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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

to become more aware and enlightened - Anzard by Christopher Conroy

Author Christopher Conroy has just released a book for kids aged 8-12 called ANZARD. Teachers, parents, producers...take note! This appealing and well-written book would give Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) reason to worry. As a matter of fact if you mixed in one part Harry Potter, with one part Pinocchio then added a generous helping of Alice in Wonderland…you’d get Anzard! 

Description:

ANZARD tells the story of how a young boy named Justin Cavell learns to listen to that voice inside him and trust his instincts. He also learns how his dreams and wishes can come true: Justin becomes more aware of himself and his potential to turn his dreams and wishes into reality.

One dark and stormy night, as Justin is anxiously awaiting the return of his parents and praying for their safe return from a long overdue plane trip, he is visited by Poofy, a tiny, magical pixie who comes from the faraway planet, Spiritainia. Justin is escorted to this wonderful world of Spiritainia by the Anzard pixie, Poofy. Aside from Poofy, Justin is joined by his own Tribe of Truth – that include such memorable characters as Regal the Eagle, Turner the Turtle, Chumpah the Chipmunk and Billy the Goat – define Justin’s inner voice and help him in his quest of self-discovery.

Justin also learns to resolve conflict, which arrives in the form of an evil witch named Nosefeen, and captures Poofy as Poofy is guiding Justin to the Path of Possibilities. Through these adventures, Justin grows stronger and develops self-esteem, enabling him to return to Earth, find his parents, and guide them home safely.

ANZARD opens up a world of rewards for kids who learn to develop and trust their inner voice. The book helps them to become more aware and enlightened.

The ANZARD book cover is beautifully illustrated by Peter Green Design of Glendale, California who also designs for film companies, sporting teams and many other businesses including DreamWorks, McDonald’s, The Walt Disney Company, LEGOLAND, The NBA, HBO, FOX Kids Networks, and the “Game of Thrones” fantasy drama television series, to name a few.

GUEST POST
A PEEK BEHIND THE WRITING OF ANZARD

Writing my book ANZARD involved no effort for me … it was an adventure. I just felt the story and followed its lead … there was no stopping it. The book took me where it needed to go and I just wrote it.

Anzard was inspired by so many times in my life when I ‘knew’ the right, the wrong, the good, the bad and didn’t listen to that inner voice that was guiding me to the truth. 

I truly believe this universe loads us all up with gifts that are meant to enhance our survival and make us grow. Instincts I believe are one of those gifts and need to be cultivated.

Many times in my life I heard people tell me over and over that they knew something before it happened and didn’t listen and oftentimes regretted that denial of themselves.

Once when I was hiking in the mountains I decided to give that term a name; and that name was ANZARD … half angel … half wizard.

It’s especially important to children because many times it will help guide there future and protect them from the bad things that happen. You’re never too young to listen and to grow from that inner knowledge.

I also believe that’s where creativity, certainty, courage and confidence come from. You develop the ability to listen and trust who you are and begin to realize just how special that person is … you!!!

People do listen to that voice when they fall in love. That feeling didn’t come from a book or good advice. It just tells you and it’s wonderful when you listen.

When someone sits down to create a song on the piano or guitar, it isn’t told to him or her. That creativity comes from inside … from that voice that pushes the music and words out from your soul. It’s really quite magical and wonderful.

Please enjoy and make use of my book Anzard, and may you have a magical life. 
Thank you,
Christopher Conroy
About Anzard
“A timeless, yet very modern story of a young boy’s journey to a magical new world, filled with enchanting characters and thrilling adventure. You owe yourself a trip to Spiritania.” - Victoria Lucas, Producer

“My nephew loved ANZARD so much I had to see what got him so excited. After the first chapter I was hooked. I normally don’t read this kind of fiction (fantasy) but the storyline was compelling enough to make me locate the author’s website and post this review.
Can’t wait to read Mr. Conroy’s next novel!” - D. Butler, Amazon Post

"Justin’s story can even appeal to adults. Says Mr. Conroy, “I want my readers to come away happier, more aware and enlightened…as a child I was aware of many things but I constantly invalidated that awareness. I shouldn’t have. Those gifts are precious. Our inner awareness should be nurtured and cultivated, especially by parents and the child who has those gifts. Maybe some part of Anzard will awaken those powers.”

About the author:
Author Christopher Conroy currently lives in Los Angeles, California, but was born in Ireland and raised in Canada. He grew up in a large family consisting of seven children, and a mother and father who by his own description were “loving, moral, fun and pure magic.” Conroy says he was heavily influenced by John Steinbeck growing up, and also likes Jack London and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but that the “main influence for ANZARD came from that magical place in my mind where I write.”


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