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Our Client and Author, Fritz Blackburn

INTRODUCING FRITZ BLACKBURN It gives us great pleasure to present Fritz’s first book entitled “Chess Parenting”  in a series of parenting books he is planning.

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“CHESS PARENTING”  is a book which was based upon life and written from first hand personal experience.

Publisher: Seaburn Publishing and Distribution Group

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Here is the anti-thesis to ‘Tiger-mom’! ‘Chess-parenting’ proposes a Taoist style of parenting based on real, mutual respect, effective guidance and mutual trust, which includes the development of the parent as much as that of the child. It shows how the ‘generation-gap’ and most other difficulties with teenagers are mostly self-created by the parent and not inventions by the ‘crazy teenager’.

Using chess as a medium to foster character-development in its fundamental structure, this book explains virtues such as courage, self-responsibility, commitment and truthfulness as in need of practising rather than preaching.

It shows the typical mistakes of parents and gives tactical and strategic advice on how to avoid passing on to children what we haven’t worked out ourselves as yet and on what doesn’t work at all in daily practice.

Central to great parenting is to keep your kid on your side, rather than make her/him the receiver of authoritative demand and moral judgement. Instead of ‘Laissez-faire’ and ‘control-all-you-can’ – authoritarianism, the Author  suggest a rather new way and approach to parenting, where parents and kids are a team, where all members are needed and fully respected in the family and where kids are empowered to feel in charge of what happens.

The Taoist-nature of chess develops also emotional and spiritual insights, along with the intellectual! Without a need to feed children religious dogma, this approach cultivates emotional intelligence and ethical fibre while always being grounded in common sense and self-determination.

As a solo-dad, raising two daughters in rural New Zealand as well as traveling, Fritz has never taken the arrogant approach of shovelling his own  ‘superior’ knowledge down their tiny throats! Instead the Author and his girls became a team of fellow-travelers and discoverers, based on mutual respect! Unlike most other parents he never expected them to do what he says rather than what he does and  uses chess very effectively to allow them to figure out for themselves what is true and what illusion and what is actual choice.

Today Fritz is an extremely happy dad with the results he was blessed with, and because of this found parenting a pure joy!!

He  also draws from his own experience in teaching chess to other people and has gained substantial experience into insights of how to open their minds to inner and outer connected realities. As a parenting tool, chess is shown to be formidable enough to make a real difference to the performance of child and parent and to the integrity of family-life! It promotes non-hierarchical, non-authoritarian, but powerful parenting, where the child has a chance to win and to ‘know best’ and to respect herself 0r himself.

Such a style of parenting is unheard-of in modern society, but works well in natural societies, and needs to be recognized as the solution to most of our parenting problems today! Without any force, punishments, imposed limits or yelling Fritz raised his own girls very successfully and easily to be happy, empowered, intellectually acute and spiritually observant young women.

The market for this book consists of all parents who want more for their child than being programmed by parent, society and school! Particularly solo-dads of teenage girls will find chess-parenting an extremely helpful and insightful tool to raise the self-reliant and sane teenager.

Comparing it with ‘Battle Hymn of theTiger-mother’, ‘Chess-parenting’ gives power not to the mom, but to the kid and emphasizes respectful interaction over parental will and convenience.

It has the potential to become quite controversial, as it takes the godlike arrogance out of parenting and suggests that parents too have a lot of growing up to do!

The strength of this book is in its uniqueness of philosophical perspective as well as in its connectedness to all walks of life and its practicality. It suits any parent not convinced that good parenting has been honestly explored and it puts a necessary mirror up to all parents who have become walking rule-books and yelling judicators to their children.

There is no such book out there! There is not even a theory for respectful parenting in our time! Nothing at all that works… But there sure is a market of parents wanting to look into it.  As explained and told to us by Fritz Blackburn, we too are convinced he is on the right path and perhaps his books may open up a whole new school of thought in how to create stronger bonds between parents / solo parents and their brood.

Keep an eye out for more books in this amazing series of parenting books by our most insightful author and teacher in new but natural philosophies o child-rearing which we may have lost the way of in our Western society along with its conventional pressures and social conventions.

SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT OUR AUTHOR

Born January 19th 1955 in Augsburg, Germany, Fritz Studied economics and law during the period from 1976-1984 at Augsburg University.  Produced 10 publications of short stories in various hunting and fishing magazines.   Engaged in explorative International globetrotting to 65 countries before, during and after his time at university.

Discovery of the spiritual path at age 20, was then followed by training with shamans in Mexico and living in tribal communities in various remote places with the natives.  He came to love their simple natural and caring ways of sharing with their immediate families and their extended village neighbours.

