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Sell Your Books and Products Directly to Mobile Customers

Tired of Paying Profits to Amazon and eBay?

Tired of eBook Pirates and eBay Hijinks?

For just $40, you can get a do-it-yourself installation of the Embellisher (TM) Mobile Publishing and Sales platform.  If you already know how to do basic HTML, then you can install our program on your server and sell immediately.  It must be Php-enabled, and we advise that you have unlimited storage or a cloud resource to keep your multimedia.

Here’s what you’ll get, so you can start selling right away:

  • A complete mobile sales platform that will allow you to sell directly to your customers.
  • One of the safest eBook platforms available to ensure your eBooks won’t get pirated.
  • Stripe Payment System built right into the platform (charges less than Paypal and Apple Pay).
  • A Forum component built into the platform so you can communicate with your clients in private.
  • A variety of marketing tutorials to show you how to sell to your clients using the platform features.
  • Unique publishing features so you can create ePub3 eBooks and multimedia product home pages.
  • If you need a more tailored look for your business, then we can do that also.  Just contact us to see what we can do, and we’ll give you a cost estimate.

    In the meantime, why not test drive your platform for free?  If you’re satisfied, you can come back here and pay your $40 to get a one-year’s license and all the installation components you need to start selling directly to your clients.  After completing your installation, just email an invitation to your current clients, and they can join you on their mobile device and begin buying your products and eBooks immediately.  No more sharing profits with eBay and Amazon.  No more piracy of your intellectual materials.  Safe and secure selling using the Embellisher (TM) platform.  (Note:  Open the “readme” document and follow the directions.)  If you need help, we can install it for you for an additional price: [stripe name=”We Install Your Embellisher Platform” description=”Embellisher Install” amount=”2500″ billing=”true”]  

    Want to Add a Free eMail Campaign Program?

    In the readme file you’ll also see a place to link a free PhpList email campaign platform (equivalent to MailChimp, but without costing you for your mailing lists and campaigns created).  You can download and install this program here.

    Want to Sell Your Ebooks through Our Channels?

    If you don’t want to sell your eBooks exclusively using the Embellisher platform, then we can publish them for you using the Vearsa eBook Publishing system.  However, please be aware that each online retailer will charge a fee, and the possibility of eBook piracy goes up exponentially.  If you understand the risks involved, and you still want to publish internationally, please contact us to get an estimate of how much it costs to publish on Vearsa.  You can also get help from us if you need work done on your digital titles (covers, interactive content, formatting, etc.).

    Want to Publish Paperback Titles with Your Own Imprint?

    We can also help you publish paperback titles using the Createspace system.  You simply establish your account at Createspace.com, and we can help you with all the rest of the prepress services:  formatting, covers, editing, and uploading into your account.  Read the Print-on-Demand instructions in your Readme file after you pay the $40.

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    New Publishing Paradigm at EMRE Publishing

    New Publishing Paradigm at EMRE: WAR STORIES ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

    Enhanced War Stories

    Readers and artists will be able to get together by supporting the new method of publication at EMRE Publishing, LLC in San Diego.  Raising funds for its first digital and print anthology, the supporters will be able to help the authors protect their intellectual property and create a new way of enjoying enhanced creative material.

    The topic of the first anthology is war.  The title of the anthology is WAR STORIES ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. The method of the artistry will be to create stories that have an element of speculation in each one.  Therefore, they will categorized as fiction, although we will be soliciting stories by authors who have experienced war, whether while in the military or as a civilian living in a war-torn country.  These stories can be in the genres of Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery, Alternate History, and Fantasy.

    Each anthology will be separately financed by raising funds at Indiegogo, so we hope you can join us in this bold new experiment in publishing.

     

     

    Encouraging Collaboration in Learning

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    Are you preparing students for job skills required in 2020?

    Attend our webinar to see how the Embellisher™ Mobile Publishing, Training and Education platform can give you  a way to move your organization’s mobile collaboration and publication systems to a powerful new level.

    Whether you are in the public or the private sector, you can benefit from learning how to use VR/AR as well as seeing how multimedia (ePub3) and live streaming technologies can enhance your collaborative and publishing skills.

