Monday, May 20, 2019

Fresh off the Starship $25 Amazon or B/N GC GIVEAWAY

Fresh off the Starship
by Ann Crawford


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Love to laugh? You'll enjoy this feel-good tale.

A starbeing skyrockets to Earth from the other side of forever with a specific assignment: to help steer humanity away from the collision course it's on. But we all know how travel can get drastically diverted--instead of landing in Washington, D.C., where she could assist on a grand geopolitical scale, she ends up in...Kansas!

Wrong place, right time? Join our shero on this whimsical journey as she pursues her purpose as well as discovers the beauty of life and love on Earth.

Author’s topic…….

Many of my peeps know that I’ve traveled to more than 70 countries, including two complete circumnavigations of the globe. I’ve seen Mt. Everest 7 times and I’ve swum through shipwrecks on the ocean floor. I’m an award-winning documentary filmmaker and by the end of this year I’ll be an eight-time published author. In a life like that, what would make the top-10 list of favorite places?

10. Croton-on-Hudson, New York — a sweet, small town 50 minutes from midtown Manhattan. We had the best of both worlds: the small-town flavor near big-city sophistication. The youngest of 5, one of my favorite parts of my life is being part of a big family.

9. Boston, where I went to college. I just love that town.

8. Bodhgaya, India. I went there to interview the Dalai Lama for one of my movies, but that’s when he became ill and couldn’t even give his scheduled talk. That’s where the bodhi tree — where Buddha found his enlightenment — is. Monks circle the tree…they believe that the more you circle it, the faster you get to Nirvana and get off this wheel of incarnation we’re on.

All around the perimeter of the slatted walls are beggars, because part of the Buddhist tradition includes giving alms. I walked the length of one of the walls, looking at them all, much to their surprise. They’re apparently not used to being looked at. I locked eyes with one young girl and I saw eternity. I went to India to meet the Dalai Lama and what I found was God in the eyes of a beggar.

7. Viet Nam. The second time I went there was with a group of vets, and I filmed them doing humanitarian work and going back to their AOs, areas of operation. That movie won a very prestigious award.

6. The King’s Chamber in the big pyramid at Giza, Egypt. I had “a moment” there.

5. Soweto, South Africa. That’s its own blog: https://anncrawford. net/2017/03/29/a-day-grace-showed-its-face/

4. Bolinas, a beautiful, small, hippie town on the Northern California coast about 45 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. Every time the highway department puts up a sign, the townspeople go take it down. They’re not willing to let their paradise become crowded.

Before I go into the top three I want to say that my life has included tremendous tragedy, too: around me has been death, alcoholism, sickness, drug addiction, mental illness, business failure, suicide — things I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy if I had one. But in the midst of these things I found a way to joy, to peace. We often hear something along the lines of life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. The blessings of these events are the strength, resilience, and compassion they’ve given me.

3. Kathmandu. Jerusalem. The Island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland. Christchurch, New Zealand. Rio de Janiero. Mt. Shasta, California. The Sultanate of Oman — just because I never, ever expected to find myself in the Sultanate of Oman. OK, yes, I’m totally cheating here…I just wanted to make sure these places were included on my list.

2. The outermost reaches of the cosmos. I’m a very, very spiritual person who knows that I’m made of the same stuff as those stars I look at. I’m connected to everyone, even Trump and Hitler. A roommate once said, “These are the voyages of Ann Crawford.” She wasn’t kidding! Not only am I — are we all — made of star stuff, but we can also shine just as brightly.

And the number 1 place on my top-ten list: The place where I first saw my husband—Topeka, Kansas. That instant will forever be my favorite moment of my life.

I’m very grateful for the opportunity to share this, and I’m very, very grateful for you.


About the Author

I'm a fun-loving, world-traveling, high-flying, deep-diving, and living-to-the-max author of eight books. When I'm not flying planes, scuba diving, climbing every mountain (on the back of my husband’s motorcycle) or riding the world’s fastest roller coasters, you can find me in my writing nest with a view of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains out the window. I've lived all over--from both oceans white with foam, to the prairie, and now to the mountain. Yes, a little backwards, but what the hey.


My bestselling and award-winning novels go as high and deep as I do—they’re profound yet funny; playful although poignant; heart-opening and heart-lifting; thought-provoking and inspiring; and edgy while universal. I'm also a screenwriter and award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian.

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