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Author Deborah L. Kelley Leads Formidable Protagonist into Enlightenment

KNOXVILLE, TN (PRWEB) October 29, 2011

When a deceased southern Appalachian grandmother delivers a mysterious message to her adult granddaughter in a waking dream, she sparks a mystical adventure that assists the young woman turn her life about. The Garden of a Desert Rose: A Spiritual Mystery (published by Balboa Press), a spiritual novel, is a contemporary-day, Jungian take on A Christmas Carol, in which Scrooge is a sweet-natured, Southern single mother (in red snakeskin heels, no less) who spouts Bible verses and fundamental Jungian concepts with equal enthusiasm. ?She is in several methods a self-portrait of me 30 years ago,? says author Deborah L. Kelley.

Feeling defeated by her life alternatives, 32 year-old, twice-divorced Lenny has little power for launching a journey of self-discovery. Raising two kids and holding down a job as a secretary for the coaching staff of the University of Tennessee football team keeps her days busy. But Lenny?s nights open a portal to a series of vivid, lucid dreams overflowing with wealthy archetypal images. Buoyed by the support of buddies and her unflagging sense of humor, Lenny sees her inner desert transform into a blossoming oasis with one final Christmas Eve dream.

Within her story, Kelley, a baby boomer, weaves thoughtful observations about her personal struggles and those of her generation.

?My generation was about enjoy and peace and making the globe a better location in which to live,? she says. ?True enjoy and peace should always start within self. I lost my self-love by means of listening to the voice of comparison, never ever seeming to measure up to my own life expectations. My novel will take all readers on this journey of self-discovery, acceptance and loving one?s neighbor as 1?s self.?

About the Author
Deborah L. Kelley is an artist whose paintings display her love of nature and a touch of the divine feminine. Her lifetime body of function contains oils, watercolor, pen and ink and commercial illustration. At an early age, Kelley usually experienced lucid states of dreaming, conversing with deceased loved ones and electrifying archetypal figures. Upon waking, she usually felt confused about what was real and what was unreal. From this fertile ground, her inner author awoke. Her heart?s desire is to paint with words from a Southern woman?s perspective and to deliver a wealthy and lovely dimension of life just beyond the five senses.

Balboa Press, a division Hay Residence, Inc. ? a leading provider in publishing merchandise that specialize in self-support and the thoughts, body, and spirit genres. By way of an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, Inc., authors benefit from the leadership of Hay Residence Publishing and the speed-to-industry advantages the self-publishing model. For more information, check out balboapress.com. To begin publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 these days. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.