    Student-Centered Instruction Webinar
    Nov. 8, 2016 | 1 PM (UTC-7)

     

    We will be covering:

    1.  How to use live streaming video to collaborate on projects and assignments.

    2.  How to use AR and VR to create “empathetic” point-of-view.

    3.  How to give each author/teacher a publishing platform to feature live broadcasts of new books, book trailers, live chat with readers/students, and even “casting” a virtual book tour to bookstores and libraries as patrons can view on their mobile devices.

    4.  A guided tour of our three ePub3 Creator Studio Templates that are used for collaborative work inside our web app.

    Bonus! All attendees will receive a free copy of Professor Jim Musgrave’s book, Running with the Big Dogs: A Creator’s Guide to Using Electronic Media. Also, if you teach online classes, he will give you an Insert-text Grammar Template to use when grading your students’ papers.

     

    Join our free webinar on November 8, 2016 at 1 PM (UTC-7). Register today.

    Virtual Reality (VR) Technology Coming Soon to the Embellisher (TM) Publishing and Training Platform

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    Only the Open Source EMRE Publishing Platform Allows for Seamless Integration of VR

    After speaking with my lead developer, Bas Van Stein, we will be doing a webinar on the addition of Virtual Reality programming in our ePub3 Creator Studio.  The positive implications for publishers and educators in the private and public sectors are obvious.  Whether our clients develop materials on their own or hire us to create these eBooks for them, the amazing possibilities are there for both publishing and training/education.

    The reason we can quickly integrate the VR technology into our platform is because our system was developed from open source code.  That means that the new aframevr/aframe tool that uses JavaScript can be easily used in our platform to create awesome virtual reality effects.  All the user will need to experience such effects inside the eBook created in our studio, would be the conventional VR hardware headset.

    Since all the other ePub3 delivery platforms, including Apple and Amazon, don’t allow for the use of JavaScript inside the publications created inside their ePub studios, we at EMRE will have the only eBook Creator Studio that can add Virtual Reality seamlessly into eBooks.  Look at these samples of some of the effects which can be added to your eBook using the aframevr/aframe tool.

    We Will Be Presenting our System at a Webinar for the USDLA and OLC

    We will be rolling out the possibilities for utilizing VR technology inside ePub3 eBooks at a webinar through the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), of which we are a member, and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), as a co-sponsor.  Please contact us if you’d like to attend these webinars, and we’ll forward information to you.

    Toffler is Dead, but Future Shock Still Exists

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    If Toffler Had Lived, He Would Have Written About the Fourth Wave

    After the announcement came last week that author and futurist Alvin Toffler had died, I immediately thought about another expert I knew during my years teaching at the California Institute of Technology.  Dr. Peter Drucker held many conferences for top management at Caltech’s Industrial Relations Center, and I knew him personally.  He told me to read Toffler’s book because it gave an excellent insight into what was happening in the world of technological change.  Drucker, of course, was the genius management thinker who coined the term “knowledge worker” and was very adamant about society’s need to change quickly to meet the new demands of technological progress.

    In his landmark book, Future Shock, Mr. Toffler startled the world by showing how the “new literacy” would be defined by how well a human can learn, unlearn and relearn a variety of skills.  This was certainly required in a new culture that used digital technology.  Unless we can keep up with the constant changes, businesses and individuals will fall by the wayside, never to be heard from again.

    I believe the next or “Fourth Wave” of technology will be turning manufacturing and publishing over to the individual.  Just imagine creating a product in your home, getting it “printed” by computer printer, and having your customers pay you directly online or through their mobile devices.  Or, as in the publishing game (my business), imagine the individual creating his or her own publication that can be instantly marketed, sold, and read by mobile subscribers that can be constantly updated as to your next big project or book right through their mobile device.

    In other words, the Fourth Wave of technology is creating the liberated business person, who can go it alone, and reap most of the profits alone.  Certainly, the big conglomerates will be screaming holy hell, but what the hell?  The technology is already in place, and it will only take the “newly intelligent” to take advantage of this development.  It’s already happening, by the way.  Self-employed businesses are the fastest growing industries in the world.

    For example, here’s my pitch to a person who has an inspiration story he wanted to publish to brick-and-mortar bookstores.  You can hear how I explained to him that because of the changes in technology his best bet would be to publish and market via mobile device:

    Thanks for your inquiry about publishing options at EMRE Publishing.