Fritz is multi-lingual and speaks 7 languages, and being insatiably curious and on limited budgets, he acquired an easy understanding of tribal cultures and of those essential human characteristics all cultures share. ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Why’ and ‘Where did I come from?’  which became the fundamental questions to be answered.

Tournament chess became the Author’s  main excercise for the logical brain, while for spiritual growth he focused on ancient Chinese techniques.  He conducted and ran a Yoga school on Boracay Island/Philippines for 2 years, but soon discovered taoist techniques were the concepts which led to completely new insights.

Upon leaving Europe for good in 1985 Fritz intended to live his life in a cave on Cebu/Philippines, determined to fully develop potential psychic abilities which he was already aware of since childhood.  His search for enlightenment was thwarted by a girlfriend who had other ideas and reluctantly Fritz ended up in New Zealand in 1986 to settle down to some modicum of domestic bliss.  The union produced a a son from whom he was denied contact, but was later blessed with 2 daughters by a different mother who had abandoned her children after a lengthy custody battle.  Fritz was left to raise his girls alone, while traveling together as a close-knit family through South East Asia on a shoestring budget, and visited remote places and location which proved to be well off the trodden path.

During these extended periods spent in the company of tribal communities Fritz began comparing tribal ways of raising children with Western ideas, and as consequence developed an entirely new approach to parenting, based not on indoctrination, but on respect and self-responsibility, which worked so much better he realized. Parenting was pure joy for Fritz, and his lovely daughters, the girls, were soon more competent than most adults he knew.

After years of developing properties in NZ, building houses and planting forests, the Author, had lost all his  assets in the drawn out custody war and was left with no material or financial means from which to draw a living.  He also worked as a healer in the Bay of Islands, and taught chess to children and began writing New Physics theory based on visionary insight.

Increasingly Fritz was drawn to further research the potential of the human mind, actively engaging in cultural comparisons and experiments.  He also acquired expertise in taoist techniques to a point where he found he could use various energies for mind development, psychic ability and visionary insight.

Raising his children seemed to raise Fritzh to an even higher consciousness, which led to ever new understanding and proving highly successful.  The three of them regarded each other as reliable travel partners and respected each others’ personality traits.  The girls learned to communicate well in any given culture, acquired many life-skills and became adept at chess, martial arts and the guitar as well as singing.

Today they still travel together to remote tribal places in the Philippines, where they study ways of parenting, of social interaction and interaction with nature.

Until January 2013  Fritz was resided on Negros Island with his son, now a psychologist, diving into the realities of street children, orphans, prostitutes and tribals whose forest homes are under severe threat from logging.  They investigated the damage done by the catholic church, which dominates all education and  explore the changes in diet for people who move from the mountains into the city, including the disadvantage to having access to natural medicines and the knowledge thereof, which these people no longer had access to in the modern city environment.

Future books the Author  intends to write will cover the topics of parenting, mind and soul development and the role of culture within our attempt to reach the human potential.  We believe Fritz  in actuality may be a dying breed of man, who may possess the strength, resilience and fortitude to revive our sensibilities to the more primeval ways of feeling, thinking and being through his books; as our modern world moves forward and onward into an ever spiralling and more intensely disassociated technologically advanced age.   Which seems to have the ability to destroy rather than build up and enhance the way the tribal cultures of the globe’s remotest destinations still  live and exist.  Where the natural state of ‘being at one with nature and the elements’  is becoming increasingly more inaccessible to many of these cultures.  Many  communities living remotely, are now gradually being ripped from their natural, simpler and healthier lifestyles which the modern white man has already lost touch with, both spiritually, psychologically, physically and socially. Proving very hard for many of these people whilst attempting to make that transition from living in unison with their natural elements, and what is now referred to as that state of socalled  ‘progress’  in the wider world and cities.  Many are becoming displaced and are  being swept up and swallowed up by the masses and modern way of life to their culture’s detriment;  whilst trying to make these adjustments to new and alien white man’s ways.

We look eagerly forward to reading many more of Fritz’s works planned for  the not too distant future.   Currently the Author is working on Book 2 in the Parenting series, the title of which still eludes us for the time being.  Keep on the lookout for more news over the ensuing months on this page.

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Our Client, and Author M. P. Ward

CATEGORY:  For  Literary and Film Production

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Our Client, and Author M. P. Ward

It gives us great pleasure to introduce another of our very talented authors M. P Ward, for his soon to be released book this time in Paper back version titled “SAM AND THE SEAWITCH” Book 1 of a series of a Trilogy, and maybe a 4th to be added, their content consisting of dark and mysterious, and psychologically gripping tales about a boy who lives in a Cornish seaside town. It contains a background of myth and legend, within the Cornish setting, which makes Sam’s story highly atmospheric. By all accounts its the stuff that the best movies are made of, and definitely we want more of them that run along the lines of this genre too, and maybe there is room for us to explore that possibility for our author also.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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“SAM AND THE SEAWITCH” Book 1 is a wonderfully, compelling and bewitching tale written in the best of Cornish tradition. The work is the first of several books in this series aimed at the Young Adult audiences as well as Adults with a real sense of adventure and fun.

