||Jun 6 2002
Dallas and Milanda find themselves caught up in a struggle just to stay alive as they become involve in the strange world of UFO’s and fight against those who are behind the UFO movement
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There are those who believe that we are not alone in the universe, and that not all living beings originate from planet earth. In the field of Ufology, who can really say what is truth and what isn’t?
In the mighty Superstition Mountains, Dallas, a Gypsy prince, crosses paths with a three-foot high scorpion while driving across the desert. He barely escapes with his life, only to find himself a witness to a UFO abduction. Dallas is surprised to learn that the escaped alien is a beautiful female named Milanda.
Milanda is a spiritual entity created by the intellectual knowledge of her world, destined to bond with a male of her choosing, passing on to her mate powerful gifts, strengths and awesome abilities, virtually making him one of the most powerful individuals in existence. This bonding has always been for the male ruler of her world of Philandria, but in the grand scheme of things, everything is subject to change, and this time our Gypsy Prince was chosen.
Join Milanda, Dallas, and his friends as they battle aliens, giant scorpions, government bodies, military installations and more – all in the struggle to stay alive, and to save the earth from world denomination.
Cruising at a comfortable speed of 50 mph, he allowed his thoughts to play back over the strange events of the day before. He had almost reached the exact same area, when suddenly an object shot into his lane of traffic, stopping momentarily. The object turned and faced his truck, then darted on across the road and entered the desert on the other side.
The creature that had just crossed in front of Dallas sent waves of terror washing over him, and only by his quick reflex actions was he able to bring the Toyota truck to a sliding stop in the middle of the highway, causing all the pieces of junk he was carrying to slam up against the cab of the truck. Pressing his face against the windshield, Dallas began to feel his heart pound in his chest, and his mind immediately refused to believe what his eye had just seen.
Yet Dallas was left with no other conclusion—he had no other choice but to believe that what he had just seen was real. The creature, in his mind, was undeniably a scorpion, and dreadfully real. A scorpion the size of a large dog had just crossed in front of him! A cold chill began traveling throughout his body, and as he sat back in the seat, the logical part of his brain kept insisting, No way, man, this is impossible! Just impossible! “First the strange craft that landed yesterday, and now this. What sort of strange world am I becoming involved in?” Dallas shouted.
Area Author Looks At Aliens
Area author looks
at ‘Aliens,’ desert
in his new books
• Bill Heft recently had two fictional works published.
By Don Berger
Herald Staff Writer
SAVANNA, Ill. — It all began on a quiet night when Bill Heft was driving through the Arizona desert, the landscape basking in the light of countless stars and his headlights.
“I was driving towards Superstition Mountain one day, coming home from work in miles of desert and mountains, beautiful rugged county,” Heft said. “And I saw something scurry across the road and it was a little scorpion.”
The wheels in his mind spun in unison with those of his car and the genesis of his future was conceived.
“I saw that little scorpion and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if that scorpion was about three feet high and eight feet long?’ And the little buzzer went off in my mind and said, ‘book,”’ Heft said. “It started from there. I went home and began to write it. I had the scene, I had the local, I knew the people, I knew the mountain ... I just started from there.”
For Heft, 60, writing was something he’s done all his life. Having worked as a correspondent for many newspapers in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, a regular contributor to Walneck’s Magazine — a Virginia-based publication that focuses on antique motorcycles
— and co-author of two television specials.
After suffering neurological damage that has left him with limited use of his hands and feet, Heft said his writing took on a whole new focus.
“That’s when I really turned to writing,” Heft said. “I’ve been writing all my life, since I was a young kid, but then I really got serious about it because I was just sitting here staring at the walls.”
Recently, Heft, a native of Michigan but who lived in California for years, had two fictional works published.
His first book, entittled “Mysterious Desert,” was the result of his experience driving through the Arizona desert that fateful evening. Begun in 1989, he spent 10 years polishing his work and giving copies out to confidants to gauge their reactions.
Their thoughts, according to Heft, were nothing but positive. Heft, who refers to his work as a true adventure. “It’s written in the science-fiction genre as a “true adventure,” said that this science-fiction epic grabs the reader immediately.
“You’ve got to hit the floor running,” Heft said. “If I haven’t set the hook in the first
page and a half, there’s a good chance I’ve lost a lot of readers
A student of sci-fi, Heft’s book centers around a gypsy prince -who rescues a female
alien from — what else? --three-foot-tall, eight-foot-long scorpions that pursue them
through the Arizona Desert.
Spawning from his first work, Heft’s second book, “Aliens and Lost Gold,” follows a similar path, but touches Heft’s own roots as a retired Baptist minister.
