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Happy Christmas Giveaway

As Christmas is the time of joy and giving, here’s my special contribution for all my readers! Some of you may have received a new Kindle device, so I hope that my Free Download and Christmas Book Giveaway “The Magical Garden” – A photographic Journey  – with well over 100 colour photos and inspiring excerpts and quotes from the cozy mystery novel “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” – may delight you! So come an visit me in my secret garden at the tip of Africa, in Noordhoek – the place that wasn’t even on the map some 20 years ago!




Landscape Photography

The magic mystery novel  ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’  – pronounced ‘pew-pew’ – initially included an abundance of photos taken by the author. Landscape photography. Animal Photography. Bird photos. Insect photography. . .  you name it! The idea was to complement the magical landscape in the reader’s mind by visually introducing the real landscape of the Western Cape coast of South Africa.

Just about 30 km south of one of the world’s top tourist attractions, the bustling garden-city of Cape Town, and encapsulated by high mountain ranges and the Atlantic Ocean, it forms part of the ‘richest floral kingdom in the world’ . Its unique flora of fynbos, proteas, ericas and restios abounds with a wealth of wildlife including birds, insects, lizards, frogs, snakes, lynx and many other animals. Known as one of the 34 biodiversity ‘hot spots’ in the world, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

Unfortunately, including all these color pictures would have made the book prohibitive to buy, even in digital format. With Christmas coming up and many asking for my photos, we decided to add a COMPANION that our readers could download and refer to and enjoy while they were reading. The link is right in the ebook and will soon be integrated into the paperback version as well. Clearly structured in 12 chapters, it is the perfect document for parents, educators and librarians who work through the book with teens, young adults and other study groups.

It is also a wonderful addition for book discussions in Book Clubs.

Of course, YOU may not yet have read ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ , so this tour of the Magic Garden may whet your appetite for more of Piu Piu’s ‘Dance Between Worlds’.


Happy holidays and ‘happy reading’!



New Mystery Book Review 2016

Magical Writing – Mystical Journey

“The Immortal Life of Piu Piu is not my usual kind of book. It was recommended by a friend, and frankly, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I’m not a magical, mystical, kind of guy, but what grabbed from the first page was the writing. It is nothing short of brilliant. Like the cover illustration. I found myself floating along on the most magical thing in the book: the prose. There was enough mystery to keep me going, but the language and images painted by Ms. Gubalke made the journey worth while. I will read her work again. I would love to see something more in the here and now, but hey I’m a Robert B Parker fan! lol Great stuff, give it a try, you will be as delighted as I was.”

~ By In Search for Melody, Wit & Wisdom

5 Star Review published on on 10 December 2016

5 Star Book Review of "The Immortal Life of Piu Piu" on Amazon


About the Here and Now

“I’d like to see something in the here and now…” writes international bestselling ‘Diamonds & Cole’ author Micheal Maxwell, who ‘. . . was taught the beauty and majesty of the English language by Bob Dylan, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens and Leonard Cohen.

I love that . . . but:

What’s the HERE and NOW anyway?

Do you know? Do you know for sure? Really?

I’m wondering . . .

Is your here and now the same as that of someone who’s being evacuated in rebel-held Aleppo in that tragic place called Syria, right now, or that of their perhaps wiser relatives who fearlessly risked their lives to change the circumstances of their here . . . and now live in foreign countries, often neither speaking the language nor knowing the culture? Countries tied into the icy grip of winter now . . . magical for those who have warm homes and see the the falling snow flakes as a romantic backdrop to their glittering Christmas trees . . . bitter perhaps to others who chose a different reality and know that this incredible wealth – something that’s there, right in their eyes, bright and tempting – may just remain that: a ‘fairy tale’. Something they can only dream of?

Alas, one just never knows – right? The most significant cultures abound with myths, legends and . . . fairy tales. Think of Greece. Egypt. India. Ireland. The Mayas. The San. They are imprinted within us at a very young age. They teach us something . . . and that something – maybe a lesson, perhaps a never-known fear – are suddenly woven into the fabric of our being. Would we be the same person without them?

So how much does our here and now depend on the place and time of our birth, the environment we were born into, the family, culture, religion, language, myths and legends? And fairy tales? And how much does this specific here and now not only shape but determine our development, growth, perception and thought? All of which in turn influences our entire species!

Would you be the same individual if your gender, place and time of birth and especially your environment – be it Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Buddhist to name just a few – had been different?

I don’t think so. I’m always looking for what connects us at the end of the day, the simple common denominator. And this always leads – in one way or another – to FEAR and LOVE!

Most of us agree that there is a Higher Consciousness, an unfathomable creative force that flows through all that is – a plant, a wave, an animal, a stone, and us. And most of us agree that it has direction, it moves and changes constantly. and that nothing is random or coincidental.It is no accident that we are who we are right here and now. It was meant to be – by choice. Our own choice. Our own purpose on our evolutionary path.

I agree with Stephen Hawkins, in his recent article that the brain may well be a computer that dies when we die. Yes, our physical form dies. That’s clear enough and just part of the natural cycle of coming and going, the divine ‘Dance Between Worlds’ as I call it in my trilogy.

But here’s where I disagree: We are not our brains! Definitely NOT! Today, our heart is considered by many as the most important organ as far as our body is concerned, and then: Our true essence goes far beyond our brain and physical shape; spiritual Masters and ancient texts do agree on that. Who in the here and now would disagree that true healing goes well beyond what we ‘see’? Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – author of the highly esteemed scientific work “Metamorphosis of Plants” in 1788 – said, that there’s more between heaven and earth than meets the eye!  The fact that we don’t ‘see’ that other realm with our eyes doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist! Besides, it’s not even clear what we actually see in the here and now with our normal eyes! Here’s the official explanation from How the eye works:

The lens focuses light through the vitreous humor, a clear gel-like substance that fills the back of the eye and supports the retina. The retina receives the image that the cornea focuses through the eye’s internal lens and transforms this image into electrical impulses that are carried by the optic nerve to the brain.”

Light comes in and transforms . . . and what is light? Energy – not? Do you understand what I mean? This is a wide and wildly interesting field and may be a topic for a future discussion.

Now think about it: Essentially, we’re energy. Everything is energy. Energy does not die. It transforms. We see it in Nature. We see, sense and feel it everywhere. While the perception of an ‘afterlife’ may not resonate with everyone, it does with a huge part of the human species on this planet, and it always has . . . Perhaps, we’ll give it another name one day. From what I understand or sense, there’s no AFTER anyway as everything happens in the NOW and in a parallel way. It doesn’t matter. We know what is meant and where this understanding comes from in a physical world where space (= here) and time (= now) matter.

Let’s wait for the next dimension to unfold within the confinement of our limited understanding . . . 

I do understand that, for some people, the fear of death triggers and drives a kind of wishful thinking as far as the ‘afterlife’ is concerned, but I believe that the far majority has an inner knowing – not only a belief; it goes much deeper than that, rather like a very old memory – that we, as anything else in life, we come and go. We transform. We change the frequency, the vibration. Another channel of existence, if you will! We shift from moment to moment! There are no limits to our existence. You and I, we are boundless ‘possibility waves’. That’s just how it is. Divine and perfect. There’s nothing to fear!

At the end of the day there’s only ONE choice: FEAR or LOVE. You choose!

“MAGIC, MYSTERY, IMMORTALITY – What You Are The Vibration Of, Appears!”

~ Quote from ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ by Bianca Gubalke