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY – M. P. Ward

The Author considers himself a part-time writer and full-time father. He lives in Warrington, England with his lovely wife, Karen, and three children, Sam, Louise, and Eleanor.

After graduating with a BA (hons) in Primary Education with qualified Teacher’s Status from Edge hill University class of ‘2007, Mike quickly found work with children, working for Warrington Borough Council’s Children’s Services, and has been there ever since.

Whilst studying at night school prior to University, he told us that his tutor recognized his ability to write and suggested he write a compendium of horror stories. He did and achieved publication in 2007 with a short story in a horror anthology, which gave the confidence and enthusiasm to go on to writing books. The Author harbors a great love for Cornwall and spends as much time as possible there. It was at the time he was in Looe Bay, Cornwall, which gave him the inspiration to creat a series of books starting with “Sam and the Sea Witch”.   Lamorna Cove has the house built on the slate hillside overlooking the cove just like the one in his story. When the author first saw it, it looked grey and unwelcoming and the row of cottages were also there. All M. P. Ward’s books are about children with problems to overcome in fantastic and sometimes harrowing situations, but aims for a happy ending and outcome for his novels.

He has now also completed another novel in the series titled “The Beast of Bodmin Moor” book 2, and a third book is nearing completion.  Other books M. P. Ward has written are “The Claw and The Eternal Flame”, which are of the same genre and also carry a message. The boy who thought he could fly is an illustrated poem, and “The Odd Sock”, “The Girl Who lost her Tooth” and “The Lion and the Bee” are stories he wrote with added contributions by his then ten-year-old-daughter and were aimed at primary children with educational and moral themes.

Our Author has a big passion for flight. He is enamored by anything that flies and confessed that he would love to one day build his own flying machine. But for now, cloud jumping in his little Microlight aircraft keeps him happy and sane. He quoted Leonardo Da Vinci, who once said, “Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned forever skyward, for there you have been, and there you will long to return.”  What wonderful sentiments and how true these ring for many of us who area fascinated and drawn to the skies. Were we born to fly in another time and space perhaps? Might this strong urge most of us are bewitched by been indelibly imprinted upon our psyches since the beginning of time; to share the realms where angels dwell? LOL!

People who have read M. P. Ward’s work and know who he is, urge him to pen down his flying experiences and turn them into grand adventures of which we could all partake and share his joys within the recesses of our impressionable minds, simply by purchasing every book our Author is going to produce over the coming years.

 

So Keep your eyes peeled on this talented author, because he promised us that one day into the not so distant future, he shall.

 

M. P. Ward’s new book soon to be released now in paper back entitled “SAM AND THE SEAWITCH” Book 1 is a wonderful, compelling and bewitching tale which was written in the best of traditional Cornish tradition. The work is the first of several books in this series aimed at the Young Adult audience/readers.

UPDATE ON OTHER ACTIVITIES AND PROMOTIONS

On July 9, 2013, Author M. P. Ward ran two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with pupils at Lymm High School, Lymm, not far from Warrington.   It was found to be both very interesting and hopefully inspiring for the students. The Author had his “Sam and The Sea Witch” banner up, also and photos were taken at the end of each session by the school. They told me they will be in the school monthly magazine and they will send them to the local paper with a few lines. It will be positive for the school and for the book. Lots of people were asking where they can buy it.

 

All of M. P. Ward’s books planned in this Young Adult / General, will reflect that magical old fashioned element, which is sometimes missing in so many modern day fantasy editions. The authenticity and realism of the Author’s books bring back a taste of the romance linked to the Cornish region’s elegance and magic which is able to conjure up visions of the wild Cornish coastline with its rich and colorful history of sea-faring pirate ships and treasure chests in secret hidings places within its coast Cave system of , and Mermaids…but the cute kind of course.

 

As soon as we have a release date for “Sam and the Beast of Bodmin Moor”  Book II, we will advertise the news immediately. When all sequels are completed we will be presenting the books for an evaluation in view of an adaptation to a Film series, and hopefully we will see a successful outcome to this venture.

