stories about facing fear

by Clint Adams

stories about facing fear : books


The Seventh Ritual
cover copy

“You must discover the cause of your unhappiness by the end of this year…or you will not live to see the next.” Disgusted and disbelieving, 34-year old Paul Jacobson dismisses what he’s told by a Greenwich Village psychic. Only days later though, while running in the New York City Marathon, Paul’s mind leads him back…to a past he’s never known. This journey begins the race for his life.

ISBN: 0-9768375-6-0
ISBN13: 978-0-9768375-6-5


review

Definitely a page-turner

This book arrived when I had a lot of work to get done. However, once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down! I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting until midnight. This compelling and haunting story unfolds through two parallel voices which skillfully spin a dramatic and hardcore reality hitting both light and deep notes. One to remember...

-- HC, Barcelona, July 2009



My Watch Doesn't Tell Time
Currently Number #1-ranked in Korea (Teen Visionary Fiction)

synopsis

“What if time runs out?” is the question that makes 14-year old Miguel Estes sweat almost every night. Miguel’s certain of three things though: he’s here to learn lessons, he lives with a fatal form of the skin-blistering disease E.B., and the clock never stops ticking. In his quest to learn everything from the challenging life he’s been given, Miguel discovers who’s responsible for time being over.

chapter 18: sample excerpt

  “Are you sure there’s enough time?” I asked Aunt Shirley.
  “Well, what time is it exactly?”
  “12:30. We’ve got to be there by two.”
  “I know. There’s always plenty of time, Miguel. After all, it never runs out…since it never existed in the first place. Remember?”
  The first time Aunt Shirley had ever told me that was when I was in the hospital at Stanford about to have another one of my main surgeries. I’ll never forget that conversation. That’s when she’d given me one of the most meaningful gifts of my life. My memory of our talk back then also gave me another reason to do something special, to pass along something that helped me keep alive in a similar way like Aunt Shirley had done for me. “I think I want to give that watch you’d given me to Alex today.”
  “Your watch that doesn’t tell time?”
  “Yeah, the one that reminds me I’ll be around forever.”

review

August 15, 2006

"My Watch Doesn’t Tell Time is an excellent book and by reading it, I learned a few things that made me think a lot. One thing I learned was that friends are like family and they are always there for you in good times and bad times. Something that helped me learn this was that even though some of the main characters friends were in heaven, they still came to help him in his dreams. It was interesting the way the main character, Miguel went to different places and learned something from each place. The way the places were described made me feel like I was in those places with Miguel. Something that surprised me was that Miguel always met lots of people who taught him something that sometimes changed his life. The ending of the story was dramatic but it was well planned out and there were some hints that told you how it was going to end."

--Giulia Calcagno, seventh-grade student (Copenhagen International School)

ISBN: 0-9768375-4-4
ISBN13: 978-0-9768375-4-1



The Seventh Ritual, My Watch Doesn't Tell Time, Don't Be Afraid of Heaven, Fear Ain't All That and Just Say Mikey are available via 'special order w/ ISBN' at ALL book retailers throughout the U.K.


Don't Be Afraid of Heaven
• is currently ranked in the Top Ten in Korea (Teen: Visionary Fiction) for the 10th-straight month.
• is a teen novel published by Credo Italia on June 30, 2005.
• is being distributed in the U.S. by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and in the U.K. and Europe by Bertrams, Gardners and other wholesalers/distributors.
• is the sequel to the teen novel, Fear Ain't All That.

cover copy

Who wouldn’t want to be fearless? After overcoming a fear-filled life, 13-year old Miguel Estes meets Samantha in his newly-founded after-school group, F.A.A.T. (Fear Ain’t All That).

With the help of e-mail and instant messages, Samantha and Miguel become best friends; together they uncover life’s most potent and debilitating fear while sprinting their way to freedom.

ISBN: 0-9768375-1-X
ISBN13: 978-0-9768375-1-0



The Seventh Ritual, My Watch Doesn't Tell Time, Don't Be Afraid of Heaven, Fear Ain't All That and Just Say Mikey are available via 'special order w/ ISBN' at ALL book retailers throughout France & Spain.


Fear Ain't All That
• is currently ranked in the Top Ten in Korea (Teen: Visionary Fiction) for the 10th-straight month.
• is a teen novel published by Credo Italia on June 30, 2005.
• is being distributed in the U.S. by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and in the U.K. and Europe by Bertrams, Gardners and other wholesalers/distributors.
• is the prequel to the teen novels, Don't Be Afraid of Heaven and My Watch Doesn't Tell Time.

synopsis

For some, learning to exist without fear is an option. For twelve-year old Miguel Estes, it’s a necessity. Miguel happens to live with a fatal form of the skin-blistering disease E.B., yet believing he’ll have a future is what sustains him. “The longer you keep your To Do list, the longer you’ll have to hang around to get everything done,” says Miguel’s Aunt Shirley.

