Ronesa Aveela


Ronesa Aveela is the pen name for the collaborative works by Anelia Samovila and Rebecca Carter.

Anelia is a freelance artist and writer who lives near Boston, MA. She likes writing mystery romance inspired by legends and tales. In her free time she paints. Her artistic interests include the female figure, folklore tales, and the natural world interpreted through her eyes.

Anelia visited Emona and the Black Sea in 1998. She was inspired to use her brushes and pen to depict the beauty of Mystical Emona and the characters, born from the experience she had in this place. She is married and has two children.

Rebecca is a writer who lives in southern NH. She is an avid reader who has traveled around the world seeking adventure and knowledge of other cultures. Linguistics has inspired her since her initial study of Latin. But, mostly, she is known for her baking ability.

The paperback version of the Baba Treasure chest books contain activities and coloring pages not available in ebooks.
Cookbook and adult mermaid coloring books available only in paperback.

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Spirits & Creatures
The Spirits and Creatures series takes an in-depth look at spirits and creatures across Eastern Europe. Author Ronesa Aveela grew up in Bulgaria where many of these entities were part of the tales and beliefs her grandmother told to her. This series will look at the origins of these beings, and popular ways people believed you could appease or defeat them. Illustrations, stories, music, and videos add to the details of these fascinating beings.
Baba Treasure Chest
Short stories and coloring books. In the tradition of family togetherness, Baba Treasure Chest stories are geared toward the entire family: Adults reading stories to children, children and adults working together on coloring pages. Print edition contains coloring pages.
The Christmas Thief
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Miracle Stork
Price: $2.99 USD.
Born From the Ashes
Price: $2.99 USD.
Mermaid's Gift
Price: $2.99 USD.


