Author Quotes

 BORN WITH WINGS – Book Extract

“If you watch closely,” he said, “you will notice that they are looking for seeds that have little fleshy parts attached to them, the elaiosomes. These they carry into their nests to feed their babies. This is how seeds are dispersed underground. At some point in the future, when they know their time has come, they will germinate and grow.”

There was an appraising look in his eyes when he added: “As with many things of value in life, first they have to go through fire.”

She absorbed his words for a while, then asked: “Do plants know that their time is limited? I mean . . . that they die?”

Bending down to her, he gave her an enigmatic glance: “You have to become the plant if you want to uncover its soul.”

“How on earth would I do that,” she thought to herself, her eyelids fluttering under his stare.

What you are the vibration of, appears. What you are not the vibration of remains invisible to you. That’s the secret,” he said.

Born With Wings - Visionary Fiction Novel by Bianca Gubalke (2017)

Photo by Bianca Gubalke in May 2018: ‘Green Praying mantis’

Quoted from “Born with Wings – The Immortal Life of Piu Piu”
Visionary fiction novel by Bianca Gubalke

BORN WITH WINGS by Visionary Fiction Author Bianca Gubalke

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The Divine Comedy

BORN WITH WINGS REVIEWED

‘Fascinating, intuitive and daring, ‘Born with Wings’ by Bianca Gubalke is a ‘Divine Comedy’ leading us into the mysteries and magic of true spirituality.

5 Stars for Born With Wings by Bianca Gubalke

A book filed with light!

I highly enjoyed reading and happily recommend.

Now eagerly waiting for the author’s next book in the ‘Dance Between Worlds’ series.’

~ By Zo Nicholas – 5 Star Review published on Amazon.co.uk

on 30 November 2017

 

Readers Favorite 5 Stars - Born With Wings - A novel

Book reviews count

Thoughtful book reviews by independent readers are critical for a book to succeed – hence helping the author. On the other hand, they assist potential buyers who are looking for a book to buy and to read.

While not all tastes are equal – and it does happen that despite a clear category and an explicit description a buyer may still choose the wrong book for his taste – normally, readers focus on the categories they generally prefer. Once they are attracted to one or the other book, positive reviews (4 to 5 stars) may influence their buying decision. If many readers enjoyed the book and hailed it as a great reading experience, chances are that the book is really good. Personally, I often buy books as gifts for friends, whose tastes I don’t necessarily share. Think Christmas! So a well written review will definitely be the difference for me. It doesn’t need to be a long story, but a few insightful lines will make all the difference.

On the other side, I might just be attracted to exactly what a reader who left a slightly negative review dislikes – so even a less favourable review can turn into a positive in the end.

“Born with Wings” can be found under Magical Realism and Metaphysical & Visionary (for the paperback version), and under Body, Mind & Spirit (Inspirational, Reincarnation, Afterlife) as well as under Metaphysical & Visionary for the ebook market. The category ‘Visionary Fiction’ does not yet exist . . . and a novel under Body, Mind & Spirit isn’t ideal, as that’s where many readers expect non-fiction books, but that’s where my audience is: people with a passion to expand their spiritual horizon and looking to change from within, rather than chasing after the many illusions out there!

Let me know if you agree!

Light Quotes

Extract from the novel Born With Wings

“Your rendezvous, My Lady!” MadMax was smiling secretively as he pointed upwards with his paw. The goose spread her wings and honked, creating such a draft that poppies were blown sideways. “The sky is waiting, let’s take a tour!”

“For sure!” Pippa rolled her eyes and turned her attention back to the flowers. Like papery flames, each petal faded into white at the base where dewdrops reflected the light.

It was not just any color. It was light . . . infatuated with life!  

Quote from 'Born with Wings' - A Spiritual Novel by Bianca Gubalke

MadMax gazed at the symphony of red above his head, speckled with dashes of a blue sky like windows to heaven. “Were you not looking for the blue flower?” he asked, his voice somewhat monotone.

He had Pippa’s attention immediately.

“How badly do you want it? Do you really, really want to know?”

His intensity took her by surprise. She stared at him, unable to say a word.

“How far are you willing to go?”

 

Extract from:

Born with Wings – The Immortal Life of Piu Piu

A Spiritual Novel by Bianca Gubalke

BORN WITH WINGS - The Immortal Life of Piu Piu - A Novel

Digital Photography by Bianca Gubalke

As on CBS and NBC

Introducing Librarians

NEW:  BORN WITH WINGS  included in the latest LibraryBub Selection ( September 2017). Category: Fiction – Young Adult.

Alinka Rutkowska, the CEO of LibraryBub, wants to keep her focus on introducing librarians to ” . . . outstanding books from the independent publishing sector”. 

