Born With Wings Editorial Review

What Readers Say . . .

If YOU have ever written a book, a novella, even a poem, nothing is more humbling and inspiring than when a reader loves and understands the book, the story or mission you – as the author – put out there into the big wide world, pouring into it your heart, energy, your soul, your time and your money!

Born with Wings Novel by Bianca Gubalke

Writing a book is already quite an achievement. According to estimates almost everyone feels a book inside, but – despite the fact that millions of books are being published each year, it’s still only 1% (if I remember correctly), who actually have the guts to do it! It’s not only a major task in the physical sense, meaning the concentration, time, effort, discipline, planning, and yes: COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE it takes, but there’s also an emotional element that cannot be ignored. All those self-defeating thoughts and fears: Am I good enough? Who’d be interested to read my story when there are so many others out there…? You get the drift… It’s daunting, at least if it’s your very first book, which is not my case, but it still is impressive . . . just as a new audience is ALWAYS impressive, daunting and also exhilarating for an actor on stage.  But then publishing and marketing it are both another enormous stretch, with costly traps and pitfalls all along the way. Everywhere. Especially if you don’t live in the USA. Especially if your exchange rate is crippling and well… restrictive.  And who can you trust today, anyway?

Hence receiving a great positive editorial review is like a thundering ovation with bright bouquets of flowers flying through the air for a solitary actor on stage . . . I know, I’ve been there . . . giving you the strength to keep going, keep improving, until . . . The editorial review that follows was such a moment! Please enjoy and comment . . . and even better, why not get the book and lose yourself within it, too? WOW, it took courage to even say that . . . but just click on the images and have a great mystical journey into your own Self! 

What Readers say about Bianca Gubalke Author

Bianca Gubalke has written a brilliant 5 Star novel destined to brighten the Silver Screen as a Classic Literary Creation

The Immortal Life of Piu Piu: A Magical Journey Exploring the Mystery of Life after Death (Dance Between Worlds Book 1), Bianca Gubalke, the author, is a fascinating person with intense interests in nature and philosophy, as well as theology, and a deep understanding of what is termed ‘Magic Realism’.

With “BORN WITH WINGS – The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” Bianca set out to write a story about nature and the natural world, revolving around the life of the main protagonist, an Egyptian ‘Anatidae’ gosling, that was found by a little girl named Pippa, and her tomcat, in a luscious garden in South Africa. They named the gosling ‘Piu Piu’. As their journey together begins, it takes the reader into a magical realm where the interconnectedness of life, death and rebirth are explored.

The beautiful cover is attractively designed to reflect the mystical treat awaiting the reader within the pages of this book. No errors of omission or commission were observed; spelling and grammar are excellent. The formatting of the book is excellent and enhanced by a generous photo-companion that highlights the meanings of particular passages.

The depth of the writing, and its power, are evident. The reader feels a strong element of spirituality and realism running like a vibrant thread through the tale, carrying him or her to new dimensions where reality seamlessly merges into metaphysics and an alternative magical reality. Even a die-hard skeptic like me, with no belief in the abstruse concept of an afterlife, was compelled to reconsider my beliefs and reserve judgement about the purpose of the very existence of every living being. This book will cause every reader to reflect on whether life is just a spontaneous spark in the canvas of time, giving life to inert molecules comprising matter, or has the spark of life been ignited as part of a celestial plan to give meaning and experience to existence as a whole? Bianca knows!

The story of Pippa and the ‘Immortal Piu Piu’ – who were one with the universe even before they were born – is stunningly riveting. Piu Piu was born to experience a life of her own choice – a life where she could explore the primeval flavor of the universe as it expands into the consciousness that pervades even the beings we do not associate with the power of expression or understanding. Pippa’s intriguing relationship with the tomcat, the death of a hen killed by a mongoose, Pippa’s song as sung by her mother in keeping with the ancient culture of the land, as well as little Piu Piu’s growth into a radiant goose sheltered by her new family, are exhilarating and mind-blowing events in this tale. An undercurrent of mysticism runs through the story, touching hitherto unfathomed chords of a kind of magical consciousness in the minds of the reader. Questions like ‘Are we really what we are?’ and ‘Does my life really have a purpose other than living it to its inevitable end?’ whirl through one’s mind. Each event seamlessly merges with the next, adding new dimensions of philosophical reflection that continue to expand the reader’s consciousness by leaps and bounds.

A quote from the book I particularly liked because it added new meaning to the very purpose of creation, was: “Nothing could stop life from breaking barriers on its mission to create, to expand and to thrive”.

Avoiding any spoilers, I award this beautiful and heart-touching literary creation a resounding 5 Stars, and will look forward to this sparkling author’s next book!

