Welcome to the first of the Cafe & Bookstore updates this week. If you are an author in the bookstore then please let me know when you have a new release or would like to share a great review…or if your book is on offer. All the details for the promotions are in this link.
The first featured author is Deborah A. Bowman with her book Annie’s Story, Blessed with a Gift, released in January 2017.
About Annie’s Story, Blessed with a Gift
“Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” is based on life in Colonial Massachusetts from 1630 to 1648. Annie’s message is timeless and her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” with the treatment, abuse, labeling, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Yet, have perceptions changed all that much? Have they changed enough? The answer is a resounding, “No!”
Annie came to me in an age regression that somehow slipped into a past-life regression by an Instructor of The National Guild of Hypnotists. Instead of returning to my childhood—WHAM! like hitting a brick wall—I was in someone else’s body, crushed in a pitch black hole, surrounded by wood and earth. This is how I met Annie; or rather I should say, I became Annie.
The Colonists laughed at Annie’s dwarfed appearance and sluggish way of talking. My conscious mind of the 21st century, however, realized that Annie was mentally slow, stunted in growth, and lacking in social and emotional development. I also knew she was innocent and childlike as well as an incredible telepathic savant, blessed with a gift from the Spiritual Universe. Hence, began a quest that has spanned years. I made amazing discoveries about a time in American history that many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done with the Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. This story of love and faith, coupled with the inequality of different people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about an unusual child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift.”
A recent review for Annie’s Story.
I read this book a couple of months ago. It is the story of a little girl who was born in the 17th century in North Eastern United States, a time of trouble, war, fury, cold, hunger, suffering, sorrow and a lot of joy too. The little girl seemed to be immune to most of the negative human emotions that trouble human beings. She was brought up lovingly and with care by her grandma, she having lost her parents as she was born. But having been blessed with a sixth sense and the ability to perceive things which are not in the dimensions we human beings know, she was far advanced for her age, time and space. She was well versed in native medicine as was her grandma.
Times were hard but Annie, the little girl grew up as a Blythe spirit. She was physically handicapped but mentally she had the development of people far beyond other human beings. In addition she could speak to animals and nature.
This story is about love, and hope and courage and survival.
It gives us hope that in spite of all ills and disabilities, man can still live and live well. Dorothy Bowman the writer writes in a clear language and has done her research into the time period well. She has tried to use the language of the times and that increases the authenticity of the content.
Also by Deborah A. Bowman
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS
Connect to Deborah via her blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com
My next update is for Gigi Sedlymayer and her series Talon. All the books have received terrific reviews but Talon, Connected has had two excellent ones in the last couple of weeks.
About Talon, Connected.
Talon, Connected, the fourth book inthe Talon series. In this book you’ll find Matica feels more mature andresponsible. She also begins to understand the idea of getting older andpassing away. This is a great story of love, trust and how families and groupsare connected.
The characters of Talon, Tamo andTima are recognized as being members of the family, they are all connected, asElcano, the elder of the village said just before he died. They are remarkablebirds. Crayn, for one, admits the birds saved his life.
When Matica’s Dad Crayn is gravely injured by a large spider that bites him twice, the Condors come to the rescue. They bring him the mysterious healing leaves which save his life. What are these special healing leaves? Where do the Condors find them? Matica wonders how the Condors know what the leaves do and how to use them. She meets with the village eldest and wisest man Elcano, who tells her ‘we are all connected to each other, Matica’s family and the Condors’. What a wonderful thought! I loved reading how the birds are intelligent, caring and playful. Danger is back as the poachers have returned, and they want the Condors. Will they get them? I received this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
Gigi Sedlmayer has written another remarkable tale about Matica and her family. Matica adores her family, her friends, and her amazing condor birds. She and the birds have an incredible connection. They keep astounding the Indians, and even Matica’s parents, and younger brother with their understanding and wisdom. Will the “You know who” capture Talon, Tima, or Tamo? Readers of every age will keep turning the pages, eager to see what happens next. In this story, we are reminded “We are all connected.” Those are wise words, don’t you think? This is a heartwarming, engaging tale with many words of wisdom. I highly recommend it. Congratulations, Gigi on completing another remarkable story. Thank you for sharing your gift with so many others. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Connected-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00HY4ISJU
Also by Gigi Sedlmayer
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC
Connect to Gigi via her new website: http://gigised.com/
The final update today is for Nicholas Rossis and Pearseus: Endgame the final book in the Pearseus epic fantasy series
Cyrus will risk everything to gain back his throne. But new enemies are waiting for him; enemies that will stop at nothing to destroy humanity once and for all. With the Capital invading Anthea and the north in turmoil, every step of the journey is fraught with peril. In a world falling apart, can Cyrus and his friends prevent humanity’s extinction?
One of the most recent reviews for the book and the series.
I got an Advance Review Copy but didn’t manage to get to this book until mid January. With much anticipation, having thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series, I finally got started. Because a fair amount of time had passed since reading the preceding books, I had to reread them to more fully appreciate this one. So buy the set; don’t try to read this as a standalone. What stands out about this series is the character development and the conflict between the characters. It’s epic fiction of a sort without the massive complexity of GRR Martin’s A song of Ice and Fire. You can actually follow the characters.
Much like with other books that end a series, I felt both eager and sad for the resolution to come. For me, it’s hard for any author to end a series well–no matter who they are and how much I enjoyed what came before.This conclusion to the series moved along at a faster pace than the books that preceded it. On that note, some new characters introduced in this book may seem less developed or as accessible. But I still strongly recommend it and the entire series as very well written, readable and entertaining.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Endgame-book-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B01N5AKBU6
Endgame is also available as part of a bundle for the series – and a small selection of Nicholas’s other books.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA
Connect to Nicholas via his website: http://nicholasrossis.me/
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