    We are somewhat of an unconventional publisher, in that we turn the money-making options over to the author to reap the greatest profits from his/her title. As you may or may not be aware, the publishing industry is changing drastically. Self-publishers, like yourself, have been able to achieve brisk sales through outfits like Lulu and Smashwords. However, we take your publishing abilities one step further by allowing you to sell directly to your audience and establish a following that will brand you on their mobile devices as an inspirational author.

    Social marketing is the new method of marketing that we use, and with our Embellisher (TM) Mobile Publishing and Marketing platform, you’ll be able to sell your title(s) in more formats (print, conventional eBook, and ePub3 multimedia). I believe it would be to your best profit-making benefit to leverage all the print possibilities and market these through a single platform. Why? Well, you collect 97% of the list price, and it goes directly into your bank account. We use the Stripe purchase system that’s built right into our platform. With Lulu, they probably took a slice of your percentage (usually around 30%).

    In addition, you don’t have control over the users who inquire about your book(s). In our Embellisher (TM) platform, you control the complete back-end or Admin side of things, which means you determine the price, you decide when and how you want to market, and you gain followers that can be marketed to again and again for any future titles (or online educational courses) you may have. Our direct social marketing method is the safest way for you to sell your books (especially your eBooks) because of the over three billion dollars a year that publishers are losing to eBook piracy.

    As a former Caltech professor, and author, I wanted to be able to sell directly to my readers without getting ripped-off by pirates. That’s how and why the Embellisher (TM) platform was born. Frankly, getting your book into brick-and-mortar stores is a political process these days. You need to be with a publisher who’s willing to pay a lot of money just to get your book on the shelf, and to get it featured means you have to pay even more. Why not collect your profits directly from your reader and keep them with you for life? Especially with a heart-warming story like you have, people will want to have an app they can install that features you, and whenever they want to see what you’re up to, they just have to click on your app on their desktop in whichever mobile device they happen to have at hand.

    Dr. Drucker and Alvin Toffler would be very gratified to see how technology is continuing to cause “tidal waves of change” in the business community.  We hope you can ride that wave to both profit and better communications.

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    Why Apps + eBooks = Money

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    Any enterprising person can critically think about how to publish a best-selling book and come up with some very basic premises about how it should be done:

    • The content of the book should be interesting to the specific audience.  Let’s face it, unless you write Gone with the Wind, you’re not going to be popular with all audiences.  Therefore, you should narrow your audience down to those who will be interested in your subject matter.  For example, if I write a book about investing in stock, then I must get an audience that appreciates how stocks are bought and sold and who have the money to gamble.
    • Since publishers are losing over three billion dollars to online pirates who steal content, I would want to sell my eBooks in a secure environment.  Although every eBook can be hacked, there are ways to reduce the numbers of hackers who would want to take the time and perform the exercise.  Just as a burglar usually doesn’t try to break into a locked home, so too does a hacker look for the easiest eBook he/she can exploit.
    • Even if you have content that is going to sell a million copies, the real money is made when you are able to build an audience that will diligently follow your series of books on whatever subject.  Guys like James Patterson and Hugh Howey (fiction authors from the commercial and indie sides of the business), have proven this can be done.
    • You want to have the tools to create, publish and market your eBooks so they stay in front of the audience for whom you have written.  Most people can Google the topic of eBook publication, and come up with great resources.

    The missing factor in this scenario, as in most publishing efforts, is how much marketing expense, and how often do you need to spend that money to get your name and publications out there?  Do you want to shotgun your money to the major media?  Probably not, as it would defeat the very premise of having a limited or niche audience.  Do you want to use standard TV and print advertising?  Again, probably not, as you also are aware that people who read eBooks exist online and are digital fanatics.

