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!

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Praise for Piu Piu

What Readers Said . . .

after reading my visionary fiction novel, “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu”:

YES!

 I love the way this woman writes! Very descriptive and one of the most unique stories I have ever read.

~ By Karen Moore – 5 Star Review published on Amazon.com on 27 April 2017

What Readers say about Bianca Gubalke Author
Short and sweet and it made my day! I love receiving positive feedback from readers I don’t know!

Spirituality and Inspiration

Sometimes it’s not easy for an author to decide on a category when publishing his or her fiction novel. It’s much easier for those who are writing non-fiction books. Normally, they know right from the start what their specific genre is. The genre is the category under which a title appears say on Amazon – or any other online platform that sells books. And these are growing rapidly . . . no wonder, with so many books being published day after day! In the offline scenario, say in a physical store, it’s the shelf where one would be looking for a book to read. Also think of libraries: where are books catalogued? So, in case you’ve written a recipe book, it’s easy to find it. If your 12-year old kid wants an educational textbook on geography, you know where to look.

It’s not always that easy when we think about literature and fiction. If you are an author and you have written a science fiction story or a thriller – you don’t need to think much. You may want to define it a little more, say as a space opera or a mystery thriller, but these attributes only classify within the main genres, and it is very clear what these are: science fiction and thriller. Bearing that in mind, you’d have no problem to find your favourite Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland. However, especially in the beginning as I hear from many fellow authors – the lines between genres are not that easy to spot and even shifting. Everything moves and changes and new genres and categories pop up all the time. The libraries follow so-called BISAC codes and while Amazon follows that a bit… it’s not a real discipline for them as the follow more what the market dictates.

All this doesn’t make things easier!

If you’ve written a fiction novel that entertains, informs and teaches without being a typical ‘how-to’ book that would belong into the non-fiction category, you may have difficulties in finding your perfect ‘niche’ – not to speak of the overwhelming weight of competing writers, which can be a scary thing! Even if you know your target market, your audience and readers, you still have to choose wisely in order to be ‘searchable’ or rather ‘findable’ for everyone searching for your book or books in your genre. My choice wasn’t easy in that sense, either . . . and while my magical realism  novel, “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” dives into the mystery of life and death and everything inbetween, with its main female protagonist, Anata, moving along a path of spiritual awakening, personal development and transformation, the writing itself contains many elements of ‘magical realism’ – and that’s the genre it went in. In the beginning . . . but it won’t stay there. writing a book and getting it out there in the world is a steep learning curve and when I realized that all my work – be it in the Fine Arts or Screenplay Writing and now including my fiction novel – has these exact elements, I knew I had to change. It happens to many; we change until everything just gels. For me there’s always a magical side to our real life, and I don’t really bother where to draw the lines, bearing in mind that everything is an illusion anyway. It’s the way I see – and have always seen – our temporary existence here on Earth, as a spiritual being in physical form. I wrote about this in my article during the Magical Realism Bloghop less than a year ago:

“I cannot imagine a reality without magic.” ~ Bianca Gubalke

In the meantime, there’s a surprise for you on the way! I had to reformat my book to get the page count down – which inflated the price of the book as soon as it was sold beyond the Amazon platform – and I will soon publish the second edition. This gave me the opportunity to target more precise . . . So watch this space and I’m looking forward to your valued feedback!

 

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2016 Book Reviews Fiction

Life is a desire, not a meaning!

“Life is a desire, not a meaning, Princess!”

Slowly, she drifted away through intelligent emptiness, further and further, alone. She felt some of her essence flowing out of her to remain in the spiritual realm. Although it was too abstract even to imagine, she remembered that this would be the hardest to endure: the loss of home, the perception of separation.

~ Extract from ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ – a magical realism mystery novel by Bianca Gubalke

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

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5 Star Book Review

Life is a desire, not a meaning!
~ Charlie Chaplin
~

Pippa is an orphan girl who undergoes several life incarnations. This is the story of her awakening and self-discovery, made magical with the help of vibrant and talkative creatures: an Egyptian goose, a wily tomcat, a famished caracal who vows to eat Pippa before her third birthday, to name a few.

It is a spiritual tale, grounded in the realistic, botanical beauty of South Africa. Through each incarnation, Pippa comes of age in new and different ways, swimming through time while learning of timelessness, contained in a body while learning of her limitless capacities. An imaginative, thought-provoking story that deals with the nature of life and death, and questions the very nature of reality. Poignant, funny, and beautifully written, it will delight the child within adults, and younger audiences, too, who yearn to explore the great mysteries of a multi-dimensional universe.

