Cover for Pre-Launch Collectible Edition of “Annie’s Story, Blessed With a Gift” It’s on order for those of you with reservations. And thanks again, so much!

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Annie is Done. What do I do now? I have no words … “Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” (sequel in 2017)

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A painting by my mother, an incredible artist (oil painting 18×24-inch on canvas). The forest is integral to Annie, who is based on a past-life regression. In essence, I am Annie!
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Annie lives in her own world. She talks to the animals and faeries. Quoted from ANNIE’S STORY: BLESSED WITH A GIFT–“Annie is an enigma.”

Floating in the Air

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Floating in the Air

I’m floating in the air

I shouldn’t have a care

But somehow I’m odd and misplaced

I know my mouth is located on my face

But the sound of my voice comes back to me

From some other place in the room or echoed back from the ceiling

I wonder what this vertigo means; what the dizziness is revealing

I just can’t explain how I feel …

Disconnected, adrift,  lost, unreal…

Free falling…

My inadequacies extolling…

Where do I belong?

When did I go wrong?

The dream becomes the nightmare

Beware … Beware … Beware…

Sometimes it isn’t carefree

Sometimes you just can’t see

When you don’t have a care in the world

Sometimes, it’s Terror!

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Acclaim for “Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift”

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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.

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
 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Fiction or Salvation For The Future?

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I have been sending little excerpts from my  upcoming book, “Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” and sharing some wonderful comments from my Beta Reader, www.wordpress/SusieShy.com Please check out Susie’s blog. She is an amazing young woman that has much to say and knows how to say it.

Today I want to share my latest communication with her and my response. Susie showed me something about myself that I didn’t even realize, but more importantly why this Historical Fiction Book based on fact is timely for the future, not just knowledge of the past.

Thank you, Susie, for letting me see the forest, instead of just the trees.

Comment on unfinished Section VI, Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift:

Debbie, 

Read this section and am left with anticipation of what comes next. How pitiful were the lives of people who do not look, speak, talk, think like others do. And the majority or the strong take it on themselves to purge society of those who are different- Hitler a case in example. In modern parlance perhaps would take the form of bullying – school bullying, bullying at home, bullying of wives by husbands and of animals by humans- everywhere the perpetrator seems to be a human, who thinks himself superior to others. Things have not changed much in the 21st century from what it was in the 17th. 

 I am glad Annie had her grandma and Janie to look out for her. 

I can just understand the torture you go through when you see lives as they were lived during those times and especially when you know now, that there was really nothing extraordinary about the ones they thought different. A little more sensitivity, love, care for nature or for others was all these ” weak”  different people exhibited and for that they were often physically tortured.

Susie

Deborah A. Bowman’s Response and Epiphany:

Susie,

You have so much wisdom and understanding of the Universe. I am always so humbled by your comments. I almost waited before sending you these few chapters because they were so bleak and feared you would be upset by them, but I wanted to share with you the reality of my research, which you are so right, mirrors the atrocities of our modern society. We watch in tears and sadness or close our eyes to the truth. Either way, the human experience is denied the reality from which we learn and evolve.

History, unfortunately, does repeat itself. Somehow humankind never learns, even with a loving God watching over us. Yet, we are blessed if we but reach out with our love, but we can only change one person–our own self, our own reflection.

You have shown me why I am so driven to finish this story. It’s not a synopsis to inform what history has taught us, but rather that history has remained the same. You have given me much to ponder and even more fortitude to share Annie’s love and shining spirit with the world, so needed for the future. Will it make a difference? Probably not, but each life Annie touches has a chance to contemplate, believe, redeem…or naught.

I respectfully ask you again in loving kindness if I may share your words on my blog. We are but two lone voices in the dark, but Annie’s message is timeless.

Thank you, Deborah

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Annie, a dwarfed, mentally slow, white light healer in Colonial America in the mid-1600s

Writing is My Game–Editing and Mentoring My Fame

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My Annie Doll, Computer, Kindle, Glasses, Flash Drive, and Keyboard

This is where the magic begins, blends, comes together, and ends

I take no blame and express no shame

In the fact that Annie’s existence has inspired me with no resistance.

This is where the characters come alive and strive

To capture my attention and create an intervention

They cry, laugh, giggle and speak to compete

With all the books waiting to be complete

They seek meaning and life through my acting and reacting

The doll’s name is Annie and she is Blessed With a Gift

Due to be released this year

Annie will share her fears and tears

Her love, happiness, and sadness

But most of all, she wants to share her love

Blessed With A Gift of white light healing

She gives her life and her strife

As a child, mother and wife

It’s so sad she will never hold her daughter

But she will live on in verse and historical fiction

Annie is the character who caused the most friction

Her voice will be heard…

In my story and my words…

God Bless Annie from the mid-1600s

In a Colonial America

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I Know It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and The Luck of the Irish to Ya!, But I Just Couldn’t Wait to Post This Comment on My Upcoming Book!

 

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Annie lives in her own world. She talks to the animals and faeries. Quoted from ANNIE’S STORY: BLESSED WITH A GIFT–“Annie is an enigma.”

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”:

Hi Debbie,

I read through the entire manuscript you sent me in one sitting- it was nail-bitingly, fiercely addictive and I could not put it down, till I finished and when I did I was left wanting to know Hannah’s story and Granny’s story and whether Annie made it to adulthood. It is haunting and I need to get the rest of it.
You have given meanings of old English ?/Scottish words in the beginning and also mentioned a few word meanings in brackets in the first couple of chapters. It was very helpful for me as a reader to not have to go to the dictionary at the beginning of the book to understand words, not mentioned in it but in the text -I loved it.
The story is wonderful and honestly if one is looking for a historic fiction- that this is not. It is very scientifically written, so it makes it more believable for a scientifically minded person and he/she will not critique the book saying this is pure imagination- There is a logic in the sequences of the book and I could very well believe that all these instances had really happened in some human being’s life at some point.
I have recently completed a course conducted by the Harvard university on English poems from different time periods – early Puritan- then early 18th century, modern and so on. This story is so similar to the lives of the Puritan women who we studied in the almost related time period. I can still hear my lecturer standing in the chapel of Harvard College and reading some of those classic poems. The language you use, is similar in texture not in actual words as the language of those times, because I think you use ancient Gaelic and they used Puritan English.
I loved this book and I want to read more. When I have read the entire manuscript, I hope to have some constructive criticism ready.
Till such time, I remain waiting for the next installment of your book, to appease my searching soul. 🙂
God bless ! A creative person has been personally blessed by God and I think you are truly blessed.
Keep writing, we need to read your work !
Best regards, and lots of love,
Susie
Thank you, Susie. It brought tears to my eyes!–Deborah A. Bowman