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Believing In the Magic
Genre: Children’s fiction, paranormal, social issues
Publisher: Publish it Write
Date of Publication: July 18, 2016
Word Count: 12,391
Cover Artist: Nada Serafimovic
Sarah is a fifth grader who has psychic abilities – she can see spirits. At school she meets Leila, a fourth grader and finds out that Leila also has psychic abilities. She uses telekinesis to make things happen, but she uses them to get back at kids in school who taunt her. Knowing how it is to be taunted by her peers, Sarah befriends Leila and helps her learn how to use her powers in a good way. In the end, Leila encounters a situation in which her powers “save the day”.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/Zs3_pzOhzGY
About the Series:
Sarah’s Gift is a series of chapter books for 7-12 year olds about a young girl with psychic abilities, who uses them to harmlessly deal with different life situations. Standing Up for Yourself is about how Sarah deals with a school bully. Believing In the Magic is about how Sarah helps a girl with telekinetic abilities use them in a good way. There will be a book coming out every two months, with several of them being co-authored by youngsters, the third one being one of them.
“Standing Up for Yourself is a gift that many parents will welcome. It helps parents encourage a child’s gift of second sight perception that is all too often written off as ‘just your imagination’. Through the story telling Ms. Tucci provides support for children for their intuitive and psychic gifts. I’ve noticed how many more children these days are being acknowledged rather than shamed for their capacities to see, hear, and feel those ordinarily non-visible beings that make their appearance known. Both you and your child will thoroughly enjoy this story!”
— Dr. Steven Farmer, author of Animal Spirit Guides, Earth Magic, and the Children’s Spirit Animal Cards
“I am raving about the second book Believing in the Magic in the Sarah’s Book Series by author Erica Tucci. As soon as I started reading the first few pages I couldn’t put the book down. As a young child I remember magical moments in my life. I had great intuition and was always helping and healing friends and the creatures that God created. Sarah’s story took me back in time to my childhood. Each of us have magical gifts that can be used for the goodness of life just like Sarah…The mindset of positive thinking and using your gifts for the greater good as Sarah brought out helping her friend Leila, are belief systems we all can learn from. In this story the messages are we are our own magic and believe in the power of thought for the greater good…This is a book to read to your children and discuss with them…It’s a story of a compassionate friendship with a binding of acceptance in unconditional love.”
— Cindy Hively, Intuitive Healing Catalyst for Women
Infinite House of Books Interview
What initially got you interested in writing?
I started the summer of my 15th year (42 years ago…my gosh, how time flies!). I had befriended an 18-year old student of my mom’s (Mom is a university professor), who stayed with me that summer while my parents were away. She and I started writing poems together. We filled notebook after notebook with poems and quotes and short stories, whatever we chose to write about. It was a fun time where we felt liberated and able to express ourselves in whatever way we wanted.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
It wasn’t until I had children that I really got into my writing. My boys were five and eight when I wrote my first book Moms and Their Young Spirited Boys. I would write at night in bed just before I would go to sleep. My husband at the time would tell me, in jest, that I was like a rat scratching (since I was writing long hand using pencil and paper). The manuscript of my book was a finalist in a local writing contest, which brought me in touch with an agent. But when she didn’t place my book after meager attempts, I decided to publish it myself. For six months, I read everything I could about self-publishing. It was a great deal of fun but a great deal of work too, since I really didn’t know what I was getting into. I wore many hats: from writer to designer/formatter/desktop publisher to editor to coordinator to marketer to salesman to speaker, and so on. The only things I didn’t do were the illustrations and the printing. But what I took away from the whole endeavor was a sense of accomplishment, no matter how small it might have been as a little fish in a gigantic pond.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
All my books are from my own life experiences, whether they are fiction or non-fiction. I feel that we all have something to share with others that is our gift to the world, no matter what medium we use. I use words. My hope is that my books will inspire others as they travel their own road of personal development, as storytelling is a wonderful way to help others open their own hearts and souls. As I say on my ericatucci.com website “I believe that sharing who I am allows others to feel liberated in sharing who they are and recognizing how closely we connect at the heart”. And in doing so, we can all heal from any life circumstances that keep us from living our lives to their fullest potential. And in the long run, it can create unity on our planet, something that we so desperately need in these great times of separation and dissention.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Being able to inspire and give hope to others. I love it when I receive a comment from someone who says that one of my books or a blog post or something else I have written touched with them deeply in some way.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Trying to find the right words to express myself. Sometimes I will mull over something for a long time before I feel that I have used the most appropriate words to convey my message.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
First, please learn grammar. I have seen so many written pieces (that are supposed to be professionally written) where basic grammar is improperly used. I know that my writing isn’t perfect, but when I see things such as “your” being used for “you’re” or “there” for “their” or “he and me” for “he and I”, I just cringe.
