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Alchemist Gift Thanks Indiegogo Contributors

Alchemist Gift Indiegogo Reaches $615

Alchemist Gift Book Cover

Alchemist Gift Book Cover

Thank you to all the supporters of Alchemist Gift and writer Mark Giglio

Virgil and Marla Giglio – $100
Regina Brunton – undisclosed amount
Anonymous – $100
Terry Radis – $50
Marlene Sudomir – $25

Goal for next week is to reach $1215

All who have not jumped onboard take advantage next week on Alchemist Gift’s Indiegogo page. All who donate from March 10-17 no matter what the amount will receive a personal thank you note from Mark.

All Artists and Writers Who Donate $25  will receive the $50 perk PLUS

Their name, link to their website and book name or art piece name and link to the website to purchase their art along with a one line description on the Alchemist Gift Patrons Page.

Tell your Artist and Writer Friends Read more

Alchemist Gift Now on Good Reads

Alchemist Gift Needs Beta Readers on Good Reads

Below you will see a review from one of the beta readers for Alchemist Gift. If you would like to be a beta reader at Good Reads and leave a review for Mark please contact Mark or Mary Ellen for a copy of the book. Your opinion counts. Also as supporters please choose your perk at Indiegogo as soon as possible.

Big thanks to Mary Gray Perez for her generosity. We are now at $330 with most of our close family and friends still to weigh in. We went to a training last night on promoting the book and realize we also need to do a book trailer which is like a movie trailer. Weigh in now so we can reach the first goal of $600 this week by Friday. There are still many more goals to reach. Read more

Pick an Alchemist Gift Perk at Indiegogo

Alchemist Gift Perk – how to choose a perk on indiegogo video

Some of our supporters have said they had trouble figuring out how to choose a perk on the Alchemist Gift Indiegogo page. Crowd funding is fairly new and not all sites area exactly the same. We thought the best way to describe picking a perk for Alchemist Gift was to make a video.

You can also find the video at How to pick a perk on indiegogo

Over the millenia the wisest of the wise, be they philosophers, priests, astrologers, astronomers, doctors of medicine, self-proclaimed seers or alchemist have tried to answer the unanswerable.
The Renaissance was one of the most exciting and hopeful eras for art, architecture, discovery, enlightenment, experimentation and exploration, literature, and personal wealth. It was also an era of superstition, abject poverty, unthinkable cruelty, the Black  Plague, constant political bickering and bloody battle between city states, duchies, and republics along with the emerging threat from the near east. It was also an era when the power of the Vatican was being challenged and lost in northern Europe.

This is where and when most of our story takes place. Iffy hero-to-be, self-centered grad student Roland Hughes is naive about his scholarly discipline, Renaissance Studies. He’s tired of being broke and irritated with his girlfriend Liz’s no commitment no sex ultimatum. He’s in denial concerning his overly long student career and stressed out by his thesis.
Lately Roland is also experiencing outrageously real dreams and bouts with hallucinations that challenge his grip on reality.  If there isn’t enough on his plate, Roland loses long time love, Liz, over his self perceived heroics that lead to a one night stand with the Ferrari driving, rich and bitchy bad-girl Lila. Remorseful, he wishes for a second chance.
Roland acquires the mysterious Alchemist Cabinet, finds a book of spells within and unknowingly performs a ritual written down centuries before by alchemist, Rene Hermes. The Alchemist Cabinet transports him back to the beauty and raw reality of 1520s Bavaria where he meets Sofia. He gets his second chance but also a tantalizing opportunity to blow it.

The Renaissance is especially interesting because the philosophers and theorist finally had basic technology to empirically test and prove or disprove what they professed. Theories abounded concerning time, magnetism (hypnosis), necromancy, alchemy, and the existence of metaphysical planes where our thoughts and dreams take on their own reality.

We all share this planet are dependent on each other.  Our mere existence is truly a miracle. We are the living, breathing results of individual choices made in the distant past by our long forgotten ancestors. Part of the Buddhist philosophy suggests that we are all one, all part of the whole. I believe it is true, not just for today and tomorrow but since the beginning of humankind. All of our lives are connected. It’s about those lives I write.



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