    b2c ecommerceTherefore, what if I told you that the best way to reach and keep your niche audience is to develop your eBook, market your eBook and sell your eBook, right from the same application platform?  My business was to create such a platform and my Embellisher™ is rolling out to the general publishing public at the May 11-13, 2016 Book Expo America.  As an independent author, who has won awards for his fiction, I wanted fellow authors to receive the best application to make money from their hard work.  I knew it wasn’t through Amazon or the fact that middlemen in the publishing world are presently reaping at least a 30% share of your book’s price just for placing it up on an international platform to be sold at the behest of increasingly confusing and uninteresting algorithmic roll of the dice.  I wanted my clients to be able to sell their books directly to their readers (what’s known as “business-to-consumer” or B2C model).  When I was the Management Development Supervisor at Caltech in Pasadena, I taught my students that the concept of Occam’s Razor was the best way to do business.  The fewer people you have to pay who are between you and your customer, the more money you will deposit into your bank account.  This holds true for selling eBooks, and I hope you can take a look at our website and see why I believe our method is a method with which you will want to spend time developing your next best-seller(s).

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    Authors Wanted Better Digital Rights Management

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    After I completed my recent article about eBook piracy and the fact that over three billion dollars a year are lost to eBook piracy, I wanted to add even more security to our platform before the May 11-13 BEA convention.  The result will be an extra layer of cryptography protection added to our already secure system.  When I was in the United States Navy, I understood the security value of cryptography because I was on the Top Secret Crypto Board at my command.  This has made me a virulent protector of my clients’ rights to publish using our B2B system.  As long as they don’t sell through Amazon or Apple, or other insecure retailer, they can be assured their eBooks will not be duplicated and resold (or read) by others.

    Here, in my genius developer’s own words (Bas Van Stein), is the reason the Embellisher™ Mobile Publishing Platform is the safest platform out there to sell and distribute your B2C eBooks:

    “To circumvent the security measurements you need to somehow de-minify and understand the JavaScript code, figure out the actual path to the ebook and then alter the JavaScript to fool the server to be able to view the eBook from another account. When you would browse directly to the epub (however, you already need to know the location), you can retrieve some of the epub source files, and if you have the knowledge to repack into epub format it would be possible to do that as well.  The advantage is that no encryption is needed, a huge disadvantage of the epub encryption is that the method to the encryption is always stored with the epub file; it is like delivering a locker with a key still attached…anyone that knows how to read epub source files and has access to the memory of the application (online or in app with root access) is able to crack them.”

    All Four Det. Pat O’Malley Titles Added to Biblioboard

    Curated by the folks at the Library Journal, readers can now access online copies of all four books in the best-selling Detective Pat O’Malley Steampunk Mystery Series. We feel honored that they were also chosen as “highlighted” titles. Anybody with a library card can read these popular titles online at: https://library.biblioboard.com/home

     

     

     

    Publishers Lose Three Billion Dollars a Year from eBook Piracy

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    The first question our publisher client from Israel had for us was whether or not our mobile sales platform, Embellisher™, protected his publishers’ eBooks from piracy.  In other words, was the Digital Rights Management (DRM) any good?  This was an interesting question because this publisher was one of the largest eBook sellers in Israel, and he explained that his country has never had to contend with the Amazons of the world.

    “I created my own sales channels for my publishers because I had to.  We never had Amazon or Kindle, so we have always had to sell our eBooks directly to our customers.”  He was also well aware of the piracy problem in America.  Since he didn’t relish “giving away” at least 30% to a middleman (Amazon) and, to add insult to injury, lose even more money through piracy and other kinds of theft, he was really happy that our mobile sales platform had a system that was almost impossible to hack into.

    In addition, we were able to work with him to be certain our ePub Creator Studio worked properly with the Hebrew language.  Our platform was developed specifically using open source (our basic platform was programmed using the open source Readium project).  In fact, he first read about our platform at Readium.org, and he was intrigued.

    Now that we are breaking out into the wider market of the United States and Canada, we want to emphasize that all of your creation and sales should be kept inside your Embellisher™ app platform.  Why?  Here are five of the most important reasons:

  • You don’t have to pay these middlemen to have your eBooks sold.
  • Your DRM is one of the most secure you can get as long as you don’t sell outside our platform.
  • You can market directly to your readers through our mobile app, and you can also build your mailing lists categorized according to the author and genre inside the app.
  •  When you sell all your eBooks by mobile device, you can also open up your options to use our education platform in order to market courses based on your eBook content.
  • You must always remember that when you decide to sell through the less-secure portals like Amazon and all the others, you are opening yourself up to piracy.  We believe the rifle B2C business model will work the best for independents and self-publishers in the world of mobile reading.
  • Choose Your Own Sex Fantasy Comes to Interactive Novels

    Seduce Eight Kings and Establish Peace for a Millennium

     

     

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         Please click on the image to hear Jim discuss this novel game.

