15 episodes

Altered State of Affairs, the novel, is a tale about an audacious kid from Cleveland Heights who unites in France with a beautiful Mossad agent and an eyeless doll for an adventure of a lifetime.

The novel is now a podcast. This is Altered State of Affairs, The Podcast.

The show is where the author, Jerald Kasimov, reads from certain chapters of his books and that has conversations about selections and fascinating topics in that specific reading.

Here's a summary of the novel:
Steven, a freshly-minted Army Ranger and aspiring badass, can’t wait to go after some bad guys—and maybe some bad girls, too. Fortunately, a Soviet master scientist has just defected and is hiding somewhere in the rugged French Pyrenees, and Steven must find him before a sadistic terrorist does.

Along the way, he meets a traitor in a field of red poppies, a beautiful Mossad black-ops agent, some delicious cassoulet, and Cindy, the telepathic, eyeless doll.

It’s time for Steven, an atypical hero, to man up, but nothing is as it seems—least of all, Steven. The story winds through time from adolescence in 1960s Cleveland Heights to the rigors of present-day Army Ranger training in Fort Benning, non-stop death-defying action, the delights of Israeli cooking, and the tragic yet triumphant history of the Jewish People.

Oh, and there’s that beautiful Mossad agent…. But first, Steven has a world to save from a horrific weapon of mass destruction!

Buy the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and most Indie Bookstores

Altered State of Affairs is produced by KazCM Part of the KazSource Podcast Network.

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Altered State of Affairs, the novel, is a tale about an audacious kid from Cleveland Heights who unites in France with a beautiful Mossad agent and an eyeless doll for an adventure of a lifetime.

The novel is now a podcast. This is Altered State of Affairs, The Podcast.

The show is where the author, Jerald Kasimov, reads from certain chapters of his books and that has conversations about selections and fascinating topics in that specific reading.

Here's a summary of the novel:
Steven, a freshly-minted Army Ranger and aspiring badass, can’t wait to go after some bad guys—and maybe some bad girls, too. Fortunately, a Soviet master scientist has just defected and is hiding somewhere in the rugged French Pyrenees, and Steven must find him before a sadistic terrorist does.

Along the way, he meets a traitor in a field of red poppies, a beautiful Mossad black-ops agent, some delicious cassoulet, and Cindy, the telepathic, eyeless doll.

It’s time for Steven, an atypical hero, to man up, but nothing is as it seems—least of all, Steven. The story winds through time from adolescence in 1960s Cleveland Heights to the rigors of present-day Army Ranger training in Fort Benning, non-stop death-defying action, the delights of Israeli cooking, and the tragic yet triumphant history of the Jewish People.

Oh, and there’s that beautiful Mossad agent…. But first, Steven has a world to save from a horrific weapon of mass destruction!

Buy the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and most Indie Bookstores

Altered State of Affairs is produced by KazCM Part of the KazSource Podcast Network.