~ By Deepak Menon – 5 Star Review published on Amazon.com

on 2 June 2017

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Author Micheal Maxwell

Book Review 2017 by Bianca Gubalke

“All is right with the world.” ~ Robert Browning

Nothing is right in the world of Dupree when he wakes up one morning, wishing to be dead. Nothing had worked out in his life the way he had planned, and, suddenly, willfully, after leaving home with a demanding wife and a maddening bunch of hyped teens in the morning, the successful lawyer turns ‘the opposite direction of work’ and, bit by bit, liberates himself of the chains that he had pulled behind him ‘like Marley’s Ghost’.

As he embarks on an inner journey of changing himself, the world around him changes. Resonates. Leaves people in tears: “I don’t know what to say.”

But Dupree takes it further. So strong is his desire to leave the past behind and see the world with new eyes, that he throws caution to the wind and, abandoning his luxury car, patiently, expectantly, waits at the side of the road for whoever stops and invites him to share a part of their journey towards the North.

This is where the real music of this soul-baring story begins. Where the floodgates to thoughts, emotions and laughter are opened with characters from all walks of life, reminiscent of those in Robert B. Parker’s popular Spenser series. And as Dupree moves further and further away from where he started out, the reader is becoming part of the journey, looking back while moving forward, gaining new insights and truths, and wondering how it could possibly end . . .

A fast and fascinating read that puts many things into perspective. Don’t miss it!

Dara & Dupreee by Author Micheal Maxwell

 

About Mystery Fiction

It may be easy enough to spot an element of ‘mystery’ within a story or piece of literature, many more genres – call it categories – are often involved.

Defining an exact genre is, in most cases, pretty self-explanatory when it comes to Non-fiction, however, it can be rather tricky and frustratingly limiting in Fiction.  While “DARA & DUPREE”  has been classified as ‘mystery fiction’, it contains a number of elements that point towards other genres, eg. romance.

The same is true for “BORN WITH WINGS”, my magical realism fiction novel,  which is highly spiritual, visionary, mystical . . . and a mystery is being solved, too. And what a mystery!

Micheal Maxwell Author

For those of you who are interested in ‘clean’ mystery fiction, here is how the author introduces himself: “Micheal Maxwell was taught the beauty and majesty of the English language by Bob Dylan, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens and Leonard Cohen. He has traveled the globe, dined with politicians, rock stars and beggars. He has rubbed shoulders with priests and murderers, surgeons and drug dealers, each one giving him a part of themselves that will live again in the pages of his books. Micheal Maxwell has found a niche in the mystery, suspense, genre with The Cole Sage Series that gives readers an everyman hero, short on vices, long on compassion, and a sense of fair play, and the willingness to risk everything to right wrongs. Maxwell is committed to writing a clean, character driven, mysteries series with lots of twist, turns, and heart.”

 

BORN WITH WINGS 2017

The Immortal Life of Piu Piu Second Edition

Finally, the Second Edition of my magical realism novel is now available on KDP (ebook) and, published by Gatekeeper Press, USA, also in printed format, at all major retailers, including Amazon.com and Amazon Europe; Baker & Taylor (a leading distributor of books to libraries, institutions and retailers); Barnes & Noble, the Internet’s largest bookstore; Ingram Spark, the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital content, delivering worldwide to retailers, bookstores, libraries and school.  And more. YAY!

Born with Wings Novel by Bianca Gubalke

 

Why a Second Edition for ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’?

Good question! Was there some major change with the content? No! Actually, looking back across the tedious process, it was a major side effect – and lesson – for working my way through the publishing jungle as an independent author, made even more difficult as I am not living in the US. Many things that may seem obvious when living in the country, are not obvious at all if you don’t. There’s no access to get answers quickly when you need them, hardly any ‘expert’ available beyond the programs you bought (it is assumed there are no further questions …), and so even though we try to circumnavigate the traps and try to get it all right, the journey is – by definition – a steep and, sometimes, painful, costly, and vastly time-consuming learning curve!

I was very happy with the book I had created, and the feedback and reviews I got from readers – many of which I didn’t know – reflected the same. In view of what happened and triggered a second edition – and I give you some pointers below – I’d recommend to every real true ‘indie author by passion’ with a profound message to share, to create exactly the book they love. Make sure it’s the best you can do: well edited – absolutely! Great cover – that’s a must! I’m talking quality A to Z. But then . . .  just get it out! It’s your baby! Readers who resonate with you will sense just that: your truth! Let it shine and be happy! And be grateful that – as an independent author – you have that exquisite chance! As a traditionally published author you don’t have that chance – it’s no longer your baby.

