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The 3rd Annual Victor Villaseñor First Sentence Contest


Announcing the Third Annual Victor Villaseñor First Sentence Contest sponsored by the literary website A Word with You Press.

“You can’t underestimate the importance of your first sentence,” says Victor. “Your first sentence is your introduction to your reader, and you only get one chance to make it right.”

For the third year, now, A Word with You Press is encouraging writers everywhere to enter this contest. Submit a single sentence, and follow it up by your first paragraph. Three finalists will win a signed copy of their book of choice from Victor’s published works, and the overall winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights.

Contest begins December 5th and ends December 31st.

For details visit




The Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy Campaign Continues!

When Victor set out to write Rain of Gold, he thought it would take him two to three years.  Instead, it took 14 to write it–and then two more to get it published, buy it back from New York and take it to Texas!

A similar thing happened when Victor set out to raise $70,000 in 30 days through crowdfunding for the publication of his newest book, Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy.  It simply wasn’t enough time!

So, Victor and his fundraising crew decided to continue what started out as an indiegogo campaign right here, at  We have a great team of people committed to helping Victor (who still writes his books by hand!) master new technologies and reach his goal so his books can have a greater presence in the digital arena and the world.

Victor says, “Cactus grow slow.  They’re beautiful and they’re indestructible.  And that’s how we’re looking at ourselves and getting this project, Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy, out to you.”
Revenge of A Catholic Schoolboy is a wild, pertinent story that bridges cultural and religious differences.  Through publication of this book, Victor hopes to continue bringing a message of hope, meaning and personal transformation to as many people as possible.




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Lion Eyes – Victor’s New Book – Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize!

In the American Indian belief, it is said that we never really know who we are until we find our totem, and once we do, then everything falls into place, even in the midst of chaos. Lion Eyes is the exciting true story of Jan Milburn, who came face-to-face with his totem—and was transformed. As a love-deprived young child, he got lost in a snowstorm in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, and a huge mountain lion led him safely home . . . setting him on a course for a miraculous life.

Acclaimed best-selling author Victor Villaseñor gives voice to Jan’s thrilling tale, full of danger, clashes between light and darkness, romance, and healing miracles.

Against the backdrop of the ’60s—a time of love and war, a time of turmoil and social upheaval, a time of young people’s exuberant exploration while the establishment tried to hold on to the past—Jan Milburn chose an unusual calling . . . becoming the youngest minister ever ordained by the state of California.
Jan’s spiritual path, incredibly, led him from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury District of the ’60s to Mexico, and into the darkness of the drug world. Hunted by a notorious assassin, he stared down death and encountered the very depths of depravity and violence—but ultimately awakened to his magical Spirit Guides and the Kingdom of God within each of us that transcends religion and “of-the-body” limitations.
It was at this time that Mireya, a beautiful young Indian girl, saw in Jan the noble heart of a lion and the vision of an eagle. Nothing could get in the way of her love and admiration for this man. It was written in the stars, she said. Eventually, Mireya and Jan married and were instrumental in helping to return more than two million acres of stolen land to the Tarahumara Indians of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Lion Eyes is a mystical, heartfelt, soul-inspiring love story of timeless relevance. It shows us that our global future lies not just in our politics and religious beliefs, but also in our unwavering love and our forgotten native wisdom that once we find our totem, everything falls into place, even amidst chaos . . . illustrated by one man’s incredible life, which can become the norm for all of humanity!

Bear Totem Story by Victor’s Childhood Friend

Here is a Bear Totem-Story by Victor’s childhood friend, John Folting. We hope it will stir a memory in you and that you’ll post your own story.  Thanks!  Linda

By John Folting:

I had an experience like Jan in the book Lion Eyes as you described.
My family was at Yosemite when I was about 5 or so and like any other red blooded American boy I decided to explore on my own. Well, needless to say I got lost in the woods. For a couple of hours, it seemed forever, I walked and walked and of course got deeper in trouble.
I really thought I was going to get hurt or die but Providence intervened in a very strange way.
I was just standing there and this mother bear came up to me with her two cubs. I guess she was maternal as I do not know if you know this, adult animals rarely hurt the young of another.
She just nudged me and for some reason I started to follow her. When I was tired I rode her back. She took me to a stream and across the stream was a house. I patted her and walked away towards the house where my father was. He just happened to be there looking for me.
He never believed my story but it was OK because from that time I always loved animals. I still do.
I’ll buy the book and read it and let you know. Nothing happened to me like your heroine, but it at least gave me a life long respect for animals.


22nd Annual Snow Goose Global Thanksgiving – Hosted by the Villaseñor family – November 24th

Pot Luck Picnic CELEBRATION!

Everyone is Invited – Tell Everyone

Let’s all Join in a Spirit of Love,  Celebrate our Differences, and Create 5,000 Years of
Peace on Earth!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Activities being at 12:00 p.m.
Potluck 1:00 p.m. until sundown


Rancho Villaseñor
1302 Stewart Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
(click here for map & directions)

Admission is an appetizer, a main dish, a salad, or a dessert to share with 12 others, for every 5 people in your group – made with warm, loving hands!


First time prayer circle led by Victor’s sister, Sita Paloma! Circle will begin at 12:05pm. Please join us!

