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Quantum Earth: The 2012 Question Special


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Some Backstory on Me


I’ve been writing for what seems like forever. My mom taught me to read even before I started kindergarten, so I was highly praised in school for my awesome talent! My mother also read a lot, which made me want to read a lot, too. So I read and I read and I read. Finally, somewhere along the way, I started getting this little feeling inside me saying, “I bet I could write better than that.”

Since my self-esteem wasn’t too great it took me many years before I actually wrote something big: a play titled Angel in the House. It was for a women’s lit. class, and was highly acclaimed by the teacher and my fellow students. I got such a rush from writing down all this stuff that I had made up in my head that I wrote a novella titled Native Vengeance. I wanted to start small so I could see what it took to get a large number of words all together in one place. It worked! So I decided to write an entire novel this time, titled Quantum Earth.

I felt so ‘in the zone’ while writing. It was a high like no other! The next step was finding someone to publish my book. That took almost as long as writing the darned thing! But at long last, I ended up with two different publishers wanting it. I made that hard choice and waited for the revision process. My manuscript went back and forth between my editor and me a few times till we got it right. I was so thrilled at this point I could barely eat!

Of course the boom hit when I found out about the marketing aspect of writing a book. I did a crash course on marketing online, trying to figure out the best way to get my book and my name out there to the reading public. I won’t go into much detail as I’m sure you all know by now how much work and a pain in the arse all that is. And all that work seemed like it was for nothing because almost nobody was buying my book no matter what I did.

Nevertheless, the following year I had my second book, Deadly Lucidity, published. But, alas, nobody was buying much of them either. I consulted a book marketing pro, willing to pay him if I had to so I could just sell a few more books. I was surprised when he told me I didn’t need his services as I was doing everything possible, and it was just a matter of time before my books caught on. Very interesting, I thought.

Then I made friends with someone who was self-publishing his own books, and edified me on why self-publishing is really so much better for a writer than traditional for so many reasons. I was convinced. I published Earthwalker and Native Vengeance within a week. I was very happy with self-publishing for a lot of reasons, like having control of my own work, getting paid WAY more for each paper and e-book sold, having all the information about each sale and who bought it, etc. So I went to my publisher and asked for the rights to my first two books so I could publish those, too. I published Quantum Earth in January, and will publish Deadly Lucidity sometime in the fall.

These days I have what I think is a dynamite idea for a new book: a young reporter is assigned to do a story about the latest drug craze that is raging like wildfire across the U.S. To do the story justice she decides to experiment by taking this drug herself, the effects of which are mind traveling to other dimensions. I don’t have a title as of yet, but I’m pretty excited about starting to get it down on paper. So what’s stopping me you may ask? I have to kick some ideas around in my head a bit more before it is solidified enough to warrant actual pen and paper. Ya see, as most of you may know already, writing a whole gosh darn book is a huge commitment not to be taken lightly. You best be sure you have enough words to last the whole way through!

Reviews of Quantum Earth


 

 

4.0 out of 5 stars A World in Peril… but are we willing it so?, January 2, 2011
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

Few are those who do not see the world in peril. There are few who do not have grave concerns about the future of the earth, the future of humanity, the future of sentient life. Natural disasters, unnatural disasters, what have you–they’re obviously becoming more prevalent. Some say the gods, or God is angry. Some say that Earth itself is angry, or that it is going into some mode of self-preservation. These are questions that many are exploring.
Most of us feel at a loss to do anything significant to affect the outcome. We will do the little things we can: recycle, conserve, contribute financially, etc. But we’re told repeatedly: It’s too late, or at least that, if things are to turn around, it will take much more dramatic steps than we’re currently taking. So who can we trust for the answers? Who can steer us in the right direction? Are the scientists asking the right questions; or is this thing too big for their slow moving methods? Maybe such inquiries are better put to our religious leaders.

In Julie Achterhoff’s novel, Quantum Earth we find ourselves–along with the rest of the world involved in the aforementioned predicament–in the hands of a team of scientists who look through the lens of the metaphysical. Thinking outside of the box is what these folks do for a living. Many questions are raised, most of them unorthodox, and yet sincere. Extreme possibilities are considered; it’s only natural in a game where there is nothing to lose. An example: do people, who are ready to leave this world, unconsciously will their own demise, along with others who have a similar desire?

Well, you can only find out by reading Quantum Earth for yourself. Is the study of metaphysics science, spirituality, or philosophy? You be the judge. And while you’re at it, give some thought to the question; who do you want at the helm in these perilous waters? Who will you trust for answers, considering the problems and the very uncertain future of our world?