    Podcast | Inside the Minds of Authors with DC Gomez

    Podcast | Inside the Minds of Authors with DC Gomez

    This episode is from a guest appearance on DC Gomez's chart-topping podcast, Inside the Minds of Authors. You can learn about DC, her many books, and her podcast on her website or Facebook page.
    About the show, Inside the Minds of Authors:
    "Welcome to Inside the Minds of Authors! The program brings you fun conversations with popular and up-and-coming authors. We start the program with a short reading by the author from their feature book, followed by a fun conversation to learn more about the book, the author, and their journey. New episodes are available on Monday nights. Happy Listening!"
    About this episode:
    Welcome to Inside the Minds of Authors. A podcast dedicated to bringing you passionate authors with exciting books. This evening the fabulous author, Mr. Jerald Kasimov, joins us with his debut book, Reach for the Stars.
    Mr. Jerald Kasimov was born and raised in Cleveland. He’s a Buffalo city-dweller and a beach bum on a South Carolina barrier island. After a successful career as a dentist, entrepreneur, and real estate developer, he retired to pursue his love of writing.
    A passionate Ohio State Buckeye, he and his amazing wife are living their dream and delighting in their dynamic kids and grandkids, all creating their own unique journeys. To learn more about Jerald’s adventures and books, check out his website at jeraldkasimov.com.
    Be sure to subscribe to DC's podcast, Inside the Minds of Authors, on Apple, Spotify, or YouTube. You don’t want to miss a single episode.
    Episode Highlights:
    Jerald's Reading Session: Jerald reads excerpts from Chapters 31 and 32 of his new release, where protagonist Stephen, an Army Ranger, embarks on a perilous mission in the Pyrenees Mountains to locate a mysterious, eyeless doll in a mausoleum that is key to his mission.
    Character Inspirations: A discussion on how Jerald's characters are inspired by real-life figures, including the spiritually endowed doll 'Cindy', based on a doll owned by his wife, symbolizing unseen guidance and wisdom.
    Creative Process: Jerald discusses his organic, spontaneous writing method, which he describes as being a 'pantser'—one who writes by the seat of his pants. He emphasizes the role of serendipity and intuition in his narrative developments.
    Challenges of Transitioning Careers: Insights into Jerald's shift from dentistry to writing, highlighting the discipline and passion required to embark on and sustain a creative path. Jerald discusses setting routines, embracing the quiet of the morning for writing, and the joy of unstructured creation.
    Interactions with the Supernatural and Technology: Jerald explains the layered plot of his series that intertwines realistic military operations with mystical elements like talking dolls and ancient prophecies, reflecting on how these enhance the thematic depth of his stories.
    Advice to Aspiring Authors: Jerald advises new writers to simply start writing, to engage with their stories personally, and to let their narratives evolve naturally. The importance of persistence and passion in writing comes through as he encourages writers to embrace their unique processes.
    About the Book Series:
    Altered State of Affairs: Follow the thrilling adventures of Steven, a bold Army Ranger, who, alongside a mystical, eyeless doll named Cindy, gets entangled in a high-stakes operation against global threats.Reach for the Stars: The saga continues as Steven and Cindy confront new adversaries and unearth deep secrets that could change the course of history.Dream BIG and Reach for the Stars with the Altered State of Affairs Podcast!
    Let's Connect:
    Jerald Kasimov: X | Author websiteAltered State of Affairs: podcast pageRelated Content to "Inside the Minds of Authors with DC Gomez":
    Podcast | Characters and WritingPodcast | Transference of ThoughtPodcast | Dream Big and Reach for the StarsCredits:
    Altered State of Affairs is produced by KazCMPodcast Network: QuietLoud Studios

    • 21 min
    A Little Help From Our Friends

    A Little Help From Our Friends

    We all just need a little help from our friends! In this episode, we explore how various characters in the Altered State of Affairs series draw inspiration from real people, be it family or friends. When you consider it, why not base your characters on people in your life? After all, those are the individuals you know best. As a bonus, it offers the added benefit of creating instant fans of your book – after all, who can resist being featured in a story?!
     
    This is season two, episode eight (A Little Help From Our Friends) of the Altered State of Affairs Podcast. Dream BIG and Reach for the Stars!
    About the book series:
    Book 1: Altered State of Affairs is a tale about an audacious kid from Cleveland Heights who unites in France with a beautiful Mossad agent and an eyeless doll for the adventure of a lifetime.
    Book 2: Reach for the Stars, NOW AVAILABLE (buy here)!
    Special Agents Steven and Avra along with Cindy, the spiritual eyeless doll, are BACK! This time they are at the heart of a secret sting operation meant to trick the infamous Iranian terrorist, Garf Zeman into acquiring an augmented hard drive—intended to allow Israel to access and destroy Iran’s nuclear program.
    Everything goes according to plan until it doesn’t.
    Chaos ensues as Israel and Russia engage in dangerous military conflicts and suddenly, the space aliens show up, speaking Ancient Hebrew!
    Fasten your seatbelts, in a world on the brink of annihilation, one man and a doll hold the key to humanity's salvation. But never fear, our heroes ain’t backing down as they race against time to find a way to communicate with the extra-terrestrials and save Mother Earth...and maybe Steven’s heart.
    This electrifying tale of love and mayhem will teach you what it truly means to dream big and reach for the stars.
    Let's Connect:
    Jerald Kasimov: Twitter | Author websiteAltered State of Affairs | podcast pageKazSource:  TikTok | Instagram | TwitterRelated Content to "A Little Help From Our Friends":
    Podcast | Dream Big and Reach for the StarsPodcast | Transference of ThoughtPodcast | Characters and WritingCredits:
    Altered State of Affairs is produced by KazCMPodcast network: QuietLoud Studios

    • 4 min
    Pondering the Unknown

    Pondering the Unknown

    Many have devoted countless hours contemplating the vast expanse beyond, seeking the meaning of it all. Yet, our understanding of the worlds outside our own remains limited. Nevertheless, it’s in our nature to ponder these things.
    In this episode, we embark on a mind-bending discussion exploring how the process of writing a book often mirrors the mystery of the universe. While the writer may be familiar with the characters and the basic plot, the ultimate destination of the story often remains shrouded in uncertainty. We invite you to join us on our journey as we unravel the mysteries of the unknown.
     