Through his insightful aunt, through his dreams about his brother Jorge in heaven, and through the challenging lessons he’s chosen to learn, Miguel is able to eliminate nearly every fear within him—all that’s left is his mighty power of belief. In the end, Miguel is the ultimate victor; he realizes he’s living life the way it was meant to be lived…without fear.

ISBN: 0-9768375-0-1
ISBN13: 978-0-9768375-0-3


Just Say Mikey
• remained on Amazon/France’s Top Ten (Action & Adventure) list over 7-consecutive months
• is currently out of print, but still available at all book retailers via special order (ISBN: 1591130972)
• achieved a Barnes&Noble.com high-sales ranking of 266
• revised, re-titled and re-issued as Fear Ain't All That

review

March 2002

“In Just Say Mikey, Clint Adams has crafted a beautiful, very touching book, full of wisdom about life:
• becoming comfortable as being different
• dealing with anger
• staying with hope
• and most important, creating one’s own destiny.

I couldn’t put it down, and strongly recommend it to both young people and adults.”

-- Carla Perez, M.D., 13-year ABC-Radio talk show host, practicing psychiatrist for over thirty years

ISBN: 1-5911309-7-2
ISBN13: 978-1-5911309-7-0





The Seventh Ritual, My Watch Doesn't Tell Time, Don't Be Afraid of Heaven, Fear Ain't All That and Just Say Mikey are available via 'special order w/ ISBN' at ALL book retailers throughout Germany and Austria.


Angst Ist Nicht Alles
Buchbesprechung

Gib Angst keine Chance

"Der Protagonist des Romans,der 12 jährige Miguel,leidet an Epidermolysis bullosa,einer seltenen,schweren erblichen Hautkrankheit.Trotz dieses in jeder Hinsicht belastenden Umstandes versucht der Bub immer wieder positive Perspektiven zu entwickeln.Hin-und hergerissen zwischen der übertriebenen Fürsorge seiner labilen Mutter und den Ermunterungen seiner starken und doch einfühlsamen Tante Shirley gelingt es Miguel schliesslich sich von seinen Ängsten zu befreien........

Clint Adams`gefühlvoll geschriebene Geschichte ist eine Ermutigung Ängste und Vorurteile jeglicher Art zu überwinden und positives Lebensgefühl aufzubauen und somit für Kinder und Erwachsene empfehlenswert!"

--Dr. Gernot Reisner

Ein Probenexzerpt

(Die Übersetzung von Fear Ain't All That durch Birgit Heintz; http://www.heintz-text.de)

KAPITEL 1

„Ob Tante Shirley schon wieder eine neue Frisur hat, was meinst du, Mama?“ fragte ich.

„Du meine Güte, Miguel, ich hoffe nicht. Aber mir kommt´s vor, als ob sie jedes Mal eine neue Frisur hat, wenn wie sich umzieht.“

„Ich find´s irgendwie gut. So kann ich mir immer ausmalen, wie sie wohl das nächste Mal aussieht.“

„Sag auf jeden Fall nichts Unhöfliches, wenn du sie siehst.“

„Mach ich schon nicht, Mama“. Ich stellte mir gerade vor, wie meine Tante wohl mit einer Stachelfrisur und Haaren in Orange und Schwarz aussieht…und schon hatte meine Mutter die Abfahrt in Richtung Süden zum Highway 101 verpasst. „Mama, zum Flughafen geht’s´eigentlich gerade aus.“

„Ich weiß. Doch so kommen wir auch hin.“

„Aber der Flughafen liegt direkt am Highway 101.“

„Der Highway 280 stößt in San Bruno auf den 101er, Miguel. Wir haben noch jede Menge Zeit. Vielleicht hat Shirleys Flug ja auch ein wenig Verspätung. Also kein Grund, sich Sorgen zu machen.“

„Es sieht aber so aus, als ob der 280er ein Umweg ist.“

„Auf dem 101er passieren einfach zu viele Unfälle. Letzte Woche gab´s dort doch eine Massenkarambolage, dabei sind zwei Leute umgekommen, weißt du noch? Schlimm war das. Die Highway 110 ist viel zu gefährlich. Bist du überhaupt angeschnallt? Und ist die Tür auch verriegelt?“

Mama sagt mir jedes Mal, ich soll die Tür verriegeln, wenn ich in einem Auto sitze. Dann, so sagt sie, wirst du bei einem Unfall nicht herausgeschleudert. Mama ist echt gut, wenn´s drum geht an Sachen zu denken, die andere Leute vergessen.