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, November 30, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

Julie Achterhoff’s Quantum Earth starts off just like a great story should… with action and a tsumani no less. Real people in real life situations all tied into a metaphysical story. You care about them and what they are going through.
The one thing I really liked about this story was how it is relevant now, to how we are trying to deal with so many natural disasters and the effects it has on all cultures.
Julie Achterhoff writes in an engaging way. Definitely a good read. I highly recommend it.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Metaphysical Look at What Happens to the Human Psyche Before Disasters, October 15, 2010
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This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

The book opens with a deadly tsunami and a team of scientists on a quest to use their psychic powers to determine what if any role the conscious soul has in causing natural disasters. From flood to earthquakes the scientists interview survivors and those that didn’t make it in the hopes of saving planet earth. What starts out at first on a macrocosm level quickly gets personal as two scientists fall in love. Noah, the lead medium with the help of his powerful spirit guide, Jackson reaches out to the loved ones on the other side and inadvertently channels a scary entity. Soon there is violence at one of their public events and the team loses their funding. The stakes get raised higher and higher with each new gathering of disaster survivors. The team finds a mysterious benefactor who causes both Shauna and her boyfriend the lead scientist, Hawk to feel uneasy on a gut level.
It is business more or less as usual for Hawk, even though he wants to escape more and more with pure passion for his new love, Shauna. It is Shauna, the heroine who is empowered both by love and the strengthening of her intuition that ultimately unites her teammates in this metaphysical tale of good vs. evil.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Little of Everything, October 12, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

Julie Achterhoff wrote an book that presents some serious exstentialist questions as she explores some very realistic consequences of humanity’s impact on the world. The story itself seems to have elements of every genre: romance, mystery and speculative fiction, and yet it’s a very short book, a quick read. I finished the book thinking, “How did she pull all that off in so few pages?” There was nothing scattered or confusing and yet there was so much weighty content. I’m impressed.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Open Your MInd to the Possibilites…, August 27, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

Quantam Earth is a powerful awakening of what could be for the planet.

It will surely entice the reader with the realism of ‘this could occur’ and it provides characters who defy negativity and actually take action to save our Earth and the universe.

Journey amidst the givers, takers and doers in life. You will find the book well worth your time. Wonderfully written.

5.0 out of 5 stars We Need to awaken to our power., August 25, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

The main characters in Julie Achterhoffs novel have “awoken” and hence they utilise the skills that are dormant within us all; i.e. they take time to listen to their intuition, they understand and live by expanded unity conciousness, they have relationships with their guides/guidance. They have come into their power, the power that has been promised to mankind throughout history. They use this power for good, as it is the power of the universe, the power of the heart. For them they are crusaders endeavouring to save mankind from itself, as they strive to understand the destructive gene in the lives of man and mankind.

They despair as they look at a society of people that are powerless. Somewhere along the line, people decided they didn’t want that enlightened power and so they handed it back to religions, governments and a select number of wealthy individuals. In turn they were abused, exploited and treated like slaves. This has led the earth to the brink of destruction. The earth is on the verge of expelling her peoples, not because she doesn’t love them, but more because they don’t love themselves.

Shauna, Hawk, Noah et al. are determined to root out this “dis-ease” in the collective conciousness. Time is running out as the rate of natural disasters escalates arond them. It is almost like a direct correlation exists between the despair and hopelessness of people and the rising intensity of the “storms of nature”. One feels for the wider populace in this novel, but still wishes to scream at them. “Wake Up, the time is now – come into your power and honour your home. Mother Earth needs your power, your love!”

Reading a novel like this makes me more optimistic for the future. To write characters like this, means the author sees the true infinite possibilities of people. If she does, then she is one more person who does,hence we are another step closer to the tipping point towards mass conciousness awakening. Roll on that time……..Heaven on earth is awaiting that birth.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars 2012?, August 24, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

Quantum Earth – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

`When the two women form the hotel reached the tenth and top floor they went to the beach side where there was a balcony overlooking the scene. “Oh my God!” said one. Words failed the other, for in the distance, about a mile out they could see a giant mountain of water the size of which their brains couldn’t comprehend. And it was building larger as it headed for the coast. They could still see several people way out who seemed oblivious. They began shouting at the top of their lungs, knowing even then that they wouldn’t be heard. But maybe there was a chance still for those on the beach below. Many of them looked up at them and tried to understand why they were screaming. But some of the people had already seen the big wave coming fast and hurried away from the beach. Some were screaming themselves as they ran. But they could see many small children looking lost. Nobody was taking them away. They would surely be crushed by the oncoming waters. All at once the two women stopped their entreaties and could only watch as the horrific scene played itself out. The wave had already reached those who were the furthest out. Of course they couldn’t hear the screaming, but they did begin to hear the low rumbling sound as the water came closer. It sounded like a freight train if you put your ear to the ground near the tracks.’