And know that that happiness may not last as there’s always room for improvement. We grow. We expand. We change . . . there’s never perfection. So just get over that in your mind, relax, and open yourself to new possibilities of improvement when the moment comes, that moment every author has to face inevitably: when the happy author’s hat has to go down and the publisher’s hat takes over. After all, you want that message so dear to your heart, to spread. You want to see your book in many readers’ hands. So now it’s no longer about you and your sense of pride and fulfillment, now it’s about your readers: What do they want? Listen closely – as despite the fact that you may have listened before, it was as the author, not the publisher.

Of course, in this particular case I’m talking about fiction. If you write non-fiction, you need to think of your target market first: What do they want? Where could you deliver the answer or the solution to a burning question? A pain? So one has to differentiate. Here, we’re talking about fiction. Visionary fiction. Magical Realism . . . to be exact.

So despite trying to really get it right, there was one big issue that came up rather quickly and painfully. My previous work has been published traditionally – whether I wrote, illustrated or designed the book. I never had to do with pricing and marketing issues so to speak. No wonder this happened to me – although later I discovered I wasn’t alone with this at all! So let me mention it here as it may help someone else avoid the mistake:

  • Watch your page count
    It sounds pretty logical, doesn’t it? In pre-digital times I designed books for authors, artists and architects, where ‘the white space’ was always an important element. Pages had to ‘breathe’. Ah yes, l’art pour l’art . . . Having a background in Fine Art, I admit, I love it! And that’s how the book was designed – all 358 pages! As any other artist-author would, I put my heart in creating a beautiful book and was very happy with the printed edition, front flaps, back flaps – that was my baby! But then I walked out into the new and glamorous, fast and easy digital publishing world . . .No, it was no problem as an ebook . . . perfect! Next: it was no problem in Create Space (Print on Demand). They are great! Delivered the book even under 24 hours to a client in Berlin! Incredible – right? And very encouraging! Piu Piu started to fly . . .
    But once I was set up with Ingram, using the same price as on Create Space (quite logical, no? as the price was also for POD there . . . ) but, suddenly, it no longer covered the production and distribution costs of the book! I lost some $ when the book was bought! And with our exchange rate x16 plus that was nothing that made me laugh at all! And as Create Space adjusted the price due to price-matching – that priced me out of the market pronto! Once I realized what was happening – which wasn’t immediately – it was such a shocker that it completely stopped the flow. Literally! It would with everyone – garanteed! I mean GARANTEED!The solution: either split the book or redesign and reformat it with a different font. This was not a quick decision . . . weighing the pros and the cons. And what followed wasn’t done in a day neither. However, the idea for a Second Edition was born. And as I had to go that painful extra mile anyway – a ‘brave decision, but the right one’ a dear fellow author commented – I decided to go through everything once again, checking on what could possibly still be improved. And that’s when I got to the title!
  • The title sells your book
    Yes, the title “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” was tested and seemed perfect for me and most of my readers, but I soon noticed with sheer amazement that, during presentations and webinars when the book was discussed by a host or expert in the book marketing field, that they had a problem pronouncing ‘Piu Piu’ (from pew-pew)! I cannot expect that everyone knows that the name ‘Piu Piu’ is a cherished figure in French literature, and that I explain the source of this name clearly in the book, but the fact is that too many people in the US have problems with it, never mind retain it. What you do want is a title people can remember. Especially if you target the biggest market there is, the US. Yes, I tested it again . . . now with many people and authors who do not know the book. Most even don’t know me! So. . . after coming up with a new title I could live with, and feeling quite happy about as ” . . . born with wings yet unable to fly . . .”  is quoted in the story, the same cover illustration with the new title was designed and then offered to be compared to the ‘old’ title.
    The result? Well guess what . . . it was 100% for ‘BORN WITH WINGS’! 100% is just too much to be ignored . . . and for publishers the numbers count. BOLD is what the market dictates. . . and that’s when an author has to have the guts to forget self and see with the readers’ eyes.  It’s also when I suddenly remembered that when designing books for a large German publishing house, they actually always had a separate company to do the covers – ‘to sell the book’, they said. The author was NEVER happy! But as indie authors we have a message to share and want our book in many peoples’ hands. This only happens if the title stands out boldly and can easily be retained. But wait . . . I looked also at something else:
  • Was the description strong enough?
    Potential readers are attracted by the cover first, then read the title, then turn the book to look at the description: was it something that they’d want to read? You see it on Amazon with every book. As authors we are often too close to the material, we lack distance and a different perspective. And writing good copy that sells is actually a whole different art and profession. It’s a difficult one for most authors who are too close to the material. And it really takes work! But with some distance you’re less close to the material and if you take the time and patiently write at least 20 versions, and test them,  you may well end up with a fantastic description from an angle you had never thought of before. And that’s when you know it’s good. And it’s FUN! And it works!
    Looking back over this long and somewhat unnecessary journey, I believe that it was worth it as everything has improved and the reformatted book – now 236 pages – looks stunning! Amazing what a different page setup and font can do – and the impact this has on the price.
  • “BORN WITH WINGS – The Immortal Life of Piu Piu!”
  •  Resume:
    Again, I’m glad that a limited edition was printed exactly the way I wanted it. I love the illustration on the cover, the fine elegant font, and the title. No one can take it away. Do this for yourself if you can! The day you have to put on the publisher’s hat and listen to what people want and will buy, it’s easier to let go and make the changes. And accomplish them the best you can . . . even excel! . . . Something astonishing will happen: you suddenly see the merits from a different perspective! And, suddenly, you love your somewhat new version, too! It’s not an orphan . . . it’s your baby as well.

