Vindication!!

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Ok, I know. It might be small of me, but like this bear, I am dancing for joy.  Not because I just caught a big salmon for dinner, but because Star Trek: Discovery vindicated me!

First and foremost, I am a big Trekkie. Being the daughter of a NASA engineer, I grew up on space travel and science fiction.  I am my father’s daughter in this respect.

Buy why the vindication?  In my first book Through the Fire, the main character is Michael Braun. She is a nurse working for her friend, Dr. David Hartman.  Many people asked, “Why would you name a female character Michael?”  I was always shocked at this question, as I have known three women personally whose name was Michael.  Also, there is Michael Learned, who was the actress who played JohnBoy’s mother on The Waltons.

Then finally on the 24th of September CBS’s new show Star Trek: Discovery introduced us to the main character, the former First Officer, and Mutineer Michael Burnham.

So, like bear, I did a little dance of joy. See there are women named Michael.

OH, that felt nice!

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

http://www.rajlowenstein.net

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Press Release to Benzinga.com

https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/17/09/p10094032/new-modern-day-romantic-thriller-released

 

New Modern-Day Romantic Thriller Released

Author Raj Lowenstein has written a compelling novel that appears more disturbingly real than fiction

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (PRWEB) September 25, 2017

Author Raj Lowenstein has released her debut novel, “Through the Fire,” that follows the story of Michael, a beautiful woman who is mute and communicates through American Sign Language as she tries to escape her past while falling in love with her protector.

Filled with back stories, steamy romantic episodes, gender-related issues, investigation, and an evil antagonist this unique story for modern-day readers builds up to an intense and gripping conclusion.

Lowenstein has always had a passion for writing and created a lead character who was mute as she herself is deaf and communicates through American Sign Language and wanted readers to experience the life and struggles of a deaf person. She also explores the topic of gender-related issues as her family has strong ties to the GLBT community and knows this is a very important topic to discuss in America right now.

“Through the Fire” received the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence from Trafford Publishing and Lowenstein is already receiving critical praise:

“Key to Lowenstein’s writing style is the use of engaging dialogue to generate dynamic characters who are developing their relationships and facing life’s challenges…Kudos to Lowenstein for creating an edgy and eye-opening debut!” – Recommended by the US Review of Books

To learn more please visit the author’s website.

“Through the Fire”
By Raj Lowenstein
ISBN: 978-1-4907-6839-7 (e), 978-1-4907-6838-0 (sc), 978-1-4907-6840-3 (hc)
Available at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Village Books (Fairhaven, WA)

About the author
Author Raj Lowenstein has a Bachelors’ Degree in American Sign Language Interpreting with a Minor in Jewish Studies from the University of Houston. She started writing “Through the Fire” in 2004 while attending Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for a semester. Even though she has had poems published in literary magazines, it took her only 40 years to decide that it was OK to actually have her book published. This is her first of many books so stay tuned! Lowenstein currently lives with her husband and fat Chihuahua in the Pacific Northwest and they have three children and three grandchildren.

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Lauren Dickerson
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480-998-2600

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DEADlines!?

Many times a person will set a deadline as part of their goal making process. As a writer, the deadline may be part of what the publisher requires. Other times, it is what we expect for ourselves.

I have specific deadlines for the upcoming Trilogy. The first book, The Cat and The Blue Sky, I want to have to the publisher the end of this year. I am still waiting on the artwork for the cover and, of course, my last few edits.

The second book’s, As Long As You’re Here, artwork is already finished and like the first book, it has to go to edit a few more times.

Like the second book, A Blush On Rose, has completed artwork, but I am still working on the story; waiting for the characters to reveal their time on Eliza Island to me.

As I am waiting for the artist, Vicki Waldron, for the artwork. I have put her on a timeline as well.

I am confident each book in the O’Connor Sisters Trilogy will arrive on-time and ready to go so that in February or March of 2018 the first will be available.

I am going to space them out two to three months apart. As a reader, it is always tough to wait for the ‘next book’ in a series six months or longer after the first.

Timelines are a pain, however, they help keep me on track.