Dr. Mel Hawkins (Hawk) and Shauna Troy have formed a group that will study the sudden increase of natural disasters, and as 2012 approaches with the predictions that earth will no longer be, the team find themselves running out of time. Hawk and the whole team have agreed that there is the possibility that people are bringing the destruction on themselves with their thoughts and wishes. With this possibility, the team relies on its member Noah Meade, who is a medium, to contact some of those killed in these mass destructions. During one of the group sessions with victims of a major flooding, Noah is working through his “crossed over being” Jackson. As the team listen to messages from people on the other side, Jackson is suddenly taken over by a voice that isn’t earthly. This voice blames humans for the conditions of earth. It is the belief of the team that this voice may be from an alien.

Discovering that there may be a chance of contacting aliens that have passed on, Hawk and Shauna decide to have Noah try to contact them to see if they can shed light on what might be done to stop earth from being destroyed. Fortunately for them, Noah is able to get through, but unfortunately for them and all of earth they are told that earth is in the process of cleansing itself and to do this, humans must be destroyed so it can start over again…. Just as it did with the destruction of the dinosaurs. These aliens feel that no animal is a plague to the earth like the humans are. So, with the increase in earthquakes, floods, and even medical epidemics, the task before this small group of 7 is to do whatever they can to stop the destruction of the world?

Quantum Earth took me on quite a ride. If you listen to the predictions and theories for the year 2012 you will hear: there will be increases in earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes, left will be right and right will be left, just to name a few. Are we really creating these changes with our own minds? I think I’ve read somewhere that “thoughts attract” so only think good thoughts. I’ve for one have decided that, just in case this is true, I’ll think as many positive thoughts as possible.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent New Age Thriller, July 18, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

Past lives, spirit guides, sĂ©ances, Starborn ones (Space Aliens), and a billionaire villain are all in Quantum Earth, Julie Achterhoff’s fascinating thriller. Achterhoff has added to her recipe a good amount of romance to produce a book worth reading, especially for those of us who enjoy stories with a new age slant.

This novel’s concept alone is worth the cover price. Mel Hawkins or Hawk, as he is generally called, has put together a team of open-minded scientists who are tasked to test his theory that the growing number of natural disasters the world has experienced is tied to the state of mind of the world’s population. These scientists set out to interview survivors of recent disasters. They also interview victims of the same events through Noah, a trance medium and Jackson, his spirit guide.

Along the way Hawk and Shauna Troy, one of the scientists on Hawk’s team, fall in love. We get to experience their fresh relationship and enjoy the way those lovers are learning about each other physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Eventually, however, they both learn something about Shauna that is much more than they ever expected.

Achterhoff’s novel is exciting and often surprising. It also made me think in ways I hadn’t thought before. And that’s what a good book should do.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars What’s Really Behind “The End” As We Know It…?, July 10, 2010
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This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

When a series of increasingly deadly hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and other natural disasters begin ravaging the Earth, a team of metaphysical scientists launch a desperate investigation into the source of the crises. With humanity more at risk of extinction than at any previous point in world history, what could possibly be the reason? Is the Earth cleansing itself of mankind’s perpetual scourge? Or could it be that humans themselves – by their own collective thoughts and actions – are sealing their own fate? Regardless of the real answer, the scientists have their work cut out for them as they navigate their way through a host of difficult challenges in their valiant efforts to save all of mankind…

A dramatic, eye-opening account of what could be, Quantum Earth is an intriguing suspense thriller. In her compelling page turner, author Julie Achterhoff successfully capitalizes on the current “2012 Doomsday” hype by presenting a very vivid picture of how an Earth quickly coming to a cataclysmic end would actually look. Also, by interweaving elements of romance and mystery within the overall framework of metaphysical fantasy, Achterhoff compounds the reader’s interest in her imaginative tale by fostering a deep-seated concern about the ultimate outcome of her unforgettable characters – not to mention the entirety of the human race.

With gripping action and a strong central plotline, Quantum Earth is a riveting tale about the very real perils of a quite possible future. A thoroughly entertaining read.

Renee Washburn
Apex Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Quantum Earth is a great read, June 1, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

Achteroff’s Quantum Earth challenges the reader to look at the universe and our interconnectedness. We are the problem and we are the solution. We are the collective that some say is God.

Quantum Earth is metaphysical fiction with plausible and thoughtful points.

Warning, once you pick up this book, you won’t be able to set it down.