    This is season two, episode seven (Pondering the Unknown) of the Altered State of Affairs Podcast. Dream BIG and Reach for the Stars!
    About the book series:
    Book 1: Altered State of Affairs is a tale about an audacious kid from Cleveland Heights who unites in France with a beautiful Mossad agent and an eyeless doll for the adventure of a lifetime.
    Book 2: Reach for the Stars, NOW AVAILABLE (buy here)!
    Special Agents Steven and Avra along with Cindy, the spiritual eyeless doll, are BACK! This time they are at the heart of a secret sting operation meant to trick the infamous Iranian terrorist, Garf Zeman into acquiring an augmented hard drive—intended to allow Israel to access and destroy Iran’s nuclear program.
    Everything goes according to plan until it doesn’t.
    Chaos ensues as Israel and Russia engage in dangerous military conflicts and suddenly, the space aliens show up, speaking Ancient Hebrew!
    Fasten your seatbelts, in a world on the brink of annihilation, one man and a doll hold the key to humanity's salvation. But never fear, our heroes ain’t backing down as they race against time to find a way to communicate with the extra-terrestrials and save Mother Earth...and maybe Steven’s heart.
    This electrifying tale of love and mayhem will teach you what it truly means to dream big and reach for the stars.
    Let's Connect:
    Jerald Kasimov: Twitter | Author websiteAltered State of Affairs | podcast pageKazSource:  TikTok | Instagram | TwitterRelated Content to "Pondering the Unknown":
    Podcast | Dream Big and Reach for the StarsPodcast | Transference of ThoughtPodcast | Characters and WritingCredits:
    Altered State of Affairs is produced by KazCMPodcast network: QuietLoud Studios

    • 8 min
    Characters and Writing

    Characters and Writing

    When you think about it, writing is an incredible feat of the human mind. Even the ability to write a simple letter involves numerous connections in our brain. Furthermore, this makes writing a full-length novel seem nearly impossible, yet writers do it all the time. However, those who truly excel have the ability to transport us to lands far beyond our imagination or bring characters to life in a way that allows the reader to connect with them as if they were real. 
    In this episode, we dive into the heart of what makes good writing, while also understanding the process that goes into it. Writing is hard, and some days are better than others, but it's a deep passion that keeps many writers going. As a result, at the end of the day, it's not a sprint, but rather a marathon, and those who have the passion will win.
    This is season two, episode six of the Altered State of Affairs Podcast. Dream BIG and Reach for the Stars!
    About the book series:
    Book 1: Altered State of Affairs is a tale about an audacious kid from Cleveland Heights who unites in France with a beautiful Mossad agent and an eyeless doll for the adventure of a lifetime.
    Book 2: Reach for the Stars, NOW AVAILABLE (buy here)!
    Special Agents Steven and Avra along with Cindy, the spiritual eyeless doll, are BACK! This time they are at the heart of a secret sting operation meant to trick the infamous Iranian terrorist, Garf Zeman into acquiring an augmented hard drive—intended to allow Israel to access and destroy Iran’s nuclear program.
    Everything goes according to plan until it doesn’t.
    Chaos ensues as Israel and Russia engage in dangerous military conflicts and suddenly, the space aliens show up, speaking Ancient Hebrew!
    Fasten your seatbelts, in a world on the brink of annihilation, one man and a doll hold the key to humanity's salvation. But never fear, our heroes ain’t backing down as they race against time to find a way to communicate with the extra-terrestrials and save Mother Earth...and maybe Steven’s heart.
    This electrifying tale of love and mayhem will teach you what it truly means to dream big and reach for the stars.
    Let's Connect:
    Jerald Kasimov: Twitter | Author websiteAltered State of Affairs | podcast pageKazSource:  TikTok | Instagram | TwitterRelated Content to "Character and Writing":
    Podcast | Transference of ThoughtPodcast | Dream Big and Reach for the StarsPerspectiveCredits:
    Altered State of Affairs is produced by KazCM. Part of the KazSource Podcast Network.

