That Haunting Question

get-attachment_(3)Introduction
There resides a haunting question within the
innermost recesses of man and woman. It is in the
ignoring of this eternal, or some might say “infernal,”
question that life happens. It can be a life lived in
so-called happiness, or it can be a life fraught with
many pitfalls and hardships. The question may arise in
the mind, but it must be solved in the heart. There it
will reside in that heart indefinitely until it is discerned
and solved.
Poets have probed this question for generations,
sometimes with agony, sometimes with a sense of
wonderment, but mostly with a sense of longing to
discover the answer. Many stories have this question as
the basis of the story, whether they are aware of it or not.
It is the hidden question that drives the characters, the
plot, and the conclusion. Songs almost always have this
question somewhere in the melody, the composition,
the words, or the notes. Paintings and artworks of
course can be added to this list, and on and on it can go.
This is a question that has plagued mankind for
generations. It can be said that it might actually be
the human condition. Thus it is an inner yearning or
discontent realized or ignored. The pursuit of the
answer can bring happiness or despair, depending on
the discernment, right or wrong of the answer. Actually,
happiness may accompany the wrong answer; but if
that person digs deeply, it is not actually joy but more
likely ego, selfishness, greed, or the love of power.
A very select group of people has actually correctly
discerned the question and answer and lived this
answer to great achievement, although outward
appearances may suggest otherwise, such as humility,
scarcity, disability, or even disease. However, if a person
is willing or forced to dig deep enough, the question
and the truth can be found with divine transformation
as the result.
This most mysterious question can burn a hole in
the heart, but with the right answer, it can be healed.
This hole may be the result of the way this life is lived,
or it may be the result of ancestors ignoring the great
question. They pass it forward to next generations in
the hopes that it will be easier for them to solve as they
learn from their elders. Or, and this is hard for many
to believe, this disease of life can come from previous
lifetimes. It may be lifetimes that ended incompletely,
abruptly, without accomplishing the goals of life, so
that the person has to return yet again to solve this
mysterious question and endeavor to find the answer.
Sometimes a person must come back again and again,
maybe thousands of lifetimes, getting closer each time
attempting to solve this mystery, until eventually this
question of life is answered. Ultimately then, life is
lived in peacefulness, abundance, and joy.
This story, although fiction (or not?), is essentially
about that question and the pursuit of the answer. It
is inspired by an actual event and a very real, peculiar,
broken headstone of a young woman from the early
1900s. That gravesite beckoned an unsuspecting man
to it one normal day, ensnaring him thus ensuring
that her story would be told. That encounter changed
the unsuspecting man’s life forever. Well, more than
one person’s life actually. As it is said, it created “the
ripple effect.”
It is hoped that the reader may see a bit of themselves,
or maybe someone they know, and recognize that
question hidden deep within each of them. The
ignoring of which has created wars, famine, pestilence,
and all manner of pains and ills. It is hoped that the
reader will find the answer to this question as well so
that the heart will receive its healing. Then ultimately,
the ripple effect will happen again, creating peace that
will be felt, thus pushing that peace or love forward.
All it takes is one person, one person at a time to affect
goodwill. It is my—our—prayer that this will take
place, one word, one note at a time. Please indulge your
imagination and enjoy this fairy’s tale with the love and
respect in which it was written.
What is the question? You already know. Who am I?
Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is this thing
called love?
Enjoy, in joy!
Starlight, precious Fairy Bright, you/we did indeed
create more light!

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Fairy Bright is calling you in to Catawba River Antique Mall – Belmont, NC

 

 

CRAM Display

Enjoy a unique shopping experience in an old mill in Belmont, NC. Inside you will find 100’s of booths with many cool artworks, antiques and other unusual goodies for sale. While there, look for Fairy Bright. She is calling you in…… and as a bonus, each book sold there, is signed, and includes a hand-made, one-of-a-kind, jeweled bookmark! Enjoy an original reading experience. She’s calling you……

ADVENTURES IN AMAZON, VIA BOOKS AND KINDLE!

One of my favorite places on the internet, is my fav Amazon.com. There is nothing like that package discovered on my doorstep with the smile printed on the box. I know treasure will be unearthed inside. It gives me shivers to now go to the website, type in Broken Stone Fairy Tale, and pull up my very OWN written book offered for sale for others to treasure. And it is also available through a kindle version. In other words, it is a dream come true that has come to reality.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=broken+stone+fairy+tale

But I have one question. Who is selling a Used Book?!! Really???

Movie Trailer Released Soon to be Seen on TV and…?

Author Event at Hip Chicks in Belmont

My first book signing and meet the Author event, will be at Hip Chicks Boutique on Sept. 21 from 11 – 2.  They are located at 140 N. Main St in Belmont. Refreshments will be served and original music from Broken Stone Suite will be played by Chris Hertz.

Spend the day in Belmont, have lunch, pick up a special gift for that special someone, and take home a great story that has had wonderful reviews from both men and women! Local artisans, local shops and restaurants, and a story about our town, Charlotte!  You are sure to be entertained!