4.0 out of 5 stars Do we create our own reality?, April 19, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

Quantum Earth by Julie Achterhoff ISBN 978-0-9822-7225-1
Review by Chris Phillips
Achterhoff has written a great science fiction piece. The book starts with a tsunami rushing to the beach of a southeast Asian coast. A team of researchers is investigating the possible cause of all the natural disasters that are happening with more frequency recently.
Mel Hawkins heads a team of metaphysical scientists who are searching for the possible cause of the natural disasters that seem to be happening all around. The team consists of psychics, mediums and people readers as well as technical but open minded scientists. They set out to prove that the human race can alter the fate of the planet. It all hinges on the Mayan calendar ending in 2012.
The plot deals with the research. The researchers discover there is some connection between the disaster and what people were thinking at the time and just before it occurred. Through two trance mediums they contact the recently deceased and also interview the survivors. They hope to find a common thread that will show humans can bring about these disasters and thus with the right knowledge and correct direction can prevent the cataclysmic events predicted for 2012.
Achterhoff has too many topics to share in this book. She spends the first part of the book explaining the environmental problems and the apathy or pure destructive tendencies of humans to destroy the environment of the planet. These segments tend to interrupt the flow of the story and cause some difficulties for a reading. Achterhoff comes across as preachy in some places. However the story is well worth following.
Technically Achterhoff is an excellent writer. The editing is clean and consistent. The book printing is well done and easy to read. This is overall a very good medium for the warnings Achterhoff wishes to deliver.
This book is recommended for all science fiction, psychic, and end-times readers. The science and psychic portions might be hard for some to understand or accept, but they are well reasoned and evidently strongly believed in by the author.

 

3.0 out of 5 stars Will Each of Us Cause the Earth’s Destruction in 2012?, March 17, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

One of the themes that resurfaces when there is a “new” prediction discussed is the idea of the “end of the world.” I’ve been reading quite a few since 2012 is “possibly” the year! You know, when we will all be gone… Myself, I don’t pay too much attention to these predictions, even though I tend to agree that someday something “big” is going to happen.

Julie Achterhoff has taken on this “possibility” in Quantum Earth. However, her characters are all involved in metaphysics and their exploration of potential reasons or solutions spans across the entire spectrum that you might want to consider!

The book opens in the midst of a tsunami…one of the methods by which the earth might some day disappear. Of course, this has occurred once in Biblical history. At that time, however, a great ark was built and some part of the world’s humans and animals were saved. Today, as more and more damage is done to the planet, those studying the matter believe that earth just might be totally destroyed.

Dr. Mel Hawkins (Hawk) and his head assistant Shauna Troy are the primary characters, with six other team members. All have some type of “gift” such as communicating with the dead, that is being used as part of the exploration as to whether we, ourselves, are actually causing the various problems! Or, in more technical terms, “that the human consciousness has the capability not only to create its own reality, but on a grander scale to induce horrific natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes…and then attempt to understand the `why’ of the matter.” (p. 11)

An interesting idea. I think most of us would have immediately thought about our overuse or destruction of too many of our natural resources, etc. Instead, this group’s hypothesis is that it is the emotions or thoughts of those involved or affected by disaster. For instance, if you lived in the location where the tsunami came… then this team would come to interview those involved–including those that died due to the disaster, in order to research and prove their hypothesis.

I enjoyed the actual activities involved in the research conducted with the dead, but I felt that the overall scope of “possibilities” was too broad to be effective and I didn’t feel the tension I would expect for a group trying to cope with the earth ending in a very short time.

On the other hand, I did enjoy the interaction and romantic involvement between Hawk and Shauna, after all, they still had some time to enjoy each other, right?

If you are into metaphysics and want to explore the hypothesis that we, as individuals, may actually affect the planet’s resources–water, earth, weather, in strange ways, then you will want to check out Quantum Earth by Julie Achterhoff. One man donated millions to their research and you will be surprised what happened to him!

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Author, February 24, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

This is a unique story where a group of scientists use new age beliefs to examine whether or not humanity creates its own tragedies. As natural disasters escalate, this team of researchers use a number of methods to collate data including trance, hypnosis, and dreams prior to the event. It is fantastically unique, and is incredibly well written. I found Quantum Earth very quick to read as it was so enjoyable to do so.

5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing novel with metaphysical back-story, February 7, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

Quantum Earth is about a team of seven metaphysicians, lead by Mel Hawkins (“Hawk”) and Shauna Troy, investigating why the Earth is in peril.

