I received a Tweet just the other day, telling me a reader on the other side of the world had read, enjoyed, and written a review on amazon.in. I share it below:
“It is rare to come across a book in historical times that depicts the language and people of that time as perfectly as Deborah Bowman’s book does. She has thoroughly researched the history, language, people of the mid 16th century before writing Annie’s story. Annie is not your ordinary girl, she is blessed with a gift. Have you ever felt like deja-vu? Take it a notch higher, Annie is a strong woman, little and soft but strong at heart. Losing her parents and being brought up by her grandmother alone are not the only things we feel for Annie. The times of 16th century America was not as soft for a woman. Deborah Bowman takes us on a journey to the world we do not often encounter. Nowadays it is more about YA novels set in today’s time or fantasy lands. I love how Deborah Bowman chose such a vivid topic and place to write about. Annie’s simple heart, pure courage, her love for nature, care for animals and all things alike will make you think.
“No matter the troubles and problems life throws your way, you can still rise above it and live. Make way and in turn guide others.”
I am lucky to have read a story with such a different style of writing. If you love historical stories with surprises and twists with genuine reasons, you will love it for sure!”
Thank you so much! Annie is happy to have spent time with you.–Deborah A. Bowman
JUST TODAY, I FOUND THIS AMAZING 5-STAR REVIEW ON MY LATEST BOOK, JUST RELEASED THIS YEAR, “ANNIE’S STORY, BLESSED WITH A GIFT”
THANK YOU “Dimmy,” an amazon book reviewer, you captured the essence of my character “Annie” perfectly! My smile is blended with tears of gratitude…
“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. Deborah 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.”
Available on amazon.com (Kindle and 6×9 softcover) B01N9NRYMU
I hope you will read and fall in love with Annie, too!
Based on a hypnotic past-life regression of the author, Deborah A. Bowman
I want thank everyone that has responded for the first-edition, pre-launch, signed copies of “Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift.” I’ve done the final edit and had it proofread. Layout will be done this week. Reserved copies are $20.00 with a portion of the proceeds going to numerous nonprofit organizations to help women and children. Please respond to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your reservations! It pleases Annie so verra’, verra’ much!
Please watch the video of me speaking about the significance to the modern world that Annie brings to us all…
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.
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 readingwhere 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.
Between you and I, my family also has such “gifts” in our background, which by-the-way is heavily Scottish and Welsh.
Of course, I will be sending the rest of the book for her to read, Sections II-VI. I hope to have the book finished and published by July/August 2016. I have about two Sections and The Epilogue to complete. –Deborah A. Bowman, Author
Gone are the days of yesteryear.
Gone are smiles, miles, tears and fears.
We of the present can learn from history.
Those of the future will fulfill our destiny.
The past comes alive as sins and wins are repeated.
Triumphs are heralded; Foes are defeated.
If only we could stop the challenges.
If only we could heighten the balances.
It makes me wonder as I ponder,
If all on earth have wandered
These paths before in yesteryear
And have returned with our hopes and fears.
History repeats itself,
But we remain ourselves
Through thick and thin, but in different skins.
Reacting the same way as we begin
Lifetimes in new bodies, when we are given
A chance to redeem our numerous sins
Or spread truth and love, strong and sage,
As we enter life in a future age.
Will I live again
Or is this the end?