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I have had the opportunity of reading Nancy's book "Broken Stone:
-A Real Fairy's Tale" and give it a thumbs up.
The book is different in a very good way. I have never read
a similar book and 
feel she must have had some help 
from above. But that is where good ideas come from anyway 
- right? I took the 
book to bed to read a little and 
could not put it down.  (Cecil)

She’s Real and on Her Way – Official Tip Sheet

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ABOUT THE PUBLISHER

Broken Stone

Paperback: 5.5x 8.5
192 Pages
$12.99
Release Date: 2013-10-08

Special Features:
ISBN #: 978-1-62510-309-3
Carton Count: 30

Product Category: FICTION / Spirituality / New Age /Christianity FICTION / Reincarnation / Romance
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Broken Stone: A Real Fairy’s Tale

By N. K. Hertz

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It has been said that we should not know the future, as it could scare us to death!Little did Steffen know one ordinary day during an ordinary walk through the cemetery that his future was about to be profoundly changed! He did not know that she was waiting for him, beside her broken headstone. She called to him, with her siren song that only he could hear. Hypnotically, he followed the song to her forgotten, broken gravesite. Hackles rose on his neck as he contemplated her name and date: Fairy Bright Gordon, 1917-1934. Was this eerie feeling a premonition of things to come?

So begins the story in Broken Stone: A Real Fairy’s Tale. It tells the tale of a young woman in the early 1900’s that lived a short mysterious life. Someone needed to hear her story so that her early death would not have been in vain. That someone was Steffen, a modern day architect that frequently walked on his lunch hour as a quiet break from his stressed-filled days. Unsuspecting, he could not know that Fairy Bright would become his confidant, mentor and tormentor, turning his life upside down and inside out as he questioned all he thought he knew about himself, spirituality and the world. He could not be prepared for the extraordinary, bizarre turns this and other strange encounters would provoke, forcing either his enlightenment or early demise!

 

Accompanying Original Musical CD

BrokenStoneSuiteDIGITALCOVERAfter two years, Broken Stone Suite has been mastered and produced into a phenomenal CD! I don’t know where all the inspiration, ideas came from, well actually I do, they came from deep recesses in Chris that surprised even him! The music, and the lyrics are certainly multi-dimensional. Combined with the book and illustrations, it should give the reader/listener the full experience of characters and story.

We plan to release both creations together as a limited edition package, just as soon as the book is published. Still waiting, and waiting and….. but will be worth the wait, I trust.

Here is a sneak peek of the CD written, performed, mastered by Chris, and illustrated by me. May you get a feeling of what is inside.

  Steffen’s Song by Chris Hertz

Final Edits with Sticky Notes in Adobe

After reading through my book proof yet another time, I was amazed at how many edits I found! It really helped having that actual book in my hands.  My conundrum was, how to explain what the edits were, and where! Because the Epilogue was left out by an oversight, the Table of Contents had to be changed, just as a start in the edits.

Then I noticed the categories that my book was labeled under. Mystery/Detective! No way. Those needed to be changed also. This was getting serious and I was only supposed to have 100 edits. Dang! As many were an oversight, I feel 127 edits should pass. But again, how do I correctly communicate the edits, using “sticky notes” in Adobe Reader. This is yet another new program in which I need to find my way around.

Tosha kept me cool and calm and assured me it should all be ok. I should received the final back in 2 – 4 weeks. Well, it’s almost 2 weeks now, and I feel I need to communicate with the editor and head off any snafu’s. We are so close, yet so far. This last has to be perfection, both for my sake, the book’s sake, and the professional product from Tate Publishing. I feel like I am in limbo, but I am trusting all will be just fine. There’s that word again, fine! (An inside book joke.)

To tantalize a bit more, here is another illustration – “The Gypsies!”

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On to the Illustrations!

Well, I am the perfect example of needing to work under pressure, I guess.  Somehow, I lost the month of February. I didn’t get much done, except finalizing the edits, and cover ideas. As for the illustrations, nada.

I wasn’t sure how to proceed.  I finally decided to use illustration board which I found at Hobby Lobby and an assortment of Cansen pastel paper, so purchased a supply. I had some photos of children that I would use for reference. In fact little Mariah, was a perfect young Fairy Bright!

But to get the muse flowing, was hard indeed.

I ended up using a piece of board, with a mixture of pastel, colored pencil and marker for my first painting. Fairy Bright and her friends emerged on the board. Not bad.

I called my daughter and her best friend to pose for me for a portrait of an older Fairy Bright. This was on pastel paper with straight pastel. When I started drawing, it was like I was directed to draw things a certain way, and not as any particular person. It was remarkable. I am so used to doing a total likeness, and this was a unique person.

That night I walked up into my studio, and saw the unfinished portrait on the easel. I got chills and the hair stood up on the back of my neck. It was if she was telling me, I had captured her likeness! Well the finished portrait is not like anyone I know.  Wouldn’t it be something if she actually looked like my painting?!

I accomplished two more illustrations as I sequestered myself in the house for two weeks. I even cancelled a needed massage!

The result, four unique paintings that helps capture the elements of the story. I’m pretty proud. They will be added as a color insert in the book. I can’t wait!