A nuestro compatriota en Puerto Rico, mi corazón se dirige a todos ustedes. Ruego que reciba pronto toda la ayuda que necesite.

¡Dios bendiga!

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

http://www.rajlowenstein.net

A Question of Music?

A friend recently asked me why music was such an integral part of my characters. Not so much in Through The Fire but most certainly with the first two books in the O’Conner Sisters Trilogy.  My friend pointed out I don’t listen to music, yet both Cat Conners and Esperanza O’Conner were famous award winning singers.

As a deaf woman, music is not a part of my life. My sounds come from what my eyes experience around me. Take me to the museum. Let me stand before a Monet, Rembrandt, Pollack or even Yayoi Kusama and I see the music in their work.

I wasn’t born deaf, however. It was a process that took almost forty years. I knew it was happening and I readied myself. I understood one day I would not hear the music on the radio or television.

I did grieve, yet that was many, many years ago.

However, I remember.

I remember the musical, CATS. I remember Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald. Bette Midler was always playing in my car and house. Chaka Kahn (we are birthday twins) I remember the power of her voice. She was the last person I saw in concert before the last of my hearing went. Her old repertoire, the music I grew up with, I heard as if I were listening to my old LPs. Her new songs, I had no idea what was going on; there was no memory of it.

So to have the O’Conner twins both accomplished musical artists is not a stretch for me.

I don’t hear their music. Cat Conners singing The Man That Got Away immortalized by the great Judy Garland. Nor Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as played on the Steinway Grand Piano by Esperanza O’Conner.

But…I…Remember.

And remembering is enough.

Remembering makes a Pollack sound as if an experimental Jazz Ensemble were splashed on the canvas. It makes a Monet sound like the music outside a Paris Café. Finally, Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room – Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity,” which I recently saw at the Seattle Art Museum, was a chorus of angels weeping songs for the lost souls of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It broke my heart!

I Remember!

And remembering is enough.

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

http://www.rajlowenstein.net

Harvey, Part Two

Watching the story of Harvey on the television was difficult for us, as it was for most people with family and friends living on the Texas and Louisiana cost. We kept in touch with those who we were worried for as best as we could knowing they had more to worry about than promptly replying to our request for updates.

It was not the tragedy of Harvey, while that was foremost in our hearts and minds, that often drew our attention, but the common every day individuals who risked themselves to safe complete strangers. Those, who without asking, went to search and rescue pets that were abandoned by their humans to fend for themselves.

These are the stories that will be remembered and recounted. This quiet heroes who braved the high water, as I know the Houston area, the snakes and alligators, to help these are the people we want to emulate.

The different communities and organizations who helped those in need because it was the correct thing to do…Gallery Furniture – Mattress Mack, the Muslim Community, HEB, the wonderful American Sign Language interpreters who provided access to communication, the First Responders…these are a few of those I give a prayer of thanks to.

I will continue to pray and send warm fuzzy thoughts to those I know in the aftermath of Harvey.

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

www.rajlowenstein.net

HARVEY

My husband and I recently migrated from the Texas Gulf Coast of the Houston Metropolitan area to the beautiful majestic Pacific Northwest. We left behind children, a parent, siblings and a lifetime of friends scattered from Corpus Christi to the Houston/Galveston area as well as central Texas.

We sat up watching the Weather Channel almost every night for the past few days.  I have as well as my husband, been texting, FaceTiming and calling our loved ones to make sure they are safe.

My sister’s house is an island.  Family from Corpus Christi went north. Our children, so far are fine.  My mother’s house unfortunately wasn’t a boat.

We have heard from friends, us checking with them and them with us.

Water is such a devastating thing.

My mother lived through what they, those from Manhattan Kansas, called the “Flood of 51.”  Mom said in her text to me this morning, “This reminds me of the flood of ’51.”  Having grown up and hearing the story of this flood, I can visualize my sister and mom’s current situation.

All that is left is to pray. I am saying mine….
To all my Family and Friends in Texas…I am sending my Prayers and love your way!

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

www.rajlowenstein.net