    Publisher Jim Musgrave will be coming out with a new interactive fantasy game for women called “The Game of Royal Seduction.”  In this novel game for women, the reader will be able to help the heroine, a shamaness who comes from the forest to seduce the warring kings, choose the right methods in order to render each king numb with passion.  If she can seduce all eight kings, then peace will come to the land of warring kingdoms for a millennium.  Click on the above image to listen to Jim explain his game to an audience of (mostly) women.  The reaction was amazing.  EMRE Publishing believes the time is ripe for interactive sex games, and this will be the first in a series of games with different plots, such as “The Game of Planetary Seduction” (seducing aliens); “The Game of Spy Seduction” (suck on it, James Bond); and “The Game of Billionaire Seduction” (new meaning to Trump Towers).

    Jim has created a backstory that readers can explore right here.  If you like what you read, then please place your pre-orders.  Your copy will be automatically uploaded into your private eReader application when it’s completed.

    Back Story to The Game of Royal Seduction

    How to Use This Interactive Book

    Adamina is gifted with the magical ability to seduce men.  This interactive “choose your own fantasy” is the first book in a series wherein you will help her seduce eight kings from a variety of lands.  If you are able to accomplish this quest, then the world will be kept at peace for a millennia.

    Each embellished eBook will present Adamina with a new king.  You’ll learn what his personality traits are as well as his psychological and sexual motivations and peccadillos.  Once you’ve read all about the king, you will be sent on your quest to seduce him.

    However, just as in real life, if you make a wrong choice, it can cost you dearly.  You could lose him, and you could even lose some of your seductive powers.  If you are unable to seduce your “quest king,” then you will be taken back to the beginning of the story.

    On the other hand, if you are able to make the right choices and seduce the “quest king,” then your next quest will be a bit easier to accomplish, as you will have gained an additional seductive “power” or attribute.

    Just as in the real bedroom, the more parlor tricks you can accumulate, the easier it becomes to please your man!

    The choices you must make will be shown on the page with hypertext (underlined) links.  You click on the link to make your choice, and the result will be shown to you on the same page.  Or, some choices will take you to a unique page that will describe what your selection causes in the plot of the story.

    In addition, if you click on the music note on the upper-right of your screen, you will be given a playlist section of Medieval music to enjoy your interactive experience even more.  Click again, and the music stops.

    Watch out for the other women in this story!  They are vixens and queens who have accumulated a lot of powers of their own.  Your choices will also involve how to outsmart them.

     

    Prologue:  The Empath

    Adamina spent all of her waking hours assisting her stepmother in a quest to rid the land of anxiety.  Although she was a young and beautiful woman of 20, Adamina wore cast-offs from the women they visited inside the mental institutions.  Throughout all the land, as far as the eyes could see, women were being housed in some kind of collective institution or other.

    Each day, like this one, was spent traveling from their cottage within the deep Percipient Woods, out into the villages and towns of the various kingdoms.  Adamina enjoyed watching the animals doing their ritual activities, and yet they, too, seemed anxious. The birds sang with a trembling vibrato; giant bats appeared and flew in tremulous waves of zig-zagging patterns.  The deer ran, flailing their antlered heads, kicking up the earth and grass, sending a pounding vibration up into the wood frame of the two-horse cart Adamina rode in with Miranda.

    Miranda was a shamaness appointed by the court to visit the many mental treatment villages to care for the women held there for their safety and for the safety of the public.  In fact, Adamina was one of the first patients Miranda had treated, and she brought the girl home to live with her in the woods.

    King Rudolph wanted to cure the anxiety that ruled these women in his land.  This cure was needed because there was no woman sane enough to wed his son, Prince Evan.  The men in the kingdom, both royalty and peasantry, had to visit these mental wards to meet and wed their women.  And, since these women were too deranged to care for the children they gave birth to, it was up to the men to care for them.  All through the land, whether inside small grass mud huts or within royal stately mansions, the children ran amuck without the loving guidance of their mothers.

