to satisfy those feelings. For example, I once read some information about a man who was given lethal injection though he wasn’t proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt. In an instant, that gave me the whole story for one of my novels. I do not write true crime due to the interviewing and travel involved. Plus, my muse conjures enough crime and mystery that enables me to solve the situation my way, addressing the human element and emotions of people involved.

Still, I consider myself a multi-genre writer because I love crafting articles to benefit writers. Also, due to my past work as a therapist, I’m moving into writing techniques and reference books in those fields. Researching and exploring new topics to write about is exciting and, at the moment, have no preference for one genre or another but will keep writing mysteries in addition to the rest.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? For several years, I lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean. I had always dreamed about moving back to my childhood hometown in the Sacramento River Delta and buying and remodeling one of those old Victorians along the levee. Admitting the financial impossibility of it, I tried to write a story based on that but it wasn’t enough for a book. Yet, I had another story about a woman moving “back home” and solving a mystery but could neither make that one long enough to make a whole novel. When I happened to go back for a class reunion, a former classmate asked, “Why don’t you set one of your stories here in the Delta?” At that moment, the two unfinished plots careened together in my mind and River Bones was born.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? In a word: Acceptance. I’m never sure how my stories will be accepted. I understand that some will like, some will hate, and some will love them. But they read them.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Learning how to format and publish my own books is a great reward. It’s a door standing open, never again locked, allowing me a feeling of accomplishment at getting my books published.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Perseverance. Write, if that’s what you truly wish to do, and promote yourself. If you do not find great acceptance for your good effort, learn what it is you need to improve upon and attack it. Even if you think your writing or book is great as is, be humble enough to know that none of us are perfect grammarians. Improvement must be an on-going effort, even with yours truly.

Who is your favorite author and why? Originally John Steinbeck. He wrote the Grapes of Wrath at a time when my mother’s family crossed the United States during the Great Depression. He wrote about the human condition. The book was banned at the time Mom was reading it. She explained it all and said it was exactly what people went through, including her family of 13 who crossed the country in a run-down school bus as they followed the crop seasons. Mom said people suffered as did her family. I think that’s why I feel so keen about people’s emotions and struggles in dire situations.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Oh yes, I love it when people email from my website and ask questions about writing. If I do not have an article already written to send them, then I research and write one to post on my site. We both win.

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How much do you research for your books, either fiction or nonfiction? For fiction, I need to find items, topics, occurrences and so forth that help flesh out the plot without any of it being non-essential. To make my settings authentic, if they take place in real locales, I research as much history and culture about the place as will fit my plot. However, most of it never makes it into the book. It just helps my mind conjure the story details to fit that locale. In nonfiction, details from research must be accurate simply because of the genre. It allows no room for fiction or supposition.

What do you see as your future in publishing? Well, first of all, I’ve had some bad luck along the way, but I don’t intend to quit. At one time, I thought I’d never be able to write all the stories I have rumbling around in my head and in rough notes on PC. Thinking I didn’t have enough time in this lifetime was to set limits on myself and that feeling wasn’t comfortable at all. Now I intend to keep writing for as long as I can and I have enough stories in queue to keep writing for eons. Also, along the way, I have gained knowledge and research about writing and other nonfiction topics. That is information I can pass along to help others, either in books or through my website.

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Author Mary Deal’s Current Published Books (in order of importance)
Hypno-Scripts – Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation
River Bones
The Howling Cliffs
Down to the Needle
The Ka
Legacy of the Tropics
Off Center in the Attic – Over the Top Stories
Write It Right – Tips for Authors – The Big Book
Write It Right – Tips for Authors, Vol. II
Write it Right – Tips for Authors, Vol. I

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