Masks of Morality
MASKS OF MORALITY is a work of contemporary realistic fiction. Its setting is factual, and the characters, although invented by me, react in realistic ways to real-life situations. Each character is faced with having to make a thorny moral decision and is in for a culture shock. They find they need to question the very social fabric of the American political, legal and business system, in order to do what’s right for humanity.
The storyline begs the questions: Is modern America a dystopian society?
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I contend that the "political twister" is within the American politic itself. Our political reality is stranger than fiction.
American mainstream news headlines, whether liberal or conservative angled, are twisted and have been for a long time. The Spanish-American War was our first media war, started entirely on the fake news in The New York Journal. Even back then, newspapers fanned the flames of interest in the war by fabricating atrocities abroad to justify intervention.
The golden age of "yellow journalism" (fabricated news based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration) in the 1890's was just the start of enabling the truth to be sacrificed, a victim to profit.
The show continues today, with techno-crazed futuristic robotic fever fueling us into a sci-fi reality. The US Corporate Media is peppered with pro-war slants imposing political viewpoints onto our children. This is done on purpose, and the pressure comes from the powers that be.
For example, in 2003, leading cable station MSNBC took the much-admired Phil Donahue off the air because of his moral opposition to the calls of war in Iraq.
Mainly due to the fear of sounding "unpatriotic" and losing their jobs. SHAME on MSNBC, FOX, CNN and other corporate media for taking the extremist political stance, keeping the naive recruits believing in the cliches and ideologies peddled by too many teachers, film-makers, and eloquent politicians.
Former Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin wrote in 2006:
"Mainstream-media political journalism is in danger of becoming irrelevant, but not because of the Internet, or even Comedy Central. The threat comes from journalist being afraid to do what journalist were put on this green earth to do...Tell the truth."
My debut novel MASKS OF MORALITY is not a war-story, or even really political per se. Its a story of human compassion, a cry to the world to look past the debauched masks of corporate media and to reach into the soul for answers of how to best treat each other---how to be kind to humankind. I promise you, the answer could never be found within any "news" angles with respect to US Foreign Policy.
MASKS OF MORALITY
A baffling dead dove found behind an art gallery in Sausalito, with a symbolic message in blood about shadow government obstructing world peace...
Another one found outside a prison in book number two!
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THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK
Although branded as a political twister, the main message of my masks theme is of moral conscience, human compassion, family love and doing good for the social good.
Caryssa Flynn had the computer network world hard-wired into her brain, obsessed by the lure of power and money. She was a hard driven high-tech marketing professional. Until, at age forty-two, she gave birth to her only child. Suddenly, nothing was about her anymore.
The next decade sends her on a humanitarian journey taking odd little contract gigs to help make the community and world a better place. Although never becoming anti-corporate, she is conflicted by corporate abusive human practices. What type of legacy are we leaving for our kids?
Never quite finding her way back to her high-powered high tech career—she does find the soul-crushing link of her beloved Silicon Valley and Boston 128 tech-belt she worked within, to perpetual global wars for profit.
Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, Caryssa befriends a group of upper-middle-class parents as eclectic as the diverse cafes, shops, and beauty surrounding them. Together, they ride the emotional arc of parenting within these tumultuous times.
Echoed throughout the way is a startling and disturbing awareness of a culture---ours--- mindlessly threatening to squander all that is dear to our hearts. Behind the cultural culprits lurk the politicians, business, and religious leaders wearing false character masks of morality.
This culture shock leads the parents to examine the ache of late America. It transforms each of their lives motivating them to make a positive impact through careers and volunteer work on all that matters most---especially the future of their children.
Masks of Morality
Please read it with an open mind, heart and soul. If you love those sci-fi’s about a dystopian future, try jet-setting my words back to the future, and strap yourselves in for the ride!
I promise you won’t be bored.
T.L. Mumley (born Teresa Lynn Sullivan) is a former senior marketing analyst in Silicon Valley, a mother, wife and happy homebody. She holds an AS in Fashion Merchandising from Lasell, a BS in Marketing from MCLA and studied towards an MBA from Northeastern University. She has a twenty-five-year history in high-tech marketing and sales. An optimist at heart, she went on a personal crusade of community service and marketing for the greater good, often in her PJs from home office.
To spice up a decade of writing boring technical material published in tech rags, she aspired to become a novelist with her debut Masks of Morality. The novel has received 5-Star ratings across Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Inkitt and other sites.
Fueled by dark chocolate and good red wine, she can be found skiing and hiking mountains, walking, reading or doing a downward facing dog while gardening.
Although she will always be a Bostonian at heart, she lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and son.
My debut novel, Masks of Morality has already received several positive reviews from circles within my writer's groups, friends, the general public and above all, my multitalented editor, Chansonette Buck. Chansonette is a two-time Pushcart-prize nominee of heart touching chapbooks and memoir.
In Chansonette’s own words upon reading my manuscript “Your novel is a page-turner! I’m finding it hard to put down. You have what it takes to tell a story in a compelling way”.
"Hip San Francisco Bay meets the bleak political reality that defines our life."
-Alon Shalev, author of ten novels including AT THE WALLS OF GALBRIETH, 2013 winner of Eric Hoffer award.
Absolutely stunning read! Timely and relevant. I learned so much from a novel. Can you believe it, a novel!"
-David Wakeen, author of "9/11 AND THE WORLD TODAY
"The most amazing and unforeseen twists and turns, making it a very enthralling read. It keeps you gripped to the edge of your seat."
- Susan Kelly, Ghostwriter of ten bestselling novels
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