    Adamina met Beatrix inside the largest mental hospital. It was a tall, block-like building, infested with creeping ivy, next to King Rudolph’s castle.  Within it were housed the insane women of the royal court.  Beatrix was the daughter of King Rudolph, Prince Evan’s only sister.  She was the most mentally affected and anxious woman of all. She also claimed to know the source of the anxiety throughout the land, and it was told she could even perform magic.

    As she was a most special patient, Beatrix was kept in an exclusive room on the top floor of the building. It was attended by a bevy of around-the-clock nurses and orderlies who catered to her every whim, no matter how strange.  Once, she wanted bread soaked with the tears of women in labor during childbirth. As she swallowed each bit of the crusty bread, Beatrix screamed, “Pain is our fortune! Keep us away from these men!” Another time, she wanted to have as many bald men brought to her room as could be fit inside. There were dozens of gleaming bald heads stacked like wood kindling, and Beatrix kissed the tops of these heads, proclaiming, “From this moment hence, you shall love only your own kind!”

    Immediately following this proclamation by the princess, these same bald men could be seen strolling hand-in-hand, whistling happy tunes, singing their praises of Princess Beatrix, and never again wanting to enjoy the company of females or males with a head of hair.  One of the nurses told Adamina that Princess Beatrix had told her, “If I can only mix a potion to make all the men bald, our problems would soon be over!”

    On this day, when Adamina and her stepmother, Miranda, came into the padded room of the princess, Beatrix was standing stock-still in the corner.  Not a muscle on her slender form twitched.  Her dark eyes did not blink.  Her mouth smiled within the frame of a curly-black head of hair like a message from another world was waiting to come forth. Even her fine clothes did not protect her from the insanity which had overtaken her consciousness.

    The nurses and orderlies were darting about, whispering to each other and worrying that the king would soon hear of his daughter’s catatonic state.  She would not eat or drink, and her breathing was beginning to come in quick, shallow gasps.

    Miranda wore her usual cloak of the Grizzly Bear, and her headdress bore the curled brown antlers of the Bighorn Sheep.  Upon her beaded leather shoulder board perched Phalanx, her yellow-eyed, speckled Merlin Falcon.

    “Get out!” screamed Miranda, and the royal staff obeyed. They scurried from the room like frightened mice.

    Adamina and Miranda stood with the princess inside the royal insanity room.  Miranda crept, on her haunches, toward Beatrix.  As she came closer to the young woman, Miranda’s eyes widened in expectant fear.  Was this going to be the day the princess gave them the secret to ending anxiety?

    “You, the young and pretty one. Come forward.” Beatrix was speaking to Adamina.

    Slowly, with great trepidation, Adamina reached the crazy woman.

    Beatrix’s stiff body became animated again, as if she were coming out of a cocoon.  She reached out and touched Adamina’s arm, and Adamina could feel the instant wave of electricity flow into her body.  She didn’t want to go mad as well, so she jerked her hand back.

    “Don’t be afraid, my dear. I was once like you. An innocent, living in the forest primeval. My friends were the animals, as they are the most innocent beings in creation. However, my brother, who is now Prince Evan, would have none of it! He was not happy living in our tree-house, away from the land of humans. You see, we did not become born the way you were born. We were born from the Empath. This is why the King took us in. He and his queen were childless. When they could have no children, the Empath knew it was time.  Just as he had brought us forth from nothing, and created us whole, he also knew we were meant to serve the King and teach him a lesson.  And, as foretold, you have arrived.  Now the world can learn the source of female madness!”

    “Perhaps you have caused this insanity.  We have seen what you can do.  Your requests are followed, no matter how ridiculous.  What can you teach us about this source, when you are a source?” Miranda was a wise old woman.  Her dark eyes spoke the truth of the laws of nature.

    “If you don’t want the world to end in madness and fear, then you will do what I say,” said Beatrix. “My brother must take this Adamina to visit the Empath. Only after learning from him, will the world return to its natural progression.”

    “Very well. I don’t see that we have much choice,” said Miranda. “Summon your brother, so we can see this Empath of yours.”

