Ken La Salle

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Click the book cover above to find out more about the Work of Art series!

An Intention of Flowers

Now Available in ebook and paperback with an audiobook coming soon!

Oily pavement.

Thick tempera paint.

A parking lot filled with history, fear, and regret.

A young man named Joseph Arillo sits in the parking lot and paints the pavement with flowers.

And Andy Hollis steps in it.

As the new art teacher at Santa Ana High School, he’s too curious about Joseph’s Flowers and unravels both of their lives in his pursuit for answers.

He learns that it’s all part of a rite of passage, an absurd test started by Joseph Arillo’s father, the suspiciously world-renowned artist named only Tom. Which also connects to the drama teacher at Santa Ana High, Katie Bustos. Whose daughter, Desiree, may or may not be dating Joseph. Who is putting himself in danger from a local gang, the lot’s mysterious history, and the police.

Andy puts himself in danger of losing his job, his home, and his freedom. If he can’t solve the riddle of Joseph’s Flowers, both of their lives will go up in smoke – despite any help from Winny, the old, Slovakian bureaucrat at school, or his students, or Tom himself.

But is Tom trying to help? And is Joseph really up to his father’s test?

And is Andy really fit to be a teacher? He doesn’t understand kids, can’t get to school on time, and… doesn’t appear to care about art or families or anything. But Joseph’s Flowers will challenge everything Andy believes: about himself, about the world, and most importantly of all about art.

Before Andy and Joseph are finished, they will witness the power art has to provide inspiration, to waken our hearts, and to shatter everything you ever believed about humanity.

An Intention of Flowers is the first book in a 5-book series, modestly titled Work of Art, about growing into the person you always wanted to be, making the most of what you have to give and not just what you have, and the power in each of us when we chose to be ourselves.

Click the book cover above to find out more about Illumination!


Now Available!

Everything you may have heard about enlightenment, which I call Illumination, is based on hearsay derived from metaphors too out of date for most people to fully understand. That is why I have reinterpreted the metaphors for the 21st century, making your path to Illumination easier to follow than ever!

But I wasn’t always Illuminated. I was born a Christian, born again, brought to Atheism through critical thought, and only found my way through Buddhism after a decade of hard work. Illumination was not found by following what I had been told but by searching deliberately. If you want to see the kingdom of heaven, you have to actually look.

Illumination is the essential ingredient missing from much of western religion and atheism is not designed to help you find it. Though it fits well in the atheist system – Illumination requires no god or worship – Illumination should be sought by Christians as well, for a more complete understanding of where they fit in the universe.

Because, as it turns out, Illumination (or enlightenment) is not as difficult to find as you might think. Heaven (or Nirvana) is all around you; you just need to know where and how to look. Understand such concepts as Samsara, Reincarnation, Karma, and Sunyata in ways you probably never imagined, ways that enrich your life – the only one you’ll ever get – so you don’t spend all of your time expecting it in a life after this one.

Illumination can be as simple as a change in perspective or as difficult as the destruction of the self, comprehending the significance of your own insignificance. But you can do it right now without dogma, without authoritarian rule, and without god.

Click the cover above to find out more about Dynaimc Pluralism!

Dynamic Pluralism: A Revolution in Ethics

Now available!

In the history of philosophy, there have been many theories about ethics but none have been straightforward enough to understand and use in everyday life. That ends now with Dynamic Pluralism.

Dynamic Pluralism presents a system of ethics that is not only easy to understand and easy to use but beneficial to the lives of those who do so. Dynamic Pluralism filters out the philosophical jargon so popular in academic circles and structures ethics so it is accessible to everyone. Not only does it present and understandable system of ethics but it also shows the reader how they can use ethics to create a better world.

Dynamic Pluralism casts a clear and defining light on the challenges of our century – war, overpopulation, climate change, energy dependence, equality, and much more – and illuminates our path into a brighter future.

We live in a world without a working system of ethics available to all people and this explains how and why the United States has ended up with a President-Elect like Donald Trump, a man bereft of ethical clarity, a moral compass, or any sense of justice. Dynamic Pluralism defines ethics, morals, and justice so that we may all understand them, what happens when we live without them, and how they should be used to create a better world.