 

Another exciting non-fiction work this time,  M. P. Ward is working on still is a book about Microlights complete with videos and photos of the author’s personal experiences and utter joys experienced,  flying one over the green fields of his hometown at Warrington.  After all, we only live the once…so why not experience all the most ethereal, if not esotheric joys of the human senses… and leave no ‘bird unturned’, so too speak! Lol!

 

M. P. Ward is an avid and driven  writer, an artist, a garment printer, a qualified teacher, a husband, and father of three lovely children.  He was born and live in the North West of England, and the author graduated with a BA (hons) in Primary Education with qualified Teacher’s Status in 2007.

 

He has  always had a fascination for writing and has written stories all of his  life as far back as he can recall. However, it was his night school English tutor who recognised the potential and magic writing talent in M. P. Ward, who then  suggested the author pursue writing  horror stories.

 

Cornwall is where M. P. Ward’s creative juices began to flow and where he was inspired with the  idea to create the  Sam and The Sea Witch trilogy, and was to be the first book in the series.   All the author’s books are about children in fantastic, and sometimes, harrowing situations.  The magic in the words conveyed as they spilled off the quill onto paper was clearly inspired by the surroundings of the wild Cornish Coast in which the author found himself living and integrated into, the breezy  ambience of which is also clearly tangible within the pages of the books.

 

Some of the other books M. P. Ward  has written include Sam and the Beast of Bodmin Moor,  Sam to the Ends of the Earth – The Seawith, The Claw, and The Eternal Flame. They are all the same genre, and the author hopes each carries a message that will speak to the sentiments and the hearts of young readership.

 

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ABOUT – “SAM AND THE BEAST OF BODMIN MOOR” Book 2

The second book in the sea witch series Sam and the Beast of Bodmin Moor,  is filled with magic, murder, and mystery, written against the tapestry of, and within the Cornish setting.

 

Whilst spending the night camping in the garden, Sam and Johnny hear strange howling noises. The next day Jenny says it’s the Beast of Bodmin Moor. Sam tells her he wants to catch it and this is going to be the best mission ever.
But what does the Beast of Bodmin Moor look like, and how do you catch it, when it has eluded, so many, for so long?
Jenny tells Sam it’s a big cat, released onto the moors when Government officials went around taking them from their owners, back in the nineteen seventies. She shows Sam a newspaper article about the event. Now he’s desperate to find it.
They set off for Bodmin and soon come across an eerie, campsite, near Saint Cleer (known locally as Hell up by Liskeard). Sam thinks this is the perfect place to hunt for the Beast of Bodmin Moor.
That night a Black Panther circles the camp. Sam thinks he’s found the beast and chases after it into the Forbidden Woods.
But he discovers there is more than one creature running around these parts. Sam and his friends have stumbled upon a terrifying secret, hidden away for hundreds of years, and the sea witch has no small part to play in it.
He finds a book hidden beneath an old man’s bed and contained within its leaves are the names of every living Berserker, Lichen Throat and Imp. Later the old man tells him, “When the book is full, it will be the end of us all and Cornwall will be destroyed along with everyone who lives here.”
Sam hasn’t much time, but will he be able to stop the witch, save Cornwall, and capture the Beast of Bodmin Moor?

 

ABOUT – SAM TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH – “THE SEAWITCH ” Book 3.

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Sixteen years old, Jenny, is struggling with the loss of her friend, Sam. On the day he was kidnapped, by the most horrible sea witch ever imaginable, she vowed to find him. ‘I’ll travel to the ends of the Earth, Sam, if needs be. Where ever she takes you, I will follow.’

 

It’s a promise that weighs heavily on her heart. She has no way of getting to him.  Go with Jenny on her journey of discovery. She has many obstacles to overcome and things go from bad to worse. In her search for Sam, Jenny finds another big problem. The sea witch is mustering a plan to destroy Cornwall.

 

How will Jenny ever be able to save the boy she loves, when the most horrible sea witch has taken him to the bottomless pit in the bay? And how will she save Cornwall.  Johnny, Sam’s best friend is doing everything he can to help, but he finds himself falling in love with her and Jenny begins to have feelings for him. An emotional triangle ensues, but who will she chose and will any of it really matter when the sea witch is about to destroy Cornwall? There isn’t much time. Jenny needs to find Sam and save Cornwall, but how?

 

Sam to the Ends of the Earth is a fantastical adventure that recounts real places, and historical facts, based around the old tin and copper mines on Caradon Hill. St. Cleer was known as Hell up by Liskeard. It was a town that grew dramatically with the rise of the mining industry, and fell just as quickly after the mines closed. What was left attracted the worst kind of evil. It remained below the surface, unknown to the rest of the world, until now.

 

Product Details
Hardcover
Publisher: Lang Book Publishing, Limited (February 1, 2017)
Language: English

 

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