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Open Letter to Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and the Grand Old Party (GOP)

8 Mar

Jon & Stephen;

The endless stream of misguided drivel professing to snatch western civilization from the jaws of permanent moral decline was punctuated yesterday by a Virginia Law that legislated the sticking of medical instruments up women’s va-jay-jays without their consent. Huh? How the hell does that happen in the US in 2012? Seldom do Coke (Koch) bottles fall from heaven ~ (The Gods Must Be Crazy , Botswana 1980 <8:40 minutes into the clip>). That was until the Grand Old Party (GOP) started the 2012 primary season.

Biggerhead, by Betsy L. Brougher & William J. Atkins (with a dedication to Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and the GOP), came to us one morning as we arose to begin our normal writing routine. We flipped on Morning Joe and were confronted with Mitch McConnell in a replay of his Congressional pledge to obstruct all things Obama. We knew then that the turkey-neck, son-of-a-bitch had to die (metaphorically). Hence, Biggerhead was born.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this novella (an easy one-nighter) – attached as .PDF – available at for $0.99; Biggerhead evolved out of an evaporated love, and sincere frustration with the party of Lincoln and Reagan. Please help…



p.s. Thank you Steve L. … WJA

Family dog eaten by shark!

30 Jan

North Eleuthera, Bahamas – January 30, 2012

Today I was swimming in the ocean with my five-year-old chocolate Labrador, Macy, when the above headline flashed into my head. A wave of emotion ran through me as though it had actually happened. My guilt was overwhelming, so we immediately exited the water, unscathed.

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”

Mark Twain

Please read on if you can excuse the ruse, because I would like to tell you about a book I wrote called The Blood of Zealots. The novel is about man in his late thirties who was orphaned at birth and approaching middle age with no hope of finding a soul mate or true happiness. Through hypnotherapy, a DNA test and traditional genealogy he is launched on an international manhunt for his biological family. I hope you will buy the book and read it.

But, more importantly, I want to tell you why I wrote The Blood of Zealots, and what I hope the reader will get from their investment of time to read it. I respect your time as though it was my own, so I tried to produce a book that would both entertain and inform about some of the things in the world I find fascinating.

I lost a biological parent early in life. My father left us when I was around four. My mother, two sisters and I moved in with my grandmother. Mother remarried a few years later and our new father moved us into a suburban bungalow in the upper Midwest. He adopted us, we adopted his family genealogy, he gave us his last name and the re-branding began. I was born with the Roman numeral for three after my name (III), indicating the third in an unbroken line of males; I got a new name, but no numerals. My biological father was not spoken of until I tracked him down many years later. Anyone reading the first chapters of Zealots will notice a thread of my personal story. I decided that if I were going to write, I would draw from those experiences as much as possible in order to inject authenticity into the work. I hope that has been achieved.

I also decide that if I were going to write, I would write for money. The numbers are astounding. Sixty-five million e-readers and tablets were sold in 2011 (versus seventeen million in 2010); fourteen percent (14%) of the titles sold in the second and third quarter of 2011 were eBooks (versus 4% for all of 2011). I formed an independent publishing company in order to control my work and began writing in December 2009. I completed the novel in December 2011. I began to study book marketing, and I was blown-away by the opportunities. I sit here today with only a few weeks under my belt as a published author, but already the book is selling. Now is truly the new golden-age of publishing. Thank you Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs.

As much as a layperson can, I have attempted to be true to the sciences discussed in the book.  I make no claims of scientific accuracy. After all, I am someone whose Math SAT score  was so low that I tried to have it expunged. I am an avid seeker of the truth, who was born and baptized a Catholic, raised and confirmed an Episcopalian, previously married to an Irish/Jew from Long Island, and now studying Buddhism.  Looking under the traditional rocks for answers to the hows and whys of our universal condition has left my curiosity far from satiated.  So I decided to take a more creative approach, write about it. Hence, The Blood of Zealots was born.

I had many inspirations for the book aside from my personal story. Spencer Wells, National Geographic explorer-in-residence and head of the Genographic Project, piqued my interest in the study of deep ancestry and population genetics. Bernard Lewis, the well-known author on Islamic issues, gave me an understanding of Arab ideology and sectarian tribalism. Gordon Thomas, the widely read UK expert on the global intelligence community, especially Mossad, allowed me a view inside the mind of the international super-sleuth. Moab Hassan Yusuf’s gripping account of terror and betrayal in Son of Hamas helped me understand the personal toll one must pay when choosing between family and ideology. These great men and many others contributed mightily to my knowledge base, and the book.

The pursuit of knowledge is motivated by a combination of man’s curiosity and an inherent need to know. The intensity of one’s curiosity will dictate how far they are willing to go in search of  knowledge and the truth. There are ethical and moral implications associated with the application of certain truths, the effects of which can never be fully anticipated. Unintended consequences, competition to control the knowledge, and other unknowable side-effects create a monumental burden on the bearer to be virtuous. Whatever this knowledge is, whatever these truths are, let’s hope they’re in good hands, because world peace is not on the verge of breaking out anytime soon, and I have some books to sell.

 “The Blood of Zealots” by William J. Atkins

A novel about DNA, romance, international espionage, ideological extremism, and religious zealotry

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“The Blood of Zealots” now available in all e-formats

26 Jan

Using DNA science, hypnotherapy and traditional genealogy man finds family he’s never known, and himself in the process

 William J. Atkins takes readers on an international journey with Trey Cowens

searches for his biological family in his debut novel “The Blood of Zealots”

 INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (January 26, 2012) – In his first novel, “The Blood of Zealots” (ISBN 9780615447995), William J. Atkins combines current and historical events, political and religious conflicts with cutting-edge science in one man’s journey of self-discovery. Readers with an interest in the global events shaping our world today and developments in science and technology will find Atkins’ work to be more than a mere novel.

Trey Cowens is driven to the couch of a breathtakingly beautiful hypnotherapist after repeatedly ending up in compromised circumstances. Following much soul searching, Trey realizes he must physically hunt for the family he never knew. One DNA test later, Trey takes off for Ireland to look for his mother’s family and finds much more than he expected. Trey’s quest is soon thrown off track, when he’s forced to flee Ireland. Trey traces his father’s lineage to the Middle East where he is catapulted into a world of conflicting ideologies. Though he is searching for his biological family, Trey discovers much more: love, espionage, murder and zealotry, in all of its forms, combine to make “The Blood of Zealots” both a fascinating read and study of the human condition.

Inspired by his own search for a biological parent, Atkins takes readers on a fascinating trek across continents and into a hauntingly realistic story-world where zealotry and ideology collide and coalesce on multiple fronts. Painted against the backdrop current global crises, this modern, international fiction is sure to have readers questioning what they think they know about themselves and the world around them. All strains of humanity are inextricably bound – one man’s terrorist is another’s patriot, one man’s lover is another’s enemy.

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William J. Atkins wrote his first novel after spending 30 years as an international financial services executive. A graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., he also studied Middle Eastern history at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. During his studies abroad, Atkins was evacuated from Israel just days prior to the Yom Kippur War between Israel and Egypt in 1973. He fled to a kibbutz in Beersheba, where he received a firsthand education about the Arab-Israeli conflict.


William J. Atkins


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