Today I welcome Sameena Bachmeier and her book, BANYAN!
Kannie Irnest had the picture perfect life as a child until her father left her and her mother alone. It wasn't long before the world as she knew it began unraveling and creating a web of misery around her. Her mother was no longer the loving mother she knew. Bitter and lonely, Kannie sank into a depression. The only joy Kannie seemed to find was with her friend Kristopher. They were like two peas in a pod since a young age and when they were together it was as if the world around them didn't matter. Mysteriously, one day on Kannie's way to school, she is given a Banyan tree stick. She learns that it is a wishing stick. Although skeptical, Kannie is desperate to experience a happy life and she wishes on the Banyan stick to be anywhere but in that moment in her life. She awakens everyday thereafter to a different historical event that exposes her to experiences, places and people she had only read about in books. From the Salem Witch trials, to being aboard the infamous Britannic, to taking flight upon the Apollo 11, each journey she embarks on teaches her to believe in herself, forgive others and appreciate the path that lies in front of her. She also now, must embark on her greatest venture yet, finding her way back home.
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Sameena Bachmeier was born is 1980 in New Delhi, India. She was adopted at eight months old and has resided in the United States since. Since her younger days she has had a driven fascination for writing and was excited to attend the Young Authors Conference at a young age. She has been inspired over the years by many authors but her main source of inspiration is derived from Roald Dahl. In Sameena's elementary school days as a class assignment she had to write to someone famous, she wrote to Roald Dahl. He actually wrote her back an amazing rhyming letter.
As the years went by, Sameena began to write children's books and young adult novellas. Her recent achievement has been her Young Adult book titled "Banyan". It is a historical fiction full of suspense, historic exploration, adventure, and love. She also has a recently relased children's picture book titled "Old Mother Hubbard's Mixed Up Cupboard". Both books are available currently.
Sameena has two elementary age daughters along with a middle school age son - who inspire her everyday. She is happily married her longtime soulmate, Matthew Bachmeier. Sameena seeks to continue to create unique and inviting stories for all ages to love.
Link to Sameena's blog - http://sameenassphere.wordpress.com/author/sameenassphere/
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About my book, Veiled Virtues:
When Paige Stewart left America to house-sit in England, her only thoughts were to get away from her controlling mother and to have fun. Little did she know that her working holiday would find her hearing eerie voices, experiencing alarming dreams and bleeding from old scars. Although Paige's differences confuse and disgust her, she opens up to the shopkeeper of a strange metaphysical store in town, where she finds much more than tarot cards and crystals. Soon, Paige is stalked like prized game. Relentlessly pursued, her holiday takes a turn for the eerie and dangerous. Her only saving grace may be a modern-day English knight who sweeps her off her feet and recognizes the true virtues the American teen unknowingly possesses.