House tours begin at 12:15. $10, 20 minutes, proceeds support the Snow Goose festival. English and Spanish tours. If you are interested or have any inquiries please email

Children’s activities begin at 12:05. They will be in a parade around the property up to the stage.

This year, volunteers will be there to collect your food at the front gate as you arrive. And yes, it will be blessed!

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Directions: I-5 to Oceanside
From I-5 N Exit Vista Way West. Right at Stewart.
From I-5 S Exit Cassidy St. West to Stewart. Right.
From I-78, 78 turns to Vista Way. Right at Stewart.
Rancho Villaseñor is at the North end of Stewart Street.

Please bring a candle . . . a picnic blanket, lawn chair and jacket and utensils, plates and water.
This is a non-alcoholic event.

Beyond Rain of Gold

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Beyond Rain of Gold is the incredible story behind the writing and publication of Victor Villaseñor’s national bestseller Rain of Gold. In the process of ensuring that his family’s saga would be published as the authentic, true account it was, Villaseñor forged a sacred bond with his father and his indigenous ancestors, who were guiding him from the Other Side. The book eventually became a national bestseller and an enduring favorite of millions of readers.

Yet the story doesn’t end there. Villaseñor’s connection with the Spirit World continued to deepen, awakening him to the ongoing miracles inherent in everyday living. He discovered that his life had suddenly taken on a magical quality, with events occurring that transcended the boundaries of what is normally considered “reality.” Beyond Rain of Gold encompasses the magical messages that Villaseñor’s indigenous ancestors told him are universal themes common to native peoples everywhere on this planet . . . and at one time we were all indigenous.

Book launch:

March 24, University San Diego, Thursday March, 6pm. RSVP required for free ticket. Call 619-260-2727. March 31, Carlsbad City Library, Carlsbad CA, Thursday March, 7pm.

Review of Victor Villaseñor’s Beyond Rain of Gold

By Trudie Barreras

A major thesis of this incredible book is that “there are no accidents”, a perspective with which I heartily concur.  Therefore, I must start this review by saying that I find miraculous synchronicity in being invited to participate in the Amazon Vine review group, and that I selected this for my very first review, at this particular moment in my life.

I am in the same age category as the author, and have many similar connections, having been born and brought up in New Mexico.  I am married to a man whose ancestors hail from Mexico, and have two daughters married to Navajo Indian men, who happen to be brothers.  Of my eight grandchildren, five qualify as Indian as well.  Perhaps this explains why I was immediately enthralled by this unusual story, with all its rich nuance and miraculous focus, concern for indigenous peoples, and emphasis on familia.

Before proceeding further, however, I have to say that I fear this book is not for everyone.  If the reader is stuck in “head mode”, determinedly scientific and intellectual in outlook, afraid of the possibility that the Creative Potential of the Universe is really a source of total LOVE, he or she will be immediately scared off by the exuberant excitement that Villaseñor projects.  Far too many of us suffer from what he refers to, graphically but inelegantly, as “constipation of the brain”.

The most accurate evaluation of this book that I can make is that I believe it is completely authentic.  Victor truthfully and transparently shares his own joys, despair, miraculous experiences, failures and triumphs.  His basic thesis is one with which I heartily agree – our planet must be healed; we must be profoundly thankful for this tiny but vitally important Earth we inhabit and the Creation Creating awaiting each of us who will accept and participate.  He sees profoundly that women and children, not men, must lead with love and laughter from within.  Men of good will who have glimpsed the vision can provide, as the male geese do when flying in formation, protection and energy-saving strength.

This book is, of course, part of what has been called, often deprecatingly, “New Age Spirituality”.  From my own perspective, this is not a defect but rather an asset of the highest order.  But far from being theoretical and fanciful, it is earthy, humorous, and just plain fun.  It offers a completely personal account of what can happen when individuals allow joyous love, respect for their ancestors, and willingness to plug into the currents of Divine Creativity to guide them.  It is hopeful and helpful – and reading it has motivated me to read Villaseñor’s other books, which I had somehow never encountered, despite my tendency towards interest in the type of spirituality he is discussing.


Price: $27.95





Author: Victor Villasenor Publisher: Hay House
Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1401931223
Pages: 256 Release Date: (April 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1401931227 Genre: Autobiography & Memoir


Fox News interviews Victor

In this video, Victor is interviewed by a presenter of Fox Channel 5 about diversity.

American Latino TV Interviews Victor

In this video, American Latino TV crew interviews Victor Villaseñor at his Ranch in Carlsbad California. In the clip Victor explains the strategy for becoming the “best writer you could possible be…”

Snow Goose Festival: Amazing Grace

From the Producer

“Enjoy this incredible experience at the Snow Goose Festival at the Victor Villaseñor Ranch. We all sand Amazing Grace and the energy was electrifying”

See more following this link.

RAIN OF GOLD Student Trailer

Video made by students based on the book “Rain of Gold” by Victor Villaseñor.

From the producer:

“This video was made from the book Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor, it was a class project and my classmates and I decided to do a preview for it on video.”

See more by following this link.

Burro Genius Movie Trailer

Video made by students based on the Burro Genius Book.

CAMS Class of 2010′s Literature Circle Project.