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About Ayn Cates Sullivan
Ayn writes stories for all ages designed to uplift, heal and inspire. She is well known for her Legends of the Grail series includes, which includes Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses, her Amazon best-seller Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales, and a novel launching in 2021, Nimue: Freeing Merlin. The series has won multiple literary awards.
Her best selling fable, A Story of Becoming, won 18 top literary awards. There are six books in her award winning and successful Sparkle series for children: Sparkle & The Gift, Sparkle & The Light, and Sparkle & The Dragon Awakeners (2021). Her Sparkle Fairy Tales (industry standard picture books for ages 4-8) include: Kachina's Rose, Ella's Magic and Undina's Spell.
Ayn's other books include three books of poetry: Three Days in the Light, Tracking The Deer, and The Windhorse: Poems Of Illumination.
Her debut book published by Findhorn Press in Scotland is a book on health and healing called Consider This by Ayn W. Cates (maiden name).
She holds a master's degree in spiritual psychology from USM, and a masters and doctorate in literature from Columbia University and King's College London.
Ayn Cates Sullivan is in several anthologies including the Amazon best-seller High Profit Secrets (2020), and a true story called "Mending Broken Hearts" which appears in Thresholds, a best selling collection of healing tales.
1982 - Margaret Markley Smith Award For Excellence In English, Hollins University, VA
1983- Creative Writing Fellowship, Columbia University, New York City
1985-1993 - Overseas Research Award, King's College London for doctorate in Anglo-Irish Literature
2013 - Sparkle & The Gift wins 2 Golds with Mom's Choice: New Age & Fantasy; Indigo & New Age
2013 - Sparkle & The Gift wins Best Children's Inspirational with the National Beverly Hills Books Award.
2013 - Sparkle & The Light wins honorable mention with the Lost Angeles Book Festival
2013 - Sparkle & The Light is named by Spirited Woman as a Best Book
2013, 2014 & 2015 - the Sparkle series wins Mom's Choice Awards
2014 - Irwin Award Recipient for Best Spiritual Campaign
2015 - A Story of Becoming wins the Children's Division of the London Book Festival and is also wins a gold with the Paris Book Festival and the Great Southeast Book Festival.
2015 - A Story of Becoming wins the gold for with Literary Classics for Inspirational/Visionary picture book
2015 - A Story of Becoming is honored as Children's Division Runner up in the Great Northwest and New England Book Festivals
2015 - A Story of Becoming is given an honorable mention by the Green Book Festival, Hollywood Book Festival, San FranciscoBook Fair & the Los Angeles Book Festivals
2016 - A Story of Becoming wins a gold with the Nautilus Book Awards
2016- A Story of Becoming is named a Winner of Best Visionary Fiction with the National Indie Excellence Awards
2016- A Story of Becoming as a finalist with the International Books Awards for Children's Mind, Body and Spirit
2016 - A Story of Becoming wins the gold as best Children's Fable with Reader's Favorite.
2017 - London Book Festival awards Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses winner of the Compilations and Anthology Division
2018 - Florida Book Festival awards Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses winner of the Wild Card Division
2018 - Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses
2018 - Shelf Unbound names Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses a Best Indie Book
2018 - Los Angeles Book Festival, Legends of the Grail is runner up for Spiritual book
2018 - eLit Book Awards, Legends of the Grail, gold for multi-cultural fiction
2018 - Book Excellence Awards, Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses, finalist.
2018 - CIPA EVVY, Legends of the Grail, winner of 3 first place fiction awards, 2018.
2018 - Nautilus Book Awards, Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales, Silver for Women's Fiction
2019 - IPPY, Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales, Gold for Visionary/New Age Fiction.
2019 - Next Generation Indie Book Award, Heroines of Avalon, a finalist for New Age Fiction
2019 - COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) - Heroines of Avalon winner of gold and silver
2019 - CIPA EVVY - Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales, silver and bronze for fiction
2019 - NIEA (National Indie Excellence Awards) Heroines of Avalon, Gold in New Age Fiction
2019 - IRDA (Indie Reader Discovery Award) Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales, top fiction choice 2020 - IAOTP (International Association of Top Professionals) - top female author of the year
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Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan transports readers into the time of legend and revisits deities and legendary female characters linked to Welsh and British mythology.
In this book, the author shares her insights and her journey to discovering her past, a journey that compelled her to research the extraordinary characters in her book.
Her research into the myth of the Holy Grail creates beautiful mythical encounters, bringing to life “untold” stories of characters like the Goddess Arianrhod, Blodeuweddi, Iouga, Elen, also known as “Elen of the Ways,” and the Goddess of Sovereignty, Elaine and Dindraine in the Arthurian female Grail Knights. The stories begin with an informative commentary that shares the author’s personal journey and offers elements of myth and the culture around which these characters evolved. The reader will understand the feminine visage of God and the role of some of the heroic women in the lives and history of legendary heroes like Arthur. The literary allusions are manifold in this narrative, and they feature the Lady of the Lake, Morte D’Arthur, and the Arthurian Round Table. One understands the role of women in British mythology and that brave kings were nothing without them: “A king must connect to the spirit of the land through a woman.”
˃˃˃ Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales is a gripping narrative, a collection of powerful mythical women that will keep the reader spellbound.
Ayn Cates Sullivan combines her storytelling craft with research to provide readers with great entertainment. Each story includes symbolism, a spirituality developed around the deity, and poems evoking a spiritual atmosphere linked to the character. It is well-illustrated and loaded with symbolism.
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A combination of short stories, spiritual reflections, and historical insight, the book weaves the world of Celtic mythology into the present day. Divided into seven sections, it is a powerhouse culmination of the Celtic stories of Danu, Ceasair, Áine, Scáthach, Emer, Caer Ibormeith, and Cailleach, Celtic goddesses with varying understandings of, and who give various advice related to, power and womanhood. The author includes personal practical suggestions for utilizing the archetypal values embedded symbolically and firmly in the specified Goddess in order to facilitate psychological revival and continued health, and finally a poetic blessing to access the less structured but higher nature of the human mind. Anyone with Irish heritage is likely to be fascinated by these empowering tales.
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A Story of Becoming is an enlightening tale of self-discovery and realization, brilliantly depicted through the life and lens of an apple seed as it journeys through the wondrous yet sometimes painful experience of existence. Coupled with soulful, hand drawn illustrations of great beauty and depth, it will captivate the heart and touch the soul of both children and adults alike.
A Story of Becoming was named winner of 18 Literary Awards including golds with Nautilus, Reader's Favorite, Literary Classics, Mom's Choice, Paris Book Festival and, London Book Festival. It has been an Amazon Best Selling Book.
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