In light of the tsunami, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and other natural catastrophes, many people are wondering if Armageddon is coming for real. Would 2012 be the end of the human race, as we know it? Most importantly, are we responsible for these natural disasters? If so, are we being destroyed so the earth can replenish itself? How can we survive the Earth changes? What can we do to appease it and save the human race? These are the questions the team is asking and seeking solutions to. They have their work cut out for them.

Quantum Earth is more than about metaphysics and climate changes. The author, Julie Achterhoff, fills it with romance, mystery, and fantasy. I read this book in one sitting, because I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know who is this mysterious Starborn one, the friend of the team, and the equally enigmatic benefactor who donated 2.5 million dollars. What does he have to gain from the team’s work? Is he benevolent enough to help save the Earth and the human race or does he have an ulterior motive? More importantly, I wanted to know the scientists’ findings and solutions.

Ms. Achterhoff does a great job of keeping the story intriguing all the way to the end. I love that there are actions in this book. She makes me care about her characters, especially the romantically involved leaders of the team: Hawk and Shauna. My jaw dropped when I found out about half of her identity.

I love this book and highly recommend it.

 

3.0 out of 5 stars Rainy Day Reading, February 3, 2010
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J. Lorenz “cherokee1234” (Ozarks of SW Missouri, United States) – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

An enthusiastic tale about the metaphysical. Some adventure; you can let your kids read it. If the metaphysical is your genre, this book would make an ‘eyebreak’ when you want something to read that not a text book.

5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book, February 3, 2010
This review is from: Quantum Earth (Paperback)

I feel this is a subject which should be imagined now, as we are on the verge of what this book is predicting. As Peter Lorre said in almost every one of his films, “We are Doomed!”

 

 

Book Review Quantum Earth by Julie Ann Weinstein



Fascinating Metaphysical Look at What Happens to the Human Psyche Before Disasters

The book opens with a deadly tsunami and a team of scientists on a quest to use their psychic powers to determine what if any role the conscious soul has in causing natural disasters.  From flood to earthquakes the scientists interview survivors and those that didn’t make it in the hopes of saving planet earth. What starts out at first on a macrocosm level quickly gets personal as two scientists fall in love. Noah, the lead medium with the help of his powerful spirit guide, Jackson reaches out to the loved ones on the other side and inadvertently channels a scary entity. Soon there is violence at one of their public events and the team loses their funding. The stakes get raised higher and higher with each new gathering of disaster survivors. The team finds a mysterious benefactor who causes both Shauna and her boyfriend the lead scientist, Hawk to feel uneasy on a gut level.
It is business more or less as usual for Hawk, even though he wants to escape more and more with pure passion for his new love, Shauna. It is Shauna, the heroine who is empowered both by love and the strengthening of her intuition that ultimately unites her teammates in this metaphysical tale of good vs. evil.

Review for Quantum Earth by Danni Milliken


“A team of metaphysical scientists is dedicated to finding out why the Earth is in crisis. The rate, size, and destructive power of hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions is out of control. All of these acts of nature have become more devastating to human life than ever before in history, but why? Is the Earth cleansing itself of humanity? Or could it be that human thought is the true case? This is what the team is asking; the hardest question of all: Do we create our own reality?”

It’s not an easy thing to offer to review the work of an author you don’t know very well. If it’s a good friend that’s one thing, because you can say something honestly if you find that you don’t like it. But, if it is someone who you don’t know very well, it is a scary thing to offer to do, because the thought screams loudly in your mind, “What if I don’t like it?” But, one day I know that it will be me out there pimping my work. So, with that knowledge in mind I found I had to put my hand up. Because, one day I hope someone will put their hand up for me.

Still, it was with trepidation that I opened the ebook and began reading the prologue. By the end of the first two paragraphs I made a very happy discovery. This is a good book. From two paragraphs I could tell that Julie Achterhoff is a quality author. Her writing style is extremely easy to read and the scenes are painted so that you can envision their detail easily without the over the top page wasting some lesser quality authors are prone to spend setting the scene. I could have written a review based only on the first few chapters, but this book was so good that I wanted to finish all of it for the sake of my own enjoyment. An exceptional achievement on the part of Julie Achterhoff there, as I rarely read novels to the end anymore.

Quantum Earth is a unique story where a group of scientists use new age beliefs to examine whether or not humanity creates its own tragedies. As natural disasters escalate, this team of researchers use a number of methods to collate data including trance, hypnosis, and dreams prior to the event.

This is a fantastically unique story and it is incredibly well written. At the current price of $15.99, you are getting a real bargain. I have no doubt at all that Julie is a future bestseller, and you won’t regret the short time it takes to enjoy either Quantum Earth, or her new book “Deadly Lucidity” which has just recently been released to amazon.com

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