Noch etwa eine Stunde und wir sehen Tante Shirley wieder, das erste Mal seit über einem Jahr. Tante Shirley ist Mamas Schwester, aber sie sind so unterschiedlich wie Tag und Nacht. Manchmal kann man sich kaum vorstellen, dass sie überhaupt verwandt sind. Sie schauen sich noch nicht einmal ähnlich. Mama ist 36, groß, blond und blauäugig. Tante Shirley ist 29, ihr Haar ist meistens braun und sie ist ungefähr 1,60. Doch am meisten unterscheiden sie sich in der Art, wie sie leben.

Mama sagt immer, dass Tante Shirley einzigartig und etwas ganz Besonderes ist. Und da hat sie wohl recht. Sie ist nicht nur anders als Mama, sondern auch anders als alle, die ich kenne. Tante Shirley ist die einzige, die mir sagt, dass ich überleben werde.

„Trink dein Wasser, Miguel. Es ist warm und du sollst ja nicht dehydrieren.“

„Wie lange wird Tante Shirley bei uns bleiben, Mama?“

„Vielleicht eine ganze Weile. Sie glaubt, dass Sie bald nach Berkeley ziehen kann, aber schau´n wir mal. Ich weiß nicht, wie sie darauf kommt, dass sie sich dieses Haus leisten kann. Umso bewundernswerter, dass sie es versucht. Es ist sicher lustig sie bei uns zu haben.“

„Ja. Sie ist echt cool.“ Aber Tante Shirley ist mehr als nur cool. Und ich hatte immer davon geträumt, dass sie zu uns in die Bay Area zieht. Mama sagte, ich soll mich nicht zu sehr hinein steigern, doch ich konnte nicht anders. Es war Mitte Juni, ich hatte Ferien und Tante Shirley und ich würden viel Zeit zusammen verbringen. Ich konnte es kaum erwarten. Was wird sie mir als nächstes beibringen? Welche neuen Orte wird sie mir zeigen? Wird sie mir wieder Tipps geben, damit es mir besser geht? Ich hoffe es.

ISBN: 0-9768375-5-2
ISBN13: 978-0-9768375-5-8




The Seventh Ritual, My Watch Doesn't Tell Time, Don't Be Afraid of Heaven, Fear Ain't All That and Just Say Mikey are available via 'special order w/ ISBN' at ALL book retailers throughout Italy.


Non Avere Paura del Paradiso
Una lezione per Miguel, per tutti: Una persona che non ha paura di morte, non ha paura.

Non Avere Paura del Paradiso (ISBN: 0976837536); tradotto da Don't Be Afraid of Heaven (ISBN: 097683751X) Capitolo 1

ISBN: 0-9768375-3-6
ISBN13: 978-0-9768375-3-4


La Paura Non è Niente
È facile, è la verità: la vita inizia soltanto quando la paura è eliminata.

La Paura Non E' Niente (ISBN: 0976837528); tradotto da Fear Ain't All That (ISBN: 0976837501) Capitoli 1-3

ISBN: 0-9768375-2-8
ISBN13: 978-0-9768375-2-7


Copyright © 2014 Clint Adams

All rights reserved. All material is copyrighted by Clint Adams and may not be reproduced without prior written permission from Clint Adams.

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Thriller
"You must discover the cause of your unhappiness by the end of this year…or you will not live to see the next.” Disgusted and disbelieving, 34-year old Paul Jacobson dismisses what he’s told by a Greenwich Village psychic. Only days later though, while running in the New York City Marathon, Paul’s mind leads him back…to a past he’s never known. This journey begins the race for his life.
Fiction: Teen/Young Adult
Currently #1-ranked in Korea (Teen Visionary Fiction) “What if time runs out?” is the question that makes 14-year old Miguel Estes sweat almost every night. Life's short. Have you done all you want?
Now TOP TEN-ranked for tenth-straight month in Korea (Teen Visionary Fiction) Who wouldn’t want to be fearless? After overcoming a fear-filled life, 13-year old Miguel Estes uncovers life’s most potent and debilitating fear while sprinting his way to freedom.
Now TOP TEN-ranked for tenth-straight month in Korea (Teen Visionary Fiction) Miguel is unique. He has a lifetime measured by days not years; he happens to live with E.B., but he spends little time thinking about it. For Miguel, living with fear is far more deadly than this fatal disease could ever be.
Amazon/France TOP-TEN-ranked (Action & Adventure) over 7-consecutive months. Now out of print, but still available via special order at all book retailers.
Fiktion: Jugendlicher
Das einzige Hindernis zwischen Ihnen und Ihr Schicksal ist Angst. Beseitigen Sie Angst...und Sie werden Ihr Traum leben.
Romanzi per Adoloscenti e Adulti
Una lezione per Miguel, per tutti: Una persona che non ha paura di morte, non ha paura.
È facile, è la verità: la vita inizia soltanto quando la paura è eliminata.

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