Please let me know who would like to reserve a copy of this book for the Signed, Limited-Edition Pre-launch. I will be getting back with everyone after August 7th with the particulars.
Getting down to the end of final corrections and rewrites for Annie’s Book, Blessed With a Gift, I can see the end in sight, but how do I stop the tears? Will they be happy or sad tears? Does it matter?
Yes, I suppose it does. You’ll just have to read it to find out. Information on how you can get a copy due to be posted by August. Wish me and Annie luck, love and laughter.We’re both gonna need it.
Deborah A. Bowman, author
Annie comes from the past, but will live forever in your hearts.
Annie Doll on my desk.
Annie’s from mid-1600s America. She is Blessed With A Gift or is she cursed? How do you know for sure? I think her love for animals says much about her love for everything.
Read about the treatment of children and women in The British Colonies. You may not be prepared for the treatment of children born with birth defects. ‘Twas sad, when wee Annie had so much love and healing to give. But what if she is misunderstood? Superstition ruled the land, but who ruled the people, especially during the 19 years when England, Scotland, and France were involved in an atrocious civil war. The colonies were forsaken. Turmoil ruled. The documented history you probably weren’t taught in grade school. Can Annie be saved when everyone loves her? Is love enough? I truly hope so.
Annie lived 40-50 years prior to the Witch Hysteria. Annie should be safe, but …
Enjoy Annie’s happiness and spirit as a healer and herbalist. She’s a happy little girl. She’s a savant and a telepathic receiver, and above average in some aspects of her life, but she canna’ count or read. Annie is special.
Deborah A. Bowman.
Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift
I have just started a second beta reader on my upcoming book–Historical Fiction Based On Fact, Past-Life Hypnotic Regression. I wanted to share what my reader, who had asked me to beta read the book after seeing my last blog on “Annie”. This is what she had to say after reading just the first two small chapters where Annie’s parents die of the dreaded fever prevalent in early Colonial America:
OK, they died and passed to another dimension…got that. Don’t leave me hanging; what’s next?!?
Obviously I am hooked. And that is not easy because from all my years proofreading, grammatical errors, etc., become very distracting to me. Your writing has none of those. Plus it reads fast ( if you know what I mean). I hate reading where I have to stop and focus on every single word.
Frankly, I am picky about what fiction I read and I find yours intriguing. Your characters are beautifully brought to life (which you promptly killed-off) without excess verbiage — kudos.
You made me cry. Not because she died but understanding the utter despair he must have felt conscious enough to ken what was coming.
Just last week a wonderful new friend I’ve made on WordPress, www.susieshy45.wordpress.com (You should visit her site!) agreed to be a Beta Reader for my upcoming book, Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift. I sent her the beginning, which includes the Foreword, Glossary, and first two sections–10 chapters. I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for her well-written and encouraging email. I have lots more to send her to read, as soon as I can get all the corrections done…an editor’s work is never done…
Anyway, thank you Susie, and here’s what she had to say about “Annie”:
I am so thankful and overwhelmed by the helpful comments and suggestions I received on my blog, facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and emails regarding the cover for my book, “Annie’s Story: Blessed With A Gift.” This has been a difficult task for me because in many ways, I am Annie. Therefore, I’m way too close to be objective.
This is a version of the very first cover and a dozen tries later I have come back to it because it shows what Annie sees and how her mind works.
From the FOREWORD:
“… Annie was mentally slow, stunted in growth, and lacking in social and emotional development… Annie couldn’t read or write, … but … was an incredible savant, reciting songs, rhymes, recipes, and medicinal incantations… She was a natural [telepathic and white light] healer, blessed with a special gift from the Spiritual Universe.”
Coming in early 2016, I will share precious Annie with all of you.
Deborah A. Bowman, author
I hope to get some comments on both covers to help me decide which is the right look.
Feel free to contact me at email@example.com with suggestions and if you want more information about the book, which should be available early in 2016, or add a comment to this posting.
I know I have wonderful friends and fellow bloggers who will give me creative feedback.
Thanks! Deborah A. Bowman
You might call Iris a supporting character or a bit player in a movie, but she’s very important in wee Annie’s life of 1630, Lynn, Massachusetts. I want to introduce you to her. She has a story to tell all her own!
EXCERPT FROM “Annie’s Story: Blessed with a Gift” COMING SOON! “Annie’s Story” is about an unusual girl growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed with a Gift.” Copyrighted as a Work-In-Progress.
Granny had only released her darlin’ Annie for a few minutes to run outside to the small, fenced-in plot opposite the garden that kept the simpleton goat named Iris from eating all the precious medicinal herbs. T’was milk needed to nurse wee Annie back to health. The babe cried but little, while Iris had bleated loud and long as if scolding the old woman for leaving her unattended. Most days, the only conversations Granny had were with Iris, the dumb creature seeming to understand every word and remarking with strong opinion on every subject.
Did the elderly Widow Blackbain believe that Iris the goat could talk? Aye, she did. She heard the words clearly in her mind. Other members of The Clan may have thought Agnes a wee senile with her advanced years, but some would recall the ancient ways and respect Lugh, god of the animals, whom could bless any human or beast he chose with the gift of animal tongue and cognition. Granny believed she and Iris had been so blessed. The old goat and the old woman gossiped like two mature crones.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE EXCERPTS FROM “ANNIE’S STORY”