Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift (#1) by Deborah A. Bowman #BookReview @Bowmanauthor

 

The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” is based on life in Colonial Massachusetts from 1630 to 1648. Annie’s message is timeless. Her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” as we watch the treatment, abuse, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs in today’s modern society. 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 that 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.”

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Metaphysical
> Historical Fiction > Scottish
Books > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Metaphysical & Visionary
Series: #1
Length: 275 pages
Release date: 2017-01-02

 

Teaser


“Does the wee one yet breathe?” Frances blurted out.

Agnes reached down – she just couldna’ help it – and wrapped the small babe in The Blackbain Plaid, cuddlin’ the wee lassie in her arms. “She’s burnin’ up with fever!” Agnes exclaimed. “Why have ya’ taken her from the Mutha‘? Ya’ said James and Mary? This is my? Mine own…”

“Granddaughter,” Lachlan finished for her.

The vision Agnes had seen a mere thread of, less than a minute before, came back to her full-force and crystal clear. She saw and recognized the two bodies in the soiled bed.

“Nay, naught my Mary!” she screamed. Lachlan grabbed The Tartan with the baby as Frances rushed forward to catch the old woman and ease her down to the packed earthen floor.


My Opinion

This book leads you back in time, introducing you to Agnes Blackbain and her granddaughter Annie.

With Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift, Deborah A. Bowman has written a story that will stay etched in your memory. It is a very unusual and captivating read, drawing you into Annie’s world. During a regression, Deborah A. Bowman encountered Annie – who then became a part of her. She carefully develops the story about Annie and the people around her, painting a clear picture of Annie and life in New England (1630 – 1648) while the story evolves. Annie is likeable, complex, and hopeful. The story comprises historical elements (among others the Puritans, Salem, witches); it has a steady pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow. I have been keeping my fingers crossed – hoping the best for Annie – sometimes smiling, sometimes having to cry.

This is a book for you if you like historical fiction, the metaphysical, food for thought, and if you like intense female characters.

A sequel has been announced and – I am looking forward to reading it.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Dark, hopeful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Deborah has a 20+-year history as well as formal education in writing, editing, proofreading, and publishing. She believes strongly in helping first-time and seasoned writers alike create quality books and eBooks at clasidconsultantspublishing.com. She does free reviews and critiques. “Books are timeless; readers are forever.”

Deborah has various upcoming projects, but is always happy to hear from you and connect on social media.

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Amazon:  Deborah Bowman
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bxqZRJ

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift?  Or – if you did not yet read Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Stroke of Fear! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #1) by Deborah A. Bowman

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The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

THIS BOOK IS AGE APPROPRIATE FOR “TWEENS”, TEENS, YOUNG ADULTS AND ADULTS INTERESTED IN THE PARANORMAL.

STROKE OF FEAR! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series) starts off with a bang! Denise Ryder is in the midst of a gruesome car accident. She’s thrown against the door, pitched to the floor, twisted upside-down, falling, as she claws her way out of a shattered window. She hears loud crashes, hysterical screams, screeching metal, and the voices of two dear friends. Her stomach heaves, and she’s choking, gagging, can’t breathe! Blood is everywhere.
10 YEARS LATER: Pleasant memories of her childhood. She grins at the antics of the two sisters, different as night and day. Denny is just waking up from a soothing, happy dream. She’s had “dreams come true” since she was a child. Sounds like a fairy tale, right? Wrong! It’s her nightmares from that come to life! Yet, she does everything in her power to deny the images.
Denny becomes embroiled in a missing child investigation. When a dream shows her where the boy is, she won’t let herself believe it. A twist of fate reveals that the dream “could” be true. She’s scared, but relieved that she can take action based on fact. She meets Detective Ted Collins, an investigator who doesn’t scoff at the paranormal. The two of them use facts, clues, and intuitive visions to piece the case together. Will they be able to save Jeremy?
A new piece of evidence pulls Denny into another horrific dream. She fears she’s had an out-of-body experience where she meets the psychopathic serial killer who feeds on the blood of innocent children. Denny isn’t even sure whether she believes in astral projection or not, but somehow she becomes caught between the dreamscape and reality. She knows she can’t be both places at the same time. Where does she go from here, and what about Jeremy?

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Metaphysical & Visionary
Series: Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #1
Length: 65 pages
Release date: 2013-12-14

 

Teaser


Sometimes it startles me so much, I wake up. Sometimes I go back to sleep and forget it. That is, until I see it again or hear about it – days, weeks, or even months later. That’s the difference. These dreams are real! They come true! Why me?


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Denny Ryder and her gift and/or curse.

With Stroke of Fear!, Deborah A. Bowman has started a quite intriguing paranormal crime series. It is an unusual and compelling read, drawing you into Denny’s world. Deborah A. Bowman paints a clear picture of Denny’s mind while the story evolves. Denny is likeable, complex, and visibly suffering from what she has to experience during her visions. The story begins with a flashback to provide the reader with a solid background; it has a steady pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow. I kept my fingers crossed, hoping that Denny and Detective Ted Collins would capture the culprit.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy and paranormal crime series in novella format, and if you like female characters with a mission.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Dark, suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense; Denny’s thoughts: first person – present tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Stroke of Fear!?  Or – if you did not yet read Stroke of Fear! – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Capering on Glass Bridges (The Hawk of Stone Duology, #1) by Jessica Hernandez

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The Utdrendans have spoken, and everything has changed as a consequence. People normally avoid the fog surrounding the cursed Kingdom of Mar, but now they are asking sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone to venture into it. The Utdrendans implied that there is something special about Kaia. They claimed that she could help free the land; she need only carry out their instructions and deliver a message to the Marian king.

Mar, however, is a land in which dark secrets abound, and many will stop at nothing to ensure that it remains forever cursed. Determined to work against Kaia, unfriendly forces have already begun to gather.

Will Kaia choose to abandon the only life she’s ever known—perhaps indefinitely—in pursuit of the greater good…in pursuit of her purpose?

Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Fantasy
Series: The Hawk of Stone Duology, #1
Length: 278 pages
Release date: 2015-08-21

 

Teaser


One of Kaia’s earliest memories starred the creature standing before her. Believing it to be a flower, she had picked one up as a child. When she did, what she had confused for a spiraled stem started to unravel, revealing two thin legs; what she had mistaken for stamen began to fuse together, giving shape to a thin elongated beak; with a quiver, the bulb showed itself to be a small – disproportionately so – body; and what she had identified as petals turned out to be…


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Kaia Stone and her family. A strange request sends her to the Kingdom of Mar.

With Capering on Glass Bridges, Jessica Hernandez has created a quite intriguing fantasy story. It is an unusual and compelling read, drawing you into the world of Acu. Jessica Hernandez paints a clear picture of Kaia’s mind while the story evolves. Kaia is very likeable, she is of sufficient depth, this also applies to the other characters – depending on their relevance. The story begins slowly to provide the reader with a solid background; it soon takes on a faster pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy and adventure, and if you like stronger female characters.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, dark
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Hello, everyone! My name is Jessica. Pleasure to make your acquaintance. 🙂 Allow me to share a bit about myself with you. I was born and raised in the beautiful, sunny state of Florida. I attended the University of Miami, where I spent more time than I care to admit daydreaming of a faraway land called Acu. Upon graduating with a degree in English and Political Science in 2014, I put pen to paper and brought Acu to life—so was born the Hawk of Stone duology.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Capering on Glass Bridges?  Or – if you did not yet read Capering on Glass Bridges – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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