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Ghost Owl Book By Nancy Schoellkopf

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Book Title: Ghost Owl by Nancy Schoellkopf
Category: Adult Fiction, 181 pages
Genre: Literary / Women’s Fiction with magical realism
Publisher: Butterfly Tree Publishing
Release date: October 2017
Tour dates: Nov 20 to Dec 8, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There are a few non-explicit sex scenes)

Book Description:

Ghost Owl is a magical story of discovery, as a young woman seeks to understand her potential and confront her own shadow. Mariah Easter wakes up in the middle of the night to discover the world is as bright as noon—but for her eyes only. Urged by her godfather, she embarks on a mission to peer into the dark spaces normally hidden from view, leading her to confront the sinister nature of power, the vulnerability of the ill, and the hidden life of a homeless man: a journey that will bring healing to herself and the man she loves.

This compelling and inspirational tale, the third installment of the Avian Series, invites the reader to ponder the extraordinary treasures hidden in the ordinary events of daily life.

I rated this book 4 ****’s 

Life is so mysterious

This book is beyond unbelievable. It is a unique read which will keep you in awe. Life is so mysterious. There are magic or situation that is unbelievably to explain. I believe those moments when it happens.

Those powers I wish I have  and am sure it is beyond ordinary. This is a sweet book to read. If you believe in extra ordinary things, then you will love reading this book.  Mariah, inspired me to start writing a journal especially that I am traveling soon. We should write memories just like Mariah.

This book is also about friendship, family and love. We should follow our instincts too. Angels surround us wherever we are. It could be in different forms and we just them. They are mysterious.

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Meet the Author: 

 

Nancy Schoellkopf is the author of the Avian Series of novels including Yellow-Billed Magpie and Red-Tailed Hawk, as well as the short story collection Rover and Other Magical Tales. She has been telling stories and writing poems for many lifetimes. It goes without saying that she’s needed a second income, so this time around she happily taught amazing children in special education classes in two urban school districts in Sacramento, California. A full time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden and her intriguing circle of family and friends.

What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always loved stories.  I remember my mother reading me Peter Pan when I was very small.  I fell in love with magic and I fell in love with stories.

How did you get the idea for Ghost Owl?

I woke up one night and noticed light coming through the curtains.  I got up and looked out.  Even though it was three AM, everything in the yard could be seen distinctly.  The world did not look as it did to Mariah in Ghost Owl, but it was surprising.  I realized later that it was an overcast evening and the street lights were reflecting off the clouds, making the world visible in the darkness.  No magic, but it got me thinking of a story for Mariah:  exploring the shadow side of her city, the vulnerabilities of her family and the dark side of her own nature.

If you were stuck on a desert island, what books would you want with you?

If there’s a book by Margaret Atwood or Barbara Kingsolver I haven’t read yet, that’s the one I’d choose!  I’d also need Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes; I could read that over and over again.  A few volumes of poetry by Mary Oliver and Sharon Olds would also be nice.

And what about food on that island?  What would you like to eat?

I think I would be happy living on peanut butter and dark chocolate.  But for variety I hope that island has oranges in winter and peaches in summer.

What’s your next project?

We live in a time of great divisiveness, so I’ve been praying for an open heart.  I’ve begun to envision an anthology of essays and poetry on the theme of how to have an open heart in crazy times.  Watch for a call for material!

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Red-Tailed Hawk Book By Nancy Schoellkopf

When Mariah Easter encounters a large hawk in her urban midtown neighborhood, her father Charlie is concerned. He can see a wild and mystical path opening before his daughter, a path he himself would never be able to resist. The hawk soon reappears: engraved with its twin on a golden thimble that has been an Easter family heirloom for generations. After the thimble is stolen at a funeral reception, Mariah and her mother Samantha set off on a road trip to find it, a journey that will bring healing to the grieving family and change Mariah’s life forever.

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Red-tailed Hawk is a coming of age story, the tale of a young woman’s quest to discover the source of her own longing and to understand the mystical legacy of her family.

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I rated this book 4 ****’s 

It’s magical, adventurous and healing is so powerful once you let it go

I have seen hawk at the zoo before but never that closed. I have also seen hawk flying over our chicken coop but am not sure if it is a red-tailed hawk. I know I am mesmerized especially how it spread its wings flying up in the sky searching for food.