    • 12 min
    The Future of Careers

    The Future of Careers

    Welcome to 'Altered State of Affairs,' where curiosity meets experience in a blend of generational dialogue. I'm Jerald Kasimov, a retired dentist turned author. Alongside my son and publisher, we explore the future of careers. This episode is for the trailblazers of tomorrow, the young minds crafting their path in a world where careers are ever-changing. If you're pondering the skills for future success, let's start with a fundamental one — communication. Join us as we unpack this and more, right here on 'Altered State of Affairs.
    This is season two, episode five of the Altered State of Affairs Podcast. Dream BIG and Reach for the Stars!
    About the book series:
    Book 1: Altered State of Affairs is a tale about an audacious kid from Cleveland Heights who unites in France with a beautiful Mossad agent and an eyeless doll for the adventure of a lifetime.
    Book 2: Reach for the Stars, NOW AVAILABLE (buy here)!
    Special Agents Steven and Avra along with Cindy, the spiritual eyeless doll, are BACK! This time they are at the heart of a secret sting operation meant to trick the infamous Iranian terrorist, Garf Zeman into acquiring an augmented hard drive—intended to allow Israel to access and destroy Iran’s nuclear program.
    Everything goes according to plan until it doesn’t.
    Chaos ensues as Israel and Russia engage in dangerous military conflicts and suddenly, the space aliens show up, speaking Ancient Hebrew!
    Fasten your seatbelts, in a world on the brink of annihilation, one man and a doll hold the key to humanity's salvation. But never fear, our heroes ain’t backing down as they race against time to find a way to communicate with the extra-terrestrials and save Mother Earth...and maybe Steven’s heart.
    This electrifying tale of love and mayhem will teach you what it truly means to dream big and reach for the stars.
    Let's Connect:
    Jerald Kasimov: Twitter | Author websiteAltered State of Affairs | podcast pageKazSource:  TikTok | Instagram | TwitterRelated Content to "The Future of Careers":
    How It All BeganPodcast | InnovationGetting Old Does Not Suck…and Other ThingsCredits:
    Altered State of Affairs is produced by KazCMPodcast network: QuietLoud Studios

    • 13 min
    The Ohio State University

    The Ohio State University

    The Ohio State University. It's more than a school, it's more than a football program. It's where it all started. But for Ohio State.
    In this episode, we discuss the impact Ohio State has had on me personally and on millions around the world. For me at least, Ohio State is involved with so much. Everything from my education, meeting my wife, those that came before me, Buckeye sports, and a shared passion.
    And it's not just about sports although the Buckeye football program has this incredible way of bringing people together.
    This is season two, episode four of the Altered State of Affairs Podcast. Dream BIG and Reach for the Stars!
    About the book series:
    Book 1: Altered State of Affairs is a tale about an audacious kid from Cleveland Heights who unites in France with a beautiful Mossad agent and an eyeless doll for the adventure of a lifetime.
    Book 2: Reach for the Stars, NOW AVAILABLE (buy here)!
    Special Agents Steven and Avra along with Cindy, the spiritual eyeless doll, are BACK! This time they are at the heart of a secret sting operation meant to trick the infamous Iranian terrorist, Garf Zeman into acquiring an augmented hard drive—intended to allow Israel to access and destroy Iran’s nuclear program.
    Everything goes according to plan until it doesn’t.
    Chaos ensues as Israel and Russia engage in dangerous military conflicts and suddenly, the space aliens show up, speaking Ancient Hebrew!
    Fasten your seatbelts, in a world on the brink of annihilation, one man and a doll hold the key to humanity's salvation. But never fear, our heroes ain’t backing down as they race against time to find a way to communicate with the extra-terrestrials and save Mother Earth...and maybe Steven’s heart.
    This electrifying tale of love and mayhem will teach you what it truly means to dream big and reach for the stars.
    Let's Connect:
    Jerald Kasimov: Twitter | Author websiteAltered State of Affairs | podcast pageKazSource:  TikTok | Instagram | TwitterRelated Content to "The Ohio State University":
    BUT for OHIO STATE…THE GAME and the Genesis of Altered State of AffairsChapter One | Altered State of AffairsCredits:
    Altered State of Affairs is produced by KazCM. Part of the KazSource Podcast Network.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Grace S100 ,

Fascinating show!

This makes me think. And if you like finding new authors and the stories behind them, then this is for you.

Ashes Romeo ,

What a clever podcast!

Hearing an author read part of the book and then have a dialogue about it is fascinating. A creative format that is bite sized. Altered state for sure! I’m here for it. I now need buy the book Altered State of Affairs…

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