Its written in the science fiction form, with characters similar to (“Mysterious Desert”), but this person takes the Christian Gospel and carries it into other parts of the universe,” Heft, who penned this work under his grandfather’s name, Enos Aseltine, said.
“Aliens and Lost Gold” publisher, Australia-based Zeus publications, said that Heft’s story-telling ability has universal appeal.
“We were very impressed with Bill’s/Enos’ writing ... one of the reasons we accepted the book,” said General Manager and CEO Bruce Rogers. “He has a unique of getting into the reader’s head in his style which is descriptive and easy to read.”
One of his staples Heft incorporates into his works, something he thinks is almost a lost art, is the absence of profanity, sex and other concepts he thinks have brought about the death of literature and ushered in the era of plup fiction.
“Take your great authors, Charles Dickens, Hemingway, Fenimore Cooper….they were able to write masterpieces without one single word of profanity,” Heft said. “I think today, whether in the movies or in a book, the writers are not as skilled and end up filling in the gaps with profanity…they’re filling up the areas where there should have been quality writing going in there, it’s a crutch, is what it is.”
With an impressive resume of One of his staples Heft incor- published works under his belt, Heft’s future is traveling at warp speed. Heft said he is in negotiations with a Hollywood producer for an idea based on a true story about a Northern Illinois woman. The film, according to Heft, carries a $60 million budget.
A Vietnam veteran, Heft works closely with his wife, Lucinda, and his son, Wayne, on his books. He even went to a local high school student, Cassandra Martinez, for the art work for “Mysterious Desert”.
Wayne also did some drawings for Heft’s first book.
Local Author Writes New Novel
Local Author Bill Heft to
Publish Book for
by Mike Sutpben
Prairie Advocate Reporter
Pulling up on a dirty 1932 Harley Davidson V- 1200 in front of a tavern called Thomas and Charlie’s, a rider dismounts from the saddle and reaches up to remove the goggles that protect her eyes from the ever present grime. Leaving them to dangle on the handlebars in the light breeze of a dusty Texas border town, she proceeds inside.
Standing behind the bar, the bartender asks if she needs anything.
“A gun,” she replies.
Pausing, he studies the dust covered female before him. She is dressed in high leather boots, blouse, trousers, a service jacket and cap. Her dirt covered face fails to mask her determination.
“I just happen to have this one,” he answers and turns to slide open a drawer behind him.
It is a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol. After a shot of tequila and an exchange of currency, the pistol would remain her constant companion as she continues on her journey towards South America.
The year is 1935, and ladies don’t ride motorcycles.
While this is not an actual excerpt from “The Lady Rode to Brazil,” it is the story Savanna author Bill Heft of a young woman living in Northwestern Illinois that sets out on a journey to see where the road takes her. Turning south, she eventually travels from North America to South America and comes face to face with the civil unrest that was occurring at the time.
“She just felt like riding,” says Heft from an interview conducted with the woman before her death.
The intriguing journey has caught the eye of a Hollywood producer. Heft reports the interest from Hollywood arose when he wrote the producer about his idea for some books he was considering.
“I told him I had three different story ideas and he wrote back,” recalls Heft. “I nearly fell out of my chair.”
After finishing another novel he was working on at the time, Heft again wrote the producer, partially believing that everything had been forgotten. Fortunately, not only had Heft been remembered, but a request was immediately made for his stories.
However, there was only interest in The Lady Rode to Brazil.
According to Heft, an offer has been made, that is, if he is interested.
Although the name of the producer and of the title character cannot be mentioned as of yet due to legal concerns, Heft met the person for whom the book is based through a mutual acquaintance.
It was one evening when they met that Heft noticed a picture of a young women standing next to a Harley Davidson. As a motorcycle enthusiast, he asked her about the photo.
“What’s that,?” asks Heft.
From there, she revealed to him her adventure to Brazil.
“I just filed it away in the back of my mind.”
Heft reports the book is expected to be out after the movie has been made. No date has been set for production.
Writing for various news organizations around the area, including an article last year in the Prairie Advocate, Heft is also currently writing two other books entitled Aliens and Lost Gold and Mysterious Desert. Both are described as Science Fiction novels and are due out later this month.
The cover of Mysterious Desert was designed by local artist, Cassandra Martinez, a 2001 graduate of Savanna High School.
For more information on Bill Heft and to order a copy of Mysterious Desert, log onto the Internet at www.SynergEboOkS.com and access the link for authors. They are available in Adobe download format, CD or paper back.
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