Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Wind by Ellen Dee Davidson - Book Tour + Giveaway


Ellen Dee Davidson

February 1, 2022

Luminare Press

182 Pages

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Book Summary: 

A 5 Star Readers' Favorite, Wind is high fantasy similar to classics like
The Wizard of Oz, Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time, with a contemporary
environmental twist spiced with bits of mythology. Katie’s adventures
begin when both an emotional shake-up in her personal life and an actual
earthquake shake her up and she finds herself on another world. Thrust
into a dangerous initiation quest, Katie’s only chance to get home is to
learn to accept herself and cooperate with an arrogant alien boy. On the
journey, the two of them encounter all sorts of extraordinary characters
including a shape-shifting tree spirit, water god, and nature devas. But
will Katie discover her talent in time to find the elusive and ethereal
Winged Ones—the only beings able to take them home?

Guest Post
The World is Alive!
by Ellen Dee Davidson

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Indigenous PhD Botanist Robyn Wall Kimmerer, talks about “the language of animacy”. The world view she shares is one where plants are intelligent and all life has consciousness.

This viewpoint is increasingly validated by science and discussed in books like To Speak For The Trees by Diana Beresford Kroeger, Thus Spoke The Plant by Monica Gagliano, and a fabulous children’s book, Wild Oak, which shares the early life of Jane Goodall in a form that reads like fiction and even fantasy. 

Like the main character in my fantasy novel, Wind, young Jane Goodall “hears” the voice of an Oak tree in her head, giving her wise guidance. These sorts of imaginal experiences are ones I experience myself while hiking and sitting with ancient redwoods. While I don’t believe trees actually talk to humans, they do communicate; we often feel more peaceful and relaxed in their presence. Science has proven that being with trees lowers blood pressure, stress hormones and anxiety as well as boosting immune systems, moods, and even speeding wound healing! 

In Wind I’ve tried to share some of the mystery and magic of the natural environment in a fun, page-flipping fantasy I hope young readers (and their parents and teachers) will enjoy. Plants and animals are conscious, intelligent and alive. Happy reading! 

Author Bio: 

Being in wild nature fills me with joy and inspiration. I love to snorkel
and swim with bright colored fish, climb mountains for an eagle's view,
and sit with the ancient redwood trees near my home in far Northern
California. Most of my books share the beauty of nature in some way. Wild
Path to the Sacred Heart is a forest bathing memoir that invites readers
into an enchanted world. My newest children's fantasy, Wind, is a
page-flipper that dives wholeheartedly into the very real magic and
intelligence of trees as well as taking readers on a swashbuckling
adventure. I've worked as an elementary, creative writing and piano
teacher as well as raising two daughters. 

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Giveaway Prize: 

$25 amazon gift card and a copy of the book

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