About The Dual Path: An Earth to Stars Adventure
What would you do if your eccentric, possibly magical aunt invited you to learn to “live the world”? Would you accept even if you had no idea what she meant? Twelve-year-old Zelia said, “Yes!” And the magic began.
When twelve-year-old Zelia agrees to spend the summer with her Aunt Joy, she hopes for a peaceful, not-too-boring vacation from her parents. But from the moment she sees her aunt dancing up the road in her kaleidoscopic dress, she realizes she’s in for an adventure.
Soon Zelia abandons everything she thought she knew about herself and the “real world” as she claims a new name, dives into a magical book, embarking on the dual path to discover her own surprising powers. They encounter mythical creatures, including a wise power-bestowing unicorn. They meet talking animals and trees, learn to see fairies again, travel from the Earth to the stars right into a magic wand garden. As they journey, they gather a joyful, wise-cracking band of travelers and later call themselves The Crystalline Heart Family.
It’s not just the magical creatures that surprise her, however. She is fascinated to learn the true story about unicorns’ disappearance and discover that “pretend” creatures like Puff the Magic Dragon and the Purple People Eater are based on real interdimensional friendships.
It turns out there’s a logical science to the magical world. As Zemma masters its tools, she learns that her mind has no limits. Zelia learns how to fish by simply inviting her dinner into a net. And she flies with the help of an amazing bicycle created only for her. All the while, Aunt Joy offers her guidance as she challenges everything she ever believed – and finds out that becoming a woman means claiming her true gifts, learning to laugh, and embracing the impossible.
As they go on their way, Zelia and Aunt Joy help people and make powerful friends, but also see signs of a terrible curse stifling the world: the dead-eyed ones, the Unmakers. Clever and dangerous, these entities cast mind-dulling spells on whole towns, replacing delight and passion with drudgery and conformity.
Zelia must decide if she will return to the ordinary world or leap into the next with her new friends to join the fight for freedom and creativity.
The Dual Path is the first book in the Earth to the Stars Adventures series
The series is a playful and powerful journey designed to open readers’ hearts and minds aged ten and older. The story is inspired by the author’s years of exploration in transformative communities. Still, it will appeal to anyone with an awakened imagination and a desire to be completely, joyfully themselves.
Stay tuned as future adventures are still being dreamed.
I dedicate this book to all who’ve inspired me and all who are drawn to read these tales from my heart.
This book is for all young or old who’ve felt there is something more. You may have been touched by that sense of magic and wonder that lifts your soul and draws you to search past what you’ve been told is real. You peek into the dark places, and in doing so, you bring out the light.
This novel is for all who have struggled to fit into this reality, who’ve felt something is missing. You’ve longed and searched for that elusive something.
When the goddess/angel/fairy/aunt opens the way in and invites you to “live the world,” and you feel a tingle or a longing deep inside, you don’t need to know what it means, just that there’s something in you that responds deeply.
This book is for all the misfits, optimists, and dreamers who’ve sometimes given up because it seems the world you seek to live is not the world that is today. You often feel on the verge of giving up because what’s the point of being the only one holding this dream.
Read with the eyes of your heart, allowing in the possibilities, the magic, and the love, and feel your inner knowing come to life.
Learn to “live the world,” and as you do, you’ll discover that you’re not the only one who feels these things.
May you discover small awakenings that speak to your heart’s knowing and allow you to realize that you can live the world of the dual-path, walking both in this reality and in the realms of spirit – magic – love – the Universe, that which speak to your joyous heart.
Can you believe that there is much more to the world than what you see, hear and taste, and even possibly more than you ever could have imagined? What if just by what you thought and believed, the world around you could shift.
Many books have monstrous threatening forces that can easily be battled – I write about an evil that is more insidious and potentially more devastating simply because most people aren’t even aware that it exists. Have you ever felt that something is going on in the world that you can’t quite figure out? With a combination of deeply spiritual, meaningful experiences, combined with what I hope are laugh-out-loud antics, I share my experience of what this is and some ways that I have found to fight it. This may not be the grand battle, but it’s a very real one that can be won if we become aware and spread the word and hope that we can make a difference by opening to new possibilities.
May you live the world with love and joy in your heart,
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AnnaMariah has an unquenchable thirst for the Wonder and Magic, connecting us all heart to heart. She’s a visionary in magical realism, sharing the wonder, love, and magic she experiences in the world and beyond. She’s always felt something was missing in the portrayal of magic; it’s not all about hocus pocus or witches and warlocks. Another magic goes deeper, right to the soul of the Universe and who we are as humans.
“Sometimes all it takes to believe in yourself is to see that you aren’t the only one who feels there’s something more,” she says. AnnaMariah writes to help you discover what that might be for you as she infuses her writing with mysticism, wonder, love, and her rather off-beat humor that she hopes will speak to your joyous heart.
Her wandering nature has led her to live all over the United States and is now back in Oregon to stay… maybe. Her adventurous spirit will take her readers from the Earth to the stars and beyond
When you are in tune with the space of magic, anything is possible, and you can feel grounded in the Earth and expanded into the stars and beyond. From this perspective of magic, she began to write, and the magic began…