Dynamic Pluralism is not just a book of philosophy. It is a Revolution in Ethics. It is a system for creating a new world based on ethical treatment, fair and fulfilling relationships, and a future in which we can finally live in peace.



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On this 2nd episode of Author's Note, I present three titles to close out 2017. One might sound familiar, while the other two... (November 2017)

The book blog, I'm An Eclectic Reader featured an excerpt from my new book, Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers! (December 2017)

Bookish Madness (love that name) features an excerpt from Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers! (December 2017)

I Heart Reading calls Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers "a compelling read about the journey of growing up and finding your true self" and "an intriguing, unique book that is both mysterious and compelling to read." (December 2017)

Find out the hardest part about being a writer, along with some of my favorite books, over on The Single Librarian! (December 2017)

"Matt was left with the devastation and pain of his wife’s death. He also was left with the stark realization that he didn’t really know her, that he didn’t really know himself or of the needs they tried and failed to fulfill in each other. He was angry, hurt and left with a million questions regarding not only her death, but her life, because she had one he didn’t even know about."
Thus begins Tome Tender's 5-Star review of Heaven Enough! Click the link to the left to read the review in its entirety! (January 2018)

"Ken La Salle’s AN INTENTION OF FLOWERS is, in itself a work of art and inspiration that is hard to dismiss without awakening both the reader’s rapt attention and sense of the frailties of humanity that can be so easily dismissed through our own narrow interpretations."
Tome Tenders positively showers Work of Art with some very humbling praise. Read the rest of the review by clicking the link to the left. (January 2018)

Deborah and I sit down and talk about Work of Art, new projects, and my approach to writing books in this new interview. Click the link to the left to find out more! (January 2018)

In this new interview, Don and I really get into the weeds about writing. All the "would'a" "should'a" and "could'a" topics interviews sometimes shy away from... well, some of them. Check it out by clicking the link to the left. (January 2018)

"Ken La Salle writes with attitude, sarcasm, wit. and humor. His books always surprise me and that is a very good thing." Check out Sherry's entire review by clicking the link to the left! (February 2018)

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Ken La Salle

PCT 2018... first prologue...

Posted: Sat 24th of February, 2018

Pussies: Disemboweling Trump is coming soon...

In the face of his first year as President, who hasn’t wanted to disembowel Trump?CAT Team 6 is on the job, storming the White House and the Republican flunkies armed with weapons and truth, Kim Kardashian, Guy Fieri, and everything pussies need to grab both Trump and a healthy dollop of irony. When shame and facts and even cutting off Trump’s tongue aren’t enough, disemboweling is the only option remaining. Let the national catharsis begin!Pussies: Disemboweling Trump - the 3rd Fun To Grow On - is coming soon in ebook, paperback, and audiobook! Posted: Tue 16th of January, 2018

Work of Art gets another 5 stars!...

"Remember that teacher that cared? The one that went beyond classroom educating and became a teacher of life through caring and example? Andy Hollis was “accidently” that teacher. He never started out meaning to feel for his students or to see them as young adults struggling to spread their wings or to find their place in life. He certainly never expected to advocate for their individuality, and then he met Joseph.Joseph wasn’t even one of his art students, but he was a boy on a mission to both please his father and pass a test of his commitment to art, a rite of passage so to speak. Andy found Joseph on his knees with coarse paint brushes, paint and a plan to cover the lot with his art. Under his patient hand, flowers came to life. Who knew such simple beauty would spark a tsunami of emotions, from pain to anger to awe? Who knew those simple flowers on concrete would light a fire of inspiration in the heart of a middle aged man whose zest for life had only been a spluttering match on the verge of going out?Ken La Salle’s AN INTENTION OF FLOWERS is, in itself a work of art and inspiration that is hard to dismiss without awakening both the reader’s rapt attention and sense of the frailties of humanity that can be so easily dismissed through our own narrow interpretations."You can read the rest of this terrific review at Posted: Tue 16th of January, 2018

Coming very soon...

Posted: Mon 15th of January, 2018

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