She was excited to “…reveal her attention-grabbing publications for September 2017”. She also noted that “. . . many of the chosen tittles have received glowing reviews and have already won awards”.

As seen on NBC and CBS

‘BORN WITH WINGS’ was featured on networks, CBS and NBC:

As seen on CBS and NBC

“Have we lived before? This modern fairy tale explores the mystery of our connectedness – here and in the ethereal world.

Born with Wings, yet, ironically, unable to fly and feeling abandoned by loved ones, the heroine of this story transforms her life in her burning quest to belong and to love. “

How to get the book

Paperback – published June 2, 2017, ISBN:  978-0620714914  (Gatekeeper Press)

BORN WITH WINGS is available in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (also available from Ingram for librarians).

Ebook – published May 24, 2017 – ISBN 978-0-620-71492-1 (Arteby).

The digital version of BORN WITH WINGS  is available on KDP.

NEW: The title was just published through Smashwords (ISBN 9781370402397) for distribution to many online retailers and library platforms, including Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive, Gardener, and others. It will also be listed on  the bibliographic database of Books in Print. Please be aware that it will take some time until the title is disseminated through all the catalogs.

Who is Born with Wings for?

According to PR Newswire, BORN WITH WINGS was selected for the Young Adult Fiction category, which is fine, as it is often regarded as a ‘modern fairy tale’ – comparable to classics like ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’  (Richard Bach) and ‘The Little Prince’  (Antoine de Saint Exupéry).

However, this visionary fiction novel addresses a much wider and more mature audience. It is widely read by baby boomers, anyone who love nature, animals and pets or generally interested in the body/mind/spirit sector (Spirituality, Inspirational, New Age).

Set in the mystical landscape of the Western Cape coast of South Africa, the touching, hilarious, wildly romantic human-animal relationships in ‘Born with Wings’ awaken a sense of mindfulness and guardianship for the Earth that will leave you inspired and longing for more.

If you feel the calling, get your copy now!

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To register with this brilliant networking opportunity for librarians, do so so HERE.

Stay tuned; there’s more to come!

 

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Barnes & Noble Book Review

What if you are ‘Born With Wings’ yet unable to fly?

Birds, like Angels, have long been seen as messengers in human life and culture. In some societies, the Crow is seen as a harbinger of danger, while in others the Crow is the conveyor of Wisdom and warnings to pay greater attention to our surroundings instead of living in a state of constant distraction between past and future. Likewise, the Owl has long been associated with Wisdom – but also with Death. Like Angels, too, birds can be both friends and enemies to each other and to humans. But suppose you are “Born With Wings” yet unable to fly?

What Readers say about Born With Wings

Five Stars for out-of-this-world adventure

Suppose your destiny as a winged creature is very much in question given your obvious “disability”? How are you to fulfill your destiny and rise above the mundane dangers of existence, when you are confined to the vulnerable world of the earth-bound?

For one such winged creature, these questions were very much at the centre of her existence. Born in a beautiful and remote valley in South Africa, the Egyptian Goose we come to know as Piu Piu falls out of her nest and into the world of humans. Confined to earth with a broken wing could be a death sentence. Our little heroine, known here as Piu Piu, but in eternity as Anata, takes us on a delightful but perilous journey through earth-bound dangers, assisted by a young girl’s loving care, an ironic cat’s ambivalent companionship, an alert snake’s guidance and numerous encounters with unexpected allies amid Nature’s impersonal forces, on her way toward confrontation with her Fear, and potential Freedom, if her courage holds.

Friends and enemies, uneasy alliances and family dynamics all contribute to the temporal experience of Piu Piu’s life, but it is her recognition of who she really is, and her choice to face her destiny with courage, that turns her life into a truly magical tale. Opening a window between our physical world and the greater reality in which we all must learn to “fly” is an entrancing epic, in which all sentient creatures are tested, and our capacity to deal with different levels of reality determines whether we go on to the next step in our spiritual development or must repeat the still unlearned lessons.

Beautifully written, divinely inspired, “Born With Wings” is a new and revised edition of  The Immortal Life of Piu Piu, a wise and wonderful story in the magical tradition of “The Little Prince” and “Jonathan Livingston Seagull“.

Treat yourself to a unique and unexpected pleasure with an out-of-this-world adventure! FIVE STARS!

This Book review was posted by Donegal on Barnes & Noble – August 2017

As the author of this visionary fiction novel, I’m deeply grateful for a book review like this – I feel understood and will stretch my wings even more to fly – after all, I was born with wings! As YOU are… and anyone else, of course!

 

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

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 . . .