Each month Kona Stories hosts an event with local and traveling authors. This event happens the First Tuesday evening of the month starting at 6 PM. Authors are available to talk story while you are getting your plate of appetizers and glass of complimentary wine. Authors then give a 15 minute talk about their book and themselves, the writing and publishing process or a short reading from the book. After all the authors presentations there is a time for individual questions and book signings with the authors. Expect 2 - 3 authors to attend each month and the evening to wrap up around 8 PM. Dress is Aloha casual wear.
January Authors are:
Doc D, is the pen name for David P. Bugay, Ph.D. who has a reputation as a high-energy speaker, author, poet, and playwright. He has spent over two decades in higher education as an administrator and as a faculty member. He has also held positions for almost a decade in K-12 education as principal and administrator. An organizational behaviorist, he has served on the board for the Association of Chief Human Resource Officers and on the boards for the Association of California Community College Administrators, International Higher Education Teaching Learning and Leadership Oakland.
Doc D will be presenting his two poetry books:
The Naked Turtle Dances a poem book with over 100 uplifting poems about the victories and challenges of life. It has poems which range from Just Call me an American, Never Laugh at Dreams, The Warrior of the Outfield, and even Corporate Beatitudes.
Zombie Dearest: Poems for Young Zombies a children poem book about zombies and thing that go bump in the night that will thrill the imagination of children with poems like Zombified Football, My Per Tomato, The Easter Squirrel and even Billy and Willies Hog Dogs and Chili!
Bryan Furer started writing, directing and acting for his homemade monster movies when he was a kid. He grew up to become a make-up artist for theater, film, and television. He was elected president of the Film and Video Association of Hawaii for two consecutive terms. He has said;
“Make-up artistry was a wonderful thirty year distraction from my true love; writing.” He is a Screenwriters U Pro-Series Alumni and has written several scripts, some of which have been optioned.
He has now written two books based on his screenplays, the first is titled Five Steps to Sheep and the second is titled Passenger. He is currently working on his third book Kona Coast and writes under the pen name of Elias Blackthorne.
In Passenger we meet Alec Larson who doesn’t believe in ghosts but that will change when he boards flight 286. Alec discovers that the passenger sitting next to him is a ghost that only he can see and hear. The ghost is unaware that he had died, but soon learns that he needs the help of the living in order to crossover. Alec reluctantly agrees to help him but in the process they uncover a plot to blow up the plane.
Anne Celeste loves to share the path of spiritual development with people.
She is a spiritual counselor, teacher, and healer. She uses her exceptional intuitive gifts, as well as her training in spiritual healing, energy healing, and psychological counseling to guide people as they integrate personality with soul.
She has made a lifelong study of the process of spiritual development, integrating many paths.
Anne is an authority on intuition. Since 1981 she has taught thousands of individuals, many in the caring professions, to live within the guidance of the soul. She teaches at Aina Lani, a six-acre spiritual retreat here on Hawaii Island.
Creating Heaven on Earth
My Journey from the Devastation of My Life into the Heaven in My Heart
This true story has given many people great hope and inspiration.
In her mid-thirties, Anne Celeste lived the beautiful life that an intuitive vision had foretold: she was married, living on 40 acres in Colorado, just beginning her life work in spirituality, and successful in business. But then that beautiful life was utterly devastated--shattered by great tragedy and severe illness. She went from accomplishing the work of two people to being bedbound, unable to stand or even lift her head from the pillow. And worse--there was no physical cure. How to get her life back? She had to learn to heal from the soul, living a spiritual healing. And it worked.
Filled with loving wisdom, this book is the story of how that great tragedy was transformed into a grace far beyond what she could imagine. It is a journey of learning to let go of all that is not love, returning to the profoundly deep love within the spiritual heart. She had to learn how to enter the heaven in her heart before she could experience heaven on earth. She learns that the more deeply she surrenders into this pure love, the more her life opens in blessing. As she learns this, tragedy gradually turns to grace, until she finds herself living within great joy and fulfillment.
The wisdom in this book can offer you so much. Can you imagine what your life would be like if the deep dream that moves through your heart was fulfilled?