Read lots of books.
Have a journal by your side in which you can write at anytime. Write your thoughts, your dreams, your visions, anything that moves you. You never know when something that you have written might become fodder for a short story or a poem or a character in a novel.
Take writing classes on everything you can find: structure, plot, character development, outlining, subject development…the list goes on and on.
Join a writer’s organization to meet other writers and authors, publishers, agents and the like.
Most importantly..just be yourself in your writing. Write from your heart!
What ways can readers connect with you?
You can reach me at:
Twitter at @sarahsgiftsries (no, that isn’t a mistake) or @EricaTucciMuse
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/erica.tucci or https://www.facebook.com/sarahsgiftseries/
LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericatucci
Excerpt: Introduction Believing In the Magic
Sarah lay in bed. She had just started reading The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts. Her digital clock on her nightstand read 8:30. Stifling a yawn, she turned the page to keep reading; she was engrossed in the book and finding out more about Katie.
“Just for the fun of it, Katie had shifted the air current then so that the pollen drifted under his nose; when he sneezed, Pastor Grooten had to grab for his sermon pages before they sailed off the lecturn.”
Wow! Sarah thought. To be able to move things by just thinking about it. How does Katie do it? But then she thought about what she was able to do. I can talk to ghosts. I wonder if there are others out there who have psychic abilities. I can’t be the only one! Katie was different, like her, just in a different way. Wouldn’t it be nice to meet someone else who was different. There have to be others like her somewhere. Sarah wished she could meet Katie. They could be best friends!
She delved into the book, reading passage after passage of Katie’s harmless pranks: making her horrible babysitter tremble at the sight of a floating fork and creating a gust of wind that caused a door to slam into her pesky neighbor’s face.
Sarah understood Katie’s predicament. Katie had silver eyes and was odd to people around her. Sarah felt the same way. Most people shied away from her because they thought she was “cursed.”
She was so enamored by the book that she read until her eyes became very heavy. She remembered when she was younger how her dad would say “Your eyes are getting heavy; you are getting sleepy, sleepy, sleepy” when he was trying to put her to sleep. How she missed her dad. She knew that he was okay on the other side since her grandmother who had come to her one day told her so. She wondered if he would come to her directly someday. It would be so nice to see him and talk to him, even if he was in spirit and not on the earthly plane anymore.
Turning off her bed lamp and laying her book on her nightstand, Sarah snuggled under her duvet and fell fast asleep. She had no problem falling asleep; in fact, she would fall into such a deep sleep, she would have the most vivid dreams. And that night was no different.
She was sitting in the back seat of her mom’s car peering out the window. The crow came up to her window and started tapping on it with his beak. He started talking to her telepathically. “Pay attention to the magic in the world,” he chirped. “You can create anything you like through magic. Your thoughts are powerful!”
Sarah woke up the next morning thinking about the dream and how she felt that crow was trying to tell her something, but what? She had to put it out of her mind for now since she had to get ready for school. She would ponder over it when she got home in the afternoon.
About the Author:
Erica Tucci had a full life as a corporate manager of a Fortune 500 company, a healing arts business owner and an author. It all came to a screeching halt in June 2011 when she had a stroke. During her recovery, she gained much wisdom about what’s really important in life. Although she was a Reiki master, massage therapist and life coach as well as a corporate cog, she realized that her passion was her books. Her hope now is that the messages of her books will be an inspiration for others, young and old. Her most recent venture has been her Sarah’s Gift series, chapter books for 7-12 year olds about a young girl with psychic abilities, which speak to the children with special gifts, helping them deal with different life situations. Her other books include Moms and Their Young Spirited Boys (1998), Anything is Possible, a novel based on a true love story (2011), Zesty Womanhood at 40 and Beyond (2011), Radiant Survivor (2013 – Amazon bestseller), and most recently the first book of the Sarah’s Gift series Standing Up for Yourself (2016 – Amazon bestseller). The second book Believing In the Magic will be available for pre-order June 30 and is being released July 18.
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10 Copies of the first book in the series, Standing Up for Yourself, winner’s choice Kindle or Paperback.
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