This book is magical. I know that I believed in magic as well. It mesmerizes you when you read this book.

It is also adventurous. Mariah and her family never had an adventure of their lives like this. It is fun driving to different States and learned exciting places to explore.

It has also the power of healing and let it go. Mariah at 17 years old. She is very smart and fearful and adventurous and willing to experienced life oh her own but her mother thinks she is not ready spread her own wings. Healing is so powerful once you let go.

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Author’s Bio:

Nancy Schoellkopf is the author of Yellow-billed Magpie, the first in her Easter Family series. Nancy has been telling stories and writing poems for many lifetimes. It goes without saying that she’d need a second income, so this time around she has happily taught amazing children in special education classes in two urban school districts in Sacramento, California. A full time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of family and friends.

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Yellow-billed Magpie Book By Nancy Schoellkopf

Book Description:

Unlike their black-billed cousins, yellow-billed magpies are rarely found outside California’s central valley. So when they begin showing up in Samantha O’Malley’s dreams, she wonders: are they calling me home?

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Disappointed by failed fertility treatments and the break-up of her marriage, Samantha returns to her home town and slips into old habits, resuming her teaching career, even hooking up with an old lover. But she also renews her friendship with Craig, the school custodian she honors as her spiritual guide. The work they do together with Samantha’s special education students will lead her to discoveries she never thought possible.

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Yellow-billed Magpie is a love story, a spiritual journey, a quest to look beyond appearances to the mystical rhythms that guide the human heart.

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

Spiritual, powerful and second chance of love

I enjoyed reading this book so very much. It is spiritual, powerful and second chance of love. Divorced and childless Samantha gave up her first marriage and moved back to California, which she considered home. Life sometimes is not fair and we have to moved on. This is what happened to Samantha. I agreed to her decision to end the marriage to a man he thought she loved but was wrong.

Samantha is a very caring person. Being a teacher with disability is a tough job but with her kindness, patience and heart of gold, she helped kids success and find their strength. Lulu will amazed you. Echo is tough cookie. She will break your heart with her story.

It is also spiritual. Some scenes are even magical. At first, I thought this book is boring but boy was I wrong. You cannot judge a book by its cover.

This book is so emotional. I also has a special child and can relate to Samantha but while we will never give up for them, no doubt that special kids will shine.

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Author’s Bio:

Nancy Schoellkopf is the author of Yellow-billed Magpie, the first in her Easter Family series. Nancy has been telling stories and writing poems for many lifetimes. It goes without saying that she’d need a second income, so this time around she has happily taught amazing children in special education classes in two urban school districts in Sacramento, California. A full time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of family and friends.

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  1. Where do you get inspiration for your stories?     I haven’t always had the happiest life, but when I’m patient enough to pay attention, I see my life is filled with magic and synchronicity.  Characters for me to write about just spring up naturally.
  2. There are many books out there.  What makes yours different? Yellow-Billed Magpie and Red-Tailed Hawk are stories about quests, about women who are looking for their place in the world.  It’s an ancient story that’s repeated every day all over the world.  I’ve infused my stories with bird lore, a bit of fairy tale fantasy and spiritual wisdom I’ve learned from mentors and guides.  I hope I’ve created characters that are wild and fresh and vulnerable enough to touch readers’ hearts.

 

  1. Who are these guides and mentors? I had a teacher in high school—Sister Mary—who told me I excelled in writing.  She’s the one who gave me permission to call myself a writer, and the courage to actually be a writer.

Much later I met the real life Craig who became a spiritual mentor for me just as the fictional Craig is for Samantha.  He opened my heart to see the great potential in my writing.  He dropped his body in 2013; I miss him every day.

  1. What advice do you have for budding writers?
  1. Develop a practice.  Much the way an athlete cross trains or a musician practices scales, a writer must write.  Do it every day if you can, but at least three times a week.  This helps you develop a flow, so when a poem or story comes, you’re ready!  Otherwise you sit around writing about writing.
  2. What’s the last great book you’ve read?

A. Edwina Gateley’s spiritual memoir In God’s Womb from Orbis Books.  Gateley has lived her life relying completely on Divine Guidance, and the Spirit has led her all over the world.  A poignant story of a humble woman of deep faith.  

 

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