~ By Robin Gregory, Award-winning Author of
‘The Improbable Wonders of  Moojie Littleman

5 Star Review on Amazon.com – 20.11.2016

Reader Feedback

Independent book reviews help readers find what they want – THANK YOU for a wonderful 5-Star review – both on Amazon and Goodreads! I value honest reader feedback; please feel free to comment or contact me!

Main website:  Bianca Gubalke

What readers said

Book Review “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” :

Adding more light to the world

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

A truly magical and enchanting ‘fairy tale’ – taking the ‘ordinary’ and making it quite ‘extraordinary!’ The adventures, heartaches, surprises and unquestionable love take us on a journey of greater awakening to our inner heart connection with all life on our beloved earth! It is a precious book – brilliantly conceived and lovingly given to the world to add more Light. Thank you Bianca.

          ~ By Anthea (5 Star The Immortal Life of Piu Piu by Bianca Gubalke) – 9 October 2016

About Amazon Customer Reviews

 ‘Word-of-mouth’ is known as the most effective – and, probably, the most honest as well as intuitive and innocent – way of ‘influencing’ other people, especially people we care for. If I go to the movies and love the film, I’ll tell my friends about it, so they have that wonderful experience as well. If the food in a restaurant was awful and the service sucked, I’ll make sure my close friends and family are at least alerted to it so they don’t have that same experience. It’s in no way forcing a decision onto anyone. We alert, Warn. Advise. It’s a good, well-meant tip we share so that others can enjoy equal benefits or avoid pain, disappointment or traps.

Of course, indirectly, it’s also a way of ‘marketing’ . . . and online giants like eBay, TripAdvisor and Amazon – to name just a few – have recognized the opportunity early on and cleverly integrated this helpful human trait and behaviour into their marketing strategy.

It’s nothing new. It’s proven. And it always works.

The eBay Customer rating system shows which vendor is reputable, trustworthy and reliable – like a good friend advising us where to buy, who to avoid.

TripAdvisor’s rating system benefits from travellers and holiday makers around the world rating their accommodation – like a good friend telling us where to go, which places to avoid and why, even with photos as proof. That this can also be manipulated and abused is true but I won’t go into that in this article.

And, finally, in the Amazon bookstore or in the Kindle Shop potential readers who browse the digital shelves, not knowing exactly what they want, aren’t only influenced by shiny bookcovers and sexy titles and descriptions, but also by customers who reviewed a book or simply posted comments about what they liked or hated. Not to forget the star rating system! If a book only has 1 star Amazon customer reviews, we probably continue to look for another title with at least a few 5-star reviews, to make an informed decision.

If I know what I want, reviews may offer me different insights, which I may find interesting, but they wouldn’t normally influence me in my decision to buy.

So it becomes clear:

From an author’s perspective – and bearing in mind the huge competition in this book publishing arena today – it is crucially important to have as many good Amazon customer reviews as possible to attract potential and spontaneous buyers to our oeuvre – whether we’re traditionally published, self-published (indie authors) or hybrid authors (i.e. doing both). Simply put, reviews mean readers.

The growth of our list of reviews has an immediate effect on the Amazon search algorithm and will result in showing our book more often, like in ‘More items to consider’ for instance. This means more visibility for a book – ideally resulting in more sales.

A prodigious author phenomenon like J.K.Rowling can literally blind us with thousands of reviews due to a huge international following and a massive social media platform. All this is based on astronomical marketing budgets and strategies around the world, which even capture our little dreaming village down here at the end of the world at times and hold it in its firm grip for a week or two. Brilliant – but certainly something any new and/or aspiring author can only dream of!  But dreaming is good! J.K.Rowling did exactly this. She had a vision . . . before she became who she is today. And you become what you think . . .

How to get book reviews

However, any ‘normal’ author knows that readers love to read but they seldom take the time to leave a review. Without at least a few book reviews any form of marketing makes no sense as potential readers and buyers want to see at least some reviews.

It becomes even trickier for those of us not living in the US or the UK: When readers buy books on Amazon in say France, Britain or Germany AND leave honest reviews, these only show in that specific country as Amazon cannot synchronize them yet. So they don’t count! It’s a bitter pill to swallow.

There is a slight remedy as they can be integrated as Editorial Reviews – but that doesn’t up the numbers – and it’s the numbers that count. Whether it’s 10 reviews. Or 56 reviews. . .

So where do we get more readers – and readers who not only love reading but also leave book reviews?

Let’s talk about that in another article . . .