Local Author Image-Fresno BeeI was so surprised on Easter Sunday morning as I read the newspaper and turned to the entertainment section. Lo and behold, I saw a picture of my book and a great review by Rick Bentley, the veteran reviewer for The Fresno Bee.  Here is a photo of the newspaper write-up, and I’ll post the text below to make it easier to read.

Local Author offers vision of a better tomorrow

Fresno’s M.R. Neer has published “The Elixir of Freedom” (Veda Publishing, $11.95) the first in the “Light Finder Legends” series.

Neer says the book falls into the visionary fiction genre and is targeted to teens and adults who are interested in personal growth. The work is fiction, but the author suggests that the vision of a better tomorrow can become a fact.

“The Elixir of Freedom” follows Ravi and Verda on a quest to find the Heart of the Sun, a legendary way to defeat all enemies. Ravi is looking to rescue his twin brother who has been forced to work in the coal mines. The solution comes in the form of an elixir made of sap and sunlight.

Neer, who is a former English teacher and magazine publisher, wrote the book because he believes people remember deep stories more than speeches. The story is a reflection of those who are looking for answers to anything from bad habits to doubts.

The author says the story is a real experience that’s described in all cultures and traditions but is lost in our modern habit of lurching from one problem to another.

The book is available in paperback and ebook at Amazon.com and other online sites.