Quest for a Dream

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In a quaint village in Mexico, Dani, a struggling, endearing, and somewhat klutzy artist, sets out in pursuit of her dream. Little did she know that the pursuit would become the dream. One night a Shadow Man appears and sends her on a quest. Three uncooperative guides: a translucent figure, a troll, and a typist who lives in a tree, hold the key. . .but to what? More

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About Cindy A. Carl

Cindy Carl grew up in Easthampton, MA., but has lived a nomadic life, traveling extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI, in Philosophy with minors in English Lit and Theatre Arts, and a Master’s degree in Counseling from University of Maryland College Park.

Cindy’s characters reflect the philosophical and psychological quirks of the human experience, with a bit of fantasy and surrealism thrown into the mix. She challenges the reader to think outside the boundaries of everyday life. Cindy currently lives in Ajijic, Mexico with her two cats, Isan and Lucy. She is also an accomplished photographer, painter, and graphic artist.


Review by: Stacy Decker on Sep. 21, 2012 :
This was a very different type of novel that what I normally read, but I can’t say that I was disappointed. It was unusual in the sense that it dealt more with surrealism and some mild existentialism, so it isn’t exactly a light and fluffy beach read –yet it does have a very easy-going tone about it. If that sounds contradictory, it’s just that the author delves into some heavy mental subjects matter, yet it never takes itself too serious and has many laugh-out-loud moments. The main character Dani never loses her sense of humor, and her friends are also great for lessening the tension. I didn’t see any editing mistakes which is good, and thought the plot was very creative.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: April Dawn on Sep. 20, 2012 :
I devoured this wonderful book in one night. It was so strange and intense and different from anything I’ve read lately, it was impossible to put down. I absolutely loved Dani’s “voice” and her wry sense of humor. Even when things were getting really twisted she still had a lovable spunk about her. And the writing was simply fantastic. It all flowed so smoothly, like a good friend was talking to me. I liked the short chapters as it made the pace seem even that much quicker. All in all a highly enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend to others, but especially fans of women’s fiction.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Claire Middleton on Sep. 20, 2012 :
This novel pulled me in from the opening pages with Ms. Carl’s warm and engaging narrative voice. I felt sucked in and swept away as I followed Dani on her spiritual journey through the extraordinary and the unknown. The writing was artistic, as was the storyline, and this is definitely one of the better written novels I have come across as of late. The author’s sassy personality shines through, especially in the secondary characters who added a real sense of balance to this book. If you are looking for a lot of action or romance then this probably isn’t the book for you, but if you want an engaging, unique novel that will make you think outside your normal reality for a bit then you have to pick this one up. It’s a winner!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on Sep. 17, 2012 :
"Paint, Present, and Future” by Cindy A. Carl is by far one of the most imaginative and beautiful books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. To be perfectly honest I was a bit confused by the description and wasn’t really sure what to expect. Well, by the end of the first few pages I was so hooked on the Ms. Carl’s engaging prose, I almost didn’t care WHAT it was going to be about. However what followed truly took me by surprise as the lines of reality and fantasy become blurred as Dani proceeds on a mysterious journey with the Shadow Man. This book captivated me until the very end, and I especially liked the “author’s note” after the story was over. I’d love to read anything that Ms. Carl writes in the future and highly recommend this for fiction lovers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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