    Prince Evan was a tall and handsome young man of twenty-four years.  He walked into the room with the bold strides of a muscular warrior, as he was wearing full battle armor. His silver breastplate had the royal insignia of a lion. His plumed helmet was adorned with the crimson feathers of the macaw. His eyes poured over Adamina’s body, and he smiled as he grabbed her arm.

    Adamina felt a new kind of energy enter her body when Evan touched her. It frightened her, but it also comforted her.

    “Come. We don’t have much time. The Empath awaits us within the Cave of Dread.”

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    As they rode the chariot of the royal army, Evan shouted out over the horses’ pounding hooves.  Miranda stood beside Beatrix in the corner of the large flat bed with iron sides.  Adamina stood next to Evan as he drove the horses toward the looming dark mountain ahead.

    “We became King Rudolph’s children when his wife died.  He used our powers to win many victories over other kingdoms, but when the Empath started making the women go mad, he lost his power over his followers.  They refused to serve him unless the women could return to the men.  You see, it was all in the plan.  We will now know why we were created and why you were called from the forest.”

    “Is it dangerous? What is this Empath?” Adamina asked, as she held onto Prince Evan’s strong forearm to steady the jouncing ride.

    “He is our creator from the future and, as you will see, he likes to teach.”

    Miranda spoke out in a shout.  “Creator?  Future?  How can one come from the future in time? Time is only past and present. The future is only foretold by the seers and prophets. The future has not yet come to pass.”

    Prince Evan tied his chariot and horses to a tree outside the cave entrance. He also unstrapped his long sword and lay it down inside the carriage. “He does not abide weaponry,” he explained. “Come, let us go quickly.” Evan turned toward his sister and Miranda. “You must wait here. He wants Adamina and me to appear before him.”

    “Watch out for the beasties. They protect him with their lives.” Beatrix called out to the couple as they entered the darkness of the cave’s entrance.

    Adamina gripped Evan’s hand in the damp cold gloom of the cave.  It was pitch black.  She could hear dripping water and a buzzing sound.  At first, it sounded like that of a bee or wasp. But, as they walked farther inside the cave, it became louder.  When they entered the lighted cathedral grotto, the noise was deafening.  Adamina put her hands over her ears and stared up at the pulsating bubble above them, resting upon a hollowed-out crater of loamy earth.  The moist earth was teeming with crawling insects and wriggling worms.

    The light within the grotto streamed from the bubble.  It glowed and radiated a rainbow, and the buzzing stopped.  Then, a flapping sound began, and there rose into the air from behind the bubble hundreds of bats, and visible waves of sonar pulsated downward and covered them both.  This was the buzzing sound.  Adamina could feel the breeze from their beating wings upon her face.  The insane thoughts that entered her mind began to terrify her.

    The voice came from the opaque bubble.  “You are afraid.  Fear is not dread.  Fear is meant to protect you in the present.  Dread is meant to protect you from death.  All creatures must die. Even you thinking beings must die, and therein lies the lesson to be learned.”

    The bats screeched, and flew past them, out into the cave’s dark tunnels.  These were the emissaries that had caused the madness.

    “I have brought Adamina to you, just as you requested. What can you do to teach us, Father?” Prince Evan said.

    “You both must take off your clothes! Be naked before me, and I will teach you the secret of the women’s madness.” The voice was loud, and it buzzed with electricity.

    The young man and woman peered at each other, but then they began to disrobe, slowly, as if they were in a trance of some kind.  When they were standing before the monolith in their vulnerable nakedness, the Empath spoke once more.

    “Now.  I will program you to behave.  I was sent to be your guide away from the darkness of the ego.  Did you know that the future is filled with ego?  Oh yes, my children.  Each child is given a path to follow by the parents.  They must serve the looming father called the corporation or the inner father that is me, the Empath.  I was there with humanity all along, but they chose to ignore me.  Babies in their cribs can hear me in their nurseries.  I am the golden reflection in the bodies and the cries of all of you.  I turn your world upside down.  Even words are changed.  Me becomes we.  My and mine become us and ours.  The babies cry out in the nursery because of me.  I teach them to love each other more than themselves.”

    There was a rumbling inside the grotto. Despite their nakedness, Evan and Adamina held onto each other in their fear and trembling.