Spirits & Creatures Series Collection: Household Spirits, Rusalki, Dragons & Dragon Tales
Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 279,990. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore, & legend, Nonfiction » Social Science » Regional studies
The Spirits and Creatures series takes an in-depth look at spirits and creatures across Eastern Europe. This collection contains the first three books of the series, plus a book of additional dragon tales: *A Study of Household Spirits of Eastern Europe *A Study of Rusalki – Slavic Mermaids of Eastern Europe *A Study of Dragons of Eastern Europe *Dragon Tales from Eastern Europe
Dragon Tales from Eastern Europe
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,770. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The majestic dragon is a popular fairy-tale character. This collection of old tales made new introduces you to the creatures from Eastern Europe, many unknown to the Western world. These tales may have been told "once upon a time," but they remain cherished treasures to those who passed them down generation after generation.
A Study of Dragons of Eastern Europe
Series: Spirits & Creatures, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 85,680. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore, & legend
Have you ever wondered if dragons were real? Author Ronesa Aveela grew up in Bulgaria, terrified by tales of dragons capturing beautiful girls for their brides. Her grandmother armed her with protective herbs and performed rituals passed down from generation to generation. Dragons, the third book in the series, takes you across Eastern Europe to discover folkloric beliefs, fairy tales, customs,
A Study of Rusalki - Slavic Mermaids of Eastern Europe
Series: Spirits & Creatures, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 76,030. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore, & legend
Seductive. Beautiful. Dangerous! Or are they innocent maidens looking for love? Discover the allure of Slavic mermaids – Rusalki. Author Ronesa Aveela takes an in-depth look at these pale, beautiful water maidens who captivated her heart as a child in the tales her grandmother told her.
The Wanderer – A Tear and A Smile: Reflections of an Immigrant
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,570. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
In this book, I reflect upon my life abroad over the last twenty years as a Bulgarian immigrant. Through life stories and my canvas, I depict how traditions and rituals influence and preserve the Bulgarian value system and beliefs. The book shows the sorrow and the joy in the life of immigrants who are nostalgic for their native land, while at the same time trying to adopt and embrace their new li
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,230. Language: Bulgarian. Published: May 11, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Vsichko zavinagi se promenya za dvanadesetgodishniya Teo v denya, kogato ogun i led se izsipvat ot nebeto. Toi razbira, che drakonite deistvitelno sushtestvuvat, kogato triglavoto chudovishte Lamya otvlicha sestra mu. Veshtitsa i govoreshto svrache mu pomagat da otvori portala kum Zmeikovo – zemya, za koyato e chuval samo ot mitove, myasto, koeto e dom na strakhoviti sushtestva.
Скитникът – сълзи и усмивки: Раэмислите на един български имигрант
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,890. Language: Bulgarian. Published: May 11, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Social Science » Customs & Traditions
Vseki chovek e edin postoyanen proekt: promenya se, adaptira se - ponyakoga kum po-dobro, drug put- kum po-losho. Tsyal jivot nie se skitame, za da namerim po-dobro myasto za zhivot, po-dobra rabota, da usvoim novi umeniya, da napravim otkritie ili da izobretim neshto stoinostno.
A Study of Household Spirits of Eastern Europe
Series: Spirits & Creatures, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,620. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Customs & Traditions, Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore, & legend
Eastern Europe mythology and folklore contain a rich, colorful blend of Christian and pagan tales, customs, and rituals. Many have lost their original significance, but others are still practiced—especially in remote, rural locations. House Spirits, the first in a series of books, will take you on a journey to discover nine fascinating house spirits you may never have heard of.
Mermaid's Gift
Series: Baba Treasure Chest. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,330. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious
Nine-year-old Nick celebrates his Name Day in Dec, on St. Nicholas Day. But it's filled with worry because his father is caught fishing on the ocean during a storm. He receives a special gift from his mother that day, a gift that has an unusual message. In the tradition of family togetherness, Baba Treasure Chest stories are geared toward the entire family. Print edition contains coloring pages.
Born From the Ashes
Series: Baba Treasure Chest. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,960. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious
(5.00 from 1 review)
Kerana is spending the summer with her grandmother while her mother is busy with work. Keeping with old traditions, Baba (the grandmother) initiates Kerana as a znahar, an herbal healer, who people often call a witch. Things go wrong when she disobeys her grandmother's warning. Print edition contains coloring pages.
The Miracle Stork
Series: Baba Treasure Chest. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious
Rada knows little about her Bulgarian heritage because her family doesn't practice their customs. That changes when her grandmother comes to visit. On a trip to the zoo, Rada discovers more than animals. She learns that diversity is not something to be ashamed of. Print edition contains coloring pages.
The Christmas Thief
Series: Baba Treasure Chest. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
An illustrated short story about a boy discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Includes activities and coloring pages. This book is dedicated to people everywhere as a reminder of the beauty of Christmas when we count our blessings and help those in need. Print edition contains activities and coloring pages.
Mystical Emona: Soul's Journey
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,360. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Carina, the most enchanting maiden in all of Thrace, is ravished on her wedding day and her ring cursed--only to be broken when the ring guides her true love back. Centuries later, the ring flashes like a beacon to guide Stefan to Emona, a secluded village on the Black Sea coast. He meets a mysterious woman, and his life changes. Is he Carina's long-lost love? Time is running out to end the curse.
Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,240. Language: American English. Published: February 22, 2016 . Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious, Nonfiction » Social Science » Customs & Traditions
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
For children and adults from 8 to 108 who would like to take discover Bulgarian folk tales, legends, and mythology. Whether you want to learn a little about their ancient Thracian origins, or you want to experience rituals practiced throughout the year with a fictitious Bulgarian family, or even if you’re only interested in traditional Bulgarian cuisine, this book has something for everyone.