In my case and ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’, and while both editions are available on Amazon and KDP, my recommendation is to get BORN WITH WINGS! The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” is still there, in the sub-title, it will always be – and there’s an amazing gift waiting for you . . .

Healing the Eternal Soul

Book Review by Bianca Gubalke

In today’s chaotic and disruptive environment, more and more people feel inclined to stop searching their ultimate happiness and speedy gratification in perceived external values that always lead to some sort of boundary and frustration. Triggered by something negative happening in their lives – maybe a sudden accident, an addiction or an illness that no one seems to be able to cure, an inexplicable pain or phobia that just doesn’t seem to make sense but that, nevertheless, won’t go away, or a relentless pattern of pain and loss that seems to be repeating itself in their relationships – many people feel inclined to turn inside and try to find a bigger picture for their lives and, hidden within it, another possibility, another way that allows them to crash through their inhibiting physical limitations and explore a space of healing that lies beyond time and space . . . even beyond ‘the veil’.

Healing the Eternal Soul by Andy Tomlinson

 

Highly recommended for PLR Students

For anyone interested in metaphysical studies in general, and PLR (Past Life Regression) in particular, Andy Tomlinson’s non-fiction book “Healing the Eternal Soul”  is simply a must.

Starting out, it tells the fascinating story of how the author got onto his path and has followed it ever since. A collection of highly interesting case studies offer significant insights into how our ‘past’ affects our ‘present’, bearing in mind that ‘time’ only happens in the physical realm. When an illness or inexplicable fear can simply not be cured by our current ‘traditional’ methods, PLR offers a way to travel into a ‘past life’, right through the death experience, find the source that triggered the problem in that life, and heal the ensuing, unresolved, problem in the Now.

Based on his vast experience, the author not only shares a lot of knowledge but also offers wonderful assistance as far as the working with patients is concerned. Highly recommended for PLR students and anyone really interested in the subject matter. I am looking forward to reading Andy Tomlinson’s Exploring the Eternal Soul.”

 

Healing through Hypnosis

Crashing through one’s limitations and getting to the root of a pain or a phobia can be achieved through Past Life Regression. Dating back as far as the Upanishads in Ancient Indian literature, and pioneered in our more modern times by well-regarded academics in the medical field like psychiatrist Dr. Brian Weiss, and the founder of the Newton Institute, Dr. Michael Newton, to name a few who are also known in their capacities as teachers and trainers. Based on these giants, a new generation of specialists emerged, one being the psychotherapist Andy Tomlinson, the founder member of the Spiritual Regression Therapy Association, Norsk forbund for Regresjonterapi in Scandinavia, the Society for Medical Advance and Research with Regression Therapy, and the Earth Association of Regression Therapy.

And no! This has nothing to do with ‘religion’ or any cultural beliefs. It works its magic whether we ‘believe’ in it or not.

However, be warned! This journey into the deeper folds of your consciousness is not to be treated lightly; it can cast you into dramatic situations – such as in a life before this life… and not one you specifically enjoyed and where you may have died under traumatic circumstances . . . the memories of which may still be embedded in your current life and manifest themselves in forms of pain or phobias – situations, that are difficult to handle if you are alone and don’t know what or who you are dealing with. On the other hand, under the knowledgable care and guidance of an experienced professional past life regression therapist the insights can be mind-blowing, revelatory and life-changing, and the healing can be instant.

‘Born with Wings’ – the novel

I gave you the links to some of the most eminent teachers, trainers and practitioners today if you wish to take this topic further.  Note: Dr. Newton is retired now. But if you’d like to get the feel for it in a visionary fiction novel that gently guides you to find the key to YOUR eternal soul, you might consider my book: BORN WITH WINGS – The Immortal Life of Piu Piu. The brand-new edition was just released as an ebook on Amazon/KDP and will be available at all major retail outlets in the US as of next week. Yes – you can order it worldwide as from then!

Remember that you were born with wings – now learn to fly and join the ‘Dance between Worlds’! 

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