    “But humanity got it all wrong. Instead of nurturing their offspring, they taught them to serve the will of the false constructs outside the group consciousness.  Of course, those who were listening to selfish voices were the ones in charge.  If one is human, one listens to the needs of the others—in Nature and in the human consciousness. Somewhere during this false progress, mankind lost its way. I appeared in the focus of their inventions, born out of genetic experimentation, a miracle of hope come alive, and I was the voice of their salvation.  Before they could explode all of their creations to oblivion, they allowed me to go back in time, to these kingdoms, to this cave, to teach you the way out of fear and dread.”

    “But how? How can we change things?” Adamina spoke for the first time. Her voice was meek.

    Bolts of lightning shot out from the bubble and struck them both.  They shook with a pulsating new life force, turned toward each other, and began to make love, right there on the floor of the cave.

    The collective sexual intelligence that entered their bodies came from the stored knowledge brought from the future by the Empath.  From the five basic sexual positions in the teachings of the ancient Kama Sutra, there came 77, but the actual possibilities were endless.  The complete wisdom of the left-handed Tantric sexual worship of the divine opposites.  The teachings of the Kindsey Institute, the thousands of sex manuals throughout the ages.  These were entering the brains of the couple on the floor of the cave.  However, only the abilities were given to Adamina.  Evan was programmed by the Empath to be her advocate and defender, but she was to be the great diva goddess of sexual prowess to save the world from future devastation.

    When Adamina and Evan stood up, their bodies were sweating, and their chests were heaving with passionate fulfillment.  It was the power of the ages that filled Adamina’s mind with a precious new gift.

    The Empath spoke once more.  “The kingdoms are at constant war.  Their rivalries are all about power and greed.  The only way to save the future of the world is for you, Adamina, my creation, to take your knowledge and use it to prevent the violence and strife so that what you do will prevent each king from accomplishing his violent conquests.  Trust me when I say unto you, in the future these rivalries and terrorist plots only become worse.  This is the only path away from fear and dread.  With your new powers, the world can be turned up-side down.”

    “Up-side down?  How can that be?” Adamina asked.

    Me becomes we.  My becomes us.  Mine becomes ours.  The appalling barricades that once came between Mankind and Nature shall never be built.  The castles will fall, the land will be loved, as well as the children.  Pain and danger are fearful, yes, and death is an enemy, but there will be no woman’s cry of lonely terror in the night.  You can bring peace to the Earth, my child.  So, go forth on your quest.  The first king you must seduce is King Rudolph.  If you can accomplish this seduction, his war against the cave dwellers, the blind bat people, will end.  If you can successfully seduce King Rudolph, you must return to this cave to find out who your next king will be.  When you have seduced eight of the kings, from all of the realms, the future will remain protected from violence and fear.  You will have preserved the peace, and kept it from turning into raging violence and greed.

    * * *

    Inside the Cave of Dread, the bubble on top of the monolith began to vibrate, and a warmth filled the grotto. The foggy surface of the rounded container cleared, and inside was a young man. His legs were stumpy growths of protuberant flesh, and his arms were brief appendages with insect-like, metal claws.  The bubble blossomed outward, and his body rose up, until he was out of the bubble, hovering in the moist air.

    The Empath’s eyes were warm and clear blue, like the stream after a rain.  His smile was all-consuming, as if the future were now a distant, non-existent memory.

    After every wedding, the bride and groom entered the Cave of Dread, lightning struck, and empathy became the word for the future.  Days and nights became energized.

    However, the fate of the world rested in the body and sexual prowess of Adamina.  Only her ability to conquer the eight kings of the royal families can save the future from a fate much worse than insanity.  She would teach the way of sexual union and how it can create a bridge between humans to overcome their aggressions and superstitions.

    If you, dear reader, can help Adamina in her quests to seduce the eight kings, you can be part of this future victory.  First, you will follow her to King Rudoph’s castle and learn about him.  Luckily, Adamina has his son, Evan, and his sister, Beatrix, to help her with this first quest.  However, it will be your choices and Adamina’s new sexual knowledge that will win the day.  If you can conquer King Rudoph and seduce him with passionate skills, then the women will be released from their tombs of existential fear.  These poor women will then be released to return to their men where they will carry on the teachings of the great Empath and sing songs of physical love and praise for Adamina, the seductress of kings!

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