Archive for August, 2016

Back Cover of the Amazon (POD) Print on Demand

said on August 30th, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

“He writes with such joy!  A fresh plot, unpredictable and spontaneous, every page a new discovery.  Kali is my favorite bad guy ever, truly monstrous, and yet funny and oddly engaging.  We love to hate him . . . and hate to love him.”  Cate Hogan, romance author

“Fantastic!”  Daniel Ravenda, author of Smoke Rising

“Completely Different.  Who could have thought that the apocalypse could be so much fun?”  Greg at 2 Book Lovers Review

Twenty-five year-old Azriel doesn’t know much of the world beyond Shiva Puri, the village where she and two hundred other farmers live in the foothills of California.  Dreams of becoming a professional dancer have been dashed by injury, and it seems her marriage to Daniel, the village manager, is the crowning achievement of her young life.  Azriel’s rural existence is pleasant, if not exhilarating, and so the world goes on.

Until it doesn’t.

The sages of ancient India tell of a terrifying being that will come forth from the underworld to end the reign of humankind.  Shhhh.  It’s just folklore, a superstition, a tale to frighten children.

Until it isn’t.

When the apocalypse comes, waves of unearthly pulsations crush everything in their path and fast-moving firestorms sweep North America.  The survivors of Shiva Puri need a leader if they’re to make it through the devastation.  Factions splinter and tensions escalate, but no one is aware of the real danger lurking.  The demon Kali, Lord of Rakshasa, Tiger of Lanka, circles the last remnants of humanity.

People disappear, and Azriel realizes she must perform her most delicate dance, defeating the vilest creature humankind has ever known, and preserving her humanity in the process.

Azriel Dancer, first of four novels in the Daughters of the Kali Yuga quartet, takes the reader from the first seconds of a mysterious global catastrophe, to the birth of a new civilization fifty years later.

Bob Jenkins is one of America’s distinguished storytellers.  Twice featured as a headliner for the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee, he performed in circus tents for thousands of story lovers.  He lives in the Sierra Foothills of California where the events of Azriel Dancer unfold.

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Author and Editor Re-Enact Climactic Scene

said on August 25th, 2016 filed under: Selections from Azriel Dancer, Whimsy

Author, Bob Jenkins, and editor, Cate Hogan, re-enact crucial scenes from Azriel Dancer, Book One of Daughters of the Kali Yuga.

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Or they are out in the California foothills just messing around.  Take you pick.

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What do those Sanskrit Words mean?

said on August 23rd, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

Glossary of Terms (mostly Sanskrit) Used in Azriel Dancer
Abhishek consecration of a holy icon, the pouring of libations on the image of a deity
Adharma the pursuit of wickedness, wrongness, immorality, vice
Amrit nectar, manna, the dining hall at Shiva Puri
Arati evening ceremony at which devotees wave lights to honor the sacred
Ativirya the adharmic energy that feeds Demonkind, the opposite of Kundalini
Atman the Self, human essence, similar to the western concept of “soul”
Bana lingam a naturally occurring rock that represents the formlessness of the Divine
Bhajan spiritual hymn or worship song
Bhagavad Gita the “jewel” of Hindu scripture wherein Krishna describes reality
Bindi the red “dot” of devotion on the forehead, symbolically the ‘third eye’
Brahma the Creator, the first deity of the Hindu Trinity
Dharma righteousness, law, duty, justice, both the path to it and the goal itself
Ganesha the elephant-headed god who removes obstacles, son of Shiva and Parvati
Gopi cowherdess, shepherdess, milkmaid, devotee of Krishna
Guru (gu) darkness and (ru) light, one who dispels the darkness of ignorance
Hanuman from the Ramayana, the supernatural white monkey, ally and devotee of Rama
Kali (with both vowels long) the ferocious female aspect of God, the “Dark One”
Kali (with both vowels short) the lord of demons who brings about the end of the world
Kali Yuga the Iron Age, the last age of humankind
Karma the fundamental law of cause and effect
Kundalini latent spiritual energy that lies coiled at the base of the spine
Laksman from the Ramayana, Rama’s younger brother and companion
Laksmi the goddess of prosperity
Mandir temple
Namaste greeting that means ‘I honor the divinity within you’
Nritya sacred dance, kinetic worship
Om sacred syllable, primordial sound, sung at the beginning and end of chants
Puja physical altar and the worship ceremony performed at the altar
Parvati the Goddess, Daughter of the Mountain, wife of Shiva
Pathika bhuva adharmic power of out-of-body travel
Rakshasa principal race of demons
Rama from the Ramayana, the protagonist, also the avatar of Vishnu
Ravana from the Ramayana, ten-headed demon lord of Sri Lanka, incarnation of Kali
Satsang association of seekers of the truth
Seva selfless service
Shiva the Destroyer, the third deity of the Hindu Trinity
Shivite branch of Hinduism, worship of Shiva, traditionally spelled ‘Shaivite”
Shakti power, energy, the tangible movement of spiritual grace
Siddhi miraculous power
Sita from the Ramayana, wife of Rama and ideal for women
Tekkas drum patterns
Trijata from the Ramayana, Ravana’s niece and confidant to Sita
Vishnu the Sustainer, second deity of the Hindu Trinity
Yoga through various means, the inhibition of the modifications of the mind
Yoga Sutra holy text by Pantanjali (CE 400), foundational scripture of Yoga
Yoni female component of Shivite altar, represented as a bowl or round stone
Yuddha (yuddha incarnation) literally war, violent conquest, demonic possession
Yuga one of four epochs of humankind: Krita, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali

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