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
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.
Houston, TX. Been here all my life! But I have been a city girl for far too long. One of my dreams is to move out to the country, own a piece of property of about 10 acres with an off-the-grid small house with a separate cottage office to do my writing, a red convertible volkswagen beetle, and an organic garden where I grow my own produce. I would also like to set up a family compound where each family member (my two sons, my mom and my brother and his family) has a parcel of land and their own house on my acreage. I know this is a far cry from my current city existence, but this is what I am striving for, for the latter part of my life.
Tell us your latest news?
Well, my second book of my Sarah’s Gift series has been released as of July 18. But the most exciting news is that a publisher contacted me a few weeks ago wanting to publish my books. Soon, we will be talking about me, as a self-publisher, transitioning to her publishing company. What is fascinating is that a dear psychic friend of mine who does psychic readings for me told me about a year or so ago that a publisher would someday get in touch with me to publish my books. So, it seems that her prediction is manifesting into reality. :-)
When and why did you begin writing?
My first foray into writing was in the summer of my 16th year. I and an 18-year old student of my mom’s (Mom was a college professor) were spending the summer at my house while my parents were away. We filled notebooks with poems and short stories and anything else we desired to write about, and there was a heck of a lot to write about considering the things we did that summer. We had such fun! :-) Quite honestly, I don’t recall why I began writing then, since it wasn’t until I had kids that I really took writing seriously. Perhaps it was an unconscious “prelude” to what would become my passion over the years.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
As I said above, it was when I had my two sons that I started writing seriously. I was a technical writer/editor working for companies such as IBM and Compaq Computer, but my entry into the self-publishing arena where I could use my creative license as an author began when my boys were five and eight.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My two wonderful sons who are soon to be 24 and 27 years old.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes, I am very conversational when I write, both fiction and non-fiction. I guess with my professional work as a “dry and boring” technical writer, I wanted my creative works to be more upbeat and alive and easy to read. So I write in “stream of consciousness” mode often, making my prose informal and intimate.
How did you come up with the title?
My Sarah’s Gift series is based on Dr. Steven Farmer’s Children’s Spirit Animal Cards, which are a set of 24 oracle cards, each of an animal and its “spirit” message that helps children in different life circumstances. Believing In the Magic is the message of the Crow, the animal that becomes Sarah’s spirit animal guide in the book. FYI, Bear was the spirit animal guide in the first book Standing Up for Yourself.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Crow teaches that there is magic all around and that our thoughts have incredible power. It teaches that you can manifest anything you desire through good thoughts that come from a pure heart.
How much of the book is realistic?
It is based on my childhood. Sarah is based on me. Some of the main characters are based on some of the people in my childhood: my mom and Becky. The school was based on my elementary school. I did have a secret hiding place behind my house. And Crow did come to me, but in my adulthood.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
See above. :-)
What books have most influenced your life most?
I read a lot of spiritual books and anything that helps me further my personal and spiritual development. I also like love stories (read my novel Anything is Possible, which is a love story based on a true story - my story).
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I don’t have any particular author that I would consider a mentor. I just write from my heart in my own style. If there are any similarities in my writing with others’ writing, it is coincidental and unintentional. But if I had to choose, I would say J. K. Rowling for the fantasy and magic genre and Nicholas Sparks for the love and romance genre. There aren’t any for my non-fiction books Moms and Their Young Spirited Boys, Zesty Womanhood at 40 and Beyond and Radiant Survivor.
What book are you reading now?
To be truthful, I am not reading anything right now since my time is taken up completely with the Sarah’s Gift series and all the work that it takes to write and publish it. Since my stroke in 2011, I don’t have as much energy as before so I really have to pace myself as to how much I can do in a day. Unfortunately, that includes sacrificing reading. I’m sure I’ll get back to reading in the near future since I truly love to read. There is just so much to learn!
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not at the moment.
What are your current projects?
I’ll be starting to work on the third book of Sarah’s Gift series, and working with the publisher I mentioned on the transition.
What would you like my readers to know?
If you are interested in any of what I have said today, please check out my books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Erica-Tucci/e/B004KHWYOO. You can also find out more about me at:
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10 Copies of the first book in the series, Standing Up for Yourself, winner’s choice Kindle or Paperback.