The electronic edition of Traces of Bliss, the First Place Winner of the International Latino Book Awards is Free at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, iTunes until July 8, 2012.
As a tribute to her growing number of fans, Cecilia Velastegui, award-winning author of Traces of Bliss, will offer the electronic edition for free until July 8 at all on-line retailers. “I want to share my recent good fortune with my readers. On June 5th, Traces of Bliss won First Place in Popular Fiction at the International Latino Book Awards ceremony in New York City. I was incredibly honored to receive the award since it was in competition with some of my favorite novels: The Map of Time, Say Her Name, and Outside the Bones.”
Traces of Bliss continues to receive critical acclaim. Kirkus Indie Review wrote, “It is a beautifully written story of love, loss, and opportunity. Velastegui’s psychological thriller is a dark tale of angst and redemption spanning centuries.”
Additionally, ForeWord Review gave it a Five Stars out of five review, “Traces of Bliss is full of surprises, switchbacks, and skillfully evoked vignettes of an ancient world of supernatural events that bleed into present-day reality. Its focus on strong but otherworldly females will remind some readers of books of Isabel Allende and Margaret Atwood, while its blend of everyday happenings with step-through visions from the world of ghosts and spirits is reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. Velastegui spins her lush tale with a sense of the sacredness of inner vision. Hers is a celebration of language that readers have come to expect from Latin American writers; Velastegui deserves to be recognized as a distinguished member of that group.”
Velastegui’s debut novel, Gathering the Indigo Maidens, which details the proliferation of Spanish Colonial art theft and human trafficking, was also a finalist in six fiction categories at the International Latino Book Awards. Velastegui donates the proceeds of this novel to the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. http://www.CeciliaVelastegui.com