This blog is quite different from my others. It’s the kind of blog that an author hopes he or she would never write, but like most changes that at first seem unwelcome, a new way of working has emerged.
My Booker Series novels are considered pioneer books in the Visionary Fiction genre, and I have both written and lectured about that new literature.
The Booker Series began with Naked Into The Night in 1997 when the character Booker walked naked out of his affluent suburban Virginia home to remake himself, journeying cross-country to live among the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest. The series lasted for 16 years in the book marketplace before the publisher de-listed the books and reverted the rights back to me.
It happens. A reversion of rights essentially removes the novels from being purchased as print copies or as e-books. If action is not taken by the author, the de-listed books are in danger of disappearing.
With the help of friends in the book trade, my wife Pat has restored the e-book availability of the four Booker Series novels, and we are excited to announce that she has just added the formerly unpublished fifth book in the series, Psalm Maker: The Journal of Booker Jones. All of the books are currently available on Amazon, with more e-book platforms to come.
Prior to the de-listing, I purchased a limited number of the trade paperback copies. The cover price of these four novels was $51.80. This limited four-book series can be purchased from me at a 50% discount, plus $10 for shipping within the continental USA, for a total cost of $35.80, and each book will have a personal inscription. For purchase details (sets only), please contact me by e-mail here.
By taking back the rights to the books, we were also able to make all of the e-books available for an affordable $2.99 each.
Please accept our gratitude for your support of the Booker Series over the years. We hope that keeping the books available will reach a new generation of readers who demand meaningful substance from their literature. I consider Psalm Maker: The Journal of Booker Jones to be the most important book that I have ever written.
“Without the conditioned past of the mind, the being is able to focus completely on the present, to experience everything as fresh, new, and amazing. In relationship, the non-judgmental presents no barriers. It is a quality that others can perceive. It opens the door to friendship, trust, and affection. It allows for happiness in every circumstance.” —Booker Jones
“Monty Joynes is a genuine find by Hampton Roads. His novel portrays not only a culture, an environment, a political reality, but also a psychological drama that includes gripping scenes like one in which the protagonist makes peace in a bar fight, and another where he becomes a spiritual guide to a friend dying of cancer. Joynes has written the tale of a man who undergoes a radical inner transformation, walks away from his life as a successful real estate broker, husband, and father, and manifests in his new life as a homeless drifter, the outer life that reflects his inner transformation. In lucid prose, Joynes narrates as compelling an example of a person choosing essence life and accepting the consequences as you are likely to find in modern fiction.” —The Independent Press Book Review
“Lost in Las Vegas continues the story of Naked Into the Night. After a profound, likely authentic, visionary kiva ritual, the Anglo’s adopted Pueblo tribe elders select him to rescue a young Indian man who is a prodigy of traditional dancing, and a potential successor to leadership, from the lifestyle of a performer in a Las Vegas resort hotel. The contrast, between the consciousness that the Pueblo traditions propagate and the brilliant distractions of Vegas life, could hardly be more dramatic. It makes for high drama, genuine spiritual struggle with illusion of various kinds, and excellent reading.” — The Independent Press Book Review
“We walk with respect around this man, even if he’s white,” says one Pueblo man to another in SAVE THE GOOD SEED by Monty Joynes. The white man they speak of is Booker Washington Jones, once Winn Conover a.k.a. Anglo Who Became Chief Old Woman’s Son, recently relocated to living in New Mexico among Pueblo compatriots. In meeting August (“Ray”) Rey, a “Lost Bird” dissociated from his Pueblo people when he was “adopted” into white society 44 years before, readers are brought close to both sides of the alienation issue. Facts of our government’s anti-Native American history flesh out their story.
SAVE THE GOOD SEED is also about the touching parallel development of two middle-aged men finally finding themselves at home in a culture completely different from the one in which they were raised. The warmth of this moving tale offers us the opportunity to actually share in the exquisite joy and solidarity of the Pueblo people coming together to live out their mission: “In every moment, person or object, is an opportunity for connection. Our role is to be aware of the potential and bring it into realization.” —Heidi Rain, New England Spirit of Change Magazine
“What Monty Joynes has accomplished in DEAD WATER RITES, his fourth book in the remarkable Booker series, is the rare joining of a page-turning story line, lively with action and memorable characters, together with a sustained poetic meditation on the power and glory of water in the world. The spiritual vision, the outward and inner lives of the invincible Southwestern Indians, are beautifully summoned up and celebrated. DEAD WATER RITES is a powerful story and a pure pleasure to read.” —George Garrett, Author and Critic
“Rare depth and thoroughness…and an intelligent openness to the possibility of vision.” —Henry Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet