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
Format available for review: Print and ebook (PDF)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: Nov 20 to Dec 8, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There are a few non-explicit sex scenes)
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.
Mariah made a very unique discovery one night which led her on a journey of new discoveries. Most of all, she wanted to discover more about her new "gift" and what it means.This took her into various new places and seeking new experiences.
Her dearest friend and roommate Rafa discovered her missing one day and after many inquiries, realized she had gone missing. Rafa told Dale -Mariah's brother - and her mother so together they could find her.
This is a mystic type of a fantasy relating to a form of reincarnation and the various dimensions of universal existence. It was hard at first for me to connect with, because of the vagueness in the beginning.
The characters were brought to life and the situations were portrayed well. The Book Cover and Title were an okay "fit" , however not depicting the story well.
^Reader Beware: There is some profanity and sexual situations - two quite explicit.
Although, the existence of various dimensions of the universe we do not know about do exist, this was a little too bizarre for me to grasp and enjoy.
This was fairly well written.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
* This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Guest Post by Ghost Owl Author Nancy Schoellkopf: Into Darkness
In my latest novel, Ghost Owl, Mariah Easter discovers she has the ability to see into darkness, to discover secrets hidden there. When I first got this idea, I wondered how to shape the novel: where would Mariah go under cover of darkness? Where would she choose to explore?
Mariah coincidentally lives in my home town, Sacramento, the capital of California. Sacramento is rather large for a medium-sized city, dwarfed by our neighbor the majestic San Francisco, and our sprawling SoCal friend Los Angeles. Until very recently, our night life was somewhat tame. I thought, well, I’ll have to invent some for Mariah.
When I was Mariah’s age, all the bars and dance clubs closed at two A.M. I don’t think it’s much different now. So I invented a hot, unnamed night spot that was willing to skirt the law, secretly open and serving liquor till dawn. I assure you it doesn’t exist where and how I described it. The stately old Senator Hotel still stands across from the north steps of the Capitol, but it was converted into office space decades ago. If you’re looking for late night fun, you need to stroll a block north and check out the clubs on K Street.
Where else might Mariah go, I wondered. Then I thought of hospitals, which need to be open 24/7. But I happen to know that the cafeteria at Mercy General closes around 9 P.M. If you have to take a friend to the ER in the middle of the night, better take a snack with you.
Finally I thought of the friendly neighborhood donut shops. We’ve got plenty of those, frying those decadent tasty treats in the early morning hours. The one Mariah visits at 5 in the morning is a place I used to drop by on occasion when it was my turn to bring goodies to a school staff meeting. But I never got up as early as Mariah did just to go looking for donuts!
I mention lots of restaurants and coffee houses in my Avian series of novels, but I won’t admit to favorites. Proud of our agricultural heritage, Sacramento has declared itself the “Farm to Fork Capital,” because so many local chefs serve nothing but farm fresh cuisine. When you visit here, you may look forward to nothing but fine dining whether you drop into a fancy hotel or an inexpensive burger joint.
Anyway, when I started writing, I thought Mariah’s journey from night club to ER to donut shop would shape the story. But even I was surprised when the mysterious appearances of a kind but cautious homeless man began to drive the plot of the novel. No spoilers here!—but I hope you are intrigued.
Writing Ghost Owl was a surprisingly joyful experience for me. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it touches your heart.
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.
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Here is the tour schedule.
Two winners will each get a print copy of Ghost Owl and one winner will also get a $10 Amazon gift card (open to USA & CAN - 3 winners total)
(ends Dec 16)