Smashwords book reviews by Ronesa Aveela

  • The Chinese Spymaster on June 28, 2015

    The Chinese Spymaster has the feel of the former TV series “24,” with the clock ticking while governments attempt to thwart the Pashtuns in northern Afghanistan and Pakistan from purchasing nuclear weapons. The focus of the book is primarily from the perspective of the Chinese. It delves into their fear of what will happen to their own country if the Pashtuns are successful. The story is an intriguing look into political concerns, the Butterfly Effect, about how the actions of one nation can affect what might occur in others. It shows nations working to thwart the Pashtuns from achieving autonomy, not because the other nations care what the Pashtuns do, but because the formation of this new territory may cause other groups within their own countries to want the same thing. Although the plotline reminds me of “24,” it takes place over a longer period of time. However, unlike “24,” this book moves along at a much slower pace, mainly due to the fact that much of it is written in a telling manner. This is not necessarily bad. I enjoy a story that slowly unwinds, as long as I am learning something in the process, as I do with this book. “Telling” is a way to get information quickly to the reader without long bouts of dialog and drawn-out scenes. Its downside is that it's less personal and distances the reader from the scene and characters. In this respect, I didn’t gain a closeness to the characters. It felt more journalistic, which again, is not a bad thing. The one thing that slowed the story in a negative way was the author often repeated information from the viewpoint of the different agencies involved in tracking the sales of the nuclear devices. But in all I think it will be a book those who like to read about the politics of nations will enjoy. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Water Pearl on Feb. 22, 2016

    Water Pearl is a delightful fantasy about Skye's conflicts (living with a hateful man, living with the guilt of an unintended left, living just to survive) not only in his actions, but also with his feelings. Two opposing personalities war within him, one a Two-Tone (those who don't understand the feelings of others) and a Wildung (those who can sense many things about people and their environments). He tries to use both to his advantage in order to survive his trials in life. This only leaves him confused and lonely. The author has done a fantastic job in world-building--from its religious and political stances to its magical forests and temples in the sky. Skye is not the only one who has to make decisions about how he will live his life. The people of the kingdom must put aside their beliefs and choose their own way of thinking. From start to finish, I was never pulled out of this world. I was given a fee copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Sam's Song on Feb. 22, 2016

    The first word that comes to my mind when I met Sam Smith is "spunky." This petite woman is hell-bent on pleasing her clients: first by tracking a stalker, then by finding a murderer. Then she stumbles upon something even more sinister. Although she has it together in her occupation, she has psychological issues brought on by an abusive, alcoholic mother and ex-husband. She can fight the toughest criminals, but lets her hair fall into her face, hiding her emotions, when it comes to personal matters. Sam is an endearing character. Her assessments of some of the people she encounters will make you laugh at her wicked mind. At other times, you'll cry at the pain she's suffered. The story is worth reading for the events that unfold. But it has more. It delves into the effects drugs and alcohol have on people--not only those abusing the substances, but also the people they know. It results in domestic abuse, negative psychological perceptions of oneself, and so much more hurt and pain.
  • Love and Bullets on Feb. 22, 2016

    In this Sam Smith novel, private detective Sam takes on a case to protect a woman who believes in eugenics, creating a superior race through genetics. Although the woman's ideology repulses Sam, she does her best to do what she was hired to do. The author does a wonderful job of tying the social issue of eugenics with Sam's own feelings of inferiority about herself. Having been abused physically and mentally her entire life, Sam doubts her own self worth. She has to work through these issues to keep the love of a man who adores her. Although not written specifically about Sam, a line in the book beautifully sums up the essence of the psychological aspect of the book. "She had cried the rain, but there was still plenty of sunshine in her life and that sunshine would produce a rainbow."
  • The Big Chill on Feb. 22, 2016

    The Big Chill is light reading, but packs powerful messages. Although not specifically a psychological thriller, the novel gives the reader plenty to think about in the way of what determines insanity and obsession. Who is more insane? The homeless man who mutters fanciful ideas? Or the seemingly harmless person who harbors a grudge? Who is more likely to contemplate murder? And who is more likely to be blamed? As with her other novels, the author delves into social issues, giving the reader a chance to think differently about pure, hard facts. Sam Smith has to ponder these thoughts while trying to discover who shot her and left her to die. Once again, she mingles with the criminal world to find answers, not accepting the "easy" way out. Along the way, she learns to trust more in her intuition, and she grows in her sense of worth. She has reached a turning point in her life and can give advice to others that until recently she was unable to accept herself: "you are not to blame; the criminal is."